Kick Out The Jams
Too Spicy wanted to prepare for Nozfest down in Herefordshire July 27th, and when Nick was asked to sit in and have a chat after the rehearsal the chance was to good to turn down. The studios over in South shields offer great rates for local bands to rehearse, but also offer the opportunity to have a promotional video made for potential gig promoters to check out. Their latest EP ‘we might be broke’ has done exceptionally well topping Bandcamps list for 6 weeks straight. A true testament to all their hard work, which they are now seeing the benefit of after all the hard miles they have put in.
During Kick Out The Jams show on the Friday the tracks met with a great reaction, for many this was their first listen to the guys, and they now have many new fans up and down the country. This is the shows aim to give exposure to up and coming bands and let the country know how good the North East music scene is. This is only the beginning for this series of interviewing bands during their rehearsal at the studio’s over at South Shields.
A signed copy of Too Spicy EP ‘we might be broke’ was given away during the show and was won within seconds of the competition being opened up to listeners by Mark Anderson.
With two tracks from the EP and a brand new track for the show Too Spicy showed they have some great tunes for a live show which is always a great event.
Kick Out The Jams @ Bubbles Bar
What a night Kick Out The Jams @ Bubbles Bar turned out to be. Playing the best in North East Punk music that has become a trademark for the show. All Out Attack opened the night with a performance that certainly showed the hard work the guys have put into rehearsal time on Wednesdays through at Notes studio in North Shields. Firm favorites like ‘This is England’ and ‘Work To Rule’ played often on my show along with new tracks ‘Steel Bonnets’ and ‘Sweet F.A’ where met with obvious approval.
Following on from a great start to the night came Murdaball much anticipated for their hard hitting socially aware tracks, which All Out Attack are also known for. With James Wright giving a performance to remember, telling it how it is in-between songs everyone was left in no doubt his feelings on Fascism with his telling of a story before he launched into ’My Grandad didn’t vote for Fascist’s’. The self titled song ‘Murdaball’ is another strong track which went down well also.
Final band of the night LOGOZ showed why they have a big following and are making waves up in the North East. Their songs are instantly catchy and dare you not to get into them. ‘Tracks such as ‘Skeletons’ are a case in point.But the set list was filled with firm favorites that ended the night on such a high ‘Little OCD’ had everyone singing along.
Thanks to Neil Brannigan for keeping music Live ‘N’ Loud here’s to next years event.
Nick has recently been joined by Producer Neil, who was previously on the Koast Train. Neil was born 1971 and was brought up in the 80′s listening to Ska, New Wave & Punk scene. Neils favourite band is Madness….. of course!! “admin says hi five to that”. Neil first started out as a school DJ in middle & high schools then joined Koast by chance, following his brother (producer on The Koast Train). Neil was busy doing research work when the opportunity to be a producer came along on Nicks “Kick Out The Jams” show…the rest is history as they say….and he loooooves it!! Neil is looking forward to the exciting times ahead on Koast..
Getting Personal with Nick
Favorite Films: Pulp Fiction/Kill Bill/Gladiatior/Shawshank Redemption/Black Hawk Down
Favorite Quote: “On my signal, unleash Hell” Maximus -Gladiator
Taste in music : Punk, Reggae, Ska, Soul, Chicago House Music bit of Indie!
Most used words: What’s to eat!!!
Guilty Pleasure: Question Time
Life would be nothing without: Music, Family and Friends and my Gibson
Inspiration: Nelson Mandela
Favorite place to eat: Nubo, Japanese restaurant, always go before gigs at the O2 Academy. I go to gigs often……!
Favorite time of year: Summer, with music, sunshine and a few shandy’s, what a combination
Dislikes: Ignorance, rudeness, washing up
Favorite football team: Newcastle United
Favorite food: Penne a la Vodka
Favorite Drink: Sailor Jerry’s rum & coke
Favorite book: Black hawk Down
Special people in my life: Family friends and Koast Krew, who work hard everyday
Special thanks Tony ‘Guerrilla’ Eastlake for getting me back into what I love best, and Vicky for letting me join Koast Radio, and everyone connected with Koast Radio. Listeners to my show who love the music I play and interact so much during week and not just while show is on.
B.B.B @ Think Tank
Last Saturday January 16th went along to see Big Beat Bronson at their first gig in 2013! Once again they put on a great show, with a great opening, acting out a Doctors surgery to fix Mr Breeze and his broken heart.
Top Boy Around Here opened the night and gave a great show, I am definitely looking forward to seeing these guy’s again.
Kick Out The Jam’s Moves Home.
Koast Radio moves to its new studio this weekend 8/10 February, all going well Kens Northern Soul Show will broadcast live in his normal time slot on Sunday 5-11. Starting the night off with his Unleashed show from 5pm, he will feature new bands including Logoz who won Heat 5 of Bubbles Battle of the Bands.
To celebrate Koast Radio’s move, Kick Out The Jam’s will be hosting a live event from Bubbles featuring All Out Attack, Murdaball and Logoz. Stay tuned for final details, but it will be a great night.Here’s a video of All Out attack I filmed during a showcase, loo
king forward to seeing them alongside LOGOZ and Murdaball.
To Find The Spirit – Stone Foundation
Filmed across four nights between May 4th and May 11th 2012 at King Tut’s Wah Wah House (Glasgow), The Cavern (Liverpool), The Musician (Leicester) and Seven Arts Centre (Leeds).
Mr Scurf’s 40th Birthday ShowMr Scurf celebrated his birthday live on Koast Train and Producer Mark made some special chocolate treats for the night!!!!!!
Last Saturday November 3rd saw Shildon Civic Hall host an event in conjunction with Upbeat Scooter Club and Teenage Cancer Trust, dedicated to Trevor Redshaw. Headlining the event was KOTJ’s favourite Stone Foundation, with The Universal giving a powerful set earlier in the evening. Local band Too Spicy played to crowd who didn’t take long to hit the floor. The event which was well supported has already prompted the announcement of Tighten Up 2 scheduled for November 9th 2013. Bands have yet to be announced but Koast Radio’s Koast Train and Kick Out The Jam’s DJ’s will be playing set’s of the best music from their shows helping Richie who did a great job this year DJ’ing through the night by himself keeping the dance floor full.
Penetration @ The Cluny
Having recently done a number of gigs in the area, The Elephant, Three Tun’s and most recently at The Cluny, Penetration from Ferryhill Durham lead the way in the early North East Punk scene. Penetration’s lead singer is Pauline Murray, other members have included Robert Blamire, Gary Smallman, and Gary Chaplin, and later Neale Floyd and Fred Purser. Steve Wallace and Paul Harvey were drafted in as new guitarists in 2001.
The band took their name from an Iggy & The Stooges song and played their first gig in October 1976. Their second gig was supporting The Stranglers at Newcastle City Hall. Significantly, the band also played at the now-legendary punk club The Roxy during its first 100 days. On 9 April 1977, the band appeared on the same bill as Generation X. Early in their career, the band also supported The Vibrators and toured with the Buzzcocks.
After the release of their second single, Penetration recorded the first of two sessions for John Peel at BBC Radio 1 in July 1978. Later that year, the band released their debut album. Moving Targets was number 6 in the Sounds Critics’ albums of the year; and it made number 13 in the NME critics’ chart.
In 1979, they toured Europe, the US and Britain but the gruelling schedule began to take its toll. A disappointing reaction to Coming Up For Air, the second album, was the final nail in the coffin of the original band. After the band had split an album called Race Against Time was released, which was a collection of early demo’s and live tracks.
Pauline Murray featured briefly with The Invisible Girls, which also included Robert Blamire as well as other Manchester musicians who drifted in and out such as Vini Reilly, guitarist in The Durutti Column. John Maher from Buzzcocks drummed for the band. The album that resulted, produced by Martin Hannett, spawned the singles “Dream Sequence” and “Mr.X”. Murray also provided vocal for The Only Ones on their track, “Fools”.
Pauline Murray worked sporadically as a solo artist under the name ‘Pauline Murray and The Storm’ with Robert Blamire, Tim Johnston and Paul Harvey. Paul Harvey is also a Stuckist artist. Blamire also worked as a producer for various groups, including the Scars, whose sole LP (1981′s Author! Author!) he produced.
The remainder of the band briefly continued under the name Rhythm Clicks, releasing a 7″ single in 1980 on the Red Rhino label containing the songs “Short Time”, “Lies Don’t Talk” and “Chains”. Many thanks to Mark for the photos taken @ the Cluny during the gig.
Kick Out The Jam’s Q & A With Sam Sure
KOTJ: When did you begin to take music seriously and want to make it as well as listening and enjoying it?
Sam Sure: I guess I started taking music seriously when i was about 19. I had grown up listening to hip hop and all I really wanted to do was make rap records.
KOTJ: Was that the direction you took and how did things go?
Sam Sure: I had grown up listening to hip hop and all I really wanted to do was make rap records. Once you start making tracks its quite addictive and playing live for me is even more of a rush that I crave. I knew the first time I sung on a song that my rapping days were numbered.
Sam Sure: Until recently I have worked almost exclusively with Giacomo and my brother Dylan on the production side of things. but this year i have spread my wings a little and worked with some amazing and very different producers. I enjoy working under different disciplines and bouncing off of other peoples ideas or energy.
KOTJ: How do you feel 2012 has gone and what do you think 2013 will bring?
Sam Sure: I guess 2012 has been a transitional year for me. developing a new sound and creating a sound I want to stretch across an album. Aspirations are to do a solo release in 2013. and to do a UK tour.
KOTJ: Well I hope you add Newcastle to the tour and we’ll get to see you. Best of luck for the remainder of 2012 and good luck to 2013.
Sam Sure: Cheers.
Recorded live on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading Festival 2011. For more photos and performances please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/readingandleeds
BBC Introducing supports unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar bands and musicians throughout the UK. As we have seen recently local band Big Beat Bronson where Undiscovered artist of the week, after appearing on the BBC introducing stage at Carlisle last year.
Mr Scurf’s Ska-lloween Special
Last Wednesday saw Koast Radio’s Mr Scurf and the team head out to the Farting Dog’s Inn over at North Sheild’s as guest’s of The Ska-Toon’s. The night got off to a technical problem but the listeners hung in there and when the show got going it was a ‘Special’. While I kept the tunes going that the listeners requested through the night, the Ska-Toon’s did some acoustic tracks throughout the show.
The night went down really well with the listeners.
Big Beat Bronson @ O2 Academy Newcastle
KOTJ met up with Big beat Bronson before they went on stage as support act for Dan Le Sac UK Tour which stopped of at Newcastles O2 Academy 2 on Thursday October 25th.
When they hit the stage some minutes later, the crowd where still arriving but it didn’t take long for the crowd to join in the fun. One of the tracks which is new to the set will definatly challenge Get Wild Gan Mental for the funniest lyrics in a song contest. The sooner its recorded and released I say! Otherwise a chance to hear it you can catch them at Hoults Yard supporting China Shop Bull 8th December.
Monday October 29th sees a big milestone in Big Beat Bronson with the group added to the Radio 1 playlist. We all at Koast Radio wish them the best for the future, and its good to know Radio 1 is finally catching on to what we at Koast Radio have known for a long time. Big beat Bronson are going to Gan Wild for the rest of 2012 and Mental in 2013. Here is the new single released November 26th.
Liam Milne And How WTCHRS Came
A band who are working hard and trying to get their message across and who have featured on my show in recent months The Watchers are certainly looking to make 2013 a year to break out from the North East where they have gained a strong following, and hopefully get a foothold nationally. Liam Milne their lead singer who everyone agrees is one of the best visually and vocally answered a few questions for Kick Out The Jams.
KOTJ: First off what are your influences that have taken you to this point? Having seen the band evolve in the past 18 months or so, I would be interested to know what is the music that shaped you all.
LM: Influences: we have many really, we are all very different to each other musically which I think shows on stage. Alex is into good pop like Grizzly Bear, Wild Beasts and The Chromatic; Thom is into heavier tunes than most of us: NiN, Nirvana and Godspeed You! Black Emperor being his favourites. Jack is pretty much straight up hip hop at the minute and he loves the likes of Common and Gang Star. He also has a huge vinyl collection of Fela Kuti records. I like lots of things but at the minute I’m listening to lots of Can, The Fall and the new Dead Skeletons album.
KOTJ: Where did you all meet and how did WTCHRS form, and was there any intention to even get to where you are at this present time in those early days. Or was it simply just 4 mates getting together to play music?
LM: We all lived on the same street funnily enough (pretty much side by side) and were part of the same football Club. As kids we always played around musically together but never with any intention of forming a band. We have played together ever since, obviously getting more and more serious as the years have passed.
KOTJ: I heard originally you didn’t go by the name “The Watcher’s”. What name did the band go by in the early days and how and why did you go about changing the name?
LM: : It feels like its taken ages to get here, wherever here actually is. We started off busking outside pubs around the bigg market and from that we formed 1862 which was more of a mess around. The thing which pushed us to become Watcher was we were being offered more and more gigs. We went to play in Sunderland and Thom was glassed because of our name and connection to NUFC. It was right to change it because we’ve never been glassed since. Our next single should be out early 2013. It’s a belter too.
KOTJ: Thanks Liam and congratulations on a great 2012 and I’m sure if you say the next single is a ‘Belter’ then that’s good enough for me. Cut The Ribbon was for me one of the tracks of this year, and will definitely feature in my end of year show to celebrate 2012 on Kick Out The jam’s.
Kick Out The Jam’s 19th October @
Parastatic @ Morden Tower 19/10/2012
What another great gig from the Newcastle based trio, if you haven’t seen them I strongly advise it. They draw you in from the first note until the end and beyond! As I reported earlier this month the album launch at The Cumberland went ahead and was a great success. I played 3 tracks on my show on the same night to celebrate with them and to wish them luck.
A one man show with tracks he builds in a way which leaves you thinking all the time, but when it comes together with his vocals layered over the top. Everything makes sense, and when he sits to to add the drum loop his frantic style is amazing to watch. On the first night of a 40 date tour, I’m sure technical problems with new equipment which occurred at times last night will be cleared. Certainly a night I won’t forget in some time.
Parastatic @ Morden Tower
Lionhall opened the night and although the set was short I definitely heard enough to want to see them again hopefully with the guitarist fit and well. Anna the lead vocal has a great voice and the music they play certainly will make you listen and want more.
‘Cut The Ribbon’ Launch night @ Morden Tower
A large and loyal following where given a performance that showed why the four local lads known as The Watchers will soon be on everyone’s must see list. This gig certainly was a show which had the fans shouting for more, and even wanted more after a great 2 song encore, filled with humour from both the band and the fans. The night started with a great band in their own right Paratastic, who themselves have an album launch at The Cumberland arms from 8pm on Friday 14th October.
What A Night That Was!
A band that I have been playing a lot on my show on Friday nights are a local band from Wallsend, who when playing live are really poles apart from many other bands. I am lucky enough to be travelling down with the band and will during the day be having a chat and will put up extracts from my conversations with the boys here. Locally we have some great talent which shows the music scene is alive and well in North East England. Another band making waves are Big Beat Bronson, I have seen their live performances, which are absolutely crazy wonderful and fun, many times. My advice, if I give you a date when they are appearing, go see them. You won’t be disappoined. Both bands have Facebook pages, to get in touch with The Watchers and for Big Beat Bronson The watchers visited Hull Sunday 30th September, and played a set which was very well received. Supporting Spector, a band with a nationwide following who appeared on BBC’s Later…..with Jools Holland! show earlier this year.
The LuLs opened the night and played a strong set which went down well with the crowd who by the time the band began their final song had built up quite nicely, good news for The watchers. The Newcastle based band where next up and again played a great set which went down well with the locals there, but also for the fans who had made the long trek down to Hull to support the Wallsend lads. The performance was met with a very good response from the travelling fans, but more importantly the local crowd, many who where there not just for Spector, but the two local bands, The Neat and The Milk.
The Neat followed on from the watchers, giving a strong performance and their recent single, New Kids went down well. In Youth is Pleasure an early single got their fans moving and singing along. The Milk had a following as well and had their fans dancing from the off and gave a polished performance setting the scene for the head liners Spector.
It was quite clear to see why Spector have such a loyal following, the fans sang along with singer Fred MacPherson, who looked to be enjoying and encouraged the response from the enthusiastic fans crowded in front of the stage. Finishing of a set which although short was certainly a show with crowd favourite Never Fade Away . You can catch Spector who are appearing at the O2 Academy Newcastle Wednesday 31st October. Cut The Ribbon is the brand new release from The watchers which the band will be launching at Morden Tower October 6th, with Symphonic Pictures in the support slot it will be an event not be missed. Wednesday 10th sees the lads at the cluny supporting Palma Violets, this looks to be another event which will see them continuing the push on the newly released single.
With the release of their ‘May Contain Nuts’ EP, Baron Von Alias, MistaBreeze and Eliza are going from strength to strength. Whenever I play a track on Kick Out The Jams the response from listeners is amazing. Lets hope 2013 is a great year for both bands and the North East’s best known secret gets heard nationally. Big Beat Bronson ’May contain Nuts EP’ was released in August to a sold out O2 Academy crowd, lead track Nothing along with crowd favourite, and Kick Out The Jams favourite Get Wild Gan Mental are among tracks to be found on it. You can see Big Beat Bronson on Thursday 4th October find the details here.
Kick Out The Jams will be hosting a few special events very soon stay tuned in and keep up-to date, and check in for what’s happening. Don’t forget to join in while show is on via facebook, phone, email and even twitter…….!
Ashington band saint jame’s infirmary have been playing music for many years. The latest single 84a5r is another show favourite.
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