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

The Tabs – An acoustic reunion

One of the most successful and well respected local bands of recent years are back, albeit with a slightly different line up.

The Tabs are playing an acoustic reunion gig at the Royal Victoria Hotel in St Leonards on Friday 13th December. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £8 from B&T Music in Claremont, or you can buy them online for £8.80 at: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/247919

For the uninitiated, The Tabs played gigs nationwide between 1990 and 2004, including a slot at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropedy Festival in 1995 in front of 20,000 people. They also released four critically acclaimed albums during their career.

As to why the band have reformed, founder member Garry Blakeley told me, “In January this year the present acoustic line-up were all at a party with an open mic for anyone who fancied playing. It was suggested during the course of the evening that we play some Tabs stuff (a little risky as it had been a while) but we did. Everyone enjoyed it so we thought it made sense to play a few gigs”

The Tabs have already been lined up for more gigs in 2014, including during the Hastings Jack In The Green festival. There has also been some interest from a few festivals, so watch out for more info.

I asked Garry why this reunion gig was an acoustic affair, rather than a full electric gig that The Tabs were known for? He told me, “Acoustically means that it will be much simpler for setting up a PA etc – much fewer sound problems to deal with and we know that the music still works really well.”

The band are planning to record any gigs that they play with the view to, possibly, releasing an album in due course.

I’m not a huge fan of band reunions, as they are often done for all the wrong reasons. But this is one that I’m certainly looking forward to.

Some reunions are just better than others.

http://www.garryblakeley.co.uk/

Mumm-ra are back (again)

It seems that you just can’t keep a good band down these days.

I wrote recently about how so many local bands are getting back together again, even if it’s just for the one night: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/deja-vu-all-over-again/

I mentioned in that piece about the Mumm-ra reunion gigs of 2012 and now it seems that that has whetted their appetite for something a bit more substantial. I had a funny feeling that it might have that effect.

There have been cryptic Twitter messages coming from the Mumm-ra camp recently which have now culminated in the following statement on their website:

“Hello everyone.

It’s been an awfully long time. Five years have passed and my word things have changed. Apparently our Myspace is no longer relevant? Dark times.

Fear not, however, for Mumm-Ra have stirred from their deep slumber and decided to give a home to those songs that never made it to the elusive ‘Album Two’.

Everything’s ready to go and we hope to have something for your ears in the next couple of months. To whet your appetite until that time, here is a little acoustic number called ‘Technicolour’.

Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest Mumm-ra news, and check out our Soundcloud page where you can stream all our tracks.

It’s good to be back.

Love always,

Mumm-ra”

Here’s the video that accompanies that new track ‘Technicolour’:

Nice, isn’t it?

It’s good to have them back once again and let’s hope that it’s for a little longer than two days this time around.

Mumm-ra website: http://www.mumm-ra.net/