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Ed Harcourt Enlists Ralph Steadman For Furnaces Artwork

Ultimate genre-hopper Ed Harcourt is back with a searing seventh studio album entitled “Furnaces” and he’s turned to legendary illustrator & cartoonist Ralph Steadman to be bring this ambitious album to life in the most visual way.

Available on 12″ vinyl and CD, the 12 track record has a beautiful bundle option thanks to Steadman’s inimitable artwork. The full, expanded artwork has been made into a strictly limited edition A3 lithograph printed on 250 gsm Heaven 42 Colorplan stock (aka the paper person’s paper people), with each edition hand numbered out of 500. It’s a true collectors item in the making and exclusive to Ed’s online store.

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Produced by legendary producer Flood ( Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey and Foals), Furnaces is set for release on 19 August 2016 through Polydor.

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It’s Round Two Of Drop Dead x Sega

Not so long ago Drop Dead dropped a Sega Megadrives classics collection, received with delight by nineties-ophiles everywhere. The Steel City apparel makers came back for round two this weekend with a special edition range of Sonic The Hedgehog gear.

Bomber jackets, collared dresses and pleather backpacks sure feels like DD are upping the ante from previous collaborations in an attempt to push their fashion credibility. Honestly, it seems like it’s working thanks to the Japanese inspired lettering, all-over prints and very kawaii twists on Tails.

We went shopping and wish listed the following…

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Like what you see? Shop the whole DD x Sonic collection here.

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HATW Launch New Range Including The Gospel Youth Collaboration

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Heads Above The Waves are fighting the good fight to help young people deal with their daily struggles, funding their work through their well-designed and well-stocked store. Having just launched their new range, the Welsh NPO has also teamed up with The Gospel Youth on a brand new tote bag.

The tote coincides with the premiere of their single ‘Wildfire’ featuring lyrics from the new tune. Taken from the HATW interview with Sam, they’ve added this note explaining the meaning behind the motif:

“Wildfire’ is about the constant battles that we all have inside of ourselves. How we can literally be one step away from packing it all in but we know that we are ‘meant for something more’. I wrote it because I’ve had my fair share of the moments and it’s terrifying but I also know that we, as people, have the ability to be strong and to make something of ourselves, even if we don’t realise it. Every action and every breath we take is important, it may not seem or feel like it sometimes, but it is. We all just need to remember that from time to time.”

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Bag this tote and more by shopping with HATW safe in the knowledge you’re contributing to the future.

Read the interview with Sam in full here.

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Stories Of A Coffee Time

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Godfathers of Pop Punk, New Found Glory have a special place in many of our hearts harking back to times pre-dating social media which the band have decided to immortalise in a coffee table book entitled “Stories Of A Different Kind”.

The book will recall the history of NFG over 128 pages through a series of flyers, poster art and short stories.

This could be our biggest accomplishment as a band to date and we are very excited to share it with everyone. You’re just as big of the reason why it exists as we are.

Pre-order your copy from Hopeless Records US and UK now, or collect a signed copy from Warped Tour.

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Frank Turner Drops Positive New Merch

Folk-punk songster, Frank Turner has dropped a new merch range. We’re positive you’ll love it!

Following the very recent reprint of the fucking great Not Dead Yet t-shirt donned by Frank in last year’s “Get Better” vid, the latest merch drop cosistsof a tee, tote, print and enamel pin.

Head over to store.frank-turner.com to shop the new collection and make the most of the little sweetener on the store-wide offer: spend £25 and get a free badge set. Lovely stuff!

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Descendents Are Back With Hypercaffium Spazzinate

Punk stalwarts Descendents have launched the pre-order for their brand new album “Hypercaffium Spazzinate”, due for release on 29th July 2016 on Epitaph Records.

It’s the band’s first album in ten years and last night they posted this statement on their Tumblr outlining exactly how much bang you’ll get for your buck.


“We are very excited to announce the brand new Descendents album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate releasing July 29th on Epitaph Records! This is the first Descendents album in 12 years and we could not be more thrilled to share it with you. There will also be an accompanying EP, Spazzhazard, containing an additional five bonus tracks!
Hypercaffium Spazzinate is available on vinyl, CD, and deluxe CD while Spazzhazard is available on vinyl available exclusively from Kings Road or as a bonus disc with the deluxe CD. And as a special thank you for supporting the store over the years, we have Hypercaffium Spazzinate on an exclusive glow in the dark vinyl! This pressing is being made available only to past customers while supplies last. Glow in the dark vinyl and bundle options can only be found below. Check out the other vinyl colors and CD options at our Official Webstore.”

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The “caffeine fueled” 16 track record includes the brand new track “Victim Of Me” and comes with pins and tees in a massive combination of bundles. Note the Hypercaffium Enamel Pin is exclusive to the bundles.

Shop ’em all on Descendents’ official Kings Road merch store!

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Royal Blood’s Call To Arms On Ticket Touting

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Alt-rock duo, Royal Blood, have taken a very considered approach to tackling the ever present issue of ticket touts.

According to DIY Magazine, the band are asking fans to sign a petition to curb the secondary ticket market where tickets are bought in bulk and sold on at a much higher price. Once it hits 100,000 signatures will be considered for debate in Parliament.

It’s important to note that this is a case for reselling with a huge mark-up and not targeting fans trying to resell their tickets at face value.

Although this campaign only calls for harsher sanctions on ticket touts, it will no doubt open up the conversation around merch touts and bootleggers outside venues as well.

Sign the petition now.