Back in late 2009, many pop punk music fans including myself received the devastating news that Fall Out Boy had gone on indefinite hiatus. The band may have been gone but they were never forgotten and every now and again the question of whether or not they’d get back together would pop up and to say the day that Fall Out Boy got back together would be one of the greatest moments ever is no understatement. On 4th February this year, that very day arrived and it was met with joyous celebrations.
As far as new music releases go, 2013 is lined up to be a great year, especially for the world of rock where we’re expecting new albums from 30 Seconds to Mars, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World, Paramore and more. The year has already gotten off to a great start with outstanding albums from Biffy Clyro and Bullet for My Valentine and the new releases are still going strong. The latest album release I’ve been following is that of Sheffield metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon and their 4th studio album, Sempiternal.
It’s 7pm outside the O2 Apollo and a huge queue of eager metal fans wait outside for the Welsh metal titans that are Bullet for My Valentine. From what I experienced the first time I saw them at Leeds Festival 2012 expectations were high. My night started off with seeing the second support band Halestorm. They storm through a brief but satisfying 6 song setlist. The band play with great energy with an exceptional performance from vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale who is on top form both at her ability as a vocalist and at motivating the crowd.
Well that's it ladies and gentlemen. We've now reached the end of Future Everything 2012. But what a way to go out. Tonight, Fuse FMs own James Sandford attended this year's headline act. Amon Tobin is one of the most outstanding DJs out there today. When the Brazilian was working on his latest piece, ISAM, he wanted to produce something truly amazing. And something amazing is an understatement.
Once a year Manchester plays host to some of the most amazing talent in the modern world. Future Everything is a yearly festival that brings together those that take the strange and represent it in unique ways. And this year has been no different. Matthew Herbert is an electronic artist who specialises in the usage of those sounds most of us forget. On 18th May he provided just that with his performance of One Pig at the Royal Northern College of Music.
It’s twilight time down at Manchester Opera House and the scene is set for Manchester’s latest musical. If you’re a fan of “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this’ll be right up your street, just don’t expect it to take itself too seriously!
Lazy Habits at Band On The Wall, Robert Foot
Building the ensemble section by section at the start of their show, Lazy Habits made an explosive entrance onto the stage. With the audience having greatly enjoyed the Western folk via Manchester stylings of John Fairhurst beforehand, with one of the first instances of a line of gig-goers doing barn dancing that I have ever seen at a gig being ever present through the hard-edged second half of his set, they were ready for the headline act to take the stage, and they did not disappoint.
Michael Kiwanuka Ruby Lounge
I was delighted to see that BBC Sound of 2012 decided to use it’s powers for good this year by making Michael Kiwanuka it’s deserving winner. He’s exactly the kind of artist the poll should be promoting, not the Jessie Js of this world who probably won’t struggle to appeal to the drooling masses.