08 February 2016

HACKTIVIST reveal video for ‘Deceive & Defy’ feat. HEART OF A COWARD’S Jamie Graham

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Trailblazing UK 5-piece HACKTIVIST have revealed a brand new version of ‘Deceive & Defyfeaturing Heart Of A Coward frontman Jamie Graham. The track is the second taste of their highly-anticipated debut albumOutside The Box, which is set for release worldwide on March 04 via UNFD (UNFD/Rise Records in the USA).

Of ‘Deceive & Defy’, co-vocalist Ben Marvin says:

“This song is about the illusion of success in mainstream music – how people can be loved one day then hated the next. There’s nothing wrong with starting from the bottom and working to where you want to be. You’re way more likely to last longer at the top and be remembered if you don’t sell yourself out.”

Guitarist/vocalist Timfy James adds:

“Deceive And Defy for me is an all-round impression of us as a band and what we stand for. You can’t just buy your way into music – it takes blood, sweat and tears, something H know all about.”

The quintet recently announced some intimate club shows to coincide with the release of Outside The Box,  where they’ll be joined by Counting Days.

Dates:

FEB 26 – NEWCASTLE – THINK TANK
FEB 27 – PETERBOROUGH – MET LOUNGE
FEB 28 – SOUTHAMPTON – JOINERS
MAR 1 – BIRMINGHAM – THE RAINBOW
MAR 2 – LIVERPOOL – ARTS CLUB

The band will also return to the road with Issues in May. The line-up will be completed by Astroid Boys.Dates:

MAY 24 – CARDIFF – Y PLAS
MAY 25 – LONDON – KOKO
MAY 26 – MANCHESTER – RITZ
MAY 27 – GLASGOW – GARAGE
JUN 1 – ANTWERP – TRIX
JUN 2 – AMSTERDAM – MELKWEG

Hacktivist have been fighting their way from Milton Keynes to the mainstage since 2011 and now it’s time for the world to listen up. Outside The Box is a 12 track barrage of low-tuned riffs, street-smart rhymes with huge hooks and grooves, resulting in a powerful record with a sound that is 100% their own. Guest performances are present from Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari, Jamie Graham of Heart Of A Coward, Astroid Boys and cyber rhymer Jot Maxi; a highly diverse collection of artists only Hacktivist could bring together.

Like antibodies that fight disease, Outside The Box is an immediate and fierce response to the world Hacktivistinhabit. It’s a conscious call to arms and the product of a unique bunch of mates that could only ever have been conceived in the neglected corners of one of the UK’s most misunderstood towns in 2016 by one of the most exciting bands around. It’s no understatement to say Outside The Box has been a long time coming – it comprises over five years’ worth of ideas that have been bubbling while the band crossed milestone after milestone, fuelled by the success of their incendiary self-titled 2013 EP.On the back of the DIY release, Hacktivist garnered strong support from all sides of the media – Kerrang!, Rock Sound, Metal Hammer and BBC Radio 1 all amplified the message, and word soon spread to the likes of The Guardian, XFM and legendary hip-hop publication Insomniac – and  spent every spare second on the road.

Mainstage appearances at Reading, Leeds and Sonisphere festivals soon followed in the UK, as well as Rock Am Ring & Rock Im Park in Germany, and the miles racked up around Europe (including as special guests to Korn in 2014) mean that the support accorded to the H grows wherever necessary. In March, for example, they’ll play to almost a thousand in Budapest. This is a movement that respects no borders.

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