Indiaterria meets Karkosa – Korean version

Hello!

We never thought that our  interview with Karkosa would be that popular! Thanks to all of you who shared and liked our post – it means so much to us! And we also went viral. Our interview turned out to be very popular among the Korean fans of the band!

We would like to thank Mia Choi, our lovely translator who worked so hard to translate this interview in a day and a half! That must be a new world record, we are sure about that!

You can find the English version of the interview here:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/indieterria-meets-karkosa/

And now for all of  Karkosa’s fans in Korea, here it is! Enjoy!!

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언젠가 우리는 우리의 유튜브 채널에 이 블로그에서 인터뷰한 밴드의 특집을 기획하고 싶다. 그들의 밴드명은 카르코사(Karkosa)이고 여러분은 향후 몇 달 뒤면 그 이름을 더 자주 듣게 될 것이다.

카르코사

우리는 년초 런던에서 진행된 인디콘 컨퍼런스에서 카르코사를 만났다. 그들은 우리에게 아주 훌륭한 인상을 남겼고, 카르코사의 리드 보컬 마이클 워녹(Michael Warnock)과 마주 앉아 짧은 대화를 할 수 있어 기뻤다. 그들은 우리가 만나 본 사람들 중 가장 친절하고, 노력하는 사람들이었다! 그들의 독특한 밴드명, 인디 어워드에 후보로 오른 것과 심지어 지구 반대편 팬들을 얻게 된 것까지, 무수히 많은 얘깃거리들이 있었다. 카르코사는 더 많은 것들에 도전하고 있고, 우리는 그들이 가능한 빨리 그에 도달하도록 계속해서 응원할 것이다.

Big in Birmingham

공식 소개: 영국의 인디 락 밴드 카르코사는 마이클(Michael)과 잭(Jack) 워녹(Warnock) 형제에 의해 2014년 버밍엄에서 결성되었다. 리드 기타에 톰 러쉬튼(Tom Rushton), 베이스 기타에 라이언 트롯(Ryan Trott), 그리고 키보드에 윌 클루스(Will Clews)를 영입한 뒤, 밴드는 한 묶음의 곡들을 작곡, 녹음해 온라인에 게시했다. 그들의 멜로딕하고 폭발적인 락 사운드는 캣피쉬 앤 더 보틀맨(Catfish and the Bottlemen), 로얄 블러드(Royal Blood), 그리고 더 아마존스(The Amazons)에서 크게 영감을 받았다. 카르코사의 첫 싱글 The Devil’s Greatest Trick이 2016년에 발매되었고, 이어 2017년에 싱글 Monarchy, Sheffield, Where the River Flows가 발매되었다.

마이클 워녹 Michael Warnock (보컬/리듬기타)
톰 러쉬튼 Tom Rushton (리드기타)
잭 워녹 Jack Warnock (드럼)
라이언 트롯 Ryan Trott (베이스)
윌 클루스 Will Clews (키보드)

흑백의 카르코사

소개를 보니 카르코사는 4년 전 버밍엄에서 결성되었네요. 인디테리아(Indieterria) 독자들에게 밴드 소개와 밴드의 시작에 대한 이야기를 부탁드려요.

마이클 워녹: 제 생각엔 제 동생 잭(드럼)과 제가 그것보다 좀 더 일찍, 그러니까 5년 전쯤 밴드를 시작한 것 같아요. 저희의 첫 공연은 아빠의 40번째 생신 파티에서 였어요. 그때와는 멤버가 조금 바뀌었지만요. 저는 톰 러쉬튼(리드기타), 윌 클루스(키보드)를 우리가 함께 음악을 공부한 BOA칼리지에서 만났어요. 가장 마지막으로 영입된 멤버는 잭과 같은 학교를 다닌 라이언 트롯(베이스)이에요. 우리 말로는, 우리가 더 아마존스, 캣피쉬 앤 더 보틀맨, 로얄 블러드의 영향을 받은 인디 락 밴드라고 이야기하곤 해요.

카르코사는 밴드 이름으로는 아주 독특한데, 이상하게도 기억하기에는 쉬워요. 어떻게 이 이름을 짓게 되었는지 궁금합니다. 저희가 예상하기로는 미국 작가 비어스의 단편 「카르코사의 주민(An Inhabitant of Carcosa)」에 나오는 가상 도시에서 밴드 이름을 따 온 것이라고 생각이 드는데, 맞나요?

마이클 워녹: (웃음) 네, 맞추셨네요! 카르코사라는 이름은 로버트 체임버스의 「노란 옷 왕(The King in Yellow)」이라는 책에서도 등장해요. “고대의 신비로운 가상 도시”로 묘사되죠. 사실 그 이름을 사용하기로 한 건 저희 아빠의 아이디어였어요. 카르코사의 C 철자를 K로 바꾸어 사용하게 됐죠. 독특하기도 하고 우리 맘에도 들고요.

새 싱글 “Lonely Kid”는 아주 흥미로운 곡이에요. 아티스트 앰버(Amber Le Grys)가 디자인한 앨범 표지가 단순하면서도 굉장히 눈에 띄고요. 이 곡에 대해 더 소개해 주시겠어요?

“Lonely Kid” 싱글 앨범 표지

 마이클 워녹: “Lonely Kid”는 2017년 7월부터 쓰기 시작한 곡이에요. 이 곡은 칼리지에서 대부분의 친구들이 떠나고 그들의 관계들을 맺어갈 적에 제가 느꼈던 것들을 담고 있어요. 저는 저 혼자 있는 게 괜찮았어요. 또한 저는 보통 제목에 적힌, “lonely(외로운, 혼자의)”라는 단어에 대한, 슬프다는 고정관념을 깨는 무언가를 만들고 싶었어요. 앰버가 만든 아트워크가 꽤나 곡의 분위기를 잘 살려준 것 같아요. 당신이 말했듯이 단순하지만, 굉장히 효과적이죠. 저희의 이전 아트워크들과는 달라요. 곡의 클라이막스 부분은 파라모어(Paramore)의 “Ain’t it fun”의 브릿지에서 영감을 얻었어요.

3월은 여러분들에게 아주 바쁜 달이었어요. 3월 17일, 출신지인 버밍엄 O2 Institute에서 서포트 밴드 North Parade, Elliot Sturman과 함께 헤드라이너로 공연하기도 했고요. 그런 다음 캠던의 Dublin Castle에서 공연하러 런던으로 이동했죠? 그 때가 런던에서의 첫 공연이었나요?

마이클 워녹: 저희가 헤드라이너로 섰던 공연은 굉장했어요. 저희가 마지막 공연을 맡는 게 흔치 않은 기회라는 점뿐 아니라, 저희의 멋진 새 베이스 드럼 로고와 ‘카르코사’라고 적힌 배너를 걸고 공연하는 첫 무대였다는 점에서도 의미가 있어요. 게다가 저희는 이제껏 가장 많은 티켓을 팔았어요! 전반적으로 저희도 굉장히 즐거웠고, 관객분들도 좋아해 주시는 것 같았어요! 캠던에서의 공연은 이전까지 저희가 한번도 해본 적 없던 것이라는 점에서 훨씬 더 신났어요. 새로운 지역에서뿐 아니라, 새로운 관객들 앞에서 공연하는 것이기도 하잖아요. 정말 놀라웠던 사실은, 관객분들이 엄청나게 즐겨주셨다는 거에요. 심지어 저희가 마지막 순서여야 했다고 말씀하시면서 말이에요! 아무튼, 굉장한 주말이었고, 또 다시 거기서 공연할 수 있기를 기대하고 있어요!

라디오 DJ 스티브 켈리(Steve Kelly)가 여러분에 대해서 꽤 적지 않은 동료 진행자들이 그들의 곡 ‘Sheffield’를 좋아한다. 과장이 아니라, 그 곡의 기타워크는 The Eagles, 내가 가장 곡인 ‘Hotel California’급 수준이다. 내 생각에 ‘Sheffield’는 아마 우리가 라디오 스테이션에서 틀었던 최고의 곡이고, 앞으로도 자주 선곡할 것이다.” 라고 한 바 있습니다. 이렇게 락 음악사에서 가장 사랑받은 곡과 비유되는 건, 보통 평범한 칭찬이 아니죠.

법을 어기고 있는 카르코사… (역주: 사진에 ‘자리에 앉으시오. 일어서지 마시오.’ 라고 적혀있음)

 마이클 워녹: 저희가 스티브 같은 사람과 연줄이 있다는 건 정말 행운이에요. 저희가 처음 만난 이후부터, 그는 쭉 저희를 응원해주었거든요! 저희는 그와 첫 라디오 인터뷰를 진행했었고, 저희의 헤드라인 공연에서 그를 개인적으로 만날 수 있어서 정말 기뻤어요. 그는 저희를 보러 엄청 먼 Blackpool부터 와 주었다니까요! 저희는 그를 5월에 다시 만나기를 기대하고 있어요. 그가 저희 밴드에 쏟아주시는 엄청난 열정을 보는 건 기분 좋은 일이니까요.

그 밖에도 많은 곳에서 인정받고 있죠. BBC Introducing West Midlands에서는 여러분의 연달아 발매된 세 싱글들(“Monarchy”, “Sheffield”, “Where the River Flows”)을 방송했고, 마지막 곡은 2017년 7월 금주의 곡으로 꼽히기도 했으니까요. 또한 여러분들은 리즈, 에든버러, 바스, 플리머스를 돌며 성공적인 국내 투어를 마쳤고, 끝내줬던 Sunflower Lounge 공연을 포함해 몇몇 공연은 매진시키기도 했어요. 그간 열심히 노력한 게 드디어 빛을 보네요, 그렇지 않나요?

 마이클 워녹: 그럼요. 저희는 이 모든 것들을 “사다리 오르기”라고 보고 있어요. BBC Introducing에서 방송된 것은 꽤나 멋진 일이었죠. 그치만 저희는 더 작은 라디오 방송들에서 선곡되는 게 훨씬 더 즐거웠어요. 진행자들이 항상 저희 음악에 대해 더 많은 것들을 말해주었거든요! Sunflower Lounge에서 공연하는 것도 굉장히 즐거웠어요. 우리 음악에 맞춰 모슁(역주: 락 공연에서, 몸을 부딪혀 가며 격렬하게 춤 추는 것)하는 팬들이 있었거든요. 관객들에게 가까이 갈 수록 항상 더 큰 활기가 느껴지곤 해요.

우리는 당신의 수상 프로듀서 개빈 모나그한(Gavin Monaghan)과의 콜라보에 대해 물어봐야 할 필요가 있겠네요. 더 셜록스(The Sherlocks)와 함께한 그의 최근 작업들은 갈채를 받고 있어요. 울버햄튼에 있는 그의 유명한 스튜디오(매직 가든)에 다녀왔나요? 몇 곡을 녹음했나요? 그리고 우리는 언제 그 곡들을 들을 수 있죠?

마이클 워녹: 개빈과의 녹음은 알려져 있는 만큼 매우 신났어요. 저희는 수많은 멋진 수집품들로 가득 찬 그의 매직 가든 스튜디오에서 작업했어요! “Where the River Flows” 한 곡만 녹음했지만 또 다시 Gavin과 작업하고 싶어요!

2018년은 당신들에게 돌파구가 될 만한 해인 것 같아 보이네요. 지역 언론으로부터의 주목, 공연 매진, 카르코사의 미래가 특히나 밝아 보이는군요. 다음 달엔 당신의 열성 팬들을 위해 스토어에 무엇이 준비돼 있죠? 우리가 지켜봐야 할 새로운 공연이나 싱글들이 있나요?

카르코사 홍보 사진

마이클 워녹: 올해는 지금까지 엄청났고, 이제 겨우 4월이에요! 지금까지, 저희가 참여할 훌륭한 공연들이 아직도 많이 있고, 저희는 또한 버밍엄 뮤직 어워드에서 최고의 인디/얼터너티브 밴드 후보에 지목됐어요! 현재는 Isle of Wight festival에서 공연할 수 있는 HotVox 투표에서 선두를 달리고 있어요. 대한민국에서 저희 음악이 입소문을 타고 있는 덕분에요. 저희는 올해 저희가 또 무얼 할 수 있는지 기대하고 있어요. 그리고 만약 메이저 페스티벌에서 공연할 수 있다면 저희 모두의 꿈이 이루어지는 셈이겠죠!

아래 링크에서 저희를 투표할 수 있습니다.
https://hotvox.co.uk/artists/karkosa

이건 흔히 있는 일이 아닌데요! 버밍엄 밴드가 세계 반대편에서 입소문을 타다니! 한국에서 여러분이 유명한 이유가 뭔지 아시나요?

마이클 워녹: (웃음) 솔직히 말하면, 저희도 잘 모르겠어요! 저희는 SNS에서 저희를 팔로우할 여유가 있는 모든 사람들과 관계를 맺으려고 노력했어요. 처음엔 그저 적은 수의 팔로워 였는데, 정말 며칠 만에 저희가 천명이 넘는 한국 팔로워들에게 답장을 보내고 있더라고요! 주로 인스타그램과 트위터에서요. 그들은 저희 음악의 링크를 공유해주었고, Isle of Wight festival 투표도 도와주었어요. 저희는 언젠간 그곳에서 공연하기를 기대하는 중이에요!

카르코사를 SNS에서 팔로우하세요:
www.karkosa.co.uk/
https://en-gb.facebook.com/officialkarkosa/
https://twitter.com/officialkarkosa
https://soundcloud.com/karkosa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLFIGmi7Cwo

유용한 링크들:
https://bromsgrovestandard.co.uk/news/northfield-band-and-worcester-singer-through-in-austin-socials-search-for-a-star/
https://artists.nme.com/artist/karkosa/

우리는 앞으로도 우리의 최애 버밍엄 5인조 밴드, 카르코사의 행보를 지켜볼 예정입니다.
지금으로서는, 당신도 버밍엄 뮤직 어워드-라이징스타 투표를 통해 그들을 응원할 수 있습니다. 투표는 4월 24일에 마감됩니다.

투표 링크:

https://www.facebook.com/thebirminghammusicawards/posts/831404343728207
https://www.survey-maker.com/poll1927441x550C4e13-538

Text: Malicia and Rita Dabrowicz
Translation: Mia Choi

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Indieterria meets Karkosa

Hi!!

We hope you had a nice and relaxing Easter break. Here at Vanadian Avenue we are unable to rest or sit still (one of our biggest flaws!) and we had to find something music related to do. And there was plenty to things to be done! We have set up a Youtube channel, edited hundreds of pictures, did a nice small social media campaign and even had some time to eat a bit of chocolate. Talk about very productive long weekend!

From now on, you will be able to see videos of the performances we attend. So far, we have fantastic clips from Iggy Cuthbert (aka Happy Bones), mighty The Americas and the indie sweethearts, Junior Weeb! Soon we will add other great bands from the WorcesterWave scene: Nuns of the Tundra, Thousand Mountain, Dead Dads Club and many more. Please be on the look-out for the best new and unsigned bands from West midlands.

You can visit our channel at:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiWtRmMIq6atchlvnDSBCpQ

One day we are hoping to feature on our YouTube channel the band interviewed in this blog. They are named Karkosa and you will be hearing about them often in the coming months.

Since Karkosa is very popular in Korea, you can read translated version of this blog here:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/indiaterria-meets-karkosa-korean-version/

The good lads of Karkosa

We met Karkosa at Indiecon conference in London at the beginning of the year. They made a great impression on us and we are very happy that we were able to sit down with Karkosa’s lead singer Michael Warnock for a short chat. Those guys are one of the nicest and the hardest working people we have met! There were so many things to discuss: their unusual name, being nominated for an indie award and even winning fans on the other side of the globe. Karkosa’s on their way to greater things and we will be keeping our fingers crossed for them to get there as soon as possible.

Big in Birmingham 

Official bio: British Indie rock band Karkosa was formed in Birmingham in 2014 by brothers Michael and Jack Warnock. After recruiting Tom Rushton on lead guitar, Ryan Trott on bass and Will Clews on keyboard, the band wrote and recorded a batch of songs and published them online. Their melodic, propulsive rock sound is heavily inspired by Catfish and the Bottlemen, Royal Blood and The Amazons. The Devil’s Greatest Trick – band’s inaugural release arrived in 2016 and was followed by singles Monarchy, Sheffield and Where the River Flows in 2017.

Michael Warnock (vocals/ rhythm guitar)
Tom Rushton (lead guitar)
Jack Warnock (drums)
Ryan Trott (bass)
Will Clews (keyboard)

 

Karkosa in black and white

Your biography mentions that Karkosa formed about 4 years ago in Birmingham. Please introduce yourselves to the readers of Indieterria and tell us a bit more about your beginnings.

Michael Warnock: I think my brother Jack (drums) and I started the band a little earlier than that, about 5 years ago. Our first gig was at our dad’s 40th birthday party. The line-up has changed quite a bit since then. I met Tom Rushton (lead guitar) and Will Clews (keyboard) at BOA College where we studied music together. The last member of the band to join was Ryan Trott (bass) who went to school with Jack. In our own words, we are an indie rock band with influences from The Amazons, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Royal Blood.

Karkosa is a very unusual name for a band, yet strangely it is easily memorable. We are very curious where it comes from. Our best bet would be you are named after the fictional city from a short story entitled “An Inhabitant of Carcosa” by American writer Ambrose Bierce. Are we correct?

Michael Warnock: (laughing) Yes, you are correct! The name Carcosa is also featured in a book called “The King in Yellow” by Robert W. Chambers. It is documented as being a fictional “ancient and mysterious city”. It was actually my dad’s idea to use that name. We changed out all the C’s for K’s to get Karkosa. Which we liked and it was unique.

Your new single entitled “Lonley Kid” is a very interesting composition. It also comes with minimalistic  and very striking cover designed by artist Amber Le Grys.  Can you tell us more about this song?

Cover of “Lonely Kid” single

Michael Warnock: We started writing “Lonely Kid” back in July 2017. It reflects how I felt at the time when most of my friends had left college or had their relationships to deal with. I was fine being on my own. I also wanted to create something that broke the stereotype of songs with word “lonely” in the title, being sad. I think the song’s spirit was captured quite nicely by the artwork which Amber made. As you said, it is simple, yet effective which is different to our previous artwork. The song’s climax was inspired by the bridge of “Ain’t it fun” by Paramore.

March was a very busy month for you. You headlined a hometown gig at the O2 Institute in Birmingham on 17th of March being supported by North Parade and Elliot Sturman. Then you travelled to London to play at Camden’s Dublin Castle. Was that your first time playing in the capitol?

Michael Warnock: Our headline gig was great as it was not only a rare occasion of us playing last but it was also the first time we got to play with our new bass drum logo and Karkosa banner which was really cool! We also sold the biggest amount of tickets for a gig ever! Overall, we had a lot of fun and the audience seemed to love it! Our Camden gig was a lot more exciting for me as it was something we hadn’t done before. Not only were we performing in a new location, but we were also performing to a new crowd. The surprising part was the fact that people started enjoying themselves, even stating that we should have been on last! Either way, it was a great weekend and we look forward to going back there again!

Radio DJ Steve Kelly had this to say about you: “Quite a few of my fellow presenters loved their song named ‘Sheffield’. No exaggeration, but the guitar work on it is up there with ‘Hotel California’ by The Eagles, which is my favourite track ever. I think ’Sheffield’ is probably the best track we’ve had on the station and I’ll be giving you regular airtime”. This is no ordinary praise, being compared to one of the most beloved songs in the history of rock music.

Karkosa is fighting the law…

Michael Warnock: We are very lucky to have a contact such as Steve as he has constantly gave us a lot of support, ever since we first got in touch with him! We did our first radio interview with him and it was real pleasure to meet him in person at our headline gig.  He came all the way from Blackpool to see us! We look forward to seeing him again in May, and it’s nice to see his incredible dedication to the band!

The list of recognitions is not over yet: BBC Introducing West Midlands played your three consequently released singles (“Monarchy”, “Sheffield” and “Where the River Flows”) with the last track becoming a song of the week in July 2017. You also had a very successful national tour that saw you playing in Leeds, Edinburgh, Bath, Plymouth and selling out several dates including at legendary Sunflower Lounge.  Hard work is finally paying off, isn’t it?

Michael Warnock: It certainly does. We view a lot of this stuff as “climbing the ladder”. Getting played on BBC Introducing was pretty cool, however we found that getting played on some of the smaller radio stations was even more enjoyable. The presenters always had more to say about our music! Playing at The Sunflower Lounge is also a lot of fun as we’ve had fans moshing to our music and there’s always a bigger buzz when you’re closer to the audience.

We have to ask you about your collaboration with award winning producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Jaws, The Twang, Ocean Colour Scene). His recent work with The Sherlocks brought him  universal acclaim. Did you travel to his famous studio (Magic Garden) in Wolverhampton? How many songs were recorded and when can we listen to them?

Michael Warnock: Recording with Gavin was pretty exciting based on his recognition. We were working at his Magic Garden Studios which was filled with lots of cool memorabilia! We only recorded one song, “Where the River Flows” however we hope to work with Gavin again!

2018 looks like a breakthrough year for you guys. With huge interest from local press and sold out shows, Karkosa’s future is looking particularly bright. What do you have in store for your loyal fans in the coming months? Any gigs or new singles we need to be on the lookout for?

Promo picture of Karkosa

Michael Warnock:  This year has been awesome and it’s only April! So far, we’ve still got a lot of great gigs lined up and we were also nominated for best indie/alternative band at the Birmingham Music Awards! We are currently winning the HotVox vote to play at the Isle of Wight festival, mainly due to our music going viral in South Korea. We look forward to seeing what else comes our way this year and it would be a dream come true for all of us to play a major festival!

You can vote for us at this link:
https://hotvox.co.uk/artists/karkosa

Now this is something we don’t hear very often! West Midlands band going viral on the other side of the world! Do you have any idea what made you popular in Korea?

Michael Warnock: (laughing) To be honest we are not exactly sure! We try to engage with anyone that takes time to follow us on social media. At first, it was just a few followers, then literally over a couple of days we were replying to over a thousand followers from South Korea, mainly on Instagram and Twitter. They have been sharing links to our music and have helped us with this vote for Isle of Wight festival. We’re now hoping to play out there at some point!

You can follow Karkosa on social media:
www.karkosa.co.uk/
https://en-gb.facebook.com/officialkarkosa/
https://twitter.com/officialkarkosa
https://soundcloud.com/karkosa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLFIGmi7Cwo

And here are some additional useful links:
https://bromsgrovestandard.co.uk/news/northfield-band-and-worcester-singer-through-in-austin-socials-search-for-a-star/
https://artists.nme.com/artist/karkosa/

We will be watching Karkosa in the next months to see how our favourite Birmingham quintet is doing.
For now, you can also support them by casting your vote at The Birmingham Music Awards’ Rising Star/One to Watch 2018. The vote will end on 24th of April!

https://www.survey-maker.com/poll1927441x550C4e13-53

Till we meet again,
Rita and Malicia

Indieterria meets Andrew Marston

Dear readers!

We always have fun speaking to bands, singers, songwriters and artists. Discovering new music is what we love to do and we will never miss the opportunity to ask few questions and direct your attention towards a good tune or an album that is worth listening to. From time to time, however we have a special guest at our blog and today’s entry will be dedicated to a man we all know but whom nobody interviewed yet (we know it is a shocker!)

It is with the biggest of pleasures, we are able to announce that Indieterria has interviewed the man who not only came up with the name for Worcestershire music scene but who has been tirelessly working behind the stages of biggest local radio programmes, festivals and concerts – Andrew Marston of BBC Hereford and Worcester and BBC Introducing! We sat down with Andrew to discuss the impact the BBC Introducing has on the UK musical map, the best songs he has ever received through the Introducing Uploader and his brand new exciting show.

Think globally, do locally  – Andrew Marston Interview

The right person for the job!

Official press release: A BBC programme, dedicated to supporting up-and-coming musicians, is to launch a second show this weekend.

 BBC Music Introducing in Hereford & Worcester, which broadcasts every Saturday from 8pm, is to double its airtime in its new timeslot on Sundays from 6pm. Since its launch in 2005, the team has been overwhelmed with the amount of musical talent coming out of Herefordshire & Worcestershire with more than 15,000 demos sent in, during the last decade, from the local area.

 Presenter Andrew Marston says: “We have such an incredible music scene right here on our doorstep – and I looked down the pile of music that I’d earmarked for broadcast and realised, if I never received a song again, I still had enough to carry me through the next decade without repeating a single track!

 “The picture, nationally, is also very similar – with 170,000 artists now registered and 500,000 songs submitted. It would take 3 years to listen to every song currently on the Uploader and the number of musicians registered now exceeds the number of people who went to Glastonbury last year.”

 Originally broadcast as the Friday Session, the programme has gone on to discover acts such as Ellie Goulding, Becky Hill and Peace. John Peel’s former manager, Clive Selwood, said: “John would have loved the programme – it would have pleased him enormously.”

 As well as the superb quality of music the programme showcases, there’s a weekly gig guide, local music news, interviews with movers and shakers, a Musicians’ Masterclass, a local history of great gigs and musical legends, coverage of our local festivals plus live sessions on the show every week.

The team has also been responsible, in recent years, for sending Leominster’s AKA George to Glastonbury, Hay-on-Wye’s Cherryshoes to T in the Park, Sœur to Reading + Leeds and flew Bromyard’s Remi Harris to perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Other successes include Sam Isaac at Glastonbury and the BBC Electric Proms, Pencil Toes, Luke Leighfield, The Anomalies and Pegasus Bridge at BBC Maida Vale (and Radio 1’s Big Weekend), while securing the brother/sister duo Muchuu a support slot with Florence & The Machine and the Temper Trap alongside a spot on the BBC Radio 1 playlist. Other Radio 1 opportunities include Riscas and Lauren Wright, while FREnchfire, Georgina Upton, Kamos & Tripbuk and Scarlette Says ending up on the BBC 1Xtra playlist. Andrew also landed The Roving Crows a place on tour with Jamie Cullum, AKA George two spots on the Radio 1 playlist, as well as a place on stage at Glastonbury and Radio 2’s Live In Hyde Park.

 Andrew continues, “Every month, we record our sessions at a variety of festivals – including Hay, Wychwood, Nozstock, Lakefest, Worcester Music Festival, SXSW, T In The Park, Montreal Jazz Festival, The Great Escape, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, The Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds.

“When artists upload their music for airplay, they often don’t realise they’re being considered for these incredible opportunities.

 “With such a diverse range of music, the new show makes it really easy to plan – and sharpens the focus for our audience: ‘Is this more of a Saturday night track?’ or ‘is this more of a Sunday night track?’”

You can listen to the new show on Sunday from 6pm on 94.7FM in Hereford, 104FM in Worcester, 104.4FM in Redditch, 104.6FM in the Wyre Forest, 738AM across Worcestershire, 1584AM in Tenbury Wells, on DAB Digital Radio, Freeview channel 720 and online at bbc.co.uk/introhw. The programme will also be available via the BBC iPlayer Radio App for free download for 30 days.

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Andrew Marston at the mixing console

You are very well known in the West Midlands, but in case somebody spent the last decade on the other side of the world, please introduce yourself to the readers of Indieterria. Who is Andrew Marston and how did you get involved with BBC Hereford & Worcester?

Andrew Marston: Hi, I’m Andrew, a 36-year-old radio presenter from Hereford who’s now spent more than half a lifetime behind the record decks and well over a decade at the helm of BBC Music Introducing. In fact, I’ve always been surrounded by music having had keyboard and piano lessons since the age of 6 and have wanted to work in radio since discovering my first cassette recorder as a toddler. Somehow I’ve managed to combine both passions in a way that I’ve not played piano in public for 2 decades and haven’t played a cassette since I was at Hereford Sixth Form College!!

In fact, I was gigging regularly at Whitecross High School (mine – I didn’t just break in!), also touring the country with my brothers’ band – but I was being asked more and more to DJ between sets; something that ended in me landing my first residency at the Jailhouse Nightclub aged 14! Slowly, but surely, my gigging time was filled with playing CDs rather than keys – and I eventually tried to claw back some of what I’d “lost” by organising weekly band nights at the Imperial in Hereford. At the same time, I was presenting a non-music show (!!) on Hereford Hospital Radio, focussing very much on bringing news to life. I finished college on the Friday, had the worries of ‘what to do next’ for two days and went into the BBC’s Hereford office for work experience to be greeted with the words “how would you feel if we’re to train you up as a Broadcast Assistant?” I still haven’t had my training…

Outside of Dj’ing and music production, you are heavily involved in the BBC Music Introducing programme, looking for new talents. Tell us more about it.

Andrew Marston: I spent from 1999-2005 working behind-the-scenes at the BBC, including several stints on BBC Online. Back then, we were writing album reviews and gig features – very much like Vanadian Avenue and Slap Mag, but we kept saying to the boss “let’s stop talking about music – and let’s play it”. 12 months later, the boss came to us and said “I’ve got a great idea! Let’s stop talking about music – and let’s play it!” and the Friday Session was born. It made a lot of people very nervous thinking there wouldn’t be enough music to sustain a 2-hour programme every week and “is local radio the right place to be breaking new acts”. In fact, the bosses of Radio 1 came down to see how this was impacting on their audiences and some of the people in charge of local radio. I think they weren’t keen on the idea, before they arrived, but within 6 months the BBC Introducing brand was launched nationally!

In 2017 BBC Music Introducing celebrated 10 years since its conception. If you look at the official stats, nearly 130,000 bands submitted more than half a million songs. That’s nearly 3 years’ worth of music if one would like to listen to them all. How is BBC Introducing in Hereford & Worcester looking compared to other local shows? Do you know how many bands submitted their songs and how many played a live session for you?

Andrew Marston: Since we launched the uploader seven years ago, more than 10,000 songs have been uploaded from Herefordshire & Worcestershire alone. We’ve also just finished ripping all of the CDs sent into us 2005-2010 and that’s another 4,000. But – in those early days, tracks that didn’t get a spin after a couple of years were deleted from the uploader to save on server space – so I’m guessing that figure is much, much higher. In fact – I’m going to keep my eye on that! In terms of live sessions, we’ve now had more than 1,000 acts perform live on the show leading to countless opportunities. Last week, the whole Introducing family (that’s what we call it) got together at Broadcasting House in London before heading down to Maida Vale for our annual get-together. Everywhere in Britain is powering forwards, but it’s interesting to see how the poor folk in London are swamped by acts claiming to be from London when they’re not. Geographically, you have more chance of “making it” if you’re from a rural area than somewhere that’s overrun with musicians (who’ll also play for free. I lived in London for a couple of years and, despite playing 137 gigs in one year, struggled to find any paid opportunities in the capital as everyone would do it for nothing).

Andrew Marston preparing to go live

You were one of the first DJs to play Ellie Goulding, The Voice UK alumna Becky Hill, Peace and the alternative outfit This Wicked Tongue. Do you remember the artist or a band that made the biggest impression on you as part of the BBC Introducing?

Andrew Marston: Muchuu made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. Sadly they’re no more, but their music was haunting, full of space and left you wanting more. Somehow it drew you in and I still go back and listen to those tracks when I want to reflect. They were one of the first acts to use the Uploader and I instantly passed it onto Huw Stephens at Radio 1, who claimed there was “something in the water” with so many artists going national from our neck of the woods. They’d go on to support Florence + The Machine and the Temper Trap at the BBC Introducing staff Christmas party (those were the days!) and turned down a slot at Glastonbury because they were going on holiday – I know, right??!

Worcester music scene is going through a real cultural renaissance at this moment. Many local acts receive fantastic reviews from the critics and you are credited with coining the name for it – “WorcesterWave”.  Do you think Worcester is going to be the next musical hotspot after Manchester, Cardiff and London?

Andrew Marston: I think we actually have a greater music scene than all of those cities. Having lived in London, everybody that claims to be from there comes from somewhere else. Sadly, these big cities are so swamped with bands (from across the region) they’re embracing the “pay to play” culture, meaning you’ve either got to sell tickets for your show or actually pay the promoter for stage time. It’s a very sad state of affairs, especially when musicians have learned their craft since a young age having music lessons at £20 per hour.  I also lived in Manchester for a while and everybody tours there, but Manchester bands rarely get the chance to play their own city because of the competitive nature. Every city has its own music scene – but often it’s cut-throat. The thing with Manchester is if you’re 15-years-old and you get bored, you go out. But if you’re 15 and living in Clifton-upon-Teme, you form a band. And when there’s nowhere to play, you organised your own gigs. This whole cottage industry, where everybody supports everybody else, is what’s getting this city noticed.

You have an eye to spot future stars. Many artists championed by you frequently receive national coverage. The list is very impressive: The Americas performed on Georgie Tonight, a prime-time show across the whole of BBC Local Radio, Soeur recorded live session at the legendary Maida Vale studios, Nuns of the Tundra reached second place in nationwide “Battle of the Bands” competition sponsored by Firestone, Tazmin Barnes’ EP “Powerful” debuted at number 11 at iTunes Pop charts, nth cave and Thousand Mountain were played by Steve Lamacq while Population:7 and Chavy Chase Stole My Wife were noticed by Tom Robinson. What qualities are the most important for future success? Song writing, catchy melodies or stage presence?

BBC Introducing

Andrew Marston: The song is always key. It doesn’t matter how good your biog is, who you’ve toured with, where you’ve played and how good you are at playing guitar, the 3-minute song is the thing that will get you everywhere. In fact, it’s your best advert. In commercial radio, a 30 second commercial could cost you £150. A 3-minute song is effectively £900 worth of airtime. If you were recording speech – you’d tell people to download your music, advertise your shows, sell some merch and ask them to friend you on Facebook. So make sure your demo isn’t a demo – it’s the polished product.

As a presenter, if you get too involved with a band, it definitely impacts your decision making. I’ve seen many bands who’ve blown me away, jumping all over the stage, but I’ve listened back on iPlayer and they’ve failed to jump out of the speakers. I will score every track based on the first listen – as that’s exactly how the audience will hear it. There’s no such thing as a “grower” unfortunately – that’s a phrase coined for bands that have had so much money invested in them, they’ve got no choice but to champion that track. First impressions count.

Rumour has it that there is a brand new Sunday radio show being prepared? Can you please tell us more?

Andrew Marston: Exactly that! We have so much music coming in that we want to play, 2 hours a week just isn’t enough. In fact, it’s a really simple thing to do – the gig guide still exists, we still want to cover the same number of festivals, enjoy live sessions – but the canvas is now twice as big. The thing we’re accused of, most of all, is using a too-bigger paint brush. At one end of the spectrum, there’s tonnes of classical musicians and folk artists in the Malvern Hills; at the other end of the spectrum, Kidderminster produces the heaviest of death/screamo metal and Bromsgrove unearths a lot of dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass. The balancing act is to aim to the programme at everyone – otherwise you risk broadcasting the X-Factor to only the people who queued up to be on the X-Factor! Being blunt, musicians provide the raw material for the show – it’s my job to then expose it to as wider audience as possible, so I have to be careful not to make the show sound like a fanzine. That job just got a little simpler; I can now ask “is this more Saturday night or more Sunday night”. So Saturdays will be a lot louder, a lot more raucous with a real edge. Whereas Sundays will be a lot more accessible, focussing a lot more on those acoustic/soulful/folk/jazz/blues/country styles with “candlelit” stripped-back studio sessions. I’m hoping there’ll be a fair bit of crossover, meaning audiences will feed between both programmes – but the idea is you’ll definitely have your favourite, all, of course, available for 30 days to download and listen via the BBC iPlayer Radio app!

What advice would you give to the kids who are just starting out and would like to send their music to BBC Music Introducing for consideration?

BBC Hereford and Worcester: Guitars and great tunes!

Andrew Marston: Here’s my top three…

  1. Always disappoint your audience!! Keep your music short. Your favourite song will never be long enough; loop play is the greatest compliment. If they hear it on the radio and want to hear more, they’ll have to go out and buy it! If you play a gig, don’t give them an encore. If they want more, they’ll have to come to another show! Take pictures of every gig – especially the audience having fun – and host them online afterwards. People will be disappointed they missed out and will come to your next show. If you’re on the door, don’t let every Tom, Dick and Harry in! An exclusive audience will grow punters; letting in those who don’t particularly care will distract your die-hards. Remember that time you couldn’t get into your favourite nightclub because your mate was wearing trainers? You didn’t particularly want to go in – but the moment the bouncer said no, you were desperate to be in there!
  2. Properly release your music. Set a release date. My best music I’ll save for a “rainy day”. I’m hoping it’ll never rain. But that means I might not play it for 5 years! Setting a release date ensures everyone is across your track on that particular date. Nobody likes to back the last horse in the race, so if everyone else is championing your music on that date – others will follow. Make big events even bigger. I remember booking Remi Harris for the Montreal Jazz Festival a couple of years ago and just as I was ending the phone-call, he said “oh – did you hear I have a new album?” If I didn’t know, nor would any of his potential audience. I told him to stop being a fool and to release it at the festival! Forevermore you can say “I launched my debut album at the biggest gig of my life”. The festival will be happy you saved such a special moment for their event – and, with any luck, will also do your promo for you! Whenever Remi rings up a venue, he can now say “and here’s a copy of my album I officially released at the Montreal Jazz Festival”.
  3. Write music you believe in. You’ll be amazed how many people I interview who write rock music who go out every Friday and Saturday night and listen to dance/RnB then wonder why nobody comes to their gigs. Take a look around and see what people are genuinely listening to. If you’re really into electronica, you’ll probably write better electronica than trying to form a band with people who don’t really share your passion. The most common reason bands split is because of “musical differences”. If you wouldn’t be happy to drive around town with your windows wound down and your track blaring out, you’re possibly not being true to yourself – and if you’re not 100% behind what you’re writing, what chance does anyone else have?

But most importantly – have fun! If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, you’ve probably forgotten the reason you got into music in the first place. If you become the best at what you do, the money will somehow find its way to you. But just remember it’s not always this cartoon version of “write a song, get signed, achieve #1 then headline Wembley”. There’s money to made in writing theme tunes, being a session musician, writing for video games, weddings, playing the piano in hotel receptions, writing for other people and one of the most lucrative “revenue streams” is writing lift music! But that’s just page one of an ocean of opportunity. Remember, I learned piano and I now host a show on the BBC. So music can open all sorts of opportunities – just make sure you grab them with both hands and never let go!

BBC Introducing:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d72q
https://twitter.com/bbcintroducing
https://en-gb.facebook.com/bbcintrohw/

Andrew Marston is very active on social media and you can find him on many different platforms:
http://www.djandrewmarston.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Marston
https://twitter.com/DJAndrewMarston
https://www.facebook.com/djandrewmarston
https://www.mixcloud.com/djandrewmarston/
https://www.youtube.com/user/DJAndrewMarston
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/dj-andrew-marston/id983733498

Vanadian Avenue would like to thank you to Andrew and the crew of BBC Inroducing in Hereford and Worcester for their time, hard work and answering the questions.

Keep on doing the good job!

Please come back soon as Indieterria is meeting a really cool band next week and we will be back shortly with another interview for your enjoyment!

Bye for now,
Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

Indieterria meets nth cave

Hello  Dear Readers,

nth cave logo

For June edition of Indieterria we have prepared an interview with another incredible artist from local scene in Worcestershire.  And nothing makes us more happier than to bring good indie music to your attention. But there`s a first to this month`s column. nth cave must be the youngest band we have ever sat down with. It`s both awesome and intimidating experience to witness such young artists with such huge potential. You see them play live a sold out house and you can only imagine how they will develop as musicians and artists. We hope you will enjoy this interview and when we are all old and grey, we can tell our grand children: “we were there, we seen them at the very beginning of their careers”.  And that will not be a lame claim to fame!

Talent to the nth degree

nth cave posing before their BBC Introducing session Photo by Andy O`Hare https://www.facebook.com/andy.ohare1

They are young, fearless and immensely talented. Appreciated by critics and audience alike, the quintet mysteriously named nth cave is taking West Midlands music scene by storm.  They are yet to release their debut album and they may not be old enough to enter the venues they play unaccompanied,  but their music and stage presence are drawing crowds that would make senior or well accomplished acts jealous. We sat down with brothers,  Hector and Fergus Brazier to learn more about the wunder kids of Worcestershire.

 nth cave is a very unusual name. Can you tell us where does it come from?

nth cave: In the first period of nth cave`s existence we went pretty much unlabeled, because we weren’t really regularly gigging and we had no real original material to share with anyone. At this point, our high school music teacher would refer to us as “Danni and the Elements”, which we met with quite a large amount of disdain, but we had no real other ideas for band names so we kind of went with it for a bit. After a while we started doing a few gigs and had started to write some original song ideas. We were desperate for any name other than “Danni and the Elements”. We started playing about with some ‘band name generators’ on the internet. After a few hundred attempts, it churned out “nth cave” which we all agreed ‘isn’t really too terrible’. And I think that’s how we all feel now. It’s not too terrible but it really isn’t great. It just does its job as a band name. Our music really speaks for itself, I think, and the fact there’s no real “epic story” or anything behind our name represents our rejection of some of the more pretentious and faux-intellectual characteristics that a lot of other bands strive for.

You started out as a 4 piece but expanded by adding Lauren Mulhearn on bass. Your original bassist Alfie Newman moved then to second guitar. How did the line up change affected you musically? Is it easier or harder to play as a quintet?

nth cave:  nth cave was always intended really to be a quintet. We actually started out in high school as a five piece. However the second guitarist just had too many other commitments (jobs and family stuff etc…) and this, combined with a growing amount of musical difference, led to us and him growing apart. So we started gigging as a four piece, but with the majority of the songs and covers being designed for a band with duel guitars, there was a notable ’emptiness’ about our sound. This is when we started looking for a bassist, who appeared in the form of Lauren Mulhearn via Twitter DMs. After a couple of rehearsals she was up to speed with our whole set and we started gigging as a five. This was met immediately with positive responses. With the second guitar adding stability to the foundation of the songs this consequently allows for notably more freedom and expression in both the lead guitar and vocals

nth cave performing at Marrs Bar photo by Duncan Graves https://www.facebook.com/duncan.graves

Your guitar player Fergus and drummer Hector are brothers. Yay or nay for having your sibling in a band? Is any sibling rivalry involved in the music making process?

Fergus Brazier: Nah there’s no rivalry, as long as we’ve both played instruments we’ve jammed together so we’re normally pretty aware of each other’s styles and mannerisms in music.

Hector Brazier: There’s no problem with siblings bring in bands together, I doubt that anyone can’t think of a band with brothers or sisters. Oasis, Peace, Cage the Elephant, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and that’s only a few. Oasis may not have ended that well but their initial success or any bands success isn’t hindered by having siblings together in the band.

 You recorded your BBC Introducing session at the Phoenix Theatre in Ross on Wye in April 2016. How do you remember this experience?

 nth cave:  nth cave’s BBC Introducing session was a brilliant opportunity for us, as a band. However I would say that it came about at the wrong time for us. At the time of the session we were still playing in our original lineup and consequently we were musically driven in a fairly different direction to the one which are now. As well as this we still had little to no popularity at all and we had yet to even make a dent in Worcester’s local music scene. This meant that our session (unsurprisingly), as generous as it was from BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester, went pretty much ignored. Since then we’ve really grown as a band and developed a lot more of a style. Despite this, the most recent music that we’ve sent to BBC Introducing was acknowledged but not broadcast which is a shame because we all really appreciate the work that BBC Introducing do for unsigned artists, and we just wish we could ‘get in on that’.

One of band members is missing – photo by Josh Foster https://www.facebook.com/phojf

Sonically you place yourself between Wolf Alice and Nirvana. Who else would appear on your wall of fame?

Hector Brazier: Personally I see nth cave as the coming together of a wide array of genres and styles, with band members contributing to our songs based upon their own musical upbringing. With individual influences ranging from jazz to hip-hop to pop punk, our music is filled with hyper-subtle references to some of this music. I would like to point out at this point that nth cave are most certainly not a “jazz, hip-hop, pop punk group”. That honestly sounds disgusting.  It is because of this fact, however, that sometimes it can be quite hard to place our “middle ground” musically. Artists such as Wolf Alice and Nirvana are fairly influential to the majority of the band and it`s because of this that we place ourselves (somewhere) within the “alternative/indie” genre.

Fergus Brazier: nth cave’s “Wall of Fame” really does have to include some of the artists that we regularly cover like The Strokes, Pixies and The Wytches. I would say, it’s through covering artists like this that we have really started to improve our own work, taking influence from the upbeat guitar driven pop sound of The Strokes, the intense dynamics of Pixies, and even some of the sonic elements found within the heavy lo-fi surf rock of The Wytches.

While our singer’s voice has been regularly compared with artists such as Broadcast and Stereolab, her largest influence, vocally, comes from the work of Kasabian.

As well as these artists, bands such as Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Pond and The Velvet Underground had an impact. In fact the bands writing style is particularly influenced by the likes of The Velvet Underground and that whole alternative New York scene. As far as I’m concerned Lou Reed, as well as being the ‘god father of punk’ is the father of all worthwhile western music. These artists would all feature nth cave’s ‘Wall of Fame’.

nth cave is making a name for itself on national independent scene in record time. You started in late 2013, two years later you were featured on Andrew Marston BBC show. This year you played all important venues between Bristol and Birmingham. You leave your competition far behind.

nth cave: We’re pretty happy with what we’ve achieved over the past year gigging, mainly in Worcester and Birmingham. We’re set to play in Hereford next month but are yet to play in Bristol. The music scene right now is great down there so hopefully we’ll make it. It’s a dream of ours to be able to play in every city in the UK so we have a long way to go yet.

Our favourite track is entitled “Bass”. You even shot a popular video for it at the Birmingham City University. Can you tell us something about the song? Working with film students must have been a fascinating experience.

nth cave: Petko Stankov who was a technician at an acoustic gig we played was a major force behind it. He decided that we were the kind of band he wanted for his music video module so he chose one of our songs and we got an audio recording session and a video recording session at BCU. We’ve had loads of good feedback from it and we were really impressed by how professional it looks so thank you to Petko and his team for making it and thank you to everyone who watched and shared it. We heard from someone recently that part of the most recent Star Wars film was filmed in the same studio as our video which is insanely cool if it’s true. One shame about the video is we didn’t have Lauren in the band when we were working on it; it would have been great.

After a string of successful singles, it is time for a full release. Can you tell us more about your first album?

nth cave:  Well we’re still deciding what would be best for us, to release an EP or a full album. Either way we want to go to the studio soon but there aren’t any actual album plans yet, but we do have lots of ideas for its artistic structure and a lot of album name suggestions. For now though we’re happy with working on our material and gigging. We really, really hope there will be an album eventually though.

nth cave demo that is currently in our music archives

Your future is already looking bright but things will only get better. What can we expert from you guys in the next months to come?

 nth cave:  To be honest we’ve got no set big plans other than the occasional gig. We are however hoping to hear back from a couple of festivals that we’ve applied to play at. As far as our own material goes, it’s just a case of getting some recording sessions done. We certainly have enough original work to put together an album, it just all depends on what opportunities arise for us. We’re hoping to work more with Boneyard Sessions to increase exposure for some of the more talented (yet under-appreciated) bands in the Worcester music scene. So overall we want to get our original material together and get ourselves out there as much as we can, and hey, if someone wants to offer us a sweet record deal? We’d consider it. Hopefully this’ll be the busiest and most progressive year for nth cave and we’ll just keep up what we’re doing and see where it takes us.

Screenshot from Slap Magazine

 You can follow nth cave online at:

https://www.facebook.com/nthcave
https://soundcloud.com/nthcave
https://twitter.com/nthcave
www.instagram.com/nthcave

You can also read this interview online as a part of SLAP Magazine

http://www.slapmag.co.uk/issue-70/june-2017/

Or download this file from here:

issue-70-june-2017

nth cave has been announced as one of the first bands to play this year`s Worcester Music Festival. And we cannot be more excited.

http://www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk/bands/nth-cave/

Come back again, next edition of Indieterria will be slightly different. For the first time, we will have a solo artist in the hot seat!

xxxooo

Rita +Mal

**** Update 03/09/2017****

We had to catch up with nth cave again for an update.  There is so much to report: the band will be playing a highly anticipated charity gig as part of Musicians Against Homelessness on 22nd of September at Marrs Bar and was featured on BBC 6 Music  by Steve Lamacq himself.  So let`s pass the mic to Fergus and Hector Brazier again. Read on:

Autumn is opening a new chapter for the band. For the first time on the 8th of September, you will be playing a show in Liverpool for Club Babe’s OXJAM WEEKENDER. You must be truly excited.

nth cave: Yeah, we’re looking forward to it. We played Club Babe in Hereford a few months ago with Hedgehog and the Clementines (who are also playing in Liverpool) so we get to play with them again and we’re stoked to return to Club Babe again. Massive thanks to Roscoe for inviting us.

nth cave dedicate a lot of time and resources towards humanitarian projects. You will be playing two charitable gigs for Worcester community in September. First as a part of Worcester Music Festival on September 16th (for St Paul Hostel) and then Musicians Against Homelessness on Sept 22nd (benefit for Crisis). It seems being engaged in the affairs of local communities is very important for you.

nth cave: We try to do what we can. We’ve never really been fussed about making money, we just want to play music and bring people together especially when it’s for a charitable cause. This year is going to be our firs Worcester Music Festival so we want to contribute all we can for Saint Paul’s Hostel. And hopefully we can do more with MAH as well in the future. We’re also playing at Worcestershire Pride in September which is going to be very fun since LGBT is something nth cave really supports and stands up for.

Musicians Against Homelessness charity concert will take place on September 22nd 2017 at Marrs Bar

You are also heavily involved in the promotion of other acts though Boneyard Promotions. Can you give us some insight into this project?

nth cave: Boneyard Sessions is Hector and Fergus’ project with Iggy Cuthbert (stage name Happy Bones) and we may not be the best promotional company out there but we definitely think we brought some really amazing talent to Worcester like Tom Forbes, Sam Clines, Junior Weeb and Mad Love. One of the main aims of Boneyard is to expand the Worcester music scene but also to provide artists with paid gigs (we pay all our acts) as it’s really important to us to try and give musicians as much support as possible to develop and then move on to bigger things. Boneyard Sessions are running a night at Drummonds for Worcester Music Festival so you can catch us there, and we think our other show in September is going to be amazing so watch out for that.

Fergus was recently offered a job at the Beeb. Congratulations are in order. What else in store? A permanent move to London?

nth cave: For Fergus, yes he will be moving to London for that. We’re hoping this means we can get ourselves further afield than Worcester and Birmingham so we might get some London show soon! The same goes for Danni moving to Chester for University; we’re hoping that that means access to the Liverpool (and maybe Manchester) music scene.

The demo version of your song “Pop Party Princess” has been played by the legendary Radio DJ Steve Lamacq on his show “BBC 6 Music Recommends” on the 4th of August. He praised you saying that he is going to watch the band’s progress. This is huge accomplishment to be played on national radio station among esteemed artists and popular newcomers such as The Big Moon (nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize). You must be very proud.

nth cave: We were totally not expecting it at all! We definitely wouldn’t consider ourselves anywhere close to the level of the other artists played on his show so if people think that we are or will become a popular newcomer is really flattering and we certainly hope we’re making a difference. Getting us on Steve’s radar hopefully represents a step for us being played on Radio 6!

Anything else you’d like to share with us? What can we expect from you in the last quarter of 2017?

nth cave: The last quarter of 2017 might be a bit quiet for gigging but it will definitely involve writing new songs, refining ourselves and spreading our wings to as many cities in the country as possible. We have a handful of gigs in September but after that it might be a while before you see any activity from us. But we do have a little something planned for New Year which you should definitely look out for!

If you want to hear nth cave on Steve Lamacq show, here`s a audio:

https://vocaroo.com/i/s1YaUCFm6gT8

If you want to see nth cave play Musicians Against Homelessness concert, tickets are a £5 and can be bought from the links below:

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/413506
http://www.marrsbar.co.uk/events/musicians-against-homelessness-2/
https://www.facebook.com/events/106395143421500

To find out more about MAH visit Musicians Against Homelessness on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/mahgigs/

Stay tuned for more,

Mal+Rita

Indieterria meets Michael Knowles

We go political!

Michael Knowles blows a kiss towards audience at Drum and Pig pub/music venue on its final night before a temporary closure and management takeover. Worcester, February 25, 2017

Everything`s political as Skunk Anansie song goes. And May issue of Indieterria will be all that and even a bit philosophical.

We are steering back our ship to Worcester shores to introduce you to Michael Knowles – leader of The STDs and one of the most controversial figures in the Midlands. How politically incorrect is Mr Knowles? His new single is called “Theresa May is a cunt” and contains language so strong you may want to dig out your “Cop Killers” and “Straight Outta Comptons” out of the basement instead. We can see you rolling your eyes and ears dear readers. So we will ante up and tell you that besides being potty-mouthed, Michel Knowles has a voice of 4,5 octaves, a pitch perfect hearing and is a trained in music production.

Aha, controversial yet talented – now that is a hard mixture to swallow for some. It is much easier to dismiss musicians and artists as immature and looking for attention when  they are painted as  common nobodies. Much harder to do so when artists are seen as complex humans who have their strengths and exercise the right to freedom of speech.

The current world of pop music has been derived of controversial and outspoken characters to the point that you cant even hear songs on the radio that were in heavy rotation 20 years ago in the middle of the day. Try requesting Nine Inch Nails` Closer nowadays on the radio and see what they will play you.

Indie scene had always a place for counter culture and the obscene and we are happy to report that independent and unsigned artists are stepping in to fill the hole. Shame have fantastic “VISA Vulture” with its libelous video to match, The Blinders paint messages on their guitars and Michael Knowles and The STDs hammer the message nicely from our town.   You may see it as unnecessary and infantile – but we see it a form of balance. Music is broad enough to incorporate Little Mix and The STDs in all their respective popness and cockiness.

Fear not. The interview below is all nice and dandy and you may find out that controversial  figures can have a lot of cleaver things to say. We loved the passion Michael has for his musical heroes. So sit back and read on:

Michael Knowles performing live at Drum and Pig pub/music venue on its final night before a temporary closure and management takeover. Worcester, February 25, 2017

 

Michael Knowles – a stream of consciousness

Technology is a wonderful thing. For example, it allows you to interview artists even late at night from the comfort of your own office. You type the questions into instant messenger and wait for the answers to arrive. Piece of cake. On the downside, technology can`t replicate that old fashioned feeling of excitement that every music journalist feels when meeting a new and promising act in person. And you need to know Michael Knowles surely earned himself a name to be regarded as exciting and controversial in equal measures. He fronts a band called The STD`s, dresses like it`s 1980s and is known for performances that are politically incorrect yet hilariously funny. No journalist would pass  the opportunity to see what makes Michael tick and we are no exception.

This is what we have found out:

Tell us about the band. How many of you and how did you start?

There were only three of us to start with: Steve Church, Dean Thomas Carter and myself. Steve and I had worked together in the past on an album I never released. Dean and I had played together in the house band of The Flag in Worcester (back then known as The Tap). One day we went to this kid`s backyard studio and we all fit really well so we started looking for a bassist as at the start Steve was on guitar.  Over time we’ve had some great musicians join us on – George, James or Tadd. They have come and gone to find new projects. Right now the line up is Steve on bass, The Jack (Tad Jones) on guitar, Dean on drums and myself on vocals. Plus I play guitar too.

Michael Knowles & The STDs performing live on 14th January 2017 at Marrs Bar
Photo by Andy O`Hare
https://www.facebook.com/andy.ohare1

So four guys in a rock and roll band that is nothing like Worcestershire ever seen.

This is true.

You have a very distinct image – very 80s classic rock. On purpose or is it just how you guys roll?

To be honest,  we’ve only really dressed up for gigs a few times but now I mean we don’t really want to have to look through stuff to wear!

So there`s image change on the cards? You know you have already made yourself a name of new Steel Panther in town!

It depends where we shop next (laughs) and really I thought we had the reputation of a noisy bunch.

Noisy yes. But people rather see you as classic rock revival. Quite an interesting twist on David Lee Roth and Poison.

Well, that wasn’t our intention.

What was your intention then?

Just to be noisy and chaotic.

We could add early Alice In Chains to the influences you represent.

There was never really a plan. Still isn’t.

You still evolving sonically?

We’ve got a lot of new stuff in the pipeline. We always do.

Michael Knowles & The STDs performing live on 14th January 2017 at Marrs Bar
Photo by Andy O`Hare
https://www.facebook.com/andy.ohare1

If you were to describe new songs- what would you say? Shall we buy earplugs in advance?

Possibly. There’s  material about some dark times and then whatever we write in the meantime. Plus a concept album.

So no more comic rock and songs about female attributes?

Probably not. But who knows? Let’s face it there’s no plan.

You said that world doesn’t need love songs anymore. That world needs anger.

This is true. I think a lot of anything I’ve written that could be considered “love songs” are usually bitter sweet. With a hint of sarcasm and a lot of anger.

Well, Ledbury Song is very angry but at the same time hilariously funny. You have audience roaring with laughter.

It is less of a song, more of a rant really.

Michael Knowles & The STDs performing live on 14th January 2017 at Marrs Bar
Photo by Andy O`Hare
https://www.facebook.com/andy.ohare1

We don’t know if you agree- but we see your lyrics as a mix of Tenacious D with Morrissey-esque cynical humour and playing with words.

I doubt I could ever be compared to Morrissey. I’m never that poetic (laughs)

The Ledbury Song has the same motif as Everyday Is Like A Sunday:  dislike for a small town that is becoming like a prison for a young person. Moz also wants to bomb the town and he is not poetic about it.

I haven’t heard it but I agree with him.

You come from a small place?

A small town. Small in size and small minded. Hard to be anyone there.

Do you think you would be different if you were born in London?

I’ve been to London and I hate that place. Too big and far too busy. Everyone in a hurry to go nowhere.

So perhaps there`s a positive side of being born in a small town?

I think the point is everyone hates where they are from eventually but it’s always where you call home.

Who would you put in your top 5 artists?

I’d say Tool, Amen, early Slipknot and honestly Trent Reznor and Bill Hicks.

Michael Knowles & The STDs performing live on 14th January 2017 at Marrs Bar
Photo by Andy O`Hare
https://www.facebook.com/andy.ohare1

Very broad influences.

I just love their attitudes and way of creating. I love how Bill Hicks was born in the religious South yet could deconstruct the archaic institutions that he was thrust into. I love how angry Slipknot were and to a 13 year old outcast they represented hope that you might be a freak but there was a place in this world for you. Amen taught me that record companies are just stupid. Tool taught me the beauty of feedback and how atmosphere can really make the hairs on your neck stand up. And Trent is just the god of chaos in noise.

You talk so poetically about music. You will put Moz out of business one day.

It’s all I have really. My whole life has been music and everything else has come and gone but there was always solace in music.

You sing, write, compose, play instruments – that’s lot of talents.

I see it as separate parts of one whole encompassing thing that is just me.

Where do you think the music will take you or the band?

It’s less about what music can do and more about how far we take it. We’re not looking to be billionaire rock stars with handlers. Our goals are to play every show and know at least half the audience.

And will that be enough?

It was always enough to have fans to grow with than trying to appease the masses.

You can follow Michael Knowles online at:

https://www.facebook.com/MKandSTDs
https://www.instagram.com/michael_knowles21
https://soundcloud.com/michael-knowles-music
https://soundcloud.com/michael-knowles-music/michael-knowles-the-stds

https://www.facebook.com/michael.knowles.5832343

At the beginning of April 2017, Michael Knowles and The STDs began recording of their new material using premises at Marrs Bar in Worcester as a studio. The result is album (that still needs to receive a release date) and a single “Theresa May is a cunt”. You can listen it here:

https://michaelknowlesthestds.bandcamp.com/track/theresa-mays-a-cunt

As we said – you may not agree with the bands sentiments but taking into consideration news item such as: HERE  or HERE, it makes us wonder if the song should not be at least six minutes longer. To act as a vent for the anger and frustration, if not anything else.

 

Our interview with Michael Knowles has been kindly reprinted in Slap Magazine and you can see your copy at the link below:

http://www.slapmag.co.uk/slap-issues/issue-69-may-2017.pdf

Or download copy  here:

issue-69-may-2017

Some images for our records if anything else fails:

Slap Magazine feature – May 2017 edition

Photo of the article

Kudos to Andy O`Hare from BBC Hereford & Worcester for allowing us some of his photos.

And if you found this edition of Indieterria too much, bear with us. Next time we are going to the church!

Malicia

**** Update 02/06/2017****

We have awesome news to report. This summer, UK will see a gigantic series of gigs and concerts under banner of “Musicians Against Homelessness”. This initiative was started in 2016 by legendary A&R and founder of Creation Records – Alan McGee. Its aim is simple – to gather funds for Crisis, charity that helps fight homelessness.

Literary everyone involved in the initiative works/plays for free (that includes us as well)  and every penny raised is passed to Crisis. One of MAH events will take part in Hereford at the legendary Booth Hall (Never been? You have only yourself to blame) on July 8th as part of Hereford Punk Festival. If you are in the area, please come down and have fun because Rich Lovell and Minky Cuadra of Underground Revolution did pure magic and got together two sets of pure punk, rock and poetry madness.

Hereford Punk Festival – line up in aid of Crisis

Hereford Punk Festival – MAH event just looks incredible

Michael Knowles is obviously on the bill and that will be just a fantastic opportunity to listen to his new material tested on the stage. He will not play lullabies, we warn you.

If you want  to learn more, here are some links worth checking:

Musicians Against Homelessness
https://www.facebook.com/mahgigs/

The Booth Hall
https://www.facebook.com/TheBoothHallHereford

Rich Lovell
https://www.facebook.com/rich.lovell.37

Minky Cuadra
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010293331172

Underground Revolution
https://www.facebook.com/groups/undergroundrevolution/

Crisis
https://www.crisis.org.uk/

 

Oh and STD`s album launch happens one month before  the gig in Hereford on June  9th at Marrs Bars in Worcester. So get your copy and you will be set up for sing a-long. It will be also one day after the snap elections, so you know 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/events/1786676631644926/

Humor is the devil`s friend – album cover

The STDs in all their glory

 

Xxxooo
Rita+Mal

Indieterria meets Jodie Hughes

Indieterria meets Jodie Hughes

Transmission.
Photo by Dominika Marchewka
https://www.facebook.com/a7xf0rlife

Another month, another  edition of Indieterria and we just discovered a real gem worth telling you about. So far we concentrated on bands, but this time around we will profile a solo artist (even if she is part of a band as well).  After all – variety is the spice of life.

We are beyond excited to bring you this interview . Jodie Hughes is unique: hip and mysterious, outgoing, intellectual, artistic and she`s also a polymath (person who is knowledgeable in various disciplines).  She may be very young but, as you will soon discover, she had done in her time more than a lot of us. And she is just getting started.

Jodie Hughes – In a league of her own.

In the world where artists document their entire lives on social media, Jodie Hughes goes against the current. Her online presence is minimal, she scrupulously avoids the spotlight, values education more than fame and releases her music exclusively in form of home-made demos. In the same time, she is a multi-instrumentalist (playing piano, keyboards, synths, bass, ukulele and guitar), avid busker, alumni of Worcester School of Rock, one of the youngest participants of Worcester Music Festival (she was  fifteen when she performed in 2015 to a full house) and  recently she supported  the hottest acts on indie scene – Anteros and The Assist.

We just knew that we had to interview Jodie . Not every day you meet such a diverse, young artist.

Jodie on stage
Photo by Rebecca Warr
https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.warr.7

As a singer and songwriter, your presence on local scene is strong, yet you remain mysterious and elusive. I know you fiercely guard your privacy and allow little information to appear online. By your own words, what  should be known about Jodie Huges as an artist and musician?

I have a very wide variety of influences and I like a little mystery! I’m very fussy about my original songs, they have to be perfect for me to share them.

You recently opened Independent Music Week event in Worcester by supporting such accomplished acts as The Assist and Anteros. What is your reflection of the night?

I really enjoyed it!! It was a fantastic opportunity and Independent  Music Week is brilliant for reminding people of some of the great venues that are out there. I’m very honoured to have been a part of it!

Slap Magazine described you previously as possessing “beautifully melodic vocals”, others drew comparisons to Amy McDonald, Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star and Bilinda Butcher of My Bloody Valentine. Do you regard such praises as a compliment or unnecessary pressure?

I like hearing other people’s opinions of my music, I like learning different people’s interpretations!  I definitely see it as a compliment to be compared to such successful artists and it sometimes introduces me to new artists too!

You are being likened to Hope Sandoval also because of your unusual artistic strategy: occasional gigs instead of regular performances, busking around with no prior announcements, no demos or EPs being released. Are you waging this musical guerrilla to keep audience on their toes? 

Mostly it’s due to time constraints, it’s often difficult to balance time spent on music with college work, especially at this time of year! I definitely try to keep my music going in some form, be it writing or busking, alongside working – it’s healthy to have something separate to focus on as a break from college work.  I’m hoping to work more intensely on writing and hopefully more gigs over the summer after exams though! Plus it’s always fun to keep people guessing!!!

Jodie performing during Worcester Music Festival 2016
Photo by Rebecca Warr
https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.warr.7

Your SoundClound account is filled by original compositions and covers of eclectic artists like Neutral Milk Hotel and The Neighbourhood. You seem to enjoy confusing anyone who tries to squeeze you into a box.

I’ve always had a wide range of music tastes – I don’t think I could put myself into any box really! I’ve had phases where I’ve taken a particular type of music, like pop punk or indie, and tried to solely fit myself into that one genre, but there’s just so much out there it’s good to discover what else there is! My band do sometimes covers of many different artists – Fleetwood Mac, REM, Erasure and Beyonce to name a few.  Over the years I’ve discovered so many great artists from so many genres, I encourage everyone else to do the same.

We are intrigued by one of your original pieces  – “Don’t talk to me about death”. There is a line in the middle that goes “keep pretending that you`ll be my Kurt Cobain”. You sound almost furious in that track. Is it based on personal experience?

The song is based on a particular person – or I suppose a particular type of person – who tried to create a persona based on self-pity and trying to appear deep and meaningful through cynicism.  The Kurt Cobain reference was in relation to this idea of appearing a certain way and glorifying and romanticizing mental illness, which is often done by the media regarding celebrities such as Kurt Cobain. The idea of trying to be negative just to appear a certain way, and almost making a mockery out of mental illness by using it as an accessory, seemed so ridiculous to me, it felt necessary to voice my feelings on it somehow.

Jodie performing with her signature guitar.
Photo by Lissywitch
https://www.facebook.com/LissywitchPhoto/

Another track worth mentioning is “Mixtapes And Metaphors” – a love song with incredibly clever lyrics. As a song writer what is more important to you – composing of music or having a story to tell?

I think it’s a bit of both – they can work quite well together actually. I like intricacy, it’s something I’ve been trying to work on more by remodelling some of my old songs and adding more subtle details.  I personally find writing lyrics very difficult, so I think I generally prefer the composing and storytelling through the other parts of the song. I am hoping to improve my lyric-writing though! I find some songs with such detail and little lyrics sometimes work better (like The 1975’s song “I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It”).

Besides being a musician, you are also a skilled painter. You design all covers to your demos. Can we expect any exhibitions from you in the future?

That’d definitely be something I’d like to do one day! I’ve been experimenting with what subject matter I like to work with recently – animals and flowers have been fun to study.  Similarly to my music, it’s nice to have something to do as a break from work, and having stopped studying art at college I’ve been able to experiment more at my own pace and in my own style.

You are currently working towards a degree in law and philosophy. Do you think it is obligatory for musicians these days to have a proper education alongside their artistic endeavors?

It’s a matter of choice really.  I know some great musicians who are going to do degrees in music tech, which is a really good option for them.  I personally chose to go down a path not related to music so that I can enjoy lots of different things – Law is a subject that I really enjoy studying, whereas things like music and art I prefer to have more freedom over, and the option to pick it up as and when I have the inspiration.  I’ve personally found it harder to work creatively under time constraints. However if that works for other musicians that’s great for them!  I think everyone should consider what would be best for them in the long run, but that may be a music-based career/education for some people.

We know you prefer to take your audience by surprise. But what should we expect from Jodie Hughes in the months or years to come?

I’m hoping to go a bit more electronic maybe.  I’ve been looking into getting hold of an Akai Miniak – my dad has two he uses for gigs  and there’s so much you can do with them.  That’s definitely something I’m interested in.  Again, I’m hoping to have more time to write and record more after exams, perhaps re-recording some of my old songs and updating them a bit.  Who knows, I may even start new projects while I’m at university!

Focused, fiercely independent and always looking for new artistic endeavours, Jodie Hughes has no match on local music scene. She has created a whole league of her own.

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Jodie Hughes – Mixtapes and Metaphors (EP review)

Mixtapes and Metaphors
EP cover

“Mixtapes and Metaphors” is a digital EP or a collection of home recordings that Jodie released between 2015 and 2017. It contains the following original compositions: Angel Statue, Crazy Scientist, Don’t Talk To Me About Death, Small Talks, unfinished version of New Years and the title track Mixtapes and Metaphors.  Each song is accompanied by a mysterious drawing, often a study of animals, human faces or natura morta.  Most tracks can be qualified into singer/songwriter category bringing comparisons with Amy McDonald or Courtney Barnett.  Don’t Talk to Me about Death stands out thanks to very personal lyrics and angry vocals, while Angel Statue incorporates keyboards, samples and has a vivid shoegaze feel to it, including distorted vocals that make Jodie Hughes sound eerily like Belinda Butcher. Somebody please call Creation Records!

On April 14th, Jodie released a new demo – Lake Water (Blue) – this time playing with synthesizers and electronica.

We thought you would like to see the covers of Jodie`s demos. They are spectacular.

Don`t talk to me about death cover

Crazy Scientist cover

Lake Water (Blue) cover

Angel Statue cover.
(word of advice -Don`t blink!)

You can read this interview (in a shorter form) in the April 2017 issue of Slap Magazine:

Interview with Jodie in April edition of Slap Mag

Page 2 of the interview printed in Slap Mag (April 2017)

Online version of the magazine can be found here:

http://www.slapmag.co.uk/slap-issues/issue-68-april-2017.pdf

or you can download the file directly from here:

issue-68-april-2017

You can follow Jodie Hughes using the links below:

https://www.facebook.com/jodiehughesmusic
http://www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk/bands/Jodie-Hughes/
https://soundcloud.com/jodiehughesmusicandstuff
https://twitter.com/JodieHMusic

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Independent Venue Week 2017 

Ad for UNCOVER – club night organized every month in Worcester at the Marrs Bar. This was launching night on 26.01.2017 to celebrate Independent Venue Week

Last week of January is usually dedicated to independent music venues across the country.  Worcester is a home to Marrs Bar, which is both proudly independent and ran with the local music scene in mind. On 26th January 2017, Marrs Bar hosted an opening night of UNCOVER – a local club night, while simultaneously taking part in Independent Venue Week.

UNCOVER invited some esteemed guests to play in Worcester: Anteros and Rhythm Method (London) and  The Assist (Birmingham). Jodie has been invited to represent home town scene and opened the night with a semi acoustic set.

Flyer advertising club night UNCOVER with Jodie on the bill.

It is always fun to see the jaws drop when Jodie enters the stage and beings to sing. If the audience expects a clone of Taylor Swift or Duffy belting out covers, then they are in for big disappointment.  Jodie presented a set consisting of her own tunes with occasional rendition of a song by The Neighbourhood. And she sang in such a passion and verve  like she headlined John Peel Stage at Glasto.  The audience had goose bumps and once again comparisons to Bilinda Butcher were uttered in whispers. And we won`t be lying to tell you that we have seen people leave the venue after seeing Jodie and The Assist. They did not even wait for the main act!

Jodie Hughes on stage at Marrs Bar opening for The Assist and Anteros.

Jodie opening Independent Venue Week with her performance at the Marrs Bar on 26.01.2017

After her mesmerizing set, Jodie was compared to both Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) and Bilinda Butcher (My Bloody Valentine)

We at Vanadian Avenue thought that such a successful debut called for a celebration. Or at least a present. Few days before the gig, we framed the poster and  handed it to Jodie once she came off stage. Here she is holding the poster with her name on it. A small memento of her big night.

Jodie posing with poster with her name on it. Framed poster was presented to her as memento.

You can see the review of the gig at Slap magazine:

Review of UNCOVER in Slap Magazine

 

http://www.slapmag.co.uk/slap-issues/issue-66-february-2017.pdf

Or you can download the file here:

issue-66-february-2017

We hope that you have enjoyed this issue of Indieterria and we will surely come back to update you on Jodie`s future plans and gigs.

Ta,

Malicia/Rita

 ****Update 30/06/2017****

Tickets for Battle of The Bands at the Worcester Rugby Club, 23rd June 2017

Flyer for the event

All you good, good people – listen to us. Time has come to introduce you to The Lightweights, a project where Jodi Hughes plays guitar and shares vocal duties. We have mentioned the band before, but in our interview we wanted to focus on Jodie alone.

Now, that we have seen The Lightweights live, we can put our stamp of approval  on them and encourage you to catch them on stage if you have a chance.

The Lightweights are a quartet consisting of Alex Russell (drums), Fiona Berry (rhythm guitar), Jodie Hughes (vox, lead guitar) and Euan Richardson (vox, bass).

The Lightweights on stage

Jodie Huges and Euan Richardson – opposites attract

We had a real pleasure to see Lightweights during The Battle of The Bands at the Worcester Rugby Club on 23rd July 2017 and they made an impact all right. Performing as a trio (Fiona Berry is on sabbatical), the band  is a very contemporary twist on American college rock, combining energy of Hole with harmonies and dynamics of Veruca Salt as Jodie and Euan take turns at the microphone. The youngest of the lot Alex (he is just 14) kept the perfect rhythm and it seemed so effortless for him. It is hard not to compare Euan to legendary bass woman Kristen Pfaff – with her dark flowing hair and elaborate stage outfit.  She and Jodie contrast and yet complete each other. Lack of second guitarist was felt, but it did not slow the band at all. We can only hope Fiona will return shortly so we can enjoy The Lightweights in their full line up.

Euan Richardson of The Lightweights

Jodie Hughes of The Lightweights

He bangs the drum – Alex Russell of The Lightweights

We grabbed some merch (pins and mirrors) from the band and count the night to be a perfect one.

Pin and mirror

Merch (front)

You can follow The Lightweights are the links below:

https://www.facebook.com/TheLightweightsBand/
https://www.instagram.com/thelightweightsband/

M/R

 ****Update 03/07/2017****

Worcester Carnival Flyer

We will return to The Lightweights for a moment as we managed to catch them live on July 1st 2017 as part of the Worcester Carnival and as usual they were stunning.  Jodie, Alex and Euan opened the stage dedicated to Worcester School of Rock and delivered 45 minutes show  despite scorching heat. Those kids may be young, but they are professional to the core. Rain, shine, 37 degrees in the shade – doesn’t matter. The band will play and the crowd will have a lot of fun.

The Lightweights at Worcester Carnival

If you haven’t heard of Worcester School of Rock and Performance before, then listen carefully – because this organisation has been operating in town for twenty years. They hold music courses for anyone between eight and eighteen and coach young musicians to be able to perform on stage as part of a – yes, you guessed it – rock band. Young artists not only learn their craft, but also polish their stage presence and get to know how to co-operate in a group. You don’t have to end up being new Rolling Stones but the skills acquired at the school will be useful thought your adult life. Nothing beats creativity and willingness to work with others.

Worcester Carnival performance by The Lightweights

The school  has regular shows at Marrs Bar (our prime venue in town), Mapp Fest and several other music events though out the year. If you feel like joining – please use the links below.  And the coolest news of the day is that on July 14th – WSRP will hold a gig at Marrs Bar and guess who is on the bill.

The Lightweights performing for Worcester Carnival on July 1st 2017

Yep The Lightweights will be rocking out and we have cameras at the ready. So expect another update to this blog. We can`t get enough of Jodie, Alex and Euan. To see them live, pleasure and privilege is ours.

Twenty years of Worcester School of Rock!

https://www.facebook.com/W.S.R.P.worcester
http://www.wsrp.co.uk/

M/R

Indieterria meets The Fidgets

Hello Dear Music Explorers,

The Fidgets are not worse than Lisa Loeb. They have some fashionable glasses as seen in the band`s logo

Indieterria has retreated to more familiar waters . Once a month we will be giving exposure to a local artist from music scene in Worcester- acts that we believe have original sound, work hard and bring something new to the sonic table. First on our list are The Fidgets – jangle pop duo that may put our city on a musical map quicker than you are able to say Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Mixing influences ranging from The Beatles, Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones to The Kinks and The Byrds, The Fidgets begin where Cast and The LA`s have left in the 90s. That makes them unique on the whole indie scene at the moment.  The newest act with similar sound are The No-Ones (project that  includes Peter Buck of REM), so you can see how high is the bar for Max and Ryan.

Not only we sat with The Fidgets for an interview, but also got to hear their new single.  We tell you – this town has some amazing scene and we are here to chronicle it!

Move along people – much to see below!

Max and Ryan photographed by Josh Foster https://www.facebook.com/joshf627

From buskers to cathedral town heroes

These days, it is hard to imagine the High Street in Worcester without two distinctive figures busking around. With their signature glasses on,  guitars in hands and voices in perfect unison – The Fidgets have become an important feature in Worcester.  A ray of hope to put the town back on a music map. With a vision and passion, The Fidgets cultivate pop melodies and vocal harmonies placing themselves in a league on their own on an indie scene saturated with noise and postpunk rebellion. We`ve met the band to see what they have got in store for 2017.

You are one of the most prolific bands in West Midlands at the moment. But for those who may not be familiar with your history, please introduce yourselves.

Hi! We’re The Fidgets!! The two of us – that would be Ryan Skidmore and Max Stockin – met in 2012 when Max answered an ad placed by Ryan on http://www.joinmyband.com for musicians inspired by ‘60s pop music, and especially The Beatles. We played live for the first time in March 2013 (coming up for four years!) and we’ve played God knows how many times since then – the 500th gig was early last year.

Your music is a mix of classic rock, blues, northern soul and mod revival. Quite unusual for today`s pop music climate. Who are your sonic heroes?

The Beatles, of course! Everything comes back to them, it’s been nothing short of an obsession for years! Around that, our influences are really varied, we both love ‘50s and ‘60s pop in general and the two of us each have our own little avenues. Max is very into Blues and Country music, he’s a big fan of Teddy Thompson, and he’s a huge fan of Chuck Berry. Ryan is a very big fan of modern pop and is currently very much into The 1975 and Ed Sheeran. We both love loads of stuff, but the bulk of our influence definitely comes from the ‘60s.

Looking into the future.
photography by Josh Foster https://www.facebook.com/joshf627

The band seems to be moving on up at incredible speed. Your first EP (“I`m Alright”) came out in 2015 to local acclaim and well attended gigs . You followed last year with another EP “Its Only You” and immediately were invited to do BBC Introducing session. It must have been a quite an experience.

I suppose things are moving a bit fast! It never looks that way from the inside, you don’t have time to think about it, everything just goes by in a bit of a blur, it’s only when you look back that you realize what you’ve done. 2016 was big for us! We did a handful of things for the BBC which was exciting! Of course, The Introducing session was fantastic, and the crowd at the Christmas Lights Switch-On was amazing.

BBC Hereford & Worcester placed you at no 7 of the best bands for 2017. Slap Magazine previously described your music as “brilliant”. With such a strong support from local audience and the press, The Fidgets truly are on a brink of better things to come. Does the band feel it too?

Honestly we don’t know what’s going to happen! It definitely feels like things are getting bigger now, but we’ve been in the game a lot longer than anyone remember us for! We’re very excited for the future, but we try not to get cocky!

Recently Worcester News ran a controversial article about new busking scheme to be introduced in town, placing you on the front cover of the paper. Are you getting used to attention?

Definitely, yeah. We’ve been well known around Worcester since the tail end of 2015 and it’s rare for us to go out without being recognized now. It has really picked up recently though! Around Christmas time we were chased through Crowngate Shopping Center by a teenager and her mum for a signed CD and a hug! That kind of thing is getting quite common. It’s brilliant, but it hasn’t stopped being strange!

Worcester News with The Fidgets on the cover,
Every publicity is good publicity

Sometimes you expand for your performances. Would you tell us about the musicians you work with?

We’ve put together a backing band! Dave Whittaker, our bassist, was a friend socially first, we saw each other a lot at the Marr’s Bar on Wednesday open mic nights and he’s a great player. He was the natural choice. Our drummer Jack Bowles went to Sixth Form with Ryan in Bromsgrove, and Ryan had his eye on him from a band even before he was in one. He’s amazing.

Gracing the covers. The Fidgets in Slap Magazine
Cover photo by Josh Foster
https://www.facebook.com/joshf627

Your new single “Everywhere I Go” comes out in March. It will be accompanied by a video. Can you tell us more about it?

We’ve had to put off the release of the single until later in the month unfortunately (technical difficulties!) We shot the video around the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, and we’ve just had a first full draft come through as we speak. We’re very proud of it, it’s a big step up from what we’ve done before and it’s the first of our videos to feature anyone other than ourselves.

The band has been teasing big things to come in 2017. What should we expect? New material? Festival appearances?

Well, we can’t give away too much I’m afraid! But 2017 is already looking like a big one. Yes there will definitely be new material with an EP being released in May and yes we are already booked in for festivals in the summer at Mello Festival and Severn Sounds Festival on the main stage and there’s guaranteed to be more confirmed soon. Watch this space!

Slap Magazine cover
Photo by Josh Foster
Slap Magazine interview (page one)
Photography by Josh Foster
https://www.facebook.com/joshf627

You have also been involved in collaboration with Royal Shakespeare Company. Can you disclose any details about this project?

Ah we’re very happy to be a part of it! I’d love to tell you what it is but I don’t have a copy of our contract handy and it’s possible we’ve been sworn to secrecy! Besides, we don’t like to spoil our surprises. When there’s something to know, you’ll know!

The Fidgets went from busking to heroes of a cathedral city. Where do you see yourself in the years to come?

Heroes is a bit strong, but thank you very much! We’re very proud of where we’ve got to already and things can only get better in the future! We’ve got all sorts of big ambitions but everyone knows if you tell wishes they don’t come true!! Just keep an eye on the charts and we’ll see what happens shall we? We like big dreams. Unrealistic is our thing!

Eager to prove themselves but playing cards to their chest – The Fidgets are on their way into promising future. With a new release, a single, home coming gigs and an upcoming festival season – they cannot fail. Here`s to the boys that sing.

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The Fidgets  – “Everywhere I Go” (single review)

The cover for Everywhere I go single, photo by Josh Foster
https://www.facebook.com/joshf627

Worcestershire based duo, The Fidgets are releasing their new single “Everywhere I Go” this month. SLAP magazine was lucky to hear it first and we can report that this melodious, 60’s inspired love song is going to be a new fan favorite.

“Everywhere I go” opens up a new chapter in the bands history, proving that The Fidgets have evolved and matured considerably since their last release “It’s only you” in 2016 and became a truly unique, pure-blooded rock and roll act deserving their place on the BBC Hereford and Worcestershire list of bands to look out for this year.

The mid tempo, Beatlesque three minute single is filled with perfect harmonies, catchy riffs and will undoubtedly have the crowds swinging and singing along. It also has a distinctive Northern vibe to it, with Max Stockin sounding eerily similar to  Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Fans of classic rock, The LA’s and The Cast will have a chance to catch The Fidget rocking the Marrs Bar on March 17th.

Banner for the single release on Spotify

The single is accompanied by obligatory music video:

If you are on Spotify, listen here:

 

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The Fidgets in full line up with Jack Bowles and Young-Dave Whittaker recording a session for BBC Introducing 18.09.2016

If you wan to follow The Fidgets – please use these links:

http://www.thefidgets.com/
https://soundcloud.com/the-fidgets
https://www.facebook.com/thefidgetsband
https://twitter.com/TheFidgets
https://www.instagram.com/the_fidgets/

Part of the band`s charm are the session musicians that support Max and Ryan on stage: drummer Jack Bowler (EMPYRE/Willow Robinson) and  Young-Dave Whittaker. This rhythm section is so powerful, they are locally nicknamed as Worcester`s own  Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce.  Kid you not.  Many a band lined up to work with Dave and Jack but to no avail. Max and Ryan know that you should never change a winning team.

You can follow Young-Dave and  Jack below:

https://www.facebook.com/jack.bowles.520
https://www.facebook.com/youngdave.whittaker

 

Slap Magazine interview (page one)
Photography by Josh Foster
https://www.facebook.com/joshf627

 

Slap Magazine interview (page two)
Photography by Josh Foster
https://www.facebook.com/joshf627

You can  see this interview in Slap Magazine for March 2017

http://www.slapmag.co.uk/slap-issues/issue-67-march-2017.pdf

or you can download the copy here:

issue-67-march-2017

That`s all from us for now. We hope you had fun reading.

Mal/Rita

****Update 18.03.2017****

It`s their party and they can rock if they want to!

We have written on our blog before that The Fidgets were to headline a home coming gig on March 17th at Marrs Bar in Worcester. What we have not mentioned to the band is that we planned to treat them to an unexpected cake-and-candles party. See, both Ryan and Max celebrate their bday within one week from each other and it was just too good not to use this opportunity.  So Vanadian Avenue ventured to the gig armed with two huge chocolate torts, candles, napkins, lighters, paper trays and a spatula.

The Fidgets took their headlining duties very seriously and  delivered 1,5 h set filled with their original material and covers. Guests came on stage to join the band for certain performances and the entire audience had a wonderful time, one by one slipping into the darkest corner of the venue to sign cards for the birthday boys.

When the last song came to an end  cakes were brought on to the stage and signed cards were handed. Max and Ryan had each a chance to blow the candles and make a wish.  Each member of the public was given a piece of the chocolate tort (you should always bring a spatula to the party) and the audience roared an out of tune birthday song.  Top night. Some pictures for you to enjoy below:

The Fidgets perform at Marrs Bar on March 17th 2017

Performance ends with a bow

Cakes!

Make a wish

Till the next time kids. We are off to find some alka seltzer.

Mal/Rita