News: ALLUSONDRUGS to release new EP and We Are The Ocean support tour

Good evening altrocklifers! Today my inbox was graced with the news that everyone’s favourite psycho/pop/grunge band ALLUSONDRUGS are due to release a new EP.

On October 23rd, Am I Weird? will be available to purchase on limited edition CD and via digital download from a select number of UK record stores, and can be preordered now on the band’s website.

ALLUSONDRUGS have released DIY music videos for a number of singles over the past few months, as well as a 7″ single last month.  Am I Weird? is the band’s effort to compile all of their latest tracks into one convenient package.

An even more limited edition pre-order bundle version of the EP comes with a bonus DIY hand-painted-sleeve CD featuring four different versions of ‘Sunset Yellow’. ALLUSONDRUGS’ previous hand-painted releases are now all long gone and much-sought-after.

You may remember that in August, I reported that the band were heading out on a co-headline tour with fellow Yorkshire lads Brawlers. That tour ended yesterday, but ALLUSONDRUGS aren’t putting up their feet for long, as they’re back on the road in support of We Are The Ocean next month.

They’re also playing a ‘Save The Children’ charity event on November 4th in Liverpool, followed by an (almost) hometown headline show in Leeds on November 27th.

Here are the tour dates – if the tour swings by a town near you, make sure you don’t miss out!

  • 4/11 – Liverpool East Village Arts Club (Save The Children show)
  • 9/11- Birmingham Asylum
  • 10/11 – Cardiff The Globe
  • 11/11 – Bristol The Fleece
  • 12/11 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
  • 13/11 – Leeds University
  • 15/11 – Glasgow King Tuts
  • 16/11 – Newcastle O2 Academy 2
  • 17/11 – Manchester Sound Control
  • 18/11 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
  • 20/11 – London O2 Islington Academy 2
  • 27/11 – Leeds The Library (headline hometown show)

Are you planning on seeing We Are The Ocean and ALLUSONDRUGS on tour? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter.

Currently listening to: Lies (Chvrches cover) – Muse


News: ALLUSONDRUGS announce co-headline tour with Brawlers

In February of this year I saw ALLUSONDRUGS support Enter Shikari on tour at the Portsmouth Pyramids – I wasn’t too impressed by their live performance, as you can read here, but when I got home I listened to some of their music and I was pleasantly surprised.  ALLUSONDRUGS are a really exciting new British band, and it makes me happy to see them co-headlining with another exciting new British band, Brawlers.

I reviewed Brawlers’ debut album Romantic Errors Of Our Youth a while back through Scene Better Days, and I really, really enjoyed it.  I haven’t had the opportunity to see them live yet, which makes me sad because their tour doesn’t come very close to me.  The closest date is in Plymouth, which unfortunately is a bit of a trek!

Take a look at the tour dates below to see if this not-to-be-missed tour is heading your way this October.

  • 4/10 – Norwich Owl Sanctuary
  • 5/10 – Leicester Scholar Bar
  • 6/10 – Hull Fruit
  • 8/10 – High Wycombe Bucks SU
  • 9/10 – Plymouth The Junction
  • 10/10 – Middlesborough Twisterella Fest (just ALLUSONDRUGS)
    – Swansea The Scene (just Brawlers)
  • 12/10 – Birmingham Rainbow Courtyard
  • 13/10 – Chester Live Rooms
  • 14/10 – Sheffield Bungalows & Bears

Commenting on the news, ALLUSONDRUGS said: “We’re looking forward to having a load of stuff on the go after a summer leisurely rolling around the festivals. It’s going to be so good to be out around the country with fellow Yorkshire boys Brawlers too!”

Are you planning on seeing ALLUSONDRUGS and Brawlers live this October? Have you seen them live before, and what did you think of their performance?  Let me know on Facebook or Twitter.

Currently listening to: True FriendsBring Me The Horizon

Review: Romantic Errors of Our Youth

Here’s the latest review I wrote over on Scene Better Days, take a look!

Scene Better Days

When I was sent Brawlers’ debut album to review, I didn’t think I’d ever listened to their music. That’s until I heard ‘Windowmisser’, and I realised I’ve heard them played on BBC Radio 1 multiple times. They made a good impression on my first listen, and that good impression has continued while listening to Romantic Errors of Our Youth.

My initial reaction to the Leeds four piece was that their vocalist sounds a little bit like The Wombats’ Matthew Murphy. With a punk rock core running underneath quirky lyrics, Brawlers seem to have crafted a pretty original sound. Plus, the vocalist doesn’t struggle to be heard over the instruments, which is definitely a bonus.

‘Drink & Dial’ is perfect for radio play: in fact, a lot of the tracks would be suitable for a more mainstream audience. That doesn’t take away from the guitar riffs and cymbal-heavy percussion, however…

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