And of course… the tour… hits up Newcastle on March 13th at Trillians, with special guests Idestroy. We’re unsurprised to report tickets have been selling very well – so – come along and be a part of it. Get Tickets.
We’re pleased to announce and amazing addition to the forthcoming tour with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing.
IDestroy have built up a local following in their own right – and now embarking on a major tour with The Men…
Locally, that visits Trillians on March 13th
Some nice things people have said about them include :
“The band are fronted by singer/guitarist Bec Jevons, who manages to combine her hard mod-punk look style with a presence that seems to channel equal parts Shirley Manson and Joan Jett.” – Fred Perry Subculture
“If you like your rock’n’roll short, sharp and spiky, then Bristol grrrl rockers IDestroy might just be your favourite new band. They snap, they crackle, they pop, and they wear studded leather jackets with a feisty punk sneer.” – Classic Rock Magazine
“Bristol alt.rock crew have been eating riffs for breakfast here. Just listen – massive guitar everywhere!” – Kerrang! Magazine
We’re pleased to announce that The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing are returning to Newcastle.
The show takes place in Trillians on March 13th
Tickets are just £10 and available over the bar in Trillians or online from seetickets (link)
The Men… are currently in the studio recording album number 4, we’re very excited to hear what they come up with.
Having played here many times in the past few years, the band bring an energetic punk show – with one foot firmly in Victorian Britain. We know tickets will fly out for this one!
Here’s some nice things other people have said about them…
“Coruscatingly loud and extremely funny” – The Guardian
“Probably the maddest, most original punk band around”- Louder Than War
“Fiendishly entertaining… a taste worth acquiring” – Terrorizer
“One of the best bands in Britain today”- Pure Rawk
“Not to be missed at any cost” -Toxic Online
There are two types of people this show is for
Those who know and love Tragedy we’re sure will be pleased to see their heroes and idols in the flesh
Those who don’t – becasuse there are many people who are missing out on the sweet sweet loving Tragedy can offer.
Born out of the impenetrable divide of Disco and Metal, these fearsome brothers fearlessly obliterated the truce line that had been set in the great Disco/Metal Peace accord of 1977 when they seamlessly blended the two genres with their debut album, We Rock Sweet Balls and Can Do No Wrong – a collection of Bee Gees songs redone in a heavy metal treatment reminiscent of Judas Priest, Motley Crue and Guns N Roses.
Since then, they have crisscrossed the globe with their spectacular live shows and having stormed across the USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands, France and Switzerland. Subsequent full length albums, Humbled By Our Greatness, Death To False Disco Metal, The Solo Albums and The Joy of Sex have seen them spread their glittered wings to take on non Bee Gees classics from the disco era, soft rock anthems and party jams.In 2015, Tragedy broke the internet with a viral video featuring their take on You’re the One That I Want from the Grease soundtrack. In 2017, Tragedy’s video for Stayin’ Alive broke the internet once again.
If you’re allergic to smiling be afraid… be very afraid. Tragedy sweats glitter and cums confetti!
Earlier this week I was invited to the Live Theatre to check out a new play, ‘Goth Weekend’.
Reading over the synopisis I decided to attend, with more than a hint of scepticism.
Although my interests are multi-faceted, I am extremely passionate about the Goth scene, it’s been something I embraced since a teenager and I did spend 13 years as part of Newcastle’s leading Goth Nights… so, in that time I’ve seen lots of TV, Film, Radio, etc. poke into the Goth scene and often not quite being very reflective.
The set up for the play is fairly simple. Widower Father, Kenneth (Sean McKenzie) meets Belinda (Jessica Johnson) much to the disproval of their respective children Anna (Amy Trigg) and Simon/Bram (Gurjeet Singh)
It’s a simple trope of opposites attract, middle-aged Kenneth being encouraged to move on by daughter Anna : albeit she’d prefer someone closer to her deceased mother than Gothic Musician Belinda, whilst her son would prefer his mother to re-kindle with his father, who is the singer in a band headlining Whitby Goth Weekend… whilst Belinda is playing cabaret covers (“they’re not covers they’re reinterpretations”) in pub back rooms to 5 people.
So, the idea – it’s not new or groundbreaking…
It’s a lot of fun.
Writer Ali Taylor has done some serious homework here.
There’s a few jokes that work on different levels. You don’t need to know or understand the Goth scene in order to enjoy the play, but there are subtle jokes and references you can appreciate more.
We all know a Kenneth, someone who isn’t really into it but can put a feign twist (“I used to like The Mission back in the day” – which translates to “they had a track on that dad-rock CD I quite liked”) in order to try to impress a woman.
We all know a Belinda, someone who lives, breathes and eats Goth but is sometimes hankering a little bit back towards the good-old-days with a glimmer of rose-tinted nostalgia
We all know a Simon/Bram, kind of brought up into the subculture by a pushy parent but overall not fully invested.
We possibly don’t know an Anna, but her commentary and voice of reason puts a special touch on things.
The play also pokes fun in the right places. Anna quips, “I’m allowed to slag off Scarborough, I live here” and so the way the play pokes fun almost feels like it has a right to, because it’s there and understands.
I’ve never reviewed a Theatre Play before. So, if you are a regular Theatre-goer I can’t tell you how it stands up.
I can, however, say if you’re into the Goth subculture, it’s a fair angle and representation, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously and yes, the performances are convincing. I’m sure there’s a lot you can relate to and plenty will raise a knowing smile, as well as a giggle.
The play runs at the Live Theatre until October 28th.
Yet again we are grateful to have Newcastle representation and a certainty that one local band will go to play Bloodstock in 2018.
It may seem a cliche but, Judas Priest, Nightwish, Gojira, Your Band, etc. it could be true.
In recent years we’ve managed to send The Souls of Jack Ketch, Decrepid Monolith, Trendkill and Dirty King – who will we send next year?!
At this point things couldn’t be simpler. Read on to check you meet criteria and drop us a mail, firstname.lastname@example.org – we’ll get packs out later this week or early next which basically repeats the info here and any fine tuning.
(1) First off, your band must be any form of alternative rock.
By alternative rock, I mean, you know – I won’t disrespect any band here, but flowery Oasis-lite stuff, not very Bloodstock.
However, you don’t necessarily need to be pure cvlt black metal or ambient thrash noise, everything from grunge, southern rock, all shades of metal, industrial, stoner, doom, y’know… just not indie pop.
(2) Second, your band has to be local(ish) – we are defining local as Tyne and Wear (obviously), Northumberland, Durham, Teeside.
Other than that, there are M2TM in Selby, Carlisle and Glasgow – so you should really play your local competition – we will consider entrants from N.Yorkshire and Scottish Borders providing you are in no other M2TM competition.
(3) Third, your band has to be legal – as in every single member and any crew must be 18 (or over) at the time of your heat. It’s a condition of license and if any of your members have been special enough to be banned from Trillians than this obviously wouldn’t be overturned.
(4) Your band must be DIY – this means no label or genuine DIY label. If your label boss runs it out of his spare room in his lunch break, you’re in. If you are unsure, for example distribution deals or licensing arrangements then drop us the info and we’ll check with the powers that be.
(5) Your band must not have played the New Blood stage previously
(6) Heats are generally a Thursday, Semis on Sunday, Final on Saturday. We can be flexible-ish regarding work arrangements. That doesn’t mean your band gets to automatically go on last (which isn’t the best slot in terms of progression….). So, yeah, you must be able to commit to the rounds.
(7) All the heats are in Trillians and all free entry. This is to keep things simple and consistent for bands and fans and also to help maximise turn out – so you get more people to play to.
(8) There is no entry fee, no ticket sell, no audience quota, no bullshit. I don’t give a shit if you bring 5 people or 50. You are expected, of course, to assist with pushing the show. But, this is for bands yet to find a following as well as those with one. Bringing people is an advantage because particularly in the heats – judging is a mixture of judge opinion and crowd reaction.
(9) We’re open to the idea of non-competing guest bands. For example previous winners or out-of-town bands who will add something to the shows (and not just play to the crowds the locals have brought)
(10) And that overall – there’ll be more than 20 bands and, sadly, only one is sure of going to Bloodstock. However good you are or aren’t, treating it as fun and networking and a gig that is likely to be well attended and you’re winning even if you don’t get through. (And always feel free to nudge Hilly to see if he’s anything else for you…)
So, yes… drop us a line… email@example.com – heats begin in March.
Some news! It’s been a pretty crazy few weeks in the run up to the Electronic Liberation Tour 2017, and we’ve been fraught with problems behind the scenes, so here’s an update.
Unfortunately, Syd.31 won’t be able to join us on this tour for personal reasons. We’re gutted too, and hope they can play for you soon.
The good news though, is that the rest of the team have rallied round, and we’ve roped in some friends as very special guests for the remaining dates on the tour. Twist Helix will be joining us in Newcastle. Check ’em out below
ded.pixel , St Lucifer and Def Neon will all be performing as normal.
The running order will be decided closer to the day.
It’s been rough, but the last thing we want to do is let down the rest of the tour and the people coming along to support us so… bring it on and we’ll see you in November.
Saturday 25th November 2017
Head of Steam (ThinkTank Underground), 2 Neville Street, Newcastle, NE1 5EN
£8 adv. / £10 otd. Ticket Link
This has been an extremely popular show and understandably a lot of tickets have sold, which should be lovely and cosy in a 250 capacity venue.
If you wish to purchase them, you can grab them from seetickets.com they are £16 plus BF (so, £17.60) which makes them the cheapest on the the tour. There may be some available on the door, but these will be priced at £20 – so save some money and guarantee your place.
Manchester DIY alternative label AnalogueTrash will be taking four of its hottest acts on tour this November under the banner of the Electronic Liberation Tour 2017.
Syd.31, ded.pixel, DEF NEON and St Lucifer will be playing at the Head of Steam (Think Tank Underground) on Saturday 25th November
Here’s a little bit information about each band…
Syd.31 – Genre-mashing, political electro-punk. Imagine the furious love child of Grace Jones and Sid Vicious fronting Atari Teenage Riot.
ded.pixel – Progressive electronics and Northern bleakness; pushing the boundaries of electro, post rock, ambient and classical minimal composition.
DEF NEON – An uncanny juxtaposition of contemporary electronics and classic indie rock sensibilities. Think The Gossip meets The Pet Shop Boys, or Peaches meets Van Halen.
St Lucifer – Avant-garde anti-pop electro noise punk four-piece from the rainy city. Brace yourself for an eclectic smorgasbord of sounds and an incendiary live show.
We’re really chuffed to have this bill, it’s a good chance to showcase the next wave of alternative electronic acts. We’ve also managed to keep costs down and the tour will be priced just £8 in advance, £10 on the door