Interview: WITH CONFIDENCE – Seeing the World, 10 Year Old Albums and What They Did Right

Australia’s With Confidence are a band to watch, putting out an excellent debut in Better Weather and touring all over the world. Saturday the 23rd saw the band visiting Birmingham in support of Mayday Parade, where they put on a truly fantastic show and, to make the night even better, vocalist/bassist Jayden Seeley and guitarist Luke Rockets took some time beforehand to indulge me in a quick chat.…
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LIVE: Mayday Parade at the 02 Institute, Birmingham

As the name of the tour suggests, it’s been 10 years since Mayday Parade’s hit debut album A Lesson in Romantics, which has since sold over 200,000 copies and been listed as one of Rock Sound‘s “The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time”. If you listened to pop punk as a teenager, you’ve almost definitely heard this album.…
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Live: CHARLY BLISS at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Tonight at The Sunflower Lounge has a distinctive 90s flavour to the acts on offer. Joining Brooklyn-based headliners Charly Bliss are three Birmingham acts all with their minds variously focused on the Seattle sound, Weezer or the Golden Era of Emo. Local lowercase singer/songwriter the chalet lines is up first. A pleasantly concise set includes such highlights as an attempted but cheerfully abandoned Pinegrove cover, a smattering of jovial banter and a song literally about sleep.…
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Live: BELLEVUE DAYS at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Back when I was growing up, pretty every band I listened to were influenced by either Faith No More, The Descendents or Nirvana. Now times have changed, and bands are finding newer bands to crib from. Case in point: Tonight’s bands (Bellevue Days, Patrons and Wood and Nails) have rich vein of Long Island emo-types Brand New running through them.…
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Slam Dunk Festival 2017 – Preview

Just two weeks away is the always fun-packed Slam Dunk Festival; one of the shining jewels in the UK festival season. Taking place over three separate dates and locations (Midlands [Birmingham NEC] – Saturday 27th May, North [Leeds City Centre] – Sunday 28th May & South [Hatfield Forum] – Monday 29th May) the festival has an impressively diverse line-up with its 8 stages having something to offer for anyone whose ever worn Converse or sported an emo fringe.…
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The Maine’s Lovely Little Lonely Is A Strong Evolution of Style and Sound

One of the first things I notice about Lovely Little Lonely, sixth studio album from The Maine, is its incredibly smooth and very deliberate construction. I don’t normally like to review track-by-track, but this album warrants an exception to the rule. For example, “Lovely”, “Little” and “Lonely” make up the album’s three title tracks, serving as creative interludes that allows the various moods and styles to flow together in a way that makes the album feel much more like a long, coherent thought process than a simple collection of songs.…
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Essential European Music Festivals 2017

With Coachella just finished we are well and truly ready to start this year’s festival season. While summer is still a month or so away, now is the perfect chance to work out which of the many musical weekenders are worth your time, money and energy. We at PURPLE CAMERA are here to sort the top-tier European Festivals from the rest of the rabble.…
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What Music We’re Listenin’ To – April 2017

Music is pretty great. A soundtrack for living. Without it, life would be a lot quieter. But with an excess of new, old, popular and obscure aural delights available to the average internet-connected listener, it sometimes becomes exhausting and downright overwhelming to track down some new quality playlist fodder. So while some might be more than happy listening to ‘Hotline Bling’ by Drake (or whatever 2015 staple you might prefer) on endless repeat for the rest of forever, we at Purple Camera have some alternative suggestions based on what we’ve been plugged into over the past month.…
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What Music We’re Listenin’ To – March 2017

Music is pretty great. A soundtrack for living. Without it, life would be a lot quieter. But with an excess of new, old, popular and obscure aural delights available to the average internet-connected listener, it sometimes becomes exhausting and downright overwhelming to track down some new quality playlist fodder. So while some might be more than happy listening to ‘Lenny Henry Sux’ by Dave The Rapper on endless repeat for the rest of forever, we at Purple Camera have some alternative suggestions based on what we’ve been plugged into over the past month.…
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Linkin Park’s ‘Heavy’ – Harmless Experimentation or Gross Commercialism?

About a week ago former nu-metal godheads Linkin Park released a new song. It’s called ‘Heavy’ and it is not what people would expect from Linkin Park. If you have yet to hear it, please take a moment to give it a listen. It is quite clear that this is not the ‘One Step Closer’ Linkin Park of old.…
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