Posts Tagged ‘Vivid Nation’

  • Tank Trap
  • Vivid Nation
  • My Life In The Making
  • Blackwater Revue

Saturday night at the Bar Below in Folkestone saw a Below the Radar Events and Promotions gig that was a little bit special.  It was a line up of four bands not to be sniffed at by any stretch of the imagination.  In fact I would go as far as to say four bands all worthy of headlining!

Blackwater Revue are a heavy blues rock band from Canterbury/London.  I’d never heard this band before but their reputation preceded them and I’d already been told they were good.  Good is an understatement.  With influences ranging through from The Doors to Pantera they bring a different sound to rock, but there is one thing for sure, its loud, balsy and heavy!  Oh and pretty damn awesome at that.  Perfect band to open for a gig that is headlined by Tank Trap.  Their lead singer, who on first glance looks like he should be sitting in the halls of Oxford or Cambridge university (I hope he won’t mind me saying that), has one of the most powerful voices I have heard.  Not only powerful, easily carrying above the range of instruments, but with a really dirty, gritty edge and pitch perfect to boot.  A really tight band producing some amazing material and a sound I dare you not to love.  Seeing Blackwater Revue is not an option, its a must!

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My Life In The Making are a 4 piece metal band from Ashford/New Romney and I recently had the pleasure of reviewing them live at Club Q in Ashford.  So I’ll try not to cover the same aspects again and instead give you the link to go and read their previous review, its was good one!  (Club Q gig review)  Now if you’ve read my last review (and I hope you have) you would already know that I really like this band and that I thought they were really good.  I can honestly say this time I thought they were even better and yes, I told them that on the night.  Vocals were even tighter and clearer but I am aware Ken was on pain medication and suffering a bad back last time.  Thom was minus his own kit on this evening but that did not seem to mar his performance in any way.  The band has the most energetic bass player I have ever, and I do mean EVER seen in Sam and they just gel!  They are professional and perform extremely well but also have fun with it, really enjoy it.  There are times you feel there is a private joke going on among the lads with the smiles and looks they give each other and you can see they are playing with the instrumentals.  Thus they are that accomplished musicians they can do that live and from looking around, some people weren’t even aware of it!  A band I will never tire of seeing.

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Vivid Nation are an alternative rock band from east Kent and I’ve seen them a fair few times but never live reviewed, only photographed.  I have to be just honest up front here because this is a band I have always liked but they are also a band I’ve also always believed are right on the cusp of a break through.  They’ve already had airplay on BBC Introducing and seven other Kent radio stations and are currently getting ready to record their debut EP.  The new material the guys are playing live now, is pretty damn good stuff and has that same slightly commercial (not too much) but still alt rock sound to it.  They have a really distinctive sound to them, one that can never be mistaken and sets them apart from so many bands on the scene.  Their songwriting ability is pretty outstanding with really clever and interesting lyrics and their live performances already give them a rock star status.  A set full of broken strings (both accidental and due to ripping them off the guitar at the end of the performance), band members whizzing around the stage in a Tasmanian blur, high kicks and guitars played above heads, behind backs… well what more could you ask for?  I’m expecting great things from this band.

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Well last but by no means least!  The mighty Tank Trap a blues grunge rock band from Gravesend who I don’t think will be playing too many small venue gigs for much longer!  Having deservedly won a competition recently, they are now playing main stage at the Isle of Wight Festival this summer and I feel after this, they will be very much in demand.  However, I’m pretty sure they will still be playing smaller venue at times as they come across as a band that will never forget their routes and are pretty humble and lovely lads.  On the note of playing small venues, I had seen them once before and the stage was tiny.  This performance was better, so they need to make it too ensure they get those nice big areas to showcase themselves at their best!  I photographed this set, or attempted too any way as I have to say, even I was taken over and had to keep stopping to join in the dancing and at times mild head banging.  A set jam packed full of mind blowing originals that everyone attempted to sing along too, with some awesome The Doors covers and this was a performance so worthy of headlining.  I just hope I get to see them again very soon as their brand of bluesy grungy rock, it would appear is just my thing.  Judging from the rest of the audiences  jumping around and headbanging, many other peoples also.

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Sarah Quinn – GIGgle Pics & Kent Sessions

Blackwater Revue – give them a listen here 
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My Life In The Making – Beneath The Surface  Find them on Facebook 

Vivid Nation – You Just Gave It Away  Find them on Facebook 

 

Tank Trap – Bite the Bullet  Find them on Facebook 

 

Below is a very small amount of photography taken at this gig.  For full evenings photo’s please go to Facebook, this gig only 

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

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Here is a selection of tracks from various ROCK 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. Common Outlaw – Better OffFind on Facebook
  2. Benzokayn – God Mode (Rock band from Kent) – Find on Facebook 
  3. The Grey Areas- Grey Sky Thinking
  4. Brocker – A Quiet One (Rock/Punk/Ska band from Hertfordshire) – Find on Facebook 
  5. HighDrant – Blame (Hard Rock n’ Roll band from South East London)  – Find on Facebook 
  6. The 27s – It Was Nice Knowing YouFind on Facebook
  7. City of Ashes – Falling Star – Find on Facebook 
  8. Flame Pilots – Stolen Time (Acoustic/Rock band from Whitstable, Kent) – Find on Myspace (more songs to listen to, gig details etc) – Find on Facebook 
  9. Embryon – Lost – Find on Facebook
  10. Circle of Reason – Chasing the Sun  – Find on Facebook
  11. XUP-SUP  – Lonely Night (POP/PUNK/ROCK band from Hastings) – Find on Facebook 
  12. Slam Cartel – Handful of Dreams – Find on Facebook 
  13. Fighting for Alpha – ROSES (Rock/Indie band from Tunbridge Wells) – Find on Facebook 
  14. UGLY LOVE – OH NO HERE COME THE SPACE HAWKS (Rock punk band from Royal Tunbridge Wells) – Find on Facebook 
  15. WITCHDOCTOR – Arnald  (Rock/Punk band from Herne Bay) – Find on Facebook
  16. SPiT LiKE THiS – Sick – Find on Facebook 
  17. COLT45 – Chasing Yesterday EP (2011) – 01 Chasing Yesterday – Find on Facebook 
  18. One Day Elliott – So Far, So Good – Find on Facebook 
  19. Let The Dust Settle – Weapons And War – Find on Facebook 
  20. 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 
  21. Jukebox Monkeys – Airborne – Find on Facebook 
  22. CzechMate – With Me (Alternative Rock band from South-East) – Find on Facebook 
  23. Trixie Lectric – Feeling good (cover) (Grunge/Rock all girl covers band from Folkestone) – Find on Facebook 
  24. TST – MR NOBODY (MASTER) (Heavy Rock/Metal from Kent – The Self-Titled) – Find on Facebook 
  25. Tres Camaradas – Sink – Find on Facebook 
  26. IRIS – Lie For Me – Find on Facebook 
  27. Wheres Billy – Aches, Pains & The Quiet Life – Find on Facebook 
  28. Tank Trap – Bite The Bullet – Find on Facebook 
  29. Electric River – Hold Your Nerve – Find on Facebook 
  30. Silas – Art Of The Cure – Find on Facebook 
  31. Crashgate – b.o.b 1 – Find on Facebook 
  32. Vivid Nation – You Just gave it away – Find on Facebook 
  33. Melic – Nowhere I’d Rather Be  (Rock-Funk-Acoustic band signed to Beatnik Geek Records) – Find on Facebook 
  34. The Eyes – Gravytrain (studio version) – Website 
  35. Rexon – Brother in arms – Find on Facebook 
  36. Yamaharahara – Ribbons – Find on Facebook 
  37. Left Of The Right Side – Skyward – Find on Facebook 
  38. Nylon Tigers – Heartbeat (Classic and contemporary Rock band of covers and orginal material from Thanet) – Find on Facebook 
  39. After the Enclave – Crucified – Find on Facebook 
  40. Escape the Ocean – Exit Wound – Find on Facebook 
  41. The Only Sun – Gone (Rock/Folk band from Gillingham) – Find on Facebook 
  42. We Buy Gold – Ron’s Room (Rock/Post Punk band from London – record of week BBC Introducing Kent) – Find on Facebook 
  43. ShyChlo – Wake Up – Find on Facebook 
  44. Wires Faulty – Dirty Little Devil – Find on Facebook 
  45. Third Place Victory – X’s & Hex’s – 01 Bangarang – Find on Facebook 
  46. 48 Hours – Hollow – Find on Facebook 
  47. Brad Pittance and the Pirates – Sunlight (Rock band from Thanet) – Find on Facebook 
  48. User Friendly – Solid as rock – Find on Facebook 
  49. Topaz – Lonely_Boy – Website 

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

  •  VIVID NATION
  • Borderline:Fire
  • AUDIOSHOCK
  • Go-Zilla

Another awesome gig from Below the Radar Events and Promotions at this amazing Canterbury music venue the Beer Cart Arms  proved a very strong line up!  The Beer Cart Arms has become one of Canterbury’s most sort after venues for bands playing and this line up put on by a promo company that is pulling some major bands just proved it.

Now, don’t get me wrong because one thing I am is honest, this evening was not met without its problems at all… there were issues through the evening which proved a real shame but in the world of live music… well I’d like to say S**T happens lol but well, it does.

Starting with Go-Zilla… ill but man did these guys still have an awesome amount of energy on stage.  Now I work with many bands on a weekly basis but this was actually a genre out of my zone… not any more is all I can say!

AUDIOSHOCK next, sound issues which was a huge shame BUT with Chris Martin having given these guys a shout out, well they would never be bad! lol

Borderline:Fire up next and again the energy was just awesome.  Slight technical issue but not that most would have ever noticed… watch out for gigs.

VIVID NATION… a band I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a few times now… these guys always blow you away and are one of the most down to earth bands on the circuit… Highly rumored to be going places… all I’ll say is, don’t miss one of their gigs.

So, for someone who never reviews gigs… I felt this one needed a small one, it had issues, which was a HUGE shame but in the same respect had an amazing line up, each and every band you need to see!

So here follows a very small selection of the evenings photography (yep that’s the bit I actually do, do lol).  For the full evenings photo’s please head over to our Facebook page, this gig only

Hear track Go-Zilla – Self titled – 06 Chasing Shadows
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A RARE THING – BUT DOWNLOAD THEIR ENTIRE 11 TRACK ALBUM FOR FREE HERE

Hear track Borderline.Fire – I Wanna Go
Find them on Facebook Check these guys out!

Hear track Vivid Nation – You Just gave it away
Find them on Facebook – these are such a down to earth bunch of lads, love their fans and always have time to talk, even when dead on their feet…. you need them in your lives!

  • Estimated Time of Arrival
  • Escape the Ocean
  • Craig Sheridan
  • Vivid Nation

Ok so although on first glance this looks like a gig full of bands, in actual fact this was an evening of striped back bands and a chilled evening of acoustic sets.  What a night of really lovely pure music for a Monday evening.  The amazing Craig Sheridan (Crashgate) performed his last solo set for sometime and the awesome Vivid Nation still managed to rock it up a bit even in their striped back acoustic form and ended the evening with a real bang.  A truly pleasurable evening.

Hear track Escape the Ocean – Exit Wound
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Hear track Vivid Nation – You Just gave it away
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Official band website

Hear track Crashgate – b.o.b 1
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Find Craig’s solo music page on Facebook

Here follows a tiny snapshot of the evenings photography.  For full evenings photo’s please go to our Facebook, this gig only page

An awesome night of 7 bands… what more could a gal want right?  This was a debut of all bands for me and many of these bands I have now gone on to photograph on many occasions.  As you will see eventually when I get the rest of the gigs up.  So the line up?

  • Empire Light
  • ShyChlo
  • BTN (Blacken the Name)
  • Circle of Rage
  • Vivid Nation
  • Ziphedz
  • The Eyes

Some of these have now become huge favorites of mine and good friends.

So here is a small selection of photo’s from this gig.  For the full selection of photo’s from this gig please go to facebook, this gig only and Flickr to follow shortly for this venue.

Hear a track Vivid Nation – You Just gave it away
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Official band website

Hear a track ShyChlo – Wake Up
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Hear a track: Empire Light – Dreaming For Two
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Hear a track: The Eyes – Gravytrain (studio version)
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Hear a track: Circle of Rage – Unnatural selection
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Hear a track: Blacken The Name – Jekyll And Hyde
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