Full Listings

Daughtry

+ Mona

Wednesday 17th October

Academy

Black Peaks

+ Bossk & Gold Key

Wednesday 17th October

Academy 3

Crossfaith

+ Blood Youth + GroundCulture

Wednesday 17th October

Academy 2

Crossfaith is a Japanese metalcore band from Osaka that was formed in 2006. The band consists of vocalist Kenta Koie, guitarist Kazuki Takemura, bassist Hiroki Ikegawa, drummer Tatsuya Amano and keyboardist/programmer Terufumi Tamano.

The band is considered to play the style of music known as electronicore, due to their blend of influences from metalcore, industrial metal, hardcore, metal and electronica. They have thus been described as 'Slipknot tearing The Prodigy limb from limb'.

Lucy Spraggan

+ Callum Beattie

Thursday 18th October

Academy

Lucy Spraggan has announced a new headline tour ahead of the release of her fifth studio album due for March 2019.

 

Spraggan returns to the live scene in October 2018. The tour includes huge shows at iconic venues such as Glasgow Barrowland, Manchester Academy and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

 

“These are going to be incredible shows and I can’t wait,” said Lucy. “It’s going to be a different sound to the last record, I can’t wait for the fans to see what I’ve been working on.”

 

Other dates include returns to Nottingham Rock City and Norwich The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA, as well as Cardiff Great Hall, Newcastle Northumbria Uni and Birmingham O2 Institute.

 

For Lucy Spraggan, 2017 was a year to remember. The singer-songwriter netted her fourth top 40 album and followed that success with more than 23,000 ticket sales across her UK and European tours.

 

I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing charted at number 12 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart on release in January 2017. The album, the second under her own label - CTRL Records - was described as ‘a triumph’by The Sun.

 

Digital Mystikz

Friday 19th October

Academy venues

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

+ Special Guests

Friday 19th October

Academy 2

Toots & The Maytals

+ Captain Accident & The Disasters

Friday 19th October

Academy

Described as ‘one of the true architects of Reggae’, Toots & The Maytals have been working together since the 1960s, and are a long established legend in the world of Reggae, even being credited with having coined the term on their 1968 single ‘Do The Reggay’. The group was awarded a Grammy in 2005 for True Love, where their classic songs were re-recorded alongside artists such as Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, No Doubt and The Roots. They remain touring and recording with huge success.

Drake White and The Big Fire

+ Ryan Kinder

Friday 19th October

Academy 3

Strange Waves IV

Feat: Brian Jonestown Massacre, Flamingods + more TBA

Saturday 20th October

Academy

Academy In The UK Feat The Sex Pistols Experience, The Complete Clash, Bootleg Blondie, The Ramonas

The Sex Pistols Experience, The Complete Clash, Bootleg Blondie, The Ramonas

Saturday 20th October

Club Academy

Dust Junkys Done And...Dusted - 20th Anniversary Performance

Done And...Dusted - 20th Anniversary Performance Plus Special Guests Scuttlers

Saturday 20th October

Academy 3

Emma Blackery

+ Lilly Ahlberg + Dusky Grey

Saturday 20th October

Academy 2

Rising pop star Emma Blackery has announced an extensive UK and European headline tour for October 2018.

The announcement follows the release of huge new single ‘Dirt’; a sassy pop anthem, which has had just under 800,000 streams since its release, while the video, featuring vengeful dance routines and plenty of attitude, has over half a million views already. The track peaked at number 5 in the Spotify Viral Chart, holding a Top 10 position for over a week.

The track is the follow up to last year’s Magnetised EP, which catapulted her to international fame after being used in the world wide reveal of the iPhone X, and in support of which she completed a UK headline tour finishing with a sold out date at Shepherds Bush Empire.

Emma commented, “I’m super excited to get back on the road to connect with my wonderful fans. Not only am I touring Europe for the first time (yeah!), but I’ll also be playing brand new music, which I’ve been working really hard on. I cannot wait to share it with everyone! See you in October!”

Saxon - Thunderbolt Tour Part 2

+ Special Guests Y&T + Wayward Sons

Sunday 21st October

Academy

SAXON isn’t wasting any time in 2018. Following the critically acclaimed release of ‘Battering Ram’ in 2015, the heavy metal giants have released their 22nd studio album ‘Thunderbolt’ via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music) which reached the Top 30 in the official UK charts this February, at No 29 it’s their highest chart position since 1984’s ‘Crusader’ album.

 

Now they have announced Part 2 of the Thunderbolt Tour, with Part 1 selling out, SAXON will bring their iconic live show to more cities across the UK. SAXON will be joined by special guests the legendary American rockers Y&T and Wayward Sons.

 

Biff Byford  “We’re gonna be bringing the tour back into the UK and Europe in the Autumn, playing some classic venues with some classic bands….it’s going to be special – BRING IT ON!”

  

Since the 1970s Saxon have shown their ability to take rock ‘n’ roll and give it an electrifying edge which has since cemented their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave. With over twenty studio albums under their belt, SAXON has made their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of a work a staple of their career.

 

The new album Thunderbolt features original Artwork by long time Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.

“This is album 22 and it's called Thunderbolt. It's a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we've been crafting with Producer, Andy Sneap”  Biff adds

Black Honey

+ Special Guests

Sunday 21st October

Academy 2

Following their recent return with magnificent new single ‘Bad Friends’, Black Honey – the UK’s most loved upcoming indie band – have announced a massive UK headline tour for the autumn that culminates with a huge show at London’s Electric Ballroom.

 

Black Honey are never happier than when they are on the road. Although most of the last 6 months they’ve been putting the finishing touches on their hotly awaited debut album, they’ve found time to warm up with a few regional UK dates recently to try some of the new material live. It was their first run of shows since they came off tour with Royal Blood at the end of 2017 – a tour that took them up a level, as they played to their biggest ever crowds in arena’s across the country.

 

Their summer is jam-packed with festival dates. Kicking off at London’s Finsbury Park on the 30th June in support of Queens of the Stone Age, they’ve got slots already confirmed at Latitude, TRUCK and Tramlines amongst others.  All in preparation for their biggest ever headline tour of the UK in October. Taking in all the major cities, the band will culminate the tour at London’s Electric Ballroom on October the 24th.

The Chats

+ Special Guests

Monday 22nd October

Academy 2

Attila

+ Eskimo Callboy + The Browning

Monday 22nd October

Club Academy

BRY

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 23rd October

Academy 3

Jack Maynard

+ GOAT (Conor Maynard & Jack Maynard)

Tuesday 23rd October

Club Academy

Today, Jack Maynard, one of the UK’s leading social influencers, announces his first solo tour ‘Headlines’ in partnership with Live Nation and Coalition Talent. Kicking off on 22nd October at Glasgow’s O2 ABC, the tour will see Jack bring his headline DJ set plus very special surprise guests to a range of venues across the country, closing at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on 26th October. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale from 9am on Thursday 1st March, with general sale from Saturday 3rd March.

 

Following his stint in last October’s ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’, the tour sees Jack return to what he loves best, taking to the stage as a DJ for the ‘The Headlines’ tour. The tour follows the success of Jack’s sold-out debut show (dubbed his ‘Milli Party’) at O2 Academy, Islington and his festival debut last summer on the main stage at Isle of Wight Festival where he performed to a crowd of 25,000. Jack’s ‘Milli Party’ celebrated him reaching one million subscribers on YouTube and saw him take to the stage for an energy filled DJ set, with special guests including The Vamps, Roman Kemp, Karen Harding, and Imani Williams.

 

Jack said: “It’s been a crazy year with highs and lows and I’m really excited to get back to what I love most, putting on a great live show! It’s always been a dream of mine to headline my own tour, I can’t wait!”

 

In just over a year on YouTube, Jack has totalled 1.3 million subscribers, with over 117 million views to date. He currently has 785k followers on Twitter and 852.5k followers on Instagram. In addition, Jack is one part of parody music group GOAT, alongside his brother, Conor. The boys have written and produced 2 hit tracks – Grenade and First Car, both of which have landed in the UK Top 40, and garnered multi-million downloads and views online.

The Rasmus

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 23rd October

Academy 2

Hands Like Houses

+ Normandie + Jule Vera

Wednesday 24th October

Academy 3

Hayley Kiyoko

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 24th October

Academy 2

Singer/songwriter/director Hayley Kiyoko has today announced that she will be embarking on her first ever UK & European tour in October 2018. Tickets on sale at 9am on Friday 3rd August at LiveNation.co.uk.

 

The tour kicks off in Manchester’s Club Academy on the October 24th and see’s Hayley play nine dates all over Europe, including a show at London’s O2 Islington Academy on October 26th.

 

The announcement comes straight off the back of Hayley’s surprise appearance on stage with Taylor Swift last Thursday at the iconic Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA during Swift’s Reputation Tour. You can watch a clip of the two international pop-stars performing Hayley’s hit “Curious”, here. Since April, Hayley has been relentlessly touring across North America with a successful headline run that included dazzling performances at Coachella and NYC’s historic Irving Plaza, and is currently supporting Panic! At The Disco on their North America tour. Hayley recently joined Brendon Urie on stage during the Toronto leg of the tour to perform a duet of the track “GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS”. You can watch a clip of the performance here.

 

Hayley has been taking #20GAYTEEN by storm with her debut album EXPECTATIONS, which has propelled her into one of the most celebrated new artists in the pop landscape. According to Rolling Stone, “her latest singles – ‘Curious’ and ‘What I Need’ (featuring Kehlani) – have placed her at the forefront of an unapologetically queer pop movement, and she turned 2018 into "#20GayTeen" with the release of her long-awaited debut LP.” The Observer went on to say that, “Her airy, LA-dreamy debut album sounds sparkling & refreshing”. Perhaps VICE sums it up best, stating that “Hayley is exactly what we need from a pop star in 2018”. Earlier this month it was announced that Hayley is nominated for both the Best New Artist and Best Push Artist awards at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, which take place in New York on August 20th.

 

Hayley Kiyoko’s debut album, EXPECTATIONS, is out now on Atlantic Records.

Max & Harvey

+ Special Guests

Thursday 25th October

Academy 3

Haunted House

DJ Win, DJ Remzy, DJ David, DJ RJ, DJ Botch

Thursday 25th October

Academy 2

State Champs

+ Special Guests

Friday 26th October

Academy

Dub FX

+ Special Guests

Friday 26th October

Club Academy

Dub Fx the street-loop-beatboxer grew up in St Kilda / Melbourne / Australia performing in various bands before hitting the world-wide road. Dub Fx uses Roland BOSS effect & loop pedals to create sounds which when layered creates a live musical construct. Predominantly Dub Fx can be found busking through Europe with his Girlfriend the ‘Flower Fairy’ who also performs along side.

Gaz Coombes

+ Special Guests

Friday 26th October

Academy 2

Pearl Jam UK

Friday 26th October

Academy 3

Pearl Jam UK:
The World's Greatest Pearl Jam Tribute.
Pearl Jam UK are a Liverpool based tributeto Pearl Jam consisting of five friends who all share agenuine love and respect for one of the greatest and  most influential American rock bands of all time.  Driven by an attention to detail that is second to none, the band spend hours on end listening to recordings by Pearl Jam, discovering the most minute of details contained within the music, watching hour­ after hour of live footage to ensure that the Pearl Jam experience is recreated with 100% accuracy – and no compromise. The band also perfectly recreates that distinctive 90’s era “grunge” look that became synonymous with Pearl Jam, with
 corduroy jackets, flannel shirts,shorts and doc martens aplenty. A combination of the most accurate performance of Pearl Jam’s music being played today (maybe even more accurate than the band themselves?) alongside genuine era clothing, all being performed with that typical Pearl Jam passion that made them stand out from their peers, thus culminates in a tribute band that almost becomes more than a tribute… In short, Pearl Jam UK makes you feel like you are watching Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam UK have firmly established themselves as the definitive tribute, having completed a “sold out” UK Tour and headlining major festivals along the way playing to thousands of dedicated fans. Performing songs from the entire Pearl Jam catalogue, and some of the covers they play (from artists such as Neil Young and The Who) – fans both old and new will find the songs they
 know and love in Pearl Jam UK's set.

Fickle Friends

+ Special Guests

Saturday 27th October

Academy 2

In celebration of their hugely anticipated debut album ‘You Are Someone Else’ on Polydor Records, Fickle Friends announce their biggest ever UK headline tour.
Blessed with the same dedication to writing quirky anthems on their own terms as The 1975, the brittle icy synth flourishes of Chvrches and a new era indie pop IT girl in singer Natti Shiner, Fickle Friends have established themselves as the essential new British indie-pop band of 2018. They’ve played over 350 live shows together, been playlisted regularly on Radio 1 with an incredible string of singles including ‘Brooklyn’, ‘Glue’ and ‘Hello Hello’, headlined a sold-out London Forum – and all before announcing their debut album. Until now…
‘You Are Someone Else’ is an irresistible debut record, effortlessly capturing both the joy and uncertainty of growing up a 2017 millennial. Songs addressing social awkwardness, self-doubt, anxiety and the qualms of growing into young adulthood all through a prism of perfect timeless pop.
Fickle Friends are ultimately a great band with killer tunes who have worked hard at their trade and built a devoted fanbase the old fashioned way – playing as many shows as they could for as little cost, booking their own shows and writing songs on the road. Now, after huge festival shows at Reading and Leeds and a sold out Forum in London, things are slightly easier, but the dedication to writing undeniable songs and playing great gigs remains the same and they look set to dominate festival bills next year and play their debut album to the masses.
On writing their debut album, Natti says, " this album mostly talks about the feeling that you don’t fit in your own life, forever craving something else. I felt like I was stuck in a perpetual nightmare of bad relationships and worry for so long and this collection of songs kinda pulled me out of that. We wrote and produced the bulk of everything between Jack’s bedroom, the tour van and LA so it’s been mostly DIY with an array of producers allowing us to get that extra 20%. We always wanted to make a record that made people dance and think at the same time. If any of these songs help anyone feel cool, or strong or even just less alone then we’ll have achieved what we wanted."

Pinked Floyd

Saturday 27th October

Academy 3

This seven-piece tribute band have been amazing audiences all over the
Northwest with their engaging and energetic performance celebrating the
magical music of Pink Floyd. They have been especially praised for the
accuracy of their performance based on the studio versions of music
spanning the entire output of the Floyd from early days through to the
most recently released Endless River, with firm favourites Dark Side Of
The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall particularly featured.
Lead by front-man Russell supported by Andrea’s astonishing vocals (her
Great Gig has been described as “the best I have heard since the release
of DSOTM”), attention to detail is the bye-word for Luke (keyboards and
effects), drummer Lee, Jack on bass, and Harry (guitar and sax), while you
might think it was David Gilmour himself on stage when you hear Alan’s
lead guitar riffs.

Some reactions to recent performances: 

 

“What a show!! I will
be coming to see these again. All round great performance. Have a cigar,
fellas & girl” 

(Jay Frazer)

 

“There was something very Floydish about
spending a summer's evening listening to Pink(ed) Floyd music. Never going
to see the real thing at Pompeii but this was a pretty good substitute!”
(David Evans) 

 

“My heroes will never be forgotten as long as you are on the
stage and that's from a 68 year-old roadie of the original PF! You are
another brick in the wall!" 

(David Larkin, former PF roadie)

Steve Lawler | Infinity Ink | Nathan Barato

+ More

Saturday 27th October

Academy

After a ridiculously big few months with the record label and even a number #2 on Beatport with continued support from the likes of Marco Carola, Richy Ahmed, Solardo, Billy Kenny plus many more. We couldn't think of a bigger way to celebrate than to do something in the BIGGEST VENUE in Manchester on the biggest date, our BIRTHDAY! 

It happens to be that time of the year again where we are able to celebrate the amazing atmosphere of not acknowledging time whilst listening to an unbelievable selection of music together. 

We could not think of a bigger line up for you to all get stuck in with! The legend himself DJ Steve Lawler, who has marked the world massively with his sets and productions let alone biggest event in the game Viva Warriors.

Also joining us is Infinity Ink the biggest duo from Paradise, Hot Creations and Hot Natured team will be setting the vibes from early on.

Melvins

+ Jon Spencer

Sunday 28th October

Academy 2

The Melvins return with the new album Pinkus Abortion Technician, featuring both ongoing Melvins’ bass player Steven McDonald and Butthole Surfers’, bottom ender Jeff Pinkus on bass. “With our upcoming release, we double your bass player with Steven McDonald AND Jeff Pinkus holding down the bottom,” explains Dale Crover. It’s an experiment in the low end of the aural spectrum where we asked ourselves, ‘would it work?’ ‘could it work??’ ‘should it work???’ The answers were yes, yes and YES!”

“We’ve never had two bass players. We’ve had two drummers and two guitar players so it makes total sense to now have two bass players, adds Buzz Osborne. “We’ll be taking this two prong bass attack on the road as well which should prove to be interesting.”

Joining them for these shows, the one and only Blues Explosion man Jon Spencer is back! Often imitated, never duplicated, the original NYC underground-rock legend returns from the wilderness with twelve red-hot hits, each more powerful than the last!

Road Trip

Monday 29th October

Club Academy

Boy Pablo

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 30th October

Club Academy

Bad Touch + Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Clasics + Daxx & Roxane

+ Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics + Daxx & Roxane

Wednesday 31st October

Academy 3

Shinedown

+ Starset + Press to Meco

Wednesday 31st October

Academy

A door opens. Footsteps lead to a chair inside of a nondescript room. A person sits down and exhales.

As the breath releases, this protagonist experiences a physical, mental, and emotional journey that stretches from life’s lowest lows to life’s highest highs. Throughout the trip, anxieties dissipate, doubts dissolve, and demons disappear. You might expect everything in between to transpire over the course of some blockbuster Netflix series. However, this story belongs to Shinedown’s sixth full-length album, ATTENTION ATTENTION [Atlantic Records]. The record-breaking multiplatinum rock band—Brent Smith [vocals], Zach Myers [guitar], Eric Bass [bass, production], and Barry Kerch [drums]—once again uproot convention and deliver a personal, poignant, and powerful body of work that evolves from ruin to reclamation to revelation.

“As we wrote the songs, they showed me that they were all related to each other during a very early stage,” Brent explains. “It’s one complete thought, because it’s a cohesive story. A lot of this is about me, but it’s also about Eric, Barry, and Zach. It was born from the last four years of our lives. I’ve always said, ‘You’ve got to fall in a hole to figure out how to get out of it.’ We start off at the bottom. This person fights to build back up, realizes he or she isn’t perfect, accepts that nothing in this world is just handed over, and unlocks the resolve to take everything on. You’ll see this shift and change as it progresses down the tracklist. Finally, the character becomes confident again. It’s meant to be listened to from beginning to end. We wanted to do something that wasn’t traditional.”

Leading the charge for 21st century rock by uncompromisingly challenging themselves and occupying the cutting edge, Shinedown engenders diehard love among millions of global fans. The band’s unmatched domination of multi-format rock radio commenced with their 2003 platinum-certified debut Leave A Whisper and its gold-selling 2005 follow-up Us and Them. 2008’s Billboard Top 10, double-platinum LP The Sound of Madness remained on the Top 200 Chart for a staggering 120 consecutive weeks and made rock history with six #1 singles including the gold “Devour,” platinum “If You Only Knew,” and the triple-platinum breakthrough “Second Chance,” igniting a mainstream crossover and soaring to #1 at Hot AC and Top 3 at Top 40.

After contributing the gold-certified “Diamond Eyes” for The Expendables film and “Her Name Is Alice” to the album Almost Alice inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, the band seized #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart and #4 on the Top 200 with 2012’s gold-certified Amaryllis, which launched three #1 Active Rock anthems —“Bully,” “Unity,” and “Enemies.” 2015's Threat To Survival marked their third straight Top 10 debut on the Top 200, arriving at #5 while also debuting at #1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums Chart and bringing Shinedown's total count of number one rock singles to 12 thanks to hits like "Cut the Cord" and "State of My Head." Every one of the singles released over Shinedown’s nearly two-decade career has ascended to the Top 10 – a feat unmatched by any other rock band, now or ever before. Beyond sold out headline gigs worldwide and numerous festival headlining sets, Shinedown has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, has 11 platinum and gold singles and four platinum and gold albums, and averages more than 3.3 million monthly listeners on Spotify as one of the most-listened-to rock bands on the platform with over 600 million streams, contributing to their more than 1 billion total overall streams to date.

While on the road for Threat To Survival, Brent found himself mired in darkness. Never one to pull any punches, this period provided a bedrock of inspiration for the writing process.

“In order to make something truly and purely Shinedown, we had to talk about what we know, which is each other,” he admits. “I’ve had to battle certain situations, when it comes to substance abuse and addiction. That reared its ugly head. I basically had fallen from grace, because I’m not perfect. I had to pull myself together and build myself back up. I wouldn’t have been able to do that if it wasn’t for these three other gentlemen. So, I wrote about it all. This is probably the most truthful thing I’ve done in the last decade. I have a tattoo on the top of my left hand that says, ‘Your pain is a gift.’ That’s how I feel. It’s what made me who I am.”

“From a lyrical standpoint, I knew what the story was,” says Eric. “Brent was so open and honest. I grew up listening to a lot of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, and I love that cinematic element. Brent’s lyrics give you visuals, but the music can to. That was the basis for this.”

Given the deeply personal nature of the record, the musicians went in-house for production, enlisting Eric to produce and mix an entire album’s worth of material for the very first time. Working at his Ocean Industries Studios in Charleston, SC, they devoted the bulk of 2017 to recording what would become ATTENTION ATTENTION. Throughout that time, Eric expanded the sonic palette dramatically, bringing cinematic heft to the core.

“We knew that we probably wouldn’t be able to get an outsider to come in and make this the way we wanted to,” says Brent. “It had to be Eric. He did an unbelievable job.”

“I didn’t want it to feel safe,” adds Eric. “I wanted it to feel dangerous and real. My goal is always to try create something that will perk people’s ears up when they hear it and naturally draw attention to itself. We had to go digging in the dirt, searching, and finding. From the beginning, I had a scope of what this record could be. Songs can guide you and let you know how they want to sound and what they want to be. I wanted to shake things up as much as possible. I think we achieved that.”

The group introduce the record with the opener and first single “DEVIL.” A rush of unpredictable rhythms and robust, roaring, and raw guitars gives way to an ominous, yet overpowering refrain, “I was sent to warn you the devil’s in the next room.”

“It’s the beginning of the story, but it’s also a way to come back and make sure the rock ‘n’ roll community understands that we haven’t abandoned them by any stretch of the imagination,” the frontman grins. “It’s a very universal song, because of its intensity. It’s all about being terrified and afraid. You have to accept the fact you can’t pretend you’re not scared. The only way to get stronger is to respect that certain situations are terrifying. Thedevil might be you. You need to learn how to readjust and get out of your own way.”

On “KILL YOUR CONSCIENCE,” airy synths and the crack of a whip snap into a percussive march and snarling refrain instigated by the pitfalls of social media. Elsewhere during “GET UP,” lush piano chords underscore a lyrical ode to Eric and his struggles with depression as Brent assures, “Take it from me, you’re not the only one—who can’t see straight. If you are ever in doubt, don’t sell yourself short, you might be bulletproof. Hard to move mountains when you’re paralyzed, but you gotta try.”

The track “THE HUMAN RADIO” culminates on a choir comprised of the producer’s sisters and mom. It reaches heavenly heights on the back of energized distortion tailor-made for sports stadiums.

“The world is calling to the person in the room as a reminder that there are other people outside fighting for survival, truth, and just to stay alive,” he goes on. “The human radio is your heartbeat. It’s an undivided song and a symbol of the human spirit.”

For the vocalist, it hints at a larger message and optimistic social implications. Brent elaborates, “This whole record lets the public know we have each other. We may not always agree, but we’ve got to respect each other.”

“BRILLIANT” closes out ATTENTION ATTENTION with a gallop of guitars, screeching leads, and an intense vocal crescendo. It concludes on an inspiring proclamation, “It’s my day to be brilliant!”

“That song holds a lot of weight with me,” he states. “It’s designed to hit you like a flood of emotion. In the story, the person stands up. It’s time to get moving. That means literally run for your life. It’s the moment the individual becomes fearless.”

Shinedown too remains as fearless as ever as they kick off what promises to be their biggest and boldest chapter yet. Ultimately, the band delivers an engaging, powerful and enduring statement on ATTENTION ATTENTION.

“I want this to feel like a journey,” concludes Eric. “I hope it catches listeners’ attention. Throughout the process of listening to it, the hair on their arms stands up and they become invested in this creation. That’s what I would love for people to take away.”

“I want everyone to know we will always go to the next level,” Brent leaves off. “There’s no ceiling. We’ll continue to push ourselves not only as musicians, but as songwriters and as people. I feel like this is a record the world needs right now. It’s about celebrating the will we all have inside of us. To me, this band means giving up is not an option. That’s why we never say ‘Goodbye’; we say, ‘Until next time.’

 


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