Bloody Cuts – Exclusive to Grindstore

If zombies and vampires are a bit too tame for your liking then we have a feeling that our exclusive news this week is going to send shivers down your spine.
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Bloody Cuts is an anthology of short Horror films presented online as a free web series for the love and passion of UK horror filmmaking.” — Ben Franklin & Anthony Melton

Going by the gruesome name of Bloody Cuts, the British film company have been drenching the internet with their blood thirsty, gory and downright frightful short films since 2011 and recently, we got to meet the brains behind the business. Inspired by Bloody Cuts anthology of thirteen 3 – 10 minute horror films, we are dreadfully excited to announce the launch of a new and exclusive range of merchandise.

Cited as one of the most intense horror film companies around, it is only to be expected that they embraced triskaidekaphobia with their thirteen-piece anthology. So if you are a fan of the frightful and a follower of fear, feast your eyes on these chilling designs from Bloody Cuts.

Framed Prints

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Mugs

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Men’s & Ladies Clothing

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See the full range of Bloody Cuts Film Merchandise here!

 

 

Summer Is Here!!

Admittedly it has taken its time but it looks like summer is finally here! So why not celebrate the sunshine in style with our new range of sunglasses, hot pants and men’s and ladies vest tops.

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☼ Keep your cool with a pair of eye catching wayfarers, aviators or classic sunglasses

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☼ Show off your tan with a great selection of band and brand vest tops

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☼ Put your pins on display in a pair of these gorgeous hot pants

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So grab your shades and get ready to rock summer 2013 with an awesome new wardrobe from

Grindstore! ☼

Grindstore Exclusive Anne Stokes

Its been a very exciting few weeks down at Grindstore HQ and we are pleased to reveal to you our newest EXCLUSIVE range!! annestokes blogQuote

Back in April we had the privilege of meeting the renowned fantasy artist Anne Stokes when she came to Grindstore HQ to discuss her enchanting new range of fantasy, gothic and Steampunk designs.

On 4th July we launched the exclusive collection on our website and today we thought we’d give you a closer look at some of her art work.

Available on men’s and ladies t-shirts as well as tote bags and mugs, this exclusive range of Anne Stokes merchandise is guaranteed to add some mystery and magic to your wardrobe if you are a fan of the iconic illustrator.

For a better look at the products available, just click on the thumbnail and get ready for a face full of fantasy and gothic goodness!

The Steampunk Avenger The Tribal Dragon
The Steampunk Angel The Steampunk Assassin
The Star Gazer The Clockwork Dragon

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Buckle Up with Buckle Down

Whether you wear it to keep your jeans up around your waist, halfway down your backside or even as a simple fashion statement, there is no doubt that the humble belt is an accessory found in most wardrobes.

As the need for something more stylish than a dodgy beige strap becomes apparent, we are pleased to announce our new range of ‘Seatbelt Belts’. These trademark Buckle-Down belts were “Inspired by the backseats of the coolest cars around.” and now we have a massive range of designs available just for you!

So if you are looking for a unique belt to finish off your fashion then check out some of our best selling designs below or visit Grindstore for the full range. We also have an awesome new zoom function which we are rolling out and all of these belts are up and running on this feature so check it out and get a good look at your favourite products!

The Geeky Ones:

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The Super Heroes:

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The Cute as a Button Ones:

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The Music Buffs:

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The Adventurers:

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The Sci Fi Fanatics:

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The Dramatic Ones:

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The Grumpy One:

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Sleeping With Sirens Tour

Back in May we opened our doors to you lovely lot and gave you the chance to go and see Sleeping With Sirens at one of their gigs for their 2013 UK tour. The entries came flooding in and we were pretty impressed with the quality of your arty skills!

Some of the winners were kind enough to send us in their pictures and videos from the gigs so we thought it only polite to put them into a blog for you all to admire. With plenty of pictures of Kellin and his daughter Copeland as special guest and loads more up close and personal pics of the SWS boys, this gallery of goodness is sure to keep you amused. Click on the pictures below to enlarge the thumbnails.

Norwich Waterfront – Megan Warner

London The Forum – Oliver Didd

Cardiff University – Sophie Owens

Southampton The Talking Heads – Ellen Alberti

Bristol O2 Academy – Hannah Giles

We would like to thank everyone who went to the gigs for their brilliant camera skills whilst no doubt bouncing around all over the place! We hope you enjoy your goodie bags which will be with you in the next few days.

Grindstore Band Chart

As another Friday is upon us, we thought we would give you a little something have a look at over the weekend while you’re picking out your new tees for Download, so we would like to give you a peek at our new chart!

As you may or may not have seen, our very talented technical team have been making some changes to the Grindstore website over the past few months and things are looking good! One of our biggest new additions is the Grindstore Band Chart which features the top 50 selling bands and how they compared to their previous position. So make sure you are always ahead of the game and grab yourself some hot fashion with a little help from the band chart. As it stands today, the top 10 is looking a little something like this:

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We Need YOU!

 

about-uncle-10What a treat we have for you today!! If you want to be in with a chance of grabbing your 15 minutes of fame (and a goodie bag) then keep reading.

Have you ever wanted to strut your stuff and show off your favourite Grindstore merch to the world? Well we are offering you lovely lot the chance to appear in the Grindstore Summer 2013 catalogue!

Whether it’s a pair of shoes that you love to wear, maybe a t-shirt you are always seen out and about in or even your favourite belt buckle, we want you to pull out your best poses and send your pictures in to us. Every entry used will receive a Grindstore goodie bag and their place in Grindstore history! So if you fancy your chances, you have until 10th June 2013 to get your photos into us. Just email them to beccy@grindstore.com and the best entries will appear in the centre page spread of the summer catalogue. Check out the terms and conditions below before entering. Good Luck Everyone!!

 

Terms & Conditions

Participation in the competition signifies acceptance of these rules:

COPYRIGHT IN WINNING ENTRIES: You own the copyright to your Competition entry as it’s your image. However, if you win the Competition, your winning image will be published by Grindstore as part of a catalogue feature.

EXCLUSIVE LICENCE TO PUBLISH WINNING ENTRIES: If you win you hereby agree to grant Grindstore the exclusive, royalty-free, right and licence to publish your winning entry in the catalogue throughout the world in all media now known or created in the future in volume form once the competition has closed and all the winners have been announced.

DISTRIBUTION OF THE CATALOGUE: The Catalogue will be available as a free insert in Magazines, as an online version and it will also be shipped out to our mailing list. No money will be made from the release of the catalogue, nor shall you be entitled to any compensation.

CLOSING DATE: The closing date of the Competition is the 10th June 2013, entries received after this date will not be considered.

USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION: By participating in the competition, entrants consent to the use and publication of their names and contributions by Grindstore for the purposes of announcing the winners and publication of the catalogue.

Sleeping With Sirens Competition!

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Fans of the Michigan band Sleeping With Sirens will know that they are about to embark on their UK tour with nine gigs spread across the country. Tickets are selling like hot cakes and some venues have already sold out…but fear not faithful fans! Thanks to our good friends at Plastichead, we have got our hands on a pair of tickets for EVERY VENUE!!  To be in with a chance to win check out the details below!

Prizes

  • 9 x Prizes: Each winner will receive a pair of tickets to Sleeping With Sirens’ 2013 tour at one of the following venues:
  • 14th May 2013: Norwich, Waterfront @ 7.30pm
  • 16th May 2013: London, The Forum @ 7.00pm
  • 17th May 2013: Bristol, O2 Academy @ 6.30pm
  • 18th May 2013: Cardiff, Cardiff Uni @ 7.30pm
  • 20th May 2013: Nottingham, The Rescue Rooms @ 6.30pm
  • 21st May 2013: Newcastle Upon Tyne, O2 Academy @ 7.00pm
  • 22nd May 2013: Glasgow, O2 ABC @ 7.00pm
  • 23rd May 2013: Manchester, The Ritz @ 7.30pm
  • 1st June 2013: Southampton, The Talking Heads @ 7.15pm

**As a bonus prize, we are also offering a SWS tee and hoodie to each competition winner who submits a photo from their gig experience**

Question

Below you will find the track list to Sleeping With Sirens 2013 album ‘Feel’. All you have to do is pick a track and design your very own cover for the single. Just download the GIF or PDF template below and get colouring!

1. Feel
2. Here We Go
3. Free Now
4. Alone
5. I’ll Take You There
6. The Best There Ever Was
7. Low
8. Congratulations
9. Deja Vu
10. These Things I’ve Done
11. Sorry
12. Satellites

How to Enter

Just email your entry to beccy@grindstore.com along with the following details:

  • Your name
  • The tickets you are applying for (eg: Norwich / Newcastle / London etc)
  • Name of the person you will be taking if you win
  • Contact telephone number
  • You address (for sending your merch to if you submit your photo from the gig) and the size required
  • The track you have chosen

Closing Date

Each competition will close on a different date depending on the venue and the winner will be contacted via email. You and your friends’ names will be sent to the box office and your names will be put on the guest list. Start and closing dates are detailed below:

Venue Comp Start Date Comp Closing Date
Norwich Friday 10th May Monday 13th May
London Friday 10th May Wednesday 15th May
Bristol Monday 13th May Thursday 16th May
Cardiff Monday 13th May Thursday 16th May
Nottingham Tuesday 14th May Friday 17th May
Newcastle Thursday 16th May Monday 20th May
Glasgow Friday 17th May Tuesday 21st May
Manchester Friday 17th May Wednesday 22nd May
Southampton Monday 27th May Thursday 30th May

Check out our awesome range of Sleeping With Sirens Merch!!

As with all ticket competitions, please ensure that you can attend the event BEFORE entering as we cannot offer alternative venues/prizes once the winners have been chosen.

My Chemical Romance – The End

“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”

—My Chemical Romance

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The world of rock music was given a bit of a shake up last weekend with the announcement of My Chemical Romance’s break up. Across the world people were digging out their old MCR albums and having a good cry as they remembered the last 12 years of one of the most influential bands of the decade.

They first came about in 2001 mere days after the tragic September 11th plane crash when Gerard Way realised that he wanted to do something proactive with his life…and gosh didn’t he do it with a bang! So for anyone who has ever been touched by the influence of My Chemical Romance, this blog is a little homage to some of the band’s best bits from over the years to help you keep the memory of MRC alive and kicking.

Albums

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Mychemconvweap ‘Conventional Weapons’ was the fifth (and ultimately final) release by My Chemical Romance which was originally released as five double A-sides consisting of 10 previously unreleased tracks from 2009. Bringing with it a new band logo, this album could be seen as the beginning of the end of the sensational era of My Chemical Romance.

Logos

Since the bands arrival in 2001, their logo became somewhat of an icon with its simplistic and bold presence gracing the covers of albums, singles and merchandise. my-chemical-romance_logo
With the release of ‘The Black Parade’ the logo became more edgy and took on the appearance of a name scrawled into the back of a school book, giving it an even greater appeal to those wanting to show their love for the band. my-chemical-romance-logo
In 2012 to coincide with the release of ‘Conventional Weapons’ the logo was completely revamped with a more “manufactured” appearance. Completely losing the full band name in the logo, the use of the initials goes to prove the recognisability of the franchise with the circular forms representing a sense of infinity and enclosure. gg5btx4o9rtnli3hcpgv

Tours

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In 2007, My Chemical Romance embarked on one of the most ambitious tours of the decade with their ‘The Black Parade World Tour’ which included 5 legs and over 100 venues. During each show the band performed the entire ‘The Black Parade’ album in the setlist as well as a second setlist / encore which included ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’, ‘Helena’ and ‘Give ‘Em Hell, Kid’. Dressed to the nines in black marching uniforms with an insane display of pyrotechnics, ‘The Black Parade World Tour’ was considered one of the most comprehensive and long running tours of all time.
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In late 2010 the band set out on another world tour entitled ‘The World Contamination Tour’ which was a celebration of their ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ and every show was opened with the sing along ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’. Including supports acts of Twin Atlantic, The Blackout and The Architects, it was nothing short of a sensational final tour for the fans to remember.

Famous Last Words

Since the announcement of the band’s split on Friday 23rd March 2013, the internet has been flooded with statements, quotes and messages from both the band and the fans so we feel it is only appropriate to include the (very) long and very heartfelt statement from the mastermind behind one of the most successful bands in recent music history followed by the aptly titled ‘Famous Last Words’ video for your viewing pleasure. From Gerard Way’s official Twitter account to anyone who has ever been touched by the words of MCR…

‘A Vigil, On Birds and Glass’

“My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die.
It is alive in me, in the guys, and it is alive inside all of you.
I always knew that, and I think you did too.

Because it is not a band-
it is an idea.”

Easter Competition & Playlist

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It’s coming up to that time of year when we can sit and stuff ourselves with chocolate without feeling guilty.

First of all we are going to unleash the top 30 rock songs that you lot have chosen to help you get your weekend off to a rocking start and then…its competition time.

Last week we asked you to vote for your favourite rock song since the year 2000 and the votes came flooding in from all angles!

Here for your listening pleasure are the top 30 rock songs as chosen by you, so get your generic MP3 players at the ready and start your weekend on a good note with the help of some of these awesome tunes.

See below for how to enter…

Position Band Title
1 Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
2 Slipknot Iowa
3 Bring Me The Horizon Blessed With A Curse
4 Black Veil Brides The End
5 Parkway Drive Carrion
6 Paramore Misery Business
7 Motionless In White Immaculate Misconception
8 Tenacious D Tribute
9 Foo Fighters Times Like These
10 Bullet For My Valentine Temper Temper
11 My Chemical Romance Welcome To The Black Parade
12 Biffy Clyro Black Chandelier
13 Asking Alexandria Reckless & Relentless
14 Papa Roach Last Resort
15 Tonight Alive Breaking and Entering
16 Evanescence Bring Me To Life
17 Dragon Force Through the Fire and Flames
18 Incubus Are You In
19 Rammstein Feuer Frei!
20 Red Hot Chili Peppers By The Way
21 You Me At Six Reckless
22 Blink 182 I Miss You
23 Deftones Leathers
24 Green Day Boulevard of Broken Dreams
25 30 Seconds to Mars The Kill
26 System of a Down Chop Suey!
27 Funeral for a Friend History
28 Linkin Park Numb
29 Metallica St Anger
30 Twin Atlantic Free

Now, its time to get onto more serious matters…COMPETITION TIME!!! We figured a worldwide Easter egg hunt was a little over enthusiastic so instead we’re giving you the chance to win a Grindstore goodie bag bursting with everything you need to put a spring in your step!

Prizes

1 x Prize: The winner will receive a Grindstore goodie bag filled with everything you need to get you in the mood for an awesome spring including some NEW SEASON IRON FIST merch!!

Question

  •  Just download or print off the template of our favourite friend and his Easter goodies and decorate him how you wish: Easter Skully Template PDF (or download JPG)

How to Enter

  • Just post your entries on the blog, email them to beccy@grindstore.com or post them to Grindstore, 2 Heath Drive, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6ER. Remember to include your name and contact details!

Closing Date

  • This competition will end at mid-day on 28th March (for internet AND postal entries) and the winner will be announced during the afternoon.