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40 Music Week 30.11.12





Green Day will release the final instalment of their album series in January with ¡Tre! completing the trilogy. The three albums are also available as an Ultimate Box Set which

is currently available to pre-order. ¡Dos! was released on November 12 as well as single Stray Heart

– a track blending Green Day’s inimitable pop-punk style with elements of classic, upbeat rock ‘n’ roll. Green Day ¡Uno! emerged to widespread critical acclaim and

debuted at No.2. The band also recently confirmed details of their first London

stadium date since their Wembley Stadium show in the summer of 2010. They will headline the Emirates Stadium on June 1, 2013. Green Day’s landmark 2004 album American Idiot launched them

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into the stratosphere when it debuted at No.1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, earned seven Grammy nominations and won two, including Best Rock Album. Green Day stage musical American Idiot, which went on to

Broadway, is currently touring the UK and Ireland and will arrive in London in December for sixteen performances at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo.


VARIOUS ARTISTS The Sound Of Kiss (Sony) Kiss FM, the UK’s leading youth radio station, is currently celebrating its biggest published audience

figures since its inception. To mark this success Sony Music have teamed up with them to create The Sound of Kiss, the first Kiss compilation for five years. The 3CD collection features a

selection of massive Kiss playlist hits, which includes ten No.1 singles. It’s the only album to feature Little Mix’s DNA, Misha B’s Do You Think Of Me (Liam Keegan Remix), Olly Murs’ Troublemaker, Alicia Keys’ Girl On Fire and Christina Aguilera’s Your Body plus a multitude of further Kiss playlist hits. Since the station was licensed in

1990, it has championed hip hop, R&B, urban and dance music and now boasts over 4.4 million listeners a week making it London’s number one station amongst 15-24s & 15-34s.

WILD BELLE Isles (Columbia) The brother/sister duo of Elliot and Natalie Bergman first came to the world’s attention in

early 2012 when they self-released the song Keep You, which was picked up by tastemakers on both sides of the Atlantic. Having been one of the breakout

acts of SxSW, the band soon began to pull in audiences across America and Europe with their soulful, jazzy, dub- infused sounds. Hailing from Chicago, their debut

album Isles will be released in February 2013, preceeded by debut single It’s Too Late (UK release on November 19) and Keep You, which is being lined up as the second single release from it. Wild Belle played the 100 Club in


London on November 15th and are currently on a US tour which runs through to early December.


BAD RELIGION True North (Epitaph Records) Punk band Bad Religion return with their ‘signature brand of sonically-charged humanist dissent’.

The album’s first single is F*ck You -

the band’s singer and co-songwriter Greg Graffin explains: “If any band should have a song with that title it should be us. It just sounds like a perfect Bad Religion song.” Produced by the band and Joe

Barresi, album True North is said to ‘celebrate the stirring power of cogent punk in the face of pain and adversity. The result is one of the band’s most emotionally accessible albums to date’. The album’s title song is written

from the perspective of a kid who is running away, Graffin explains: “He says ‘I’m out of here, I’m off to find true north.’ It’s about recognizing that you don’t fit in and trying to find a truth and purpose.”

ROBBIE WILLIAMS Different (Island)

Following his No.1 album Take The Crown, and chart-topping lead single Candy, Robbie Williams will release follow-up single Different. The track was was produced

by Jacknife Lee, who says of it: “I think when Robbie gets a song right it’s the vulnerability mixed with bravado that makes it so compelling.” Williams says of the song:

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“It’s the great hope of the second single variety! A lot of effort went into this song, which is a very personal statement”. In a press conference on

Monday it was announced that Williams is embarking on a headline Stadium tour.


iLiKETRAiNS The Shallows (I Like Records) Having signed off from 2012 with the launch of the Beacons EP


recently, now seems as good a time as any to revisit the splendour of this, the Leeds band’s third album proper, released earlier this year. While one might usually hesitate to use the term ‘concept’ for fear of being accused of favouring prog-rock noodling, iLiKETRAiNS’ are very much a concept band. Debut album Elegies To Lessons Learnt was based on tragic historical figures, the sublime follow-up He Who Saw The Deep name- checked all things wet and salty and now The Shallows’ polished post-rock- meets-electronica hooks get to work on the internet’s increasing pervasion into society (based on Nicholas Carr’s

Pulitzer-prize-nominated book of the same name). OK, all of which sounds a bit dull I suppose, when all you want to do is listen to some music goddammit. Fear not, for iLiKETRAiNS’ do concept in the same way British Sea Power approach it, with climax-building guitar washing over layers of industrial bass and, on this record, a greater reliance on synths that is quintessentially English, quaint and epic all at the same time. EP title track, the Editors-like Beacons, is a dark, foreboding portent (“As the beacons burn and the lights go out / I will

know my work is done”) and Mnemosyne and The Shallows set the tone for more brooding, angular explorations of the darker side of music – all of which adds up to a “terrible beauty” to coin a phrase.


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