GIG GUIDE NEW YEAR’S SLAY
Dry January? Pffft. After this week’s cover stars Architects get the year rolling, here’s six other tours that will kick-start 2019
Anyone who saw Parkway Drive’s storming headline set on the Zippo Encore Stage at Download last year – complete with a drumkit that spun upside down while on fire – will already know what carnage awaits when the Aussie metalcore heroes hit the UK. As their biggest shows to date on our shores – including a show at London’s 10,000-capacity Alexandra Palace – expect Winston and the lads to pull something explosive out of the bag.
Surely the appropriate reaction to the news that Mastodon went home from last year’s GRAMMY Awards with one more Best Metal Performance trophy than they went there with would be, ‘Duh.’ That’s like a description of one of the Atlanta sluggers’ gigs. As they complete touring for their Emperor Of Sand album, it’ll be a night that guarantees mind-frying guitar solos and a nuclear reactor’s-worth of energy. It’s going to be really good and really heavy, is what we’re saying.
St Albans’ finest are already in the midst of what appears to be the world’s longest tour, as they swap the grand surroundings of arenas for in-your-face club venues. The end of last year saw part one going off, but now that the Chrimbo break is over, they’re getting right back on with blasting away the January blues in a venue probably very near you. Oh, and they’ve dusted off a load of songs from second album Common Dreads as it approaches its 10th birthday as well. Wahey!
One of the breakthrough acts of the past 12 months, Drug Church return to the UK with their pedigree in rude health. Last year’s Cheer album elevated their position as one of the most exciting alt-punk bands around with its dark melodies, euphoric riffs and gritty lyrical subject matter, so what better way to release that anger than by grabbing your mates and losing your minds to some of the most perfectly crafted punk of recent times? We can’t think of many, to be honest.
Cancer Bats did spend a fair bit of time in the UK last year following the surprise release of their excellent The Spark That Moves album, but you can never see the Canadian hardcore crew in action too many times. So it’s very good news indeed, then, that they’re playing a whole load of UK shows this month, in relatively intimate venues where you’ll be able to feel the heat coming off frontman Liam Cormier’s everpresent smile. As the great man would say himself, it’s going to be ‘ripper’.
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
Not only is Frank Turner bringing his folk-tinged punk to huge arenas across his homeland, but he’s also bringing emo heroes Jimmy Eat World along for the ride with him. You know, just casually bringing along one of the most influential bands of the past two decades on your tour because you can. It’s a double whammy, and the perfect way to mark the continued rise of one of our little island’s finest songwriters.