The Guns release video teaser

Rock n roll hellraisers The Guns have released a teaser for their brand new music video “It’s on like Donkey Kong”.

The video was shot in early November and features appearances from Matthew Pritchard and Lee Dainton of Pritchard vs Dainton and Dirty Sanchez fame.

The video is due for release on Christmas Day, three days after The Guns Christmas Party at Clwb Ifor Bach.

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens


Kids in Glass Houses hit the road with Lostprophets

Kids in Glass Houses

Kids in Glass Houses - Photo by Lee Goldup

It was announced today that Welsh powerpop sensation Kids in Glass Houses are to join fellow countrymen Lostprophets on their UK tour during February and March 2010.

Kids in Glass Houses provided support for Lostprophets back in 2006 alongside current Radio One favourites The Blackout.

You can catch the band at the following dates:

04/02/2010 De Montfort Hall, Leicester
06/02/2010 Hull Arena, Hull
07/02/2010 Rock City (All ages), Nottingham
09/02/2010 Margate Winter Gardens, Margate
10/02/2010 Guildhall, Portsmouth
11/02/2010 O2 Academy Brixton, London
13/02/2010 Doncaster Dome, Doncaster
14/02/2010 O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds
15/02/2010 Corn Exchange, Cambridge
17/02/2010 O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham
21/02/2010 Westland Leisure Complex, Yeovil
22/02/2010 Norwich U.E.A., Norwich
23/02/2010 O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle
25/02/2010 Apollo, Manchester
26/02/2010 Southampton Guildhall, Southampton
28/02/2010 O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol
01/03/2010 Afan Lido Leisure Centre, Port Talbot

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

The Secret Faces – Our Generation’s Kids

The Secret Faces

The Secret Faces - Photograph by

The Secret Faces are a five piece band from the South Wales Valleys, who have just released new single “Our Generation’s Kids”.

The band have paid their dues in small local pubs around the valleys and have been tipped for the top by Oasis manager Alan McGee. They have been featured on BBC 1 Wales, GTFM Radio, GRRR GRRR Magazine, Tonight on the Radio (broadcast in New York) and have been a featured artist on Wales Unsigned.

The single is like a lucky dip of cross genre harmony. The infectious opening riff sounds like something straight out of the The Automatic’s back catalogue, and is partnered up by a cheekily skatastic rhythm guitar and equally two-toned drums. The vocals are reminiscent of Reef frontman Gary Stringer’s gravelly punch on top 10 hit “Place your hands”. All in all a suprisingly agreeable combination.

It’s a pleasant listen, the type of song you think you’ve heard before with it’s catchy rhythm and danceable beat, infact it wouldn’t seem out of place in the top flights of the indie chart. We can only imagine how this song goes down live, particularly after a few drinks in a South Wales venue on a Friday or Saturday night.

If you would like to book the band, you can contact them via this address:

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

5 minutes with The Missive

The Missive - Photograph by Jarrad Owens

Following their show with Death of an Icon at Buffalo Bar, Amped got the lowdown on Valleys based upstarts The Missive.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what sweets they like, or their dream mix cd watch the video below!

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

Boyd’s Welsh Bitter

Boyd Clack - Welsh Bitter

Welsh icon Boyd Clack is about to release a brand new album on November 30th.

“Welsh Bitter” will be available at Tesco, Music Wales, HMV, Amazon, iTunes and other online retailers.

Following its release a launch party will be held at The Globe, Cardiff on 6th December at 7.30 pm – fancy Dress as Rats / Lemmings / Lucretia Borgia optional.

Boyd Clack - Album Launch Party

You can still purchase Boyd’s version of “Daydream Believer” at Tesco stores.

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

Prophets artwork released

Official artwork for Lostprophets new album "The Betrayed"

Today Lostprophets have released the final artwork for their eagerly anticipated new album “The Betrayed”.

Prior to the official announcement in Kerrang! earlier today it was believed that the image below was to be used.

Alternative artwork believed to be official before the announcement

The album is released on 18th January, following the release of their latest single “Where We Belong” on 4th January.

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

Got a band? Get Band Central.

So you’re in a band, you have a myspace, a twitter, and a facebook. What if you could have all this wrapped up in one bundle with a whole lot more?

Bandcentral is the latest in a growing culture of social networks, but with one significant difference – it’s targeted exclusively at bands and their fans.

Upon logging into my demonstrational account I was quite literally bowled over at the simplicity of the site, everything was laid out in a coherent and intuitive manner. The dashboard houses many of the integral features such as a list of recent activities, a to-do list and most impressively a feature allowing you to update your facebook/myspace/twitter status right there and then.

One of the most impressive features is the ability to text fans via the site, yes you read right text. When a “fan” registers on the site they provide their contact details allowing both email and text promotion. The site also allows the band to keep a track of their finances, displaying graphs and charts to aid in the comprehension.

I could continue to list the many benefits I have found by using the site, however I would strongly suggest you check it out for yourself. You can sign up for a free limited account and upgrade to a pro account for £4.99 a month, which at less than a round of drinks is quite frankly a sound investment.

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens