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A Quick Progress Update

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

Here’s What I’m Up To

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

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

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The Resurrection of Mallaz.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Band Stuff Updatery

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

Gingersnap & The Style Pile

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

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

Miss Danby and the What

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonsai Five present The Festive Fiasco

Wednesday 19th December 2012 – The Bridge Hotel

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

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

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

Mallaz presents… Amateur Night at The Big Top

Saturday 2nd February 2013 – The Bridge Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Mallaz Announcement!

Posted in Events, General Gobshiting, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2012 by Mallaz

And So, The Mallaz Era Begins…

I’m here to make an announcement, well a couple of announcements actually. Due to hosting issues with my webhost, I’m back temporarily using this old blog for my witterings and gobshite ramblings until I get Mallaz.co.uk up and running fully armed and operational. Also, I may seem less vocal of late but I can confirm that I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes both in preparation for Mallaz.co.uk and other Mallaz Empire related projects that are in their early phases. So just watch this fukkin space!

Disclaimer

The very first point that I need to make is my disclaimer. You know of me by now and you know I speak my mind, no holds barred. Whether you like it or not, I couldn’t give two shits! I do what I do and it’s served me well so far. However, recent developments mean that Mallaz is no longer just an entity or one man working alone. Progress has been made and further negotiations are underway to expand The Mallaz Entity into The Mallaz Empire.

So to clarify, unless otherwise stated, any opinions, points of view or even praise and insults that I express on this blog, Mallaz.co.uk (when it’s eventually back in business) or any of my social networking profiles (such as Twitter, Facebook, my Facebook pages for my live music events Mallaz presents…, Horrorshow Artwork, Mallaz Music Management or Soundcloud etc) are my opinions, in my words, and are in no way connected to any person, brand or product that I am in any way affiliated with. I speak my mind and nobody else’s and I speak only for me.

Now that my disclaimer is out of the way, I can get on with some of my recent news. Reet, now to get cracking with some informative knacking.

 

Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON (Exclusive & Intimate)

At The Bridge Hotel (map), Friday 28th September 2012

Exclusive eTicket Link

I may quite possibly have landed the mother of all intimate live music events in North East history!

Very recently local music heavyweights Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze, Eliza Lawson & DJ Lkp combined their various talents to form BiG BEAT BRONSON. They debuted under the new guise at Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON at The Cluny 2 on 7th July.

Following on from that incredible introductory showcase, the BiG BEAT BRONSON tribe released the much anticipated ‘May Contain Nuts’ EP in the first week of August and ‘May Contain Nuts’ proved to be well worth the wait, receiving several impressive reviews and much radio play.

A couple of weeks later came the ‘May Contain Nuts’ EP Launch Party at the highly-acclaimed O2 Academy 2 in Newcastle which, despite it’s relatively grand capacity, BiG BEAT BRONSON almost single-handedly sold out the O2 Academy 2 on their own merit. That’s no mean feat. The Academy 2 holds just shy of 400 people and BiG BEAT BRONSON are a group who are growing in magnitude and selling out any local venue that you put them in.

So now you’re wondering is how in the hell I have managed to swing a gig where the rapidly rising BiG BEAT BRONSON will play a highly exclusive and intimate gig in a venue that holds a mere 100 people?

Well, those of you who know of my work will know that I have been banging the drum for the BiG BEAT BRONSON cause since The Baron & Breeze days and can even make the claim that I am one of their most vocal supporters. I even list Steesh (the producer and brains behind Baron Von Alias and therefore BiG BEAT BRONSON) as one of my biggest musical inspirations, having learnt a lot through conversations with the man I claim to be a modern day genius! The confidence in their ability and the thought that they put into each and every live performance is second to none, yet it is in no way overshadowed by any form of arrogance as they manage to remain more humble than most musicians despite being Newcastle’s hottest musical product at the minute and having more right to brag and boast than any local act.

Many BiG BEAT BRONSON fans who decided to put off buying tickets for the EP launch at the O2 Academy found tickets difficult to acquire during the build up to the event and should hopefully have learnt from that experience that tickets are invented for a reason. That was a venue holding almost 400% more capacity than this intimate event at The Bridge Hotel and due to the limited capacity, yet another sell-out is expected.

In basic terms, BiG BEAT BRONSON will sell out venues with ease and for this event, being held at The Bridge Hotel, tickets are in very limited supply. Buy now, not five minutes time, not next week, not “oh I’ll do it soon”. This is BiG BEAT BRONSON performing at an intimate venue with only a handful of available tickets, IT WILL SELL OUT. Don’t get left behind crying that there’s no tickets left, this is your opportunity to ensure you don’t miss out.

It took a lot of extensive negotiations and more activity in the favour exchange market than Chelsea FC during a transfer window to book this highly-reputed and soon to be constantly in demand act. BiG BEAT BRONSON will fill any room in which they play and The Bridge Hotel is a venue that has to feel privileged to be hosting an event with the saviours of Newcastle’s music scene.

Support for this event will be provided by;

Teesside’s premier skiffletronica act Werbeniuk, a band singing songs about sheep, nuns and vomit.

and;

Newcastle-based funky party band Gingersnap & The Style Pile, now under the guidance of Mallaz Music Management.

This exclusive and intimate BiG BEAT BRONSON event is brought to you by Mallaz Presents…

Exclusive tickets are available from – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/184442

http://www.bigbeatbronson.co.uk/

Mallaz Music Management

The Mallaz Entity is currently expanding into an empire with its latest addition, Mallaz Music Management, being added to my constantly growing portfolio; including where it all began in art with Horrorshow Artwork and my live music events extension of The Mallaz Entity, Mallaz presents…, which ironically has begun to flourish since the demise of Order 66’s monthly nights of live music at The Telegraph.

This latest extension of The Mallaz Entity, the Mallaz Music Management division has been added to the empire due to being recruited as manager and promoter of Gingersnap & The Style Pile.

 Gingersnap & The Style Pile are now the third band that I have managed and/or promoted, however they are the first to show enough talent and promise to warrant an all out promotional push and have the ability to make it bigger than the two previous failed bands that I have managed.

The first band I managed, Casino, folded due to their singer Richard cancelling their last two ever scheduled gigs. Richard was also brought in by Ben, who along with me co-founded Downtown Lester Brown, a band unheard of since my departure which again was mostly down to Richard and his unwarranted god complex after playing a small venue in front of thirty-odd paying customers. Despite his ego-driven superstar status, Richard the Musical Rapist has failed to achieve any level of success in music within ten years of being in and/or ruining bands.

On the other hand, Gingersnap & The Style Pile are a unique product that I had dubbed “Newcastle’s Ultimate Party Band” even long before being asked to become involved with them. Their quirky fusion of Funk, Ska and Reggae complete with Dan on the Sax and Cool Eddie on Bass as well as Gingersnap herself, Joanne, on vocals with her distinctive voice and beautiful red hair (gingers have the same effect on me as Kryptonite does on Superman), the First Dan on Drums and my pal Hal on the Guitar. The Style Pile are looking to extend their tribe and add a tromboner as well as the odd occasions where I join the band on stage and play Air Guitar, although we did have issues with a snapped string and feedback from said Air Guitar when Gingersnap & The Style Pile performed a supporting slot at Mallaz presents… Head Of Light Entertainment at The Cluny 2.

My first job as the curator of the funkadelic nature in Gingersnap & The Style Pile is boosting their profile, acquiring supporting slots and arranging live events. As well as pushing them to have at minimum an EP recorded and ready for pushing in the very near future. To contact me for anything related to Gingersnap & The Style Pile drop me an email at – mallaz.thestylepile@hotmail.com

In the meantime click on the following links to Gingersnap & The Style Pile’s online profiles.

Soundcloud

Facebook

Twitter

HEAD OF LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT GIG TONIGHT

Posted in Events, Music, Music Events Guides with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2012 by Mallaz

Mallaz presents….

HEAD OF LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT at The Cluny 2

Tonight at The Cluny 2, Newcastle I bring you Teesside’s finest Alt-Pop act Head Of Light Entertainment plus support from three exceptional local acts.

Head Of Light Entertainment come up from Teesside to headline tonight’s event debuting their brand new drummer in their first outing as a four-piece. Already an exceptional band before their latest addition, this performance promises to be a historic gig n the history of Head Of Light Entertainment, who have already build a highly credible reputation on Teesside and seek to expand their reach further afield and earn the recognition they deserve.

Check them out on this LINK

Support will be provided by (in alphabetical order) Awkward Weed, Gingersnap & The Style Pile & People Making Noises.

Washington-based acoustic comedy pairing Awkward Weed have been likened a local version of Flight of the Concords and certainly made waves and instigated uncontrollable bouts of laughter during their performances at my Order 66 live music events. If you like your music with a comic twist you’ll love Awkward Weed.

Check them out on this LINK

Now under the management by yours truly, that’s me (Mallaz) in case you’re unfamiliar with that phrase, Gingersnap & The Style Pile have performed events for me on several occasions since I discovered them at The Bridge Hotel just before Christmas and dubbed them ‘Newcastle’s Ultimate Party Band’ due to their funky sound and the upbeat vide they create with each and every performance. In recent times they have performed at Newcastle’s Community Green Festival on the main stage and supported the legendary BiG BEAT BRONSON in July at Mallaz presents… BiG BEAT BRONSON, BBB’s first live performance under their new name, a gig that all but sold out.  Gingersnap & The Style Pile will also debut a new member with Dan replacing Andy in their wind section. Expect Funky sounds and dancing crowds as standard with The Style Pile.

Check them out on this LINK

Last but not least by any means, South Tyneside-based People Making Noises will be not only debuting a new band member but will be gracing the stage as a group for the very first time. Having heard their recordings and being impressed I had no qualms recruiting them for this event and providing them with this opportunity. However due to never actually seeing them perform live, People Making Noises could be classed as tonight’s wildcard and in my opinion, you should always keep an open mind to new music.

Check them out on this LINK

Tickets for this event are no longer available online so on the door entry is charged at £4 payable in cash. If you did purchase online tickets, please DO NOT FORGET to bring the reference number that you were provided upon buying the ticket/s. Failure to provide the required reference number could result in being charged door price for admission or refused entry.

CLICK HERE FOR EVENT LISTING ON THE CLUNY’S WEBSITE

Announcements of my next live music event will be made tomorrow on this blog until I rectify my current issues with Mallaz.co.uk

Hopefully see you all tonight.

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)

THE EGG

Posted in Events, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2012 by Mallaz

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baron Von Alias, Eliza Lawson & MistaBreeze

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze ft. Eliza Lawson

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

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

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

May Contain Nuts

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

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

Baron on YouTube

Baron on Bandcamp

Baron on Facebook

Breeze on Facebook

Eliza on Facebook

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

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

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

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

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Bandcamp

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Facebook

Artisam

Artisam

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

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

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

George and Cam of Artisam

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

Artisam on Facebook

Artisam on Soundcloud

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

Brotha Priah

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

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

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

Brotha Priah on YouTube

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

Parastatic

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

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

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

Check Parastatic out on the links below.

Parastatic website

Parastatic on Facebook

Baiqian Jiang

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

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

Baiqian Jiang on Soundcloud

Greenline DJ

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

Greenline DJ on Facebook

Dj Id on Soundcloud

The Egg – Facebook Event

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

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

Sessions Newcastle on Facebook

David Johnston Photography on Facebook

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

March 2012

February 2012

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

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

GANNIN’ BALLS DEEP… (February 2012)

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

Recommendations…

CREAM OF THE CROP SO FAR…

(Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze & Eliza Lawson)

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO!

(Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze)

Reviews…

A REVIEW OF A GIG I CAN’T REMEMBER…

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

“WHAT’S NORMAL IS NORMALLY BORING…”

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

A TANGERINE CHRISTMAS

(Artisam & Ginger Snap & The Style Pile)

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

(Clue’s in the title…)

“BETTER THAN A BOX OF WOLVES NIPPLE CHIPS!”

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

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

James Rooney of Emergency Door Release... Boom!

Emergency Door Release                                                                     

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

Who Are We? – EP Review Blog

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

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

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

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

Emergency Door Release – Just Begun

Emergency Door Release – Who Are We?

Check out Emergency Door Release on the following links.

Facebook

YouTube

Rockin with Rooney!

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

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

Honey Chrome

Honey Chrome

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

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

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

Honey Chrome – I Think I Luv U

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

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

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

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

Facebook

YouTube

This is what Honey Chrome had to say about Saturday;

Blig of the Blog

04.03.12

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

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

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

Mind-Boggling Alien Technology at Work.

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

Joseph, Georgia and Phil of The Shake Appeal

The Shake Appeal

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

The Shake Appeal – You Want Me?

Phil, Matthew and Jordan of The Shake Appeal

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

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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!

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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

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

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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

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