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Holy State

‘Dial M For Monolith’
Brew Records

You may remember this band playing a killer live set at our Camden Crawl date last year at the Barfly. They have been writing new material which is about to see the light of day and from what we have heard, it’s fantastic.

This week, the Holy State released an amazing, new video for track Dial M For Monolith which sees the 4-piece tackle outer space on a budget, but pulling it off remarkably on the effort front.

The track is described as a “story of evolution through space and time, taking us from the dawn of humanity to to beyond the infinite” with the video a tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

You can check out the video below and get ready for the band’s debut album Electric Picture Palace, which will be released by Brew Records on April 30th.

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Hawk Eyes November tour, ep and free download

Hawk Eyes have announced a tour, new EP and free download today. The band formerly known as Chicken Hawk who smashed our Halloween Massacre back in 2009 will be on tour in november playing some of the tracks that have been recorded for their new album scheduled for 2012. The tour that kicks off next week is with Turbowolf and James Cleaver Quintet so get your shit together and get a ticket as this line up looks a bit tasty.

Claim your free download of their Witch Hunt demo below and look out for a new EP released via Brew Records in December.

Tue 08 Nov 2011 Bristol Croft
Wed 09 Nov 2011 Cardiff Ifor Bach
Thu 10 Nov 2011 Colchester Arts Centre Tickets
Fri 11 Nov 2011 UK Southend Chinneys
Sat 12 Nov 2011 Nottingham Basement
Mon 14 Nov 2011 Birmingham Vudu
Tue 15 Nov 2011 Leeds Cockpit
Wed 16 Nov 2011 Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Thu 17 Nov 2011 Manchester Alter Ego
Fri 18 Nov 2011 UK Sheffield Corporation
Sat 19 Nov 2011 Aldershot Westend Centre
Sun 20 Nov 2011 Southampton Joiners
Tue 22 Nov 2011 London Upstairs at the Garage

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Brew / DTTR split 10″

Ltd 10″ vinyl

The formula for this release is simple, Yorkshire labels Brew and Dance to the Radio have teamed up for a limited edition Record Store Day release. Four of their most exciting and upcoming acts Dolphins, Blacklisters, Castrovalva and Hawk Eyes have contributed a track each to create ten explosive minutes of rock.

The pulsating Escape by Dolphins kick-starts procedures with a short sharp dose of chunky riffing. Then comes Club Foot by Kasabian from the hair-raising Blacklisters, advice being don’t spend the whole song working out whether it’s a Kasabian Cover or a quirky song title, that’s unimportant. What’s important is the sheer velocity of the vocals and the word ‘noise’.

The pick of the bunch is third song Senorita by Castrovalva. It has a brash childish thrill that sucks you in and spits you out at the other end. The vocal delivery is electrifying and its robotic feel adds another element to its general haphazardness. It finishes up with Hawk Eyes, who may be more familiar to you as Chickenhawk, pre name change. Their success has been spiralling into the mainstream and with tracks like Yes, Have Some with its hectic fretwork and perplexing guitar licks, you can see why.

This is a startling example of the talent that the city of Leeds is currently throwing up and another jewel in the crown of Record Store Day. Consisting of the finest and noisiest sounds around, it’s a big slap in the face, a pleasant slap in the face if such things exist.

Mark Beckett