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Damian Marley’s Hittin’ the road… and Front’s joining him

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This month, Damian Marley’s kicking’ off his UK tour in Manchester, right where we’ll be joining him. Expect to hear songs from his latest album “Stony Hill” amongst a number of fan favourites. The reggae legend is playing four shows over the span of four days, commencing June 28th through to July 1st.

Since the release of Damian Marley’s debut album “Mr. Marley” in 1996, the reggae phenomenon has gone from strength to strength and often performs around the world showcasing his talents. Marley’s schedule this summer involves doing just that, playing many festivals all over the globe.

Support acts are yet to be announced for the “Stony Hill” UK tour.

To cop tickets to see the reggae legend live, head over to Ticketmaster (But be quick as they’re selling out fast!)

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Brand Focus: Synergy Extracts

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Within the past year there has been a noticeable rise of CBD products appearing on the market. From independent online stores, to mainstream stores such as Holland & Barrett. Today I’m delving into a package I recently received from Synergy Extracts, a highly reputable company from the United Kingdom who produce luxury cannabinoid concentrates. Luckily for myself, I was sent over a variety of products to try out, and I’m gonna be honest they work a treat! Get copping!

Lemon OG Prefilled CBD Vape Pen

RRP: Tbc
Front’s rating: 4/5

A prefilled pen which is extremely easy to use.
Fresh flavours and big clouds if required.
This pen will satisfy beginners or true cannabis diehards.

CBD Vape Pens

RRP: Tbc
Front’s rating: 5/5

These aren’t currently available on site at the moment, however I put these to good use and filled them both with Skywalker OG vape oil. The taste is unreal!

Skywalker OG Vape Oil
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Front’s rating: 5/5

The taste of this oil is so fresh, surprisingly I preferred it over the Lemon OG.
“A full spectrum cannabis extract distilled and purified into a delicious, golden transparent oil, with terpenes re-introduced at the very end of the process for maximum flavour and entourage effects. Beautiful clean flavour which coats your tastebuds”.

Shishkaberry CBD Crumble
RRP: £34.95
Front’s rating: 5/5

Yet again, another product which leaves the tastebuds tingling. Absolutely ideal for those who love fruity and earthy flavours.
“A legal cannabis strain, winterised and highly refined up to 85%+ then infused with the Shishkaberry terpene profile. Shishkaberry is an indi-dom hybrid that came about from crossing DJ Short Blueberry with an unknown Afghani strain”.

Double Tangie Banana CBD Crystals
RRP: £31.95
Front’s rating: 3/5

I tried and tested this as an edible, for me the flavour didn’t quite come through so I’d recommend using these crystals with a dab rig.
“Terpene infused 90% CBD crystal, CO2 Extracted, highly refined & purified, then infused with the amazingly loud Double Tangie Banana terpene profile.”

If you haven’t already head over to Synergy Extracts and check out the rest of their products available!
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Review: Heavy Music Awards Launch Event

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Earlier this week I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Heavy Music Awards Launch Event at Manchester’s Gorilla. Three of the UK’s hottest up-and-coming band performed live on stage to celebrate the opening of the public votes.

First up, Aberdeen’s Cold Years took to the stage to warm the crowd up with a bunch of old and new material, including their latest single “Endless”.

Next up Liverpool’s Loathe took to the stage, these lads know how to deliver in every sense, whether that’s visually or musically, they’ve got it. The stage was set in almost darkness, except for a glimpse of red lighting, with two televisions either side of the stage playing a mix of imagery and frontman Kadeem France in close-up’s. Loathe performed an astonishing set and without a doubt got Manchester moving.

The most anticipated time of the night had arrived… results time! A video presentation played showing a number of musicians, partners and sponsors announcing the finalists for each category. Check out the finalists below.

Best Album
Code Orange – Forever (Roadrunner Records – Produced by Kurt Ballou & Will Yip)
Converge – The Dusk In Us (Epitaph Records / Deathwish Inc – Produced by Kurt Ballou)
Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms (Roadrunner Records – Produced by Neil D. Kennedy)
Enter Shikari – The Spark (Ambush Reality – Produced by David Kosten & Rou Reynolds)
Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand (Reprise Records – Produced by Brendan O’Brien)
The Menzingers – After The Party (Epitaph Records – Produced by Will Yip)
While She Sleeps – You Are We (Independent – Produced by While She Sleeps)

Best UK Band
Arcane Roots (Easy Life)
Architects (Epitaph Records)
Creeper (Roadrunner Records)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
Marmozets (Roadrunner Records)
While She Sleeps (Independent)

Best International Band
Code Orange (Roadrunner Records)
Converge (Epitaph Records)
Mastodon (Reprise Records)
The Menzingers (Epitaph Records)
Metallica (Blackened Recordings)
Parkway Drive (Epitaph Records)
Trivium (Roadrunner Records)

Best Live Band Presented by Jackson Guitars
Architects (Epitaph Records)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph Records)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
Ghost (Loma Vista Recordings)
Gojira (Roadrunner Records)
While She Sleeps (Independent)

Best UK Breakthrough Band
Bad Sign (Basick Records)
Conjurer (Holy Roar Records)
Employed To Serve (Holy Roar Records)
Holding Absence (Sharptone Records)
Loathe (Sharptone Records)
Milk Teeth (Roadrunner Records)
Venom Prison (Prosthetic Records)

Best International Breakthrough Band
Brutus (Hassle Records)
Can’t Swim (Pure Noise Records)
Knocked Loose (Pure Noise Records)
Palaye Royale (Sumerian Records)
Sløtface (Propeller Recordings)
Stand Atlantic (Rude Records)
Waterparks (Equal Vision Records)

Best Album Artwork Presented by The Pit
Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper (Profound Lore Records – Artwork by Mariusz Lewandowski)
Converge – The Dusk In Us (Epitaph Records / Deathwish Inc – Artwork by Jacob Bannon)
Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms (Roadrunner Records – Artwork by Nicky Barkla)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin (International Death Cult – Artwork by Dean Richardson / Studio Yuck)
Mastodon – Emperor of Sand (Reprise Records – Artwork by Donny Phillips)
Northlane – Mesmer (UNFD – Artwork by Jacques Duquette / Fvckrender)
Sikth – The Future In Whose Eyes? (Millennium Night – Artwork by Meats Meier)

Best Festival
2000trees Festival (United Kingdom)
Arc Tan Gent (United Kingdom)
Bloodstock Open Air (United Kingdom)
Download Festival (United Kingdom)
Hellfest Open Air (France)
Slam Dunk Festival (United Kingdom)
UK Tech Fest (United Kingdom)

Best Photographer
Corinne Cumming
Ben Gibson
Joshua Halling
Paul Harries
Tina Korhonen
Jennifer McCord
Ed Mason

Best Producer
Kurt Ballou
Romesh Dodangoda
Neil D Kennedy
Dan Lancaster
Brendan O’Brien
Will Putney
Will Yip

Image credit: Ticketmaster

Manchester’s alternative pop-punk band Milestones were the final act of the evening to perform. The group played a number of tracks from their debut album “Red Lights” which I believe did a great job of sending everyone home humming their catchy riffs and choruses (I know I did!).

Now it’s time for you to vote. The Heavy Music Awards will take place at KOKO in London on August 23, 2018, and the evening will be shown exclusively on Scuzz TV. Head over to here to place your vote for each category before the 27 June 2018. And guess what? All voting enters you into a draw to win tickets for the awards show in London. What’s to lose?

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Heavy Music Awards announce acts for Launch Event in Manchester

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Earlier on this year I was confirmed as part of the judging panel for the Heavy Music Awards 2018.  On Wednesday 25 April at Manchester’s Gorilla, three of the UK’s hottest up-and-coming bands will perform at the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Launch Event.

Local lads Milestones will take to the stage, alongside Loathe and Cold Years. The finalists of the HMA18 will also be announced live on the night! This signals the opening of the public vote nominations from hundreds of thousands of people throughout the heavy music scene. The winners of the HMA18 will be announced at KOKO, London on 23 August 2018.

Tickets to the launch event are free, however they are only available through a prize draw. To be in with a chance of winning a pair, head over to here to sign up.

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Review: Electric Ink Tattoo Care

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In the past year there has been a noticeable increase of tattoo aftercare products appearing on the market. From independent online stores, to mainstream skincare companies such as L’Oreal and The Body Shop creating a variety of products specifically aimed to treat the healing of tattoos.

Over the years many people as well as myself have shifted from using Bepanthem (originally formulated to recover irritated skin caused by nappy rash), to coconut oil, to fragrance free moisturisers. It appears each year in the tattoo world a new wave of ways to heal your tattoos comes about. Well look no further, Electric Ink have created a vast range of products which target every aspect of the healing process and even go beyond to ensure your ink stays looking fresh for a lifetime.

Luckily for myself, the guys at Electric Ink Tattoo Care were kind enough to send out their latest product for me to try out. The exfoliating body wash is hands down a winner! Get copping!

Exfoliating Body Wash
RRP £9.95
This body wash has become my daily go-to. Not only does it brighten and clarify the appearance of tattoos it actively removes dead skin cell build up and rejuvenates the skin, so don’t worry if you aren’t tattooed in a certain area this product will still work its magic.

Here’s the nitty gritty straight from Electric Ink’s site:
Ingredients
Liftonin® – Xpert
Helps to reduce the signs of skin redness, inflammation and supports the maintenance and intensity of tattoo ink.

Amino Acid
Acts as a skin conditioner with pH-regulating properties. It improves clarity of the skin and evens skin tone.

Red Algae Extract
Has anti-pigmenting activity, giving skin a luminous and ultra-refined complexion.

Multi-Fruit Extract
Contains naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids that safely exfoliate dead skin cells and help to rejuvenate the skin.

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Don Broco discuss latest album ‘Technology’ & more – Exclusive Interview

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This week I caught up with Matt Donnelly (Drummer) of Don Broco, one of the world’s most renowned rock bands. The group are currently touring across the States promoting their latest album ‘Technology’. Interested in finding out a little bit more about their latest album, weirdest tour experience, & life as an 80 year old? Then read on…

1. Where did you gather inspiration from for the lyrics throughout the new album ‘Technology’?
Matt: Well I must admit Rob is the lyricist so it wasn’t really me. The album title ‘Technology’ wasn’t something we had decided on at the start. When we came to examine all the songs we’d written at the end we were just looking for sort of central themes and technology for some reason just kept cropping up. Rob tends to write about people. People are what fascinate him… human nature, human relationships, the way we are, the way we interact with things and people around us. So it’s fair to say that in today’s modern day we’re totally symbiotic with technology, I mean just taking the phone in this setting is the most obvious example. It’s the first thing you look at when you wake up in the mornings, last thing you look at when you go to bed at night, and it’s just examining the positive and the negative impacts of that coz undoubtedly there are some great positives to technology and technological advancement, but also it does tend to indulge some of the worst sides of human nature. So in fact it’s looking all around us, it’s looking at how the world’s changed since we last wrote a record and just growing up I guess, and how we now look at things differently.

2. Which bands have you taken inspiration from for the music throughout the new album?
Matt: We did a live session on Radio 1 the other day and we played a cover, well we mashed up Linkin Park and N*E*R*D, and we was saying the reason we did that was coz we wanted to give people an idea of some of the stuff we were listening to. We’ve always loved Nu-metal, that early 2000s Nu-metal era was what we grew up with. Take a band like N*E*R*D, their first couple of albums, the way they would take guitar music and present it in such a different way. I mean that’s something you can probably hear referenced sonically on a song like ‘Pretty’. We just tried to make it more characterful, more unique. That’s what we’re always trying to do, we’ll always be a rock band, we’ll always be a guitar based band, but try to present it in a way that you havn’t heard before.

3. How was it working with producers Dan Lancaster and Jason Perry on the new album ‘Technology’?
Matt: It was cool. We’ve actually worked with both before so it’s kinda not a fair test, probably ground zero now. Dan recorded our first album and worked a bit on the last album, where as Jason worked on our second album, but on this album we did a bit of both. Tom actually was in a band with Dan Lancaster growing up. That’s how we met Tom on tour with their band in the early days, so we’ve all known each other for a long time. We’re friends and that can have positives and negatives in the studio. Sometimes it’s hard when people are your friends, it’s hard to get down to work, but at the same time you can easily go in and there’s no figuring each other out. There’s no getting used to each others personalities, you can just be honest straight away, and it helps to cut through and voice it a little bit in a creative environment and just say “Is this good? Is this idea cool? No? Lets move on”. They’re both amazing producers, they both have incredibly different methods. We liked a bit about working with both previously so when we had these demos, we picked which songs we thought suited them and which they would enjoy the most, and would bring the best out of us. It was great to have that experience. We’ve worked with other producers in the past as well and I think it’s a really good thing to have different outside influences coz it will force you to even contemplate things you wouldn’t have done before, and you don’t ever wanna keep just sitting in your comfort zone. They’re great, they’re both amazing.

4. Favourite song to play live off the new album?
Matt: Well it might be different after tonight. We’ve just started playing a song called ‘Porkies’ live the last few nights and it’s just something so different for Don Broco, but tonight ‘Greatness’ is gonna get its live debut. It’s a lot of fun in soundcheck so that’s probably my favourite song off the new record, I’m excited to play it.

5. Which city are you most looking forward to playing on this tour?
Matt: Tonight I think, I think Manchester. There’s something about Manchester that just feels so… it’s got a little extra something. My girlfriend’s from the North West as well, her families from Bolton so I always have a big contingent of family coming in and we’ve got a lot of friends who live up here. You can feel it in the air that it’s a music city.

6. What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you on tour?
Matt: The most surreal moment was last summer, was it last summer or the summer before? I can’t remember. We did a European tour supporting 5 Seconds of Summer, we went all around Europe and I think we’d played a show in Rome. Now obviously the 5 Seconds of Summers guys were on multiple tour buses. They had trucks, they had a huge production, lots of other staff and crew. There was just six of us in a small van, just driving round, driving through the night to make it work. We were driving out of the Rome show, out of this arena and security pathed this area so the van could drive through, and all the kids who were waiting outside just assumed it was 5SOS in the van. The van couldn’t really go very far coz we were still waiting for somebody to clear a barrier, and these fans just came up to the glass and couldn’t look in coz it was one way glass, and then they just started smacking the windows. It was the closest I’ve ever felt to being in a zombie apocalypse, you know tip the van. They were desperately trying to see if one of the boys was in there and we were all sat there like “What is going on? This is one of the most surreal and strange things we’ve ever experienced”. I don’t think they realised who we were.

7. Do you decide as a band what designs you’d like to see on your tour merch?
Matt: Yeah we do it ourselves. Rob and I take quite an active role in designing our merch, we come up with all the ideas. We tend to obviously take inspiration from our own songs lyrically or if we see something awesome that someone’s wearing we wonder how we can adapt it. I don’t actually own one but Si and Rob have got some really impressive cat t-shirts and one day we wanna do our own cat t-shirt. We don’t tend to actually physically draw the designs ourselves, we just tell the designers exactly what we want to see.

8. Realest lyrics you have ever wrote?
Matt: I’ve heard Rob say when I’ve sat next to him in other interviews that the song ‘Something To Drink’ on the latest record is probably the most personal song he’s ever written. It’s the most honest he’s ever been in a song, the most he’s ever laid his self bare.

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9. What do you imagine life to be like as an 80 year old?
Matt: Obviously no-one ever knows how long you’re gonna live but you just have to examine the examples of people who do live to these ripe old ages. Nothing is definite in life, nothing’s an absolute. Sometimes people have bad luck, medical conditions and things that prevent them from being as active as they normally would, but to a certain degree I think it’s within your own power… if you stay active, keep going, keep your mind active, keep your mind busy. I love life, so if I grow to that ripe old age I think I’d just keep doing the things I love ’til literally someone physically stopped me. At that age, hopefully you have lots of family around you, grandkids and stuff, and just be happy.

10. Favourite film?
Matt: There’s so many. I’ve said this before in interviews and people have laughed at me, but the movie I watched as a kid that stuck with me the most was The Mask… Jim Carrey film. I guess I was the right age for the comedy in the film, it was the most hilarious thing I’d seen.

11. Favourite cartoon character?
Matt: Well I relate a lot to Dexter from Dexter’s Lab, I actually did chemistry at university so I’m a bit of a geek.

12. Favourite video game?
Matt: Fifa, it always has been. It’s the most sociable game, I mean apart from Call of Duty. It’s not the same as playing against a computer, you always wanna play against your actual mates. It’s good to be together, you get your mates round and you play. That’s what’s nice about it. I wouldn’t wanna these days, I have done growing up but I wouldn’t wanna sit in my bedroom for twelve hours by myself trying to complete a game. It’s cool when you’re playing with different people, whether it be an amazing moment, say you score an amazing goal. You share it with other people and have a good banter, it’s cool.

13. Favourite console?
Matt: I have a PS4.

14. Are you playing any games on the tour bus currently?
Matt: Yeah actually, there was a Fifa tournament that concluded yesterday. Gav my drum tech, he won.

15. What’s your highest gaming accomplishment?
Matt: Oh God, it’s somethin’ really basic like completing Super Mario Brothers on the Game Boy. I remember my older brother having a Game Boy, it was passed down to me. Black and white screen… the proper chunky ones from the mid-eighties, the white ones. I’m not sure about my high score on Tetris, but Tetris is also a classic.

16. Anything else you’d like to share?
Matt: Our new album is out now. I hope people will take time to check it out and hope they’ll enjoy it. We’re on tour at the moment, I’m not sure when this goes live but we’ll be announcing some new UK shows pretty soon as well.
Torey (Interviewer): What are your plans for after this tour?
Matt: We are gonna do some more UK dates in April and May. Then June, July and August we’re away in the States, that’s unannounced. We’re talking about some festivals and stuff but that’s way too far for me to be able to say anything about it. It’s a busy year, we’ll be busy up ’til summer and then lets see what the winter brings.

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Escape The Fate discuss upcoming album “I Am Human” & more – Exclusive Interview

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This week I caught up with Kevin Gruft (Guitarist) and Robert Ortiz (Dummer) of Escape The Fate, one of the world’s most renowned rock bands. The group are currently touring across Europe promoting their upcoming album “I Am Human”. Interested in finding out a little bit more about their upcoming album, favourite tattoos & highest gaming accomplishments? Then read on…

1. Where did you gather inspiration from for the lyrics throughout the upcoming album “I Am Human”?
Kevin: They came from various places because the lyrics come from a lot of people in the band. For instance, Robert had a song called “If Only” which he’ll speak a little bit about.
Robert: I think we all had different life experiences happening over the last two years, and even before that. For me “If Only” is referring to my grandfather who had passed away. I actually wrote that song before we released our last album “Hate Me”. I was just kinda shy and didn’t really wanna pursue it, but then I realised you know what, I need to get this out and other people will relate to this, and the same with almost every song, each band member had a different way of reaching out to basically use this music as therapy to get those things out and hope that maybe there’s someone out there who will relate.

2. Which bands have you taken inspiration from for the music throughout the upcoming album?
Kevin: We can get inspired by a ton of artists at different times. I’m always listening to a lot of modern stuff. I like to dive deeper into classic rock and different genres. The song “Empire” is kind of influenced by a Kendrick Lemar song – with that really cool beat and feel. It can be random or it could even be subconscious, you listen to something and then reverse it, turn it upside down, and spit it out as a different song. I think that’s how musicians have been doing it for years. Motley Crue was referencing the artists that came before them and they were turning it into their own thing and that’s how music keeps on constantly evolving.
Robert: It’s like a palette of colours of your entire life.
Kevin: Yeah and it’s so interesting coz people listen to music so differently than they used to. Back in the day you’d buy a single or album, and you could just play that single record. Now you can listen to one Skrillex song, then you’re gonna listen to a Metallica song, and a Black Flag song on Spotify and different playlists. Fortunately our band always happens to be diverse and we always write different songs. We love to write super heavy metal songs, we also like to write softer more passionate ballads and stuff like that.
Robert: We definitely fought a bit over direction and I think we’re all a little bit bipolar or tripolar, quadpolar whatever, because you wake up in different moods. Some days we need to be heavy and we need to be this, and then the next minute it’s like “Dude come on, we’re good at just writing emo shit”, and then the next minute it’s like “Well lets fucking bring something new”. It just changes every day to be honest, a minute’s a minute really.

3. How was it working with producer Howard Benson on the upcoming album “I Am Human”?
Kevin: We worked on “Hate Me” with him. The band’s been making records for over ten years now so we have a vision. We know what we wanna sound like, we know what we wanna do. He was really helpful with helping us choose some of the songs. The four of us would get into heated debates… “Do you wanna do this song? or this song? coz we can only do a certain amount of songs.” You can’t do an album of thirty songs… so he would help with the song choices.
Robert: That’s the main reason why I always wanted him, because I felt like he was that voice of reason amongst us and could see things in songs. When it’s one guy wanting this song, and the other guys going “Fuck that’s stupid” he’d tell us “No dude, just trust me. At the end of it you’re gonna love it.” He was just a bit of a referee so we were not murdering each other. Truthfully though, it was frustrating. It was real frustrating for him more so than us, but I think it was just the way we went about it because the last record we wrote and wrote, and the recording process was very quick. This time they wanted us to get in there and we were not prepared. We had a few demos, so they were trying to force us into recording, and it creates this weird space where we still want more time to write, and we don’t feel like we have all the songs. Then we’re tracking these songs and we’re trying to focus on recording, it’s like different roles, now we’re done with all that. Now we’re in touring mode, performing the songs, promoting the songs. You gotta be in these different headspaces, and so it was really frustrating. For me, I was going fine. Kevin was writing like a fucking mad man all day and night, it was tough.
Torey (Interviewer): So you were still writing whilst you was recording the rest of the album?
Kevin: Yeah, it was interesting. We finished the record and the label wanted some more songs last minute, so we put together a couple of extra songs that we ended up self-producing actually. One of them’s “Broken Heart” which we’re doing a music video for, but we’re still figuring out the treatment and all that stuff, but we hope to be filming the video before the album comes out.

4. Favourite song to play live off the upcoming album?
Kevin: For me, right now it’s “Do You Love Me” just because of the crowd reaction. As soon as the intro kicks in the crowd has been singing every single word, and it’s got a cool bounce that we don’t typically have in our songs. It’s got a little bit of everything… big riff, catchy vocals, and some leads. What about you Robert?
Robert: I simultaneously love and hate all the ones that we’re playing right now because I get nervous every fucking time and I still don’t feel comfortable yet. I think at least four years it’s gonna take me, fucking us to be done playing it for me to actually get it together, but I like them all. I think “Do You Love Me” was a song that I was very much not into, the other guys loved it, and I was not really feeling it. Just performing it and seeing how people are actually absorbing that song, reacting to it, and how they feel, made me appreciate it far more and actually made me like the song. So that’s been really helpful.
Kevin: Another song for me is “I Am Human”. Me and TJ are playing some different styles on guitars, we’ve got really cool and ambient tones happening. It’s another thing that’s a bit different from what we’re typically doing live, I tend to like when my things are newer and changed up and tight. That’s why we wrote the song “Empire” because we’ve never written a song like that, it’s like “Fuck it”, you just wanna do something different sometimes.
Robert: The songs are different in terms of what style we’ve played previously, so it’s a challenge.
Kevin: Like Robert’s saying, it is a little bit of a challenge because when you’re playing songs you don’t wanna think about it, you wanna have them down. We just wrote these songs and recorded them. They havn’t even been released fully yet, but it’s been fun.

5. Which city are you most looking forward to playing on this tour?
Kevin: Obviously Manchester! And also Germany, I love it. Robert loves France because of the food there.
Robert: Yeah, I mean each city has it’s own energy and vibe. I find that Germany has become this other home for Escape The Fate. They get us a lot, so I’m looking forward to it and they’ll be some big shows there.
Kevin: Paris always treats us really well too, those fans go nuts.
Robert: And truthfully Manchester is pretty cool too, I like it. I dunno man, everyday’s a new adventure when we’re doing this. I could say this city, but then I’ll remember this and that’s cool. You’re still a tourist so you look forward to doing those types of things.
Kevin: Yeah last time we were here we went to the museum… the one with the dinosaur in it, that was tight. Dinosaurs are tight!

6. What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you on tour?
Kevin: The weirdest thing… the dumbest thing, weirdest dumbest thing was my bad on the way out here. We went from Los Angeles to Boston Massachusetts, and in Boston we were rushing and I went to TSA and I freaking lost my laptop. I’d left it at TSA. Fortunately they found it, but I was an hour from landing in Ireland and I was like “Let me play on my laptop real quick and just check something out”, I opened my zipper and was like “Oh fuck!”… and then you punish yourself, that was kinda weird.
Robert: I dunno, there has been some weird times but I usually keep it pretty mellow.
Kevin: Or else they’re off the record weird.
Robert: We’ll discuss those over a drink.

7. Do you decide as a band what designs you’d like to see on your tour merch?Kevin: Yeah, this tour actually in particular is the one that we’ve been most stoked about merch. We’ve got a lot of different items. We’ve got big flags, flannels… which we’ve never had before with album art on. Windbreakers… which is kinda cool, and then two different hats.
Robert: I think Craig is really cool-headed. We go back and forth a lot on styles we like, and I think the album cover particularly from the new record lends itself to being some dope ass merch. We wanted something simple, we wanted something that was basically like emojis essentially. A symbol that you get what it means. You know who the fucking band is, what the records about, what the concept is. That’s what we got with the theme, the balancing of your heart and your mind, that’s life and so that’s what the records about.
Kevin: That’s why this record’s so emotional, it’s so deep.
Robert: And that translates onto our merch. Craig was adamant about not just having t-shirts with these cool designs, but actually cool fucking merch that you’d actually wear, like flannels, fucking long T’s, and just unique stuff. Craig’s wearing it right now.

8. What’s your favourite tattoo on your body and why?
Kevin: My favourite tattoos that I have are the spontaneous weird ones, not even the planned out ones that are maybe a bit nicer looking. I got a roman numeral five on tour because our tattoo artist was like “Oh I’ll tattoo you for free”. Then we all have “DLTP” that we got as a band tattoo, which means “Daddy Likes To Party”. When I was in Australia we were thirty minutes from playing our set and I got a “2015 Soundwave” tattoo, so I was getting tattooed, jumped off the tattoo table, and then we played a fucking massive show with Slipknot and Fall Out Boy and stuff. You just remember those little moments and those have more memories to me. Robert has a few tattoos…
Robert: I got two and that’s it. I’ve never really been much of a tattoo guy. My father and my grandfather have the same tattoo, it’s an old school fucking gangster prison tattoo that they all used to do back on the fucking reprobation in El Paso, so I had to get it.
Kevin: Pretty sick. You guys have all the same initials. Very original.
Robert: And there you go. I’ll probably put two M’s in the middle for my daughters so it would be RMO, that was my first band too.

9. Where do you usually gather inspiration from for the tattoos you get?
Kevin: Different things. Sometimes no inspiration for tattoos, sometimes you just want a cool image. More recently I’ve been trying to put more meaning behind them. It’s like once you get started you can’t stop, it’s like you can’t get a big piece on your arm and not finish it.

10. What’s your favourite tattoo style?
Kevin: On my body personally, I like more traditional style tattoos and I think they’ll last a long time. Some of the more detailed white stuff will fade over time, so I like the big bold stuff.
Robert: I don’t know nothing about tattoos.
Kevin: Robert seems to like black and grey work, naked babies.
Robert: I was told that black and white would look good on me. I really don’t know much to be honest.
Kevin: It’s almost like you learn more about tattoos the more you get ‘em. Then you figure out your taste and you’re like “Oh, I don’t like that very much”, then you’re fucked.

11. What’s your favourite tattoo convention?
Kevin: I’ve never been to one before but I think that tattoo conventions are cool because they usually blend music and tattoos, so I’d like to maybe attend one someday.

12. Favourite video games?
Kevin: Again, mine is making music and that’s a video game to me. It’s almost like a puzzle coz you’re trying to piece together a song. It’s like maybe if you add a couple lyrics, then you gotta find the in-between parts, or finish the song. All that probably utilizes some of that brain that does the video game thing. The challenge, the problem solving.
Robert: I mean, I’m the best Mortal Kombat player in the whole freakin’ band. Halo was always the favourite growing up. No one has ever defeated me at Mortal Kombat.
Kevin: You’re one of the best video game players in the entire band I would say.
Robert: For sure, definitely. Craig likes to play er…
Kevin: He plays Words With Friends a lot.
Robert: Craig plays games where he doesn’t have to play against other people coz he knows he’ll lose against me.
Kevin: No for real, Robert’s the video game guy for sure.
Robert: Yeah, I love some sports games like Fight Night, it’s always been one of my favourites.
Kevin: I like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the Super Nintendo.
Robert: Resident Evil was always fucking amazing.
Kevin: Golden Eye, 007.
Robert: Those were classic, I love them. First-person shooters are always cool. I havn’t played over the last couple of years coz I’ve kinda been in the same boat as Kevin where I’m just always creating and generating some kind of content all the time, that’s what we’ve been about.
Kevin: Yeah coz we do like video editing and audio editing and stuff.
Robert: But when I do play it’s usually Mortal Kombat, that’s the go to. I love video games where you can talk shit with your homies and you can actually hang out. Like fucking order pizza and then play against the universe, talk shit to each other… and I do like ordering pizza.

13. What’s your favourite games console?
Robert: Xbox, all day.
Kevin: Super Nintendo.
Robert: Can do PlayStation. What’s with the backwards controller, why havn’t they figured it out. It’s been fucking thirty years, like figure it out dude.

14. Which games are you currently playing on the tour bus?
Kevin: Non on the bus, no.

15. What’s your highest gaming accomplishment?
Robert: I have two. One was Resident Evil 5. I got every single medal and absolutely every possible thing you could achieve or unlock. I defeated every single aspect of that game and I logged hours, upon hours, upon hours. The other one was Fight Night. I fought for a world title, I lost though coz the guy was one of those fucking cheaters… you know how they do the same move and there’s nothing you can do at all. But you go open ranks against people all over the world, there’s hundreds of thousands of people on and I fought the best guy in the world. I lost but at least I was there, second place I guess.

16. Anything else you’d like to share?
Kevin: Our new album “I Am Human” comes out February 16th. Pick it up, there’s a bunch of pre-order bundles on pledgemusic.com/escapethefate

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Submission- Lindsay Clark

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A walk on the wild side with Lindsay Clark

Photos by Danny Desantos 

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Christmas Eve with Talulah-Eve

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so let’s see what festivities Front fave and one of last years BNTM contestants Talulah-Eve gets up to…

So do you spend Christmas Eve in or out?

Normally I spend Christmas Eve out but this year I’m spending it in with my family… well I’m going to try to!

Any weird Xmas traditions we should know about?

None that are weird but a mistletoe kiss is a must every year and it has to be with a solid 10!

What does a typical Xmas day look like to you?

Usually hanging and looking 6 months pregnant after stuffing my face with food! A bedroom that smells like a tarts boudoir because I get so many perfumes and I have to smell them all!
Obviously lots of family games and then the Eastenders Christmas special with a glass of wine (or maybe a bottle)

What’s the weirdest/shittest Xmas gift you’ve ever got?

Soap dildo.. I prefer the real thing!

What’s you Festive drink of choice?

Mulled wine or Prossecco!

How will you be spending Boxing Day?

Netflix and chill. If Santa brings me my biggest wish this Christmas… if not then just a few drinks with friends!

Any New Years plans?

Not yet! Can’t decide what I want the most out of NYE this year. The last minute things are usually the best anyway… usually it’s a house party somewhere!

Do you believe in Santa?

Yes but Santa has disappointed me these past few years! Think I need to be better behaved

Have you been a good girl or a bad girl this year?

Bad.. but only at my expense. I just can’t seem to tell myself “no”

If you were one of Santa’s reindeer what would your name be and why?

Nip slip! Had a fair few of those this year!! (HAHA Yes you have!)

Do you have an Xmas wish list we can look at?!

My wants and needs this Christmas are:
•Boyfriend (preferably hot, rich, affectionate, doesn’t take a day to reply, good manners, good style, Drives, good in bed) 
•A new london pad (preferably with a walk in wardrobe) 
•Lingerie (preferably Victoria Secrets)
•Perfume (preferably Marc Jacobs’s decadence or Dior j’adore)
•Heels (preferably Louboutins)
•A clutch that goes with everything
•Louis luggage
•Exotic holiday

…Low maintenance as usual I see! Have a good one T <3

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A Front Girl’s Xmas: Gemma

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HO! HO! HO!

It’s Christmas Eve Eve, so little Elf-ling Gemma is just stopping by before she pops off to help Santa. 

She looks like a little Gothic fairy we wanna put at the top of our tree… 

Images taken from our most recent in-house shoot for Front Model Management.

So do you spend Christmas Eve in or out?

A bit of both! It’s usually a late night cinema date to see the latest Star Wars movie before an early-ish night. Gotta be fresh for Santa!

Any wierd Xmas traditions we should know about?

For as long as I can remember my Nan has always given me a chocolate orange at Christmas. A couple of years ago I was the only one who didn’t get one (I had something else in its place) and I was legit devvo’d

What does a typical Christmas day look like to you?

Hot and steamy!!*

*…I make the dinner so I’m in the kitchen a good portion of the day. Followed by an evening of treats, trashy movies and a bit of WWE 2K18 on the PlayStation no doubt! 

What’s the weirdest/shittest gift you’ve ever got?

A fridge freezer

What’s you Xmas drink of choice?

Mulled wine!

How will you be spending Boxing Day?

Visiting the families

Any New Years plans?

I’ll be at Magic Door: Gold and Glitter, scantily clad whilst painting faces and making people sparkle by throwing glitter everywhere!

Do you believe in Santa?

Where else do presents come from?

Have you been a good girl or a bad girl this year?

Bad girls are the best girls, right?

If you were one of Santa’s reindeer what would your name be and why?

Vixen cause I’m foxy AF

 

Do you have an xmas wish list we can look at?!

Some gold edged tarot cards and a couple more frenchies would be nice! But aside that, there’s a few bits HERE!

Be sure to give Gemma a follow on her Instagram by clicking HERE!

 

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