The line-up is complete, the stage is set, Cyfarthfa Park is ready to host the return of MERTHYR ROCK! With the stage times now announced, who will you be seeing this Sunday? Which of the three stages appeals to you more, and who do you think will step up and deliver? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
Please visit http://merthyrrock.com/ for tickets.
21:00: Taking Back Sunday
19:35: Reel Big Fish
17:00: Blitz Kids
16:00: Save Your Breath
15:00: Clear The Auditorium
20:25: The Blackout
19:00: Feed The Rhino
16:30: The One Hundred
15:30: Colt 45
YOUNG PROMOTERS NETWORK STAGE
19:55: En Garde
18:05: When We Were Wolves
17:10: Falling With Style
16:15: Reaper In Sicily
15:15: Breathe In The Silence
Newton Abbott, a Devonshire town known for its historical markets and it’s trading. It’s a town that’s generated several county cricketers and such, but it’s safe to say that it’s not a place you’d quickly associate with gruff punk rock. Well, hopefully all of that is about to change. Let me introduce to you YOUR LAST DAY; a highly energetic 5-piece inspired by the likes of FOUR YEAR STRONG, SENSES FAIL and FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, who on their brand new self-titled EP, deliver a strong, confident alternative punk onslaught capable of thrusting them into the eyes of the UK rock scene and out of their southern surroundings.
The 4 track EP opens up with “Ok To Break”, which apart from a steady rhythmic intro, descends in to a frantic paced gravelly punk number. Ryan Walker’s vocals coarse and unpolished but it’s that very style that separates it from your typical pop punk band. A lot of musical elitists complain about bands sounding like they are aiming too much for the mainstream (selling out) and sounding over commercialised, or over produced…not YLD. This is punk as it should sound; real.
“Life Lines & Land Mines” starts off slightly more pop punk sounding, but it’s still rough enough to distinguish itself. Musically there’s a little more of the Senses Fail influence on display, drummer Naff driving the song forward, guitarists Chris and Matt , as well as bassist Bill maintaining a steady and solid tone to the track. The odd breakdown, sturdy riffs, its good stuff, before third track “Gatwick: It’s Terminal” kicks in with a more “in your face” approach. Not a great deal different from the previous track, just sounding slightly more urgent, sounding hungrier, which really benefits the genre. It’s not ground breaking but its how it’s supposed to sound, which is good.
The final track then, “67-94” (which happens to be Kurt Cobain’s life span) is a song about reaching the end generally, and not actually about the NIRVANA front man himself. It’s an inspired title, to perfectly encapsulate the feeling of closure, finality and realising you’ve done all you can. A sense of, it’s better to go out in a blaze of fire, than to fade away into nothing. Go out with a bang so to speak (no ill humour intended there), and it’s a great way to end the EP. It’s poignant, meaningful, and altogether a fitting way to summarise a fantastic EP. Punk rock at its core is brash, it’s dog-eared and pretty sketchy on times, but it retains a charm that isn’t found elsewhere in music. YLD, despite their location, sound like the kind of band that could make an impression on the world scene, with a real quality sound behind them. Like I said, the last thing you’d expect from south Devon is a proper old-school punk band…but life is full of surprises. Your last day? Let’s hope it’s not really… [7.5]
To download the EP for FREE, go here! https://yourlastday.bandcamp.com/
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Gavin Griffiths, a.k.a GavTheGothicChav, lover of new music and supporter of bands. I aim to give exposure to great unappreciated bands from around the UK who bust a nut to earn next to nothing because they're musicians...the occasional big name band, and the odd over seas band because I'm a cultural sort. Hope you enjoy what you read! x