Friday, 10 January 2020

Weekend Debt - Legato

You know we love it!

Weekend Debt released their latest track Legato 10/01/2020

Check it out! It's a little poppier than the previous songs but that's not a negative! And it's as catchy as ever! Their certainly showing off their artistic growth in the last few tracks released!

Weekend Debt - Legato on Spotify

For now

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

2019 round-up and a look at 2020

Well its been another fairly crazy year. Admittedly, I didn't get to see half as many bands as 2018 - which was expected due to some pretty heavy travel plans in the summer but I gave it a good go.

Gigs & Events In 2019 I finally saw some names that I've been trying to catch for far too long!
Fleetwood Mac
Mike Herrera (of MxPx, hope MxPx tour the UK next year now!)
Less Than Jake 
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Sam Fender... some other great days out for; Weekend Debt, False Heads, Sœur, Troye Sivan, Robyn, Sounds of the City, Loserpalooza, SlamDunk, Fireball and more across many great cities; Glasgow, London, Leeds, Manchester, Dublin & Calgary.

2020 is already sizing up to be a big one! We're off to Scotland again to see Weekend Debt in 2 weeks, Madonna in Paris, Stiff Little Fingers Manchester, Sam Fender in Leeds, HellaMegaTour in Huddersfield & MadCool Festival in Madrid. I imagine there will be a ton of indie bands in Manchester between these lot too. 

New Releases and expectations 

2019s Expectations L
The Reytons 
No Hot Ashes 
Alice Merton 
Lady Bird

Seriously that's a good list and they've all released some good new music this year from Singles, EP's and even a few Albums in there! Particularly; No Hot Ashes with their album 'Hardship Starship', frustratingly, I've still been unable to catch live. The rest are still smashing it and getting some great attention. Check them out - more info in last years post.

The 2020 Expectations List

Now at this point I've usually had my head in the game for months listening to and finding new bands. I'm months behind and still stuck on following the bands from the 2018 list - Weekend Debt, Sam Fender, False Heads, Sea Girls... as well as the 2019 list! Which makes this list a little smaller, nevertheless - some great bands I've been tracking that I expect big things from next year;

The Clause - I got introduced to this Birmingham band last year and their tracks 16 & Tokyo are very good! They've released a banger this year In My Element and I'm expecting to hear more great things from them in 2020! Extremely good live & pretty sweet setup too check out the post from February

Sœur - Another band recently introduced to, this Bristol band are a heavy grungy number & duel  fronted by 2 very good female singers! Recently released their 2019 EP No Show  and have a number of EP's and singles from 2017/18. They put on a great show live and I reckon we'll be seeing more of them soon!

The Hunna - Now these guys made it pretty big already. When we started following them in 2016 their EPs were great and their first album 100 encompassed their raw talent well, their 2nd album was overworked and I wasn't a fan, its like Warner broke it!
However, they have spent time with John Feldmann (Goldfinger) he is also a producer and owns record label Big Noise - So I'm eager to see what 2020 brings from these guys!

For now!

P.s this Christmas jumper tho!

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Mike Herrera Podcast...this week done in Manchester

Just following on from last week, here's a link to Mike's podcast. You can listen to it on here or click the little down arrow in the Square to download.

Cool podcast worth a listen:


Sunday, 29 September 2019

Mike Herrera: Songs and Stories - The DanceHouse Manchester

OK be prepared for full on fanboy mode...

Fanboy Background 
MxPx, a huge influence on my punk fandom, so much so it obviously created my username and blog sign off name. I was originally introduced to MxPx Doin' Time in the late 90's by my best friend (and fellow sometimes blogger) Richard.

We started our early teens heavily into music 80% of the time was Green Day, Blink-182, Mest, MxPx, Millencolin, Goldfinger, New Found Glory, Anti-Flag, Offspring, Stiff Little Fingers...heck the list goes on! But there are a few bands that top the list, forever in our playlists and often start most our nights out or long car rides to gigs, especially... MxPx - Punk Rawk Show and Doin' Time, was perfect for our early teen rebellions.

We've seen so many of those bands countless times at festivals and gigs but over the years I've continued to support Mest and MxPx via cd, mp3, sharing and recently crowdfunding, fully expecting them to just be bands of Nostalgia and bands i only ever get to listen via some form of media. 
Last year we met Tony Lovato and saw Mest in the UK, ticking off all but 1 of those original teen influence bands. It was amazing to stand a talk with Tony, humbling and awesome... leaving 1 more person/band.

MxPx have always been there, never been able to get to see them live. During the crowdfunding of the self title MxPx last year I so wished to be able to pay for the personal appearance reward... if i didn't have a house and commitments I truly would have, but this is real life, I messaged MxPx, PxPx and Mike directly to get the band to tour the UK! Heck I scowered US and Canada gigs to see if I could get to them to coincide with some of the trips I already had out there.

I had given the hope of seeing, let alone, meeting MxPx/Mike.

Fast forward, Fireball 2019
Less Than Jake and Goldfinger billed at the Ritz Manchester, I want to go, but realistically I saw LTJ in august and Goldfinger a few years back. Money was low, my best mate was days away from his 2nd child and I was reside to not going alone..... until I saw that Mike was actually bassist for Goldfinger now!! Not only that, he was bringing is Songs and Stories gig to the UK 1x ticket, Booked to fireball.

I also got ready at 9am for the Songs and Stories sales release... boom, tickets 1 and 2 we're mine :D (just needed a buddy, to go with or id go alone to be honest)
Fireball... going alone, awesome bands and if i get to at least see Mike that's going to be cool enough.I go alone, enjoy the fucking awesomeness of GF and  LTJ. 2 songs from the end of Goldfingers set Mike says we'll be at the Merch stand after this... I've already bought a GF shirt 30mins ago but fuck I head over to that stand immediately... Ha, sweaty and happy I met Mike!  (See last week's blog)

Fast forward 6 days;
Mike Herrera Songs and Stories 

It was a very intimate acoustic gig, maybe 150 people, we're sat front row (at this point it took my Mother with me - long story which will become clear soon - shes a music lover but new to Mike Herrera, although had listened to my punk collections for 20+ years). 

Listening to just Mike, his guitar and some amazing stories - from the influences of old songs to new songs, from drinking tequila and eating Taco Bell, to being told his daughter loves him 'All of it'. 

I was not sure if this was going to be twee or awkward, I just didn't know what to expect. It was neither of that, Mike was a true performer, either on stage with 10 other people with a crowd full of rowdy punk rockers or alone onstage with a handful of fans - He knows how to create a great time. Major Respect.

The Stories were Topical, Relevant, Recent (eg saving 2 people from drowning in the canal in Manchester) and what really got me was the Mental Health, the struggles we all go through - and Mikes recognition of this... more over by doing a beautiful rendition of Millencolin's No Cigar (I think I fell in love with this)
[I didnt record much, but this as so worth it - Apologies I did this in vertical for Instagram story- though the horizontal ones will remain private anyway]

Also got a cool snippet of Doin' Time and Lets Ride, but those are both for my Buddies would couldn't be here due to New Family arrivals!!

I don't want to go too much into the show because I think you should experience this yourself, either as MxPx fans, Mike Herrera Fans, or just genuine Music Lovers. There is still time to catch the London Gig or I'm sure this will be available in some other form of media in the future.

The best part is Mike's love of the fans, to get out there and publised his meeting spots/time - without charging 'meet and greets' bullshit.

(More over he did something extremely special I'll post a little later on socials and then re-share here later )

Overall - 10/10
Excellent mix of well delivered stories & Perfect performance and vocals!

Favourites (if I had to)

Lets Ride - Reminds me of my time in the Rockies earlier this year
Doin Time - All Time Favourite of mine
No Cigar - Just wow, the story and influence on Mike, it really hit home.

[My Mum's] Late Again, she relates to never being on time (In fairness she was ready at 6pm exactly so shes got better now x)

Cheers Mike, hope to see you and the rest of MxPx real soon.

For Now, Mx