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A Public Service Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BiG BEAT BRONSON

(ticket link)

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

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

www.bigbeatbronson.co.uk

Werbeniuk

(ticket link)

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

www.soundcloud.com/werbeniuk

Gingersnap & The Style Pile

(ticket link)

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

www.soundcloud.com/gingersnapandthestylepile

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

(Individual links for each act’s ticket allocation)

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

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

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

Grapevine at The Dog & Parrot

 

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

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

Follow Grapevine at The Dog & Parrot.

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

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

Head Of Light Entertainment in Sunderland Twice

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

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

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

www.headoflightentertainment.com

SubLevel2 sponsored by Redemption Clothing

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

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

www.sublevel2.pl

Emergency Door Release – Bowties & Butterflies EP Launch

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

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

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

www.emergencydoorrelease.com

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

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

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!

GINGER SNAP DOESN’T LIKE MAYONNAISE (independent review of my last Telegraph gig)

Posted in Music, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2012 by Mallaz

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

Here’s an independent review of my last gig at The Telegraph, on Saturday 3rd March, written by ToddRoxx Music.
Click the link above to find the review posted on 15th March 2012.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/261248173958234/
Toddy Richie
Live Review ! 
The Telegraph. 03-03-12
In the words of the Bass Man !
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Emergency Door Release
6 songs—–1/2hr set.
Brilliant crowd interaction, always pumping up the crowd and making them feel part of the show.
Good intro’s to every song.
Levels were good throughout the whole set.
Righteous melodic chords, few accidental ? off tone notes,
But only adds to depth and interest.
Singer / Rhythm guitarist uses the full stage , dancing and jumping about
And certainly knows how to entertain a crowd.
Lead guitarist uses accidental chords to create an eerie hair standing melody !
Tempo changes in songs as if another song is about to start, then kicks back into it .
Creating some great indie/dance tunes.
No noticeable mistakes, all original songs.
Only down side, they were cut short because of time constraints.
4 piece Indie/Rock .
Definitely a one to watch in the future !
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Shake Appeal
5 songs—-1/2hr set
Easy to dance to , with constant up-beat rhythms.
Vocals needed turning up a touch, she has a great voice, likened to Hayley Williams.
Nice movement around stage, the band always looked like they were enjoying it.
Too much bass to start with, but sounded much better after adjustments.
Lots of bass and lead solos, but lead needed to be much higher,losing it under the drums.
Guitar effects used to create nice abstact sounds.
Singer has a dynamic voice. Band sounds a lot like Lyxx.
No noticeable mistakes .All original songs.
Good band !
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HoneyChrome
3 piece—Singer on crutches, but did well !
Mellow melodic guitar riffs with metal breaks and solos.
Synth bass through keyboard.
Voice box effect, vocals put through keyboard.
Sort of like , Freezepop meets Nirvana !
Great bass effects(wobbly)through pedal .
Offensive language may not be to everyones taste.
Beautiful keyboard and guitar harmonies.
Strong effective bass lines from synth bass and drums.
Very technical band, effects based.
No noticeable mistakes. All originals.
Soft Rock / Effects….Different !
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Ginger Snap and the Style Pile
5 piece—-40minute set.
Good crowd interaction.
Singer, Ginger snap, doesn’t like mayonnaise ?!
Saxophone adds great jazzy depth.
So does bass soloing and complex riffs.
Levels were good all the way through the set.
Angelic vibrant voice, not unlike Florence .
Slow danceable jazz.
A very well rehearsed set.
Originals and covers…….
Very funky cover of 7 Nations army
And Jazzy cover of Black and Gold.
No noticeable mistakes apart from a little bass towards the end.
Jazz/Funk.
Great Funky entertainment !
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Overall a very good night of music.
Mixing rock, jazz, indie, dance and effects.
Something there for everyone.
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Bass Man
“Peace”
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My next gig, The Egg, is also at The Telegraph on Saturday 7th April 2012.
https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/the-egg/
Or check out details of the event on Facebook.  Only £4 entry, on the door.
http://www.facebook.com/events/156889934432195/
Follow me on Twitter – (@Mallaz84)

“BETTER THAN A BOX OF WOLVES NIPPLE CHIPS!”

Posted in Events, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2012 by Mallaz

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)

Posted in Events, Music, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2012 by Mallaz

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.

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

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/this-is-what-all-the-cool-kids-are-doing-this-saturday-night/

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

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

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/this-is-what-all-the-cool-kids-are-doing-this-saturday-night/

(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

THERE’S NOT A LOT GOING ON THIS MONTH, BUT THIS IS PROBABLY THE BEST OF IT…

Posted in Music, Music Events Guides with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2012 by Mallaz

I know this is already like the second day of March (only because it tells me at the bottom right-hand side of the screen), and I haven’t really done much of a gig guide thing yet.  Y’kna what though???  There’s fuck all really happening this month and I’ve been too fukkin wasted to care about telling you that fuck all’s happening, until now that is…

I did have a gander at a few events, but there’s not a lot worth wasting your money on this month, other than my gig at The Telegraph tomorrow night (or than my shit betting tips for this week, which I shall get round to publishing at some point sharp-ish), as that is also the long-awaited release of Emergency Door Release‘s debut EP ‘Who Are We?

BOOM!

More Details of that gig can be found in my previous blog.

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/this-is-what-all-the-cool-kids-are-doing-this-saturday-night/

And Here’s the fukkin Facebook link for the event too.

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

Also, my next blog (unless I get the shite tips out of the way before that!) will be a review of the ‘Who Are We?‘ EP, so stand by for that.  I’ll be doing that this afternoon, seeing as they launch the EP tomorrow.

New Town Kings

The only other thing that’s tickling my fancy bits at the minute is New Town Kings in a Warehouse on Friday 16th March at Hoults Yard, Walker Road in Newcastle.  This is the follow up from last month’s China Bull Shop in a Warehouse gig, but this time with fukkin lasers!  This gig also features Too Spicy, who I recommended to anyone who read the following blog;

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

It’s gonna be a night of Reggae, Ska and off beats, so get yourself down to that and skank your filthy arse off!  Entry is charged at £5 on the door, or £4 if bought online in this link – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/157925

The Facebook event for that event can be found on this link.

http://www.facebook.com/events/224841177602593/

Too Spicy

But the jist is that most places are putting on unimpressive gigs at pocket-pillaging prices.  Band’s you’ve never heard of charging daft prices, some even with booking fees and tickets and shit!  I’ve been listening to as much music as time allows and there’s not enough time to waste watching wankers playing average music.  GOD!  The fukkin blandness of some of the shit people are trying to make you pay to listen to is sinful!

THE CALENDER

Saturday 3rd

MY TELEGRAPH GIG (ft EMERGENCY DOOR RELEASE’S ‘WHO ARE WE’ EP LAUNCH – The Telegraph, Newcastle.  Entry £3.

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/this-is-what-all-the-cool-kids-are-doing-this-saturday-night/

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

Friday 9th

FridayLOVE presents Indie Rock Night – The Dog & Parrot, Newcastle.  Entry £3.

http://www.facebook.com/events/358001304221675/

Friday 16th

New Town Kings in a Warehouse – Hoults Yard, Walker Road, Newcastle.  Tickets £4 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/157925 and £5 on the door.

http://www.facebook.com/events/224841177602593/

Saturday 31st

The Deputies – Fundraiser for Everymen Cancer Research – Forest Hall Club, Newcastle.  Tickets £3.

http://www.facebook.com/events/231100460294468/

New Town Kings in a Warehouse

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!

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