Monday, 20 October 2014

A review #inpictures @RJThompson at @sage_gateshead 17/10/2014

Review: RJ Thompson 
at the Sage Gateshead

Richard J Thompson has had some success so far, from getting a support slot with Midge Ure to supporting the likes of Jools Holland (shortly to do so again), Gabrielle Aplin, Duke Special, Sandi Thom, The Proclaimers and Deacon Blue, Mr Thompson seems set to grab the attention of the music industry elite shortly.

Tonight was a triple treat as we had a starter of Candi's Dog, a threesome rather like a folk pop, more mature version of Bros with much better songs. I mean, these are really good songs, they have that vaguely familiar feel that makes them part of your mental soundtrack very easily. Harmonies with a touch of the Crowded House/Del Amitri but a bit more here and now. We purchased the EP CD as this is definitely something you want in your car, well I do.

Beth Macari we have up to now only seen at a beer festival singing mainly covers. It was pleasing to hear her singing her own material as it suited her soulful bluesy voice so much more. I was personally very impressed with how Beth has matured and how her songwriting has developed, maybe it's something I missed before? Her new song- out in a few weeks, Heartstrings is a plaintive  and well constructed piece of pop soul. It's really quite beautiful. We wish Beth every success with it.

 RJ Thompson has a great voice and stage presence and always puts on a great show with with what seems to be an ever expanding band. I first  noticed Jonathan Proud from Peculiar Disco Moves in this May's single The Numbers and tonight the band also had an added string section in the form of Rachael McShane (Bellowhead, Tony Bengtsson Band), throwing some fiddle and cello into the right places. 

The result is always a great sound and the new EP coming out soon House Upon The Hill (single video out 21/10/2014) is full of great music if tonight is anything to go by. The audience were brought to their feet at the beginning and end of the gig to boogie along to songs like the very foot-tappingly good The Numbers. 

This is a truly amazing band with a a fabulous frontman and a group of highly skilled and talented musicians who clearly love performing with Richard. This love of the music is infectious and the audience had a great night at the Sage.

@ToxicMelons #BusTherapy Album Launch review #inpictures

Review in pictures: 
Toxic Melons "Bus Therapy" Album Launch
Mining Institute, Newcastle
15th Oct 2014

Toxic Melons, which always consists of at least Paul Fairbairn, tonight was augmented by a full band to fully encompass the sound of these compositions. Written on many bus journeys, hence the name, Bus Therapy draws influences from the Beatles, ELO and 90s power pop legends like Jellyfish. 

The Mining Institute lecture theatre was an interesting gig venue. Unfortunately those house lights were not great for photography, especially when turned right down to the level of 10 candles as they were for the first support act Fading Face. Luke Hobson was indeed a "Fading Face" in the darkness so no lovely photos of him. Luke is a purveyor of the psychedelic flavoured 60's style songs driven by personal experience it seems. Despite a possessed plectrum Luke put in a good shift and managed not to be too disturbed by the disembodied voice that at one point chattered through the PA. yes Luke, I heard it too!

Second on were the "inventors of a new pop-idiom" (Factory Fast Records, New York's words) Peculiar Disco Moves. Showing all of the polish they have developed after a summer of multiple festivals and a good number of gigs, they blasted though their repertoire with true aplomb. This was a chance for an airing of the upcoming single. More about that later, but think about the problems that ensue from the female parent of a partner. Mother-inlaw jokes may be ancient history, but these beings still exist and create situations to a greater or lesser degree. 

Talking of greater or lesser, Toxic Melons opened their set with the rousing More or Less and ran through a selection of new and older songs. My favourite Not in Love was, like everything else tonight, played with enthusiasm and skill by the band brought together by Paul. Phil Jamieson on guitar, Alix Shepherd on keys and backing vocals, Jonathan Proud on bass, Dominic Hornsby on drums and Paul Emmett on lead vocals. Paul took the lead for the delightful Getting Old and despite his misgivings about his vocals did a cracking job. Paul, you should sing more. Bus Therapy is an interesting journey and doesn't keep to the usual musical path, which I like. I heartily recommend you get hold of this Kickstarter success and expand your musical horizons. Buy here from Bandcamp.Toxic Melons tonight did not play older favourite, The Dole, prompting some comedic heckling from fans at the back, But, here it is in all its animated glory, click the rather attractive collage to be taken to YouTube.

Toxic Melons need to get out here playing gigs every few months and developing their sound. Paul has created a great sound and a highly original array of tunes that need to get out there. Sync Panther has signed up Toxic Melons recognising the potential for these songs to be used on film and TV. We are looking forward to seeing more of Toxic Melons out in the venues of Newcastle and beyond.

Words and photos by Joanne Oliver for Jowheretogo

@SaxonOfficial are coming to @O2AcademyNewc in December #metal #rock

SAXON Coming to Newcastle!

NWOBM legends Saxon recently announced ‘Warriors of The Road’, a 38 date European Tour celebrating their 35th Anniversary. The set list will feature tracks from what is known to the fans as ‘The Holy Trinity’ – Saxon’s seminal albums Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law and Denim and Leather. Support will come from HELL and Stormzone.
Starting in Bristol and closing at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire, ‘Warriors of the Road’ will land in the UK on 30th November to delight fans with 12 explosive shows.   The routing has changed slightly and Leeds will now be on 2nd December with Nottingham to follow on 10th December.   ‘Come and see the awesome power of Saxon live!’ – says frontman Biff Byford.  The band is currently working on a live DVD that will be released to coincide with the upcoming tour.     
35 years, 20 albums, countless live shows and still no sign of slowing down: Saxon prove to be a force to be reckoned with and something every rock fan in the world should witness. Come see for yourself and take a dive into metal history.

             09th  November  Newcastle Academy 

We recommend paying CASH IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE! We don't like those booking fees!

Ticket price  £26 (subject to booking fee unless paying cash in person); please refer to .

Saxon are: Biff Byford - vocals; Paul Quinn – guitar; Doug Scarratt – guitar; Nibbs Carter – bass and Nigel Glockler - drums.
Saxon formed in Barnsley, Yorkshire in 1976. To date they have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and released 26 albums including Wheels of Steel, which hit number 5 in 1980.  They have had 8 top 20 UK albums.   They recently released ‘Hidden Treasure’ - St. George’s Day Sacrifice - Live in Manchester a double CD, which was recorded at The Ritz during their Sacrifice World Tour and was mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap.
Full band info can be found on

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

@toxicmelons with support from @discomoves at @mininginstitute 15/10

Toxic Melons
Bus Therapy
Album Launch
In the Lecture Theatre
The Mining Institute, Newcastle.

We nicked this from the Facebook events page

"With special guests: Peculiar Disco Moves, at the Newcastle Mining Institute's lecture theatre for an evening of catchy pop, experimentation and other fun and games!

There will be a bar! So drinking and other hinjix are allowed and encouraged when class is in session! 

This is a seated venue so there are limited tickets! You can pre - book tickets directly from Pablo Melons - pre gig for £5 and this comes with a copy of the highly acclaimed new album, Bus Therapy! 

Tickets will be £4 on the night and merch will be available.


Very much a recommended event!

@rubricUK launching #thegame EP at @TheIvyHouse #Sunderland 1/11/14

Rubric :The Game
Pre-order from Amazon, Itunes pre-order coming soon.

Launch gig at The Ivy House, Worcester Terrace, Sunderland on the 1st November, support from The John Doe Experiment, and Alex Saxon & Jack Foster.

This is going to be a great gig, I was in rehearsals with Rubric recently and they blew me away with their musical skills, clever but very cool.

Rubric is an original blues/jazz fusion band formed in the North of England in 2011.

They describe themselves as a "musical democracy" consisting of Chris Binding on vocals and guitar, Andrew Bell on guitar, Rob Caroll on bass and Helen Whitford on drums. The entire band have had a hand in creating the songs on The Game. Influences from prog rock, metal, jazz, blues and classical all play a part in The Game. The band's members collaborate to create music that is technical but not self-indulgent and with a fun generic slant.

The title track is an ode to the infinite game between the sexes, a funked up jazzy number that  gets you moving from your seat unless, of course you have a deactivated groove gland.

Here's Rubric playing The Game at  a live outing at the Voodoo Lounge

Click to play The Game live video

The kinetic lyrics continue in the rockier Throw The First Stone,  inspired by a eccentric friend who just didn't care what the world expected of him.  is no less funky, and promises to be a very enjoyable live track. 

Dead Things is a song from the point of view of an apocalyptic Earth complaining in a high energy bluesy manner about the failings of its inhabitants. 

A Matter of Rapport  has a touch of metal, with prog rock tendencies and some great guitar work before it just stops, no fade. This is a tasty portion of what could be a great album. You want more? Rubric are busy writing and will be shortly back in the studio. 

I hope you enjoy this EP as much as we are still enjoying it at Jowheretogo PR. 

Rubric can be found on Facebook :

and on Twitter : @RubricUK

@_silenthouses_ Launch debut single #ONE at #Avalon in #Darlington

Silent Houses with their debut release 
 Music Panther: 

Pre-order now

One is a love song of a kind sadly missed on the radio. It is a sensitive, soaring, waltzing description of being in that "love bubble" with "the one". Hayley's pure voice floating over the piano and a touch of mandolin.  The video complementing the song, was filmed at Easby Abbey, an English Heritage property on Richmond. Click the image below to see the VIDEO.

The single will be launched on 31st October 
with a special Halloween gig at Avalon in Darlington.

Silent Houses consists of producer & composer Chris Shaw and singer/songwriter Hayley McKay, who won a National talent competition out of over 1000 people, and sang in the film ‘Harrigan’. 
They have done some great gigs including supporting renowned band Visage and Hazel O’Connor and this summer headlined Voll Die Ruhr festival in Mulheim, Germany. Hayley played two sets at Glastonbury 2014, on the Toad Hall stage and Mandela stage. The duo also performed as part of the Tour de France celebrations in Richmond.

One is accompanied by Vagabond, a driving pop track with euphoric guitar riffs that is worthy of some considerable airplay. Click below to hear Vagabond.

"Silent Houses are a very cool outfit, they have great songs, all original material, very well produced, and can be reproduced perfectly live with Chris Shaw's musical abilities and Hayley Mckay's exceptional voice, definitely an act to look out for, and will be up there with the greats in the near future." :Trevor Gilligan- the sound engineer for Imelda May who has worked with acts including Kasabian, Kylie Minogue and Ting Tings.

Here, they perform a live mash-up of Gotye, Fleetwood Mac, and Blood Orange demonstrating their pop versatility: 

"You're Not Good Enough" video, click the image.

The band recently signed to Music Panther who have high hopes for the band achieving a synch deal via Sync Panther  ... "We are so pleased to have Silent Houses on our roster, we've been blown away by the quality of their music" : Michael White, MD of Music Panther
Written by Joanne Oliver for Jowheretogo PR, Panther PR,  Music Panther and Sync Panther. Cover art for "One" by Cubesedge 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

@NineBelowZero1 return to the Northeast on 7th Nov @GatesheadOTH

Nine Below Zero Back in the Northeast
With Original Drummer
Coming to Gateshead Old Town Hall on the 7th November

London blues-influenced band Nine Below Zero, are celebrating 35 years in the business, with their biggest UK tour in decades and have reformed their classic line-up.

And for fans of the band, it will be a chance to hear tracks from their two critically-acclaimed A&M studio albums from the 1980s, Don’t Point Your Finger and The Third Degree, both with extra discs, which have been re-released through Universal.

The band’s original drummer Mickey ‘Stix’ Burkey has re-joined NBZ for the tour. Apart from a one-off appearance at their 30th anniversary show, he had not played with the band since they broke up in 1982. He also wrote many of the songs with frontman Dennis Greaves.

Nine Below Zero built an almost obsessive following in the early 1980 with their take on American blues, while maintaining the energy of punk in their live performances. It was captured in their first album, Live At The Marquee, which was re-released towards in 2012.

Since reforming in 1990, NBZ have toured the UK and Europe and even Bangladesh constantly, and have recorded a number of new albums, but this tour will be longer, more extensive and at larger venues.

Frontman Dennis Greaves said: “We just love getting out there and playing live. And it’s been nice to see our fan base steadily grow again in the past few years. Some of our original fans, sometimes don’t even realise we are still going.

“What with our audiences growing and Universal putting out the two albums, and our debut Live At The Marquee, last year, we thought we’d really go for it with this tour. And it’s great having Mickey back. During rehearsals, the first time he counted us in brought back some wonderful memories of the classic line-up.”

And it was that classic line-up which performed their single 11+11 on the first episode of cult TV show The Young Ones. They then featured in a South Bank Show and supported both The Who and The Kinks. However, at this point the band split up and Dennis formed The Truth, who enjoyed two UK top 20 hits. But in 1990, Nine Below reformed for their 10th anniversary and sold out the Town and Country (now the Forum) in London.

Dennis said: “It was great to see the fans still had the appetite for what we were doing.”

A sell-out UK tour followed and the band were invited to join the likes of Eric Clapton, Ray Davies and Brian May.

Dennis Greaves will play alongside his friend of 35 years, also a founding member of Nine below Zero, harmonica player Mark Feltham. 
NBZ at the Cluny...messy arrangement of photos by Jowheretogo

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