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Rock The Cowes Bars – Episode 2



Building on the success of last months Rock the Cowes Bars event, Cowes is once again alive to the sound of heaps of bands playing 7 venues. With so much to offer on one night it’d be impossible to see every band at every venue, let alone have a pint at each stop and be able to get home in one piece… and trust me, we tried all of that. After a quick runabout to find each bar and shoot bits n bobs for a video we settled into The Anchor to wait for the night to kick off.

Bully Bones

Bully Bones start things off with one of their usual fast paced and punchy sets. By now The Anchor is pretty much full up, even this early in the night, showing how popular this event has become even on its second ever outing. A few photos later and its time to neck what we’re drinking and shuffle off to the next place.

Holly Kirby

At the other end of Cowes high street we find ourselves at the Union Inn where Holly Kirby is playing away to another packed out bar. Covers and originals alike, Holly Kirby doesn’t fail to impress this crowd, sat singing away with guitar on her lap. We only intended to stay for a couple of songs and shoot off to the next venue, but ended up being encapsulated by her presence and voice, so we stayed until the end of her set.

Mess Canteen + Bar

Off to The Mess Canteen + Bar for some more music… and this place is packed too! Jam jar cocktails for £4 each, tempting but for once we’re pretending to be remotely professional. Playing this crowd were two lads in the window with guitars seeming to please everyone. Its tight in here but smiles all round. A few songs later and we’re off again.

Sam Sheasby

Poking our heads into Berties to see if we can catch any Jazz, we wait but find we are in between sets so off we go to the next place. I’m sure the Jazz was very good.. The Fountain is next on the map with Sam Sheasby playing away to a small crowd either propped up against the bar or sat in those comfy chairs. This man has a voice, and plays guitar beautifully too. Cant stay long though, we’ve got places to be, but thanks for entertaining us while we were there Mr Sheasby.

Vectis Tavern

Vectis Tavern next. Here we sit and listen to a fantastic acoustic cover of the Arctic Monkeys ‘R u mine?’ with  a cheeky pint before walking past Pier View across the road. I’m sure its very good in there but it looks like it’s full to the brim, we give it a miss and head towards The Anchor again. Full circle.

The Ohmz

Unfortunately by now we’ve missed Duvaux, however The Ohmz are about to play. And as ever, The Ohmz are awesome! All professionalism out the window, its time for a few beers and a dance. Another great event bringing original local music to Cowes showcasing the wonderful talent we have on this Island. Rock The Cowes Bars: Episode 3 will take place on 29th May so mark that on you calendar!



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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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Jerry Williams – Let’s Just Forget It | Video Of The Week



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Tibican raising awareness for Lupus UK through release of charity single ‘Your Kisses Work’



Tibican are a London based alternative indie band with a sound flatteringly likened to that of giants Foals and Wolf Alice. 

Consisting of Dom Scialo, Peter Saunby, Cathal Wharton, Tom McKay and Marc Saunders. Their Indie style coupled with their live performances make Tibican one of London’s most up and coming unsigned bands, earning them rave reviews along the way.

Their debut ‘When You Love Your Love’ was picked up by BBC Introducing and since featured on several international stations.

Regarding new single ‘Your Kisses Work’ the band explain:

“It’s been a long process but we’re ecstatic to finally announce the launch of ‘Your Kisses Work’ as part of our campaign to raise awareness for Lupus UK, The Lupus Foundation of America & St Thomas Lupus Trust”.

Lupus is a chronic and currently incurable auto-immune disease believed to be affecting thousands of people throughout the UK and about 5 million worldwide, of which 90% are female.

Having experienced within the Tibican family what life is like living with Lupus, they have decided to release their first charity single. All profits will be donated to the three charities mentioned above and we hope more people will become aware of the condition.

Available via all major online distributors and streaming services.

First 150 downloads will receive B-Side ‘Wolf’ FREE

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