Sunday, 31 December 2017

Review : Stan and George Shovlin and the Radars at The Cluny 29/12/2017

A Night Of Amazing Musical Talent

I've been following the rise and fall and rise of Stan for over 20 years. I was on the bus with them on their epic trip to the Cavern in Liverpool back in the early 90s. I was pleased to get an invitation to this gig as it also gave me chance to check out local veteran blues star George Shovlin and his band The Radars, as somehow I've missed out on this treat so far.

George and the band opened the gig with what I feel is oustanding contemporary blues. I wasn't drinking and found I didn't need a drink such was the intoxicating nature of the music.George Lamb worked his magic on the lead guitar and Mr Shovlin interspersed the tunes with stories (of varying veracity) of the origin of the songs. I truly enjoyed the show and would recommend catching this band if you get the opportunity.

Stan came on playing Radio Magicola, a great singalong rock tune, and pounded though other gems such as Lies, Get on Me and Looking for Love. They were then joined by singer Teresa Watson (of the Teresa Watson Band) and keyboardist Gordon Hall (of Fickle Lily) for Queen of the Blues, Midnight Angel and Gotta Believe.

Stan have a stonking back catalogue of songs and we got to hear some of the best played with true passion. It's so great to see the band together and they are clearly playing regularly as they were tight as a hamster's earhole.

The audience were mostly long-time fans of Stan and it showed as they sang and danced along to Come On and finally, in the encore, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place when Teresa and Gordan joined the band again with Stu Burlison (of the Radars) This was a proper party-ending for the show and a good time was had by all.

Review by Joanne Oliver.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

#LittleMixTheSummerHitsTour for @LittleMix with 2018 dates at #hove #swansea #hull #colchester #northampton #bolton #huddersfield #derby #lincoln #norwich #gateshead #falkirk #aberdeen #inverness

Little Mix
Announce The Summer Hits Tour 2018!

The world's biggest girl band* Little Mix are playing a run of UK summer shows throughout July 2018 as part of the group's 'The Summer Hits Tour 2018'.

Kicking off in Hove on 6th July, the run of 15 live shows ends in Inverness on 29th July.

The shows will see Little Mix perform their greatest hits, including 'Touch', 'Shout Out to My Ex', 'Black Magic' and 'Wings'.

Tickets on sale 9.30am Thursday 30th November.

affiliate : See Tickets

*band : I cnnot verify this definition as I've never seen any of them play an instrument.

Legendary #prog-rockers #CAMEL to play @TyneOperaHouse in September 2018 Performing the whole of their 1976 album #Moonmadness plus other classic tracks

Legendary prog-rockers CAMEL to play Tyne Theatre & Opera House in September 2018
Performing the whole of their 1976 album Moonmadness plus other classic tracks

Following the recent announcement that legendary prog-rock band Camel will bring their acclaimed live show to London’s Royal Albert Hall in September 2018, the band are happy to reveal that this will be preceded by an extensive run of UK tour dates, including Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre & Opera House on Saturday 8th September.

During what will be a very special run of shows – performed by Andrew Latimer (guitar, flute, vocals), Colin Bass (bass guitar, vocals), Denis Clement (drums), Peter Jones (keyboards, vocals) – the band will be playing the entirety of their 1976 album Moonmadness plus plenty of other classic tracks. 

Upon release Moonmadness left its mark on the UK Top 20 albums chart, going on to become certified silver. In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album was included in its list of the best "40 Cosmic Rock Albums" and voted no. 58 in the Top 100 Prog Albums of All Time by readers of 'Prog' magazine in 2014.
Over a 45-year career, the British prog-rock band Camel has proved itself a hardy survivor. Led by founder member Andrew Latimer, whose instantly recognizable guitar playing and singular compositions are the enduring hallmarks of the Camel sound, the band has weathered many storms and setbacks on its journey but has always come through to deliver original and inspired music. 

Camel formed in 1972, finding international success in the mid-70s with The Snow Goose and Moonmadness albums. Despite ensuing personnel changes, that success was consolidated with a string of further records and tours until the mid-80s, when legal disputes and industry disinterest threatened the band's existence. Relocating to California at the end of that decade, Latimer and lyricist Susan Hoover founded their own independent label, releasing the aptly- themed Dust and Dreams in 1991; a monumental concept album based on John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. It proved a resounding return to form that ushered in a new decade of creativity, encompassing four albums – Dust and Dreams, Harbour of Tears, Rajaz and A Nod And A Wink – and four world tours. 

In 2003 Camel undertook a farewell tour, presaging a ten-year hiatus during which Latimer was laid low by a life-threatening illness. Fortunately his subsequent recovery led to a groundswell of renewed energy, powering the band's celebrated return in 2013 with a new, revised album version of The Snow Goose and a sold-out European tour, with another two major tours in the following two years. 

In 2018 Camel will be back on the road again with an extensive tour focusing on one of their most popular albums, Moonmadness. Andrew Latimer will be joined by his two long-standing musical colleagues, bassist Colin Bass and drummer Denis Clement. Occupying the keyboard chair with aplomb and undeniable virtuosity will be multi-instrumentalist Peter Jones, who debuted with the band on their Japanese tour in 2016. 

The intuitive energy that sparked between the band rekindled the special joys of performing as a quartet and spawned the idea to revisit and celebrate the heady days of the original Camel line-up. Camel will perform Moonmadness in its entirety as well as a selection of classic tracks from across the repertoire. 

Theatre Director Joanne Johnson says: “We’re excited to welcome such a legendary band as Camel to Tyne Theatre & Opera House’s stage. The acoustics of the theatre and the stunning interior of our beautiful Grade 1 listed building will make for a very special experience for Camel fans.”

Tickets: £55.50, £39, VIP £125 (includes early entrance, premium seats, meet & greet, VIP laminate & Camel lanyard, photo of the band that can be signed & photo opportunity)

On Sale Friday 1st December from 10am:

Sunday, 26 November 2017

A new #horror film made in #northeastengland by #taxiforotis some words from creator @WarrenSpeed

Northeast Horror Film Maker
Warren Speed on his films Coulrophobia and Dirty Tuppence

Is this the return of the video nasty?

“I have wanted to make horror movies since I was twelve years old,” says British film-maker
Warren Speed. “And I am very excited about my third release since 2010 - Coulrophobia -
which is about a group of kick-ass roller derby girls who go camping in the wilderness, only to
be abducted by a bizarre family of isolated ex-circus performers. The girls are forced to
endure a series of insane gameshow-esque challenges before they escape and then fight for
their lives in a gruesome war of survival with the freakshow family.

Coulrophobia is released on DVD/VOD in the UK on Nov 13 (and then worldwide in Feb
2018). Furthermore Warren is now in pre-production for his fourth movie Dirty Tuppence -
about the most deluded rock band on the planet, a useless serial killer and a pair of inept
private investigators.

Warren’s first two movies are the well known trashy B-movies Zombie Women of Satan 1 &2, featuring the salacious lead character Pervo The Clown (played by Warren himself),
hordes of sexy zombie women and buckets of gore and comedy. Although Warren is keen to
point out that both Coulrophobia and Dirty Tuppence have very little in common with his
zombie films – “I’m moving away from the crude, lewd and low-brow comedy of my first two
movies. They definitely created their own little buzz, but in future I’ll be concentrating on
more mainstream features that whilst still being quirky and off-the-wall are not so
shamelessly in bad taste!”

Coulrophobia has taken Warren and his team three and half years from start to finish. It
was filmed primarily on twenty acres of private woodland, where Warren camped for six
weeks solid. “It was a hell of an experience, in more ways than one,” Warren tells us. “There
were some bad days and nights, like the time me and a friend had to stay up all night bailing
water off the roof of the ‘big top’ tent due to a thunderstorm! But overall, it was an amazing
experience where I practically lost touch with the outside world. And despite post production
taking an eternity due to many different reasons, we’ve finally ended up with a ninety minute
movie I am very proud of !”

Warren (who also acts as well as writing and directing), does not hide the fact that he was
diagnosed as bi-polar (manic depressive) twelve years ago … and actually considers it to be
a virtual "super power" due to the energy it often gives him in being hyper creative and
productive. From his experiences in making movies since 2009 he now knows how to
maximise the benefits of his mental health ‘disorder’, whilst minimizing the disadvantages.
For example, he physically collapsed with exhaustion on his first three films due to working
almost non-stop … and now knows he must have at least five hours sleep a night during the
intensity of film shoots. However, Warren goes as far to say that he doesn't think he would
have made even one movie if he wasn't bi-polar.

Besides his movies, Warren’s previous achievements include being Europe's longest serving
male burlesque performer (he started in 2005 and has performed alongside such stars as
Dita Von Teese), a stand-up comedian for seven years (he gave Sarah Millican all her first
gigs), the promoter and DJ at the very popular monthly ‘Grindhouse Rock Night’ in Newcastle 
(England) … as well as having once spent a very interesting eleven months as an “Avon
Lady” !

Coulrophobia is available on DVD and VOD from Nov 13 from
And you can read more about Dirty Tuppence and check out all the weird and wonderful
perks on offer in their crowd-funding campaign to improve the film’s SFX at ….


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Tuesday, 21 November 2017




FRI 20 JUL 2018

Del Amitri will return in 2018 for a UK tour, the celebrated Glaswegian band’s first run of dates since 2014. The July 2018 tour includes original band members - Justin Currie (vocals, guitar), Iain Harvie (lead guitar), Andy Alston (keys), Kris Dollimore (guitar) and Ashley Soan (drums).

“25 years ago we played Edinburgh Castle to the biggest headline audience we’d ever been in front of,” says Justin Currie. “I wore a kilt and my bass didn’t work for the first two minutes during which we played the opening riff of ‘The Ones That You Love Lead You Nowhere’ over and over again. We never recovered. This is our chance to make up for it. I won’t be wearing a kilt…”

“From ‘Nothing Ever Happens’ to ‘Jesus Saves’ there is a catalogue of Del Amitri songs that seem even more relevant now than when we wrote them,” adds Iain Harvie. “In this new millennium where everything changes and everything stays the same in an increasingly disorientating gyre of social and personal atomisation, the chance to lean against the bar and play our songs again to audiences around the UK just seems like something too right.”

Tickets on general sale Thursday 23 November from 9am and are available from the Theatre Royal Box Office.

Formed in Glasgow in 1983, during their distinguished career Del Amitri released four Top 10 albums and a string of memorable hit singles. Their million-selling breakthrough album Waking Hour (1989) included the hits Nothing Ever Happens and Kiss This Thing Goodbye. The follow-up, 1992’s Change Everything, featured the massive radio single Always The Last To Know and reached No.2 in the albums chart, only being held off the top slot by the might of The Bodyguard soundtrack. 1995’s Twisted charted at No.3 and included their biggest ever single Roll To Me, which reached No.10 on the Billboard Hot 100. After promoting their fourth album, 2002’s Can You Do Me Good?, Del Amitri went on an indefinite hiatus until 2014, when they reunited for The A to Z of Us Tour.

Tickets for Del Amitri Fri 20 Jul 2018 are on sale Thu 23 Nov from 9am and can be purchased online at TICKETS or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).

Shawn @OfficialKlush features with Dean Z Together on Stageo @ArenaNewcastle – Thursday 24th May 2018

World’s Greatest Elvis Show in Newcastle
The Elvis World Tour Featuring Shawn Klush and Dean Z
Together on Stage
Metro Radio Arena – Thursday 24th May 2018

Direct from the USA - the world's most successful Elvis tribute artiste of all time, Shawn Klush, and the incredible Dean Z, also Grand Champion of The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest are bringing this incredible show to the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle on Thursday 24th May 2018.

Shawn Klush first exploded onto the scene when 6 million UK viewers tuned in to see him win the BBC One search for “The World’s Greatest Elvis”, hosted by Vernon Kaye.

Soon after picking up the BBC title, Shawn was also crowned the first ever ‘Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champion' in Memphis, Tennessee in the first ever tribute contest to be held by Elvis Presley Enterprises. Now, another Grand Champion, in the form of the world renowned Dean Z, will also grace the stage, performing ‘The Early Years’ and, together with fabulous orchestra and production, helping create the greatest Elvis Spectacle on Earth!

On the back of his success, Shawn embarked on an unprecedented world tour, performing to thousands of fans in theatres and arenas across the USA, South America, Europe and Australia.

In the words of Estelle Brown who, as a member of The Sweet Inspirations, did over 1000 performances with Elvis himself: Working with Elvis was indescribable. It was absolutely fantastic and he was the perfect gentleman.  He was just a humble guy, a really wonderful person. We used to say ‘hey boss, hey boss’ but he’d say ‘I’m not your boss, I’m your brother’. That’s how he was; we became a family.  Just as people loved Elvis, Elvis loved people. He was a real people person. That was his life.”
“Shawn is the closest that anyone will ever get to him. I’m not saying he’s exactly Elvis, but he’s as close as anyone will ever get.

Tickets will go on sale 10.00am Wednesday 22nd November 2017 and are available online, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office. Please note venue facility and booking fees will apply.

Friday, 17 November 2017

JORDAN ALLEN are delighted to present their infectious new single ‘R.O.S.I.E’. Coming to @wearethinktank #newcastle

JORDAN ALLEN are delighted
to present their infectious new single

Already known to fans as a firm live favourite, the release has been rapturously received at radio too with plays from BBC Introducing, Virgin Radio, BBC Radio 6Music, not to mention making its way straight on to the Radio X X-Posure Playlist.

Set at a breakneck pace with barely second to catch your breath, R.O.S.I.E. is effervescent new single dedicated to a certain femme fatale with an appetite for the wilder things in life.

Recorded in Manchester and produced by David Rahad-Jones, this new studio recording has all the hallmarks of the original demo that had become a party-starting staple in their live cannon, but reworked with the tempo-upped for an added electric intensity.

Speaking about the track, Jordan says:

“R.O.S.I.E is a song about a posh girl that I met on my course at Uni who I hardly ever saw, because she was always out on mad three-day benders. The first time I saw her she burst in this massive snow leopard coat about 45 minutes late with shades she'd not been to bed. It's about how we eventually became mates and a few of the zany nights we had together.”

Still friends now, the real-life Rosie is set to feature on the single cover, plus a limited range of t-shirts to be sold at the band’s upcoming UK tour - a run of dates set to be the biggest shows of their career so far.

Kicking off in Preston on the 30th November and taking in a total of 16 dates from there on, the band will be also be heading to the likes of Glasgow, Hull, Birmingham, Cambridge, Southampton, London and more. Proceedings wind up in their native north west, with tickets for the Manchester and Liverpool dates selling like hot cakes. Tickets are on sale now and available from:

Speaking about the upcoming UK tour, Jordan says:

“We can't wait to get out and play these headline shows. To see people buying tickets to see us across the country is such an honour, we're really proud of the set we have put together too. We have plenty of new material to play too and some great stuff recorded for 2018, the momentum is going to be huge.”

Notching up sets at major festivals the likes of Tramlines and Dot To Dot, having a blast on the road with The Sherlocks, not to mention having their track “110 Ways to Make Things Better” voted by the public as the #1 anthem of Virgin Radio’s Freshfest as picked from 1000’s of entries - it’s already been quite the year for Jordan Allen. Making waves early on in 2017 with their triumphant and touching ‘Livin’ La Vida Bolton’ charity EP, the band also played to a 2500 sold out capacity crowd at Manchester Academy in support of northern compadres The Sherlocks, with whom they played a spate of shows together earlier this year. Igniting the tour with a bang, Jordan Allen have also been given the eternal honour of illuminating the Christmas Lights in Bolton on 30th November.

On the Winter tour Jordan Allen will also be joined by friends and local talent, with each night promising a rotating showcase of top flight new artists.  Some of the more regular fixtures for the tour include Devon rockers SEVEN CITIES who are currently putting the finishing touches to their latest EP, plus electrifying and enigmatic Scottish outfit REAL LIFE ENTERTAINMENT fresh from their crowning victory as winners of The Pogues Whiskey: Shot At Discovery’s five month search for the UK’s next big rock band. See dates and details below.


30 Nov - Preston - The Ferret 
01 Dec - Leicester - The Cookie
02 Dec - Plymouth - The Underground @
03 Dec - Brighton - Sticky Mikes @
05 Dec - Hull - Polar Bear
06 Dec - Newcastle - Think Tank *
07 Dec - Glasgow - The Garage *
08 Dec - Leeds - The Chapel
09 Dec - Birmingham - Sunflower Lounge
10 Dec - Cambridge - Portland Arms
11 Dec - Norwich - Waterfront
12 Dec - Bristol  -Crofter’s Rights @
13 Dec -Southampton - Joiners Live @
14 Dec - London - Camden Assembly @
15 Dec - Manchester - Ruby Lounge @
16 Dec - Liverpool Studio 2 @

With support from @TheCoralband @ManicStreetPreachers head to @ArenaNewcastle 23/4/18 #Tickets released 24/11


MANIC STREET PREACHERS announce their return to active duty with details of a new album and massive UK tour.

'Resistance Is Futile', the band’s 13th studio album, is due for release on 6th April 2018 on Columbia/Sony (the album is the band’s 13th consecutive release for the label). Of their first new recordings in four years, the band said: “The main themes of ‘Resistance is Futile’ are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration. It’s obsessively melodic - in many ways referencing both the naive energy of ‘Generation Terrorists’ and the orchestral sweep of ‘Everything Must Go’.  After delay and difficulties getting started, the record has come together really quickly over the last few months through a surge of creativity and some old school hard work.”

Following the twin musical departures of 2013’s largely acoustic ‘Rewind the Film’ and the glacial electronics of 2014’s ‘Futurology’, 'Resistance Is Futile' heralds a return to a classic Manics sound described by the band as “widescreen melancholia”. The songs on the album are the first recorded in the band’s new Door to the River studio (near Newport).

To coincide with the release of 'Resistance Is Futile', the band have announced their biggest series of UK live shows in over a decade. Support on all dates comes from very special guests The Coral. 

Manic Street Preachers recently received the Inspiration Award at the Q Awards at the Roundhouse in London. Previous winners include U2, David Bowie and Patti Smith. The band performed a greatest hits set on the night with support from Sleaford Mods.

Tickets will go on sale 9.30am Friday 24th November and are available online, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office (best way to avoid paying any fees is pay cash at box office in person). Please note venue facility and booking fees will apply when buting online or by phone.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Coming to @ArenaNewcastle in 2018, the one and only @JeffLynnesELO #Tickets #preview




Following triumphant shows at Wembley Stadium, Hull KCOM Stadium, Sheffield Arena and Glasgow SSE Hydro earlier this summer, Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce 8 arena shows for autumn 2018 including a show at the Metro Radio Arena Newcastle on Tuesday 9th October 2018.

Looking ahead to the new shows, Jeff said; “Our audiences are amazing. It’s like they’re in the group. We can’t wait to play for them again.”

More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had twenty six UK Top 40 singles, making Lynne's sweeping productions some of the most recognisable music of the last forty years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide. 

June’s stunning Wembley Stadium gig is being immortalised in the live DVD ‘Wembley Or Bust’ out November 17th. In ‘Wembley or Bust’, we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd. 

Widely agreed upon as one of the greatest record producers in music history, Lynne was a co-founder and member of The Travelling Wilburys together with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty as well as a producer and collaborator with some of the biggest names in music including The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and most recently, Bryan Adams.

Tickets will go on sale 9.00am Friday 17th November: TICKET LINK

Sunday, 12 November 2017






Folk Punk heroes, Skinny Lister have wrapped up an extra special present for their fans and listeners everywhere this year ahead of their imminent Double Trouble Tour with Beans on Toast. ‘Christmas Calls’ is an epic new Christmas anthem which harks back to The Pogues all time classic, ‘Fairy Tale of New York’ while retaining an authentic Skinny Lister vibe. ‘Christmas Calls’ is arguably the most epic sounding record the band have produced to date.

While on tour with Dropkick Murphy’s earlier in 2017, the band shot and self-directed the accompanying video to Christmas Call’s which sees them trek across the scenic snow dusted hills of Austria and Germany. Shot on 1970’s Super 8 film and featuring behind the scenes tour action, the video is a Christmas postcard in itself. Check it out here:

Speaking about the track Daniel Heptinstall says:
 “I wrote this song in the lead up to last Christmas so I was in full festive spirit! I didn't actually make a conscious decision to write a Christmas song, it wasn't contrived in any way, it just arrived when I picked up the guitar one day. I am a big fan of a good Christmas track and that warm nostalgic feeling they can evoke. I’ve always had soft spot for a bit of Chris Rea when driving up North to see the family for Christmas, or the festive rush of nostalgia I get from those opening bars of The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York'. I'm more than happy to throw a Skinny Lister one into the mix.”

Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales (where the band also recorded their previous album 'Down On Deptford Broadway’), the track was produced by Tristan Ivemy, a kindred spirit also behind production on their acclaimed third LP 'The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’.

Available to download and stream now, ‘Christmas Calls’ also features on the band’s recently released 2-disc Deluxe Edition of ‘The Devil, The Heart, The Fight’ (out now on Xtra Mile Recordings). New songs 'Thing Like That' and 'Christmas Calls' lead the second CD of the new package before treating the listener to the frenetic energy of their live performances from the band's biggest sold out London show to date at the Scala, and from the Roundhouse during Frank Turner's Lost Evenings Festival both in May 2017.

You can also check out the band playing ‘Hamburg Drunk’ from the Roundhouse here with on the road footage taken from the weekend they performed at Hurricane, Southside and Glastonbury Festivals.

The bonus disc also features acoustic sessions from Paste in New York and the Xtra Mile Outside Broadcast truck which showcase the musical talents of a band that can not only give a full throttle performance on stage but are also able to strip it all back for more intimate renditions. The disc also features 4 tracks of live band banter, and ends with a lo-fi version of new track ‘Boy Ashore’ which offers an intriguing insight into a more raw and folkier side of Skinny Lister.

Skinny Lister are currently touring with the release across Europe, before heading for home to for the Double Trouble Tour Dates with Xtra Mile Label-mate Beans on Toast. Remaining dates as follows:

07 Munich, Germany – Hansa 39 Feierwerk
08 Vienna, Austria – U4 Vienna
09 Linz, Austria – Stwst Stadtwerkstatt
10 Z├╝rich, Switzerland – Dynamo
11 Stuttgart, Germany – Club-CANN
21 Leeds, UK – Stylus
22 Manchester, UK – O2 The Ritz
23 Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
24 Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK – Newcastle University
25 Sheffield, UK – The Leadmill
28 Birmingham, UK – Glee Club
29 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
30 Norwich, UK – Waterfront

01 Cambridge, UK – Junction
02 Leicester, UK – Dryden Street Social
06 Cardiff, UK – The Globe
07 Southampton, UK – 1865
08 Exeter, UK – The Phoenix
09 Bristol, UK – SWX Bristol
10 London, UK – Koko

The full tracklisting is: 

CD 1
Geordie Lad
Tragedy in A Minor
Devil In Me
Beat It From the Chest
Hamburg Drunk
Fair Winds & Following Seas
Live Intro
Thing Like That (new song)
Christmas Calls (new song)
Band Chat - Roundhouse
Wanted (Live at London Roundhouse)
Hamburg Drunk (Live at London Roundhouse)
This Is War (Live at London Roundhouse)
Band Chat – Sessions
Injuries (Paste Session)
Tragedy In A Minor (Paste Session)
Geordie Lad (XMROB1 Truck Session)
Band Chat – Bootlegs

John Kanaka (London Scala Bootleg)
Cathy (London Scala Bootleg)
Bold As Brass (London Scala Bootleg)
Band chat – Boy Ashore
Boy Ashore (new song)

Order links for The Devil, The Heart & The Fight Deluxe Edition
Xtra Mile Recordings -
iTunes -
Amazon -


Friday, 10 November 2017






Hot on the heels of their rammed and raucous Autumn tour, Northern psychedelic punks The Lovely Eggs announce their next series of live dates for February ahead of their forthcoming album This Is Eggland (out 23 February on Egg Records). The Lovely Eggs are one of the most unique, innovative and genuine bands on the British Underground music scene. Setting themselves apart from the mainstream, they've built up a cult following which is due to blow wide open with their mild-melting new album,produced by  Flaming Lips/ Mercury Rev producer, Dave Fridmann. You can sample what's in store with their brand new single, I Shouldn't Have Said That, which is out now. They will be supported by comedian Phill Jupitus (in his guise as Porky the Poet) on all dates.

This Is Eggland is heavier and more in-your-face than anything they’ve done previously. Married couple Holly Ross (guitar/vocals) and David Blackwell (drums) bring together a fierce DIY ethos, surreal sense of humour and kitchen-sink realism. Dave Fridmann lends his magic dust to bring out the best of The Lovely Eggs’ explosive blend of motoric krautrock, 60s psychedelia and punk rock attitude, all flipped over and egged up.

The album title This is Eggland is a cheeky nod to Shane Meadows’ series, This Is England. It is a  comment on the current state of the country, with The Lovely Eggs encouraging people to build their own worlds and create their own reality in these troubled times. The album is about being an outsider and doing things differently, eschewing society’s conventions as they have done.

The album was self-recorded at Lancaster Musician's Co-op (a non profit making recording studio and rehearsal rooms, where the pair met and David works) and the Eggs’ own house in Lancaster, while their three year old son was in bed. Dave Fridmann then produced it remotely with the band sending demos and working progress back and forth. The result is a gratifyingly rich sounding record, which still retains the raw energy of the band’s sound but harnesses a real power and dynamism. It’s much heavier than anything they’ve done before. As Holly says: “It's pretty relentless. It kind of sounds like a chip shop on fire. We still write about everyday life and the stuff that goes on in our world, it's just the new album is more fierce and really tells it like it is.”

February Tour Dates

With support from Phill Jupitus (Porky The Poet) on all dates:

Thurs 8: The Yorkshire House, Lancaster

Fri 9: The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Sun 11: The Mash House, Edinburgh

Mon 12: Stereo, Glasgow

Tue 13: The Adelphi, Hull

Wed 14: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Thur 15: The Cellar, Oxford

Fri 16: The 100 Club, London

Sat 17: Band on the Wall, Manchester

The single "I Shouldn't Have Said That" is out now:



Wednesday, 8 November 2017

BRIX AND THE EXTRICATED @brixextricated #ontour with #newalbum




“rollicking debut album” – Q Magazine
“Get a fistful of the latest crashing single from this powerhouse band” – Nowness
“Featuring crashing percussion and fierce AF vocals, the debut single is an explosive and triumphant return. In-your-face and invigorating, it’s a no-holds-barred rock song that is bold and breath taking” – Wonderland
 “Damned for Eternity is a two minute and 15 second punch to the gut of filthy garage power, unrelenting, to the point, and highly infectious. Brix vehemently spits out her lyrics over savage sliding power chords and a rumbling bass.” – Louder Than War

BRIX & THE EXTRICATED will release the highly anticipated album Part 2 on 22nd September 2017 on Blang Records. Availabl on Amazon now:

amazon link

The band has – in the words of an old Fall lyric – something of a “track record”. Brix Smith-Start is one of the few true female rock icons of the indie and alternative era, an inspiration for generations of women, not just those who play music. Her best-selling 2016 autobiography, The Rise, The Fall And The Rise, detailed a hugely eventful life including the years in which she was married to Fall singer Mark E. Smith and wrote songs and played guitar in the group. Steve Hanley’s own acclaimed memoir, 2014’s The Big Week, revealed what it was really like to spend 18 years in the Fall, the longest spell of any member of the iconic and influential Salford group.

If Hanley’s elastic bass lines defined the Fall sound, Brix’s arrival in the 80s and two spells in the group redefined that sound and took it chartward (and brought a touch of LA glamour to the band’s Salford mean streets look). Together, with Steve’s brother Paul, guitarist Steve Trafford (both also Fall refugees) and Irish guitarist Jason Brown, they are now Brix & the Extricated, but while the Fall have given them a foundation, a history and a pedigree, this is a new group with new songs and a new sound, who are writing their own history now. Yes, in their terrific debut album, Part 2 (a title suggested by Alan McGee, because it’s exactly that) there are elements of vintage Fall, such as strange sonic textures and off-kilter found sounds, but Brix & the Extricated also bring the raw power of the Stooges, the pop sensibility of prime Blondie, walls of big glam rock guitars and dollops of psychedelia. 
“It’s not as polarizing as the Fall,” says Brix. “Yes, there are dark, hypnotic grooves, but there are rays of sunshine. I realized that a piece of my soul was missing, so I had to do this and I’ve given up everything to do it. I never thought I’d touch an instrument again, so to pick up a guitar and have it all come back racing through me because of the connection between us was a gift from God.”

As the best things often do, Brix & the Extricated came about almost by complete accident. Until three years ago, both Brix and Steve felt their musical careers were long since over. Steve’s memoir opened up opportunities in writing and public speaking. Brix had been so “broken” by the end of her Fall experience – never an easy band to be in, never mind being married to and then divorced from the singer – that she didn’t pick up a guitar for 15 years. 
“I felt my connection to creativity had been severed,” she explains. Thus, she went from being one of the true female icons of the UK alternative scene to a household name as presenter of TV’s Gok Wan’s Fashion Fix and helped run her husband Philip Start’s fashion empire. However, when Steve put together a makeshift band to play Fall songs for his book’s launch in July 2014, Brix was in the audience, and something happened.
 “Something went through my body like a lightning bolt and made me just want to get up and grab the guitar,” she says. “I hadn’t felt that fire for 25 years. Afterwards I went over to Steve and asked why he didn’t ask me to play and he said, ‘We never thought you’d do it.’”

In fact, Brix had been “secretly” playing again, admittedly only to her dogs Pixie and Gladys. On hearing this, Steve suggested:
 “Why don’t we get together and do something, write songs, just for fun?” This germ of an idea became something much more the moment they plugged in, initially jamming through Fall classic US 80s 90s (which, importantly they’d both been involved in writing). “I just had goosebumps,” says Brix. “I said, ‘Oh my God, there’s something there’.” 

Before they knew it, they were putting together a full-line up, which wasn’t easy. Brix wanted to feel how she felt in the peak Fall – “like standing in front of a freight train!” as she puts it), so the Extricated had to be a rhythmic and melodic powerhouse. Up stepped Steve’s drummer brother Paul, who played on no less than seven classic Fall albums. “Having the Hanley brothers as your rhythm section is amazing, because as brothers they play together intuitively,” grins Brix. Steve had got to know guitarist and songwriter Steve Trafford, who did such sterling work on 2005’s Fall Heads Roll, one of the greater later Fall albums. Irish guitarist Jason Brown had done such a good job with Brix’s guitar parts at the book launch gig that she realised he would be the perfect foil to allow her to concentrate on vocals.
However, the thought of playing classic songs long discarded from the live set by the Fall  – never mind singing the lyrics once sung by her redoubtable ex-husband – was daunting. However, she acquired a mantra – “I always say, ‘Right guys, let’s scorch the earth and poison the wells. Because we’re gonna take no prisoners and no one’s gonna come after us’” and at the early gigs, fans were weeping. “They said, ‘We never thought we’d hear those songs played live again,’” says Brix of songs that they will only play if they were part of their creation. “We wanted to take things we were really proud of and bring them back… in some cases for me to do them the justice that wasn’t done before.”

On Part 2, an example of that process is the spellbinding, psychedelic pop treatment given to 1983’s Hotel Blodel or new, anthemic focus brought to Feeling Numb. However, Brix & the Extricated were always intended to be more than a vehicle to remodel Fall songs. Almost from the off, they started writing songs. Something To Lose was the first, boasting Brix’s killer opening couplet “Today I am clean, but tomorrow I will be filthy” and a tune reminiscent of classic Stooges. For Pneumatic Violet, Brix was surprised by the reappearance of some very long buried vitriol.

 “It’s a song about revenge, specifically someone who Single White Femaled me.” Valentino is about “the greatest lover I never had, love and sex and about sitting next to someone that you really fancy and your hair is standing and your whole body is throbbing. It’s that!” The exquisite Moonrise Kingdom is testament to the unheralded songwriting prowess of Steve Trafford, who felt that his song Midnight In Aspen hadn’t been properly treated by the Fall. “Steve Trafford said, ‘This is the best song I’ve ever written and I don’t want it to go to waste,’” explains Brix. Thus, under Steve’s instructions, Brix completely reworked the song with new lyrics and a melody and the result is one of Part 2’s strongest songs. A classic Hanley bassline propels the defiant Teflon. Album closer Hollywood – which forms a formidable closing segue with 1985 Fall song LA – was penned by none other than the younger Hanley, who clearly has much more in his locker than trademark powerhouse drum beats.

The two bands will always have a connection. Brix learned much about editing lyrics and using strange sounds from Mark E. Smith. Since writing The Big Midweek, Steve has realised that people acknowledge that he was far more than “some idiot that stood behind Mark Smith”. However, Brix & the Extricated are not in competition with the Fall.
 “We wish them well, but they are a completely different beast,” says Brix. “Coming back, I feel like we’re the underdogs. A woman in her fifties taking it on – there aren’t many of us – but in a cool way. Neither myself or Steve got the credit we deserved, but Steve is one of my five favourite bass players in the world. I can look back now and appreciate what we did, but this is…. Well, Part 2.” 

And that telling band name? “Steve suggested it,” smiles Brix. 
“Of course, Extricated is a 1990 Fall album but also we’re all extricated from the Fall. Extricate is another word for freedom. So we say to audiences every night, “Sheffield – or wherever – prepare to be Extricated!”
Now it’s the turn of the much wider world. Planet Earth, prepare to be Extricated!

Live Dates

1st Sept End Of The Road Festival Dorset
8th Sept Trades Club         Hebden Bridge
22nd Sept Rough Trade Nottingham In Store Nottingham 
23rd Sept Rough Trade East In Store London
14th Oct                                      Georgian Theatre          Stockton on Tees  
2nd Nov Sticky Mikes         Brighton 
3rd Nov Oslo                 London
4th Nov Cellar         Oxford
8th Nov Newhampton Arts Centre Wolverhampton 
9th Nov Thekla         Bristol 
10th Nov                                   Bodega         Nottingham
11th Nov                                   The V+Cookie         Leicester 
17th Nov                                   Cluny         Newcastle
18th Nov                                   Unity Works         Wakefield
24th Nov                                   Stereo         Glasgow
25th Nov                                    Beat Generator Dundee

Stephen Hanley (The Big Midweek – Route Pubs) and Brix Smith Start (The Rise, The Fall, And The Rise – Faber & Faber) have both written critically acclaimed, best selling memoirs, about their lives as musicians and their years in The Fall, which are widely available. 

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