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Matt adds a little gloss with US Tour

Alternative acoustic rock artist, Matt Adey, has had something of a busy time of it over the past few months, and now, as he embarks upon an acoustic tour of the USA under the guidance of manager, Vicky Hamilton, it’s fast becoming his time to shine.

Originally from Leamington Spa, Matt arrived in West London as a raw teenager and a member of the local band scene whilst making ends meet with regular, day-to-day work.

Now, twenty years and two albums later he’s set to release what will be his third album early next year and, this month, at the start of his US tour, the single Love Is Not a Game.’

Not only that but, finding himself managed by Vicky Hamilton is a move many artists can only dream of, but that is the case and go for it he is, more so after the success of recent releases, ‘She Wore Black’ and ‘Time Stands Still.’

The latter of the two releases, to Matt’s amazement, or even smirked amusement, was even remixed for a dance album by Armin Van Burren, which became a number one bestseller!

“I’ve always been writing my own song no matter what jobs I was doing or what band I was in but I didn’t want to specifically be a soloist,” began Matt.

“I was kind of forced into it (solo) really but it’s been kind of cool the way things have panned out over the past seven years which was when I released by debut album, ‘Home.’

“That was totally different to the second one, four years later, as this was really stripped back, raw, and all done in pretty much one take; whereas in 2014, when I released ‘Eden,’ now that was weird in itself.

“It was massive, overproduced, bombastic sounding record done in a strange kind of warehouse studio in Brussels whereas my third, due for release early next year, well that’s a really strong album and I honestly feel it’s the best group of songs I’ve ever written.”

Recently Matt has seen himself working with produce Chris Potter, he who was responsible for The Verve classic, ‘Urban Hymns’ record.

Fate playing its part, and a chance meeting with Vicky in London on her book launch tour last year, saw the two worlds collide.

“Chris suggested, or told me actually, that I should go try America and it kind of snowballed from there,” added Matt.

“I met Vicky at her London book launch last year having already sent her some music, which I thankfully say, she loved, and she’s had more of the same since as well.

“She then suggested that she should manage me and I don’t think I hesitated.

“She’s an awesome person and not only does she say what she means, she does what she says and has this way of saying things as well.”

It’s that way of saying and doing things that leads Matt Adey to the good ol’ US of A for an acoustic tour that see him perform on the following dates –

October 6 Republic of Pie, Los Angeles

October 7 Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles

October 12 The Cutting Room, New York

October 14 The Bowery Electric, New York

October 18 The Kibbitz Room, West Hollywood

October 24 The House of Blues, Anaheim

October 28 Lestat’s Coffee House, San Diego

November 2 Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles

 

 

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 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.

FEATURE: Someone’s Gotta Lie ‘Cos This Isn’t Wonderland

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From a little County Durham former pit village of Shotton Colliery stems a musical murmuring that is causing a rather large Twister across the airwaves and beyond as Stevie Stoker and his rock cohorts continue to tear up the music scene.

Having recently celebrated his 25th birthday, band founder and lead singer, Stevie Stoker has suddenly found himself looking back on over a dozen years of musical madness for the band in which he started when at school in early 2004 has this year shared the same stage as Electric Six, Status Quo, and Bumblefoot (Ron Thal of Guns ‘n’ Roses fame).

All that has gone between then and now has never wavered Stevie’s spirits and, as an only child, has had the full backing of his parents, Steve and Shirley Stoker, as well as partner Rebecca Rawlinson. It’s the kind of support network you could only dream about but for the Stoker’s, life on the road is their son’s life, and they encourage it with open arms.

Since that original formation back at school, Stevie included, there has been some eighteen members go through the doors, but the music has remained very much the same, and that is what keeps their loyal band of followers pretty much onside, so much so that they’ll travel any and everywhere around the country to support the lads, irrespective of incarnation.

“You have to think though, we had a steady line-up for five of those years but, if you want to be in a band, be in this band, then you have to stay grounded for nobody gives you a leg up, you have to work yourselves in order to get somewhere and that’s what we’ve all done,” began Stevie.

“When we first began, back in 2004, we were already doing bits of our own material and then, when Someone’s Gotta Lie was released we knew that doing that (originals) was the way forward, knew what the tracks we did, and would do, sounded like, and things would be made going forward.

“Now, when I listen back to the first album, I love it. Some of those tracks actually rock. It was all different though when we first began, we were just 13-years-old and although we set little goals, nobody wanted to be the lead singer, so I did it myself.”

From then until now Stevie hasn’t looked back with anger or regret. Far from. He is very much aware that everything happens for a reason whether it’s playing outside of school as a child entering his teenage years, those early gigs at the band’s long-term home at ‘The Fleming’ in Shotton, right through to being a full-time, gigging band who are pretty much always on the road, whether it be here in their native north-east or further afield.

“That first, proper gig we did, was at a place called Breathless at Blackhall and we but mere kids then,” continued Stevie.

“It was an amazing gig though and still one of the biggest buzzes I’ve ever had. From that moment on we all knew wanted more, much more. The Fleming, until it was knocked down, was a family haunt and where my parents met so everything was done there so it was upsetting, the end of an era, when that place went.

“Everything that we have done though has continued to build up to where we want to be and we know that we can give a lot to both the music industry, and to the people. That’s how we want to be and will always look to connect with them. We have fans who follow us everywhere, people like Jemma Henderson and Joyce Barugh, so we’ll always look to give something back.”

Over the years their many members have included that of Louis Sera, Niall Whittaker and Johnny Kell, the latter whom, other than Stevie, has had the longest individual run in the band stretching over eight years.

By the time they played alongside, and as chief support to, Bumblefoot at the O2 Academy in April this year the quartet, which included Kyle Hughes, Edward Bell and Karl Scott, where coming to the end of that particular band incarnation.

That was a special night in its own right and since then, the new quartet consisting of Matt Whitaker, Jake Grimes and Joe Major, have continued to go from strength-to-strength.  Firstly, the new awesome foursome went onto play at Lechlade within two months of melding, Quo legend Francis Rossi saying afterwards that their “songs are great,” “Pink Floyd cover was great,” and that they “were loud,” – tribute indeed.

“Although the Bumblefoot gig was the best we’ve played together as a band and served a purpose from which a lot of good came out of it,” added Stevie.

“Now it’s all been about a fresh start, a clean slate with three, hardworking people who want this as much as I do. Famous Last Words was a closure piece for me, a closure and launching a new beginning and to be able to move forward – we want people to know that we are still about, to know what we are doing, and that we care about our fans.”

With a new, short-play EP due for release in early 2016 the only other thing that Twister promise is festivals, more gigs, a double tour date of which one will be of their own making, and a New Year’s Eve extravaganza at Bowburn Community Centre.

It will pretty much be the same as they have been before, on a ‘Feeding Frenzy.’

You can follow the progress of Twister on Facebook or Twitter @wearetwister.

 

Sirens Prepare To Make Noise

Newcastle-based all-female trio, Scream of Sirens, are a rock band out to make a lot of noise and show that, in the words of their latest single, they are going to ‘Get Some.’

Fronted by vocalist Steph Dawson and flanked by Ruth Cranston (guitar and vocals) and Emma Anderson (drums and vocals), the trio only recently came into the scene in their current form late last year and are presently making announcements aplenty regarding singles, signing with a publishing company, and enlisting the guidance of a Media & PR specialist.

“We were approached by Wipe Out Music Publishing’s John Esplen as they were very interested in what we’ve been doing,” began Ruth.

“He’d heard our single ‘Get Some’ on BBC Introducing and liked the differing styles which we offer (in comparison to other clients they have). They’ve already got a good, varied roster so we are definitely looking forward to working with them.

“Our EP, Scream, which was released earlier this year, has been signed over to them and we’ve been afforded plenty of options to work with them in the future which is great for us.”

That EP contains tracks such as ‘Let You Go’ and ‘Get Some’ which came fast on the back of a debut show which saw them supporting Cherie Currie, the voice of The Runaways, putting them straight into the mix and which had Currie saying afterwards: “You rock, great band, keep it up!”

In the twelve months ‘Scream’ has done just that, screamed at the rock-loving public meaning they are looking at more, and sooner than later, Ruth adding: “Both the EP and the single, ‘Get Some’ has been going down really well which is amazing for us, we’re delighted they done as well as they have.

“The single, ‘Let You Go,’ has been done for a video now which will be released in the next few weeks and we’re hoping we can get another one out before the end of the year, after that, and a few gigs, we’ll take a little time to finalise the album which comes out later next year.”

Whilst planning their album for 2017 this year for Scream of Sirens will finish with October finales at the Vintage Rock Bar in Doncaster, and at the Blazing Rag in Mossley, and the possibility of two regional shows just for good measure.

You can follow Scream of Sirens on Facebook and Twitter @scream_sirens.