Rhythm Circus » News http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk Newest online source for anything Film, Game and Music! Sat, 07 May 2016 15:02:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.4 Elvis Costello // Royal Albert Hall http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/elvis-costello-royal-albert-hall/ http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/elvis-costello-royal-albert-hall/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:15:38 +0000 http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/?p=20084 Elvis Costello (1)One of the great things about going to see ‘The Man’ Elvis Costello live is that you are assured of something different every time. His appearance at the Royal Albert Hall this week as part of London’s Blues Fest was no exception. For a musician this seasoned, talented and with such a vast and varied back catalogue is able to traverse the genres with ease and keep his shows fresh and exciting. Last Wednesday evening was in fact something of a one-off double bill for fans of jazz, the blues and rock ‘n’ roll.

In support before the main ‘Attraction’ was 60’s star Georgie Fame with his band The Blue Flames. Turned out in fine suits with slicked back hair, they launched into a slew of his hits from back in the day, these days placing a cool new spin on tunes from his own hits to those of his peers. An extended breakdown of Van Morrison’s ’Moondance’ was a particular highlight. Georgie’s laid back and distinctly Northern intros to the tunes from behind his well-travelled Hammond organ took the audience back several decades through reminisces of his time on the scene, and set the tone nicely for an evening of old school musicianship. They also provided a lovely contrast to the south-American blues stylings that followed – that lovely British emulation of music from across the pond so prevalent from the 1950’s onwards. Before their set was over, Mr Costello himself bounded onstage to provide lead vocals, which geared the audience up nicely for the main event.

Billed as a solo performance and intended to be so, this proved to be not quite the case once the show got underway. The (count ‘em) six guitars set -p gave the impression that a major band were going to arrive, but this is only because Elvis proceeded over the next two hours to play every last one of them himself. However, on finding original Attraction and virtuoso pianist Steve Naïve available at the last moment he gave him almost joint billing so he could lend his inimitable sound to a number of their hits, from the darker Pills and Soap to the more jubilant Oliver’s Army. Having played in support himself on a number of recent occasions in Hyde Park for the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and Ray Davies, it was great to see Mr Costello headlining again – a position he feels all too at ease with. In fact with his now trademark three piece suits, colourful shoes and wide-brimmed hats, getting the crowd going while chewing gum throughout he is one of the more laid back performers the UK’s ever seen play such major venues.

His set list was a masterpiece of stripped-back arrangements from his songbook, letting his vocal do most of the work on the gentler numbers such as Good Year for the Roses, through a slew of acoustic numbers from his moodier 2002 album When I Was Cruel before some serious rocking out on electric guitar for a selection of his earlier, punk-era material. Mr Fame then re-joined him on stage, given neither musician could resist their first occasion to play together in their lengthy careers. Fittingly for the Liverpudlian uber-talent, he ended this pared-back show without the use of the microphone, quieting the audience down so they could take in his voice unaided by technology before sending them out into the winter evening. A unique, class act whose finest work may still be yet to come.

Elvis Costello // Blues Fest at the Royal Albert Hall // 2/11/14.
Words > Roy Swansborough

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LIVE AT ACES // September 27 & 28 http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/live-at-aces-september-27-28/ http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/live-at-aces-september-27-28/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:39:16 +0000 http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/?p=19981 Live At AcesAces And Eights is excited to announce the launch of a brand new live music event: LIVE AT ACES, which will take place on the 27th and 28th of September and will be a showcase of some of the most exciting new live bands around.

Featuring 12 bands over two days with DJ’s as well the event is totally free.

Taking place over both floors with acoustic upstairs and full bands downstairs both dates are curated by two of the freshest promoters around. Legendary music tastemakers Stunt Fox take hold of the reins on Saturday whilst young hot shots White Noise will be calling the shots on the Sunday.

This weekender is all about the music but it’s worth mentioning that we’ll also be offering a wide selection of craft beers, whiskeys and delicious pizzas. Look forward to seeing you at Aces.

STUNTFOX PRESENTS 27TH SEPT

The Dash: Touted as the long awaited British riposte to The Ramones, Stooges and New York Dolls, London based four-piece The Dash are notorious for leaving the stage in a storm of broken bones, hearts and guitars and have played alongside such acts as Morrissey, Patti Smith, Prince, Biffy Clyro, Dirty Pretty Things’ Carl Barat, The Gossip, Black Lips and even on request of Mighty Boosh, IT Crowd star Matt Berry.

The Petals: Stacking up an impressive list of gigs (Dingwalls, 93 Feet East, Camden Rocks etc.) since getting their beer license, there’s a huge buzz about this bunch of 18 year olds. You’ll marvel at the excellence of their punk/pop performance.

The Rusty Suns: The band pump out infuriatingly catchy melodies, foot stomping rhythms and thoughtful lyrics. The many influences and sounds combine and the end product needs quite a description… rockabilly, upbeat folk, rousing English trad songs, heavy indie riffs… it all seems very natural together somehow. Think Simon & Garfunkel meets Chas ‘n’ Dave !

Yan Yates & The Two Dollar Hookers: The gypsies have come to town! Originally from Middlesborough Yan has honed his stomping folk sound all around the world and particularly in Camden. With his brand new band he’s expanded his soundscape to devastating effect.

George Frakes: With his hauntingly beautiful voice and virtuoso picking style George has become a much sought after figure on the British music scene and has supported such prestigious acts as Daughter, The Magic Numbers, Foy Vance and Dry The River. He’s graced the stage of The Royal Albert Hall and supported Frank Turner all around the UK on his last sold out tour by personal invitation

Jimmy Brewer: Jimmy Brewer is a songwriter, he is also a guitar player and a singer; however, he is not your typical sad acoustic troubadour. Jimmy Brewer has the power to silence a room with little more than an intro. He captures an audience and takes them on an emotional rollercoaster ride, leaving them exhausted, amazed and fulfilled.

Reserve your free ticket here: LIVE AT ACES – DAY 1

WHITE NOISE PRESENT 28TH SEPT

Ragweed: Brighton based, sludge punk trio Ragweed have ammased a growing reputation for dispatching high octane live performances that are rammed with chaotic and unbridled energy. Ragweed are now preparing for the national release of their debut album Parerga. The record tramples the line between hard hitting, heavy metal and abrasive punk rock.

Bear vs. Manero: “fuzz coated pumping bass lines and grinding riffs combining to create a very progressive and unique sound” – Artrocker

Deathbeams: “grungey, dirty and the occasional riff to bust your brain and melt your face” – Late Night Langerie

Abbey Bowden: “falls somewhere in the alternative, experimental side of indie folk. When she hits those subdued high notes not a hair is left resting. This is a voice you will not forget!” – Folk Radio UK

Jon Fazal: “It’s Dylan, but Dylan filtered through the voice and guitar of someone brought up on a post-Libertines diet of indie-pop” – BBC Introducing

Adam Cleaver: “refreshingly unpretentious, movingly poignant, his arrangement in both voice and melody are finely tuned and matured” – Hackney Hive

Reserve your free ticket here: LIVE AT ACES – DAY 2

Ragweed
Jon Fazal
Deathbeams
Bears Vs Manero
Adam Cleaver
Abbey Bowden

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Frnkiero And The Cellabration // Stomachaches http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/frnkiero-and-the-cellabration-stomachaches/ http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/frnkiero-and-the-cellabration-stomachaches/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:38:00 +0000 http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/?p=19960 Frnkiero And The Cellabration StomachachesFollowing the break up of My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero makes a fighting comeback with his highly anticipated debut solo album Stomachaches, recorded in his own home studio named b.calm together with Hassle Records. Remaining undeterred about the MCR split, Lero keeps busy with Death Spells – an electronic hardcore act, post-hardcore band Leathermøuth and the more recent FrnkIero AndThe Cellabration, a moody pop punk revival.

Opening with All I Want Is Nothing, an adrenaline pumped treasure that echoes bands like Blink 182. Following by the gritty single Weighted, which many fans would have already watched the gruesome video for. Thrashy Stitches is distinguished by its glorious steady drumming played by ex My Chemical Romance drummer Jarrod Alexander. Where Frank screams the words ‘I want what I want. I need what I need… I am the seventh son. I have my father’s eyes. I am a loaded gun.  I am the setting sun’.

Frank Iero crafts an album which claims an unapologetic, blunt and angst derived sound with clean rock choruses. The demo for Joyriding was released on Youtube a year ago and feels a lot more bouncy and upbeat. Resonating Nirvana is Guittripping, a bass crammed anthem, hugely different to the rehearsed sound of MCR, overly chaotic Leathermøuth and Death Spells. Lastly, Where Do We Belong, which continues to endure desperate groans and infectious choruses. All in all, Stomachaches is abrasive, self-loathing, uncompromising and feels like the start of something special.

Words > Sarah Stevens.

FrnkIero AndThe Cellabration supports Mallory Knox for their November UK tour:
9th Coventry Kasbah
10th Glasgow Garade
11th Newcastle Academy
12th Leeds Met University
14th Liverpool Academy
15th Manchester Academy II
16th Sheffield Leadmill
17th Peterborough Cresset
19th Northampton Roadmenders
20th Bristol Academy
21st Oxford Academy
22nd Birmingham Institute
24th Brighton Concorde II
25th Portsmouth Pyramid
26th London Camden Electric Ballroom

 

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The Gaslight Anthem // Get Hurt http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/the-gaslight-anthem-get-hurt/ http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/the-gaslight-anthem-get-hurt/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:31:20 +0000 http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/?p=19953 The GAslight Anthem Get HurtAn average, half arsed album isn’t something The Gaslight Anthem seems to know much about. Get Hurt is a glorifying victory for the New Jersey boys. This is the bands attempt to escape from that borrowed Springsteen sound, that they’re probably sick of everyone mentioning. Although still undeniably The Gaslight Anthem, there’s a sense of departure that sets Get Hurt aside to previous triumphs. As for the album cover, we’ll just have to try to overlook the horrendously tacky upside down bum heart.

Single and opener Stay Vicious is a guilty pleasure with plenty of guitar solos and undoubtedly suitable for the masses. 1,000 Years and Get Hurt offer something of more substance, both with themes of romance for the lonely kid at the party. The Gaslight Anthems decision to work with producer Mike Crossey (Artic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Foals) appears to have brought a pop element to the mix which brings them further away from The ’59 Sound.

Heart-warming Helter Skeleton bursts into polished vocals and guitars building
to a climax, what The Gaslight Anthem do best. The album slips through brilliance and gets a little lost in the middle before returning to greatness with Selected Poems. Slow and sincere Break Your Heart is simple yet captivating with soft vocals from Fallon.

Lastly Dark Places, which continues with emotional build ups, strong vocals, melodic guitars and promises a good live show.
Inspired by Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam’s No Code album, the band creates another great album to add to the pile and distances themselves from former releases. Although, we wouldn’t say no to a revival of retro The ’59 Sound for the next album? All in all, The Gaslight Anthem have established and well deserve their place in rock music with custom built songs for the broken hearted.

Words > Sarah Stevens.

See The Gaslight Anthem in November:

17th & 18th Manchester Apollo
19th London Alexandra Palace
21st Edinburgh Corn Exchange
22nd Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
23rd Birmingham Academy

 

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Gerard Way & The Hormones // Portsmouth http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/gerard-way-the-hormones-portsmouth/ http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/gerard-way-the-hormones-portsmouth/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:01:54 +0000 http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/?p=19937 Gerard WayIt’s an ordinary Monday afternoon in the UK seaside town of Portsmouth until a buzz of excitement hits local Gerard Way fans… Tonight, he will be playing tiny local venue The Wedgewood Rooms. The show is a warm up for Reading and Leads Festival and because he’ll be playing songs from his yet to be released album, phones and cameras are banned. Tickets went on sale at 9am the day before the show and sold out in a record breaking time of 20 seconds – many just couldn’t put their card details in quick enough. Since the split of My Chemical Romance, fans have been awaiting the return of Gerard Way and this was that adrenaline punched moment. Apart from a show in the US this was the first UK solo show for Gerard Way and a lucky 400 others.

Outside, the queue stretches down Albert road and around the corner as anxious eager faces wait. The support comes from Portsmouth’s The Bottom Line, who sing with American accents with a pop punk sound. They cover Taylor Swifts’ We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – an odd choice.

As the lights begin to dim and act like search lights on the crowd, the atmosphere is intense. It’s like alien invasion as the hysterical and uncontrollable audience scream. The Hormones are already onstage before Gerard makes an appearance beginning with the heavy song Bureau. Gerard is looking smart and grown up in a navy blue suit and vibrant red hair, identical to his new album cover for Hesitant Alien. The well received Action Cat is one many would have heard as the official audio was released on Youtube. This is followed by Zero Zero and Millions, songs which were released online nearly a year ago.

At one point a colourful feather boa is thrown in Gerard’s direction, which he wears flaunting about. He tells the crowd how he appreciates them being there as many of the songs are from his new unheard album. At times some fans seem a little lost when hearing brand new tracks, although jump regardless of not knowing any words. Gerard at times seems to sense this uncertainty and encourages jazz hands, which the whole crowd participates in as if they were spellbound. Gerard is persuaded to put on a sparkly blue hat as he tells the crowd how hats don’t fit his head as his heads too big, he jokes that we already know that. Possibly the heaviest on the set list is Juarez, Gerard also offers a cover of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s Snakedriver. The first single to be released from his album is 80’s inspired No Shows which ends the first part of the show.

With a short encore the fans shout for Gerard to return to the stage. The song Brother is about Gerard’s brother and former bandmate Mikey Way and goes down well. Grungey Maya The Physic finishes off the spectacular night. Hesitant Alien is a new sound, a departure from My Chemical Romance although at times heavier songs such as Juarez are the closest it gets to MCR. Gerard Way’s new direction is a chunky, slower paced and upbeat reinvention of himself with nods to Bowie, he’s ready to take over again.

Hesitant Alien is released 30th September through Warner Bros.

Gerard Way & The Hormones // // Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms // 20/08/2014

Words > Sarah Stevens.

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Morning Parade // Interview, The Lexington http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/morning-parade-interview-the-lexington/ http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/morning-parade-interview-the-lexington/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:57:24 +0000 http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/?p=19914 MorningParadeAfter two years touring outside the UK, Morning Parade returned home to grace London’s Lexington, performing to fans keen to see the band back in action after such a long absence.

With second album Pure Adulterated Joy due for release on 8th September, the show offered the first chance for Morning Parade to showcase the new material to a UK crowd. The album has already been released in the USA, where the band have spent the last two years touring independently, and providing support for industry greats such as Biffy Clyro, and the Smashing Pumpkins. The success of tracks including Under The Stars and Headlights from the debut, self-titled album, encouraged continued touring in the USA, but frontman Steve Sparrow described the excitement of returning to home-shores during a post-show interview.

How does it feel to be back in the UK?
It’s been a long time but we always end up back here. It’s nice to be back in England. The last time we were here we played at Hyde Park for the Olympics in front of 80,000 people, and now we’re here. It’s so different, but I think I preferred here more. It’s great to see so many people here with T-shirts and singing along.

The new album – Pure Adulterated Joy – is out soon. Has that been a natural progression from your first album?
It really is natural. The hard thing for fans to get is that between albums you spend two years playing the songs to death, and you naturally want to do things differently. You progress as a performer and a player – we all did. We wanted to approach this record differently. I certainly didn’t want to write three-minute pop songs throughout the album. I wanted something a bit more off-the-cuff. The first album was so intensely thought about and over-analysed. This one was more… let’s do the first thing that comes into our heads, throughout the whole process.

On your debut, a couple of tracks – Your Majesty and A&E in particular – didn’t make the cut. What was the thought process behind that?
There was a lot of overthinking. The record label at the time had a different vision for the kind of band we were going to be. We got caught up in that too. This album we wanted more of our sound, bringing the melodic and heavier sound together.

On a personal level, what do you think comes out strongly on Pure Adulterated Joy?
It’s lyrically quite self-indulgent in terms of what goes in. But that’s to keep myself entertained. The lyrics have themes that connect across the record. I think it’s a good record. Most records now are so disposable. What was #1 six weeks ago? Who knows. We just want to make songs we care about.

Has the sheer volume of touring across the USA had an effect on the record?
We got to tour with so many bands, and met so many songwriters. We pick things up from everyone, from The Wombats, to the Kooks, Biffy Clyro, Smashing Pumpkins – just everyone. It made us play heavier. We tailored the set to the fans at each show. I love Biffy Clyro, it was amazing to tour with them. You can see how much they influence us live. I saw them when I was 13 and thought – “I want to be that band”. I love their energy and want to be like that live.

Do you think the instrumental synergies have grown through the extensive touring?
Yeah we’ve all got better. We bitch and shout at each-other. But we tell each-other what we think and it helps us. We have to give credit to Ben Allen our producer. Originally we weren’t sure he was the guy to make it edgy enough, but he wanted us to make a raw record. His favourite phrases were “make it sound like dudes in a room”, and “give me the sex – I need more sex in that track”. It was a really raw sound.

There are some dates planned for October. Are you thinking about a full UK tour?
Yeah I hope so! We’ve been away for so long, so we wondered whether people still knew us. But nights like tonight really cement the idea of a British tour. It’s crazy, because we’ll be Atlantic-hopping as the album’s already out there. America is something else. It’s so big and takes so long to get. It would be nice to be in the UK more. We’ll get in touch with the booking agent! We’re enjoying it more than ever.

The show itself evidenced the strength Morning Parade have gained as a unit. The sound was tight and the live show really brought the tracks to life. Shake The Cage opened the show in as powerful a manner as it does the album. Other standouts from the album included the melodically captivating Alienation, Love The Neighbour and the simply outstanding Culture Vulture. No doubt these tracks will rapidly become fan favourites. Headlights and Under The Stars formed the debut-album contingent on the night and served to remind the crowd what they had been missing over the last few years. After a successful return to London, Morning Parade will certainly make plans to bring Pure Adulterated Joy to fans across the UK following the album’s release next month.

Words > Chris Morris

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10cc rehearsal gig at Brooklyn Bowl // 02 Arena http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/10cc-rehearsal-gig-at-brooklyn-bowl-02-arena/ http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/10cc-rehearsal-gig-at-brooklyn-bowl-02-arena/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:11:34 +0000 http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/?p=19729 10cc 01In the aftermath of our latest disappointing World Cup performance, us Brits have to take solace in some of our finer exports, and for many our nation’s ability to produce great music continually appears at the top of that list. Firmly cementing their place in that illustrious history are 10cc – the hugely successful, talented and innovative 70’s band primarily consisting of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme that conjured up mega hits like Dreadlock Holiday, The Things We Do for Love and Rubber Bullets. With their knack for writing great riffs, poignant and often humorous lyrics, experimentation with sound effects and powerful harmonies they are often credited with taking on the mantle from a certain Fab Four following their separation.

The most notable era of the band’s brief but significant recording history was between 1972 and 1976, which saw the four original members enjoy enormous popularity with albums such as How Dare You! and classic singles like the sublime I’m Not in Love and the seminal I’m Mandy Fly Me. Following this point in the band’s complicated history, writing duo Godley and Crème departed to pursue other interests, primarily directing music videos in the advent of MTV, and were responsible for many iconic promos of the 80’s such as The Police’s Every Breath You Take and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Two Tribes. Gouldman & Stewart continued to write, record and perform as 10cc for another 20 years until Stewart also hung up his guitar in 1996. 10cc 02

As a result of these departures, the evolution of the band’s line-up is now somewhat reminiscent of David St. Hubbins observation in the film This Is Spinal Tap that ‘37 people have been in this band over the years’, with Gouldman serving as the sole custodian of 10cc from the original line up. However, he is very capably supported by Paul Burgess and Rick Fenn (drummer and guitarist who both joined in the 70’s) and more recent recruits Mike Stevens and Mick Wilson (keyboard/percussion/vocals). It’s an approach increasingly common to bands with a long history when their studio days may be largely behind them but for whom there is still an insatiable appetite from their loyal fan base to hear more live performances (the successful recent tours of The Beach Boys and Barry Gibb are other examples). It is in this context that 10cc show they still have something to offer. The roll call of hits speak for themselves and it’s a joy to see Gouldman compere the event with first hand insights into the creation of the tracks. He has surrounded himself with a talented group of musicians over the years that effectively reproduce the unmistakable sound of the original line up – no mean feat considering the talent involved at the time and highly-produced quality of the original studio recordings.

Ultimately, concerts of this nature are designed as something of a nostalgic look back at the tracks of our youths, and I would gauge that the audience for 10cc in 2014 are largely parents who grew up buying their LPs and their kids (like this reviewer) who recall the tunes on the car stereo on family trips back in the day. But when you have five talented musicians on stage belting out Art For Art’s Sake, Good Morning Judge, Life is a Minestrone and a fresh take on Donna with a lively audience singing along, there’s nothing wrong with that. 10cc commence their 2014 UK tour at British Summer Time in Hyde Park on Sunday the 13th of July.

10cc rehearsal gig at Brooklyn Bowl – the 02 Arena, 27/6/14

Words > Roy Swansborough

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Katie Nicholas // Interview http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/katie-nicholas-interview/ http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/katie-nicholas-interview/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 21:44:52 +0000 http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/?p=19526 KNIt’s always exciting to catch established bands and artists play your favourite venues – even if sometimes amidst a wave of hype and highly priced drinks. However, it’s hard to beat the thrill of discovering new acts on the rise through their music online and catching them in various cool festivals for emerging talent. It is in this realm that we find the flourishing young musical career of Katie Nicholas, a rising star from Liverpool who in the last 18 months alone has released several online singles, hit the top spot of the British & Irish Hot Disc Country chart, won the coveted 2013 Liverpool Youth Music Award and gained the attention of producers at Sony and those in Nashville. Her musical talent speaks for itself, but in addition, she has the unique ability to produce, direct and edit all her own music videos. Taking a breather from her beloved recording studio, Katie settled down to have a chat with Rhythm Circus about her career to date;

Thanks for taking some time out of the studio to chat with Rhythm circus. What are you currently working on?Thanks for having me. I’m currently working on my first EP/Album… and it’s about time! I’ve been releasing my music for a while now, and a lot of people seem shocked that I haven’t got a collective album to show for it – so now I’m working on finishing touches and will be releasing it by the end of Summer 2014. It’s an amazing feeling to know your ideas are actually coming together and working.

How did you get into writing and performing? I have always followed in the steps of my musical Dad. Writing songs came much later than my early days of singing Shania Twain’s ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ on my Dad’s old karaoke discs in the shed. But I soon advanced from ‘shed-singing’ at the age of 9 to running local open mic nights around Liverpool with my musical siblings and Dad at the age of 13, which went down very well, and are still going even after my departure to London. Once I hit the age of 14, I decided to try writing my own songs. Obviously to begin with they were pretty basic, but I guess you have to start somewhere. I think with time I’ve come into my element though I find writing the most creative part and it’s truly an expressive outlet for me and the crazy concepts that run through my mind.

Your track Chemistry has been a huge success in online charts – especially impressive as you put it out without the assistance of a promoter. How did you manage to get it the exposure it deserves? I was very unassuming when I released Chemistry. It was simply a very cheesy love song I wrote for my boyfriend which I released on Valentine’s Day. He loves the American sitcom ‘Big Bang Theory’ and I have a fascination with the stars so it was a great fusion of our own ‘Chemistry’ as well as the scientific subject. I hadn’t really done anything like it before, and the video soon picked up some pace. I didn’t think a simple little video a college student did in her bedroom would pick up 100,000 views in a few days. It was a bizarre chain of events. It snowballed and reached a young Swedish Sony producer in Belgrade called Daniel Vujevic, who then went off to share it. Then it really took off! From that, my parents and I bagged a free trip to Belgrade to co-write and record some songs with Daniel. Madness!

Congratulations on winning the Liverpool Music Awards 2013 Youth Music Award last year, which had some well-established musical names in competition. How did you feel when you won? 2013 was a good year for me, and this was one of the highlights. I didn’t think my name would be along side the likes of Rebecca Ferguson, Miles Kane and members of
KN bootsthe Sugarbabes. I had turned up, again totally unassuming and thrilled to be even nominated, and had convinced myself it wouldn’t possibly be me. I couldn’t describe how I felt, and I can’t remember anything after they announced my name – all I know is my reaction was ‘funny’. But aside from being typically embarrassing I was completely overwhelmed, surprised and ecstatic! It’s a great feeling when your hard work and efforts have been recognised and appreciated.

The award is very special too, sponsored by the Mayor of Liverpool and in memory of the young and talented Michael Molloy who’s life was tragically taken in a crash while on his way to a festival the previous year.  The Liverpool community has strived to shine a light on what happened and have celebrated this great young man throughout the awards and other large events. I was flattered to be a part of that.

You design, direct and edit your own music videos and in the case of that for ‘Boots’, even turned your hand to computer animation. As you also work as a designer for a top London advertising agency do you enjoy the creative process of making your own videos? Though it’s often stressful – of course I enjoy it! I had always thought; ‘I don’t know what I’d like to do in life – be a designer with a stable and interesting career or a musician living on the edge yet doing what connects me emotionally’. And now I think; ‘why should I pick one?’ I guess it’s a unique element that I produce all my music videos, illustrations, graphics etc as well as write and perform my songs. I find it’s very beneficial as I have full creative control of what I do and if I envision how something will look, I can determine to make it look that way. Boots was a bit ambitious I do admit. For something I had never done before, I thought an animation couldn’t be too difficult, but then at times I questioned why I had ever thought of taking on such a big task – especially as it took me three months to make and I ended up begrudgingly pulling an all-nighter on Christmas Day last year as I wanted it to be out the next day. But hey, at least I have learnt a new skill and it was nice seeing the hard work pay off with a finished piece.

You’ve recently played gigs at various venues around London. Where can we catch you next? I’ve been in London for nearly ten months and finally plucked up the courage to perform again after my move from Liverpool. I played the scarily large Venue 229 last month and am due to be playing the 100 Club on the 27th June. I have a few festivals going on here and there, so if you’d like to see what I’m up to, you can catch up with everything on KATIE NICHOLAS MUSIC

 Words > Roy Swansborough

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Men Amongst Kings // Disappear EP http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/men-amongst-kings-disappear-ep/ http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/men-amongst-kings-disappear-ep/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 20:56:20 +0000 http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/?p=19388 mak-epMen Amongst Kings, up-and-coming alternative rockers from Medway released their debut Disappear EP earlier this month. Featuring Rhythm Circus’ very own Steve Morris on the drums, Men Amongst Kings combine hard-hitting rock with powerful and emotive themes, culminating in a 3-track EP demonstrating the band’s great potential.

A limited number of first-edition hard-copies will be available at their forthcoming shows, including a main support slot at Gillingham’s Beacon Court, but digital copies have now been made available on bandcamp:

MEN AMONGST KINGS

Men Amongst Kings will appear at the following shows:

June
20 Gillingham, Kent Beacon Court

July
5 Chatham, Kent Medway Beer Festival
26 Sittingbourne, Kent Iwade Rock

For more information see MEN AMONGST KINGS / FACEBOOK

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Rodrigo y Gabriela // Royal Albert Hall http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/rodrigo-y-gabriela-royal-albert-hall/ http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/music/rodrigo-y-gabriela-royal-albert-hall/#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 18:10:38 +0000 http://www.rhythmcircus.co.uk/?p=19401 Rodrigo y Gabriela (2)Some concerts are good fun but become forgettable sometime later, others are memorable for all the wrong reasons and more still can impress you at the time but later you come to feel indifferent about them. Enter the phenomenal Rodrigo y Gabriela. A few days after checking them out live for the first time I am still utterly spellbound by their performance this week at the mighty Royal Albert Hall. A few factors will help set the scene for what I was about to experience; growing up with a charismatic classical Spanish guitar-playing Grandfather has given me a love of the acoustic sound from an early age; the venue has been my favourite place to see live music since a trip to see Eric Clapton with my Dad in my pre teens – it’s a magical and historic venue that still feels both eventful yet intimate; the atmospheric touch of pumping incense into the crowd as the duo took to the stage.

I first encountered these Mexican virtuosos on TV when they appeared on a guitar special of Later with Jools Holland last year. Having never come across them until that point I became mesmerized by their performance on the show; intense, focused, immensely Rodrigo y Gabriela (1)dedicated and cool. Exploring further, I learnt from friends who had caught them at Glastonbury in previous years about their formation as teenagers in their native Mexico City, their roots in heavy metal and their busking days then eventual discovery on Grafton Street in Dublin only a few years ago. Since then they have taken the festival circuit by storm, recording several albums (notably 2006’s Rodrigo y Gabriela and 2012’s collaboration with C.U.B.A., Area 52) and even co-scored and recorded the last Pirates of the Caribbean film On Stranger Tides with Zans Zimmer in 2011. It’s a meteoric rise for two jobbing musicians and the kind that can only happen with a certain level of extreme talent, hard work, lucky breaks and seized opportunities.

Fortunately for these guys all the above have come together like so many perfectly aligned stars and the results have never been on display more impressively than in a certain full capacity concert hall in South Kensington last Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Listening to them with eyes closed it’s hard to imagine there are only two young musicians on the stage. Their guitars serve them for creating simultaneous beats, melodies, bass lines, solos and even percussive sounds that make you feel there is a full band in front of you. Listening to them with eyes open it’s less hard to imagine their metal roots. Rodrigo in jeans and t shirt mocking his own hairstyle is dressed down cool; strutting around the stage in a way that will surely have him appear in the next Mariachi sequel should Robert Rodriguez elect to make another installment. Gabriela meanwhile wears her rock roots on her sleeve, or rather her hot pants and boots and she swaggers around the stage playing incredible melodies while simultaneously jumping, head banging and shaking her hair around. The duo are clearly having a blast when they perform and their enjoyment of the show completely translates to the audience. Many friends were envious that I was going to see these guys and now I know why – I’d catch them again to re-live that experience in an accelerated heartbeat.

Rodrigo y Gabriela // Royal Albert Hall 20/5/14

Words > Roy Swansborough

 

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