Saturday, 26 May 2012

Check Out The Get Alongs (Live Video and Demos)

One of the bands supporting All The Young at Keele University were The Get Alongs.  They are a bundle of young musical energy who have already since moved on to play several headline shows around the area of their home town Stoke-On-Trent. 

You need to check 'em......

(Warning: I'm going to use the term Indie-Punk shortly)

Singer Shane Davis is a natural frontman who dominates the stage with pure enthusiasm for what he does and loves to do.......Perform.

Almost as if he were acting out the songs, his movement alone keeps you enthralled.  However as good as Shane is, and you should definitely remember his name, The Get Alongs are not just another one dimensional standard frontman-lead guitar band.  Far from it.  The other band members, Sim Cope on Guitar & Vocals,  Gav Joines on Bass & Vocals and Jack Hilditch on Drums all play their part in an energetic Indie-Punk (Told you) onslaught that barely seems to stop once the gig starts and leaves you afterwards thinking "WTF just happened there?" and in the best way possible.

To top it all, THEY WRITE GOOD SONGS!  

I was very pleasantly surprised to hear such well made and thought out songs from such a young band.  Although their live performances are a torrent of music and words, the demos that the band have recorded so far let you get to know the songs more intimately and appreciate how good they are and more importantly how good the band are going to be. 

You should check out The Get Alongs.  You should probably check them out more than once and if you're still not convinced check them out a third time.  (After that if you're still not on the train you might as well fuck off back yo your JLS CDs)

Listen to the songs, watch the video then go and see them live.  Remember the names.  You will definitely hear more from these lot in the future.


The Get Alongs Facebook page is HERE

The Get Alongs Live @ Keele University 2012

The Get Alongs - The Soundcloud Demos

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Hear The Slow readers Club LIVE on The BBC

The Slow Readers Club played a BBC Introducing gig earlier this week @ The Ruby Lounge.  The whole gig was broadcast on BBC Introducing Manchester this week and it's still available to hear on iPlayer for 3 more days.  Get a listen before it disappears.  CLICK HERE (The gig starts around 2Hrs18Mins but the rest of the show is worth a listen too.)

Support The Slow Readers Club, spread the word....

Facebook HERE
Official Web Site HERE
Twitter @SlowReadersClub


Introducing The Slow Readers Club

All I ever do is listen to music and eat biscuits, but I almost missed The Slow Readers Club completely.  Having heard them,  I just don't know how that is possible and I'm over the moon that I've put it right now.

The Slow Readers Club are a Manchester based Indie / Electro  band who’s output, according to their biog 'ranges from insanely catchy upbeat indie to  angry, introspective downbeat ballads. Their music has drawn  comparisons with Interpol, The Killers and Arcade Fire.'

I could list a whole load more comparissons that crept into my head as I listened to the album the first few times, but I won't because in my mind they have already moved in to the category - Sound's like The Slow Readers Club.

Their debut single Sirens was released in October of last year and was pretty well received and the album followed in December.  A second single Feet On Fire is due and hopefully will do as well in elevating the band's profile, having already being featured on a Soccer AM VT.

I'm really looking forward to hearing them play live when they're up this way but for the moment they only have a few dates sheduled in the Manchester area.  If you're down there, check 'em out.

I really can't recommend The Slow Readers Club highly enough.  You should take time out to have a listen and show them some support and spread the word.

Preview a few tracks from the album, and see below for info links.


Official Slow Readers Club Web Site is HERE
Facebook page is HERE
Youtube Channel is HERE
and follow them on Twitter @slowreadersclub

Gaz Coombes Presents. Here Come The Bombs LISTEN HERE

Gaz Coombes long awaited album 'Here Come The bombs' is released on Monday but you can listen to the whole album now.  You can buy the album by clicking HERE Enjoy.


Click HERE to listem.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Noel Gallagher Hits The Nail On The Head

Here's an interview recorded with Noel Gallagher backstage at this year's Coachella Festival (below). It's no special interview. Noel's on his usual good form and he speaks about the differences between being in a band and being a solo artist, about technology and the way music deliverance has changed in the last few years, but most importantly, for me anyway, he highlights the fact that everything in the music industry is 'focus grouped' nowadays and anything that 'the random customer' doesn't want they don't get. It's that simple!

(The interview is at the bottom of the page, this is still me rambling...)

There are two points here.

The first is; nobody ever asks ME if I want to listen to ONE fucking DIRECTION on the radio and TV all day. Nobody has ever asked ME if I thought that virtually all of the decent music programs on TV and Radio should be cancelled and their slots filled with commercial factories of utter shite that produce MORE sugar coated 'boy bands' to stand there grabbing either their nackers or the air while they deliver the latest generic pop ballad written by some behind the scenes professional song writer to coin it for some body or some corporation.

The problem is that they usually ask a collection of general punters who are so stupid and consumed by what their mates think is cool that they just go along with the status quo. People like me (and you I hope) never get asked. People who would rather see a bit of creative rock 'n roll in the charts and on TV and who would welcome a return to a world filled with guitar driven indie or rock songs, and a few of the bands that are currently bubbling under the surface who we know are capable of world domination. The big problem is that there are more dickheads in this world than people with brains, so the fact that it's mostly the dickheads that get polled and the dickheads that then spend the money on the shit they have asked for means that TV, Radio and the charts will remain filled with pants, commercial tripe until the revolution comes. (Man!)

The second and very depressing point is this; the music industry and indeed the entertainment industry in general 'focus group' everything nowadays before it costs them any money, to see if it will sell, and if it will then it gets made and promoted to death. If it is not what the majority want then it will either get a much lesser budget or not happen at all. Whether it be a movie, a band a TV show or whatever it is.

Noel points out that nobody asked the world if they wanted Jimmy Hendrix, or Sgt. Pepper’s or The Sex Pistols but they happened and they each made a huge difference to the world and a lot of people loved them. 

It all comes down to money these days, not creativity or talent anymore.  Where are the new Tony Wilsons? The new Alan McGees and John Peels?  People like these have gone and been replaced by Simon fucking Cowell.

The question is; How do we change it?