Review: No Frills – Sleaford Mods

I took a trip to Fibbers last week to see The Fall sound-a-likes The Sleaford Mods.

Prior to their arrival on stage we were treated to support act Liines (I can only assume the extra I is to make their name easier to Google). The band themselves are a 3 piece alternative, post-punk band from Manchester.

The easiest comparison to make in terms of their sound would be Gang of Four (repeated statements as lyrics and a bass which seems to be turned up to 11). The band consists of lead singer Zoe McVeigh (who looks like Justine Frischman from Elastica and Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance had a love child), Tamsin Middleton on the aforementioned dirty bass and Leila O’Sullivan on drums.

I have to say, having never even heard of the band before, I was mightily impressed with their stage presence and their songs even if some of them are a little too derivative of 1980’s post punk for my liking. I would definitely recommend checking them out on whatever device you use to listen to your music.

Following the satisfying starter course of the support band, The Sleaford Mods came on for our main event of the evening. If you have never seen the band before, my only warning would be to not go in expecting all the sensory stimuli which normally comes when you see a successful band. There are no frills here; no light shows, no smoke machines, a very basic, unmoving background image on the screen behind. It is literally two men and a drum machine. The first thing to say about the band would be that Andrew Fearn has the easiest job in music from a live performance perspective. He stands there with his bottle of lager and presses play at the start of the song – that’s it! This is not a criticism by the way as I think it actually adds to the bands don’t give a shit attitude that they seem to have towards anything that could be considered as extraneous. Vocalist James Williamson has good stage presence, particularly his extensive use of what can only be described as the T-Rex arm whilst gesticulating. Suprisingly, some of his mannerisms also cross into Morrissey territory.  His ‘singing’ style can best be described as a hybrid of spoken word/ shouting/ rapping. All in all, he keeps the crowds attention well throughout their set.

The bands set consisted of many songs of their new album ‘Eton Alive’ which is a good thing as I feel this is their strongest album to date due to the increased complexity of the backing music composed by Andrew Fearn, and the introduction of some much needed melody during choruses (something which I think really helps to differentiate between songs). The new songs were punctuated by old favourites such as ‘TCR’ which seemed to have the most resonance with the live crowd.

Overall, I would definitely recommend seeing them live but I perhaps would have liked to see a bit more stage banter in between the songs to introduce the context due to the live setting the lyrics can sometimes get a bit lost in amongst all the other noise going on in the venue. This is important as the lyrics, telling the stories of everyday UK life, are the main selling point of the band.

Words by Christian Greenwood  (Presenter of Music History 101: the Story of…)

Image Credit: YelloMustang / www.fibbers.co.uk

Help! I’m Trapped In The Body Of An Adequate Comedian!

This is the cry for help from York stand-up comedian, Jake Donaldson.

Comedian Jake Donaldson presents his debut solo hour!

Jake mixes stand-up and storytelling in this show, which explores what really goes on inside his head.

A hilarious hour of comedy about what its like to live with a mental health condition from this up-and-coming comic who is fresh from his debut year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and was one of the Huffington Post’s “Ten Must See New Acts at The Edinburgh Fringe.

With support from a selection of the best local, up-and-coming comics on the circuit!

Also named one of “The best comedy show titles at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe” by British Comedy Guide.

Jake will be joining Declan Minskip for the Lunchtime Rush on Monday 14th January.  Make sure to tune in between midday and 1pm!  www.tworiversradio.stream

As heard on BBC Radio Leeds and Radio Yorkshire.

 “… a comedian not to be missed. Incredibly funny and down to earth.”

 

Saturday 19th January @ The Basement, York

Doors open 7:30pm, Show starts at 8pm.

Tickets are £7 (£5 Students) and are available from the Basement website http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/jake-donaldson

The York Blues Music Festival

Putting on a Blues Festival in their home City of York is something that DC Blues had talked about doing for a while, it’s not something that they have attempted to do before but were spurred in to action following some devastating news when a very close friend & their partner tragically lost their baby at birth. As friends they felt helpless but knew they could attempt to do something positive and music is something they are good at. The Blues Festival is for charity and DC Blues are donating all profits to Charlies Angel Centre Foundation who do fantastic work in providing counselling and supporting bereaved parents.

The event is taking place on Saturday 6th April 2019 at The Crescent Community Venue in York from 1pm-11pm. After putting out a message on Social Media there was an astounding amount of interest from people who wanted to attend as well as over 200 applications from Blues Bands from all over the World who wanted to play.

The bands playing are:-

Mike Darwin
Steve Fulsham Band
Soulcasters
TC Blues Band
Groove-a-Matics
Dogfinger Steve
Emma Wilson Blues Band
Miles Gilderdale
DC Blues
The Achievers (headlining)

Keep your eyes and ears peeled as there will be more information to come on TRR over the next few months as well as a live session from DC Blues in the new year!

The Graveyard Shift!

Two Rivers Radio will be providing the most spooktacular tunes tonight.  Come down to the Corner Pin for The Graveyard Shift from 7pm – stone cold classic dance and rock anthems to wake the dead!

Games with prizes and prizes for the best dressed.

In the City – Saturday

Two Rivers Radio will be #liveandloud from In The City Festival – York – Saturday today.

Join us at the The Spread Eagle, York from 3pm or tune in here: www.tworiversradio.stream

 

There will be wonderful #livemusic and exclusive interviews with the bands as Declan presents Rush in the City between 3-7pm and Grahamhosts a very special edition of the Blueskies Roadshow from 7-11pm.

KAYA Band
bingersuk
Jerry
TZARS
The Avenues UK
Van Der Neer
Juniper & The Wolf

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for updates throughout the day. Join us for a drink at the Spread, come say hello to the TRR team and remember to listen in from 3pm if you can’t be there!

Dyls Party in the Park – Live!!

Join Two Rivers Radio from midday today for another wonderful afternoon and evening of #livemusic from Party in the Park at Dyls.

Tune in: www.tworiversradio.stream

There will be live music and exclusive interviews throughout the day from local artists including:

Suzy Bradley
Pete Bridge
Stan Smith Music
Stephen Leach
Lizzy James
Noggy
Thomo

There will be great food & drink, music, cocktails from Sloemotion and a super atmosphere. All in aid of SASH.

Black Rose Events – York

SO WHO ARE WE & WHAT DO WE DO?


We are a small hard but working team of goths. Our first event was in 2013 when two of our group decided that they really wanted to attend a high Goth, elegant, masquerade ball in the UK. However, they couldn’t find the sort of event they were after so decided to start their own. From small acorns , hopefully,  come mighty oaks as we have seen our event grow over the last 6 years.

The Masquerade Ball has always been the centre piece of our weekend. Elegant, in a prestige venue, in a gorgeous city. Joined by like-minded people, open to all who love dark gothic elegance. We have added  both a concert night and a trading event to the ball over the years.

 

The other two central aims for all our events are to create safe spaces for the alternative gothic community that are open to all who feel different – and to raise funds for charity. In the first two years we raised funds for a local hospice, that does excellent work, but in the last 4 years, we decided to raise for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation as it is a charity close to all our hearts in the alternative scene.

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Our concert   will take place on Friday 31st August 2018 at the Fulford Arms between 7:30pm-11pm and features the bands:-

They Called Him Zone – Dark post-punk mixing sultry Electronics and chewed up guitars     

 

 

 

Red Sun Revival – Powerful gothic rock with haunting violin melodies 

 

 

 

 

& headlining act Bad Pollyanna – Female fronted, guitar driven hybrid gothic rock!!

 

 

 

ABOUT THE BIZARRE BAZAAR

We will once again be holding the Black Rose Bazaar in the De Grey Rooms on Saturday 1st September between 11:00am -4:00pm.  Where a number of handpicked traders will sell unique gothic and alternative handcrafted items, alongside a gothic themed café in the bar area. Tea and cake whilst shopping you know it makes sense.  

 

ABOUT THE BALL

The  Jewel  in our crown  but for now that jewel appears slightly tarnished as this year’s Ball  theme is ‘Wasteland’ … an elegant, glamorous and very decadent ball has been interrupted by a post-apocalyptic event… the ball is now only a memory of this elegant affair…. the glory of the event has faded but the party must carry on….

And finally the reason we do this, the charity for which we raise money

THE SOPHIE LANCASTER FOUNDATION

Sophie Lancaster died on the 24th August 2007 following a mindless and savage attack on her and her partner Robert Maltby on the 11th August 2007.  The reason for this attack merely that Sophie and Robert were dressed differently. Sophie’s mother Sylvia took the decision that a charity should be set up in her daughter’s name

The Aims of the Charity are as follows *

  • To create a lasting legacy to Sophie
  • To provide educational work groups that will challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people  from alternative subcultures
  • To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime  legislation extended to include people from alternative subcultures or lifestyle  or dress

 

* These aims are taken for the Sophie Lancaster foundation website

All of us at Black Rose Events  are proud to raise monies for  this admirable cause.

Stamp

Out

Prejudice,

Hatred and

Intolerance

Everywhere

To find out more about Black Rose Events and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation tune into Two Rivers Radio tomorrow.  Nick Wright of Black Rose Events will be joining Declan Minskip on The Lunchtime Rush between midday-1pm and will be talking to Steve Allan on Coastin’ between 6-7pm.

 

Dunnington Fayre Goes Live Today!

Two Rivers Radio will be live and loud from Dunnington Community Events today from 11am – late!

As ever we will be bringing you exclusive interviews with the best bands in York and some fine live sessions, too.

Tune in here: www.tworiversradio.stream

Throughout the day we will be talking to bands and artists including Dunnington Community Choir, Main Street, Razzamataz Theatre School YorkThe Cover LoversMaggie WakelingHolly Taymar BiltonBLAZE DANCE YORKAlex GolistiFlatcap CarnivalHonoursLACYIan Kay’s Soul DreamDebra SimpsonLost TrendsSmith n Wallace & SONIC WAVES. Maybe many more!!!

Your hosts for the day will be The HMGW Show, Declan Minskip & Jez Russell.

So if you love fantastic #livemusic – like and follow Two Rivers Radio for updates throughout the day. If you can’t make it to Dunnington, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out! Tune in: www.tworiversradio.stream

#communityradio by the people of #York, for the people of York, in the heart of York.

A Snippet of StaxTENbury 2018

We had a fantastic weekend at StaxTENbury at the beginning of July!  Its taken a while to get round to writing our first post-StaxTENbury blog, but here we go…

HMGW produced 3 StaxTENbury specials over the weekend and interviewed some fantastic bands and artists.  We were even lucky enough to have a few do live sessions with us in the Radio Shack!

Check out this cheeky film of Circa 15 appearing on the HMGW StaxTENbury Special from Saturday 7th July.

Video courtesy of Circa 15 and Digital Creations

Two Rivers Radio will be at Dunnington Fayre Goes Live tomorrow from 11am ’til about 10pm with more exclusive interviews and live sessions!

So, come and watch the bands, say hello, grab a drink and have a dance.  It’s going to be awesome!

Lucky For You!!

On Friday 13th July Accessible Arts & Media will be performing   –   Hands & Voices Choir will be performing alongside their friends from Copmanthorpe Community Choir.
 
With performances of classic ’80s hits such as ‘Fernando’, ‘Wake me up before you go-go’ and ‘Let’s Dance’, our performers will take you on a whistle-stop tour of everything that was great about the ’80s.
 
The performance is at the Joseph Rowntree School, Vaudeville Theatre, Haxby Road, New Earswick, York, YO32 4BZ. The concert starts at 7:30pm and we’d love it if you could join us after the gig for tea and cake with the choirs.
 
Instead of tickets, we’ll be collecting donations on the door.
 
Looking forward to seeing you all, feel free to come dressed in your best ’80s gear!
You can also download a flyer for the concert and share it with your friends and family. Please help us spread the word.