Local Music News – May 2013

Here’s my Local Music News column that appeared in the 3rd May issue of the Hastings Observer.

“Just as last month was all about singer/songwriters & possibly the lighter side of the local musical spectrum, this month it’s all about Rock with a capital ‘R’!

You wait for a much promised album from one of Hastings finest exponents of Rock music & then two come along at once.

Just last week Hornet released their debut album “Skies Are Falling”, but only to a select group of loyal fans. The rest of the world has to wait until June for the full album release.
Why? Well the production of “Skies Are Falling” was funded purely by Hornet’s fans via Pledge Music, one of several new ways for musicians to help further their careers, without the need for a traditional record company.
You can still help the band & get your hands on the album before everyone else by visiting: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hornetdebutalbum

The month of May see’s the release of the eagerly anticipated new 9 track album by local rockers Arivmia, entitled “Echoes From The Wilderness”.
To celebrate this the band have an official album launch gig at The Carlisle on Saturday 11th May. Entry is free & will include a live set by Arivmia, plus support & even an after show party. You can buy your copy of the album on the night too.
Apparently, this is the only local scheduled gig by Arivmia in 2013, so don’t miss out.
More info can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/Arivmia

Both Hornet & Arivmia are bound to be played during May’s 28 day broadcast of Hastings Rock radio, which starts on Saturday May 4th on 87.7FM. As are Otti Albietz & Harvey Summers, who were featured in last months column.
I shall be presenting a dedicated Local Music Show on Sunday evenings between 8-10pm. I hope you can join me.

Andy Gunton,
Pierless Music & Hastings Rock”

Pierless Music and The Great Escape

Pierless Music are very pleased to announce that they have got together with Never Been Kissed Promotions to promote a gig at this years The Great Escape Festival in Brighton.

‘The Great Escape Warm Up Party’ takes place on Wednesday, 15th May at The Hope, on Queens Road, Brighton. You can find the Facebook Event page here:


This ‘Warm Up Party’ is one of the official pre festival gigs and features two bands from Hastings, which is why Pierless Music wanted to get involved. Those bands are The Kid Kapichi and Arivmia. The line up is completed by Ivy King, Classic Plastic and Plasticine.

The ‘Warm Up Party’ starts at 8pm and ends at 11.45pm. Entry is free for both The Great Escape Festival wristband holders and members of the public. So, why not come along and support two of Hastings finest original bands.

We are hoping that this will a great opportunity for both bands to get some great exposure in front of the movers and shakers of the music industry.

Find out more about The Great Escape Festival and the Warm Up Party here:



See you there.



New Videos

You wait ages for a new local music video to come along and then several come along at once. But, we’re certainly not complaining.

So, here are three new videos which help showcase just some of the variety present within the local music scene.

First up is Maid of Ace: https://www.facebook.com/maidofaceband Their new video features Hastings itself. See how much you recognise.

Next we present Harvey Summers:  http://www.harveysummers.com/ and the title track from his new album ‘Jupiter’. The video features legendary double bass player Danny Thompson, who is best known for his past work with such musicians as John Martyn and Richard Thompson, amongst many others.

Finally, for this time at least, are Arivmia: https://www.facebook.com/Arivmia

Their new album is released shortly and this is one of the tracks from it. Recorded live at The Dublin Castle, London.

ARIVMIA – Dragged Below. Live in London. from jumpingSOFA on Vimeo.

Happy viewing.