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Review: Hey Violet at The Garage

8th May 2017 | Music

Hey Violet have been on quite a journey over the past few years.

The band, made up of sisters Rena (lead singer) and Nia Lovelis (drummer) along with friends Casey Moreta (guitar), Miranda Miller (keys) and Iain Shipp (bass), have gone from being angsty rockers to making their own sound, their own image and their own fans.

Even before their unofficial ‘new image unveiling’ in mid-2016 a lot had happened. They had changed their name from ‘Cherri Bomb’ to Hey Violet, they had been discovered by, then signed by, and then toured with 5 Seconds of Summer - but in 2016 everything changed. Suddenly Rena’s black, emo-like hair was short and pink; Nia had a black bob; Iain was in the band… and they were cool.

The first time we heard ‘Pure’… the first time we heard the sun-soaked bubblegum pop… there was something different about this band. And, at The Garage, they did it once again.

Opening with ‘Brand New Moves’ the whole crowd were on their side. It was a sea of dyed hair, nose piercings and snapchat screens capturing every little moment. The London fans had been waiting what felt like an eternity to see their new favourite band give them a bit of love.

As well as performing all of their greatest songs (which, no joke, is almost all of their songs) we heard some new treats which will be featured on their upcoming debut album, ‘From The Outside’ being released this Summer.

My Consequence’, ‘Unholy’ and ‘Hoodie’ made the crowd go wild - but it was on ‘ODD’, as song about not fitting in, that the band’s true heart came out.

Reminiscent of when 5 Seconds of Summer labelled themselves the ‘new broken scene’…

Myles McCaulskey's Top 5: Wednesday 10th May

7th May 2017 | Music

Every week, Myles McCaulskey picks his Top 5 favourite hip-hop tracks that he's been listening to over the past week. We reveal the list right here, every Wednesday.

1. J Hus – Common Sense

The title track from his album which drops on Friday. The live instruments and punchy lyrics from Hus work together perfectly. It’s got that Rick Ross Maybach Music feel to it.

2. Sona – Ginger

Sona is on fire this year and we’re only in May! Ginger is catchy, energetic and definitely a song that I will be vibzing too this summer!

3. Desiigner – Thank God I Got It

Desiigner doesn’t get enough credit for his music. He’s released good music since Panda and this one is an example of that. I’m looking forward to his project this summer.

4. Adian Coker – For Richer, for Poorer

If you don’t know much about Adian Coker check his music out! You’ll got on a journey…trust me! This one is no exception. Inspiring lyrics and another uplifting song. I’ve chosen a lot of them this week.

5. Logic – AfricAryan (feat. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, J. Cole)

Logic is a top rated lyricist, who always seems to slip people’s minds in the debate for one best rappers of this generation. Sit back and enjoy Logic’s complex history on the single. A great way to finish another solid album.

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Interview with DragonForce

6th May 2017 | Music

There’s a PlayStation 2 game called Dragon Force, where the players assume the role of a ruler and sets out to unite the continent and bring peace to the land.

Power metal band DragonForce are definitely influenced by the game, but their story is a little bit different.

Known for their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-themed lyrics and retro video game-influenced sound, DragonForce have been a force to reckon with since 1999. And, despite a line-up which has changed a few times through-out the years, they’re still achieving gold (literally, their 2006 and 2008 albums were both certified Gold in the UK).

Having supported Iron Maiden on tour in 2011, the band are essentially the Expert mode on Guitar Hero – after all, their song ‘Through the Fire and Flames’ is one of the hardest songs on Guitar Hero 3.

Alex Irons interviewed the power metal band about their 6 past albums, life on the road and what we can expect from them next.

Broadcasted worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

Alex Irons interviews DragonForce

Alex Irons interviews DragonForce about their 6 past albums, life on the road and what we can expect from them next. (6 minutes)