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Life seems much better with warmer, longer days as Spring is finally here and the flowers are in bloom, the birds and bees are making babies and Nottingham Bar Awards is in full flow. Forget the General Election and all the garbage that politicians spout about how life will be so much better if they were in power, I say life would be so much better if one of the parties could guarantee more than two weeks of sunshine every year. In fact, if we didn’t ever turn the clocks back and we all switched to a 25 hour working week in the winter it would be a start… So, political ramblings aside this issue you’ll have noticed the lovely cover artwork by Mr Steven Harrington. He wants to see your pictures of the hammock man’s hammock propped up against the most unusual of objects (a couple of pint glasses work well here). Send them into us and we’ll print the best ones in the next issue of Freeq. Visit freeqmagazine.com if you’re stuck for ideas. We met up with Jon McClure from Reverend and the Makers who entertained us with his own political ramblings. We had lots of fun at Oxfam Boutique in March making lots of lovely fashion images and we’re delighted to announce a brand new regular section of Freeq brought to you courtesy of The Elemnetz. There’s just time for me to mention that voting is now underway for the Bar Awards so visit www. nottinghambarawards.co.uk to have your say (it’s much more important than the Election). We’ve profiled some of the contenders in this issue so go check those out for starters. Tickets for the big night are available from the website and always sell out fast. Enjoy the rest of the magazine and stay safe.
Editor in Chief: Sam Borrett Creative Director: Mellisa Harrison Reviews Editor: Jamie Brannon Features: Martin Guttridge-Hewitt Contributors: Corin Faife, The Elementz, Julie West, Alex Traska. Photography: Digital Resolution, Paul Larkins, Dan Griffiths. Cover: Steven Harrington Design: Radar Creative Published by: Freeq Advertising: Call: 07766 118 852 Email: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.freeqmagazine.com General enquiry email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: Freeq Magazine, The Hive Burton Street Nottingham NG1 4BU There’s even more for you to peruse online at www.freeqmagazine.com including articles from all our back issues and image galleries of our favourite gigs and events. Facebook: search for freeq Myspace: www.myspace.co.uk/freeqmagazine Online issues: www.issuu.com/freeqmagazine Twitter: www.twitter.com/freeqmagazine
THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WHO PLAY THE GAME, SING SONGS SOMEONE ELSE WROTE AND DO EVERYTHING THEIR PUBLICITY AGENT TELLS THEM TO DO IN ORDER TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE. THEN THERE’S JON MCCLURE.
Lead vocalist and the mastermind behind Reverend and the Makers, Jon is refreshingly outspoken, passionate about his beliefs, about justice and best of all, about the music. He’s led harsh criticism of other celebrities such as Lily Allen for trying to shut down file sharing and music download sites and written tracks condemning the BNP. It’s all in a day’s work for the man they call The Reverend. We met up with the band backstage after a recent gig in Nottingham and despite an energetic and engaging set, Jon was still in top form as we quizzed him on drugs, Ethiopia and politics. The band put on a lengthy set with tracks from the latest album A French Kiss In The Chaos which includes my personal favourite No Soap In A Dirty War (the video is on their myspace page and worth a watch). After photographing the gig and having arranged with Jon earlier in the day to do the interview after the show, it was with a good deal of anticipation that we were led backstage to the band’s improvised green room at Nottingham Trent University.
I was looking forward to talking with Jon again after about 18 months (see our winter 09 issue) and I knew to expect the unexpected. The green room was actually a lecture theatre and the stage was a mess of food and drink, it looked like a subway sandwich had exploded over the tables. We grabbed a can of beer and a seat and relaxed with the band and their buddies before catching up with Jon on recent events. One of the first things we realised is that we’d both got married since our last meeting; Jon tied the knot with fellow band member Laura Manuel in Italy last summer shortly after releasing the second Makers album in June 2009. With some Ethiopian tunes playing in the background prompting our first question, we asked how the trip to Africa with Damon Albarn had gone as part of African Express. The concept was to try and encourage more musicians to work with African artists. I had my own personal concerns about going out there and not having proper toilets, Jon did nothing to repel my fear: “you wipe your arse with your hand”. Sounds glorious.
On the plus side though as our conversation moves onto adoption courtesy of someone asking Jon when he was ‘going to breed’ now that he’s married, he talks about the children in Ethiopia “kids are cute out there man, everyone’s a heartbreaker”. Not that adoption is on his agenda of course. We spoke about the world, climate change and the Maldives, “there’s only two world leaders I like more than [Mohamed Nasheed], that’s Evo Morales, Bolivia, total bad boy, and Hugo Chavez, Venezuela, what a fucking geezer”. Jon suggests we should watch The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, which documents the 48 hour coup in Venezuela in 2002. (A quick search of Google will find the full 75 minute film). However, when it comes to drawing a line between music and politics, Jon is adamant that the music is more important. Indeed, he’s almost resigned to politics falling on deaf ears these days, “If I was saying what I’m saying in the sixties, seventies, even nineties, it would have found a receptive audience. I said today, students for instance, want a source of alternative culture, they all look like a fucking extra from Skins, it’s all footballer’s haircuts and Ugg boots. Bullshit man.” And is he concerned about the seemingly apathetic and ignorant approach of the younger generation? “The process is this: ignorance, realisation, anger, revenge, fucked up-ness, indifference.” Although he’s always outspoken and encourages people into having their say and making a difference (search facebook and youtube for Instigate Debate) it seems the affects of tireless campaigning are taking their toll, “I’ve nearly killed myself trying to make them realise it, but fuck that, I’m just one man.” Jon had just recently been involved in a brush with the law in Scotland and recounted the events of that night for us. “I were smoking a spliff in a hotel room, gets busted by the coppers, second time I’ve had this trouble with the coppers in Scotland because I played my guitar outside and they said I was causing a traffic disturbance. They took some weed off me, I were stood there bollock naked at half one in the morning. It was bullshit, and subsequently I were dropped from a gig I were meant to be doing with a well known drinks company, how many fucking people get mashed up and die on their shit every year? Ain’t nobody dying of weed, you know what I’m saying?” Jon pauses to introduce some friends who’ve joined us at the exploded subway sandwich table. “You seen that Bill Hicks thing when he says ‘all you Christians say drugs are bad, it’s like God you’ve made a mistake, what’s this plant doing here?’”
File sharing has been a topic of debate for Jon over recent years and we wanted to know what he felt would make a healthier music industry: “Where major record labels can’t buy success, where the media is open to more than white middle class males, and where music websites, companies, are run with some soul and not purely for profit. Where the music industry attempts to advance things musically rather than just relying on what’s a success.” There had been some strong words spoken in the media about other artists in the industry and Jon clarified the points he’d been making on the whole file-sharing debate, which are in stark contrast to many musicians, “I’ve told Billy [Bragg] this, I would never disrespect him, I understand where he’s coming from and it’s a debate we should have, but articulating the argument with Lily Allen who’s got her tits out in GQ or Muse who’re playing at Wembley stadium it just looks like millionaires who are not making as much money as they used to, and it’s cutting my income down, it’s slashing my income in half but are you telling me you’ve never burnt a CD? I have, I use Spotify for fuck all, I’m too tight to pay a ten pound fee. I’m not saying I’m right and they’re wrong but let’s just be real about it.” “Their argument is that they’re cutting off the income of young bands and my answer to that is no they’re not because when I were starting, I gave all my tunes away, and that’s what made me popular in the first place man, that’s why five years later I can still get a few people in a fucking room.” Jon has several musical fingers in pies at the moment aside from Reverend and the Makers. He set up super group Mongrel with members of Arctic Monkeys and Babyshambles plus hip hop artist Lowkey among others. Jon also runs the clubnight Reverend Sound System, and this summer sees him take on a residency in Ibiza. He describes it as “a bit of a new sound but it’s me attempting to do something a bit different.” The Makers have several festival dates lined up including Glastonbury, and Secret Garden so keep an eye out for them. If you feel like you want to take part in a spot of activism then check out www.instigatedebate.com or search Youtube and Facebook for Instigate Debate. It’s a not for profit organisation set up by Jon and journalist Mark Donne with a host of celebrity supporters and encourages the public to ask tough questions of MPs and celebrities, record them on their phone cameras and upload the videos to Youtube. The best one wins a guerilla gig in their home town courtesy of Jon and some of his showbiz pals.
GLOBALWARMING; CRISIS?WHAT CRISIS? When you delve deeper than the media propaganda around climate change and global warming, you find a very polarised (no pun intended) view of what exactly is happening to our planet. Sceptics will argue there’s no such thing as global warming but you very rarely get to hear the reasons behind their opinion. This could be because of the sheer number of businesses, charities and tax laws that stand to lose out if global warming is debunked as a myth. For example, the increases on duty for fuel and flights is supposed to dissuade people from using these methods of transport and thereby reduce carbon emissions. However, evidence shows no reduction in car use or air travel but a big increase in Treasury income. Ironically, while the APD (Air Passenger Duty) has been increased for economy travellers, there is no duty on private jets or cargo companies. All the while we are being told that CO2 emissions are the major cause of global warming and CO2 is the main greenhouse gas (the gases that help keep heat within the atmosphere and maintain the Earth’s temperature). However, what is not commonly explained is that 75% of greenhouse gas is naturally occurring water vapour (including clouds) and only around 15-20% is CO2. As greenhouse gas accounts for just 1% of the Earth’s atmosphere this means CO2 makes up just 0.038% so what’s the problem? There doesn’t appear to be one, particularly when you consider that of the 0.038% of CO2 in the atmosphere, 90% is naturally occurring through rotting vegetation, volcanic activity and forest fires, and only around 10% produced by human consumption –predominantly the burning of fossil fuels. What’s even more surprising though is if greenhouse gases were to significantly increase, they would act like a massive invisible cloud and reflect more solar radiation before it enters the Earth’s atmosphere thus preventing any rise in overall temperature.
Indeed, many proposed solutions to any global warming effect have been to artificially increase greenhouse gases to reflect more solar radiation. There are some potential plus points to increases in carbon emissions as well. The oceans are the Earth’s biggest carbon sink (they soak up the atmospheric carbon) and algae in the ocean grows much faster with increased CO2. It just so happens that algae is the most effective biodiesel fuel so there’s a real opportunity to turn carbon emissions into something much more positive. In 30 years time we may all have an algae generator in our back gardens that powers your home through converting the carbon emissions into biodiesel via photosynthesis. So, why do we have this view that there is a crisis? I always follow the money in instances like this and in this case we’re led directly to carbon trading and the many millions that corporations are now making for doing little to nothing except sell surplus carbon credits. Emissions Trading Schemes (ETS) were built into the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and companies were given carbon credits based on their emissions at the time. For example, if you produced 100 units of carbon dioxide and the Government wanted a 10% reduction, you would be given an allocation of 90 units. This led to the organisations over-inflating their emissions or lobbying politicians to receive extra allowances which they could then sell to other businesses that couldn’t reduce their emissions. BP and Shell made almost £40 million in profits from the sale of surplus carbon credits. According to the Sunday Times on 6th December 2009, the world’s biggest steel maker, ArcelorMittal threatened to move plants out of Europe with a loss of 90,000 jobs if it wasn’t granted additional credits, which it then sold for £1 billion. Do recycle, do save energy and do care about the environment, but do it knowing the truth and do it for the right reasons.
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Saturday 29 - Monday 31 May 2010 Nottingham’s feast of free outdoor music returns
Have a perfect Bank Holiday in the city centre with popular tunes old and new // MAIZIE WILLIAMS’ BONEY M // DR FEELGOOD // IMELDA MAY // TODD MILLER AND THE JOE LOSS ORCHESTRA // ANIMALS WITH SPECIAL GUEST SPENCER DAVIS // THE NEW AMEN CORNER…AND MANY MORE
www.mynottingham.gov.uk/citypulse Nottingham’s favourite family party returns this Spring with a host of music styles throughout the city centre. Get ready to boogie, to rock on, to swing or tango, or just to have a nice little sit down and listen. As usual, events take place across the city centre with a range of music styles for all ages. This year our Old Market Square’s stage presents a variety of retro styles for perpetual teenagers of all vintages, from 70s disco to 80s rockabilly and classic 60s pop to contemporary artists who give a big nod to the past. Dress up for disco in Old Market Square with Boney M, featuring original line up member Maizie Williams, plus The Real Thing. Let’s have a massive sing-a-long to Boney M classics like Daddy Cool, Brown Girl in the Ring and Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday. Rock’n’rollers can put on their blue suede shoes for the likes of Matchbox, The Jets and the legendary Wee Willie Harris. We’ll also have Bend Me Shape Me with the New Amen Corner and guests, Animals and very special guest Spencer Davis, plus the Fab Four doing, well, what the other fab four used to do. All this plus the likes of Imelda May, Dr Feelgood, and the much requested return to City Pulse of Todd Miller and the Joe Loss Orchestra, stars of last year with their eclectic mix of popular tunes.
Also returning is our Ballroom Marquee venue at the Robin Hood Statue, giving our legendary folk hero a chance to dance with you to a mix of salsa, tango, swing and big band. Remember that this year May is Robin Hood Month! New for this year is an additional venue on Bank Holiday Monday for Nottingham’s own Arboretum Records, promising some of the fantastic acts the city has to offer. The programme is still tightly under wraps, so keep checking the web site for more details. And as ever we’ll have all sorts of street music popping up throughout the city centre, enlivening your shopping visit, enriching your lunch and tea time experience, or maybe just giving you a pleasant surprise as you walk through the city centre. This year will include a special day for children and families. For more serious party people, don’t forget that Nottingham gives you its diverse offer of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, many with live music or DJs.There’s something for everyone – make a weekend of it. City Pulse is guaranteed to get your hips swaying and your toes tapping. And it’s completely FREE, so you can make a special day trip, bring the family or just take a break from your shopping to enjoy the sounds and atmosphere. Visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/citypulse for more information about artists, locations, performance times, and other Bank Holiday music events in Nottingham.
ATALE OFTHREE CITIES WITH DOT TO DOT READY TO DESCEND ON NOTTINGHAM, MANCHESTER AND BRISTOL WE SPEAK TO EVENT ORGANISERS DHP AND HOTLY TIPPED SHOW-STEALERS LIARS ABOUT PUTTING ON FESTIVALS, PLAYING IN ENGLAND AND PIES. WHAT BETTER WAY TO PREPARE FOR THE BANK HOLIDAY?
You’ve been here for 12 hours and it hasn’t stopped raining yet, the inside of your tent is sodden and the unworn clothes in your bag reek from the fortified wine your mate spilt on the coach. It doesn’t bode well for the remaining 3 days.
minded folk at some of the best venues out there? Taking place between Saturday 29th and Monday 31st May, Dot to Dot is now a mainstay in the eyes of many. But this is one multi-venue affair that takes the concept to the next level.
You look to your left and see a shoeless hippy. His eyes are masked with an LSD haze, his skin glistens like cellophane. Unwashed, the odour is something to contend with.
The venues aren’t simply spread about town, they’re flung across the regions. From day one in Bristol to Sunday in Freeq’s home-town of Nottingham and Monday’s session in Manchester, the aim is simplespreading the party vibe throughout England.
To many these are classic images of an English festival, and the reasons why some prefer not to try and have fun in a field. Thankfully there are alternative ways to get your summer kicks. From mid-May mayhem at Manchester’s Future Everything to beats and bleeps at Barcelona’s Sonar in June, the international events calendar has enough multi-venue urban festivals to satisfy even the most die hard city slicking music fans. And who wouldn’t want to descend on a town for a few days to party with like-
We caught up with Anton Lockwood from DHP, the promotions group behind clubs like Rock City, Rescue Rooms and Stealth in Nottingham, Bristol’s Thekla and the Dot to Dot events to find out more about this three day, tri-city ho down. “We saw we had these venues in Nottingham, and thought ‘let’s put on a multi-venue festival there’, which we did.We started out really small, and then built it from there.
“Then we saw we had the venue in Bristol and built that from there. We don’t have any venues in Manchester, but it’s a great musical city and we’ve been putting events on there,” he explained.
material and re-imagined design there’s a degree of socio-political commentary sorely missing from many acts in modern music, begging the question: ‘What’s so wrong with the world?’
The British music industry is one of the most developed in the world, with competition fierce whether you play flute in a folk four-piece or manage a bunch of indie kids.The promotions end of the game is no exceptionparticularly over the Bank Holidays and during the festival season. So how is Dot to Dot different from the other options on our plate?
“I think what frustrates me the most is denial- the refusal to acknowledge problems that surround us,” explained Liars frontman and guitarist Angus Andrew. “Los Angeles is a fantastic example of this scenario. Some people call it paradise but the reality is a lot more grim.”
“We are obviously about being in a city, not in a field. But we’re also about getting a ticket for £25 or £30, not £150,” said Lockwood. “There are similar events like Great Escape and Camden Crawl that are multi-venue wristband affairs, but then a lot of them tend to be more industry focused. Obviously the music industry is perfectly welcome, but we are more about having a big party really. “It’s 16 hours of music in each city, so you can go and see your new favourite band in the afternoon and your old favourite band in the evening. Then you can just have a big party until you fall over.” Partying ‘til we fall is all well and good so long as there’s a line-up that entraps us, commands us and makes us marvel at the talent on display. This year’s headliners take the shape of Mystery Jets, Ellie Goulding and Los Campesinos!, whereas the likes of Field Music and Zane Lowe also on hand to entertain. It’s a high profile list, but the spread across venues means decisions will have to be made. So from an insider’s perspective who should we be looking out for? “I’m really excited about Liars. It feels like it’s their time, the record they just put out is their best yet so it’s like everything’s come together perfectly,” explained Lockwood. “Also I think Dead Confederate will be fantastic, and LoneLady had a great release recently.” Coincidentally we stumbled upon a copy of the recently released Liars long-player Sisterworld. Their fifth studio album somehow references everything from Leonard Cohen to post-punk, and whatever that may mean the one thing we’re sure about is that we agree with Lockwood’s statement- the release definitely rates. A double-disc album of grandiose proportions, the first half is some strange breed of indie-garage-rock poetry. Packed with lyricism that challenges, it all comes complete with forward thinking arrangements and dream like powers of unnerving seduction. The second disc is a remix collection from the likes Thom Yorke and Boyd Rice. In both the original
What’s perhaps most interesting about Liars is how their sound has developed organically, or perhaps more accurately through some mysterious metamorphosis, from album to album. Once they were another name on the early 21st Century dance-punk list of who’s who, but in this new decade they’re more likely to be known for their evolution toward what you might call ‘proper guitar music’. “More and more it’s becoming clear that we are writing more rock songs. When compared to a lot of our contemporaries, we seem to have evolved into a straight up rock ‘n’ roll band. I think we’re pretty proud of this,” said guitarist-cum-percussionist-cum-synthaficionado Aaron Hemphill. Although Liars constantly surprise fans two things we can be sure of is the release of new single The Overachievers on May 24th, and their appearance at Dot to Dot. Both major events for a band whose popularity in the UK and passion for playing here should not go unmentioned. “Playing anywhere in the UK is almost like coming home for me,” explained Andrew. “I’ll be running down the chippy before these shows to grab me a pie. They don’t have those in America and it bums me out. Recently, for my birthday, Aaron actually made me a steak and ale pie. I was so stoked, he’s a magician in the kitchen.” “These places have treated us well in the past, and from our experience have people that love music living there. Really we just hope to deliver a great show for music fans,” added Hemphill. If past experiences are anything to go off then this should certainly happen. Liars have a reputation for delivering heartfelt, honest performances that captivate audiences as they straddle styles and fracture genres. The Dot to Dot events themselves have a track record of stand out performances, from The XX playing to a handful of adventurous music lovers in Bristol to Chromeo’s ‘favourite show of 2008’. It’s worth noting that tickets are quickly selling and you’re still sitting here, which suggests it might be wise to go and get yourself sorted. It’s the last Bank Holiday we’ll see until August, so make the most of it. Martin Guttridge-Hewitt
STEVEN HARRINGTON Hometown? South Pasadena, California.
Did you always want to be an artist/illustrator? No, I often flirt with the culinary arts.
Weapon of choice? Graphite, enamel, screen print ink, acrylic, watercolor, tracing paper, wood, 300 lb paper, found paper, colored pencil, clay, canvas, spray paint, and a Macintosh QuadCore Intel Xeon (If I absolutely have to.)
If you were a cocktail, what would you be and why? A Cacique Guaro Sour. Because Costa Rica is the only place where you can get Cacique. That means I’d at the very least be in Costa Rica.
Inspiration? Although I appreciate many different artists, movements, etc, I always seem to fall back on the timeless- Earnest Hemmingway, Milton Glaser, David Byrne, Saul Steinberg, Alexander Girard,The Eames’ and Tadanori Yokoo.To me these artists and their art bridge time. As far as contemporary artists, I very much admire the works of my friends and family – Brigitte Sire, Justin Krietemeyer, John Harrington, Cody Hudson, Mark Owens, Deanne Cheuk, Michael Coleman, Parra, iLL Studio, Ryan Waller, Kevin Lyons, Lionel Vivier, Michael Leon, Andy Mueller, Justin Fines, Maya Hayuk, Robin Cameron, Kristian Henson, Mylinh Trieu… the list goes on and on and on and on….
Dogs or Cats? Our cat Tucker.
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If you could take one thing to a desert island with you, what would it be? Brigitte. Where can we find you? The Lazy Dog France, The Black Block, Arkitip, Colette, Printed Matter, Sixpack France, Turntable Lab, Stones Throw… Future Plans? Surf.
OFILE Weapon of choice? Everything! If I had to pick on thing it would be a pencil. Inspiration? People
Did you always want to be an illustrator? Yup. :) Dogs or Cats? Cats If you could take one thing to a desert island with you, what would it be? My family
Future Plans? World Domination
Hometown? Born in Peoria, IL USA. Now live in Derby UK. Soon to be the US again.
Where can we find you? There is a list on my website juliewest.com
SALTWATER FIRE & ICE
If you’re planning a night out in West Bridgford then you’ll no doubt be heading to Fire & Ice. Recently refurbished and looking ultra sleek, the bar now offers over 40 contemporary and classic cocktails with extended happy hours. To top this, they have DJ’s on Friday & Saturday nights and live music on Thursdays. The restaurant features a woodfired oven and exposed brickwork with wooden floors and high ceiling providing a blend of modern and traditional decor. There’s a general bustle of chatter and music which helps the cosy, relaxing yet vibrant atmosphere.
You’ll know Saltwater in the Cornerhouse for the terrace, cocktails, great food and laid back vibe among other things, but how much do you know about the music? Saltwater covers a wide range of musical bases, really something for most tastes. Highly respected residents such as Paul Wain and Rick Donohue, have been spinning records longer than we’ve been allowed to drink from glasses. Guests brought to the venue for MyhouseYourhouse events and Sunday and weeknight DJs including Fran Green, Adam Jay and Ed Challands ensure that jazz, hip-hop, indie, funk, soul, disco, brokenbeat, nujazz and deep house form the key component of
Saltwater’s soundtrack. Between everyone, the best non-commercial selections from the past 50 years of music are represented amongst the rich pickings found amongst today’s latest releases. Don’t come expecting to hear tunes you know, but do come with ears open to hour upon hour, day upon day of lovingly selected and sensitively played music. Past residents and special guests have included: Bent, Charles Webster, Atjazz, Chris Duckenfield [Swag], Linkwood [Prime Numbers], Move D [Warp], Crazy P, Red Rack’em, Schmoov! and Demarkus Lewis. www.saltwater-restaurant.com 0115 924 2664
The layout means you can see the chefs at work and we found the service excellent and the food good value. We’d only gone in for a drink but smelt the food from the restaurant and decided to stay for a meal. The bar area is stylish and comfortable with large sofas and subtle lighting. Outside is a tastefully designed seating area for the warmer evenings, or smokers. The weekends can get very lively as the bar is just a few minutes walk from town. www.fireandicewb.co.uk 0115 981 9000
The Broadway Café Bar is the perfect escape from downtown Nottingham. Its relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff give the Broadway a vibe unlike any other venue in the city, not to mention the excellent range of beers and independent films showing. If you are a film lover, Broadway is the place for you, offering in its four screens the best cinema from Hollywood and the rest of the world. Great for most occasions, even if you are not a film buff but enjoy reading a book and a coffee (or a beer) in a relaxing environment.
The food is as good as the atmosphere and most ingredients are sourced from local suppliers. The Broadway bites offer allows you to enjoy a film and a meal at a great all-in price. The menus are varied and two or three nights a month are even themed around the film, so if you go along to a showing of a Spanish film then you can look forward to some Mediterranean cuisine to bring out the flavour of your cinema experience. www.broadway.org.uk 0115 952 6611
Rescue Rooms will once again host Dot 2 Dot on May 30th along with Stealth, Rock City, The Bodega Social Club and Nottingham Trent University. The bar area provides an ideal pre or post-gig drink for Rock City, Stealth and Rescue Rooms events and also has a happy hour between 5pm and 7pm with beer from £1.50 and wine and mixers from just £2 if you fancy a quick couple after work. Food is very reasonable too; pizzas start at just £4.50.
RESCUE ROOMS REVOLUTION Revolution is situated in the Cornerhouse; a great central location for lunch, a sneaky pint after work or a night out on the town. They have a great British bar food menu and some fantastic value for money offers that run throughout the week. Monday all burgers are 2 4 1, Tuesdays all pizzas are 2 4 1 and Wednesday night is steak night – Steak and a drink for only £7.95. What more could you want?! They have a privilege card that is worth signing up for, entitling members to even more wallet friendly offers.
The Rescue Rooms Green Card gives massive discounts on food and drinks such as beer and burger for £3.75 and 2-4-1 on pizzas. Get yours from the bar!
Dot to Dot in May brings an even bigger line up to the various venues across the city and this year will feature Ellie Goulding, Mystery Jets and Zane Lowe among many other high profile guests. With free WiFi available and board games to keep you entertained, it’s easy to spend hours tucked away in the Rescue Rooms.
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If you are looking for a party venue then Revolution is the perfect destination, they offer some excellent packages including optional extras including a hostess, decorations or even an entertainment theme. Areas of the bar are available to book every night of the week, so if you have a birthday coming up you know where to go! Revolution is also offering reserved seating for the England World Cup games in June. Book online early to avoid disappointment! www.revolution-bars.co.uk 01159 598072 One of Nottingham’s finest independent live music venues, Central has vigorously supported the local live scene ever since reopening late in 2009. If you’re into your live and local music then you need to get down to Central. The venue on Huntingdon Street in Hockley has a retro rock & roll themed bar area with pool table and plenty of drinks promotions. There is a separate live music area showcasing Nottingham’s best bands and club nights.
THE CENTRAL VENUE
There is live music throughout the week at the 450 capacity venue plus regular nights that include hip-hop, indie club nights, acoustic sessions, pop quizzes and the Saturday night spectale that is Stealth vs Rescued.
There is also a function room for weddings and parties and with wireless Internet and projector facilities it’s ideal for meetings and corporate events. While the
restaurant offers good quality food at very reasonable prices. Almost all musical tastes are catered for with regular monthly club nights such as Wildside Glam Rock night, Rock Soc and Punk Soc club nights, Dirty Filthy Sexy Club Pop Rock themed club night, and many more all playing host to both national and international bands while representing the best of Nottingham’s music scene. Central continually suprises us with the level and quality of bands they put on. www.centralmusicvenue.co.uk www.myspace.com/ thecentralmusicvenue
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ELEMENTZ PRODUCTIONS We featured The Elementz in last month’s issue to talk about their music and Nottingham culture, this time we’ve invited the guys back to tell us about The Elementz Productions Ltd. Thanks for having us back. The Elementz Productions is our Elementz universe. We manage our recording studio and music production business through it. We also program club nights and artist development. It’s been said The Elementz Studios is much like the Bat Cave? (Laughs) We’re based on the third floor of an office block in the Lace Market, so you wouldn’t expect to find our studio here. Were pretty well equipped with loads of vintage and state of the art stuff, but its not geared for crime fighting and there’s no butler I’m afraid. We have a very nice receptionist though. What sort of artists pass through your doors? We’ve built up a really diverse client base. In one day you could find us recording a soul singer over Grime beats, then adapting a Hip Hop version of Carmen for an Opera company, then cutting a Dubstep track with electric guitars for a film. It’s a lot of fun and we get to be involved in some really interesting projects.
there and just blows up on any piece of music we give him. Look out for his mixtape Top Of The World coming very soon. Our partners Bantum Clothing have done his sleeve design, speaking of which Bantum have very very cool new lines coming soon - which you can see us road testing at the minute! So what’s on the cards this year? We’ve just done a brand new remix of Wrath by The Smears for Kudos Records, which is a bit crazy. If I said it was electronic punk jungle (pungle?), you’d be half way to describing it. Were also working on new music for Scorzayzee which is an honour for us - we haven’t worked with him since 2002, so were excited about that. We also have a brand new club music project with The T’SOTU Collective which is really different for us. Were playing cuts at The Elementz Sound System at the minute, which are going down really well. People like Benga and Von D have also been caning them. May 1st T’SOTU young gun cSoul launches Mimm (Music is My Motive) clothing shop at the award winning Shop on Canning Circus and we’ll be Dj-ing outside so keep your ears peeled for other T’SOTU movements.
Tell us about your creative open day at the studios. With support from Redbull, we recently commissioned Dilk from Montana Shop and Norm from Waste Yourself to paint a huge mural in our office.We also got Jimmy from Bantum Clothing involved. It makes you feel creative from the minute you walk in and were proud to have a unique piece here to share with our clients. We felt a need to bring some community to the scene here, so it was a chance for everyone to network and exchange numbers and just hang out with us. We had a live music session going on alongside the art and everyone got involved with colouring in Bantum Family chickens on this huge wallpaper we put up. we also held interviews with people which we’re cutting into a short film to promote arts in Nottingham; it’s coming soon… You seem pretty well connected with what’s going on in Notts, can you give us a run down of who’s on your radar right now? Artist wise, we’ve taken on an MC named Skiman who came to us via one of our clients. His will be the first release on The Elementz Productions as a label later this year. He’s different to anything out
You’re going to be writing a regular feature in Freeq Magazine, what can our readers expect? Yes, were looking forward to it! Were going to be looking at the best of Nottingham’s arts music movement with loads of mini segments and fun stuff like animal death match - you’ll love it! We’ll also be doing a monthly news column and music charts. Anyone who’s interested in being involved should email email@example.com. For further info on The Elementz visit www.theelementz.co.uk
LOVE IS NOT RESCUE
WAR WITH ME
Underground sensation Chris T-T offers a change in direction both musically and lyrically on his seventh studio album Love is Not Rescue.
Ash reach the halfway point of their A-Z singles series by abandoning their usual guitar spunk, with a beautiful swing influenced ballad War with Me.
On this record his lyrics about political disillusion are tempered in favour of more personal issues such as love, career and the intricacies of making relationships work.
Frontman Tim Wheeler is in his lyrical element outlining the emotional impact of broken love, a subject that Ash has covered with such brilliance throughout their 15 year career.
Highlights of his navel-gazing include Nintendo and Love is Not Rescue which continue to uphold his reputation as a supreme urban poet. Recently the NME awarded Paul Weller their Godlike Genius award, if there was an award for underrated genius then Chris T-T would be a nailed on victor. Rating 7/10
This in many ways is vintage Ash, but with renewed musical playfulness and showing a side to Wheeler’s vocals that will seem a curveball to regular Ash followers.
FORTUNE GIG REVIEW RESCUE ROOMS If playing support gigs for a band with ‘teen appeal’ has its perils, then trying to rock out to a room of fourteen year old girls is definitely one of them. Still, Parisian four-piece Fortune step up to the challenge gamely at Rescue Rooms, the first stop on their UK tour with Does It Offend You,Yeah? to promote debut album Staring at the Ice Melt. Opening songs are undermined by poor levels at the mixing desk, along with a nervousness that sits
Now in their thirties they may never go on to capture the wide mainstream audience they once threatened to achieve, but their knack of writing killer singles shows no sign of waning. War with Me sits comfortably alongside anything else in their power-pop arsenal. Rating 8.5/10
ill with the fuzz-edged stomp of Bully, a track that could be a festival anthem if pulled off well. Luckily both issues dissolve by the halfway point, and the band hit their stride in time to put the strut into Highway and other indie-disco numbers, some of which see all bar the drummer playing synths. Though their talent may not yet be fully polished, Fortune already show signs of being diamonds in the rough. Corin Faife
PALOMA FAITH UPSIDE DOWN
Sultry songstress, Paloma Faith returns with the catchy but ultimately irritating Upside Down. There will be inevitable comparisons with Amy Winehouse, personally though she lacks the gusto and urban soul that earned Winehouse her many plaudits. Upside Down is solid pop, but it fails to deliver any sparkle or contain a little bit of devil that will help her transcend her regular audience. Rating 6/10
SOUNDS OF GUNS ALCATRAZ
Liverpudlian combo Sound of Guns replaces the city’s more traditional jaunty guitar sound- for a more pacy anthemic noise. This is in full evidence on their new single Alcatraz, which is supported by the more engaging b-side Knots. Alcatraz is a little disjointed, but its racy power chords do offer something uplifting even if vocally it is a little shouty and non-descript. All in all, nothing here to enrich the city’s fine musical heritage, but not a total throwaway either. Rating 5/10 Cd reviews by Jamie Brannon
GREEN FOR GO Who is Green for Go? Brad -Vocals + Guitar Fez - Bass Jade - Lead Guitar Barney - Drums
How did you get started? Jade: A mixture of reasons really, mine, Fez and our old drummer’s band split up around the same time we met Brad. We all had just got into Dub/Reggae at the same time and decided to have a jam and see what happened really. Brad: Going to dub nights and blueprint night club back in 2007, our first practice was the week after Glastonbury that year. I met Jade and Fez through our old drummer and went from there. Describe your sound: Fez: Dirty Brad: I’d say it’s big and ballsy but melodic and memorable too. Who/What are your influences? Jade: Great music, annoying people, messy nights, you know, the usual. Brad: I tend to be influenced by what happens in my life, I get a feeling from that and want to write stuff. In terms of music, loads of stuff from Queens of the Stone Age to Radiohead to The Police, they changed the way I did songs when I got into them. Why should people listen to your music? Brad: I’ve think we got something to say about what is going on with the world and particularly Nottingham. I’d like to think that
we aren’t trying to be anything else other than what we are and that we are making our own sound. What’s been the highlight of your music career so far? Fez: We played Hockley Hustle at Dogma, it was a great event Brad: We’ve got our first appearance in London coming up in May and we’ve got a slot for the Essential Guide, so we’ve got a few things coming up that should be good. What bands have you most enjoyed playing with? Fez: Rebel Soul Collective have got good things going on with plenty of energy and are great guys too boot. Jade: We’ve played with some good local talent but I’m particularly looking forward to our next Gazeebo’d which sees us playing with Captain Dangerous, The Duty and Last Gambados. What are your plans for the next 12 months? Brad: Get some music out there and try to get some gigs and acknowledgment outside of Nottingham. It’s pretty hard to do that but with the RPM challenge we’ve been doing, then hopefully we should get a fair amount of exposure from that. Fez: Keep enjoying it! What’s your take on the Nottingham music scene currently? Jade: It seems very vibrant. I’ve also seen and heard some of the
best music I’ve known to come out of Nottingham for a long time. Swimming and Fists seem to heading in the right direction and rightly so. Brad: Yeah, Swimming are really good as are The Kull. There’s also quite a lot going on in Nottingham which is great for the city, there’s a lot of Festivals around the summertime which is great and loads of opportunities for bands to get on them. Could anything make the scene in Notts better? Brad: It would be nice for bands to get on support at Rock City supporting some signed bands and bands with recognition. The amount of people that would be there and to promote the city that way would be great for the scene. It’s pretty tough getting good slots at the bigger venues. Where can we hear more of Green For Go? Brad: On our MySpace page at the moment. (www.myspace. com/greenforgo) We’ve just been recording the last week so hopefully we’ll have a new product available pretty soon. We are also on Twitter and Facebook which is probably the best for people to find information about us, what gigs we’re doing and stuff. Jade: We’ve also got a Youtube page which features some live songs not available elsewhere on the tinterweb.
STATE OF RHYMES
Manchester-based hip hop collective State of Rhymes bring a fresh and alternative sound to the British hip hop scene. We spoke to lyricist XS.iF about the band. What are the ingredients that make up State of Rhymes? We all have our roles and responsibilities... only joking, we all trend to just crack on and do whatever needs to be done. Some of us concentrate on different aspects, and it works; there is no point in all of us trying to do the same thing. What you find is that a couple of us focus on the music production side of things and a couple of us focus more on marketing the band. So who makes up the band, well we have two lyricists XS.iF [Yemi Akinpelumi] (the drive behind the band) and D Dot X [Tarrick Wilks] (the wordsmith of the band), DJ Edset [Danny Edmondson] is on the 1s and 2s, Lord Byron [Byron Dunleavy] on the bass (the bad boy of the band, he is trying to go straight now though, Finch [Ian Barker] (the pretty boy of the band) on lead guitar, and the very talented Shef [Simon Devine] cooking up a storm on the drums. Tell us about your sound, influences and social commentary? Our sound is a fusion of different genres of music mainly because we enjoy and have such a diverse taste in music. It’s something that’s apparent when you listen to us playing live; the energy of our performance is infectious. As you can imagine our influences are wide ranging, and we could literally be here all day... We try to ensure our music, as in both our lyrical subject matter, and sound, represent who we are. We are heavily influenced by what’s around us; our immediate surroundings and life experiences.
Yemi, your success as a solo artist has taken you all over the world, is there anywhere else that feels like home or are you a Cheetham Hill boy through and through? What can I say, I am a Manc, people that know me, know I am a Manc through and through. I might not have a strong Manc accent, but at the end of the day Manchester is where my heart belongs, my place of birth, it’s where I took my first breath and where I intend to be laid to rest. My family is here, and I may not always live here but it’s where I belong - the greatest city in the world...(I would say that though). I hear that Shef is actually a trained chef. Have you ever thought about trading in the drumsticks for chopsticks? Any chance of us seeing you on Masterchef anytime soon? [Simon laughs] That would be great, but I love both... Masterchef?! Maybe, one step at a time I reckon... What’s on the horizon for the band? We are currently working on getting a demo sorted, possibly followed by an EP hopefully in early 2011. There are a number of projects on the horizon, there is a side line project featuring half the members of State of Rhymes, the band is being featured in video shoots for a side project I am doing with one of my producers Ralph Godden and video producer Edy Ager. The band has also been invited for an interview on a couple of community run radio stations based in Manchester... so there are a number of things in the pipeline. Where can we find you? We are still working on our music and it should be available online within the next 6 months, but to be able to appreciate our energy, our sound, you need to see us performing live, visit our myspace page for an update on where and when we are performing next www.myspace.com/stateofrhymes
STRAIGHT LINES There have been a number of rock bands from Wales over the last two decades that have had varying levels of success. A number have cracked the British charts, most notably the Manic Street Preachers who in the late nineties were arguably the biggest band in Britain. Stereophonics soon joined the party with their third album catapulting them into many a British bedroom. Neither group made inroads into the much sought after American market. Since the predominantly indie-rock led Welsh bands of the nineties, the valleys have spawned groups that have a more pop-punk and emo influenced style. Lost Prophets were the pioneers for the influx of bands in this genre, followed by others such as, Funeral for a Friend, The Automatic and Kids in Glass Houses. Despite the ever increasing numbers of bands from the principality, there has never been a Welsh group who have enjoyed genuine worldwide superstardom. One group who have the ability to alter that trajectory are the Straight Lines who hail from Pontypridd. Straight Lines are a four piece group who would probably be lazily labelled as the latest British group to try and imitate the much tried and tested American pop-punk formula. Personally I feel that it would be a touch unfair to label them as solely a pop-punk band. Undoubtedly there are songs in their new album, Persistence in this Game that fit the genre to a tee, but there is more depth to the Straight Lines as opposed to some of their predecessors.
Their lyrics are more about issues that affect us all â€œmost of the songs are true stories about everyday lives.â€? Tracks that showcase their lyrical profundity are Versus the Allegiance, a punchy opener that reminds you of the Futureheads meeting the Foofighters and All My Friends Have Joined the Army a reflective ballad that highlights lead vocalist Thom Jenkins ability to get his nasal American style twang across. There is nothing necessarily original about Straight Lines but a lot of British groups who have attempted to take it to an American market have rarely had such a catalogue of well crafted songs within a complete album. As opposed to just having a killer hit single that in time starts to grate (Monster by the Automatic springs to mind). Pop-punk exploded into life in the mid-nineties with groups such as Green Day and the Offspring infiltrating the charts with choppy chord changes and witty observations about existential angst. Since that high watermark for the genre, a lot of the later poppunk bands have sounded like cheesy parodies who have failed to take the genre to another level or at least in a different direction. Straight Lines have the right combination of well crafted pop rock songs, allied with a geeky indie charm that can engage a mainstream audience on the scale that no Welsh band has achieved before. Jamie Brannon
OXFAM SHOOT Regular readers will know by now our commitment to social conscience issues is unwavering and we’ve made a further step towards saving the world with exclusive photo shoots at Oxfam Boutique in Hockley promoting their wide and very trendy range of vintage clothing.
We had a host of professional fashiony people offer to work on the shoot, photographer Paul Larkins (www.paullarkins.co.uk), make up artist Sali Jones (www. msmoomakeup.com) and model
Charlotte Portas (charlotte. firstname.lastname@example.org) all helped make the fantastic shots that we’ll be featuring over coming issues of the magazine. Karine Vigneau from Oxfam organised the event and the outfits, with Red Bull providing the refreshments and Pizza Express the food. Enjoy the images on the next pages and get yourself down to Oxfam for your vintage clothing needs – it’s all for a good cause too!
Images: Paul Larkins
Make up: Sali Jones
Stylist: Karine Vigneau
Outfits from Oxfam
Published on Apr 29, 2010