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Bowies & Butterflies, BiG BEATs & The Boy in Bristol

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

Some Musical Musings…

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

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

Emergency Door Release

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

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

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

Mad For It on YouTube


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

BiG BEAT BRONSON at Urban Outfitters on YouTube

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

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


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

The album is available from Bandcamp

They Call Me… on YouTube



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Because they’re just too good to us, Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze have released their ‘Brace For The Impact’ EP today.  A tasty teaser for their forthcoming ‘May Contain Nuts’ EP, and also released especially for those with allergies, ‘Brace For The Impact’ is free to download for a limited period before it is released on iTunes and other such sites where you will have to pay for the download.

Brace For The Impact EP (Free Download)

Now Carlsberg don’t do rappers, but if they did he’d probably have a fake tashe, top-hat and treat time like a twat!  Baron Von Alias is some talent and along with MistaBreeze, the Hardest Thug in UK Hip Hop (at his age, you can’t be that cheeky and that good looking unless you can pack a punch!) they make an incredible team.

Brace For The Impact’ is an EP with filthy, heavy beats and tracks that would not be out of place on a Drum n Bass album and would work perfectly for some freaky dancing in nightclubs.  The EP features guest appearances from the lovely Eliza Lawson, the epic Rossi Noise, rappers Absorb and Wizard Sleeve’s Lex One.

Eliza Lawson

The versatility that The Baron & Breeze display on this EP is truly awesome.  They’ve touched on several different genres of music with this release yet still maintained their impressive Hip Hop flavour.  This is an extremely danceable EP as displayed with the smart addition of the fantastic Rossi Noise on ‘Light Years’, adding a different dimension to what is really a Computer Game Music style Club Dance track with a Hip Hop twist.  Rossi Noise also feature on ‘Do Your Worst’ along with Absorb.  ‘Do Your Worst’ is possibly my joint-favourite track on this EP.  It’s a great Hip Hop/DubStep club track which, partially due to the catchy chorus and filthy, wobbling bass, really sticks in your head and it won’t be long til clued-up DJs are banging this track in clubs up and down the country.

Throw Your Body’ is another infectious track with dance appeal and commercial value, with yet more catchy lyrics and a very bouncy beat that will have you fist-pumpin’ and stamping your feet.  ‘Impact’ is a proper hard club track.  The dirty synthetic bass with the added effects is so filthy that it is disgustingly good.  The incredibly talented vocalist Eliza Lawson guests on ‘Impact’ and compliments the track in brilliant fashion, giving a brief glimpse of what the future has in store.

As I mentioned before, ‘Do Your Worst’ is possibly my joint-favourite track on the EP, joint-favourite, along with ‘Step In The Room’.  ‘Step In The Room’ is one of my favourite Baron tracks of all time and, in my opinion, one of Breeze’s best outings.  It also further displays the adaptability that Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze are capable of.  On ‘Step In The Room’ Baron & Breeze add their unique Hip Hop flavour to what is essentially a Rock track and it works in epic fashion; imagine a Cramlington based Public Enemy with a comic book twist.

Brace for The Impact’ is a truly epic EP.  It’s hard to believe that this is not even the big release and is merely a taster for their next release, the ‘May Contain Nuts’ EP.  Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze are being far too good to their fans (who are rapidly growing in numbers) this year.  Get it downloaded while it’s free.

Brace For The Impact’ is yet another awesome release from the ever-impressive Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze and it will leave you itching for the forthcoming release of ‘May Contain Nuts’, which is coming out soon.  Isn’t it exciting???

Click on the link below to download ‘Brace For The Impact’ for free before 2nd April.

Brace For The Impact EP (Free Download)

You can find Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson on Facebook on the links below.

Baron Von Alias


Eliza Lawson

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze – Brace For The Impact


Hip Hop/Club


(online) Monday 26th March 2012

Track List

1 – Brace For The Impact

2 – Impact (ft. Eliza Lawson)

3 – Step In The Room

4 – Light Years (ft. Rossi Noise)

5 – Throw Your Body (ft. Lex One of Wizard Sleeve)

6 – Do Your Worst (ft. Absorb & Rossi Noise)


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

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

James Rooney of Emergency Door Release... Boom!

Emergency Door Release                                                                     

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

Who Are We? – EP Review Blog

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

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

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

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

Emergency Door Release – Just Begun

Emergency Door Release – Who Are We?

Check out Emergency Door Release on the following links.



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;

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 – 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.



This is what Honey Chrome had to say about Saturday;

Blig of the Blog


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.


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!


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 – 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


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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.

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 –

Emergency Door Release – Who Are We?


 Indie Pop Rock


(CD)  Saturday 3rd March 2012

(online) Later in March

Track List

1 – Stand Up

2 – Back Another Day

3 – Just Begun

4 – Who Are We?

Emergency Door Release


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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 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!

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‘.


Posted in Betting Tips, Football, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2012 by Mallaz

I’m taking my laptop to be repaired tomorrow so this blog’s gonna have loadsa crap crammed into it!  The fukkin retards at PC World bodged the original repair on my DVD/CD drive so I need to send the fukka back, which is a piss take seeing as they’ve had my laptop for repairs for two months outta the thirteen that I’ve owned the fukkin thing!


Another weekend’s betting tips from Wor Shitus and me has proven fruitless!

Wor Shitus‘ treble was let down by Millwall‘s failure to win at Dagenham and Redbridge.

Millwall also cost me on my second line along with QPR.  My first tip was let down because Bolton were incapable of beating Macclesfield.  Obviously my third line was a combination of my first two lines and failed to win anything too.

As things now stand, I still have my slender lead of £64.10.

Current Scores are;

Me -£362.46 v -£426.56 Wor Shitus

Dagenham & Redbridge 0 - 0 Millwall


For next weekend I am going to go for a £50 four-fold.  I will get the odds for this bet later in the week but here’s my tips now.  Get on; Chelsea to win against Sunderland, Tottenham to beat Wolves, Cardiff to win at Doncaster and Southampton to win at Nottingham Forest.

Chelsea to beat Sunderland


Friday (13th January) is the beginning of the Battle of the Bands North East 2012.

The Battle of the Bands is held at Coatham Bowl in Redcar, with heats being held every Friday from 13th January to 2nd March.  The final is to be held on 9th March.

Entry to any of the heats is priced at £5, payable on the door.

Click here to view details of the Battle of the Bands on Facebook.

Battle of the Bands 2012


The first heat in the Battle of the Bands is this Friday.  I would recommend checking out this heat as you will get a chance to see The Stroll perform live.  I’m gonna be going and making a night of it.

If you haven’t heard of The Stroll yet you obviously haven’t been keeping up to date with my musical recommendations and I can gladly assist you with your suicide, just because I’m really fukkin nice like that!

However, if you value your life and enjoy good music, I urge you to check out The Stroll on ReverbNation and like their Facebook page.  This is a band on the up, so get on it now!

If you haven’t read my blog recommending that you listen to The Stroll then click the link below.

Also check out their latest track ‘Searching‘.

Me talking shit to Josh Pringle of The Stroll


The Stroll are also headlining my next event at The Telegraph on Orchard Street in Newcastle on Friday 3rd February 2012.  Check out the event on Facebook or my latest music blog.

Also playing at this event are Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze, l87 of Sublevel2 and Artisam.

Entry for this event is priced at £3 on the door.

The Telegraph - 3rd February 2012


Seeing as I’m still entitled to my 20% of the profit on the EP, I might as well take this opportunity to try push my old band, Downtown Lester Brown‘s, debut EP, ‘Love & Other Diseases‘, seeing as none of the remaining members of the band have bothered their lazy, unambitious arses trying to publicise it.

Love & Other Diseases’ is available for digital download at the following places, simply click the name of the site.

iTunes £5.53

Amazon £4.49

Fairshare £5.99

eMusic £2.94

Tunetribe £4.83

Tradebit £5.83

7digital £4.49

(prices exchanged from US Dollars are correct with today’s current exchange rates.)

Love & Other Diseases - Downtown Lester Brown

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