TNF Premiere: UK art-punk band Civil Villains premiere new video for “Gargoyles”

If you like abrasive alt-rock that also dares to venture out of its comfort zone, UK art-punk band Civil Villains might be the band for you. Having just released their debut EP Snake Oil in November, the band have already made waves throughout the scene by playing shows with Bellevue Days, Poly-Math, and even Listener. While it can be hard to pin down their sound musically, rest assured that they love to RIFF.

We’re also stoked to be premiering the band’s new video for “Gargoyles” from the debut EP. Give it a watch below and get to know the rising band with a few Q&A questions, too.

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TNF Premiere: Lochaven goes track-by-track with their new album, “Change Is Upon Us”

Though likely a new name on your radar, alt-rock newcomers Lochaven probably won’t qualify as such for long. Having just released their debut full-length Change Is Upon Us January 10th, the band has hardly been together but for a couple years. That being said, the band’s ambition is on display here, considering Change Is Upon Us is an elaborate and intelligently-produced concept album that, thankfully, you don’t need to immerse yourself in to digest it. It certainly helps, though! And with the three-piece hopping over here to narrate the album’s story, you can definitely follow along – something we recommend doing below.

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This Day In Music History: January 11th, 2010 – You Me At Six releases breakout sophomore album, “Hold Me Down”

When acclaimed UK band You Me At Six released their debut album Take Off Your Colours in 2008, the young, burgeoning act was hotly tipped as one of UK’s brightest young hopes for pop-punk. Packed with infectious hooks and a youthful spirit, the album also caused their impending sophomore album to carry increased expectations. After all, Britain is famous for developing bands that explode onto the scene with scintillating debut records (see: Bloc Party, The Libertines, Oasis), only to have those same bands fade away just as quickly. Of course, that’s not always the case – especially in the case of the 3 bands listed – but the sophomore slump is duly noted for a reason as a cautionary tale that, despite a band’s best efforts, expectations will always be higher with success.

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New Faces In The Dark: Why Liverpool’s Loathe are poised to redefine what you know about metalcore

With the release of their debut album The Cold Sun in 2017, Liverpool alternative metal/metalcore band Loathe quickly became one of the more hotly-tipped bands to rise out of the underground in recent years. It really shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that the band appeals to so many demographics, though. Just for starters, look at the singles Loathe has released from their upcoming sophomore album, I Let It In And It Took Everything. “New Faces In The Dark” is absolutely unhinged technical metalcore, but with a melodic, Deftones-esque chorus that really sells itself. But wait, there’s more!

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