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Home Town Gal Returns for Americana Night

Country starlet, Chloe Chadwick, returns to Nantwich this weekend to perform at the Fat Pigeon Americana Night at The Studio alongside Angels with Dirty Faces and Christina Martin.

Miss Chadwick, 32, releases her debut album, Dustbowl Jukebox, at the end of the month in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne where she has resided for nearly a decade, carving out a successful career in the music industry.

The album, which is a culmination of a number of years’ worth of hard work, sweat, and often tears either side of her 2015 self-titled EP was announced early last month with the release of the single Love Will Find A Way.

She said: “I can’t wait to come to Nantwich for what will be a special night of good music with fabulous people.

“This visit is made even more special as it comes a week before my debut album launch back in Newcastle so I’ll showcase a couple of tracks from my album as well.

“I spent a few years living here with my mother in my early twenties so you could say this is where my music career took off really so it’ll be nice to be back home.

“As for the acts, I’ve worked with Angels with Dirty Faces so it’ll be great seeing them, as for Christina, she’s over from Canada so I’m really looking forward to seeing what she can do and I guess she will be with us as well.”

In respect of Dustbowl Jukebox, the ten-track album will be available from all music outlets and via www.chloechadwick.com at the end of the month. It features a mixture of music to cater for all needs with standouts being Love Will Find A Way, Big River and Plain Old Jane. 

Nominated for the second year running for two awards through UK Country Radio, Chloe added: “This has been a labour of love more than twenty years in the making.

“The feeling is that I’ve delivered on my pledge to write the most authentic and personal account of an everyman’s journey through the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

“There’s more to this eclectic assortment than just songs from the sunbelt.”

Christina Martin is a multi-award winning, alt country/classic rock musician from Nova Scotia; with five albums to her name, her fifth and most powerful being It’ll Be Alright, Miss Martin is touring the UK promoting her latest single, Lungs Are Burning, beginning here in Cheshire.

Chloe Chadwick Presents – Ride Of The Freeman Fighters

(Images courtesy of EnA Photography)

Teesside trio, and 2016 award nominees, Freeman, are hoping that their impending EP launch, ‘Ride,’ is the launchpad for future success.

Presently signed with Mill Lane Artist Management the fledgling country rock trio were last December nominated for the Best Indie/Alternative Act at the Ubeat Music Awards, and now they are aiming to follow that up with an EP ride to the next level.

Consisting of Julie Diddams (vocals), Andrew Marron (lead guitar) and Steven Ovington (rhythm guitar) this trio are aiming to go somewhere, fast, and will be using the title, and reasoning of, their debut EP, to push them forward.

“We chose ‘Ride’ as the three of just go with the flow and we feel that this represents the start of a musical journey for us,” began Julie.

“Although the lads have been around the music for some time, I’m relatively new to it and we’ve only really been gigging as a trio for just over a year.

“It’s also about the same length of time we’ve been with Marcus (Summerfield) and Mill Lane and it’s a good deal we have as we’re all working from the same page which is fantastic for us.”

Having played Stockton Calling along with taking in dates at The Arc, Batley, Barnsley and Leeds in recent times, the band’s name is a memorable one that was quite easily arrived at, after all it is lead singer, Julie’s, maiden name – thanks to Angie Taylor.

“It’s because of people like Angie that we got going,” Julie continued.

“She helped to advise and guide us and also is ‘to blame’ for the name we have, it’s simple really as it’s my maiden name but we couldn’t think of one when we first began – we, as a trio, really enjoy working together though so long may that continue.”

Playing at home, for any musician, is a requirement as it helps to build a strong fan base in which to ride forward with, and, for Freeman, it’s pretty much the same, Stockton Calling and The Arc being played with immense pleasure and ease.

“Being at Stockton Calling was certainly a fantastic opportunity for us,” added Julie.

“We feel that it’s nice to do regular, local gigs as it’s important to create a fan base from home.

“Doing that, and playing at The Arc, only good things can come from it and, although we do like to go to different places, it’s to come back home, not just to Teesside, but to the northeast.

“That’s why, in supporting Chloe Chadwick on the 30 June, it’s another opportunity and we’re really looking forward to it – it’ll be a really great night I’m sure.”

Freeman, and Lee McDade, support Chloe Chadwick’s debut album launch at Think Tank, Newcastle on June 30. Tickets are available from the artists priced at £7 or from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/400890.

Glastonbury-bound for Tyneside drummer

Local session drummer, Kyle Hughes, 19, is Glastonbury-bound this summer when he joins up with Aurora Dawn & The Screamin’ Skulls.

The young drummer, who late last year performed on a mini-tour with former Guns n’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal and Tygers of Pan Tang hot shot, Micky McCrystal, is readying himself for what could be a massive few months ahead.

With two dates on The Spike Stage (22 and 24 June) Kyle, who has been with the Skulls for nearly two years, will warm-up for the big one with a gig at London’s Off The Cuff (OTC) Bar on Herne Hill just for good measure (support from Carpet Face and Rachel Darcy).

In an exclusive, and rare interview, Kyle, who has also recently been endorsed by Natal, said: “This really is all pretty amazing right now and I’m honoured to be playing at Glastonbury, more so at my age.

“It’s rather surreal so I’m just looking forward to it more than anything as I’m going to be playing at what is such a prestigious event.; I think I’ll just go and do what I do best and that’s make some noise.”

Kyle first across Ms. Dawn back in early-2015 when his previous band, Twister, were supporting Bumblefoot at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, Aurora being there as a special guest performer of the Art of Anarchy star. The drummer however, well it was the beginning of a rollercoaster ride that, right now, has no end in sight.

“When I first met Aurora I was sat in the hotel lobby in Newcastle waiting for Ron,” explained Kyle.

“Aurora approached me and asked if I’d be interested in working together on a few projects and the next thing you know I’m rehearsing with the Skulls. You could well say that that gig with Ron was my audition.

“Now it’s Glastonbury here we come, first stop the OTC, and I’m buzzing as it’s my first experience of it, in any capacity.

“As for Aurora, she’s amazing, a real talent in her own right and it’s great seeing the support she gets; for me she’s pretty much the real deal and that’s why people turn up and pay to see her.”

Kyle Hughes will be performing with Aurora Dawn & The Screamin’ Skulls at the OTC Bar in London on June 20, then they will rock up to Glastonbury for two dates, June 22 and 24, on The Spike Stage.

Welcome To The State Of Mind

(Images with permission of Keith Fusco Photography)

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Rockers Twister went above and beyond at the O2 Academy on Sunday night when releasing their ‘Combined State of Mind’ album collection.

The lads, who had three supersized screens on stage, fireworks, plenty of tickertape and strobe lighting in effect certainly played to their adoring fans, Team Twister turning out en-mass – even the four support acts played a massive part.

Sam Gibson put on as an exhilarating opening as you could want; OffPeak performed magnificently; capital rockers, Judas, were as powerful as they were passionate; as for A New Nowhere, as chief support, they justified that role when setting up Twister as only a band can do, in style.

That main event though!

A combination of nearly a year’s work as Stevie Stoker, ever the perfectionist frontman, Matt, Jake, Joe, and additional members Paul and Michael, putting together two EP’s into one super album with Designed and Refined State of Mind’s completing the collection.

It’s hard to say which of the twenty plus tracks from their current, and back catalogue of music, received the better reception as the band reeled off some ninety minutes of pure, Twister, rock gold.

Even the new tracks, a few even unheard in a live setting until the night itself, were met with vigour and dance as the bar was well and truly risen.

As for what’s next from the lads, you’ll have to wait and see but for Twister, on Sunday night, and that incredible support they possess, they did it – O2 Academy main stage, done, and in some style that’s for sure.

Twister Ready For Major Headline On Tyneside

Rockers Twister are to headline the O2 Academy main stage in Newcastle this Sunday evening as Stevie Stoker and the lads take the next step on the rocky road to rock stardom.

The band, formed by Stoker near fourteen years ago, has come on leaps-and-bounds in the past few years, playing some high profile supports and selling out places like The Cavern Club in Liverpool and the O2 Academy (Stage 2).

In fact it was their last headline at Academy two, late last year, which saw the lads afforded the opportunity of the big one as Stoker, alongside bandmates Matt Whitaker, Jake Grimes and Joe Major, deciding to use the opportunity to capitalise and make it ‘The State of Mind Collection,’ full album launch.

Last time out they released the first half of the album, ‘Designed State of Mind’ in a packed out Academy when ably supported by Craig Roddam, Catalyse and Singapore Safehouse. Fast forward some seven months or so and they’re prepared to release not only the second half of the EP, ‘Refined State of Mind,’ but the complete collection, ‘Combined State of Mind.’

“We were absolutely over the moon to be able to sell-out Academy Two,” began Stevie.

“The response to the atmosphere and music on the night was great and then, to get the call from the Academy the following day asking if we’d fancy headlining the main hall, words can’t describe that.

“We’re aware as to how big a step up this is and the challenge that it presents but it’s a dream stage to play on and we’ve only been there once and that was a few years ago now (as support to Alarm).

“This is us, it’s something really, really special and we’ll certainly throw everything at it.”


“Playing the O2 is just surreal anyway and was packed out from start to finish, staying like that until the last song,” added Jake.

“So, already being on cloud nine with that, we get this as well. It brings back great memories for me going to gigs there as kids and the Ubeat Awards (last December when the lads collected a couple) was the perfect warm-up.

“Knowing it was Academy One from the off, we hope to sell it out, and although it could be seen as a bit of a risk, it’s now or never really. It’s the first step in the next big thing for us.”

In addition to their usual back catalogue of tracks, and the album being blasted out, Twister will also play two new tracks, opening with ‘Welcome to the State of Mind’ as well as ‘Mystery’ – which says it all really!

Supported by Sam Gibson, Offpeak, Judas, and A New Nowhere, tickets will be available for entry only, £8, on the night with VIP doors at 545pm and normal entry at 630pm.

 

Twister Welcome OffPeak!

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Twister, headline the main stage at the O2 Academy in Newcastle for the first time and alongside them will be some special friends with the third announcement being the addition of another Durham band, OffPeak.

Consisting of brothers Jamie and Robbie Pick (vocals & guitar respectively), Kier Hutchinson (bass), Kurtis Sumpton (rhythm guitar), and Jackson Raw (drums), the lads from Esh Winning releasing their EP, Told You So, their second, at the turn of the year with a sold out gig at Durham University’s SU.

“We started just over three years ago and weren’t even a band” began Jamie.

“It was more a few lads having fun until we realised we actually sounded good, then it just went from there.

“The first video, for Stay the Same, was released in early 2015 then we had an EP launch shortly after at the O2 Academy, which we sold out. After that we went touring a little and we’re just doing things off our own back and enjoying it, that’s why we do it.”

Robbie added: “We’ve had a base in Durham though since we started out and we religiously continue to use that.

“We’ve tried really hard to chase the dream but not to forget as to what we’re doing it for so just have to go for it and see what happens.

“The EP was recorded last year with Ben Jones at Wood Cottage Studios (Hartlepool), they’re amazing and would recommend to anyone.

“After that we’ll be taking stock and doing some more writing building towards launching something in November/December; we have the material to do so and we’ll look at keeping the gigs more northerly to increase our fan base.”

Now, with the support of Twister just around the corner for the Valley lads it’s certainly a case of onwards and upwards.

The EP launch was the perfect platform into 2017 and, whilst looking to do similar this time around as the momentum grows, in and out of the studio.

“The launch was really good and it got the year off to the perfect start,” continued Jamie.

“We have maintained the momentum we began with and the rest of the year will see us recording an EP in September and having a single launch night at Think Tank on Saturday 25 November.

“That will then be follows by releasing the EP in early 2018.

“First though we have Sunday at the Academy which we are absolutely buzzing about; to be given this opportunity by Twister we’d like to thank them, we really appreciate it.”

Tickets for the Academy show, priced at £7 entry (£8 on the door) and £11 VIP are available direct from OffPeak, or from www.officialtwister.co.uk.

You can follow OffPeak’s progress on social media via Facebook or Twitter and they’ll see you all front and centre, on Tyneside, on May 21.

Twister Welcome A New Nowhere

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Twister, headline the main stage at the O2 Academy in Newcastle for the first time and alongside them will be some special friends with the second announcement being the addition of A New Nowhere.

The quartet, a melodic, atmospheric rock band from Tyneside consists of Mark Gregg (vocals & guitar), Kev Gregg (guitar), Martin Hudson (bass) and Jack Wilson (drums) have recently released their debut single ‘You and Me’ amidst some acclaim.

With a little over twelve months together on the rock circuit the lads are doing alright with the video for their single, we all know what happened there, putting them in the spotlight on a grander scale than maybe even they could have imagined.

“There was certainly method in madness doing the video for ‘You and Me,’” began guitarist Kev.

“Granted it was more attention seeking than anything but it worked and that was the aim really.

“It’s more of a debut with the record label so it made sense for people to come and see it more. The previous release (Dark Place) was more about finding out where we were at.

“Mark and I have always been into music and have been with bands, wrote songs etc., but when we were doing a cover of a Tom Petty track I realised that he, Mark, had the better voice.

“Then, when were at a Foo Fighters gig, we started talking about doing something and with every song being different then it’s a good variety so we got our acts together.

“We went through a few different bass players before Martin came on board and, no disrespect to them as they’ve been great, but he (Martin) has brought that grungy style and we get along really well, on the same wavelength.”

 

This weekend their year continues, taking things up another level as A New Nowhere support Twister on the O2 Academy main stage, the start of an incredible summer of fun for the lads which will also see several festivals, and more, before heading into the studio to lay down the tracks for their debut album.

“We’ve always been aware of the Twister lads for a good few years now,” continued Kev.

“When I saw his post on social media I messaged Stevie a couple of times about it, you have to be relentless if you want something and it just went from there.

“We genuinely though that it was going to be a low key affair but we’d have said yes anyway and we now can’t wait to get on with what will be a great gig.

“We’ve never played the main stage before so supporting Twister is just brilliant.

“After this weekend we’ve got a few festivals lined up, interviews on some local radio stations then, in September, we head into the studio to start recording our debut album for early next year.

“We pretty much have what we need for it but anything can still happen between now and then.”

Tickets for the Academy show, priced at £7 entry (£8 on the door) and £11 VIP are available direct from A New Nowhere, or from www.officialtwister.co.uk.

You can follow A New Nowhere’s progress on social media via Facebook or Twitter and they’ll see you all front and centre, on Tyneside, on May 21.

Steel City rock stars heading to the Music Lounge

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After a slow but steady rise, Sheffield’s anthemic indie rockers, Sabella, are starting to make a name for themselves on the national music scene.

Heading to Stockton and The Music Lounge on April 22, an event which includes Teesside newcomers Unspoken, and Singapore Safehouse frontman, Jacob Lynch, the Sheffield quartet are preparing to be a name to be reckoned with.

Consisting of Jake Godfrey (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Tony Sutcliffe (lead guitar and songwriter), Joe Mirfin (bass), and Rob Neal (drums), Sabella have so far released three EP’s entitled Life You’ve Been Waiting For, The Calling, and most recently, Time to Leave with their latest single, Hard Enough, proving a massive hit for fans across the country.

It’s hard to think that a band of their calibre have been around less than five years, with Jake saying about their formation that: “Tony (Sutcliffe) has played guitar for years, I actually believe that he was born with one on his hands.

“When Joe (Martin) and I first got together Tony played in front of us and it all stemmed from there. We needed a vocalist and I’d always been praised for my voice and enjoyed doing it so though why not.

“It was after that, when we went to a Deadson’s gig that we met up with Rob (Neal) as we realised that we’d also need a drummer  – that was five years ago this summer. From that we started ‘destroying’ covers before getting our own studio and laying down tracks of our own.”

Now on tour across Yorkshire taking in their hometown of Sheffield as well as Doncaster and York the band visit Stockton for a night of fun with two trips to the capital for added good measure, several of which sees them supporting Billy Bibby and The Wry Smiles (formerly Catfish and the Bottlemen), Sabella are understandably excited to be out on the road.

(Unspoken, above video, and Jacob Lynch, below, are set to support Sabella later this month)

“We just want to do as many gigs as we can and playing to new audiences whilst trying to get new music out there at the same time,” continued Jake.

“Last year we supported Milburn (who will be playing this year’s Stockton Calling) at Sheffield’s O2 Academy which was certainly our biggest gig to date. They started up again last year and are a big band as it is with the show selling out in hours.

“Something like that certainly gives you fresh impetus to succeed and gave us a great insight into the grander side of the industry. Playing in front of big crowds like this is easy for me though as you can concentrate more on what you’re doing than if you were playing in front of say 50-60 people.

“I suppose that’s why we don’t do many here in Sheffield as we know we can pull good crowds here, we just like getting out and about and there’s a few places we’d like to perform such as Manchester & Newcastle.

“On this tour though we’ve even got two gigs in one day (May 27) where we play the Indiefields Festival in Edlington during the day then the Royal Standard in Sheffield on the night. Next year though we need to do some festivals but it’s difficult to get done what you want so just need to do what you can and keep looking forward.”

Having just finished the video for their latest single, Hang Me Dry, due for release in late April, Sabella will be releasing two more tracks, in June and August whilst gigging and stopping off at The Music Lounge along the way – tickets for which are available on the door priced at £3.

Twister Welcome Sam Gibson

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Next month pop rockers, Twister, headline the main stage at the O2 Academy in Newcastle for the first time and alongside them will be some special friends with the first announcement being that of soloist, Sam Gibson.

Having released the EP, Before All Else, in 2012, Gibson, who is an international acoustic rock artist in his own right, with endorsements from both Candlewood and more recently Optima Strings, followed up with the debut album, Plastic Universe, in 2015, which all but solidified his name in rock.

“This is my fourth year performing on a full-time basis and have been gigging for around six,” began Sam.

“Although the good definitely outweighs the bad I just need to keep plugging away and doing what I do. I performed over 180 gigs last year which included an amazing tour of Switzerland where I’m looking at going back to later this year taking in France, Germany and Italy along the way.

“Last year was just amazing and it just added to all those big gigs I’ve done over the years and this (supporting Twister) will be another of those gigs.”

May 21 will see Sam open for Twister’s ‘The State of Mind Collection’ launch party and the two main parts of the wheel go back a number of years, Stevie Stoker (lead vocalist of Twister) calling on the friendship to get that wheel in motion.

“We’ve done a few things together over the last few years so I had to say yes straight away,” continued Sam.

“I like their (Twister’s) music anyway and he likes mine which is an obvious, added bonus so know we can work together.

“I’ve played upstairs (Academy Two) before but this is an amazing opportunity, for all of us, and I can’t wait to get out there and not only perform but also see the others do their thing as well.”

Constantly tour the UK and abroad, with festival appearances for added measure, Sam will follow up that May gig on Tyneside with hitting the studio and the recording of a new album of his own.

Tickets for the Academy show, priced at £7 entry and £11 VIP are available direct from Sam himself, or from www.officialtwister.co.uk.

You can follow Sam’s progress on social media via Facebook or Twitter  or visit www.samgibsonmusic.co.uk and he’ll see you all front and centre, on Tyneside, on May 21.

Teessider’s Light Up Their Own Vision

(Feature’s with Cattle & Cane will be in The Northern Echo and in Accent Magazine this April; images credited to Lauren Close (Empire Gig) and Jodie Canwell (studio) with permission)

If the singles, Make Your Vision and Fool For You, are anything to go by then the upcoming album release by Teesside powerhouses, Cattle & Cane, will be a success.

The album, Mirrors, will be released on April 28, either side of the five-piece sibling bands’ two regional dates, appearing at Stockton Calling where they headline The Georgian Theatre on April 15, and The Sage Gateshead on May 4.

Speaking to the band in the run-up to their UK tour, where they’ll take in other dates around the country with The Wardrobe in Leeds, Gullivers in Manchester, The Bodega in Nottingham, and The Camden Assembly in London to mention a few, the Hammill siblings, Helen and Joe said: “Make Your Vision was quite a departure for us but we were so happy with the way it turned out and the reception it got.

“We’re always keen to explore new sounds. One recent review compared it to Debbie Harry and ABBA – I’ll take that!

“As for the album itself, we had the best time in Belgium and Malta making this album. We got to be really creative with it and it’s quite different to the first! My favourite track is Paperman!”

Receiving enthused reviews from their home town Teesside Gazette and the Independent’s Culture Magazine certainly fans the flames which the siblings have built up over the years.

Playing at Stockton Calling, so soon after their sell-out Christmas performance at the Middlesbrough Empire, as well as the visit to Tyneside and the Sage has certainly got them excited adding: “We love playing our home town because the shows always have such an amazing atmosphere.

“We go to Stockton Calling every year because we love the festival so we’re thrilled to be one of the headliners. We’ve played The Sage once before so we’re really excited to get back as it’s such a special venue and we can’t wait to do our own show there.

“After the tour then we can’t wait to play at Hardwick Live in August – we love The Beatles so being on the same bill as The Bootleg Beatles doing Sgt Peppers will be amazing!

“Hopefully we’ll get back over to Germany in the autumn too. Mainly though, we love writing and being creative, so we’ll be working hard on lots of new music all year round!”

Further information on Cattle & Cane can be found via their website www.cattleandcane.co.uk and their new album, Mirrors, is available for pre-order from http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/cattle-and-cane-album-two.