If you’ve seen the latest issue of The Stinger magazine, you may well have read in the Local News section about some upcoming new releases from a couple of our bands.
Well, two of the music videos for those releases have now appeared on YouTube.
The first of these is the new single from Skinny Lister called ‘Trouble On Oxford Street’. The song is taken from their album ‘Down On Deptford Broadway’, which is scheduled for release on 20th April 2015, on Xtra Mile Recordings.
Next up are Hornet, who are back with a new video and a new sound as well. This new track, ‘Cry Wolf’, is taken from a forthcoming EP, due out in 2015. Currently, this is the only way that you can hear ‘Cry Wolf’, so get watching.
After months of procrastination I finally took the plunge recently and signed up to Spotify Unlimited. So far it’s been a very worthwhile decision as the amount of music available to listen to is vast, maybe too vast at times?
As I’m sure many others have done themselves, I’ve taken this ‘Unlimited’ opportunity to explore and listen to albums and artists that I’d not heard before, for many reasons. I’ve also checked out some of those critically acclaimed and award winning albums and artists too.
This has led me to some great new music and has even had me dipping into my wallet to buy albums by artists that I would probably never have listened to without this opportunity.
But, the other thing I’ve noticed is just how often I’ve been disappointed by what I’ve heard. Many of those critically acclaimed artists and award winning albums have left me cold.
I realise you can’t like everything, but I must admit to being surprised at the lack of quality of some of what I’ve heard. That old story about the Emperors New Clothes has come to mind on at least one occasion.
Yesterday was a case in point. I spent the morning listening to some of those aforementioned albums and artists and came away unfulfilled. It was then that I saw a link on Facebook to a new album by a local act, which I duly followed. Immediately the difference in quality was apparent.
This brought home to me, once again, just how well much of the original music output of the Hastings area stands up to the worldwide competition and on many occasions actually surpasses it.
As I’ve tried telling many people over the years, just because music is local doesn’t mean it’s not any good. Often the reverse is true. After all, all music is local to somewhere.
So, if you listen to music via the Internet and want something new to whet you musical taste buds, why not have a go at listening to something from the local area?
Many of our local bands and musicians can be heard via sites such as Spotify, Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Why not search for them the next time you’re there, or just follow the links on their Facebook page or website? It is often the only way you can actually get to hear the recorded works of local artists too.
So far this week I’ve listened to such diverse local artists as Hornet, Dollboy and Vile Electrodes online.
Why not give it a go yourself? You don’t know what you’re missing.
One of the aims of Pierless Music has always been to see original local bands make that transition from being a local band, to being one that spreads its wings and starts to play outside of the area. Even if that means not playing locally as much anymore.
As if to emphasise this the Pierless Music slogan is ‘From Hastings to the World’. Hence the title of this particular post.
Well, three of our younger Hastings based bands are now doing just that.
Hornet, Maid Of Ace and The Kid Kapichi have progressed far enough for them to now be headlining London gigs. That can only be good news.
Recently, Hornet headlined the O2 Academy 2 in Islington.
On September 27th The Kid Kapichi are returning to headline the Barfly in Camden.
And on the following day Maid Of Ace are headlining the Black Heart venue, also in Camden.
This is of course no guarantee of any future success. But it does at least show that all three bands are both good enough to hold their own in London and that they all have the ambition and drive to move forward.
Let’s hope that Hornet, The Kid Kapichi and Maid Of Ace will be just the first three of many more local bands that make that transition. I know that there are already at least a couple more bands waiting in the wings to do just that.
We’ve mentioned Hornet and their new album ‘Skies Are Falling’ on the Pierless Music site before. The album was recorded with the help of fans and supporters of the band who donated money, for the recording, via Pledge Music.
Well, ‘Skies Are Falling’ is now getting some well deserved attention and has just been reviewed by Kerrang! magazine. They gave it a KKK rating.
During the course of the review Kerrang! said that “Hornet play riffs that make you want to ride a motorcycle down a staircase. Riffs that make you want to pour whisky onto your cereal”
You can read the full review here, via the Hornet Facebook page:
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.
Well, Pierless Music is pleased to tell you that Hornet have reached their fund raising target and will be recording their album in February, in North London. The album, as yet untitled, is due for release in April.
Those of you who may have donated money to this worthy cause will get a pre-release download of that album and therefore be amongst the first people to set their ears on it.
One thing Pierless Music has learned since that original post, is that Hornet had set up their Pledge Music account so that they needed to raise the full 100& of the money needed, before they got any of it.
Apparently, you can set up these crowd sourcing accounts to work in various ways. Something that we certainly didn’t know. You learn something new every day don’t you?
So, well done to Hornet and especially well done to all of those who donated money to enable that debut album to go ahead.
I know i’m certainly looking forward to hearing it myself.
For more info on Hornet and the upcoming album recording/release, visit their website:
Local Hastings hard rockers, Hornet, have announced details for their long awaited, as yet untitled, debut album which is set for release in June 2013.
And they want you to be a part of the process.
Hornet are set to record with young, up and coming producer Phil Kinman at his studio in London. Mastering engineer of Iron Maiden’s ‘From Fear To Eternity’, Ade Emsley, is set to master the album.
Hornet are trying a brand new approach to help fund the recording of their debut album. It’s called Pledge Music and it’s a new hands-on, direct-to-fan, fund raising platform.
Many bands and artists are now taking advantage of this new idea, including Ginger Wildheart, The Rasmus and The Libertines to name but a few.
Pledge Music follows the same principle as ‘Kickstarter’, a fund raising platform for start up businesses and other projects which you may have seen featured in the media recently.
Fans can ‘pledge’ for an advance copy of the album which will be pre-released through Pledge Music in April 2013, with 10% of any money raised above the target figure going to Macmillan Cancer Support. A very worthy cause.
There are several different levels and amounts that fans can ‘pledge’, all of which come with their own reward package.
Prices start at just £8, which will get you a free download of the completed album and regular updates from the band. The maximum ‘pledge’ is for £3,000, which will buy you an original Hornet ‘Master’ CD.
Other rewards include a private show by the band, a European tour package and even a bonfire and camping party!
Pledge Music isn’t only available to fans in the UK either. You can get involved wherever you are in the world, so anyone can help Hornet make their own mark on rock history.
You can find out more information and ‘pledge’ here::
The band have even made a short video to accompany their fund raising campaign:
Ideas like Pledge Music and Kickstarter are a great way for bands and artists to help fund an album. Especially those who are just starting out and trying to get their foot into the music business door. It’s also a good way for fans of a band to get involved themselves and to feel more personally involved with the whole record making process.
So, if you’re a fan of Hornet, why not make a pledge yourself and be a part of the buzz around the band.