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Quinphonic Festival

The Tower of Song, Birmingham 8th October 2017.

So a week ago today, we attended the 5th installment of The Quinphonic Festival, which is a festival dedicated to all those bands that consists of five unique instruments, including the voice. It’s not necessarily a celebration of females within metal but they do try to include them within the band, where ever possible, in celebration of the fact that woman can rock too! I for one praise this stance too, as I appreciate woman that rock, in a widely male dominated profession. I mean, there’s only so many hairy sweaty men I can look at though my camera! I appreciate female musicians as much as the next man, if done well. The promoter responsible for putting on these events is a Ian Black, who I got to meet in person today for the first time and I can confirm, his profile picture looks exactly like him! We had a great chat about all thing Quinphonic and the music scene in general. The first thing to strike me about this man is he’s a conscientious promoter, who believes that any band willing to play for him, deserves to get paid for their efforts. We all know this isn’t always the case and many promoters could learn a lesson from this man.

Today’s gig very nearly didn’t go ahead as the original venue, as billed on the flyers, was The Roundhouse in Birmingham, which has since closed only days before this event was to take place, which left Ian in the lurch as he’d already paid to hire the venue! This meant he had to ring around and find a new venue with only four days to go so that Quinphonic 5 could take place. Thankfully, the lesser known Tower of Song venue said they would be willing to host Ian and his five unique bands, who were all still willing to travel a very long way to play this event. Having secured a new venue and all five bands still willing to perform, Quinphonic 5 could still take place. Well done to the venue – ‘I feel they deserve a round of applause, as does Ian for keeping his cool and sourcing a replacement at such short notice, so no one was disappointed’!

Orpheum, were up first and hail from our very own London town and play Gothic Progressive metal. I was suitably impressed with Erin, the bands female lead vocalist and her ability to belt out those high notes. The bass was heavy, the drums were dark and the guitar was loud and when they all combined, they made sweetly depressing music, music which the crowd very much enjoyed. Having no stage, a full capacity of 85 people and no pit, meant taking photos was hard to do but thanks to my spider like abilities, I managed we weave my way through the hoards of people and get a few, half decent shots of this band. The photos actually turned out better than I was expecting to be honest, despite the fact the lights were three inches from the bands faces and an intense array of colours! After this bands set, they were mobbed for merch which does say a lot, to be honest!

For what ever reason, I’ve never associated metal bands and France, other than Gojira, I suppose. It’s not a part of the world I would associate with metal bands, however, the next band, to take to the floor were the wonderfully creative Weend’Ô, who play a blend of progressive rock and metal, with a dash of reggae, courtesy of the bands extremely capable bass player, Maxime. Laetitia, the bands vocalist, keyboard player and band manager is a very hypnotic performer indeed and drew me into believing I like prog music, with her mesmerising and convincing performance tonight. Sure, some of their song went on forever which is to be expected, considering their chosen genre but with every note played, you could see the band were getting more and more into it and when that happens and you see a band who are truly into their music, you can’t help but get involved and enjoy it with them! A triumphant set, loved it!

Having seen Zephyra (yes, spelt it right again!) for the first time at another brummy based promoters event, the wider known Beermageddon, I was thrilled to be offered another opportunity to see this band perform live again, as I was blown away at Beermageddon! In Jim Beerman we trust! Anyway, arse licking aside, Zephyra were by far the heaviest band on the bill and they proved that, with their performance tonight, which is just what the crowd needed to liven things up again after an hour long set of prog music! (No offence!) The bands female lead vocalist Åsa has a great personality and interacts with her audience well. I think she’s great and could watch her perform all day! Her Swedish accent makes for great entertainment, as her English gets a little jumbled up, which does make for great comedy value at times, but lets face it, her English is much better than my Swedish, which is zero by the way. This band are a great metal band and we would love to see them perform here in the UK again!

As for tonight’s last two performances, courtesy of Alia Tempora and Wildpath, I believe I missed two epic sets due to a family matter preventing me from staying the whole night, so apologies to you!

All in all and considering the odds, Ian managed to pull off the impossible and maintain todays epic day and celebration of international musicians, who also happen to feature a female, within the band. That, in my book is a winner and if we can attend The ‘Quinphonic’ Festival 6 event, due to take place on the 1st of April, 2018, we’d love to!

Festival History:

The Quinphonic Festival is a concept conceived by three friends who have supported the Female Fronted Metal / Rock scene for many years. The idea was to create a festival featuring acts from the UK and Europe in which the five bands taking part, hence the ‘Quinphonic‘, would all have equal billing, all play a full one hour set and be paid an equal share of all the profits made from ticket sales. For more information follow The Quinphonic Festival on facebook.

Connect:

https://www.facebook.com/quinphonicfest/

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

The Professionals

Announce new album ‘What In The World’.

35 years later, the band formed from the ashes of the Sex Pistols by Paul Cook and Steve Jones is back. Revitalised, re-energised and reinvigorated, the band proudly release their new album ‘What In The World‘ on October 27th 2017, on Automaton Records.

What In The World bristles with conviction and finds The Professionals on electrifying form, delivering some of the most ballsy, honest and downright brilliant songs of their career.
“We’re not breaking any musical boundaries – we’re doing what we do best. From the heart with energy and integrity.”

Paul Cook and Paul Myers were reunited on stage touring with Vic Goddard’s Subway Sect. There the idea sprang to revisit The Professionals. New frontman and guitar player Tom Spencer was invited to come to rehearsals, to sing and play guitar while Steve Jones was being lured back to the UK to join. As it became obvious Steve wouldn’t be heading over, and with rehearsals feeling better and better – the new line up was born!!

The Professionals are also joined by a stellar cast of guest guitar players including original member Steve Jones (who plays on three tracks). Duff McKagen (Guns ‘n’ Roses), Mick Jones (The Clash), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Marco Pirroni (Adam & The Ants), Chris McCormack (3 Colours Red) and Billy Duffy (The Cult) also join the party.

“In the studio we put the songs down as a three piece but what was needed was a second guitarist’s mind, to come from another angle. Cookie dusted off his punk rock address book and made a few calls. All the guests added their own unique magic.”

This energetic album features 10 finely crafted songs, full of rock’n’roll attitude – including a tribute to Lemmy and Bowie, ‘Going, Going, Gone’. Before closing with the Darwinian pop at world leaders ‘Monkeys’.

All the basic tracks were put down at Zak Starkeys studio, just outside London and were finished at Tower Studios in Pershore. While the guests recorded in various studios, both here and in the US.

What In The World was produced by Dave Draper with Paul Cook and Tom Spencer there to co-produce. The album is an aural treat, with no calculated image or reliance on nostalgia.

Watch now the lyric video for ‘Good Man Down‘, the first track to be taken from The Professionals forthcoming album “What In The World” which is due for release on October 27th 2017, featuring Steve Jones & Billy Duffy.

To celebrate the release of What In The World The Professionals play a special headline show at London’s Garage on October 28th.

“We’ve been adding a new track or two to live shows but can’t wait to try some of the other new songs. We’re buzzing about the album, and can’t wait to spread the buzz. Of course there’ll be old stuff played too. We don’t cover Pistols stuff (apart from Silly Thing) but as the gig’s 40 years to the day from Nevermind The Bollocks was released, we might just add a cover or two!”

The Professionals have created a truly honest album and it is the sound of a band at the top of their game, which is an all too rare commodity in today’s world, so – put it on loud!

What In The World track Listing:

1. Good Man Down feat. Steve Jones & Billy Duffy
2. Let Go feat. Phil Collen
3. Going, Going, Gone feat. Steve Jones & Billy Duffy
4. Extremadura feat. Mick Jones & Victoria Liedtke
5. Rewind feat. Phil Collen
6. Hats Off feat. Duff McKagen & Chris McCormack
7. New Generation feat. Marco Pirroni
8. Take Me Now feat. Steve Jones, Billy Duffy & Marco Pirroni
9. Bad Baby feat. Terri Cook
10. Monkeys feat. Duff McKagen & Phil Collen

Cd Cat Number: AUTOMCD001
Vinyl Cat Number: AUTOMLP001

The 10-track album What In The World is available on standard CD, vinyl and as a digital download to pre-order go to http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the-professionals-what-in-the-world

The Professionals October UK dates

27th Slade Rooms Wolverhampton.
28th The Garage London.

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!!

Wolverhampton from https://www.theticketfactory.com
London from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/the-professionals-tickets/284319

Connect:

https://www.facebook.com/theprofessionalsband/
https://twitter.com/OfficialPros
https://www.instagram.com/theprofessionalsband/

SiKth

JOINED BY DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL AND PRESS TO MECO .

SikTh have announced the supports for their December 2017 headline UK tour – they will be joined by the UK’s Devil Sold His Soul (https://www.facebook.com/devilsoldhissoul ) and Press To Meco (https://www.facebook.com/presstomeco ).
SikTh’s Dan Weller enthusiastically commentsPress to Meco are one of my favourite bands in the UK. Amazing songwriters and Luke’s guitar playing is immense. I’m so happy to have them on the road with us”, plus Mikee W Goodman having caught Devil Sold His Soul for the first time this summer when both bands played Arctangent Festival states “I had not seen Devil Sold His Soul until recently at Arctangent, they sounded absolutely awesome and I’m really looking forward to having them on the tour with us and getting to hear more from them.”

Sixth

SikTh having previously revealed that the London show on 8th December at Koko will see them play their 2006 album ‘Death of a Dead Day’ in full for the first time watch the announcement by Dan Weller & Mikee Goodmanhttps://youtu.be/4X2-fxYnG38), Mikee updates fans on what they can expect on the December shows “As people know we are going to play Death of a Dead Day in full in London, we also plan on playing most of the songs on other dates, plus a good few from our new album. We have totally revamped our set for you, it’s going to be interesting as it’ll be the longest set we’ve played!”

SikTh released their latest record, The Future in Whose Eyes? in June this year on new Snapper Music imprint Millennium Night. It was also the first release featuring new co-vocalist and former member of Aliases Joe Rosser and was followed by an explosive set on the main stage at Download Festival. With Death Of A Dead Day being Re-issued by Peaceville last year, it is arguably the band’s most influential record, helping to give birth to the ‘djent’ movement. Watch the music video for ‘Golden Cufflinks‘ taken from the forth coming full length ‘The Future In Whose Eyes?OUT NOW!

SikTh Tour Dates
Sat 2-Dec – Manchester, Academy 3
Sun 3-Dec – Glasgow, Garage
Mon 4-Dec – Birmingham, Institute
Wed 6-Dec – Bristol, SWX
Thu 7-Dec – Brighton, Concorde 2
Fri 8-Dec – London, KOKO

Ticket info: https://www.facebook.com/sikthofficial

Press for ‘The Future in Whose Eyes?’

‘Sikth have again managed to defy expectations completely on their own terms’Metal Hammer..

‘They’re masters of melding melody and intricacy’  – Total Guitar Magazine!

‘whiteknuckle aural assault’Prog Magazine.

“It’s time to step aside because the kings of the genre are back on the throne”Punktastic.

‘The metal world has been put on notice once again’  – Ghost Cult

‘a landmark album, both for the band and quite possibly the British metal scene as well’  – Echoes & Dust

“this is really the SikTh album we’ve all been waiting for.”Metal Sucks

“this record stands on its own legs against the slew of modern metal records that listeners are inundated with on a daily basis, and manages to surpass many of them.”Metal Injection

SikTh are:

Mikee W Goodman – vocals
Dan Weller – guitar
Dan Foord – drums
James Leach – bass
Pin – guitar
Joe Rosser – Vocals

Connect:

http://www.sikth.band
https://www.facebook.com/sikthofficial
https://twitter.com/sikthofficial