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Agnostic Front Announce UK Tour For November

New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front have confirmed that they will be returning to these shores in November for a run of four dates. The tour will kick off on  November 9 in Birmingham, before taking the five piece to Glasgow and Leeds, culminating at London’s renowned venue, The Underworld. Supports to be announced.

Frontman Roger Miret commented: “We are excited to hit the UK soon! Always great energetic shows there, and the UK has always been there for us from day one! We look forward to the dates and hopefully making some new friends, and seeing our old friends. See you soon in the pit!”

Agnostic Front will be touring in support of their most recent album, The American Dream Died, which was released in 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The record was produced by Madball singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, Terror). It features guest appearances from Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (Sick Of It All) with legendary Agnostic Front/Madball guitarist Matt Henderson solely laying his guitar magic on the song 'A Wise Man'.

One of the founding bands of what is known as hardcore today, Agnostic Front have always levelled criticism against modern oppressors and their corrupting influence on society. What started out as a foursome initiated by guitarist Vinnie Stigma in 1983 with the ground-breaking EP United Blood soon gained them the reputation as one of the fastest, meanest and most aggressive hardcore bands, not only in New York but the whole east coast. Influenced by the spirit of punk, Agnostic Front developed their unique sound dominated by catchy tunes, thunderous drums and the buck-wild shouting of Roger Miret.

Due to their undisputable authenticity Agnostic Front were able to gain a loyal community of fans who stuck by them through thick and thin. Though the band decided to separate in 1993 after the release of the live album Last Warning with Stigma concentrating on infamous hardcore combo Madball (which he had built up in 1988), Stigma and Miret got together again in 1998 after they had met at a Madball concert. Actually planning to record a single, they ended up making a full album, Something’s Gotta Give, which marked the official reunion of the band after a five year break.

Tour dates as follows:

9th Nov – Birmingham, Mama Roux’s

10th Nov – Glasgow, Audio

11th Nov -  Leeds, Eiger Studios

12th Nov – London, Underworld

Loom’s Debut Album Out May 19

Loom formed through a shared distaste, boredom, and frustration with new music. They recorded and released two cassettes within their first year, the latter being a showcase of their most prominent initial influences – a six-track covers EP of The Jesus Lizard, Bad Brains, Pixies, GG Allin, Misfits, and Warsaw. They felt that it was a necessity to broadcast their intent as a band as aggressively and directly as possible.

Off the back of those first releases the band earned plaudits from the likes of Zane Lowe and Daniel P Carter at BBC Radio 1, supported The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park and over the past few years toured across the UK and Germany with artists including Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Queen Kwong, and Turbowolf, along with a number of headline tours. Loom took a step back from the initial ‘hype’, with frontman Tarik Badwan saying “Labels and journalists were quick to assume we had a certain sound and wanted to have an influence on that.” The band didn’t want to make someone else’s idea of a debut album.

The songs Loom have written needed to be presented exactly how they want them to be. They didn’t want to be accused of contrived revivalism or as part of a particular scene. They needed to find the right producers and the right label to understand where they were coming from. The band recorded half of their debut album themselves and the other half with John Coxon at the legendary Ray Davies’ Konk studios.

The result is a collection of songs that are made cohesive by the aggression that runs throughout them. It very much spans the spectrum of sub-genres that all essentially come from that same place – tracks such as ‘Lice’, ‘Bleed On Me’ and ‘Hate’ all merge that ‘70s Stooges punk thrust and a ‘90s grunge infused sound, meanwhile ‘Barbed Wire’ exhibits a more classic US hardcore punk drive, whilst ‘Seasick’ calls to mind the sounds of The Melvins. Later tracks such as ‘Nailbender’ even leans towards a more Metal-influenced, Misfits-esque, goth-punk sound. The debut album is the biggest statement a band makes and Loom have spent the best part of four years preparing theirs.

 

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