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A word from the editor Hello! It’s our first print issue of 2012 and we’ve packed it full of great features to celebrate.

A word from the Editor Pg 1

We’re loving our new look courtesy of our new cover artist Jordan Bonner and she’s done a great job restyling MAG for the new year.

The Gloucestershire Music Scene Pg 2

As you may be aware it is the month of love with Valentine’s day on the 14th. In case you get stuck on what to buy your loved one Keziah from ByLocal has very kindly provided us all with some fantastic ideas on what to buy.

Cheltenham’s MND Pg 2 Gemma Dunstan Pg 3 Lawrie Donohoe Pg 4 Live Music Listings Pg 5-9 Funeral For a Friend Interview Pg 9 Keziah Kurg’s Krafts Pg 9 Fabio Thomas pg 10

Emma Perry continues her Funeral For A Friend experience with an interview with the boys when they played at The Gloucester Guildhall. Lawrie reviews local boy Rufio Summer’s new EP ‘Over it’ and we have new columnist Fabio Thomas profiling another local band Young Kato. As well as all of that we have the regular monthly listings from across the county where you are sure to find lots to do to keep you entertained throughout Febuary. There is lots going on throughout February and you want to review anything for the next issue of MAG then email me ascognamiglio@glos.ac.uk Amelia x

MAG Needs You! We are always looking for news and reviews for MAG from lovely people like you! Being a non-profit initiative we don’t pay but can get you into gigs and publish your work. Please contact Amelia if you want to contribute anything to this fanzine: ascognamiglio@glos.ac.uk


The Gloucestershire Music Scene Cheltenham’s Music Network Developer

February is the month of love and what better way to celebrate that with some fantastic live music! Ok that was a very tenuous link but never the less the county has got some great music going on this month. Cheltenham sees the return of the fantastic Folk Festival which is in its 16th year. The festival is held at the Town Hall and has over 20 performers over the three days including headliners Dervish, Albion Band and Brass Monkey. You may not think Folk Music is your bag, but go along to the festival and I guarantee you’ll find something you’ll enjoy! Over in Gloucester this month the Guildhall is holding a Valentine’s prom on the 9th packed full of local bands including Young Kato (profiled in MAG this month), Funky Horse Milk, Callum and the Prophylactics, Subtle Voodoo Elephants, and more. Carrying on the festivals for the county, the Guildhall holds The Big Bang Festival on the 25th showcasing the best music that Gloucestershire has to offer. While Cafe Rene hosts to Harker and Cheltenham boys Stillbust on the 24th. The Sub Rooms in Stroud are brightening up this dreary month with a reggae night from Black Roots on the 3rd and Britain’s longest running Madness tribute on the 11th. Elsewhere in the county there is lots of live music going on and don’t forget the ever increasing number of Open Mic Nights which are great to hear some up and coming local artists for free! If you are a pub, club, promoter or artist and want your gig or event listed in MAG then give us an email at ascognamiglio@glos.ac.uk and we’ll get them in the magazine for you.

Hello February! Lovely to see you and what I’ll assume will be gently increasing temperatures into springtime... Not that winter has been so cold so far - no double snow like last year, just cold without white – meteorologically pointless in this writer’s opinion. Enough about weather – January was quiet, but still rumbled on with open mics around the county with musicians and promoters tiding over local pubs and venues until people start coming out of hibernation. Other than these I didn’t get much chance to go out to any other shows, which was a shame. That said, I’ve been indulging myself with listening to a wealth of local artists in preparation for booking up the acoustic stage at Wychwood Festival and there are some great new artists coming out of the county that the old guard better watch their backs... Well – this month we’ll see Cheltenham Folk Festival and Big Bang Festival at Gloucester Guildhall so plenty to pop in your diaries. Me? I’ve been listening mostly to the excellent Kitten and Bear as well as Gloucester’s Funky Horse Milk. A


BBC Gloucestershire Introducing presenter Gemma DunstaN Hello! I’m so excited for all the fantastic things that Gloucestershire has to offer this year. One event I am particularly excited about is the BBC Introducing Musicians Master Class. The Master Class will be held at Abbey Road and Maida Vale. The day will made up of creative classes allowing musicians to work with some of the biggest names in the industry. I will be there reporting for BBC Radio Gloucestershire and can’t wait to tell you how it goes in next months copy of M@G. You can find videos and information at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/introducing/advice/masterclass/2012/schedule/ I’ve been speaking to a few local musicians to find out what they are excited about for 2012: “I’m looking forward to Stressechoes’ first album! It will be available very soon” - Alex Petrie, of Stressechoes “For 2012 it’s all about HOPE for Funky Horse Milk, we’ve just recently came in the top 50 for a McFly Competition! We are hoping we get picked for this as it would be an amazing opportunity. We have also entered Live and Unsigned and Surface Festival!” - Cory Gaffney, of Funky Horse Milk “In 2012 I’m looking forward to seeing Gloucester stand out on the map, my albums release and seeing new artists come up and let their voices be heard” - JaDee “I’m looking forward to releasing my second solo album, as well as the Last Night’s Victory EP, and going on tour with Oui Legionnaires in the spring” - Charlie Baxter, of Last Night’s Victory and Oui Legionnaires If you are an unsigned musician, or in a band, upload your music to us and other BBC networks at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ music/introducing/uploader/ It’s free and although we get a lot of music sent to us, we do our best to play out as many new artists as we can each week. Listen to Paul and me every Saturday at 5.30pm on BBC Radio Gloucestershire or catch us on BBC iPlayer. Gem x

BBC Gloucestershire Introducing… is the show for your new music. Every Saturday from 5:30pm on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, you can hear the tastiest new cuts of unsigned music from across the county. We might have only been on-air since the beginning of October, but the response has been fantastic with shed loads of you uploading your tracks at bbc.co.uk/introducing – keep em comin’! Catch Paul Moss and Gemma Dunstan presenting BBC Gloucestershire Introducing... every Saturday from 5:30pm to hear the tastiest cuts from the county’s up and coming artists. The 30 minute show also includes interviews with the people behind the music and a gig guide for who to see play live, and where. BBC Radio Gloucestershire 104.7, 95, 95.8 FM, 1413 AM and on the BBC iPlayer


Lawrie Donohoe’s Review of the month Rufio Summers - Over it EP “There ain’t no problem that I can’t fix with a baseball bat and a broken heart”, Rufio Summers snarls. Ten seconds into the first song and I’m caught totally off guard by this unexpected burst of rage. Already I can see his appeal - this angel-voiced soul singer just got his heart ripped out so brutally that he’s exploded out of his own mould. This is a passion you just can’t fake (and many have tried). In fact it’s so convincing you almost feel like crediting circumstance rather than talent. In his world - that where the emotionally bland and unconvincing rule supreme – this deception is a rare gift. When it comes to the destructive love that inspires this emotion and dominates his songwriting, he might claim to be ‘Over It’, but every track on this EP is a statement that he’s not. He tries to escape it but ends up just looking at it from different angles – the theme here is addiction. Perhaps the other theme, which goes hand in hand with addiction, is selfdeception - as well as the aforementioned claim, Rufio also insists he’s a ‘One Trick Pony’ despite clearly having his fingers in several musical pies. One minute he’s ripping out a rough, Seasick Steve blues riff, the next he’s crooning to the sexy minor 7’s of R&B, ending the EP with a track that only a beat away from something you’d hear at Moo Moo’s on a Saturday. It’s a perfect demo tape – every song a new example of what he can do. However, there’s no doubt that Rufio’s forte is his vocal style. Swelling with soul, virtuosic but not overly gymnastic, his is a trans-Atlantic blend of Stevie Wonder and Kele Okereke. He flawlessly glides in and out of falsetto, even using it to squeeze a chuckle out of ‘Watch Out’ with his squeaky ex-girlfriend impression. Unfortunately his guitar doesn’t carry the emotion like his voice does, and occasionally sounds a little sloppy and slurred, painfully exemplified in the nasty bum notes at the end of ‘Akeachi’. The lyrics, too, are only pulled off by his dulcet tones – once you look past the melodic embellishments their lack of ambition becomes apparent. As a bit of a lyrics nazi, this is an area I am often disappointed with – too many people just aren’t trying to say anything new. Then again, this is probably just my ‘Bob Dylan syndrome’ talking. With a history of disintegrated rock bands behind him, it seems likely that the modest accompaniment of guitars and backing vocals was the result of collaborative frustration rather than a deliberate gravitation to a sparser sound. I think it’s safe to say, not least after having listened to a more recent track on his website complete with full band and swelling production (Ok, you caught me, the EP has been out for a while!), that the ‘lonely singersongwriter’ medium doesn’t do Rufio justice. All too often this arrangement, which should really be kept for those introverted enough to exploit its intimacy, is adopted by songwriters purely out of convenience. His bluesier moments may give him a shot at being a modern day delta troubadour, but a man oozing confidence like Rufio needs beats; a horn section, goddamit! The production has a couple of tasty tricks – the vocal’s high pass reverb and delay hangs back, leaving the raw surface to rip undisturbed, which is a thoughtful technique - but the guitar, and indeed the whole track, is well, well too compressed in my opinion, leading me to wonder whether this was a studio job with a producer or just a well done bedroom demo. There’s something transitory about ‘Over It’, like Rufio’s treading water until he gets the chance to do what he really wants. However, his confidence is infectious and it’s hard to imagine him not going places once he’s found his way. Keeping my eye on this one.


An interview with: Funeral for a Friend 15/12/2011 Interviewer: Emma Perry FFAF’s Mark & Kris I’m here with Funeral For a Friend a mere hour before their gig here at the Gloucester Guildhall, hi guys how are you? M & K: Hi we are very good thanks How are you feeling now right before the gig, do you have any pre-gig nerves? M: No, not really. 10 years in we have pretty much got rid of those, no room for nerves! K: I remember we used to be quite bad didn’t we M: I used to throw up a lot, but I don’t really know what happened to me. Maybe a little bit of me died inside. Probably vomited out my nerves (laughs)

M: Urm, to a degree I think we wanted to start playing music that we loved again, the kind of music that got us into wanting to be in a band in the first place. I think we realised over the past few years that we have veered off the path and we were feeling that we weren’t really happy with what we were doing, even though we couldn’t really articulate that and communicate that well with each other, so it took Gareth and Darren leaving to be honest and getting Rich and Gav in the band for us to completely acknowledge that and them saying it to us what they felt was good about Funeral For a Friend, which made us look at what the band was about, where we were and where we were going. And just really re-connect with the music that we loved when we first wanted to rock out and play shows. K: Yeah definitely. As a band we try to be as original as possible and when everyone else starts sounding like your band, then you start trying different things. We just realised what we do best and what comes naturally to us. And without giving too much away, are you writing any new songs for an upcoming album? M: Yes we are

I’ve got to ask, how did the UK tour go in October? M: It was really good, a lot of fun. K: Short but sweet. Made a lot of good friends! Have you got any stories from any of the gigs you have played at? M: Oh, our old bassist fell off stage that was quite funny. We didn’t realise until we turned round and he weren’t there. It was a 6 foot high stage and he fell right into the security barrier at the O2 Academy. Was it like a rock and roll thing? M: No he just tripped over a monitor. He was jumping backwards and didn’t sort of judge the actual size of the stage, caught his heels on the monitor and went arse over tit. Yeah, so a lot of falling over and crotches of jeans ripping, the usual things! When playing at a gig, how does it compare to playing at a festival, such as Download? M & K: It is your show when you play a gig really. With us we have more control over our shows. Less stressful usually. Sometimes festivals can be pretty hardcore and you’re either spending about 5 hours doing press with very little time to prepare for the show, then as soon as you’re on stage, you’re off. The time slot is very different too, at a festival you generally play for about 30 minutes. You have got to put a lot of faith into the crew because you don’t do any sound checks so you’re going out there cold. Your latest album Welcome Home Armageddon, which was released back in March, saw you going back to your roots and original sounds. Was this your intention as you were writing the songs?

Can you give us any tasters? M: Not really, we don’t even know what the hell is going on. It is in the evolutionary period, where we’ve got ideas but they are final. They are like eggs waiting to be hatched, we are currently all sat on one each. Ryans sat on about 5. What do you hope 2012 brings you? M: Hopefully not the end of the world. Just to be able to keep doing the things we like doing: playing shows, making music. We still enjoy doing this, being in a band. That’s all we’ve ever really wanted to have out of this really. We’re not interested in being in the rock and roll lifestyle or being on the front cover of OK magazine. K: Mine would be no more remakes of classic horrors. That would suit me! Well thank you very much and I hope your gig goes really well. M & K: You’re welcome, thank you!


Cheltenham

01/02/2012

Pittville Pump Rooms

Masterworks Touched By Spain

19:30

02/02/2012

The Exmouth

Bex & Franks Latin Night

20:00

03/02/2012 03/02/2012 03/02/2012

The Exmouth The United Services The Venue Wheatsheaf

Kim Cypher Band Tubby Blues Club Ukeholics & Reentrants

21:00 20:00 20:00

04/02/2012 04/02/2012 04/02/2012 04/02/2012 04/02/2012

Slak Charlton Kings Club Fiery Angel Town Hall Witcombe Village Hall

Gannets Dave Adams Soul Review Free Wheeling Blues Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra Rockology

TBC 20:45 21:00 19:30 20:00

05/02/2012

Rising Sun Hotel

Tony M

21:00

07/02/2012 07/02/2012

Little Owl Town Hall

Som Franks’ Strayhorn Lunchtime Recital

20:00 13:05

08/02/2012 08/02/2012

The Bayshill Town Hall

Bex, Franks & Friends 21:00 Scott Of The Antarctic Centenary Concert

10/02/2012 10/02/2012 10/02/2012

Exmouth Arms O’Neils The Royal

Bad Back Band Otis Mack & The Tubby Bluesters Damson Sky Duo

21:00 21:00 20:30

11/02/2012 11/02/2012 11/02/2012 11/02/2012

Albion House The Bayshill Charlton Kings Club Town Hall

Affinity Steve Franks Roving Crows Lunchtime Concert

21:00 21:00 20:45 12:00

14/02/2012

Town Hall

Lunchtime Recital

13:05

15/02/2012

Town Hall

Adam Kham

20:00

17/02/2012

Exmouth Arms

Over the Hill

21:00

18/02/2012 18/02/2012 18/02/2012 18/02/2012 18/02/2012 18/02/2012 18/02/2012

The Bayshill Charlton Kings Club Exmouth Arms The Daffodil Town Hall Leisure@Cheltenham Frog & Fiddle

Last Man Standing Bootique Synergy Just The Two of Us Mercury Mega Roller Disco Glos-Tone-Beret

21:00 20:45 21:00 12:00 19:30 All Day TBC

19/02/2012

The Rising Sun Hotel

Russ Matthews

21:00

21/02/2012

Town Hall

Lunchtime Recital

13:05

22/02/2012

The Bayshill

Jam Session

21:00

19:30


24/02/2012

Exmouth Arms

Over the Hill

21:00

24/02/2012 24/02/2012 24/02/2012

The Royal Town Hall Town Hall

Kim Cypher Band Connections Concert Orchestra of the Swan

20:30 11:15 19:30

25/02/2012 25/02/2012 25/02/2012 25/02/2012 25/02/2012 25/02/2012 26/02/2012 26/02/2012 26/02/2012 26/02/2012

Albion House Exmouth Ams Charlton Kings Club The Bayshill Strand Bar Frog & Fiddle

Over the Hill Leon Daye The Injectables Shark Dentist Synergy Rock Horror Picture Show

21:00 21:00 20:45 21:00 21:00 19:00

Strand Bar Royal Union Rising Sun Hotel Town Hall

Franks and Newman Jazz Jam Session Steve Degutis Cory Band in Concert

12:30 21:00 21:00 15:00

28/03/2012 28/02/2012

Norwood Arms Town Hall

Jam Session Lunchtime Recital

21:00 13:05

Café Rene

Pete Christie

21:00

03/02/2012 Café Rene 08/02/2012 Café Rene

Feathers & Dirty Ray

21:00

Laurence Jones Band

21:00

09/02/2012

Guildhall

VIP Prom

19:00

10/02/2012

Café Rene

Funkinsteins

21:00

11/02/2012 11/02/2012

Walls Club Blue Lagoon

Red Alert-Elvis Night Otis Mack & The Tubby Bluesters

20:00 21:00

15/02/2012

Café Rene

Ash Mandrake

21:00

18/02/2012 18/02/2012

Guildhall Guildhall-Theatre

Helena Blackman Jackie Generation

19:30 19:30

22/02/2012

Café Rene

Nudybronque & Super Squarecloud

21:00

24/02/2012 24/02/2012

Dick Wittington Café Rene

Otis Mack & The Tubby Bluesters Harker & Stillbust

21:00 21:00

Gloucester

01/02/2012

Stroud 03/02/2012

Sub Rooms

Black Roots-Reggae Night

20:00

04/02/2012

Sub Rooms

Panjandrum

20:00


05/02/2012

Sub Rooms

Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra

16:30

11/02/2012

Sub Rooms

The Masters of Madness

20:00

18/02/2012

Sub Rooms

Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

20:00

24/02/2012

Sub Rooms

Friday Night Live

20:00

25/02/2012

Sub Rooms

The Virtuosi GUS Band

19:30

Tewkesbury 04/02/2012

The Berkley

Sax Appeal

21:00

08/02/2012

Theoc House

JB3

20:00

29/03/2012

Theoc House

Kim Cypher Band

21:00

Birdlip

10/02/2012

The Royal George

Tom Jurgens

21:00

17/02/2012

The Royal George

Scott

21:00

24/02/2012

The Royal George

Revue

21:00

Winchcombe

07/02/2012

Corner Cupboard

Bluegrass Session

21:00

23/02/2012

Corner Cupboard

Song Session

TBC

Woodmancote

02/02/2012

Apple Tree

Nigel Miles

21:00

09/02/2012

Apple Tree

Jim Ramsey

21:00

16/02/2012

Apple Tree

Becky Carter & Paul Sixtus

21:00

23/02/2012

Apple Tree

Sax N Axe

21:00

Open Mic Nights Tuesday St Paul’s Tavern, Cheltenham Tuesday Salisbury Inn, Cheltenham


Wednesday

Cross Keys, Gloucester

Wednesday

Norwood Arms, Cheltenham

Thursday Thursday Thursday

The Strand Bar, Cheltenham Hogs Head, Cheltenham The Restoration, Cheltenham

Friday Friday Friday

The Fiery Angel, Cheltenham Royal George Hotel, Cheltenham Gardners Arms, Tewkesbury

Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday

Royal Union, Cheltenham The Cotswold Inn, Cheltenham Under the edge Arts, Wotton Under Edge Walls Country & Western Club, Gloucester

If you have any gigs you would like listed in MAG then send them to ascognamiglio@glos.ac.uk

Festivals

10th-12th 25h

Cheltenham Folk Festival Big Bang Festival

Cheltenham Town Hall Gloucester Guildhall

Keziah Kurg’s Krafts - Valentine Special! Ok lovers, it’s that time of year again... Let’s get all googly eyed and loved up. Are you rubbish at presents, stuck for ideas or perhaps on a tight budget? Well I have the answer... Door hangers that read “Love to knit” or “Love to Sew” are a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your crafty lover. How about a biscuit brooch for your food loving lady? Or maybe a love bird necklace would be a sweet little something to send anonymously? Kath Cooper has a beautiful collection of gifts and with prices starting from only £2 you can afford to spoil someone! Kath Cooper is a Cheltenham based ceramicist and textile artist, her business is growing well despite the recession. Her work is fun, funky and affordable. Love hearts, birds, and cupcakes are incorporated in to the designs that make up a super cute collection of goodies. So this valentine’s day find your inner romantic! Visit www.kathcooper.co.uk for more information. Or see her work in By Local Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Arts and Crafts Centre, Gloucester or M.A.D.E in Cirencester.


Local Music with Fabio Thomas Very few unsigned bands maintain the buzz that surrounds them following a release. Generally, momentum is lost along with fans. However, Young Kato, a local group, has defied the musical laws of gravity following the release of their October E.P ‘Thoughts’. Almost three months after its release, the three track E.P is on its way to 1,500 downloads on their Facebook page alone. It is unsurprising then that, in Young Kato, you will find six guys writing staggeringly good pop songs. The title track, ‘Drink, Dance, Play’, wastes no time in introducing the listener to the bands overall sound. The track eschews a slow build up, preferring a barrage of sound leading to singer Tommy Wright declaring “Its Begun” as the song breaks down into elaborate piano runs that contrast with a four-to-the-floor bass drum. The song then moves into another phase, adding intricate drum patterns to build up to a heavily layered chorus that would not struggle to fill a stadium. The song continues to keep listeners guessing when everything is cut, leaving interweaving guitar melodies to back a chant of “We drink and we dance and we dance and we play” which provides a Foals-esque hook that the song was previously lacking. The simplistic and clear lyrics portray their love for youth culture. The title track of the E.P picks up exactly where ‘Drink, Dance, Play’ left off; in a swirl of pulsating synths over bulky bass and guitar, that take up every inch of space. The song ends with a mesh of layered backing vocals and harmonies that are note perfect adding to its grandiose and operatic feel. Sink or Swim, the final track, ends the E.P in similar style. The driving drum rhythm is enhanced by the predominant Bass and crashing piano chords that falls beneath a ‘Best Coast’ style guitar hook. For their first release under their new name, Young Kato have done all they can to maximize the popularity of their music. By calling upon influences such as ‘Two Door Cinema Club’ and ‘Friendly Fires’ the band have created a sound that will be pleasing to most ears. Despite the fact that they may not be achieving anything ground-breaking or artistically subtle, this incredibly well produced and instrumentally competent E.P sets the band in good stead for the future. For fans of: Friendly Fires, Two Door Cinema Club, Maroon 5, Coldplay

Picture coutesy of Ross Silcocks

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ant to contribute? We like listings, reviews, editorial, previews, pictures, art, cartoons and would like to fill these pages with things you care about. We‘d love to hear about anything to do with live music in the county really and can help with anything from promoting you here to getting you reviewed, played on student and local radio, putting you in touch with venues, musicians and artists across the county and just about anything else you can think of! Want to advertise? Put your gig posters in with the MAG for distribution? Ask what our favourite kind of ham is? You can contact Amelia – ascognamiglio@glos.ac.uk MAG Editor Amelia Scognamiglio | Cover Design Jordan Bonner | Listings Contributor Ollie West | Staff Writers Keziah Kurg, Gemma Dunstan, Lawrie Donohoe, Fabio Thomas, Emma Perry| Thanks to all the people who contributed to issue THIRTEEN of MAG, special thanks (again) goes to Nicky Hughes @ The University of Gloucestershire for organising the funding and production of this work and to Andrew Lansley for continuing to support MAG and everything musical in Gloucestershire| All work remains property of the original owner, used with permission. Reproduction in whole or any part (especially the listings) of this fanzine would be awesome as it’s great to spread the word people, just make sure you credit the fanzine : )


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