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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

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UVtIS2k-7k

BiG BEAT BRONSON

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9dVLxthgsU

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.

http://bigbeatbronson.co.uk/

Chattabox

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

http://killamari.bandcamp.com/album/they-call-me

They Call Me… on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGZaWHFL1x0

PAPISS CISSE, HE SCORES WHEN HE WANTS!

Posted in Events, Football, Music, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2012 by Mallaz

He Scores When He Wants!

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

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

NEWCASTLE UNITED 2-0 BOLTON WANDERERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE EGG

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

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

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

Baiqian Jiang on Soundcloud 

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

Artisam on Facebook 

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

The Troll at The Bridge 

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

Parastatic on Facebook 

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

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

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile on Facebook 

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

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

Brace For The Impact 

Impact (video) 

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

Baron Von Alias on Facebook 

MistaBreeze on Facebook 

Eliza Lawson on Facebook 

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

Rex Regis: Faithful album launch 

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

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

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

SubLevel2 & Milk The Cow present: The Warehouse Party 

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

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

Greenline DJ on Facebook 

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

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

Honey Chrome

HONEY CHROME at THE SUN INN

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

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

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

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

Check out Honey Chrome on Facebook on the following link.

Honey Chrome on Facebook 

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

Dressed Like Wolves on Facebook 

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

The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show on Facebook 

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

ORDER 66

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

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

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

The acts performing at Order 66 are;

Honey Chrome (Psychedelic Ambient Punk-Metal)

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

Peculiar Disco Moves (Alternative Pop)

http://www.facebook.com/peculiardiscomoves

Emergency Door Release (Indie Pop Rock)

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Clint (Alternative Rock)

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

Cerebral Scars (Games Console DJ)

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

L87 of SubLevel2 (DJ set)

http://soundcloud.com/l87

Double D (Acoustic set)

http://www.facebook.com/DoubleDMusic

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

THE TROLL AT THE BRIDGE

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

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

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

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

Honey Chrome (Psychedelic Ambient Punk-Metal)

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

Emergency Door Release (Indie Pop Rock)

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

Artisam (Alternative Rock)

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

Downtown Lester Brown (Funk Rock)

http://www.facebook.com/downtownlesterbrownmusic

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