Eyes Set To Kill bassist suffering with blood clot

The 2014 Revolver Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour - Seattle, WA

Anisssa Rodriguez, bassist with Eyes Set To Kill, has been admitted to hospital after being diagnosed with a blood clot.

The bass guitarist is being closely monitored by doctors, with the band’s manager asking for fans’ prayers.

Posting on Eyes Set To Kill’s Facebook page, manager Daniel Vega wrote: “Anissa formed a blood clot behind her eye and is currently in the hospital. She is being monitored to determine what the next procedure will be to help assure a safe and speedy recovery.

“I’m sure you can imagine the severity of the situation and the good thing is she has the best care available.

“This is truly going to be a day by day development. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”

The band were due to embark upon a Norther American tour with Head PE this week, but have cancelled early dates in light of Rodriquez’s hospitalisation.

Album Reviews | Live Reviews | News | SBA Lists | The Playlist | Under The Skin | Without A Song

Acrania to release debut album “Totalitarian Dystopia”

Acrania Band Shot

UK death metal harbingers Acrania have released details of their forthcoming debut album, Totalitarian Dystopia.

The album was recorded with engineer Stu McKay at London’s Studio 6, with mixing and mastering courtesy of Chris Foster. The album is set to explore “…the impending fall of mankind…” across it’s 10 tracks and 36 minutes, with guest appearances from Lorna Shore’s Tom Barber, Aborted’s Mendel and I Declare War’s Jamie Hanks.

US metal monthly Decibel recently said of the album: “Thanks to Acrania, the world shall soon no longer need to wonder what it would sound like if George Orwell served as spiritual adviser to a uber-brutal modern death metal band – these London slammers’ kinetic, oppressive, appropriately titled debut full-length… will answer that question in fairly definitive fashion.”

You can watch the official lyric video to Acrania’s new track, “Festering with Dishonesty”, below:

Arcania Album CoverTotalitarian Dystopia is out on the 19th of August via Unique Leader Records, with pre-order bundles going on sale later this week.

Visit Acrania’s official Facebook page here and pre-order Totalitarian Dystopia via Unique Leader’s website later this week here

Album Reviews | Live Reviews | News | SBA Lists | The Playlist | Under The Skin | Without A Song

Rough Trade to open new store in Nottingham

Rough Trade

Rough Trade are to open a new record store in Nottingham, with more to follow.

The label made the announcement via their Twitter feed, saying: “We’re finally opening a new store in the UK, the first of many…” The store is set to open in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter this autumn, with Rough Trade saying it will be “our finest store yet.”

The first Rough Trade store opened in Ladbroke Grove, London in 1976, soon giving rise to the record label. A new store opened in Shoreditch in 2007, leading to the stores being named Rough Trade East (Ladbroke Grove) and Rough Trade West (Shoreditch.)

The label previously had stores in Covent Garden, Paris, Tokyo and San Francisco. Their only current overseas store is in Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn store opened in 2013 in Williamsburg and boasts that it is the biggest music store in New York City.

“We’re going to give it our best to make the city proud,” said Rough Trade of the new Nottingham venture.

rough_trade_logoVisit the Rough Trade Stores website here.

Visit the Rough Trade Records website here.

You can find Rough Trade’s Facebook page here and Twitter feed here.

Album Reviews | Live Reviews | News | SBA Lists | The Playlist | Under The Skin | Without A Song

Under The Skin: Dear Ben Nichols, what’s in a name?

Ben Nichols 001

So, you fall in love with music. Then you fall in love with a particular style. Then you fall in love with a particular artist. And hell, you’ve always liked great writing and being able to share your musical passion with others.

Pursuing your passion, you set up a Facebook community to share that love and provide a place where like-minded folk can congregate online. There you build up a following, all discussing, sharing, entering giveaways, posting videos and favourite songs; essentially, doing all the cool and awesome things that music fans like to do in the online space.

And having spent years building up that community and providing and sharing quality content, what happens then?

Why, Facebook destroy your community in one fell swoop!

So found Michelle Evans, founder and owner of the Dear Ben Nichols Facebook community.

A page dedicated to all things Ben Nichols and Lucero, and often legitimately sharing music from other artists working in a similar vein, it had built up to a group of over 3,000 people discussing and engaging with what they loved the most; the music of Ben Nichols and his Lucero bandmates. Ben himself was involved with the gang and often shared their activity via his and Lucero’s own media outlets.

Facebook’s beef?

That the community had been set up as a Facebook profile in Facebook’s early days, as though it were a personal page. Contacting Evans, Facebook said they had noted that the profile had a registered first name of “Dear”, that this couldn’t possible be anyone’s first name, and that the details needed to be changed.

“They said it wasn’t my real name and that I had to change or remove it,” says Evans, matter of factly.

Dear Ben Nichols Page Cap
Michelle Evans’ Dear Ben Nichols community on Facebook

Not wanting to put the community that she had spent years building up in jeopardy, Evans looked to comply with Facebook’s sudden and surprising edict. She tried using Facebook’s tools to convert the “account” to a “page.” However, bizarrely, the tool wouldn’t let Evans make the change. At least, not unless she removed the “Dear” part of the community name.

WTF? If it was no longer an “account”, what difference does a “Dear” make? What’s in a name?

Everything it would seem.

Ultimately Evans managed to create a page on Facebook called “Dear Ben Nichols”, using the name that she had struck upon and that so many people had engaged with and become a part of. But the issue didn’t end there.

Facebook, in their wisdom, deleted Evans’ old page before she had an opportunity to send a message out to the community members telling them what was going on, and where they could find the new community page. She was left with a new page, with few members, and no real means of communicating with the thousands who had “liked” and helped build the old community.

“They deleted the entire original account without giving me a chance to message anyone, save it or download a backup,” says Evans. “Fortunately I’ve managed to set up the new page, but now I have to get the word out and build up those followers all over again.”

Years of hard work. Years! Wiped out by nefarious Facebook in a few moments, seemingly on a whim, and for bizarre reasons. Goodness knows, no-one wants to be duped by Facebook profiles purporting to be someone or something that they are not, but that was obviously not the case with the now deleted Dear Ben Nichols page.

So, along with Facebook’s reprehensible experiments involving the emotional manipulation of over half a million of their users, their mind-boggling feed algorithms that keep you from seeing the content of the pages that you’ve actively chosen to “like” and receive messages from (unless, of course, the page you’ve liked has paid to have it’s content promoted in your feed), you can now add the brazen and willful destruction of an online community who were doing nothing more than innocently and legitimately sharing their love of the arts on a social media site.

Motherfu**ers.

Michelle Evans 001Michelle Evans is a music fan, social media consultant, writer and promoter based in Kentucky

You can find and “like” the brand new Dear Ben Nichols Facebook page here!

Find out more about Lucero and the actual Ben Nichols here!

Album Reviews | Live Reviews | News | SBA Lists | The Playlist | Under The Skin | Without A Song

Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold working on new songs

Robin PecknoldRobin Pecknold has posted a message on Fleet Foxes’ Facebook page saying that he is working on new songs.

He reveals that the reason for the silence since the release of the band’s 2011 Helplessness Blues album is because he enrolled at university.

Says Pecknold: “For anyone who’s curious, this is a short Fleet Foxes update – been a while! So, after the last round of touring, I decided to go back to school. I never got an undergraduate degree, and this felt like the right time to both see what that was about and to try something new after a while in the touring / recording lifestyle. I moved to New York and applied to Columbia, and I’ve mostly been doing that, but I’m working on songs and excited for whatever happens next musically, even if it’s down the line. Hope all is well out there.”

Pecknold is set to appear at this year’s End Of The Road festival as part of The Gene Clark No Other Band, a collaboration featuring Beach House’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen, former Walkmen member Hamilton Leithauser, ex-Fairport Convention member Iain Matthews and members of Lower Dens, Wye Oak and Celebration.

Album Reviews | Live Reviews | Interviews | News | SBA Lists | The Playlist | Under The Skin | Without A Song