Just when you thought the whole local band reunion thing was over, along comes another gig featuring some old favourites.
Mumm-Ra (more about them later) and Youngplan started it all off with their gigs at Flairz in October 2012. Then The Candys decided to tread the boards one more time at the Brass Monkey in December and very good they were too.
Now, it’s the turn of Mookie, Star Scream (ok they never split up, they just don’t play locally) and The Crayons. They’ve even managed to rope in Sam Little, from such bands as Fleeing From Finales, to play an acoustic set.
The big reunion takes place at the Brass Monkey on Friday, 8th March and they’ve even got a Facebook Event page for you to visit to get more details:
Personally, i’ve never been a huge fan of band reunions. Maybe the cynic in me just ends up questioning the motives behind it all? But, i really don’t think that’s the case with these recent local band reunions. After all, it’s not as if they’re doing it for the money is it?
I intend to be at the Brass Monkey on March 8th to see these bands once again. After all, i’ve played all of them on Hastings Rock at some time in the past. So, it will be good to get reaquainted with their music.
Now back to Mumm-Ra.
Something seems to be stirring within the Mumm-Ra camp, as they’ve been posting cryptic Tweets recently. These Tweets lead you towards a new band website, which you can find here: http://www.mumm-ra.net/
When you get there, all you see is the wording “Summer 2013″. Hmm… all very mysterious.
Whilst i know that many people who read this may not be fans of the band Keane, even if they do come from within the Pierless Music catchment area. It can’t be denied that they do appear to have a genuine love of the area and have even mentioned several local places in their songs.
I suppose the most famous example would be the track ‘Sovereign Light Cafe’ from their recent No.1 album ‘Strangeland’. If you’ve not seen the video, it’s well worth watching, as it was actually filmed in Bexhill: (Pre video advert warning!)
Well, to celebrate the local Keane connection, 1066 Country Marketing and the Battle Marketing Group have created the ‘Keane Trail’. It’s a website, built with the help of the band, that explains how local places have both influenced and been referenced in Keane’s songs: http://www.keanetrail.org.uk/
I’m guessing that the aim of the website is as a kind of online tourist brochure for the Hastings, Battle and Bexhill area.
Many bands are very quick to get out of their local town as fast as possible and even to knock it in interviews etc. That is especially true of bands from a small town. So, it’s good to see a successful band speak up for their local area and to celebrate some of the good things about it.
Who knows, it might even bring some musical tourists to the area who may then see and hear for themselves the many musical riches that we have here.
And maybe it might even encourage some of you to explore and celebrate your local area just a little bit more as well?
So, have you all recovered from the festivities yet? I think i have, but i’m still buzzing from a great evening on Tuesday.
For those of you who didn’t, or were unable to attend any of the Fat Tuesday events over the past weekend, you missed something just a little bit special.
Fat Tuesday is one of those things that the people of Hastings seem to do so much better than just about anywhere. Maybe with the possible exceptions of great cities like New Orleans, or Rio. But, for a town of our size, we sure do pack a punch when it comes to celebrations.
Pierless Music were lucky enough to have been involved in a small way and we attended several of the weekends events. All of the ones that i went to personally were memorable. Whether that be for the atmosphere around the particular event, or because of the quality of the music and musicianship on display.
The addition of Saturdays ‘Unplugged’ gigs in the Old Town was particularly welcome. 100 gigs in 5 hours, across several different venues and involving many acts was great fun. And the sheer variety of the music played and heard was stunning.
As somebody said to me on that afternoon, “Give it a couple of years and this ‘Unplugged’ afternoon will be huge”. I can’t disagree with that.
Monday evening saw me at the Brass Monkey for ‘Slim Monday’ with, appropriately enough, King Size Slim. I’d only intended to pop into the venue to see someone, but ended up staying all evening because of the quality of the music and the band. It was that kind of weekend.
Of course the big night and the one that it’s really all about was Fat Tuesday itself.
I spent the evening with The Kid Kapichi, due to our involvement with them. But, this also meant that i was at the same venues directly before the ‘Special Guests’ were due to play. Venues were so busy that they were operating a ‘one out – one in’ policy. Hardly surprising since the word had got out that Skunk Anansie were in fact the ‘Special Guests’.
What a coup it was to have got a band of their stature to come to little old Hastings and then play in such venues as the Dragon Bar, The Nelson and The Carlisle. Well done to Skunk Anansie for doing that. They certainly seemed to have enoyed themselves and the experience too.
From a personal point of view, the highlight of the whole weekend was that final gig at The Carlisle. Standing by the side of the stage watching The Kid Kapichi play a storming set and gather many new fans in the process and then to see Skunk Anansie on the same stage immediately afterwards, was something rather special.
I’m sure that everyone who attended any of the events over the Fat Tuesday evening has got their own special memories too. And all of that is due to the organisation of Adam Daly, Bob Tipler and all their team who helped to make Fat Tuesday the event that it is. Huge thanks must go out to them. Well done guys.
I could go on about the general atmosphere surrounding Fat Tuesday, the great camaradarie of all the musicians and the wonderful costumes that people wore. But, i’ve already written more than i intended.
But, i’ll leave you with a video i recorded of The Kid Kapichi at The Carlisle on that special night. For me, it sums up that gig, Fat Tuesday itself and the great time that everbody had. Enjoy.
Yesterday, i recorded the first in what i hope will be a long series of interviews with local bands and musicians.
The guinea pigs were Adonis Fuzz and you can listen to that interview below, via the Pierless Music Mixcloud page.
The interview does contain some swearing and adult content, but this is rock n roll after all. I apologise for the slight lack of volume on the band, but that’s what happens when you try to record three band members in a small room.
One of the main aspects of being a musician is playing gigs, whether they be small local shows, or hopefully something a lot bigger. But, all those gigs have one thing in common and that is the people who work behind the scenes to help put that gig on and make it all run smoothly.
Often those people are either overlooked, or are not respected by some of the very musicians who benefit from all their hard work. All gigs depend on those people.
Aimee, of ‘The Mix Tape Sessions’, has kindly allowed us to use a recent blog post of hers entitled ‘Gig Etiquette’. You can read it here:
I would advice any musician to read this post, as it covers some very important points. Most of them may seem to be common sense to many of us, but the post is written from experience. So, that common sense is not always used by certain musicians. I’ve seen it myself.
If you read and then follow Aimee’s guidelines you might just have a bigger and better musical career than you might otherwise have done.
Thanks to Aimee for allowing us to use her post and we may well be bringing you some more of her work in the future.
You can find Aimee’s page ‘The Mix Tape Sessions’ here:
We are planning on doing a series of interviews with local musicians in the very near future.
The idea is to record the interviews as a podcast and to then post them onto this site and also onto the Pierless Music Mixcloud page as well. Bands and musicians will then be able to share them, or use them for their own publicity purposes. For example, within an Electronic Press Kit (EPK).
Initially, we will try to concentrate on bands/musicians that have new material being released, or who have recently released an album, or EP.
The ‘plan’ is to end each Pierless Music Interview with a track from that release. So, we will need to have a copy of the album, or EP beforehand.
I’m hoping to record the first of these interviews tomorrow and already have another lined up for next week. If you’d like to be included on one of these upcoming podcasts and you fit the criteria above, please get in touch with us here at Pierless Music.
Btw, we are still in the process of trying to arrange a weekly local music show on BURST radio, as previously mentioned.