Otti Albietz and the Voices – Live Video

We’ve mentioned before about the series of live session videos that Bexhill producer Harvey Summers has been recording for his Broadoak Studios YouTube channel.

Well, the latest episode of ‘The Live Room’ is now ready for viewing and it’s another cracker.

This time around the band in session are Otti Albietz and the Voices. Once again, someone who we’ve mentioned here on Pierless Music before, and for very good reason too.

We think this session captures perfectly the unique sound of Otti and his band.

See what you think.

http://www.bbemusic.com/artists/2816/Otti%20Albietz#.U147mfldUrU

Con£ribute

We were told about a brand new idea recently, an idea that may well help bands get paid for gigs, instead of them having to play for nothing, or even ‘Pay to Play’.

The idea is called ‘Con£ribute’ and is the brainchild of local promoter John Knowles. John explains his ideas below and we at Pierless Music would like to know what you think about them. We think this has the potential to be a great idea, but what do you think?

Incidentally, the first local Con£ribute gig is being held at The Roomz, St Leonards on Sunday, 27th April and features ‘Dead Belgian’, playing the songs of Jacques Brel.

CON£RIBUTE:

Imagine the scene, the gig has been great, everyone loved the band and encores have been played, the bar looks at the takings and gives up the 10% it promised to the band and low and behold it’s a staggering £30… which as the band has come down from Liverpool via a gig in London, is something of a slap in the face. So doing my promoter bit, I go round and shake the bucket and watch as people drop in silver coins, no notes and then a handful of copper coins… Really! That’s it? Copper coins for a band you’ve just made do an encore, whilst you hug your pint of ‘nadgers old peculiar’.

It won’t be the first or last time that despite having paid for the posters and offering bed and board and food to the band, that I’ll also be chipping in with my own cash to make the offering a little less embarrassing and it won’t be the last time that I take out the copper coins so at least the band doesn’t see the shameful offering, but it shouldn’t be like this, should it.

Why is it when we go to a gig, in this, one of the most musical towns in the UK, do we expect to pay the band nothing, or as good as, why are the musicians who have entertained you for the night worth less than the price of a pint. Why don’t we / you Con£ribute.

Many venues do of course pay the bands and whilst those of us on both sides would like the fee’s to be better, we respect that it’s a tough environment for publicans and compromise is the middle man. But for many venues, paying a decent amount for a band, an amount we know would be fair, is just not a working possibility. For many bands and promoters we’d rather be out there playing than doing what we love than not. But there has to be a better way, a fairer way, a way in which the band gets more than a pint and a derisory hand full of coins.

Con£ribute is an idea, a simple way to signal that the gig you are at needs your support. It says this venue loves live music and supports bands, but can’t give them more than 10% from the till, it says, if you like the music you heard then Con£ribute.

Con£ribute is not a get out for venues to pay nothing, it’s a support for hard working bands and musicians and a help to venues and promoters who are genuinely trying to do their best by the musicians. So when you see the sign in the window CON£RIBUTE, it means when the bucket comes round put in the price of a pint £2.50 / £3.00, it doesn’t mean pull out a handful of copper coins.

CON£RIBUTE is an idea and we welcome your views; is it workable, do you think it’s fair, as a punter would you honestly put in a fair amount or would you be tempted to just shrug your shoulders, lets start a small revolution, pay the piper the price of a pint?

Con£tribute is an idea from Fetch, a local company specialising in live events:
Contact them via: theneverplayed@gmail.com
http://theneverplayed.wix.com/fetch-productions

So, what do you think? Please let us know.

Pierless Music and Hastings Rock

We are very pleased to announce that the Pierless Music Gig Guide will be the official gig guide for this years Hastings Rock radio broadcast.

Hastings Rock, which returns to the local airwaves on Saturday, 3rd May, will use the Pierless Music Gig Guide within most programmes during their 28 days on air.

Because of this, and also because of the size of the Hastings Rock broadcast area, we have decided to include more gigs than usual in our online gig guide.

Usually, we only allow gigs from within the traditional ’1066′ area, which doesn’t include Eastbourne for example. But during the month of May we have extended that area to help listeners find out what’s on in their own town.

Please see our updated info page for details of what we will and won’t include:

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

Don’t forget, if we don’t know about your gig we can’t include it in the Gig Guide. So email those gig details to: gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

You can listen to Hastings Rock locally on 87.7FM and also online via their website at:

http://www.hastingsrock.co.uk/

Enjoy the music.

Local Music on Hastings Rock Radio

As you may already be aware, Hastings Rock radio station will be back on the local airwaves, for 28 days, from Saturday, 3rd May 2014.

During the broadcast I shall be doing my usual Local Music Shows on Sunday evenings between 8-10pm. But, I need some original local music to play….

This is where you come in. If you’d like to have your music played on Hastings Rock, please let me know.

The usual conditions apply:                                                                                                  – No cover versions, all songs must be original compositions                                               – Songs must be of broadcastable quality                                                                             – Songs must contain NO swearing                                                                                     – Music must be on CD (preferred), or an mp3 (not WAV)                                                     – The band, or artist, has to be from the Hastings Rock radio/FM broadcast area                 – There is no guarantee that your music will be played

Your music doesn’t have to be ‘Rock’, but the nearer it is to that genre the more chance it has of being played.

On the Local Music Show I’m happy to play Blues, Folk etc, but please don’t send in Rap, Dance, or R and B, as it won’t be played.

When sending your music, please include some kind of biog, social media links, gig info etc.

Contact me via email for more info about sending in your music : andygunton@hotmail.com

Find out more about Hastings Rock at their website: http://www.hastingsrock.co.uk/

PS: I’m sorry, but I won’t be doing interviews with bands or artists, and neither can I do live sessions during my Local Music Shows. I’m afraid there isn’t the technical support, space, or time for that to happen.

Stallion – Back In The Saddle

You wait 30 years for a gig by local prog-rockers Stallion and then two come along within the space of 9 months.

We wrote about Stallion here at Pierless Music back in August of last year, just before their comeback gig at the Big Green Cardigan Festival: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/stallion-ride-again/

I was lucky enough to be at that gig and very good it was too. Obviously Stallion themselves must have enjoyed it as well, as they return for another gig this Friday, 11th April at The Carlisle, in Hastings.

Here’s the Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1389746621247897/

So, if you missed, or were unable to attend, that comeback gig, this time it’s all happening rather closer to home. It’s free entry too.

Keyboard player Phil Thornton told Pierless Music, “To play in Hastings again, the bands hometown, is a dream long overdue. It will indeed be a special occasion”. I’m sure many of the bands fans from back in the 1970′s feel the same way.

If you don’t know Stallion, or maybe you’re a bit too young to remember them first time around, here’s a video shot at that Big Green Cardigan Festival gig last year:

Friday’s gig is being billed as a one-off event once again. But I’m told that the gig is being both recorded and filmed, which rather suggests that Stallion mean business and that more gigs are on the cards. I have also been reliably informed that the band are even writing new material together.

I’m sure all of this is very welcome news to Stallion’s many fans from yesterday. And who knows, after Friday’s gig maybe there will some new converts?

Here’s the Stallion line-up for the upcoming gig:

Julian Carter – Vocals and Guitar                                                                                     Phil Thornton – Keyboards                                                                                            John Petri – Guitar                                                                                                           Phil Gill – Bass Guitar                                                                                                    Miles Gill – Drums

Six Great Hastings Pier Music Videos

With the welcome news that Hastings Pier has passed its £500,000 funding target this week, we take a look at six of the best music videos that feature the old structure. There’s still time to buy shares in the rebuild too, with the cut-off point being midnight this Saturday 5th April. Visit http://www.hpcharity.co.uk/ to make your investment.

1. Dollar – ‘Oh L’Amour’ (1987)

An unlikely comeback and final Top 10 hit for 80s hitmakers Dollar, ‘Oh L’Amour’ was a cover of an early flop single by Erasure. Professional irritant David Van Day is better known as a love-to-hate TV personality these days, eclipsing the often wonderful pop he and former partner Thereza Bazar once made. We’re not sure how much influence this video had on Erasure singer Andy Bell’s own move to Hastings.

2. Kingmaker – ‘Queen Jane’ (1993)

Kingston upon Hull trio Kingmaker had a string of hits in the early 90s, falling out of favour with the public just as Britpop took hold. Taken from second album ‘Sleepwalking’, their Top 30 single ‘Queen Jane’ finds singer Loz Hardy rocking the Richard Hawley look a decade early. Hardy later turned up lending a hand on Elastica’s oddball album ‘The Menace’, while Kingmaker reformed without him in 2010.

3. Squeeze – ‘This Summer’ (1995)

Recent subjects of a BBC4 documentary, Squeeze can still pull a devoted audience live, although the cheery ‘This Summer’ turned out to be their final hit single. ‘This Summer’ packs two none-more-90s moments in one, with comic actor John Thomson (then enjoying fame in ‘The Fast Show’) in the video, and a timely cover of Blur’s ‘End Of A Century’ on the b-side. Despite many bust-ups, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook have managed to get Squeeze back on the road again.

4. Pullover – ‘Holiday’ (1996)

All but forgotten today, Pullover were huge fun live, as anyone who caught them playing The Crypt in its Britpop heyday may recall. They had three 7”s out on Britain’s indiest indie label Fierce Panda, before signing a bigger deal and reissuing the third, ‘Holiday’, with this video. It got on ‘The Chart Show’, but wasn’t a hit, and the band split a while after. Singer Carol Isherwood is now a music lawyer.

5. The Seahorses – ‘Love Is The Law’ (1997)

Having quit The Stone Roses after their disappointing comeback album ‘Second Coming’, guitar hero John Squire licked his wounds before returning to capitalise on Oasis’ success with the more trad rock of The Seahorses. Fronted by singer Chris Helme, ‘Love Is The Law’ was The Seahorses’ first and biggest hit, but the band weren’t built to last. Helme’s still recording and performing, while you probably caught wind of The Stone Roses’ reunion the other year.

6. Ash – ‘Tracers’ (2009)

Punk-pop titans Ash have a long association with Hastings, playing their first gig outside of Northern Ireland at The Crypt in 1994 and returning to the venue many times, including for their Glastonbury Festival warm-up in 1997 (the year they ended up as late replacement Pyramid Stage headliners when Steve Winwood dropped out). Never short of tunes or fans, they also packed out St Mary In The Castle in 2000. ‘Tracer’ was one of an ambitious series of 26 7” singles (the ‘A – Z Series’) the band released from 2009-2010, a period which saw them playing The Crypt one last time. Hastings Pier had closed down when they shot this video, just a year before it caught fire, making this perhaps the final appearance of the original structure in a pop video.

Stuart Huggett