It’s Here

The all new Pierless Music Gig Guide has arrived and can be found here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/

Thanks to all of those who have already sent in their gig details. But, as you can see, we are still missing many more.

If we don’t know about your gig, we can’t include it in our Gig Guide. So please help us by telling your friends, band members and local venues about us, thanks.

To submit your gig, whether you are a band, venue or promoter, send the gig details to: gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

We have been having a few issues with how the Gig Guide displays, so please bear with us if things don’t look quite as they should.

Happy New Year and here’s to an exciting 2014.

Photo courtesy of Nastassja Kaschevsky РMovietex.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Pierless Music would like to wish you all a peaceful and Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Thanks for all of your support and encouragement throughout the year. It is much appreciated.

It’s been such an eventful year for us that we totally forgot to celebrate the first anniversary, in October, of the start of this Pierless Music website. I like to think that we’ve already come a long way within that time, with the promise of much more to come.

When myself and Richard started Pierless Music we had many ideas as to where to try and take this project. Some of them have worked, some haven’t quite come to fruition and some are still waiting in the wings itching to be launched.

As you may already know, we are launching a new online Gig Guide from 1st January 2014. But for that we still need your help. If we don’t know about your upcoming gig, we can’t include it in the Gig Guide.

Send your gig details to: gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk and tell your friends to do the same please.

2014 promises to be an exciting year for both myself and for Pierless Music.

We are still working with Adam Daly and Bob Tipler, from Hastings Fat Tuesday, on the local music charity idea you may have read about recently and we hope to have that up and running early in 2014.

We have many ideas and plans for the charity already, which we are all very excited about. The first of which should be coming your way in February. So stay tuned for further details and updates.

In the meantime, enjoy the festive season and why not try and make local music a part of those celebrations. Whether by going to see your favourite local act, or by frequenting one of those local music venues that supports original talent.

See you on the other side.

Cheers :)

Some Festive Viewing

If you’re anything like me and find Christmas TV a bit boring and overrated, it’s good to find some alternative festive viewing. And what better than a crop of new music videos from local acts.

So, here are four of the latest offerings that the Pierless Music team have come across recently. It’s a varied selection too, both musically and visually.

They are all acts that we’ve featured at some time during 2013 and we make no excuse for sharing their work with you once again.

First up is King Size Slim and the title track from his recent album ‘Milk Drunk’. This track was played on BBC Radio 2 recently by Huey Morgan, who said of it, “Taking lactose intolerance to new levels. I really like this album”.

Next we have Pantaleimon and ‘Ember, which the second single from her album ‘The Butterfly Ate The Pearl’.

Now it’s the turn of Neon and Swan aka Vile Electrodes and a live and, almost, unplugged version of their song ‘The Last Time’. This version features on their new 5 track EP ‘The Ghosts of Christmas’.

Finally we have an animated video from Virgin Soldiers and their song ‘Children’. This is taken from their forthcoming ‘Lovestrock’ EP, which is released on 9th February 2014.

I think you’ll agree that you’ve just seen some very good videos, from some great local artists.

Happy Christmas.

 

Voodoo Fest Video

As you may well know, Pierless Music are currently working on setting up a local music based project with Adam and Bob, the guys behind both Fat Tuesday and Voodoo Fest.

So, we thought we’d share this video of the recent Voodoo Fest event with you.

We think it gives a real flavour of the event and showcases how well Hastings does this kind of thing.

The video was filmed and produced by Sam Dobson and the main soundtrack is provided by The Kid Kapichi.

Enjoy.

The Pierless Music Gig Guide

We’re coming back in 2014!

As some of you may already know, the online UA Gig Guide is shutting down on 31st December 2013. This will, once again, create a big hole for the many local gig goers that rely on a decent Gig Guide to help them choose their evenings entertainment.

So, we’ve decided to try and fill that hole. But we need your help.

If you are a venue, a band/artist, or a promoter, we need you to tell us about your gig/event. After all if we don’t know about your gig, we can’t include it.

Please email your gig details to: gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

We will be listing gigs from 1st January 2014 and going live later this month. So, the sooner we have your info, the sooner we can include it ready for the launch.

The new Pierless Music Gig Guide is part of a wider project that we’ll be helping to launch in 2014. Details of which we’ll be telling you about in due course.

In the meantime, for more info on what we need from you and what we intend to include, please see:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/about-the-pierless-music-gig-guide/

Please help spread the word about the upcoming Pierless Music Gig Guide. Together we can make it a success.

Thanks.

Otti Albietz – Becoming Close

I mentioned in my last post about the diversity of both local talent and gig venues in Hastings. Well, this Saturday afternoon I went to another great example.

It did, once again, feature Otti Albietz. But, this time it was at ‘The America Ground Shop and Barefoot Records’ in Claremont, Hastings.

The event what was billed as ‘The Best Lil Gig In Town’ and it was certainly an intimate affair. As you can see from this video that I shot on my phone:

This was the third in a series of intimate gigs that the guys at Barefoot Records have been putting on in recent weeks. The first featured King Size Slim and last week it was the turn of Jeremiah Longshanks.

More gigs are proposed for future Saturday afternoons. Just turn up for 3pm and see who who they are managing to squeeze into the shop that week.

While you’re there why not check out their great selection of vinyl records? I recoginsed many from my own past collection, now sadly sold.

https://www.facebook.com/TheAmericaGroundShopBarefootRecords

Diversity

Walking along the seafront on Saturday evening, on my way home from another music event, I was struck by the variety of both the music and the venues that I’d experienced over the past few days.

I know that this is probably nothing new to most of you, but let me explain.

On Thursday afternoon I’d been lucky enough to go and see The Kid Kapichi doing some recording locally. I even managed to take some photo’s of the band ‘at work’ as well.

Thursday evening saw me at The Roomz, in St Leonards, to catch the first set by singer/songwriter/guitarist Keith Foster. He really ought to play more gigs you know.

On Friday evening I went to The Union Bar, formerly The Tubman, to watch Barb Wire Dolls and Maid Of Ace. And very good it was too.

And finally, early Saturday evening, I went to the launch of the new Book Buster bookshop in Queens Rd, Hastings. Apart from giving away free cake, and who can resist free cake, they also had an instore gig featuring both Tim Hoyte and Otti Albietz (plus Thad).

All the gigs were enjoyable. But, it was the diversity of both the music played at the gigs and the venues that they took place in that struck me on that stroll home along the prom.

Yes, I know that seeing The Kid Kapichi in the ‘studio’ wasn’t something that was open to all, but hopefully you get the idea?

From soft rock to loud punk rock, Indie rock to folky guitar tunes.

From a bookshop to a bar, a recording studio to a sweaty pub.

From being the only ‘gig’ goer to being one of nearly 100, including a man with no clothes on!

If you ever wanted to try and sum up the Hastings music scene, those few days would be a great place to start.

Enjoy.