Sunday, 30 August 2015

#livereview @metalmoth1 @O2AcademyNew in #pictures

O2 Academy Newcastle
Saturday 22nd August 2015

Metal Moth  ©Joanne Oliver for Jowheretogo

Four great local rock bands rocked the Academy. Headliners Metal Moth blew away new fans with their heavy chunky riffs keeping the friendly mosh pit happy. They played the tracks from their Rise EP and upon that basis their next EP will be a must buy. Natalie Gaines’ intricate rhythms coupled with Kurt Hudson’s engaging vocal style wrapped in a sea of guitars make for a great outfit.
We Rise Tomorrow ©Joanne Oliver for Jowheretogo

Support came from the musical juggernaut that is We Rise Tomorrow. Richard Clayton is a superb frontman who commands attention. The performance would put metalcore legends Killswitch Engage to shame. Stand in drummer Josh Dunn fitted in well in a vibrant performance.

The Distorted ©Joanne Oliver for Jowheretogo

Also on the bill were The Distorted whose Circus of Power-style slabs of riffs that are heavily influence by classic early 70s metal bands. The opening band, Blackjack, worked hard and did a great job with their blues soaked songs.
Blackjack ©Joanne Oliver for Jowheretogo
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Words by Stephen Oliver. 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Thanks to @rftkpromotions Coming to #Newcastle 13th Sept: @DogfashionDisco and @Psychostick #videos to get a taste!

Touring their new album Ad Nauseum, Dog Fashion Disco are dragging along Psychostick to add to the madness at The Cluny on the 13th September.

The Cluny has been recognised as one of the best music venues in the country and so where better to experience this totally mental lineup?

"Dog Fashion Disco started in 1998 by 5 high school friends, made some records, toured a lot, broke up in 2007. Formed Polkadot Cadaver, made some records, toured a lot. Decided being broken up was dumb in 2014. Did crowd funding campaign for a new album and raised $85K... come to find out people actually give a shit. Heavily influenced by bands such as Mr Bungle this promises to be off the hook.
Check out War Party-

Psychostick are What happens when two best friends who grew up listening to Weird Al and Pantera decide to start a band combining crunching riffs and laugh-out-loud lyrics. Psychostick happens, happened, and continues to happen. Vocalist Rob Kersey and guitarist Josh Key teamed up with drummer Alex Dontre and Matty J "Moose" to create some of the most off-the-wall records to ever reach store shelves. Backed up by a fleet of viral-sensation online videos and an insane live show that few can forget, Psychostick has proven year after year that they refuse to be ignored. And the fans wouldn't have it any other way.

Now residing in Chicago, IL with four hard-hitting comedic albums behind them – We Couldn't Think of a Title (2006), their holiday album The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride (2007), Sandwich (2009), and Space Vampires vs. Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D (2011) - the nearly 100 percent do-it-yourself band Psychostick returns with their latest offering: The crowd-funded album Revenge of The Vengeance out on November 4, 2014. (fan thank you video -

Featuring an eye-brow raising track list that includes previously released singles such as the manly beard anthem Obey The Beard - 

 and over-night internet hit Dogs Like Socks- 

plus new tracks Quack Kills, So. Heavy., Blue Screen, and a tribute to the 21st century's most beloved action super hero Bruce Campbell, Psychostick aims to please their cult-like following while maintaining steady growth as new fans discover this one-of-a-kind project."

Here's the event on Facebook...

Thursday, 13 August 2015

about #Cumbria #Artist @Artchick4U #RachelGreenbank exhibition @_circle_bar_ #Carlisle starting 24th Aug #portraiture

Cumbria artist Rachel Greenbank is holding an exhibition of her works at  Circle Bar, in Lowther Arcade, Carlisle.

Rachel is a contemporary portrait and figure artist and Illustrator.

After graduating in Illustration in 1998 from U.C.Lancs with first class Hons Rachel gained her first art job designing greeting cards for International Greetings and Inspire By Design. She freelanced for 4-5 years,before returning to her first loves -portrait painting and The Lake District.

As a portrait artist she passionately believes the process of trying to capture a persons character, and simultaneously revealing a little of ones own personality, is the driving force behind her work. 

She creates realistic, emotive portraits, in acrylic, pencil and mixed media. Blending the natural beauty of figures and faces with nature's elements, and constructing digital montages she then creates artworks that are reflections of love, spirituality, human nature and self expression.

"I love painting eyes. That moment when you can almost feel the subjects soul staring back at you is as powerful as a lightning strike"

The exhibition starts on Moday 24th August and continues until 4th October.

Facebook event with details.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

@ChaseParkFest does it again with @AshOfficial and @TurinBrakes ..what a great #accessible #Festival

Chase Park Festival 2015

Accessible to all, the festival has multiple runways and flat platforms to keep wheelchair users as near the action as possible. Signers (very enthusiastic and entertaining) made sure the hard of hearing didn't miss a word. Food was available from local traders..our personal favourite for a second year running, was Pizzette, a mobile stone cooked pizza van. When you're not into meat, you do often find your diet limited at festivals so this was a lovely change from chips.

Chase Park Festival had a good start with sunshine and Beth Macari..her backing band made up mostly of 3 at Sea. Beth continues to develop her soulful pop sound. Beth knows how to engage the audience and was a formidable first act of the day. Patrick and Holly then treated us to a street-dance routine. This was fun! Would love to have joined in but my joints just don't do that! 

Ambient electro beats from Soundbeams (from the Percy Hedley Foundation) kept the audience happy until Hot Soles were pulling in the little dancing kids with their funky soul rock. A truly spectacular performance from this duo. Who needs a bassist, or indeed a stage! 

Amazing Radio's Tom Cotton hit play a few times to fill the air with music while Gallery Circus set up on the main stage. 

Gallery Circus were superb. Just two (obviously twins if you don't know already)  jumping all over the drums, guitars and keys to create a massive sound, sometimes with hints of Muse and Jellyfish (whom they and you have probably not heard of). Nothing wrong with telling the audience who you are, and where to get the tunes though, lads! Fantastic performance from this pair.

Aukestra : part of a project helping people with varying levels of autism. They were great, harmonising with a backing band, 5 singers performed some uplifting crowd pleasers.

Blizzard was a bit late on Stage 2, but his combination of rap, singing and piano was a teatime treat! Really loved the Megabus Song!  

Monogram proved to be a quality anthemic pop rock band in the vein of the Futureheads. Massive electronic drum sound and synths with guitar. I detected a sound of Big Country at one point, which isn't a bad thing. This band are surely bound for greater things. I think I need a CD. Yes, a CD, I do like something I can hold...old fashioned again, I guess.

Hulkenburg seriously brought the noise with a punk sound, again just two blokes, some drums and a guitar proved to be enough for me to get the old head banging. Think White Stripes but harder and more blokey.

Slug brought the most catchy avant garde music. What a great artist. Not mathrock, with the time signature, but sometimes felt that way. The crow were surprisingly receptive to the quirky set. A great band put together for this project and it's good to see a band enjoying themselves on stage. Call me old fashioned but bands who stare at their feet while mumbling half-baked vocals...not for me. Slug are nothing if the kind and lifted the mood at the festival with their attitude.

Turin Brakes took the reigns with professional hands, a fabulous performance of their beautiful songs. They do have a familiar sound from all that radio play, and the crowd appreciated the quality of their show.

The headliner, Ash, played an absolute blinder. No sign of the band letting up on the pace after all these years. They blasted through favourites such as Girl From Mars, A Life Less Ordinary, Go! Fight! Win! , Kung Fu and a crowd pleasing finale of Burn Baby Burn. Ash tunes are all great music to jump around to. I propose an "Ash Fit" fitness class!  They had the horde bouncing, a great end to a special festival. We are looking forward to next year..keep it ambitious, keep it inclusive, keep it real. 

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Monday, 3 August 2015

@SubjunoMusic 's @StephenCochraneSC talks to @PAndS_Music about the upcoming album, #life #songwriting #cheese and @JamesBlunt

Interview with Stephen Cochrane of SubJuno

Stephen was the songwriting powerhouse behind This Ground Moves. He played guitar in the band and added his vocals to the songs, but those compositions were largely from this talented young fella. I met up with him in July in the pleasant surroundings of the Forth pub’s roof beergarden.
I begin my asking about his upcoming single Nancy’s Song.

JO: You can tell by the sound of the new single that This Ground Moves songs were largely your writing.

SC: Yeah, but all of This Ground Moves was me. I wrote every song we ever did. ‘Cos’ that was my job! I’m not that great a guitarist so I had to bring something to the table, or else I’d be just someone playing chords badly on stage!

JO: Having listened to Nancy’s Song it has a This Ground Moves “edge” about it but also a slight poppiness.

SC: Yeah I wrote it (Nancy’s Song) when I was in TGM but I don’t think the rest of the band were that interested in it. But as soon as I wrote it I though “That’s gonna be a single, that’s coming out.” Whether or not the band are still together. And I was going to do SubJuno anyway, I’ve got 46 songs written for it now!

JO: 46? Crikey!

SC: My problem at the minute is I don’t know which ones to put on the album.

JO: The best ones?

SC: Yeah but although it’s not a concept album as such, every song relates to another song. I’ve got to pick 12 that “talk to each other”.

JO: Have you got a favourite song so far?

SC: Find Someone – I think that’s the best song I’ve ever written by about a million miles. I may release it separately from the album.

JO: SubJuno has a different sound though.

SC: There’s a bit more 80’s sounding synths etc.

JO: A lot of 80’s inspired music happening right now.

SC: yeah but you should borrow from the 80s, from the 90s. A lot of what’s going on now is just shite. The problem with music now is it’s very very boring or just safe. I mean, what’s the point? Kanye, X Factor, it just not for me.

JO: People do enjoy it though.

SC: Yeah they do. Not everyone wants to come out on a Saturday night and watch a band. We used to have “New faces” and “Opportunity Knocks”

JO: I swear it was better!

SC: It was MUCH better!

JO: So the name, SubJuno?

SC I wanted to call the band “Subrosa” a legal term meaning “under the rose”. Private meetings would have a rose displayed over the door to signify what was discussed was private. I found out there was a prog rock band in the 70s called “Subrosa” so decided against it. The Roman god Juno was “of the earth” so SubRosa is meant to mean “under the earth” or “underground”. It sounded right.

Jo: So, the new album, how’s the release coming along?

SC: I’ve been working with John at Loft studios as he can get the sound just how I like it. Loft did the This Ground Moves album at their old studios. I’m on a label now.

Jo: Oh, great stuff!

SC: Yeah, I’m not sure I’m meant to say who they are yet. But they have a release plan and it’s looking like the last week in September for Nancy’s Song. They’re sorting that for us. To be honest I really can’t be bothered with all that side. It’s good to have a label doing that for us. What I want to do is just write songs. I don’t want to do the business side any more. I had my label and it showed me that it’s not where my strengths lie. I’m a songwriter. It’s all I ever wanted to be.

JO: You can’t do both.

SC: No you can’t. Unless you’ve got £100k you’re prepared to put in. With TGM only about half of the money spent was got back. It’s different when you have a label dealing with all that. You know what it is? I don’t even see myself as a musician. I’m a  songwriter. If I was dealing with the business side, all the songs would be about the stress of running a label. Songs are better written when you can focus on them. Write them in ten minutes! You’ve got to be prepared to sit in a room with a guitar or a piece of paper and have an argument with yourself. That’s how I do it. I think I’m quite prolific. Can I call myself prolific?

JO: I think with 46 songs in the bank yes.

SC: Yeah I suppose I’m prolific. Isn’t Prince supposed to write a song every day? I bet a lot of them are crap! When I write songs, I’ve been doing this long enough now to know in the first 3 seconds “this is a good song”. If it’s not, I don’t carry on. You have to learn what’s going to be good and what’s not going to be good. I always wanted to write songs. I would finish work and sit at home in me bedroom, two hours every night writing song after song – and they were terrible! Really bad. Then about 3 months in I wrote a song called I’ve Been Down. I’d been in a band as soon as I got a guitar. It was very punk in the sense we couldn’t really play at first. But once I wrote that song I just kept on writing. In about 2003 I wrote up Light Up Life and that sat around until This Ground Moves.
And so that was the period when I was really getting good at what I do. And I am good! Don’t care if anyone thinks that sounds arrogant!

JO: Ha ha, nothing wrong with that. You had a good gig at Corbridge Festival this year. Think you’ll do it again?

SC: Yes, maybe do it with a full band. It was good doing an acoustic set, but my proble right now is that the band’s not ready yeat. I’ve got a guitarist starting this week. But I don’t think I’ll do it like the old band.

JO: No?

SC: No, I don’t think I’ll do the proper band thing again.

JO: One question I’d like to ask then, although it’s like discussing an old girlfriend, is how did This Ground Moves drift out of being?

SC: I think I just got tired. We’d had The Soviets, This Ground Moves, it went on for years. At first it was me and Micky (Cochrane) and then Andy Mackin joined. But as time went by it just got tired. And it was costing a lot of money. It got to a point it wasn’t really worth it.

Jo: I was wondering if it was the old “musical differences” thing, especially as you were doing all the writing.

SC: Ha ha!

JO: Especially after getting the sync (music onto visual media) on CSI New York – one of you getting all the money and the others getting fed up – that can happen and it’s usually called “musical differences”

SC: Ha! Yeah! I was SUPPOSED to get more money as the writer but haven’t had any yet! They (licensees) have ages to pay up. But I just wanted to write that first album and then hand over the reins to the rest of the band. But I don’t think they were interested really.
This Ground Moves, Corbridge Festival 2013

JO: With this release, a lot of people are going for the EP format but you are going for an album.

SC: You see, to me, four songs is a single. I remember when you had a single and you had 3 B-sides. It’s changed and nobody cares about B-sides anymore. I don’t think people care that much about singles any more, it’s all died. So I think an EP might get “lost”. And I have the album all there.

JO: Yeah you’ve got enough to pick and choose filler!

SC: I’m going to come across really arrogant again because there really is no filler. It’s the best body of work I’ve ever written. I’m going in next week to record a song called  Moves To Hollywood and I know how I want it to sound, how the album will go. An EP to me would be just throwing four songs together.

JO: Great, so we’ll get a real “play it in the car” CD. I found that with TGM, great for long journeys!.

SC: That would have kept you awake! It was quite loud in parts! There’ll probably be one or two anthemic songs on the album when I finalise it. But like you said earlier it’s more pop.

JO: Intelligent pop?

SC: I hope so! I’ve got a song called Pyrrhic Victory which I think is a really poppy sounding song but the lyrics are quite obscure. My bassist asked “What the hell’s a pyrrhic victory?”. I had to explain some of the terms used. But then you have Nancy’s Song, an out and out love song.
I don’t think I’d ever say “I love you” in a song. It’s a bit dull isn’t it? James Blunt You’re Beautiful, for example. If everybody wrote a song about people they’d seen on a train and fancied, it would be really dull. But then he goes from saying he’s seen a girl on the subway, then says “You’re beautiful”, so now he’s saying that to me? If James Blunt thinks I’m beautiful, that’s fine, but why’s he talking about this girl?

Jo: Ha ha jealous?

SC: Yeah who’s this girl, what’s the craic James?

With the help of Peroni we had further discussions on the way social media has taken over people’s lives:

SC: I don’t need to know what time you’ve gone to bed, really. People post the most pointless things.

JO: Guilty!

SC: And I’ve got this image of being out on the beer all the time…I get tagged and I wasn’t even there! I do like Twitter though, it’s like standing in the street shouting your opinions.

Stephen enjoys a cool beer mid before the interview

Stephen also has opinions on the “Three Kates”
On Price: So much cleverer than she makes out. Everything she does is planned for publicity. Amazing businesswoman.
On Moss: Always admired her. Again, carefully planned press exposure, keeping her in work. Clever woman. People slag her off, I like her.
On Hopkins: Terrible woman. Nothing clever about saying nasty things for attention.

I asked Stephen the important question “What is your favourite cheese”?
SC: Halloumi.
JO: Yeah?
SC: When it’s grilled.
JO: Is there much taste to it?
SC: Yeah it’s lush, dead meaty. Halloumi pasta. You can’t whack a bit Halloumi pasta, a bit garlic, tomatoes.
JO: Ooh sounds canny!

SC: See I like cooking. I used to hate it but I’ve learned the worst can happen is it goes in the bin. 

Watch out for the release of Nancy's Song in the autumn, with the album release to be confirmed!

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