Fun is okay

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CALLING your band Fun leads to heightened expectations before a note’s been played – it’s like me calling my son Handsome Ashe or Popular Ashe.
It’s enough of a tall order to live up to me as a handsome and popular father figure for the poor mite – and similarly this band has to follow in the footsteps of its members’ former acts The Format, Anathallo, and Steel Train.
Anyway, as you’d expect with these expectations, Fun’s album Aim And Ignite just isn’t, well, fun enough.
It is a collection of passable pop rock with a sweet, piano-led Ben Folds meets Mika feel – but it’s not going to get any parties started.

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Lesser known Download

CASTLE Donington metalfest Download is pending, with the home of metal celebrating 30 years of festivals at Donington Park from June 11-13.
A huge number of bands will be appearing this year representing all types of rock and metal, from Aerosmith to Zebrahead – and it would be impossible to see them all.
Now you don’t need Sound Advice to tell you that AC/DC’s set might be worth catching – so here are my top five lesser-known bands worth seeking out on the smaller stages.

5 – 3 INCHES OF BLOOD – Ronnie James Dio Stage – Sunday
4 – STARSEED – Pepsi Max Stage – Friday3 – FUNERAL PARTY – Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage – Friday2 – THE BLACKOUT – Ronnie James Dio Stage – Saturday1 – YEAR LONG DISASTER – Pepsi Max Stage – Friday

To hear the five acts, as well as nearly all other acts playing the festival, listen to this Spotify playlist.

Trentemoller is a great Dane

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GREAT Dane Trentemoller is set to rise on Into The Great Wide Yonder.
The previously minimal electronica producer has boosted his icy sound on the new LP, adding vocals and tinkering with his previously cold and intricate formula to embrace a wider spectrum of dance.
But the biggest difference shows in the sheer intensity of each and every track here – whether the more traditional Trentemoller of The Mash And The Fury and Tide, the sparse trip hop of …Even Though You’re With Another Girl, or the breakbeats of Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!.

A bit of Ruff

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SAY It may be a bit ragged around the edges – but what else would you expect from a band called Born Ruffians.
The Canadian band have a raw, demo sound, with low production values and a bare-boned indie rock sound – but this is no throwaway LP.
The result of this approach is a band that sounds like it’s enjoying their craft and this comes across on excellent tracks like Nova-Leigh, Sole Brother and The Ballad Of Moose Bruce.

Hawkins and more for Download

MORE than a dozen new bands have been named for Download Festival.
A spokesman for the Castle Doington festival said “Taking time out from his usual gig with the Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins brings his Coattail Riders to Donington to showcase the band’s new album Red Light Fever.
“Kerrang! cover stars My Passion make their Download debut.
“Also confirmed are progressive/ambient metallers Devil Sold His Soul, atmospheric rockers Anathema, death metallers Trigger The Bloodshed, UK riff-makers Enemo-J, modern British metallers The More I See and Sondura.
“We’ve also got Rising Records signings Everything Burns, melodic rockers Starseed, ‘porno rockers’ The Dirty Feel, new Thin Lizzy vocalist and ex-Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick and 80s influenced rockers Jett Black.
“In addition to playing with Michael Monroe, The Wildhearts’ Ginger will also be playing a solo set, as will Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn, plus there’ll be an exclusive DJ stand off set from Classic Rock editor Scott Rowley and Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas.”
Sum 41 were also due to play but have since been forced to pull out of the festival.

Sartain raiser

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HAILING from Birmingham, Alabama, experienced rocker Dan Sartain’s career is sure to survive into a second decade with latest LP Lives.
Rightly assured in his talent, Sartain has a matter-of-fact punk attitude to the icy deadpan delivery of his incisive lyrics.
There’s also a prevailing stomp to each track, whether the glam feel to Bohemian Grove, the rockier Voo-Doo, or the Vincent Vincent And The Villains-esque ‘50s vibe on Ruby Carol.