uNFORTUNATELY THE WHEATSHEAF AT WADDINGTON HAD A MIX UP OF DATES SO OUR GIG HAS BEEN MOVED TO 9TH DECEMBER, ALTHOUGH WE ARE STILL PLAYING AT THEIR PARTY IN THE CAR PARK EVENT ON aUG 28TH AT 8:30 PM.
wE CAN CONFIRM WE HAVE BEEN BOOKED TO PLAY AT raDARS BIG HORN RALLY IN AUGUST, WHICH WILL SEE US PLAY AN HOURS SET FOR BIKERS AND CHOPPER ENTHUSIASTS ON SATURDAY 20TH aUG. OBVIOUSLY WE ARE VERY PLEASE ABOUT THIS AND VERY CURIOUS TO SEE THE CROWD AS THE THEME FOR THE WEEKEND IS 'vIKINGS'. WE EXPECT TO SEE A FEW POINTY HORNED HELMETS AND A FAIR FEW WENCHES. jESUS IS ESPECIALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ONE AS ITS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HIME TO CONVERT SOME OF THE PAGAN MONSTERS TO HIS WAY OF THINKING.
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from a 'joinmyband' advert placed in may 2015 which attracted a couple of singers and a drummer, a chance meeting in a pub secured a bass player and a family connection that brought lead and rhythm guitars together, a date was set for early june, to try out the singers and see how we all sounded. three tracks were given as homework so we had something to play through. those playing instruments to turn up at 7:30 to see how we sounded and singer 1 to arrive at 8 and do their stuff and then singer 2 to turn up at nine to have their turn. turned out we had all been in bands before and so it didn't take long for the music to come together while we waited for singer 1.
singer 1 was really good and had a good tone to her voice which would have been a great starting point for us to work with , particularly if we were going to write our own original stuff. ultimately original stuff would be the plan but initially we all agreed that we would get a set of covers under our belts so we could get out there and gig quickly
singer 2 had a great rock voice and was pretty much exactly what we had agreed we were looking for. he had the same taste in music and similar influences so it made perfect sense to work with singer 2 initially, and see how we got on over the next few weeks.
our first outing was 1st august, a small charity gig and we worked through 30 mins in a packed Ferryboat inn and that familiar feeling of playing live immediately came back to everyone. it was clear we had a great sound, a really tight ensemble and a very capable singer so there was no reason that with time under our belts and some gigs we had the potential to be an excellent band.
a second charity gig (in someones garden) was a little weird but was an opportunity to play again with our limited number of tracks in front of a small (very small) crowd.
we grabbed a slot at a charity/birthday party early in december, which unfortunately only saw us play our new 60 min set to only a handful of people. it was a good venue although a little tired - we agreed we would be very unlikely to do this type of event again but saw that we had moved forward and now had a good catalogue of tracks up to public appearance standard.
we finished the year with our efforts firmly into getting a full two hours worth of material so we could actively canvass for gigs and when pubs and clubs said 'yes' we actually could walk the walk. the black bull at ruskington gave us our first full gig with a date in February so we had a target to achieve in addition to getting the live recording done eventually this date moved back to April 1st 2016 which although at the time it moved was a little disappointing it did give us extra time to work on additional tracks.
n of activity currently going on to secure gigs for 2016, and as a relatively unknown band in lincoln time is being spent getting a presence.
fLYING CIRCUS AT NEWARK WAS A FANTASTIC VENUE SUPPORTED BY A LANDLORD WHO REALLY KNOWS HIS MUSIC. a mONTY PYTHON THEMED PUB WITH ALL THE CHARM AND CHARISMA YOU WOULD EXPECT, SAW US PLAY TO A APPRECIATIVE CROWD WHO JUMPED AND MOSHED WITH APLOMB! LOVED THE VENUE, LOVED THE BEER, WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR FOR SURE - IF YOU LOVE A GREAT PUB WITH A GREAT ATMOSPHERE And some awesome beers you should look no further
The still in lincoln wasa tight venue but we managed to spoon ourselves in and launch a few new tunes to the assembled masses. Theres something about a city centre pub that always adds to the intrigue as you're never quite sure if you're going to see lots of rock lovers or play to the backs of the masses. In this instance we had the place jumping and leaping about. "spud" thelandlord was a gentleman and we've already booked in for next year. - simply awesome
a midweek excursion to the eight jolly brewers at gainsborough prooved to be an awesome night. first impressions of a small upstairs venue with minimal audience space soon changed into a thumping rock filled evening. the numbers in the crowd grew throughout the first set to see the place bulging by the time we stomped into the second set. plenty of banter and lively bouncing was the order of the night - if youre passing on a thursday nightpop in its a great little venue.
Unfortunately Rum runner at retford cancelled us due to having a rugby club dinner and christmas diners! a small part of me thinks you'd probably think about that before you book a band (and confirm it two weeks before) but such is life. no doubt we are not the only band to have been cancelled at ridiculously short notice (we were given 5 days) - its a shame that some pub landlord see live bands as a commodity rather than properly supporting live music. a bit of a damp squibb at the end of November but weve plenty to look forward to in December.
and now the news...................
We have been invited to play at Cadwell Park as one of only four bands to entertain the masses at their British Super bikes weekend in august - eighteen months ago when we first set out on this journey this was the eventual aim to play at these types of events so the month actually ends on a high note for us. further details to follow when we finalise times and can let people know about ticketing and entry options.
concentrating on getting our live recording finished and uploaded onto various platforms - soundcloud, bandcamp etc etc as its clear that when trying to secure gigs we are continually asked - "what have you done so far?" and "what do you sound like?" - once this has been done we can burn some cd's for demo purposes and tap into soundcloud when talking to pubs etc facebook has been getting lots of hits and we put this down to pubs having a look and as there's very little content as yet, we still need to work hard at getting some bookings
uploaded a bunch of photos taken by our 'official' band photographer Robert Scatliffe, which we are really pleased with - he has a great eye for a shot and our sound is great. we recorded at 'playing aloud' in lincoln and they really do know their stuff, from the initial moment we started through to the final mixing, nothing was too much trouble or effort - massive thanks guys!
what a blast this was! - although we were first on on the Friday night it was a pretty good crowd and it was noticeable that they were tapping feet and nodding heads to the bass drum. as we continued through the set more and more people became engaged and from our view point on the risen stage we were very happy with the result. It woukld have been nice to have been on later in the evening or maybe on the saturday, however we were ther for the first time and happy to be involved. We are definately hoping this may open the door to a better slot next year.
Red lion at wellingore was awesome, a packed house, great rock crowd and some serious lovers of reock music saw us play well past midnight with some great dancing and repeated encores and a great finish with promises of a couple of dates next year - what a blast - great real ale pub with a fantastice viibe
May sees us play no gigs but working hard to get a tight set together - we are aiming to put two new tracks in for the gig at the Treaty of commerce on June 3rd and begin to develop a few new ideas of our own. speedy has got some really great riffs in his trickbag which would make some great foundations for some original music which has been the plan all along.
We are also getting more gigs booked in as we are networking hard and really putting effort into talking to other bands and venues.
Finally we may have some big news in June but at this stage we cant really say anything about some discussions going on.... watch this space
wow - what a month! we were really looking forward to playing at the wheatsheaf in waddington at the third attempt of trying after they canceleed us with minimal warning earlier in the year (which coincidentally would have coincided with englands football euro 2016 knock out stage match on june 25th had they won their previous game and put themselves through. Then the debarcle of their August bank holiday event where we were due to play as the last band outside around 8pm which transpired to be a car crash of organisation and mistimings which meant we didnt even get the gear out of the van. Fingers crossed that december the 9th would be our first 'curtain up' athe the Wheatsheaf..................... low and behold exactly seven days prior to the gig they cancelled us again. even after we offered to play for beer money to help them out it came to nothing, so the search was on for a new venue. Massive thanks to Lion and Royal in Navenby for saving our bacon and allowing us to play on a friday which isnt their normal band night as we had a crew of people confirmed for the waddington gig and we didnt want to disappoint. The gig went really well and the regulars at Lion and royal were massively complimentary afterwards so we look forward to our return their next year.
23rd at navigation was a good night, initially the place was really full and we thought it was going to get busier but it transpired that those who were out since3 lunchtime for their pre christmas razzle peaked a little early and around 10:30 there was still a good crowd there but looked to be regulars rather than revellers. Phil the landlord has booked us twice next year and we will remembr him orchestrating the band and crowd to the choruses in 'paradise' and 'highway to hell'
New years eve - wellingore: the mood was expectant as we set up for this one. the term 'coiled spring' best describes how we were feeling. the place was rammed and there were lots of familiar faces in the the crowd which was excellent to look out upon as we struck into the opening bars of 'ghost'. speedys first sollo was blistering and we were off to a great start with everyone getting involved from the outset. we moved swiftly throuf 'Free world' and 'ziggy' with some impressive air guitar moves and some proper poses being struck. 'Figure it out' had the place bouncing. choruses in 'Forever young' were being sung all over the bar and 'baker street'even convinced the big bloke at the bar to nod in that knowing way we all see when we achieve approval. 'All out of luck'served as a great finale to the first set and the blast of cold air as the doors opened to allow the vapecrew outside was blissful. the second set was positioned to straddle midnight and our 'drop c' openers picked right up from where we left off. 'interstate love song' became a solo effort from speedy as somehow Andys amps main volume had been zeroed at some point in the interval as people pushed past to get outside for some air. this meant that unless the 'boost' button was pressed there was no noise at all from the rythmn guitar. a quick retune of the 'DRop c' guitar and a change of lead uncovered the issue and by that time the song was over and we were all set for 'brownstone' which brought the housedown. friend of the band wayne who uses a wheel chair got sat on at least three times during 'brownstone' as people jumped about (he finds this happens a lot). a second outing for 'big bad moon' had the guy at the bar nodding again at speedys electrifying solos and slide guitar, 'love walked in' choruses had the support of the entire pub and as we clossed in on midnight'just like paradise' had everyone singing at the top of their lungs and some mighty fine dancing ladies helped us ease into 'Wanted Dead or alive' as the pre-curser to big ben and a short speach from the landlady pauline. we gave them a minute to watch the fireworks before a rendition of 'auld lang syne' from speedy brought everyone back into the mix and a hyperspace version of 'Tie your mother down' into highwqay to hell had us back in the driving seat. new addition 'place your hands' followed ' you really got me' and the rythmn section got amongst the dancers while speedy cracked out a marvellous solo and led us into 'joker' (a band favourite) and a chance to take in the sight before us as we neared slither and a chance to introduce the band. the single second of silence before the solo in this song is something magical and springboards us to the final push to the finish with as much energy as we can squeeze into the remaining 45 seconds of the set - everything we have done for the last eighteen months comes together spectacularly and the smiles are massive amiongst the band as we crash out the very final chord waitng for gary to close the show. a small respite and thought gather - shouts from the crowd provides a samll encore of 'life is beautifu' and 'show me how to live' - the man at the bar is now dancing and his wife is in the pack somewhere - awesome, job well done - welcome to 2017!!
radars big horn rally was a great evening for us and the sound quality was fantastic. feedback from the crowd was they would have preferred us to be on at a later slot, so we hope to be able to bag a better time next year as we have already been invited back. We made some good friends in the biker scene at the rally, so we really hope that opens the door to some more of that type of event for us. we took some great video on the night which just needs some editing and some titles adding and we hope to have that on the site very soon as well as the facebook page.
Rock haven was a bit of a challenge as three track in speedy's amp blew a valve and his sound was diminished by at least a third which made it really difficult for us to hear what was going on. the sound for the crowd was ok but not as clear as we would have liked. swapping speedys pedalboard out of his amp and direct into the mixer sorted the sound for the second half and its fair to say we shook the foundations of a building that was packed floor to ceiling. we are already looking forward to getting back there after christmas sometime
The party in the park event was a big let down for us as although we turned up for free and well in advance of our slot, the stage management was appalling and several bands had jumped their slots and been tardy with their timings. a 10pm curfew meant at best we had a 50% chance of getting on for 30 mins so we decided to give it a miss rather than reduce the quality of our set that we have worked so hardto build up. we are at that venue for a full show later in the year
WEVE STARTED WORK ON SOME ORIGINAL MATERIAL AND LOOKING AT A FEW BLUESY NUMBERS TO PLAY AT THE fLYING cIRCUS IN nEWARK IN OCTOBER AS ALTHOUGH THEY DO ROCK IT UP FROM TIME TO TIME THEY DO LOVE THEIR BLUES. aLSO THIS SHOULD ADD MORE FLEXIBILITY TO OUR SET TO GIVE US OPTIONS AT A VENUE DEPENDANT ON HOW THE CROWD IS REACTING.
live recording strategy looks to be working well and we have a clutch of gigs now booked so we are working really hard to get a full two sets of workable and recognisable material together, without compromising our target of playing tracks that are not your usual pub band covers. we guarantee you'll never hear us play 'all right now - free' or 'paranoid' /' 'smoke on the water' etc' but can guarantee things like ''life is beautiful' - sixx a.m and 'little monster' - royal blood
lots of activity currently going on to secure gigs for 2016, and as a relatively unknown band in lincoln time is being spent getting a presence.
our sound is great and having uploaded some stuff to soundcloud in raw format has been getting a good reception from those that we know. Now we need to start to spread the word wherever we can
wHAT A STORMER AT THE GATEHOUSE IN LINCOLN. AN AMAZING CROWD AND SOME RANDOM 'CHICKEN STYLE' DANCING FROM SOME VERY MERRY GENTLEMEN. QUITE A TIGHT LITTLE VENUE BUT WE WERE HAPPY WITH THE SOUND AND THE ATMOSPHERE JUST GOT BETTER AND BETTER AS THE PLACE FILLED UP.
FROM OUR POINT OF VIEW WE WERE HAPPY TO HAVE MINIMAL MISTAKES AND EVEN WHEN THINGS DID CHALLENGE US, AS A BAND WE WORKED ROUND THEM TO A POINT WHERE UNLES YOU WERE IN THE BAND YOU'D PROBABLY NOT HAVE NOTICED ANYTHING WAS AMISS. THIS SAYS A LOT FOR HOW FAR WE HAVE COME AND THE UNDERSTANDING WE NOW HAVE OF EACH OTHERS THINKING AND STYLE OF PLAY
mORE CANVASSING FOR GIGS SEES THE CALENDAR TO THE END OF THE YEAR FILLING UP NICELY
two really good gigs, first at black bull in ruskington - what an ace little pub with a landlord (steve) who really loves his rock music and looked after us really well, nothing was too much trouble. we had borrowed a p.a. from our friends the 'ex-kittens' and their lights as we had not yet decided which p.a. to actually buy that would grow as we did as a band. the sound was good and there were plenty of people there to support. we took a fair few people with us, but there were plenty of locals too - we hope to be back there before the year is out
second gig this month was at Beer and Bean in Sleaford which was awesome. the pub is on the main drag in sleaford and really is a little gem. the landlord really supports live music and several people who were around for soundcheck came back for the main event and brought mates with them,. by the time we started the second set the place was really full and the numbers kept growing as those that came in for a pint on their usual saturday night rounds remained in the pub and by the end we had a crowd singing along at the tops of their lungs and some great dance moves were evident. two encores later at around twenty past midnight we closed the show with 'tyketto -forever young' by request - this was the first outing for our new p.a. and the sound was crisp clear and well balanced so we are extremely happy with our progress - the landlord has asked us back and we are discussing dates