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Latest news

Bear Arms album ‘Strength and Conviction’ out now!

For fans of: Brand New, Alexisonfire, Minus The Bear, Taking Back Sunday

"… enamoured with the smooth riffing and floating vocals
of the Walter Schreifels school of rock…"

- Rock Sound Magazine

"The new knights of the Biffy realm."
- BBC Introducing

Bear Arms debut album, Strength and Conviction, has been released via Struggletown Records and is available to buy from iTunes.

AltSounds exclusively hosted a full stream of the album which you can check out here or via the ABoF SoundCloud page.

Single Fool's Gold was released to celebrate the launch of Bear Arm's debut album with the video premiering on Rock Sound Magazine's website yesterday. You can watch the video on the band's YouTube channel, or via the embed below.

Stream and download single, Fool's Gold, on Bear Arms BandCamp page or via the embed below.

Combining elements of emo, math rock and post-hardcore, Bear Arms offer an eclectic take on the alt-rock sound that has swamped the airwaves in recent years, and 'Innate' is a perfect example. The track melds intricate guitar work and no-holds-barred string thrashing beefed up with transcendent vocals and a drums that will put your speakers to the test. Pulling on early noughties influences such as Glassjaw, Texas Is The Reason and Thursday, they have produced an album that accentuates the loud/quiet, singing/screaming dynamic beautifully, while maintaining an emotionality that should endear them to a wider audience.

Album track 'Innate' premiered on Big Cheese Magazine's official website, and you can also stream and download it from the ABoF SoundCloud page. You can also stream and download album track 'Courage' and watch the live footage video that accompanies it via YouTube.

Bear Arms, who consist of Richard Wardrop (guitar/vox), Keiran Hird (guitars/vox), Lewis Mcgourty (bass) and Dean Louden (drums/vox), formed in early 2011 after the members grew up playing in bands together when they were at school. Keiran joined after the rest of the band moved to Glasgow and Dean was the final piece of the Bear Arms puzzle when he was added to the line-up in 2013 after the regional drummer left the band.

The band have already picked up support from the likes of BBC Introducing's Ally McCrae, Big Cheese Magazine and the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, and with their debut album's release, they're set to end the year with an almighty bang.

Strength and Conviction by Bear Arms is out now via Struggletown Records and available to buy digitally on BandCamp and iTunes.

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Posted Tue, 21 Oct 2014 in Bear Arms

Glyphs EP ‘Out To Sea’ out now!

For fans of: Boards Of Canada, The Knife, Aphex Twin, Massive Attack

“Curious, exotic nuggets…”
- Clash Magazine

" atmospheric journey for the listener to find themselves lost in."
- Artrocker Magazine

Glyphs have released their fourth EP Out To Sea via Small Sounds. The EP premiered on Artrocker where you can stream it in full for free.

You can also stream and download EP tracks 'The Machine' and 'Shed Skin' for free on the ABoF SoundCloud page.

Out To Sea is the work of a band who have harnessed their considerable talent by melding together various genres into one, unique sound that encompasses tender, melodic pop vocals, hip-hop style beats and electro-synth all accompanied by comforting noises and samples that could have been lifted from a Spectrum 128k circa ’85. Opening track, and official single Out To Sea, displays the band’s playful side by evoking the spirit of 80’s synth-pop bands such as Erasure and The Pet Shop Boys creating an ear worm that’s hard to shake. While ‘The Machine’ could sit alongside many modern electronic artists like The Knife and Autechre as beats pop and samples soar, neatly bridged by a shoegaze style chorus. Closing track ‘Man Of Straw, Man Of Stone’ sways rhythmically with samples and beats washing gloriously over soft, distant, dream-like vocals reminiscent of Boards Of Canada

Formed in 2010 Glyphs came together after Mark Walsh (vocals/songwriting) and Matt Wilkie (producer) became flatmates. Despite having known one another for a few years previously, Mark had embarked on a two year trip to Asia and Australia and it wasn’t until his return to Brixton that the pair reconnected. Originally hailing from Liverpool the duo set about writing and recording together as Matt had an array of music and beats already written and Mark was able to provide the lyrics and vocals.

Out To Sea is Glyphs’ fourth release following on from their Small Sounds EP and Glyphs EP both released in 2011 and the Locks & Keys EP, which was released in 2013. Combining a wide range of influences from Caribou and Bonobo to Four Tet and The Knife, Glyphs have created a sound that they can call their own.

Out To Sea is released via Small Sounds. Download it digitally via iTunes.

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Posted Tue, 21 Oct 2014 in Glyphs

The Marivaux release ‘All In Good Time’ video!

For fans of: The Enemy, The View, The Libertines

The Marivaux have released the video for All In Good Time, the title track and single taken from their forthcoming EP, released via AWAL on 10th November  2014

You can watch the video via the band's YouTube channel or via the embed below.

You can also download and stream EP track 'Come With Me' for free from the ABoF SoundCloud page or via the embed below.

The EP is about ‘no hopers’; the endless falling, standing and repeating that each generation has to deal with, the overall message being simply to chill out and enjoy the ride. Each track is filled with a classic underground rock sound with lots of good old fashioned noise and lead singer Phil McAdam’s northern slurs completing the package. 

The band have already picked up support from the likes of BBC 6Music's Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson as well as BBC Introducing... Manchester, and they've played sold out shows in Manchester as well as abandoned mansions (like the Belgian Embassy) in Rusholme. They have also supported the likes of The Futureheads and George Borowski and have held shows at Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green stores nationwide. The boys are currently touring the UK and will be heading to Europe in November.

All In Good Time is released via AWAL on 10th November 2014. Download the single via iTunes.

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Posted Mon, 20 Oct 2014 in The Marivaux