We have been partnered with our friends over at Deth Kult for a few months now, and we figured it's about time we introduced you to them properly.
These guys are a relatively new brand, forming in only December 2013. When they first started up and we hooked up with them they were just a fledgling brand with only a few items to show for it. By now they are making some serious noise as an established heavy metal/skate brand with some really wicked lines.
Deth Kult typifies what we love about clothing brands in that their brand is a celebration of music and art expressed through their clothing; these guys are clearly into some kick-ass bands.
If you check out their website you'll find a plethora of wicked tees, beanies, stickers and badge packs with their own distinctive vibe. Their blog is an impressive celebration of body art, heavy metal and skaters. Theirs is an image we're happy to get behind.
And that's why we love to work alongside these guys. Not only are they a wicked brand with a great vision and sick designs, but they're also a great bunch and really cool to keep up with.
Check them out, give them a follow. Buy their threads, wear them proud.
Quick heads up guys, the band we are supporting over Easter at O2 Academy 2 Liverpool have changed their name from Fortunes to FARRA.
Yes, it says Fortunes on your tickets; no, it won't invalidate them.
Just be wary that if we start talking about FARRA it means these guys and refers to our supporting them on 16th April. Meanwhile, they've got a new facebook page so give that a like, and be sure to check out some of their awesome videos on youtube.
On Saturday 5th April 2014 we return to Telford for the first of our shows in a packed Easter break.
The show is the second of three T-Live Bandslams this year. In the first heat, Melissa Severn and the Grant Pritchard Trio made it through to the final. Only two bands go through from each heat, and then they battle it out in the final round to win the chance to play at T-Live alongside Rick Astley, Lawson, Union J and Tich in the summer.
T-Live Bandslam #2
The Place, Telford
Tickets: £4.00 from this link.
The competition will be judged based upon the following criteria: stage presence; originality; musical quality; time keeping; stage management; engagement; propriety of music to voice. We are no strangers to competitions like this but your support is absolutely vital and any of you in the area we'd love to see!
We'll be flyering at the show as well so make sure you get down.
The artists against whom we'll be competing include some of our good friends from the industry such as The Rooz, whose frontman Louis Coupe we had the pleasure of playing alongside in Priorslee a couple years ago. You may have spotted him on The Voice last year; great talent.
This should be enough info on the show to encourage you to get your ass down to it. Any questions/problems or if you want to do some flyering, let us know.
Yes, you read that correctly. No, this is not a joke.
The good people behind the Pot Noodle twitter account got in touch with us recently asking for our address stating that they wanted to send us something. Over the coming days there was much deliberation and above all excitement about what the mysterious package bound for Sam's flat would be - and we weren't disappointed when it arrived.
What we received was a one of a kind Fight The Dice Pot Noodle. A Fight The Dice Pot Noodle.
On a Pot Noodle.
Made by Pot Noodle.
In our opinion this is a massive step for the band because we're finally getting the recognition we want and deserve from "instant noodle snack food" twitter accounts which, as we all know, pretty much run the music industry. Simon Cowell's not even allowed to go the bathroom without permission from Pot Noodle.
As I draw to the end of this blog post there are two questions that come to mind:
Why isn't the Fight The Dice Pot Noodle in mass production yet?
Is Sam going to be able to resist eating it until we next have band practice?
All I know is that this is pretty freakin' awesome.
P.S. Your move, Super Noodles.
We wanted to write about something positive today. Lately we've been feeling really good about the band: the direction we're going in; the path we're taking to get there; the response from those around us. There are just so many things we are pulling off this year which, last year, would have fallen flat at the first hurdle. It's a great feeling.
Throughout our career as a band, we've had some gruesome bad luck. We've missed out on some great opportunities by nought but a whisker, and we've seen some great chances go begging for one obscure reason or another; we've had our fair share of misfortune. More than that, we've seen that a lot of people flat-out do not like our music, do not like us as people, and will never be convinced otherwise. As much as it can seem like we are, we aren't actually blind to all that. Sometimes it hurts.
Ironically, as of late, it has become a life force to us. We are out there to prove people wrong. We are out there to make people say "y'know what? I never gave you guys a chance but actually you're doing really well," - it's happened before and we will make it happen again. Now more than ever. We want to make people proud of us. And this year we're starting to make that happen.
Lately things have started to light up. It's very hard to explain without revealing details of all the super-cool-but-as-yet-top-secret stuff that's already happened, or will be happening this year. And we're only into March! 2014 has been a blessing to us, and it's not even a quarter done yet. Our fortunes are changing. We've got some huge shows lined up and no doubt plenty more before the year is out.
We play with some top class bands and we get to see some amazing things and our journey here is not done yet. Our confidence is at an all-time high, and we're growing ever stronger. You can be a part of this. You should be a part of this.
Please, get involved. If you haven't already, doing the following things will really help us out:
Each of those links offers something different - be it an opportunity to stream our music, watch our videos, get discounted merchandise, or simply give you an insight into our lives.
We owe it to you to give you the best experience you can within our community, and we can only do that if you get involved.
We are the sum total of everything you've all done for us and for that we are forever grateful.
Tickets for both of our O2 Academy shows over Easter have now arrived for full release on the store.
16 Apr 2014 ~ O2 Academy 2 Liverpool ft. Fortunes + special guests. Tickets.
19 Apr 2014 ~ O2 Academy 3 Birmingham ft. Fight The Dice + special guests. Tickets.
We understand that some of you have had some of these tickets on pre-order for quite a while, and as such we are going to +1 all ticket pre-orders for these shows. So if you ordered 2 tickets, you'll get 3 shipped, and so on. Consider it an apology for the delay in shipment, and a thank you for being absolutely radical.
Whilst we are constantly booking new shows, our current schedule of upcoming shows includes:
05 Apr 2014 ~ The Place, Telford. T-Live Bandslam ft. Shropshire's best new music. Tickets.
12 Apr 2014 ~ Live Session for BBC Introducing in Shropshire.
19/20 Jul 2014 ~ EssexFest ft. Frankie Cocozza, Ms Dynamite & Misha B. Tickets.
Remember if you're coming to an O2 Academy show to see us, it is really important that you buy our tickets from us and not from third parties (every time we say this, and every time at least one person ignores us), more on that here.
Also, be sure to use code 'MARCH30' for 30% off all orders (tickets or no) on the store, up until next Friday the 14th March.
Any problems with ticket orders or what have you, get in touch.
So this is my first blog, and there's so many things I want to say that I feel as lost and confused as a penguin toddling around in New York (ignoring those badass penguins out of Madagascar that simply do not give a fuck).
I think I'll start with Jamie. Our new drummer flew in like a bat on speed and kicked some serious ass at our most recent show in London last week. This was a show where (despite our set being cut short) we felt we performed pretty solidly, each of us absolutely delighted to see so many of our fans wearing our merchandise and beaming up at us with a gaze somewhat reminiscent of Nick Carraway's adoration for Gatsby. It feels amazing.
We have a ton of exciting stuff coming up in the next few months and throughout the year, so many shows and events are cropping up I don't actually have any idea whether this blog post will be of the "you heard it here first" variety, or simply old news to the occasional super-hardcore-mega-fan-that-often-knows-things-before-me. But what I would love to mention (or at least elaborate on) is the goings on of a month which usually flies past like a chav as soon as he gets out of the centre of town in his sexy, sexy Vauxhall Corsa: April.
Kicking off the month like the best damn Sunday league football match you've ever seen, on the 5th of April is a show called T-Live Bandslam, the first round of qualification for us to get in with a chance of playing at the T-Live festival in the Summer. This is a festival which would be a wonderful privilege to perform, especially having missed out on the chance last year due to various members of the band off gallivanting around the world whilst I sat at home watching episode after episode of Lost (I have no regrets, that series changed my life). So it's really great that we're in with a chance of securing a slot at the festival this year.
So it'd be great to see as many fans as possible at The Place in Oakengates, Telford on that date, and hopefully we'll get selected. After that there's a little treat that our fans/music lovers across the UK will be able to enjoy on the 12th of April; information about that will no doubt be fired at you very soon, if not by the time this blog post is actually posted, rendering this entire paragraph more or less irrelevant.
Either way, that'll mark the start of what is already being described as a "wicked-awesome-mega-fun week", with us being the main support to Fortunes at O2 Academy Liverpool (this'll be our first ever show within punching distance of Steven Gerrard, so we'll make sure to play something he likes) on Wednesday 16th April; tickets for that are well and truly available from the website, only a couple of clicks away, on the Store.
Then the wicked-awesome-mega-fun-week will be rounded off in stunning fashion on Easter weekend (the Saturday) as we get to HEADLINE another show at Birmingham O2 Academy supported by some pretty insane bands, the superb Page 44, Million Empire, Hilum and Joe Miles. It'll be a great show, we can break out some new songs and it'll be amazing to see all you Brummy folk there.
Tickets for that are also very much available from the Store.
Peace out, Tom.
All blog posts are written by the band members themselves.