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Output is a sub-magazine from the CANVAS magazine situated in CCAD. This is a new instalment for the music and culture a side that Output thinks everyone is proud to have their views on. It has been set up to be “For students, by students” of CCAD with student driven content. Hopefully this can carry on with your support.


Output is a great opportunity for up and coming artists or bands that want to get noticed by having them featured in this magazine.


Output has an article on gigs that CCAD students have attended and their thoughts on it. It’s your chance to get your opinions live in print.


Any feedback will be greatly taken into account about the magazine, as it’s for students of CCAD and they deserve the best.


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When did Palace form? We formed in January 2011, 4 of us (Luke, Grant, Sonny & Tom) first started jamming about a year before that. We covered songs by Bloc Party, Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Oasis, just while we were getting used to playing together and learning how to really play our instruments. Covering them taught us a lot of valuable things about how to really structure a good sort of ‘indie pop’ songs and helped up write music. We wrote our own songs together but we had never really thought about gigging properly or anything we wanted to wait until we felt we were good enough to be worth watching, so when things got serious we asked our mate Johnny to sing. Where did the name Palace come from? Palace literally came from out of the blue, the very last thing we did was name the band. Naming the band was never really something we had talked about or put any thought into. Although we love the name it’s not really something that means a lot to us, theres no


meaning or sentimental value in it. We just wanted a kind of catchy word that rolled off the tongue, seemed positive, in a sense reflected our sound and could be used as a name. It’s hard to explain, but we think Palace suits us a lot. Do you think your launch of your new EP ‘Apology in Demand’ went well? The EP got loads of good reviews, within days we had people messaging us from Italy asking to play a lo-fi festival they were putting on, we had loads of promoters from the north wanting to put us on and to play headlining slots, and we’d only ever been an opener! I think in its first day the EP got around 600 plays, which felt pretty amazing, considering we weren’t even sure people were going to really like it! When we first released it a different track from the EP was played on the radio every day for a full week, and we got a lot of praise from that. We supported a band called Hyde and Beast, who are an amazing band, it’s basically all the members from the Future Heads and Golden Virgins swapping instruments and making beautiful music, and they

couldn’t stop telling us about how much they loved our sound, our look and our name. Brett Trigg from Australia who made a video with our song “And Everyone Else” in for an advertisement for a BMX brand over there and I allowed it and whatever. It was a good video and the song suited it. It had a few hundred views so I went to bed, when I woke up it had 9,000 views! I was actually buzzing and so was the rest of the band! Just how we had so many people listening to that one song and we would have at least had a few more fans from that! What’s next for Palace? We’re supporting Pigeon Detectives next month and in the Summer we’re set to play Stockton Weekender with WeAreScientists and the Pogues, then hopefully Wickerman Festival after that! 2012 has been really good to us so far and is looking to get even better, we’ve got a new EP which we’re working on at minute which is going brilliantly, it should out at the end of July, hopefully that will bring good things too!

With the release of their EP “Apology in Demand”, PALACE are getting noticed, OUPUT MAGAZINE get their thoughts on this.

of distorted guitars leaps out and shouts, then back to four note riff comes in again about two more times. The solo arrives with the bass drum and snare then the n the heart of Hartlepool are a five bass carries it out towards the outro with man band named Palace, driven by wooing lyrics with a chill down your spine the new indie guitar scene their styles on the last chord. consist of fast high distorted guitars, And Everyone Else is by far the funkiest bouncy bass vibes, swashing drums song on the EP. After the slicing intro of and echoing lyrics. With two of the chord progressions a twined bass and members attending Cleveland College of guitar riff drag you into the chorus. Of Art and Design it’s apparent that, these which is a downward spiral of riffs and could be huge in the coming years. First drums. off the EP, ‘Apology in Demand’ consists of Collapse (Bonus Track) smashes you in the five tracks each starting off slow and face with a fast four chords repeating jumping into a pit of guitars, drums and and then sly into a slow bed for the lyrics bass and vice versa. to be sung then repeated. This “We might be alteration between slow and fast St. Albans (Things We Used To works well here with changing Do) starts off the album with a playing signatures of the guitars and slow trailing guitars over the Leeds Festival time drums. top of each other and slowly 2012!” Palace/JGYB - St. Albans (JGYB comes in the rest of the remix) their last track, the lyrics instruments to form a mellow from St. Albans are stripped from its ripple of heartache and heartbreak underlying net of guitars and drums and throughout the song to fit in with the lyrics. into a mash up of twinkling notes and Indications is the second track of the EP, a rippling beats. This is a good sign off slow four note guitar riff brings in the from the EP. It’s almost close to the sounds song with the bass close by and the drums of Total Life Forever by Foals. to match. Out of nowhere a sudden chorus

This is Output’s highlight page, where we highlight something dear to the hearts of CCAD students and music lovers. IN This issue it’s The Studio in Hartlepool.

he Studio is Hartlepool’s only Student Union Bar and events venue and is owned and operated by Hartlepool College of FE and Cleveland College of Art and Design, with direct input from the student body and independent promoters to host the best live events. So far, we’ve hosted some great events and have had some great gigs, with bands from all different genres and stages of success. We are proud to have had The Mystery Jets, Hyde and Beast, Club Smith, Make Sparks, Shapes and Blacklisters visit us on their national tours, as well as hosting some great regional bands including Hey Alaska, LSD, Palace, Up Down Strange and Arcs and Trauma plus many, many more. We’ve also had some legends visit, though only in the form of doppelgangers and tribute bands from The Strokes and Joy Division through to David Bowie


(this coming May 18th) and coming in the next few months we will have Oasis, The Stone Roses and Metallica with some old school classic rock with Thin Lizzy. All students are welcome and we would be happy for anyone to become involved with events at The Studio. There are many ways to be involved; either helping to organise regular events at The Studio by becoming a member of the entertainments committee, putting on one off shows, events or fundraisers or just simply contacting us with any ideas you may have. If you’ve ever wanted to dabble in venue promotion or events management, we would welcome you openly and are happy for you to seek advice from our team. We also host regular fitness classes and from May will be starting small practical workshops on live sound engineering, DJ skills, stage craft and live performance techniques along with introductory courses

in music technology. We would also be happy to offer the studio as a space to exhibit your work or a forum to practice your skills and we always have extra opportunities for people to be involved. The bar itself is a comfortable, contemporary space to eat, drink, relax, socialise and be entertained. We offer a well-stocked range and an affordable food and snacks menu and it goes without saying that, being a student venue, all our prices are heavily discounted and are affordable and most of our gigs and events offer a student discount. If you have any further enquiries please feel free to get in touch through email, phone, Facebook or, even better, pop in anytime to have a chat!

This is Output’s Gig Review feature that CCAD students have helped be a part of devising their own reviews on venues they’ve been to and their thoughts on it. It’s your chance to get your opinions live in print.




Headline openers, Desolated, took to the stage, and you could just see how the crowd gathered around the stage, that this was the band that people wanted to go crazy for. They played a blistering set, the crowd went wild, there was stage-diving, mic grabbing and it was just insane, the energy levels by both the band and the crowd were just off the roof! The new EP sixth day has sent a buzz around the UK Hardcore scene as its mix of dark and evil lyrics and vocals with the heavy sludgy sound of the guitars! Desolated is a band on the rise! They will not disappoint

It was one of their first proper gigs and there were a lot of people at the Clarendon pub in Hartlepool, one of the band’s locals. Palaces plays with some of the ingredients of arena rock as well but do so in aid of more leftfield, organic sounds and interesting excursions. The result is a cleanly executed and frequently dazzling debut: Apology In Demand is a psychedelic-heavy outing that toys with paisley pop, stoner vibes, and an expansive array of swirling guitars.

From their absence from Leeds Festival 2011 I was excited to see them preform this time around. With 1 hour before entering the actual venue the line was at least 150 meters long and over. It dragged over 3 main roads with people barricading people in cars trying to turn into. The line was full of fake Supreme 5 panel caps and fake ‘GOLF WANG’ ‘SWAG’ and ‘FREE EARL’ t-shirts off eBay listed as genuine merchandise by ODD FUTURE. It’s mad to see how many people spend their cash on things that aren’t even genuine just to show their love for a band they’ve only heard over the internet. The merchandise stand was getting slammed even when the warm up act was on. After Taco played a few Waka Flocka Flame’s songs to warm up the crowd all of the members ran on and everyone went absolutely mental to get to the front at this point everyone was baked in sweat and no OF songs had even played. After a few favourite OF songs had been performed everyone was hoping that Earl Sweatshirt would run in for his songs but after the news that he wasn’t here by Tyler, it felt like there was a bit of a depressed mood in the crowd. Only until ‘Radicals’ came in everyone had even forgotten why. I’ve never seen so many people be up for mosh pits for one song, it looked like a satanic mosh party with people chanting in time with each other. After the gig I stayed around the back with a friend to get photos with ODD FUTURE after waiting outside their tour van for well over an hour we only got small glimpses of them and when we were able to ask for a photo their managers close by said “Not today guys, stop it, no photos okay?” and you could see that the members were more than happy too, it seems that the managers have taken over their choices and free-will a bit now that they’re in the mainstream vibe they wouldn’t want loads of OF fans wanting photos with them. This was quite upsetting but we were able to get a photo with Lucas their merchandise promoter and friend of OF. All in all it was totally worth seeing it’s a night you’d never forget even for the fans new to ODD FUTURE. They never fail to put on a good show.

I have never even seen them live before and everyone who went to Leeds Festival or to see The Arctic Monkeys they were one of the best bands they have seen live. After the support acts finished people were stamping on the floor in anticipation for Norgaard to be their opening song. They kept playing their slower songs like ‘Post Break-Up Sex’ and ‘All In White’ then out of nowhere the drum intro for 'Wreckin’ Bar’ came in and everyone went ballistic. After, they played ‘If You Wanna’ I couldn’t keep up. After leaving and reappearing for one last song everyone was chanting “Norrrrr-gaard” as before and they said: “Let’s have it Newcastllllllllllllllllle!” the opening chords of Norgaard rang out like a machine gun people were flinging everything at the stage, fags, booze, bras you name it. I’ve never seen so many people go crazy just for one song in my life. It was an amazing gig, defiantly worth seeing more than once.



Three mates, pre-drinks, train tickets for a child with the destination of the O2 Newcastle, the night was hopeful, it had potential; the night was going to be mayhem. Getting to the venue was easy enough; walking into the building we heard the hype and anticipation of an amazing night. It was packed to the point that I felt like a sardine inside a tin but as soon as we got into the standing area the support act was coming on, Alvin Risk. He got the crowd even more hyped, turning the crowd into a sea of dis-functional youth that were all excited for the main act, Sonny John Moore a.k.a. Skrillex. Then suddenly Skrillex runs onto the stage playing all the well-known songs and less heard of new ones, even if you didn’t know the song it was defiantly something to get excited about and dance to. The lights and bass were powerful sending everyone into a musical trance, it was hard to put your arms down as it bursting full of people, flinging themselves around to the sound of the bass ringing in their ears, playing hits like 'My name is Skrillex' and 'Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites' that made the already hyped crowd into what seemed an uncontrollable riot. His set was only 2 and a half hour long, which didn't bother me as such because at the after party in Digital he played for 4hours making the night one never to forget.





Time: 5:50PM Darlington train station reeked of discarded tinnies and beer bottles by the Noel and Liam Gallagher middle aged doppelgangers in fishtail parkas and Pretty Green Harrington jackets, who were going to Newcastle to see the heart of Oasis’s songs and guitar tunes Noel Gallagher (‘s High Flying Birds). Being on the train for at least ten minutes everyone was already chanting songs from Oasis’ old tunes mainly ones that Noel had sung in. There was no space for the trolley man to get past there was empty cans splashing about on the floor like it was a sea of lager. After the sluggish crowd got out of the station we all marched west to the Metro Radio Arena there were crowds and crowds of people pushing just to get to their seat as everyone could hear the support act finishing. After a good thirty minutes Noel’s band walked on with him casually brandishing a bottle of Stella and his guitar. I was in the seated tickets, this didn’t matter as because everyone remained stood up, it was almost like the King or some sort of royalty to music had entered the room. His new songs went down well with everyone obviously doing their homework on the lyrics and shouting them back at the stage. It was haunting the fact everyone was screaming the lyrics and being nearly as loud as the band itself. In between songs Noel took the chance to have banter with the crowd, mostly about Manchester City and it didn’t go down well with the Newcastle supporters. After the booing Noel Stated two words “Sports Direct” The whole stadium laughed, booed and cheered. I personally cheered. Getting towards the end of the gig no old favourites from Oasis were played, a switching from his electric to his acoustic in the second set made everyone anticipate to the songs choices next. Supersonic came in everyone was cheering, it was an acoustic version he had practice at other gigs and the crowd were in a state of ecstasy, down the last chord. After leaving the stage Noel had returned to play his encore which consisted of the favourite Oasis chanting tunes. After saying his goodbyes in his Gallagher Brit-Pop fashion: “I’ll see you at the Sports Direct in a couple weeks’ lads; you’ll be there, goodnight” Booing echoed in the arena and beer was being thrown, it was a funny but a tongue and cheek way to go out. But no one really bothered as Don’t Look Back in Anger started to ring out on the piano. Up to the last chorus Noel let the crowd finish the song up to the last words. The cheering was immense. It was good to see Noel build up from the foundations of Oasis but every Oasis fan still wants them to get back together, just for a few tunes.

Snapbacks flooded the streets of Newcastle in all directions. There was only one reason for this, Razzle Kicks were in town. With a full house at Digital, Newcastle the line stretched out of the barriers. By the time I got in there was people already plastered spilling over-priced drinks over each other and still lining up at the bar. When the cheeky duo came on stage I snuck into the VIP seated area because I couldn’t get anywhere close to seeing them with people stood on tables and peoples shoulders blocking people’s view it was better than being stood behind the beams that were dotted near the stage. After rowdy fans knew I wasn’t meant to be there I got thrown out of the VIP area and had to stand within the already faded crowd. Being unable to find a space to sneak in closer to the stage I had to put up with people nearest the bar swiping my snapback off my head and demanding it back. Discovering Rizzle Kicks online and their old stuff that actually pulled them from the crowd with “I Said Who Says” from their mix-tape would have gone down with the original fans of Rizzle Kicks but the fact they played their stuff from their album was acceptable. I guess people only came down to do the Hump. Their live band also gave it more of a homemade feel with Harley playing guitar throughout instead of similar groups playing the backing tracks behind the vocals. Their performance was still electric and got everyone moving. Songs like ‘Miss Cigarette’, ‘When I was a Youngster’ and ‘Down With Trumpets’ were highlights but being up able to dance to the proper rhythm without people falling off tables onto you. All in all a good group to go and see this following year as everyone at least enjoys most of their songs.


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