Amplified Blog

  • These Classics Are Turning 30

    16th August 2018

    Can you believe it, these metal classics are turning 30? WE CAN'T!

    30 is a mile stone for any one, including these albums that were released in 1988. With fans of all ages these bands are still well loved and have stood the test of time.

     

    Enjoy your trip down memory lane…..

     

    Death Angel – Frolic In The Park

     

     

    Guns N' Roses - G N R' Lies

     

    Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son

     

     

    Judas Priest – Ram It Down

     

     

    Metallica - …And Justice For All

     

     

    Slayer – South of Heaven

     

    Check out the other bands we stock HERE!

  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Iron Maiden

    1st August 2018

    It's been over a decade but Iron Maiden are back with vengeance, their legendry 'Legacy Of The Beast Tour' has been touring around Europe since May. They are now in the UK, starting with Newcastle and finishing in the band's home town London.

     

    If you’ve managed to get your hands on these hot tickets then we are jealous. If you didn't manage to get tickets, then we thought we could enlighten you with 10 facts that you don’t know about Iron Maiden. #bepartofthelegacy

     

    1.     Bruce Dickinson is a qualified pilot and flies the tour plane (Ed Force One) which is named after their mascot Eddie.

     

    2.     Iron Maiden formed on Christmas Day, 1975. Steve Harris is the only original member.
     
    3.     Band founder, bassist and principal songwriter, Steve Harris, never warms up before a gig.
     
    4.     Bruce Dickinson was expelled from boarding school for urinating in the Headmaster’s dinner.
     
    5.     Nicko Mcbrain had a drum off with Sooty in a Sooty and Sweep episode.
     
      
    6.     As well as video games, Iron Maiden also have their own branded beer.
     
    7.     Iron Maiden once crashed a wedding in Poland after a few drinks they got up on stage and performed and impromptu gig.
     
    8.    Steve Harris is a die-hard West Ham United fan.
     
    9.      Steve Harris was offered a trial at West Ham as a teenager. The would have been a very different path.
     
    10.    Bruce in his spare time is a keen fencer.  Dickinson has fenced since he was a boy and was, at one point, ranked No. 7 in GB. 

     

    Now, if this hasn't blown your mind why don't you head over to our Amplified Spotify and have a listen to our playlists CLICK HERE!.

  • Top 10 80s Indie Bands

    23rd July 2018

    Even though there is still the argument as to exactly when “independent” became “indie”, we can all agree that there were so many brilliant alternative bands which rocked our world during the 80s!

    Now, we don't want any fights breaking out between our fans about which bands are missing or shouldn't be in there, BUT we have decided to put together a list of our Top 10 80s Indie Bands. Check them out below, and let us know on our social channels what are your favourite 80s Indie Bands!

    10. CACTUS WORLD NEWS

    Years active: 1984 - now
    Influences: The Clash, Ramones, REM
    Hometown: Dublin
    Jam: 'Worlds Apart'

    Cactus World News is an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in April 1984. The band was made up by Frank Kearns, Eoin McEvoy, Wayne Sheehy and Fergal MacAndris. Their first release and best known song was "The Bridge", which was produced by U2's Bono. They really rose to fame when they toured the UK with The Cult in 1985 and signed to MCA Records.

     
    9. FAITH NO MORE

    Years active: 1979 - now
    Influences: 
    Black Sabbath, Killing Joke
    Hometown: 
    San Francisco
    Jam:
    'Epic'

    Faith No More, FCM, is an American rock band from San Francisco, California who formed in 1979. They recorded their first song "Quiet in Heaven/Song of Liberty" in one of the bandmate's garage in 1973. After releasing six studio albums, including their best-selling records The Real Thing and Angel Dust, they officially announced their breakup on April 20, 1998. 

     
    8. THE WEDDING PRESENT

    Years active: 1985 - Now
    Influences: 
    The Fall, Buzzcocks
    Hometown: 
    Leeds
    Jam: 
    'Kennedy'

    The Wedding Present have had eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles which is amazing for a band which has refused to play the record industry’s game. The Wedding Present are a British indie rock group originally formed in 1985 in Leeds. It all started in 1985 when David Lewis Gedge boarded a National Express coach with 500 records packed into suitcases and delivered the band’s debut single 'Go Out And Get 'Em, Boy!' to a distribution company in Yorkshire. Throughout their career, they have been led by vocalist and guitarist David Gedge, the band's only constant member. 

     
    7. THE CULT

    Years active: 1983 - Now
    Influences:
    The Doors, Led Zep
    Hometown:
     Bradford
    Jam:
    'She Sells Sanctuary'

    The Cult are a British rock band who formed in 1983, they gained a hardcore fanbase in the UK in the mid-1980s as a post-punk/gothic rock band, with the single "She Sells Sanctuary". They broke the US in the late 1980s as a hard rock band with singles such as "Love Removal Machine" and "Fire Woman.  


    6. NEW ORDER

    Years active: 1980 - Now
    Influences: Joy Division, The Velvet Underground
    Hometown: Manchester
    Jam: 'True Faith'

    New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980 by vocalist and guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris. New Order were formed after the demise of their previous post-punk band Joy Division, following the suicide of vocalist Ian Curtis. Their integration of post-punk with electronic and dance music made them one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s.

     
    5. THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN

    Years active: 1983 - Now
    Influences:
    The Stooges, The Shangri-Las
    Hometown:
    East Kilbride
    Jam:
    'Just Like Honey'

    The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983. The band revolves around the songwriting partnership of brothers Jim and William Reid. After signing to independent label Creation Records, they released their first single "Upside Down" in 1984. Their debut album Psychocandy was well recieved when released in 1985. The band went on to release five more studio albums before breaking up in 1999. They then reunited in 2007.


    4. NIRVANA

    Years active: 1987 - 1994
    Influences:
    Redd Kross, Iggy Pop
    Hometown: 
    Aberdeen
    Jam:
    'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

    Now we all know this one! Nirvana was an American rock band formed by lead singer guitarist and legend Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting and best-known being the legend that is Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana is known as one of the most influential and important alternative bands in history. Though the band ended in 1994 after the death of Cobain, their music continues to live on.


    3. DEPECHE MODE

    Years active: 1980 - Now
    Influences:
    Sparks, Siouxsie and the Banshees
    Hometown:
    Basildon
    Jam:
    'Enjoy the Silence'

    Depeche Mode are an English electronic band formed in Basildon in 1980. The group consists of founders Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher. While playing a live gig at the Bridge House in Canning Town the band were approached by Daniel Miller who was interested in their recording a single for his up and coming label. Depeche Mode have had 50 songs in the UK Singles Chart and have sold over 100 million records worldwide.

     
    2. THE STONE ROSES

    Years active: 1983 - Now
    Influences:
    The Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, The Smiths
    Hometown:
    Manchester
    Jam:
    'I Wanna be Adored'

    Of course we couldn't forget The Stone Roses! As we all know they are an English rock band who formed in Manchester in 1983. The band's most prominent lineup was Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni. When the band released their debut album, The Stone Roses, it was a breakthrough success and garnered critical acclaim. This album was considered to be one of the greatest British albums ever recorded. 

     
    1. PIXIES

    Years active: 1986 - Now
    Influences: 
    The Beatles, The Bee Gees
    Hometown:
    Boston
    Jam:
    'Where Is My Mind'

    The Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston. Local promoter Ken Goes became the band's manager, who passed the demo to an independent record label 4AD to which they were first signed. Their jarring pop sound influenced bands such as Nirvana, Radiohead, Bush, Blur and Weezer. They grew very popular in the years following their break-up, which lead to sold-out world tours following their reunion in 2004.

     

     

  • ICE NINE KILLS Release New Single and Video 'Thank God It's Friday'

    19th July 2018

    Ice Nine Kill's have given ‘TGIF’ a whole new meaning!

      Amplified blog


    The band chose Friday the 13th to release their bloody new video for 'Thank God It's Friday'. In the which, the group (and a bunch of unsuspecting teenagers) visit Crystal Lake and that's where it all goes wrong. The video is a modern tribute to the classic Friday the 13th (now the release date makes sense). The classic film series starring machete-wielding, masked horror hero Jason Voorhees.
     

     

     

    The song will appear on Ice Nine Kill's upcoming album 'The Silver Scream', out Friday 05 October via Fearless Records. All the album's 13 anthems are based on different horror classics. The physical pre-order is available here

    The band previously shared the cinematic video for 'The American Nightmare' — a twisted yet tasteful homage to the famous A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The video provides a thematic feast for children of the '80s who grew up loving Freddie Krueger.

    The band is spending its summer on the final traveling edition of the Vans Warped Tour and will appear on all dates, which run through August 5. All INK summer tour dates are below. 

    Ice Nine Kills — Spencer Charnas [vocals], Justin DeBlieck [vocals, guitar, orchestration], and Justin Morrow [guitar, bass]— hit the studio with producer Drew Fulk in Los Angeles in early 2018 and recorded The Silver Scream. 

    Through the art of intricate song writing and elaborate storytelling, the Boston band has mastered the ability to engage and captivate listeners. Seamlessly weaving aggressive post-hardcore with soaring melodies, the band utilises multi-textured guitar hooks, a dual vocal attack, complex orchestral arrangements and a pummelling rhythm section, which grabs the listener by the throat and refuses to let go.


    ICE NINE KILLS ON TOUR:
    7/13 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
    7/14 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
    7/15 — Hartford, CT — XFINITY Theatre
    7/16 — Burgettstown, PA — Keybank Pavilion
    7/17 — Toronto, ON — The Flats at Budweiser Stage
    7/18 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Blossom Music Center
    7/19 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
    7/20 — Detroit, MI — Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
    7/21 — Tinley Park, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
    7/22 — Shakopee, MN — Canterbury Park
    7/23 — Milwaukee, WI — American Family Insurance Amphitheater
    7/24 — Noblesville, IN — Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
    7/25 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake PAC
    7/26 — Scranton, PA — The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
    7/27 — Mansfield, MA — XFINITY Center
    7/28 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
    7/29 — Columbia, MD — Merriweather Post Pavilion
    7/30 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
    7/31 — Atlanta, GA — Celliris Amphitheatre at Lakewood
    8/02 — Jacksonville, FL — The Old Cypress Lot Near Met Park
    8/03 — Orlando, FL — Tinker Field
    8/04 — Tampa, FL — Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater
    8/05 — West Palm Beach, FL — Coral Sky Amphitheatre

    ICE NINE KILLS online:
    http://iceninekills.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/IceNineKills
    https://twitter.com/ICENINEKILLS
    https://www.instagram.com/ice9kills/

     

  • Amplified Clothing On Instagram

    10th July 2018

    With festival season well underway and this heatwave, it's been the perfect excuse for you to rock your Amplified Ts. We've collected a few holiday snaps and festival pictures of you loving your Amplified T-shirts. 

    If you want to join in the fun, don't forget to tag us #AmplifiedClothing in your Instagram photos and you may feature next time.

     

    No sign of mud this year, @florafhamon rocked her Guns N' Roses T-shirt at a Foo Fighter concert.

     

    @adamdurica took his favourite Janis Joplin T-shirt on holiday with him, we can't work out if we like the T-shirt or the view more?

     

    Life's a beech, it is when you're not on the beech! @Stell.Delma has turned her Ramones T-shirt into the perfect swimwear accessory.

     

    #highbythebeach #california 🏝

    A post shared by Stella D. von Lingen (@stella.delma) on

     

    Check out the others rocking their Amplified T-shirts on Instagram, tagging #AmplifiedClothing.

     

     

    Run to the hills 🤟🏼☠️ 📷 @ritamaritamargerita

    A post shared by Charles Docherty 🌹 (@charles.docherty) on

  • 2018 Festival Line Up

    2nd May 2018

    Dust off your band t-shirts and find your wellies because you all know what time it is...

    IT IS FINALLY FESTIVAL SEASON!

    Yep that's right! The Winter has been long and cold, and here at Amplified we are ready...

    ☻ We are ready to fill our backpacks with water bottles filled with gin/vodka
    ☻ We are ready to clean our bodies using only hand sanitiser and baby wipes
    ☻ We are ready to drag our crates of Fosters through the mud and rain to then drink them lukewarm
    ☻ We are ready to shout ALAN at 3am for no reason whatsoever.
    ☻ And we are not ready for the smell of those toilets…

    Jokes aside, NOTHING beats a music festival! Move over Coachella because we have put together a list of our favourite upcoming festivals of the year.

    So get prepared now and treat yourself to a few Amplified Clothing T-Shirts for an unforgettable festival season! 

    1. ARCADIA - 5th - 6th May

    The King of Music Festivals is unfortunately not on in 2018 - of course we are talking about Glastonbury - thankfully it is back on in 2019! BUT if you need to fill that Glastonbury void in your heart, there is Arcadia - well known for it's appearances at Glastonbury and to celebrate it's 10th anniversary the spider is coming to London!!

    The festival is this weekend so if you want tickets grab them now!

    https://www.arcadialondon.co.uk/

    2. SLAM DUNK - 26th May - 28th May

    Slam Dunk Festival is a Pop-punk, Rock and Alternative Music festival that takes place over Bank Holiday weekend in May in Leeds, Birmingham, and Hatfield.

    Slam Dunk Festival

    3. DOWNLOAD - 8th - 10th June

    One of our favourite festivals of the year, and with heavyweights Guns n Roses headlining it is set to be a hell of a weekend!

    Download Festival Line Up

    4. ISLE OF WIGHT - 21st - 24th June 

    Isle of Wight is always such a unique festival and this year will be no different as it marks the 50th Anniversary!

    Isle of Wight Line Up

    5. LOVE SUPREME - 29th June - 1st July

    Love Supreme is the UK's biggest 3-day, camping Jazz festival. This is the first mention of Love Supreme on the Amplified Blog but it is definitely worth a mention considering the legends that are Earth, Wind and Fire are headlining! 
     Love Supreme Line Up

    6. LATITUDE - 12th - 15th July

    It is no surprise that Latitude was the winner of the Best Major Festival award for 2017. The festival returns to Henham Park, Suffolk in 2018 for the biggest offering of music, theatre, dance, film, cabaret and literature.

    Latitude Line Up

    7. BOOMTOWN - 9th - 12th August

    Do you want to go to possibly the craziest and most colourful festival in the world? Well welcome to Boomtown! A city of wonderment, theatre, escapism and community with breathtaking and intricate stages and streets just waiting to be discovered. This is a festival that can't be explained only experienced!

    Boomtown Line Up

    8. READING & LEEDS - 24th -26th August

    Reading and Leeds Music Festival is always a top player and we always make sure to leave our August Bank Holiday weekend free to go and this year is no exception!

    Reading and Leeds 

  • New Colour Surge Collection

    10th April 2018

    It has taken its time but finally Summer is coming and we are celebrating with a splash of colour to Amplified Clothing

    For all those die hard Amplified Clothing fans you will know that our classic Charcoal and White T-Shirts are iconic, but its time for a change! Check out the new Colour Surge Collection, where you will find your favourite t-shirt designs in bright new colours.

    Forget trying to choose between our Mens or Womens fit as the new collection is also unisex!

    Check out our recent photoshoot of the new collection and find your favourite colour T-Shirt now!

     

     

  • Battle of the Bands

    12th February 2018

    Amplified presents...

    THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS

    Yes thats right we are putting our bands up against each other for you to choose who you think should win.

    How you ask? Well the best and only to support your favourite bands is to wear their T-Shirt - so choose your favourite Amplified Tee and wear it loud and proud!

    Also don't forget to post on social using the tag #AmplifiedBattleofTheBands so we can see what is going on!

    First up to the fight are.....

    LED ZEPPELIN vs BLACK SABBATH

  • Hall of Fame 2018

    16th January 2018

    THE Hall of Fame is back!

     

    With the biggest bands and the most iconic artwork, it is no wonder the Hall of Fame is our most talked about collection.

    Featuring some of our well known classics such as the amazing GUNS N ROSES DRUM T-SHIRT and the rocking METALLICA MASTER OF PUPPETS TEE

     We also have some new additions to the Amplified family for 2018!

    There is Washington born American legend Kurt Cobain singer songwriter and musician. Kurt Cobain was an American singer songwriter, musician and the founder of Nirvana. Check out the new PHOTOGRAPH T-SHIRT now.

    Or there is legendary English rock band Deep Purple. Check out the new PERFECT STRANGERS T-SHIRT!

    Want to check out the full collection? Head to HALL OF FAME now and choose your favourite!

  • Shop the Amplified Outlet

    4th January 2018

    30% OFF AMPLIFIED!

    Yep you heard right! Check out our rocking Outlet where we have a whole range of products which are currently all 30% off.

    From Wutang to Rolling Stones to Kiss there is plenty of band T-Shirts to choose from!

    Head to the Outlet section now before stock is gone!

  • New Releases!

    27th November 2017

    Just in time for the Christmas season we have a whole batch of new styles which have just come in! 

    Get your rock on with the new Rolling Stones Tumbling Dice T-Shirt

    Or relive David Bowie's 1978 world tour!

    From Soundgarden to The Beatles we have so many new designs for you to get your hands on.

    Shop Womens and Mens now

  • Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day

    10th November 2017

    Here at Amplified we wear them everyday BUT today it is official 'Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day'

    This day was created by Stever Lamacq at BBC Radio 6, it celebrates your favourite band t-shirts that have been previously worn to concerts. This tradition has returned for its tenth year and is now an annual tradition. 

    Steve Lamacq came up with the idea in 2007, and ever since it has become a hit with the nation! Steve has also created some rules which give advice on how to wear your favourite band’s t-shirts in a six-step band t-Shirt etiquette guide. 

    He says in the guide that the best way to pick your t-shirt for the day is to choose one that means the most to you - 'One that explains a bit about yourself as a fan of music. Something that has a bit of you in it'.

    Make sure you get involved in all the action by posting a photo of yourself in your favourite T-Shirt with the hashtag #TSHIRTDAY

    Check out a few of our all time favourites below!

  • Rest in Peace Tom Petty

    4th October 2017

    Tom Petty, the dynamic frontman who led the band the Heartbreakers, died at age 66 Monday. His death was confirmed by Tony Dimitriades, his longtime manager, on behalf of the family.

    The band only just completed their summer tour, which celebrated the band's 40th anniversary

    Petty was known for his dramatic voice which perfectly complemented the Heartbreakers' ragged rock & roll sound. The majority of his albums have been certified either gold or platinum, which is no suprise as he dominated the Billboard's rock chart with iconic songs like "You Got Lucky," "Learning to Fly" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance". 

    Tom Petty never stopped writing great music and helped define rock radio since the Seventies

    Rest in Peace.

    Tom Petty photographed in New York City in 1976 by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns