Saturday, 31 December 2016

App`y`s 2017 New Year Massage.

I could go on about the ups and downs of 2016 and the hopes and fears for 2017, but I’ll just say

Happy Whisky Night.*

* I just made that up.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Man Down The Chimney Christmas Single

On Saturday night I had a great night at The Black Swan. My mate Alec was playing with his new band Man Down, they have a Christmas single out ~ Man Down The Chimney which is good fun with all money raised going to charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).
Man Down (Not my pic)

Christmas is a time of joy for many but also the darkest time for some. The single biggest killer of men aged 45 and under in the UK is suicide and it is particularly prevalent around the holiday period. For this reason, we decided to write, record and release a Christmas song and we have decided to do this in aid of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).
In the band, we have all been affected both directly and indirectly by mental health problems up to and including the most tragic outcome. Therefore, this is a cause which is very close to our hearts. Some of us had secretly been wanting to write and record a Christmas song for years just for fun and this seemed a great way of doing that, whilst doing something for a very worthwhile cause.
We do of course recognise that suicide is not a gender specific issue and indeed CALM is not exclusive to men. However, unfortunately, social and cultural barriers still exist which often prevent men from seeking help when they need it.
Every penny of the proceeds from the sale of this song will be donated to CALM.

Man Down
Go-on buy it from here>>> 
Amazon, the song is now available to stream or download.
Spotify, the single is now available for you to stream.
The song will be available from online outlets including iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, Google Play, Amazon and many many more.
On Apple Music / iTunes
Thanks, and have a very Happy Christmas

Thursday, 8 December 2016

It’s a Good Job I’m Not Paranoid !

On a few posts recently I have used the words Smoke, Smoke Machine and Fire.
Yesterday A big red truck pulled up outside my house and to two strapping young men came to the door……..
To fit a free SMOKE ALARM !
A bit of smoke from the recent Goth City Festival
Coincidence, or just who is reading our posts

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Four Years At The Library

And No, this is not another post about avoiding perverted sports teachers at school!

December marks my return to the Leeds live music scene, 4 years, and my time at the Library firstly it was under the guise of Flock and latterly Carpe Noctum.
On Saturday we had 3 bands all making their debut there. First up was Juratory, billed as “Hateful, load and angry” which was a pretty good description! I was (Just about) getting in to one or two tracks, but they were not really my thing. As I said to a friend "Not music to drive up Pool bank to!"
Next up were Gothzilla. At first I was a bit worried about the hats, Top hats with welding goggles and an army officer`s type flat cap. But 3 notes in and I loved them. They were brilliant ! This IS Goth music, how it should be, how it was, how may it long to be!
The songs that stood out to me were; Today Is A Good Day To Die, Falling Down and the excellent Temple Of Sound.  

Link to YouTube here >>>
That left Chambers, two sisters whose mother when carrying them must have listened to a lot of Deep Purple and Lead Zeppelin! As throughout their show I had the feeling that they were just about to break into “Smoke on the Water” or “Whole Lotta Love” but not  quite. So basically loud heavy riffs and drums. Again not my cup of tea.
After the bands came the club night, and Howard stated by Playing Transmission so that`s me on the dance floor, and quickly followed it by Body Electric then I managed a bit of a sit down before The Cramps called and then The Clash, 2 more I forget and Killing Joke, which was one too many for my knee. Ouch it hurt, (and 3 days later it still does) But what a great night.
So will I manage another 4 years?

Will my knee more to the point

Stay tuned

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Goth City Festival, Leeds

Over last weekend, it was Goth City Festival in Leeds, the brainchild of Joel Heyes,
Goth City Festival Leeds.
I am delighted to say that the Festival raised an amazing £3500.00 for PAFRAS that’s Positive Action For Refugees and Asylum Seekers, a local charity for destitute refugees and asylum seekers. Very well done and thank you Joel and all involved.
Quasimodo at Goth City Festival Leeds.
  A lot more bands played but here are snaps I took of some of the bands
Black Riders Cult at Goth City Festival Leeds.

The Lost Souls at Goth City Festival Leeds.

Dawn of Elysium at Goth City Festival Leeds.

Last July at Goth City Festival Leeds.

Salvation at Goth City Festival Leeds.

Grooving In Green + October Burns Black + Auger at Carpe Noctum, Leeds

I had looking forward to this gig ever since I knew about it, but on Saturday morning I didn`t feel up to it especially with having to wor...