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

Kerrang! (UK) - - Gig Guide -

Park­way Drive

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.

Mastodon

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.

En­ter Shikari

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!

Drug Church

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

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.

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