As of December 2012 CtrlAltRock is on hiatus.
We’ve had a great run these past few years, but feel that we can no longer dedicate as much time to the site as we would wish to, and have decided that for now it is best to take a break. We may return to this project some time down the line, or we may create something completely new - but the site will remain online as is for the foreseeable future.
We’d like to thank everyone for their support over the years - friends, fans, the record labels, extremely helpful PR firms and of course the bands themselves - it’s been a wonderful experience and we appreciate all the experiences that we have been lucky enough to have had and shared with you all on this site.
For now if you’re looking for your pop-punk/rock fix we’d like to suggest some of the following sites: Indulge Sound (who Shiona will now be contributing to from time to time) , DIY, Noise Violation, and Bring The Noise to get your music news fix.
Scottish favourites Twin Atlantic have just finished their 4 sold-out scottish dates on their end of year UK tour which included two dates at the famous Glasgow Barrowlands Ballroom. We went down to the second Barras date to capture the action!
After more than 5 years hosting the annual Vans Off the Wall Music Night, it’s clear that 2012 marks the year in which the tour has finally come into its element. Unlike many other annual tours, Vans Off The Wall always makes sure it pleases a wide range of people by providing the crowd with a mix of genres always providing something for everyone and this year sees no different.
We popped along to the sold-out gig at the HMV Ritz in Manchester to review the show in all it’s glory and then snapped some pictures of Young Guns and We Are The In Crowd when the tour rolled up to the ABC in Glasgow.
It’s been a great year for Tonight Alive – they’ve toured across Europe three times, played the infamous Soundwave festival in their home country of Australia, and they’ve graced the Kevin Says Stage for the whole summer on Vans Warped Tour. After this jaunt to the UK, they’ll be back to the US-of-A for a 6 week stint opening for Pierce The Veil.
But this evening it’s the people of Glasgow they’re here to impress. Last time they graced the stage at King Tut’s was to support Young Guns on their Bare Bones club tour back in February. Now they’ve returned as headliners in support of their own debut album What Are You So Scared Of, the followup to their successful 2011 EP Let It Land. read more…
Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow. October 2012
Considering I’m working with a camera that won’t auto-focus in low-light right now I think I’m oddly pleased with my photos of TA and Blitz Kids from tonight. I’ll post many more tomorrow, but for now I must sleep!
You can now check out our photo gallery from Tonight Alive’s incredible show at King Tut’s in Glasgow on October 3rd. A wee review of the show for those who missed it will also be up shortly!
A lot of people are likely to be puzzled upon reading a news post here at CtrlAltRock that’s about a former X Factor contestant, but when said former contestant manages to successfully distance themselves from the SyCo machine and undergo wholly more organic process in order to create a record we feel it’s worth a listen…read more
While out on the VANS Off The Wall Music Night’s run, we’re also going to be doing a handful of acoustic performances in VANS stores around the UK, details in the flyer attached…
If Vans weren’t doing enough with themselves at the moment with the up and coming UK Warped Tour, they’re also supporting the annual Vans Off The Wall Music Night Tour.
This year’s line-up isn’t holding back with some of the best rising bands around includingMarmozets, hardcore boys Your Demise along with pop-punk darlings We Are The In Crowd. Finishing this years line-up is Buckinghamshire quintet, Young Guns, who after the success of sophmore album Bones have more than earned their headlining spot.
You can catch this tour on the following dates:
08.10 – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
09.10 – Waterfront, Norwich
11.10 – Great Hall, Cardiff
12.10 – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
13.10 – Ritz, Manchester
14.10 – ABC, Glasgow
16.10 – Cockpit, Leeds
17.10 – Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Good friend of ctrlaltrock Andy Mrotek, former drummer of The Academy Is shocked his twitter followers yesterday by detailing an assault which left him with a broken jaw in 5 places, fractured orbitals and lacerations that required 25 stitches. He uploaded pictures of the injury which will require plastic surgery.
While he stated in a twitter response that anyone wishing to help him could “..help me by promising that you’ll never walk around late at night by yourself.” fans have asked for more direct ways to donate.