Japanese Voyeurs say they are like an "angry baby". ...right.
BBC Subculture has the latest news from the local music, gig and band scene in Stoke, Staffordshire & South Cheshire.
We're reporting December 2009 January 2010 gossip on this page, but if you have any news, let us know.
Reporting what's happening on the local unsigned bands scene is just part of what the show does.
Alana Hughes update this page every Thursday - so thanks to all of you for the supply (you know who you are). Keep it coming!
First, before the goss, some gigs we like the look of....
Thurs 28 January: Japanese Voyeurs - (really excited about this London 5 piece!) At
, Hanley. JVs said: "You see we're really *** off but also pretty scared. Like an angry baby."
Friday 29 January: Tremolo Studios Showcase - The Control plus support - till 2.30am. At
The Full Moon
Tuesday, 2 February:
Battle of the Bands
at Staffs Uni Legends Bar, Stafford. Tall 'n' Hairy, The Mankinis, The Juice and 44 Pistol face the student critics.
Wednesday, 3 February: Blitz Kids are supporting Deaf Havana at the
in Crewe ... good to see the boys back on home turf before they go off touring daaaan saaaath!
Saturday, 6 February: Red Sky High at
, Burton -- covers of Muse, Snow Patrol, The Killers, Kings of Leon etc
Sat, 13 February:
at Staffordshire Bull (Stafford)
Saturday, 6 March: Fat Digester (dancers, rappers and visual artists) at
If you have any gigs that you want to recommend to me, email: email@example.com
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Hello the Sherry Counsellors! They are coming in to the show to do an acoustic live session in March (looking forward to it lads!). By then the Stoke indie band should have been into a recording studio and emerged with a new CD.
Nice to see that they have a couple of headliners too coming, including the Underground on Saturday, 20 Feb, and then on Saturday, 27 March they get a slot at The Cavern in Liverpool.
Leek Joy Division
Cisco wrote to tell us about his band
who have recently been selected to perform at the Unknown Pleasures Festival (a tribute to Ian Curtis) in May this year. Of course, coming from Leek, as they do, means they don't have to pretend to be depressed.
(Er. Just joking).
Do We Like This
The ReverbNation geezers allow you to customise their charts, and we notice that Crewe electronicals Steven Does are Number One, with Stafford's Tech Star at 5, and Stoke's Defusion at 13. Defusion link to
, which is alright of them. 'Course, it all depends how you plot the chart, but we like it.
Steven Does seems an interesting geezer too.
One gun blues
Our latest tip for the top is
, who describe themselves as "Mississippi Fred McDowell meets the White Stripes". Whatever that means.
Over the next six weeks or so, they are all over Staffordshire like a nasty rash
in a nice kind of way.
See them in their glory though at the Staffordshire Bull in Stafford - home sweet home.
Empey is Up
Do you know Empey, the hip-hop producer? If not, you will. This geezer, who has already supported Chipmunk and won BBC prizes, had his new release (digital, on iTunes) out on January 11, with the track D's Up.
The track features those lovely gels, De'votion. Nice way for a Stafford boy to spend the winter
Nite for Joey
Nice to hear that Joey G's friends rallied round to put on a tribute gig at the Sugarmill on Saturday 9 January. Joey was the drummer in The Storm among other bands, but died suddenly last year.
Scott Matthews (yes, the Scott Matthews) headlined, with Andy Gower coming out of retirement just for the night too.
Inertia thrash Italy. Sort of.
Hello to Inertia (from Stafford) who wrote us a nice email. The band just had to tell us that they constantly beat Italy on top-player mode in PES 2009. Thanks. Worth knowing!
PBs in session
Great news is that good ol' Pegasus Bridge have said they'll do a Subculture session in the BBC studios in Stoke. You can hear them on the January 28 show.
(If you fancy yourselves doing a Beeb session, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org).
TNS Records wrote to us to remind that there ARE alternative Xmas pressies out there.
The not-for-profit punk and ska label (based in Manchester) had a new release - out on Sunday 6th December - a 10 track, three-way split EP with three ska-core bands from the North West.
Local interest comes from the fact that Sense of Urgency from Stoke are one of the outfits.
Now.. where's my Xmas wish-list?
Jamit Anti-Racism party
Lots of fresh new local faces will be taking the opportunity to showcase their musical ability (alongside national Radio DJs and Top Ten artists) on 19th December at the end of year Jamit party at the Touch Club in Hanley.
Hip-hop and rapping will be the main flavour of the night, but indie-rock bands will be in the mix too.
And, as it is the season of awards, best-of-the-year stuff, the Unity staffers have joined in by putting together their contribution. Among all the frivolities and acts appearing will be the 2009 Awards in: Band of The Year; MC of The Year; DJ of The Year.
For more, go to http://www.unitystoke.co.uk.
The night's proceeds will go to Unity's 'favourite' charities - Love Music Hate Racism and The Donna Louise Trust.
New babes on the block
Alex Canner's baby - the Wired Night in Burton - has been born/launched with a bang, we are glad to report, and Alex (of The High Life Scenery - now RIP) promises unsigned showcases every two weeks in the capital of East Staffordshire, aka Marmite City.
He says: "The premise is easy to grasp - there's so much fantastic undiscovered local talent round here. It wasn't intentional, I was busy whoring my own band at the time, but it all kind of fell into my lap".
Talking of babes, the SubCulture god that is Matt Lee has had another sprog. Welcome to Aden.
PS - Matt's tip to new fathers... "JD can get the dada a good night's sleep (when it's his turn of course)..."
Music music everywhere
Yet MORE venues supporting local music ... now it's the turn of the new music-pub The Winking Frog (used to be The Bandstand) in Hanley.
Even though it's only recently opened, it has a battle of the bands running already featuring geezers like Laid to Ruin, Fake Heroes and What Would the Captain Do in the running. Check it out on MySpace
Yes, what better for the grandma in your life than a new release from a local band?
Tequila Lips told us all about the preparations for their new CD on the show - but what's for sure is that the single, Crystal Ball is out on Nov 21st, with the digital release (including iTunes) on the 23rd. Granny would love it.
She might even like I.C.O.N's debut album, New Born Lie. Or, being as it's full-blooded heavy-metal, maybe not....
Play by numbers
Thanks to Stafford's Ford Squad who told us this tid-bit about Inertia, one of the bands they promote:-
"... with 4th member Dan Price (piano, guitar, harmonica, vocals, moral) currently working abroad, Inertia have adapted by carrying on and emailing Dan the songs for him to play along with at his own leisure - in the hope that he may one day return."
That's band-loyalty for you!
Best news of the week is that Matt (who runs the Oxford Arms gigs) is behind the re-opening of The Full Moon, in Newcastle, as a proper music pub again. Friday 30th October was OPENING NIGHT with indie and rock music until 2am (£2 entry).
Keep up with what's going on by seeking out the Facebook group "We're Bringing Back the Full Moon". (PS Does no one use myspace anymore? ...bring on Soundcloud!)
Sign up! Join in!
Jane at the Blythe Inn at Kingstone (tiny place near Uttoxeter, but music-committed) is thinking of of a Battle of The Bands. If you fancy it, have a look at www.theblytheinn.org.uk
Also, Alex from 'O'Ceallacain Promotions' is promoting local bands, and booking at The Victoria Hotel in Stoke (for the 'Tuesday Night Overdose'). Throw him a track or two - www.myspace.com/oceallacainpromotions
Also in Stoke town, 'The Famous Lion' are looking for bands- email email@example.com if you are interested.
Good time to be in a band!
Anything else you can tell us?
Dave's a hero
Dave Hamer - Mauskramp meister - persuaded the Sugarmill to give Burton-based 'Another Rhythm Jesus' a slot ... and Charlotte from the 'Stoke Sounds' site swooned over them. She said in her review: "Melding jazz rhythms with an edge of (somewhat tongue in cheek) Sonic Youth, they presented a timeless set of music." We think that means she approved of Dave's choice.