Listen To This… Thunderian Summer

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Dave, Alex, Tim, Matt and Pablo, these five guys are from all over the East Midlands and form the newest band to get into the music scene. These guys produce much of their own material as well as the odd cover song but non-the-less are still worth checking out. If you like listening to melodic rock riffs and upbeat vocal check these guys next time they’re in town. Listen to Just A Soldier, The Man I Want To Be and Lion Bear Tiger Mama (live in Nottingham, you won’t be disappointed.

Who are you guys?
Singer – Dave Thomas (DT)
Guitar – Alex Lee (Big A)
Guitar – Tim Stone (The Juke)
Bass – Matt Morley (Pops)
Drums – Pablo Fernández de Dios (Pabs)

How did you get together?
I was in jamming with a couple of mates who had a covers band that was sort of on hiatus, that didn’t really lead to anything but in the mean time I’d recruited DT and Pops to join us. So a couple of adverts and we got Juke and Pabs in.

…. And your musical influences?

Loads, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Gaslight Anthem, Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters… the list goes on. All five of us like different stuff and we sort of meet in the middle.

How would you describe the band’s style?
Loads of Reverb!

What’s the story behind the band name?
It’s what happens when five guys who should be doing more important things have a Whatsapp chat and start geeking out about Thundercats.

On a scale of 1-10, how rock are you?
Dunno, 7 maybe… depends what 10 is really.

Best gig so far?
Probably the Sausage and Cider Festival, weather was great and in the daylight we could see the crowd singing along to our stuff, which was cool.

Your dream gig?
Sunday Night, Glastonbury.

How’s life in the band?
Normally it’s a lot of fun.

Have you played abroad yet?
Not yet, got some plans for 2019, but still some work to do here.

Have you had much airplay at all?
Some internet stuff, there’s a few stations who are really supportive of unsigned bands who’ve played us.

And lastly where can fans listen to your music?
Soundcloud for now…. There’s been much debate in the band about the merits of putting the songs up for sale at this stage.

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Listen To This… The Village

Phil Matthews, a solo artist whom along with his buddy, Mr Hugh, are also known by their stage name; The Village, have been performing for many years and take influence from artist such as Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. The songs sound fresh and original, just listen to Lionel Strange and Land Called Far Away. Not bad at all bad.
First up, how long have you both been together?  
I’ve known Hugh for a long while; we actually played in a band together many years ago.  When my current band LaF went into a state of suspended animation I released a couple of albums “Welcome to the Village” and Voodoo Skull” under the name the Village and started performing solo. Hugh came along and joined me for a few of them providing harmony vocals along with harmonica, kazoo, and percussion. Nowadays I perform the occasional solo gig and Hugh performs alongside me at the majority of the shows.
How would you describe yourselves as a duo?
I’d describe us as hunky and good looking but most people who see us would say that I really should go to Specsavers. Seriously though, I hope that the majority of audiences find us entertaining. I’ve always hated serious faced acts that refuse to communicate with audiences between songs and banter with the audience and between the two of us is a very important part of what we do.  My own songs are best described as retro pop (whatever that is) and allows us to pepper our shows with pop classics from the past 60 years
….. also what music influences your music?
I’ve always been a Beatles fan, and many of the people who come to watch us remember that I used to be part of a group of friends who put Beatles Conventions on in the East Midlands. I love the classic bands from that period such as the Rolling Stones and the Who – all of which you can hear shades of in my music. My all time favourite band was an obscure West Country folk rock outfit called Stackridge who would think nothing of including self penned music hall tunes, reggae, blues rock, jazz and classical music in their stage shows, and I would like to think that I bring a little of that to what I do. I am, however, interested in the contemporary music scene. It just seems that what I write and record reflects my older influences.
As a duo, do you both find it easier when thinking about musical ideas?
You are absolutely spot on with that suggestion. The biggest frustration for me (and I suspect many other acts) is that anything you want to do has to be run past 3 or 4 other people. Purely on a logistical basis booking gigs can become a nightmare when you have to ask each member if they are available and they then have to ask their wives/girlfriends/cat etc if they are available. I’ve always loved the camaraderie of playing in bands but the number of great songs that have never made it onto set lists because one or other person has a problem with it is immense. Solo I only have me to deal with as I know if I am available or not, and I also choose songs that I personally enjoy playing. Having one other person involved brings a few of the above mentioned problems but it is easier to keep track of availability. Also having a second person to bounce musical ideas off helps to keep you focused. Also with the best will in the world it is hard to be your own critic and having one other person able to point things out solves a lot of that.
The Village, interesting name for your band, how did that come about?
I’m a huge fan of cult sixties show the Prisoner. In a nutshell the idea of the series was that people who the authorities felt to be dangerous were taken to a secret destination to be re-programmed. The place they were sent to was known simply as the Village. Knowing that the Prisoner was very much of its time and attracted a certain type of audience I thought that the name would give people something of a handle on the music. The Prisoner is a great series and I would recommend anyone who has not seen the original Patrick McGoohan show to check it out.
Out of all you gigs which has been your favourite so far?
I’ve enjoyed so many of them for different reasons and I’d hate to offend the various promoters that I have worked for but I would have to give mention to the Shed in Leicester and the bandstand in Nottingham Castle both of which I played solo and the Acoustic Rooms in Nottingham and the Rock and Blues Festival at Pentrich which we played as a duo.
….. and where would be your dream gig?
I would love to play Greenwich Village in New York as it had a bohemian atmosphere and attracted the best singer/songwriters of their era.  The Cavern in Liverpool for obvious reasons and finally the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
As a band, how’s life on the road going?
This has been a great year with over 100 gigs so far. There is no point as a writer having songs and not taking them out on the road and long may that continue.
Unless you’ve already done so would you ever play some gigs abroad?
I’d love to play abroad, not sure where although the USA does appeal. Not sure how my sense of humour would be accepted though.
Have you had much airplay at all?
With the ever increasing number of stations broadcasting via the internet I estimate my songs have been played on over 250 of them over the last couple of years. My songs have been streamed over 1,000 times, and I believe that at least one of my songs will be played somewhere in the world virtually every day.
And lastly where can fans listen to your music?
It would be great to see people who have read this article come and watch us live when we are next down your way, but for now they can either go to our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/PhilMatthewsa.k.a.theVillage  to watch live performance videos and hear the music or listen to the album tracks at  https://soundcloud.com/thevillage-2

Listen To This…. Vektrill

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This new trio, hailing all the way from Worthing, are probably going to be one of the biggest and amazing band’s you have ever heard of yet. For anyone who likes their progressive rock and electronic sounds with an almost tenor like range you won’t be disappointed. With fresh new songs, such as The Grey, I’ll Never Die and Cyborg these guys are practically rejuvenating the rock genre.

So, how you guys first get together as a band?
Well I (Scott) had a couple acoustic tracks that I wanted to record with some percussion.
I found out about Jordan through a friend and haven’t regretted playing with him since. This was back in, like, January 2014. After plowing through Worthing’s back catalogue of bassists, we ended up landing Carlos who was in another band at the time but loved the energy we portrayed… or something like that lol. We’ve been with him 1 and a half years now. I think we’ve settled ha-ha!
How would you describe yourselves as a band?
Erm… weird? Ha-ha. Well we love to put on a performance and wish we had all the time in the world to just write and play music. When we write we become hermits but when it’s time to play we like to play loud and proud. We like to have a lot of fun but also stay focused and true to the end game.
….. How did you style of music come about?
Through a need to reject and revolt against the puppets of corruption and their handlers, perhaps the overwhelming hidden forces that make everything rotten in life? Ha-ha jk… maybe, but we’re influenced by Several sounds that we try to combine. Crescendos from classical music, the sounds of rock from the 60’s/70’s like Hendrix and his fuzz face, all the way up to the modern, more electronic, stuff. Dust that off with a heavier sort of ‘doom metal’ edge and I think that’s what we’ve got lol
In terms of song-writing it easy putting different ideas out there?
Sometimes, I mean it’s great fun when you write something that has a fresh tone to it and people say ‘ hey I really like that new track, it’s got something I’ve not heard before and I like it!’ But with the good there’s always the bad. We’ve written and re-written many songs time and time again to get them right. Sometimes an idea can just be too whacky, or a meld of two different sounds just becomes painful to listen to.
Now the name VeKtrill, how did that come about?
Ha-ha through a rigorous process of elimination! We’ve been through an arm’s length of band names. With each name came a slightly different image and sound. This one came through a need of something completely original and different so we were like ‘shall we invent a word?’ We started with Vektrillian and figured this to be too long and a bit ‘lizard people’. So, we shortened it to VEKTRILL and came up with a meaning, which is ‘a scale in which to measure a beings understanding of the control imposed upon them’.
How was your last gig?
Our last gig was a little winter warmer in our home town of Worthing which was a nice conclusion to our two mini uk tours for our singles this year. We played our local music venue ‘Bar 42’. It’s always a great night at bar 42! The sound is top notch and we had some top bands down!
….. and where would be your dream gig?
Like on a gigantic space station with the artificial gravity turned off! Imagine the way the sound would move and reverberate in that!
Failing that there’s always Headlining the pyramid stage of Glastonbury!
How would you describe life on tour?
It’s life we wanna live ha-ha, literally no better feeling than playing a show every night in a different place!
Unless you’ve already done so would you ever play some gigs abroad?
Again, that’s the dream! Just hit the interstellar highway and play some music!
Describe your dream tour
Hmm 72 and 1/4 years long, just circling the globe, perhaps hitting up the moon or mars a couple of times, just writing new stuff, experimenting with sounds and playing the classics of course!
Have you had any songs played on the radio yet?
We have indeed! Worldwide in fact! All of our recorded tracks bar one have been played. The most popular track is ‘I’ll never die’, our first single of this year but the one that was played worldwide simultaneously was ‘the grey’ which was the second single of this year.
Final question now, where would fans be able to find more of your music?
Well you can hit up our website www.vektrill.com which details of upcoming gigs, current and old videos, bio, social media links and everything Vektrill! You can also interact with us on twitter – @vektrill or Facebook – www.facebook.com/VEKTRILL and even Instagram! Or even head to a gig we’re playing and have a chat after the show!