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  • Crashgate
  • Jukebox Monkey
  • After The Enclave
  • Let The Dust Settle

 

Thursday 25th April 2013  another night at the Beer Cart Arms in Canterbury brought another really great line up of bands.  This venue always seems to bring the bands flooding in, eager to play and has built a great reputation in the local scene all round.

Let The Dust Settle are a heavy rock band from Tunbridge Wells in Kent who I have seen and reviewed once before.  Rather than cover old ground I will post the link here to the previous review (RokanRolla gig 28/02/13) and just give an updated opinion of this performance.  The previous review is well worth a read so head over and give it a quick browse.  If you’ve read it, you already know my thoughts on this band and a good idea of what they are about.  My previous observations still stand, they still have the heavy riffs and punchy vocals and I feel they have improved somewhat, which is always a bonus.  The guys are currently in the recording studio getting their debut EP down to bring to you all shortly.  The only thing I would say is that Lee’s vocals were a little softer off the back of hours and hours of singing, but I only noticed that due to having a gig to reference them against.  Visually the band didn’t really seem to relax until about half way through their set, this could be due to being first up which can be tough.  Once they got going though they seemed to have a lot of fun.  A few more gigs under their belts and I think they will really start to come into their own.

Let The Dust Settle

Let The Dust Settle

After The Enclave a hard rock band from Sittingbourne are a band I’ve photographed on a number of occasions now and reviewed once before fairly recently.  Again I will post the link to the previous review (RokanRolla gig 22/03/13) and say that this review is still entirely accurate.  The thing about After The Enclave is they are a very established band, gigging very regularly and their performance standards never drop.  They also never seem to get bored and enjoy every single gig they do.  Front man Micheal always puts on a show that will capture your attention with never a slip in the vocal delivery.  Adam has to be among the hardest rocking bassists I have seen, headbanging his way through a set which always provides amazing photo’s.  A great blend of hard rock and metal cascades from the stage and I dare you not to even nod your head!

After The Enclave

Jukebox Monkey another hard rock band from Kent and I have reviewed these guys once before also (RokanRolla gig 22/03/13) and wow what a review.  These guys play a particular brand of kick ass rock that really appeals.  Their visual performance smacks of a band that parties and rocks out hard.  There is not a band member that does not draw your focus at some point and this night was no exception.  Drummer Peter even climbed on board his kit at one point, living up to his nickname ‘Animal’ that I dubbed him last time.  Hard headbanging heavy riffs galore meant I came away with neck ache, quite happily.  Unusually I find these guys sound better live than recorded which isn’t a bad thing, not many bands are able to sound better live!  These guys are definitely going to be seen and heard of more and more on the circuit for sure!  Smashed it!

Jukebox Monkey

Jukebox Monkey

Crashgate are an established rock band from Deal and although I’ve photographed them once before I have never reviewed them live.  This was a set I was looking forward to, due to knowing that they would be performing some new material from their recently released debut album.  I’d heard the album from the comfort of my own home but there is nothing like seeing material like this live, the way its meant to be in my opinion!  It was evident from the start that these guys have been together sometime and they know what they are doing.  This maybe new material but the band played it tight with so much energy and vigor, they are proud of this stuff and they should be.  Clever lyrics, some great blood curdling ‘screaming’ bringing in a slightly metal element and the clear and extremely tuneful vocals of Craig make this a band more than pleasurable to watch and listen to.  Interaction with the audience makes the band even more alluring, drawing them in and making them step forward.  They gained new fans at this gig, I’m pretty sure they do at every gig!  Get along and see them very soon!

Crashgate

Crashgate

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Let The Dust Settle – Weapons and War

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After The Enclave – Crucified 

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Jukebox Monkey – Airborne 

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Crashgate – As One 

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I seriously can’t say this enough… if you like what you hear, like what you see give these guys Facebook pages a quick like, 10 seconds, links provided and its great for them to know people appreciate what they are doing.  You also get to keep up to date with what they are doing, new music etc.

Here follows an extremely small amount of the photography taken from the night.  For the full gigs photography please head over to Facebook, this gig only!

Photo’s by Sarah Quinn – GIGgle Pics & Kent Sessions

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  • Moccasins
  • Escape the Ocean
  • The Fruit Group
  • Witchdoctor

So the third Friday Night Live at RokanRolla showed just how successful these evenings are becoming with a very busy venue.  So nice to see the local music scene thriving and people actually wanting to see live bands and why wouldn’t they when a gig is FREE!

First on lineup Witchdoctor.   A new band from Herne Bay consisting currently of 3 members due to the lost of their bass player, they describe themselves as psychedelic experimental progressive grungy jazzy punk rock shoegaze fusion.  Having recently had radio airplay which received a lot of very positive feedback, I was really looking forward to seeing these guys.  The sound of this band confuses me and I like that, it seems to confuse everyone but what did happen was, people talked about them after.  A number of bands names were thrown into the equation when I talked to people about their sound, The Kinks, The Hives, The White Stripes, Rush, Hawkwind, Black Sabbath and even Sitar.  This was only the bands second gig and considering that, they put on a fantastic set of covers and original material.  They are currently looking for a bass player and I would say that I agree with this to beef the sound up a little.  Overall though an exciting new band with a sound that I haven’t heard from any other.  Most definitely one to watch!

Witchdoctor

Witchdoctor

The Fruit Group next.  A 3 piece band from Herne Bay, signed to DOUBLE DECKORDS, who describe themselves as Jam Band/Tropical/VitaminC genre.  I hadn’t ever seen or heard this band before this gig so had no idea what to expect.  I have to say I half expected them to turn up in Bermuda shorts, Hawaiian t-shirts and have a set covered in inflatable bananas.  That might not have been to far from the truth!  The vocalist did wear a nice brightly coloured shirt, but that aside, the music that came off stage had a ‘sunny’ sort of sound to it.  Feel good music that made you think of tropical beaches and warm sunshine!  Very nicely put together set from a talented band.

The Fruit Group

The Fruit Group

Escape the Ocean are a Progressive/Math Rock band from Deal who do what they do extremely well.  Well I’ve reviewed these guys before so will put in the link here for that review.  It’s pointless to keep saying the same things about a band, so I wont go over old ground.  I have to be totally honest and say that I’m not hugely knowledgeable about this genre but its very easy to know when a band are more than a bit good!  The fact that a band member from Feed the Rhino was in the crowd to watch them kind of speaks volumes.  The guys put on a really good set but to be honest they always do, the standard never seems to drop, they never seem to have an ‘off day’.  The equipment they put on stage looks like something from the future, all shiny and high tech and always draws comment from people watching.  A band with more energy than a Tasmanian devil and a sound more technical than the ‘big bang theory’.  Get to a gig and see them!

Escape the Ocean

Escape the Ocean

Moccasins a 4 piece Indie Rock band from Folkestone, very local boys!  These guys are pretty young and have  a strong following of fans that turn up to their gigs.  They are a very tight band with a unique sound, favoring reverb which makes the sound produced very rich.  The songs are extremely catchy and the fans know them off by heart, cheerily singing them back to the stage.  However, even if this is your first time watching them, you find yourself singing along to choruses of certain songs.  This is rock indie that you can’t help but love.  Take their ages aside and you still have an incredibly talented group of musicians.  I think this band will be heard of by a lot more and spreading their wings a little in the future.

Moccasins

Moccasins

Witchdoctor – Arnald Find them on Facebook

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Escape the Ocean – Exit Wound Find them on Facebook

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Here follows a very small amount of photography from the evening.  For full gig photo’s please go to Facebook, this page only 

  • Avenge Thee + Naime
  • After The Enclave
  • The 27s

Friday Night Live at RokanRolla in Folkestone saw something a little bit special.  Something that has only been seen a couple of times and will not be seen again.  Those who didn’t manage to get down to this gig really missed out.  A free night of quality live music, not something you get very often.

First on the line up was a band I had not seen live before.  The 27s describe themselves as Rock Alternative Post-Punk band from Maidstone and although they have been together some time now, with a member at university, they have not been gigging for sometime.  However, this didn’t really come across on stage with the quality of the music.  I would slightly disagree with the bands description of genre, although there were definite undertones of rock and post punk, on the night I felt they had an almost Brit Pop feel to them, the likes of Blur/Oasis at times.  The band put on a great set of covers and originals (more heavily weighted to originals) with a mix of mellow, chilled, melodic to upbeat and energetic.  Each song was very distinctive, producing a nice varied set.  It’s a shame these guys aren’t out gigging more but with one EP already released, they are looking at recording another very soon.  Check them out, I think you’ll like what you hear!

The 27s

The 27s

After The Enclave, a hard rock band from Sittingbourne are a band I have seen a few times now.  This is a band who do what they do, very well.  Lead vocalist/front man Micheal Stubbs has a pretty astounding voice and his visual performance draws you in like a mermaid calling to a sailor!  You can’t help but watch this frontman as he struts his stuff and rocks out in an appealing mix of head banging and confident rock stances.  Put this together with some awesome riffs, energetic drumming and you have yourself a real hard rock/metal set that I don’t think you could get tired or watching or hearing.

After the Enclave

After the Enclave

Avenge Thee + Naime, Metal/Experimental usually 2 drummer band from Canterbury.  With members Chester Bartholomew Weschke Boyd and Marc Prentice performing their last show, this was their last ever 3 drummer madness gig.  I’ve reviewed this band before so wont go and on again (see here for last review) but I will say this still remains the quirkiest metal band I have ever seen.  Words can not describe the madness that ensues.  This band is just as much about visual performance as they are sound and to walk into one of their sets can produce some shocked and amazed reactions.  Still one, if not ‘thee’ strongest bands on the scene for putting on a ‘show’,  I somehow do not feel that the new line up changes will detract any thing at all.  This is simply a band that everyone has to see once, even if metal is not your ‘thing’.  Before they perform you can feel an electrical charged buzz of anticipation building in the room which never seems to quite disperse.  An experience you will never forget!

Avenge Thee + Naime

Avenge Thee + Naime

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Here follows a very, very small amount of the photography from the evening.  For full gigs photo’s, please got to Facebook, this gig only 

  • Ariya
  • City of Ashes
  • Training Icarus
  • The Overnight Angels
  • Commit This To Memory

Tuesday 19th March 2013 at the Beercart Arms in Canterbury saw an unusual and awesome line up of 5 bands put on by Below the Radar Events and Promotions. Yes you heard right, 5 bands, so I knew it was going to be a busy night, I didn’t realise how much fun it was going to be however.

First on the line up Commit This To Memory an alternative rock band from Kent.  Now I wouldn’t have said that this band actually fit on what was a pretty heavy line up but I was wrong.  Yes they have a much softer sound than the other bands playing this gig but they put on a set the crowd really enjoyed.  They are not your normal alternative rock band on the local scene by far, having a real American rock feel to them!  In fact I would also at times say they have a slightly retro feel. I could almost imagine them playing across the airwaves of an American dinner or on stage at a 60’s high school prom.  That aside they have a harder edge with some real punchy riffs, accomplished melodies and a lead vocalist with a really distinct pitch perfect voice.  I like this band a lot and think they can easily fit into many different genre line ups and be appreciated.  I’d recommend going to see these guys, something a little different.

The Overnight Angels a female fronted heavy rock/metal band from Kent/London came next, dropping the evening to its harder tone.  A very young band both in terms of time together and in members but they work together very well indeed.  A jaw dropping performance ensued on stage that commanded your attention at all times.  The crowd were drawn forward and engaged extremely quickly and lead vocalist Niki J Angel knew how to work them.  At the age of 17 this girl has bags of confidence on stage, maybe suggesting some performing arts training somewhere but I could be wrong.  At times the band had a real Evanescence feel to them, including the vocals and you can easily see this is a band they have been influenced by.  Performing a mixture of covers and originals we were even treated to an awesome bass solo (something I haven’t seen often).  My only negative comment would be that male backing vocals were not as strong as lead vocals but then with a voice like that, it would be hard to compete with!  Hugely talented band that seem to just gel together perfectly which was evident by the raptus applause and serge at the stage end of set, to grab one of the 10 free CDs on offer. I have a good feeling about this band.

Next up should have been Training Icarus but with some issues of getting to the venue, City of Ashes stepped down a position on the line up and came next.

City of Ashes a Rock/Alternative/Indie/Post-Hardcore band from Eastbourne took to the stage as part of their 10 date The Water Snake Tour across the country.  So let me set the scene, I move forward with camera in hand, slightly puzzled as to why there are crates/boxes set up in front of the stage.  Duh a podium of course, why keep that talent nailed to a stage?  Vocalist Orion Powell kicked off by elevating himself above the crowd via said makeshift podium in a manner fit for a large festival stage.  This band excite me I have to say.  I’d never seen or heard them before and the pure, clean vocals simply blew me away.  Not all metal bands have that element, where you can hear every word of the lyrics, but these do.  The mixture of heavy screams and gentle almost soulful melodies are just astounding, mix that with soaring guitars and powerful drumming and you have yourself something kind of special.  They moved between songs which screamed of gentleness and vulnerability (The Highest Point of Living) back into hard hitting pure metal in a way that just made your mouth water.  I don’t think I would ever get tired of watching this band perform and am delighted they are sharing their music across the country right now!

So next came Training Icarus a female fronted melodic metal band from South East London signed to Ravenheart Music label.  The band had experienced some pretty rubbish luck with equipment and getting their drummer to the venue and therefore had to move up a slot on the set list.  After more issues, this time with their mp3 player and backing tracks, they hit the stage in a manner that could not be ignored.  Vocalist Leigh Turner’s voice is of a standard that you do not see in a small venue very often but given they performed at Bloodstock a couple of years ago, this is not entirely surprising.  It’s extremely evident this band has been together sometime by their polished performance.  Hard hitting energetic drums, soaring guitars and high hitting notes are just the start, put that with a synth backing and you have yourself some really good metal.  My only confusion is as to why the band use such a heavy backing track?  With talent like this, I just feel it would be better to simply have more musicians in the band to ‘live’ produce the same sound and give it a more organic feel.  Being a huge fan of live music it just took the edge off for me but that is just personal preference and opinion.  You cannot take away the standard and quality of the music or performance from them.

Last but by no means least saw Ariya a British Progressive Metal band from Kent, hit the stage.  Now this is a popular band, evident from the hoards that were already waiting front of stage as they assembled.  I wondered why the hype I have to say, until they started to play.  The tiny stage saw 6 band members cram themselves in with keyboards, synths, guitars and drums… impressive in itself.  Vocalist Alex ‘Alpen’ Temple took to the mic and it was evident from the start that this wasn’t just a metal band.   You could be forgiven at first for thinking you had walked into a live comedy show to be honest.  A quirky character that had instant appeal started by informing the audience of his germs, snot etc both verbally and visually, stuffing tissues up his nose.  When the band stopped the banter with its fans and substantial crowd that had gathered, I was surprised at what was produced.  A hugely fun but extremely credible metal set exuded off stage with metal screams that left your ears ringing for days after.  Performing mainly original material, at the end of the set the band member described as Chris Powell – Synth/Saxophone/beard swapped places with Alex to perform an amazing rendition of Pussy by Rammstein.  I can easily see why these guys have such a faithful fan base following them around.  Personalities that draw you to them, coupled with a really accomplished set of metal musicians, make this a band that I want to follow around supporting, with tissues hanging from my nose!

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Ariya – rebirth Find them on Facebook

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Training Icarus – Now or Never Find them on Facebook 

 

The Overnight Angels – Run From Here Find them on Facebook

Commit This To Memory – Please check back as these guys are just finishing recording and will be updated in next few weeks with a track! – Find on Facebook

Here follows an extreme small amount of the photography taken on the night of this gig.  For full nights photo’s please go to my Facebook page, this gig only 

  • SPiT LiKE THiS
  • Slam Cartel
  • Avenge Thee + Naime
  • Embryon

I KNOW THIS LOOKS LONG TO READ… FOR A REVIEW ITS MUCH LONGER THAN USUAL.  HOWEVER, ITS NOT LONG ENOUGH, PLEASE TAKE THE TIME, AS WHAT FOLLOWS YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE!

Thursday evening at the renowned music venue Beercart Arms in Canterbury saw a very special and mixed line up that worked together in the way peanut butter and jam does.  This was a gig I was hyped for, not often for a start I get to photograph and see 4 completely new bands.  Put that together with the reputation of all bands and the rumor that Avenge Thee + Naime would be performing with 3… yes 3 drummers and well, it wasn’t going to be a spectacle to miss!  An awesome line up put on by Below the Radar Events and Promotions.

First up Embryon, it was clear from the start these guys were going to put on a great stage show, just from their appearance and stance and I was not disappointed.  At first they appeared to be quite old school rock in their visual performance but the songs that came off that stage soon told a different story.  Vocalist Dave Frawley looks like he was born to perform and is able to to rock out like a super star whilst keeping tight clean vocals.  The stage saw poses and stances worthy of an arena, hair billowing by a fan in a way that looked like they were shooting a music video and a drum kit that you should bow down to and worship (provided by SPiT LiKE THiS).  Taking the performance off stage and pushing the mic into the crowds faces, made the audience interact in a way that is so hard for first on the line up bands to do.  This oozed of the bands experience of performing and the ability to work a crowd.  The final song of the set saw front man Dave, even pluck a poor unsuspected lady from the audience and twirl her around the floor in a manner fitting more of a masked ball than a heavy rock set!  Performing and playing to the camera in a way that gets me more excited than any thing should on a Thursday evening, this is a band I want to see again!

Embryon

Embryon

Next up Avenge Thee + Naime.  Watching this band set up, it became very clear from the off that this was not going to be your normal average band or performance.  If you hadnt heard of this band then you would be forgiven for standing scratching your heads while they set up, off stage… not a single band member anywhere near the stage in fact.  Looking like a flea market with carpets laid down on the dance floor, 3 drum kits set up face to face with topless (partly bottomless too in cases) drummers strewn over the floor.  Granted they usually only have 2 drummers (only… lol) tonight saw a special with a drummer leaving, it was his last performance, new drummer and existing drummer in tow.  You knew from the off that earplugs were more than a must, well if you actually wanted to hear anything for the next couple of weeks!  Vocalist Adam Wesgate puts on a quirky performance, dancing around the floor amongst the crowd in a totally unique manner (this could never be copied), even sitting on the floor at times and stopping to just stare or point at a person.  A slightly uncomfortable experience at times for sure but wow, it does the job of capturing your attention.  If that’s not enough the drummers hit their kits one at time, climbing around on top of them like small children on a climbing frame at the local playground.  At times they fell into poses like the un-dead and gradually came back to life in a frenzied attack that made you fear for the  poor drums lives.  The set ended with drummers falling in somersaults (yes falling) off their kits in heaps of drums, chairs, bodies and broken sticks everywhere.  This is a performance that not one single person in the world should miss, even if you hate metal!

Avenge Thee + Naime

Avenge Thee + Naime

Slam Cartel came next and you had to feel a little sorry for any band that had to follow the previous set.  Being a 3 drum and Glam Rock/Horror sandwich was always going to be a hard for any band and in fairness I feel that they should probably have been moved down a slot to gain the crowd appreciation that they deserved.  However, this does not detract from the bands performance both visually and musically in anyway.  A strong band, extremely good at what they do, gaining airplay on such radio stations as Planet Rock, shows you the caliber of these guys and they put on a more than credible performance.  Being joined on stage by the infamous Bobb the Pineapple (appeared on stage with Rage Against the Machine and has his own Facebook) saw a band with a front man that sure loves what he does.  Hard hitting rock belted on and off stage as vocalist Giles Van Lane frequently went walk about, interacting the with audience and demanding that they paid attention.  This is a front man that you never want to take you eyes off, not only due to his enigmatic manner but also due to his love of stealth attacks on those that turn their backs (I learn this quickly!).  Playing to the camera at all times, getting up real close and personal and even including the camera in a song this band sure know how to play to their fans.  I was even invited on stage by the guitarist at one point to photograph the drummer and he playfully then tried to block me and proceed to dance around me!  A really fun band with an awesome sound that I can’t wait to see perform to a larger crowd.

Slam Cartel

Slam Cartel

Last but no means least SPiT LiKE THiS an Alternative Horror-Streaked UK Glam Punk band hit the stage.  Clear from walking into the venue and seeing their merchandise stand and the way these guys were dressed, this was going to be a show and a half…  Performing as part of their NormalityVille Horror Tour these guys look like they had just stepped of set from The Rocky Horror Show stage, which is quite fitting as they performed an amazing cover of Sweet Transvestite.  So amazing you would be forgiven for thinking these guys had actually wrote it or it had it written for them.  The band has a stunning female bassist ViKKi SPiT who fits better than an old shoe in the line up and sure knows how to glam it up!  I was never quite sure if this was a stunning musical West End show or a hard hitting punk/glam rock band but either way I loved it.  Punchy hard hitting songs, visual performances of the likes you will rarely see, a front man that  can interact with an audience in a way that would make the most accomplished jealous .. this band knows how to have fun.  Random moments of creating a conga around the floor, an audience member having ‘titties’ drawn on his naked chest with a marker pen and banter that would cut anyone dead makes this a band at the top of their game.  I could never get bored with watching these guys… a total must see!

SPiT LiKE THiS

SPiT LiKE THiS

So there ends a review which is much longer than it should be but equally not nearly long enough to convey the feelings and emotions that this gig induced.   The buzz from this was amazing and although I try to stay neutral on opinions and reviews, its impossible to do so with this one.  I’m breaking my rule and saying this was one of my favorites  both personally to watch and to photograph.  I can’t put across enough the spectacle in words, so hope that my photo’s will do the job for me.  A tiny amount of 169 photo’s taken on the night will appear below so I implore you to click the link to the Facebook page and look at the rest!  A random day started with a Facebook friend request from a pineapple, ended in an even more surreal and random way.  An evening that will stick in my mind for many years to come!

Review by Sarah Quinn – GIGglepics

SPiT LiKE THiS – Sick 
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Slam Cartel – Handful of Dreams 
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Avenge Thee + Naime – Ear of the Horse 
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Embryon – Lost
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Here follows an extremely small amount of photography from the evening, for full evenings photo’s please go to Facebook, this gig only

  • Electric River
  • COLT 45
  • One Day Elliott

So Sunday evening at the Beercart Arms in Canterbury saw something rather special.  Electric River headlined on the very last gig of The Big Cheese Magazine Tour with their support COLT 45.  The local band hit the road, starting in Glasgow where  they met with Cumbrian band COLT 45 for the first gig of a 9 date tour.   Over the course of 11 days the bands played in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Manchester, Leeds, Ipswich, Leicester, London, finally finished last night in Canterbury.  Each location saw them joined by local bands on the lineup and from the sounds of it, the lads had a blast.

Local support for the last gig of the tour came from One Day Elliott, a 4 piece Rock/Punk/Metal band from Maidstone, at least that’s how they describe themselves.  They incorporated all three of the above in an accomplished manner, surprising me with a Capella track which, theoretically you would not think could work.  Wrong, it did!  A very surprising set which could have easily induced a mosh pit but equally saw toe tapping and head nodding, not an easy feat to accomplish in combination.  Vocalist Paul not only smashed every song but had bundles of charisma and a unique style of moving on stage that just made me want to join him…  In all a surprising mix that left me craving more.

Headline support COLT 45came bursting out of the box‘ in a manner that should not be humanely possible at the end of a 800/900 mile tour.  Describing themselves as a three piece punk/alt rock band from Cumbria with big hooks, big riffs and poor circulation, I can confirm that they are exactly that.  The sound produced on stage was loud, proud and melodic with harmonies and  riffs that were pretty staggering. I have to point out that vocalist Neil, had the most visually beautiful guitar I have seen in a very long while, although it completely dwarfed him on stage.  In fact he even joked outside that he ‘used the case to sleep in on tour’.  My only disappointment, they are not local so a long way to travel for a gig.  Guess I’ll have to settle for listening to their EP!

Headliners Electric River pulled in a large fan base as always, seeing a good mixture of people lined up at the front of the stage awaiting their performance.  I do have to point out though, that the band does seem to have a larger young, pretty, female fan base than most.  From the off the band showed they meant business producing  heavy melodies and catchy numbers that made you want to jump around and dance. I can honestly say that these guys had more energy on stage than at 3 year old after drinking a litre of full fat generic fizzy drink.  It’s not hard to see why this band have such a strong, loyal fan base and they never fail to blow me away with their strong Punk/Rock n Roll style.

Watching from the sidelines with my camera, it was very clear both bands have had a blast on tour and made life long friends.  Belting each others tracks out from the audience I think its fair to say that both bands had a lot of fun.  An awesome way to finish a tour!

Hear track Electric River – Hold Your Nerve 
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Hear track COLT45 – Chasing Yesterday EP (2011) – 01 Chasing Yesterday 
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Hear track One Day Elliott – So Far, So Good 
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Here follows a very small amount of photography from the night. For full evenings photo’s, please go to my Facebook, this gig only 

 

 

  • Jukebox Monkey
  • Let The Dust Settle
  • All That We Know
  • Ian Day (Tank Trap)

New Music Thursday at the RokanRolla, Folkestone’s only dedicated music venue provided something more than a little bit special on this night.  Firstly it was going to be an exciting night because 3 of the acts playing I had never seen before and its always great to see new acts, secondly Ian Day from the mighty Tank Trap was performing an acoustic set!

So we start with Ian Day.  Now I’ve been fortunate enough to see Tank Trap live and photograph them at a small gig in Ashford at Platform 5 and that is a gig I will not forget in a hurry.  Therefore it was with slight trepidation that I prepared for Ian’s acoustic set.  I knew deep down that it would be good, with a voice like that it could be nothing else.  However, there was an edge of nerves as to whether his performance could be as great as when with his band. I really needn’t have worried.  Ian played an acoustic set of rock/bluesy covers including an amazing version of Hey Maggie, REM covers and a jaw dropping performance of Hallelujah.  Ian finished his set with a rendition of MMMBop by Hanson which he assured was for comic value, although knowing the words so well, I’m not entirely convinced!   Each song saw an eruption of applause from the audience who sat mesmerized by this stripped back, pure set of vocals and guitar.  Ian’s voice simply captivated the audience with a strong but at times slightly gravelly, pure sound that filled the huge venue with ease, such is the power of of his voice.  The only difference between an Ian Day acoustic performance and a Tank Trap performance for this lead singer, is an air of vulnerability when on stage performing alone.  Gone is the edgy confident persona and in its place something a little more vulnerable and unsure, which in itself is very charming.  All in all I have to say this was an incredible set that had the rock/heavy rock bands that were to follow sitting in total appreciation and they were not afraid to show it.  I would most definitely be seeking out an Ian Day acoustic gig to watch again on a personal level.

Next up saw a young covers band called All That They Know,  who have recently performed on Academy FM.  Still relatively new, having formed in August 2011 this trio feature covers ranging from Tiao Cruz through to John Lennon.  They are stepping into the studio in a couple of weeks on March the 12th to begin recording their debut EP.  This evening however saw rock covers of the likes of Kings of Leon, Artic Monkeys and Blink 182 to name few, although their set only ran for around 20 minutes in total.  The lead singer and guitarist Harley Johnson, if I’m honest, looked the most confident and comfortable in the band, settling in well to his performance.  I’m not entirely sure how many gigs this band have played together but they did at times appear to be nervous and lacking that real confidence and stage presence that draws an audience in.  This could also be due to the epic numbers that they chose to perform, as the likes of Sex is on Fire require a certain amount of  boldness and exuberance to pull off entirely credibly.  Still having said that, this is a band that I feel has potential for growth and with more performances together I feel they will develop a greater confidence that will enhance their stage performance and therefore the audiences appreciation.  One to watch!

Headline support act Let The Dust Settle are an originals Heavy Rock/Metal band from Tonbridge Wells, Kent. This band consists of 4 members and I have to say for me had a slight Motorhead feel about them.  Now when they first took to the stage I’ll be honest, I did not know what to expect.  These guys did not look like your stereotypical heavy rock/metal band apart from the Jack Daniels and Led Zepplin t-shirts on stage, the usual heavy tattoos, piercings or long headbanging hair were not really in sight.  I know slap on the wrist for the stereotyping… but well its just what I’m used to seeing.  However, what was evident from the very first bar is that looks can be deceiving.  The heavy riffs mixed with clear punchy vocals captured my attention from the very start and I soon found it hard to concentrate on photography due to feeling the need to to move!  By the time they came to the last song of their set, self titled Let The Dust Settle I did in fact find myself moving my head in a general nodding fashion along with the headbanging being produced on stage.  At the end of the set the guitarist simply announced to the audience “I’m a sweaty monkey” and it was quite apt really.  This band is full of energy with confidence that belies a real ‘gel’ in the band.  This is a band I need to see more of… not because I haven’t made up my mind, the opposite, I need to see them again!

Now on to the headliners Jukebox Monkey.  These guys describe themselves as ‘4 Guys playing bad-ass hard-rock’ and well, they are just what they say on the tin.  Having come highly recommended by another amazing hard rock/stoner metal band Stone Kings, I was expecting good things… I was not disappointed.  In fact I would go as far as to say that I got, amazing things!  This band showed what they were all about from the off, flying out of the box, no messing into a hard energetic rock set of pure headbanging and heavy riffs that I would defy anyone to stand still too, with an energy that is rarely seen these days.  It is very evident these guys have been together for a considerable amount of time and I am astonished that they have not progressed much further yet, or that I had not heard of them to date.  An extremely tight set and interaction on stage between members show how many gigs they have played together and wow, what a show they put on.  None of which compromises the amazing sound that come from the stage.  The drummer captured my attention from the very start, reminding me of Animal from the Muppet’s with his wild and enthusiastic method of drumming, which included, unusually, a cowbell!  I can honestly say that I would pay decent money to go and watch these guys and think they are destined for good/bigger things.  If bad-ass hard rock is what you are all about, you must get out there to one of their gigs, you will not be disappointed.  I recommend that you check these guys out on Facebook, give them a like and show them some love, after last nights performance, they deserve it!

Judging by the overall quality and standard of last nights gig, if the RokanRolla continue to produce such high standard evenings I can see their venue being packed out to capacity very soon.

Here follows a very small selection of photography from the night.  For the full evenings photo’s please go to my Facebook page, this gig only

Hear track Jukebox Monkeys – Airborne
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Hear track Let The Dust Settle – Weapons And War 
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Hear track Tank Trap – Bite The Bullet
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Should be able to bring you tracks and links for Let The Dust Settle and All That We Know later today or in the next couple of days so please check back!