Calling All Local Acts.

Our colleagues over at The Stinger magazine have just announced a great opportunity for two separate local acts.

This involves grants they have been given by the Hastings Foreshore Trust which will enable The Stinger to help two lucky applicants.

Here’s what they told us:

One of the primary aspirations of The Stinger Magazine is to help deserving, hard-working local acts, by mentoring fledgling music projects through the initial development and recording process and promoting more established acts outside of the region and across the UK and Europe.
We are therefore delighted to announce that The Hastings Foreshore Trust have kindly awarded us a grant in order to support two unsigned local music acts. This fund will be split into equal parts in order to support two separate acts at different stages of development.

Core Development Fund: The exact nature of the support to be provided will depend on the needs of the act that is chosen, but in principle this will include: the recording, mixing and mastering of at least one song under the guidance of a professional producer; assistance in producing a music video in order to promote the song(s); the production of an EPK (Electronic Press Kit) and general support and advice with branding, website and social media development.

Concert & Touring Fund: The second half of the fund will be used to support a more established local act with a proven track record in live performance. The chosen band will be helped to coordinate and promote a series of UK and possibly (northern) Europe live dates. We will assist with the scheduling, promotion and logistic costs (travel, accommodation and general expenses), and provide an experienced tour manager.

In order to be chosen, you will need to prove that as well as being talented, you are ambitious and determined, which will need to be fully demonstrated during the application process, in order to satisfy the Submissions Panel and The Hastings Foreshore Trust, that the money has been wisely spent.

Applications for the grants close at midnight on 6th January 2015 and the ‘winners’ will be announced in the next issue of The Stinger magazine, due in mid January

Full details about the grants and how you can apply can be found here:

http://www.thestinger.org.uk/mentoring

Best of luck with your application.

New Local Music Videos

It’s been a while, so we thought we’d bring you some of the latest local music videos that have come to our attention.

First off are Kid Kapichi and the track ‘Take It Slow’, which comes from their upcoming EP of new songs. We’ve been lucky enough to hear the whole EP and it’s a cracker.

Kid Kapichi recently played the The Forum in Tunbridge Wells as a part of the venue’s ‘Showcase’ series of gigs.

Find Kid Kapichi at: https://www.facebook.com/TheKidKapichi

Next a new band that have connections with Kid Kapichi. The band are Bosco Rogers, who are Del and Barth. They label themselves as ‘flower punk ruffians’ and who are we to argue with that?

Bosco Rogers are already making an impression, as they’ve recenty been played by both Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music, among other places.

This track, ‘The Middle’ is taken from their upcoming EP ‘Googoo’. Once again Pierless Music have got our grubby hands on a copy already and it’s well worth looking out for.

Find Bosco Rogers at: https://www.facebook.com/BoscoRogers

And last, but by no means least, are Dorey The Wise. The track is called ‘Rise and Fall’ and it’s the title track from their recent EP. Their new single, from the same EP, called ‘Brave New Light’, has just been released.

Since this video was made the band have added a new bass player to their ranks.

Dorey The Wise played a storming gig at Flairz last week, as headliners for the first ‘Off Axis’ gig in the South of England.

Find Dorey The Wise at: http://doreythewise.com/

Three great videos, from three great bands who are making an impression outside of the local area.

Good for them and long may that continue.

As always, if you know of any good local music videos that we may have missed, please let us know. Thanks.

New Local Music Videos

We’ve spotted two brand new videos from local acts this week, so we thought we’d share them with you here.

First we have what we believe is the first ever video from Sand Rabbit.

The song is called ‘In The Corners’ and it comes from their album ‘The Panther Blade’, which was released in 2013.

As a friend of Pierless Music, Stu Huggett, said about the video, “Skating and drinking feature. It’s a Hastings thing”

Sand Rabbit: In The Corners, Official Video from Sand Rabbit on Vimeo.

Secondly, we have a new video from Claire Hamill. The song is called ‘Trees’, which originally featured on her 1988 abum ‘Love in the Afternoon’, although this is a reworking of that song.

The video can only be described as ‘kaleidoscopic’.

As always, if you see any new local music videos that we may have missed, please let us know.

Carnival FM – Local Music Videos

Our last post mentioned the Local Music Shows that I was going to present during this years Carnival FM broadcast.

Well, the shows went well and included nine different live sessions and interviews with local acts. All of these were both filmed and recorded and some of these are now available to be watched via YouTube.

To view the videos visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdgpH6h8GNdE8BrJMNAuxxg

More videos are being uploaded all the time and we hope to eventually have most of the songs and interviews, with all of the artists, available to view.

Here’s a taster of what you can see.

With the exception of the videos of Skinny Lister, all were filmed live during the shows.

If you missed them, here’s a list of the sessions that took place during the shows:

Monday – Skinny Lister + The Tabs

Tuesday – Louis Turpin and Roger Hubbard + The Moors

Wednesday – The Piercings

Thursday – Harry Osborne + Otti Albietz

Friday – Titus + Buddha Triangle

BeFilmed are also recording interviews with other local acts and people connected to the music business locally. So why not subscribe to their YouTube channel, so that you don’t miss anything.

Andy Gunton

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.

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

Six Great Hastings Pier Music Videos

With the welcome news that Hastings Pier has passed its £500,000 funding target this week, we take a look at six of the best music videos that feature the old structure. There’s still time to buy shares in the rebuild too, with the cut-off point being midnight this Saturday 5th April. Visit http://www.hpcharity.co.uk/ to make your investment.

1. Dollar – ‘Oh L’Amour’ (1987)

An unlikely comeback and final Top 10 hit for 80s hitmakers Dollar, ‘Oh L’Amour’ was a cover of an early flop single by Erasure. Professional irritant David Van Day is better known as a love-to-hate TV personality these days, eclipsing the often wonderful pop he and former partner Thereza Bazar once made. We’re not sure how much influence this video had on Erasure singer Andy Bell’s own move to Hastings.

2. Kingmaker – ‘Queen Jane’ (1993)

Kingston upon Hull trio Kingmaker had a string of hits in the early 90s, falling out of favour with the public just as Britpop took hold. Taken from second album ‘Sleepwalking’, their Top 30 single ‘Queen Jane’ finds singer Loz Hardy rocking the Richard Hawley look a decade early. Hardy later turned up lending a hand on Elastica’s oddball album ‘The Menace’, while Kingmaker reformed without him in 2010.

3. Squeeze – ‘This Summer’ (1995)

Recent subjects of a BBC4 documentary, Squeeze can still pull a devoted audience live, although the cheery ‘This Summer’ turned out to be their final hit single. ‘This Summer’ packs two none-more-90s moments in one, with comic actor John Thomson (then enjoying fame in ‘The Fast Show’) in the video, and a timely cover of Blur’s ‘End Of A Century’ on the b-side. Despite many bust-ups, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook have managed to get Squeeze back on the road again.

4. Pullover – ‘Holiday’ (1996)

All but forgotten today, Pullover were huge fun live, as anyone who caught them playing The Crypt in its Britpop heyday may recall. They had three 7”s out on Britain’s indiest indie label Fierce Panda, before signing a bigger deal and reissuing the third, ‘Holiday’, with this video. It got on ‘The Chart Show’, but wasn’t a hit, and the band split a while after. Singer Carol Isherwood is now a music lawyer.

5. The Seahorses – ‘Love Is The Law’ (1997)

Having quit The Stone Roses after their disappointing comeback album ‘Second Coming’, guitar hero John Squire licked his wounds before returning to capitalise on Oasis’ success with the more trad rock of The Seahorses. Fronted by singer Chris Helme, ‘Love Is The Law’ was The Seahorses’ first and biggest hit, but the band weren’t built to last. Helme’s still recording and performing, while you probably caught wind of The Stone Roses’ reunion the other year.

6. Ash – ‘Tracers’ (2009)

Punk-pop titans Ash have a long association with Hastings, playing their first gig outside of Northern Ireland at The Crypt in 1994 and returning to the venue many times, including for their Glastonbury Festival warm-up in 1997 (the year they ended up as late replacement Pyramid Stage headliners when Steve Winwood dropped out). Never short of tunes or fans, they also packed out St Mary In The Castle in 2000. ‘Tracer’ was one of an ambitious series of 26 7” singles (the ‘A – Z Series’) the band released from 2009-2010, a period which saw them playing The Crypt one last time. Hastings Pier had closed down when they shot this video, just a year before it caught fire, making this perhaps the final appearance of the original structure in a pop video.

Stuart Huggett

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.

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.

More Local Music Videos

Here are two more local music videos for you to feast your eyes upon.

First up are a brand new band who are already causing a bit of a stir, Riddles. They describe themselves as a “Garage psych rock n roll trio”.

This video of their song ‘Psychedelic Power Engine Iron Claw Thunder Mistress’ was produced by Pierless Music’s very own Richard Lock.

If you enjoyed that, Richard also filmed and edited a video from the first ever gig by Riddles, at The Union Bar in December. You can find that here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS32fnpFe8k

By contrast here is the new video, directed by Theo Watkins, from local popsters Dorey The Wise. It’s called ‘Love Games’.

Don’t forget to let us know if you spot, or produce any new local music videos. Thanks.