Conan

Nottingham Trent Student Union Bar Nottingham 23rd November 2018.

With support from The Media Project and Conjurer, the latter of which continue on throughout the tours remaining dates. The night’s event took place at Nottingham Trent Student Union Bar, The Loft which is a new venue for us, although we did cover an Evil Scarecrow gig in the main hall once, which was fantastic! Although this particular venue is upstairs and has a slightly smaller capacity, it has everything a music fan could want. It’s intimate, close to the stage, with easy access to the bands who sold their wares and the sound was great. My only issue was there was no pit, the stage was low and lighting was a thick mix of reds and blues, which is a combination that fills me with dread but like I say, from the punters perspective, tonight’s show was a great experience.

First up were The Media Project and try as I may, I can’t find any information on social media about these guys! Not something I usually have a problem with these days, I must say! Anyhow, I did discover the band originate from London and consist of a vocalist/guitarist, a bassist, a drummer and a rockabilly esq double bassist. As far as their sound and appearance, for that matter, I’d describe this band as very experimental, consisting of a real mixture of influences. I especially enjoyed the sound of the double bass, which gave them a very rich full sound and plenty of originality.

Next up were the mighty Conjurer, who I first saw at 2017’s Amplified Festival and on that occasion, they impressed me greatly and thankfully, tonight was no exception – if anything, they stepped it up a gear! Predominantly, these guys are a doom metal band, although some might say they’re more of an extreme progressive metal band, what’s the difference? If you’re a fan of early Mastodon, like me, then you have to check these guys out! Not to take anything away from the headliners, as they too are a fantastic band, but on the night, Conjurer literally blew me away!

So much power, so much energy and feeling with every note played. If I was to give any kind of constructive criticism, knowing the type of music they play and as a spectator, I couldn’t help feeling that certain songs could have been stretched out longer as I didn’t want them to end! I was so impressed with their performance tonight that I made full use of the intimate environment of the venue and actually approached the band, talked to them and get them to sign their debut LP, which I actually bought, with my own money! Superb!

Conan are an exceptional band in their own right and a band I was yet to see play live, until tonight that is. As these guys are signed to Napalm Records, I requested my media pass with my usual contact, who also offered me an interview with the band on the night. Sadly, that interview never materialised, nor did I receive confirmation that I could attend tonight’s show, which was very odd. Thankfully, Conjurers PR company did furnish me with the necessary pass, so I could witness these bands play, live.

Conan’s current UK wide tour is in celebration of the band’s latest release ‘Existential Void Guardian’ which continues in the same vain that this band are well known for. Following the raw energy of a band like Conjurer must be very difficult, but Jon, the bands guitarist/vocalist should know that, as he was stood to the side of the stage throughout the bands set and would have seen first-hand, the crowds reactions to Conjurer. The experience of that should have prompted Conan to step it up a gear but sadly not and although a great performance, Conan, for me, failed to show me why they were the headliners!

To see more photographs from the night, be sure to check out music224 over on Flickr!!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

Evil Scarecrow

Chapter IV: Antartarctica – Release Date 28th Sep2018.

It’s always a pleasure to hear that our favourite metal band, Evil Scarecrow, are releasing a new album – their fourth chapter to be precise and it goes by the name Chapter IV: Antartarctica!

I’m going to be super lazy here and quote their press pack, which accompanied the release of this new album, simply because whoever wrote it is far more qualified to do so, that’s why they get paid to do this sort of thing and I’m super tired after work!

‘Evil Scarecrow’s fourth album sees them take another giant leap forward with the release of this sumptuous monster of a record, blending metal and melodies with riffs, roars and razor wit, it is everything you would expect from these multi-talented and exceptionally creative musicians. Chapter IV: Antartarctica sees this unique band keeping their own surreal space-time continuum moving ever onwards & upwards, running as smoothly as only Evil Scarecrow can.

“You can order “Chapter IV: Antartarctica” from Amazon: But there’s more! The guys have been working on a special Digipack and Vinyl releases for those who like something a bit more special and you can order these from their new PLEDGE CAMPAIGN NOW.

Chapter IV offers up 10 new tracks for fans to listen to, which we’ve done several times already in the lead up to The Lost in Antartartica’s tour and plenty more times since! There’s several pinnacle moments throughout this album, the first for us is the track ‘Polterghost’ as it’s certainly one of our firm favourites!

Check out their spectacular video for this new single ‘Polterghost, which is out now and is the second track to be taken from the new album.

It’s worth mentioning, Dr. Hell, the bands lead vocalist/guitarist actually came up with the story line as well as directed the video for this track! If you check out the bands latest pledge campaign, you can actually buy pages from the original story board, all framed! How cool is that! There’s plenty of other cool items on offer too, like the puppets that were used for their video ‘Space Dementia’ at an eye watering price of £800!! As much as I love to support this band, even I can’t afford that much, however, someone has stumped up the cash for Dr. Hell, which I mentioned to Brother Pain, who jokingly thinks Dr. Hell has bought himself, just to show the rest of them he’s the most popular character in the band! Ha!

‘The Ballad of Brother Pain’ is probably going to turn into the bands ‘November Rain’ as it’s a real ‘electronic light in the air moment’. This track also seamlessly leads onto the bands epic 10 minute voyage of a track ‘Antartarctica’ which is an epic track indeed!

This album is yet another triumph for Evil Scarecrow and proves that these guys still have a lot left in that creative locker of theirs! Long may they continue to produce music such as this!

Track Listing: 1.Skulls of Our Enemies 2.Red Riding Hood 3.Way to Die 4.The Magician 5.Hurricanado 6.Gus, Zag and the Turnip King 7.Polterghost 8.Cosmos Goth Moth Gong 9.The Ballad of Brother Pain 10.Antartarctica

Review by Jay Hawkins.

Evil Scarecrow

The Lost in Antartarctica Tour.
Rock City Nottingham 6th October 2018.

For tonight’s release party, Evil Scarecrow enlisted the services of none other than cosmic stoners ‘Ten Foot Wizard’ to entertain us before the main event! Although this is certainly our first time seeing these guys, who are all the way from sunny Manchester, the majority in the crowd knew of these guys all too well! The banter between them and the crowd was on point tonight, which served up as much entertainment as their actual performance! I believe boobies got mentioned several times!

It would appear the band have a tour mascot, which got given pride of place next to Gary, the bands vocalist and guitarist, at centre stage! One funny moment was when Gary tried to carry on singing through the mascot, as it was strapped to a mic stand, although it didn’t actually have a mic attached….just a plastic Heron! haha! Personally, We’d love to see these guys performing many more shows, around the UK, like at HRH Doom v Stoner for instance! We think they’d go down a storm at that event and we should know, as that was the last gig we attended!

Ten Foot Wizard continue on tour with Evil Scarecrow, so be sure to get down early to check this incredible band out! Also check out the bands album ‘Sleeping Volcanoes’ which got released in 2015, as it’s incredible!

Although, like everyone else, we’ve seen Evil Scarecrow perform many many times over the years, it never gets old! It probably does for the band though which may explain why they’ve gone to great lengths to shake things up with a completely new stage show and performance, which seemingly fits around the new album! Let’s face it, a giant 20ft slug, that spits milk isn’t going to be dull to watch performing alongside the band, is it!

As ever, crowd participation was key tonight and there was more than usual, it would seem! During ‘War and Seek’ Dr. Hell demanded Kraven Morrdeth get his fat ass into the crowd, to start a death march and was under strict instructions to not make it look like a conga! It did look more like a conga in the end, but 10 out of 10 for effort!

During ‘Hurricanado’ the crowd were given the opportunity to perform their best wacky waving man impressions, complete with authentic wind noises, or in our case, our best fart noises! Much to our surprise, they did in fact have a 50ft wacky waving man, which was hilarious to see!

One thing I have noticed, over the last couple of times I’ve seen the band performing, is their guitar choice these days! I quite enjoyed looking at the various types of Dean guitars, these guys used over the years but it seems they now perform with Jackson guitars! Not that it matters to me, I asked anyway and little did I know but you can no longer obtain Dean guitars here in the UK! So instead, they are endorsing Jackson Guitars! I do know, before they were endorsed by Dean, the band did in fact use Jacksons, so it’s no surprise they’ve returned to this equally great guitar manufacturer! Sad, I know, but I’m aware musicians, especially guitar players, love to compare their instruments and like myself, enjoy a bit of guitar porn!

Let’s face it, live music doesn’t get much better than at an Evil Scarecrow gig! The fact the band have released a new album, is merely a bonus and gives you another excuse to go see them perform live, hear new tracks and witness the chaos that’s bound to happen whilst you’re there! Over 1000 people attended the launch show in the bands home town and I wonder how many others will turn up at the remainder of the tour dates, to support one of Britain’s most loved DIY metal acts? There’s plenty more dates up and coming on this tour, so be sure to catch the Evil Scarecrow carnival, as they roll into a town, near you! AMAZING NIGHT! Thank you for allowing us to be apart of it, yet again!

To see more photographs from the night, be sure to check out music224 over on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/music224/albums

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

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