Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell – Live

Well, we’re back with a bang.

Here’s the latest episode of Harvey Summers’ ‘The Live Room’ sessions.

This time it features local rockers Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, playing many tracks from their brand new album ‘Check ‘Em, Before You Wreck ‘Em’, and it’s well worth watching.

Turn it up!

There is some adult content within the video.

If you enjoyed that as much as I did, you can catch the band live in Hastings, on Saturday June 21st at The Union Bar.

Find them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/theshovell

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

Buick 6 – Live Video

Our last post mentioned the ‘Bare-Faced Blues’ Festival, which is taking place over two weekends in September 2014, at Gecko Bar in St Leonards.

Read more about it here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/bare-faced-blues-festival/

One of the acts booked to play at ‘Bare-Faced Blues’ are Buick 6. Because of that, we thought we’d share this recent video with you. It comes from Harvey Summers’ video series ‘The Live Room’, recorded at his own Broadoak Studios.

If you don’t know of Buick 6, or have not seen them play live before, you really ought to watch this live session. It’s classy stuff.

Enjoy.

The Live Room

I think most of us would agree that music television isn’t what it once was.

With the notable exception of ‘Later…. with Jools Holland’, there really is nothing on mainstream TV these days to compete with the likes of The Tube, Old Grey Whistle Test, or even Top Of The Pops from days gone by.

Ok, so you can watch music videos to your hearts content, but that’s not the same as seeing a band, or act, playing live is it?

Thankfully the rise of the Internet, and sites such as YouTube, has enabled budding TV executives to go it alone and do it themselves.

Once such local man doing just that is producer Harvey Summers, who we have featured on the Pierless Music site before.

Harvey has just uploaded the second recorded session, called ‘The Live Room’, to his own Broadoak Studios YouTube channel.

This live session features local bluesman John Pearson, very ably backed by The Outriders, who are Sacha Trochet and Jem Turpin. If you like a bit of authentic blues, then I suggest you give the video a viewing.

When I asked Harvey why he had started this venture he told me, “The idea had been rattling around my head for a couple of years until eventually everything came together and I was able to go ahead. My thinking was that I love seeing musicians perform, and I love a great sound!”

“Also, nice interesting visuals help and atmosphere is key also. Nothing seemed to exist to satisfy my wants! There’s Later with Jools, and Live lounge etc, but apart from being a bit corporate and exclusive, they don’t have either vibey atmospheric surroundings nor a very interesting sound”

“I also wanted to create the opportunity to showcase some of the amazing talent there is around, but that doesn’t get a look in by the mainstream media”

A man after my own heart.

The plan is for ‘The Live Room’ sessions to be recorded and uploaded as near to monthly as possible. All sessions are filmed and recorded live at Harvey’s own Broadoak Studios. The next session, which features Claire Hamill, has already been recorded and is now at the editing stage.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Claire and her doing a live session for my recent radio shows on Carnival FM and if the quality is anything as good as that, we’re in for a treat.

When asked about future shows Harvey said, “Future shows look promising too! We’ve got Jemima Price (a singer Sacha Trochet works with) and Zoe Konez is also interested. And, I’m very pleased to hear that Danny Thompson can’t wait to come and do a show with us too! And who he performs with is going to be very interesting!

“If time allows, we may do a kind of Christmas special too, featuring a few different acts. I’ll be talking to a really wide range of musicians from all styles about it, some totally unknown, some very well-known!”

As for the criteria for the sessions, Harvey’s idea “Is to go for variety, no two shows will be the same – so choosing who to feature is guided by a few things, firstly, are they interesting performers? Secondly, is the quality right up there? and then, are they different, are they saying something in a unique way?”

We wish Harvey well with this venture. It’s good to see some of our areas great musicians playing and talking about the music that they love, or that they’ve written themselves.

Here’s to many more episodes of ‘The Live Room’. I, for one, will certainly be watching.

 

New Local Music Videos

Here are two new videos from local artists that we’ve featured on this Pierless Music site before.

First up is a brand new track, from a forthcoming album by King Bathmat. The track, ‘Sentinel’, is taken from their ‘Overcoming The Monster’ album which is released on July 22nd on Stereohead Records. It’s their second album in a year!

Good track and an interesting video too.

Next we have another video from the ‘Jupiter’ album by Harvey Summers. This time the track is ‘Hey Spaceman’ and as you can see, it’s a bit of a homage to the late Carl Sagan and why not? I know that Harvey was a fan of Carl Sagan’s tv show ‘Cosmos’. As indeed was I.

I hope you enjoyed the videos and please let us know about any other good quality local music videos that you come across on your wanderings around the Internet.

Local Music News – April 2013

I mentioned not long ago that I was going to be writing a monthly Local Music News column for the Hastings Observer.

Well, the first and introductory column was published in March and the second appeared a week ago.

With the agreement of the Hastings Observer I shall be reposting those columns here, after a suitable pause.

So, without further delay here is my column for April:

“Two new albums by local tunesmiths and with a connection too, have come my way this month. Both are very worthy of your attention.

The first by Otti Albietz, Bubbytone 2, is released on BBE Records. I was lucky enough to attend the album launch gig at St Mary-in-the-Castle. An evening filled with great music and huge cardboard cut-outs.

Otti Albietz is one of those unique local talents that deserves wider attention and Bubbytone 2 demonstrates exactly why.

Bubbytone 2 is produced by Harvey Summers, who just happens to have recently released his own latest solo album Jupiter, which is already getting BBC radio play and quite rightly so. You always know that anything Harvey is involved with will sound great and Jupiter is no exception. The album is released on Big Village Records.

Tracks from both Bubbytone 2 and Jupiter are certain to be played on Hastings Rock radio which returns to the local airwaves again (87.7FM) on May 4.

As in previous years I will be presenting a local music show on the station. So, if you’re in a local band and want to hear yourselves on the radio contact me via: andygunton@hotmail.com

All music must be original material, contain no swearing and be of broadcast quality.

Finally, The Garry Blakeley Band return for some local gigs just in time for the May Day festivities. Entitled Celebrate, the shows are in two parts. The first half is based around a day in the life of Thomas Hardy and the second is a rendition of Garry and Rose Blakeley’s The Ceremony of May album, which is a celebration of Jack-in-the-Green. Very appropriate. Local dates are; April 25/26 at Stables Theatre, Hastings, April 28 at Rye Community Centre.

More info can be found at: www.garryblakeley.co.uk

See you again next month.

Andy Gunton

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.

Album Review – Jupiter by Harvey Summers

The new album by local producer/musician and songwriter Harvey Summers has just been released. It’s called ‘Jupiter’ and very good it is too.

Tony May has kindly written a review of the album for Pierless Music.

You can read it here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/reviews/albums/harvey-summers-jupiter/

Harvey Summers is a keen supporter of original local music and has produced albums by several local bands/musicians, including the new album from Otti Albietz, ‘Bubbytone 2′.

You always know that when Harvey is involved with a project, it is going to sound great and ‘Jupiter’ is no exception to that rule.

Why not have a read and then take a listen?

Harvey Summers – Video Interview

We’ve mentioned previously that local producer and musician Harvey Summers had a new album due for release shortly. Well, his album ‘Jupiter’ will be available in early 2013.

In the meantime, Harvey has done a video interview, talking about the upcoming ‘Jupiter’ album and some of the tracks on it.

You can see that video here:

Pierless Music have been lucky enough to hear the album already and can confirm that it sounds just as good as you’d expect it to.

The single from the album, ‘Bon Hiver’, can be heard on our Soundcloud Sampler Playlist :

https://soundcloud.com/pierlessmusic/sets/the-pierless-music-playlist

www.harveysummers.com

 

New Videos

We’ve updated our Videos section, as it was starting to get a bit full up.

We’ve separated the videos into ‘A to M’ and ‘N to Z’. Solo artists are usually listed by their surname. The ‘Carnival FM’ videos have also been embedded onto the Pierless Music site, to save you some mouse clicks.

New videos that have been added include ‘Bon Hiver’by Harvey Summers, which we promised you in a recent post. Here it is:

And this from ‘The Love Fingers:

If you spot anymore that you think we should be showcasing, please let us know.

We do prefer videos not to be just of a single still photo though.

Thanks and happy viewing.