Bring Me The Horizon – Throne (Single Review)

In anticipation of ‘That’s The Spirit’ Sheffield’s finest Bring Me The Horizon give us a taster in the form of ‘Throne’

 

Author: Brad Shea

Bring Me The Horizon first emerged onto the scene in 2004 with their debut EP This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For and since then, the Sheffield 5 piece have made quite a name for themselves. With each album, they’ve matured their sound and following the release of Sempiternal in 2013, the band went on to sell out Wembley Arena and moved up festival bills around the world.

Now, the Steel City boys are back and once again, they’ve reinvented their sound.

‘Throne’, the lead single from upcoming fifth album That’s the Spirit, is massive. Fans of the band will recall ‘Drown’, a song thought to be a stand alone single which has now worked it’s way onto the albums track list, and perhaps notice that, stylistically, the two songs sound very similar. The addition of keyboardist Jordan Fish has allowed the band to experiment with the electronic influences that first came to light, albeit subtly, on second album Suicide Season and much like ‘Drown’, Oli Sykes has opted to sing rather than scream. It’s a brave and bold decision, one which may well lose them a lot of fans, but it’s sure to pay off as ‘Throne’ is one of the best songs the band has released to date. Lyrics such as ‘Throw me to the wolves, tomorrow I will come back, leader of the whole pack’ instantly work their way into your brain and begged to be sung back at the band as they take to some of the world’s biggest stages. Drummer Matt Nicholls is on point as always, providing a frantic beat as the chorus kicks in and the keyboards take centre stage. That’s not to say that guitarist Lee Malia and bassist Matt Kean don’t bring anything to the mix, merely that this time around the band have chosen to highlight their electronic influences rather than their trademark metalcore sound. The unofficial single, ‘Happy Song’, released last week, still proves that the band can provide heavy riffs when needed but for now, ‘Throne’ is a welcome change of pace and one that will see the bands career strengthen even more over the coming months as they prepare for the release of their next album.

That’s the Spirit will be released on September 11th via Columbia Records.

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5 Best Venues To Go To Over Tramlines

Author: Thomas Durkan
The last weekend in July means only one thing in the city of Sheffield and that is Tramlines. Since it started in 2009 the festival has grown year on year, attracting acts as big as The Charlatans, Basement Jaxx, The Cribs and Echo and The Bunnymen. With near enough every pub/bar/club hosting events all weekend, we are going to be telling you the 5 venues you will not want to miss.

Bungalows & Bears

Right in the heart of Division Street, a stones throw from the stage on Devonshire Green, lies Bungalows & Bears. Known for having a mixture of good beer, great food and live music, Bungalows has a line up for the weekend that promises to thrill. Expect chilled out acoustic shows in the day time and sweaty DJ sets in the evening.

Check out: Adult Jazz, Chloe Martini, James Ewan-Tait.

The Harley

The Harley, the birthplace of the festival, is your one stop shop for massive DJ sets over the weekend. It’s on the way to the main stage at The Ponderosa and the party will be going on until 4 am every night. They are also showcasing a number of bands in the early evening. And why not stop by in the day time to enjoy some food from the Twisted Burger Company.

Check out: Andy H, RedFaces, NAO UK.

The Riverside

Sick of town and fancy a good pint? Well just outside of the city centre, situated in Kelham Island is The Riverside. Known for its real ale and beautiful beer garden which looks on to the River Don, The Riverside will be showcasing live bands for all tastes. The weather is supposed to be nice on Saturday so get down there early if you want a spot outside. And the pubs profits go to charity, supporting local arts and creative projects, so that’ll make you feel good whilst you’re sipping your beer and taking the music in.

Check out: CryBabyCry, The Ratells, Josh Kemp

DQ

Wondering where to go for some late night mischief after the likes of The Buzzcocks and Billy Bragg have finished their sets? Well where better than DQ? Round the corner from Devonshire green, DQ will be bringing you the best in electronic music, including a set from the one and only Craig Charles.

Check out: Craig Charles, XXXY, Matty Russell

The Wick at Both Ends  

Some would argue that The Wick at Both Ends is probably West Streets finest establishment (not forgetting West Street Live and all its glory). According to their Facebook page, the bar will be hosting ‘bands all day, DJs all night and drinks all the time.’ To me that sounds like heaven. With the music running until the early hours, grab yourself a cocktail and dance until your heart is content.

Check out: Kiziah and the Kings, Jack Athey, The Ruby Blues

5 Sheffield Acts To Look Out For

Author: Thomas Durkan

Sheffield is a city that has been known for producing a diverse range of music throughout the years. From Def Leppard to the Human League to Arctic Monkeys. But it seems like an eternity since ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ broke numerous records and put the steal city back on the map. Surely it’s time for someone to rise up and take the crown that Mr. Turner and Co. Have been hogging all these years. Here are 5 acts that could potentially do it.Sheffield_Station_from_Sheaf_Square

The Half Earth:

Originally from Blackpool, Conor Stephenson has been living in Sheffield now for some years and has been creating a buzz around his solo project called The Half Earth. Comparisons can easily be made to Bon Iver. His music is intense, personal and some might argue harrowing. He’s set to tour the country next month with Lucy Rose. It seems the future’s bright for The Half Earth.

Listen to “Glass”:

Low Duo:

Having played together in various bands for a while, brothers Leigh and Adam Greenwood decided to set out on their own. Just one guitar and one vocal. The outcome is phenomenal. One moment it’s raw anger, the next it’s gentle and melodic. But it is always passionate. With 4 EPs and an LP already available, LD already have a considerable back catalogue and you can catch them playing regular gigs around the city.

 

Listen to “No Happier”:

 

 

 

Laurel Canyons:

 

Americana? In South Yorkshire? Ee by gum! Well blend that with some good psych-indie rock and that’s exactly what Laurel Canyon’s are bringing to the table. And boy do they deliver. They released their debut EP ‘Now We’re Rebuilding’ in November, have garnered high reviews from the likes of Steve Lamacq and supported King Charles. The sky is the limit for Laurel Canyons, and I can’t see them falling short.

Listen to “Owe Nothing”:

James Ewan Tait:

Full of pure talent and a voice that will surely be breaking the hearts of thousands of girls around the world, James Ewan Tait can usually be found preforming around Sheffield with his acoustic in tow. However, he is currently working in the studio with a band and expanding his sound from the everyday singer-songwriter, as can be seen by his song Jug Band Blues. I for one am looking forward to seeing what else comes out of the studio.

Listen to “Jug Band Blues”:

The Hosts:

The Hosts have been around the Sheffield music scene now for a few years. Reminiscent of a record you would hear playing in the background of a 1960’s period film, they are full of nostalgia but also much more. Their first album has just dropped and they’re set to play in London at the end of the month. Surely world domination is next on the list.

Listen to “September Song”: