Indieterria meets Rob Hirst

Dear Readers

We may live through hard times for the dreamers (as mighty Welshmen Trampolene observed) but we definitely need visionaries and cultural catalysts – perhaps now more than ever. Hard times call for movers, shakers and people who will push things forward when everyone is looking back at nostalgia.

Through our blog we tend not only to support new and upcoming artists but also those who tirelessly work behind the scenes in labels, music websites, venues and radio stations.  Today`s entry is dedicated to a man who will be seen by future generations as Sheffield`s answer to Tony Wilson – Mr Rob Hirst.

Rob has dedicated years to build a network and to promote bands from across the country in conditions that would make others throw the towel in. His strength, persistence and  vision are shining though and elevated artists to better things.

Rob Hirst – a man for the job

We had a real pleasure and privilege to speak to Rob about his label, music industry and his dream band.

Musician, label owner and a walking encyclopaedia of great new bands – please introduce yourself to readers of Indieterria.

Rob Hirst: Hi, I’m Rob the owner and founder of Fans for Bands and These Bloody Thieves Records! (laughs)

It`s been a year since you have founded These Bloody Thieves Records. In that time you worked with artists such as False Heads, The Howlers, C33`s among many others. That is a truly impressive accomplishment. Tell us where did the idea for a label come from and how did you manage to make this a reality?

Rob Hirst:  I guess it was just a progression from all the other things I was doing. I was working with a lot of bands via Fans for Bands, discovering new bands via my Spotify playlists and I was scouting for others management and labels. When Ditto approached me about the label in the box within a few hours I had the branding, put a post on social media and Luke from False Heads was keen to work with me. It was up and running in 24 hours.

2020 started with a bang at the label. You just announced Singles Club – a very ambitious plan to release 24 singles this year. Can you give more information as we are sure many bands would love to get in touch.

Rob Hirst:  Yeah, I wanted to do something different this year after a frustrating end to 2019. I was bored on Boxing day and the idea just popped into my head. I put a post out on social media and the submissions and support came flooding in. By end of Feb 2020 the label will have put out five singles already with artists all over the UK.

You are the man behind the Fans for Bands project. Please tell us more about it. What exactly is Fans for Bands and how does it work? How this platform can benefit  unsigned artists?

Rob Hirst:  The name itself kind of explains what it is. This is my freelance side to my career and the also the PR/marketing brand that supports the label. The idea is to have a budget marketing (PR/Spotify and Social Media Growth) that gets excellent results based on my passion, knowledge and contacts without ripping a massive hole in the artists pockets.

At the end of December 2019, These Bloody Thieves welcomed Matthew Stockman as head of A&R and Live Events. His presence will surely invigorate the label. We are very curious what live events are in the pipe line? Showcases or maybe even a festival?

Rob Hirst:  Matt is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to discovering new bands and was an active figure on the London scene before moving to Sheffield and then joining the label. Matt will be looking to discover new artists and then give them a slot at our stages in Sheffield and looking to actively promote to new artists to a Sheffield crowd.

We know its maybe a cliché question but what are you looking for as a label? What qualities should an artist/band possess to grab your attention?  And how prospective artists can approach you?

Rob Hirst:  It’s all about the quality of the artist. Preferably discovered as early as possible and to help to support their releases. Obviously, we want to play our part on breaking a band. But the label has never been about making money. It’s about putting out and supporting great artists and to encourage people to listen to something other than Lewis Capaldi (laughs)

Music Business is not the easiest of industries – and we are sure that running a label is not a walk in the park. But it also offers some valuable lessons to us all. If you were to share some of your experiences with those who want to set up their own labels – what would you say to them?

Rob Hirst:  Yeah of course. Success will definitely not come over night. Don’t sign too many artists at once and don’t invest too much money that you will not see back. I have no regrets about the levels on money invested and lost in the first year. It was all about been taken seriously and getting a reputation so that we could then attract the best artists in the UK – Which has definitely worked.

Last (in)famous question – imagine you can create a super group consisting of any musician from history. Who is in the band, what instruments do they plan and what`s their name?

Rob Hirst:  Wow! Depends what mood I am in! I have to reform my old band and have a mid life crisis. Those musicians I played with played a huge part in my life and all led me to working in music full time. But off the top of my head!

Crispin Hunt (Longpigs) – Vocals/Rhythm Guitars
Nick McCabe (Verve) – Lead Guitars
John Entwhistle (The Who) – Bass
Reni (Stone Roses) – Drums

These Bloody Thieves Records logo

You can follow These Bloody Thieves on socials:

https://www.thesebloodythievesrecords.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thesebloodythieves/
https://twitter.com/TBT_Records
https://www.instagram.com/thesebloodythievesrecords/

 

Fans For Bands logo

and Fans For Bands:
https://www.fansforbands.com/
https://www.facebook.com/fansforbandsuk/
https://twitter.com/fansforbandsuk
https://www.instagram.com/thesebloodythievesrecords/
https://open.spotify.com/user/dbjph28w55odrz4ehj79ckorm?si=IwmniJg1SgmpfxN20g6QSQ

 

Indie radar Logo

Rob Hirst is also the man behind Indie Radar – a mammoth play list for all things indie. If you want to know what is hip on the indie circuit – this is your place to start.

Indie Radar
https://www.facebook.com/weareindieradar
https://twitter.com/weareindieradar
https://www.instagram.com/indieradaruk/

Big thank you to Rob for his assistance and patience. Please support your local scene during this time. We will emerge from it as better, stronger industry.

Mal/Rita

Indieterria presents ultimate Birmingham scene playlist

Dear Readers,

The COVID -19 outbreak is hitting entertainment industry very hard. Gigs, tours and even Glasto have been cancelled or postponed. To cover loses and to reach the audiences, bands and performers flock to the Internet to perform.  There are hundreds streams and home concerts being organized and available to watch from home if you find yourself in isolation. You can stream music, buy merch or albums to support musicians though this time.

The reason for this blog post is very simple. At Vanadian Avenue we work with many young and upcoming artists, who may not have large audiences or visibility online to attract large crowd. We want to change that – and bring some new people to  their socials.

Below you will find a list of artists from Birmingham scene and links to their pages. We hope this blog will not only helps you to purchase some goods, new music or tees – but maybe it will lead you on a whole discovery of new music, bands and  scenes.

We will be profiling other towns as well but let us start closer to home.

In no alphabetic order, all equally cool. This blog lists only killer acts.

 

Table Scraps

Table Scraps by Meg Lavender https://www.facebook.com/meg.lavender.1

https://www.facebook.com/tablescrapshq/
https://twitter.com/TableScrapsBand
https://www.instagram.com/table_scraps/
https://table-scraps.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/table-scraps-1
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChFw0Lv7eMvylKWfXdyuZ7Q
https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/table-scraps/895152266
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2XJCKq9y1PSlw5wHm2ZewW?si=YHFtCJ7CTpKuvFET1hokrw

The Cosmics

https://www.facebook.com/thecosmicsband/
https://twitter.com/thecosmicsband
https://www.instagram.com/thecosmicsuk/
https://thecosmicsuk.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/user-838453312
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx3KjGaX2RJvXI5e7nljvGA
https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/the-cosmics/334961676
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0aocL5HcJzJlZJtAZH6caL?si=Fh-GZNd0Qb2jBXmB_-nQuw

Karkosa

Karkosa

http://www.karkosa.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/officialkarkosa/
https://twitter.com/officialkarkosa
https://www.instagram.com/officialkarkosa/
https://officialkarkosa.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/karkosa
https://www.youtube.com/user/U5ual5u5pect5TheBand
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3TRdZPlrAv2yGajZ7XzCXP?si=kWXASkCkQz-xlcPeMjJ0yw

The Novus

Picture by Jessie Rose Photography https://www.facebook.com/jessierosephoto

http://www.thenovus.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/thenovusband/
https://twitter.com/TheNovusBand
https://www.instagram.com/thenovusband/
https://thenovus.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/thenovusband
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8zW4wRWOwJbEwoZCeiieqQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3mPpz1sdOXNi3vLokDVbHm?si=j_C-ON4RQG6FK_RMybbvDA

Chloe Mogg

Chloe Mogg

https://www.facebook.com/chloemoggmusic/
https://twitter.com/ChloeMogg
https://www.instagram.com/chloemogg/
https://chloemogg.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/chloe-mogg
https://www.youtube.com/user/EpicBlondieMogg
https://www.patreon.com/chloemogg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6XvJ26er6tjMnGruJ9DE9w?si=752zFDueTn-r0j52reChZA

Ellie Williams (Redwood)

Picture by Weronika Joanna Visuals https://www.instagram.com/weronika_joanna_visuals/

https://www.redwoodsongs.com/
https://www.facebook.com/redwoodsongsuk/
https://www.instagram.com/redwoodsongs/
https://redwoodsongs.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/redwoodsongs
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLO9xlYDb27Uo-oTsyVUgmQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5oHppFxloYgPJdvuRHCwB9?si=slgTZlO-RAqly_IEOEBdXg

The Earnest Spears

Picture by Jessie Rose Photography https://www.facebook.com/jessierosephoto

https://www.facebook.com/theearnestspears/
https://twitter.com/earnest_spears
https://www.instagram.com/theearnestspears/
https://soundcloud.com/the_earnest_spears
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClWKDM63Bxu0-ILKfB8D0bw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1lPuAguSYl13EUcU72RlfM?si=sFaVYi56Qdipf8wUrHXINQ

Kick The Clown

Picture by Georgie Wallis https://www.instagram.com/g.wallis._/

https://www.facebook.com/KickTheClownOfficial/
https://twitter.com/KickTheClown_
https://www.instagram.com/kicktheclown_/
https://soundcloud.com/user-482189138
https://kicktheclown.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_uY65cmGkTSFVgnQWwrEOQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Rv196qnVMHlW1RMaa1k6Q?si=dt8OPHVES72sRU4kKXvlqQ

The Americas

https://www.facebook.com/theamericasyeah/
https://twitter.com/TheAmericasYeah
https://www.instagram.com/theamericasyeah/
https://soundcloud.com/theamericasyeah
https://www.youtube.com/theamericas
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/the-americas/287718531
https://theamericasyeah.bigcartel.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1QxPYzki5ME5mHztKXbEir?si=iB1ScCxuQ5q3NN5Yx_TKew

Brain Food

Picture by Psychedelic Eye Photography https://www.facebook.com/psychedelic.eye.photography/

https://www.facebook.com/brainfoodofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/brainfoodofficia
https://soundcloud.com/brain-food-650656456
https://music.apple.com/gb/album/brain-food-ep/1491984371
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt6TgF0ITsxJjDf3MuNMJKg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4HqwUXaBaTJafihMSgeRsQ?si=BJ_n6dc1TEG3chUHHy9f6Q

The VHTs

The VHT’s

https://www.facebook.com/thevhts/
https://twitter.com/thevhts
https://www.instagram.com/thevhts/
https://thevhts.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6SQoJbE41asFPJfja0VTBA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6g7bEz98oK1y0hO6SMCYkT?si=qOjlTqhhSoS43t84gtrymw

Cherry Pickles

https://www.facebook.com/cherrypicklesband/
https://twitter.com/pickles_cherry
https://www.instagram.com/cherrypicklesband/
https://cherrypickles.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNGo3LCslVhEFwS1hq7ZoQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3dIfGgzwaWbsCHA0OhE2mK?si=qWVCwTtOSRenk67vAhWIAw

Pretty Vile

Pretty Vile

https://www.facebook.com/PrettyVileMusic/
https://twitter.com/PrettyVileUK
https://www.instagram.com/prettyvilemusic/
https://soundcloud.com/prettyvile
https://prettyvile.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb6ui5ACqFIIAF2cF4ddTbw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Yh27rfCowqKiM3nKRRjUO?si=SEKL2enUTyeOwmIuwyxv-w

Hannah Law

Picture by Allan Mellor

https://www.facebook.com/hannahlawmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/hannahlawmusic/
https://soundcloud.com/user-879188213

Sugarthief

Sugarthief

https://www.facebook.com/sugarthiefuk/
https://twitter.com/sugarthiefuk
https://www.instagram.com/sugarthiefuk/
https://soundcloud.com/sugarthiefuk
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw4ONk2wOhXr7UsZr1sU7GA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3nvnlJyJuJUKTaRrf7tJZQ?si=zurLZcSRTX-d7c3V5edZBw

VIOLET

Picture by Scarlett Stevens https://www.instagram.com/scarlettstvns/

https://www.facebook.com/VIOLETTHEBAND/
https://twitter.com/violetsrblue_
https://www.instagram.com/violetrblue/
https://soundcloud.com/violets-r-blue
https://violetrblue.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4GP3dDOkMobjaaEj0X3K6Q
https://www.musicglue.com/violetsrblue/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Vs0ileVVFdoXykYuByl7q?si=4pGXqHQNRGKlIEAFKLY5Cg

The Pagans S.O.H

The Pagans S.O.H.

https://www.facebook.com/thepagansband/
https://twitter.com/the_pagans
https://www.instagram.com/thepaganssoh/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFckjuYHgUocduUo9T3rH5Q
https://open.spotify.com/artist/30gl20FK32swAdP8HBfN9y?si=q_Vw5Ha0Qd-WCALumqeQnA

HÜDS

HÜDS

https://www.facebook.com/HUDSBABY/
https://twitter.com/_HUDSBABY
https://www.instagram.com/hudsbaby/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYT395DPCtIN9sLu2VI4yRQ

The Lightweights

The Lightweights

https://www.facebook.com/TheLightweightsBand/
https://twitter.com/_Lightweights_
https://www.instagram.com/thelightweightsband/
https://soundcloud.com/user-266993202
https://thelightweightsband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtOC1Y8DtH4s91iakC_zLBg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3oXpMI35Tz4XGiphsVq5rT?si=uBwU-MGLRVyFx4F-_bJ2kg

The Assist

The Assist

https://www.facebook.com/TheAssistBand/
https://twitter.com/TheAssistBand
https://www.instagram.com/theassistband/
https://soundcloud.com/the-assist
https://www.youtube.com/user/theassistband
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7uO6bPS0yAUPm3jjm1aitC?si=ecSBmuHFQr6-tEQmLujr-g

MeMe Detroit

https://www.facebook.com/MeMeDetroitofficial/
https://twitter.com/memedetroit
https://www.instagram.com/memedetroit/
https://soundcloud.com/memedetroit
https://memedetroit.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChkEcOL6QDPW8yiau9XVQYg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7g5I0NVNGr5FaI4e7Xke6X?si=MEsfNf6VSjuSOHRPcq5OXA

F.F. Ivanovski

F. F. Ivanovski

https://www.facebook.com/f.f.ivanovski/
https://twitter.com/FF_IVANOVSKI
https://www.instagram.com/f.f.ivanovski/
https://soundcloud.com/ff_ivanovski
https://ff-ivanovski.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeYCGSqnOMFvb1Mua5wkLtg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/43JerKVFkjYaPECl6suTb3?si=uf089YjCS4Kt0Xp_q_fB5Q

nth cave

nth cave

https://www.facebook.com/nthcave/
https://twitter.com/nthcave
https://www.instagram.com/nthcave/
https://soundcloud.com/nthcave
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQF6RDhhqlhOkAhuE9lr7ww

RISCAS

Riscas

https://www.facebook.com/riscasuk/
https://twitter.com/RISCASUK
https://www.instagram.com/riscas_uk/
https://soundcloud.com/riscasuk
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClvWJtRHDWbxIx1zE8kjA6g
https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/riscas/1185515368
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6C6cCRdINVR9zbGmuYaRij?si=_mH3h4FzTTOoB6JoC1zSRA

Marston

Marstone

https://www.facebook.com/wearemarstone/
https://twitter.com/wearemarstone
https://www.instagram.com/wearemarstone/
https://soundcloud.com/wearemarstone
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5kv23QwXK5749UonmvmZqw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4a4SEUKiK3fjo19H5mdZML?si=8VI38r9NTG2pNM11gNUuyA

Lauren Hoyle

Lauren Hoyle

https://www.facebook.com/laurenhoylemusic/
https://www.instagram.com/laurenhoylemusic/
https://soundcloud.com/laurenhoyle
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuUxePKmwIxsfjPkqUO1FgQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2oQc6M3rCsCT7B9ibaX1eU?si=HcdRxEoRT7OBxc5qdi15DQ

Lycio

https://www.facebook.com/lyciomusic/
https://twitter.com/lyciomusic
https://www.instagram.com/lyciomusic/
https://soundcloud.com/lyciomusic
https://lyciomusic.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpN9rBftfYUeCjvuKjafrLQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3E6PwsYQH7PGgFn8YSA2i3?si=Vhw3ThPTR0WBbaep8wOb0w

The Sunset Beach Hut

https://sunsetbeachhut.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/sunsetbeachhut/
https://www.instagram.com/sunsetbeachhut/
https://soundcloud.com/sunsetbeachhut
https://thesunsetbeachhut.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCODeTr1_siFmIIzmOiKuUVA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/65rwdFbmIDi2MzzMLLQgqe?si=20cdsPR0Sne8xI2lGBCuqw

Bryony Williams

https://www.facebook.com/bryonywilliamsmusic
https://twitter.com/bryonywmusic
https://twitter.com/bryonywmusic
https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/bryony-williams/482770701
https://soundcloud.com/bryony-williams
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHnuBLe8KPfxvdV4qZoolKw
https://bryonywilliams.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/42Iz8Et0WUSJarxvGatP1q?si=ddRc1qAGR360Ah8ZAD8m6Q

The Clause

The Clause

https://www.facebook.com/theclausebrum/
https://twitter.com/theclausebrum
https://www.instagram.com/theclause_birmingham/
https://soundcloud.com/theclause
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt67eHe_NOt3XHCbhzo9x3Q
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7KpYPnMoADYtIMt1XPvmzZ?si=I6HGeQKTSDGuYi5gusoTGQ

Paper Buoys

Picture by Psychedelic Eye Photography https://www.facebook.com/psychedelic.eye.photography/

https://www.paper-buoys.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PaperBuoys/
https://twitter.com/PaperBuoysBand
https://www.instagram.com/paperbuoys
https://soundcloud.com/paper-buoys
https://music.apple.com/gb/album/paper-buoys/1316240779
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUrSivJaOA-u5yrJ1Ltcw7A
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5l5Usgu9diA1GF71o2Do0S?si=_hl_n-NIQz6nZX06J0QjMw

The Arosa

The Arosa

https://www.facebook.com/thearosaband/
https://twitter.com/the_arosa
https://www.instagram.com/thearosaband/
https://soundcloud.com/the-arosa
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmSy11B5RVFl-0OD6ObCRWA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2flTByGgaX6A34EafnbbCF?si=GWSLm2KkTSe23F9ItzhE7A

Herbals

Herbals

https://www.facebook.com/herbalsband/
https://www.instagram.com/herbalsband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz_6BP_SojbNhiSXOfhWhlw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5tm8TBRXpjdhybnJcYRkAK?si=C-47AjpkRvSJED8b8Man-g

 Alex Ohm

Alex Ohm with his band

https://www.alexohm.com/
https://twitter.com/AlexOhmmusic
https://www.instagram.com/alexohm/
https://soundcloud.com/alexohm
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM0E10EDdbz8gzvjdUQEfAw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1TjGms6N64hiaWrvVDpQ4q?si=k40seRE5RfivFME1lznyeg

Ivory Wave

https://ivorywaveuk.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ivorywaveuk/
https://twitter.com/IVORYWAVEUK
https://www.instagram.com/ivorywaveuk/
https://soundcloud.com/ivory-wave
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLbEaJZ0E38tBKO_zjFiqAg
https://ivorywaveukstore.bigcartel.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/42T2AYtDajSQNqgtF52zXA?si=HkRv5JbNSFOmm16iRwg8Dw

Chevy Chase Stole My Wife/Emma Howett

https://www.facebook.com/ChevyChaseStoleMyWife/
https://www.facebook.com/emmahowettmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/chevychasestolemywife/
https://soundcloud.com/chevy-chase-stole-my-wife
https://chevychasestolemywife.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtbPjdyRciukI8jjatAQvdA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2ys7EV4lBwQveTnXNKtdt6?si=okKM1ZnVT0OVDbulwl1iqQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2bebnQIc7stwlceWUcr7g9?si=OkA6DynsRBWQtOU8rQqjIA

Inwards

Inwards

https://www.facebook.com/inwardsuk/
https://twitter.com/inwards_
https://www.instagram.com/inwards_92/
https://soundcloud.com/inwardsuk
https://inwards.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj42Gao5RF_p1UTR-9ReF0Q
https://open.spotify.com/artist/542nHHjo4wRmP3AbeJWkse?si=INc3Pp18RwuClrWi7TTBlA

Harry Jordan

Picture by Claire Seville https://www.facebook.com/ClaireSeville/

https://www.facebook.com/ITSHARRYJORDAN/
https://twitter.com/ITSHARRYJORDAN
https://www.instagram.com/itsharryjordan/
https://soundcloud.com/user-713381194
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiFUQHUMcG4hC48nJ8ouQIw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0hcwceXJNynA6U24EprBn5?si=D_KFRoQsTB6UalXtxgqXEQ

Esther Turner

Esther Turner

http://www.estherturner.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/esthertmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/esthertmusic/
https://soundcloud.com/esthertmusic
https://www.youtube.com/user/EstherTurnerMusic
https://open.spotify.com/artist/15OyXbDfx6mKZuSc8ALnNP?si=eKtJu2PhT5KEC9uiJI4mxQ

The Lizards

Picture by Ellie Koepke Photography
https://www.facebook.com/elliekoepkephotography/

https://www.facebook.com/TheLizzzards/
https://twitter.com/TheLizzzards
https://www.instagram.com/thelizzzards/
https://soundcloud.com/allyourfriendsarelizards
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrvvt5AXotvw9SrXQyh_bRQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6tnWbhP0UnkU9mwYXfyHSx?si=zc1WaU0HS_alkbUFbOzUWw

Luna Rosa

Luna Rosa

https://www.facebook.com/Lunarosapinkmoon/
https://twitter.com/lunarosax
https://www.instagram.com/lunarosaband/
https://soundcloud.com/luna-rosa-3
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOxv0toL86uoDrMGQhkItiQ
https://lunarosa.bandcamp.com/
https://www.musicglue.com/luna-rosa
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5tBIpe6b4WNOLFMnZsvuGL?si=ZgE9srhkScqr6sY2gj_4Qg

Hey Jester

Picture by Roy Smiljanic
https://twitter.com/roy_smiljanic

https://www.facebook.com/HeyJesterBand/
https://twitter.com/HeyJesterBand
https://www.instagram.com/heyjesterband/
https://soundcloud.com/heyjesterband
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0OL33n4AGRCUPNLwSHfdAg
https://music.amazon.co.uk/artists/B07V39Z3XH
https://heyjester.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/12QwKN5xztxh5zhYEROOtl?si=u4m_OHHAReKWQTLFbt-QUQ

The New Righteous Mood

The New Righteous Mood

https://www.facebook.com/TheNewRighteousMood/
https://twitter.com/RighteousMood
https://www.instagram.com/thenewrighteousmood/
https://soundcloud.com/thenewrighteousmood
https://thenewrighteousmood.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcxHhb5KrnJXhODsWxlb3IA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0VqrDY0H0KU2iPu6aA7qys?si=sW1ey7bDQG-8HWqdJfdLPQ

Cave Girl

Picture by Frank Wood

https://www.facebook.com/cavegirlband/
https://www.instagram.com/cavegirluk/
https://soundcloud.com/cave-girl-319763791
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYivlekZ4HS91PbgCYkKCqg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3p4kzjwtJ4xxI7UcukZ099?si=YheI-8suTzSW8arqe2g5Iw

Dead Dads Club

Dead Dads Club

https://www.facebook.com/officialdeaddadsclub/
https://twitter.com/deaddadsclub1
https://www.instagram.com/deaddadsclubmusic/
https://soundcloud.com/user-615022085
https://www.youtube.com/user/leeroyswayze

Giant and The Georges

Giant and the Georges

https://www.giantandthegeorges.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/GiantandtheGeorges/
https://twitter.com/GiantGeorges
https://www.instagram.com/giantandthegeorges
https://giantandthegeorges.bandcamp.com
https://soundcloud.com/giantandthegeorges
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdq8dtJvUZ83pmouxV-rLw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5gPEZejcjhs0kGMMd31Z7W?si=n9YMQvTbRhKF4P6UqQPtKQ

Lower Loveday

Lower Loveday

https://www.lowerloveday.com/
https://www.facebook.com/lowerloveday/
https://twitter.com/lower_loveday
https://www.instagram.com/lowerloveday/
https://soundcloud.com/lowerloveday
https://lowerloveday.bandcamp.com/
https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/lower-loveday/1300122903
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClGDR9XIPOo96KRox090yTg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/32uwvjulWxUc90gc7bPXMz?si=S8Nv9StVQ-qyYByNVmxbeA

Mutes

Picture by Megan Lewis

https://www.facebook.com/mutesuk/
https://twitter.com/mutesmutesmutes
https://www.instagram.com/mutesmutesmutes/
https://soundcloud.com/mutes-1
https://mutesuk.bandcamp.com/
https://mutesuk.bigcartel.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/MutesMutesMutes
https://open.spotify.com/artist/52mqrsNlDf6CVhB6XJ6LHf?si=2MQUH8uPQrGmswS4exjFYg

Zilch.

Picture by Adam Chandler Photography
https://www.facebook.com/adchandlerphotography

https://www.facebook.com/Zilch.Band.UK/
https://www.instagram.com/zilch.band.uk/
https://zilchuk.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/54iIM7vYDPUmc6MNyLrvwk?si=Pz6o41l0QMCVoaSVnyn3RA

11:57

11:57

https://www.facebook.com/1157uk/
https://twitter.com/1157_uk
https://www.instagram.com/1157_uk/
https://soundcloud.com/user-866116570
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxrPVfALvVwyVAUsajRCHIg

Jess Silk

Picture by Stephen Bennett

https://www.facebook.com/JessSilkMusic/
https://twitter.com/silkj1
https://www.instagram.com/jess_silk/
https://soundcloud.com/jesssilk
https://jesssilk.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/Jess92Silk
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4tfDbxwJHFbWWEkW60so31?si=l2nTWdsaRJC3dEOM1edCfg

FAITH

FAITH

https://www.facebook.com/weareFAITHx/
https://twitter.com/wearefaithx
https://www.instagram.com/wearefaithx/
https://soundcloud.com/wearefaithx
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChHD3MPdGgL70bA_lRLGE6g
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2tHwkN6Fujn5pcCi1uiind?si=L2Bjyxm4Q3mfOaEGBVfxKQ

By Devices

By Devices

https://bydevices.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mybydevices/
https://twitter.com/bydevicesband
https://www.instagram.com/by_devices/
https://soundcloud.com/user-559003227-175448304
https://www.youtube.com/user/bydevices
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3MAGyTFq9ijDVqieIvQOSQ?si=SM1SrpLISBmu1h3aXZr1jQ

The Butters Aliens

https://www.facebook.com/thebuttersaliens/
https://www.instagram.com/thebuttersaliens/
https://soundcloud.com/user-962957102
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt7PcQPZOFktJ-nhRnfS1CA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5M468y42fAJYIPEg1HqLhx?si=3qCVRtBKQMq8p5hHehaw3g

NONSUCH

NONSUCH

https://www.facebook.com/NONSUCHBANDD/
https://www.instagram.com/n0nsuch_/
https://twitter.com/NONSUCHBAND
https://soundcloud.com/nonsuchofficial
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvMiqICcKe5BWBo4HcTLNtA
https://open.spotify.com/artist/05xcN47VQfMAJF2iYY6u1h

QCH (Quentin Clarke Hill)

QCH

https://www.facebook.com/QCHXXL/
https://twitter.com/QCHXXL
https://www.instagram.com/quentinclarkehill/
https://soundcloud.com/user-559263718
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtM6wDgGwwu94x8fPTQGMYw
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4geA89M1OdkqADcsNsStly?si=Lr4RQLVYTCazFvZ5Fqi9wA

Jack Catterell

Jack Cattell

https://www.facebook.com/jackcattellmusic/
https://twitter.com/JCattellMusic
https://www.instagram.com/jackcattellmusic/
https://jackcattellmusic.bandcamp.com
https://soundcloud.com/jackcattellmusic
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP-4VYYObKUuz8rrDsw9pCg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ZIThq6dnvUy9jhG8TtoGZ?si=-kZsLgIkSlWKlL4epnyFkw

Twelve Twelve

Twelve Twelve 

https://www.facebook.com/twelvetwelve.band/
https://www.instagram.com/twelvetwelve.band/
https://soundcloud.com/user-417982032
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKBKUWDRcRIgcsSq_2w2plQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0fAyL6a6gVJPVZh5cWpbdA?si=YfRS9Pn6T9eFnty4CsUS0A

The Jack Fletchers Band

The Jack Fletcher Band 

https://www.facebook.com/jackfletcherband/
https://twitter.com/jackfband
https://www.instagram.com/thejackfletcherband/
https://www.musicglue.com/jackfletcherband
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC81Xd2zyhx0Xkju36Q5Geug
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5lj178O5G0Wrmt01riJYD4?si=MtTfQDoIQIajY8JE_g_PCw

Graywave

https://www.facebook.com/Graywave-560506674419907/
https://twitter.com/Graywaveuk
https://www.instagram.com/graywaveuk/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAwuDNk9sTgYu6sFgv0X9nQ
https://graywaveuk.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4jN7TcBXppAcw0mc7yn9xR?si=zQJk0D-HSPW52yCd_fuX5A

Slow Tapes

Slow Tapes

https://www.facebook.com/slowtapes/
https://twitter.com/SlowTapesband
https://www.instagram.com/slowtapesband/
https://soundcloud.com/slowtapes
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwkZ9ylgsED8HlkNqLWEmKQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4UaCVB0CHEPXOXztPiITsz?si=lGFHhmnuQPCgkH6tVNmgIQ

The Gorstey Lea Street Choir

The Gorstey Lea Street Choir
Photo by Michelle Martin
https://www.facebook.com/michelle.martin.10420321

https://www.facebook.com/TheGorsteyLeaStreetChoir
https://twitter.com/clapham_michael
https://www.instagram.com/thegorsteyleastreetchoir/
https://500broadcast.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrBSnmQLTE8DaTVZHQG-6Zg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/19YNwhd2isI2Vm9melbdRk?si=7ZIux6BqRjmYo4zD8jT1hQ

DOXA

DOXA

https://www.facebook.com/doxxxa/
https://www.instagram.com/doxabandmusic/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/57J6QBBzdb1XDpDy4Qu9s3
https://ditto.fm/thoughts-and-prayers-doxa

The Vanilla Pods

The Vanilla Pods

https://www.facebook.com/thevanillapodsmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/thevanillapods/
https://thevanillapods.bandcamp.com/releases
https://open.spotify.com/artist/60v605yf6hY8EMMQS8qkmb
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd6EKRdIbnsdcEX_wnznlDg

Hotplate

Picture by Chris Bentley https://www.facebook.com/chrisfwaa

https://www.facebook.com/Hotplateee/
https://soundcloud.com/hotplateee
https://twitter.com/HOTPLATEEE
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6KrWmI5aYLDwkWv4jrDmzc

Village Bully

Village Bully

https://www.facebook.com/villagebullllly/
https://www.instagram.com/villagebullllly
https://villagebully.bandcamp.com/releases
https://soundcloud.com/aigeaneyhomas
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClttF0KBedqd0rwkdaBkr9g
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0CIwoE5SZDuM0qqEYA8YJD

This list will be updated as we go along so please come and check it often. Birmingham rules if you haven’t noticed. Well you did now!
You can listen to our hand crafted playlists as well. Streaming the music gives artists more exposure, so please feel free to share them with your friends.

Soundcloud playlist:

 

Spotify playlist:

 

YouTube playlist:

In the next couple of days, we will compose a similar post for our friends in Manchester, so stick around!

Support your scene
Rita and Mal

Indieterria review – Q&A with Joe Talbot and Alan McGee

Dear Readers,

We promised you a detailed review from the Q&A session with Joe Talbot and Alan McGee in Birmingham and we are keeping our word. Kevin Fitzgerald of Toura Toura and his team did the impossible and delivered one of the best events we attended in a very long time. It was intimate (despite being nearly sold out), full of hope, community spirit and unplanned confessions from Joe himself and the audience. At times it felt like a group therapy or a meeting of people hell bent on changing the world. AF Gang as a secret society for betterment of humankind? We will take it and sign ourselves right up.

Q+A in Birmingham poster

It  was a beautiful evening at The Night Owl – one of our favourite venues in Digbeth (Birmingham`s answer to Manchester`s Northern Quarter). The amount of psychedelic shows we have seen at the Owl is a story for another blog!  We arrived early to find best seats and to speak to people (big shout out to Rebecca and Arron a couple of awesome kids who travelled all the way from Stoke and had their return journey on a coach at 3 in the morning). We grabbed our drinks and strategically positioned ourselves next to a heater and were ready to be entertained.

Believe us, everyone was properly spoiled on the night. Before Alan and Joe took to the stage we had a chance to see two local bands play their sets (about 30 minutes each) and  they were excellent picks. First came The Jack Fletcher Band – a four piece from Wolverhampton. We had a pleasure to interview them for Indieterria in 2018 and we knew what to expect from Jack and his men. The band went to play some of their biggest hits (“Young Man At Heart”, “Carousel”) and left audience speechless. It was so quiet during the set you could swear the Q&A was held in a cathedral instead of a music venue. The Jack Fletcher Band offer indie rock anthems that can only be described as real life stories. There is something in their music that has Paul Weller quality to it – the ability to tell stories of ordinary people with such grace and compassion. If you haven’t seen them live yet – do so as soon as possible.

After The Jack Fletcher Band came The Pagans S.O.H. We must have attended a dozen gigs of The Paganistas by now and its always a pleasure to see them doing their thing. They mix hip hop, rock, funk into a concoction that is truly unique on the circuit. Show us a band like Pagans and we will be buying you lunches at Digbeth Dining Club for a year. Every song played on stage was vibrating with positive energy that all hearts and phones in the room charged up immediately to 100%. And Pagans did not stop for a second – from “Banananah” to “Da Vinci” and “Come Down to Reality” – the band played flawlessly and enjoyed themselves as much as the audience.

Once the music stopped – chairs were brought on the stage, lights dimmed and Alan McGee and Joe Talbot entered the room.

Joe and Alan gave a fantastic talk with many tips for people struggling with mental health, addictions, bands trying to make it in the business. There was a lot of laughs – Joe is a really funny man with wicked sense of humour. And it’s true that he’s very honest and very open about everything. He joked that the crowd gathered to see him last night was the biggest that IDLES ever had in Birmingham!  Alan guided the conversation for the first half, then the microphone has been passed to the audience. Fans themselves had some incredible and  well prepared questions: what gig IDLES  frontman thought was his favourite (you will guess it was Glasto), what he would like to be asked about (Joe got philosophical pondering about questions about questions) and his advice for starting artists (don’t look at others, do your thing, play the best gig even if you play to empty room, surround yourself with people who uplift you rather than mindlessly criticise you, value quality over quantity,  try to spend less time online, create for yourself first – were some of the best ones).

The main consensus in the room was that IDLES and everyone else is part of something much bigger than ourselves and only combining forces could allow everyone to be better off. The Be Kind spirit was very much in the air and if there was one thing to take away from the meeting it was just that –  be considerate, be optimistic, be kind to yourself and others and you will make a huge social and even political difference.

We gave Joe a small gift on behalf of all AF West Midlands fans who couldn’t make it to the show. He actually loved it and laughed hard when he saw the writing on the Thornton’s chocolate cup.

We have made just one video from the talk as we didn’t want to record the entire show. As Joe said it is important to participate instead being constantly on the phone trying to capture the gig.

Our night was further made when we had a chance to speak to Alan McGee  and he told us we were great. Not like we are gonna brag about it now but it did put a big smile on our faces. We went home in an Uber, over tipped our driver, fed the livestock (aka the cats) and then slept until midday.

It was totally worth it. What a night!

M/R

Just a small update – we wanted to show you how the event looked from all sides so we edited some of our mobile pictures. The Night Owl is such an iconic venue and the Digbeth part of Birmingham has some of the city`s most vivid and extraordinary murals. So we captured that as well.  We hope you will enjoy – especially Joe`s reaction to the lovely Thortons` Chocolate Cup with “Well Done” on it. We simply could not help ourselves.

 

If we find any more resources or materials that need to be added to this review – we will surely add them.

All Is Love,
M/R

Indieterria meets Kevin Fitzgerald of Toura Toura

Dear Readers,

Bookers and promoters are usually working in the shadows, far away from the spotlight that artists enjoy. But they are crucial for the business and many a time they bring a real change to the table. We are very lucky at Indieterria to be able to speak to Kevin Fitzgerald – owner of Toura Toura and a booking agent for some of the best known figures in the industry. Kevin is incredible, detail orientated and he shared so many details from his work with us that we wished the interview never ended.

Toura Toura organizes Q&A (question and answer) sessions with the mighty Joe Talbot of the IDLES and first stop on the tour happens tomorrow in Manchester. So yes, we were more than excited to be able to ask Kevin few questions.

Toura Toura logo

You are a promoter, a manager and a PR. That’s many roles for one person. Please introduce yourself to the readers of Indieterria.

Kevin Fitzgerald: Hello, my name is Kevin. I`m a single Dad of two daughters (8 & 5 years old respectively) from Stoke and I’m the managing director of Toura Toura. My company organises Q&A sessions for people in the music industry.

Your roster includes music mogul Alan McGee, Sleeper front woman – Louise Werner and lead singer for Happy Mondays and The Black Grape – Shaun Ryder. Do you find it challenging to work with such iconic names in the business?

Kevin Fitzgerald: I’m very proud of the roster and pinch myself everyday because of the people that I work with, especially when I have only been in business for a year now. All of those artists have put their faith in someone that they didn’t know and  who had no background in their industry. I mean, to get Alan McGee, the greatest man in music in my eyes, as your first client is just ridiculous.

Alan opened up the door for everyone that I work with now. And you know he is the most down to earth, most easiest and genuine person that I have ever come across in my life.  He does everything he can to help Toura Toura. He’s always introducing me to incredible people on the Q&A circuit – which is why I work with Shaun Ryder.

Everyone is an absolute pleasure to work with. There are no egos and all they want to do is to get the job done. Their work ethic is unbelievable and I have them all on a weekly basis asking me to book more Q&As for them because they are loving going around the country talking and meeting their fans. Shaun Ryder is a great example of that. The last few months of last year he was out 4 or 5 nights in a row because he was doing both The Happy Mondays and An Evening With tour.

I don’t find working with any of the artists challenging in any way at all.

The way I deal with things – which I know is different from most agents out there – is that I actually go to virtually every single Q&A that I organise. It not only surprises the artists I work with but it builds up a relationship with them and also builds up my relationship with the venue owners.

General poster for the Joe Talbot Q&A tour

Toura Toura started out last year. You built a successful company from scratch and in such a short period of time. Can you tell us about the beginnings of the company?

Kevin Fitzgerald: Toura Toura was set up on the back of me coming through quite a tough time in my life.

My second daughter Sophie was still born in 2013 and then I lost my Dad through complications related to dementia on Father’s Day in 2017. I lost my Mum to cancer 6 months later, the day before my birthday at the start of 2018. Within a few months I split up with my wife. So, I had quite a bit of time on my hands which I needed to fill up and this is why I started Toura Toura.

I have been lucky enough to work in the industry of two passions of mine now, football and music.

In football, I have met many people from the sport industry, many players but I have never met anybody from the music world and always wondered how you can meet people from the music biz.

I have been involved in putting on many sporting evenings at the football clubs where you get a player to stand in front of a room to talk about their career. People at these events are mainly fans of said footballer and it’s their way of getting to meet what is essentially a hero of theirs for autographs and photos. That’s when a light bulb moment suddenly switched on just over 12 months ago. I thought to myself: “if a sportsman can do it why not people from the music world?” It`s all about giving their fans an insight into their career and their life or simply just the opportunity of actually meeting them.

I was very lucky and fortunate to have Alan McGee as my first ever client within a week or so of starting my company.

Your newest project is an Q&A tour with no other than Joe Talbot of mighty IDLES. How do you convince a fierce punk rocker to be quizzed in front of live audience?

Kevin Fitzgerald: To be honest with Joe Talbot it was just a long stab in the dark that paid off and again I have Alan McGee to thank for that.

Alan hosted An Evening With Shaun Ryder in Newcastle at the end of September last year and he was an amazing host, interviewing Shaun on stage before going into the audience to get questions from them. Alan really enjoyed it and said to me he would love to do more hosting.

I have always wanted to see the IDLES live and back in November I spoke to IDLES management who guest listed me for their gig in Leeds at the start of December. At the gig I thought the band were amazing and Joe stood out with how engaging he was with the crowd. Alan is very fond of the IDLES as well and we spoke about the possibility of hosting some Q&As with Joe Talbot. As you can imagine Alan loved the idea so when I thanked IDLES management for guest listening me in Leeds I asked to see if Joe would do some Q&As with Alan McGee. Luckily enough they both said yes. I don’t think I would have even have had a chance unless I had the Alan McGee handle because of the respect that Alan carries in the music world.

We heard that the Joe Talbot events will also include live music from upcoming local bands. Who will be entertaining the crowds on tour?

Kevin Fitzgerald: What I love about the Q&As is that we give up – and – coming bands the opportunity of playing in front of the best people in the music industry: Alan McGee, Shaun Ryder and now Joe Talbot. It`s a great buzz for these bands to have on their CV.

In the past events, we have had bands like The K’s, The Clockworks, Shambolics, Rosadocs, and The Jade Assembly performing and they have all gone onto better things.

On the Joe Talbot tour we have incredible set of artists: Faux Pas and Witch Fever in Manchester. We have Stone playing in Halifax. The Clockworks are returning to play at The Water Rats in London. Then in Birmingham we have The Pagans S.O.H and The Jack Fletcher Band.

And speaking about up and coming artists – you manage two acts: Magic Mod and The Barrats. Can we have a quick introduction of both? Nothing makes us happier at Indieterria than to discover some new music.

Kevin Fitzgerald:  Yes, that is  correct. I try to manage The Barratts and the Magic Mod.

I came about The Barratts because I was looking for various bands to invite to play on An Evening with Alan McGee. I was on This Feeling page and their song of the week was a song called “Lights out in London” by a band called The Barratts. I totally fell in love with it. They are indie band from Northampton who have an unique sound that is different to any of the other bands out there. They are amazing song writers, so much that The Sherlocks have been trying to take one of their songs. I still have no idea why they are not bigger or don’t have a record deal yet.

The Magic Mod is as indie as they come. He loves his Pretty Green, has toured with Paul Weller or The Libertines. He’s an amazing magician but can very easily entertain a crowd too which is why we have him hosting on some of the Q&As. He’s hosted a few of the Shaun Ryder nights and also the Alan McGee nights. The plan with him this year is to get him out entertaining crowds around the country.

If anyone wants to bring an event organised by Toura Toura to their town – what criteria do they need to meet and how to contact you?

Kevin Fitzgerald:  There really is no criteria for a Toura Toura event. What is unique about us is that we can hold our events anywhere from a small village hall  to a theatre in one of the major cities.

You can contact me at kevin@touratoura.com or just visit our page at https://www.facebook.com/touratourahq/

Its only February but what are your plans for this year? What can we expect  from Toura Toura though out 2020?

Kevin Fitzgerald:  This year we are planning to triple the amount of shows that we have put on and we will be adding more artists to the roster to make this happen. I have agreed a deal with singer/songwriter of another band today and with having Joe Talbot on board it takes what we are doing with the Q&A’s from the retro to things that are more current.

I would also like at some point to switch from agent to promoter.

Last (in)famous question. Imagine you have been tasked with organizing an Q&A session with the most notorious person in the history of music business. Who is in the hot seat and who is asking the questions?

Kevin Fitzgerald:  Now that’s a tough question! I’m going to make it  nice and simple. I’m a indie kid and I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now if it wasn’t for these guys. I have seen Oasis at Trentham Gardens, Earls Court, Main Road, Knebworth, Lancashire Cricket ground, NIA in Birmingham, 3 nights in a row at the Etihad Stadium, so it would have to be either Liam or Noel or both together. And there is only one person that I could possibly have to interview them and that would be Alan McGee.

You can follow Toura Toura on socials:

https://www.facebook.com/touratourahq/
https://twitter.com/TouraToura4
https://www.instagram.com/ltdtouratoura/

You can still buy tickets for the tour (except Water Rats in London as its sold out):

We will be reporting back on the tour, especially regarding the Birmingham event which we plan to attend. So prepare yourself for a lot of videos, photos and a detailed review. Now off you go to grab yourself a tix! Come on – join us.

M/R

Indieterria presents The Blinders For The Many Tour

Dear Readers,

Every day in music business is different. But if somebody told us that we would be reporting on a tour to raise funds for a political party during election time last week, we would raise our eyebrows. Music and politics is as old as time itself but UK has not seen rock bands tour to support a political party since New Labour movement or at least since Manics dropped their first album.

For The Many Tour poster

Sold out shows!

Well guess what. We do have a tour to raise funds for Labour Party and yes, we are gonna report on it. With details.  Manchester based trio The Blinders (called by musical press to be the most vocal and important band on the scene in the last three decades) hit the road to fund raise, encourage young people to vote and to push for the social change we all desperately need. Ahead of their For The Many Tour the members have issued this statement:

“All of our lives it has felt like politics has worked against us with election after election seemingly serving the interests of a limited few.
For us, the election on the 12th of December, provides a crucial opportunity to elect a Labour government that we truly believe in.
The For the Many Tour is about using our platform to bring people together, influence change and help create a society in which we are a little bit more equal.
We hope to be joined by as many of our friends and like minded individuals as possible.
IF NOT NOW……. THEN WHEN ?”

The band called upon other musicians, spoken word artists and general audience to join them in creating concerts with all the profits going to local Labour Party chapters, often is constituencies with seats that could challenge the status quo. The answer was shift and within few days seven concerts have been set up across the country, with a leading show at O2 Ritz in Manchester with a star line up.

The is still chance to join the initiative and everyone interested, be it a venue, artists or volunteers  can get in touch with the band via a page that has been set up  for the purpose of the tour: https://forthemanytour.com/contact or they can simply send an enquiry to bands email: management@theblindersofficial.com

*** Tour ***

Show#1 – Blackpool 

Blackpool was the first show on the tour and we have to say the kick off was amazing. With 6 bands and one poet on the bil, the innauguration of the tour went absolutely perfect. Jordan Allen did a solo show to open up the celebration, Nana White Pepper blew everyone away with their set (and made their manager proud!), Filthy Tricks were mesmerazing and Palava and Scarlet rocked the crowd like category 5 hurricane. Please see their video for proof! Afghan Sand Gand and Patrick T Davies are close friends of the Blinders so it was not a surprise to see them on the bill. Bobby Bentham of Strange Bones (who did a lovely DJ set) and the emerging band Those Fucking Snowflakes (be careful! They are an avalanche!), made the gig a memorable night for equality and diversity. It is worth mentioning that the performances were a little bit delayed. As the running order was getting behind the schedule, the Blinders played before Those Fucking Snowflakes and in a really cool turn of events, they ended up headlining the gig! How cool is that!

Blackpool event poster

Date: 30.11.2019
Town: Blackpool
Venue: Bootleg Social
Address: 30 Topping St, Blackpool FY1 3AQ
Door:  7 PM – 2 AM
Tickets: £10
Line Up: The Blinders, Jordan Allen (solo show), Nana White Pepper, Afghan Sand Gang, Filthy Tricks, Palava, Scarlet, Those Fucking Snowflakes, Patrick T. Davies (spoken word), Bobby (Strange Bones)– DJ set
This show is 18+
Event Page    

Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5inWMdgHZB/ (Patrick T Davies)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1201139817922416640?s=20 (venue)
https://twitter.com/nanawhitepepper/status/1201221536214126593/photo/1 (Nana White Pepper)
https://twitter.com/nanawhitepepper/status/1200781592307875842/photo/1 (Nana White Pepper)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nxUHmnS00/ (Palava)
https://twitter.com/underblackcombe/status/1201155705094463488 (The Blinders)

Palava performing in support of the Labour Party at the Bootleg – pictures by Edgaras Lazurinas

 

Those Fucking Snowflakes pictures by Alysia Mitchell

Videos:

Nana White Pepper


Scarlet (video by Joseph Challender)


The Blinders Setlist:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall


Show#2 – Manchester

Manchester was the second show on the tour but the biggest one overall. It was dubbed “Socialist Sunday” and its motto was “For the Manny, Not the Few”. Over 1200 tickets were sold in 3 weeks, 12 bands performed and 10 speakers shared their views with the public. There was a new merch stand with amazing t-shirts saying “The Blinders For The Many Tour”, “Tories Out” and “Union Kicking Ass for The Working Class” (that was presented on stage by Charlie McGough of the Blinders and proved very photogenic).

The show was organized by Kallum Nolan (Rochdale Labour Coulcillor) and Ben Taylor (head of events at Jimmy’s Group). It was streamed online in its entirety by The People’s Assembly.

Manchester event poster known as Socialist Sunday

Set list for the night picture by Ben Taylor

Date: 01.12.2019
Town:  Manchester
Venue:  O2 Ritz
Address:  Whitworth Street West, M15NQ
Door:  2 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £10
Line Up:  The Blinders, Cabbage, Scuttlers, The Rhythm Method, Eccentronic Research Council Space Monkeys, The Pagans S.O.H, Cold Water Swimmers, Ventrelles, Gerry O’Gorman, Dollie Demi, Karl Hildebrandt plus guest speakers Jon McClure (Reverend & The Makers), Maxine Peake, Andy Burham, Tom Keenan (DJ) and more.
Event Page     

Live stream:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=447410862814225 (interview with Maxine Peake)
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/videos/2415456978716818 (Part1  – Cold Waters Swimmers, Pagans SOH, Eccentronic Research Council, Loose Articles, Gerry O’Gorman)
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/videos/2147855098844652/ (Part2 – Space Monkeys, The Rhythm Method, Scuttlers)
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/videos/595952144499283/ (Part 3 –  Cabbage and The Blinders)

Pictures:

Official selection of pictures from the event captured by the amazing Trust A Fox.
https://www.trustafoxphotography.com/trust-a-fox-blog/2019/12/3/socialist-sunday-011219-o2-ritz-manchester

https://twitter.com/theblindersband/status/1201555027795611648 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lZtFWJFPB/ (The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1200928543611465730 (merch stand)
https://twitter.com/kallumnolan/status/1201497246099034119/photo/1 (mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kvo62Ab1F/?igshid=1saj2hfv19odi (Patrick T Davies)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kqkjqhkVV/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kgNxenmqL/ (The Blinders, Cabbage)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5jR_h6hFWq/(mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5jLpXMAzGN/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5jJwGlgaWY/ (mixed)
https://twitter.com/ScuttlersINC/status/1201529492868620292/photo/1 (Scuttlers)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201478833674891265?s=20 (Cold Water Swimmers)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201464249551400960?s=20 (Pagans SOH)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201493081595535361?s=20 (Space Monkeys)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201486395900092416?s=20 (Gerry O’Gorman)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201484341156691968?s=20 (Loose Articles)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201474913216929792?s=20 (Dollie Demi)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201472507502616582?s=20 (Eccentronic Research Council)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201471604003344388?s=20 (Ventrelles)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201576129150246922?s=20 (John McClure of Reverend & TheMakers)
https://twitter.com/TrustFox/status/1201607817670643714/photo/1 (Thomas Haywood of The Blinders)
www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156956567352725 (Pagans SOH)
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156957359237725 (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156956665367725 (Space Monkeys, Rhythm Method and Scuttlers)
https://www.facebook.com/shampson3/posts/10156956362102725 (mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lO_nxFtgM/ (mixed)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kPiIun_ag/ (Loose Articles)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432495580752604 (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432369810765181 (The Scuttlers)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432326074102888 (The Rhythm Method)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432298250772337 (Space Monkeys)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432263300775832 (Gerry O’Gorman)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=432242337444595 (Loose Articles)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431684000833762 (Eccentronic Research Council)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431603720841790 (Cold Water Swimmers)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431643110837851 (Pagans SOH)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431615794173916 (Karl Hildebrandt)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/neilwinwardphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=431537780848384 (Dollie Demi)

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lZtFWJFPB/https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lO_nxFtgM/https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kPiIun_ag/

Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kjjGrHLoR/?igshid=thqer0e9ejc1
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kPGSkHQdh/
https://twitter.com/Reverend_Makers/status/1201265997472313349?s=20
https://www.youtube.com/user/mancmusic/videos (large collection of videos)
https://www.facebook.com/679846713/posts/10156600900541714/

Poetry:
Mancunian (mosh pit) poet laurate – Karl Hildebrandt spoke at the Ritz just before the Pagans SOH gig and addressed the inequality and social injustice with his poem. The piece is still unentitled and it was written about 4 am on the day of the concert! His poetry is really powerful and resonated with the audience. Due to high demand (many people asked us to add it!) we have teamed with Karl who kindly re-recorded it and you can listen to it below:

 

The Blinders went on stage exactly at 10:00 pm and the public quickly greeted them with delight. It was another full house for the trio in one year, as they sold out the venue in April during their Columbia Spring tour. Thomas Haywood spoke to the public convincing them to vote Labour and “finally breaking his silence”. During “Berlin Wall” after singing the famous line “Does my vote count for anything at all?”, he felt prompted to add “Yes, it fucking does!” to huge cheers form the audience. The ending of the gig was a real surprise as members of several Manchester bands – Cabbage, Scuttlers, Saytr Play, and Document, joined The Blinders on stage to perform Cabbage’s infamous track “Terrorist Synthesizer” in a obvious jab at conservative mainstream press often calling Jeremy Corbyn a “terrorist symphatizer” because of his peace negotiations with IRA in the early 1990’s.

Set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free the Slave
ICB Blues
Where No Man Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall
Encore: Terrorist Synthesizer (with Cabbage and Scuttlers)

After party poster

The party was not over with the lights out at the Ritz. The bands, speakers and many of the audience members moved to the popular night club, The Night People where the good fun continued till early morning. All bar profits were also donated to local Labour North West branch.

Show #3 – Doncaster 

The Doncaster show was the second show on the tour to sell out. The Blinders arrived to spread the message of hope and glory (well we exaggerate, but just a tiny bit) to mostly young audience at their favourite hang-out place, aka The Social. It was good to see the band’s family members and friends who came out to greet them. The show was described as sweaty but amazing. Patrick T Davies again provided a spoken word, Jordan Allen played a another solo acoustic gig under the alias of Gordin Alan (A Tribute act) and Wraiths and Tinfoils raised the temperature to boiling levels. The Blinders were a bit delayed (about half an hour due to late start) but played a full set, just without the encore. The fundraiser was a success and a substancial sum will be given to local chapter of Labour Party. Thank you to all who donated and who came out to support the tour. It is greatly appreciated.

Doncaster event poster

Date: 02.12.2019
Town: Doncaster
Venue:  Social Bar
Address:  28-30 Lazarus Court, Bradford Row, DN1 3NF
Door:  7:30 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £10
Line Up: The Blinders, Wraights, Tinfoils, Jordan Allen (solo show), Patrick T. Davies (spoken word)
This show is 18+
Event Page  

Pictures:
https://www.facebook.com/theblindersband/posts/2465383860401600 (The Blinders and Jordan Allen)
https://twitter.com/hossfitt/status/1201653341039874050/photo/1 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5l-bYnHfMJ/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc7ugRtnnRO/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n84vFH_ig/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n6u3zHDbe/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n5qkuHh9_/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5npVauhQiM/ (The Blinders and Jordan Allen)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nc8FRAjnw/ (Patrick T Davies)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nrd8VHeej/ (Wraiths)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nCPEFHSRk/ (Jordan Allen)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nuVfPnUbR/ (Wraiths)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5n1YrOnp2u/ (Tinfoils)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nysbYHZfj/ (Tinfoils)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nxqh0H5uX/ (Tinfoils)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5ya1spH61q (The Blinders and Jordan Allen)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5quNu6nH5e/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B53uLeCgmuT (The Blinders)

 

Videos:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5mbcY5gaR2/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nttLlgM92/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5nocm1HKDo/
https://www.facebook.com/bob.wallis.75/posts/10216941080253874

The stage times were as follows (just add 30 minutes to them as there was a delay!):

The Blinders set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat, C’Est Moi
Free the Slave
ICB Blues
40 Days And 40 Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Rage
Brave New World
Rat In A Cage (feat Jordan Allen)
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

Show #4  – London

Fourth show on the tour and the merry machine came to the capitol to deliver an intimate show what was probably the smallest gig on the tour. Fans of four bands filled the venue to the last place and it was another sold out show collecting money for the Labour Party. Seasons has only the capacity of 80 people so the show was really up close-and-personal. Band members climbed the instruments and the bar, sat on the floor, walked among the public and they shouted the lyrics back at them. Several bands from all over the UK came to support the line up (including The Novus from Stourbridge, which makes us super proud). IT felt as being back at the beginning of their career – playing tiny venues with dedicated fans. All for a good cause.

Stage times:
Cross Wires: 7.45pm
Couples: 8.30pm
SISTERAY: 9.15pm
The Blinders: 10pm

Woodford Green event poster

Updated poster in collaboration with Kick Up the Jamz

Date: 04.12.2019
Town: Woodford Green
Venue:  Seasons
Address:  215 The Broadway, Woodford Green, Redbridge, IG8 0HL
Door:  7:30 PM -11 PM
Tickets: £8
Line Up: The Blinders, Sisteray, Couples, Cross Wires
Event Page

Pictures:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5r79FVA1qL/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5sZ-AxHhLr/ (The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/overtimer/status/1202512522529705984?s=20 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5sxrgBA8Yv/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5tEECUgJvo/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5srWQVB4Wz/ (The Blinders, Sisteray)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5r79FVA1qL/ (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/CrossWires/posts/2630184297062430 (Cross Wire)
https://twitter.com/overtimer/status/1202512522529705984 (The Blinders, Couples)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B55T8mZAvgt/

Couples  photographed by Caffy St Luce

Videos:

The Blinders by Tyla Challenger



The Blinders set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

 

Show #5  – Newport 

Newport event poster

Date: 05.12.2019
Town:  Newport (Wales)
Venue:  Le Pub
Address:  14 High Street, NP20 1FW
Door:  7 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £8
Line Up: The Blinders, Al Moses, Jack Perrett, Football FC, Sam J Grudgings (spoken word)
This show is 16+
Event Page   

Pictures:
https://twitter.com/JBryantWales/status/1202887717400526848?s=20 (mixed)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1202730368836755458?s=20 (The Blinders)
https://www.facebook.com/JackPerrettMusic/posts/1064427550564263 (Jack Perrett Music)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xY8fNnSG4/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xLTqAnsVm (Jack Perrett Music)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5z8CmQAI1F/ (The Blinders)

Videos:
https://twitter.com/JBryantWales/status/1202887717400526848?s=20
https://twitter.com/elaine246810/status/1202752627467018245?s=20

The Blinders Set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

 

   

Show #6  – Stourbridge

Stourbridge event poster

Going, going, gone

Date: 06.12.2019
Town:  Stourbridge
Venue:  Green Duck Brewery
Address:  Gainsborough Trading Estate, Rufford Rd, DY9 7ND
Door:  7PM – 11PM
Tickets: £7
Line Up: The Blinders, The Novus, Flares, Ian Marrey, Jess Silk,
Peter Lowe, Maggie Dunne (Fuzz Box) and Mark Roberts (DOXA) – speakers
This show is 18+
Event Page      

The Stourbridge concert sold out as the first show on the tour, nearly a week before its date! It was the first time The Blinders visited Stourbridge and they did a canvassing session in the morning, despite the heavy rain.

The show started at 6:00 pm with a surprise performance from Ian Marrey who replaced The Humdrum Express (Ian Passey) that was sadly forced to cancel due to an illness.  His 20 minute set was full of classic protest songs but he presented two of his own compositions that were truly appreciated by the crowd. Next was Jess Silk, a young Black Country artist with a powerful voice and true socialist nature. Flares (the youngest band on the bill) were too young to normally enter the brewery but stole the show with their enthusiasm and powerful stage presence. We sneaked with them into the brewery itself for a photo session and we got kicked out in a real punk rock fashion! Rock and roll kids, is not dead at all!

The Novus are fantastic, unstoppable noise/garage machine that flattens everything in its way. The band is exactly in the same spot as The Blinders were just 2 years ago – they are on the brink of becoming the next sensation and the four guys from Stourbridge know it very well. They have everything, catchy songs, great stage presence and a vocalist that gives it all. Look out as the Novus are touring with This Feeling and are making a name for themselves.

The Blinders closed the day with a set that was identical with previous shows. A mix of well known songs (Ramona Flowers, Brave New World) and several new ones (Rage, Something Wicked This Way Comes, 40 Days & 40 Nights) made everyone happy and proved that the Doncaster trio are now a professional band ready to take over the world.

Three speeches delivered throughout the evening belonged to Maggie Dunne from Fuzzbox, Peter Lowe (Labour Councillor) and Mark Roberts (DOXA, Mother’sEarth EXperiment).

Gallery:

Venue  – Green Duck Brewery

 

 

Ian Marrey  – first performer of the evening

 

Jess Silk – a lady with a very powerful voice (and a guitar)

 

Mark Roberts – master of ceremony

 

Maggie Dunne – speaker

 

Peter Lowe – Labour Councillor

 

Flares – the young quartet from Birmingham

 

The Novus  – hosts and main support

 

The Blinders – the masterminds behind the tour

The event was attended by many local artists from West Midland scene. Thomas Haywood posed to many pictures and we were lucky to photograph him alongside Chris Phee, lead singer of Sedated Society.

 

Videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzMnOks7hNI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_68sThLXLg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpP-IRJJt4M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC8IpkXQlW4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De4Ig1N2h5o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN9WHJDyQnU

Other pictures:
https://twitter.com/2324Photography/status/1203118940089704448 (The Novus)
https://www.facebook.com/thenovusband/posts/2545933365462443 (The Novus)
https://twitter.com/tyrer_adrian/status/1203305199550509059 (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xePOijKy7/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xWJAdgE1D/ (Flares)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xTIdoAzJ1/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xLvSxA5fy/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5wD0BAAhtS/ (Thomas Haywood)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5v_ihPAdUg/ (The Novus)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5v7bgbDO-K/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5ztETcnWr2/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xvIiAgnot/ (The Novus)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xmWW7Ak3W/ (Flares)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B53uLeCgmuT (The Blinders)

The Blinders Set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
Forty Days And Forty Nights
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rage
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall

 

Show #7  – Lincoln

Lincoln event poster

Date: 09.12.2019
Town: Lincoln
Venue:  Labour Club
Address:  Grafton House, 32 Newland, LN1 1XJ Lincoln
Door:  7:30 PM -11 PM
Tickets: £7.50
Line Up: The Blinders, Broken Crown, Mary`s Dream, Gary Rudd, The Pagans S.O.H, The Rills

Pictures:
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1204171064043098112?s=20 (venue)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B55r3q4nD8N/ (The Blinders)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B54343UhYzp/ (The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/karlhanson1/status/1204185873484521472?s=20 (Mary’s Dream)
https://twitter.com/the_pagans/status/1204380550078836738?s=20 (The Pagans SOH)
https://twitter.com/the_pagans/status/1204118138075398144?s=20 (The Pagans SOH)
https://www.facebook.com/thepagansband/posts/2690265631053917 (The Pagans SOH)

Videos:

Mary’s Dream, all female quartet stole the show even from the Blinders! The young ladies sang several songs, include “Come Together” by The Beatles and it was a great choice for the ocassion! Please be on the look out as they have some serious potential!

https://twitter.com/AMHanson3/status/1204190702948757510?s=20

 

Show #8 – Norwich 

The show was a sold out!

Norwich event poster

Date: 10.12.2019
Town:  Norwich
Venue: EPIC TV Studios
Address:  112-114 Magdalen Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1JD
Door: 7 PM – 11PM
Tickets: £7
Line Up: The Blinders, Youth Killed It, Eluders, The Revere, Ducking Punches (Solo Set)
Event Page       

Pictures:
https://twitter.com/ELUDERSUK/status/1204571267585773570 (Eluders)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1204504765633302529/photo/1(Eluders)
https://www.facebook.com/briana.hibbert.73/posts/2474833052774691(The Blinders)
https://twitter.com/MapMove/status/1204558264182149121

Blinders Set list:
Gotta Get Through
L’Etat C’Est Moi
Free The Slave
ICB Blues
I Want Gold
Ramona Flowers
Brave New World
Rat In A Cage
Brutus/Et Tu/Berlin Wall


Show #9  – Stoke Upon Trent (happening today)

Stoke Upon Trent event poster

Date: 11.12.2019
Town: Stoke on Trent
Venue:  The Underground
Address:  2 Morley St, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4LS
Door:  7 PM – 11 PM
Tickets: £10
Line Up: The Blinders, Psyence, Pacific, Loose Articles, Afghan Sand Gang, Patrick T. Davies and Filth (DJ set)
This show is 18+

Event Page         Tickets

Before the show even started, there was a competition going on!

***Come Together, We Need Each Other***

We strongly encourage everyone to get involved and attend one of the shows above, but there is so much more that one can do – even not moving from one`s sofa. We would like to list few ideas – in case you feel powerless. Because you are not.

– No brainer but register to vote. It takes few minutes and it is the most direct and efficient tool in any elections. Take part. Vote. You have time till midnight on Tuesday 26th November.

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

-Encourage your friends to register. Nothing beats a personal example.

– Give your local party chapter a call – they may need volunteers, canvassers, even people who prepare  letters. A bit of activism goes a long way.

– Share the posters or events for the tour on your socials, stories or chat groups. Inform your friends.

– Print a poster for the tour and put it in your student hall or on a community board (where it is allowed).

– Maybe make leaflets – it`s cheap and very effective.

– Let local press, bloggers or radios know. They are always looking for new stories to tell. Or write an article or blog yourself.

– If you know a venue that could host a gig to raise funds – you don’t even need The Blinders to do your own gig. Team up with few other artists and do it. It is easier than you think. And besides bringing social change it will also give you real skills how to do events. And how to meet new people.  Win -win.

Press release:
https://modernsky.uk/blinders-announce-pro-labour-many-tour-ahead-uk-general-election

Media coverage:
http://indiemidlands.com/the-blinders-coming-to-green-duck-brewery/
https://louderthanwar.com/news-socialist-sunday-all-dayer-at-the-02-ritz-december-1st-2019
https://ryanwrites99.wordpress.com/2019/11/24/the-blinders-and-friends-present-for-the-many-stourbridge
https://www.getintothis.co.uk/2019/11/the-blinders-cabbage-the-rhythm-method-and-more-join-forces-for-socialist-sunday
https://www.manchestertheatres.com/event/socialistsunday-manchester-for-a-labour-government-with-the-blinders
https://newsoundsmag.co.uk/2019/11/25/the-blinders-announce-pro-labour-for-the-many-tour-ahead-of-uk-general-election
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/doncaster-rock-band-blinders-announce-uk-tour-support-labour-party-1321546
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/c/charlie-mcgough-bass-player-blinders
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/why-im-voting-labour-daniel-connolly-musician-sisteray
https://www.skiddle.com/news/all/The-Blinders-set-off-on-politically-charged-For-the-Many-tour/54623
https://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/music/2019/11/30/stourbridges-the-novus-join-the-blinders-in-hometown-for-gig-to-support-labour
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/citylife-seven-days-manchester-events-17312341
http://www.maximumvolumemusic.com/peak-blinders/
https://www.rhonddacynontaff.com/2019/12/the-blinders-2/
https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/18081899.labour-backing-band-performing-newport-tonight/

Interviews:
https://wordsformusic.blog/2019/12/08/the-blinders-for-the-many-interview/

Gig Reviews:
https://www.eventhestars.co.uk/2019/12/socialist-sunday-blinders-cabbage.html (Manchester)
https://www.thezineuk.co.uk/2019/12/forthemany/ (London)
https://www.rgm.press/the-blinders-the-novus-flares-jess-silk-ian-passey-for-the-many-not-the-few​-stourbridge-6-12-19/ (Stourbridge)


Tour Updates:

The band is not only playing nine shows across November/December but also canvassing on behalf of Labour. Just one of the images we have seen:

Support your scene and your local Labour chapter!
Mal/Rita

 

Indieterria presents Weimar

Dear Readers, 

We have said it before, but Vanadian Avenue is always on the look out for unusual bands, unique musical styles or new trends in music. Sometimes we find interesting artists on our own, sometimes we receive a tip or sometimes the artists take their time to contact us themselves.

And this is how we learnt about Manchester quartet called Weimar. Last week, lead singer of the band, Aidan Cross sent us an email asking if we would be interested in  reviewing his newest double A single. After listening to both songs, and seeing the accompanying videos we had to say yes!

Weimar is a Manchester-based band consisting of singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist Aidan Cross (The Bacillus, Black Light Mutants), lead guitarist Stephen Sarsen (Frank Is Dead, The Bacillus, Playground), bassist John Armstrong (The Speed of Sound) and drummer Anthony Edwards (The Deceased).

Weimar Republic of Mancunia by Zac Gale

Official bio: “Combining a range of influences and naming themselves Weimar after the German Weimar Republic of the 1920s in which experimental art, music and cabaret saw a boom, Weimar combine an eclectic range of influences, with their songs containing elements of Art Rock, Post-Punk, Cabaret, Chanson, Prog Rock, Funk, Alt Folk, Gothic Rock, Music Hall and Dark Circus. Lyrically they cover themes of the dark side of culture and human nature, drawing on a socio-political awareness as well as historical inspiration. In the spirit of the Weimar Republic itself, the emphasis is on the need for freedom of expression and rebellion in the face of political and social oppression. In the current turbulent political era, which has already sparked talk of ‘Weimar Britain’, this approach has a profound relevance to contemporary culture”.

The songs “Marvel to the State” and “Undesirable Master” were released on 22nd of November 2019 and they feature the guest vocals of Rose Niland, singer with Rose & the Diamond Hand and Poppycock. The Double A side single was also released digitally on German Shepherd Records, and on CD via Weimar’s own label Marlene’s Hat.

So what can we say about the singles? First thing that comes to mind is that Weimar is reviewer’s real nightmare when it comes to classification. We can easily imagine that if those songs were released back in the 1990’s, Steve Lamacq would tear all his hair out trying to come up with a name for what they do. This is a real mixture of genres – from the classical French chanson, to pop to rock and alternative. There is a lot of Divine Comedy, a lot of the Smiths, The Fall and a bit of a cabaret. To complicate the matters even further – we can swear that “Marvel to the State” has been ispired by 1920’s and 1930’d european jazz. And if we throw trip hop and pop into the cauldron, then we have a real bomb ready to go off.

Weimar in black and white by Zac Gale

The PR note released alongside the singles is confirming what we heard for ourselves:

“Stylistically, both new songs are significantly different from Weimar’s previous single. ‘Marvel To The State’ is written as a celebration of female figures throughout history who have stood up in the face of oppressive politics. It is a duet between Weimar’s frontman Aidan Cross and Rose Niland, set to a jazz-funk inspired backing, with a more upbeat and pop-oriented feel than the previous single. ‘Undesirable Master’ meanwhile, is a romantic torch song with an ethereal backing vocal from Niland. Both songs are accompanied by promo videos directed by Nikos Pavlou. Niland co-stars in the video for “Marvel” while the “Undesirable Master” video guest stars screen thespian Indigo Azidahaka, also vocalist with Granola Suicide.”

We are not the only ones impressed with both songs. Other reviewers were also truly generous with compliments:

“You know when you get that chill up your back when you hear music that is genuinely different and exciting…..? The most important band to come out of Manchester since Magazine.” – Bob Osborne, Aural Delights Blog

“What makes Weimar stand out from so many other guitar bands is their emphatic execution of highly observant songs informed by life’s surreal and unnerving experiences, underpinned by instrumentation which is accomplished – almost oblivious to how good it actually is. Guitars jangle, jolt and drive emotion in equal measure, matched with point-hitting drums… with enigmatic singer and musician Aidan Cross captivating the crowd.” – Emily Oldfield, Louder Than War

We have to admit that Weimar is one of the most unusual bands we have discovered this year and it will be a pleasure to watch them grow. The band is currently working on their debut album while continuing to gig regularly. The album is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2020.

Weimar in black and whte (again) by Zac Gale

You can follow the band on their socials:
https://weimarbanduk.com/
https://www.facebook.com/WeimarTheBand/
https://twitter.com/WeimarBandUK
https://www.instagram.com/weimarbanduk/
https://soundcloud.com/weimartheband
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRVRYJayyyN0Q46AA_74Aig

 

With bands such as The Blinders, Dirty Laces, Scuttlers, The Document, Saytr Play, The Red Stains, Witch Fever, Liines, Gloves, The Membranes, The Battery Farm and many others (we could go on forever!) Manchester music scene is one of the best in the world. Keep your eyes and ears open as the Kingdon of Mancunia is four steps ahead of everyone.

Xoxox
Rita and Malicia D.

Indieterria meets Avalanche Party

Honourable comrades!

Avalanche Party is one of the most important new bands on the indie scene at the moment. Formed in 2014, AP (as they are known to their fans) built an impressive resume in a relatively short period of time. They travelled throughout the UK and mainland Europe, performed in NYC and at the famous SXSW in Texas, recorded at the desert studios somewhere in the Death Valley in California. They also played at all the important summer festivals and shared stages with the best of the best in rock music.

The band is known for its wild, mesmerizing shows, full of drama, sweat and hypnotic music. And for their specific, dry, half-sarcastic, half-abstract sense of humour. Just few days before their gig in Birmingham and the release of their debut album, we sat down with vocalist and front-man, Jordan Bell to discuss their videos, trips to America and what can we expect from the Avalanche Party in 2020.

Avalanche Party photographed by Jason Ferdinando

BBC Radio 1 calls you “The most exciting rock & roll band in the UK right now.” But let’s take things to the very beginning. How and where did Avalanche Party form?

Jordan Bell: Keep an open yoghurt in your kitchen fridge for long enough and over time, it will morph and grow into something quite remarkably different from the yoghurt you once knew. Until you can no longer bear to keep it in your refrigeration station and have no choice but to toss it out into the big bad world. It was kind of like that. We’re from North Yorkshire, if it makes a difference. Where the wild things are and the OneStops aren’t.

You managed to keep the news of your debut album completely under wraps. There were no mentions, no leaks, no warnings and then on 27th of August a bomb was dropped. In the era where people lead their entire existence online, did you think it was important to keep your fans unaware of what was coming?

Jordan Bell: Definitely and that’s something which extends past fans and straight into the band itself. Two members didn’t even know the album had been recorded and our manager still doesn’t. Keep it to yourselves.

The album “24 Carat Diamond Trephine” is finally due on 22nd of November. We are intrigued by the title? Trephine are commonly used in bone surgery and dentistry, but we are certain that NHS cannot afford a 24 carat ones. Where does the title come from? Is there a particular meaning behind it?

Jordan Bell: Trephines are still knocking around but the album title is based on the more primitive versions used for trepanning – the old practice of cutting holes in the head to let out the evil spirits responsible for strange behaviours. There seems to be some kind of parallel between that and listening to music which makes sense. It’s a 24 carat diamond one because, it’s not just any old Trephine. This one’s special, it cuts right to the heart of the matter. As far as we know, a 24 Carat Diamond Trephine is the only reliable Trephine for evil spirit excavation, these days.

Avalanche Party by Jason Ferdinando

To promote your debut, the band released three singles in span of four months: “7”, “El Dorado” and “Rebel Forever”. They are completely different from each other: “7” is two minute cacophony of noise, “El Dorado is an experimental ballad of 6 minutes and “Rebel Forever” is quite a catchy, mainstream, radio-friendly track. The upcoming album seems to be very varied in terms of genres and song length. What can we expect from it? Was it a conscious decision to make it as variable as possible?

Jordan Bell: Well yeah it is, we’ll give you that one. We made a conscious decision to attempt as many different genres as possible, because Kane’s uncle, Simon said, we need to try and be like a band that appeals to a massive audience. Like Swedish House Mafia or Catfish & The Shottybottlemen. We went away and thought about it for a bit. Next time we saw him, he said, “Well? Who have you chosen with a massive audience in a particular musical genre that you can be like? Preferably a genre with a long musical history, so you can appeal to the mams and dads and grandies, too?” “Yes”, we said. “Who is it? Miley Cirrhosis? Post Maloon?” “Both”, we said. He nearly fell off his whippet.

Buy it and see.

Avalanche Party always had incredible videos – cinematic, pop culture inspired with complicated, sometimes brutal storylines. The video to “7” shows what only can be described as some sort of illegal experiment, “El Dorado” takes the viewer to America for a mini road movie where nothing really happens and “Rebel Forever” is a dream-like, kaleidoscopic drug-induced nightmare. How important is the visual side of storytelling for you? Are you going to use the videos on tour in some way?

Jordan Bell: “El Dorado” is actually a live video we shot at our last gig in Birmingham! (laughing)

Let’s stick to the videos for a while longer – Bobby Bentham, lead singer of Strange Bones and your personal friend, plays the subject of the experiment in “7”. How do you recall working with him on the set? We have to say he’s terrifyingly convincing.

Jordan Bell: Bobby was perfect for the role given he is THE method acting champion of the world. It was a very, very nice afternoon requiring very little direction or instruction, which began with him floating east by the medium of transpennine express and peaked with me serving him watermelons through the air to flamboyantly slice with a samurai sword in slow motion. He fucking nailed it. And the knife throwing. His gran was in the Yakuza for a bit, so he picked up some stuff. When the zombie apocalypse comes, he’ll be fine. In fact, I’m moving into his house. He’s a great friend and Strange Bones are the fucking dons. He taught me how to swim, but that’s another story.

Jordan Bell live, picture by Jason Ferdinand

Few days ago, the band announced that NHS professionals have a free entry to your gigs on this tour. That’s a very generous way of supporting the National Health Service. Is this your way of protesting against the cuts and showing the solidarity with the workers?

Jordan Bell: It’s a nice thing to do for people, who give a lot, working insane hours and dealing with insane shit for fuck all. The harrowing stuff they have to see and do on a daily basis is truly incredible and they have saved the lives of many, many people near and close to us all.

2019 was a breakthrough year for the band. First SXSW and American festivals, then a session for legendary radio station KEXP for The International Clash Day in London. You recently returned to US to play more gigs. And you are about to embark on a 19 dates long national tour. It must be both incredibly exciting time, but also a challenging one.

Jordan Bell: Big up KEXP. Yeah, but we can see the progression in our music and in ourselves and it’s easy to keep going. It feels far more exciting than challenging. And as our tour manager, Jimmy Mac says – you can sleep when you’re dead! Or in his case, whenever he hits the nice straight bit going past that house in the middle of the M62.

After the UK tour is done and a well deserved Christmas break, can we expect an EU tour in the spring of 2020?

Jordan Bell: No, Brexit means Breakfast (laughing). Joke, it’s a joke! Yeah, we’re going back to the mainland, maybe even sooner than spring. We always have a great time over there and it feels like it’s been too long since we last went, so lets see which way the wind blows.

Debut album – track list

The famous last question – trips to US, especially to SXSW are known to be culinary adventurous. We heard stories of the UK bands being hospitalized after trying the nuclear hot Austin sauce or having margaritas for every meal. What was your diet like at the conference? 

Jordan Bell: I ate great. Have you seen the size of the carrots over there? Superb. I survived for 3 days on just one single Carrot. Apart from that, I can see why people could struggle but personally – absolutely no problems.  Our friends in Trail Of Dead took us for the full Austin BBQ experience, our hosts made amazing blueberry pancakes, showed us Cookie Dough and made great egg foo young. And at the festival, we grabbed everything free & edible that wasn’t nailed to Lady Gaga!

Follow Avalanche Party on their socials:
https://www.avalancheparty.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AvalancheParty
https://twitter.com/avalanche_party
https://www.instagram.com/avalancheparty/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVQHS8es36atxJMBqh8jAlQ

 

And while we are waiting for the debut album, the band released a fourth single to a song called “Howl”. You can watch the AP guys perform in some sort of distorted version of “Top of the Pops” below:

“24 Carat Diamond Trephine” is released in three days time, but several influential websites, zines and blogs already listened to it and gave it fantastic reviews. We have gathered several of them for your reading pleasure:

24 Carat Diamond Trephine is an eleven track joyride that veers from the poetic and introspective to a ferocious barrage of explosive energy. Brimming with their infamous live urgency, it’s a masterfully curated album that ranges from full-throttle sonic assault (7, HAHA) to refrained moments of cool clarity to catch your breath (Hey Misdemeanour, Every Last Drop). The legendary James Aparicio (Grinderman, Spiritualized) was the man tasked with taming the beast and it’s a production that does no such thing. It’s an album barely contained, constantly teetering on the edge of insanity but is completely alluring throughout.

24 Carat Diamond Trephine is undoubtedly a fist-raising crowd pleaser, but like contemporaries Fat White Family, Viagra Boys or The Blinders, they’ve used it as an opportunity to enforce their own birds-eye view of the world. They tackle hefty themes of anger and fear, the capitalist machine that drives us ever closer to the great flaming End, cloak-and-dagger corporate greed, the environment, lyrics of love, death and an individual’s walk through a world they were spat into, laughing as they go” – Rough Trade Magazine
https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/avalanche-party/24-carat-diamond-trephine/

“‘24 Carat Diamond Trephine’ is an album of transformation, just as the process that turns leaves to coal, and coal to diamonds. ‘Cruel Madness’ is less At The Drive-In, more The Mars Volta and the kind of theatrical rock the likes of Alex Turner and Muse might favour, the ‘new day, new dawn’ lyric a blatant burn but also a statement of the company this band now sees itself in. Closer, ‘Rebel Forever’ is an instant classic revisiting ‘Howl’’s giddy and unexpected high points and reprising the ‘El Dorado’ theme in the lyrics; and with just enough Psycho Killer energy that should see it become a restless reference point for the band; a moment in time, a place, a memory…” – Steve Spithray for God is in the TV Zine
http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2019/11/18/avalanche-party-24-carat-diamond-trephine-so-knee-records/

“There’s so much to explore on this album and it’s likely to take a few listens before it starts to really blossom into its true form. But there’s no escaping this is an extremely impressive and ambitious debut that aside from a few nods to influences is unlike anything else out there. The band have managed to showcase their genre-bending best and sewn it all together to create a Frankenstein’s monster of an album that’s indicative of their terrifying potential” –  Richard Cobb for Little Indie Blog
http://littleindieblogs.blogspot.com/2019/11/album-review-avalanche-party-24-carat.html

“My favourite track at the moment is ‘Howl’ the current single. It is a very Bowieesque slab of prime heavy riff-laden early 70s rock with a gospel-style chorus. If you are not moved to dance to ‘Howl’ then you might well be clinically dead! This is possibly the finest song that the band have released so far. It is also accompanied by a fabulous video which features a cameo appearance on tambourine from the multi-talented Charlie Swainston! The track which proves how great a band Avalanche Party is is the psychedelic rock circus that is ‘Milk And Sunlight Is A Heavy Dream’. Vocals, backing vocals, keys, bass, guitars, and drums all align perfectly and the chorus will not let you go. James Aparicio has captured the essence of what makes Avalanche Party such a great live band in his production. From the massed Panzer Tank Division sonic assault of ‘HA HA’ to the deeply mellow buzz of ‘Hey Misdemeanour’ the former Grinderman and Spiritualized producer does not put a foot or a fader wrong. I can already picture a crowd incursion from Jordan during ‘Playing Field Blues’ using his rock star evil stare to hypnotise his audience into becoming Avalanche Party‘s helpless mosh puppets. It redefines heavy, scuzzy garage blues into something very 21st Century. I never thought that I would see myself finding a U2 influence from Avalanche Party, but ‘Every Last Drop’ is the kind of song that Bono would kill to have written. I can see the lighters and lit up mobile phone screens waving in the air at festivals to accompany this gorgeous modern, dirty power ballad. Dark menace runs through the veins of ‘Cruel Madness’ and draws you into a dark, descent of a dream to a world that might be populated by all your fears and phobias. The album closes with ‘Rebel Forever’ which opens and is underpinned with a warped fairground organ riff which gives the tune a Cockney Rebel feel and in many ways sums up Avalanche Party. They are rebels and I hope they will remain rebellious forever!” – With Just A Mint of Mayhem Blog
https://withjustahintofmayhem.blog/tag/avalanche-party/

“The two most important things to know about Avalanche Party are they write life affirming songs that give you faith guitar music. What’s more they’re hungry and have ideas. ‘24 Carat Diamond Trephine’ is chocked full of both of these. It’s an album that was worth the five year wait as it finally delivers on Avalanche Party’s initial unruly promise of writing a heartfelt vitriolic lament while trying to cave our heads in through viscous indie rock, whilst doubling down on killer melodies” – Nick Roseblade for Clash Magazine
https://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/avalanche-party-24-carat-diamond-trephine

“Most bands are at their best on their first album and spend the rest of their careers trying to reach the same dizzy heights. If this is Avalanche Party’s piece de resistance, then so be it. Its early days, but I feel whatever they do in the future, this will be go down in history as their ‘In Utero’, their very own ‘The Holy Bible’. ’24 Carat Diamond Trephine’ is Avalanche Party’s defining moment, and one of the best debut album of the year.” – Ben Hughes for RPM Online http://rpmonline.co.uk/2019/11/27/avalanche-party-24-carat-diamond-trephine-so-knee-records/

“The wild record is a possessive trip that spits as you as it scuttles past. It’s disgusting but in all the right ways and mirrors a similar disturbance to contemporaries such as Fat White Family and Viagra Boys. Not many bands can capture their live excitement in an album- especially in a debut- however, Avalanche Party have perfectly crafted their unique sound at an early stage and have created something outstanding. Let the Avalanche Party magic bring you along on its hectic ride” – Jasmine Hodge for Jasmine Hodge Reviews
http://jasminehodge.blogspot.com/2019/11/avalanche-party-24-carat-diamond.html

“Welcome the immersive 24 Carat Diamond Trephine, one of the strongest pieces of artwork 2019 has been lucky enough to be graced with. Sharply corrosive, and harrowingly bleak, Avalanche Party’s debut album is a haunting and melodic mix of heavy edged punk, fuzzy psych rock, and shimmery euphoria, and the band have truly excelled themselves, mashing their heavy punk presence with something so stark and chilling that the album conjures up eclectic and dispersed emotions from the very start” – Sahera Walker for Indie Underground Blog
https://indieunderground.blog/2019/11/21/a-hauntingly-harrowing-and-stunning-debut-from-avalanche-party-24-carat-diamond-trephine/

 

We cannot wait to see AP in Birmingham this Saturday.

Support your scene kids!

Malicia and Rita

Indieteria presents The Columbia Exhibition

Dear Readers,

This is the end, sang Jim Morrison, on one of the most popular songs by The Doors and it does look like an end of an era. Not a definitive end of course, nobody is calling it quits and the band is not breaking up, yet we cannot help but feel a certain sense of  profound loss.

In August, The Blinders announced two acoustic shows to celebrate the first anniversary of the release of “Columbia” – their critically acclaimed debut album. The shows were accompanied by a double vinyl live album recorded during their tour in April. “Live At The Ritz” was the band’s gift to the loyal fans and the last stop on their journey before the dystopian gates of Columbia were to be shut tight for the last time.

Originally, the concerts were supposed to take place on 21st of September but due to Thomas Haywood’s illness, they were moved to 2nd of November. Both events of course sold out straight away and fans had to wait patiently for the big day to arrive. A minor inconvenience but the wait was definitely worth it in the end. As they say, good things happen to those who are counting down the days on their calendars.

We arrived at 33 Oldham Street exactly at 13:00 fearing that we have missed some of the show, but luckily the doors opened half an hour  later. We had the time to have something to eat, prepare and charge our recording equipment (aka the faithful mobile phones) and take a small Polaroid session for future PR purposes. Believe us, in the busy lives of the A&R’s, half an hour means forever! At 13:30 sharp, we were allowed into the main performance room and the Q&A session commenced.

David Nolan, an accomplished music journalist and published author started the show by giving the audience his business cards, asking them to text him the questions for the band. The best ones were chosen and the trio was asked to answer them which proved to be a really great move. While asking the question, David looked for the author among the public and it helped the session to have a more intimate feel. The band also seemed pleased that they could interact with the audience. This led to several funny moments where we found out about cringe worthy situations from the early gigs or allowed Matty or Charlie to express their opinions on certain topics such as politics or being in a popular rock group. David also made everybody laugh when he realized there were no chairs for the band to sit on and the group had to stand up (“welcome to the 1970’s!”), except for Matty who sat comfortably on this drum set much to the playful irritation of Charlie and Thomas. What we liked about Mr Nolan the most was the fact that he didn’t sugar coated anything and was not afraid to speak his mind (“your Twitter feed is boring”). He held the lads up to the task and wouldn’t let them skip answering difficult questions, if they weren’t cooperating, he dragged the answers out them! He was a fair and square host, not hired to sing praises but to present the boys as they truly are. And brownie points to the band themselves as they truthfully answered everything. Not everyone would allow to be grilled like this, majority of the bands would probably used this session as a PR stunt, but the Blinders were very honest and real.

Thomas as the front man, spoke the most, explaining the recording process of the first album, telling stories from the road and histories hidden behind his favourite pictures taken by Sam Crowston. The Q&A session lasted for over an hour and afterwards, the band posed for pictures and signed posters and records.

The performance came next and it was a revelation to those who haven’t seen the band in an acoustic setting before. We have seen The Blinders playing at the Night at the Museum in Blackburn so we were prepare for what was coming but it was still a great experience. Thomas’s keyboard skills improved greatly since the summer and he was now comfortably jamming between songs. The Blinders played 9 songs in total, two brand new ones (“I Want Gold” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes”), one from Thomas’ solo repertoire (“Circle Song”) and the rest was composed from the songs  included on “Columbia”.

Matinee event
Date: 2nd of November
Time: 13:30-16:00 pm
Place: 33 Oldham Street
Host (Q&A): David Nolan

Setlist:

L’Etat C’Est Moi
Ballad Of Winston Smith
Where No Man Comes
I Want Gold
ICB Blues
Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska)
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Circle Song
Brave New World

Pictures:

 

Videos:

Q&A Session: 

 

Evening event:

We sadly could only attend the afternoon performance, but the main evening event wasn’t much different from the matinee one. The set list was a bit different (“Ramona Flowers” and “Rat In A Cage” were added) but the Q&A session was again conducted by David Nolan. If you’d like to listen to the entire performance, you are in luck as it was recorded and it is available on Youtube. All the links are attached below.

Date: 2nd of November
Time: 19:00-22:00 pm
Place: 33 Oldham Street
Host (Q&A): David Nolan

Setlist:
ICB Blues
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Brave New World
Orbit (Salmon Of Alaska)
Brave New World
Rat In A Cage
Ramona Flowers
Circle Song
I Want Gold

Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhN1qup-etI (full show and Q&A)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxpMoToJZWE (Q&A session)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEX_2QhA0Nc (Orbit)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cULZZQfT2g (ICB Blues, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Brave New World)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVA_s1zR7UM (Brave New World)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPwk2Bo7mE8 (Rat In A Cage)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsOotB1ucyY (Ramona Flowers)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwDLpP8NnOc (Circle Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCnaj8zffMw (Something Wicked This Way Comes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pr9-OUPr6Y (I Want Gold)

 

THE EXHIBITION

After the performance, the guests were free to roam and admire the exhibition that was prepared especially for the ocassion. It was divided into two parts: the photography exhibition taken by Sam Crowston (displayed on the walls), and the costumes, artwork and everything else linked to the band was also presented on the two upper floors of the building.

The Columbia Photo Exhibition was spread on all floors of the 33 Oldham Street. The walls were decorated with over 60 framed pictures – from the main restaurant area on the ground floor, the first floor where the performance and the Q&A session took place, to the top floor sitting area that has been turned into the main exhibition room. Each photograph was given a short description underneath and each floor had their own small story board which explained different periods in the band’s history and shed a bit of a light at the displayed pictures.

The Columbia Era – all pictures by Sam Crowston
https://samcrowstonimaging.com/
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You can purchase the prints at:
https://theblindersofficial.com/theexhibition

Time: 2nd – 30th November 2019
Place: 33 Oldham Street, Manchester
Entry: Free