Adam French ‘Back Where I Belong’ EP Review

From the moment I set eyes on this EP I am intrigued; with a bright orange sleeve and a purple paisley print on the CD, I immediately want to hear it and it does not disappoint.
From the gentle guitar to the gritty yet polished vocals, the EP is very well put together. With a variety of influences running through the tracks and a mixture of tempos, this EP really showcases the skill and musicianship that Adam French possesses.
‘Just Another Day’ has quite a blues-y feel to it with a heavy bassline and easy laid back vocals, yet the title track, ‘Back Where I Belong’ is a lot more upbeat and has a harmonious and perky sound. The contrast between the tracks is impressive and I look forward to hearing even more new material from this talented singer songwriter.
MG

Bison and Wolf EP Review

Their debut EP is packed with new and interesting material from the Staffordshire based quartet. Their sound has not altered much from their previous tracks but it does have a more polished and revamped tone to it; it is clear that they have matured and progressed as a band.

The EP has five full length tracks and each song has a different feel to it; five very different and well written songs which all possess intricate guitar riffs and smooth, melodic vocals with a mixture of gritty bass and striking, punchy drums.

My personal favourite track off the EP is, ‘Take’ with its heavier intro that builds up with the layers of the different instruments and the vocals sitting on top of all that. The smooth vocals are a good contrast to the somewhat dirty sounding bass riffs that underlay throughout the track. The harmonies work well within the song and add even more depth to the already full and rounded sound of the band. 

Bison And Wolf @ Fat Cats 22.03.2013

The music coming from the basement of Fatcats is powerful and definite. It comes from relatively new three piece, Tempest. They have quite a unique sound with a number of layers running through their songs; each instrument seems to be playing something totally different to the rest of the music but it somehow sounds right and it is clear that the band are comfortable on stage. As their music is so varied, it keeps you listening and wanting to hear more and more from them.

A sudden start and Adam French’s set is already in full motion. The tone in his voice is warm and full; despite being a singer songwriter and being the only one onstage, he dominated the audience to the point where they were singing the lyrics back to him. It is clear that he is a very talented musician and having previously gigged at venues such as Camden Barfly, he is a force not to be reckoned with.

With friendly faces and extremely well written songs, Bison and Wolf take to the stage at their EP launch. Their sound remains the same but the new songs seem to have a fresher and more polished sound to them. The harmonies and the tone of the vocals are exceptional, that combined with their obvious ease on stage and all of the bands musicianship made for a very good gig. They are definitely as good live as they are on their recorded tracks and the instrumentals are so intricate and well rehearsed.

Three great sets from some of the finest artists in the area; it will most certainly be a gig to remember. 

Alfa 9 ‘Gone To Ground’ Album Reviewed

Years and years without a sound from Alfa 9 and their music has yet again become a fresh retake. They’ve gone back to basics with beautiful harmonies; losing some elements of the dirty, heavy guitar and keyboards sound.

Gone to Ground starts with a subtle twang of classic, folk-rock – El Morocco, provides a vibrant settled nest for the evolving Alfa9 Supernova.

Seedless, the current Hype Chart number 1, is a technicolor harmonies miracle. The glistening jangling guitar riffs are evoked through speckled visualisations from the sixties and psych folk seventies.

“Spaghetti psychedelic country jangle’’ is how Leon describes their sound – he missed the rockabilly blues. Byusing the blues-derived chord in Old Man Blues, makes Alfa 9 an obvious manifestation of a multi-music-cultural mingling force.  

The merging of contemporary classical fantasy driven, psychedelic melodies and rich vocal harmonies, moves Gone to Ground in an incredible amplifying pace. Alfa 9 cut their teeth with Mad Song making them responsible for gimmickry and virtuoso jamming, bringing tradition storytelling lyrics back home.

Petty Lies sticks out like a sore thumb with the gritty garage style, then, a bittersweet sixties throwback pop style. Alfa 9 in musical world is equivalent to Heston Blumenthal in cookery world – throw anything together and it comes out genius.

There’s a vein of the Stone Roses running through The Castle and it comes back with a chorus chord change that’ll set your serotonin levels soaring off.

Alfa 9 are a karma sutra of psychedelic 60’s wonders, dreaming 70’s folk and hard blues. 

3’s A Riot’s Last Headline @ Underground 22.13.12

Substituting heels for wellies as the blizzards came hurling down. Taxi was an hour late, for this reason The Current’s set was over when I arrived. Despite the treacherous weather this sold out gig still had the excepted atmosphere that pleased all bands. Over the last year following 3’s A Riot this last gig brought back the lingering memories. 22nd March 2012 was the first time catching 3’s A Riot in the Underground; 22nd March 2013 was the last time catching 3’s A Riot exactly in the Underground. I can definitely say that these lads have left a deep footstep whilst walking over the Stoke-on-Trent music scene the last 18 months.

I was on time to watch Kadence with their usual American aggressive punk-like attitude kicking their set off. Throughout the set the attitude got more egotistic with chants of 3’s A Riot were bouncing from fan to fan. On The Run and Go Tell Your Mother has that repetitive pattern in melody and similar lyrical configuration, amongst the unusual added shrill burst of screaming. Constant crazy riffs and shattering cymbals saw Kadence out as Jak threw his guitar and stage dived.

An hour and plus set list and 3’s A Riot take over. With strobe lighting as its maximum and a club anthem up loud they enter and build the forever rising tension with Oplo an old instrumental from their debut album. Last track to be released from Van Gough’s Ear for Music EP, Growler shows that they’ve yet again been more adventurous. It’s a fine song and more orthodox then expected from 3’s A Riot. The Underground has to be a great place for 3’s A Riot to end; great sound and awesome atmosphere. As well as the music getting the crowd rowdy it was the cramped spacing that brought everyone together and simultaneously moshing. True Illusion an old track was cleverly mixed with The Unknown. It had no lyrics evidence and it got more intense as the riffs took over. Even if it was 3’s A Riot last gig they still cared, they changed sounds and mixed songs. Tonight the Sun Comes Up has a Kasabian 60s, Britpop intro to get the people bouncing. The chant-worthy, indie pop, laddish heavy choruses and subtle lyric track Take Her Back saw 3’s A Riot again experimenting with melody control, brilliant. Local lad rapper Lance made two appearances; a new track with a similar Arctic Monkey lyrical manner and hip-hop indie genre, just like In the City. With the dinosaur-sized deep bass beats and crashes between a club stomper and blissed indie rock, 3’s A Riot will be without doubt renowned for the unique approach to music.

It all came to an end with an emotional speech from Joe and a stage invasion, but not just 1 or 3 people; the whole of the underground were on stage.  Lose Control came as a literal command for the crowd, as they repeated the track again the crowd were using the last of their energy to see them goodbye.

LC

The John Macleod Band, The Nanateas and Dead Radio Society Radio, Joint Headline @ Full Moon 15.03.13

Despite the doors opening at eight for this gig, it was good hour and a half before the sound-check was complete and the gig began. The John Macleod Band were first on the bill and filled the room with their chilled out, retro sound. The band really seemed to grow as the set went on, seeming more at ease with every song that they played. A lively performance from all of their members and a melodic, rounded and well rehearsed sound.

 Up next were The Nanateas who have such a unique sound, almost as if they have Hawaiian influences imbedded into their clean sound and bluesy vocals. Every song seemed to be totally different with some really clever backing vocals and harmonies. There was a good sense of musicianship throughout the band and they put a lot of energy into their set.

 They definitely returned with style at their comeback gig; Dead Radio Society took the stage by storm with their sudden start to their set. It is very obvious that the band know their sound and where they want to be from their definitive style and the energy that they all performed with. From the polished songs to the variation in tempo, Dead Radio Society have really nailed their sound. Every member of the band and every instrument served a purpose and added to the depth of the music and it really worked well together live.

MG

The Get Alongs @ Sugarmill 08/03/13

Being a new band with nearly 3000 likes on Facebook, a mention in Kerrang and sounding the way they do, The Rebellion have alot to come in their musical way. With each member originating from other bands to form this one; together they show off their talent and professionalism. Red Lights, their first and only recording sets their funkadelic genre on a floor shaking mission. Lyrics are set in an upbeat, sing along boogie tone which gives a chance for the fans to get involved.  Feverish front man, Danny hands centre stage to Andy and Pezz for their uncontrollable instrumental. It has to be said that The Rebellion have a awesome group of musicians from Stoke-on-Trent together, in one band. Covering, Get off my Cloud by The Rolling Stones saw a glimpse of Danny mimicking Mick Jagger; the pout, the walk and the actions. Covering, Get up off a thing by James Brown salutes that funk influence, as well as the boogie style which emphasises the slapping techniques of bass guitar from Andy. The Rebellion are constant on the rhythm train, stopping at fragmented funk grooves, gritty rock’n’roll vocal and an indie look.

New, youngish band No Love Lost has a distorted Brit-pop, indie, punk kind of sound. The vocalist isn’t one to compliment completely, no personality or attitude. Considering they are fond of Oasis, which of course are known for their outrageous attitudes and rowdy personality, there was so element of stage presence.  No Love Lost covered Supersonic; the audience loved it whereas the band except lead guitarist Rob looked like there was no enjoyment to be explored.  A bass and guitar build up was sounding positive until the cymbals took over and twisted that intense sound.

With a solid 1000 likes on Facebook and a screaming fan base Jo-ee-T, the man himself impressed the Sugarmill with a single set. I say single, he was joined by a female hula hoop dancer which undeniable gained more male attention to the unison block of bouncing. Jo-ee-T no doubt got the crowd warmed up and hyperactive for the headline. Mix after mix, bounce after bounce Jo-ee-T had an explosion of fans in front of him and an explosion of noise coming from his finger tips. It slowly became irresistible not to join in.

Back to a three piece, new tracks, new sound to old tracks. The Get Alongs are thriving to go. The Jam, The Kinks and The Clash mixed in one, indie rock, mod revival and distorted punk. Many of their previous lyrics and new lyrics refer to elements of British life with English slang which is sung in either a near-drunken slur or shouted vocals. Their attitude as a three piece is somewhat near comparable to provocative punk band Sex Pistols because of the chaotic and electric live performances. New single Hooligan Blues was secretly played on the sound board at the start of them night which was unknown to the crowd. It has that solid back beat and chant-like lyrics. If people don’t like their music they will, without a doubt enjoy the atmosphere created. No sight with gusts of smoke, scent of sweat and deafened, this was a classic thumbs up Get Alongs gig. A famous 50’s track Stand by Me wasn’t expected from these lads. Shane had that 50’s twang to his vocal yet turned it into his own during the end, which adds creativity to a well known soul love song.

LC

A Riotous Farewell

It isn’t all too often article’s are written with a tear in the eye, but it is painful to say that this is the task which your humble writer is facing right now. Your humble writer is talking, of course, of the unexpected split of those loveable rogues 3’s A Riot. Joe, Dan, Toby and Dan have decided to go their own ways, leaving, no doubt, an awful lot of fans heart broken, and most certainly giving The Underground the immense privilege of hosting 3’s A Riot’s final gig when they headline the local venue for their EP launch on 22nd March. This EP, ‘Van Gogh’s Ear For Music’, may well go down in local music history as the EP that could have taken the band to much bigger things. 3’s A Riot could well be looked upon as Stoke’s local music sized Stone Roses, who departed when on the cusp of world domination. In saying that, a little hope can be found in the realisation that The Stone Roses did reform…

But alas! 3’s A Riot shall be put to the grave after what will doubtless be up there as one of the gigs of 2013 in Stoke-on-Trent, and most certainly a very emotional evening for many people. I decided, having worked in the local music scene closely enough to be honoured to see both 3’s A Riots growth and demise, that I would take a look back at the band, I kind of ‘This Is Your Life’ you may call it. Only I’m no Eammon Andrews and I have no Red Book to present to the band. Right, 3’s A Riot, this is your life.

On 5th September, 2011, 3’s A Riot announced they were to play their first ever gig, supporting Moral Panics at The Underground on 16th September. The band sold their allocation of tickets for the gig, which was perhaps a sign of things to come for this young trio. The Underground quickly became the hunting ground for 3’s A Riot in 2011, returning again, this time to play with Carnation,  21st October,  before heading up the road to The Sugarmill to support good friends The Get Alongs on 25th November. By this point, the band had already been given their ‘Played on BBC Radio’ badge, after being played on BBC Introducing. 3’s A Riot ended 2011, it would seem, on a massive high, after introducing Dan Aydon to the band to play bass guitar, and playing their final gig of the year supporting OK Corral at the bands current ‘home’ venue The Undeground. Before the year ends, the now four piece announce, “First festival booked for next year keep your eyes out for details very soon!” which is soon followed by “We have just confirmed our first gig of 2012 and trust us its a big one !!! more info soon” After letting the world know that the festival they wil be part of is to be Richard Buxton’s Hippy Haze Festival, 3’s A Riot say a fond farewell to 2011 by posting on the bands Facebook page “Well 2011 will be one to remember for us we couldn’t of asked for a better first 4 months and a lot of it is down to all you people who have come and showed your support right from our first gig in September. We can’t thank you enough! Also massive thank you to all the bands who have helped us as well. Now lets go and make 2012 an even bigger year! Have a good night and Happy New Year from all of us!”

A shaky start to 2012 for 3’s A Riot, but not in the way you might be thinking. To celebrate the run up to the Hippy Haze Festival, Hippy Hippy Shake Company owner and festival organiser Richard Buxton is putting on special milkshakes named after the bands participating, and in January the boys get their very own milkshake, which from personal experience I can tell you is actually a very proud moment. After performing to a sell out crowd supporting The Get Alongs at The Underground 20th January, 3’s A riot really are creating some hype for themselves early on in their budding little career, so much so that, after seeing them play, Richard Buxton is feeling very chuffed he has put them on his festival, as he posts on the bands Facebook page “Great night boys! You’ll tear it up at HippyHaze! Rich.” Just five months since they formed, 3’s A Riot excitedly announce their debut headline slot, and of course it had to be at The Underground. 23rd March could not come quick enough for them.

Whilst recording the bands album, they get a cheeky exclusive play on BBC Introducing, with ot Going Home Tonight featuring on the show, and low and behold, they get themselves a mention in The Sentinel as well, just to stroke their ego even more. 3’s A Riot fan Lucee Clarke posts a comment on the band page asking if they have a twitter account, signed with a doting love heart, to which the band reply “No we haven’t, just a Facebook page atm.” The atm at the end sounds rather ominous, and the 151 followers on twitter suggest this soon changed. On March 1st, before they have even played their debut headline, the band announce their second headline slot, this time at NME’s Best Small Venue of the Midlands, The Sugarmill, which is to be 26th May. And as if that isn’t good enough for the band, they also announce that the very night after their headline at the Mill they will be playing at The Cavern in Liverpool. At this point 3’s A Riot must be wondering if they are invincible. And at this point, they probably are.

After a blinding set at the Hippy Haze Festival, where organiser Richard Buxton had to help his security to hold back the barriers during 3’s A Riot’s fierce set (during which front man Joe Tomasso dons a Pete Doherty-esque trilby hat), the bands album ‘Tonight The Sun Comes Up’ gets a review by 6 Towns Radio’s Radical’s Rising, a local music show which had, since January, struggled to make its mark as a local music promoter, but having witnessed the full weekend of the Hippy Haze festival, suddenly found itself gaining the respect of popular local acts such as 3’s A Riot. In the run up to the Sugarmill gig, 3’s A Riot show their ever cheeky side by posting “Fuck your exams! Have a riot instead..” an attitude which does nothing but get their fans dying to see their new favourite local band even more.

The weekend Riot goes down an absolute storm, with the band posting a climatic thank you to all the fans that ventured to The Sugarmill and all the way to Liverpool, “Wow what can we say …. I think this weekend has been amazing thanks to all of you fans who paid to come see us, thanks to Stanways Coaches for such a good trip there and back and thanks to Dan who took so many pictures over this weekend we cant thank you enough … to all you 3’s A Riot fans out there get to Dan’s birthday bash at fat cats next week! Thank you and good night ……One Love!” Fat Cats isn’t quite the gig they were hoping for, and their reputation at the cafe bar is left a little tarnished, but, ever the rock stars, the band are happy to move on the another venue, and head up to Crewe to perform at The Box on Friday 13th July.

After a successful trip to Crewe, Richard Buxton tell 3’s A Riot of his plans to hold back the crowd at his next festival they perform at all by himself, whilst the band themselves let the gig announcements do the talking.

“ANNOUNCEMENT

We are honoured to say 3’s A Riot will be playing a free gig on 17th August to entertain thousands of people queuing from Stafford Train Station to the Shuttle Buses taking them to V FESTIVAL! As the que goes through Victoria Park, Stafford ,Q in the Park will be on where we will be playing and hopefully entertaining the thousands who just want to get into V ..

Even if you arnt lucky enough to go to V Fest you can still get in to the gig for free!”

In August 2012, 3’s A Riot roll out new single ‘Lose Control’, recorded at Universal Thrift Club Recording Studios. This song is far more mature than the sounds we are used to as 3’s A Riot fans, but never fear, the raw passion and fierce nature of 3’s A Riot is still very much right there on this biscuit, as Universal Thrift Club would call the song. The end of August see’s the start of a new partnership for 3’s A Riot, with rapper Lance joining them in their Underground slot to perform on the song In The City, which the band will later re-record to fit in Lance’s mesmerising talents. Before even playing a gig, September becomes a very exciting month for the youngsters, finally joining Twitter (yes, so exciting), and topping the Radical’s Rising Hype Chart for the whole month, and 21st September see’s them take to the stage at The Sugarmill to play main support for The Undeground Heroes. These two bands, together with new local outfit and 3’s A Riot friends The Motives, put on a show that will fondly go down as one of the most memorable gigs of 2012.

October see’s Richard Buxton almost eating his own words as 3’s A Riot and their boisterous fans really do Lose Control, but this time Mr Buxton is allowed to enjoy the band’s set a little more than at Hippy Haze, after giving the band a slot later on in the billing, where the electric four-piece jump around the stage fully clad in painter outfits which, supposedly, are meant to be scary.  Universal Thrift Club Recording Studios are given the honour of recording In The City with Lance on rappers duty, and the band announce they will be filming a music video for the single at Bad Edit, a new venue to 2012, situated in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, where they will also play an intimate set after filming to thank all the fans who have gone down to take part in the shooting.

2013 opens very impressively for the now highly popular band, with the anticipated release of In The City along with the video, which reaches over 2,000 views in its first month, and the single itself becoming the bands second number one on the Radical’s Rising Hype Chart, also their second in succession.  The bands next release from their upcoming EP, ‘You Say It’s Gone, It’s Over, reaches number two on the chart, making them the second most successful band in the chart, falling just short of Six Towns record of three number one tracks.

February see’s the bands friendly and supporting side, as they play support to good friends The Motives at their debut headline gig at Bad Edit on 1st, and two days later, during an interview on Radical’s Rising, Joe Tomasso and Dan Aydon find themselves lost in conversation, talking about Ukrainian cook books and whether they put tomato ketchup in a cupboard or in a fridge. 3’s A Riot’s first headline gig of the year is their first out of town headline, at The Box in Crewe, with fond support from the impressive Neon Rouge, who released their debut EP mid 2012 and quickly found themselves to be gaining quite a reputation within Stoke-on-Trent. 3’s A Riot announce they will be releasing the new EP ‘Van Gogh’s Ear For Music on 22nd March, and state that they can’t release an EP without doing it in style, and will return to the place where it all started, The Underground.

When I asked Hippy Haze organiser, Hippy Hippy Shakes owner, and all round local music guru Richard Buxton how he felt about 3’s A Riot’s split, he had this to say…

“3’s a who? Oh, yeah right! Do you want me to be nice or tell the truth? The truth it is! They’re an average pub pop band. Let’s start with their “joke” of a name….3’s a Riot and there’s 4 of them – oh ha ha ha ha! Pass me a needle and thread, my sides are splitting. Almost single-handedly ruined Hippy Haze with their childish shenanigans! You can tell they’ve known each other since junior school (apart from the old drummer) because I think that’s when most of their songs were written…Lose Control = Lose My Dinner! Then there’s the band members themselves : Tomasso (made up rock star name)…at least he won’t be boring me anymore with his favourite line “We’ve got a bus on!” ; Simcocks…never saw him sober or not being picked up by his constantly embarrassed mum ; Aydon…can you hear that? Yep silence…charisma personified! ; The Old Drummer One…Sweat too much and just a little too old to be hanging with the teenagers – Pervert. Glad they finished so that real talent like Olly Murland can be heard.”

Richard Buxton then went on to clarify his words,

“All of which is of course a lie! I love them all in a completely non-sexual way. They are like the sons I never had…Thompson like a brother I guess. They played for me at both festivals and always performed without demands. I’ll get them back on stage one day!”

After recording the incredible EP Van Gogh’s Ear For Music at their studio, the boys at Universal Thrift Club Recording Studio were shocked by the break up, with Nathan (Naked) stating

“The news of 3’s A Riot’s imminent split came as a huge surprise; particularly as their very exciting new EP Van Gogh’s Ear For Music is just about on its way to be pressed to vinyl. Four superb biscuits which contain some genuinely brilliant moments will leave behind a legacy which many heads will look back on with great fondness. Inside every bag of shite is a sparkle of gold, you can’t keep young raw talent down for long. It’s only a matter of time before these growlers are back, maybe in an even more exciting guise!”

For my own part, after meeting the band for the first time back in April 2012 at the Hippy Haze fest, I have become very close to in particular, Joe Tomasso, but on the whole 3’s A Riot became not just a band to me but four people I came to cal friends. On a music note (pardon the pun) a secret meeting had even taken place between 3’s A Riot and Hype Media, but only the one. I already feel like I miss the band, and I shall, without a doubt, miss playing their songs on Radical’s Rising and seeing them rise up the Hype Chart as they always seem to do. But, as Naked himself said, you can’t keep young raw talent down for long, and I think there is a little bit in all of us that believes the lads from 3’s A Riot will be cropping up somewhere on the local scene sometime soon, and again to entertain us with their ferocious love and passion for their music and their fans combined.

And so there it is, the life of 3’s A Riot, though in all fairness, perhaps cutting a long story short. But the fact remains; this is a band that will be sorely missed by many in Stoke-on-Trent and beyond. Four lads, Joe Tomasso, Dan Thompson, Toby Simcock and Dan Aydon formed a formidable band in 3’s A Riot, and will be leaving behind them a legacy of riots and young fans that simple want to Lose Control. And for all of these people, 3’s A Riot were the band that were right there with them.

Fieldgood Festival 02.03.13

Tom Machin, new to my manuscript of local music took to the stage rather intimately; him, his guitar and appearances of a harmonica. An acoustic indie vibe, with strokes of a bluesy, Jake Bugg feel. Tom experiments with several long pieces that build to mesmeric momentum. The occasional bluesy slide slips in bizarrely like a dashing light of colour amidst buzzing droning pluses. Poker Face by Lady Gaga, was given a more emotional, subtle tone. Brilliant.

A complete turnaround to Dead Format, James unravels Dead Eyes. Listening to Dead Eyes you expect to see an orchestra set band, however, he is a one man band. Right foot on a tambourine, left foot on a wooden block, harmonica at his neck, his guitar and the voice all in one, and he makes it look easy.  Lyrical blues intellect; short simple structure followed with a rhythmic talk melody. The repetitive line of lyrics gives an injection of passion. Creativity was at its highest with James, depending how deep the guitar rhythm is, there was a change in harmonica sounds. The set was cut seriously short, he completed this impressive performance with Praise you.

Nerves, lyrics on the floor and a new member; Thee Terrace start with Tell Tale Town. With the new member playing acoustic guitar, as well as Kieran and Adam playing guitar, it seemed like there was too much going on. Covering Lightning Bolt was in the hands of new member Danny, controlling the jolting rockabilly, retro rhythm. Shinning of the light, Dying of the Light? Noel Gallagher? A new track, In Your Mind has a psychedelic indie ambiance. Smashing cymbals, tight bass and witty lyrics all together have the potential to be a decent track. That’s Entertainment, the cover of The Jam, brings to my attention that Dan’s harmonies should be more than just harmonies. He has a good vocal for the driving rhythms and chiming electric guitar. Running, written by Kieran and previously sung by him was changed. Adam took the lead and sung whilst looking at the lyrics. Making no connection with the audience doesn’t make a friendly atmosphere which at a gig is an essential. My Generation is their typical cover, the energy created was eccentric and the noise was somewhat frenzied. My Generation is a track that only The Who can create such a positive vibe, that atmosphere just wasn’t there.

4 songs were the amount The Ruby Dukes had to play. Come Show me Love, Love is my Fame/Submarine, Up the Dosage and Paper Sunset. Love is my Fame/Submarine sees Josh at his high with backing vocal; his voice has a real vibrant twang that slots faultlessly with the power of Zak’s voice. Every time The Ruby Dukes perform an instrumental it’s always mesmerizing to watch, Rich and Josh together create that backing indie sound, there is a strong bass that keeps it tied together and the repetitive drum beat that keeps it constant and addictive. Paper Sunset a new track has an eerie melody which trips towards psychedelic indie; Olly was becoming uncontrollable in the outro and the energy brushed off onto the audience – who were loving everything minute of the extremely short set.

Sound Casino, despite again a short set weren’t stopped from putting on a performance. How they utilize the technique of shifting between quiet verses and loud choruses create that atmosphere that people want to feel and see. It is a clear atmosphere with flashes of that genuine rock and roll image, the interaction and confidence of the band hooked onto the audience for the entire set.  The boogie woogie beats and light instrumental have grown into a darker, dynamic rock machine with a powerful engine room. Beats saw a more aggressive tone from Sweeny’s vocals which layered the mini guitar solos that saluted Sound Casino for their ingenuity. With Sound Casino breaking through with a twist on their previous sound we heard a slight touch of hard blues and pinch of funk formed by the cheeky bass line, this is complemented by the wittiness of Sweeny’s lyrics that makes the track loveable. Dirty Dusty Stereogram their recent single; Ozzy is unbelievable on drums and doesn’t over power with the cymbals making it a solid track leaving the muscles in your body to decide the answer to good or bad.

LC

The Current @ Bad Edit 1.03.13

Fans came in their adequate numbers, younger than me. Some may say it was a school disco but with alcohol on the side.  Gaggle of girls and swarms of lads were soon taking over Bad Edit and nearly the stage.

Alt-rock acoustic artist, Monster I am started the hectic night off. He was joined by fellow musician from Chasing Traits, Brad. Adding extra depth with a guitar, added extra volume, making Monster I am fall into the category of the alternative rock scene. Dream of LA kicked his set off; the folk pop vocal descends from his influence, Band of Horses. God Dam, even on live radio sounded great, but live, the real power and emotion storms out his lyrics. Even Dan caught on to the age difference in the crowd, “Looking at you, I feel old”.

Straight away from the entrance of Junction 16, they have a confidence of a positive pop punk band. Female vocalist straight away sets of that distinctive alarm. Apologise had a mix match melody, the tempo was a bit over the place; however it started the mosh pit off creating a vast hyper atmosphere. Covering, Since You Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson showed Lauren’s pop star attitude. Another cover was Move My Jagger which the majority of the crowd knew and were, no doubt moving to the catchy beats and shouting the well known lyrics. Back to the Town was an original track, and the track that Liam’s bass stood out. It gave Junction 16 a funky indie vibe. Jessie J was another cover which went extremely well with the young crowd who loved every minute of these mainstream covers.

Chris, Caleb and Ben have being waiting for this time for weeks. It was unreal how hyperactive and buzzing these lads were. Hair gelled in place; fans at the ready and set list written, The Current were ready. Despite the bad co-operation of the venue The Current tried not it let it get to them and went ahead with full passion and commitment. 730 kicked the set off, The Current may only play simple sounds but in years to come it’s looking to be a solid structured sound.  Instrumentals have got better over time as well as their maturity of attitudes. Ben on drums is the youngest, in no ways being patronising, he needs that strike of confidence and boost of creativity in experimenting with different sounds. Caleb shows his talent though original track Take me into the Night, drums took an exit from cymbals and put The Current on the edge of indie rock with addition of subtle waves of electric guitar. I think I think Too Much, was a typical bouncy indie track. Fans were bouncing in unison as Caleb performs a Jamaica heritage Ska outro. Average indie cover, Not Nineteen Forever had everyone singing along. Caleb joined the audience, supporting partner Chris at his solo. Hype Chart No.1, These Towns was dedicated to their external connection and friends, The Motives. When the audience sing the lyrics for Chris is must make the band feel like they’re doing something right. Last track Just Keep Dancing was dedicated to one of their fans, the witty lyrics makes The Current have a band personality and sense of humour.

LC