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

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/

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”

Hastings Rock radio (Again)

A while ago I posted about the return of Hastings Rock radio for its 20th anniversary broadcast. Well, the start of transmission is nigh and the radio station begins broadcasting on Saturday 4th May on 87.7FM locally and across the world via an Internet stream.

You may well have read a bit more about Hastings Rock via a recent article in the Hastings Observer: http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/local-news/radio-station-is-still-rocking-after-20-years-1-5016640

Hastings Rock prides itself on playing original local music during its 28 day broadcasts and this has been happening for most, if not all, of the 15 separate broadcasts that have taken place during those 20 years. 2013 will mark the 16th actual broadcast.

As mentioned in my previous post, I will be presenting a dedicated Local Music Show on Sunday evenings, in May, between 8 & 10pm. During those shows I shall try and fit in as much local music as I can and I already have more than enough to play, but I’m always open to hearing more.

Just because Hastings Rock is a rock station doesn’t mean that I’ll only be playing classic rock music though. I tend to try and stretch the musical boundaries of the station as much as I can during my Local Music Shows. Therefore, expect to hear Blues, Folk, World and much more besides. I do have to draw the line sometimes, but I have always tried to have what I call an ‘open ear policy’ when it comes to music.

Local music is also played as a part of Hastings Rocks ‘A List’. The best tracks that have been sent in will get regular airplay during normal scheduled shows throughout the 28 days. There aren’t many, if any, other radio stations that can claim to do that.

If you miss the Local Music Shows I do intend to post them as ‘Podcasts’ here on the Pierless Music site at some time. So, keep your eyes and ears peeled for that.

For more info about Hastings Rock, why not visit the stations website:

http://www.hastingsrock.co.uk/

Andy Gunton

 

King Bathmat – Truth Button

Local prog rockers King Bathmat are back with the release of their 6th album ‘Truth Button’. The album was released worldwide on 21st January on Sterohead Records.

For the uninitiated King Bathmat are the brainchild of singer/guitarist and songwriter John Bassett. Although John has been releasing albums under the King Bathmat name since 2003, it is only over the past couple of years that the project has expanded and now includes 3 other band members.

King Bathmat’s music has been described as “The sound of Pink Floyd wrestling with Kasabian” and “Black Sabbath cuddled by extravagant ELO harmonies”.

If you want to find out for yourself whether these decriptions are correct, you can listen to the band’s music on ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/kingbathmat

‘Truth Button’ is also available to buy on various sites, such as iTunes and Amazon.

More info about the album and King Bathmat can be found on the band’s website at: http://homepage.kingbathmat.com/

I was going to write a review of ‘Truth Button’ myself. But if you look at their website, where you can read some reviews, you can see that the album has been getting a lot of attention worldwide on websites, magazines and radio stations as well. All of which is very good news for the band, especially as the reviews have been very positive.

King Bathmat even had a track from the album featured on the cover CD of the latest issue of ‘Prog Magazine’. The album is reviewed in the magazine as well.

Just to prove that King Bathmat are not standing still, John Bassett has 60% of the bands next album already written. You can’t keep a good man down.

Story Update – Hornet

We reported in December about how local rock band Hornet were crowd sourcing their upcoming debut album: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/hornet-need-your-help/

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:

http://www.hornetrock.com/

 

Hornet Need Your Help

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::

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hornetdebutalbum

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.

You can also find Hornet at: www.hornetrock.com

Gigs on Hastings Pier

Recently we heard the good news that Hastings Pier was to be rebuilt.

One of the things that most local people miss about the Pier are the great gigs that used to take place there. Well, did you know that somebody is trying to write a book all about those gigs?

The author is a local man called Mark Rymell and he’s been busy researching all the gigs that took place on Hastings Pier for some time now. But, although he’s close to completing his task, he still needs your help to put the finishing touches to his project.

Here’s a message from him:

“Hi, I’m Mark Rymell,

I’ve lived in Hastings for the last 39 years and i am at present trying to put together a book about the many famous and some not so famous bands that have played on Hastings Pier.

I started the project around three years ago and I think that I am now not too far from completion.

Bands started playing on Hastings Pier in the early 1960′s, with the likes of Tom Jones, Cilla Black & the Rolling Stones. Later in the 60′s Jimi Hendrix played there and Pink Floyd’s Syd Barret’s last ever appearance with the band was also on that hallowed stage.

The 1970′s saw the Glam Rock period with The Sweet, Suzi Quatro and Gary Glitter all putting on a show. The heavier side of Rock music was represented by the likes of an early ELO, Hawkwind, Ten Years After & UFO, before the onslaught of Punk Rock, with the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers, & Siouxsie & the Banshees all flying the flag.

The late 1970′s saw the likes of Saxon & Def Leppard playing, while the Mod scene was represented by Madness & The Specials, along with Hastings very own Teenbeats.

Later years saw Levellers, Joe Strummer and finally Nick Cave play.

I have compiled a very comprehensive list of dates and acts, but I’m also after any memorabilia such as ticket stubbs, flyers, posters or pictures, along with any memories people have of going to gigs on the pier etc.

If anyone would like to get in touch with me my email is: mark_rymell@hotmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you”

If you have any info, or memorabilia that might interest Mark and the rest of us, for that matter, please get in touch with him.The more info he has the better and more comprehensive his book will be.

Mark’s forthcoming book is something that i’m certainly looking forward to reading myself and i doubt that i’m the only local person who feels that way.