Takedown Festival, March 15th 2014 @ Southampton University

01ed019aa15b08682886277a51312b8c11317356c3Before I go any further, I will admit, I am not the biggest rock fan. As you may be able to tell from my blog, the main genres I enjoy listening to are acoustic, pop and indie. But, that’s not to say I don’t enjoy listening to rock music sometimes.So, takedown for me was not only a music festival but a further insight into the world of rock and metal, and wow was it music overload but for all the right reasons.

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Takedown Festival 2014

As you may know from previous posts, one thing I really enjoy being able to do is promote local music. This time I can go one better!

On 15th March, Southampton University will be host to Takedown Festival 2014.

This event is host not only to well know bands such as Kids in Glass Houses and Funeral for a Friend but also to many local bands such as 6 Minutes to Sunrise, who I have previously reviewed and Seasons in Wreckage who are based in Portsmouth.

Doors open at 13:30 and there will be lots more bands playing throughout the day.

Tickets are available through the official website (www.takedownfestival.co.uk)

So, if you want a day filled with good music, both on a local and national level, what are you waiting for?

6 Minutes to Sunrise at the Joiners, Southampton- 4th Feb 2014

6 Mins to Sunrise Gig

It may only be February, but 6 Minutes to Sunrise are already set to take 2014 by storm. Having recently supported bands including; Max Raptor, We are Fiction and Attention Thieves, they came back to perform once again at the Joiners to support Lonely the Brave.

The band has previously played to a sold out crowd at the Joiners so they are no stranger to this venue or a large audience; this is clearly evident through the band’s stage presence, and the lead singer, Cameron’ charisma and energy throughout the gig which helped  captivate the audience.

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Scarlett Parade

I must admit when I saw the name of this band in my inbox I thought this may just be another indie band of which there are hundreds out there these days. I am very happy to say I was completely and utterly wrong!!!

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Band of Skulls

 

If you are looking for a new indie/rock band, look no further. From the first  track I listened to of theirs I knew I was listening to a good band with a lot of potential. Plus, they are also from Southampton so they are also local talent for me which is always a bonus.

They have recently released a new album called  Sweet Sour but I would definitely reccomend you start with their début album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey as it is a brilliant mix of indie and rock beats from the catchy lyrics of Death by Diamonds and Pearls to the upbeat melody of Light of the Morning; you will not be disappointed!!

This band is set to breakthrough the music industry having already featured on Radio 1 as Fearne Cotton’s track of the week as well as having slots at this year’s Isle of Wight festival and Reading festival.

You will be sure to hear more from this band very soon, once they get back from their european tour they are currently on. Keep up to date with the band’s tour and music here.

 

Here is a favourite track of mine of their second album and their most recent single, Devil takes care of his own:

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Christina Novelli

Move over Craig David we have another artist that hails from our area and she seems set to take England by storm.

Southampton born, Christina Novelli has a very distinct voice and has a sound that definitely fits the present musical styles. If you think of the power and attitude of Hayley Williams from Paramore and Pink and you are on your way to getting an idea of what this singer/songwriter sounds like.

But, its not only her voice she has got going for her, she is also very good looking, which is partly from her French-Italian background from her father, Jean Christophe Novelli  (yes, I do mean the Jean Christophe Novelli, the famous cook) and her English mother.

At the age of 23 she has already played at many of the famous venues in London, where she is now based and has already had an EP released entitled; “The Lost without you EP” which was released last July on Itunes.

On top of all this she also has a very unique talent. She can play a right handed guitar upside down (she is left handed), dont believe us?   watch the video of Christina performing The Break up song on the guitar….

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You can hear more of her music on her youtube channel or to find out more  about Christina Novelli check out her myspace page here

One of Christina’s songs, Turn off the lights is currently being featured on The Park as part of our rising talent feature where a local artist/band is played every other hour. So, if you are in the area tune into 96.9fm or alternatively go to The Park website and click on the listen live.

Don’t forget, for your fill of new and undiscovered music tune into my show, Undiscovered with Liz Leake every Thursday from 8-10pm and Saturdays 6-8pm.

Fight like Apes

A fellow work experience at nme recommended I listen to this band, as they are from Ireland, same as said work exp. Now, I thought it would be pretty good as the others that she has reccomended have been amazing, but  I am afraid even the people with good taste in music can have the occasional bad band on their list, and this is one of theirs.

The first song I listened to on their myspace was called “Jake summers” and to be honest that was their best one out of the lot as it wasn’t 99% mice squeaking. Plus I could understand most of the lyrics on this track. However, it goes downhill from there.

One piece of advice whilst listening to them, turn down your treble, you will need it, the female lead singer often reaches pitches only dogs can hear. In fact they should lend her voice to the next mosquito device.

But, I must say the “highlight” of the track was a cover version of Lightsabre cocksucking blues, originally sung by McCluskey. I thought, to be fair on Fight like apes I would listen to McCluskey’s version to see if it was just a bad song, but sadly, it seems, fight like apes just destroyed a pretty decent song. It didnt help that it was originally sung by a male and the cover version sounded like a prolonged orgasm by the female.

But, if you are into your loud mouthed, screaming females then you should definitely give them a listen just don’t put the volume on too high, we don’t want any windows breaking!

Sunrise Avenue

I don’t actually know why I have not written about this band before. I was introduced to Sunrise Avenue’s music by a good friend of mine from the Czech Republic.

Following in the footsteps of bands such as The Rasmus and Him, Sunrise Avenue also originate from Helsinki, Finland, and although have not reached the UK just yet have made a big impression in other European countries.

The first song I heard of theirs was their hit track “Fairytale gone bad” which is a great pop/rock song about a guy telling the story of an ended love and singing “tell them it’s me that made you sad, tell them the fairytale gone bad” (fact: this song was chosen as the official theme song for the 2006 Tour de France.)

They describe themselves as 70% rock and 80% pop and have taken the likes of Germany, Austria and Finland by storm with their debut album “On the way to Wonderland” which sold more than 400,000 copies. Now they are about to take on Europe once more on their acoustic tour, promoting their latest album, “Popgasm.” They have not got any UK dates but if you are around Finland, Germany, Austria or Czech watch out for the guys!

For more information on the band click here or check out their hit song, “fairytale gone bad” below:

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Also, check out one of their new songs of the latest albums, “Welcome to my life” which is an emotion filled ballad with a particularly moving video.

Let’s Talk Tactics

This band is the newest one I have reviewed. They only formed seven months as they all attend the Academy of Contemporary Music University in Guildford and met there. They have a unique sound and although they have only been playing together for seven months on Myspace they have already 66,404 plays of their songs altogether and have a total of 3179 friends

On their Myspace page they have stated that they are aiming to “combine the power of Pendulum, the attitude of Enter Shikari and the ingenuity of The Klaxons”. They describe their music as electro rock and I think that is a good description of the genre of music as they use a combination of a synthesiser and electric guitar to create a unique sound which is heard throughout their songs.

They are due to release their first E.P “Advanced Preview” later this year!

 

Check them out here