Everyone always goes on and on about the BIG bands that have made a huge impact in the music industry, but what about the bands that are just starting out, those who are trying to get their message heard? Here is some of the latest news, tours, videos and free downloads by up and coming bands to look out for in the future…


New York based trio fun. have confirmed the release of their debut album ‘Aim & Ignite’ as well as more UK dates.

The band sold out a number of shows when they debuted in London in March supporting the double A-side singles ‘Walking The Dog’ and ‘Be Calm’ and will be returning for more dates in May including:

21 Liverpool, Shipping Forecast / Sound City
22 Glasgow, Stag and Dagger
23 Leeds, Cockpit 2
24 Brighton, Prince Albert
25 London, Kings College
27 Kingston, New Slang
29 Bristol, venue tbc / Dot to Dot
30 Nottingham, venue tbc / Dot to Dot
31 Manchester, venue tbc / Dot to Dot

‘Aim & Ignite’ is released on June 7th and will be preceded by the single ‘All the Pretty Girls’ on May 31st.

Gap Year Riot
With a raw energy that will smack you straight across the face for attention, Gap Year Riot has announced the release of 'These Streets Never Sleep', their debut EP.

Offering a combination of tunes, from slower piano-infused numbers to blasts of pop punk and a plethora of strong guitar riffs, this release demonstrates the quintet's ability to balance out emotions in a song while making one heck of a memorable sound.

It may have the band two years to get to this point but the result certainly sounds worth the wait. The band is playing three venues with the brilliant Attack!Attack! on the following dates:

02 O2 Academy 2, Newcastle (w/ Attack!Attack!)
03 King Tuts, Glasgow (w/ Attack!Attack!)
04 Warehouse, Aberdeen (w/ Attack!Attack!)

Hear more from the band through their Myspace


Fighting Fiction
Emerging indie-punk four-piece Fighting Fiction has announced the release of their new single ‘We Will Not Forget’. This is likely the bands most aggressive offering to date and will include a free acoustic download ‘Turning Rebellion Into Money.’

Fighting Fiction hit the road this month in support of their new single.

06 The Railway, Winchester
07 Talking Heads, Southampton
08 The Fawcett Inn, Portsmouth
10 Fighting Cocks, London
13 Mentholmans (@West Street Live), Sheffield
14 Harry’s Bar, Stoke on Trent
17 The Royal Oak, Ipswich
18 Juiced - Liquid/Envy Crawley, London
22 Square, Harlow
23 Lincoln Arms, Dorking
26 Croft, Bristol
29 Prince Albert, Brighton
30 Junction, Cambridge

05 Moles Club, Bath *Single release party*
07 Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham,

4 Keynsham Music Festival - Time out stage

25 Frog Fest @ Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham


Flood of Red
Five years ago Jamie McGowan joined Flood of Red with the aim of making good music; he did just that. Sadly five years on the band have announced that their long time friend and bass player will be leaving, as according to statement made by the band and management on their Myspace “Jim has decided that it's time for him to move forward in achieving different and more personal goals and although we are very sad to see him go, we absolutely wish him all the best for his future adventures and endeavours. He will remain a constant friend and brother to us always.”

It is expected that James’ last stage performance with the band will be on 25th April when they play Classic Grand.

I, Said The Spy!
The bouncy trio I, Said The Spy! hit the road next week playing the following dates

12 April Sound Bar, Birmingham
13 April Hope and Anchor, Islington London
14 M Club, Crewe
15 The Hangman Chester
16 Hobo’s Bridgend
17 Chambers, Dundee

After this the band will be playing various other dates all of which be found on the band’s Myspace page.


There are so many incredible bands out there trying to get their music heard and playing live one of the best ways. Recommended this week would be Glamour of the Kill and Yashin. Together they have been touring the nation from one end of the UK to the other, playing over 30 dates. The ‘In For The Kill’ tour has already landed in many cities, including London where we managed to catch them. You can read the full review here. Both bands are highly recommended and an absolute blast to see perform. Catch the behind the scenes antics with the Glamour of the Kill tour diary on their Myspace as well as upcoming tour dates.


American Bang
Nashville rockers, American Bang have release the video for their new single ‘Whiskey Walk’. The clip takes place in an abandoned chemical warehouse. It was directed by Mike Jones and Jim Sullos and captures the band's explosive stage presence and their ability to go all out. The bands debut album, which features both this tune and their first single ‘Wild And Young,’ will be released this Spring.

Here is a quick look at the new Canterbury single, a link for the download can be found below


We all love free music and here are the top tracks to download this week.

Out Like a Lion
Out Like A Lion have a single available from their Myspace called ‘Gives us a smile’.

Princip is a fairly new band, recently celebrating their first year anniversary as a band. CONGRATULATIONS! To join in the celebrations you can grab a copy of the quartet’s debut EP from their Facebook page

A Day Overdue
The lads of A Day Overdue began 2009 on a high with lots of touring and two EP’s worth of songs. However Winter was a bit of a blue time. In 2010 they are back on their feet and ready to rule the world. They have a new single for download called ‘Relapse’, the review can be read here and the band are offering both their previous EP’s for free on their Myspace. They are well worth a listen.

Lastly, we have Canterbury. They gave away their album Thank You not too long ago and now they have a new single ‘Gloria,’ which can be downloaded from canterburythankyou along with the album if you have not already heard it.