In 2013, Arts in Leicester magazine published a great deal of content about bands (from the local area) that played all styles of rock music, including pop, metal, punk, hip-hop and several other flavours of sound.
Here is a facsimile of the home page for the Bands Section of the magazine from 2013.
Black Page Turns will be releasing 12 brand new songs in 2012 as part of their 12 in 2012 project whereby the band will give one FREE download every month throughout the entire year to fans through their website and mailing list.
Beginning with January’s Things That Make Us Hate, the band have already finished the first 5 tracks so please send the band an email at blackpageturns at yahoo.co.uk to get the first track next month!
Witches – Little Night Terrors
Featuring the bass of Dan Holyoak. You can download it for free from the LNT web site.
After the success of their first release, the Fangs EP (which has now sold out), the band are putting out the Witches. Their music is a mixture of fuzzed-up rock and roll, heavy guitars and catchy, harmony-soaked melodies. Think The Rolling Stones, Primal Scream and The Cure jamming together on undiscovered Motown tracks, with Beck popping in every now and then, bringing more drinks.
The lead single and title track Witches is an upfront barrage of psychedelic imagery, John Entwistle basslines and a chorus that will be lodged in your head for ever. The next track Heaven is all heavy, reverberating Mary Chain guitars and driving pounding rhythms, with an upbeat vocal that hides a dark tale of suicide underneath.
What’s Your Persuasion Baby? is a live favourite, with big riffs, swirling leslie organ sounds and a menacing anthemic vocal. The final track on the EP is the dark but hopeful Two Weeks, with a lower wistful vocal which opens out to a powerhouse chorus with screaming harmonies. Dan and James set up a groove fuelled rhythm which comes to a head in the breakdown middle eight with shakers, and a chanted group singalong. The recordings were tracked live with Alan Smyth (Arctic Monkeys, Jarvis Cocker, The Black Moths) at 2Fly Studios, Sheffield.
The tracks have already been played on BBC Radio The Beat with Dean Jackson. They play at Leicester’s White Noise Christmas Festival on Dec 18th and are playing their own headline show at the Firebug on January 19th.
See Little Night Terrors on Facebook
Read our interview with Little Night Terrors in 2010
Lily – by Flip Like Wilson
Another really good track from one of Leicester’s promising young bands
New song from Flip Like Wilson
Leicester’s rising pop punkers, Flip Like Wilson, have a new track Further Education, up on You Tube.We like this song, it’s a great poppy, dancy tune, full of Blink 182 riffs. You can get more like that from the Flip Like Wilson page on Bandcamp.
New single out today from Go Primitive. We are one is available now from iTunes.
Get We Are One by Go Primitive | Also available from Amazing Tunes
and Leicester City Football Club team up for terrace anthem When You’re Smiling‘
It’s an absolute honour to be releasing When You’re Smiling, writes Jersey Budd. As a massive Leicester City fan it’s a dream come true. To have Sven and the boys backing it is incredible too.
Hopefully it will raise a massive amount for the charity and act as a catalyst to get our club back where we belong, The Premier League.
The digital download is available now (iTunes) and the physical CD release is slated for August 12th, and will include majestic coming-of-age anthem She Came Back which features Tom Meighan of Kasabian.
The CD will be available from the LCFC club shop as well as Rock-a-Boom, Leicester. ALL proceeds from the release will go to charity. There will be 10 charities to benefit – under the banner of ‘One in a Million.’
More information on Facebook.
New album from the Elephant band
What’ s interesting about the Elephant band is that the tracks were sent to me by Callum Goddin (ex Aromattics.) That was recommendation enough. I saw the Aromattics playing at Oxjam last year and commented:
Featuring the ear pleasing and vibrant vocals of Callum Goddin, well supported by the expertise of Jordan Birtles on the drums and Mickey Burnage on base. Full of delicious rhythms and catchy harmonies, their set was laden style and vitality. Thoroughly enjoyable.
If you remember them, Leicester band Aromattics were a three piece alternative band from Clarendon Park, Leicester. The band consisted of Callum Goddin, 18, with Guitar and Lead Vocals, Michael Burnage, 18 on Bass and backing vocals and Jordan Birtles, 16 on Drums and backing vocals
Now that’s a talented lineup. Now based in Sheffield, where they formed in late 2010, Elephant consists of Robin Gabriel-Smith, David Westley, Joseph Todd, Ben Winter and Callum Goddin.
The two tracks they sent me were pleasing enough. I Should Be, was to me the better of the two. The vocals were stunning, delicately laced with restrained instrumentals in the introductory passages. A gentle, lyrical story about love and relationships. Sung with real passion, the song was full of charm and poetic colour. The band breaks in to develop the introduction, as the song unravels. Elephant is a product of real musical talent; it’s vocals are sumptuous and the recording is excellent. It’s and astutely restrained piece and three and half minutes of real musical pleasure.
The second track, Big Nose, took me a bit by surprise. The first 40 seconds failed to grab me until the vocal line comes in, then I really got interested. The song glides over the moody backing. It sounds likes blue and certainly it laden with mood and colour. It was dissapointing that the vocals were restricted to the middle part of the track. The instrumentals and electro parts were possibly a little over played. I just wanted to hear more of that fabulous singing.
Both tracks indicate real artistic talent and musical quality. Delightful songs delivered with finesse and creativity.
Elephant by The Elephant Band – Download | Elephant on Facebook
Leicester hardcore band Through These Eyes
have released a new track – Swirls.
new tracks. We say they are a hit.
Leicester band Hybrid Trend have issued four new tracks. We love them.
New track from Leicester band I Am In Love
I Am In Love’s new single “I want you” is out today
Leicester band White Ashes have released a new track called Same Old Feeling. Vocals are by Joe Walker. It’s a pleasing tuneful ballad with some big backing from the band. Joe sinks a good deal of passion into the vocals and the whole track has some splendid dynamics. A good song from one of our hard working bands
I Am In Love
Latest tracks from new Leicester band I am In Love: it’s called Call me an animal. Have a listen.
Ashes (Welcome Home)
The Hordes have released a new four track album called Burn the Lies. You can listen online. We liked it!.
New single “A million is better than one”
Paladin’s new track PG is up now on their Myspace. Go listen! It’s rockin’
New single “Makes Me Go”
Recorded at Park Farm studios and released on SiZe Rcords UK, the track also features B-Side, ‘Make Love’ and a remix by our massively talented label mate Glover.
Autohype fans will love this new recording. It’s got all the great electro sound and massive beats that makes Autohype the dance kings of Leicester. It’s got all the stomping vocals and compelling riffs that we love so much. Well worth buying.
Glover Remix Version
Fans who liked Makes Me Go also liked Make Love
Info from Facebook
Kasabian’s Tom Meighan will feature on a new single being released to raise funds for UNICEF’s Pakistan Flood Children’s Appeal and the Harley Staples Cancer Trust.
The Kasabian frontman has recorded the rollicking ‘Viva La Revolution’ with Leicester band Superevolver, joining them in pledging all proceeds from sales to UNICEF and the Harley Staples Cancer Trust, a Leicester charity set up in memory of local eight year old Harley, who lost his battle with cancer last November.
Written by Superevolver frontman James Mabbett, ‘Viva La Revolution’ ft. Tom Meighan will be available to download from iTunes, Amazon, Zune, last.fm, Myspace and Spotify from November 8th through Telescope Records. The download also features a bonus remix from Dan Thomas.
New song Viva la Revolution, featuring Kasabian’s Tom Meighan, is available from Itunes.
The Stiggz Indie Disco Album £2.76
Reviewed by Sam Topley
Syren are an all female alt-rock trio with members from the UK and US. Their beautifully arpeggiated acoustic guitar melodies are complemented by raw, distinctly fretless bass lines. Add their driven, explosive percussion and powerful yet mellow vocals- Syren are definately one to listen out for!
Syren’s subtle, eclectic blend of genres and ability to perform is shown throughout their debut, self released album, ‘Dehumanized’. With thirteen, excellently arranged tracks by three female artists from both sides of the Atlantic, be sure to order your copy from their website. Syren will shortly embark on an extensive UK tour with plenty of shows in and around Leicestershire.
[Some links have been removed from this article because they no longer work]
[Originally published on Arts in Leicester magazine 17th August 2014
How do bands cope with the pressure of starting up?
Watching a new band playing on stage for the first time, I asked myself ‘how do they cope with playing at their first gig?’
When you watch a band playing on a stage, you are looking to see how they appear – are they relaxed and confident or are they nervous? Are they enjoying being in front of people, playing their own music? Some new bands look like rabbits caught in the headlights. As a writer my task is to observe musicians intently and try to feel what they are feeling. In a way, this is about trying to empathise with them. I watch for the signs: what do I see on their faces? Do I see excitement or fear? Or both? Do I see a bunch of guys who are confident, relaxed, exited? Or, do I see a group of people who are nervous, fearful, worried? Being under pressure does not mean that they will make mistakes or play badly. When they get on a stage and lights go up the adrenaline kicks in. They probably can’t see the audience in the glare of the stage lighting. Their hearts start to beat twice as fast; their minds start to work at a furious pace. They have a lot to concentrate on, whether it’s singing, remembering the lyrics, remembering the tunes they have composed, watching the strings of their instruments to see where their fingers should go. Determination sets in. It might not be until the last couple of songs, of their half-hour set, that they really get into the swing of the music.
You can tell when a band really wants it. Their faces and the way they perform on stage show how their ambition is burning. They want to be successful. They want their fans to love them, they want to win over people who have not seen them before, they want to leave the room with adulation and their reputation secured. They want to play a set which is going to mark them out and make a name for their music on the scene. If they are to win over audiences, they have to really want it. They have to win over the sceptical and the curious. People who might be hard to convince. People that are not there to see them. These are people who are watching closely to see what this new band is made of.so when they start to play they all have to say to themselves ‘let’s ‘av it.’
How do young, inexperienced musicians cope with that kind of pressure, at the start of a music career as a performing band? Can they get to that level of stage craft where they can portray themselves as a strong, confident, determined group of people who believe in themselves and their music? How do they do that? Maybe that is not what they are actually feeling on the inside, but what do we see on their faces? As a group of people, do they all share the same level of commitment? Do they want it, individually and collectively? Are they really ready to make the sacrifices needed to become a serious band?
When you watch a band performing on stage, it is not always easy to tell what is going on their minds. Some musicians have a knack of smiling and looking happy, whatever they are really like on the inside. Do they look like they are just playing another gig or is this a special event for them? Are they feeling the crowd and are they getting that buzz, that reaction, that is flowing on to the stage? The older a band gets in its musical career, the more difficult it is to see what they are feeling. Mature musicians tend to get used to live performances (just another gig) and have a professional manner that hides anything going on inside. If something goes wrong, they joke about it and carry on. It’s just what happens to bands. It comes with the job. They appear as polished professionals, doing a job, well rehearsed, steadily working away at their chosen craft. Some young bands can also look like this.
You can never really tell what’s happening on a stage. You might be able to watch carefully and write about it in such a way as to convey (to readers) what it was like to be there. But all gigs have layers of experience, seams of reality, and you can never really report everything. Fifty people might go and see a band; they will take home with them fifty different reactions and experiences.
This section will contain articles written about music in the city of Leicester and county of Leicestershire (in the UK.) This material was previously published on the old Arts in Leicester magazine.
There will also be a series of postings about the History of Music in Leicester. This was an ambitious project to plot popular music in the city from Roman times to the present day (2016)
Music on Arts in Leicester magazine
Music formed an important part of the arts coverage of the magazine, ever since it started in 2005. Most of the music covered was rock and pop although we did sometimes also review classical music. Towards the end of the magazine’s period of publication, over half the entirue content was about music. It was for that reason we decided to split the music content off to a separate website – which still exists – Music in Leicester.
This is what the home page of the music section looked like in 2012. (requires PDF reader.)
(NB. Even if your browser does show the links in this PDF, please not NOT click on them becuase they are no longer valid. The PDF is an archive document from 2012.)
As you will see from the image, there were many genres of music, each of which had its own landing-page, and these were indicated by logos.
Look at the boxes outlined in red borders. They list pretty much all of the pages in the music section.
The arts website also set out to list every known band in Leicester and Leicestershire that existed at the time. Over 400 working bands had been identified (within the area) oveer 2012 to 2013. Many of them also had their own pages on the website. If any band performed in the city or county, the chances are that the arts magazine reviewed them.
A note about method
The problem facing me in compiling this archieve is that the original Arts in Leicester website had written in HTML code. That means it cannot simply be copied to this WordPress blog either as a whole or in part. At present, the only method I can find of replicating pages is to print PDF files of them. It was much later in the magazine’s existence, that it was converted to the WordPress CMS format.
Articles forming part of the Music Section of this magazine