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Shit happens: some good, some bad. Feather Trade, who grabbed our attention when supporting Benefits in York back in February, were scheduled to support The Mission on May 26th. As fate would have it, the night’s scheduling with an early curfew meant they got dropped from the lineup, although their regular drummer is now occupying the stool for Hussey and co. How does stuff like that even happen? But when life gives you lemons, Feather Trade book a run of shows instead.

If you’re in the vicinity of any of these places, we’d very much recommend going.

FRIDAY MAY 27 – MANCHESTER – AATMA

w / Cold Water Swimmers

Inca Babies

Jim’s Rolling Beat

SATURDAY MAY 28 – MACCLESFIELD – MASH GURU

w/ Urban Theory

SUNDAY MAY 29 – HAILFAX – THE TURKS HEAD

w/ Triptych (from Glasgow)

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Kick Out The Jams & End Of The Trail Creative are putting on a 3-day mini-festival, The Brighton Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus at The Black Lion between the 12th-14th May 2022. The event, supported by CD Baby, Blackstar Amplification & The Zine UK, which features bands like The Pearl Harts, Moon Panda, Berries, A Void, Enjoyable Listens, Sons, DEH-YEY, Bullet Girl, and Aural Aggro’s new faves, Warning Signal is a free entry alternative to The Great Escape.

And what a lineup!

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From the organisers: "Driven by a desire to offer live music fans in Brighton and from further afield a free alternative to the official Great Escape programme of shows, which are only accessible with an expensive conference badge or festival wristband, indie promoters Kick Out The Jams and End of the Trail have come together at The Black Lion for The Brighton Rock’n’Roll Circus; an exciting free entry three-day mini-festival of over forty bands running from 12th-14th May.

This show is the natural successor to The Brighton Mix-Up which last took place in May 2019, a similar three day show also at The Black Lion. Of course, the pandemic put a stop to all music festivals for a couple of years, so it’s really good to be back in Brighton again with an amazing lineup of bands from around the country, playing in an intimate venue in the heart of The Lanes area, bang in the middle of the town."

Kick Out The Jams & End Of The Trail Creative need your help! Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to secure the usual sponsorship for their 3-day FREE ENTRY mini-festival in Brighton in May.

Faced with taking a pretty big hit on production expenses associated with putting on an event of this kind, as the pub is not a regular music venue & doesn’t have any live music tech in place for the show, they are having to hire it all in.

So, if you are planning to come to the show and seeing some (or all!) of the 40+ bands they’ve lined up for you, please consider helping them with these costs by contributing to the Go Fund Me campaign.

Thanks for your support!

https://www.gofundme.com/the-brighton-rocknroll-circus

In light of the current events and ongoing tragedy occurring in Ukraine, Envy Of None will release a split 7” vinyl single, on Ukraine flag coloured vinyl with all proceeds from sales being donated to UNHCR for their Ukraine emergency response.

(Established in 1950, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights, and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.. For more information, please visit unhcr.org. #WithRefugees | donate.unhcr.org/Ukraine)

The tracks for the limited edition single “Enemy” and “You’ll Be Sorry” taken from the band’s forthcoming album, have now taken on a more poignant meaning for the group.

I’m not your enemy…

Friends and enemies—life and death—good and bad.  The eternal contrast and conflict that tears us apart so easily yet mends us so arduously.  It’s not a fair fight.

As another generation witnesses first had the horrors of yet another war, we can strive to temper our helplessness by supporting the difficult, but necessary work UNHCR provides to lessen the burden for millions of displaced people.

As we embark on our humble contribution, we ask that along with our partners at UNHCR, Snapper Music / Kscope, GZ / Precision Vinyl & Vision Merch, you kindly share in supporting us at this time of need with your generosity.

As a show of respect for your support and generosity, Envy Of None will match the total proceeds raised.

Thank-you. Envy Of None:  Alfio Annibalini, Andy Curran, Alex Lifeson, Maiah Wynne

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF “ENEMY / YOU’LL BE SORRY” 7” HERE – https://visionmerch.com/envy-of-none

There will be just 500 copies of this limited edition colored 7” vinyl single available:

250 signed by all the band – US$100

250 unsigned – US$50

Plus fans can also purchase a 30 minute zoom call / personal Q&A with all 4 Envy Of None band members, each donor can invite 3 friends to join in – for $1000. This is limited to 10 slots for a once in a lifetime chance to chat and ask each of the members anything about the EON project and beyond.

All proceeds of sales go to UNHCR’s Ukraine Emergency Response.

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Digital Horsecore pioneer Petrol Hoers is kicking off this year’s gig schedule with a UK tour in April, alongside techno punks Petrol Bastard and antisocial rock three-piece The Ducks.

Starting in Blackpool on April 7th, the tour will run for 11 days, finishing with an early evening show in Brighton on April 17th.

Part man, part horse, part hallucinatory nightmare; Petrol Hoers is galloping out of the strangest corner of the Yorkshire music scene with a unique blend of hardcore punk, hard drum+bass and surreal comedy.

The equine entertainer has built a cult following through his online antics and energetic live shows which has led to national radio airplay, festival appearances and being described by music industry legend and BBC Radio 6 presenter Tom Robinson as “…one of the oddest and most original artists it’s ever been my pleasure to come across in the last 15 years of BBC Introducing.”

The most recent Petrol Hoers album Oh I Don’t Know, Just Horse Stuff, I Guess is available to listen and download via Bandcamp

You can catch Petrol Hoers at the following dates:

Thursday, April 7, 2022 – Scream & Shake, Blackpool

Friday, April 8, 2022 – Outpost, Liverpool

Saturday, April 9, 2022 – Aatma, Manchester

Sunday, April 10, 2022 – Santiago’s, Leeds

Monday, April 11, 2022 – Network, Sheffield

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 – The Chameleon, Nottingham

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 – Heartbreakers, Southampton

Thursday, April 14, 2022 – The Tin, Coventry

Friday, April 15, 2022 – The Lab, Northampton

Saturday, April 16, 2022 – Poco Loco, Chatham

Sunday, April 17, 2022 – Hope and Ruin, Brighton

Ticket and social links can be found at https://linktr.ee/Petrolhoers

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Almost exactly a year on from the release of their second long—player, False Company, Leeds grunge/garage-rock act and longstanding AA faves Weekend Recovery will be unleashing a new EP, No Guts on through Criminal Records on 4th February, having given us a taster with the lead track ‘No Guts, All the Glory’ in November.

With shows – and some exciting supports – lined up from the end of January through to the middle of July, they’re certainly making up for the time lost in 2020 and 2021.

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29.01 Sidney&Matilda Sheffield EP listening show (we will be DJing only at this event)

03.02 Headrow House Leeds with Pulverise & Helle

04.02 Weekend Recovery, Live at The Grace London with Dirty Orange

04.03 The Parish, Huddersfield with SNAYX

05.03 The Jacaranda Club Liverpool with SNAYX

06.03 Castle Hotel Manchester with SNAYX & Fauna

25.03 Rough Trade Nottingham with SNAYX Desensitised & Alice’s Ants

26.03 Santiago Bar Leeds with Caesar Did It & Any Old Iron

27.03 The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham with Dead Dads Club & YNES

29.04 Trillians Rock Bar Newcastle Upon Tyne

30.04 13th Note Glasgow with Snayx & Visceral Noise Department

01.05 Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh with Snayx & The Party Slogan

05.05 Sidney&Matilda Sheffield with Caesar Did It & Any Old Iron

06.05 The Bridge Inn/The Hive Rotherham with Caesar Did It

07.05 The Hope & Ruin Brighton with Caesar Did It & Oli Spleen

08.05 The Black Heart London with Caesar Did It Healthy Junkies & Rapturous

17.06 The Crofters Rights Bristol

18.06 Bootleg Social Blackpool

15.07 The Hobbit Pub Southampton

16.07 Bedford Esquires Bedford with Yur Mum

17.07 The Portland Arms Cambridge with Yur Mum

Check ‘No Guts’ here:

Having recently unveiled the video to the killer lead song from their forthcoming EP, No Guts All the Glory, Weekend Recovery have announced they’re celebrating an EP launch in two of their favourite cities, namely  London and Leeds, at The Grace and Headrow House respectively, in early February of 2022.

Weekend Recovery recently debuted a new lineup as a three-piece, and a new sound that harder, rockier, and more direct, and these dates will provide an opportunity tom witness the emerging next stage of the band’s evolution, and they’ve got some cracking supports lined up, too.

Dates are:

Leeds, 3rd Feb with support from Salvation Jayne & Helle @ Headrow House. Tickets: www.weekendrecoveryofficial.bandcamp.com/merch/leeds-ep-launch

London 4th Feb with support from Dirty Orange @ The Grace. Tickets: www.ticketweb.uk/event/weekend-recovery-ep-launch-show-the-grace-tickets/11537935

No Guts’ is a corker and it’s already been getting early radio play, a sign that this is a band continuing their upward trajectory. Chances are they won’t be playing venues this size much longer. Exciting times.

See you down the front!

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The Virginmarys may have recently paired back to a two-piece and dropped the vowels from their name, but they’re very much alive and kicking and still very much set to appear at the London date of the first Ghost Road Fest, at London’s Kolis on Saturday 6th November and at the Belgrave in Leeds on Sunday 7th November.

While the lineups differ for the two events, Weekend Recovery, Salvation Jayne, SNAYX, You Want Fox, and Sadness and the Complete Disappointment are all confirmed for both dates. bang Bang Romeo headline Leeds on what promises to be a day of thrills and quality music, and while Pearl Hearts are only playing London, Leeds gets SHEAFS and Novustory.

While the world seems to be descending to shit, Ghost Road Fest is offering an oasis of nice, with a lineup that’s solid quality and gender-equal both north and south, and in one single move achieve on a single weekend something the government hasn’t managed in a decade.

Click on the image for full details and tickets.

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We’ll see you down the front in  Leeds!

Here at Aural Aggravation, we’ve been backing Jekyll, Sweethearts, and Polarized Eyes for a while now, so it’s exciting to see that End of the Trail Records, is curating a stage at this year’s Liverpool Sound City on Saturday 2nd October, featuring them alongside a host of other exciting new acts.

They’re showcasing a bunch of bands from the label, alongside acts from both seminal and stalwart independent label Fierce Panda and Fear Records, to pull together an exciting bill of up-and-coming talent. Live music is back with a bang, and these are exciting times with a wealth of fresh talent emerging.

The showcase will be held at EBGBS in Liverpool (of course!) Stage sponsored by Fear Records & Blaggers Records, with stage times (and band info links) as follows:

21.00 CHINA BEARS : INFO

19.50 ENJOYABLE LISTENS INFO

19.00 THE INSTITUTES INFO

18.10 SHADE INFO

17.20 POLARIZED EYES INFO

16.30 MOSES INFO

15.40 FAMILY JOOLS INFO

14.50 JEKYLL INFO

14.00 SWEETHEARTS INFO

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If you’re already going, you can’t go far wrong. If you’re not, tickets for Sound City are still available here.

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Media kudos for End of the Trail:

Genuinely in it for the music – LOUDER THAN WAR

Super cool – BBC RADIO 6

Echoing the grandeur of Factory – NARC MAGAZINE

Cruel Nature Recordings – 27th August 2021

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Grunge isn’t dead. Not by a long way. Although, the trouble with grunge is that even at its height, most of the bands weren’t that impressive, and the ones who were achieved the widest success were the weakest, most accessible of the crop. Without the polished and ultimately marketable Nevermind, Nirvana would have never achieved global domination, although both Bleach and In Utero were, and remain, far superior albums, while the like of Tad and Mudhoney are the true sound of grunge, and capture the gritty, sweaty toil of blue collar labour channelled into aural catharsis. These bands never set out to change the world, but to vent their frustrations and ultimately their sense of powerlessness through music.

Perhaps it’s an age thing, but being in sixth form when grunge exploded it felt like not only an exciting time for music, but that this was a wave of music that actually spoke both to and for my generation at the time. In a way I feel rather sorry for the Millennials and Gen Z; the blandness of contemporary music speaks of nothing but surface. Even when addressing genuine issues, there feels like not only an absence of depth, but an absence of real emotion, of soul. Perhaps it’s just that the mainstream industry, represented by the mainstream charts, dominated by mainstream artists on major labels is simply giving the entirety of its focus on monetising slick sonic wallpaper. It seems odd that generations so riven with pain and angst (and who can blame them?) should find solace in this kind of anodyne slop. It can’t just be the numbing effects of antidepressants: something is clearly awry. Small wonder, then, that some delve into their parents’ collections in order to find music that contains what’s missing for them.

New York’s Cronies formed in June 2020 by brothers Jack and Sam Carillo, the press pitch describes the project as ‘the creative offspring of Covid and isolation’. Creative is the word: having pulled in a couple of mates to render this a full band, they’ve already banged out a brace of Eps in the last year ahead of this, their eponymous debut, which Cruel Nature are releasing on another Bandcamp Friday, with Proceeds going to charity.

It’s a bowel-shaking bass note that strikes first, and the sustain is something. And then in lurches a grimy guitar that’s welded to a stumbling rhythm section – and it’s heavy. Then the drawling vocal rips into a fill-throated roar that’s pure Cobain. These guys have taken the relentless battery of Bleach and the nihilistic squall of In Utero as their template, with a dash of thrash and some of the grimy heft of Tad in the mix (‘Slush Fund’ even leans on the riff from Tad’s ‘Behemoth’ but chicks in some stun synths and some manic hollering that’s more reminiscent of The Jesus Lizard), and ‘A Slippery Slope’ throws all of these in at once, along with a sudden change of pace and direction two-thirds of the way in. On ‘Ritchie from Lebanon’ they build a massively dense bulk of noise, the guitars and bass churning, overloading at great volume.

What Cronies have that their peers lack – well, there are many things, if we’re analysing (and of course we are: that’s the purpose of music criticism). But first and foremost, it’s raw passion and energy. There’s nothing slick or ultra-processed about this: Cronies are unashamedly ragged, and really embrace the grunge ethic of the time when most of the bands from Nirvana to Mudhoney were still on labels like Sub Pop. It’s perhaps because of the band’s origins – confined, trapped – that the songs on Cronies teem and seethe with abject frustration. Sometimes, words simply cannot articulate those feelings, and all there is to do is scream and unleash howls of feedback instead of neat chords. And this is what Cronies do, and this is why they speak to us: it’s accepting the limitations of articulation and unleashing a primal howl. It’s powerful because it’s real.

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BIG | BRAVE are pleased to announce European tour dates in April and May 2022 in support of their latest album, VITAL out now on Southern Lord.  Dates and details below.

On their fifth album VITAL, the core trio of Robin Wattie, Mathieu Ball and Tasy Hudson traverse minimalism and instinct, structure/freedom and meticulous timing, elements that have been the cornerstones of BIG | BRAVE’s precise, rhythmical sound. Lyrically the album explores the weight of race and gender, endurance and navigating other people’s behaviours, observation and protest. VITAL was recorded with Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets.

BIG | BRAVE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES 2022

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08/04/2022 FR Dunkerque Les 4 Ecluses
09/04/2022 UK Ramsgate Ramsgate Music Hall
10/04/2022 UK Sheffield Record Junkee
11/04/2022 UK Leeds Brudenell Social Club
12/04/2022 UK Newcastle The Cluny2
13/04/2022 UK Norwich Norwich Art Center
15/04/2022 UK Glasgow Broadcast
16/04/2022 UK Manchester The White Hotel
17/04/2022 UK Leicester The Soundhouse
18/04/2022 UK Bristol The Crofters Rights
19/04/2022 UK London Electrowerkz
20/04/2022 BE Antwerp Kavka
22/04/2022 GER Hamburg Hafenklang
24/04/2022 SWE Göteborg Showdown
26/04/2022 NO Oslo Blå
27/04/2022 DK Copenhagen Pumpehuset
28/04/2022 GER Bremen MS-Loretta
29/04/2022 GER Schorndorf Club Manufaktur
30/04/2022 AT Innsbruck pmk *
02/05/2022 AT Linz KAPU
03/05/2022 CZ Prague Bike Jesus
04/05/2022 PL Warsaw Hydrozagadka
05/05/2022 LI Vilnius XI20
06/05/2022 LV Riga Noass
07/05/2022 EST Tallinn Svetaa Baar
09/05/2022 PL Gdynia Desdemona Club
10/05/2022 GER Berlin Kantine Berghain
11/05/2022 GER Dortmund Junkyard
12/05/2022 FR Paris Petit Bain
13/05/2022 FR Pau La Ferronnerie
14/05/2022 ES Oviedo La Salvaje
16/05/2022 PT Lisboa ZDB
17/05/2022 PT Porto Hard Club
18/05/2022 ES Madrid Wurlitzer Ballroom
19/05/2022 ES Barcelona Sala Vol
20/05/2022 FR Toulouse Le Connexion Live
21/05/2022 FR Lyon Sonic
22/05/2022 CH Geneva Cave12
24/05/2022 FR Strasbourg La Maison Bleue
25/05/2022 CH Zürich Rote Fabrik
26/05/2022 FR Metz Young Team Festival 22 
27/05/2022 BE Ghent dunk!Festival
29/05/2022 RU Moscow Bumazhnaya Fabrika
30/05/2022 RU St. Petersburg Lastochka

* no Fågelle, plus Trialogos

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