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Sail On – Things Are On The Up – (from EP At Least It’s Not Raining) 

Sail On – Things Are On The Up – Track Review

I’ve been a pop-punk fan for almost twenty years now, so as this song started and I heard the infectious melodies and killer hooks that I love, I started to proper get into it, but then suddenly like a punch to the chest, the enjoyment was taking away some. I will explain…

The song starts off with a real deep catchy guitar riff with the drums pounding away and it sounds great, then the vocals start and I’m instantly reminded of bands such as Yellow card, New Found Glory and You Me at Six. The singing has a great melody and bright tone which sits perfectly in the mix above the instruments.

The chorus has a great hook and you find yourself singing along to ‘when the lights go down’.

Then the second vocalist is introduced and this is the part that I have a little bit of a problem with.

Now I will admit, metal is not really my cup of tea so when I hear the screaming/shouting throughout verse two I’m kind of left wishing they had kept it like verse one.

Now I’m not saying the second vocalist is not talented, I’m sure he would be great in a metal/heavier band but I think the contrast between the two voices is just too different.

Musically the band sound great and real tight, it all goes at a frantic pace and even has a quiet synth track sitting in the background.

Having only heard this one track by Sail On, I’m left wondering what genre they want to be, but one thing’s for sure, if they stick to the sweet pop/punk sound, then I for one would be a massive fan.

Dan Martin Brown

Punk/Pop Punk Reviewer on behalf of GIGgle Pics

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Review of gig at Club Q and Sail On’s set – By Sarah Quinn – GIGgle Pics

Photo’s by Sarah Quinn – GIGgle Pics


  • Blacken the Name
  • My Life in the Making
  • Hours to Destroy
  • Sail On
  • Artemis Redeemer

It has been widely discussed and commented that Ashford has not had much of a metal/rock scene for quite some time.  Original band gigs have been some what lacking for this genre, so there was a lot of hype around this, along with some concerns that it may not be well attended.  This gig was put on by Below the Radar Events and Promotions in an attempt to try to kick start the local scene again, with the intention of putting on more regular gigs if all went well.

This was a little different than Below the Radar’s usual gigs, in that Dan Wyatt from Blacken the Name also helped to organize it and will be running future ones from Club Q, as the Ashford section of Below the Radar.  Dan managed to acquire Club Q (snooker club) as a venue for these gigs, which was the home of the Ashford Rocks gigs in the past, so has seen plenty a rock and metal bands in its time.

If there were concerns about attendance, there needn’t have been as the venue was packed out by fans of metal and this has now secured the venue for future gigs.  So guys, keep your eyes peeled for the next one, as to keep the scene going this requires future good attendance!

Artemis Redeemer are a 5 piece metal/hardcore band from Kent.  I say are but this is not strictly true as they are actually splitting up.  This gig was their penultimate, there last being with Palmreader and Bury The Hatchet at the Beercart Arms in Canterbury on April 11th.  So if you like what hear/see (track featured at bottom) I suggest you get along to this gig.  It will be the last opportunity to catch them live and being their last ever show, I’m pretty sure it will be a stonker!  Despite being nearly at their end the band put on a strong set of hardcore metal.  Lead vocalist Sam Hubbard produced some very strong vocals backed by hard riffs for some real head banging music.

Artemis Redeemer

Artemis Redeemer

Sail On brought something a little different to the lineup being a pop punk band.  Local lads from Ashford they seemed a little concerned they wouldn’t fit the lineup but they needn’t have.  This pop punk band actually have a screamer (well technically he has left and another band member is filling in) and are not exactly a ‘soft’ sounding band.  I recently reviewed them at a gig in Folkestone, so wont cover the same things again (see here for last review) but I can say that they still have all the energy of a kid eating blue smarties and still have their kangaroo (yep previous review read needed there).  The crowd really enjoyed this set and it was nice to see that their front man has gained a lot of confidence since the last time I saw them.  A strong band with a really great sound, highly recommend you catch them at a gig.

Sail On

Sail On

Hours to Destroy a pretty new 4 piece, experimental metal band from Canterbury.  I photographed these guys at a gig a little while back, one of their early gigs and have to say what an amazing bunch of guys these are.  To say it was an eventful gig would be an understatement however.  The very last song of their set, the very last bar, I’m leaning in with my camera to get a shot of the final moment.  As I look through the lens I see Richi’s (lead vocalist) eyes just roll back in his head as he literally keels over.  Falling backwards he hits his head on the window sill and knocks himself sparko!  The next set of photography is missed by me as I’m delivering first aid and holding his head together, which has a really deep gash and all he can say while waiting for an ambulance is:  “Will they have to to shave my head?   My hair man!” So I was a little concerned about this set and we did have a discussion regarding performing all future gigs in a sumo outfit and crash helmet  (which I would love to photograph!).  Moving on, experimental metal is a great description of this band, the bassist Tom Shepherd is actual bass/synths combined.  Literally!  Being a previous dub step solo artist they wanted to bring his synths into the set so came up with a genius idea.  A nano pad was purchased which runs through a laptop, the keypad is velcro’d onto his bass and he plays it live!  Extremely strong vocals from Richi Lewis, tight guitars and drums and a unique sound with some really interesting lyrics.  This band is going from strength to strength and they clearly love what they do.  I suggest you check them out!

Hours To Destroy

Hours To Destroy

My Life in the Making are a 4 piece metal band from Ashford/New Romney and to be honest, there is not really anyone on the scene that hasn’t heard of these guys!  So having not done much of late these guys are back and back with a vengeance and it was clear to see that there are a lot of people very happy about this.  The band had a very big turn out and the second they hit the stage a crowd gathered eagerly awaiting their set.  I was really looking forward to seeing these guys after hearing so many awesome things about them and yes I can confirm, they are awesome.  A fierce drummer who managed to break a fair few sticks in his fury, had an amazing kit adorned with Animal from the muppets which is very fitting.  Lead vocalist Ken Graham has a strong and pretty stunning voice, backed up by Ted Clark’s earth shattering screams the combination is very powerful.  Chopping riffs and powerful bass lines, put these all together and you have yourself a slightly different brand of metal but one I like, A LOT!  Really pleased to see these guys have a few gigs coming up.

My Life In The Making

My Life In The Making

Blacken The Name a 5 piece metal/experimental band from Ashford.  Yes these are local boys but no matter where they perform they have a really loyal fan base that follow along and its not hard to see why.  I’ve seen/photographed these guys a good few times now and they never fail to amaze.  Although every single gig is action packed, it is very rare for me to be able to say that every set is different.  These guys keep me on my toes and you have to be very alert around them for numerous reasons.  You just never know what will come next or what a band member will do.  There are times I wish there was two of me as while taking a shot of something, out the corner of my eye I can see something else going on which I’m kicking myself for missing.  Lead vocalist Dan Wyatt rarely spends any time on stage at all, preferring to be out in the pit with the fans and giving them the opportunity to join in with vocals frequently.  Note I said pit!  I have never attended a Blacken gig where there has not been a mosh pit and these can get pretty mental.  I always need to keep my wits about me but man do they produce some amazing photo’s.  I usually end up hanging around the speakers so I can duck behind for safety if necessary or onto the stage itself.  This gig was spent on my hands and knees at rhythm guitarist John Shaw’s feet!  Awesome sounding metal came off stage with huge amounts of headbanging, even from the band and lots of windmills off stage.  The finale was a metal rendition of Ricky Martin – Living da vida loco and the crowd went mental.  The mosh pit filled up with both men and women and craziness ensued.  Definitively a band to go and see, just watch yourself near that pit or get involved!

Blacken The Name

Blacken The Name

Review by Sarah Quinn – GIGgle Pics

Artemis Redeemer – We are Society Find band on Facebook 

Sail On – Things Are On The Up Find band on Facebook 

Hours to Destroy – Find band on Facebook – Give their page a like as they are currently just finishing recording their debut EP and details will be released there.  A track will be inserted here once completed and into the metal track section of the blog for promo!

My Life in the Making – Find band on Facebook – Track to follow so please check back as we are in the process of sorting!

Blacken the Name – Jekyll and Hyde Find band on Facebook 

Here follows a very, very small amount of the evenings photography.  For the full evening (believe me they are worth seeing, 196 photo’s) please go to, Facebook, this gig only 

Photography by Sarah Quinn – GIGgle Pics

  • ShyChlo
  • Third Place Victory
  • Sail On

So last night was the first ever Live Music Friday at the RokanRolla, Folkestone’s only dedicated music venue and brought a mixed line up of Pop Punk/Alt Rock/Hip Hop.  Although to be fair all three bands crossed over genre’s to a certain degree.  The evening went down well with the locals, seeing a busy bar and lots of movement on the dance floor.  Proof indeed there is a place for live music in every town!

First on line up, Sail On are a band I have not seen before.  Having had many line up changes and recently losing their vocalist ‘screamer’ the rest of the band managed to fill the loss well.  New vocalist/front man Gavin Aldhouse had a really great voice and once gains a little more confidence, will be a great addition to this lively/feisty/energetic band.  This was a really enjoyable set of pop punk as it should be, producing an all round good performance.  I would recommend going to see this band purely on the basis alone, that one of their guitarists leaps to heights on stage that would make even a kangaroo jealous.

Second on the line up, Third Place Victory an Alt Rock/Pop Punk band that I’ve seen a couple of times before.  Each and every time I see these guys take to the stage, they place a vision of what the set of Land of the Giants must have looked like into my brain.  Lead vocalist Mike Lloyd, towers above the other band members physically and has the stage presence to match.  Batting off heckles from an audience member in a way that both outwitted and allowed nothing further, Mike produced his usual strong performance.  Missing their cover of Sexy and I Know It which slightly disappointed, they produced a set of strong originals,  although not quite to their usual high standard.  Illness was evident to a degree and the band had to contend with the breaking of a lead/drum stick and string during their set but recovered well.  This aside, always a great band to watch with a unique style and I really enjoyed their set.

Headline act, ShyChlo came next.  Another band I have seen a number of times and I was slightly disappointed that they are still performing what would seem to be exactly the same set that I saw the very first time around.  Managing their own sound at all of their gigs shows the bands dedication to what they produce.  However, I found it slightly distracting to the performance when their manager/sound technician kept getting on and off stage to make minor adjustments.  To be fair this could have been more noticeable to me as I was was concentrating more on the visuals while trying to take photographs of the band.  All this aside, ShyChlo are very good at what they do and the audience were dancing and loving their set of covers from the likes of Dizzy Rascal.  Even I found myself moving to the rap dance tracks and general bouncing produced on stage.  This is a band who’s standard of performance never drops in any way, even with a vocalist suffering from flu.  An extremely distinctive sound that you could never fail to recognize as ShyChlo finished the evening in a fitting way!

A great night which brings high hopes for future Live Music Fridays at the venue.

Hear track ShyChlo – Wake Up
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Hear track Third Place Victory – X’s & Hex’s – 01 Bangarang 
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Hear track Sail On – Things Are On The Up 
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Here follows a very small amount of the photography taken on the night.  For the full evenings photo’s, please go to Facebook page, this gig only (worth it alone for the rest of the photo’s of Sail On’s guitarist jumping like a Springboc)


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Here is a selection of tracks from various PUNK/POP PUNK bands.  Like what you hear?  Check them out on Facebook, find a gig and go and support them!

If you search for a band in the search box in the left column of the blog, you will find their blog posts, with photography, Facebook and in some cases website and YouTube links.  Also any featured band articles if relevant.  Just click on the links to hear a track:


  1. Punching Swans- OCD (Punk band from Kent) – Find on Facebook 
  2. Saving Sebastian – I Hate Bands That Use Ridiculously Long Song Titles to Name Their Songs, They Could Have Chosen a Simple Phrase from the Chorus (Pop Punk band from Hemel Hemstead) – Find on Facebook 
  3. The 27s – It Was Nice Knowing YouFind on Facebook
  4. Slaves – Nervous Energy – Find on Facebook 
  5. Death in the Workplace – Getting Away With Murder (Dirty Ska Punk band from London) – Find on Facebook 
  6. COLT45 – Chasing Yesterday EP (2011) – Chasing Yesterday – Find on Facebook 
  7. The Rebecca Riots – How To Disfigure A Peacock (Adult – is the only description this band gives themselves from Canterbury – head over to Facebook, give them a  like and download their free EP) Find on Facebook 
  8. Beverley Kills – Walk With Me (All girl Punk Rock band) Find on Facebook 
  9. One Day Elliott – So Far, So Good – Find on Facebook 
  10. The Half Wits – SOCIETY – Find on Facebook 
  11. Tres Camaradas – Sink – Find on Facebook 
  12. Circle of Rage – Unnatural selection – Find on Facebook 
  13. Thumbscrew and the Flicknife Barbers – Gerry Attrick – Find on Facebook 
  14. Firstborn Heroes – Hold On Me – Find on Facebook 
  15. Brocker – A Quiet One (Rock/Punk/Ska band from Hertfordshire) – Find on Facebook 
  16. The Reason I Failed History – Drop Ocean (Emo band from Kent) – Find on Facebook 
  17. UGLY LOVE – OH NO HERE COME THE SPACE HAWKS (Rock punk band from Royal Tunbridge Wells) – Find on Facebook 
  18. Escucha – Memory in Stills – Find on  Facebook 
  19. Insult – Face in the Mud – Find on Facebook 
  20. College – 1st or 2nd- or Uni… (Lazy Emo that gets louder band from Canterbury) – Find on Facebook 
  21. We Buy Gold – Rons’ Room  (Rock/Post Punk band from London – record of week BBC Introducing Kent) – Find on Facebook 
  22. XUP-SUP  – Lonely Night (POP/PUNK/ROCK band from Hastings) – Find on Facebook 
  23. Saving Rose – Like Me FINAL – Find on Facebook 
  24. Hey, Joni – Jack’s Song – Find on Facebook 


  1. Sail On – Things Are On The Up – Find on Facebook 
  2. Melrose – No Thanks Man, I’m High On Life! – Find on Facebook 
  3. Third Place Victory – X’s & Hex’s – 01 Bangarang – Find on Facebook 
  4. Up For The Let Down -I Fear Sharks – Find on Facebook 
  5. Rexon – Brother in arms – Find on Facebook 
  6. My Third Leg – 05 Balls Deep – Find on Facebook 

For more tracks in this genre from bands/artist not yet worked with, but just as awesome… please click here