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Tour support for MUSE European stadium dates summer festival shows including READING and LEEDS


Arcane Roots

Arcane Roots are proud to announce tour support on a selection of MUSE European stadium dates in June and July. The band were hand picked by personal friend and fan, Muse’s drummer, Dom Howard.

Arcane Roots will be supporting MUSE on June 15th in Berne at the Stade De Suisse, on July 6th at Stade Olimpico in Rome and June 28th at Stade Olimpico in Turin.

The band will be spending the rest of summer after these shows playing the likes of BBK in Billbao with Green Day, Biffy Clyro and Kings of Leon on July 11th, Truck Festival 19th July, Redfest on 26th July, Y Not Festival on Aug 2nd, Reading and Leeds on 23rd and 24th August and ArcTanGent Festival on August 29th.


Arcane Roots album

New single will be announced soon, as well as further supports, headline dates and more.


At The Robin2 Bilston 22nd June 2013.

I first discovered the Walsall based band Bullitstorm back in January of this year, when they played at one of the ‘Emma Scott Presents’ nights held at the O2 Academy3 in Birmingham. I remember that experience for not one, but two specific reasons, the first one being that they delivered a pretty awesome set and secondly, the fact that they were to see the departure of their two guitarists shortly after it – thankfully, I have been reassured that this had nothing to do with my photography!

Such a milestone event for a band can take some getting over but when you get to know these guys and come to understand their full on no bullshit belief in both themselves and their music, it really comes as no surprise that I’m here tonight along with many others, waiting to see the second outing for the new and raring to go Bullitstorm, as sole support to the pretty impressive, Limestone Lizzy.

Graham Benton Cox - Bullitstorm.

So, a few band introductions are about due and it’s my absolute pleasure to say that still going strong and as steady as ever, are the three former band members and compadres, Graham Benton Cox on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jimi Yakuza on bass, and John Tolley on drums and backing vocals. I’m also just a little bit chuffed to be able to introduce the two new nifty guitar workers and latest Bullitstorm additions, Messers Steve Peel and Rob Grosvenor (of New Saints fame). So there you have it folks, the full artillery that is Bullitstorm.

Jimi Yakuza - Bullitstorm

Tonight’s set from the band got off to a flying start with the three blistering tracks ‘Hazardous’, ‘Blindside’ and ‘Flatline’, and all being songs that I hope we will see making an appearance on the forthcoming album. These three songs tick the rock ‘n’ roll boxes on several levels, and by that I mean vocals that have an edge and attitude hard enough to entice an adrenaline rush in even the toughest of creatures, the powerful and intense direction heard in both drums and bass and last but certainly by no means least, the shear dimensions of duelling guitars.

John Tolley - Bullitstorm

Steve and Rob have quickly formed a great guitar union that works in the true partnership of them both being equals, yet when joined together as one force, they pack a punch that stings. To get a taste of this for yourself, check out ‘Blindside’ over on the bands Facebook page.

Steve Peel - Bullitstorm

With Bullitstorm’s set now in full swing, their next song was to be a cover of the New Saints song ‘Mexican Chilli’. This was received with a hearty cheer as it marked the absence of a friend who had passed on from this life but remains ever present in spirit and with its representation being clearly appreciated by many of those present, this had to qualify as one of those memorable moments you don’t tend to forget.

Rob Grosvenor - Bullitstorm

And the great songs simply kept coming including ‘Innocent Victims’ which gave us the chance to hear the softer side of Graham’s vocal ability aswell as seeing him pick up the acoustic guitar. Quite a song to witness live as it clearly has a special meaning and I think was possibly my favourite song of the set.

Graham Benton Cox - Bullitstorm

With our headlining band Limehouse Lizzy being masters at portraying great songs made famous by others, it seemed only right and proper that Bullitstorm squeezed in another cover aswell, with this one being ‘Slither’ by Velvet Revolver – great song choice and greatly received by the audience, as had been their set in it’s entirety.

If tonight’s gig has set the standard for those yet to come, then I suspect that Bullitstorm are going to be a band in demand and with dates in their diary for August, September, October and November, you will have plenty of chances to catch them live for yourself. To find out exactly where and when they are playing, check out their Facebook page for details!

Details of tonight’s set list: 1.Hazardous  2.Blindside  3.Flatline  4.Mexican Chilli (New Saints Cover) 5.Innocent Victims  6.Devil Inside  7. Forever Is The End   8.Slither (Velvet Revolver Cover)   9.Drumhead

Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Emma Scott Presents

O2 Academy3 Birmingham 15th June 2013.

Festival fever is taking a bit of a grip on the airwaves at the moment and bringing along with it a fair few thoughts of all those glorious summer sounds that are often associated with the great outdoors. We may be indoors this evening but I have a good feeling that the music promised to us from the five bands tonight, is gonna be nothing less than sunny side up!

First band up and all the way from Blackburn were newcomers to Emma Scott Presents, Dan The Thief. Described as alternative rock, these five guys played a set that not only rocked but also sat quite comfortably on the edge of addictive. With a style and performance that I would describe as a wholesome mix of humble smartness, Dan The Thief did themselves and us proud. I got the impression that these guys have every intention of getting themselves out there at every opportunity that arise’s and with tonight’s performance being as good as it was, I can certainly recommend readers go see them at the first chance you get.

Jamie Hamilton - Dan The Thief

Sometimes life throws a curve ball and pushes you outside your comfort zone and I hold both my hands up and say that that was exactly what Alex Kid and his gang did tonight for me. This band have all twelve feet firmly planted in the roots of ska and with that being a musical genre I’m not overly experienced in, that is where my challenge lies. What I can say with confidence is that these guys and gals have more bounce than a rubber ball and based on the audiences’ reaction alone, I couldn’t fail to warm towards this band and their sound. Definitely a good time being had both on stage and off and the sound of summer successfully hatched, matched and dispatched!

Helen White - Alex Kid

I have to confess that our third band of the evening, Duchamp Pilot, have become a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, as with each and every gig of theirs that I’ve seen, they always manage to take their performance to the next level and tonight, yet again, they did just that. With the bands line up being born out of two countries, they have an intriguing wealth of influences and experience between them that when put together in one alliance, forms something inspiringly alternative and original. Each song played tonight was received with much hearty applause and cheering from the O2 Academy’s audience but with the final notes of ‘TCA’ being played out and bringing their set to an end, the audience’s appreciation was quite overwhelming to witness. I’m not sure when we will next see these guys back in the West Midlands, but whenever that is, make sure you’re there!

Joe Pickering - Duchamp Pilot

So how on earth do you follow a performance like that? Well our Ms Scott is one smart lady and had the answer to that one already figured out in the form of none other than Birmingham based Million Empire. Three was certainly the magic number tonight as my oh my, these three guys were something else and if you like your rock loaded with power and intensity and a punch like a boxing glove, then look no further than Million Empire! Paulie Willis is one almighty Drummer and no less acclaim should be given to Andy Crawford on bass and Wesley Knight on vocals and guitar, as both these guys gave an immense and adrenaline fuelled performance that left me nothing short of gob smacked! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a band push themselves this close to the edge of oblivion and it was nothing less than all consuming to see – can’t recommend Million Empire highly enough!

Paulie Willis - Million Empire

This evening had certainly given us some fantastic performances so far and with our headlining band Fight The Dice still to take to the stage, the evening was still far from over. Hailing from my own fair county of Shropshire, Fight The Dice have been a band whose hard work and genuine ability has brought them the well deserved following they have and clearly there were a few fans here tonight. I very much like this bands sound as even though it appears to be influenced by the great American pop punk genre, Fight the Dice don’t leave it there but have pushed on through into something which rocks a little harder. The distinctive vocals of Ben Jackson work in great partnership with this and whether you catch the band live or via their recordings, there is always that recognizable quality present that I feel puts Fight The Dice high up in the league of bands who will be going places.

Ben Jackson - Fight The Dice

Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.