You can Blink but you certainly won’t miss it!

Here at Grindstore we love the classic rockers like Metallica, Slayer, Rob Zombie and the many more that are still rocking hard. However we would like to delve into the world of one of the biggest punk rock bands of recent years and how one tragic event has lead to some pretty spectacular things.

Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker spawned Blink 182 in 1992 in a garage somewhere in Poway, California. Admittedly this would be the classic way to start a band and it is how many have formed across the years and across the genres. The difference with Blink 182 being the journey that lay ahead of them.

Having released 8 singles between 1995 and 1999, it was 9th time lucky for the boys in 2000 when they let the anthemic ‘All the Small Things’ into the world. This song was being sung across the world! Kids sung into drinks bottles, rocking out their own covers during school music lessons…it was everywhere. And since that momentous moment, DeLonge, Hoppus and Barker have delighted the ears (and eyes) of fans across the globe with gloriously light hearted albums and some soul touching lyrics.

Blink 182 took an indefinite hiatus in 2005 due to personal reasons however the tragic plane crash which nearly took the life of Travis Barker in 2008. It was one of those events which made everyone sit up and realise that some things in life were just too precious to let go of. So Blink reformed in 2008 and began working on a spectacular new vision…and this vision will finally be shared with the world over the coming months.

2011 is an exciting year for the band and fans alike because it is set to see the release of their 6th studio album. Yet to be named, they have been working on the tracks for the last few months, bouncing between two studios and recording with no producer. As strange a set up as this may sound, the guys are not just making songs, they ‘are trying to make a masterpiece’. The album is set to be an integration of their old style as well as what they’ve picked up along the way. Tom brings the classic 70’s and 80’s rock feel whilst Travis lends his electro/hip hop style and Mark pulls everything together with a good dose of indie rock.

This year looks like it’s going to be jam packed with Blink 182 madness once again and that’s not to mention the guys other projects, Angels and Airwaves and Travis Barker’s debut solo album ‘Give the Drummer Some’.

Make sure you show some support for these remarkably talented rockers get your mitts on our great range of Blink 182 merchandise.

Is rock stuck in a hard place?

Hello faithful followers!

This is a very impromptu blog, but after being handed a copy of The Daily Telegraph this morning, we felt it was necessary to share this discovery with you all and we’d love to hear what you have to say on the matter…

It all begins with the headline “Rock’s In a Hard Place” before it starts to bombard us with worrying facts and figures about the recent trends in rock music sales in the commercial scene. Fair enough, it’s certainly not all about the commercial buzz and how many record sales a band can cram under their ever widening belts, but there is something to be said for ensuring the future of rock is as stable as the Sonishphere stage.

The top 100 tracks of 2010 saw the acknowledgement of three…yes THREE rock songs! A measly 3% of the best loved songs of 2010! If you are sat there quaking in your Iron Fist Fug boots then good on you! We are open to all genres of music, but with the rise of dance, trance, hip hop and Glee, rock seems to have been cast into the shadow of brightly coloured tassels and complex dance routines.

It is clear to see that the fans of rock music are out there in force and when we were hit with the tragic and sudden death of Skipknot’s bassist, Paul Gray, everyone united in a surge of tributes and appreciation for one of rocks best loved figures.

So, although the future of rock is being questioned by critics, there is not another genre out there which captures such commitment and togetherness from fans and it’s time that we brought this back into the spotlight.

It’s time to get your rock hands in the air and make some noise you wonderfully awesome people! So when you’re skipping across the mud caked fields of Donington with a beer in hand and one shoe missing, take a minute to salute the dawn of a new era. An era when rock crashes back onto the stage so loud that you may even cry a little bit!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this provoking article, maybe you’ve sat down and read the paper yourself? No matter what the future holds, there will never be another style of music which can replace the almighty presence of metal giants such as Metallica, AC/DC and Slipknot and we should feel blessed that we have been rocking and moshing around on this planet at a time when these bands are in existence.

We hope you all have a mind blowing weekend and we can’t wait to hear your stories when we’re back in the office on Monday.

Musical Mayhem in 2011

A big hello to the Grindstore Army! I hope you’re all having a rocking start to 2011 and as we get into the swing of things; it’s time to take a look at some of the highly anticipated festivals and gigs coming up over the next twelve months.

Whether you are a fan of punk metal Cancer Bats or the epic Metallica, you are guaranteed to find a festival to rock your socks off. Here are a few of the biggest and best rock festivals around as well as some of the newer line ups getting ready to take on the rock scene.

Revving up the engines of the festival season on 10th June is the almighty ear bashing that is Download, coming once again from the one and only Donington Park. With confirmed acts including System of a Down, Linkin Park, Avenged

Sevenfold and Rob Zombie, this iconic rock gathering is guaranteed to be one of the biggest and loudest events of the summer.

8th July sees the start of the hard rocking Sonisphere festival; live from Knebworth House, and 2011 looks set to host one of the best line up’s to date. With confirmed sets from the “Big Four” of thrash metal – otherwise known as Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, Sonisphere 2011 is guaranteed to have you mopping up your brains off the floor as you treat your ears to the musical masterpieces of the godfathers of metal.

Bringing the festival season to a close on 26th – 28th August is the one and only Reading and Leeds, one household name, two massive venues and enough musical talent to keep you rocking into 2012. To tickle your finely tuned taste buds, here are some of the big names rumoured to storm the stages across Reading and Leeds; Muse, My Chemical Romance, Pulp, The Prodigy, The Strokes and Frank Turner. To date, these names are yet to be confirmed so keep your ears open and your eyes peeled for more updates from Grindstore.

This is just a little taster of what’s to come in the world of rock music in 2011 so keep your eyes out for more music updates across our pages on Facebook, Twitter and Myspace. Here at Grindstore, we’re always on the look out for hot topics in the rock world so why not drop us a line and let us know where you’ll be pitching your tent over the summer? Whether you are an old school rock legend or a young gun breaking onto the festival scene, let us know what’s rocking your boat in 2011.