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SOME RAMBLINGS ABOUT MUSIC + NUMPTIES IN THE NEWS

Posted in Music, Music Recommendations, Music Reviews, Opinions On The News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by Mallaz

God made it easy on me...

You Beastly Bastard!

Wednesday was my birthday.  I fukkin hate my birthday but a new bucket hat and a Happy Mondays ticket, for the O2 Academy in Newcastle on May 4th, helped to ease the blow.  As also did Swede Mason, who released another video onto YouTube on my birthday.  Check out Swede Mason’s YouTube channel on this link and subscribe for future releases.

Swede Mason on YouTube

Swede Mason’s new track is titled ‘Well bugger to you, you Beastly Bastard’ and is totally typical of Swede Mason.  More video sampled and cut into a new video with added beats to create an incredible audio-visual collage.  While ‘Well bugger to you, you Beastly Bastard’ may not be Swede Mason’s greatest work his genius is unrivalled.  It is still a truly epic work, however in my opinion not as brilliant as ‘Jeremy Clarkson’s Beatbox’ or ‘Bill Wyman’s Metal Detector’ to name but a few.

Apparently, according to Clair, the video for this track is taken from The King’s Speech or something.  I’ve never heard of it or seen it, but then I’m not Ed Zachary a film buff.

Well Bugger to you, you Beastly Bastard’ is vulgar, repetitive and really quite childish, yet it is amusing, entertaining and quite frankly fukkin fantastic!

Check out Swede Mason latest work on the link below.

Swede Mason – Well bugger to you, you Beastly Bastard 

Also check out my blog about Swede Mason in my musical recommendations category or on the next link, where you’ll find links to some of my favourite Swede Mason tracks.

Swede Mason Blog

Some Recommendations

While I’m on the subject of music, I may as well drop a couple of recommendations.

BROTHA PRIAH

I’ll start with Brotha Priah, another musician who does something a bit different.  Priah is a massively underrated artist who is starting the make an impression on the North East music scene and has the potential and drive to go a long way.

Brotha Priah uses a Boss RC-300 looping station and a Kaosspad to build up tracks on the spot.  What makes it all the more impressive however is that Priah makes all of the sounds with his voice, beat-boxing beats, harmonies and bass-lines and looping them to create unique tracks.  He has an exceptional talent and is extremely passionate about music.  Priah explains it better than me, so click on the following link for a video of Priah explaining how he does what he does.

Brotha Priah – Boss RC-300 + Kaosspad 3 Intro 

Don’t forget to subscribe to Brotha Priah’s YouTube channel.

Brotha Priah on YouTube

I first noticed Brotha Priah when I seen him performing at SubLevel2 at The Head of Steam a while back.  He was one of the artists the particularly stood out that night, in amongst local Hip Hop heavyweights Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze and Rick Fury.  Read my take on that night on this link;

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/whats-normal-is-normally-boring/

As I mentioned, Priah is starting to build his reputation on the North East music scene, particularly with the Hip Hop, DubStep and Drum n Bass crowds and is quickly becoming one of the usual suspects at live events in the region.  With a few live performances coming up in April, including Rex Regis’ album launch, on 11th, and The Warehouse Party, on 28th, Priah is starting to make his mark.

He’s also performing at my gig, The Egg at The Telegraph, Orchard Street, Newcastle on Saturday.  Click the next links for more information on The Egg.

The Egg

Facebook Event

HONEY CHROME

Whilst on the theme of artists with individuality, my next recommendation is a band so unique that they don’t fit inside any standard genre classification.

Honey Chrome’s sound is a marvellous mash-up of many genres, with many different influences.  Not only do Honey Chrome differ from every other band, each of their tracks differs in style and sound from each other.

With Honey Chrome there’s synthetic bass, heavy drums, rocking guitars and distorted vocals aplenty.  Call it whatever you want, there’s a bit of everything in there.  You’ll notice influences from many different artists within Honey Chrome’s sound and they bring it all together in a brilliantly orchestrated fusion.  The effects are truly profound.

Honey Chrome

I think my favourite Honey Chrome tracks so far are ‘I Think I Luv U’ and ‘Fractured Days’.  As afore mentioned, Honey Chrome’s style and sound changes between tracks and those two are more mellow and more suited to my tastes than the heavier ‘Mind Machine’, which would have plenty of appeal with Rock and Heavy Metal fans.

Honey Chrome are playing in Stockton on Tees tonight at The Sun Inn along with The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show and Dressed Like Wolves.  Doors open at 7.30pm, find further details of that on this link;

http://www.facebook.com/events/416819888335204/

I have also got Honey Chrome booked to perform at two events for me in May.  They will be playing at The Telegraph on Friday 4th May and at The Troll at The Bridge, at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle on Saturday 19th May.  Check out the video of Honey Chrome performing live at The Telegraph at my gig in March on this next link.

Honey Chrome – I Think I Luv U (live at The Telegraph) 

Details of the May 4th gig at The Telegraph are still to be confirmed.

The Troll at The Bridge on Saturday 19th May is being held at The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Entry is £3 payable on door.  Doors open at 7.30pm and the event will run until 11pm.  Also performing that night will be local Indie Pop sensation Emergency Door Release, the ever-impressive Alternative act Artisam and Funk-Rock band Downtown Lester Brown.

Check out Honey Chrome’s website – http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

And check out the Facebook Event for The Troll at The Bridge and the four acts involved on the following links.

The Troll at The Bridge 

Honey Chrome

Emergency Door Release

Artisam

Downtown Lester Brown

THE EGG

After what feels like a lifetime in waiting, it’s almost finally here. Tomorrow night at The Telegraph on Orchard Street, behind Newcastle’s Central Station is The Egg!

The Egg is a night of live music and a whole new experience.  A culmination of artists from across a wide range of genres, The Egg offers something for every musical taste.  There’s the notorious Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze with the awesome Eliza Lawson delivering North East Hip Hop with a comic book twist.  Another of the main highlights are the epically vibrant Funky Ska band Ginger Snap & The Style Pile giving you something to dance to.  Artisam, who are also performing The Troll at The Bridge, will be performing as a five-piece for the first time after the addition of their new drummer and fiddler.  We’ll also have some Krautedelic Electro Fuzz from Parastatic, something I’m really looking forward to seeing live.  As mentioned earlier there’ll also be a live Beat-Boxing performance by the up-and-coming Brotha Priah with his looping station and Kaosspad.  There’s also some acoustic brilliance in the form of Baiqian Jiang and his fingerstyle and a DJ set from Greenline DJ, also known as Dj Id.

Seven different artists on a night that runs til 2am for a paltry £4 is a steal!

Doors open at 7.30pm and the £4 entry is payable on the door.

Further information about The Egg can be found on my blog, along with links to each artist, or on the Facebook on the two links below.

The Egg

Facebook Event

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

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And now some shit in the news that made me laugh…

I was on Twitter yesterday morning and my timeline was flooded with shit about Samantha Brick, she was also trending.

Now I’d never heard of her and I’m a naturally inquisitive bastard.  So I looked and up, and here’s the jist of what her crack is…

Samantha Brick is some random, moderately attractive, middle-aged blonde writer from The Daily Mail, who wrote an article earlier this week whining on about how difficult life is being beautiful.

Here’s a link to the article, have a gander;

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2124246/Samantha-Brick-downsides-looking-pretty-Why-women-hate-beautiful.html

Throughout the article this self-obsessed woman bemoans the strains that her supposed beauty causes her, from bitchy bosses to jealous girlfriends.  She claims that women hate her for no other reason but her “lovely looks.

Samantha Brick’s arrogance and up-your-own-arsery become glaringly apparent with this quote from the article, “Unfortunately women find nothing more annoying than someone else being the most attractive girl in a room.”  Pretty full of herself for someone who claims has many clients who are models, and also doing well on casting gender stereotypes.  She also claims to be “tall, slim, blonde” and often told that she is “good-looking”.

I don’t know about slim though flower… I see a bit of a pot-belly thing going on there.  Have a look at the photos and see if you agree.  She’s also got quite chunky, stumpy looking legs.  To claim she’s “slim” is slightly hopeful.  She’s not in terrible shape for a middle-aged woman of forty-one, but she’s not shaped like Gwen Stefani or Elizabeth Hurley!

As I said before, she’s only moderately good-looking.  In my opinion she’s got a dodgy-looking nose and a freaky, weird smile.  She’s got kind of a Miss Piggy-like face.

At the end of the article she claims to be “probably one of very few women entering their fifth decade welcoming the decline of my looks.”  A statement that seemingly contradicts herself as earlier in the article she stated she works at her appearance.  She works out, doesn’t drink or smoke and rarely eats chocolate.  Not really the actions of a woman in her early forties welcoming the decline of her looks is it?

I’m not even gonna touch that her husband is a Frenchman and wearing soldier clobber in the photos, that’s too easy.

Samantha Brick is a deluded, self-obsessed attention-seeker and I’m bewildered as to why a newspaper would publish such nonsensical bull-shit written to solely to pander the author’s ego.  I mean, that’s not fukkin news is it???

And as if that twaddle wasn’t ridiculous enough for you, the backlash from Samantha Brick spawned another article, this time by Tim Dowling for The Guardian.  You can read that on this next link.

http://m.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/04/samantha-brick-hated-good-looks?cat=lifeandstyle&type=article

This is yet another prime example of up-your-own-arsery by a self-obsessed, egotistical twat.  Tim Dowling claims that men envy him for his looks.  In my experience most men couldn’t give two shits about how another man looks, the competitive element lies in other things, like sports for example.

I think anyone who uses phrases such as “brooding”, “chiselled jaw” and “soulful, beseeching eyes” to describe themselves appears to be either a purely pretentious cunt or pitching themselves on a lonely hearts dating website.

Tim Dowling prattles on that if you’re a man you probably find him a threat.  One statement that stood out for me was, “I can’t tell you how many male acquaintance shave stopped speaking to me over the years for petty reasons (unpaid debts, being alleged source of unpleasant rumour, refusal to appear as character witness), when jealousy is the transparent cause.

Yeah, sure people start to lose patience and you will fall foul of people if you don’t pay your debts.  As for refusing to be a character witness for a friend, either the friend is a complete scum-bag of Tim Dowling blatantly refused to help a friend in need.  I wonder if the reference was for a job or for court, as he fails to mention any specifics.  Either way it’s pretty shitty and I wouldn’t be best impressed if a so-called mate refused to help where they could in such situations, unless of course it was a seriously bad crime.

He claims also to know exactly how many men have been angered enough by his face to want to punch it.  For some reason I suspect it may be his arrogant, pretentious, self-absorbed attitude that makes people want to smash his fukkin face in, rather than how his face looks.

There is also no mention of Tim Dowling having a partner within the article.  I suspect this is also related to him being a Grade-A plum!

POSSIBLY THE MOST POORLY ORGANISED LIVE MUSIC EVENT THAT I HAVE EVER ATTENDED

Posted in Music, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2012 by Mallaz

I was at a gig at LYH in Newcastle last night, run by Something Else Promotions.  There were three acts performing; Champagne Charlies, Iceni and my invention, Downtown Lester Brown, making their first appearance since I left them.  After almost four months in the doldrums, I threw them a lifeline and lined up this slot for them.

Billed to start at 8pm and described as “the best local and touring acts, programmed into musically appropriate lineups and shuffled into 15 minute sets.”  This was possibly the most poorly organised live music event that I have ever attended.  When we arrived at about 20 to 9 they were still setting up and the first band had still not started their set.  The 15 minute sets went out the window and each band performed for less than half an hour each.  Despite being there at 6.30 to begin setting up, the event didn’t start til 9pm with Champagne Charlies playing the opening set.  The worst part of it though, was the sound engineering.  Even I, with my very limited technical knowledge, easily noticed that the sound engineer had dropped a bollock!  I’m not sure if the bands even got a sound-check, but if they did then the sound engineer either half-arsed it or his hearing must be seriously impaired.  This was the same sound engineer who ran the event the last time Downtown Lester Brown performed at LYH and he dropped a clanger then too.  Ben’s vocals were practically muted for half of the set last time.

Champagne Charlies

An hour later than billed the first set kicked off at 9pm and was performed by Champagne Charlies, a three-piece Indie band, who failed to impress.  They had no stage presence and their music was flat and uninteresting.  The vocalist did sing in a local accent but that was the only thing that stood out about Champagne Charlies.  I lost interest in them very quickly and I’m half-sure that they seemed to spend ages doing nothing in between tracks.  They didn’t fill gaps with any witty banter or crowd interaction.  This was the act that the promoter was hyping up to me about a week ago.  I never noticed any sound issues with Champagne Charlie, other than the sound of their music being dour and unoriginal.  I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to see them again in the future.

Iceni

Three exceptionally talented ladies, Iceni are a great band with a very fresh sound.  Unfortunately it was Iceni who suffered the most from the sound engineer’s incompetence and equipment failure.  Not only was the sound all off, but the bass drum was also sliding away from the drummer through the entire set, which they had to cut short and I don’t blame them.  The organisers of this event did Iceni a great injustice!  As I already mentioned, I know nothing of technology but easily noticed that something was wrong with the sound as soon as they began their set.  They have exceptional vocal talent which was unfortunately overshadowed by the failings of the sound engineer and the runaway drum.  Despite this shambolic set, which was in no way Iceni’s fault, their talent was still easily noticeable and I would like to see them perform live again, but ideally at an event that is properly organised and engineered.

Downtown Lester Brown

Richard’s hat was too small for his head!  He’s obviously been taking fashion tips from The Stroll’s Gashy (aka Orville the Duck).  Ben did a fancy little hat trick at the beginning of their set.  Yep, it was silly hat night.

This was Downtown Lester Brown’s comeback gig, their first live performance since I left them in December.  A decent set which they performed well.  Downtown Lester Brown even included a freestyle saxophone player within their set.  Unfortunately, thanks to shoddy sound engineering, the saxophone failed to make an impact due to being barely audible, like the vocals at times.  It was good to see them playing again and it does look as though they’ve been learning, especially Ben.  The guitar play was just grand, and the drums and bass by Johnny and Eesh were class, as always.  The sax addition could really have given Downtown Lester Brown an extra dimension to their sound and it’s a shame that it didn’t make the intended impact but again, that’s the failing of the sound engineer, not the artist.

As I’ve said this was a shambles of a gig, two and a half hours for setting up and yet still the sound quality was dire!  At £3 entry for less than an hour and a half of music which, for the most of it, was barely audible, it was a rip-off.  I would have refunded everybody their entry fee after that comical farce.  I’d have felt too guilty to charge anybody to watch that.  Something Else Promotions fell flat on their arse last night and I’m in no hurry to attend another event run by them.  That’s twice I’ve been to one of their events and there has been sound issues on both occasions.  If you don’t know how to do the sound engineering properly, then do what I do and hire in a professional!

Check out the three bands who performed on Facebook, and if you enjoy their work then like their pages.

Champagne Charlies

Iceni

Downtown Lester Brown

CREAM OF THE CROP SO FAR…

Posted in Music, Music Recommendations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2012 by Mallaz

It’s been a while since I forced my musical recommendations upon thee, so I thought “might as well pop one oot real soon!”

First up though, a brief run through the cream of the crop from my previous recommendations.

The best of the lot, not just my opinion but that of my trusted advisors too, is Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze.  I’d also like to pop Eliza Lawson into the equation here too.  This is an act I have now seen perform live on numerous occasions and every single one of those has been incredible.  Baron and Breeze are like the Dynamic Duo of UK Hip Hop, which must make Eliza the Batgirl.  Anyway, Baron Von Alias is a genius!  He also has the eyes of a shrew, which explains the shades!  This duo are putting the fun back into music and their live performances are unbelievable.  Watching this act perform, you can tell they are having fun and you can’t help but get involved.  Eliza Lawson is the perfect complement to this pair too, her vocals add that extra dimension to tracks such as ‘Action Man’ and she has taken to Baron and Breeze’s fun-loving vibe like a duck to water.  That’s not to say that this act is all about their performance value, because their music is the tits!  Everyone who I’ve made listen to ‘Action Man’ immediately thinks it’s class, even those that don’t even really like Hippety Hop.  Listen to ‘It’s OK’ as that is basically Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze telling you what I just did, only in their words with a wicked backing track.  Watch their videos on YouTube too.  Baron, Breeze and Eliza performed at my last event and went down a treat!  I’m even going to see them at the O2 Academy, supporting Rossi Noise, on the 25th February.  I bet you’re gutted you’re not!

Next up is the legend that is Swede Mason.  His video collages are an audio visual spectacle to behold.  Possibly the most underrated genius in entertainment today.  His ‘Schofield on Crack’ video stirred up a bit of controversy and led to Thames TV making him remove the video from his YouTube channel.  His ‘Tribute to Schofield on Crack’ video is an outstanding response to Thames TV’s lack of humour and “clearly implies, up yours!”  Swede Mason uses Final Cut and Logic to cut videos to create an audio collage and add some beats.  The result is awesome tracks and amusing videos of a standard you won’t witness anywhere else.  His track ‘Jungle All The Way’ features samples taken from the Arnold Schwarzenegger film ‘Jingle All The Way’ and reached #1 in both the Soundclick.com Electronic and Jungle charts and is still Soundclick’s top Jungle track.

Another act I have seen perform live on several occasions now is Alternative Indie Rock band The Stroll.  Recently they have twice been pipped in battle of the bands competition finals by The McQues, despite being better than The McQues both live and on record in my opinion.  Of the tracks that they have so far released, I find it difficult to pick a favourite between ‘Different Tune, Different Mood’ and ‘Searching’, which is “about looking for stuff.”  The Stroll’s front-man, Josh Pringle, has an incredible ability with lyrics and this band has a very 90s Brit Pop flavour to them, kush!  The other three members of the band are Paul Heslop on guitar, Jack Brown on bass and Ben Gash the drummer.  If The Stroll failed to make it big in music Gashy could always fall back on being a stand-up comedian with his bad taste jokes, although, if I was him, I’d do it sitting down behind something so that the audience don’t notice that his body is proportionately similar to that of Orville the Duck.

Last up, Emergency Door Release.  Emergency Door Release are “setting off alarms everywhere” and are the freshest prospect, and most possibly the saviour, of the Newcastle Indie Pop Rock scene.  This four-piece Indie Pop Rock band consists of James Rooney on vocals and guitar, Adam McMeiken on guitar, David Lloyd on bass and Daniel Moktari on drums.  Emergency Door Release suffered some set-backs confirming their final line-up but they kicked off their live career very recently supporting Dave Giles at the Cluny2 in Newcastle on Valentines Day.  They also recently released ‘Who Are We?’ the final track from their forthcoming EP, also titled ‘Who Are We?’  So expect big things from this highly driven and ambitious Indie Pop Rock act, and be sure to check them out at my next live music event at The Telegraph on Saturday 3rd March, not only because that’s a gig that I am running, but also because that is when Emergency Door Release have chosen to release the ‘Who Are We’ EP on CD, so don’t miss that!

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

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-telegraph-3rd-march-line-up-confirmed/

WHEN I’M NOT DOING NOTHING, THIS IS WHAT I’M DOING…

Posted in Art, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2012 by Mallaz

This is what I do, besides drinking, smoking, gambling, women and all of the other vices…

Music

I’m bang into music, music of all different genres, so what I mainly do these days is arrange and promote gigs in Newcastle.  I also do my best to promote certain local artists in an attempt to generate more exposure for the better ones.  The reason I only promote certain bands is because the North East music scene is full of pretentious twats who think they’re gods simply because they can play instruments.  The Indie scene in Newcastle has been riddled with many examples of tubes like that for years now.  That is why when I arrange my events I have acts of different genres involved and we get a much more diverse crowd.  People who come to my events to see one particular act get to see artists from other genres and meet people from different social circles, not the sort of thing that happens at your average Indie night.  A lot of the artists I work with are actually personal friends of mine, but more importantly, they share the same mind-set as me in that they believe music is supposed to be about fun and having a good time.  Nobody really wants to go out on a Friday or Saturday night and listen to teenagers with good jobs and girlfriends, living at home with their parents and having everything on a plate for them, whining about the stresses and strains of life. We don’t fukkin care if your mam served you brussel sprouts on your Sunday dinner last week.  Most people have bigger problems to deal with.

My goal is to make live music in Newcastle a good night out, rather than the shambolic state it has been for years.  I will consider acts of any genre to play at my events so long as they are individuals and not sheep following whatever trend they have a taste for.  I don’t believe any act should be limited to opportunities because they don’t fit in with a certain scene.  By mixing genres together, the aim is to bring the best from every genre together to create a party style atmosphere and a scene that is not limited to the same crowd of idiots who think they’re the mutt’s nuts.  Try to image a city-sized house party, that’s the ultimate goal!

My last live music event was my first experiment with mixing very contrasting genres and the mix was well received by those who attended.  I had Hip Hop, DubStep, an Alternative acoustic set and Alternative Rock music all played on the same night and we had a good night.  The diverse crowd mingled well and some people left well impressed with some of the acts that they seen that night.  Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography videoed some each act performing and you can see those videos on this link;

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

My next live event is at The Telegraph on Orchard Street behind Central Station in Newcastle.  That’s on Saturday 3rd March and I’ve got four acts of pure quality for that gig.  There’s Funky Ska music in the form of Ginger Snap & The Style Pile, Newcastle’s freshest Indie band Emergency Door Release, Alternative Rock from The Shake Appeal and the unclassifiable Honey Chrome, whose music is a wonderfully bizarre mix of almost any genre that you can possibly imagine.  If that hasn’t already got you twitching then the price will.  Entry is only £3 on the door, BOOM!

Details of this gig can be found on my blog or Facebook on the links below;

Telegraph – 3rd March Line-Up

Facebook

Art

Everything for me started off with art.  In 2009 I began work on the first Horrorshow drawing, which was when my artistic career started to take off.  That first drawing spawned a whole series of Horrorshow Artwork images, which have proved relatively popular with art enthusiasts from all over the world and I have even rejected offers of £300 for certain Horrorshow drawings.  Check out Horrorshow Artwork on Facebook (and like the page) or Deviant Art on the next links;

Facebook

DeviantArt.com

My first commissioned artwork was in 2010 and that was swiftly followed by the EP cover design I created for the now extinct band, Casino‘The Late, Great Planet Earth’ drawing that I did for Casino generated a bit of publicity for them, which in turn led to them asking me to manage them and that’s how I got involved in music, but that’s another story.  I have received a few commissions and also sold some of my own work since then.  I have designed logos, posters and drawn portraits for commission since then.

I create all of the promotional artwork for my live music events and also did all of the band artwork for Downtown Lester Brown, the band I formed in 2011 and left just before Christmas.  The Downtown Lester Brown artwork included their logo, the ‘Love & Other Diseases’ EP cover and individual track artwork for each track on the EP.

Most of my artwork is abstract pen drawings, although I am not learning Adobe Photoshop, which makes design work a lot easier.  I also like to experiment with other media, oil pastels being one of my favourites.  I am soon to start working on the final drawing of the Horrorshow Artwork series.  Beyond that I am going to experiment with some collage work, continue to design all of the artwork for my events and hopefully take on some more commissioned work.

What Can I Do For You…?

If you’re in a band and you’re looking for gigs, well I run them.  So the obvious thing to do is get in touch.  Send me your name, bands name and brief description, and contact emails and telephone numbers.  I will also need a link to somewhere I can listen to your music or you can attach a couple of mp3 files to the email.  You can email me on – horrorshowartwork@live.co.uk

Be aware though that I do not just book any random act to play at my events, I want bands with something about them and not generic cut-outs.  I need to hear examples of your music and if possible even see videos.  So if you send me a link to an internet profile that requires me to like your page before I can hear your music then you are wasting your time and more importantly, mine.  How am I supposed to know I like it if I’ve never heard it?

Also bear in mind that I am now booking line-ups for as far ahead as May, although I am looking to start organising events more frequently and further afield than just Newcastle.  I have had interest from a lot of artists too, so I apologise in advance if I’m unable to reply to emails immediately but I will get around to them as soon as possible.

Other options that I can offer artists are promotion and/or management.  If your band struggles to find gigs because you’re too busy playing music in between working and coming up with new material then you need someone to find gigs for you.  Through the network that I have I can help to find gigs and find out about a lot of support slots that are available, festival places etc.

I can also organise and promote events for bands and provide supporting artists.  Or if you have your own gigs booked and need some supporting acts for those, I can also help with that.  Again, simply email me to discuss what it is that you want and what exactly I can offer.  horrorshowartwork@live.co.uk

On the art front, I have plenty of original artwork for sale that I am willing to consider offers for.  Examples of my artwork can be found on my Horrorshow Artwork Facebook page or my Deviant Art profile on these links;

Facebook

DeviantArt.com

I also consider commissioned work.  I am available for EP/album artwork, logo design or poster artwork and design but will also consider almost anything.  I specialise in drawing and tend to lean towards an abstract style but I’m willing to try my hand at pretty much anything.  If you want to commission me for artwork or what to make enquiries about any of the work I have for sale then email me – horrorshowartwork@live.co.uk

So What Next…?

You’ll fukkin see soon enough!

If you use any of the social networks below click on their names and then you can find my profiles and you’re free to stalk me online.  If I see you perched outside my house though, you’ll soon find out how much being hit with a crowbar really hurts!

Twitter

music related sites

Soundcloud

Soundclick

art related sites

Horrorshow Artwork Facebook page

Deviant Art

THE TELEGRAPH, 3RD MARCH – LINE UP CONFIRMED

Posted in Causes, Events, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2012 by Mallaz

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

Record Union: Love & Other Diseases – Downtown Lester Brown

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2012 by Mallaz

Record Union: Love & Other Diseases.

The above link tells you where you can download Downtown Lester Brown‘s debut EP, ‘Love & Other Diseases‘.

SOME OF MY ART SHITE

Posted in Art, General Gobshiting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2012 by Mallaz

It has recently been brought to my attention that I have been ignoring my artwork and haven’t given it any publicity in fukkin ages.  But to be fair, I don’t really spend a lot of time on the artwork these days.  Mostly, I am concentrating on music and writing but I’ve had a few people asking questions about the art so I might as well humour them.

If you are unfamiliar with the art element of my work, I created my own brand of artwork called ‘Horrorshow Artwork‘.  I have created several Horrorshow works, the latest one was ‘Monsters‘, which I finished in October.

Horrorshow Artwork - Monsters

Monsters is set to be the second last Horrorshow image that I create.

You can see more Horrorshow works on my Horrorshow Artwork Facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/horrorshow.artwork

or on my DeviantArt profile

http://horrorshow-artwork.deviantart.com/

So please like my Facebook page and share both of the above links on all of your social networks.

And it’s not just the twisted, abstract Horrorshow stuff that I do.  I created all the artwork for Downtown Lester Brown too, before I left them to their own devices.  The most significant works I created for that project were obviously the logo and EP cover for ‘Love & Other Diseases‘.

Downtown Lester Brown - logo

I also created artwork for each of the tracks on the EP, my personal favourites being the artwork for ‘Man On The Run‘ and the ‘Empty Heed‘ single.  However, due to me owning all of the copyright to my artwork, Downtown Lester Brown are no longer able to use any of it other than for the Love & Other Diseases EP.  And since Richard Gilroy tried to pilfer all my credit for setting up DLB, I have taken precautions to make sure that if they do breach my copyright I will get what I deserve from it.

Man On The Run - track artwork

My latest drawing was actually the artwork that I created for the gig that was due to be held at The Blue Bunny Cafe on 7th January.  Unfortunately that gig, as mentioned, was cancelled but here’s the drawing I did for it.

Blue Bunny - (cancelled) gig artwork

I’ve also begun to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop and used that to create the artwork for my next gig at The Telegraph.  If you haven’t heard about that gig yet check out my blog about it on the following link.

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

The Telegraph - 3rd February 2012

I still have loads of artwork that I want to sell so get in touch if you’re interested in any of it as I am more than willing to listen to offers.  In the meantime, please take time to like my Facebook page for Horrorshow Artwork http://www.facebook.com/horrorshow.artwork and have a gander at my shit on DeviantArt http://horrorshow-artwork.deviantart.com/

All of the artwork within this blog © Malcolm White 2011

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