In 2013, Hacktivist, MK’s metal meets grime hybrid, went from new city favourites to being hotly tipped onthe national scene.
They toured the UK, Europe and Russia, including a brilliantly fortunate stint touring here and in Germany with St Albans boys Enter Shikari, and wowed at festivals including Reading, Rock Am Ring, T in the Park, Warped and Download.
As the year wound down, they wrapped things up with a sold-out show at Camden’s Underworld.
And while 2014 has yet to warm up, Hacktivist are already sizzling.
As you read this, they are in the decidedly sunnier climes of Australia, and in the coming days will shake the foundations of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, on the Soundwave festival billing.
Then they return here and head to Wales, for a tasty gig as support to Skindred, and then get busy on the motorway for a tour of their own.
In April, the live shows will subside and the studio environment will take over as the band begin work on their debut album.
Then in May, the guys will be back in the live environment, with a decidedly plum touring stint as support to Korn, which will see them grace the stage of Brixton Academy, before heading off to Denmark, France, the Netherlands and more, spreading their relentless heaviness.
The imminent UK dates are as follows:
Saturday, March 8 – Newport Centre
Saturday, March 15 – Southampton University
Friday , March 21 – Harlow Square
Tuesday, March 25 – Kingston Peel
Friday, March 28 – Liverpool Academy
Sunday, March 30 – Newcastle Academy
Friday, May 2 – Brixton Academy (with Korn)
> Los Angeles’ exceptional noise-snarlers The Icarus Line have just issued the video for their new single City Job, and it’s a corker, not to mention a refreshing change from the numerous cliche promotional clips doing the rounds right now.
Long time collaborator Ward Robinson made his directorial debut with the band, featuring former MK drummer Ben Hallett, on the clip.
“Ward had a concept that he pitched to me when we were preparing the tour,” frontman Joe Cardamone explained.
“It sounded pretty laborious but I said if he could pull it off then he should go for it.
“Turns out he really did in spades.
“It’s a perfect visual to the track.”
City Job is lifted from the 2013 long-player Slave Vows.