Black Veil Brides Are Back!

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BVB and Friends @ Norwich UEA

As Black Veil Brides have been our best-selling band on Grindstore throughout 2014, we thought we would pop down to see them perform to their army of fans in Norwich. Before we saw the guys, we had three support acts to check out from the ‘Black Mass’ UK tour. Up first were the eccentric duo ‘Drama Club’ who brought head banging, heavy dubstep and an impressive visual screen display to the UEA.

Technically the closest venue to their home town of Beccles – ‘Fearless Vampire Killers’ appeared to a good reception as they proclaimed it was “good to be home”. Initially there were some sound issues but as the singers traded places, things picked up and they played through their crowd favourites, signing off on a triumphant high with ‘At War With the Thirst’.

With an audience of mostly teens and their parents, it was interesting to see how Chris from Attila would go down with the Norwich crowd as he dropped the F-Bombs and middle fingers but the Atlanta natives smashed through some huge riffs in ‘Shots for the Boys’ and ‘Party With The Devil’. Thankfully it seemed his tongue was firmly in his cheek, grinning from ear to ear as he took in the awesome response from the crowd. Frontman Chris must also be admired for his ridiculously fast rapping skills and his questionable dress sense (leggings and leather shorts).

As the crowd waited patiently, everything and everyone was getting a nervously excited cheer from the crowd – the sound technician, the lighting being tested, the screen being turned on, even the guy placing water bottles around the stage – any movement was mistaken for the boys in black appearing on stage. When Black Veil Brides did finally appear, the deafening sound of screams drowned out the opening riff to brand new single ‘Heart of Fire.’ The band in comparison to when we saw them back in 2013 have definitely upped their game and are a real force to be reckoned with! An impressive stage set, smoke cannons, screens and an atmospheric light show added to the catchy hooks of every song on the set list. Before a single song encore, Andy recalled a memory of their last appearance in Norwich when the fans managed to break the door off their tour bus! Chaos was controlled on the floor as they smashed through a mostly fan-sung rendition of ‘In the End’ before disappearing.

Black Veil Brides are growing to dizzy heights and the next time we see them could potentially be in an arena if the packed out Norwich show was anything to go by!

For all your merchandise needs, don’t forget to head over to our BVB page for all our New and Best-Selling products!

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Reading Festival 2014 – Grindstore Day!

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Reading Round-Up!

Last week we went to Reading Festival for what we re-named ‘Grindstore Day’. A whole day of live Grindstore bands (and Macklemore) on a sunny bank holiday afternoon, and we weren’t disappointed.

The Story So Far kicked things off with their bouncy pop-punk to wake up the mostly hung-over crowd at Sunday lunch time. Though they seemed a little overwhelmed by the huge stage and ever growing crowd, the second half of their set got a great response.

This lead nicely into Aussie rockers Tonight Alive. Jenna McDougall’s outfit was the most noticeable of the day – a fluffy black beanie hat, hoodie and bright orange flared trousers, whilst doing her skanking dance moves. The other most noticeable thing about Tonight Alive was Jenna’s voice – the best of the day and a reason why these guys are getting noticed more and more. They ended on ‘Lonely Girl’ – their biggest hit from recent album ‘The Other Side’ which the Reading crowd loved.

Up next was the long awaited return of Young Guns. The boy’s previous album was hugely popular with single ‘Bones’ being a huge success in America, leading to them touring across the pond for months. Now back with new track ‘I Want Out’, Young Guns seem ready to gain more recognition in their native land. They played 3 new songs which showed a new sound – more synth keyboards and heavier riffs but still as catchy as ever. Crowd favourites ‘Dearly Departed’ and ‘Bones’ made their set memorable.

One of the surprises of the day was nu-metal legends Papa Roach with a fiery hour long set of classics from their 15+ year career. Jacoby Shaddix was on top form, seemingly having more energy than any of the younger bands and spending more time down with the fans than on stage. Not to mention mooning the camera, taking control of another camera and rocking out with Shrek. The Reading crowd knew virtually every song, even the latest hits from 2012’s ‘The Connection’ album. The payoff was being a part of the karaoke style sing-along to ‘Last Resort’ at the end of a 10/10 set.

Teen favourites Sleeping With Sirens were up next as frontman Kellin Quinn hit notes we didn’t even know were possible for a man! A response of constant screaming from the young crowd showed that the Orlando 4-piece have a devoted and loyal fan base. Playing a mixture of old favourites and new tracks from last years ‘Feel’ album, Kellin and the gang went down well. Finishing on ‘If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn’, this set was a great warm up for their upcoming World Tour alongside Pierce The Veil.

The band on the Reading line-up who currently has our biggest merch sales is A Day To Remember, who looked to out-do every band on the line-up from the opening song. Circle pits opened everywhere and being such a dry day, dust clouds filled the air as the crowd ran around in circles, smashing into each other. There was something for all ADTR fans, classics like ‘The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle’, new favourites like ‘Right Back At It Again’ and acoustic numbers like ‘If It Means A Lot To You’ to briefly calm the crowd down. There were toilet rolls thrown from the stage, a pink luchador clown firing t-shirts to the crowd from a gun and the infamous zorb ball! Jeremy sprinted across the Reading crowd in the zorb ball creating one of the best moments of the day.

You Me At Six seem to have crossed over from being just a UK rock band, to an arena-filling success. A perfect set from the London 5-piece with an arena sized crowd bouncing along to every song. The first half of the set was purely classics with the boys smashing through songs like Underdog, Loverboy and Stay With Me one after the other. As they hit the half way mark of the set and the first new track of the day ‘Fresh Start Fever’ – All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth joined Josh on vocals to promote their upcoming co-headline tour in 2015. Ending on ‘Lived A Lie’, you can tell this song is going to be huge in an arena, meaning 2015 could be all about You Me At Six being one of England’s biggest and most successful bands.

The crowd were packed in for the headline act – the one and only, Californian legends, Blink 182. Various reviews have said the sound wasn’t the classic Blink 182 we know and love, partly down to Tom Delonge’s interesting vocals. However, when you’re stuck within a crowd of well over 50,000 fans, singing every single word and not standing still for a second, it’s hard to notice, or even care. This band are all about the party atmosphere and that’s what they are 100% guaranteed to bring. Every hit you remember was played, the best of the new tracks were thrown in too and even memorable album treats such as ‘Happy Holidays, You Bastard’ were there for the die-hard fans. It’s hard to be critical if the guys on stage are messing around and having fun, that’s what they are all about and that’s what we love. A great ending to Reading 2014, ‘Grindstore Day’!

Carry on showing your support for these awesome bands with our huge collection of merch, including classic designs and new release products!

 

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Blink 182 Big Smile Men’s Black Sweatshirt

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Blink 182 Vintage Rabbit Men’s Grey T-Shirt

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Tonight Alive Est.2008 Long Sleeved Men’s Baseball T-Shirt

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Sleeping With Sirens World Ladies Red Vest

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A Day To Remember Drip Men’s Black T-Shirt

 

Deaf Havana Fans – Watch This!

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We have delved back into our 10 Year Anniversary Vault and pulled out this little beauty from Deaf Havana!

Relaxing before their Norwich gig, the guys were more than happy to join in our celebrations and James even took it upon himself to do a legendary impression! Can you guess who he is trying to impersonate? Check out the video here!

Win Deaf Havana Signed Goodies

Get your hands on some of the signed goodies we got at the gig by entering the competition running in our current summer catalogue.

Best entry wins our Grindstore 10 Year Tee and an ‘Everybody’s Dancing’ Tee, both signed by Deaf Havana.

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How To Enter

Taking inspiration from their album ‘Old Souls’, we want to see pics of the coolest grandparents on the planet! Nominate yours now!

Send your pics to social@grindstore.com

Competition ends Sunday 31st August!

The Grindstore team will choose the best entry and the winner will be announced by Friday, 5th September 2014.

You Me At Six Join The Celebrations!

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The second reveal from our awesome collection of Anniversary video messages is from British rockers You Me At Six!

We met the guys on their UK tour earlier this year and they were more than happy to get involved in our Anniversary celebrations, they also signed some goodies for us to give away so make sure you check out the competition below. Watch the epic video Josh and Max recorded for us here:

 

Win You Me At Six Signed Goodies!

Get your hands on some signed goodies the guys gave us by entering the competition running in our current summer catalogue.

Best entry wins our Grindstore 10 Year Tee and a ‘Sixers’ Tee, both signed by You Me At Six.

 

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How to Enter

After spending the last 10 years by himself, Grindstore’s Skully is in need of a pet! Design him a companion and be in with a chance to win the awesome You Me At Six prizes! Email your pics to social@grindstore.com

Competition ends Sunday 31st August!

The Grindstore team will choose the best pet from all the entries and the winner will be announced by Friday, 5th September 2014.

Grindstore Meets Neck Deep!

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A number of our biggest bands have been sending us awesome messages to celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary and we are going to share them with you weekly!

Our first reveal is from Neck Deep! We met the guys backstage at their Norwich gig and not only did they leave us this epic message, they also ensured we did not leave empty handed! Check out the video here:

Get your hands on some of the signed goodies the guys gave us by entering the competition running in our current summer catalogue.

Win Neck Deep Signed Goodies!

Get your hands on some of the signed goodies the guys gave us by entering the competition running in our current summer catalogue.

Best entry wins our Grindstore 10 Year Tee signed by the band and a Neck Deep Zoltar 11”x17” screen printed poster!

How to Enter

Zoltar… what would you wish for? Here at Grindstore, we want to know what you would use one wish on and why?

Enter via twitter: post a tweet to @grindstore with your wish and hashtag #zoltar. Competition ends Sunday 31st August.

Check back next week for another awesome instalment from the Grindstore 10 Year Anniversary vault!

Misfits Mayhem! The Assembly, Leamington Spa

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We didn’t know what to expect when we heard we would be meeting the legendary horror punk rockers ‘Misfits’ at The Assembly in Leamington Spa. Misfits aren’t your average punk band…their stage set, songs and look are all horror movie inspired!

After decades of ups and downs, the band’s only original member is bassist and now singer, Jerry Only and we could not wait to meet him. Walking backstage, Jerry was on his mobile talking to a child about their school grades as he shook our hands and signed everything we chucked under his nose. After hanging up, we had a brief chat and mentioned that we stock Misfits merch at Grindstore and had done for many years. In an instant, he had members of his crew rushing off to give us free gifts to use as prizes such as awesome tour posters. We finished our chat and took some photos with him before departing for the gig.

During their set, Misfits smashed through new tracks ‘The Devil’s Rain’ and ‘Vivid Red’ as well as treating us to old favourites like ‘Scream!’ and ‘We are 138’. Barely pausing between the intensely bass filled and fast paced set list, Jerry Only commanded the stage with his huge physical presence and frequently threw his fists into the air. The band ended on the crowd favourite ‘Die, Die My Darling’ before saluting the Leamington crowd!

We must mention that the staff at The Assembly were superb to let us have free reign backstage and allowed us to sit amongst the band after the show. As the guitarist, Dez – who was sick and had lost his voice, was happily showing us photos of his dog on his iPad, it was clear that these horror themed musicians were the nicest of guys. Jerry Only was the last to appear backstage and you could hear him coming as he bellowed out songs as he entered the room. Kebabs were eaten, jokes were shared and equipment was boxed up as we mingled with the Misfits crew. Jerry was on fine form as he chatted with us about anything – from the band, touring, the UK, the eclectic furniture backstage (a bumper car, old fashioned arm chairs, a 50’s decked-out caravan & more) and even being involved in wrestling in the late 1990’s.) He didn’t just sign things for us to give away – he enthusiastically had time for anyone who wanted to speak with him. It was a fantastic experience to meet the band and we look forward to a future UK tour. As Jerry departed, he called over to us that he would save more stories of his past for next time – and we can’t wait!

 

Get all your official Misfits merchandise at Grindstore!

 

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Exhibit A Gallery – Andy Biersack

Make a statement with our awesome new collection of unisex tees from Exhibit A Gallery.

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Established in 2008 by Richard Villa III, Exhibit A Gallery was originally a place for the creative types to get together and exchange ideas. Since then, the artists have worked with some massive names including Shawn Crahan (aka Clown / #6), Gerard Way, Robert Trujillo and Steve Caballero.

We are hugely excited to introduce our new range of t-shirts from the collection which showcases the creative talents of rock’s one and only Andy Biersack! With eight awesome designs currently available, we’re pretty sure you will find something to suit your style.

🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Fuck You Mother Fucker 🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Daggers
🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Trend Killer 🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Starving Artist
🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Death To Hip-Hop 🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Die Posers Die
🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Create or Die 🎨 Exhibit A Gallery AB Bite Me

Perfect for men and women with an eye for the intriguing and unusual, this sensational Exhibit A Gallery collection is guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing.

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New at Grindstore – Furrybones

If dead cute is your style then we’re pretty sure you’re going to LOVE Furrybones!
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Created by the Tokyo born artist Misaki Sawada, these plush toys are “a little dead and super cute” and guaranteed to put a smile on your face as they stare lovingly at you with their empty eye sockets.

We are currently stocking five of these adorable plush toys which measure 30cm (the perfect size for your desk or bedside table) and they come in the form of Unie, Black Bun Bun, Pandie, Black Mao Mao and Honeybear. So why not get acquainted with these lovely little monsters and discover all of Furrybones’ favourite costumes.

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💀 Furrybones Unie

💀 Furrybones Honeybear

💀 Furrybones Black Mao Mao

💀 Furrybones Pandie

Treat yourself to one of these lovable Furrybones and brighten up your day the cute way.

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Record Store Day 2014

Thumbing through shelves of records in plastic sleeves. The smell of vinyl. Flicking through the liner notes. The crackle of anticipation as the needle drops into the first groove…

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In 2014, music downloads cover a vast percentage of the ways in which we listen to our favourite tracks, but it wasn’t so long ago that something else gave us what we needed to feel the noise.

You may have noticed, sitting on the top shelf of your dad’s favourite room, a dusty old record player with its plastic lid covered in the remnants of thumb prints gathered over years of careful opening and closing. Housed in an untouched surrounding of classic vinyls in all shapes and sizes, the forefather of music players rarely stirs from its place on the shelf. dual_turntable_cs_505-3

From standard releases to rare picture disks, dads, uncles and maybe even older brothers are bound to have accumulated quite the impressive collection since Columbia Records first revealed their 33½ microgroove LPs in 1948.

Although standard production of LPs has dramatically faded out over the decades, there is one day a year which really pushes the boat out in rekindling and celebrating this iconic music format.

Since 2007, the third Saturday of every April has become known as Record Store Day and it is recognised throughout the world, with artists from all genres releasing limited edition vinyls and attending meet and greets at designated record stores. In 2014, this day falls on 19th April and there are some very exciting (and some less so) releases which have been revealed.

Smiley face Green Day have announced that they will be releasing their new album which is called ‘Demolicious’ and it features 18 demos as well as one previously unheard track which goes by the name of ‘State Of Shock’.
Smiley face Paramore will be releasing a 12″ broken record shaped version of their single ‘Ain’t It Fun’.
Smiley face Nirvana have revealed a 7″ of the track ‘Pennyroyal Tea’ which was the last single schedule for 1994 but it was never released due to the untimely death of their front man Kurt Cobain.
Smiley face My Chemical Romance (previous RSD record breakers – not literally) have also announced that they have got a commemorative t-shirt on offer which is named Coffin Rocker and Frank Iero is releasing a 7″ of his EP ‘for jamia…,’
Smiley face For anyone who might be interested, One Direction are also releasing a special edition vinyl of their ‘Midnight Memories’ single…we however are not so interested in that but we like to show equality amongst the genres 👍

So if you are a fan of the humble LP then make sure you find your local participating store and show your support however you can.

Deaf Havana at Norwich’s UEA

On 1st April, Deaf Havana kicked off their UK tour at the UEA in Norwich and we went along for the ride!

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The band’s front-man James Veck-Gilodi celebrated his birthday the day before, so the Grindstore team handed him a package of birthday gifts themed on the TV show ‘The Office’ as he is a huge fan of David Brent.

Here’s James showing off his prezzies!

dh-jamesThe opening show was packed out by the home-town crowd and the usually grumpy James was noticeably more cheerful as he smiled through a variety of songs from the latest album ‘Old Souls’ and the previous ‘Fools And Worthless Liars’. Not only that but we were treated to an updated version of ‘Nicotine and Alcohol Saved My Life’ from their first album ‘Meet Me Halfway, At Least.’

The highlight had to be the sing-along of the home-town favourite ‘Hunstanton Pier’ which was dedicated to the crowd by James.

Have you been to see Deaf Havana yet? If you have then why not upload your pictures below and let us know what you thought.

If you haven’t, then fear not! There’s still time…

  • 5th April: Manchester Academy
  • 7th April: Glasgow 02 ABC
  • 10th April: London Clapham Grand
  • 13th April: Oxford 02 Academy
  • 14th April: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
  • 15th April: Cardiff Great Hall
  • 17th April: Brighton Concorde 2