Alongside a dedicated press and publicity service, Inception Press can also offer band career guidance consultations with co-founder and full-time artist manager, Leander Gloversmith.
Having been integral in the career development of the likes of Architects, Neck Deep, Lower Than Atlantis, Creeper, As It Is and more, Leander can offer a professional overview of your band’s career, and give his personal insights into where you are going right or wrong, via a face to face meeting or Skype call. Please drop us a line if this is a service you might be interested in via Contact@inceptionpress.co.uk
Our management arm was a boutique company set-up in August 2014, with Lauren aiming to work with selected artists on a long-term basis, overseeing their day to day needs and strategizing for continued success. We ceased to offer this service in January 2018, as we decided to return to our roots in focusing on PR services, and remain determined to ensure that our motto – to enable developing and emerging artists to grow “From The Ground Up” – is honored.
We Previously Represented: Blood Youth (December 2016- January 2018)
Harrogate heavyweights Blood Youth began life in late 2014, intent on channelling their collective fears and frustrations about unstable futures the only way they knew how: into music. “Before the band I was flitting between jobs and countries, searching for something that worked for me,” recalls frontman Kaya Tarsus, who jumped at the chance to leave behind a dead-end telemarketing job in Spain to return to his native Yorkshire and take up the mic; “I ended up in an office in Barcelona, depressed and very alone, until one day I received an unexpected Skype call from Chris (Pritchard – Guitarist), asking if I wanted to come back and start a band. Immediately my desire to start writing came back, the flame was reignited.” Knuckling down, Blood Youth amassed a wealth of cathartic material, songs that snapped and snarled at the heels of their collective anxieties. The band’s focused and positive mindset blossomed into debut EP, ‘Inside My Head’.
Unleashed in June 2015, abetted by independent label Rude Records, and recorded between Bandit Studios with Jonny Renshaw (Devil Sold His Soul, The Elijah) and Celestial Productions with producer Seb Barlow (Neck Deep, Homebound, ROAM), ‘Inside My Head’ was an unrelenting assault of punch-to-the-gut riffing and Tarsus’ impassioned vocals, tearing and soaring in equal measure. Brutally heavy yet deftly accessible, the material of ‘Inside My Head’ showcased its creators’ state of mind, striking a compelling balance between fury and vulnerability. Stomping sophomore ‘Closure’ followed in March 2016 featuring a seemingly endless arsenal of feral riffs and the kind of grooves that simply defy you to stand still, there could be no denying that Blood Youth had forged a distinct sound of their own, packed tightly into sharp, controlled bursts.
Debut LP ‘Beyond Repair’ saw Blood Youth get real… real angry. Released in April 2017 it saw the trio expanding their arsenal across an album, Tarsus reveals: These songs are about how we deal with anger in the modern age,” reveals Tarsus; “When I was writing I became fascinated with heartbreak and how everybody deals with this trauma in their own way. Many tend to numb the pain in an attempt to forget, instead of facing it head on, this is something I am guilty of myself. We were aiming to create something very aggressive but very real. With Beyond Repair, I believe we have achieved just that.”
Since their inception, Blood Youth have focused considerable energies on the road, with stints throughout the UK and Europe supporting Prophets Of Rage, Silverstein, Neck Deep, Caliban, Bury Tomorrow, While She Sleeps, Architects, Every Time I Die, Blessthefall and Beartooth under their belts, in addition to three UK headline runs. They have also amassed festival slots at the likes of Download, Hevy, Slam Dunk, Camden Rocks, Ghostfest, Y Not, Destruction Derby, Groezrock, Butserfest and 2000 Trees. 2018 will see the band out with While She Sleeps on UK dates, ahead of playing Impericon Festival in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
Hailing from Harrogate, UK, Blood Youth are: Kaya Tarsus – Vocals | Chris Pritchard – Guitar | Sam Hallett – Drums
“Blood Youth aren’t just one of the most talented young bands in Britain, but they’re also damn near indestructible.” – Rock Sound, 2016
Watch ‘Failure’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS4GGQ_OPQw
Watch ‘Closure’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRtP_murx-Y
Watch ‘Reason To Stay’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS4GGQ_OPQw
Blood Youth’s currently announced dates:
Mon 05 Feb Bristol, O2 Academy
Tue 06 Feb Birmingham, O2 Institute
Thu 08 Feb Glasgow, O2 ABC
Sat 10 Feb Manchester, O2 Ritz
20.04.18 Impericon Festival (Arena), Vienna, Austria
21.04.18 Impericon Festival (Turbinenhalle), Oberhausen, Germany
22.04.18 Impericon Festival (Kofmehl), Solothurn, Switzerland
27.04.18 Pop Punk Pile-Up Festival, The Venue, Selby, UK
We Previously Represented: WSTR (May 2015- January 2018)
“When we started the band we were all in a situation of waking up every morning, going to work, coming home, going to sleep,” recalls Sammy Clifford, vocalist with Liverpudlian pop punks WSTR (pronounced Waster), recalling the origins of his band’s blunt moniker; “It felt like we were just wasted space & not really doing much with our lives other than working. To be honest, that situation hasn’t really changed other than now we’re really broke due to band commitments. But, this band has given us all something to do & to be proud of”. A creative outlet born from lack of options, a cathartic escape from the norm… these tropes lie at the heart of many a band’s origin story, but few fresh-faced acts come out of the blocks and flourish as quickly as WSTR.
Completed by guitarists Danny Swift and Jason Blackburn, Drummer Andy Mankin and bassist Alex Tobijanski, the quintet grew up on “the ‘original’ mainstream pop punk bands, like Blink, New Found Glory and Sum 41,” and they make no bones about being the product of their influences. “I think our music reflects the music we love, yet it’s got an edge to it that doesn’t distance itself from what the genre has evolved into today,” opines Sammy; “It’s a good blend of the bands that drew us to playing instruments in the first place and the bands we listen to daily today. We just make music that sounds good to us, and that’s all we care about. If people dig it, sick! If they don’t, that’s totally cool!”
March 2015 saw the release of debut video single Graveyard Shift, featuring their pals in Neck Deep and the band donning corpse paint. Amongst other coverage, plays on Team Rock’s Breaking Bands and the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show followed. Soon after it was revealed that their unreleased debut EP had caught the industry’s eye, with the announcement of their signing to US label No Sleep (Balance and Composure, Moose Blood, La Dispute, The Wonder Years), before they had even taken to the stage. ‘Skrwd’ saw release in September 2015.
The band kicked off this year spectacularly, supporting Seaway and playing packed out acoustic in-stores celebrating their newly released debut LP ‘Red, Green Or Inbetween’ via No Sleep Records. Charting at #17 in Billboard’s Heatseekers, Clifford says of the LP: “It’s is mainly a breakup album however it’s not a ‘fuck you’ but more a ‘mad at myself’ album. The title is based on being stuck in limbo or in the ‘in-between’. Compared to the EP, it’s still very honest but just bigger, better and longer.”
On the live front, the Liverpudlian’s have been making waves across the UK, Europe and even Australia, with 2 UK & 1 Euro headline run under their belts, in addition to support slots to the likes of Neck Deep, Creeper, With Confidence, Pvris, Trash Boat, Speak Low If You Speak Love, Light You Up, Blood Youth, Fireworks, Moose Blood, Man Overboard, Seaway, Knuckle Puck, ROAM, As It Is and A Wilhelm Scream. Festival slots include Slam Dunk, 2000 Trees, Hevy, Make A Scene, New Noise, Destruction Derby, Deadbolt, Butserfest and their 2017 debut at Reading & Leeds. 2018 sees the band juggling time in the studio and on the road supporting As It Is in the UK and Europe, with their debut at Download Festival on the cards.
WSTR’s Currently Announced Live Dates:
Thu 22 Feb 2018 Netherlands Eindhoven Dynamo
Fri 23 Feb 2018 Germany Frankfurt Nachtleben – Early Curfew
Sat 24 Feb 2018 Germany Braunschweig B58
Sun 25 Feb 2018 Poland Poznan Minoga
Mon 26 Feb 2018 Poland Warsaw Hydrozagadka
Weds 28 Feb 2018 Czech Rep Prague OO7 / Futrum
Thu 01 Mar 2018 Germany Munich Feierwerk
Fri 02 Mar 2018 Italy Milan Legend Club
Sat 03 Mar 2018 Italy Pinarella Di Cervia Rock Planet
Mon 05 Mar 2018 France Paris Backstage
Tue 06 Mar 2018 Germany Saarbrucken Kl Klub
Wed 07 Mar 2018 Belgium Antwerp Kavka
Fri 09 Mar 2018 UK Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Sat 10 Mar 2018 UK Manchester Academy 2
Sun 11 Mar 2018 UK Glasgow Garage
Tue 13 Mar 2018 UK Birmingham O2 Institute 2
Wed 14 Mar 2018 UK Cardiff The Globe
Thu 15 Mar 2018 UK London / Brighton / S’hampton Koko (for 2nd option)
Fri 16 Mar 2018 UK London Koko
Sat 9 June 2018 UK Donnington Park Download Festival
Watch WSTR’s Debut Music Video ‘Graveyard Shift’ HERE
Watch the hilarious single ‘Fair Weather’ HERE
‘Red, Green Or Inbetween’ Lead Single ‘Lonely Smiles’ HERE
Eastbound & Down HERE
“They might just be the most exciting pop punk band on the planet – 4/5” Dork Magazine, January 2017
We Previously Represented: Trash Boat (August 2014- December 2015)
Formed in 2014, Trash Boat took their moniker from an episode of Regular Show. Inception initially became involved with the pop punk quintet in a publicity capacity for their debut EP ‘Look Alive’. Released in May 2014, the 4 track offering bursts with buoyant guitar licks and the kind of vocal melodies you only need to hear once before they’re imprinted on your temporal lobe.
Following a successful publicity campaign and it’s well received singles ‘Boneless’ and ‘Cluttered Sign’, Inception witnessed their energetic and relentless live show, sealing their interest in managing the act.
March 2015 saw the announcement that Trash Boat they would be joining the ranks with artists such as Neck Deep, The Wonder Years, All Time Low and New Found Glory, with an international deal with Hopeless Records.
Sophomore EP release ‘Brainwork’ followed in May 2015 to rave reviews, with Rock Sound calling it a release which “should see Trash Boat propelling themselves even further.” In the same period the pop punks also won Kerrang!’s fan voted Fresh Blood competition, securing themselves the opening slot on Slam Dunk Festival 2015.
Live activity during our period of involvement saw Trash Boat on stints with As It Is, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Trophy Eyes, Real Friends, Less Than Jake and ROAM; further shows with artists including New Found Glory, Light You Up, Me Vs. Hero, Knuckle Puck and Brawlers; in addition to appearances at festivals such as the aforementioned Slam Dunk, Pinky Swear, Fury Fest, Download and Hevy.