Tuesday 20th November 2018,

SharpTone Records Media Alert: Don Broco Tour + New Video, Loathe + Absence Split

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SharpTone Records Media Alert: Don Broco Tour + New Video, Loathe + Absence Split




Don Broco have revealed the brand new video for their latest single “T-Shirt Song,” which was hailed as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1 upon its release last month.

The video captures their explosive sold-out headline show at Alexandra Palace on November 11, featuring a crowd of 10,000 fans going absolutely crazy for the most exciting and ambitious rock act in Britain today.

Don Broco have just played two nights at the 25,000 capacity SSA Arena in Tokyo supporting Japanese superstars MAN WITH A MISSION and are delighted to announce that MAN WITH A MISSION will be joining them as the main support act on the majority of their UK headline tour running through February 2018.

Don Broco’s third album Technology finds the band filtering their charismatic, ’80s pop-infected rock, through far-flung genres of metal, funk, and electronics. It arrives February 2 via SharpTone.  Pre-Order it HERE!


The result is a record featuring the band’s most inventive, intelligent, and infectious songs yet, with tracks inspired by their world tours (“¥”), fake news (“Stay Ignorant, Technology”), and the effects of the Brexit campaign (“Porkies,” “Something to Drink”), while also addressing personal privacy and smart phone surveillance (“Good Listener”) amongst songs inspired by relationships (“Play It Cool,” “Tight Rope,” “Got To Be You”) and their experiences in the music industry (“Come Out to LA”).

It follows the release of 2015’s Top 10 album Automatic. which propelled the band into mainstream consciousness and led them to sell out Brixton Academy and play arenas across the UK, Europe and Japan with Bring Me the Horizon, 5 Seconds of Summer, and ONE OK ROCK.

The band also toured the United States for the first time this year in support of State Champs, where they will return next March with Our Last Night.

2018 will witness Don Broco entering the big league and taking their huge sound worldwide as they continue to cement themselves as one of the most exciting and adventurous rock bands in the UK right now.

With Our Last Night:

3/8 — San Francisco, CA — Slim’s
3/10 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theatre
3/11 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
3/13 — Salt Lake City, UT — In The Venue
3/14 — Denver, CO — Bluebird Theater
3/16 — Chicago, IL — Bottom Lounge
3/17 — St Louis, MO — Firebird
3/18 — Pontiac, MI — The Crofoot Ballroom
3/20 — Toronto, ON — Mod Club Theatre
3/21 — Montreal, QC — Théâtre Corona
3/22 — New York, NY — Irving Plaza
3/23 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Soundstage
3/24 — Worcester, MA — Palladium
3/25 — Philadelphia, PA — Theater of the Living Arts
3/27 — Richmond, VA — Canal Club
3/28 — Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle
3/29 — Nashville, TN — Rocketown
3/30 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
3/31 — Orlando, FL — The Social
4/2 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
4/3 — Dallas, TX — Rhythm Beats Culture (RBC)
4/4 — San Antonio, TX — Alamo City Music Hall
4/6 — Mesa, AZ — Club Red
4/7 — Los Angeles, CA — Teragram Ballroom



Heavy experimental collective of five Loathe and Cardiff ascending post-hardcore group Holding Absence are pleased to announce an exciting new collaborative project. Each band will be contributing two brand new studio tracks to a split EP titled This Is As One, out February 16 via SharpTone Records.

Pre-orders are HERE!

Both bands have dropped videos for new EP tracks!

Loathe: “White Hot”
Holding Absence: “Saint Cecila”

Loathe and Holding Absence first officially met when they toured the UK together in April of this year with Blood Youth, bonding over their shared common principals as well as a respect for each other’s music and vision.

Despite what some might see as fairly big sonic differences between both bands, Loathe and Holding Absence hold a lot more in common than one might see at a first glance. They both felt a camaraderie build after the Blood Youth tour, and partially inspired by the way the sun is currently rising on the British underground scene, they both felt encouraged to act upon their growing friendship – spotting a creative opportunity before them.

Once the project had kicked into full motion both bands threw themselves at it with full creative force.

Lucas Woodland of Holding Absence commented on the process of working on the EP, saying, “On the EP we’ve tried to embrace the more natural side of our music and not overthink things. It was a very interesting process. We rate Loathe very highly as a creative entity, and I think we resonate together as bands strongly through the way we both regard our own music/art. So it was nice to see all nine members very interested and driven to make this release a thing. On top of that, seeing the inner-workings of another band was eye-opening in a great way. It was a very enriching experience.”

Erik Bickerstaff of Loathe weighed in, saying, “We couldn’t imagine ourselves doing this sort of release alongside anyone else at the moment, so it was definitely a smooth and easy process. We love Holding Absence for everything it is, not just for their music. The EP is something we have wanted to do for a while without doubt. Progression was the main source of inspiration for us, we took this opportunity to really push the boundaries of our music and craft two new songs that are heading in more of a defined direction for our music.”

“White Hot” (Loathe)
“Servant and Master” (Loathe)
“Saint Cecilia” (Holding Absence)
“Everything” (Holding Absence)

“White Hot” (Loathe)
“Servant and Master” (Loathe)
“It’s Yours” (Live — Loathe)
“Saint Cecilia” (Holding Absence)
“Everything” (Holding Absence)
“Permanent” (Live — Holding Absence)

Holding Absence were formed in 2016 and the quintet have already played and toured with the likes of Casey, Young Guns, Our Last Night, Burning Down Alaska, We Are the Ocean, Blood Youth and more, as well as having headlined almost countless solo shows and festivals, including a breakthrough performance at Download Festival earlier this year. 2017 has seen the band upping the ante with a touring schedule which has made them one of the UK’s busiest bands. Vocalist Lucas Woodland introduces the band: “We speak about who we are, who we want to be, and what we stand for. We speak about those things in great depth very often, and it’s refreshing to know that there’s not much of a limit to what we can do, and what we WANT to do. As music fans, we love listening to everything from Radiohead, to Thy Art Is Murder – so there’s a large range of inspiration there. But I believe the real goal for us is to always write something sincere and honest, that will hopefully make people feel something. The day we stop writing true music, regardless of genre, is the day Holding Absence dies.”

Loathe are a sedulous collective of five, formed in industrial port-city Liverpool. Their debut record The Cold Sun (released earlier this year) signified a forceful and shrewd testimony. The quintet nailed their colours to the mast with this resolute mission statement; an ode to the times we’re living in and the murky future that we all find ourselves faced with. The result was a highly accomplished chronicle, an undoubtedly passionate oeuvre brimming with technical precision, sinister ambience and bitter bile. Loathe offer a complex sonic architecture which weaves together post-punk, hardcore, heavy electronics, djent and deathcore with a side of prog… melding their sonic threads into a searingly surreal entity which reels you deep into the abyss. Loathe are currently touring the USA with Wage War and Oceans Ate Alaska. Their debut U.S. show was at highly respected Knot Fest, and they’ve toured with the likes of Bury Tomorrow, Novelists, For Today, and Carcer City.

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