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PAPISS CISSE, HE SCORES WHEN HE WANTS!

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He Scores When He Wants!

I’ve been a busy little bastard over the Easter weekend.  On Good Friday I was in Stockton with Honey Chrome at The Sun Inn for a gig by The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show, also featuring Dressed Like Wolves.  Unfortunately that meant that I missed the Swansea v Newcastle game on the telly.  On the Saturday it was The Egg at The Telegraph, my gig and also my celebrations for my 28th birthday which was on the Wednesday.  Sunday was my chill-out day and then the Newcastle v Bolton game at St. James’ Park yesterday.

I’m gonna work my way backwards and start by writing a bit about the Bolton game followed by The Egg then the Sun Inn gig. Then I’ll probably have a little prattle on about some of my upcoming events.  I mean, why the hell not?

NEWCASTLE UNITED 2-0 BOLTON WANDERERS

Before yesterday’s game at St. James’ Park there were people on Facebook and Twitter predicting Newcastle would win 4 or 5-0.  I never fancied it being a walk in the park.  Before the match I said to Mark ( @Mark2606 ) on Twitter that I thought it would be 2-0, with Papiss Cisse to score the first goal.  I even bet on it, it was 20/1 with Paddy Power.

The first half was tight and neither side really got a foothold on the game or created any clear cut chances.  Papiss Cisse did show some of his quality on the ball and his first touch was impeccable.  Davide Santon showed some signs of improvement in the first half and did well getting forward but we lacked any end product in a difficult first-half, with the play mainly in a congested midfield.  James Perch again had a solid first half and didn’t put a foot wrong.  Yohan Cabaye on the other hand failed to impress and his set-piece play was woeful.  Bolton proved hard to break down in the first 45 minutes and it was goalless at half-time.

Bolton started the second half well and Tim Krul was forced into making a good save from Chris Eagles within five minutes of the restart.  We also had another scare shortly after that when Martin Petrov played a very dangerous ball across our goal, which fortunately Darren Pratley was unable to reach at the back post.

With just over twenty minutes left Hatem Ben Arfa curled a free-kick narrowly wide after Nigel Reo-Coker was booked for a foul on Yohan Cabaye.  Then in the 73rd minute Ben Arfa, obviously finding the 0-0 score-line a bit boring, just decided he’d score.  He picked the ball up in our half and, with an amazing run; he skinned three Bolton players before coolly slotting his shot past Adam Bogdan to make it 1-0.  It was an excellent solo goal by the Frenchman and we were going mental!

He scores when he wants and in the 83rd minute Papiss Cisse decided to add his name to the score-sheet.  Shola Ameobi easily beat Tim Ream and played a perfect pass for Cisse to tap home and put the game out of reach for Bolton.  2-0 to The Toon, making it five consecutive wins and leaving us in fifth place, tied on points with Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place.

Other results in yesterday’s matches have left Newcastle in with a serious shout for Champions’ League football next season, with only five games left this term.  Tottenham lost 2-1 at home to Norwich and Chelsea dropped two points in their 1-1 draw away to Fulham.  Plus Everton trounced Sunderland with a 4-0 win.  It’s always good when the Mackems get hammered!

Mathematically, either four more points or if Everton drop a single point within the next five games we’re guaranteed at least sixth place.  If Liverpool beat Everton in the FA Cup Semi-Final on Saturday then we’re pretty much guaranteed European football next season, NICE!

THE EGG

The name for my gig at The Telegraph on Saturday night wasn’t really Easter related; in fact I named it after The Egg-Man@EggusMaximus ) on Twitter and also the Happy Mondays song of the same name.  The Egg was also my birthday celebration and I was serenaded with Happy Birthday by the awesome Eliza Lawson (that rhymes!) and also Brotha Priah gave me his unique twist on Happy Birthday.  I’d like to thank both of them for that as it really topped off a great night for me.

The Egg was also the largest attendance I have had at a gig so far, improving on the attendance from my last event in March, also at The Telegraph.  I’ve had some really positive feedback about the atmosphere from the artists involved and also some of the people who attended.  I also received some good feedback on my selection of the artists, most notably Parastatic, who most of us had never seen perform live before and were really well received by the audience.  After the relative success of my last two events, (The Telegraph was rammed on Saturday night) I have decided that it’s time to look into securing a larger venue.

I had a last minute change of sound engineer and Sound-Guy Dave did the duty this time.  There were some technical difficulties on the opening set and unfortunately the sound was a bit too quiet for Baiqian Jiang’s acoustic set that kicked off the night.  On the other hand, Baiqian’s performance was flawless.  His fingerstyle guitar work is beautiful, well composed mellow music and a nice start to the evening.  I really recommend listening to Baiqian Jiang’s music on Soundcloud, so here’s a link for that;

Baiqian Jiang on Soundcloud 

Following Baiqian were Artisam, one of my favourite bands to work with.  I’ve worked with Artisam on several occasions and each time they have delivered a unique performance.  This time it was the debut of two new members, Laurie on electric violin and the new drummer Kieran.  Artisam even switched it up mid set with Kieran and Cam swapping drums for bass for a couple songs.  As always Artisam were entertaining and really contributed to the atmosphere of the night.  Check them out on Facebook;

Artisam on Facebook 

Artisam are also gonna be performing at my event at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle on May 19th.  I’ll get around to that later on, but in the meantime here’s the link to the Facebook event for that.

The Troll at The Bridge 

The third act to perform at The Egg was Parastatic.  As I mentioned before, Parastatic went down a storm and impressed a lot of people there.  Their Krautedelic Electro Fuzz is brilliant and set a dancey tone to the night.  They also added an extra element to the night with strobe lights and visual projections on the wall.  You need to have a listen to Parastatic because quite frankly, they’re class!

Parastatic on Facebook 

The Egg was the first time I’d worked with Parastatic and I would highly recommend them to other promoters.  They were totally professional and a pleasure to work with, as well as their music being shit hot!

The last live band to play was Ginger Snap & The Style Pile.  This was the second time I’ve worked with them after they played at my March event at The Telegraph.  I’ve loved ginger Snap & The Style Pile since I first saw them play live in December and believe they are Newcastle’s Ultimate Party Band.  As always, they had the audience dancing and played a top quality set.  Check them out on Facebook.

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Facebook 

The live bands were followed by some Comic Book Hip Hop from Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson, another act I was working with for the second time.  I’ve become a huge fan of these since they were recommended to me by Spark FM’s Nathan Wood ( @NathanWould ) and ‘Get Wild, Gan Mental’ has practically been adopted as my theme tune, since I slated it on Twitter after Nathan recommended it to me and I’m usually invited on stage to do the dance with them.

Baron, Breeze and Eliza never fail to entertain and The Egg was no exception.  They performed tracks from the recently released ‘Brace For The Impact’ EP as well as tracks from the forthcoming ‘May Contain Nuts’ EP.  Download ‘Brace For The Impact’ and watch the epic video for ‘Impact’ on the following links;

Brace For The Impact 

Impact (video) 

I was a fun-filled, entertaining set, as I’ve come to expect from Baron, Breeze and Eliza and, despite it being a bit embarrassing, it made my day when Eliza sang Happy Birthday to me.  Like their pages on Facebook on the following links;

Baron Von Alias on Facebook 

MistaBreeze on Facebook 

Eliza Lawson on Facebook 

Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson are also performing live tomorrow night.  They will be at Official Destiny Nightclub for Rex Regis’ album launch party, which is free entry all night so get yourselves down to that.  Details of that event can be found on Facebook on the following link.

Rex Regis: Faithful album launch 

The Hip Hop was followed by Brotha Priah, who totally blew people away.  For the majority of the people there, it was their first time seeing Priah in action and what he does in amazing.  Even during his sound-check, which seemed to take no time at all for such a technological act, there were looks of awe on people’s faces.  Priah beat-boxes and using a looping station and a Kaosspad creates tracks using only the sounds he makes himself.  It’s unbelievable stuff and oozes individuality.  He also performed a rendition of Happy Birthday for me, with his own unique twist.  It was fukkin awesome and he played an epic set!

His next live performance will be at The Warehouse Party, at Dynamix Skate Park in Gateshead, on Saturday 28th April.  Pre-event tickets are only £5 and can be purchased at; http://www.wegottickets.com/event/162802

For more details of that event, which also features Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson, check out the Facebook event on the next link.

SubLevel2 & Milk The Cow present: The Warehouse Party 

To round up the night we had a DJ set performed by Greenline DJ, his debut under that name as he is also Dj Id.  His selection of music seemed to be well received and was a fitting end to the night.  Greenline DJ also took care of the music in between each of the artists’ sets and tied the night together nicely.  As well as rocking a new name, he was also sporting a new design in his facial hair and resembled V from V for Vendetta.

Check out Greenline DJ’s Facebook page on this link;

Greenline DJ on Facebook 

From the feedback I have received so far, and there has been quite a bit, The Egg was a very good night and people really seemed to have enjoyed it.  The attendance was the best I have had so far too, making it the most successful event I have run to date.

Unfortunately I still don’t have any of the photographs or videos of The Egg though from David Johnston Photography yet, but will get the photos uploaded onto Facebook and videos onto YouTube as soon as I do.

Honey Chrome

HONEY CHROME at THE SUN INN

On Good Friday I was in Stockton on Tees, at The Sun Inn, to see Honey Chrome perform.  Their drummer, Stevie, gave me a lift to and from the venue, which is massively appreciated.

This was the second time I’ve seen Honey Chrome after they performed at my March event at The Telegraph.  This gig was free entry, so you can’t grumble at the price.  Also performing at The Sun Inn were Dressed Like Wolves and the headline act, The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show.  It’s a really small venue so it was a pretty intimate environment and despite being busy, there were only really a handful of people there.

Honey Chrome performed the opening set and played brilliantly.  I was particularly impressed by mR mATTIAS’ vocals on ‘Mind Machine’, which had more of a Punk vibe to them than the recorded version on their website – http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

I am now also of the belief that Dan may possibly be one of the most technically gifted guitarists I have ever seen live.  The fingers he hasn’t severed off in Karma-balancing, chainsaw-related incidents were going ten-to-the-dozen throughout their set.  I also find their use of samples, especially at the beginning and end of tracks, very interesting.  Unfortunately Honey Chrome’s Psychedelic Ambient Punk-Metal seemed to be wasted on what was predominantly an Indie crowd.

Check out Honey Chrome on Facebook on the following link.

Honey Chrome on Facebook 

Dressed Like Wolves followed Honey Chrome and they were as Indie as they come, which appealed to the audience but unfortunately not to me.  Their effeminately-voiced vocalist didn’t cut any ground with his lyrics and the band’s sound was nothing I haven’t heard before.  Dressed Like Wolves just seemed a bit flat to me and really lack any sort of edge.  It was simply just typical, whiny, generic Indie stuff.  If you want to, check them out on Facebook.

Dressed Like Wolves on Facebook 

The headline band, The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show, did seem pretty interesting.  The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show perform Punk covers of old Swing music such and also Disney songs.  We only managed to catch the very start of their set as Honey Chrome had to leave to get back to their obscure and widespread dwellings in mythical places, and obviously Stevie was my lift.  If you’d like to check out some stuff by The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show, you can find them on Facebook on the next link.

The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show on Facebook 

Honey Chrome are next performing live at Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle on Wednesday 23rd April.  That event is a Battle of the Bands Semi-Final.  Keep updated for that, and future live performances, on their website or Facebook page.  They’re also booked to play two gigs for me in May, but I’ll get on to that next.

ORDER 66

My next live music event is scheduled for Friday 4th May at The Telegraph, on Orchard Street behind Newcastle’s Central Station, again.  I’ve called this event Order 66, after the Jedi Purge in Star Wars.

http://www.facebook.com/events/218606574907062/

Order 66 will run until 2am again and begins at 8pm.  The doors will be open from 7.30pm and entry will be charged at £4, payable on the door.  There will be seven acts performing over the course of the night.

The acts performing at Order 66 are;

Honey Chrome (Psychedelic Ambient Punk-Metal)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Honeychrome/163839323697264

Peculiar Disco Moves (Alternative Pop)

http://www.facebook.com/peculiardiscomoves

Emergency Door Release (Indie Pop Rock)

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Clint (Alternative Rock)

http://www.facebook.com/official.clint

Cerebral Scars (Games Console DJ)

http://www.youtube.com/user/CSworkz

L87 of SubLevel2 (DJ set)

http://soundcloud.com/l87

Double D (Acoustic set)

http://www.facebook.com/DoubleDMusic

A full night of music, featuring seven separate artists across a range of genres, for only £4 is a steal so be sure not to miss Order 66 at The Telegraph on Friday 4th May.

THE TROLL AT THE BRIDGE

Order 66 will be followed just over two weeks later by The Troll at The Bridge, which is being held on Saturday 19th May at The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle.

http://www.facebook.com/events/212146425556581/

This will be a night of live bands running from 8pm until 11pm, with doors opening at 7.30pm and entry being charged at £3 on the door.

There will be four bands performing at The Troll at The Bridge.  They are;

Honey Chrome (Psychedelic Ambient Punk-Metal)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Honeychrome/163839323697264

Emergency Door Release (Indie Pop Rock)

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Artisam (Alternative Rock)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ARTISAM/122829691064495

Downtown Lester Brown (Funk Rock)

http://www.facebook.com/downtownlesterbrownmusic

THE EGG

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Everything is set to go for what looks to be my biggest live music event…. so far.

All the acts are confirmed and the Facebook event has been set up, and other such things.

Here’s the link for the Facebook event, Boom!

http://www.facebook.com/events/156889934432195/

The Egg is held on Saturday 7th April at The Telegraph on Orchard Street behind Newcastle’s Central Station.  Entry is charged at £4 on the door and will be open from 7.30pm.  This event will be working across a wide range of musical genres and runs until 2am on Easter Sunday.

I’ve got three acts back by overwhelmingly popular demand, as well as some impressive new additions for the night.

Baron Von Alias, Eliza Lawson & MistaBreeze

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze ft. Eliza Lawson

This Hip Hop duo, now supported by the extremely talented vocals of Eliza Lawson are pioneering Seghill Hip Hop and increasingly growing in popularity.

Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson are putting the fun back into music with their brand of Hip Hop with a comic book twist.  Extremely energetic and natural born entertainers, they’ll give you a new experience every time.  Having seen them perform live on several occasions now I can safely say these aren’t gonna grow old quickly.

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze – Step In The Room (live at The Telegraph) February 2012

May Contain Nuts

They proved massively popular when they last performed at The Telegraph for me, even that miserable bastard Empty Heed rates Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson, and he hates everything!

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze, obviously with Eliza Lawson too, perfectly fit the bill for the vibe I’m trying to create with these gigs.  They enjoy the music and are something entirely unique and at the same time contribute hugely to fun and social atmosphere.  Check out The Baron on YouTube and Bandcamp and then have a fly over to Facebook and like all of their individual pages.

Baron on YouTube

Baron on Bandcamp

Baron on Facebook

Breeze on Facebook

Eliza on Facebook

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

Equally as impressive and popularly demanded are Ginger Snap & The Style Pile, who in my opinion are Newcastle’s Ultimate Party Band.  Their up-beat Funky Ska with a cool Acid Jazz feel is a fresh sound and very danceable.

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile – Your Own Boss (live at The Telegraph) March 2012

They blew the roof off at the last gig at The Telegraph and brought an epic night to a truly climactic finish.  As well as having awesome music, this band really contributes to the party atmosphere and social vibe that I’m going for with these events.  Get on them on Bandcamp and Facebook and like their page.

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Bandcamp

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Facebook

Artisam

Artisam

The very versatile Artisam are also back working with me thanks to popular demand.  I’ve seen these perform on several occasions now, and each performance was truly unique.  They are highly entertaining and definitely alternative.

I’ve seen them play as an acoustic duo, a trio with one on the cajon and this time it looks as though they’ll be performing as a full five-piece band with a new drummer and electric violin added.  I’m very much looking forward to Artisam’s set.

Artisam – Free Your Mind (live at The Telegraph) February 2012

George and Cam of Artisam

I honestly love working with Artisam.  They impress in a different way each time and bring a cool vibe with them.  Check them out on the links below.

Artisam on Facebook

Artisam on Soundcloud

This will be the first time I have worked with the other four acts involved in this event, so I’ll start with the only one I have actually seen live…

Brotha Priah

I saw Brotha Priah doing his thing at SubLevel2 at The Head of Steam a while back and I was awestruck, that’s why I booked him.

Priah is a talented lad and what he does is something different.  Brother Priah beat-boxes and uses a looping machine to create tracks on the spot while entertaining the audience with his witty banter.  He’s epic to see perform live and has worked with Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza Lawson recently at the O2 Academy, where they supported Rossi Noise.

Have a gander at some of his videos on YouTube to get the jist of what Brotha Priah does.

Brotha Priah on YouTube

And now the one’s I’ve never seen live…

Parastatic

Described as Krautedelic Space-Rockers, Parastatic have a cool, electronic flavour to their sound.

Their latest single release ‘Far Beyond’ was released in December 2011 and here’s what Crack Magazine said about it;

This local bunch have come up trumps with this electro/rock groover in which they lay down some driving beats and let some soaring female vocals soar atop them. And it has a delicious swirl about it that really pulls you into its web of delights.” Jan 2011

Check Parastatic out on the links below.

Parastatic website

Parastatic on Facebook

Baiqian Jiang

One man, bags of talent and just a guitar, Baiqian Jiang will most likely be kicking off the nights proceedings with a demonstration of his intricate finger-work in an acoustic solo set.

You can hear some examples of Baiqian’s cool fingerstyle work on Soundcloud on the link below.

Baiqian Jiang on Soundcloud

Greenline DJ

We’ll also be having a DJ set from Greenline DJ, also known as Dj Id.  Check out Greenline DJ’s work on the following links and don’t forget to like his Facebook page.

Greenline DJ on Facebook

Dj Id on Soundcloud

The Egg – Facebook Event

So everything’s shaping up nicely for what looks like is gonna be an epic night.  There’s something to cater for every music taste in a diverse genre mash-up of a night.  It’s the first event that I’ve organised that runs til late and it’s being held during the four-day Easter bank holiday weekend, so it’s the perfect time to party.  It’s also only three days after my birthday so I’ll be celebrating big style!

Equipment hire and sound engineering is being provided by Sessions Newcastle and photography by David Johnston Photography.  Check out both of their pages on Facebook for more details.

Sessions Newcastle on Facebook

David Johnston Photography on Facebook

You can watch the video playlists from my last two events at The Telegraph by clicking on the dates below.  Videos are by Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography.

March 2012

February 2012

Also you can read my reviews of those gigs on these links;

“BETTER THAN A BOX OF WOLVES NIPPLE CHIPS” (March 2012)

GANNIN’ BALLS DEEP… (February 2012)

Several of the artists above have featured in my recommendations or reviews blogs in the past.  Here are the links to some of those blogs.

Recommendations…

CREAM OF THE CROP SO FAR…

(Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson)

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO!

(Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze)

Reviews…

A REVIEW OF A GIG I CAN’T REMEMBER…

(Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze, Eliza Lawson & Brotha Priah)

“WHAT’S NORMAL IS NORMALLY BORING…”

(Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze, Eliza Lawson & Brotha Priah)

A TANGERINE CHRISTMAS

(Artisam & Ginger Snap & The Style Pile)

NEW MUSIC VIDEO FROM BARON VON ALIAS & MISTABREEZE (ft. ELIZA LAWSON)

(Clue’s in the title…)

“BETTER THAN A BOX OF WOLVES NIPPLE CHIPS!”

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Hal, Andy and Joanne of Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

Saturday night’s gig at The Telegraph (3rd March) was awesome and I’ve had some great feedback from everyone involved and people who attended.  It was a historical night on several counts too.  It was the first event that I have run so far to turn a profit and for the first time I was actually able to pay the bands, not a great deal admittedly, but anything is better than nothing.  It was also the first time the massively underrated Honey Chrome were paid for a performance and they were very well received by the majority of the crowd.  Emergency Door Release also added their own bit of history to the evening and done me the honour of choosing this gig to launch their debut EP ‘Who Are We?’  So I suppose I’ll return the favour and start off with them.

James Rooney of Emergency Door Release... Boom!

Emergency Door Release                                                                     

As afore mentioned, Emergency Door Release used Saturday’s gig as their debut EP launch, giving out free copies of ‘Who Are We?’ to anyone who wanted one.  I got mine, so if you missed out… unlucky!

Who Are We? – EP Review Blog

Who Are We?’ was certainly launched in style as Emergency Door Release played with an energetic passion and enthusiasm.  Vocalist James Rooney was certainly enjoying himself, which was evident from his relentless dancing about on our make-shift stage, and the sweat that was visibly dripping from him by the end of the set.  The whole band play with an unbelievable momentum and are highly entertaining to see perform live.

Self-described as an “Indie Pop Rock” band, Emergency Door Release are a far cry from some of the whiny generic and repugnantly ignorant and arrogant bands that I played with during my time in my old band at Too Far North gigs.  Emergency Door Release are a sociable bunch of lads and participated with the banter and the vibe that the night had.

They performed all four tracks from their EP with professional precision during their set and were thoroughly entertaining.  An amazing set involving confetti and sacks full of fun was brought to an end with the title track from ‘Who Are We?’ which, in my opinion, is their strongest track.  Strongest track so far, that is, because Emergency Door Release have the talent and drive to go from strength to strength.  The enjoyment they take from what they’re doing is obvious for all to see and their confidence in their ability is perfectly balanced by their humility.  For Emergency Door Release it’s all about playing music and having fun!

Check out the videos of Emergency Door Release performing on Saturday by clicking the links below.

Emergency Door Release – Just Begun

Emergency Door Release – Who Are We?

Check out Emergency Door Release on the following links.

Facebook

YouTube

Rockin with Rooney!

Emergency Door Release’s next live performance is on Saturday 17th March, St. Patrick’s Day.  They’re playing Lionfest at The Golden Lion in Jarrow, South Tyneside.  I wasn’t informed of this until I’d published my March Gig Guide, but eight bands spread over nine hours and plenty of Guinness sure sounds good to me.  Check it out on the Facebook event on this link; http://www.facebook.com/events/101350036661929/?ref=ts

I’ve also got Emergency Door Release book to perform for me again on Saturday 19th May at The Bridge Hotel on Castle Square in Newcastle.  I’m looking forward to working with them again and more details of this event will follow in the near future.

Honey Chrome

Honey Chrome

The surprise package of the evening was undoubtedly Honey Chrome.  This two and a half man band (guitarist /angry Buddhist Dan is relentlessly amputating pieces of his body in his own twisted sense of Karma) have enough super-advanced technological equipment to give NASA the gadget version of penis envy and they used that equipment to open the gig with an unexpected bang and introduced us to their “madness”.  What Honey Chrome do is use their advanced alien technology to channel transmissions from another galaxy and then play you the national anthems from countries on a foreign planet at very loud volume!

"Who needs fingers and feet anyway???" - Dan, Honey Chrome

Click the link below to see Honey Chrome opening the night with ‘I Think I Luv U’.

Honey Chrome – I Think I Luv U

Honey Chrome are an underrated act who are often overlooked by promoters due to the fact that they cannot be defined by any particular genre of music.  Why the narrowness of mind though?  How do you know you don’t like something if you’ve never tried it before?  It is this individuality and their unique sound that I recruited them for!

As soon as they kicked off the night I was receiving positive feedback a good cross-section of the people there.  Sound-Guy Rob was particularly impressed, as were the other bands and admittedly, I was also blown away!  Even I never expected Honey Chrome to serve up something of that magnitude!

Despite, or maybe because of, the fact that these lads are crazier than a sack of rabid ferrets, they totally get the vision behind everything I am trying to do with music and how things need to be shaken up.  Honey Chrome will not be put into any genre box, there’s not one that will accept them.  It doesn’t have to make sense, but it does sound fukkin good!

Look Honey Chrome up on their website – http://www.honeychrome.co.uk and check out more of their music.  I would also read the information on the band.  These are two and a half men are really interesting characters, with a really unique sound.  Also click the link below for their Facebook page YouTube channel, seeing as that’s what all the kids are doing these days.

Facebook

YouTube

This is what Honey Chrome had to say about Saturday;

Blig of the Blog

04.03.12

Last night at the telegraph was a monster night. More fun than jellied eels!! Really. Many thanks to mallaz for sorting it all out. Genre mash up nights are defo the way forward and its sooo good to find a place to hear great music. Gingersnap and the style pile finnished the night and were better than a box of wolves nipple chips. We’re playing again at the telegraph on may 4th. Should be good to see whos on that one with us… I fancy a bit of gypsy polka punk, myself.

New vids and pics to go up in the next couple of days, happy goldfish tuesday, one and all!! (hungover/still drunk:)

Genre mash up nights…  Genre mash up music anyone?  Try some Honey!

Mind-Boggling Alien Technology at Work.

I had so much positive feedback about Honey Chrome and was so personally impressed by them that I have booked them to play for me at The Telegraph again on Friday 4th May.  If, like me, you’re an impatient little bastard, then you could catch Honey Chrome playing at The Sun Inn in Middlesbrough on 6th April.  If that’s too far or too smoggy for you to get to then they are also competing at a battle of the bands at Trillians in Newcastle on 25th April.

Joseph, Georgia and Phil of The Shake Appeal

The Shake Appeal

The South Tyneside based Alternative Rock band The Shake Appeal were the second act to perform on the night.  They performed a strong and well executed set.  They also play some very cool tracks.  Photo Dave’s video of The Shake Appeal performing ‘You Want Me?’ from Friday can be found on the below link.

The Shake Appeal – You Want Me?

Phil, Matthew and Jordan of The Shake Appeal

The Shake Appeal’s next live performance is at Plugged Inn in Sunderland on 20th April, where they will be playing with The Creep Void among other acts.  Check The Shake Appeal out on Facebook on the link below.

Facebook

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

This night always promised to end in spectacular fashion with Ginger Snap & The Style Pile and they certainly didn’t fail to deliver.  From what I have seen up until now, Ginger Snap & The Style Pile are hands down Newcastle’s ultimate party band!

If you can find a band that can create a vibe and atmosphere half as good as these guys do then please, feel free to send their contact details my way!  They are quite frankly awesome!

Everything about this band epitomises cool.  From their name, to their sound, to the colour of their singer’s hair and the braces on their saxophone player… all cooler than the cubes in a polar bear’s cola!

Andy and Joanne

Singer Joanne ‘Ginger Snap’ Robson has a truly amazing voice and Hal on guitars combines brilliantly with Andy on wind to create a wonderfully upbeat Funky Ska flavour, which is perfectly enhanced by the Acid Jazz ingredients added by drummer Dan and Eddie on bass.  Eddie seemed to be a man of few words but is as cool as they come.  I can’t say it enough times, Ginger Snap & The Style Pile are absolutely fukkin amazing!

Watch the video of Ginger Snap and The Style Pile performing ‘Your Own Boss’ at The Telegraph on Saturday by clicking the link below.  It’s an excellent track!

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile – Your Own Boss

Cool Eddie

They brought the night’s proceedings to an epic finale with a Ginger Snap Jam, which even included me on air guitar and sax, dancing with Hal and Andy.  It was a total party atmosphere.  Ed Zachary as I had expected from a band that I hold in such high esteem.  I loved every second of Ginger Snap & The Style Pile’s set and it was truly the ultimate finish to what is, in my own personal opinion, the best event I have run… so far!

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile are confirmed to play on Saturday 7th April at ‘The Egg’, which is my next gig at The Telegraph and will be running until 2am.  Check them out on Facebook, on the link below and like their page to be kept updated on their shenanigans!

Facebook

Drummist Dan

Thanks again to Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography for the photos and the video footage.  Check Dave’s work out on Facebook, where you can find his contact details if you’d like to commission him for work.  The same goes for Rob Waters of Sessions Newcastle for PA hire and sound engineering.  Thanks to both of you for such excellent work.

David Johnston Photography on Facebook

Sessions Newcastle on Facebook

Hal Admires His Reflection...

Also thanks to all of the bands for playing such great music and everybody who attended for help making it such an excellent atmosphere and creating that party vibe that I have been craving for so long!

Stand by for more musical recommendations from me and also details of my next even ‘The Egg’ at The Telegraph on Saturday 7th April, to celebrate the Easter weekend and also my birthday which is on the 4th.

Although Saturday was a success, it is still just the beginning.  The end goal is to create a party atmosphere and a live music scene in Newcastle that has the aura of a massive house party.  It’s about creating an environment where people can come and socialise, meet new people and play or listen to cool music from across all different musical genres.  Most of all, it’s about having fun.

I have now worked with several acts, across various genres who understand this vision and fit the bill perfectly.  I look forward to working with each of them again and am also always on the lookout for anyone else who can make music that stands out and enjoy a party.  If you can offer that then email me on – horrorshowartwork@live.co.uk with a brief description and links to where I can hear your music and contact detail, obviously.

For the full video playlist of Saturday’s gig at The Telegraph, recorded by Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography, then click on the link below.  Then just sit back and enjoy…

The Telegraph – 3rd March 2012

EMERGENCY DOOR RELEASE – WHO ARE WE? (EP REVIEW)

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EMERGENCY DOOR RELEASE – WHO ARE WE?

The much anticipated debut EP from Newcastle’s latest Indie Pop Rock revelation, Emergency Door Release, is released today.  The launch of ‘Who Are We?’ takes place at The Telegraph in Newcastle tonight, where they play alongside Ginger Snap & The Style Pile, Honey Chrome and The Shake Appeal.

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Who Are We? is a four track EP from an incredibly talented four-piece act with a sense of fun.  Bouncing beach balls and throwing confetti about during their live performances is not uncommon with Emergency Door Release, but this is not about the band’s live work, it’s about what they have on record that I’m telling you about here.

Emergency Door Release have a knack of introducing their songs in a way that builds up suspense and tension.  The percussionary clicking at the beginning of their opening track, ‘Stand Up’, followed by the slow, extended build-up brilliantly serves to add to the listener’s anticipation that has been created by the delayed release of this EP.  The other three tracks on the EP all follow the same flavour, build up the listener’s expectations with an intro that doesn’t just jump blindly into the full swing of the track itself, and then hit you with some cool, refreshing Indie vibes that seem to be a happy mixture of The Killers, Editors and The Smiths, among others.

Emergency Door Releases vocals are performed by James Rooney, who accompanies Adam McMeiken on the guitars.  This pair’s riffs are extremely impressive and particularly striking at times.  The title track itself displays James and Adam’s combined potential as Indie Pop stars with great effect.  The second song ‘Back Another Day’ is also a brilliantly written track.  The guitar build-ups mix well the bass and drums on ‘Back Another Day’ as well as ‘Just Begun’.  The composition of the music on any of this EP’s tracks cannot be questioned.  James Rooney is an extremely talented song-writer.

The bass is executed with charisma and style by David Lloyd in ‘Just Begun’ in particular, but his precision and rhythm are certainly noteworthy throughout the EP.  His Grungy Indie Rock style bass is versatile enough to cope with the different tempos and vibes within the four tracks on ‘Who Are We?

The drums on the EP are perfectly timed and Daniel Mokhtari is the perfect solution to the drummer issues suffered by Emergency Door Release in their early days.  Daniel’s drum rolls and excellently executed use of the hi-hats and bass drums in ‘Stand Up’ really make an impact on me personally.  He doesn’t miss a beat in any single track from the EP and is proving to have been worth the wait that Emergency Door Release had to suffer in finding this final piece of the puzzle.

Emergency Door Release not only have a talented vocalist in James Rooney, but also an intelligently gifted lyricist and song-writer.  On ‘Stand Up’ his haunting style of vocals is not dissimilar to a happier version Tom Smith of the Editors, which fits the vibe the track creates.  Yet in the rest of the EP he manages to display enough range to compliment each track and add to their respective flavours with a unique sound each time.  His lyrics are witty and intellectual and also written with a distinct style.  James has written some really catchy tracks here (there’s not a poor track on the EP) and his poetry is awe-inspiring at times.  When listening to Emergency Door Release you’ll hear some expertly written rhymes and some great one-liners that will be stuck in your memory all day.  The EP’s opening line, from ‘Stand Up’, “In bed reading the news, politics and headlines, but the main story’s you…” sets the perfect mood for this chilled out contemporary love tale.

The final (and also title) track from ‘Who Are We?’ is the strongest track on this EP, in my opinion anyway.  The lyrics are incredible and you find yourself able to relate to them.  The tempo to this track is more up-beat than the rest of the EP, with really memorable guitar riffs, a more danceable bass-line and superbly performed drums.  You can listen to ‘Who Are We?’ by clicking on the song title below.

Who Are We?

Emergency Door Release can be found on Facebook on this link – http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Emergency Door Release – Who Are We?

Genre

 Indie Pop Rock

Release

(CD)  Saturday 3rd March 2012

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(online) Later in March

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Track List

1 – Stand Up

2 – Back Another Day

3 – Just Begun

4 – Who Are We?

Emergency Door Release

THIS IS WHAT ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

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This Saturday 3rd March, at The Telegraph on Orchard Street in Newcastle (behind Central Station), I have another live music event lined up.  Equipment hire and sound engineering is again being provided by Sessions Newcastle after their flawless work at my last gig at The Telegraph on Friday 3rd February.  The YouTube video playlist from Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography can be found on the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL41516C6F0C7B6130&feature=plcp

Artisam by Photo Dave 3rd February 2012

This Saturday I intend on clipping you right round your ears with four quality live acts.  The Style Pile, Emergency Door Release, The Shake Appeal and Honey Chrome will all be doing me the honour of performing for me at The Telegraph.  Doors will be open from 7.30pm and the entry to this event is payable at £3 on the door and is held in The Telegraph’s function room upstairs.  If you’re a Facebook user details of this event can be found on this link.

http://www.facebook.com/events/318489318195064/

Joanne Robson of The Style Pile

The Style Pile

Possibly the most mysterious act on the bill on Saturday are The Style Pile, formerly Ginger Snap & The Style Pile and also Chrome Attic, yet the only one of the four acts that I have seen play live.  Read my Tangerine Christmas blog for my take on that gig.

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/a-tangerine-christmas/

Despite the several name changes, The Style Pile are a reasonably well established act locally, especially around Heaton, which is like Newcastle’s hub for the cool cats and creative types.  The Style Pile are a highly energetic Funky Ska act with a cool Acid Jazz feel and honestly do put on an epic performance.  Fronted by the exceptional vocal talent of Joanne Robson and supported by an incredible band that consists of Hal McCutcheon, Eddie Hughes, Andy Strong and Dan Deltodesco, The Style Pile are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. You can hear a couple examples of what The Style Pile are capable of doing by clicking on the song titles below.

‘If You Want Me to Leave’

‘Your Own Boss’

And then get yourself over to their Facebook page and click the like button on this link

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Style-Pile/181677578554592

Emergency Door Release

This gig also marks the launch of Emergency Door Release’s much anticipated debut EP ‘Who Are We?’

This Indie Pop Rock act based in Newcastle have been very pro-active of late, obviously recording the EP, supporting Dave Giles at The Cluny on Valentine’s Day and planning their first UK tour.

Beach balls, catchy riffs and energetic performances, this emerging band comprising of James Rooney, Adam McMeiken, David Lloyd and Daniel Mokhtari, has it all!  They are promising a memorable show and if you’re lucky you might even catch one of their promotional EPs.

Emergency Door Release

I briefly touched on the talents of Emergency Door Release late last year in this blog;

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/fuck-christmas-songs-this-is-what-you-should-be-listening-to/

But for a more in depth review from someone else (a second opinion, if one will), then check out this review;

http://hiddensounds.blogspot.com/2012/01/emergency-door-release.html

Just remember who got there first, aye?

And then get over to Facebook, where you can listen to to the title track from the Who Are We?’ EP, and give them a like too.

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

The Shake Appeal

The Shake Appeal

Bringing some raw, funky, jumpy vibes will be South Tyneside based Alternative Rock group, The Shake Appeal.  This five-piece band are made up with Georgia McRaeJoseph Inskip, Jordan Johnston, Phil Morgan and Matthew Cowey.

The Shake Appeal are another band who have also been making a mark on the North East live music scene, performing with Bleech at Independent in Sunderland and at Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle in recent weeks.

Have yourself a slooshy of some of The Shake Appeal’s older tracks on the bandpage tab on their Facebook page on the link below, and if you like what you hear then click the obligatory like box.

http://www.facebook.com/TheShakeAppeal?sk=app_178091127385

Honey Chrome

Honey Chrome

Unwilling and/or incapable of being defined by any specific music genre, Honey Chrome are an off-beat, original band dripping with individuality (you won’t see shit like this on VIVA or whichever shit chart music channels are still popping these days).  Honey Chrome’s very experimental mish-mash of so many musical styles and influences has more diversity than an equal opportunities employment firm under the watchful eye of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs themselves, yet surprisingly works effectively and with epic results (like a peanut butter and ham sarnie, go on, try it, it will blow your fukkin dome!).

They play loud music, whatever loud music they want, using guitars drums and keys played through a great big, fuck-off Bass bin.  This is not just some gang of twats trying to be different and banging as many styles into a track as they can though, this is highly intelligent music.  Music that would be lost on those narrow minded, pretentious little cardboard cut-out, shit-bits who lurk on Newcastle’s (or any other) Indie music scene.  Fusing Drum & Bass style beats, with epic Rock guitar solos and sticking the musical herbs of Punk, Rock, Grunge, Rap and Electronic Kraut-Fuzz into this mix, makes the perfect musical cake, although that cake might not be to everybody’s taste, some will love it.  If you don’t, you could always fuck off and find a different bakery…

Honey Chrome are also shrouded in a distinct element of mystique too.  The band is made up of mR mATTIS, a psychic doctor able to heal the sick and communicate with the dead using old mixing desks.  Stevie, The Squire Tulip Keeper of the Beat, who was once voted Belgium’s favourite tap-dancer, and the world’s angriest Buddhist, Dan.  Also, Honey Chrome are supported by the sublime Horrorshow-esque artwork of Stegorek, unbelievable talent!

Check out their videos on their website, especially their media and info sections and you will see that this band a different breed altogether!

http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

Tracks like ‘No More Come’ and ‘Fractured Days’ certainly stand out for me. So click on their titles to see the videos.  The like their Facebook band page, seeing as that’s the trends these day.  Here’s the link;

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Honeychrome/163839323697264

So be there, or be a beige squaure, £3 quid for four bands is a pure fukkin bargain!

LIVE MUSIC AT THE TELEGRAPH THIS FRIDAY!

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Welcome to February!  Now it’s only a couple of days until the gig you’ve all been waiting for!

This Friday I’m hosting a gig at The Telegraph on Orchard Street behind Newcastle’s Central Station.  For a mere three quid you can catch three live acts plus a DJ set.  Doors open at 7.30pm so get there for as soon after that as you can and make sure you don’t miss any of it.  The event is being held upstairs in The Telegraph’s function room.

The Telegraph - 3rd February 2012

Simply because I feel like it, I’ll list the acts involved in alphabetical order.

Artisam

George, Cam and Gary of Artisam are going to be performing an acoustic set.

Those who were at my last gig at The Telegraph in December will no doubt remember George and Cam.  Artisam performed at my last ever DLB gig and were very well received.  Of the four acts involved this Friday, I have seen Artisam perform live on the most occasions and have never witnessed a bad show.  They have a cool, unique sound and their music really makes an impression, which is one of the reasons I keep booking them.  If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!

Artisam have a range of expertly written tracks but the most memorable for me is ‘Free Your Mind’, which has a nice eerie feel to it as an acoustic track.  Check out Artisam on the following links…

Facebook

Soundcloud

George and Cam of Artisam

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze

Featuring a special guest performance from the beautiful and extremely talented vocalist Eliza Lawson, Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze are an act that I’m truly honoured to have performing on Friday.  In the summer they performed at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend.  Pretty impressive that, isn’t it?  To top that off, they’re gonna be heading to Durham University after this gig to perform a set there.  Two gigs, one night… proper Rock n Roll!

Anyone who knows anything about anything will tell you that American Hip Hop died many, many moons ago and, since then, has had it’s battered corpse repeatedly raped.  The future of Hip Hop now lies in the hands of UK artists.  That said, too many London based artists are continuing to defile American Hip Hop’s corpse and trying to mimic long dead styles of Rap music in embarrassing fashion.  No one wants to hear a young white lad from Chelsea trying to be a black Compton gangsta!  It’s pathetic!  People want to hear something new and different, and that’s what The Baron & Breeze have to offer.  Check them out on YouTube to get the full effect of this Hip Hop duo.  Pure genius!!!

The Baron’s fake tashe, top hat and shades can easily give the impression that he doesn’t take himself seriously, however that would be very misleading.  Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze take their work incredibly seriously.  They are serious enough, and dedicated enough, to be relentlessly working flat-out on new tracks, videos, performing live and continuously self promoting.  However, these two do have a lot of fun with their music and, at least for me, that’s what music is all about.  There’s not a lot out there with this level of individuality, I mean… how many other time-travelling MCs do you know of?  Ed Zachary… NONE!  Well, unless Dr Who’s been banging out some rhymes in his home studio in the Tardis.  Get on The Baron & Breeze on the links below…

Baron on Facebook

Breeze on Facebook

Baron on YouTube

Baron on Bandcamp

Baron on Twitter

Daft Hat #1 - Baron Von Alias

L87 (of SubLevel2)

To compliment the diverse range of music at this event, there’s going to be a DubStep DJ set from SubLevel2 resident L87.

SubLevel2 is staged on a fortnightly Thursday at The Head of Steam in Newcastle and is a night of Hip Hop, DubStep, Jungle, Drum and Bass and everything in between, powered by the mighty 8kw bass heavy Defcon1 sound system.  The next SubLevel2 is on Thursday 9th February and will also feature Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze, so be sure to check that out.  Get more details of SubLevel2 on this link…

SubLevel2 on Facebook

Examples of L87 mixing it up can be found on the following link…

L87 on Soundcloud

SubLevel2

The Stroll

Completing this exciting line-up on Friday are up-and-coming Alternative Rock four-piece, The Stroll.  I’m a huge fan of this ambitious Durham based outfit and firmly believe they have the potential to achieve great things.  Having seen these perform live twice within the last two months, and being highly impressed on both occasions, I would seriously recommend catching them live… at The Telegraph, this Friday, because it’s gonna be awesome!

The Stroll are currently my favourite live band in the North East and when Clair and I went to see them competing in the Redcar Battle of the Bands a few weeks ago we had an epic night.  They’re also competing in the final of the SoundWave Music Competition at Newcastle’s O2 Academy a week on Saturday (that’s Saturday 11th February for anyone who doesn’t know what day it is now) and I honestly would not be surprised in the slightest if they were to win it.  Check out The Stroll online with the following links…

Facebook

ReverbNation

Twitter

Daft Hat #2 - The Stroll's Ben Gash

Expect daft hats…

With my deer-hunter hat, The Baron’s top hat and The Stroll’s Gashy threatening to wear his ridiculously hilarious hat, expect daft hats as a side dish for your main meal of quality tunes!

Possibly Newcastle’s most diverse range of music under one roof on the same night and for only £3 entry, payable on the door, you can’t go wrong.  So get yourselves down, bring your friends and let’s celebrate the end of the miserable January lull.

This is where 2012 really starts!

THE TELEGRAPH, 3RD MARCH – LINE UP CONFIRMED

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I have now fully confirmed the line up for my gig at The Telegraph on Saturday 3rd March 2012.  It’s a very exciting line up, so it’s got the potential to be an awesome night.  For a paltry three of your British Pound Sterling, you can see four quality bands from a range of different genres perform live.

Proper fukkin bargain!

If you use Facebook the details of this event can be found using the link below.

http://www.facebook.com/events/318489318195064/

The Telegraph - Saturday 3rd March 2012

The final confirmed line up is Ginger Snap & The Style Pile, Emergency Door Release, The Shake Appeal and Honey Chrome.

Emergency Door Release featured in one of my previous music blogs.  See the link below.

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/fuck-christmas-songs-this-is-what-you-should-be-listening-to/

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile are a Funky Ska band based in Newcastle.  They are a reformation of what used to be Chrome Attic.  Fronted by the extremely talented Joanne ‘Gingersnap’ Robson, The Style Pile perform with an electric energy and generate the exciting party vibe that I personally believe Newcastle has crying out for.  Wind player Andy Strong is an incredible talent as demonstrated with his awe-inspiring work on the saxophone and clarinet.  The rest of the band comprises of Hal McCutcheon (Plank-Spank’ist), Eddie Hughes (the bass man) and Dan Deltodesco (drummer).  Their unique and up-beat sound is the ultimate treat for your eardrums.  Ginger Snap & The Style Pile have a groove that will blow your fukkin mind, so this truly is a gig you don’t want to miss!

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile are currently in the process of sorting out all of their internet profiles so to hear examples of their music check out their previous incarnation, Chrome Attic, and then like their Facebook page on the following links.

http://www.myspace.com/chromeattic

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ginger-Snap-The-Style-Pile/181677578554592

Emergency Door Release

Emergency Door Release

Emergency Door Release are a brand new Indie Rock band who are in the midst of preparing a full frontal assault on the North East music scene.  Their singer, song-writer and guitarist, James Rooney, is a driven individual with an incredible voice, which is reminiscent of Editors vocalist Tom Smith.  James’ determination and dedication has helped Emergency Door Release overcome early problems and keep the band running despite losing their original drummer.  The other members of Emergency Door Release are Adam McMeiken on guitar, David Lloyd on bass and their new drummer, Daniel Mokhtari.  Emergency Door Release are recording new material on Wednesday 8th February and also have several other live performances on their horizon.

You can catch their debut gig at The Dog and Parrot on Saturday 11th February.  Entry to that is priced at £4.  Check out the Facebook event for this on the next link.

http://www.facebook.com/events/172533106184410/

Check out Emergency Door Release on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

The Shake Appeal

The Shake Appeal

South Tyneside based Rock four-piece, The Shake Appeal, are also in the process of recording new material.  The Shake Appeal were formed in 2010 and consist of vocalist Georgia McRae, guitarists Joseph Inskip and Jordan Johnston, Phil Morgan on bass and Matthew Cowey on drums.

Despite her cute appearance, vocalist Georgia McRae, sings with an attitude that would not be out of place in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Be Your Own Pet.  The Shake Appeal have a vibrant flavour to their music and a cool, edgy style.  You can listen to some of their tracks on Facebook on the link below.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shake-Appeal/176851872342363

My personal favourite from the tracks available is ‘A Fist in my Pocket’, which for me truly captures The Shake Appeal’s grit and attitude.

If, like me, you use Twitter you can also follow The Shake Appeal on there.

The Shake Appeal – @Shake_Appeal

I actually head-hunted The Shake Appeal for this gig after they were brought to my attention by both Chay Hobson, at North-East Rehearsal-Recording, and Eesh of DLB.  I have a huge respect for both of their musical opinions and have been an admirer of The Shake Appeal for some time.

Honey Chrome

Honey Chrome

Unclassifiable by standard definitions of any genre, Honey Chrome’s unique sound is an amalgamation of several genres.  This is an act that is oozing with individuality.  Honey Chrome bring together Punk, Rock, Grunge and Electronic Pop, among many other styles, in an incredible fusion that is mind-blowing.  You need to hear what they have to offer, because no explanation will give you the full feel of what they do.  Check out their website and like their Facebook pages on the links below.

http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Honeychrome/163839323697264

These four bands will be performing on what has the potential to be an epic night.  For a bargain price of £3 you can be a part of it.  Entry is payable on the door and the doors open at 7.30pm.  The Event is being held in the function room upstairs in The Telegraph, which is on Orchard Street, located behind Newcastle’s Central Station.

But before that…

Obviously March is still some time away yet and before that I have another event at The Telegraph scheduled for Friday 3rd February.  The February event is also charged at just £3 entry on the door.  As you can probably tell, I don’t give just any shite act a gig.  I carefully select the artists involved and unlike some promoters, I actually listen to their music before deciding to book them.  The Stroll, Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze and Artisam will all be performing live at The Telegraph on 3rd February, and there will also be a DubStep DJ set by L87 of SubLevel2.  This is shaping up to be an epic night.  So get down, bring some friends and have some fun!

More details about this event can be found in my blog;

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/my-next-gig-friday-3rd-february-at-the-telegraph/

Or on Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/events/162422163865780/?ref=ts

The Telegraph - 3rd February 2012

A couple of acknowledgements…

I’d like to say thank you to Nathan Wood of Spark FM in Sunderland for plugging my February gig at The Telegraph on his radio show.  Nathan presents The Local Music Show every Sunday from 4pm to 7pm; you can listen to it on local radio, exclusive to Sunderland on 107FM or online at http://www.sparksunderland.com/

It’s usually a highly entertaining show cram-packed with low-brow humour, smut and, of course, great music from some of the best bands the region has to offer.  You might as well give it a listen, I mean, what the fuck else you gonna do after church on a Sunday???

You can follow Nathan and The Local Music Show on Twitter.

Nathan Wood – @NathanWould

107 Spark FM – @Local_Music_Pet

107 Spark FM

While I’m mentioning Twitter, I’d also like to thank Tyneside Tweets for retweeting my blog to help my friends Clair Moore and Tahti raise money for LiNK Community Development.

Clair and Tahti are hitch-hiking from Newcastle to Marrakesh in Morocco, in April, as a fundraiser for LiNK Community Development.

LiNK Community Development works at improving the quality of education in Africa and providing children with the opportunities they deserve.

Please help them to make difference by sponsoring them and/or sharing the link below, where you can make donations online.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=clairandtahti&isTeam=true

And if you are a user of Twitter, you can follow both Tyneside Tweets and Clair Moore.

Tyneside Tweets – @TynesideTweets

Clair Moore – @clair_moore

LiNK Community Development

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