Pentral release mesmerising new music video for ‘All My Wounds’

Emily Lindsell

Following on from their recent success of single ‘Silent Trees’, which was highly praised from both Prog and New Noise, Pentral have unleashed their newest track All My Wounds.

The music video, released Friday, March 26th, is set as a live performance – something not many of us have had the chance to experience recently. The video transports you back to the bliss of life pre-covid, where we could attend gigs and witness the magic of live music whenever we pleased.

Seeing the trio up on stage, illuminated by the lights and delivering a performance with such intensity that you can’t look away, it almost feels as though you’re in the venue with them experiencing the show firsthand. It brings a sense of nostalgia, making you crave for the day we can finally get back to watching good, live music unfold before our eyes.

The track itself is the perfect one to accompany that nostalgia, as its lyrics and general sound embody such a positive message. The powerful bass, guitar and drums, paired with it’s empowering lyrics, makes it the ideal song to scream along to at your first live gig post-coronavirus. The album that the song originates from was completely recorded and produced throughout the pandemic, so Pentral are just as eager as us for them to get on stage and sing their beliefs to the world, which is hopefully something that can occur within the near future!

‘All My Wounds’, which is track 2 from their upcoming album, is one of many songs produced by the band that incorporates sounds and styles from their cultural background into their release. Pentral are driven on expressing their values through their music whilst also staying true to themselves and their culture, talking on important topics such as racism and discrimination through their lyrics. The band consistently stand up for what they believe in and are keen to make change in the world through the power of their music and the influence it can bring.

You can watch the new music video for All My Wounds here.

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Keith Richards on marking The Rolling Stones’ 60th anniversary: “The plans are to still actually all be alive”

As reported by NME, Keith Richards has spoken about The Rolling Stones’ upcoming 60th anniversary, saying that “the plans are to still actually all be alive” by the time the milestone comes around.

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The veteran band are set to celebrate 60 years together in 2022, having formed as The Rolling Stones in 1962.

Richards was asked in a new interview with GQ about whether the Stones had formulated any plans for their 60th anniversary yet, to which he replied: “Well, the plans are to still actually all be alive.”

“Apart from that, at our age, I don’t know. I haven’t heard of any plans, but I’m sure there are things being made,” the 76-year-old continued.

“First off, I’m going to get through this year and see how we handle next year. Because I think at the moment, there are more problems than a Rolling Stones celebration. Although I’m very glad that we’re all here, but I’ll leave it at that if I can.”

Richards further confirmed that the Stones have been working on a new album, which he says was “halfway in the works before [the] shit hit the fan” — a reference to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I was trying to progress a few things along, but there’s not a lot one can really do except wait for the vaccine,” the guitarist said.

Richards also reflected on his own mortality in the interview, saying that “every day is a pleasure”.

“I mean, I don’t wish to defy anybody’s predictions and I’m really not interested in them,” he added in reference to the interviewer’s observation that “people have been wondering in interviews when you’re going to die for the last 50 years”.

“But I’ll croak when I croak and everybody will know.”

Richards stated in another interview back in September that he “can’t imagine” The Rolling Stones ever retiring.

Guitar God Tod Almond releases highly anticipated album ‘If Only You Could See’

The wait is finally over, Tod Almond’s much anticipated album ‘If Only You Could See’ was released just yesterday (October 2nd) and is now available for you to listen on Soundcloud and Spotify.

Sticking to the mantra of “do what makes you happy!”, Tod is doing just that by working as a guitar teacher by day and then showing his own skills onstage by night. He stuck to his word when leaving his band after several frustrating experiences, choosing instead to follow his own path as a solo artist and develop himself into a versatile one-man band.

‘If Only You Could See’ is a collection of tracks exploring Tod’s emotional journey through life and acts as a testament to his children, who he hopes to make proud.

“My children keep asking me, ‘When will you be on Spotify?’ I said, ‘It won’t be long’. They just want me to be something. I really want them to hear, see and feel my happiness”

Tod Almond

You can listen to ‘If Only You Could See’ on Spotify and Soundcloud via the links below and make sure to give Tod a follow on social media to keep up to date with what this guitar hero will bring out next.


Guitar legend Tod Almond releases single in anticipation of new album

Lovers of ferocious guitar and classic rock song-writing will find themselves playing Tod Almond’s new track ‘Start Again’ on repeat. Giving us a first look towards what is to come in his debut album ‘If Only You Could See’ which will be released on October 2nd, this track will give you your fix of hard-rock hooks until then.

After teaching himself guitar as a teenager, learning by ear and through intuition and becoming hugely attached to his first acoustic guitar before moving on to electric guitar, bass and drums, Tod now passes on his knowledge and passion for music in his day job as a guitar teacher. Before finding his feet as a solo artist, he had some frustrating experiences as part of a band and made his own way, building a studio and playing all instruments himself.

‘If Only You Could See’ is a collection of songs close to Tod’s heart, reflecting on his journey through life, which sees his children as his priority, and giving an insight into his musical world.

“My children keep asking me, ‘When will you be on Spotify?’ I said, ‘It won’t be long. They just want me to be something. I really want them to hear, see and feel my happiness”

Tod Almond

Make sure to follow Tod on social media to be the first to hear about the release of ‘If Only You Could See Me’ on October 2nd.


Corey Taylor discusses when he might quit Slipknot

As reported by NME, Corey Taylor has given some clues about when might be the right time for him to quit Slipknot.

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The singer is set to releases his first solo album on October 2, ‘CMFT’, and already confirmed earlier this week (August 10) that his older band Stone Sour are on “indefinite hiatus”, adding that the band has “kinda run its course for now.”

Speaking to SiriusXM, Taylor responded to a question about when he might hang up the mask for good: “That’s a good question. The honest answer is – I don’t know. And honestly, it’s because I really try to keep myself healthy, I try to keep myself clean.

“I’m still as into extreme music as I’ve always been. That’s just a side of me that I’ve always been into. It’s never hard enough, it’s never crazy enough. And sometimes the band has to calm me down when it comes to the stuff that I write.”

The frontman continued: “The second that I’m doing this for reasons other than my absolute passion for doing it – as soon as that changes, that’s when I’ll know.

“And that’s honestly why I’ve always followed my passions and followed my interests, and I’ve never allowed myself to do anything for money, for a cheap pop, cheap fame… I’ve never done any of that. I’m not gonna say I’m proud of it because that’s just who I am.

“But needless to say, if I get to the age where that choice makes more and more sense, I think there’s a part of me that will absolutely rein myself in and be like, ‘No. No, this isn’t who you are. This isn’t what you wanna do. You need to walk.’”

Taylor said he would instinctively know when the time was right to call it a day on the band he’s fronted since 1997.

“I think at that point, I’ll have accomplished enough that I’ll be okay with it. It won’t mean that I’ll stop making music.

“It just means I’ll stop making a certain type of music. For me, I think I’ll have the honesty to know and hopefully, the courage to do it – because sometimes it’s scary.”

Taylor’s latest musical excursion came on ‘Bitch Slap’, the new song from rapper Tech N9ne.

It’s the second collaboration between the pair from this year, after they worked together on Taylor’s recent solo single ‘CMFT Must Be Stopped’ alongside Kid Bookie.

AC/DC reflect on writing ‘Back In Black’ in memory of Bon Scott

AC/DC have reflected on writing their hit song ‘Back In Black’ in memory of late frontman Bon Scott.

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The singer fronted the band from 1974 until his death in 1980 at the age of 33. His official cause of death was given as acute alcohol poisoning.

As part of celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the seminal album ‘Back In Black’, the band have been sharing episodes of a new series The Story Of Back In Black on their YouTube channel, which give insight into the writing of songs from the record. In the latest instalment, they discussed the difficulties of writing a fitting tribute to their former bandmate.

Frontman Brian Johnson, who took Scott’s place in the line-up, reflected on the writing of the track. “I remember Back in Black was particularly difficult because the boys were saying, ‘Listen we want this song in memory of Bon, but we don’t want it to be sad or maudlin, we want it to be a good thing, positive song’,” he said.

“So it was pretty tough, but I think we managed it pretty good. It’s kinda slow but it’s got a great riff. It was a toughy, that one.”

Johnson added: “The guys wanted it to be a good rock record in memory of Bon but without all the slather, without all the mulch and the crap that usually goes with that. They wanted the album to be black and I filled it with lines like ‘Nine lives, cats eyes’ because Bon had lived on the edge for a long time and he’d always made it through.”

The short video also featured contributions from Malcolm and Angus Young, the former of whom died in 2017. “It’s different, completely different to anything that had come on before with rock,” Malcolm said in the clip. “It was almost funky in nature, or soul. It’s like a soul vibe.” Watch it above now.

Meanwhile, some of rock’s biggest voices have spoken on how ‘Back In Black’ shaped their lives. Speaking to NMEThe Darkness’ Dan Hawkins called the record “a permanent reminder to all musicians that we can achieve something mind-blowing when we come together as a group, have faith in one another and actually play together when we record.”

Here are all of Pearl Jam’s new 2021 European Tour dates

As reported by NME, Pearl Jam have announced details of their 2021 European tour – you can see all the dates below.

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Back in April, the group postponed the European leg of their ‘Gigaton’ tour as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The tour was due to begin in Frankfurt on June 23 and continue through until Amsterdam on July 23.

“We are working with all of our partners to reschedule these dates and will release the new tour routing as soon as we are able,” the group said at the time. “All tickets will be honoured for the rescheduled concert dates.”

Now, all the dates have been rescheduled and their European tour will begin in Amsterdam on June 16 2021. The group plan to revisit all the original places they’d intended but have now also added in two new dates – one at Pinkpop festival in Holland and another in Prague.

Speaking about the new dates, the group said: “We look forward to returning to Europe, pending these events can safely take place in Summer 2021. The safety and well-being of the band’s fans, crew and event staff continue to be priority.”

You can see the full dates below:

Pearl Jam 2021 Rescheduled Tour Dates 

JUNE 2021
16 – Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
17 – Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
20 – Landgraaf, Holland – Pinkpop Festival
23 – Berlin, Germany – Waldbuhne
26 – Imola, Italy – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari
29 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion

JULY 2021
1 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter Festival
4 – Stockholm, Sweden – Lollapalooza Stockholm
6 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
14 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Arena
16 – Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle
18 – Paris, France – Lollapalooza Paris
21 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
23 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
25 – Prague, Czech Republic

Original tickets for the shows will still be valid but fans who can no longer make the new dates are being advised to contact ticket vendors to inquire about refunds. General public tickets are on sale now on the band’s website.

Supergrass to play Goose Island Presents virtual reality gig this summer

As reported by NME, Supergrass will play a one-off virtual reality gig for Goose Island Beer Company (August 21).

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The performance, which will be filmed at Manchester’s Band On The Wall, will be available to stream in full VR and 360º mode for ticket purchasers.

The iconic Britpop band recently reunited after a decade-long hiatus, performing at Glastonbury’s Pilton Party last summer, as well as sold-out shows at London’s Alexandra Palace in March. The band were also set to perform as the headliners at this year’s Kendal Calling festival before its cancellation.

Fans can purchase entry to the stream for just £2 from Goose Island Presents, and all purchasers will be entered into a ballot for the chance to win 1 of 350 Goose Island branded VR headsets and a four-pack of Goose Island beer, delivered directly to their home. There are also five chances to win a virtual meet-and-greet with Supergrass via an online hangout on the afternoon of the show.

All proceeds from the event will be split equally between Nordoff Robbins, the vital music therapy charity championed by an array of British artists, and the band’s chosen charity, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Speaking to NME, Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes revealed that the 25th anniversary of the band’s formation was crucial to their reunion. “Everything aligned in a way to make it possible,” Coombes said. “The idea of getting in a room and having a play together again was something we all instinctively agreed would be a cool thing to do.”

“Just to play those songs again and get in a room. That was it, really – it was no more than that. We didn’t want to look far into the distance. We just wanted to play and see what happened. It felt great.”

The band have confirmed that new music is currently not part of the reunion plans, with Danny Goffrey telling The Times “that the positive vibe of playing together would be compromised by going into a studio for ages.” The band released their last album, ‘Diamond Hoo Ha’ in 2008.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements regarding Goose Island Presents Supergrass in the coming weeks.

Dave Grohl Takes Impassioned Stand ‘In Defense of Our Teachers’: They ‘Want to Teach, Not Die’

Written by: Charlotte Bredael

As reported by Billboard, Dave Grohl is raising his hand for teachers. In a new audio episode of his “Dave’s True Stories” series, which debuted on Wednesday (July 22), he offers a nearly 9-minute homage to educators entitled “In Defense of Our Teachers.”

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The love note to the teachers — like his mom, Virginia, who taught in public schools in their Ohio hometown for three decades — is the spoken-word version of an essay Grohl penned for The Atlantic on Tuesday. The piece is about his checkered experience in classrooms and the importance of keeping our teachers safe as schools across the country contemplate returning to live instruction next month in the shadow of the raging coronavirus pandemic.

“I hate to break it to you, but I was a terrible student,” Grohl admits at the outset. “Each day, I desperately waited for the final bell to ring so that I could be released from the confines of my stuffy, windowless classroom and run home to my guitar. It was no fault of the Fairfax County Public Schools system, mind you; it did the best it could. I was just stubbornly disengaged, impeded by a raging case of ADD and an insatiable desire to play music. Far from being a model student, I tried my best to maintain focus, but eventually left school halfway through 11th grade to follow my dreams of becoming a professional touring musician. (Not advised.)”

As he laments all the missed opportunities left behind after bailing on school, Grohl describes his recurring nightmares of being back in a crowded school hallways as a 51-year-old man, and the irony of a drop-out being concerned about the heated national debate over whether it is safe to re-open schools. Education Week reported that at least one-third of teachers are at high risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19 because about 29 percent of teachers are 50 or older, and that teachers’ workplaces already rank among the “germiest.”

“My mother was a public-school teacher. As a single mother of two, she tirelessly devoted her life to the service of others, both at home and at work,” Grohl says, recalling how she rose before dawn to make sure he and his sister were ready to go, and graded papers long into the night, with hardly any me-time as she worked multiple jobs to augment her meager teacher’s salary. As dedicated to teaching and mentoring as her son is to rocking your face off, Grohl says his mom was one of those teachers students remember long after they graduate.

“Often bumping into her at the grocery store and erupting into a full recitation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, like a flash mob in the produce aisle,” he says. “I can’t tell you how many of her former students I’ve met over the years who offer anecdotes from my mother’s classroom. Every kid should be so lucky to have that favorite teacher, the one who changes your life for the better. She helped generations of children learn how to learn, and, like most other teachers, exhibited a selfless concern for others. Though I was never her student, she will forever be my favorite teacher.”

Grohl knows the dedication it takes to tackle that “often-thankless” job — pointing to the other rock-star teacher moms who raised Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Adam Levine, Josh Groban, and Haim — and how those educators are now literally facing a life or death choice.

Just like every teacher has a lesson plan, Grohl says they deserve the same from a government asking them to go back into an uncertain situation. “America’s teachers are caught in a trap, set by indecisive and conflicting sectors of failed leadership that have never been in their position and can’t possibly relate to the unique challenges they face,” he says. “I wouldn’t trust the U.S. secretary of percussion to tell me how to play ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ if they had never sat behind a drum set, so why should any teacher trust Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to tell them how to teach, without her ever having sat at the head of a class? (Maybe she should switch to the drums.)”

“Teachers want to teach, not die, and we should support and protect them like the national treasures that they are,” he says. “For without them, where would we be? May we show these tireless altruists a little altruism in return. I would for my favorite teacher. Wouldn’t you?”

Listen to the essay below.

Biffy Clyro announce special livestream show to launch new album ‘A Celebration of Endings’

As reported by NME, Biffy Clyro have announced a special livestream performance to celebrate the forthcoming release of their new album ‘A Celebration of Endings’.

The trio’s ninth studio album is set for release on August 14, and is the direct follow-up to 2016’s ‘Ellipsis’.

Biffy will celebrate ‘A Celebration of Endings’ the day after its release (August 15) by playing the album front-to-back during a livestream that will be broadcast online from “an iconic Glasgow venue,” according to a press release.

“They won’t be confined just to the stage, as with no audience in the room, they will take full creative advantage of the extra space they’ll have within the venue,” the statement continues. “The band will perform across different set ups within the venue to create a unique and truly special experience that reflects the musical journey of ‘A Celebration of Endings’.”

Biffy will also play a number of other songs from across their back catalogue during the soundcheck for their ambitious set, which will be broadcast as part of the livestream.

The show will be streamed globally via YouTube, with tickets (priced at £16) going on sale from Friday (July 24). CD and vinyl album/ticket bundles will also be available to buy.

“We are really excited to launch ‘A Celebration of Endings’ with such a unique and ambitious live performance from one of our favourite venues,” frontman Simon Neil said. “We would love to be playing live shows to our fans across the world, but as this is not possible we are going to bring the biggest Biffy album launch imaginable direct to your living room.”

Biffy Clyro were recently included as part of the ‘line-up’ for Download Festival’s online replacement ‘Download TV’, which was broadcast online after the festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.