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The Brothers Band at the Town House

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It isn't particularly unusual of me to review acts playing at the Town House in Leamington: Jonny Roden often puts on top acts (looking forward to Doc Brown again in a fortnight's time) and he was telling me last night of some interesting plans he has in mind for future gigs.

What is unusual is to find myself in the company of the artists I had reviewed the previous evening (see below in the magazine): Taylor-Louise & Naomi-Beth who were celebrating their triumph at the Magic Lantern & like me watching the Brothers Band. Thus please do read into my comments below input from their experience & perspectives: it was good to be able to discuss the artists I was watching with such talented & knowledgeable people.

 

I had previously seen them play as the ‘3 Brothers Band' (and greatly enjoyed them) but as they have slimmed down to two brothers (austerity measures?), the name has necessarily evolved: look out for them however under both titles for the immediate future as contractual obligations mean that some upcoming gigs are under the old banner.

 

Necessarily, given the nature of the gig, the set was weighted towards cover versions, all of which they attacked with verve, passion & a joy in performance. A key moment for me was their version of "Redemption Song": a number (perhaps understandably) normally played with great reverence towards its composer, but which they performed with unusual energy & anger almost, reviving the meaning of the lyrics & restoring it as the protest song Bob Marley wrote it as. I turned to voice my feelings to my companions & I'm pleased to say they agreed.

Many numbers will be familiar to most music lovers: they were after all setting out to give the clientele a good night out (there was dancing!) but as I say, the delight in playing was evident & as the night wore on, more unusual numbers crept in to the great credit of the band: anyone who goes for the Who's "A Quick One, While He's Away" or the Kinks' "Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues" is alright in my books.

 

It was quite something how so much power & energy (not mention capacity to play the songs at all) came from just two performers : Tyron Hansel (lead vocals and on many numbers, acoustic bass) and Rikki Hansel (guitar, harmonica, vocals). Thankfully both are excellent players (I enjoyed the songs which featured long instrumental passages) and very dynamic singers. As they are left handed & right handed respectively, we had an interesting discussion about the aesthetics of the instruments pointing in opposite directions (cf the Beatles of course) They are also very good at audience interaction & certainly put on a great show.

What really interested me however was the inclusion of a few original songs: mostly bluesy in style, very much reminiscent in tone with the sort of blues rock popular around the turn of the 60s/70s, the era from which much of their covers repertoire is drawn. I should very much like to catch a full originals set (I gather they expand to a four piece for such gigs)

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Strummerville Coventry & Warwickshire

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On 6th April 2019 Catch 22 Promotions in association with The Joe Strummer Foundation will present Strummerville Coventry and Warwickshire! A full day of Ska, Punk, and all things in between at Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa headlined by Roddy Radiation and the Skabilly Rebels. Also featured will be The Rough Kutz, Voodoo Kings, Black Market Clash, The Old No. 7 Band, The Social Ignition and Huffy. An event packed with brilliant bands, and to top it all off raising money for a great cause.

14+ event (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

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Taylor-Louise & Naomi-Beth at the Magic Lantern

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What a treat last evening at the Magic Lantern venue at Temperance. Three sets: one by Naomi-Beth (whom I had not previously heard) and not one but two by Taylor-Louise.

All three sets were dominated not just by the skill & commitment of the artists' performances but by their songwriting talent: original compositions outnumbered covers by a significant amount. It is delightful that comments I made in my interview with Paul Englefield which appeared in this magazine a few days ago were evidenced by tonight's gig: we are blessed with so many distinctive & original writing voices locally at the moment: I urge you to check them out.

Yes there were similarities: gender & use of acoustic guitar obviously & a pleasing approach by both to write what were clearly very personal songs (each was excellent at talking about their compositions) but which however were presented so as to appeal to universal experiences of the audiences too.  Both wear their lyrical hearts on the sleeve & are courageous & candid at articulating their deeper feelings. Beyond that, the artists complemented each other rather than offering a homogenous experience. Their singing voices are distinct (Naomi-Beth excelling in the higher registers while Taylor-Louise has a very powerful range with especial character at the lower end) but so are their writing styles: as I said to Paul, we are fortunate to have writers around whose work is recognisable and individual.

It's always a joy to experience talent not previously encountered & people are certainly saying how wonderful recent support acts at the Magic Lantern have been (e.g. Hannah Woof or Chris Tye). Naomi-Beth has, as noted, a great set of her own material & a beautiful high clear voice which she accompanies on her guitar: although I noted that while she employed quite a lot of different playing techniques to offer variety throughout the set, more often than not her playing is quite quiet or dropped out altogether: the focus is definitely on her voice: rightly I think. All her originals were great but to justify my role as critic, I offer especial personal favourites as "Parallel Lines" (the title track of her current EP), "Run" and the brand new "In the End". Confessing a little initial trepidation, it was noticeable how she quickly drew confidence from the audience's reaction & soared. Interestingly, her one cover was "Sweet Child O'Mine" but in a very different arrangement to the original: very much in the folk idiom. As I've previously noted the very interesting, almost kletzmer, version of the song which Holly Hewitt & David Page often perform, it's odd how two artists in one town should rearrange such a classic in completely original, effective & contrasting styles.

 

Check Naomi Beth out on Spotify & YouTube but especially her on her own website where you can also learn about the many other aspects of her talents & interests including poetry, education, empowerment & mental health https://www.naomibethjourney.com/?fbclid=IwAR2Q3C0eEx5dA4mSuk3Cfj5Cf54u0rWedkK_4zhDkaZXnO3-r1J05zJcq1Q

This is a multi-faceted artist & one whom I am glad I have encountered. I look forward to hearing more.

What can one say about Taylor-Louise which hasn't been said before (not least by me)? Well for one thing, what a delight to be present for such a set, so filled with her brilliant original songs (so much so that she didn't have space for some of my favourites), several getting their very first public performance ever (thank you!) and others receiving a rare live outing. The venue really suited Taylor-Louise's style & commitment. I had heard several songs in outdoor settings & loved them but the effect of bringing them indoors to such an intimate setting took them to a whole new level of intensity. Anyone who can start a set with a song as strong as "Twenty-Three" surely has a powerful body of work. Indeed it's remarkable that although her work clearly goes from strength to strength, even a song written when she was 13 ("Jealous Eyes") is still a really valid part of the set: what a prodigy!

 

Interestingly, given my comment about Naomi-Beth's reworking of a cover, Taylor-Louise's explanation of her general approach to covers is intriguing. She told us how she concentrates on the words & music of the song she likes & develops her own version without necessarily drawing on the arrangement nor approach of the original performance: not, I would think, the usual method of many artists.

So what of the new material, aired specially last night? Well I defy anyone once you've heard "Black Heart" to get it out of your heads. You'll going to love it & Taylor-Louise is deliberately holding back "Gone" for summer 2019 given the vibe she detects in it. I told you that her writing just gets better & better. In naming standout songs I'd also like to cite the exquisite but rarely performed "Pieces" , the incredible piece of writing which is "Generation Now" (another you'll love), the upcoming single "Blessed With A Curse" and in a nod for "Hot Music Live Presents" track "Put Into Words" also made a welcome appearance. The final song (apart from the several encores demanded by the enthusiastic & packed audience) was the newest composition of all, "Found My Fight", a manifesto for Taylor-Louise's relationship with music.

As with Naomi-Beth, there was (apparently: it certainly wasn't detectable in the performance), some concern initially as although Taylor-Louise has played with drummer Kev Stanley for a long time, she was working with a new guitarist (the sensational Tom Gedney) she had only met a fortnight earlier & the opportunities to rehearse sounded very limited. They really need not have worried! The playing was excellent with Tom adding beautiful filigree lines to Taylor-Louise's songs, even on the ones he had only rehearsed once: or in one case, not at all. I also really liked how Taylor-Louise's voice, while wonderful in "normal' mode is periodically let off the leash for maximum power & effect: a deployment she uses with restraint & is all the more effective for it.

What a night for sure.

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Hot Music Live talks to Andy Holdcroft about Hot Music Live Presents

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In a nutshell, what is Hot Music Live Presents all about?

It's a showcase for musicians from Coventry and Warwickshire. The aim is to open up the work of musicians who, while locally recognised as  strong, original, individualistic, and talented, are but not well known in the mainstream media.   We've also featured some  historical acts, people who have had more substantial careers in the past but escaped under the radar.

While most people who listen to the album will maybe know one or two of the artists, very few will know all 33.  If they listen with open ears they're in for a lot of nice surprises. This will hopefully spin out into searching for more of those artists' work, perhaps buying  some of their records, going to see them at gigs, and talking about them with their friends. We're aiming to create a beneficial spiral of interest in artists that people consider to be very good and on the cutting edge of what's happening in Coventry and Warwick. 

So, hat's the format?

It's currently a 33 track free download online at https://hotmusiclivepresents.bandcamp.com/releases . We're also working towards a double CD, an artefact with an accompanying booklet that links to their  websites and gigs so as to give, artists the opportunity to set their stall out, talk about their philosophy and give credit not only to all the musicians involved but also the producers. 

And what was the motivation behind this project?

There is a mismatch between the very few examples of commercial success and a thriving local scene. While gig-goers could cite a dozen or more names of people who are really exciting, not many appearing on mainstream media. If they do it's on specialist radio stations. There's not much on print media and few bigger gigs for these artists.

There was a big hoo hah this year over the 40th anniversary of the two-tone movement, probably the biggest commercial success for Coventry ever had. However, I personally believe there is a huge zeitgeist in Coventry and Warwick at the moment of good songwriting. People are creating individual and original songs of a quality and diversity which I don't think was there ten years ago.

We're living through a bit of a golden age. Because the music is more diverse, it's less easy for people to pick up on than perhaps two-tone which was an extremely homogenous sort of sound.  If we don't celebrate what's happening at the moment there'll be a tendency for some of these artists to just fade away. As Joni Mitchell might have said , ‘We won't know what we've missed till it's gone.'  

Can tell us  more bout the business model?

It's about minimal expense! We rely on generosity of the artists; the artists who are on it ‘get it.'  The vast majority of tracks on there have been, or will be, available for commercial release.  It's all down to the generosity of the artists because they buy in to this idea of communality. They feel there's a bigger thing out there; if they contribute to it they can help other people.  If an established act allows us to use their track it acts as a bit of a magnet which maybe helps some of the newer starting artists get in on the same thing.

The biggest name is Horace Panter of the Specials who has been very supportive of the project and kindly allowed us to use an unreleased track. In fact, an important thing with compilations  is to get one or two attractive magnet names to start the ball rolling.   Some of the names, Wes Finch, Kristy Gallagher, and Shanade are fairly well known. What's more  Lieutenant Pigeon have given us a track because we dedicated it to memory of Hilda Woodward who was in the band when they had a number one hit. They're a name!

So it's not all rock acts?

The idea is to portray diversity - that's the important thing. The commonality is the quality and sincerity of the performances and the writing rather than the style.  I would hate to have a genre-specific style - I'm sure things like Stax and Motown and 2-Tone are very powerful calling cards but  our area has musicians working in all sorts of styles and most of the people on the album would prefer not to be genre-defined. Quite a few play acoustic guitar and several have played on folk circuits - although I'm not sure many would define  themselves as folk or indeed as anything else either.  I've seen them play both with full bands and acoustically by themselves and they can take their material and perform it in several different arrangements. It might sound quite rocky and poppy with their full band and more folky when they're playing exactly the same number by themselves with just an acoustic guitar. 

Then strong songwriting is a major focus?

I think it's the main point.  From a practical point of view, I wouldn't put together a compilation with cover versions. It's a challenge to get the permissions and it's just not practical. Doing it this way tells a better story; performance plus songwriting holds up a mirror to a greater breadth of their qualities. The songwriting on this album will knock people's socks off, just as much as the performances. There's some very honest songwriting. People are feeding off each other a little and inspiring each other a little bit and you can actually track who's inspiring whom. It's a golden age for songwriting here. Who know if will still be so in five years time?

And where can people find these tracks?

At the moment, it's online at https://hotmusiclivepresents.bandcamp.com/releases  on Bandcamp; it's the only album on there.  Hopefully we will add other albums to it and, if it becomes possible, they are a lot of individual outlets who would stock a version on CD. Ideally it wants a sponsorship deal to make that possible. 

How do you choose  which material to put on the album?

Most tracks had already been donated through a previous project that took a strange turn. Some additional material was offered in the aftermath by people who had a good idea of what we wanted. In several cases people sent me four track EPs and told me to make my own choice. It's amazing how often I said, ‘How about this track' and they said, ‘That's the one I would have said'. It's nice when that happens. I was going for ones which I thought would appeal more instantly. The idea is to appeal to people who've not heard them . We ask acts, ‘What do you think best represents you to people who haven't heard you before?' 

What other directions do you see this project evolving towards?

You tell me!  

When the previous project folded, I was very disappointed and felt that a lot of artists were being let down - ten or twelve people in all. I was encouraged by the musicians who wanted this music to come out nevertheless; they really impressed me with their enthusiasm.

I didn't know how to do it so I would particularly like to thank Sam McNulty (who is on the album with Two Giraffes) who said, ‘Put it online to begin with - it's easy, it's cheap, it'll get publicity'. And I would like to thank Michelle Sciarrotta, who performs as Fall Girl, who said that it seemed to fall really nicely under the banner of Hot Music Live and fitted well with their philosophy , suggesting, "Why don't you go and ask Paul (Englefield) and Alan  (Moores) what they think about it?" Subsequently Wes Finch come to me and asked, ‘Why don't you put a podcast together to showcase these bands?' Other people are also suggesting a live gig to showcase these acts. 

There are lots of possibilities, as long as they're viable, as long as they're sustainable … anything's worth trying. One or two radio stations are now picking up on the project; it's great, the ball's rolling!   It not only benefits the project but supports what we were aiming to do.   It's a stimulus, a starting point and a catalyst. If you just back, pat ourselves on the head and say wasn't that nice, I think it just becomes a token vanity project.  

In your view, what's the state of play on the local scene?

It's polarised. On one hand, the quality of musicianship and writing is at an all-time high. There's great diversity; people are writing with confidence in many genres, their voices are very, very clear. You can tell who's written a song by listening to the lyrics.  At the other end, there's a debate that's been going on a long time - the situation with live outlets, the chance to hear things is worse than ever. The number of live venues is decreasing. I'm really pleased that we're sitting here in Temperance which has recently opened because they're probably the biggest venue I know at the moment for putting on artists similar to those on the album. Otherwise, the number of venues has shrunk tremendously. The preponderance of ones who are left, the ones who can afford to pay artists a significant fee are preferring cover versions. There's a real danger that we're getting people with the quality but nobody's going to hear them.  A lot of radio stations are channelling whatever coverage they have of local music into very specialist programmes and it's not bleeding into the mainstream shows. 

And what next?

The future is looking rosy.  Here's a starting point;  if people like the music - and I would be horrified if anyone reading this didn't like  a fair few of these songs - I would like them to do a number of things.  I'm going to get polemical on this one -  it's not about an artefact, a one-off or a token, it's about a community of musicians and their audiences. 

First, please download the album, please listen to all the tracks because I bet you don't know them all and I'd like to think there's something on there you'd be turned on by. 

Second, please share this album with people - let's snowball it and get more people listening. 

Third,  if you get an opportunity to support an artist commercially by buying their music, please buy the tracks or albums when they are available.
Fourth, keep your eyes open for gigs. Go along and support them. This sort of music won't necessarily be around for very long - it's no good enjoying it passively, you need to go out and engage with it. If you like it, don't just put a tick on Facebook, do something about it.


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MUSED - 08/03/2019, Zephyr Lounge Leamington Spa

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MUSED, the UK's Number 1 MUSE tribute band will be performing at Zephyr Lounge Leamington Spa on 08/03/2019, presented by Catch 22 Promotions.

Mused are a UK based professional tribute act who excel at providing an authentic Muse concert experience. Muse themselves now rarely perform at anything smaller than arena capacity, and Mused offer the opportunity to get up close to the action!

They accurately recreate all of the favourite Muse tracks, and like Muse, rather than playing them exactly like the studio recordings, perform all the extra bits including the "improv" parts in-between songs just as Muse do when performing live, thus creating a true Muse live experience! From the moment the show opens to the encore you will believe you are listening to, and watching Muse themselves!

The band's set list compiles songs from across all Muse's studio albums, from Showbiz to Simulation Theory.

Support is provided by Coventry rockers The Ellipsis, an exciting, versatile young rock band featuring distinctive vocals and boundless energy in their live performances.

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"Stories from the She Punks" film & discussion on women's experience in music

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When the full horrors of the behaviours which got tagged as #MeToo began to become apparent last year, like many others I was appalled to hear specific stories from women friends: stories I had never heard from people I greatly respected. At first I didn't know what to say: what words could adequately reflect my feelings? I certainly didn't know what to do, though I felt I needed to do something. Some of these confidants were musicians & while it wasn't unexpected to learn of misogyny in those circles, the scale was a shock.

I took part in many discussions in the next few months: many too confidential to ever share, but some attempted to move towards some form of collective response. Some took place under the umbrella of "Hot Music Live" and its community & if like me you are enjoying the great features & profiles on women musicians (among other subjects) which Holly Hewitt has been writing, then I think it's fair to say that that is one aspect of a response.

For my part, I was aware that Gina Birch & Helen Reddington had made a film about the experiences of female musicians in the punk era, when there was a significant shift in the opportunities for women to be seen as instrumentalists & writers as well as the singing roles they had rather been limited to: though of course as they say, the music histories of that era still tend to be male orientated.

They have been showing their film ""Stories from the She Punks" in many locations & it has been sparking debate & discussion afterwards. It certainly occurred to me that this would be a useful focus for our area: to show the film and have a discussion afterwards on the experiences of local women musicians.

I am delighted that we have managed to arrange this for 2 pm on Saturday the 11th May at the Magic Lantern venue at Temperance in Leamington. Helen will show their film & then lead such a discussion. I do hope that as many people as possible who have an interest in these issues can attend.

 

Tickets are £5 and can be obtained from this link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2186155864775519/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1548935188548702

The venue has limited capacity so early booking is advisable.

Helen is performing the previous night at the Tin in Coventry & I hope that as many people as possible who are interested in the film can support that too: it will be a cracking night with a splendid artist and as you may imagine, the only reason we could manage the logistics of the film showing was in conjunction with a local gig for her on her Spring 2019 national tour.

 

Details & tickets for Helen's gig at the Tin can be found here:  

https://www.facebook.com/events/389058471853442/

The film itself reflects all the anarchy, the excitement of  new sounds upsetting British music, and a DIY approach to learning and playing instruments.  We meet Shanne Bradley who was taught to play bass on top of a 68 bus by the Damned's Captain Sensible, and the Dolly Mixtures, who pretended they were at each other's houses doing their homework, while in reality playing a gig at Cambridge Corn Exchange. Gina describes the thrill of buying her first bass guitar after seeing the Slits play and struggling to teach herself to play. These women describe an alternative to the alternative world of punk all too often remembered from a male perspective.

 

Gina  went  to London to study Fine Art in 1976, fell in love with the DIY scene that was punk and after seeing the first Slits gig was inspired to buy a bass guitar and together with Ana da Silva, started the Raincoats (one of Kurt Cobain's favourite bands: he & Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon wrote the liner notes for their reissued albums). Armed with a bass guitar and a super-8 camera, Gina has  made music and films for the last 40 years, and is  also a committed painter.

Helen was at Brighton Art College when fellow-squatters told her she would be playing bass in their punk band. Joby and the Hooligans never made any records, but Helen went on to form the Chefs, who released material on local label Attrix and recorded sessions for Radio One's John Peel Show and later formed the much loved Helen & the Horns. After working as a community musician, she became an academic, publishing The Lost Women of Rock Music: female musicians of the punk era (Equinox) and lecturing at the University of East London. She also tours as a solo artist under the name Helen McCookerybook, releasing DIY albums herself

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LIVE/WIRE & WHITESNAKE UK - A DOUBLE DOSE OF CLASSIC ROCK

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A quality classic rock double header this one with regular Assembly visitors and top AC/DC tribute Live/Wire joined by another fine rock tribute Whitesnake UK and their David Coverdale and co songbook, a perfect Friday night dose of classic rock.
Like headliners Live/Wire Whitesnake UK do full justice to their particular musical heroes and they mix a little of the earlier blues rock era with a large slice of the bands highly successful 80's hair metal days.
The vocalist captures Mr Coverdale's cheeky charm (plenty of cries of "ere's a song for ya!!!!") as well as having the musical chops for the job, the drummer was amazing keeping the beat while constantly throwing his sticks in the air and the whole band brought the music of the mighty Snake to life.
It was classic after classic and after opening with a belting ‘Bad Boys' the set included big hitters ‘Don't Break My Heart Again', ‘Fool For Your Loving' and ‘Here I Go Again'.
On the epic side we had a glorious ‘Crying In The Rain' and the Goliath that is ‘Still Of The Night' which with that monstrously, heavy main riff was a headbangers delight.
A really well chosen set, very well played and the crowd including me loved it.
Live/Wire always deliver and of course give fans the experience of a Bon Scott era AC/DC show (a treat for me personally as I never got to see the the mighty Mr. Scott in action) and a Brian Johnson era gig, track wise you pretty much know what you are going to get but never is the phrase "don't fix it if it isn't broken" apply more.
Stage set wise they continually work on making the show bigger with a few changes here and there and this time around the band had a large back screen over the stage hence we had a cartoon image of a ‘shall we say lady of the larger variety' during ‘Whole Lotta Rosie', various extreme weather imagery for a pulsating ‘Thunderstruck' and the famous bell appeared for ‘Hells Bells'.
A 2 hour all action show with firstly our denim clad Bon running on stage for the likes of ‘Dirty Deeds' Done Dirt Cheap, Riff Raff' and ‘Shot Down In Flames' before he (by this time bare chested) left the stage midway through the set to be replaced by possibly the most famous cap in rock as our Brian for the evening prowled the stage and gave us the best of the Johnson years.
Back In Black is an important album of course in the AC/DC cannon (sorry!) so we had as well as that tolling bell, ‘Shoot To Thrill', ‘You Shook Me All Night Long' and of course the mighty title track.
So pleased they have reintroduced the Black Ice number ‘War Machine' to the set as it is for me one of the bands most powerful up tempo rockers with a thunderous main riff, also a bit of a twist as Angus did his famous strip during a lull in the action (usually if memory serves me right it takes place during Bad Boy Boggie).
Towards the end of the set both singers took the stage but due to the last train home I missed the cannons roaring at the finale but managed to catch them swapping lead vocals on an epic ‘Let There Be Rock' before I caught the rock and roll train (well the 10.59 to Hatton!).
A wonderful evening, one of the best rock tributes bands in the country Live/Wire and their buddies Whitesnake UK looking like they could easily join that list.


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VALERAS Announce First UK Headline Tour, including The Kasbah

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Sonic PR promotion ...

Following a run of hugely successful support slots with the likes of The Wombats, Greta Van Fleet, The Amazons, Yonaka, Fickle Friends, King Nun and Demob Happy, female fronted Reading five piece VALERAS have announced their first 16 date UK & Ireland headline tour.

With a busy year already scheduled, and continued support from BBC Introducing and Radio 1's Jack Saunders, Valeras' mix of big heavy hooks, heartfelt lyrics and groove based rhythms have made their live shows unmissable; leaving Valeras ready to lead the fightback for guitar music in 2019.

Stream the brand new single, ‘Ricochet (Nunca Morirá)'  HERE.

Live Dates

  • 5th February - Latest Music Bar - Brighton
  • 8th February - Kasbah - Coventry
  • 9th February - Esquires - Bedford
  • 12th February - Louisiana - Bristol
  • 13th February - Sunflower Lounge - Birmingham
  • 14th February - Crauford Arms - Milton Keynes
  • 15th February - Facebar - Reading
  • 17th February - Heartbreakers - Southampton
  • 19th February - Boileroom - Guildford
  • 20th February - Thousand Island - London
  • 21st February - Record Junkie - Sheffield
  • 22nd February - Jacaranda Records - Liverpool
  • 23rd February - Broadcast - Glasgow
  • 24th February - Sneaky Pete's - Edinburgh
  • 26th February - Ruby Sessions - Dublin
  • 27th February - Roisin Dubh - Galway
  • 28th February - Whelan's (Upstairs) - Dublin
  • 1st March - Bennigans Bar - Derry

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The Music Council at the Stag & Pheasant

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Retroville at the Magic Lantern

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes at The Empire, 16/2/2019

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A Sonic PR promotion .

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"The Tourist" by Man Made Moon

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New single by Rosetta Fire: "Shakedown"

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Readers of "Hot Music Live" will not, I imagine, require reminding of my admiration for Rosetta Fire: so equally they'll not be surprised to ...

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'Hope' Album, Local Musicians & The Stratford Link Project

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Doug Armstrong tells me firmly that he's the not a musician.

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CLASSIC ROCK SOUNDS OF AC/DC AND WHITESNAKE SET TO SHAKE THE ASSEMBLY

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Yet another very welcome return to Leamington for tribute band extraordinaire Live/Wire and their explosive tribute to both the Bon Scott and Brian ...

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Wars + Last Hounds + Behind Blue Eyes + Evade Escape

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Catch 22 Promotions has put together an amazing 4 band bill at Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa on 25th January to celebrate the release of ...

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Swing from Paris at Coffee #1 Warwick

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Swing frm Paris play gypsy jazz in the spirit of Django Reinhardt and Stefan Grapelli, fiery, driven and joyful.

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2018 - My Live Music Highlights

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What a fab year this has been for me on the live music front with amazingly 3 gigs making my all time top 10, namely The Rolling Stones rocking the ...

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HAZEL O' CONNOR LIVE AT THE LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY 2018 - MORE PICS

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Thanks very much to HML's very own Alan Moores for his wonderful review of Hazels recent very special Assembly Breaking Glass themed show which ...

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Lode4 at the Somerville

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On a cold winter night, it's so good to be curled up in a cosy pub with great company.

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Wrongmas 2018

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Every Yuletide, Johnny Satsangi of APE Promotions gifts to us is a multi artist gig at the Zephyr Lounge under the "Wrongmas" banner, always promoted ...

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Clemency at the Magic Lantern

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I find myself drifting into describing gigs at the Magic Lantern as "magical": unfortunately the label is accurate.

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"ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE" RAISES £393.50 FOR "THE CINNAMON TRUST"

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Just had the receipt back from The Cinnamon Trust and the amount raised for them by my recent "ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE" live music photo ...

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"Hands On" by Chasing Deer

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I do hope that you'll remember about two years ago Paul Englefield interviewed one of the most exciting local bands from our area Chasing Deer ...

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Interview With Saxophonist Dionne Sambrook

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Dionne is a musician in demand, she's in two busy bands and regularly participates in Stratford's Jazz Jams as we'll as working ...

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"No Congregation EP" by Caleb Murray

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I imagine many "Hot Music Live" readers have seen Caleb Murray play live over the past few years: maybe at one of his frequent open mic appearances ...

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Hazel O'Connor & Breaking Glass film and live performance

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The poster lure was that this event was to be "a rare screening of the digitally re-mastered uncut version of the film, followed by an intimate ...

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"ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE" RAISES £415.85 FOR "ZOE'S PLACE" BAB

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Just had my first certificate from the one of the charities that benefited from my recent "Rock and Roll Dreams Come True" live music photo ...

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Fontaines D.C. come to Coventry Central Library

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A Sonic PR promotion .

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Interview with Rachel Reynolds from Room 17 by Holly Hewitt

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It was great to check in with lead vocalist of Room 17,  Rachel Reynolds.

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Izzie Derry & Hannah Woof at the Magic Lantern

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You can keep your headphones & your immersive sound systems.

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"Twenty-Three" by Taylor-Louise

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There can be no doubt that anyone who loves local music is united in recognising one of the fastest emerging significant artists from Coventry & ...

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STEVE WALWYN - UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL AT THE CATALAN

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Wonderful stories from Mr Walwyn prompted by well set questions from our very own Holly Hewitt along with a few from the audience started this ...

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"Trouble" by Matt Cattell

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I'm delighted to be able to review here in "Hot Music Live" the brand new single "Trouble" by one of Coventry & Warwickshire's most ...

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"Pick Me Up" by the Silver Wye

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If like me you enjoy the music of Wes Finch you have already heard, maybe one of his solo albums, his work with the (Rude) Mechanicals which I ...

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"You Saw Something" by Satsangi

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  I imagine that I speak for many when I say state that the new Satsangi album has been greatly anticipated by the local music community.

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"Busking Turf Wars" screening at the Magic Lantern

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Welcome to my first film review for "Hot Music Live".

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