Auction for the Promise Club – Walk the Line

Hailing from a lovely little place in Cornwall by the name of St. Agnes, Auction for the Promise Club have released their new single ‘Walk the Line’. Proud of their Cornish routes, the band incorporate the beauty and ruggedness of the small sea side village in to their music, and dare I say it they may very well be the best band from Cornwall in recent time.

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The song ‘Walk the Line’ – no relation to the Johnny Cash classic – has a beautiful melodic guitar track underneath some beautiful vocals from the lead of Auction for the Promise Club. The video itself is also very well recorded and deserves a watch below:

If you like Auction for the Promise Club and want to find out a little bit more, then why not follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Neon Highwire

Surrealist geek electro upstarts Neon Highwire are the party destroying sensation that have been named as ones to watch with good reason. They’ve been championed by Tom Robinson of BBC 6Music, had track named track of the year by Sherwood Radio before it was even released and have gained a reputation for their devastating live shows countrywide which have included performances with Pete & The Pirates, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs & Dragonette to name a few.

The band’s 2009 début EP Luminescence (mastered at The Exchange), described by Rock Sound magazine as “cutting their angular-chops in all the right places, and it shows” was a shining culmination of these various elements. It includes the single Neon Blink, subsequently released on Blue Dove Records with a number of high profile remix b-sides and also featured in a Finnish TV show created by Jere Vainikka. It also features the sensationally catchy Under Moonlight, featured in the film “Maya’s Voice” and a favourite of Tom Robinson (BBC) and James Theaker (NME) with good reason.

Neon Highwire

Neon Highwire. Listen below:

2010 saw the digital single release of the spectacular Bear At The Bus Stop with its incredible accompanying promotional video which on the day of its release caused their channel to become the 45th most viewed musician on Youtube. This was followed in 2011 with the anthemic Spin Off & the cult sensation Kim Jong Il Looking At Things.

In 2013 the band release their incredible debut album Relate, a cataclysmic journey documenting the breakdown of relationships, the discovery of self and the hurt that goes with the process. Featuring 13 incredible tracks including the cool intensity of “Just Suppose”, the dance-floor magnet “Initialise” & the sublime “These Movies Have Become One Big Joke”. It’s no wonder there’s so much excitement for this release.

Whether it’s the insightful witticisms of their interviews and blog updates, the detail within the multiple layers integral to their sound or the infectious beats that bring to mind the meat of Sonic Youth’s accessible phase being fed through a Bugged Out filter, it’s no wonder Neon Highwire count artists such as French Horn Rebellion or Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs amongst their fans. In their own twisted words, it’s an electravaganza.

Follow Neon Highwire at http://www.neonhighwire.com

UK Number 1 October 6th 2013: OneRepublic – Counting Stars

UK Number 1, 6th October 2013: Jason Derulo was knocked from the number one top by OneRepublic, with their first ever UK Number 1. ‘Counting Stars’ by American pop-rock band OneRepublic is taken from their third studio album – Native. ‘Counting Stars’ was initially released on June 14th 2013 in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland – landing top 5 spots, as well as now getting that UK number 1.


OneRepublic collect their first ever UK Number 1!

The Official UK Top 10 – October 6th 2013

1/ OneRepublic – Counting Stars
2/ Vamps – Can We Dance
3/ Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty
4/ Katy Perry – Roar
5/ Chase & Status – Count On Me
6/ Avicii – You Make Me
7/ Demi Lovato – Skyscraper
8/ Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (ft. Majid Jordan)
9/ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love (ft. Mary Lambert)
10/ Dizzee Rascal – Something Really Bad (ft. Will.i.am)

Vamps missed out on the number 1 spot by an apparent mere 1,150 copies with ‘Can We Dance’ – the closest fought battle for the number 1 spot for the whole of 2013 so far. So Vamps fans, if you’re feeling bad for not buying the song, go ahead and slap yourself… now. Alright then, moving on.

Watch the UK Number one, OneRepublic – Counting Stars here:

Two new entries from Dizzee Rascal and Chase & Status entered at number 10 and number 5 – pushing out Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.

Demi Lovato was propelled back in to the top 10 with Skyscraper; most likely with the X-Factor effect having something to do with the well-used song pushing it’s way back in.

Source: BBC UK Offical Top 40, UK Number 1 October 6th. Don’t forget to come back to The Music Mag next week, we bring you the write up of the UK Top 10 before anyone else (well, nearly!).

How to be a Rock Star on Stage

Ever wondered how to be a rock star on stage? How to become an icon? What it takes to be a rock legend? Read on for a few pieces of advice on how to maximise your performance on stage, mixed in with loads of cool pictures for inspiration – read on rockers!

Have a good look

Whether you make girls swoon with your beautiful looks, work out constantly, or just have something a bit different about you – stand out and have a look, a style, a je ne sais quoi. Take Kurt Cobain, Axl Rose and Till Lindemann as examples. Kurt was a good looking chap that had his grungy style locked down, Axl tried various things from impersonating John Lennon to stealing Dexter Holland’s hair-braid idea – but he had a presence to him. Now Till Lindemann offers the je ne sais quoi, just something different – a bit extreme – but boy you’re not going to forget him any time soon!

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Kurt Cobain had a great look.

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Axl Rose with his braids and signature bandana.


Be an evil motherf@#ker!

Muwahaha! If you want to summon all that is rock on stage, then a little bit of worshiping satan goes a long way. Ozzy Ozbourne bit the heads off bats, Marilyn Manson did a lot of things which are better left unwritten and many other bands portray metal as being evil. It’s written in to the rock & metal culture and if it’s not broke, don’t fix it! However, it’s definitely best done with a cheeky grin, rather than being all out serious!

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Marilyn Manson can put on a hell of a show – © David Atlas 2005

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Ozzy Ozbourne has settled down since his bat eating days.


Have a softer side

Whilst it pays to be heavy, a lot of the big rock and metal bands release softer, melodic songs that fans adore – ‘Nothing Else Matters’, ‘November Rain’ and ‘Snuff’ to name just a few tracks that stand out. Corey Taylor is a great example of how to have a softer side – he’s a nu-metal screamer when leading Slipknot, but he can be caught singing beautifully on acoustic pieces if you’re ever lucky enough to catch him in a smaller tent at a festival, just like this performance below:


Interact with the crowd

Whether you have fifty fans watching, or fifty thousand, if you don’t interact with the fans and get them involved, they will leave a little disappointed. One gig to name was The Distillers when they were big after ‘Drain the Blood’ hit. Their gig was basically song after song from the album with no interaction – you might as well just stand there and put on the album loud and not bother forking out for a ticket. So interact with the audience; get them raising their horns, chanting along, flipping you off, whatever it takes to make them feel a part of the show.

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Rammstein take crowd interaction to the next level during their song ‘Pussy’.


Kiss interacting with the crowd.


Respect the legends

When you see a band live, you’ll often hear them talk of their influences and who they look up to. This respect is a great asset and helps give you and your band a connection with the crowd. It also gives you a chance to rock out your own cover version of an all time classic!

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Led Zeppelin influenced hundreds of modern day rockers.

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Bullet For My Valentine respect Metallica through covers and band t-shirts.


And all served with a slice of humour

Unless you are the new-coming of Jesus with a guitar strapped to his chest, don’t take yourself too seriously. In keeping with the ‘how to be a rock star’ theme here are two of the funniest bands in recent time – Tenacious D and Foo Fighters:

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Tenacious D are so funny live and in their videos.

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Dave Grohl has a lighter comedic side as shown in ‘Learn to Fly’.

Hopefully this random little slice of rock inspiration will help when it comes to perfecting your stage presence. Whether it be at a festival, in the local pub, or on guitar hero in your front room – may the rock God’s salute you!

Alexis Kings

Introducing Alexis Kings, a new London based band who have recently received a wave of attention through some of their new releases.

Alexis Kings are soon to release their first EP ‘1972’ featuring the first single ‘1972’ which is not yet released, but is currently is the process of being mastered.

The EP also features their viral track ‘Brothers’ along with AK’s first track ‘Get Set Go Home’ which both have had music videos made for them. Alexis Kings have also been lucky enough to headline BBC Introducing Beds Herts and Bucks recent gig at the Hat Factory in Luton.

Alexis Kings

Listen to ‘Get Set Home’ here:

More from Alexis Kings:
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/AlexisKingsMusic
Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/user/alexiskingsmusic/videos

UK Number 1 September 29th: Jason Derulo ‘Talk Dirty’

On September 29th 2013 Jason Derulo remained at the top of the charts and claimed the UK number 1 spot for the 2nd week in a row. Derulo fought hard, selling over xxx amount of records in the space of xxx.

Watch ‘Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty’ here:

Last weeks UK Top 40 chart topper, Jason Derulo, stays there for the second week.

Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ remained at 2, the short haired Jessie J entered the chart at number 22 with her hit ‘Sexy Lady’. Whilst HAIM entered the chart at 16 with ‘The Wire’. The highest new entry was by Sub Focus, with ‘Turn it Around’, which entered the UK Top 40 at 14.

Here is the top 10 in full from September 29th 2013:

UK Number 1 September 29th

1/ Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty
2/ Katy Perry – Roar
3/ One Republic – Counting Stars
4/ Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (ft. Majid Jordan)
5/ Avicii – You Make Me
6/ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love (ft. Mary Lambert)
7/ Ben Price – What I Might Do
8/ Avicii – Wake Me Up
9/ Jessie J – It’s My Party
10/ Ellie Goulding – Burn

Ben Pearce breaks back in to the top ten and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis move up from 9th to 6th. Avicii does well in the charts again, with ‘Wake Me Up’ being in the chart for 11 weeks. Jessie J stays in the top 10 with ‘It’s My Party’ at 9, and Ellie Goulding grasps on to the top 10 spot after 7 weeks in the chart.

So takes the UK Number 1: September 29th. Remember to check back on The Music Mag for the latest on the UK Top 40.

Source: BBC UK Offical Top 40, UK Number 1 September 29th.

Oxjam Islington 2013 Preview

The Oxjam team are ready to take Islington by storm on the 19th October with a whole day of sensational music, all is in aid of global charity Oxfam. Whatever music you’re into – from folk to punk to rock and everything in between – there’ll be something for you across the venues.

“Oxjam Islington 2013: Camden Crawl meets Live Aid”

Oxjam Islington Takeover forms part of Oxjam Music Festival, which runs through the whole of October. Oxjam is a festival with a difference: thousands of fundraising music events are put on by ordinary people – from large-scale festivals to local sponsored busks – making it the biggest line-up of any music festival in the UK. The Oxjam Islington Takeover will be showcasing the freshest musical talent of all styles and genres across a number of venues along Islington’s famous Upper Street, the festival aims to raise a record-breaking amount of money for globally renowned aid and development charity Oxfam. The Islington team have already ran a number of successful fundraisers in anticipation of the main event – find out more on the website, or find us on Twitter and Facebook and keep up to date with all the news and events over the next few months. Line up coming soon.

Oxjam Islington Festival 2013

Ticket info
Tickets are £12 and available via WeGotTickets.com including the Super Earlybird ticket for £6!

Since 2006, Oxjam has raised over £2 million for Oxfam. This year around 3,000 musicians will perform in over 200 venues as part of the 50 Oxjam Takeover events taking place from The Shetland Islands to Cornwall. Each of these events is run by teams of local volunteers donating their time up to six months before the event and giving all proceeds to Oxfam.

Oxjam was created by Oxfam in 2006 as a way to involve local communities in fun fundraising. Previous events have taken place across the country and have included gigs in a local laundrette, church and even a telephone box! The one day festival idea of “Takeover” came about in 2009 – the idea is that you buy one wristband that will get you into multi-venue events. Help your community and raise money for charity.

“Oxjam is a fantastic live music event, with talented musicians and all for a good cause – Tell me a better way to spend an evening”
Craig Priestley, The Music Mag

“Oxjam Islington due to its location is uniquely placed to fuse the creative world of London’s West End, with the fashionable new media world of Shoreditch and Old Street. There is no doubt that it will be at the cutting edge of live entertainment in London.”
Keith Harris, Chairman of Music Tank and Director of Performer Affairs at PPL

“We want to encourage as many people as possible to come and join the party.”
Joe Goddard, Hot Chip

“Oxjam showcases the best local talent and brings together people who love music in aid of a brilliant cause”
Chris Austin, Official Charts Company

The Oxjam Islington team are inviting the local community to get involved in this worthy cause, either by attending fundraisers, donating gifts in kind to the Takeover or fundraisers, donating venue/performance spaces, performing music or simply buying a ticket and joining in the fun. Anyway you look at it, Oxjam Islington Takeover is a fantastic cause that is great to be a part of. For more information please visit oxjamislington.com

Teenstar 2013 Competition

TeenStar is the UK’s first and only singing competition exclusively for teenagers. The competition is brought to you by Future Music; the company behind the discovery of artists such as Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas both of which are now signed to Sony Music.

TeenStar consists of a UK-wide search for the finest young talent the UK has to offer, with a spectacular National Grand Final within The O2 in London. The competition attracted over 9,000 entrants in its first year, but it was the uniquely talented Luke Friend who was crowned the winner in an impressive showcase of the nation’s future stars.

Head of Future Music, Chris Grayston can’t wait for the auditions to begin: ‘We are really excited about TeenStar 2014, there’s no other competition out there like it and we are eager to discover the country’s freshest young talent’.

teenstar 2013

TeenStar has a prize pool worth thousands of pounds, including a £5,000 cash prize for the winning act to help develop their music as well as a chance to feature in top teen magazine Shout Mag. Contestants also have the chance to win prizes through-out the competition, such as recording studio time with some of the UK’s top producers, singing lessons and extensive promotion on YouTube.

As well as the fantastic opportunities TeenStar offers, top teen magazine Shout Mag and music charity Nordoff Robbins have partnered up with TeenStar in a thrilling collaboration that will help raise awareness as well as give contestants the chance to be featured in the Magazine. TeenStar will be aiding The Nordoff Robbins Charity, which is dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable people across the UK through the power of music; in their mission to raise awareness, and in addition to this TeenStar will be donating a percentage of the Grand Final profits to this very worthy charity!

The TeenStar competition takes place at some of the best venues in the UK including the Birmingham NEC, Sheffield City Hall and Dingwalls in Camden and will be judged by some of the music industry’s top professionals, including DJs who work for Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Kiss FM, Choice FM, national & regional press, local studios and record labels. The Grand Final is the climax of the whole competition and is staged at one of the most prestigious live music venues in the country, within The O2 in London!

TeenStar is split into three age categories: ‘Late Teens’ (16-19), ‘Mid Teens’ (13-15) and a special category to search for the stars of tomorrow; the Pre-Teens! Whether it’s pop, RnB, grime, acoustic or classical, TeenStar is ready to find the greatest undiscovered talent from across the country. TeenStar provides a platform to help acts get noticed and offers winners the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artist.

Audition slots are available across the UK, so if you’re a teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, for more information and to enter go to http://www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk

Hatebreed – Dead Man Breathing Lyric Video

Heavy rockers Hatebreed unveiled their new lyric video today for ‘Dead Man Breathing’. The video for ‘Dead Man Breathing’ was directed by Aaron March of Sons Of Nero. The song is taken from Hatebreed’s current studio album, ‘The Divinity of Purpose’.

But that’s enough talk for now. Just click play and enjoy:

‘Hatebreed – Dead Man Breathing Video':


This is the introduction of a skinny lone wanderer between France, Tokyo and Montreal, equipped with nothing else but a wisp of what many others call talent – but SNDS prefer to call folly, as it is surprising how often brilliance and madness coincides.

Inspired by the Smiths, moved by the Stone Roses and blessed by Primal Scream (with a dash of electro-pop music), the sound of the SNDS was born into this very fortunate world – if you put things into perspective anyway.


Raised in Aix-en-Provence where he studied classical guitar at the Darius Milhaud conservatory, he started writing and recording when he moved to Montreal in 2007. After 5 years in the (514), with the collaboration of his two brothers, still living across the ocean, he auto produced his first 5-track EP “On the side”, now available for sale on Bandcamp.

SNDS are and up-and-coming band to keep an eye on. Their EP available on soundcloud, released two years ago, shows great promise. If they can gain momentum with another hit track to follow up with the one above, they will gain some real momentum.

Visit SNDS on facebook here.

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