Converge cover Black Flag, Negative Approach & The Cure

Hardcore legends Converge are back with a new album on epitaph records this October 12th titled ‘All We Love We Leave Behind‘ and have rolled out cover versions of classic predecessors Black Flag, Negative Approach and The Cure.

The new album landed at crossfire HQ last week and we can tell you that even though it’s their 8th album, it will annihilate your ears.

Vocalist Jacob Bannon added, “I think we really stepped up our game on this record. The most important thing to this band is that with every album we want to create something that excites us and moves us in some way. There are a lot of subtle nuances on this record are really special to us and we definitely hit those individually on this record.”

Watch the video for first track Aimless Arrow here and stream these covers. You will be surprised by The Cure!

Reading and Leeds festival line ups announced

The first announcement of the line up for the Reading and Leeds Festival 2012 has been isued and is as follows. The Cure headline the Friday night at Reading, Kasabian Saturday and Foo Fighters Sunday. The Maccabees, At The Drive In and Justice headline the NME/Radio One Stage at Reading and Metronomy have been announced as headliners of the Dance stage so far.

Check here for the full line up. tickets are now on sale at £197.50 for a Weekend Ticket, £85.00 Day Ticket, £60.00 Campervan *, £15.00 Locker *, £15.00 Early Bird Ticket * £5.00 Car parking*. * = no booking fee.

Reading: August 24 (Fri), Leeds: August 25 (Sat)
Main Stage

The Cure
Paramore
Bombay Bicycle Club
You Me At Six
Crystal Castles
Angels and Airwaves
Coheed and Cambria
Cancer Bats
Deaf Havana

NME/Radio 1 Stage

The Maccabees
Foster The People
The Courteeners

Reading: August 25 (Sat), Leeds: August 26 (Sun)

Main Stage

Kasabian
Florence And The Machine
The Vaccines
Enter Shikari
The Shins
Odd Future
Mystery Jets
Special Guests
Blood Red Shoes

NME/Radio 1 Stage

At The Drive-In
The Cribs
Billy Talent
Miike Snow

Dance Stage

Metronomy
Katy B
Azealia Banks
Jaguar Skills

Reading: August 26 (Sun), Leeds: August 24 (Fri)

Main Stage

Foo Fighters
The Black Keys
Kaiser Chiefs
Bullet For My Valentine
All Time Low
The Gaslight Anthem
Eagles Of Death Metal
Band Of Skulls
Pulled Apart By Horses

NME/Radio 1 Stage

Justice
Two Door Cinema Club
The Horrors
SBTRKT

Tune of the Day: The Cure – Fire in Cairo

TheCureThreeImaginaryBoysIn light of the political situation and uprising in Egypt right now, today’s Tune of the Day comes from one of the pioneers of British indie pop. The Cure’s Fire in Cairo was just one of twelve incredible tracks recorded on their debut album Three Imaginary Boys released back at the beginning of the summer of 1979 via Fiction Records.

Chris Parry’s minimal production that spilled reverb over raw, spiky punk riffs captured the band perfectly and set the sail for the band to turn into one of Britain’s biggest music exports who in turn inspired many more. The full length featured many classic songs such as Accuracy, Grinding Halt, 10:15 Saturday Night, Meathook and of course, the controversial Killing an Arab that was actually toned down to Killing Another when played many years later and didn’t make the track list on the re-issue back in 2004 when it was released with various bonus tracks.

The first time I ever heard this track was on John Peel’s incredible radio show so enjoy the Peel Session version of this track below and give thought to the people of Egypt today as chaotic protests spread from there, Tunisia and possibly beyond.