Sunday, 30 September 2012

Hello Everyone :) 
Today I have my very first interview with the lovely guys at Silver Story (remember I reviewed there first EP 'Wake up' might need to scroll down a bit to find it if you haven't already read it)  Find out about there inspirations, there music and what they would do in a Zombie Apocalypse...   

What has been your highlight of being in the band so far?

Alex: Recording our second EP ‘Wake Up’, our first EP was shit but then we recorded ‘Wake Up’ and then everyone was like, ‘’Okay maybe these guys are better than we thought!’’

Tom: Watching Alex McCabe drink Rob James' piss. I thought I was going to die from laughing!

Rob: Recording with Matt Ogrady was great, also our E.p release was pretty cool!

Gaz: Id say our EP release gig this year, massive turn out, great sound, brilliant support from fans, friends and family.

Your all time low of the band? 
Tom: Pee
Alex: Haha Tom! I’m going to say playing a home town show about three years ago in front of about four people! It was embarrassing. We learned a valuable lesson that day, if you don’t tell people about gigs no one will show up!
Rob: Alex

Gaz: When a couple of members left and we didn't really do anything for nearly a year.

Personally who inspired you?
Rob: Michael Jackson, the be all and end all of why I became a musician

Alex: There’s a lot of influences for me but Dave Grohl and Kurt Kobain are the most influential for me. Bob Marley was also an early influence as my mother always used to play his cassette tapes repeatedly on car journeys.
Tom: Bradley Noel, did what he loved until the day he died, it's a shame he also did alot of what killed him...
Gaz: Tommy Lee, Travis Barker, Buddy Rich, Rick Allen.

How would you describe your music?
Tom: Best heard live.
Alex: We’ve took elements of old school pop punk, classic rock, modern pop, Grunge and Indie and created our own sound.
Rob:  Rock/pop punk/alex punk/cuntpunk

Gaz:  Musical sex!

What has been the best gig you've been to?
Alex: I’m going to be controversial and say coldplay at Manchester Etihad Stadium. Simply because of the colours, the carnival atmosphere. Not a big fan of theirs but it was definitely a surreal experience. Other than that I’d say Foo Fighters at reading was pretty amazing.
Rob: Velvet revolver in 2007! only because i met slash.

Tom: Rage Against The Machine @ Leeds Festival... just massive. OMFG it was gooooooooooood!
Gaz:  Motley Crue/Def Leppard/Steel Panther, December 2011.
Me: I'm very jealous... 

Now where did the band name come from?
Gaz: Ask Alex.
Tom: We really need to come up with a good story for that don't we?
Alex: Haha. Basically the band was out drinking, before we were a band. And someone slurred ‘Silver Story’ and we couldn’t be arsed to think of a better name. Ask us again in a year and we’ll have a fantastic, gripping story for you all!

If you could have dinner with any musical legend who would it be and why?
Gaz: Probably Rick allen from Def Leppard, hes a big inspiration to me the way he plays with one arm
Tom: Freddy Mercury... I'm sure you've all heard what his dinner parties were like...? :P
Alex: Bastard I was gonna say that! Motley Crue would be a laugh!
Rob: Slash!

Favourite Disney film? (we've all got one)
Gaz: The Jungle Book, easy!
Alex: Hands down ‘The Lion King!’ Although I love Aladdin and The Jungle Book too!

Tom: HAHA! (lost my virginity to the lion king sound track!!!) It's gotta be the jungle book... I'm the king of the swingers... Well, no actually I'm not... but I would enjoy being an orangutang. So that's something at least.
Rob: Jungle book


Piece of technology could you not live without?

Rob: I could live without technology tbh, it annoys me!

Alex: Iphone 4s. I can’t believe I used to survive without one of these bad boys!

Tom: I am a geek in disguise... at first everyone in the band thought I was cool, through slow realization, they found I am nothing but a fashion conscious nerd! ha! My iMac is a sexy beast, it does everything I want, when I want... well... not EVERYTHING... but it is damn schweet!

Gaz: Xbox 360.

If you ruled the world what would you do?

Tom: Send Alex McCabe to an 'all you can eat' stripper buffet, send Gaz Haigh back to the 80's, and chain Rob James to a lampost somewhere in st Helens... because it would annoy him... Then live a peaceful life! ....NOT! I would reestablish morals and humane decency, rid the world of the parasite we call money and get real hippyficated... that and demand that everyone in the world greets each other with either high fives or hugs. yup. That's what I would do.
Gaz: I would get rid of X-Factor and that cunt Simon Cowell for a start.
Alex: Tom you know me so well! I’m gonna copy Tom and say abolish evil money and create a resource based economy where no one has to work and everyone is equal and lives a nice, comfortable live. Kind of like a Utopia. If anyone is wondering what the fuck I’m talking about watch Zeitgeist! I’m also gonna say destroy Simon Cowell and bring back real music into the charts!
Rob: Get rid of tory politics, allow people to walk the streets naked, everyone gets a limitless credit card.

The first album you ever brought was?
Alex: Sum 41 – Does this look infected. And some thieving fucker stole it from me. If the thief in question is reading this I have a message for him. One day I will find you, and I will beat you, fat shit!
Gaz: Well the first album i ever listened to was a rock compilation called 'The Greatest Rock Album In The World...Ever'
Tom: Tape album (yeah baby, old school) Will Smith - Big Willy Style (lol)
CD Album, Blink 182 - Enema of the state 
Rob: Michael Jackson History album! on tape!

Me: All these taps is making me feel little...  
The most embarrassing album? 
Tom: HA! Loads of them! Tbh I have no problem with liking lame music as well as super cool music.. if you like it, you like it.. nuff said..
Alex: Spice Girls, but technically I didn’t buy it, my mother bought it and I used to play it a lot, I was very young and fancied Emma Bunton!
Rob: Busted LIVE!

Me: If it makes you feel better mine was High School Musical. 

I know you're going on tour soon, what is your favourite part about touring?
Rob: Putting VILE things into google translate to keep alex up all night, and i also enjoy belly laughs, and the arguments between gaz and alex need to be filmed and sold!

Alex: A disgusting game we play called ‘Pooing.’ It’s horrible when someone gets you with it, but when it happens to Gaz Haigh and he kicks off it’s fucking hilarious!

Tom: It's gotta be the pissing your pants, my face feels like it going to fall off, lung aching, side splitting belly laughs... there's always more than a few moments.
Gaz:: The experience of going to different places and playing to different people every night.
What was the first song you wrote were you thought 'wow this is good'?
Tom: Mellow Stages - The first song I wrote actually, not being arrogant or anything, but it was about my best friend and his decline into drugs and shit that doesn't matter. I miss you Enders.
Alex: ‘The End’ which is on our second EP ‘Wake Up.’ I was only 15 at the time but I knew it was good. I think most of my songs are good though, otherwise I wouldn’t have the confidence to bring them to band practice and say ‘’Hey let’s work on this song I wrote, it’s really cool!’’
Rob: It's happened a few times, but then the more i listen to it, the more i think it sucks, so i just delete it and restart!

Gaz: Would have to be My Empire.

What is your favourite lyric you've written and why?]
Alex: The line ‘’You won’t forget the pain, because your tears will leave a stain, on you.’’ from our upcoming video single ‘My Empire.’ There is a lot of meaning for me behind those lyrics for me, but I think they’re also words that everybody can relate to.

Tom: "There is no alternative, for me" - I have my reasons. I wish I never wrote 'The STD Song' though... Fuck that backfired!

You're stuck on a island, you're allowed 1 book, 1 album and 1 person (dead, alive, fictional) Who/what do you pick?
Rob: FRONT magazine, wasting light by the foo fighters and i'd sooner be on my own cause I'd just end up eating the fucker.

Tom: The Karma Sutra... ;)
        Bob Marley - The Complete Anthology, that would be daaaaaaaamn good on a desert island :D
        A person that will only be named as '2211'... yes, you know who you are.
Gaz: Book: Heartbreak & Triumph (Shawn Michaels) Album: Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood, Person: Pancho from Dirty Sanchez.
Alex: Something along the lines of ‘’How to survive on a desert Island. The Colour and the shape – Foo Fighters and Moses so he could part the sea and we could get the hell off the island!

Who's you're favourite band at the moment?
Alex:  Well I have my all time favourites. But the bands I’m listening to most at the moment are Young Guns and The King Blues.
Tom: Molotov Jukebox - It's all about the folk revival!
Rob: Dave Matthews Band. (if you haven't heard of em, I'm going to destroy this interview!)

GazAt the monent, Crashdiet.

When did you first start getting into music? Has it always been a big part of your life?
Tom: My dad told me when I was 15 that I was conceived at a Dire Straits concert... after getting over the initial horror of finding out my parents had fucked I quite liked the concept... not the act.. Dad that's just gross... but the concept, yes! I've always felt the rhythm as long as I can remember, but I guess the flash point was just after starting to play the piano my parents took me to see Jools Holland... from that point I was well and truly hooked.
Alex: I’ve always loved music, I used to play violin (badly) when I was little. Then I kind of got into reggae and salsa music. Then when I turned 14 all of a sudden I started listening to Grunge and Funk then Gaz introduced me to Pop Punk bands like Blink 182 and Greenday and I decided I wanted to write songs and be in a rock band! So yeah I’d say its always played a big part in my life, without music life would be fucking shit and boring!
Rob: I started playing guitar at the age of 8! Since then I've just followed it, im still fucking poor though! But I won't give up, oh no.

Gaz: I was into music from an early age, as early as 5 years old listening to Queen, i have been brought up with it.

When it comes to writing what do you write first, music or lyrics?
Tom: Both, whatever comes in my head needs writing the fuck down, my memory is crap to say the least. I find get all of your thoughts gathered and mash it all together. But more often than not, inspiration for music comes much more erratically and will just click, at that moment immerse yourself in it and don't let go.
Alex: I agree with Tom, he does have the worst human memory I’ve ever encountered! We’re starting to write together now rather than separately but sometimes it is hard as inspiration happens really randomly, and at that point you have to stop whatever else you’re doing and start using that inspiration. I normally get a random snippet of melody, lyrics and chords in my head, then I grab an acoustic guitar, usually write the vocal melody and chord patterns simultaneously and then the lyrics come afterwards.

What would you do in a Zombie apocalypse?
Alex: Kill myself.
Rob: Kill Everything!
Tom: Dual wielding 50 cals and a thirst to kick some zombie ass! That, or go hide in a toy shop.
Me: A top shop? Ok....

Where to you want to be in ten years?
Alex: I’m a bit of a dreamer. I want to be at that level when Silver Story is an internationally known band, preferably playing world arena tours and having a great time. Anything less than that I will be slightly disappointed, but I guess I would settle for just doing what I love and making a comfortable living.
Tom: Doing what I love, music and my girl.
Rob: It would be nice to drive a fast car!
Gaz: Doing what I’m doing now, only a bit richer!

Bands Facebook were you can here the first EP Wake up:  and there new EP Arts and Vandals 
Em xxx

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Today's band is a 4 piece Alt rock band from guess where? Birmingham! This is Franklyn. I first heard this band through Facebook.
Another Way In. Starts with a strong guitar riff before the vocals come in, gently to start but builds energy to a good chorus, you may find at first the vocals can seem a little lost in the chorus but I found the more I listened to the song the clearer I found them. Loving the guitars through out the song, maybe a little repetitive in the lyrics but not bad. Pretty good song, there was something similar about the song but I do think this band has some originality. 
Take Me Down. Starts again with just a guitar riff but softer this time, as the vocals join also with a softer edge you might think its was going to be a softer song till it reachs the chorus. Strong guitar and just as strong and powerful vocals make for an epic chorus. 
Alive. And this song starts with the most epic guitars so far! Energy is bleeding out of this song, vocals good again but again need to be listened to a few times to get them probably. 
This band has talent and originality to back it up, I can imagine them going mad on stage, jumping around and getting the crowd involved. 
Em xxx

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

When I said I'll be back on Monday I meant Tuesday.... Me and YouTube decided to have an argument yesterday. And the band of the day is The Hush a 4 piece pop/rock band from Nottingham :) I first heard this band through Twitter.
A catchy beat which would be hard not to jump about or tap your foot to; vocals are good fit the song a little bit higher than I thought they would be but good; lyrics are good not complaints except maybe a little repetitive with 'Let me know' and I learned them by about the 4th time I heard the song which is a good thing because I love being able to sing along with songs I would like to give credit to the drummer sometimes in songs the drums can get lost but not here I can always here them clearly; and of course the guitars get a good thumbs up :)
Altogether I like this band, they have talent and I think they'd be really energetic live! They also remind me of someone I can't put my finger on who but there is silt similarity about this song.
Em xxx

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Well I'm away for the weekend (if you call a 3 hour drive from Lincoln to London 'away') I'll be back on Monday with some updates :)
Em xxx

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Everyone this is Back To November :) A 4 piece acoustic band from North Wales. I first heard this band through Twitter.
This is there song Falling. Its not the greatest recording in the world but definitely not the worst either. A sweet song about falling in love, I love the guitars especially in the chorus, the guitars are simple not heavy bass lines or electronic beats. The vocals are good  soft, sweet and have emotion something most chart songs are missing, the lyrics are nothing complicated but that's what makes them so good, sweet simple and perfect.
There is nothing complicated about this whole band but its that that makes them so good, sweet, simple and I love it. I don't know what this band would be like live but I can imagine the whole crowd singing along to every word.
Em xxx

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Trophies are a 5 piece pop/punk band from Pittsburgh USA! And this there EP Room To Grow. I first heard this band through my friends.

Thee introduction is what I thought just a guitar riff and drums but then the vocals come in saying about 'This is for everyone who stood by us, and more importantly cast us aside' I can't say this made me excited about the rest of the EP but it wasn't bad.
Maurkice Bouncey (interesting name) from the first few seconds of this song its clear the guitar isn't amazing, its a bit muffled but once the vocals start it nearly over powers them. The vocals and lyrics are good with a small amount of sceamo in the background but I don't think that everything fits together that well.
Edgewood Acres. Again guitars not start great but seem to get better but goes again. The vocals seem to have a touch of Room 94 to them, again I think the vocals are good but the guitar is letting it down.
Room To Grow is diffident and its definitely the best song on the EP, the guitar are good and fit the song, the vocals are as awesome as ever and for the first time I can really hear the drums. The small amount of screamo is back and I like it. Best song on the Ep and one I'll be listening to a fair few times.
What You Want To Be. Interesting lyrics but I like it, something a bit diffident. Good song maybe this EP is turning out to be better than the first few songs. The guitar solo is awesome and I was even singing along!
Keep Your Hands To Yourself are straight away I think of Room 94, the vocals are on a similar line to some of 94s stuff expect the sreamo. Again a good song but I'm overly excited by this band I think they need a little something.  
Not a bad band with some pretty good stuff but they need something.
Em xxx

Saturday, 15 September 2012

I'm not ignoring you I promise, its my laptop its keeps throwing me off and internet and not going back on :(  you'd might think in a house with two commuters and a laptop one of that would work! Tomorrow I shall we sharing some Tours news, a review and maybe news of an interview :)
Em xxx

Friday, 14 September 2012

Today we have a band a mentioned in my last post, this is We Start Partys :) A 3 piece dance/pop/rock band from Bristol. I first heard this band through my friends.
I know its not been a great weather lately and we've all been feeling a it miserable but this song will get us all back in the party mood because this is Down Like That! A fun bubbly song which is a poppy song have a dance edge. I think its a bit electronic because I can't find the guitar riff that well but the vocals are good. clear and great to sing along to. I don't quite know what this band would be like live because this is a song you'd hear at a beach party I don't know about at something like Reading.
Anyways good band great party track.
Em xxx

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Today I have something I want to say. This is a post about how one of my good friends had been helped by the unsigned world.

My friend has been suffering from depression for a few years and in her own words "If I didn't have these bands in my life I wouldn't have been able to fight through everything, I would have just given up at the start, these bands literally saved my life" Bands such as Halfway To Hollywood, Neon Sarcastic, Room 94, That Sunday Feeling, Strangle Kojak, We Start Partys, Burn So Bright, Hill Valley High, Hollywood, My Extraordinary, Page 44, Tonight We're Electric and Taking Hayley! Have and still are helping my friend through some of the hardest times of her life. They've helped her through their music, that's meaningful, full of life and will always make you smile; they've helped her by always being there when she needed someone to talk to, someone to lean on and someone to give her a hug; they've boosted her confidence, helped her make friends (I started talking her through Taking Hayley) and really made a HUGE impact on her life.

I don't being hateful of any signed artist (I do love some) but who would do that for one girl? I'm not talking about every artist because there're exceptions to every rule. But most chart artist (I'm not going to point fingers) wouldn't be able to do such a life changing thing to one fan. And chart music meaningful? No if you want to know about sex and having a party yeah chart music is great if you want deeper and to feel like you're not alone and someone is always there unsigned music is there.
Em xxx          

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Everyone welcome Times Like These :) A 5 piece Alt/Rock/Hardcore band from Hemel Hempstead. I first heard this band through Twitter.
Getting Closer. I won't lie I don't know well anything about screamo stuff I don't mind it and will listen to it (you won't find Oli Sykes on my iPod) I don't really know how to comment it sounds good to me I understand what he's saying but I can't say you'll catch me singing along. But god I love the guitars in this song, I hear a lot of bands and I lot of guitars but these band has got something and the drums are also something to noticed . I don't know if I'd see this band live they'd do a good job but I'm not sure it's something I would be in to.
Have a listen and them me your comments because I'm not sure I've done a great job here! Out of my knowledge.!
Em xxx

Monday, 10 September 2012

Say hello to.... Halfway To Hollywood :) A 3 piece pop/rock/powerpop band from Vancouver :O
I first heard this band under an hour ago when my friend Abbii was listening to them and told me too.

Speechless, (I wasn't speechless its the name of the song even though I was surprised) I good a guitar riff and clear vocals two things I look for a good song and I've defiantly got both here. I was surprised when I first heard them I was excepting the same soft of thing from a pop/rock band but with the bands touch of electronic beat it brings a originality to the music. I'd see this band live (if they get there bums over to this side of the pound) I can imagine they'd be full of fun and energy.
Em xxx

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Everyone this is The Dead Famous :) A 4 piece rock/pop/indie band from London. I first heard of this band through Twitter.
This is the bands first single Hide Your Halo. I have to admit that the first six second remind me of something out of my dads record collection (not in a bad way) I was thinking Bon Jovi! A air guitar song if ever I heard one, strong rock beat, there's energy but not so it makes me want to jump around but I can imagine how powerful it would be live. I love the vocals and lyrics, strong no chance of being misheard and the last lyrics of the song are just awesome! I don't understand the video and the green screen is not great but not terrible.
The Dead Famous are a really awesome band who I see going fair.
Listen to Hide Your Halo:
Also the band will be tour the UK later this year so check they Facebook for more.
Em xxx

Monday, 3 September 2012

And the headlining act Taking Hayley :D 4 piece pop/rock band from Birmingham.
Wow these's guys are just fantastic live; fun, lively, full of energy. The songs are amazing record but live I can't think of a word!! They're a real pop/rock band full of real bass, guitar, drums and vocals. The set starts off with the intro from the album The Big Blind.
Better Luck Next Time. A fun lively song with great vocals, the crowd go mad as good as the first cords of the song are played as we all know what's coming. Al gets the whole crowd singing even giving us a whole line to ourselves.
Up All Night. If people weren't joining in before they sure are now! With up all night's catchy vocals and awesome guitar riffs its impossible not to jump around and sing.
Tonight. A sweet song about being alone and wishing someone was at your side. This is the first time you get to hear guitarist Levi's backing vocals and he has a voice full of passion.  
Butterflies is a song all about falling in love and full of emotion. Alistair kept eye contact with the crowd through out (after talking to Al he said through out singing Butterflies he was thinking of his girlfriend)
Here I Stand. A change from the emotion of Butterflies with a song full of energy that had everyone going a bit crazy.
Crying Eyes. There was not a dry eye in the house after this song, this is an old song that the band have remastered for the album turning it from a real rock song to a piano ballad. With only Alistair and his keyboard on stage his vocals are totally on their own, to end the song the rest of the band join Alistair on stage for a full on rock ending to a beautiful song.
Earthquake (Labrinth cover) Alistair loses his guitar for this song so he jumps around like a loon!! This was originally a electronic song full of commuters but not Taking Hayleys cover which replaces the electronic sound with guitars, bass and drums we even get Alistair rapping!
Circles. The bast first single and one were the drums really come in to there own. A great high energy song to end the night with, everyone was singing (even the people stood at the back) Circles is such an infections song you can't help jumping and singing.   
 I also had the chance to meet the guys and they're just lovely. I will defiantly be seeing this band again (I'd go now if I could) and you should too, they're just as amazing and more that I said. I know some of you might be thinking I'm being paid to say this I'm not its just me and what I really think, and I don't say these things about everybody.
Here is a video of the whole setlist from the night before in Birmingham:
Em xxx
Next one is The Ocean's Eyes are a 5 piece alt/pop punk/rock band from London. These were my favourite support band, fun, lively and full of energy. The crowd loved them and I thought they were pretty good too, Luke the lead singer really went all out jumping off stage and dancing with the crowd and dancing, singing and messing about with Jay (drummer for Taking Hayley) they even ended up on the floor at one point (Luke was still singing) Thought this band were good and fun, I'd defiantly like to see them again, anyone who loves a lively band pop-punk band should see these guys because you'd be stupid not too.
Em xxx
Bentley Park are a 5 piece heavy rock/punk/pop band formed in North Yorkshire that are now in Manchester :)  These guys were pretty good got the crowd going and me singing to there cover of Call Me Maybe. I enjoyed them they did really well; bass, drums, guitar and vocals all sounding pretty good. They were my sisters favourite and I'm not surprised they did an awesome job. I would see this band again and I hope to see there too.
Em xxx
Deny The Lie are up next :) Are a 5 piece rock/punk/post-hardcore band from Nottingham. These's guys were alright, if someone said punk this is what kind of thing I would think of. Guitar, bass and drums were not bad had my foot tapping and fingers drumming. The vocals were okay a little hard to hear most of the time but the crowd seem to enjoy these guys more but I wasn't quite sold. I might see this band again but I'm not sure, if you're a punk person you should give them a listen.
Em xxx
Next were Grey Goes Down :)  4 piece post-grunge alt-punk from Nottingham. This band is hard to review because I've never really heard this kind of music before. I didn't think it was that great and nor did the rest of the crowd. Its probably not a kind a style of music I'll get into that much. Drums, guitar and bass were all quite clear though I wasn't tapping my foot to it or anything and I do that to most songs; the vocals weren't clear or that great. They're not a band I would see again but if you're into that kind of music check them out and see what you think. 
Listen here:
Em xxx
Right a few gig reviews to do so lets get down to it :) First the opening act Nothing Personal, a 4 piece pop-punk band from Birmingham. I knew this band before seeing them and knew I few words to there songs.
Okay I did miss the first few songs on the setlist as I was hanging out with Taking Hayley but what I heard of NP was really good. There punk side really comes out when they play live, they have some heavier songs like 42 and some more pop things like there awesome cover of Call Me Maybe. Crowd enjoyed them but didn't go 'crazy' Altogether this band is pretty dam awesome live and a band not to be missed, I'll be going to see them on tour again :)
Listen to 42:
Em xxx

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Sorry I've not been hear for a couple of days but I've got new stuff coming soon :)
Live reviews,
Music reviews,
Maybe even some tour news :)
Be back soon Em xxx