Maid of Ace – Tour Movie

It’s good to see any of our local bands playing gigs outside of the Hastings area, especially if those gigs happen to be in mainland Europe.

So, we thought we’d share this 12 minute home movie of the recent tour of Germany and Belgium by Maid of Ace.

It was filmed by the band themselves, with a little help from Mike, and was edited by Mark Richards.

It looks like they had a lot of fun too, despite a broken down car.

Rumour has it that Maid of Ace may be off to the USA for a tour in the not too distant future.

Let’s hope they blaze a trail for other local bands to follow in their footsteps.

Compare and Contrast

One of the many things that is so good about the local music scene is the diversity of both music and talent that are present here in the Hastings area.

Here are two videos to help show a bit of that diversity.

First up, something brand new from Otti Albietz. The song is called ‘It’s Nice To Feel Alive’ and it comes from his forthcoming ‘And The Voices’ album. I’ve been lucky enough to have heard the album and very good it is too.

This video was filmed by Ali Graham. The constructions were built by Otti and Thad Skews.

In complete contrast comes the latest video from Maid of Ace, a band that are starting to make waves within the Punk Rock community, and rightly so.

Called ‘Spittin’ Blood’, this was filmed and directed by Mark Richards and was shot around Dungeness, near to Hastings.

As always, if you know of anymore local videos that we may have missed, please tell us.

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.

From Hastings To The World

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.

London first, next stop the rest of the world?

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.