LOST NOTES

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Lost Notes are an emerging four-piece from Stoke-on-Trent.

The outfit, consisting of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Emily Charlotte, lead guitarist Steve Ward, bassist Alec Whieldon and drummer Jordan Wright, are classed as rock/alternative, but they do not see themselves as part of a specific genre, preferring to draw on a versatile range of influences.

Their live sets have been positively received, and it looks as if 2017 could be the year where they will make a major breakthrough.

I chatted with Emily about their journey so far, and what the future holds for them.

How did you all get together initially?

Well, our bassist Alec and I used to work together, and we sort of lost contact as I was living down in Surrey and I ended up moving back around July last year.

I was going through some tough times, so Alec suggested that we meet and try and jam a bit and see how it went.

Our guitarist Steve joined us over the summer- he’s one of my best mate’s brothers- and we were initially just playing covers.

We got our drummer Wrighty about a year ago, as he is someone that Alec used to play with and we started jamming, and things just sort of went from there.

How did the name Lost Notes come about?

We kept writing songs and then losing the sheets that we had noted them down on!

How would you describe your sound?

We go for pop punk, but there’s a hint of grunge in there as well.

Which bands/artists influence you?

Green Day, Neck Deep, Blink 182, Nirvana to name a few.

What is the inspiration behind your lyrics?

I suffer from panic attacks, so a lot of our songs are about that side of thing; mental health, etc. and also some are based around relationships breaking down and the struggle to get through it.

The band are all based in Stoke-0n-Trent at the moment. What is your opinion of the music scene there currently?

I think it is definitely building and there are some really talented and up and coming bands about! Plus, it’s awesome to have the opportunity to play with so many talented people.

How is the experience of playing live?

It’s so much fun! I think at first, it was very nerve- racking, because it was the first time I have performed my own material with this band, but I think my confidence has grown massively. Alec just goes crazy at gigs, wandering around and getting the crowd involved.

We all try to bring a lot of energy to the performance, and I’d say we are all really passionate about what we do.

Is there anything lined up for the near future at all? (EP, album etc…)

We are writing hard ready for the new year, and hoping to record a track or two in early 2017. Fingers crossed!

What can we expect from the tracks?

We are developing our sound more, and we are getting really excited about it.

Hopefully this will set the path for the band’s future.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

At the moment, we just want to keep playing music and having fun!

We would like to build up a fan base, also play some new venues and hopefully get around the country a bit more. It would be amazing to reach out to more people.

Anything else you would like to say?

Well it’s great for us to have feedback about our performances, and it’s amazing that people are interested in our music, it’s something I have always wanted to do so I’m thrilled that we are getting a chance to go for it!

I would also like to mention that we rehearse at Crank Music Studios in Stoke-on-Trent as well and we have had loads of support from them in terms of developing our sound and getting into the local music scene.

FOR MORE INFO, CHECK OUT THE BAND’S FACEBOOK PAGE AT: https://www.facebook.com/lostnotes/

 

 

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THE SKIRR

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THE SKIRR (from l-r): Matt Green (drums), Gus Nicol (bass), Chris Whyte (vocals/guitar).

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

The Skirr are a indie rock three-piece from Stoke-on-Trent.

Since their formation in 2012, the band have impressed many with an upbeat, guitar-led sound coupled with thought-provoking lyrics.

With an acclaimed debut EP ‘Bolt from the Blue’ and new material currently in the works, it seems the trio aren’t going to fade away from the music scene any time soon.

I chatted in-depth with vocalist/guitarist Chris Whyte.

How did the band get together initially?

Gus and I both worked in the same office building and got chatting at the water cooler one day. It turned out we had loads in common, including that we both missed being in a band. So shortly after that, we decided to get together for a jam and that was that!

We have been through a few line up changes over the years, but Matt has been with us for about two years now.

How did the name The Skirr come about?

Our old drummer was a massive fan of owls and the Skirr owl is an extinct species from South America. It also sounds a bit piratey and everyone likes pirates, right?

How would you describe your sound?

Indie rock ‘n’ roll.

Which bands/artists influence you?

It’s hard to say really, but it’s mainly upbeat, catchy, indie rock, stuff like Weezer, REM, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Pixies.

What is the inspiration behind your lyrics?

Mainly life experiences – good and bad. We also write about stuff in the world that affects us. Some are about love, some about break ups, we have one about bullies and others are about all the horrible stuff that is happening in the world.

Do you see yourselves as a political band then?

Not at all! We’re certainly won’t be singing about Brexit or Donald Trump any time soon!

But it’s hard not to write about things that affect you emotionally, be that love, hate or something terrible that’s happening in the world.

You’re all from Stoke-on-Trent. What is your opinion of the music scene there currently?

The Stoke scene is amazing! There are so many talented bands around at the moment and there’s so many awesome venues to play at.

The promoters seem passionate about good live music too which helps, we’re loving it.

How was the recording process for your debut EP ‘Bolt from the Blue’?

Long winded! We were sponsored by MAS Records and it was originally meant to be four singles recorded over two years.

We were in the process of getting the second song ready to release and then our drummer left just after we’d finished the third recording.

So with the help of Woody at The Old Smithy studios in Worcestershire, we programmed a drum track and recorded the title track ‘Bolt from the Blue’ and decided to release all four songs plus ‘Little Sister’ as an EP.

‘Little Sister’ was recorded and produced by Ryan Pinson at RML Studios in Wolverhampton. We’re recording with him again in January, so we should have a new single early next year.

How is the experience of playing live?

Playing live is what it’s all about! We love it! Recording songs is great fun but it doesn’t compare to playing live to an audience. The crowd, when we played at the Freebird in Newcastle-under-Lyme, were simply amazing.

You mentioned earlier that a new single should be out early next year. What can we expect from it?

Well, it’s a song called “Just One Kiss” and it’s a song about jealousy. It’s an upbeat pop rock song with hints of classic T-Rex.

Will there be another EP or maybe even a debut album released on top of that at all?

You’ll have to wait and see, I’m afraid!

We’ve got a renewed energy now we’re a three piece, so you can expect to see and hear a lot more of us in 2017!

What is the band’s long-term aim?

We just want to play our music to people for as long as we can.

We have no aspirations of world domination. We’re not the next Beatles. We’re just three guys who want to rock out and enjoy live music with our fans!

Anything else you would like to say?

Only that we’re supporting ALMA when they play at The Underground in Hanley on 17th December. It’d be great to see some familiar faces!

THE SKIRR’S DEBUT EP ‘BOLT FROM THE BLUE’ IS AVAILABLE NOW.

TWO OF THE SINGLES FROM THIS, ‘STEAL THE SUN’ AND ‘LITTLE SISTER’, ARE AVAILABLE ON iTunes, GOOGLE PLAY, SPOTIFY, AMAZON AND MORE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK PUNKS VALENSOLE TO RELEASE DEBUT EP IN MARCH

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Southampton punk rock newcomers Valensole lay down a marker with their blistering new EP ‘Where We Should Be’, which will be unleashed via all stores on Friday 3rd March.

In a time where alternative music has largely lost its raw edge and originality, punk rock unfortunately doesn’t have the bite it once had.

Ready to chomp down on the scene however, Valensole’s candid music and high-energy live performances are set to give punk rock a new lease on life.

Reared by an eclectic mix of rock music, with a particular affection for Nirvana, Green Day, Sum 41, and early Foo Fighters, the band have taken their cues from past masters and have forged their own imprint and style.

Formed this year and coming at you from the South Coast, Valensole have a strong DIY ethic.

The outfit crafted and recorded ‘Where We Should Be’ at their very own music space, which is used for rehearsals and now recording.

Vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter Elliott Jones had the duty of mixing the band’s current record, and had this to say: “The tracks showcase us as a band and represent the diversity possible within this genre. We can’t wait to get out on the road and play these songs to as many people as possible”.

The EP certainly goes for the jugular, launching with the ferocious lashings of ‘Staple Waster’.

The insanely punk-fuelled bite of ‘Don’t Follow Me’ continues to mark the band’s supremacy, as does the trio’s new single and the EP’s namesake, ‘Where We Should Be’, which you see the video to at: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=VmzjrSr82k4&feature=youtu.be

This track exemplifies Valensole’s raw energy, blistering drive and engaging lyrics.

With a blatant DIY spirit and a gust of wind under their wings, Valensole will be hitting the road in the new year in support of their EP.

CHECK OUT THE BAND’S SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES FOR FURTHER DETAILS:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/valensoleband/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/valensole_band

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/valensole_band/

 

 

 

UK ALTERNATIVE QUARTET LILIUM ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THEIR NEW SINGLE

lilium-band-photoLiverpool alt-combo Lilium are to release their stunning new single ‘Disappear’ on Monday 28th November through Deathly Records / Ditto Music.

Expressing an intoxicating sound that tips its hat to everyone from Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam and Muse to more progressive acts such as Yes and The Dear Hunter, Lilium’s music is powerfully melodic and moving, and has a relatable coherence that belies the complex and intricate craft used to create it, making it all the more unique and engulfing.

Having started life in the South West, and consisting of Samuel Dobbyn, Graeme Haywood, and siblings Andrew and Emma Heselton, the band’s success was capped with receiving the Cornish Guardian‘s What’s on Cornwall ‘Best Live Act’.

The pinning down of impressive supports with Young Kato, and with The 1975 at Boardmasters Festival has also greatly aided their progression.

More recently, the four-piece upped sticks and relocated to Merseyside, gathering more support slots with such outfits as Grumble Bee and Demob Happy.

Lilium have just been snapped up by emerging indie label Deathly Records, and are now poised to release their first single, ‘Disappear’, under the label later this month.

The track perfectly showcases the group’s charisma and diversity, as the single washes over you with a magnetising hook and thoughtful arrangements that keenly highlight the innovative crew’s classy song-writing ability.

Armed with an eye-catching animated video, further material, and widespread shows during the start of the year, Lilium are certainly ones to watch for 2017!

CATCH LILIUM AT THEIR SINGLE LAUNCH PARTY ON FRIDAY 25TH NOVEMBER AT 24 KITCHEN STREET, LIVERPOOL.

MORE INFO AT:  https://www.facebook.com/Liliumband/ & https://twitter.com/liliumbanduk

 

 

 

 

 

RISING WEST COUNTRY METAL CREW FROM RUST RELEASE NEW VIDEO

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Emerging UK metalcore outfit From Rust continue their climb with the release of their new video ‘Whispers’.

The track is taken from the forthcoming debut EP ‘Lost Sense Of Life’, which arrives on Friday 25th November.

Somerset riff slingers From Rust were originally spawned in 2014 by long-time friends Jake Searle (vocals) and Camden Gibson (lead guitar) who wanted to create music that pulled apart the usual formulae of metalcore, yet remained true to their influences and beliefs.

After a prolonged search, the duo sought out kindred spirits – Tom Waters on rhythm guitar, bassist Sam Elswood, and Sam Kellaway on drums.

The quintet honed their sound for many months before hitting the live circuit at the end of 2015, where they soon snared a series of impressive support slots with bands such as Despite My Deepest Fear, Thrones, Values and Materia.

With an affection for the likes of Parkway Drive, Northlane, and All That Remains, the up-and-coming riff beasts continue to find their own characteristic voice in the alchemy of creating music.

By the start of this year, From Rust were ready to lay down tracks for their debut EP.

The band left the studio with a highly promising debut record complete with five engrossing tracks of premium metalcore, with one of the key highlights being the blistering ‘Whispers’, which you can see now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSY1MyvU1ws&feature=youtu.be

Now with national shows in the pipeline and a video on the way, there’s much more to
come from this rising Brit metalcore crew.

FROM RUST’S DEBUT EP ‘LOST SENSE OF LIFE’ WILL BE RELEASED ON FRIDAY 25TH NOVEMBER.

MORE INFO AT:  https://www.facebook.com/fromrust/ & https://twitter.com/fromrustoffical 

RAGE CAVE – The Freebird, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 11/11/2016

SUPPORT: Filth, The Skirr, Lost Notes

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REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

PHOTOS by FRANKIE PEERS

The Staffordshire settlement of Newcastle-under-Lyme played host to fledging local rock trio Rage Cave, who were in town to promote their recently released self-titled debut EP.

In support, there were three other Potteries outfits who also look to have bright futures ahead of them.

Therefore, it was no surprise to hear that tickets had sold out prior to the gig.

Having supposed to commence proceedings at half past seven, a lengthy delay (caused by the late arrival of the sound technician) meant that things didn’t properly kick off until an hour and a half later.

However, immediately from the moment the first guitar string was plucked, courtesy of female-fronted alternative rockers Lost Notes, it was clear that it had been well worth the extended wait.

The intimacy of the venue enabled the bands to engage freely with the crowd, who quickly got into the swing of things, snapping up the free car stickers provided by indie rock ‘n’ rollers The Skirr and seeming to genuinely enjoy the high quality of music on offer.

Psychedelic rock four-piece Filth seemed to be just at home playing in the mosh-friendly environment as they were when I saw them at the more indie-oriented The Exchange in Hanley a few months back, and got just as enthusiastic a reception.

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It was then finally time for Rage Cave to take to the stage, and they couldn’t have wished for a better debut headline set, playing with the confidence and energy of a group with many more years of experience, and no doubt enjoying a boost from the atmosphere, which was probably one of the most vibrant I had ever experienced at a gig.

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I think that Rage Cave are a band to keep an eye out for in the future, if they can play sets like the one I witnessed, with the crowd singing along to the rallying vocals of frontman Max Jeffries, when they are barely out of school, then it will definitely be interesting to see what their gigs will be like when they all reach their mid twenties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAGE CAVE – ‘Rage Cave’ (4/5)

REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

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‘Rage Cave’ is the self-titled debut EP from the emerging Stoke-on-Trent rock trio.

This release has been eagerly anticipated by those who have seen their live sets, which have got stronger with each performance.

There were questions about whether they could translate the essence of this on to a record.

However, the good news is that they have comfortably succeeded.

Listening to the EP, it is clear the band specialise in a sound that seems to be heavily influenced by the works of such classic groups as Black Sabbath, but with a contemporary edge at the same time.

The hooky guitar solos of frontman Max Jeffries are the centrepiece, being heavy, progressive at times and infectious.

Coupled with the vocals, it results in some well put together compositions that linger in your mind for quite a while after listening.

On some of the tracks, they also show that they are certainly not afraid to experiment a little.

For example, ‘Stop, Go’ begins with a guitar riff being played at breakneck speed and the band chanting the title of the song, it’s rather punk-esque.

Credit must be given to them, as you can tell that they have put a lot of hard work and effort into making ‘Rage Cave’ a very solid debut, and based on this, it can be said that they can only get better from here.

TOP TRACK: ‘Devil’s Advocate’