Top Tracks of 2017

So 2017 has been a year that featured an absolute embarrassment of pop culture miscellany, from film to TV, to books and video games. Music has been especially great this year, thankfully making 2017 somewhat bearable. Here are our Top Tracks of 2017. (Please note that these songs are in no particular order.)   The Louvre LORDE Melodrama In 2014 Lorde appeared out of nowhere and brought with her genius lopsided-pop singles like ‘Royals’ and promptly took over.…
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Why Do Pop-Punks Hate Their Hometowns?

“This one goes out to my hometown”, “I hate this town” “I hate this fuckin’ town”, “I fuckin’ hate this town” “I don’t even wanna be in this town”, “I can’t stand this town much longer”, “We could leave this town and run forever”, “This fuckin’ town” “I’m so glad I got the fuck out of our hometown”, “You were the last good thing about this part of town.” These are all lines from various pop punk bands about where they grew up.…
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Live: SLØTFACE at Actress and Bishop, Birmingham

The Actress and Bishop is a left-field venue choice, especially for a band as internationally known as Norway’s Sløtface. It’s obscure, off the beaten track and this is the first time in this reviewer’s seven years in Birmingham that he has seen a band perform there. It is for the most part an able, if tiny, performance space, despite the sound bleed from the Friday Night pubbing that is happening below.…
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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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