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FORLEIGH @ The joiners – 31.07.15



Ah yeah nice, a gig at The Joiners straight after work on a Friday – this better be good. It must be good right? If (bassist) Daniel’s invited us (previous bands: Welcome Pariah & Solar Wolf) it has to be good. It wasn’t… it was great!

FORLEIGH is a multi-genre musical collective headed by Forleigh himself – a mysterious talented man who apparently doesn’t want his face photographed, and Benny Jones – an equally talented man who plays guitar, all topped up with various collaborators and artists. A sort of mythical wrecking crew. Oh and they’re on this DIY world tour thing which is pretty cool. Go check that out via:

On to the gig. After cycling home, grabbing some munch, catching a bus, then a ferry it was time to walk the short distance to Southampton Joiners. A brief catchup with Daniel and a beer later, Forleigh take to the stage in front of a sold out venue.

I didn’t really know much about this band beforehand so the whole experience was a surprise to me. I knew Forleigh man would be there, Benny guitarist and Daniel and i guess a drummer would be there, but no, theres more. Two sessional violinists, a backing singer and a keyboard player – all ascending the stage under the cover of everyones favourite; the smoke machine.

Multi-genre-ical sound sensation is probably the best way to describe this gig. There was so much passion coming out of Forleigh it was unbelievable – jerky dancing, soulful vocals, multi-genre (thats the last time i’ll say that i promise), so much atmosphere. I don’t really know what else to say about it. It was an experience. Everything just worked beautifully and the ebbs and flow of the performance kept everyone engrossed to the point of requesting like a million encores.

What a great concert, if you get the chance to see Forleigh as a whole play, just go for it. You wont regret it.

Take the time to admire his website and listen to a few of their recorded tracks:

Here’s some pics:



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Interview with – Pioneers



Pioneers are set to play a huge headline show at The Loft tonight in Southampton. With support from Fret-Buzz favourites KICKS, this is going to be a gig to remember. So, to get you hyped for tonight, here’s an interview the guys we did a while back with a few pics so you know what to expect and what they look like.

Introduce yourselves

Hi, I’m Toby and I’m lead guitarist.

I’m Sam and I do the vocals.

I’m Charlie and I’m the drummer.

I’m Bailey and I play the bass.

Where are you guys from?

Were all from the Totton and Marchwood area in Southampton – so very local

How long have you been together?

About a year and a month – so not long. End of December 2016. We agreed on new years eve that year to make the band. We’ve done other things with other people before, but this is the only thing that’s really clicked from the beginning. A lot’s happened in a year.

How did you form together – what made it stick?

Sam said we should make the band – that was literally it. Charlie and Bailey just basically picked up an instrument and learnt it for the band. They didn’t play before. Baileys learnt the bass and Charlie’s learnt drums for the band. Me and toby have played guitar for a while with other people, we’ve done a lot of practising on our own but never had someone to fill the roles of a drummer and bassist. We actually did it for a couple of months in school, but Sam didn’t admit that he could sing so we gave up because we didn’t have vocals. Charlie then said he was learning drums again, Sam admitted he could sing, we were wowed, so we started again.

Biggest inspiration?

Our common interest is the Arctic Monkeys but our sound is made from everyones individual inspirations. Toby likes his more Pop Punk music, so when we go heavier that’s more inspired by him. I’m [Sam’s] more into Jamie T, Slaves. Charlie likes more Blossoms, Foals and bands like that. And Bailey only listens to Stereophonics.

You’ve had a single and EP out – how have they been received?

Take Time was really well received, it got on Radio 1, everyone loves that song and it always goes off when we play it. The EP has been taken really well too, a favourite seems to be To Be Cool – that’s the next song we’re pushing. All the tracks are so different so all the feedback we’ve had about each song has been from completely different people. It’s all been good feedback so we’re happy with that. We already know that Take Time is always going to be that song that people are waiting for at a show because it just got picked up so quickly by everyone.

Highlight of 2017?

Headlining The Joiners for the EP launch show – we sold it out at the end so I don’t think it could have gone much better. Meeting Liam Fray from The Couteeners because I’ve liked that band for ages and he sent us a tweet supporting us and telling us we’re going in the right direction.

What’s in store for 2018?

Well, what isn’t? We’re really pushing for festivals in the summer – I think that’s the next logical step for us exposure-wise because people who go to festivals are going for the experience rather than for a certain band, so it’s going to be more people discovering us for the first time. Hopefully there’ll be some news of that upcoming soon.

Literally booking as many gigs as possible. we’ve got our setlist now and we know it’s solid, so we’re trying to play as many shows as we can wherever it is. We have a big show at The Loft at the end of March with Atmos Music – that’s the next big step for us.

Favourite venue played?

It’s still The Joiners probably because of the sound quality and the music being in your face – the drums are loud, the guitars are loud, everyday loves it.

The Music Box in Salisbury is good too. It’s like some weird little night club. You play upstairs, it has sticky floors, and it’s quite busy – in Salisbury, the weirdest of places.

Recommend local bands?

Circus Of Five. They supported us at our last show and a lot of people came up to me and said they really liked that band play played before us. Cool guitar music, good drums, a nice lead singer. There’s the Dead Freights. They’re quite bluesy and quite rock n roll.

Posh Ellen, they’re a new band who seem to be quite good. And we do like Kicks as well, probably for their attitude, they have that rock n roll thing going on.

Why should people come to your gigs?

Firstly for the atmosphere. It’s just got better as we go on. There’s a sort of diehard amount of people who come to most shows, we didn’t think our music is the sort that you can bounce around to, but they seem to like to bounce around to it – they make it work.

The quality of the music is equal to the quality of the atmosphere and the crowd. A lot of people who don’t know our songs say they can still enjoy it based on the whole experience which gets us a really great reception.

Final words?

Listen to our EP and wait for some upcoming festival news. Keep an ear out, there may be another EP coming out at the end of the year.



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BaDow – Storm (Official Music Video)




Storm © BaDow 2017

Song written and performed by BaDow

Recorded and produced by Boe Weaver at Studio Humbug.

Videographer, Director, Producer, Editor: Reuben Mowle
Glass House Productions
Co-producers: BaDow



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Atmos Music was founded in 2017 by festival blogger Luke Joynes to harness the acoustics of some of the south’s best music venues. Whether that be record stores, churches, historical buildings or some of the best purpose-built venues, Atmos Music has the very best covered.

Luke Joynes founded the Isle of Wight Music Festivals Fansite at the age of just 13, racking up thousands of followers on social media sites. This took him to reviewing and photographing some of the UK’s finest festivals, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival and Victorious Festival, as well as interviewing the likes of Rob da Bank, The Shires, Ward Thomas and many more.

In 2016, Luke put on his first show, as part of the Ventnor Fringe Festival, with London musician Tim Arnold at the beautiful St Catherine’s Church. The event attracted around 100 people, raising around £150 for his charity of choice: WellChild UK. He then went on to promote a sold out show with Noah and the Whale founding member Matt Owens at the Ventnor Exchange- a record store and bar.

Luke has his eyes set on revolutionising the indoor music scene with Atmos Music, providing unique and exciting opportunities for both audiences and artists.

To purchase tickets for upcoming Atmos Music events, please see the events page.



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