Slam Dunk Festival 2012

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Yn Gymraeg

Before we start, I have to say that I am writing this article 30% in order to inform and 70% out of my own uncontainable excitement.

It is my pleasure to say that this coming Monday 26th June, three of my personal favourite bands will be gracing the stage of the Cardiff University Student’s Union: Taking Back Sunday, Motion City Soundtrack and Say Anything. The legends of the pop-punk genre will be joined by a host of other brilliant acts, including Cancer Bats, The Audition and While She Sleeps to bring you the Slam Dunk festival 2012.

It promises to be an explosive night, so to get you up-to-speed and pumped, here’s a little round-up of the headliners and recommendation for each act.

Taking Back Sunday
Formed in 1999, headliners Taking Back Sunday have been bringing their brand of pop-punk-emo-rock-goodness for 13 years and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. Their debut album ‘Tell All Your Friends’ is a classic of its genre and, though a lot has changed since then, they still manage to pump out the catchy hooks and dry wit that earned them the title of pop punk heroes!

Have a listen:
“MakeDamnSure” – Taking Back Sunday

Motion City Soundtrack
Motion City Soundtrack are a power-pop five piece hailing from Minnesota, USA. In an age where doom and gloom seem to rule, their sugar-coated take on break-ups and breakdowns is a breath of fresh air. Their songs will be stuck firmly in your head for hours after hearing them, I can promise you that!

Have a listen:
Everything Is Alright” – Motion City Soundtrack

Say Anything
And now for my absolute favourite on the bill: Say Anything. Fronted by the charismatic Max Bemis, Say Anything combine a dry sense of humour, deeply personal lyrics and fantastic melodies to create something very unique to them.

Max Bemis has been called the modern day Bob Dylan. I’ll let you make your own minds up about that one, but either way, they are definitely worth checking out.

Have a listen:
“The Church Channel” – Say Anything ft. Hayley Williams

Cancer Bats

Have a listen:
“Road Sick” – Cancer Bats

While She Sleeps

Have a listen:
“Dead Behind The Eyes” – While She Sleeps

Of Mice And Men

Have a listen:
“Let Live” – Of Mice And Men

The Audition

Have a listen:
“You’ve Made Us Conscious” – The Audition

Don Broco

Have a listen:
“Priorities” – Don Broco

Straight Lines

Have a listen:
“Loose Change” – Strait Lines

Tickets for Slam Dunk festival are still available here.

Photo by notsogoodphotography

5 thoughts on “Slam Dunk Festival 2012”

  1. SirClucky says:

    This looks great! Have fun.

    I love ‘Taking Back Sunday’ but in the way I probably couldn’t name a single song, but I know I like their music 😛

    Great article too. x

  2. CrazyDistortion says:

    First article since you joined in 2010? Well, at least you started with a good’un. =].

    To be honest, I’ve never even heard of any of these bands bar Taking Back Sunday. Maybe I should educate myself… but then again, I’m probably busy that night. Washing my hair or something equally important.

    Anyroad, am I the only one to think it funny that at the bottom it says “Photo by notsogoodphotography”, yet there’s no image in the article itself?

  3. Ollys_Direction says:

    OMG YOUR FIRST ARTICLE! And an awesome one,too! Have a great time and you need to write a review 😛 x

  4. BethanTheBarmy says:

    Oh, how I wish I could have gone. ULTIMATE SAD FACE.

  5. CrazyDistortion says:

    @PortiaAMC Hey, I was complimenting your writing there. I think you should carry on with this writing malarkey, mind. A review of the night, perhaps? =].

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