A Quick Progress Update

Posted in Events, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2012 by Mallaz

Here’s What I’m Up To

Since the whole TalkTalk debacle throwing me back into the dark ages and obviously well behind schedule my blog work has been all but non-existent. For more information relating to why nobody in the word should use TalkTalk click here – https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/due-to-talktalks-douchbagerry/

I’m not done with those fukkas quite yet however I’m holding off and waiting to see if my bill is reduced later this month as promised by one of their clueless telephone ‘tards before I kick up more fuss. I have no doubt that this matter is yet over.

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The Resurrection of Mallaz.co.uk

Earlier this year I launched my official website Mallaz.co.uk but after some issues with my webhost at the time iPage, another company who are shite when it comes to customer service, I was forced into scrapping that. Work is now underway at the reconstruction and resurrection of Mallaz.co.uk which will be your one-stop shop for all things Mallaz.

As standard my site will be the number one place to keep updated as to my live music calendar including both the events that I personally and independently organise and promote, as well as details on events involving artists that I am affiliated with.

My work is predominantly based in music as in independent events promoter and a band manager, having also formed and performed in my own (failed) band and managed a few others. The music section of Mallaz.co.uk will of course contain a blog where I prattle on about music, with live reviews, reviews of releases, local gig guide and also with added features such as Artist Spotlights (highlighting a local act for whatever reason), as well as bringing back Song of the Week, which was a regular feature on this blog until the cross-over and then untimely return from Mallaz.co.uk. Already I have a long article containing my take on several live local events as well as a review of Lost Highway, the album by Parastatic. This article is being constantly added to and the publication postponed until the rebirth of Mallaz.co.uk as I just don’t have the freedom to do everything I would like to with this free WordPress blog.

I will also be putting a lot more emphasis on the art side of my work after a recent increase in interest in my old Horrorshow Artwork project. I am willing to consider commissioned work and my rates are negotiable, however I am selective in the work I undertake, not purely down to time restraints I just don’t do anything I don’t want to (that’s why I look so good for my age). I am available for EP and Album art, so long as you’re music’s not shite, I’ve also designed logos, posters and other such crap and do have some pieces for sale, but I did knock back £300 each on the first three Horrorshow Artwork images so don’t expect me to part with any of those cheaply. The Horrorshow Artwork series is very personal to me, hence the ridiculous price. I can assure you that my prices for commissioned work are a lot less harmful to your bank balance and as I have previously stated I am open to negotiations on work that I am enthusiastic about.

Right that’s my music n art shit covered aye? Don’t forget the standard Mallaz blog though, the one where I spout my shite on all sorts of subjects. Sports a big one, I’ll probably be getting back into writing about football at some point coz that’s just not happened since my demotion back to this shit blog and also I do like a good pop at the news now and then and will be getting my vote on tomorrow for The Police and Crime Commissioner elections, seeing as this is the first time I’ve ever been registered to vote. Boom!

Creative types who would like a kushy little spot on Mallaz.co.uk should email mallaz84@yahoo.com with some details about what you do. It’s not solely down to my own creativity that I have a vested interest in the North East’s creative culture. I just love music, art, poetry, stories. I just love entertainment, creativity and originality. My official affiliates will have their own pages and/or sections on the Mallaz.co.uk website but if you are a creative sort looking for an extra platform to showcase your skills and/or have your own business and are looking for a marketing platform then I want to help you and the creative community. What have you got to lose? Email – mallaz84@yahoo.com and tell me what you’ve got to offer.

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Band Stuff Updatery

First off, as you know I’ve been managing local Funk band Gingersnap & The Style since summer and recently took the same position at a brand new Experimental Punk band Miss Danby and the What. So now I’ll tell you a bit about what’s happening with them.

Gingersnap & The Style Pile

Recently Gingersnap & The Style Pile performed at The Golden Lion in Jarrow for my associates at ToddRoxx Events after having performed at my last event, the SOLD OUT Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Excusive & Intimate).

After three months as their manager I am afraid my relationship with Gingersnap & the Style Pile has had come to an end. Instability within the band has forced two key line-up changes recently and has caused progress to stagnate. Certain members of the band seem to have lost enthusiasm and it has been agreed that this is no longer a mutually beneficial arrangement and during the time Gingersnap & The Style Pile need to reformulate their group my time could be better utilised on my current projects. Hopefully it won’t be long before Gingersnap & The Style Pile are back on their feet and I wish them the best success.

Miss Danby and the What

Miss Danby and the What are a fresh new band fronted by Bryonie Danby, who some of you may recognise from her work as a solo artist. This brand new Alternative, Experimental Punk act formed only in the summer of this year and currently have only made on live performance at The Cluny.

Listen to the live recordings of Miss Danby and the What’s debut at The Cluny on – https://soundcloud.com/mdandtw/sets/live-344

It’s still all early doors for Miss Danby and the What but in my opinion there is a great deal of potential in the group and the three current members Miss Danby, Mr Nissen and Mr Hanrahan have struck me as the type of band with a drive for success, a passion for music and most importantly a sense of fun. There is one piece of the Miss Danby and the What puzzle missing, a versatile and committed bass player.

If you’re a skilled and unattached bass player, liked what you heard on the above link and you would like opportunity to be in this cool and exciting new group with big ambition and gigs already confirmed then check out the details and how to apply for an audition through this advert – http://www.joinmyband.co.uk/classifieds/where-are-all-the-bass-playing-multi-intrumentalists-t409500.html

Miss Danby and the What’s talents know no bounds and the lack of bass player has not rendered them incapable of performing live. As well as a couple of gigs in the pipeline they already have another two confirmed. The Festive Fiasco on 19th December and Amateur Night at The Big Top on 2nd February 2013.

Check out Miss Danby and the What on – http://www.missdanby.com/

Bonsai Five present The Festive Fiasco

Wednesday 19th December 2012 – The Bridge Hotel

In the heighth of festivities in Newcastle City Centre on Wednesday 19th December, Newcastle-based Indie band Bonsai Five will take control of the upstairs function room at The Bridge Hotel to host a night of live music entitled The Festive Fiasco.

For an entry fee of only £3, which is payable on the doors which open at 8pm, you can start your Christmas celebrations early by witnessing four live bands in action.

The Festive Fiasco features; Maps Are Fiction, the hosts Bonsai Five, The Face as well as the fantastic Miss Danby and the What.

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

Saturday 2nd February 2013 – The Bridge Hotel

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/192309

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top is a live music event showcasing talented independent artists from the North East. In a night of Alternative Rock music four bands; The Creep Void, Warning!, The Shake Appeal and Miss Danby and the What will be performing their individual brands of Rock & Roll. Advance tickets for Amateur Night at The Big Top are £4.00 plus booking fee and doors will be open from 7.00pm. Advance tickets will take priority however if any tickets do remain on the night entry will be permitted on the door. On the door admission may be charged more.

This event is scheduled to be my return to live music event promotion following this lengthy break to get my affairs in order. My last live music event Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate) was a great success and we managed to sell out the venue.

I worked with The Shake Appeal in March this year when they performed a set at The Telegraph in Newcastle for me. I’m also familiar with a couple of members of the Creep Void too as they have attended several of my events in support of Washington-based Awkward Weed, although this will be the first time I have worked with The Creep Void on a professional basis. As things currently stand it will also be the first time I have worked with Warning!, who have come highly recommended from several sources, Miss Danby and the What (at least n the role of an event organiser) and also the very first time I will be working with Insangel, who will be performing the equipment hire and sound engineering duties at Amateur Night at The Big Top. Check out Insangel’s website on – http://www.insangel.co.uk/

For ticket sales monitoring purposes each act has its own specific ticket link to this event so if you’re a fan of Miss Danby and the What and would like to guarantee that they receive their due credit from you purchase please buy your tickets trough this link – http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/48GzRUNeeH

Tickets for all of my future events will be available at http://www.wegottickets.com/Mallaz

DUE TO TALKTALK’S DOUCHBAGERRY…

Posted in Events, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2012 by Mallaz

Recently My Blog’s Been on the Back Burner!

FUCK TALKTALK!!!

Obviously over the course of the last month or so my internet “provider” TalkTalk has left me in the dark ages over the course of the aforementioned period of time. After being left without a functional internet connection for a couple of weeks while TalkShit had made me repeatedly read through useless information (information that is actually displayed on the website and information that in no way helped identify the cause of the problems with my internet connection). Are you with me so far? Or has the repetitive on-hold song become so fukkin tedious that you’ve hung up?

What it was that had actually caused the problems to my internet connection with TalkTalk was work being carried out on a telephone pole directly next to my place. During the process of this maintenance, those aforementioned engineers had totally dropped a bollock. I had suspected that this due to what would normally be an overheard line lying across my back garden as though it was attempting to top up its tan. In other words, when I reported the problem to TalkShit I actually told them the cause of the exact cause of the problem within that initial contact. What followed that was comical at best, hilarious from a neutral point of view but not when it’s happening to you.

After I had initially reported the problem over a followed by of having intermitting internet connection and being made to switch things off n on n off n on again and then having to dig out the little screwdrivers to clart about with the box to see (shock, horror) no improvement, the internet connection that I had been sporadically receiving over those few days just packed in all together.

Yet another telephone call to re-report the problem and to find out the status was now on repair. TalkTalk had decided they should actually bother to send out an engineer. So, after four days of no internet connection at all and drawing ever closer to a full month since the situation began, TalkShit finally get their fingers out their hoops and send out an engineer.

The engineer had to be getting paid by the hour judging the time it took from TalkShit “sending” him until the point that my connection came back. However, during this entire fiasco I have only managed to physically speak to one person from TalkShit who has “assured” me that I will be compensated for the time that my internet connection has been down. Well I fukkin hope so!

I’ve currently only got a couple of months left on my TalkTalk contract and after various discussions with a wide range of people that I know, it seems these shenanigans aren’t a one-off or even a rarity with TalkTalk, they’re reputation is shambolic. I’ve been given information and details relating to other broadband providers who provide their services without such ignorance and lack of respect to customers. As things currently stand I have no desire to stick with TalkShit thanks to the time they’ve cost me over this last five or so weeks, and we all know time is money. During one of the (many pointless) discussions with TalkShit advisers I was informed that they would reduce my bills as an apology for this ridiculous standard of customer service, which is frankly disgusting, and I fully expect these changes to my bill to be in force when they next start demanding payment for their “services provided” in the next couple of weeks.

This isn’t the last I’ve got to say on these work shy scabby bastards though, so expert to witness the finer details of this customer services catastrophical fuck up to be broadcast and not before too long.

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MUSIC

Obviously for those of who remember that I’m in the business of music will be wondering what’s going on seeing as I haven’t been spewing my shite about that artistic format that we all know and love as often as I would have been, yet at the same time haven’t been running any live music events since ‘Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate) back in September.

Well the TalkTalk twattery hindered the publications of a few articles early in October and in turn has had me running around chasing my tail, far behind schedule in what has become an increasingly hectic period of my existence. I had written a couple of live music reviews from early in October when the TalkShit troubles began so have been adding to that article as and when I’ve managed to get out and make appearance at gigs and things.

I’m currently updating and editing that information to assure it is all correct at the time of going to publication. I have made it to some outstanding events this month and will soon publish an article relation those recent events and the once mentioned here so far, but that will all most likely be published on Mallaz.co.uk as I am now in the process of rebuilding it. This article will include my review of Lost Highway, the debut album by one of my local favourite groups Parastatic. If you’re too impatient to wait for my words (or think that they’re just bullshit anyway) feel free to form your own opinion and/or buy Lost Highway here – http://104records.bandcamp.com/album/lost-highway-3

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Miss Danby and The What

I’m very proud to announce that recently I have been acquired by a very impressive local band by the name of Miss Danby and the What in the role of their manager. The band formed in the summer of this year and made their debut soon after in an impressive set at The Cluny in Newcastle. Miss Danby has an incredible, unique vocal talent and there is a cool Experimental Punk element to their sound provide by the rest of the What. This band definitely has the ability to set themselves apart from the crowd.

Although it is still very early days with Miss Danby and the What I do believe that they are a band worth the time and effort and the hard work that I pour into every challenge that I am enthusiastic about. I couldn’t be more genuine in saying that Miss Danby and the What have the drive and ambition to make big things happen and are very much a band that I am exciting to have the opportunity to build a good working relationship with.

Currently though, a slight stumbling block for Miss Danby and the What is their need for a new bass player. If you want to join an Experimental Punk band fronted by an exceptionally cool and talented young singer/songwriter and you have ambition, are dedicated and versatile then this could be the role for you.

Check out the details and specifications in this advert http://www.joinmyband.co.uk/classifieds/where-are-all-the-bass-playing-multi-intrumentalists-t409500.html and if you feel that you’re the person for the job…. Well get the reply in there quick and do us all proud!

Check out Miss Danby and the What’s website – http://www.missdanby.com/

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Miss Danby and the What Gig Dates

Wed 19th Dec 2012 –The Bridge Hotel

Bonsai Five presents THE FESTIVE FIASCO

(w/ Maps Are Fiction, Bonsai Five and The Face)

Doors open 8.00pm

Sat 2nd Feb 2013 – The Bridge Hotel

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Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

(w/ The Creep Void, The Shake Appeal and Warning!)

Adv. Tickets £4.00 (+b/fee)

 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/192309

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My Next Currently Confirmed Event

Yeah, it’s been a while since my sell-out at The Bright Hotel that showcased the outstanding BiG BEAT BRONSON performing with a full live backing band in what was, by all purposes, intended on being the last event run by me. It was a very successful event and the things that have happened since that event have changed my perception on a lot of matters in life.

Instead of just jacking it in completely to focus on other ventures I have been urged by several different careers advisers to head down the route of self employment in music and arts based business. It was an idea that I had been put off from following the fiasco of working with certain acts who failed to contribute anything to the scene and atmosphere that I was WORKING towards. The majority were DJs, along with a good handful of bands have fallen far short of expectations, however I’ve not slept since Sunday and this part of my blog is to inform you….

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/192309

Sat 2nd Feb 2013 – The Bridge Hotel (map)

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

(w/ The Creep Void, The Shake Appeal and Warning!)

Doors open 7.00pm – Adv tickets £4.00 (+b/fee) from – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/192309

The first event that I had (notice had…?) fully confirmed and booked for 2013 is named Amateur Night at The Big Top and will be held at the trusty The Bridge Hotel on Castle Garth, Newcastle on Saturday 2nd February 2013. Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top combines four highly-talented, well-respected and unsigned local Rock & Roll bands.

Doors will be open from 7.00pm. Advance tickets are available for £4.00 (plus booking fee) and on the door entry may be charged extra, quite possibly to the tune of a straight fiver.

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/192309

**This event was fully confirmed until last week when Kraken Sound (the hire firm providing the sound equipment and engineers) decided that they no longer wanted to work the sound for Amateur Night at The Big Top due to the artists being involved being Rock bands. This has proved an irritant as pay-out structures for the artists and people involved were calculated on the basis of the equipment and sound engineering costing the price Kraken Sound had quoted me. The only slight positive that I can take from this turn of events is that I have three months to procure a replacement whose rice does not affect the total expenditure of the event, otherwise I could sell this event out yet still lose part of my investment capital**

The Four bands listed for Amateur Night at The Big Top are;

 

Miss Danby and the What

The newest of the four unsigned bands that will grace the stage at The Bridge Hotel is Miss Danby and the What, who formed this summer and made a great impression in their debut performance at The Cluny some short time after. It was a performance that spurred this NARC review;

“Support act Miss Danby and The What, performing live for the first time, were a new find. Danby’s vocals are at once sweet and harsh – like sandpaper dipped in dairy milk, only a lot more pleasant – which the band underpinned with a Lynchian score by virtue of a near fatal dose of reverb.”

As mentioned before, I now work with Miss Danby and the What as their manager so I’m confident that they will take this opportunity to impress everyone that is in attendance to the same extent that they’ve impressed me.

http://www.missdanby.com/

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The Shake Appeal

The Shake Appeal actually performed at my second entirely independent live music event at The Telegraph in March this year and left a lasting impression. I originally booked The Shake Appeal on the recommendation of a couple unconnected people and I am really fond of their music, which has at times seen the South-Tyneside based Alternative Rock group likened to Be Your Own Pet and Rapture.

The Shake Appeal are the only of the four acts to be performing at Amateur Night at The Big Top and I am confident that they will add to the sociable atmosphere that I am hoping to create. In fact I am in regular contact with Phil Morgan, the bass player in The Shake Appeal, and his other group People Making Noises performed an event for me at the end of August at Mallaz presents… Head Of Light Entertainment at The Cluny 2.

From the information currently at my disposal, The Shake Appeal will next be performing live on Thursday 29th November at The Dog & Parrot through Something Else Promotions. Stay tuned to The Shake Appeal on their website for further developments and more details relating to upcoming events.

http://www.theshakeappeal.co.uk/

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The Creep Void

The Creep Void are an act that will have no trouble integrating themselves into the social element of what I am creating in North East music. Several members of The Creep Void have been in the audience of some of my previous live music events, actually supporting the local music scene. That’s something I think should be seen more often. So that’s a positive working in the favour of The Creep Void before I even start on their music.

The Washington/Gateshead Alt Rock band have been together since April last year and have a list of influences longer than a Scouser’s charge sheet. In December they will release the album Apotheosis which will then be followed by the video for the single Not For God’s Sake in January.

The Creep Void Album Launch for Apotheosis will be help at Plugged Inn in Sunderland on 1st December and features support from; One Man Revival, Awkward Weed, People Making Noises, Scarlet Conviction and Indigo Vertebrae. You get all of this for the sake of on poxy quid? Bargain!

https://soundcloud.com/thecreepvoid

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Warning!

Warning! are a Gateshead-based, three-piece, Alternative, Rock band that have been drawn to my attention after several glimmering recommendations from within the North East music scene, making Warning! an act that I have very high expectations of.

Warning! have been a staple fixture within the North East music scene since 2009 and since then have being going from strength to strength since. Their next live performance is at The Indigo Rooms in Sunderland on 17th November. Unfortunately I currently have no further information regarding times or prices for that event s you may need to find to find that out for yourself.

On BBC Newcastle, Nick Roberts had this to say about Warning!, “There are a lot of rock bands knocking about at the minute … A lot of them aren’t very good … These guys are an exception”

https://soundcloud.com/warning-1

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What Next???

Well as I mentioned earlier in this blog I have an article relation to the musical exploits I have witnessed since the beginning or October, however due to TalkTalk metaphorically sodomising I have missed the boat on the majority of the gig reviews and most importantly Parastatic’s album review. The publication of any more reviews and such has been sidelined due to the ever pressing need to reconstruct my Death Star Mallaz.co.uk

Unfortunately this free WordPress blog limits functionality and I am increasingly finding that it’s incapable of performing certain duties. The need for total freedom only available though having my own website has been intensified recently due to the fact that Facebook now want paid for events to be made entirely available. I was already losing patience with Facebook as it is but if it keeps heading down this path it shall soon render itself redundant. I could witness Facebook die its horrible slow and painful death while feeling not a shadow of remorse.

I’ve been saying t a long time to musicians, Facebook does not constitute a worthwhile internet presence. For music you would be better off using Soundcloud or Bandcamp to quickly name a couple or you can even find several bog providers that could more useful than Facebook. A Facebook page IS NOT A WEBSITE although too many acts seem to think a Facebook is just as good. In my opinion, if a band takes itself seriously then they should have a website. If a website is above your budget then set up a free blog and use that and/or Soundcloud as your online visitors’ main port of call. Websites, bogs and Soundcloud are accessible by anyone without them having to create an account to hear your music yet also offer an incredibly easy option to link to all of your other online profiles. But Facebook is dying it’s death now, think about it!

Artists/Bands/Musicians prioritise getting a website! That’s a bit of FREE advice for you!

Back in Business

Posted in General Gobshiting with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2012 by Mallaz

Thanks to the absolute fukkin incompetence of TalkTalk I’ve been living in the dark ages with no internet for almost two weeks so now I’m well behind with all of my online shenanigans and am now having to play catch up like a twat. Obviously I’m well pissed off at TalkTalk and the level of customer service I received over the course of this issue was fukkin laughable! Being well behind schedule now I’ll have to get into these cunts at some point this week. It’s not a matter that I’ll just let slide though, these pricks have seriously fucked me about!

 This is just a quick heads up on some stuff that I’ve got just about ready and should be reeling off over the next few daze. I’ve been to quite a few gigs since I last published a proper blog post so will be giving my usual patter on what I’ve been witnessing music wise, which also includes my take on Parastatic’s debut album Lost Highway which is available from – http://104records.bandcamp.com/

 There’s also some political shit going on with the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria Police area happening on Thursday 15th November and seeing as it’s the first time in my life that I’ve been registered to vote then I’m definitely gonna have my say on which fukka sends their goons to kick the shit out of me. For more information go to – http://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/candidates/area/northumbria

 Obviously I’m gonna have to nail those TalkTalk bastards as well because I’m massively aggrieved by those clowns and I’ll also be releasing some details of shit that I’ve got in the pipeline, including the rebuilding of Mallaz.co.uk and the progress I’ve been making in setting up my own business.

Aye it’s all fukkin go now. Thank fuck for the clocks going back an hour eh? That goes a small way to buying back the two fukkin weeks TalkShit have cost me the absolute fukkin ballbags! Anyway, barring any more fuck ups from those tubes, expect to hear me spouting all kinds of shite in the imminent future!

SOME LOCAL GIGS COMING UP

Posted in Music, Music Events Guides with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2012 by Mallaz

A Few Upcoming Events

There are a few interesting live music events locally in the next week and I’m going to highlight a particular few noteworthy ones that I’ll be attending and would seriously suggest anyone and everyone else does too.

Thursday 25th October – O2 Academy Newcastle

Dan Le Sac And Friends – http://www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk/event/45140/dan-le-sac-and-friends-tickets

First up, tomorrow (Thursday 25th October), Dan Le Sac And Friends are performing at the O2 Academy Newcastle and I have managed to help my favourite local act Big Beat Bronson secure a supporting slot.

Dan Le Sac is a highly reputed producer and DJ having collaborated with urban poet and modern day prophet Scroobius Pip on epic tracks such as Thou Shalt Always Kill and Letter From God To Man.

Big Beat Bronson have been making great progress lately and this supporting slot adds to what is already an impressive CV as their track New Me has been selected for Radio 1 airplay and will be broadcast across the country over the course of next week.

Reduced price admission at £5 is available by posting on Big Beat Bronson’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BigBeatBronson or by emailing Eliza Lawson on – elizalawsonmusic@yahoo.co.uk so it’s an absolute bargain!

Saturday 27th October – The Golden Lion, Jarrow

Alternative Evening of Jazz/Folk and Funky music……. – http://www.facebook.com/events/104664746355589/

Free live music in South Tyneside on Saturday (27th October) at The Golden Lion in Jarrow. This event is organised by ToddRoxx Events and features three live bands. Durham-based Folk Rock band Driven Serious, acoustic duo Cashmire Rocknroll and Newcastle-based Funk act Gingersnap & The Style Pile (who are currently under my management). Entry for this event is free so just turn up and enjoy some live music courtesy of ToddRoxx Events.

Wednesday 31st October – Newcastle University Union

Tim Burgess + Hatcham Social - http://www.ssdconcerts.co.uk/events/

Following the success of the publication of his autobiography earlier this year, Tim Burgess released his new solo album Oh No I Love You on October 1st on O Genesis Recordings. The album’s release has been followed by a UK tour.

Tickets are available from – http://www.ssdconcerts.co.uk/events/eventdetails/31-oct-12-tim-burgess-newcastle-university-union/

Bowies & Butterflies, BiG BEATs & The Boy in Bristol

Posted in Music, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2012 by Mallaz

Some Musical Musings…

It’s been a while since I bothered to write about anything because I’ve been double double busy working on the masterplan. So I’ll give you an overview on what’s been occurring round me lately coz I’ve been a very busy bunny.

Saturday 15th September offered an opportunity for me to take in some live music from a couple of local acts that I have a lot of time for. Local Indie Pop group Emergency Door Release hosted the release party for their second EP Bowties & Butterflies at The Cluny 2 on the Saturday night time and at midday I was with 50cc n his bairn Ashley to witness BiG BEAT BRONSON in their usual fine form at Urban Outfitters in town (that’s Newcastle if you don’t already know).

Emergency Door Release

Emergency Door Release have recently signed to Bigmouth Records and the Bowties & Butterflies EP will be available to download off iTunes and the likes from 8th October. This four track EP follows the release of their debut EP Who Are We? earlier this year. Bowties & Butterflies visibly demonstrates the progression made by Emergency Door Release over the course of 2012 so far. As with Who Are We? each track is extremely catchy owing to the passionate and meaningful lyrics and brilliant instrumental work. Emergency Door Release are really beginning to come into themselves with Bowties & Butterflies, cementing their own style and progressing further away from their original influences. There’s far less similarity to the likes of Morrissey and the Editors and more trademark Emergency Door Release, unique and quirky Indie Pop. It’s definitely an EP that they can be proud of. Vocalist James Rooney’s voice is becoming more distinctive and his lyrics are of a consistently high standard. Both relatable and infectious, the composition of the songs is tight as the band seems to have completely gelled now. The EP opens with a powerful track named Tonight which has a typically Emergency Door Release chorus to it that will have you singing along to it after only a couple of listens. David Lloyd’s bass really stands out on the following track One ‘N’ 1 and I am particularly impressed by the guitar work and Daniel Mokhtari’s drums on Father, a very emotional and well written track and quite possibly the best track of the EP. With Emergency door Release you’ll always find lyrics you can relate to and for me, with my shady lifestyle, the line that most stands out for me is in the final track Her Denial. “Don’t tell anyone that you came back to mine…” I like that!

The EP launch party at The Cluny 2 on the 15th was the first real opportunity that I have had to actually properly witness Emergency Door Release perform without distractions as I have only ever seen them before at events I have organised. It was also the first time I’d seen Emergency Door Release perform as a trio after their fourth member, guitarist Adam, left the band and in my opinion they weren’t lacking at all as a threesome. It was a characteristically charismatic performance by Emergency Door Release and a great show with a brilliant atmosphere in a packed house. It was actually at The Cluny 2 that night that I realised how good of a bass player David Lloyd actually is. I was extremely impressed with his performance on the night. They opened their set with tracks from their debut EP Stand Up and Back Another Day and as well as playing the tracks from Bowties & Butterflies they also performed a classic rendition of my personal favourite Emergency Door Release track Mad For It, which is yet to be released. Throughout their set James Rooney did what he does best and engaged the audience, who themselves were “fukkin mad for it”, and showed his potential to become a real crowd favourite. Emergency Door Release have been known to be a bit on the extravagant side and finished off the night by firing confetti cannons into the audience, a nifty little touch to top off a crackin night and an outstanding performance by an up and coming band with the drive and ambition to really make a mark on the North East music scene.

Emergency Door Release can be found on all of the social networking sites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and the rest. Look them up and enjoy.

Mad For It on YouTube

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UVtIS2k-7k

BiG BEAT BRONSON

As I have already mentioned, earlier in the day on Saturday 15th I was with 50 and Ashley to see BiG BEAT BRONSON performing a live set at Urban Outfitters near monument in Newcastle. The supergroup comprising of the one and only Baron Von Alias, that bastard MistaBreeze, the awesome Eliza Lawson and The Butler’s love child DJ Lkp never fail to impress and performing a set in a shop doorway was a perfect opportunity to impose themselves on random Saturday shoppers. There was people straying in from the outside obviously intrigued at the spectacle they were witnessing and BiG BEAT BRONSON, as always, were very well received and left a lasting impression. The Haribos were being launched about, Baron and Breeze terrified innocent shoppers by running out into the street and terrorising unsuspecting victims mid set while dressed in onesies with dinosaur tails and there was a special appearance by the fabled Mackem Mover. Basically it was a shit hot way to start the day even though 50cc n I totally failed to take full advantage of the free bar. Oh well.

BiG BEAT BRONSON at Urban Outfitters on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9dVLxthgsU

On Friday night BiG BEAT BRONSON headlined my final Mallaz presents… live music event before I go on what Mr Humus is insisting on calling a “hiatus”. As I have publicly stated the BiG BEAT BRONSON crew will sell out any venue and they proved me right again for Friday’s event at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle. When I can be bothered I’ll explain what my next move is gonna be but for now I’ve got more important things to do. But back to The Bridge. It was an epic gig to bring a temporary end to my event organising and promoting malarkey and was a very special BiG BEAT BRONSON performance in an intimate venue packed to the hilt. 90% of the audience were there to show their support specifically for BiG BEAT BRONSON and the few that had never witnessed the awesomeness of BiG BEAT BRONSON were easily converted “Bronsonites” by 11pm. Showing an incredible display of versatility BiG BEAT BRONSON added their own special touch to the event by performing for the first time ever with a full live band. Eliza demonstrated even more of her musical expertise by performing on keys, as she did at The Cluny 2 for Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON in July. They also allowed DJ Lkp a leave of absence and utilised guitar, bass and drums to add a completely unique twist to what was already an incredible and individualistic sound. Looking dapper as hell all dressed up to the nines they totally captivated the crowd and totally owned The Bridge with outstanding renditions of tracks from the May Contain Nuts EP, which I highly recommend you buy. In a word EPIC!

Check out the BiG BEAT BRONSON website to keep up to date with their latest developments.

http://bigbeatbronson.co.uk/

Chattabox

Now today also marks the release of my old mate Chattabox’s first solo album. Formerly of South Shields Hip Hop group Dialect and now dwelling in Bristol and performing in Urban band Three Kings High, Chattabox has let rip with this album entitled They Call Me… Chattabox is an exceptionally talented rapper who writes epically gritty lyric and delivers them with an incredible flow. The title track of the album was recently released as a single and was produced by my boy Steesh, the brains behind Baron Von Alias. They Call Me… is a perfect example of Chattabox’s ability and the video, which he made himself, is pure class. Chattabox writes lyrics with a sublime intensity and grounded realism and this solo venture featuring a few guest appearances (as all good Hip Hop albums do) certainly makes an impact. Chattabox remains true to his North Eastern roots and the opening track of the album Areet is laced with local slang from up here. The album itself is track after track of brilliance with several standing out above the rest and Chattabox’s passion for his art is evident throughout. There are a couple of nostalgic tracks on the album, such as All Or Nothing, which also contains some classic Hip Hop scratching and Doin It Right, which has a strong lyrical content and features the old Dialect crew back together. Chattabox’s expert flow is evident on all of the tracks on They Call Me… however my personal favourites are Got Carter which also utilises some Old Skool Hip Hop style scratching and some interesting samples and also Sick and Tired which comprises of some top-notch lyrical content delivered with Chattabox’s distinctive flow. If you like Hip Hop then you’ll love They Call Me…

The album is available from Bandcamp

http://killamari.bandcamp.com/album/they-call-me

They Call Me… on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGZaWHFL1x0

Shite Tips for Week 5!

Posted in Betting Tips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2012 by Mallaz

Basically I’m having a total equipment failure so I won’t risk going into too much detail and my laptop dying before this blog’s posted or at least written and saved so I can get online elsewhere and finish the job. However, if you look over my recent posts in the Betting Tips section, you’ll see that this is week five and if you’d been following my weekly £10 tips then you would have rinsed £40 with no return over the season’s first four weeks.

Oh well, you gotta keep trying. This week I’m having the following;

This Week’s Tips

(£10 accumulator)

Chelsea to win at QPR (20/23)

Manchester City to win at Stoke (3/4)

Tranmere to beat Coventry (11/10)

Gillingham to beat Bristol Rovers (3/4)

Decimal odds of 12.03, with Bet Victor £10 pays £120.30.

A Public Service Announcement

Posted in Music, Music Events Guides with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2012 by Mallaz

We’re at the middle of the month and musically there’s still a lot on offer this month. Depending on where Ed Zachary you’re based and/or how far you’re willing to travel in the quest of good music then you could be in for a treat with live performances from some of my favourite acts from across the region making appearances at various venues, including BiG BEAT BRONSON headlining the last Mallaz presents… live music event, Teesside-based Head Of Light Entertainment gracing Sunderland twice and Emergency Door Release’s second EP launch party. There’s also a couple of good night’s out in Newcastle to be had.

With this blog I’ll give you the run-down on some of the musical happenings in the region that get the ‘two thumbs up’ from me. The key event of this month for me though is obviously the last live music event that I intend on organising for the foreseeable future. I have put everything in place for my final event, an exclusive ticket only affair at The Bridge Hotel headlined by Big Beat Bronson on Friday 28th September. Tickets for this event must be bought in advance and are only available from www.wegottickets.com/Mallaz

Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate) at The Bridge

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/184442

After regularly running live music events in Newcastle since the beginning of the year, tickets are now available for the final Mallaz presents… event for the foreseeable future. I’ve decided to put my promotional career on hold to pursue more creative ventures and deviant misadventures.

My last live music event will be an EXCLUSIVE TICKET ONLY event held at The Bridge Hotel (map) on Friday 28th September.

Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate) at The Bridge will be a TICKET ONLY event and tickets must be purchased in advance from one of the individual links at www.wegottickets.com/Mallaz where each act has a separate link with their ticket allocation so that ticket sales can be accurately monitored and acts fairly paid. No cash will be handled on the door at the venue and there will be STRICTLY NO ADMISSION WITHOUT TICKETS, which are exclusively available from www.wegottickets.com/Mallaz

Three acts will be performing at this exclusive showcase and the curtain call on Mallaz presents… live music events. They are three acts whose musical talent I hold in very high regard.

BiG BEAT BRONSON

(ticket link)

Headlining this exclusive finale is, perhaps fittingly, Newcastle’s hottest musical prospect BiG BEAT BRONSON. Before UK Hip Hop’s Dynamic Duo Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze officially joined forces with the exceptionally talented vocalist Eliza Lawson & DJ Lkp, Baron & Breeze were performing as a pairing before Eliza became involved, often appearing as a guest vocalist just as she did when Baron, Breeze and Eliza performed a set at my first official event at The Telegraph in Newcastle on Friday 3rd February.

BiG BEAT BRONSON recently released their EP entitled May Contain Nuts and sold out The O2 Academy 2 for the EP’s launch night in August. They have not only been my favourite artists to work with over this short period of time but also the act to have made the most progression. Bands have lost and replaced members, some have even split and some have simply failed to gig and have faded into obscurity, whereas BiG BEAT BRONSON have gone from strength to strength and received acclaimed reviews.

www.bigbeatbronson.co.uk

Werbeniuk

(ticket link)

Supporting BiG BEAT BRONSON are Teesside’s premier skiffletronica act Werbeniuk, a band that have a unique set-up consisting of 4 singers, 3 drummers, 2 Basses, guitar, samples and percussion. They are a gathering of 80s, 90s and 00s Teesside music scene stalwarts singing songs about sheep, nuns and vomit. Werbeniuk’s brilliantly individualistic style combines wonderful use of percussion, expertly composed rhythm and intensely clever lyrics. Described by NARC magazine as “Bonkers … batshit … brilliantly mental”, Werbeniuk’s honest approach to music makes their sound highly addictive.

www.soundcloud.com/werbeniuk

Gingersnap & The Style Pile

(ticket link)

Also in support I have Gingersnap & The Style Pile. Newcastle-based party band Gingersnap & The Style Pile play a unique fusion of Upbeat Soul, Funk and Reggae. This summer the five-piece act graced The Green Stage at Newcastle’s Community Green Festival and recently supported Teesside-based Head Of Light Entertainment in another ‘Mallaz presents…’ event at The Cluny 2, one of Newcastle’s most reputable live music venues.

www.soundcloud.com/gingersnapandthestylepile

This last ‘Mallaz presents…’ event is an EXCLUSIVE TICKET ONLY event and tickets must be purchased in advance through www.wegottickets.com/Mallaz using the individual links for each acts allocation of tickets. STRICTLY NO ADMISSION WITHOUT TICKETS.

(Individual links for each act’s ticket allocation)

BiG BEAT BRONSON – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/184442

Werbeniuk – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/185257

Gingersnap & The Style Pile – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/185256

Grapevine at The Dog & Parrot

 

Grapevine is a night of Motown, Soul, Doo-Wop and Northern Soul music hosted by four of my friends, two of who are actually former flatmates of mine, and is staged at The Dog & Parrot once a fortnight, on the first and third Friday of the month.

The next Grapevine event is on Friday 21st September and will feature classic footage on the projector wall, a hardwood dancefloor, a roof terrace, drinks offers and our incomparable selection of music – all for just £3 on the door. (Facebook Event)

Follow Grapevine at The Dog & Parrot.

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grapevine-at-The-Dog-Parrot/334731726612962

Twitter – (@Grapevine_4) https://twitter.com/Grapevine_4

Head Of Light Entertainment in Sunderland Twice

Unique and quirky Teesside-based Head Of Light Entertainment began life as a solo act with just Carl Green but has now grown into a quartet with the debut of their new drummer Graeme at the latest Mallaz presents… live music event at The Cluny 2 at the arse-end of last month. Head Of Light Entertainment are an outrageously talented act combining their distinctive bouncy Head Pop with some of the most intelligent and witty lyrics that you’ll ever likely hear. I also suspect that there is more than simply tryin to progress their sound that can be attributed to Head Of Light Entertainment’s line-up steadily increasing in numbers. Along with the other two band members Simone and John, I have found them to be some of the most down-to-earth, genuine, friendly and sociable musicians I have ever met.

I would highly recommend getting down to a live Head Of Light Entertainment performance and staring at the band as they perform, even if it does mean travelling down to the land that time forgot and that’s Ed Zachary where you can catch them this month. Firstly, they perform at Sunderland’s Bar One on Thursday 20th September and secondly, the following week on Thursday 27th September, Head Of Light Entertainment will play at The Ivy House Pub in Sunderland.

I’d also urge you to invest in their two albums I Am Liberated and The English Don’t Care, the second of which may be the most expertly crafted work of art the region has produced since John Martin’s painting The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

www.headoflightentertainment.com

SubLevel2 sponsored by Redemption Clothing

On Saturday 22nd September at The Head of Steam in Newcastle is SubLevel2. They’re now sponsored by www.redemptionclothing.co.uk, as worn by yours truly. Join SubLevel2 for a night of Hip Hop, Dub and Drum & Bass from 11pm until 3am. Entry for this event is free.

Before that there is another SubLevel2 event this coming Monday (17th September). This is another free event also held at The Head of Steam. Monday night Reggae and Dub takes place between 10pm-2am.

www.sublevel2.pl

Emergency Door Release – Bowties & Butterflies EP Launch

For those seeking an evening’s entertainment for tomorrow you need look no further than The Cluny 2, where another local favourite of mine Indie Pop band Emergency Door Release host the launch of their second EP Bowties & Butterflies. Emergency Door Release only began performing live this year but in March released their debut EP, Who Are We?

(Click here for my review of Who Are We?)

Emergency Door Release will be supported by The Mojags and Greg Genre & Box Box and tickets are only £5 available from www.wegottickets.com until late tonight. Entry will then be payable on the door for those without tickets.

www.emergencydoorrelease.com

For tickets – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/177016

Hopefully these events cater for your live North East entertainment for the remainder of the month.

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