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R.I.P Mouthwash!

It was a shame to hear about the split of long-standing British ska-punk group Mouthwash this month, just days after the release of the video for new single, ‘Nine To Five.’ The video, as seen below, was released on 20th June, whilst the split was announced on the 21st:

The band have been going since 1995 and have made a name for themselves as one of the most underrated British groups out there within the genre.

Despite being christened as an official ‘Erbert only last year, after seeing them support the King Blues with the Dirty Revolution in May, it was still sad news, as their music has made a big impact on me, especially their last album, ‘True Stories.”

Many bands have been paying homage to the group since the split, and it’s clear to see that this band have made a huge impact upon the scene, so they will be sorely missed. One such group are Sonic Boom Six, so Barney Boom decided to publish his first videoblog as a tribute to the band and their successes! R.I.P Mouthwash!

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Sonic Boom Six – Rude Awakening

Sonic Boom Six, the ska/punk band from Manchester, UK have recently released Rude Awakening, a compilation of the band’s greatest hits to celebrate ‘their story so far.’

The album is ideal for those who have never heard of the band before, as the tracklisting contains a good mix of almost every genre which they have tried to incorporate into their overall sound, such as reggae, dub, ska, rap, rock and punk.

If you have never really had a proper listen to SB6, I highly recommend Rude Awakening as the best album to listen, so go ahead! You may be pleasantly surprised!

The band are fronted by Laila Khan, who’s incredibly high pitched voice adds something very unique to SB6 and really makes them stand out from the other ska-punk bands out there.

The album also features one of the live favourites – a cover of Puretone’s ‘Addicted To Bass.’ They have tried to incorporate the energy and crazy bassline that had sent the crowd wild both times I have been to see them! This is definitely a unique gem of the album that is really worth listening to.

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Sonic Boom Six @ The Borderline – 16th July, 2010

The Borderline Club in Charing Cross Road was much smaller than I had expected. We arrived to find that there was barely a queue, and once inside it was virtually deserted.

The first support act was Gecko , and I’m pleased to say that they’ve gained another fan! They had a great upbeat mix of Reggae, Ska, Rap and Punk, combined with interesting lyrics which included a song about libraries, Guanabana Juice, and  the rhyming of ‘Suit of Armour’ with ‘Llama!’ The band put their all into the performance despite the very small audience. Check out their myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/gecko.

Next on the list of support acts was Mike TV. They could be seen as the English version of Blink 182, with pop-punk sung in cheesy American accents, and this was fun for a little while, however, after realising that every song sounded the same, I found them really annoying!

The final support act was Moral Dilemma, a hardcore punk band. They clearly had a strong political view on the world, and on London in particular, but I found that the relentless screaming just became a little tedious after a while!

They were definitely a very diverse and interesting range of support acts,and I’m sure that every member of the audience must have had at least one act to satisfy their tastes.

So, it was finally time for SB6 to take to the stage. This was the first show on the new interestingly named ‘Too Orangey for Crows’ Tour. I had seen them previously at Slam Dunk Festival, however at the time I barely knew any of the songs, so I was hoping for a more enjoyable experience. After requests on the last tour for more brass, they had reintroduced the saxophone and a trombone, which added an interesting twist to many of their songs. They played a great set list which included songs such as Piggy In The Middle, Northern Skies, Sound of a Revolution, Bigger than Punk Rock and The Rape of Punk to Come. They also covered Addicted To Bass, which was really great! I had heard this previously at Slam Dunk, and it always seems to go down well with the crowd.

I have to say, despite twisting my ankle that day, and having to hobble around for the evening, the gig was great. It was plain to see that the bands all put so much effort into every song, and it looks as if the tour will be a great success. I would recommend booking tickets if you are interested in a unique mix of Punk, Ska, Rap and Reggae with real meaning to the lyrics, as they have just released the details of tour dates all over Britain.

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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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