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Goldfinger.Goldfinger To Release New Album 'The Knife'
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Los Angeles's legendary punk/ska Goldfinger is back, with the announcement of The Knife, to be released July 21 through Rise Records. After nine years of producing and writing music  for other bands, Goldfinger is proud to be back with 13 tracks of their very own for their first time since the release of their 2008 album, Hello Destiny...

The album features a host of special guests including guest vocals from Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, 311 lead-singer Nick Hexum, Mighty Mighty Boss Tones guitarist Nate Albert ("Get What I Need") on guitar, Twenty One Pilots' Josh Dun on drums ("Orthodontist Girl"), and ONE OK ROCK's Takahiro Moriuchi, amongst others. Fans can get a first taste of the album through their first single, "Put The Knife Away". Pre-orders for the album be the album here.

The Knife is not a nostalgia play; it is an evolution of the band and a reflection of the musical and life experience that singer-songwriter/producer John Feldmann who explains, "I took my time making this record...Nine years to be exact! I feel like I've made the most concise Goldfinger record in my career. We have all Goldfinger styles together as one, with Zakk Cervini, who mixed the Blink-182 record, and Travis Barker on drums, I couldn't be more proud of an album.

GOLDFINGER "Put The Knife Away"
With 13 tracks, The Knife surges with the energy, personality, and charm that has made Goldfinger one of the most memorable acts from 90s/2000s punk. From the blaring opener "A Million Miles", the easy-going, self-deprecating ska-influenced "Get What I Need", the swaying struggle of "Don't Let Me Go", and the brassy, reggae feel of "Liftoff", the record spans a vast spectrum of sound and tone. This variety is the result of deliberate reflection of Feldmann's life experiences and extensive production (Blink-182, Panic! At The Disco, 5 Seconds of Summer) career over the years. With tongue-in-cheek scene commentary on "Am I Deaf?", the interpersonal conflict of "Put the Knife Away", or the heartwarming ode to his daughter "Milla", Feldmann uses The Knife as a decidedly unguarded sonic update and re-introduction of himself and his thoughts. 

Goldfinger's resurgence on The Knife is not a rehearsal of past glory; it is a revolution. This is greatly echoed in the band's revamped lineup, featuring MXPX's Mike Herrera on bass and Story of the Year's Phil Sneed on guitar (both doing backup vocals as well). Blink-182's Travis Barker plays drums on the album, making the album a fitting collection from different corners of the punk world and further showcasing Feldmann's ability to draw from and synthesize influences into a cohesive, character-infused collection of talent and art.

Goldfinger continues to build on a highly regarded legacy, where they have been considered one of the forerunners and most well-known bands of the third-wave ska/punk movement of the late 90s. Their 1996 self-titled debut Goldfinger went gold, and was named one of "The Ten Albums That Defined 1996" by Alternative Press in 2006. AllMusic said "no one had more success with this new sound than Goldfinger on their self-titled debut", calling it "irresistibly catchy, creative, and hopelessly endearing." 1997's Hang-Ups reached #85 on the Billboard 200, and the single "Superman" was prominently featured on the soundtrack for the generation-defining Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game. Over 6 full-length albums and over a decade of touring, Goldfinger amassed an international fan base drawn to the band's penchant for big choruses, attitude, and creativity of seamlessly fusing punk rock, ska, skate punk, and various other genres throughout their discography.

The Knife - Tracklisting
1. A Million Miles
2. Get What I Need
3. AM I Deaf
4. Tijuana Sunrise
5. Put The Knife Away
6. Don't Let Me Go
7. Beacon
8. Who's Laughing Now
9. Say It Out Loud
10. Orthodontist Girl
11. See You Around
12. Liftoff
13. Milla

The band will be playing Slam Dunk festival this weekend at the following dates as well a London headline show:
May 27th - Slam Dunk Festival - The Nec, Birmingham
May 28th - Slam Dunk Festival - Leeds, City Centre
May 29th - Slam Dunk Festival - The Forum, Hertfordshire
May 31st - 100 Club - London, England

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 Band Of The Month - October 2016 - The Beards

The BeardsThe Beards - Sadly all good things must come to an end and this year see’s everyone’s favourite Australian Bearded rockers The Beards calling it a day, the band who formed back in 2005 have made a career of singing about Beards and in the ten years they have been together as a band they have toured constantly and released 4 studio albums titled ‘The Beards’, ‘Beards, Beards, Beards’, ‘Having A Beard Is The New Not Having A Beard’, ‘The Beards Album’ and also the most recent greatest hits ‘Ten Long Years, One Long Beard’ and every song on these albums is about beards.

Back at the start of the year the band announced that they were calling it a day and frontman Johann Beardraven had this to say “We feel like we've achieved what we set out to achieve through music, everybody now agrees that beards are great, so the time has come for us to rest on our laurels. But not before we go around one last time and say a heartfelt thankyou to everyone who's come out to see us over the years, and especially to everyone who's grown a beard, or adopted a pro-beard attitude.”

The band have spent the majority of the year touring across Australia saying a final farewell to their homebound fans and now the band are currently touring across mainland Europe before saying a final farewell to their UK fans in the middle of October and it is the perfect time to see the band on the live circuit as not only is it a farewell tour but the band will also be playing two jam-packed sets of bearded anthems from their impressive back catalogue, incorporating both the stripped-back acoustic sound that helped them gain radio play in Australia, and the infectious pop-rock that has won them a legion of fans worldwide.

The Beards are much-loved by audiences around the world for their refreshingly original concept, highly-interactive live shows and trademark sense of humour. Don't miss this hugely-entertaining Aussie phenomenon's victory lap of Europe this October.

 
UK TOUR DATES
Sat 15th Oct: Bristol, Marble Room
Sun 16 Oct 2016: Glasgow, King Tuts
Mon 17 Oct 2016: Manchester, Ruby Lounge 
Tue 18 Oct 2016: Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
Wed 19 Oct 2016: London, Scala

The Beards - If Your Dad Doesn't Have A Beard, You've Got Two Beardless Mums


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