What caused The Blackout breakup? How does Sean feel about it? He answers all of these questions and so many more in his new weekly podcast.
The Blackout will be gone soon. That sucks, but their farewell tour began at Birmingham's Asylum last night, and our Carla Mundy was there to take some photos, cry a little, then take more photos.
Young Guns, Don Broco, You Me At Six, Funeral For A Friend, Charlie Simpson and more have some words to say to the Welsh sextet.
And it looks really, really fun.
Southampton's Takedown Festival is the first UK all-dayer worth caring about of the summer, and this year they knocked it out of the park. Here are a few things Claire Louise Sheridan learned along the way.
Yep, it might only be March but with Takedown Festival now out of the way, the 2015 festy season is officially underway. That's how we measure it, anyway. Here's what you missed from Mallory Knox, The Blackout, Charlie Simpson, Fearless Vampire Killers, Arcane Roots and friends over the weekend in Southampton.
The Blackout launched a Kickstarter campaign last night to fund a new DVD. Today, they woke up 15 grand richer.
Oh hiya. Did you have a good week? Here's some stuff you might have missed that doesn't really matter all that much. It is fun, though. We call it #notthenews
Download Festival brought all the surprises (but not King 810). The world was introduced to PVRIS, Brand New started fucking with us and it was the beginning of the end for The Blackout. June had many highs and many lows, but we made it out alive. Just!
Things have happened this week. Our new magazine went on sale (this was a good thing). The Blackout announced that they're splitting up (this was a bad thing). Here's all of the stuff that made us happier than that in the last seven days.
When in doubt, do as MJ.
The Merthyr Tydfil sextet confirm their split by saying, "We are unable to sustain this band anymore, and we feel the time is right to bring it to a close."
The Blackout haven't had the easiest of rides this year. Good thing they're back to their best with 'Wolves', then!
The Blackout's Sean Smith is a big fan of all things comedy (you'll know this if you've read his My Obsession feature in RS193). But who really tickles him when it comes to stand-up comedy? Glad you asked...
Get rowdy with the lyric video for 'Liars'.
But that bit at the end, though!
Details are sketchy at the moment, but all we know is that Craig Owens is out and Harry Radford is in.
We like gang vocals. The Blackout like gang vocals too. Gang vocals are good.
Rubbish news from Leeds, as great, great venue The Cockpit shuts up shop.