Sound Casino E.P Reviewed

Since the launch of ‘It’s Not What You Bet It’s The Shoes You Wear’ at local venue Bad Edit, talk of Sound Casino is at its highest yet.  Sweeny, Ozzy, Elvis, Baker and Don have taken us in a time warp to the late 1940’s, where shouted lyrics, boogie woogie beats, Dop Wop meaningless backing lyrics and light instrumentals were at its highest popularity.

The buzzing of ‘Wasp’ from the electric guitars creates an eerie atmosphere of the track. It’s already 2 minutes into the EP and we’ve been overwhelmed with heaps of energy which seeps from the solid riffs, powerful drum beats and top class vocals.

The Rolling Stone being black and The Kinks being red, take a gamble. The bluesy rock n roll style makes this gamble a probability of impossible of which it is comparable too.  It sounds like a mix between acoustic guitar to start and electric towards the end. ‘Coca Rolla’ has to be the track that highlights the witty lyrics they have created to fit their purpose of entertaining.

Sweeny’s vocal is a rollover on its own, ‘Dance with Me’ shows off his modern rock n roll – Noel Gallagher and vintage rock n roll – Ray Davies, voice.  The impressive, duplicated riffs and solitary drum beat makes an awesome background structure for the track.

Radicals Rising hype chart single – Haze begins with an echo. The echo consists of the repetition of “haze, haze, haze” before it actually kicks in with Ozzy’s powerful beats. Wanting to compare this to a well known track but frankly they have this original sound but with hints of influence.

 Sound Casino is now under new management of Hype Media. Deal the card and roll the dice to see what’s next for these passionate lads. 


All The Young @ The Sugarmill 23.11.2012

Youtha immediately live up to the high standard set for them from being given a support slot for All The Young, kicking in with a fiery, tight tune and racing through a set full of well arranged songs. Matt Jones on drums still has just as much energy as he did in the early days of Agent Blue, whilst Stuart, Mike and Darren holding the front line carry just as much experience and bring their qualities to the stage of The Sugarmill.

Easily the trademark song of the set is Black And Blue, available on Youtha’s debut E.P Empty Rooms. It is a song which, when heard live tonight, shows that Youtha have all the necessary elements to produce music destined for even bigger stages than that of the Midlands number one Small Venue. The songs on display from Youtha tonight create a collection not dissimilar from that of All The Young – powerful guitar based music with lyrics that will always give the nostalgic feel to listeners, and with the potential Youtha have, they are certainly one of the main bands to watch out for in 2013.

It would be quite easy to say that the second band of the night are the band of the moment in Stoke-on-Trent, but then, when aren’t The Ruby Dukes the band of the moment just lately? As far as tonight’s set goes, the stylish, charismatic five-piece prove why they are always talked about, throwing in songs from their debut E.P Bright Lights and Plastic Pints and giving the crowd a set full of energy and ladish arrogance.

Josh Hollingworth, fully clad in leopard print shirt, is like a puppy on stage, clearly full of excitement and loving every second, and his voice is on the verge of being beautiful and should definitely be used as much as possible on vocals, especially after his and front man Zak’s great partnership for the bands finale, which is becoming their fair well song for every set now. The outro of this song cunningly slips into Kasabian, which undoubtedly got the fans who had only come to see All The Young involved with The Ruby Dukes set, topping off a great night for the lads who are building up quite a C.V very quickly.

There is not all that much to say about the headline band. Simply because the music always says it for you with All The Young. A sell out crowd for a gig consisting of only local bands from Stoke-on-Trent is easily a defining moment in what has been a year of great success, and All The Young are not only flying the flag but they are the captain of the local music ship, ruthlessly taking the voyage to stages all across the world and standing up for al things music in our beloved Stoke.

Tonight’s homecoming sell-out a The Sugarmill was a celebration of this success for both All The Young and the rest of the local music scene, and The Mill was rammed to see our boys take to the stage in what was not quite fully clad All The Young attire, but opting to wear what could be seen as their ‘home strip’ – the suit jackets and shirts are still there, only in a more informal fashion. And it fits the night, as All The Young power through songs from Welcome Home, and include a full band version of The War, previously only ever heard as an acoustic until Thursday nights gig in Wrexham.

The ultimate crowd pleaser goes to The First Time, which see’s fans chanting the lyrics along with Ryan more than any other song during the set, with fans even getting on each others shoulders to get a better look at the local heroes. After an appearance at V Festival, a tour of Australia, and of course the release of debut album Welcome Home, selling out the Midlands Best Small Venue and playing in front of people they have grown up with and gigged with in the past is the icing on a very musically tasty cake for All The Young, as the manic crowd chant “We are All The Young, we are All The Young.”

The English @ The Undeground 17.11.2012

The Underground on Saturday night saw The English headline, with indie boys The Fortunas and strictly sex, drugs and rock n roll lads – Kadence supporting. It may not have had the crowd these three bands wanted but the talent was still there.

Inspired by many of the greatest bands and artists; Kadence hope to bring music back to its roots in a modern way. They did this by putting on an energetic performance with hints of psychedelic now and then and a bit of punk with of course that rock n roll element. After listening to song after song it became apparent that the melodies and vocal together was slightly in the American rock genre. Jak Lancett’s guitar solos were immense the eerie riffs is how I remember Kadence.

Starting with L.O.V.E was exceptional. The aggression and power of the tracks send The Fortunas straight up the flourishing local music path.  Elliot’s vocal is faultless live just as it is recorded; he has that slight accent and drone mixed in. The lead guitar with another guitar with effects adds extra layers of texture which adds an Arctic Monkeys style but with a Fortunas twist. It came to the end of the gig and they went with not a hate in thought by playing  Blood Blister Blues. Bassline within this song is infectious; it stays with you for a long time which just gives away what talent these lads have come back with.

Before I start; hats off to Jak Lancett, who is also in The English as well as Kadence, for playing twice in one night. The English are that original type of band who has their own style, own sound and own views. They played some old tracks and new tracks, one new track in particular, Heartbeats stood out as alot heavier than their normal 80’s alternative indie sound. Covering Be My Baby by the Ronette’s was a lot different from the original. It was more male dominated and it was given a heavier indie interpretation. Horizons had a strong bass line and drum beat that gathered more of a bouncing, enjoyable crowd even so, a member of the audience jumped on stage. This gig was being filmed for The English’s debut music video, keep up to date to watch the live action coverage.

Radical’s Rising Presents @ The Sugarmill 15/11/2012

It’s been a year for Radicals Rising already, and to celebrate there was a night full of awesome local talent in local venue the Sugarmill to raise money for the local music shows radio station 6 Towns Radio.  The gig line up consisted of new three piece The Disclosure Project, indie lads The Ruby Dukes, MTV brand new and unsigned nominated Six Towns and bizarre Black Mirrors, with a twist.

Being together for only 3 months The Disclosure Project certainly knows what they are doing. They have a distinct sound, the right attitude and the fundamental part of being in a band – the passion. TDP’s tracks have a solid, genuine structure to them which illustrates they have put effort and hard work into their first appearance at Sugarmill. ‘Lost in Soho’ was a track that stood out with the deep baselines and alternative riffs. TDP have already gathered positivity with their ability to produce exceptional bass and drum solo’s. It’s apparent that they were credited throughout the night and will continue to get credited as their path through the local music scene has just hit the bank of success.

Beers were at the ready, hair was in place and winkle pickers were polished – The Ruby Dukes present themselves, starting with ‘This Town’. Only coming out at the start of the year, these indie rockers have got themselves well known within the local scene with the help of releasing their EP. Their set list was a mixture of new songs and older ones. ‘Girls No Fun’ hear the command of “Take it away Jo Jo” said by Zak. Josh’s guitar solo is immense; all eyes were focused upon him and the mega talent he can create by himself and Ollie on drums. ‘Cut the Shackles’ gives us those catchy chorus lines, “I don’t wanna be the one” which gives that sing-a-long element. Foot pedals add that extra boost to tracks. Rick gave an additional layer of texture to their tracks which indicates uniqueness. The Ruby Dukes end on a popular song ‘LSF’ it got the crowd involved and singing along, it even got Michael singing along. Zak, Rick, Ollie and Josh – get Michael a microphone for Christmas.

It all starts with an intro which currently has no name, the repetitive drum beat created that sense of tension like, what’s going happen next? Liam enters on with ‘Ride’ and his front man attitude fits their rock n roll genre. Josh has an aggressive drum beat which throughout the set is continual so each melody has that powerful backing beat. In each corner and each student you saw there was a camera, the gig was being filmed. Liam’s eyes followed the cameras which followed by air guitar dancing, he just can’t help to entertain. Six Towns have a set cover they enjoy to perform – Led Zeppelin’s 1971 track, ‘Rock n Roll’. It’s a suited track for this newly changed four piece, they are influenced by the most successful, innovative and influential rock groups in history. ‘Asylum’ was a great track to end on. The mixture of the gentle, mysterious melody to the hard hitting rock n roll, was original. Adding the synth gave that extra effect that made an accomplished impression on the very much loved crowd. Talent is jam packed within this band, to get the Sugarmill at complete silence then bring it right back up again is top notch.
It’s been confirmed. Six Towns have had the news. They have made it top 20 in MTV Brand New and Unsigned awards. 

Welcome to the surreal world of The Black Mirrors. The eccentric image and sound of the band makes them a fascination. The energy of the band was unreal; Mark and Paul together create that outlandish yet remarkable stamp on the local music scene. For one night only, Lee Barber gave them a helping hand on bass and don’t forget the Black Mirror essential, of course he had to wear the eyeliner. Jumping on amps, jumping on the drum and jumping into the audience is how lively they are. Jumping into the audience led to a consequence of Paul’s guitar breaking, that didn’t stop him as he never gave it away in his stage presence. The foot pedal and amp became second choice – eerie sounds and the talent created stunned people in amazement. 

Moral Panics support The Crookes @ The Sugarmill

First review, first ever indie gig. First impressions? Rather enjoyable. Kicking things off for south Yorkshire bands Hey Sholay and The Crookes, local lads Moral Panics knew how to start the crowd going. The local 4 piece band experienced a more relaxed scene than that at the Hippy Horror festival last weekend where the band successfully started a mosh-pit. That’s not to say the band was lacking of energy with bassist Charlie determined to go out with a bang on his last show with the band and drummer Eden’s drumstick twirls won’t go without a mention.

The set list was well constructed ending on passionately played number although a shortened cover of LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem did feel out of place amongst their other songs. It was also clear that the band has a great established fan base at the Sugarmill, engaging the audience as a collective to sing happy birthday. Moral Panics have announced they shall be returning for round 2 at the Sugarmill as headliners on December 17th!

A quick change brings Sheffield boys Hey Sholay to the stage. Impressive and brought with them their own sound through Liam Creamer’s use of two microphones rather than one, breaking through the well balanced mix. The band sure had skill, but it didn’t seem as if they were pushing themselves to the max. Hey Sholay are currently touring with The Crookes for the next two weeks.

A short break and the familiar sound of a certain Bugsy Malone piano riff filled the Sugarmill… The Crookes took to the stage. This had obviously been what the crowd had been waiting for and The Crookes didn’t just perform on stage, one by one they walked off stage, joining bemused fans on the floor to sing a harmonious acoustic number. Like the support acts, there was not any particular moshing but it is fact that these three bands knew how to get people humming their tunes and swaying side-to-side.