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Ashes EP Launch – The Windmill Inn – Ashford – 23.05.13

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  • Jesus Fix
  • Sirens & Shelter 

Thursday 23rd May saw the Ashford EP Launch from Ashes at The Windmill Inn, a pub that has live music gigs every week.  Having covered their Folkestone launch, this was an evening I was really looking forward to, although not sure what I was expecting.  The previous launch was filled with onesies,  pirates and river dancing, so from previous experience, anything could have happened.  What did in fact happen, was your more normal regular type gig but this didn’t detract at all from the quality.

Sirens & Shelter – Acoustic/Folk/Pop Singer & Songwriter from North Kent with a bit of a difference.  Scott Mallard plays an entirely acoustic set but with a sound that at times, is as full and loud as a band.  The songs could easily be produced with a full band but equally work just as well in acoustic form.  Such is the fullness you would be forgiven for thinking that it is not merely Scott and a guitar standing on stage.  I found his style extremely passionate and energetic, not always what you expect from an acoustic act.   The lyrics to his songs are heartfelt and emotional, feeling like they are being sung from deep down within his soul. This is extremely endearing and alluring.  His voice has a raw and rough sort of edge to it, which sounds vulnerable and pure at times in its presentation.  Scott has just recorded a new EP which is in its mastering stage at the moment, I for one will be really keen to give this a listen.  His current EP and the material performed on stage has some contrast to it, but that unique voice is very evident throughout.  I highly recommend you get along to see him perform, its an acoustic act that blends well in style with a band night or an acoustic night.  That’s not something you hear or see very often.

Sirens & Shelter

Sirens & Shelter

Jesus Fix – A Gothic Rock/Metal/Punk trio hailing from Whitstable – Kent, with influences from the likes of Motorhead and Sisters of Mercy.  For me the stand outs in this band were the guitarist, John and drummer, Chris.  Energetic and pounding drumming, yet Chris never once broke into a sweat.  He appeared so laid back it was impossible to associate the sound with the visual.  This band is what it says, however the sound quality was poor and did not showcase them to their best.  They seem to cause a real divide in the audience, as I found from wandering around and talking to people.  Some absolutely love them and others do not, there seems to be no middle ground here with this band.  What was a common denominator with all however, was that the sound quality was off, the levels were completely out.  The sound engineer was placed off to the side, the pub they performed in was long and narrow, with the audience directly in front.  A real shame as it’s hard to judge and review a band when they are not being showcased to their best, I can only go by what I see and hear in front of me on the night.  I would also say that their set sounds a little samey to me.  Once you’ve heard a couple of tracks, it feels like you’ve heard them all.  A lot of people loved them though and this is only my own personal opinion. At the end of the day, that’s what a review is.  I’d be interested in hearing them again with a decent sound check and correct levels to see if my opinion was still the same.  If you like your gothic rock however, talking to people in the crowd, these are a band to go and watch.

Jesus Fix

Jesus Fix

Ashes – A 3 piece hard rock band from around the Ashford area with their own brand of rock.  Having reviewed them in-depth at their Folkestone launch I won’t go over old ground too much.  I would highly recommend you read that review, as well as informative, it is also highly entertaining (link to Ashes EP Launch (Stand Up) – Googies Art Cafe – Folkestone – 04.05.13).  This is a brand of rock I like a lot and on my second time seeing them, I still stand by my opinion that they sound better live than recorded.  Don’t get me wrong, they sound great recorded, but better live and I’m not entirely sure why that is.  I’ve still not put my finger on it.  They take what they do very seriously, while still managing to have fun.  That radiates from the stage, making them extremely appealing to watch.  Extremely talented musicians with a unique sound, which makes them stand out from the crowd, so to speak.  A more sombre affair at this gig, with no onesie clad, morph suited or cutlass baring pirates to be seen.  There was however still the same exceptional standard and sound from the band.  I did wonder whether this would be the case if I’m honest.  The previous launch was in an extremely small venue and with their only being 3 of them, I wondered if the sound would be so full and rich this time around.  I can assure you it was and they manage to create what would normally take a band with 2 guitarists to do .  Highly recommend you get along to a gig and see them live, they never fail to impress!



Sarah Quinn – GIGgle Pics and Kent Sessions

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

Photography by Sarah Quinn – GIGgle Pics & Kent Sessions




Sirens and Shelter – The Deep End – Track Review

There is a beautiful balance demonstrated by Sirens and Shelter’s, “The Deep End” , between acoustic, melodic ringing high chords with contrasting pop-rock, yet sincere vocals. Touching on a multitude of genres with hints of intricate folky ambience and a pop vocal line and lyrics, the song is stripped back and creates an upbeat honest sound reminiscent of City and Colour. The drums are bright, bouncy and leave room for the cheerful guitar to shine through, especially in the lead up to the chorus where the guitar could have been plucked from a sunny 60s track. With an increasingly growing heavy beat towards the end of the song, there is suddenly a moment of peace, the vocals are prominent, with minimal chords. This leads on back to the chorus, maintaining the gleaming enthusiasm maintained that is apparent throughout the track.  The song has been skilfully woven together, maintaining the listeners’ interest throughout, and providing the urge to listen to more Sirens and Shelter.

Annie Mackinnon

Rock/Indie/Acoustic Reviewer on behalf of GIGgle Pics

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Here is a selection of tracks from acoustic artists.  Like what you hear?  Check them out on Facebook, find a gig and go and support them!

If you search for an artist 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. CoCo and the Butterfields – Walls (Fip Fok band from Canterbury, Kent) – Find on Facebook 
  2. Ross and the Wrongens – That Magic Feeling (Acoustic/Rock/Indie band from Kent) – Find on Facebook 
  3. High Tide – Rain Coat Man (3 piece Acoustic soulful band from Canterbury) – Find on Facebook 
  4. Daniel Joseph Fitzgerald – From Grace (Singer/Song writer from Canterbury, Kent) – Find on Facebook 
  5. Sirens and Shelter – The Deep End (Acoustic project from North Kent signed to Engineer Records) – Find on Facebook 
  6. Flame Pilots – Stolen Time (Acoustic/Rock band from Whitstable, Kent) – Find on Myspace (more songs to listen to, gig details etc) – Find on Facebook 
  7. Melic – Nowhere I’d Rather Be  (Rock-Funk-Acoustic band signed to Beatnik Geek Records) – Find on Facebook 
  8. The Mannie Roobs – Ivory Fields – Find on Facebook 
  9. The Lightworker – Writing on the Wall – Find on Facebook 
  10. The Alamo – More To Learn – Find on Facebook 
  11. The Only Sun – Gone (Rock/Folk band from Gillingham) – Find on Facebook 
  12. Charlotte Rose Ellis – Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush – Find on Facebook 
  13. Glittster and the Genral – Glory Box – Find on Facebook 
  14. Keston Cobblers’ Club – Pett Level (Folk/Indie band from Keston, Bromley/Kent signed to Beatnik Geek Records) – Find on Facebook 
  15. Lizzie Andrews – Time is Runnin – Find on Facebook 
  16. The Lightwings – Revolutions (Beatpop band from London signed to Beatnik Geek Records) – Find on Facebook 

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