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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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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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

 

The Pirate Ship Quintet

This band is quite different from all the others I have reviewed, they are from London, Bristol and Bournemouth. Their sound is very unique.In the song, “I kina spiser de hund” the tone varies and thorughout the song, which is purely instrumental with the exception to one scream, the song goes from hard rock sound to a classical intrumental sound. This continues to swap and change thoughout this song and gives the song an air of unease and imbalance.

As well as this, the album art for their E.P is jus as unique and surreal, which you can purchase through their myspace, which you can view by clicking  here

Page 44

Ok, so this is another band which is close to my main favourite genre, indie pop. But, the discopvery of thi band was not on purpose, they added me a while back and I thought I would looking into the bands that have randomly added me in the past.

Page 44′ sound is a mixture of pop, rock and indie. They have a few gigs lined up for June/July time and I reccommend you check them out.

 

Have a look at their Myspace here 

 

 

Foxboro Hot Tubs

Ok, so before anyone mentions that this band is in fact, Green Day and so is not a new band or even an unsigned band, I know this. But, after reading up about Green day’s side project I felt it needed a mention on here, as the internet and namely Myspace has had a big influence with promoting this project!

The page for the Foxboro Hot Tubs was started supposedly in Oct 2007. This means that this page was practically empty for two months before “Foxboro Hot tubs” added an E.P of six songs onto the site which were also free to download.

The story is, that as soon as these were added, a page with few fans became huge amongst the myspace population within a matter of hours. Then later on another six songs were added to make the E.P, a full length album.

During this time, bloggers were unravelling the clues which Greenday left to identify the Foxbororo’s. This new project is completely different to Green day’s usual genre of pop rock. This has been described as a mixture of; early kinks, early Iggy and early Smiths thus the genre would be more traditional 60s pop.

The role of the Internet in this case was very important. This was the way Green Day decided to release their new songs and with the help of bloggers and other people on myspace word spread quickly about these songs and they became an instant hit, even making it onto the infamous radio station, KROQ as one of the most requested songs.

This side project of Green day’s highlights what I have been discovering which is just how important a role the internet plays in promoting unheard music and making it heard. It would have been unlikely that The Foxboro Hot tubs would have been as much of an instant success had it not been for MySpace and the effect of bloggers and Myspace users! 

 

To find out more on the Green Day side project phenomenon go to their myspace by clicking here

Black Bart

This is actually a band which was reccomended to me by my brother. They are based in Bournemouth and since they first performed in 2004 they have played at many venues. 

One of the things that attracted me to writing a review on this band, after hearing their music, is their use of mixing genres to create a unique hybrid.  The main genre which comes through in their music is country. However, the use of electric guitars and a rougher voice to the usual country singer, adds a rock element to their songs.

The song which particularly attracted my attention is “Good Hearted Woman”. The main melody line is very country style yet the addition of electric guitars rather than acoustic guitar makes the genre more hybrid as mentioned above.  This song is very upbeat and its main theme of love is continued throughout the song.

 

Check them out here or on the band’s site here