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Bombus – Download Festival:

For those of you not familiar with Bombus they were formed in Gothenburg in around 2008 as a two piece and in 2009 they expanded to a four piece.  Shortly afterwards they released their eponymous debut album.  Bombus toured extensively through Scandinavia and Europe and in 2013 released their second album, The Poet And The Parrot.  An appearance at this years Download festival has introduced Bombus to a wider UK audience and if there’s any logic and reason in the world this will kick them on to another level.

It’s hard to describe Bombus’ sound because there really is nothing like it. Yes, of course Bombus are a metal band in the finest traditions of Scandinavian metal bands.  Their performance at Download showcased their skill, energy and versatility, but how much ground can you cover in a 30 minute set?

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There is a huge energy on stage and off as Bombus and the head-banging crowd fuse as one.  The driving guitar rhythms and ‘pumping eights’ send hair flying all over the place.  Explosive drum rolls and thumping bass lines sends hearts racing as everyone in the tent loses themselves in the moment the torrential rain outside seems another world away.  This is heavy rock at it’s finest.  You can hear elements of early Black Sabbath, a touch of Motörhead, and maybe even a little early Metallica.  Somehow it all comes together to create a sound that is uniquely Scandinavian rock.

Perhaps a little unusually Bombus utilise the vocals of both Feffe and Matte.  Their well-synchronized roaring adds depth to the vocal, it’s something the developed after discovering that they sounded similar when they sang.  It works brilliantly and helps to create a sound that is unique to Bombus.

As you would expect from a metal band the guitar work is never less than exemplary and the rhythm section drive things along at a great pace.  The songs are beautifully structured and the whole set hangs together really well.  There is no let up in the frenetic pace through the set and you can both hear and feel the little embellishments that come from playing material, that after two years of hectic touring, come as second nature to the band.

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Bombus have been back in the studio laying down a new album which should be set for release later this year.  They hope to bring a more extensive tour to the UK after release and I will be one of the first in line to grab tickets when they do.

Bombus are a superb band and a fantastic live act.  They are certainly deserving of your attention.  Grab a copy of their albums and get out to see them when you can, you won’t regret it.

Bombus are on the Internet here.   They are on Facebook and tweet as @Bombusmusic

Download Artists Friday

Download Festival – Artists – Friday June 12 2015

It struck me today that whilst I have shared lots of photographs of music fans at Download festival I have not yet yet shared any shots of the artists so over the next few days I will share some shots of the artists at the festival.  These are from Friday 12th of June.  I hope you enjoy them :)

AllUsOnDrugs Download Festival

AllUsOnDrugs – Download Festival: Interview and Live Review

British newcomers AllUsOnDrugs made their debut appearance at this years Download Festival.  The band have been making quite a splash on the UK rock scene after touring with Enter Shikari earlier this year.  I caught up with the band before their set and then caught the show.  So how did they get on?

I caught up with AllUsOnDrugs before their set on jake’s stage at this years Download.  The guys were incredibly excited to be playing at the festival and were really hyped for their set.  Writer and guitarist ‘Daymo’ acknowledges that they leaned a huge amount from touring with Enter Shikari, stage craft and the amount of work that goes into producing a major tour were high on their list of lessons leaned.

The guys cite a wide range of influences on their sound, Oasis, Blur amongst them but Daymo claims My Bloody Valentine as his biggest influence though they were keen to point out that they very much create their own sound and that each member of the band brings something to the party.  The band are often pinned with a psyche grunge label and they do acknowledge that there are elements of grunge in their sound.  They are reluctant to be typecast as they are a young band, still developing their sound and learning their craft.

When writing and recording Daymo is normally the one to bring an idea to the table but everyone in the band has a say in bringing the song together to from their unique sound.

Onstage it is clear that AllUsOnDrugs are tight and that they enjoy working together and they love being on stage.  The energy is palpable and they work the crowd into a heaving sweating mass in no time flat.  The sense of excitement comes in waves from the stage and sweeps the crowd along with a maelstrom of driving guitars.  The band lose themselves in the moment, frontman Jason twitches and jerks around like a modern day Ian Curtis whilst “Daymo” gets lost under all that hair.

AllUsOnDrugs are clearly feeling the love and they give it back in spades.  Like Enter Shikari before them Download could just be the platform that pushes them on to bigger things.

The band have recently been in the studio with producer Tim Atack and have some songs laid down for a new release at the end of the summer.  Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for an album but their relentless touring schedule is likely to get in the way of that especially as it has now leaked that they will play the Vans Warped Tour at Alexander Palace in October alongside the likes of Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria.

If excitement, energy, enthusiasm and hard work count for anything in the music industry the hype might just be correct in claiming that AllUsOnDrugs are British rock musics “next big thing.”

AllUsOnDrugs are on the internet here.  They are on Facebook and they tweet as @allusondrugs