Friday, 24 March 2017

#minireview #photos @WeAreKahuna @SonicBoomSix @GhoulsUK and @FireLadyLuck @O2Academynewc

Ska Party!

Sonic Boom Six returned to Newcastle this week, and what a great night!

The local support bands Kahuna and Fire Lady Luck were absolute gems. Fire Lady Luck, on first, had a touch of the Jellys about them , with the singalong harmonised vocals and  guitar chipper melodies. Kahuna were more ska and clearly perfectionists in their craft. 

The Ghouls, on tour with Sonic Boom Six, were seriously good ska. Plenty of great songs and onstage energy. The crowd really got going by this point


By the time Sonic Boom Six came to the stage, the crowd were well fired up by this quality lineup. Their new album The F-Bomb provided some of the set, but they didn't ignore the back catalogue. Sonic Boom Six have come a long way in the last decade. I'd say to some degree they've come full circle, with a more ska sound in the new album. However, For The Kids of the Multiculture and Virus really got the crowd bouncing and a human pyramid growing. It was a good-natured crowd too, which was great to see. One lad with a massive mohican requested Northern Skies, Laila (female lead vocalist) asked him why he wanted that song. "Because it's a lovely song" he replied. Aww. It became a proper midweek party. Sonic Boom Six gigs, possibly the best gigs in the world. Don't miss the next one. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Coming to @WeareThinkTank (which one?) 26/4/17 @edgarsummertyme @cutglasskings @TheSundownersUK





In raring anticipation of their two bountiful new releases on cult Liverpool label Skeleton Key Records - emphatic indie force The Sundowners and the veritable Godfather of Scouse-Psych Edgar Jones & The Joneses have come together for a joint headline tour of mind bending proportions. 

As if the combination of two behemoths of celebrated psychedelia wasn’t potent enough, Birmingham upstarts Cut Glass Kings have been anointed as tour support for the nine date tour commencing at Brudenell Leeds on April 25th and ending at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on May 7th. 

A breeze of true, artistic freedom blows through the bold and brilliant second album from The Sundowners, as the Liverpool five-piece release Cut The Master, the keenly anticipated follow up to their lauded debut, appearing on Skeleton Key Records on 21st April.

Watch the Official Video for The Sundowners ‘Great Beauty’ 

An assembly of rare, unconventional musical minds gathered for the band’s recording sessions at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool, placing a multitude of hands on the production tiller, resulting in a fascinatingly, multi-directional record. Collaborators led by the band included James Skelly and Rich Turvey (The Coral, She Drew The Gun, Blossoms) and part-musical archaeologist, part-sonic alchemist, Andy Votel, with the latter not only co-producing two tracks, but curating/penning a series of curious, cinematic interludes that weave between each track.

A regular mainstay of the Liverpool scene, for over 20 years, Edgar returns (from illness) in 2017 with a fresh new record. ‘The Song of Day and Night’ is released on Skeleton Key Records on  Friday 14th April 2017. Already being lauded by those lucky enough to hear it as his best work since 2005's seminal ‘Soothing Music for Stray Cats’, touted by Noel Gallagher as his favourite album that year - "It bent my head man", he stated in an Observer interview. 

Watch the Official Video for Edgar Jones & The Joneses ‘Best Thing’ 

Drawing influence from his big love of 60's stateside soul music labels both North and South. Edgar was first introduced to the Liverpool scene as Ian McCulloch's (Echo and the Bunnymen) bassist aged only 18, leaving to form his own group the much loved scouse psychedelic group the Stairs whose debut LP ‘Mexican R’n'B' is now a rare and  collectable item. 

From there on, a bona-fide bass guitarist, Edgar's skills have been called upon by many including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Cherry Ghost and Love. Alongside this he has led his own groups, highlighting his love of rhythm and blues and soul music, which have always been a delight to witness. 

The release of the record will see him embark on a national tour with his 4-piece band presented by Skeleton Key and also featuring label mates The Sundowners and Brummie trio Cut Glass Kids.


April 25th - Brudenell, Leeds -Tickets

April 26th - Tink Tank, Newcastle - Tickets

April 28th - Opium 10, Barnsley (THIS FEELING) - Tickets

April 29th - Jimmy’s Bar, Manchester (THIS FEELING) - Tickets

May 1st - Lexington, London (THIS FEELING) - Tickets

May 3rd - Sticky Mikes, Brighton (THIS FEELING) - Tickets

May 4th - Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham - Tickets

May 5th - The Rocking Chair, Sheffield - Tickets

May 7th - King Tuts, Glasgow - Tickets on behalf of Sonic PR

Sundays: Sunday dinner and local musicians at The Central Bar, Gateshead

Friday, 10 March 2017

A #DIYgig with an #anythinggoes vibe #alternative #rock #newcastle

A DIY gig with an anything goes vibe

Problem Child presents 4 different bands coming together to showcase some of the best music the Newcastle’s Alternative scene has to offer. There is something for everyone ranging from songs about rum and good times to tackling the darker side of life and mocking society. The Globe on the 7th of April is the place to go to if you want to experience what is becoming one of the best Alternative music scene’s in the UK, And its free entry. Starts at 7, first band on at 8, Finish at 11.   

Formed in 2008 Blackjack are an uncompromising hard rock band from Newcastle. Having coined the term “groove rock” they produce a sound that is easily identifiable, sets them apart and seen them become one of the most successful bands to come out of Newcastle. In 2015 the band released “the gent” EP and sold out the 02 academy 2 in Newcastle a feat that is rarely accomplished by a local home grown band. Off the back of this the band received radio play on FM and online radio as well. With an energetic live show that has the band compared to the likes of Led Leppelin, Aerosmith, Buckcherry, Airbourne, Pearl Jam and Wolfmother they are set to take the next step in their journey with the highly anticipated follow up to “The Gent”.   
Blackjack by Jowheretogo/Carliol Photography

Auto Immune
Auto Immune are 3 piece band from the north east of England. The band blend different styles of Alternative music together to create a sound that is their own. Having concentrated their efforts on gigging in Newcastle the band have gained a reputation for putting on a live show that keeps you guessing whilst gaining notable comparisons to bands from the 90’s. The bands self-titled mini EP has received nothing but positive responses from fans of the band as well as praise from the music press and is currently enjoying radio play on both FM and online radio. 
Altcorner - January 31, 2017 | Nathan Blackstone
“the instruments hold together while keeping the song loose enough to feel fun in an almost old school way, something I find refreshing in a world full of computer corrected performances”
Box Wallet and the Roadside Shrimp
Box Wallet and the Roadside Shrimp is a 4 piece alternative acoustic band with folk, blues and jazz influences based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The band are formidable live and impress at every turn, their relentless gigging landed them a coveted slot at 2017’s canny fringe festival on the main Alternative stage. 

Devils Night 
Grunge/Rock/Alt band formed in Newcastle. The band’s unique blend has seen them compared to Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Screaming Trees and Bush amongst others. With an explosive live show that has seen Devils Night gain the reputation of one of the best Alternative bands in Newcastle’s ever growing Alternative music scene.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

#ska #punk #grime with a bit of #pop @SonicBoomSix are @o2academynewc 22.3

‘The F-Bomb’
brand new album
Deluxe Edition 

27 May 2016

"By taking ska, pop, grime, dubstep, punk and metal apart, then rebuilding them as a hyperactive hybrid, Sonic Boom Six demand attention." Kerrang!

SONIC BOOM SIX is an explosive and outspoken five-piece described as "taking ska, pop, grime, dubstep, punk and metal apart, then rebuilding them as a hyperactive hybrid" (Kerrang! Magazine). With a live show infamous for "clashing activism and good times", SB6's legendary gigs are a party that started in Manchester, UK, with an open-door policy towards all races, genders, ages and orientations. The Boom’s influences include The Specials, The Streets, and The Fugees, and the band signed with Cherry Red Records in early 2016. They will drop The F-Bomb — SB6's latest album — on 27th May 2016.

Just out is the video for the single Do What You Wanna Do, an eclectic mash up including horns and breaks from Geno by Dexy's Midnight Runners.

Having toured the UK, Europe, the US, and Japan constantly for the last decade (while also managing to release three albums on their own label Rebel Alliance Recordings) the band took time out in 2014 to write The F-Bomb album, and record it with Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns), finished with a mix courtesy of Adam Noble (McFly, Kids In Glass Houses). The promo video of the infectious first single ‘No Man No Right’ was premiered on Clash Music in November 2015, and saw SB6 flipping the typical, macho, testosterone-fuelled gig experience on its head, with the lads in the band suffering the same everyday ordeals that your average female stoically tolerates at almost every rock show.

Across The F-Bomb’s ten tracks (and the record’s unflinching cover art) SB6 tackle the hotly-contested subject of female identify head-on, through missives on body image, immigration, gender politics, and domestic abuse. Musically, the record enjoys all the imaginative genre-hopping that Sonic Boom Six are admired for — starting with the anthemic call-to-arms opener ('No Man No Right'), the band take in their 2-tone roots ('From The Fire To The Frying Pan'), electronica elements ('Worship Yourself'), drum 'n bass influences ('Do What You Wanna Do’), all wrapped up in their trademark ska pop packaging. With this album the band have written the sound of summer 2016. The second disc on this deluxe version is a live show taken from the band's storming set at Norwich’s beloved venue The Owl Sanctuary on 7th November 2015.

Sonic Boom Six has released 4 studio albums and two full-length compilations with countless singles, EPs and compilation appearances. SB6 has performed headline tours of Europe, America and Japan as well as slots at festivals including Glastonbury, Download, Sonisphere and the main stage at Reading and Leeds Festival. Sonic Boom Six has written and performed songs that have appeared on BBC Radio 1, Channel 4, BBC 2 (TV), Rock Band and Sims 3 video games and much more. Catch the band's explosive live show throughout the UK this summer. 

The F Bomb - The New Album
1. No Man, No Right
2. From The Fire To The Frying Pan
3. Do What You Wanna Do
4. Drop The Bass (And Pick It Up)
5. Train Leaves Tomorrow
6. L.O.V.E
7. Worship Yourself
8. Joanna
9. All The Same To Me
10. Echoes In The Dark 

Disc 2 – Live from Norwich Owl Sanctuary
1. Bigger Than Punk Rock
2. Virus
3. No Man, No Right
4. Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
5. Do What You Wanna Do
6. Sound of a Revolution
7. L.O.V.E
8. All In / Monkey See Monkey Do
9. Northern Skies
10. Drop The Bass (And Pick It Up)
11. Piggy in the Middle
12. Joanna
13. The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions
14. For the Kids of the Multiculture
15. Blood for Oil

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