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Artist Of The Week – Crazy Arm

Sorry, this hasn’t exactly been a regular feature – I’ve had barely any time recently! Anyway, this week, we have Crazy Arm – a band I discovered through a Free CD with Big Cheese Magazine.

Crazy Arm have described themselves as ‘Fugazi with Banjos, but without banjos!’ The release of their debut album – Born To Ruin, Crazy Arm provides a high energy mix of punk, rock, blues, folk and country music. These guys are seriously talented, with a lot of technical guitar parts, that are sure to leave you feeling dizzy!

I would have been to see them in November, as part of the Against Me! tour which I’m sure you will see has been cancelled unfortunately.

I’ve heard that the band are planning to start a UK tour in December if anybody is interested. They play a lot of free shows all over the place, and I really feel that these guys have a lot of potential. Check out the track ‘Blind Summit’ below from Born to Ruin, and you may be pleasantly surprised!

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Radio 1 Punk Show – Mike Davies

Those of you rock and punk fans familiar with British radio stations will know that there isn’t often a lot on offer for us, especially when it comes to Radio 1. However, for any of you who don’t already listen to it, Radio 1 have their own show dedicated to Punk, Ska and Hardcore, presented from Los Angeles by Mike Davies.

The show features loads of great music and interviews, from Rise Against, Frank Turner and The Gaslight Anthem, to Trash Talk, Hot Water Music and The Skints.

The show also features in depth interview’s all different manner of bands, providing an interesting insight into the lives of some of your favourite musicians.

Since Mike has been surrounded by LA’s punk rock scene since he was a child, he also has extensive knowledge of many of the bands played on the show – it adds a very interesting dynamic to the show.

With the time difference of over 5 hours between the UK and US, if you are a Brit, and you want to listen to the show live, you will have to tune in at around 2:00 in the morning! However, if you have a decent internet connection that won’t drive you crazy, you can listen to it on BBC iPlayer, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wq52

P.S:  Check out Mike’s interview of Tom Gabel, from Against Me! – I’m sure you’ll find it very interesting!

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Slam Dunk South 2010 – Great Bands, Not Such Great Organization

This year was the first year of Slam Dunk Festival South. The pop-punk festival, which has previously only taken place in Leeds, this year has expanded to the South – To the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield.

It worked in a similar way to that of the Reading and Leeds Festivals. The bands perform for one day, then travel overnight to reach the next venue and play the next day.

We arrived in Hatfield to be greeted with rain – a must have for any British festival. I had come mainly to see Against Me!, I will be posting a review of their new album, White Crosses soon. I was also interested to see Alkaline Trio, I discovered both of these bands due to the wonders of Spotify! However  I was keen to have a listen to Capdown and Sonic Boom Six aswell.

I arrived hoping to discover some new bands, and this I definitely did. For such a small festival, there were a huge number of bands performing. There were over 35 bands on from 3pm to 11pm, on around 7 different stages. There were two main stages, the first, the Jagermeister stage featured the headliners Alkaline Trio, whilst the other featured the second headliners, New Found Glory.

Our first stop was the Vans Acoustic Stage, to see The Skints, a London-based Ska/Reggae group. I was a bit disappointed with the sound setup, as the bass drowned out everything else, we couldn’t even hear the vocals. However, I was pretty impressed by band member Marcia Richards. She started off on the keyboard, then switched to flute, then to sax, then melodica, as well as singing backing vocals! I have since had a listen to them properly, and have fallen in love! Check out ‘Bright Girl’ from their debut album ‘Live. Breathe. Build. Believe.’

We then switched over to the acoustic stage, sponsored by Macbeth, to see Portia Conn. She had a really great voice, and clever lyrics – check out her new single on iTunes. Also on the acoustic stage was Sam Little playing very cheesy, feelgood acoustic pop. He too had a great voice, and continued to play unplugged after technical problems stopped his mic from working.

Next on the list was Me Vs Hero, at the Off the Wall Stage, where I experienced my very first Wall Of Death!! It wasn’t really my thing, with a combination of pop-punk and screamo, but I have to admit that they really got the crowd going, with Human Pyramids, Walls of Death and Mosh Pits!

Also at the Off the Wall were Sonic Boom Six – one of my new favourite bands! They worked their way through all the hits, including Piggy In the Middle, Sound of a Revolution, Strange Transformations and Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang. I love their mix of Punk, Rap, Reggae and Ska, and their trombone player was awesome!

This was where it all went wrong… There had been a heavy downpour of rain, and everyone who had been outside, was trying to shelter inside. At the same time, two bands from the indoor stages had just finished, so everybody was either trying to get in, or get out. I found myself squashed against a window for 2o minutes, while the security tried to get everyone out.

After about 30 minutes, after I had finally got outside, Security realised they couldn’t deal with it, and had no idea what to do, so they simply locked the door, leaving hundreds stranded outside in the rain, with only a few people remaining inside to see the bands. This left some people missing the bands that they had travelled miles to come and see, eventually including part of the New Found Glory set. You can see the mess this made below..

I still have too much left to write about Slam Dunk, so I will continue this in my next post.

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