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GIGS GOING ON IN APRIL

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Here’s a guide to what’s going on in music in April.

THE EGG

I’m obviously gonna start off with my gig, The Egg at The Telegraph on Orchard Street in Newcastle upon Tyne.  The Egg is held in The Telegraph’s function room upstairs on Saturday 7th April and entry is charged at £4 on the door.  The Egg is night of live music featuring incredibly talented artists from a wide range of genres.  The doors open at 7.30pm and the event will be running from 8pm until 2am on Easter Sunday.

The main highlights of the evening with be live Hip Hop from Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze, featuring Eliza Lawson, who earlier this week released their ‘Brace For The Impact’ EP.  Download that now, while it’s free, because on Monday it get’s released on to iTunes and the likes and you’ll have to pay for it.  There’s also some Funky Ska in the form of Ginger Snap & The Style Pile, who performed a truly epic set at my last gig at The Telegraph earlier this month.  I’ve also got something totally fresh and individual for you in the form of Brotha Priah.  What Priah does is live Beat-Boxing through a looping station to create songs on the spot while he talks shite over the top.  That’s something you don’t see every day and the lad does it with incredible skill.

Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze – Brace For The Impact (review)

If those three acts aren’t enough to tempt you, I’ve also got Alternative act Artisam playing as a five-piece with their new drummer and fiddler.  There’s some Electronic Krautedelic Pop from Parastatic, a DJ set from Greenline DJ and Baiqian Jiang will be showing off his Fingerstyle on his acoustic guitar.

For more information on The Egg you can click one of the two links below for my event blog or the Facebook event.

The Egg (blog)

The Egg (Facebook)

SUBLEVEL 2

SubLevel2 and the 12KW Defcon1 Soundsystem have got a couple things going on in April too.

If you find yourself north of the border, then on Saturday 21st April you may wanna go check out Defcon1 Soundsystem + SubLevel2 UK at Hawick & Wilton Cricket Club, for a night of DubStep, Breaks and Drum n Bass complete with smoke, lasers and a visual show.

The Hawick event will feature DJ sets from regular SubLevel2 DJs; Pegz, S9T, L87 and Blackleaf and for only £4 it’s a bargain.  Check out the Facebook event on this next link.

http://www.facebook.com/events/329954643727842/

If that one’s too far off your beaten track, you need not worry because on Saturday 28th April SubLevel2 and Milk the Cow present The Warehouse Party at Dynamix Skate Park in Gateshead.

The Warehouse Party has a massive line-up.  The live acts include Baron Von Alias & MistaBreeze, Rick Fury and Brotha Priah amongst others and the DJs include the SubLevel2 crew and many more.  This one is not to be missed.  Pre-event tickets can be bought at Beatdown Records or online on the following link, for only £5.

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/162802

That’s shaping up to be an epic night and I’ll be on that like a fat lass on a buffet!

Check out the details for The Warehouse Party on the Facebook event on this link;

http://www.facebook.com/events/306998582701432/

HONEY CHROME

Possibly the most original live band in the region (I’m just saying, you’ve not heard shit like this before!) are Honey Chrome.  This two and a half man band don’t just sound different from everybody else, even their own tracks sound different to one another.  I’ve got Honey Chrome booked for a couple of gigs in May but they also have a couple in April too.

On Friday 6th April, the day before The Egg, they are playing with The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show and The Kites, at The Sun Inn in Stockton on Tees.  You can find further details on the Facebook event for that gig on the link below.

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

Then on Wednesday 25th April, Honey Chrome are competing in the Semi Final of a Battle of the Bands competition at Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle.  I don’t have the details for that so keep up to date with things on Honey Chrome’s website on the link below.

http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

Honey Chrome

THE CALENDER

Sunday 1st

The Black Tears plus support – The Head of Steam, Newcastle.  Entry £2.

http://www.facebook.com/events/268673853205800/

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Monday 2nd

The Milk with support from Athletes in Paris and The Cutouts – The Head of Steam, Newcastle.  Tickets £5.

http://www.facebook.com/events/373614365994357/

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Friday 6th

The Skank Sinatra & Friends Show + The Kites + Honey Chrome – The Sun Inn, Stockton on Tees.

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

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Saturday 7th

THE EGG – The Telegraph, Newcastle.  Entry £4.

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/the-egg/

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

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Monday 9th

My Extraordinary – The Riverside, Newcastle.  Tickets £6.

http://www.facebook.com/events/301765923214622/

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Wednesday 11th

Rex Regis: Faithful Album Launch Party – Official Destiny Nightclub, Newcastle.  Free Entry.

http://www.facebook.com/events/286642574740660/

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Saturday 21st

Defcon1 SOUNDSYSTEM + SubLevel2 UK Hit Hawick – Hawick & Wilton Cricket Club.  Entry £4.

http://www.facebook.com/events/329954643727842/

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Wednesday 25th

Honey Chrome: Battle of the Bands Semi Final – Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle.

http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

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Saturday 28th

SubLevel2 & Milk the Cow present: THE WAREHOUSE PARTY – Dynamix Skate Park, Gateshead.  Tickets £5.

http://www.facebook.com/events/306998582701432/

THE EGG

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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.

Facebook

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile

This night always promised to end in spectacular fashion with Ginger Snap & The Style Pile and they certainly didn’t fail to deliver.  From what I have seen up until now, Ginger Snap & The Style Pile are hands down Newcastle’s ultimate party band!

If you can find a band that can create a vibe and atmosphere half as good as these guys do then please, feel free to send their contact details my way!  They are quite frankly awesome!

Everything about this band epitomises cool.  From their name, to their sound, to the colour of their singer’s hair and the braces on their saxophone player… all cooler than the cubes in a polar bear’s cola!

Andy and Joanne

Singer Joanne ‘Ginger Snap’ Robson has a truly amazing voice and Hal on guitars combines brilliantly with Andy on wind to create a wonderfully upbeat Funky Ska flavour, which is perfectly enhanced by the Acid Jazz ingredients added by drummer Dan and Eddie on bass.  Eddie seemed to be a man of few words but is as cool as they come.  I can’t say it enough times, Ginger Snap & The Style Pile are absolutely fukkin amazing!

Watch the video of Ginger Snap and The Style Pile performing ‘Your Own Boss’ at The Telegraph on Saturday by clicking the link below.  It’s an excellent track!

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile – Your Own Boss

Cool Eddie

They brought the night’s proceedings to an epic finale with a Ginger Snap Jam, which even included me on air guitar and sax, dancing with Hal and Andy.  It was a total party atmosphere.  Ed Zachary as I had expected from a band that I hold in such high esteem.  I loved every second of Ginger Snap & The Style Pile’s set and it was truly the ultimate finish to what is, in my own personal opinion, the best event I have run… so far!

Ginger Snap Jam (photo by Andrew Jessop)

Ginger Snap & The Style Pile are confirmed to play on Saturday 7th April at ‘The Egg’, which is my next gig at The Telegraph and will be running until 2am.  Check them out on Facebook, on the link below and like their page to be kept updated on their shenanigans!

Facebook

Drummist Dan

Thanks again to Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography for the photos and the video footage.  Check Dave’s work out on Facebook, where you can find his contact details if you’d like to commission him for work.  The same goes for Rob Waters of Sessions Newcastle for PA hire and sound engineering.  Thanks to both of you for such excellent work.

David Johnston Photography on Facebook

Sessions Newcastle on Facebook

Hal Admires His Reflection...

Also thanks to all of the bands for playing such great music and everybody who attended for help making it such an excellent atmosphere and creating that party vibe that I have been craving for so long!

Stand by for more musical recommendations from me and also details of my next even ‘The Egg’ at The Telegraph on Saturday 7th April, to celebrate the Easter weekend and also my birthday which is on the 4th.

Although Saturday was a success, it is still just the beginning.  The end goal is to create a party atmosphere and a live music scene in Newcastle that has the aura of a massive house party.  It’s about creating an environment where people can come and socialise, meet new people and play or listen to cool music from across all different musical genres.  Most of all, it’s about having fun.

I have now worked with several acts, across various genres who understand this vision and fit the bill perfectly.  I look forward to working with each of them again and am also always on the lookout for anyone else who can make music that stands out and enjoy a party.  If you can offer that then email me on – horrorshowartwork@live.co.uk with a brief description and links to where I can hear your music and contact detail, obviously.

For the full video playlist of Saturday’s gig at The Telegraph, recorded by Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography, then click on the link below.  Then just sit back and enjoy…

The Telegraph – 3rd March 2012

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

THIS IS WHAT ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

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This Saturday 3rd March, at The Telegraph on Orchard Street in Newcastle (behind Central Station), I have another live music event lined up.  Equipment hire and sound engineering is again being provided by Sessions Newcastle after their flawless work at my last gig at The Telegraph on Friday 3rd February.  The YouTube video playlist from Photo Dave of David Johnston Photography can be found on the link below.

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

Artisam by Photo Dave 3rd February 2012

This Saturday I intend on clipping you right round your ears with four quality live acts.  The Style Pile, Emergency Door Release, The Shake Appeal and Honey Chrome will all be doing me the honour of performing for me at The Telegraph.  Doors will be open from 7.30pm and the entry to this event is payable at £3 on the door and is held in The Telegraph’s function room upstairs.  If you’re a Facebook user details of this event can be found on this link.

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

Joanne Robson of The Style Pile

The Style Pile

Possibly the most mysterious act on the bill on Saturday are The Style Pile, formerly Ginger Snap & The Style Pile and also Chrome Attic, yet the only one of the four acts that I have seen play live.  Read my Tangerine Christmas blog for my take on that gig.

https://mallazmalcolmwhite.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/a-tangerine-christmas/

Despite the several name changes, The Style Pile are a reasonably well established act locally, especially around Heaton, which is like Newcastle’s hub for the cool cats and creative types.  The Style Pile are a highly energetic Funky Ska act with a cool Acid Jazz feel and honestly do put on an epic performance.  Fronted by the exceptional vocal talent of Joanne Robson and supported by an incredible band that consists of Hal McCutcheon, Eddie Hughes, Andy Strong and Dan Deltodesco, The Style Pile are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. You can hear a couple examples of what The Style Pile are capable of doing by clicking on the song titles below.

‘If You Want Me to Leave’

‘Your Own Boss’

And then get yourself over to their Facebook page and click the like button on this link

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Style-Pile/181677578554592

Emergency Door Release

This gig also marks the launch of Emergency Door Release’s much anticipated debut EP ‘Who Are We?’

This Indie Pop Rock act based in Newcastle have been very pro-active of late, obviously recording the EP, supporting Dave Giles at The Cluny on Valentine’s Day and planning their first UK tour.

Beach balls, catchy riffs and energetic performances, this emerging band comprising of James Rooney, Adam McMeiken, David Lloyd and Daniel Mokhtari, has it all!  They are promising a memorable show and if you’re lucky you might even catch one of their promotional EPs.

Emergency Door Release

I briefly touched on the talents of Emergency Door Release late last year in this blog;

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

But for a more in depth review from someone else (a second opinion, if one will), then check out this review;

http://hiddensounds.blogspot.com/2012/01/emergency-door-release.html

Just remember who got there first, aye?

And then get over to Facebook, where you can listen to to the title track from the Who Are We?’ EP, and give them a like too.

http://www.facebook.com/EmergencyDoorRelease

The Shake Appeal

The Shake Appeal

Bringing some raw, funky, jumpy vibes will be South Tyneside based Alternative Rock group, The Shake Appeal.  This five-piece band are made up with Georgia McRaeJoseph Inskip, Jordan Johnston, Phil Morgan and Matthew Cowey.

The Shake Appeal are another band who have also been making a mark on the North East live music scene, performing with Bleech at Independent in Sunderland and at Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle in recent weeks.

Have yourself a slooshy of some of The Shake Appeal’s older tracks on the bandpage tab on their Facebook page on the link below, and if you like what you hear then click the obligatory like box.

http://www.facebook.com/TheShakeAppeal?sk=app_178091127385

Honey Chrome

Honey Chrome

Unwilling and/or incapable of being defined by any specific music genre, Honey Chrome are an off-beat, original band dripping with individuality (you won’t see shit like this on VIVA or whichever shit chart music channels are still popping these days).  Honey Chrome’s very experimental mish-mash of so many musical styles and influences has more diversity than an equal opportunities employment firm under the watchful eye of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs themselves, yet surprisingly works effectively and with epic results (like a peanut butter and ham sarnie, go on, try it, it will blow your fukkin dome!).

They play loud music, whatever loud music they want, using guitars drums and keys played through a great big, fuck-off Bass bin.  This is not just some gang of twats trying to be different and banging as many styles into a track as they can though, this is highly intelligent music.  Music that would be lost on those narrow minded, pretentious little cardboard cut-out, shit-bits who lurk on Newcastle’s (or any other) Indie music scene.  Fusing Drum & Bass style beats, with epic Rock guitar solos and sticking the musical herbs of Punk, Rock, Grunge, Rap and Electronic Kraut-Fuzz into this mix, makes the perfect musical cake, although that cake might not be to everybody’s taste, some will love it.  If you don’t, you could always fuck off and find a different bakery…

Honey Chrome are also shrouded in a distinct element of mystique too.  The band is made up of mR mATTIS, a psychic doctor able to heal the sick and communicate with the dead using old mixing desks.  Stevie, The Squire Tulip Keeper of the Beat, who was once voted Belgium’s favourite tap-dancer, and the world’s angriest Buddhist, Dan.  Also, Honey Chrome are supported by the sublime Horrorshow-esque artwork of Stegorek, unbelievable talent!

Check out their videos on their website, especially their media and info sections and you will see that this band a different breed altogether!

http://www.honeychrome.co.uk/

Tracks like ‘No More Come’ and ‘Fractured Days’ certainly stand out for me. So click on their titles to see the videos.  The like their Facebook band page, seeing as that’s the trends these day.  Here’s the link;

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

So be there, or be a beige squaure, £3 quid for four bands is a pure fukkin bargain!

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

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

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

Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telegraph – 3rd March Line-Up

Facebook

Art

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

Facebook

DeviantArt.com

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

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

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

What Can I Do For You…?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook

DeviantArt.com

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

So What Next…?

You’ll fukkin see soon enough!

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

Twitter

music related sites

Soundcloud

Soundclick

art related sites

Horrorshow Artwork Facebook page

Deviant Art

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