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THE KILN .Hi and welcome to the very first edition of “The Kiln” The Kiln is a fanzine set up by Gaz Williams and Rob Barrs and is dedicated to the Stoke - On - Trent Music and Arts scene. The Kiln is a free monthly fanzine and covers Features / Reviews / Interviews / Advertisements / Gig Listings / independent business and more. Our mission is to support and highlight all of the great people and activities that are taking place everyday across our city and in the music and arts scene. Each copy is hand printed and stapled. I have endeavoured to stick to this plan and whilst I was researching the magazine I got to meet so many wonderful people who make our great city’s music and art scene tick. I wanted to include all of you in this 1st issue but it would have been as big as the encyclopaedia Britannica. I hope you enjoy this first issue and once you have read it please pass it on to a friend, relative, passer by and give them the chance to enjoy it. The Kiln is all about you and relies on you the reader to join in and tell us what is happening out there across Stoke - On - Trent and Staffordshire. Share your stories, events, and gigs at www.thekilnfanzine.com Peace and Love. Gaz
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Sons of Clogger has had a fabulous first year including the launch of the new album ‘Through Blue and Gold’ with fantastic support in our own backyard, to the heart of the Mersey beat in Liverpool. We were determined to set up a free festival as a thank you to the people of our beloved Stoke on Trent. I teamed up with friend and work colleague, Angie Heathcote, who commands the finances of Blythe Bridge Cricket Club and with a view from the pavilion and a few carefully chosen words to the club committee, we gained their trust and got the go ahead. At that moment CLOGGER FEST was born. It was to be a two evening event celebrating our talented local musicians. We knew who we wanted, a selection of Stoke on Trent’s finest artists who were all delighted to join us. As every musician knows, you are only as good as your soundman, and the brilliant Wayne from Artisan, agreed almost immediately! It took shape rather quickly after that, the priorities were a stage (procured from the local farmer), beer, camping, food.....oh and something for the kids! We invited Arthurs Table to host the Friday night open
mic sessions which were, as ever, fabulous. The club house was heaving with enthusiastic entertainers and listeners alike. After a heavy night, the campers had a combination of club house cooked breakfast and a Zumba lesson from local Fitness Instructor Joanne Stanier. We shimmed our way out of the hangover and Saturday began. The cricketers did themselves proud, including hitting a six, the last bat of the game, to bring victory home to the club. Meanwhile, in the pavilion, a gurning competition ensued, all eager to win the coveted trophy. The line up of artists were Gaz Williams, Rain, Pickering White, Arthur Righteous, Headsticks, Clair Brennan and of course us, Sons of Clogger. We knew we had a magical line up, a great mix of alternative urban folk, it promised to be a blinder! The stage was set, all we needed now were the people. Build it and they will come....and they did, in their droves! It was a chilly night but spirits were not damped, maybe the spirits helped! Everyone played out of their skins and people who do not usually indulge in the local music scene were enthralled with
the amazing talent which had been on their doorsteps all along! It was an amazing success and we are pleased to say that the cricket club is now on the road to funding its new pavilion! It couldn’t have gone better for our first event of this kind; everyone enjoyed it and not one complaint! So that’s it, look out Michael Eavis! Book it in your diaries, August 29-31st ....CLOGGERFEST 2014... back bigger and better! We love ya, until next time, be lucky, Dave Owen Cloggmeister To find out more about, Sons of Clogger and the briliant debut album “Through Blue and Gold” check em out at: WWW.SONSOFCLOGGER.COM
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SKA comes to STOKE at Our Bar, Stoke, on Saturday 7th December with The Manchester Ska Foundation plus 2 Support DJ's playing the best in Ska/Trojan/Mod Tickets available at ÂŁ5. Both Events can be found via Facebook or by contacting Philip Eccleston on 07966000039.
Recording Studios Based in Hanley Stoke On Trent, Prism has been Staffordshire's most popular recording facility for the last 19 years. Owner Shaun Lowe often asks himself why are bands traveling from all over the world to record here in sunny Stoke-on-trent? I've recently had a few from the States, Brazil, Canada, Eastern Europe. There must be studios closer! but when I ask my clients the answer is always the same, its the SOUND AND PRODUCTION. The studio areas have been designed by top studio designers Recording Architecture. Acoustically accurate control room, custom built drum room, live and dead sounding areas, vocal room, guitar room, piano room, studio 2 mastering room, lounge, kitchen and a shower.
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JOHN WILLIAMS: WWW.MONKFISH-PRODUCTIONS.COM Can you remember that 'Crystallizing' moment when you decided you wanted to make it as a professional film maker? “From a very early age I have enjoyed watching films, from the magic of watching Sinbad and the eye of the tiger at the cinema to renting out my first vhs movie, Project A, from the local video shop. I often fantasised about making my own action films one day or maybe making a Dracula movie but at such a young age this was a million miles away. It was around 12 years ago after sitting and watching a really bad zombie film on video I decided to give it a go myself. This materialised into a couple of short films but it wasn’t until this year 2013 that I went at it with all guns blazing.” Your involved in many aspects the film making process, Script writing, Directing, Editing and Special effects. Which role do you enjoy the most? “I do love acting, and I have acted in a couple of my films ,the only problem being that I cannot actually act very well. So that aside, I would say the special effects, I have always been a fan of Rick Baker and Tom Savini, before everything was done by cgi, using latex and fake blood. I had no experience in this until I did a couple of horror shorts earlier this year where I taught myself how to create gory and bloody effects for hardly any money at all, drawing from those people who I looked up to such as Tom savini and my own creative mind. It was great fun trying it all out and it seemed to work well in the films.” As a film student, I know the media industry doesn't have many work opportunities unless your based in London/Manchester. What made you decide to stay and try to make it in Stoke? “When I first attempted to make movies all them years ago it was incredibly hard to find any kind of opportunity’s in Stoke. Technology was not what it is now, the yellow pages was the google of it’s day and to get a film made and edited could be expensive and lengthy. It’s different now with the internet and what have you, anyone with a good imagination and a computer can make a film, you don’t need to run off to Manchester or London to succeed. Stoke - On - Trent has many talented individuals. Home grown talent is on the increase and there are numerous opportunities now to get involved in the arts. If I had the chance years ago I would have relocated to Manchester to persue my dream, looking back I’m glad I didn’t. “ What are you influences/inspirations behind your upcoming feature film 'The Mothertown'? “The Mothertown was an idea I had a short while ago following a conversation with a friend. It was one of those “what would you do?” kind of chats and it was something like ‘what would you do if there was an outbreak of zombies in Stoke. Then I got thinking of how various other groups and individuals would react to the same thing happening at the same time in the same city, everybody is different, and we react differently but when it comes down to it, we are all the same. Obviously films such as Dawn of the dead, Day of the Dead and even Shaun of the dead are huge influences on The Mothertown as well as films such as Pulp fiction and This is England. It will be
a comedy yes but a very dark one. Most of the cast and crew in the film are from Stoke and surrounding areas, even down to the soundtrack, supplied by local bands. Also many extras will be needed for the film to play zombies, so if you are in Stoke - On -Trent and don’t mind the sight of blood.. get in touch” Once its completed, where do you hope the film can take you and your career? “If by making this film I then get to make another film after it,I will be happy, just making bigger and better films that I will be proud of and that people enjoy. I am not a material person, I make films because that is what I enjoy doing and I will continue to do so, in fact all proceeds made from dvd sales on the film are going straight to a local charity (Frankies fight). The whole budget of The Mothertown is £500 which was funded by friends and well wishers, the actors and crew are all giving up their time for free. “ Do you have any other projects in the pipe line? "After The Mothertown I probably won’t want to see another zombie as long as I live, so I certainly will have a good break with the old zombies. I do have many more of my own stories that I could work on but also I would like to collaborate with another writer , I will be working with writers such as Dan Weatherer and Shane Smith in the near future as well as other producers.” Favorite Film and/or Director? "Favorite director would have to be Ben Wheatley, who did the brilliant british horror/thriller ‘Kill List’ . Maybe not the best of all time but certainly the one that I would love to work with. Also Alex Chandon who directed the brit horror ‘Inbred’. Any one that has the balls to be different .” Do you have any pearls of wisdom for the aspiring film makers of Stoke-On-Trent? “Get out there and do it, don’t let people put you off, don’t let your location put you off and don’t let a lack of funding put you off. Use the internet, watch youtube tutorials, make contacts, learn how to make your own props and offer to help out on somebody elses film. But whatever you do..enjoy it”
Yarker has spent months photographing the space left by the withdrawal of work from the Spode factory itself. He has captured the once hectic atmosphere, the spirit of the place and it’s people, by its absence. I asked owner Darren Washington how local photographers could get their own work in the gallery. Simple. Phone, call in, e-mail. Just get in touch. This space is open for everyone, so whether you’re viewing or want to be viewed, take advantage of this unique gallery! Gallery 116 reopened it’s doors on September 20th with a truly stylish evening. The beautiful, haunting images of the now empty Spode factory by photographer Yarker looked on, as the gallery and outside courtyard was filled with people soaking in the refurbished space. How can you not feel inspired with the history of the Potteries folding around you? The gallery space itself has a calm energy, photographs can be viewed on the lower and first floor. The side windows serve as a wonderful frame for more viewing space.
Opening times .. Tuesday – Saturday 11-4.30 Contact … email@example.com … 07557058582 Jane Palmer: The Kiln
The courtyard space behind the Gallery was home to a projected display of more photographs. Accompanied by music, this outdoor display had almost an hypnotic effect. The creative link apparent through the echo of the old space through the new.
Honey, I’m home ….. again! So, 36 years ago The Shining was unleashed onto the reading/viewing world. If you havn’t seen the film … why? … go on. I dare you … and remember this … I watched it in pre-mobile time … no-one on speed dial to come and rescue me! Now, September saw the book release of the sequel … The Sleep Doctor … and I don’t think that’s a reference to the normal prescription of a few pints. It follows the story, in later life, of the young son (he probably isn’t pedalling the go-kart now tho … be in a smart car probably) and his struggle to forget Nicholsons eyebrows. Ok, there is a healthy dollop of horror, torture and unearthly spirit type things … but you knew that didn’t you?! Please note : the hotel in the original story is way out of budget in these days of austerity … be prepared for a Travel Lodge near some unkempt dual carriageway. The sequel is a notorious tricky fish to land, but I would imagine this one is worth a try. No doubt the film version will be in the planning already, but which director? Mmm ….. Jane Palmer: The Kiln
NEVER A DULL DAY Ok, so this is the first of what will hopefully be a series of features in the new music and arts fanzine, The Kiln. As way of introduction I’d like to set out what it’s all about and for, for me. It’s all about the creative things that have happened and are happening in our part of the world. It’s about and for all the creative people who have and are striving in their own way to enrich the cultural environment we exist in. It’s for people who live here, for people who visit here and for people who have grown here and moved on to other places. It’s also for the people who have come back. Why me? Well, there’s no particular reason. Many people could tell you about this stuff and do it well. I guess I’ve always been storing up memories, experiences, philosophies and fantasies about where I’ve always lived, where I’ve always loved being and where I’ve always dreamed. There will be a certain amount of nostalgia but also current and relevant happenings to help brighten and maybe even enlighten your day. The summer of 2013 turned out all right then. I didn’t manage to get away anywhere for holidays or one of the well known festivals despite my best efforts and intentions. That’s ok though because it’s certainly not been a dull summer in and around where I live, Stoke-on-Trent. There have been countless local festival, events, open mic/acoustic nights and live gigs to keep me entertained, enlightened and engaged. The highlight and culmination of my anti-dullness summer activities has got to be ‘Cloggerfest’ which was a two night event, in its 2nd year, held at the end of August. I had been anticipating and preparing for this event for several months and I can tell you; it was well worth both. Notable moments were ‘The Busker’s Bar’ on the Friday night when all the Blythe Bridge Cricket Club pavilion sang ‘Herculaneum’ on-mass along with ‘Duncan Bourne’ who performed and also wrote the very same song. Look out for Duncan’s new CD, ‘Riot, Mayhem & Disorder’ which is soon to be released. There’s definitely more to this man’s story telling and music than a three cornered hat and buckle shoes.
Saturday night’s main outdoor stage live bands and activities were even more exciting and ‘interesting’ for me personally. All the bands and solo artists were outstanding. Placed in a beautiful setting with a dynamite stage sound and fabulous audience, ‘Gaz Williams’, ‘Rain’, ‘Pickering White’, ‘Headsticks’, ‘Clair Brennan’ and festival hosts ‘Sons of Clogger’ all gave typically strong, confident and engrossing performances. I really couldn’t say which my favorite performance was because they were all so superb and the vibe all weekend so great. With a variety and strength of dedicated and talented musicians such as these; the outlook for future atmospheric conditions does indeed look very, very, bright. Even the small matter of dislocating my left shoulder late on Saturday night didn’t perturb me from enjoying the mini-festival spirit. Very luckily I managed to get first aid treatment from Gaz and Daveo in the medicine tent and was even fit enough for an early morning kick around with a lad’s five a side team early on the Sunday morning. So, I say, you have got to look out and try to be there for ‘Cloggerfest 2014’. It’s going to be a little bit bigger and somehow, I have it on good authority, it’s going to be even better. Arthur Righteous.
ANDY’S TERRIBLE JOKES MY EYE JOKES ARE BAD. BUT YOURS ARE CORNEA! I CAME DOWNSTAIRS THIS MORNING AND THE CURTAINS WERE DRAWN THE REST OF THE HOUSE WAS REAL. IVE BEEN INVITED FOR A MEAL AT THE MIRAGE RESTAURANT. ANY IDEA WHERE IT IS ?????????
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TUSSK - BALLS DEEP + ISAWTHEDEVIL HOPE OVER GLORY SUGARMILL: 20/09/2013 HOPE OVER GLORY: These Staffordshire new boys were a stellar opener, Their melodic rock-core eased the crowd into what was to be an intense evening. ISAWTHEDEVIL: A composed 4 piece that successfully delivered the metal everyone was there to see. Crunchy breakdowns in between megaphone supplemented chorus's added to a commanding stage presence. Track tittles such as "Suck me off on Sunday" and hammering riffs literally hit the metal nail on the head. BALLSDEEP: The BallsDeep brigade were out in full force. Chant's were ringing around before instruments were even picked up, and within five seconds of playing the crowd was in a frenzy. Their song "A Thousand Nights" epitomized a high energy, genuine performance. I felt every thud of the double kick bass and every crash of the china symbols. Coming off the back of playing this years Bloodstock Festival, These guys are confident performers and you can see why they have a high live show notoriety. If you get a chance, Check them out. TUSSK These local juggernauts came out paying homage to Stoke, and it seems the feelings mutual. Tussk recently battled bands to earn a supporting slot for the metal mammoths 36 CrazyFists Gig, coming to the Mill early November, and from what I experienced its thoroughly deserved. They dominated the stage. It was a audio barrage that's still ringing in my ears, All pulled together with some fierce guttural vocals. The new tracks of upcoming EP were a powerful treat, and they win mosh of the night when two blokes pulled out some original, front mounted spinning wheel-barrow maneuver, Truly impressive sight. Over all, A night of good music and good people. Highlight coming from the smoking area, where I overhearing a group of youths being inspired and discussing writing their own music together.. 'Cus that's what its all about. KRIS FOLLOWS: THE KILN PHOTO COURTESY OF: www.facebook.com/ballsdeepmetal
VIVA LA VINTAGE
The Kiln take a close look at local Company, Nanas Vintage Fair and the girl behind it all….. Company Profile Business name: Nanas Vintage Fair/ NVF Events Business founded: May 2011 Owner: Faye Williamson Age: 26 Lives in: Stoke on Trent So Faye, what made you want to begin the vintage fairs? I’ve always been into fashion as a whole, but particularly vintage. When I moved to Stoke I noticed that the lack of a good Vintage and Handmade Fair was missing. The love I had for sourcing and cleaning up old things and the desire to admire vintage garments was seeing me leave Stoke every weekend to visit other Cities, such as Manchester or Derby. I figured that surely Stoke was just as worth of a Vintage Fair. So I scoured through venues, put the feelers out and luckily it paid off. Were still here and I love every minute of it.
So at one of your vintage fairs, we can expect to see what exactly? Well we aim to offer something for all. Be it 60’s clothing, soft furnishings, vinyl. Now we have been running a while we have learnt what the local area tend to come and shop for. For example certain eras will more likely sell more than others. It is important to keep the fairs fresh so we try not to over saturate them by holding them too often. But it’s such good fun we can’t help but come back. Plus I love Stokies, they are some of the most lovely people I have met and some of the traders have become my closest friends. I absolutely without a doubt think our fairs have something about them, or as one regular trader puts it. The ‘nanas buzz’. I in no shape or form think the fairs are perfect, but they have moulded into something endearing and I don’t want to alter that. What kind of people can we meet at Nanas?
Where is Nanas based? The company is based in Stoke on Trent and for the time being will remain solely in Stoke. We have done other events in the area but while I am at University. Stoke is my priority and focus. So how do you work University around events? I am extremely organised. Haha. I have to be, otherwise a venue wouldn’t get booked or a trader would not get their information pack. Or in a worstcase scenario I would fail my degree. But I have learnt to schedule my time so I can do an enjoy both. My friends laugh as I write the tiniest thing in my diary, but it has to be done.
Wow! How do you answer that? I would have to say some are really easy going and sit quietly, while others are blimming crackers. At the Christmas Fair one of our traders starting showering customers with her stock. Then had them parading around the venue in her makeshift fashion show. It was mad but it is what is so enjoyable about the events. We can’t forget our customers either which is a large mix of everyone. There are those who adore vintage, those who want a good bargain and others who are simply intrigued by it all. So what is your opinion of the re-surgence of Vintage?
Is it a solo project? For the majority of it, and most certainly coming up towards an event yes, it is mainly run solely by myself. But on the day I have a lot of help from my partner and friends. They are an amazing, support network and I could not get through some events without them.
I think it is absolutely fantastic. The thing is though, vintage never really left us and it has always been around. It is just sometimes certain trends become more noticeable within the public eye. At this point is seems to be vintage.
And your views on other event organisers heading to Stoke?
The two worst things that have happened to Nanas?
In regards to other organisers it is up to them what they choose to do and where they choose to hold events. All I would say to people is please do remember to support local and those that are brought to you from a not so far away spectrum. Too many people whinge they is nothing to do. Yet they then support the bigger, nationwide fairs rather than the likes of the smaller people. Those smaller fairs will be the ones who are still offering a great event when that big company decides they don’t quite fancy your town or city anymore. We are a teeny tiny business but while there is still the want for us to return we will do so.
Two venues going bump in the space of three months was quite hard for us and took its toll. I only have the one bad thing to say I think. And the two best things about NVF? Definitely the fabulous people I have met. The Exchange, (FatCats Bar) Re-opening. Getting my first venue back was a great feeling, and the guys that work there are awesome people to work with.
So where do you see Nanas heading in 2014? Well at the moment I have taken a step back and tried to limit what I do due to being in my third year at University. I have also recently started selling my vintage on ASOS Marketplace so it is still a busy time for me. But I hope to see great things from next year. I would love to open to my own very little and quirky boutique but only time will tell. The fairs will remain and who knows we may start venturing out a little further.
Finally where can we see you for the rest of the year? We have one fair remaining for this year and we cannot wait as we are sure it will be our best to date. We will be returning to The Exchange (formally FatCats) for our ‘Very Vintage Christmas Fair’. On Sunday November 24th. You heard it here folks. NVF will be back in 2014, bigger and better we hope. Make sure you head to The Exchange and see what the fuss is about. The Kiln Follow NanasVintageFair on Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram to stay upto date.
HYPE @ THE FULL MOON: 20-09-13
and didn’t seem to pause for breath throughout the set. So many genres and influences run through their songs as they performed a variety of crazily upbeat and smoother, calmer songs.
Holly Pender kicked the night off with her soulful voice and quirky, grungey songs, and as her set went o she seemed to grow in confidence and give more of a performance. She performed with both an electric and acoustic guitar for different songs, and the acoustic really complimented her voice and gave a rich and full tone to her music. Her vocals were smooth and natural and her set was very well put together. Next up were Carpet Lions, and to say that their set was lively would be an understatement. The audience got to feast their eyes on the duo in women’s clothing and underwear, which was only the tip of the iceberg. With tongue in cheek songs, and hilarious lyrics, they had the audience roaring with laughter.
The John Macleod Band took to the stage ‘sans keyboard’ as the front man himself so put it. But even without their keyboardist, the band filled the cosy venue with their melodic, distinctive sound. Their choice of songs really showcased all of the bands strong points, and emphasized just how tight they are as a unit. Every track was flawlessly performed and one of their more recent songs, ‘Don’t Tell the Folks Back Home’ received a very warm response with its funk infused core.
Dirty Vertebrae provided a powerhouse of energy and a musical display of raw talent. The dreadlock duo on vocals, Nicole and Ash worked together to create a mixture of both rap and clean vocals which was very impressive. The band had good chemistry
Review: Molly Gould
Hype presented the audience with a night of musical variety, with a bit of nudity thrown in, which made for a very interesting, of not unusual evening.
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TRAINSPOTTING Rail enthusiasts are often at the butt end of ridicule coupled (pun intended) with awful stereotypes of the trainspotter with his polyester 3 eyelet shoes and sticky tape holding his spectacles (almost a myth) then straight home to mum for tea after an afternoon on the platform. Maybe that character could have been me? At some stage but I prefer to wear a Harrington jacket and dessert boots or old style “New wave/ punk” trainers ha ha! I think the British public should be educated about us “rail nuts” the Americans love their railway culture – why not us? Seasick Steve, Johnny Cash, The Beach boys and many more love their railways. Mind you if Mr. Blues man was “waiting for his baby to arrive on the midnight train” from Stafford, he’d be waiting a long time. They just don’t run trains in the early hours anymore; they’d send her in a taxi. On our side of the Atlantic their has been a surprising number of bands / musicians influencedd by British trains, Captain Sensible from The Damned named a locomotive in his honor also John peel and Joe Strummer had locos named after them. Mick Jones of The Clash used to live on the 13th floor on the Royal Oak estate in London where he could see and hear the English electric class 50s humming their way west. Quoted in conversation with a music journalist / rail enthusiast that their sound gave him the choppy guitar style he supplied to Joe Strummer for their songs – in his words “ them 50s rocked!” Chris Rea was a big fan of the DELTIC diesels that ruled the east coast mainlines from 1961 – 1981 traveling behind them from his native Northeast to London to tout his demos to record companies. He actually named his 1979 album DELTICS in their honor. Andy partridge of Wiltshire’s best band XTC wrote songs with Great Western Railway in them. I think more people should write railway songs without it being a taboo subject. It is a huge subject! Dave Gould former railway man from somewhere in England? Wrote a song called “Late freight blues” which tells a story of a miserable time he had working with an awkward drummer who blamed him for things going wrong with his engine running out of steam, clinkering the fire, being a member of the wrong railway union etc. That song inspired me to write my own railway and non-railway songs. A song can be born in the most awkward places. Maybe on a pushbike, on the lavortory, supermarket and in your dreams.
Finally my good friend Simon Plant and I have made a little film based around a disused engine shed. Its called “Ghost Story”. A collage of music and film we made in early September this year. Go to Simon-T- Plant on google “Ghost Story” MR PETE Also I keep a photographic journal on www.petelymer.net46.net You can check out some of Pete’s Railway inspired songs on youtube. Some links here to get you started. “Haunted Railway” (Ghost train) “Rule Britannia” “Day out” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU5VZMCag IM Catch Pete each month at the RUBBER SOUL SESSIONS open mic last wednesday of the month at The Old Brown Jug: Newcastle
PICKERING WHITE, E.P LAUNCH, BAD EDIT 14-09-2013 In the cosy venue that is Bad Edit, the fairy lights that line the walls, and the rows of people crowding the room, set the scene for a night of music that promises to please. First on the bill is Southwall Corner Club, who having only broken in to Stoke on Trent’s music scene a few months ago, have wasted no time in gathering a large following and crafting their sound. They started with a mellow and soft introduction that seamlessly transformed into a punchy powerhouse of sound. Nat Webb’s vocals are clean and polished, whilst her harmonies with Jack Wood have an edge to them that really sets their sound apart. The catchy melodies and variation between the songs really showcases what Southwall Corner Club can do as a band, and every instrument clearly plays a vital role in the creation and production of each song. The minor chords coming from keyboardist Dave Lymer, add another depth to the sound coming from the stage at Bad Edit, creating a dark melody that compliments the vocals perfectly. Throughout the set, there is a good balance between upbeat and slower songs, as well as there being catchy choruses and a sharp, crisp sound to every song that they play. James Daley on guitar really shines through underneath the backing vocals, which seem to go hand in hand together. Next up were Sons of Clogger and from the moment that they started playing, they took the whole room by storm. From start to finish they oozed energy and life as a band, but what was in between was even more impressive. The prominent drum beat persists throughout each song and their fusion between rock, folk and blues was so unique and unusual. The connection between the band members was electric, as they went headfirst into a set jam packed with tricks and twists. The vocals were both fast paced and tuneful, which must have been difficult to achieve but the performance was something to be
admired, as none of the band seemed to dip from the party that came to life on stage. The thrashing of the drums only complimented the other sounds created by the band, as they worked as a solid unit in their set of crazy, chaotic mystery. The band that had filled the whole venue from wall to wall now took to the stage; Pickering White began with a strong drum beat which kicked into Jen and Matt’s soulful harmonies, of which we would hear a whole lot more of throughout the set. The crescendos throughout the songs seem to get bigger and bigger, as the bands influences flow through their music, the guitar has a heavy bluesy sound whilst the bass is gritty which underlay the soulful vocals. The band have a good connection with both each other and the audience on stage, which livens up the whole atmosphere of the venue. The title track from the EP, ‘Bullet to the Sun’ is padded with catchy lyrics and intricate guitar riffs, a song which the band have clearly worked hard on, and it has most definitely paid off, as the whole venue sings the lyrics back and dances right along with them. With each song, even the slower ones, comes a wave of emotion from all of the band members, which really shows their passion for the music. Each track offers something different and new to the crowd who have so eagerly anticipated their set, from their bluesy rock influences to the country ones too. The use of the harmonica in some of the songs, in particular, ‘Bye bye baby’ really added a new level to the song, giving them an edge of which went down a storm with the audience. Even when they had finished for the night, Bad Edit was still packed as they begged the band for more. Their encore was ‘Laying it on the line’ which proved to be just as impressive as their other songs, hosting a fast paced tune and frantic drumming.
Three very different bands, all very talented managed to capture the crowd at Bad Edit tonight, and judging by the reception that all three bands received, we will be seeing a lot more from each of them in the very near future.
PICKERING WHITE – ‘BULLET TO THE SUN’ EP REVIEW Pickering White are back with a host of new material and fresh ideas on their new EP, Bullet to the Sun. The influences which the band draw on can be heard at various points throughout the tracks and they have a much fuller sound since transforming from a duo to a band earlier this year. The title song has a real country vibe to it and Jennifer’s vocals slide from note to note effortlessly; yet ‘Keep on Blievein’ has a more edgy sound to it, with minor chords and melodies. The EP as a whole pays homage to both their influences and roots, with a fresh new take on the band whilst keeping the same tones and qualities that earned them their large following back in 2012.
Check out https://www.facebook.com/Pickerin gWhite for details on how to get hold of the EP. Molly Gould:The Kiln
STOKE ROCKS: LAUNCH NIGHT A ground breaking night for the Stoke on Trent music scene, the launch of Stoke Rocks had finally arrived at the Underground, which was set to be night of raucous and ferocious rock, and they did not disappoint. The night was set into action by the five piece classic rock band that is Dawn. They incorporated many genres into their music despite describing themselves as Classic Rock and filled the venue with their versatile sound. The band used different tempos within each song, and held a connection both as a band and with the audience throughout their set. Dawn seemed to know exactly what sound they want to achieve and their polished set proved that they have come a long way since forming just over a year ago. Taking to the stage in orange boiler suits, Fallen definitely made it clear to everyone in the Underground that they weren’t there to play around. Frontman, Nathan Edwards controlled the audience like a puppet master, as he commanded them to be a part of the ‘Fallen Horde’. A cross between Metallica and Slipknot, they put on a performance like a true metal band, with their catchy yet dark lyrics left imprinted in your brain. The songs which they played consisted of complex guitar riffs and chromatic scales so native of the metal genre, but as well as this; they all had a real sense of purpose about their music and being on stage. I could feel the bass drum in my chest as they pounded out their original tracks without fault.
Their heavy guitar riffs and bass combined with Amy Colclough’s grungy yet seamless vocals saw In the Cards perform a set of original Alt-Rock music. Their fast paced and punchy tracks went down a storm, as did their more ballad-like songs. The keyboard added another sense of individuality to the band, and their use of crescendos ensured that the set was multidimensional. Each song had a powerful introduction and a definite end, with a catchy and memorable chorus sandwiched in between. Not many bands in Stoke get chanted onto the stage by the audience, but From Within were coaxed onto the stage by their eagerly anticipating audience. Performing a mixture of original material and covers, the band showcased their abilities and came back onto the Stoke gigging scene with a bang. Anthony Holland’s vocals were really complimented by those of Bassist, Jordan Bates as the two worked together on a number of the songs. The bands cover of Aloe Blacc’s ‘I Need a Dollar’ boasted a rocky, grungy vibe as it then morphed into The Fresh Prince of Bell Air theme tune, and eventually into Jay-Z’s ’99 Problems’. This remix of the three songs really drove the audience wild, as they moshed and sung back to the band throughout the whole mix. Every song they played could have been passed off as one of their own, as they provided each cover with an edge that was also seen in their own material. Stoke Rocks, hosted by Neon Tiger Productions. http://www.neontigerproductionsuk.com/ Review: Molly Gould
Oli Ng There are many unsigned singer songwriters within the local music scene, but not ones who create songs with such depth within their simplicity. Oli Ng is essentially a voice and a guitar, but when you can hear the dedication and intensity in each chord and the maturity in the 17 year olds voice, it is clear that he is so much more than that. With as broad musical capacity, his tastes range from mellow, ballad-like songs, to dynamic and soulful indie-inspired tracks. ‘Show Me What You’ve Got’ has a warm tone and the reprise of the guitar riff adds a familiarity to the song which is complimented perfectly by clean vocals; whilst ‘Debt to Pay’ hosts a minor theme which works equally as well with Ng’s versatility. Listen to Oli’s tracks at: http://olingmusic.bandcamp.co m/ Reviews: Molly Gould
Bison and the wolf Sound Casino Their debut EP is packed with new and interesting material from the Staffordshire based quartet. Their sound has not altered much from their previous tracks but it does have a more polished and revamped tone to it; it is clear that they have matured and progressed as a band. The EP has five full length tracks and each song has a different feel to it; five very different and well written songs which all possess intricate guitar riffs and smooth, melodic vocals with a mixture of gritty bass and striking, punchy drums. My personal favourite track off the EP is, ‘Take’ with its heavier intro that builds up with the layers of the different instruments and the vocals sitting on top of all that. The smooth vocals are a good contrast to the somewhat dirty sounding bass riffs that underlay throughout the track. The harmonies work well within the song and add even more depth to the already full and rounded sound of the band.
Since forming in 2011, Sound Casino have come a long way and from this EP it is clear that they have found their sound. The ambiguous introduction to the first track, ‘Keep on Losing’ gives nothing away to the bands new and punchy sound, but the crescendo into the song makes one thing clear, they are back with avengeance. Each song on the EP has a different vibe running through it, from frantic drum beats to harsh, grungey guitar riffs, each song has something new to offer. The last song, ‘Light’ has almost an exotic sound, due to the combination of an intricate guitar opener and the percussion throughout the song. Witch catchy lyrics and backing vocals in all four songs on the EP and a mix of fast paced urgency and calmer, softer sounds, it really showcases all of the bands abilities as both individuals and as a solid unit. The whole feel of the music is polished and hard hitting; there is a real gap in the market for a band with such versatility and clear passion running through even their backing vocals. Sounds Casino are definitely a band to watch out for and who knows what the rest of the year will have in store for the talented, indie-garage foursome.
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