MusicNotts Talks With… Crosslight

A piece I did with Nottingham’s answer to Evanescence, and they’re a six-piece band, you don’t many of those these days. Read and enjoy

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MusicNotts Talks With… Crosslight

Tori Sheard + Kelsey & The Embers and Olly Henby @The Bodega, Nottingham, 22/7/19

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At 7pm the crowds gradually gathered in small masses into the Bodega Social on Nottingham’s Pelham St and straight up the stairs to the main venue area. The Bodega Social, better known as The Bodega, has played host to several local and nationwide artists and has even provided a platform to new up-coming artists. The main lights went out, colourful spotlights lit-up the main stage, even the mirror-ball which hangs from the ceiling helped build up the atmosphere, then the excitement of the crowd began.

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An eager silence swept across the room as Olly Hensby took to the stage to perform his acoustic set. He is an incredible artist who music is a fusion of blues and jazz and has an amazing voice that strikes all the right notes. The man sounds like an American export and has a smooth melodic voice and he’s only 21, yet he sounds ten years older. During his set he did a mixture of originals and covers which impressed the crowds. There was a lot of love for him and he was a treat on the ears. At the end of his set he did a duet with a musician buddy which combined R&B and rap can Underwater. An amazing song, with a political underlying message to it. For some reason those sorts of songs always manage to hype the crowd, and this one certainly did. Up next was Nottingham’s very own Kelsey and The Embers

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An interesting two-females-and-a-male-trio, and you don’t get many of them around today. The lead singer took a few moments to let the crowd know that they are in fact a four-piece band but their fourth member’s currently in America. Crowd anticipation was steadily rising as was the adrenaline and the crowd was getting even closer. Non-the-less they got the audience going by starting with a cover-track. Covers aren’t always an easy thing to do especially when done live but these guys pulled it off with hardly any effort. Kelsey and The Embers impressed the crowd with their set which of original material and they absolutely loved them. Eventually it was 9 pm and the moment had come, crowd anticipation was on the rise and you could smell the adrenaline getting higher. The moment had now come when Nottingham’s own Tori Sheard came onstage and made her presence felt the crowd went wild and cheered in excitement for her

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This was the first time that Tori had ever headlined a gig in her life and tonight she lived up to the expectations. As a female artist she has an incredible voice and sounds older than her years, and she’s only 21 years old. To have a voice like that at her age is just amazing and she can both command the stage and wow the audience with complete ease. If it can be said freely, she has an almost rock-goddess quality the moment she takes to the stage. Tori treated the crowd to a mixture of fresh original material including songs from her current EP, ‘Edge of the Earth’. Her music is a perfect blend of ambient, folk and rustic mixed with some indie undertones. Tonight, was a superb night and all three of the artists on tonight were just sensational and put on an amazing set, absolutely brilliant.

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Other photos from the night

MusicNotts Talks With… Kiki Error

Another from the MusicNotts series, this one’s with Krzysztof Bledowski, a DJ/Producer who’s better known by his stage-name Kikki Error. Have a read and enjoy

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MusicNotts Talks With… Kiki Error

 

 

Introducing Bria @Metronome, Nottingham, 5/6/19

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Down on the basement ground the doors opened at 6pm and a small crowd poured into Studio 1 at the Metronome, ready for their gig with upcoming Nottingham musician, Bria Buxton. Better known by her stage-name, Bria. She has been active in the local music scene for the three years now writing, producing and making her own material. Crowds of 30+ gathered themselves to hear her new single Strangest of Lovers which is out on EP/LP right now, courtesy of Denizen Records. Bria is a musical gem in Nottingham’s music scene and has the voice that can cut straight through the crowds. She is a talented songwriter and singer, as a musician she has the incredible ability to bring her words to life through music.

Bria’s voice oozes melody, carries pure emotion and her performance grabbed the attention of the entire room. The entire room was just completely enchanted by her and there was no shortage of love for her. As an artist her vocal ability is of the same quality of the likes of Christina Perrie and Adele and sounds like the type you could hear as the official soundtrack in a hit film. She has worked with the musical great, Gareth Jones, who has worked with Depeche Mode and Madness. Judging by the sound of her music and official single, they have both worked and produced an absolute corker of a song.

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Can definitely see this doing well on the download. Since 2017 she has been gracing audiences with her beautiful voice, she takes musical influences from First Aid Kit, Jake Bugg and Phoebe Bridgers, all of whom are from Nottingham and have acquired massive followings. When it comes to music, Nottingham is the place to see fresh, new emerging talent. Keep your eye on Bria Buxton, she is an incredibly talented singer and songwriter and is on the road to bigger things. 2019/20 is to be her year. Have a listen and see what you think

MusicNotts Talks With… Ben Mark Smith

The latest from the MusicNotts Talks With… series, this one’s with Nottingham’s own Ben Mark Smith, have a read and enjoy  🙂

MusicNotts Talks With… Ben Mark Smith

 

MusicNotts Talks With… Temples on Mars

Another from the MusicNotts Talks With… series, and this one’s with Nottingham boys James, Gerald, Daz and Dean, better known as Temples on Mars

MusicNotts Talks With… Temples on Mars

 

 

MusicNotts Talks With… Evil Scarecrow

An interview I did a while back with Nottingham/Derby band, Evil Scarecrow. Think K.I.S.S meets gruesome slasher with full-on screamo vocals you get these guys. And some strange dance-moves (just go to a gig you’ll get it)

MusicNotts Talks With… Evil Scarecrow

 

Colt 48 + support @ The Albert, Nottingham 7/3/19

The doors opened at 6pm and the people gradually poured themselves in for to one of Nottingham’s night spots. Live music and beers all round for everyone. Colt 48, who are nearing the end of their current tour with Cotton Mouth, 10 Gauge and Down in One. The night was held at The Albert, formerly known as Spanky Van Dykes. The name of the venue may have changed but the general vibe of the place hasn’t. No introduction was needed for Cotton Mouth, mainly cos they did it themselves, but these guys let their music do the talking for them. Local lads, and all from Nottingham, they’ve been around for at least three years but are showing promise and definitely know how to get the crowds going. They are a fusion of rock, metal and grunge along with strong vocals and energetic presence and took the stage with ease. Now 10 Gauge, I’m just going to go out there and say it sound like legendary pros and even their lead man who is from our side of the Atlantic sounds like he like an American export.

Vocally he just hits all the right notes. By this point the adrenaline was rising, as was the sweat from the excitement of people punching their fists in the air. He got everyone to get on the floor at one point. Down in One were as game for a laugh as they were for creating riffs, the lead singer made a couple of jokes about their drummer being the next 007. Now that’d be interesting. Front-man, Gon, was literally a whirlwind of energy as he just wouldn’t stop moving from either side of the stage.

Colt 48 closed the night by singing a mixture of original songs as well as a Gotye cover, ‘Somebody That I used to Know’, just in case you were wondering. I admit it’s always interesting when bands pull-off song covers as you never know where they’re going to take it. Throughout the gig he switched between two microphones and was just a ball of energy throughout and the crowds got up close and personal by this point. Lead singer, Adam Jerome, closed the set on ‘Enemy’, a track so new it’s not even been recorded yet. Overall, a great night. Keep your eyes on these guys, they’ll be coming to a music venue near you.

 

MusicNotts Talks With… Chai Larden

An interview I did with upcoming musical talent, Chai Larden, for MusicNotts magazine/site, and she’s even part of The Invisible Orchestra. Have a read and enjoy

http://musicnotts.com/musicnotts-talks-with-chai-larden/

 

 

SHVPES & The Five Hundred, Death Blooms @Red Rooms 30/1/19, Nottingham

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The crowds slowly gathered themselves into the main room the moment the doors and continued to pour in over the next half hour till there wasn’t much floor space left to fill. As the crowd got more and more hyped with excitement enthusiasm you could practically smell the adrenaline, then the lights suddenly dimmed-down and the show was officially started.

First to take to the stage was Liverpool’s own Death Blooms. These guys were just incredible to see live on-stage and oozed sweat, energy as well as powerful guitar riffs and front-man Paul effortlessly owned the stage and had the crowd in his hands. Seriously, these guys could re-define metal madness they’re that intense when performing. Nottingham’s own metal pleasers, The Five Hundred, took the stage and put on an amazing set. I wasn’t disappointed, yet again they delivered and I absolutely loved every minute of their set. The Five Hundred definitely know how to get the crowds going and all the energy put into it was practically bursting at the seams. By now not only was the heat rising but so was the enthusiasm and love from the crowd.

Finally, SHVPES took to the stage to finish the night, however cos there had been an 8 – minute delay things had to be rushed a little, either way they were definitely worth the wait. Now I openly admit that I’ve never seen a band like SHVPES before but glad I stuck around a while as they were fantastic. One of the ways I can sum them up is the UK’s equivalent to Rage Against The Machine. Full-on, completely manic, full of energy, oozing adrenaline and excellent rap skills courtesy of front-man Griffin Dickson. Within moments of them starting fist were flying into the air, everybody was jumping and the Griffin had everybody in the palm of his hand s. An amazing night, three fantastic bands.