Local Talent & Unsigned

In Our continuing endeavors to showcase local talent Red Sands Radio is proud to air local bands, musicians, and composers. You’ll hear the pick of the bunch daily during the ‘Live Lunch’ and in the dedicated Red Sands Radio Saturday evening local music programme ‘Red Sands Music Scene’

Send up your, mp3, biography and photograph to be included studio@redsandsradio.co.uk

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"; } ?> The Keytones Review Tue 09/07/13

Originally called ‘The Rocking Trio’, ‘The Keytones’ formed in 1983 & consisted of James Knowler, Cliff Marshall & Jarrod Coombes.  They used to play lots of early Elvis, Gene Vincent & Eddie Cochran songs.

The Keytones

The Keytones

Find out lots of information about the band and their forthcoming gigs at; www.thekeytones.co.uk

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"; } ?> The Fecks Review Tue 09/07/13

Kent-based 3 piece outfit playing music from the 60′s right through to modern day. The band is based in the Medway towns in Kent and extensively perform throughout the South East and London.

Starting out in November 2009, The Fecks members all hail from working bands and have all been familiar faces on the Kent circuit for a number of years. This combined experience makes The Fecks a highly professional and tight unit that will complement any event or function.

The Fecks

The Fecks

The band have a vast reportoire of songs including songs by The Beatles, The Who, Coldplay, Kings Of Leon, Queen, among many others. Always keen to learn new material, The Fecks’ set-list is constantly evolving and thus no two shows are ever the same. It is always great to see our followers at gigs, details of which can be found at www.thefecks.co.uk.

An introduction to the band members:-

Nick Wood – Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals

Nick is a talented and much loved Musician and producer on the local scene. He has played Guitar in bands such as Abstract, The Mosquitoes, Talon, Stranger and more notably the popular Kent band The Rainkings with whom he enjoyed national and international success performing on TV and in large venues. Nick currently plays Guitar for The Fecks and also performs on Bass in Headlong and The James Hawkins trio. Nick also owns and runs a Kent recording studio, Broadwood Music Productions in Sittingbourne. Nicks influences are many and varied including Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, King Crimson and Rush. Nick uses Fender and Ibanez guitars, Brunetti Cabs, Boogie amps and Line 6 Pod effects. Check out Nicks studio at www.broadwoodmusic.co.uk.

 Ben Belville – Bass Guitar and Lead Vocals

 Ben has gigged in various bands in around the South East for over 10 years, performing on Bass guitar, Guitar and Drums. He has also been lucky enough to enjoy national theatre tours with a well known production company playing some of the largest and most prestigious venues in The United Kingdom. Nowadays, as well as being a founding member and the front man of The Fecks, Ben teaches Guitar, Ukulele and Drums from home and arranges band scores for various artists. Influences include The Beatles and musicians such as Victor Wooton, Paul McCartney and Steve White. Ben uses Hartke, Ashdown and Fender amplification, Fender and Yamaha Guitars as well as Tama Drums and percussion. Check out Ben’s music tuition website at www.benbelville.co.uk.

Mark Johnson – Drums

This talented musician discovered that he loved to hit stuff, but it was not until he reached 20 that he finally started to wow audiences with his Drum skills. Self-taught, Mark carved a path into bands such as Faker, Whisperkill, Surface and Epico. These bands enjoyed much success on the local circuit. Mark has also organised musicians to perform in amateur productions at the Brook theatre in Chatham. Now as a semi-professional musician he teaches and performs a range of styles in a range of bands. He uses Pearl Masters Custom Drums and Sabian Cymbals.’

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"; } ?> Barrett Brothers Review Tue 09/07/13

Inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, The Barrett Brothers bring you their own energetic and infectious take on Gypsy Jazz. They tackle the intricacies of the genre’s jaw dropping techniques and pace with apparent ease, leaving their audiences spellbound: it’s one thing to hear them, it’s quite another to watch.

The Barrett Brothers

The Barrett Brothers

Their repertoire spans from a wealth of Reinhardt greats including Nuàge, Minor Swing and Dark Eyes (think Johnny Depp in the film ‘Chocolat’) to Dave Brubeck’s Blue Rhonda á la Turk and Paul Desmond’s Take 5. Alongside original compositions, such as the Latin Bossa Nova Millie Bug, works by J.S. Bach and The Beatles are also given a Gypsy twist.

Being an instrumental outfit you can choose to sit back, relax and enjoy the brothers perform or get up and dance to the lively, toe-tapping rhythms of Bebop, Swing, Latin, Waltz and Tango infused Jazz.

For more information check out their website:  www.thebarrettbrothers.com

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"; } ?> Screaming Cherry Review Tue 09/07/13

Screaming Cherry are a covers band  playing modern and contemporary rock, such as Kings of Leon, Queen, Razorlight, Stereophonics, The Cranberries, Goo-Goo Dolls and Muse among others along with some classic bits from Free, U2 and Pink Floyd.

A four piece band of male vocal , bass, guitar and drums; Screaming Cherry have a tight and full sound.  

Screaming Cherry

Screaming Cherry

The band formed in 2004 and has grown over the years with changes of players, although the two constants are Drummer Simon Willins and Guitarist Colin Morris, who have a history of playing in the same bands going back thirty years. Bassist Darren Hehir joined in 2010, at the same time as Phoebe Williams, who is now replaced by Robbie Day as singer, in 2012.

Screaming cherry play clubs, pubs, parties and festivals around the south east, but are based in Thanet.

They can be reached at their website, www.screamingcherry.co.uk or found lurking on Facebook.

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"; } ?> Rubber Biscuit Review Tue 09/07/13

With 12 members on stage, ‘Rubber Biscuit’ is Kent’s biggest (and some say best) soul, rhythm n’blues band.

The band is renowned for its big sound, thanks to its three-piece horn section, up to five vocalists, and four piece rhythm section.

Rubber Biscuit

Rubber Biscuit

Now in their 20th year of entertaining Kent audiences, these local legends are still doing what they have always done best; playing great music and, more importantly, giving audiences a great time.

‘Rubber Biscuit’ is available for weddings, birthdays, parties, corporate and public events.  Whatever the occasion you are guaranteed a fantastic night’s entertainment.

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"; } ?> Left of the Dial Review Tue 09/07/13

Left-of-the-Dial are a five piece party band playing live music at parties, weddings and corporate events across the south of England.

Left of the Dial

Left of the Dial

Showcasing classic rock, soul and dance hits, their set features many songs not performed by other party bands, music by artists such as Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, 10CC & Santana.

They are all experienced and polished musicians. Fronting the band is vocalist Nikki Wilson – sharing vocals and playing keyboards is ‘The Dormouse’, on guitar is Steve Freeman, Andrew Lissamore plays bass guitar with Steve Wyse on drums.

For more information: www.left-of-the-dial.co.uk

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"; } ?> Kamikaze Blues Band Review Tue 09/07/13

The line-up of the Band is currently:  John Hills (vocal + blues harp),  John Pike (vocals, guitar and slide guitar), Tim Armstrong (vocals and keyboards), Peter Clark (Bass Guitar), Stephen Perkins (Drums).  On the both CDs is Kim Parker (Saxophones and Guitar) who has now left the Band.

Kamikaze Blues Band

Kamikaze Blues Band

The band formed in 1997 with the intention of playing the music they loved, early blues: Robert Johnson, Son House and similar.  Over the years their repertoire has expanded and now includes a high proportion of self-penned songs to support their traditional material.  They also include some covers of blues classics.

The Band played the 2011 Canterbury Festival, which sold out very quickly.

Recently they have played charity gigs in November 2012 for Amnesty International – raising over £1,000 and in March 2013 – raising over £1,500 Healthcare Ethiopia Partnership.

They have made two CDs: Preaching The Blues (2001) and Dark As Night (2008)

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"; } ?> Go: Eskimo Review Tue 09/07/13

Go Eskimo

Go: Eskimo

Go: Eskimo started after Skylah’s long term band ‘Midnight Carnival’ broke up.  Skylah still felt like he wasn’t finished with the music world so he persevered and formed his own band where he does everything, drums, guitars, synth as well as other instruments.

Go: Eskimo is about trying to create something new and having fun.

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"; } ?> Electric River Review Tue 09/07/13

Formed in late 2004 amongst the nuts & bolts of Ashford, Kent. Friendships were quickly formed through a mutual love of music, teenage angst & rebellion. Days & nights were spent rehearsing & carving out the band’s sound & gang mentality. Things soon progressed to playing shows across the south east, where the band’s live presence was honed & crafted.

2009 saw the Electric River’s first studio album recorded with Oz Craggs - ‘Feed The Rhino’, entitled ‘Radio No Go’ which received great press from Big Cheese & Rocksound Magazines & plays on BBC Introducing & John Kennedy’s XFM late night show.

The band’s strong DIY ethic saw them take to Canterbury high street playing as many guerrilla gigs as possible leading many people to believe in the hard work visibly put in.

A decision was made to hire Canterbury University’s largest venue ‘The Gulbenkian Theatre’ to put on a self promoted show with a 2 hour set from the band. This sold out quickly and a repeat process happened again 9 months later adding further excitement to Kent’s underground music scene.

Electric River

Electric River

Following this the band gained interest from the largest festival in the south east ‘Lounge On The Farm’. The band were invited to play on the main stage just before the headline acts appeared. This turned into an annual occurrence for 4 years running, playing to the largest crowds seen by any independent act, at the festival.

After gaining some momentum after 5 years of hard graft another mile stone step was penned out. Electric River decided to hire ‘The Kings Hall’,  Herne Bay & a string of gigs leading up to the show along with support from local radio saw the band smash their target before visions were set on the next batch of material.

After achieving these milestones in the south east it was clear the band wanted to take Electric River further afield. Quickly, London shows started to appear & they were performing at some of the capital’s most popular venues. The odd support slot with more established acts started to creep into the gig list.

Electric River were invited to play shows with Neville Staples of The Specials & Shane McGowan of The Pogues, Shane joined the band on stage that night in Brixton for two numbers ‘Dirty Old Town & Fairy Tale Of New York’. After gigging the London scene relentlessly for around a year & receiving some great live reviews from Big Cheese Magazine the band were eager to get back into the studio.

The songs, Monster’s Ball, Phony Radio & Babylon had started to make waves at Electric River live shows & the band sought out producer Joe Fields - (Amy McDonald, Mystery Jets, Placebo) for his expertise. Work began on an E.P entitled ‘The Darwinian Flush’. The songs were recorded shortly after at The Garden – Shoreditch & Miloco – London Bridge.

Interest was sparked at Sony Columbia & many shows were attended by senior A & R man Paul Harris. Paul began to advise & help the band develop a larger profile but luck was cut short when Paul was transferred to head up Sony Columbia in Sydney, Australia just 6 months into the relationship. The band now with more wind in their sales & sights set on continuing their hard work ethic went out on tour at various small festivals & support slots around the UK.

In 2012, with so much to learn from… years of hard work & determination saw the band really start to make a name for itself in the industry. Electric River had become a formidable force on the live circuit & had the material to back it up. New management was found in England Street Management & Jailbreak booking agency soon followed. 2012 saw the band return to the studio this time with “Pete Miles / James Bragg – We Are The Ocean, Sonic Boom Six” to complete 3rd E.P ‘In Your Name’ widely regarded as their best material yet & crossing over to a new era in Electric River’s career.

The self directed and produced music video ‘Hold Your Nerve’ was play listed on Scuzz T.V and the song was widely played on Q Radio, Kerrang, Planet Rock and Total Rock as well as Classic Rock magazine rating them at number 7 in their Heavy Rotation top 20.

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"; } ?> David Shepherd Review Tue 09/07/13

David has been playing guitar since he was 12 years old and started his first band at 14 years old playing his first gig at the Earl of Beaconsfield pub in Canning Town in East London, near to where he grew up.

Although considering himself a songwriter more than a performer at the time, he grew into the role of ‘front man’ after several failed attempts to find a singer. David was involved in various bands over the years playing guitar, keyboards, bass, and even drums until his most successful venture; ‘Tasty’ which he fronted as a singer/guitarist around the time of the Britpop scene.

 Despite supporting bands such as Feeder, live sessions on BBC Radio in London, and flirting with major labels Virgin, EMI, and Sony nothing ever came of the band other than his nickname; ‘Tasty Dave’! A couple more indie projects and an album followed but then he hung up his guitar and worked behind the scenes as a sound technician at a rehearsal studio in Hackney where he worked with The Darkness, Keane, Jamelia, Lemarr, and So Solid Crew to name a few.  He also became a freelance sound technician on live shows and tours where he worked with bands like The Fratellis, Babyshambles, Example, Desmond Dekker and even the mighty Chas ‘n’ Dave!

David Shepherd

David Shepherd

David fell back into performing live when a friend asked him to fill a 20 minute slot at a charity event in Whitstable and he said; “I’d completely fallen out of love with the music industry by then so it was a welcome relief to dust down the guitar and just play for the sake of playing rather than because of a contract or as part of ‘the business’.  I loved it and remembered why I picked up a guitar in the first place, and now for the last 5 years I have been gigging as a solo acoustic act all over the place; mainly in Kent and the South East but I have also gigged in France and Switzerland.’

David also organises and hosts the Herne Bay Rocks competition as part of the Herne Bay Festival, the main stage of which he will be compereing for the third year running. He also has his own radio show on Wednesday evenings on Radio Cabin where he features unsigned artists and plays demos alongside more familiar bands, and occasionally some very quirky underground music to bring it to people’s attention. That said, David has also been lucky enough to interview Bonehead from Oasis, the band Space, and Chris Helme from the Seahorses on his show.

And if you’re sick of the sound of David’s voice after all that, you can read his column instead; The Scene But Not Herd’ (spelling is correct, as in not follow the herd) in the Herne Bay, Whitstable, Canterbury, and Faversham Times. Any time he has left he divides between several voluntary organisations and has just been voted a ‘Face of The Bay’, a project by local photographer Carl Hyde dedicated to acknowledging people that work hard for their communities.

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"; } ?> Colin Newton Review Tue 09/07/13

Colin Newton is from Medway, Kent and has been a singer/songwriter for 15 years.  He has a well established discography as well as being able to perform covers from the Beatles to modern day bands such as The Killers, Kooks, Oasis and many more.

Colin Newton

Colin Newton

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"; } ?> Black Sun Down Review Tue 09/07/13

Based in Canterbury, Black Sun Down formed in December 2008 at The University of Kent.

They started out playing Rock covers in venues around Canterbury. They consider their main influences to be the likes of Led Zeppelin, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Black Label Society, Black Stone Cherry and Alter Bridge.

Black Sun Down

Black Sun Down

Work began on original material in 2011 when the current line-up was finalised. They’ve written a handful of tracks ready for an EP which they are hoping to record in 2013. Recent gigs include support for Martyr De Mona in London and also a performance at the Metal 2 The Masses competition.

There are plans for more gigs to be booked up, and possibly a UK tour, once the EP is completed, but in the meantime they will continue to perform local gigs in Kent and the odd night in London.

Website: www.blacksundown.com

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"; } ?> Al Morrison Review Tue 09/07/13

Al Morrison was Born in Fife, Scotland. He started playing piano when he was 9 but switched to guitar at 15 and shortly after formed Ska Punk band Dudload with Richard (Skully) Skulina on drums and Mark Williamson on bass. The band started out playing local gigs and battle of the band competitions  in Fife. 

Al Morrison

Al Morrison

In 1999 Al and Skully moved to Glasgow where things really kicked off for Dudload. Several changes of bassist followed and the addition of second guitarist Ed Benwell and occasional trumpet – Calvin Cowie.  The band started gigging almost every week, playing in Glasgow venues such as the Cathouse and the 13th Note with notable punk bands such as Capdown, Link 80 and Longbeach Shortbus (featuring members of Sublime).  The band continued for another 6 years, playing mainly Glasgow and Edinburgh but also several punk festivals in Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester.  In 2006 the band ran out of steam and decided to call it a day, the usual story – other commitments like family and work took over.

Al Morrison started doing solo gigs and recording new more acoustic focused tracks.  In 2009 Al and his Wife Nicola moved to Canterbury for Nicola to study a PhD at UKC.  Al began to gig around the Canterbury area and continues to write acoustic songs that he hopes still have their roots in the ska/punk he started out on with Dudload.

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"; } ?> Nylon Tigers Review Wed 03/07/13

Formed in Summer of 2012 of NYLON TIGERS are a rock band that ROAR!

The band perform classic and contemporary rock covers and originals including ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Twisted’ and ‘The Nightbird’ from award winning songwriter and frontman Brad Pittance

Nylon Tigers

Nylon Tigers

The band has secured a host of gigs across East Kent for 2013, recently appeared at the South East Airshow and are receiving regular press coverage and radio airplay

 “Brad Pittance delivers dynamic lead vocals and chugging rhythm guitar, Chris Warner and Adrian Robinson deliver a powerhouse rhythm section and Ray Cannon’s lead guitar is impressive.  Covers from the likes of Paul Weller, Snow Patrol, The White Stripes, Green Day, The Clash, Deep Purple and a rocking version of Gnarl’s Barclay’s ‘Crazy’ interspersed with some fine original material brought the house down.  Watch out for them – Nylon Tigers Rock!” 

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"; } ?> Scarlett Rae & The Cherry Reds Review Fri 28/06/13

Dynamic Kent based trio playing a fusion of Blues, Rockabily & Jazz

Scarlett Rae & The Cherry Reds

Scarlett Rae & The Cherry Reds

Hear the band on ‘ Red Sands Radio Music Scene’ ‘The Live Lunch’ & the Red Sands Radio Cafe’

For more on the band see www.scarlettraeband.co.uk

 

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"; } ?> The Trouser Trumpets Review Wed 17/04/13

Local band with their anchors firmly stuck in the Whitstable seabed!

Trouser Trumpets

Trouser Trumpets

Their first exposure on radio came in 2007 with Red Sands Radio exclusively play-listing their controversial song ‘Peter Cushing Lives in Whitstable’

For more information take a look at their website: http://www.trousertrumpets.co.uk/

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"; } ?> Bullit Review Thu 12/07/12

About

Bullit are a British rock and roll band from Canterbury who have just released their first album We Could Be Anywhere. The band consists of Tim Mark Nicholls (Lead vocals and guitar), Marcus Bishop (Drums and Backing Vocals), Chris Wong (Bass) and Rob Gold (Guitar). The band are currently performing their songs live in venues around the local area.

Our Impression

The band were kind enough to provide us with a copy of their new album We Could Be Anywhere. After listening to it we were happy to find that the band really are quite impressive. They offer a very accessible and up beat style of rock and roll that sounds completely original. Like many bands featured here on local talent they are a band to watch out for as they have some real potential.

Upcoming

For more information on Bullit check out their webpage : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bullit/129325777132978

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"; } ?> The Babe Magnets Review Wed 11/07/12

About

The Babe Magnets were a 60s/70s Rock and Pop Kent based band. The origins of the band started with the late Dave Lee OBE who decided to return to his roots as a drummer and recreate his band The Swinging Secrets. Tragically the local legend passed away before he could really get the band going. The goup continued for a while with lead guitarist Mick Rook, bass player Paul Petts, singer Roy Delo and drummer Dave Smith

Our Impression

We listened to a range of The Babe Magnets material and they perfectly embody the happy go lucky vibe that comes with music styled on the 60s and 70s. The band effortlessly switch between rock and pop offering something new each time with impressive vocals and catchy acoustics. The Babe Magnets were a talented band that had fun while performing and certainly represent themselves as a band that I expect Dave Lee would be very proud

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"; } ?> BrynRon Review Thu 05/07/12

About

BrynRon are two piece band that are based in Whitstable and were formly known as ‘Still Above Ground’. Bryn and Ron have known each other since the seventies were they met in South-East London. The two then want on to play in numerous bands such as ‘The Fabulous’, ‘The Watusi Brothers’ , ‘The Electric Bluebirds’ and many more. After a long gap the two recently rekindled their friendship and began work on an EP entitled ‘Still Above Ground’.

Our Impression

We were given a sample of the bands new EP to listen to which contains two songs called ‘If I could Be’ and ‘Space Burger’. From these two songs we realised this was no ordinary band. The first song is an ordinary melody of love mixed with a Latin twist, that was then followed by a profoundly different track that’s more like an alternative psychedelic track. To describe this band from these two songs seems impossible but what can be said is that both songs are outstanding  and it should be acknowledged how effortlessly this double act can pull off two very different types of music which such success.

Upcoming

For more information on BrynRon check out his webpage : http://brynron.com/home.cfm

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"; } ?> Steve Boltz Bolton and The New White Trash Review Wed 04/07/12

About

Guitarist Steve “Boltz” Bolton has joined with new band The New White Trash to provide old fashion rock and roll songs for the local area. Steve Botlz has had an impressive history spending time working for The Who, Paul Young, Richard Strange, Elton John, Kwith Richards and even Bob Dylan. He is backed up by other talented band memebers L’elephant dans la salon (Bass, vocals) and Bryn Burrows (Drums).

Our Impression

After listening to a range of work by Steve Botlz Bolton and The New White Trash it is evident that between them they have a lot of talent and more importantly experience. Bringing up memories of ‘The Rolling Stones’ and ‘The Who’ this band effortlessly capture the spirit of  classic rock and roll. This band is something special and any fans of rock should really check them out as this local band really no what they are doing.

Upcoming

For more information on Steve Bolton check out his webpage : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bolton

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"; } ?> Groove Junction Review Sat 30/06/12

About

Groove Junction is fully self-contained function band that mainly play cover songs. The band is made up of  Jenna Donnelly (singer/songwriter), Tori (Singer), Jeff Alexander (guitarist) , Danny Lee (keyboard player and pianist) ,Richard Bates (bass player) and Alan (drums). The band have had great success and are available to perform at parties and other functions.

Upcoming

For more information on Groove Junction visit their website at: http://www.groove-junction.co.uk/

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"; } ?> The Geoff Everett Band Review Fri 29/06/12

About

Geoff Everett is a guitarist and vocalist with style who believes that a good personality and sense of humour on and off stage is essential. He writes and records in his own professional studio. Geoff has worked with many famous artists such as Alan Lancaster(StatusQuo), Dave Knopfler(DireStraits), Bob Henrit (Kinks/Argent). The rest of his band, Kevin Dore (Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals) and Darren Lee (Drums) also have and impressive history.

Our Impression

We were able to listen to a number of songs by The Geoff Everett Band such as ‘You don’t love me like you used to’ and Little By Little’. From just these two songs you can tell that this band have some serious talent and are certainly up there with the best of the local talent. The band supply fast paced rock songs with flawless acoustics and impressive vocals that fit perfect with the country sound that they utilise. I strongly suggest  that you check out The Geoff Everett Band for yourself, you won’t regret it.

Upcoming

For more information on The Geoff Everett Band visit their website at: http://www.thegeoffeverettband.co.uk/

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"; } ?> Shameful Behaviour Review Fri 29/06/12

About

Shameful Behaviour is a 3-piece heavy rock/metal band formed in Kent back 2004 by long time writer and performer Mark Simpson as a vehicle for his song writing, he is backed up by Jimi King (Bass) and Peter Haggart (Drums). The music is a combination of Original Rock & Metal plus a dash of punk thrown in. The band has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such names as Carmine Appice, Vinnie Moore (UFO), Doug Scarratt (Saxon), and the incredible Michael Angelo Batio.

Our Impression

At Red Sands we were able to listen to a song from the band entitled ‘Set me On Fire’. Shameful Behaviour have listed their influences as bands such as Black Sabbath, Kiss, Iron Maiden and Ozzy Osbourne, this is clearly evident in their music that not only captures the sound of these iconic bands but also the spirit. Its good to hear an original Heavy Rock band that are willing to put in their all and Shameful Behaviour should be commended for doing exactly that.

Upcoming

For more information on Shameful Behaviour visit their website at: http://www.shamefulbehaviour.com/

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"; } ?> Full Circle Review Wed 27/06/12

About

Steve (drums), Tim (keyboards), Phil (bass) and Frank (guitar) formed the band in 2010. Playing mainly “Sixties Soul” with “Fifties Rock and Roll” they also include a wide variety of original versions and covers from all eras. Steve and Frank were in a band in the Sixties, and were once asked to be support band for “Cream”. They played all overLondonandEssex. Frank writes incidental music for TV and Radio for the publisher Panama Music. Tim had his own band “The Imposters” and co-wrote a musical called “Been There Street”. Phil, who played in bands in the sixties, joined later in 2010. The Band play in various clubs and pubs (Deco 5,The Duke of Cumberland, The Hampton, East Quay, The Plough, Two Brewers, The Monument, The Harbour Garden café, Rodneys Sports Bar, The Marine Hotel, Whitstable Golf club etc.) mainly in the Whitstable area, but also elsewhere in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. As well as the pub circuit, they play for Private Functions and Weddings, and regularly produce their own unique shows at The Marine Hotel, Tankerton.

Upcoming

For more information on Full Circle visit their webpage at: http://fullcircleuk.info/fcbios.html

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"; } ?> Deep Transition Review Wed 27/06/12

About

The Deep Transition are a four piece Garage Rock band from Kent made up by Adam Green (drummer), Rory Asten Bell (lead Guitarist), Jake Hatcher-Steele (bassist) ,Oliver Woodbury (vocalist), Tom Jenkins (rhythm guitar) and Genevieve Gore (vocalist) . The band was formed back in April 2011. They have played many different venues and have supported the likes of Carl Barat of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things.

Our Impression

From Deep Transition we were given a song entitled ‘Backseat’ to listen to. Listening to the song bands like ‘Kasabian’, The White Stripes’ and ‘The Horrors’ quickly come to mind as possible influences. The fast acoustics and punk vocals give Deep Transition a real gritty fast paced sound that really packs a punch. If this sounds like your type of music then Deep Transition deserve your attention and are certainly worth checking out.

Upcoming

For more information on Deep Transition visit their webpage at: http://www.myspace.com/the-deep-transition

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"; } ?> The Counterfeit Notes Band Review Mon 25/06/12

About

The Counterfeit Notes Band originally formed in the late eighties and focused on the popular Blues Brothers styled music. Over two decades later, a hint of these tracks still remain in today’s set list, although they are more inclined to play classic tunes from the 70′s disco era and memorable hits of the 80′s and through to today’s music by Plan B, Cee-Lo Green and Adele. They regularly perform at established corporate functions, festivals, weddings, carnivals, open air events and when time permits manage to play a number of popular public shows at pubs and clubs across the South East

Our Impression

At the station we were able to listen to two songs by The Counterfeit Notes Band, the first being ‘Maneater’ and the other ‘Dance Little Sister’. With a band covering songs such as these it is hard for them not to be positively received live but it helps that the band have experience and have put their own slant on the songs. The Counterfeit Notes Band are a talented cover band that will likely play something to your liking judging by their expansive catalogue of songs.

Upcoming

For more information on The Counterfeit Notes Band visit their website at: http://www.counterfeitnotes.co.uk/

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"; } ?> Sons of Alpha Centauri Review Mon 25/06/12

About

Sons of Alpha Centauri’ are a dark instrumental riff rock band from Swale consisting of Marlon King (guitars) ,Stevie. B (drums), Nick Hannon (bass) and Blake (textures). Since conception the band has artistically linked their music to all visual, photographic and historical elements to which they were conceived. The band practice by the Sheerness on Sea shoreline and the Red Sands and SS Montgomery are highly influential on the band even using photos of the Red Sands in the release of their debut album which was released in 2007 to critical acclaim.

Our Impression

When listening to Sons of Alpha Centauri we quickly realised that their music was very different to the other bands featured on local talent and for that we are glad as it shows once again that our local talent has variety. The bands’ sound is centred around moody instrumental rock that they do skilfully well which explains their current success. Overall though what really stands out about this band is that they have ideas and greater meaning behind their music which is unfortunately lacking in a lot of bands these days.

Upcoming

For more information on Sons of Alpha Centauri visit their website at: http://www.sonsofalphacentauri.co.uk/

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"; } ?> The Choos Review Sun 24/06/12

About

The band was originally formed under the name of `Toucan Choo’ back in 2001 and consisted of seven Kent musicians. Founder members Kev (drums) and Pete (sax) still remain in the band with the other current members joining at various stages, although Chris (Bass), Dave (guitar) & Stuart  (keys) have all been in the band since 2002.The band changed it’s name to the simpler version “The Choos” in 2009 and increased it’s line up to 8 members in January 2012 when Nick Kent & Sophie Tuck-Brown were invited to join. The band now play funk, soul, blues and Jazz.

Our Impression

At Red Sands we were given the opportunity to listen to material from The Choos including their covers of ‘Dance to The Music’, ‘Geno’ and ‘Higher’. After listening to these songs you cant help but feel uplifted both by the music and the fact that the band have covered the songs brilliantly and not tarnished the original tracks in the slightest. The Choos are a band that are fully capable of providing powerful funk, soul and blues songs that will get you singing along, guaranteed.

Upcoming

For more information on The Choos visit their webpage at: http://www.thechoos.co.uk/

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"; } ?> Vegas Giants Review Sun 24/06/12

About

Vegas Giants main aim is to recapture the glamour of the golden age of the Las Vegas strip. The Kent based Las Vegas Band are formed by Vocalist Steve Pert who is  joined by the remarkable jazz pianist Sandra Lambert and her talented musicians whose touring and studio credits include Shirley Bassey, Kylie Minogue, The London Symphony Orchestra, George Benson, Incognito, Ken Peplowski, Michael Ball, Chaka Khan, Elaine Paige, BBC Radio Big Band and Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

Our Impression

Upon listening to Vegas Giants, its quite clear to see that they have met their aim to recapture the essence of the 50′s Las Vegas cabaret sound, the band would fit seamlessly into that setting and have perfectly captured the style of the Rat Pack. The vocalist Steve Pert has a voice perfect for this style of music, which is clarified no ends by the backing of Sandra Lambert and her musicians that sound flawless explaining their catalogue of famous touring partners. Vegas Giants have a simple premise and whole heartedly deliver upon it making them well worth checking out if you appreciate this brand of music.

Upcoming

For more information on Vegas Giants visit their webpage at: www.vegasgiants.co.uk

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"; } ?> Will Sid Smith Review Wed 20/06/12

About

Will began singing when he was just six and soon began doing so in competitions as part of a choir, then as a soloist.  When he was 14, Will heard a song called Immune, by KT Tunstall and the guitar on it inspired him to take up lessons. Pretty soon, riffs started coming into his head and he began writing songs. Will now has an impressive catalogue of original songs and has been playing gigs around Kent and in London for almost 3 years now. His music has been described as acoustic Rock with a hint of soul.

Our Impression

Here at Red sands we were able to listen to a song entitled Tonight that shows very obviously that Will Sid Smith is a very talented and confident performer. The vocals on the track are outstanding rivalling that of current established Pop artists, made even better by the fact that he writes his own music. If you’re looking for feel good tunes, catchy lyrics and a powerful voice then Will Sid Smith is your man.

Upcoming

For more information on Will Sid Smith including his upcoming  gigs visit his webpage: http://www.myspace.com/willSIDsmith

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"; } ?> Ben Russell and The Charmers Review Tue 19/06/12

About

Ben Russell & The Charmers are an original  band from Canterbury that combine reggae roots with an indie feel through acoustic and electric sounds. Australian lead singer/ songwriter Ben Russell formed the band when teaming up with his Charmers whose style has been described as a cross between traditional reggae such as Bob Marley to the acoustic thumb picking Newton Faulkner.

Our Impression

After listening to some of the bands work you can certainly hear the impact of their influences such as Bob Marley and Newton Faulkner but their is allot more to them. Ben Russell & The Charmers have created something new and fresh by utilising a acoustic and electric sound while in the style of Reggie which has really paid off. Their sound is rather hard to quantify but I think that’s a good thing because it shows that our local music talent isn’t afraid to experiment and do new things, making them a band you should really check out.

Upcoming

For more information on Ben Russell & The Charmers including their upcoming Canterbury gigs  visit their webpage: http://www.reverbnation.com/benrussellandthecharmers


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"; } ?> Zigo Review Mon 18/06/12

About

Zigo is a Kent based band formed by Tom Corbet, James FitzGerald, Will Hayes and Ian Iliopoulous. The band has eventually committed their music to tape which soon lead to Icarus  inviting them into the studios of Blizzard Records for what proved to be a very successful trial. They are now signed and have created their first Album as well as being in the running to be the Tunbridge Wells Forum’s house band.

Our Impression

Zigo have previously mentioned their influences  from bands such as Radiohead and it is very evident in their music. Much like Radiohead they have a very gritty rooted sound, but they make it their own and experiment with  songs that quickly pick up in tempo reminding us of bands such as Kasabian. The lead singer really brings a lot to the band making them stand out as something new that we would imagine really comes into fruition when seeing them live.

Upcoming

For all the bands upcoming gigs and information on their album This Is How It Ends visit their official website: www.wearezigo.com

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"; } ?> Abbey Capers Dance Band Review Sun 17/06/12

Abbey Capers Dance Band

About

Abbey Capers Barn Dance Band are three or more 
musicians that perform traditional Folk and Country songs on a  wide range of different instruments. The band are all about getting the audience involved, even going to the extent  of having their own caller to encourage dancers up onto the dance floor. They alternate between playing dance songs and music that can just be  listened to.

Our Impression

Abbey Capers Dance Band does what it says on the tin by providing traditional Folk music that you can’t help tapping your feet along to. The band are a great example of the talent and diversity of music in the local area and are guaranteed to lift your spirits when you hear them live on a summers day especially if you like dancing.

Upcoming

For all the upcoming gigs and news regarding Abbey Capers Dance Band visit their official website: http://www.abbeycapers.org.uk/index.html

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"; } ?> Blissful Mob Review Sun 17/06/12

About

The Blissful Mop started as the songwriting partnership of singer Bliss Nayler and guitarist Joe Inkpen,  fusing Bliss’s personal lyrics and melodies with Joe’s edgy guitar work and instrumental arrangements, forging a fresh local take on female fronted rock. In 2010 the duo expand to full band after their signing to American label Expact Records.  Drummer Matt Davis and  bass player Glenn Mcdougall then joined the band and together recorded their debut EP, ‘Seventeen’, to critical acclaim.

Our Impression

The Blissful Mob are simply an outstanding band that have perfectly blended their acoustics to amplify the power and depth of the lead singer Bliss Nayler. The Female lead truly has put her own spin on female fronted rock and can effortlessly invoke the power of a rock ballad while also managing the sensitivity of a country or folk song. I strongly recommend checking the band out in particular a song titled Monsters that really shows the talent that this local band has and why it is very likely that they will go far.

Upcoming

For all the upcoming gigs and news regarding Blissful Mob visit their official website: http://www.theblissfulmop.co.uk/

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"; } ?> Southern Country Review Fri 18/05/12

Band Name: Southern Country

Band Members:

Tony Le Surf – Drums

Paul Cairns – Vocals & guitar

Steve Vass – Bass

Jim Smith – Steel

Trucker – Guitar

Influences:

Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to the Eagles and LeAnn Rimes

About the Band:

They are ‘Southern Country’ – A new band from the South East of England, playing everything from traditional to contemporary Country music; from Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to the Eagles and LeAnn Rimes; from slow ballads to ‘Country Rock’.

With Jim’s smooth pedal steel – the sound is true Country. They enjoy what they do – they are sure you will too.

To book them for your event or for more information phone: 078 1111 2300 (Tony) or you can find them on their website: www.southerncountry.info

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"; } ?> Salty Dog Review Fri 18/05/12

Band Name: Salty Dog

Band Members:

Nick Kelly - Guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and vocals

Michelle  – Piano and accordion

Brian - Guitar and Bodhran drum

Nick Carter - Whistle and Ucalaly

Influences:

The Pogues the Dubliners, the Worzals and skiffle.

About the Band:

Salty Dog has 4 band members playing Irish Folk and Skiffle, between them they play Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica, Piano Accordion, Whistle, Bodhran, Flute and more, they sure do get your hands clapping and your feet tapping.

They play at a wide variety of functions, Outdoor Fetes and Festivals, Pubs and Clubs and anywhere anyone wants them to entertain, of which they do well

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"; } ?> Goosebumps Review Fri 18/05/12

Band Name: Goosebumps

About the Band:

Goosebumps are one of the hottest Swing Jive and Jump Blues bands in the UK. These highly-experienced musicians have been featured in live sessions on BBC radio and have performed at many music festivals throughout England, as well as weddings and corporate events. Their repertoire consists of mainly 1940′s energetic Jive and Swing infused with cheeky good humour but they are also able to play vintage Rock n Roll tunes, Ska numbers and a grooving Funk set should a particular event call for it. Whatever style it is, Goosebumps never fail to liven up any event, so book them now – they’ll cook up a storm!

These Five Guys are truly the cats “meow” and will Jive up any event with their Swing.

The Jumpingist Jivers in town – the high energy SwingyJazzyJiveyBluesy music is the name of the game with these fellas, from their togged-out period clothes to the in between-song banter, they will guarantee to have everyone up struttin’ their stuff on the dance floor.

In May 2011 Goosebumps returned to Ten21, one of the UK’s top studios, to record their second album. Consisting of 14 tracks, the album fully captures the energy and fun that the band create when they perform live. Add this with some top-quality sound production and mastering from Ten21 Studios and the final result is an album that will demand repeat listening

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"; } ?> Get Ape Review Fri 18/05/12

Band Name: Get Ape

Band Members:

Andy – Vocals

Paul – Guitar

Kevin – Bass

Influences:

Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, Dee Lite, Mark Ronson, The Zutons

About the Band:

The full live band with a percussion section takes the music and sound to another level giving the band class and energy to keep you dancing all night.

Their live, fresh sounding set list covers artists such as Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, Dee Lite, Mark Ronson, The Zutons and many more, combining experience and talented musicianship provides a captivating live performance. Get Ape have worked with blue chip companies to high profile restaurant chains including Pizza Express, The Orangery Gallery in Holland Park, Cooling Castle, Hever Golf Course, The Grange EC1, Frasers and exclusive hotels all around Kent and the UK.

In 2011 the band from Herne Bay have played a number of great live outdoor events such as Margate’s Big Event, Music 4 Life, Theatre In The Park and Goodnestone Open Air Event.

If you enjoy listening to live music, you can follow Get Ape through the various social networking sites, What’s On Guide, Whitstable Times, Herne Bay Times and a number of different blogging sites. You can also find them through their website http://www.getape.co.uk/

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"; } ?> Emily and the Beats Review Fri 18/05/12

Band Name: Emily and the Beats

Band Members:

Em Peasgood - Singer and pianist

Harry Evangelou – Bassist

Paul Smith – Guitarist

Paul Clifford – Drummer

The band regularly extends to include singer Amy Hayward, harmonica extraordinaire Brendan Power, saxophonist Katy Windsor and drummer Toby Evangelou.

About the Band:

Emily and the Beats (formerly known as Emily and the Beast) are a group of established Jazz and Blues Musicians based in London and the South East who come together to perform and improvise Funk, Soul, Reggae and Blues

Em Peasgood (the namesake of the band) moved to Whitstable six years ago after training at the Guildhall school of music in London. She promptly formed the band and quotes “the level of musical talent in Kent is amazing. Many of the UK’s top players live around the corner from me”.

Emily and the Beats have supported Hamish Stuart Band (Moare Music 08) and regular perform at local Music Festivals including Lounge on the Farm, The Whitstable Oyster Festival and the Faversham Hop Festival.

 

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"; } ?> Brad Pittance and the Pirates Review Fri 18/05/12

Brad Pittance and the Pirates

Brad Pittance and the Pirates  perform an eclectic mix of classic songs from across the decades. Brad was born in Greenwich and grew up in Purley in South London where he performed as a solo artist and also sang in bands including The Ice Breakers, The Geiger Counters and Light Brigade.

In 2010 he launched Brad Pittance and The Pirates.  The band is now made up of Brad (singer,songwriter), Priyal de Zoysa (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals),Simon Treadwell (Bass guitar ,Backing Vocals) and Pedro Nyemeck (Drums).

After listening to the work of Brad Pittance and the Pirates you can really identify that they have created their own style and they certainly know how to use it. They perform classic songs you have heard many times before such as Minnie the Moocher and Satisfaction but make them sound fresh using electric guitars and multiple vocalists. Brad Pittance and The Pirates take a refreshing stance on covering songs by adding something new instead of simply imitating the original, for that they must be commended as its not an easy thing to do, but they do it well.

For more information on Brad Pittance and The Pirates visit their facebook page at: facebook.com/bradpittance

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"; } ?> Whistable Harbour Village People Review Mon 18/07/11

About

With tongues firmly in cheeks the motley crew of traders (Harbourettes) at the Harbour Garden Village have got together to write and sing their first song produced by Malcolm Holland, who played with phase 2 of Edison Lighthouse,  he is an accomplished musician who has rubbed shoulders with many fine folk in the music industry and is in the process of writing a musical. Their track was recorded by Brian Miller in the big wooden hut in the harbour and rumour has it that a certain breakfast DJ was present too!

Our Impression

The song that has been created by this unlikely group is very catchy, using the familiar tune of the ‘Frosty the Snowman’ as a backing for their cheery tune. Bearing in mind that the song was born from a group of tradesmen and not a formed band it is a surprisingly good song, reminiscent of old football anthems. Overall the song is very worth while checking out, if not for the rumored middle age little girl that ends the song with a curious vocal solo.

Upcoming

The bands efforts and the creation of the song are to promote the popular Whitstable Harbour Village, for more information following link to its website: http://www.whitstableharbourvillage.co.uk/

By Mark B Good

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"; } ?> All Mighty Whispers Review Fri 15/07/11

About

All Mighty Whispers are an independent 3 piece band based in Norwich, but mainly living In Canterbury. The band is made up of three members: Alick Letort, Steve Necchi and Peter Hill. They currently release music on their own Ex label and have released 2 albums, which they fully oversee the recording, mixing and mastering of , ensuring that the finished albums are  fully realised and reflect the bands unique vision. So far their music has been receiving great feedback and have even had their music played on national radio stations in the UK, Europe, America and Japan, as well as featuring in podcasts and vidcasts from all around the world.

Our Impression

After looking into the band and discovering their success not just in the UK, but abroad also, we were very eager to listen to some of their material. Kindly, the band provided us with a track entitled ‘Sun In Our Eyes”. Upon listening to it, you quickly discover why they are so popular. They provide a very unique chilled out sound, that is very catchy and skillful in its execution. This song and a lot of their back catalouge is well worth checking out, especially in the summer months where their music seems to be very fitting.

Upcoming 

The band have released 2 albums, which may be purchased via itunes or the web site. “Love Revolution” the 1st album was distributed by ‘Shellshock’. For more information on the band visit their website here: http://www.allmightywhispers.com/index.html

By Mark B Good

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"; } ?> Davey Ralph Review Thu 07/07/11

About

Davey Ralph is a guitarist, singer /songwriter from Faversham and is also the founder of Popstopper Records. He started singing and playing guitar as a young teenager in the 60s during the few years his family spent inAustralia. However he was soon brought back from the sun and freedom to a cold English winter and a grim return to school. Since then Davey has played solo and in bands of various persuasions, blues, rock, pop, country, and has built up an impressive catalogue of original material. Recently he has recorded in his own studio with friends and fellow musicians known collectively as the Road Band, Tom Fairs on bass, Adrian Madden on drums and Derek Bright on rhythm guitar.

Our Impression

Here at Red Sands we were able to listen to a song from Davey Ralphs’ new album entitled ‘Time Stealer’. Straight away you can hear the benefits of his experience  within his music. Davey Ralph is truly a masterful guitar player and is obviously a talented singer and songwriter, in the case of ‘Timestealer’ you can honestly hear the passion and meaning behind his lyrics. He lists his guitar influences as Jerry Garcia, Peter Green, JJ Cale and T-Bone Walker, all of which he does bare similarities too. In summary Davey Ralph is a very skilled musician and we can whole heart-idly recommend that you check him out.

Upcoming

Davey’s first album Time Stealer is available on Amazon mp3, iTunes and Spotify. For more information on the artist visit his Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/daveyralph/music

By Mark B Good

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"; } ?> Bad Apples Review Wed 06/07/11

Bad ApplesAbout

Bad Apples are a rock group formed in Kent. The band consists of Si Polley, Dave Thomas, Iain Gremo and Dom Sullivan. They formed sometime in the previous decade around 2002. Before going on to be signed to Formant Records, leading them to perform at Camden Town’s prestigious Barfly venue for the release of their debut record.

Our Impression

After listening to the songs on their new album its clear to see that their sound echoes acts that were around in the 70s. Certainly the Glam-rock scene with bands such as T-Rex. You can feel the charisma and energy of their frontman Dave Thomas, reminiscent of Marc Bolan. If you witness their live performance of “Ants” you can see similar characteristics to Punk acts such as The Clash and perhaps even Sex Pistols. Thomas gives off a stage presence very much like Joe Strummer, Mick Jones and Johnny Rotten. Evoking a real passion and vibrancy in his singing and performance. You can really tell this band are the real deal and pay a great deal of attention to their sound and feel. They may be called Bad Apples but they are certainly the best of the bunch.

Upcoming

Their debut CD is now available at Gatefield Sounds ,Rock Bottom, HMV Canterbury, Local Hero Records and The Indoor Market. The CD features their songs ‘Ants’, ’2 Days ’til Tuesday’ and ‘Gimme a Drink’.

By Sunil S De Moor

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"; } ?> Wasabi Review Tue 05/07/11

Wasabi

About

Wasabi are a new Reggae/Funk band emerging into the the music scene of the Kent area. The band have only just formed in the last few months but every gig so far has gone a storm. The band is becoming known by the local crowds that turn up, get up and dance to every song and by the end are always wanting more.They are getting quite a reputation for being the new Party band in town.

Our Impression

The band were kind enough to supply us with a song entitled ‘African in New York’. If the title sounds familiar, it is as the band have taken the song ‘American in New York’ by ‘Sting ‘and put a very distinctive and fresh Reggie twist to it. Upon listening to the tune you can really hear how they got their reputation for being the new ‘Party band in town’ providing a very funky,uplifting sound. Wasabi certainly sound great live and I’m sure that they perform with great showmanship, so its no wonder that the gigs they have played so far have gone down a storm and its clear that this continue will in the future.

Upcoming

To find out more about this local band visit their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wasabi/200056173362458?sk=wall

By Mark B Good

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"; } ?> Smoking Grace Review Sat 02/07/11

Smoking Grace

About

Smoking Grace started out in mid 2010 as a three piece band made up of Alex Parkinson (Guitar/Backing Vocals), Dave Roberts ( Drums/Backing vocals) and Ben Peilow (Bass/Backing Vocals). The band was formed, but without a lead singer, meaning every band practice entailed rehearsals of cover songs instrumentally. It wasn’t until December of 2010 that Mark Checksfield (Lead singer/Guitar) came along to bring some vocals to the band. Since then, Smoking Grace have been putting together a set of original material and gigging around the Kent area successively.

Our Impression

‘Smoking Grace’ were kind enough to send their self produced track entitled ‘Try as you might’. After listening to the track it is clear to see that they have come along way from instrumental cover songs, as they are obviously capable of producing a very accomplished type of music. Instrumentally the song is reminiscent of the ‘Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ , vocally however they bear similarities to successful bands such as ‘Foo Fighters’ and ‘Manic Street Fighters’. With similarities to such accomplished bands its not hard to imagine this local band going far.

Upcoming

The band are currently performing around Kent, for information on the band tune into Red Sands Radio or visit their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Smoking-Grace/125013314183663?sk=info

by Mark B Good

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"; } ?> Rocky and the Natives Review Tue 28/06/11

About

Rocky and the Natives is an experienced country/rock band made up of vastly experienced members including Jim Leverton(bass,guitar,keyboards), Andy Newmack(drums), Geoffrey Richardson (Violin/Mandolin) and its founders Malcolm Barnard (Guitarist) and Chris Godden (Singer), who both have worked together on and off for the past 42 years.

In 1969 Chris joined Malcolm as the keyboard player/guitarist in one of the South East’s top soul bands The Way and continued their musical collaboration with Tarquin and founded Medway’s ledgendary boogie rock outfit Winkle Bill. In this period they supported many top acts from Deep Purple to Gary Moore and Derek and the Dominos. As a support band to Dream Police they met Hamish Stuart, later to form The Average White Band and to work for many years with Paul McCartney. Nearly 40 years later they chatted to Hamish again in his pub the Three Mariners at Oare about a new musical venture. Hamish helped them to link up with one of the world’s finest drummers, Andy Newmark and the seeds were sown for Rocky and the Natives, probably the oldest new band in the UK this year!

Chris and Malcolm’s next venture, in 1972, was the formation of English Country rock pioneers Pass the Buck featuring Chris on lead guitar; touring extensively across England with their tight harmony, west coast brand of new country music.

By the mid 70’s after a short spell fronting French Rock band Roto Magus Malcolm returned to the UK and to a career as a senior manager in the NHS and then in Social Care. With little time left for music, collaborations with Chris continued, occasionally playing in pubs and clubs in the South East.

Meanwhile Chris continued to work with top country musicians across the UK, including several years with pedal steel legend Gordon Huntley. In 1987, following his interest in old guitars, Chris set up his business dealing in vintage instruments.Wanting to return to their first musical love in country rock Chris and Malcolm got together last year to begin writing songs for a new album, scheduled for release later this year.

Our Impression

Here at Red Sands Radio we were able to listen to ‘Oyster girl’ a song from the new Rocky and the Natives album. The first thing we noticed about the track was how suitable it is for inclusion in our Whitstable based Radio station. With lyrics mentioning local locations such as ‘The Crab and Winkle Way’,’Squeeze Gut alley’ and  obvious nods to local heritage in the form of ‘oysters’, overall presenting a more than suitable soundtrack for the City of Whitstable and its traditions. This aside, the song has obviously been created by talented musicians with a love for country music, forming flawless violin playing and acoustics throughout, with catchy lyrics and pleasant vocals. Overall the band is a strong recommendation for lovers of country music and more importantly residents of Whitstable as they provide a very good argument as to why Local music talent should be celebrated and encouraged.

Upcoming

There new album which features seven new Godden and Barnard songs including Chris’s Oyster Girl which with Lazy Waters will be released in July on Yard Dog Records as a single CD to coincide with the Whitstable Oyster Festival. Proceeds from sales of the single will be donated to Operation Blessing International working with oyster farmers in the Urato Islands Japan whose industry and livelihoods were wiped out in the tsunami. Operation Blessing have already provided electricity to the Urato Islands (one of the top oyster producing locations in Japan) with 20 industrial generators and helped the oyster fishing guild with new computers, office supplies and an internet connection. Over the next year they will provide production boats and a wide variety of tools as requested by the oyster fishermen.

Malcolm said “none of this would have been possible without Whitstable’s own ledgendary Jim Leverton who has played on and produced the single and forthcoming album. IanLander, also from Whitstable has done a brilliant job engineering the record. This seemed a great way of showing practical solidarity between the oyster industries in Whitstable and in Japan. The CD will be available for sale at £2.99 at pubs and music venues throughout this year’s Oyster Festival, it will also be promoted internationally.

by Mark B Good

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"; } ?> Martin Croones Review Fri 24/06/11

About

Martin Croones is a singer from Kent, his vocals are very much influenced by singers from The Great American Song Book such as Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart and Sammy Davis Jr. He has been coined with the tagline;  ‘From Sinatra to Streisand – Elvis to Everly’s and so much more’. Performing at several big venues over the years, from being in musical shows at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury to cabaret at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone. He has certainly built up a large back-catalog

Our Impression

Martin Croones was kind enough to  allow us to listen to a song of his, entitled ‘The Summer Wind’ which really gave us an idea of what he can do. With a voice that makes you think of a Las Vegas club on the strip in the 60s, filled with people, as the Rat Pack are performing, Martin Croones has a voice that can certainly take you back there. The way his vocals caress the music with a unique voice that sounds so similar yet adding a new element that can only be described when listened to, his music and of course his charisma is indeed a delight

Upcoming

For more information on Martin Croones and details on what he has upcoming, visit his website at http://www.freewebs.com/thecrooner/

by Sunil S De Moor

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"; } ?> House of Rogues Review Thu 23/06/11

About

House of Rogues are a local 4 piece alternative rock band. The band (originally named Zephyrus) was formed just before the new year of 2010. Since then they have played in many venues across, Canterbury, Croydon and London with creditable success including playing on the local “Lounge On The Farm” festival in Canterbury, playing on several local radio stations as well as playing the highly prestigous “100 Club”.

Our Impression

The band insist that they have many different influences and styles infused into their song making, coming equally from each band member. This is very evident in their music. After listening to their track ‘Until Tomorrow’ among others  it is clear that the band offer a wide variety of music within their genre of Alternative rock.  Any one who enjoys the music of bands such as ‘Arctic  Monkeys’,’Queens of the Stone Age’,’Kasabian’ or ‘Two door cinema club’ will surely like what House of Rogues has to offer.  With similarities to such accomplished bands ‘House of Rogues’ seems to really be a local band with a future and one to really look out for.

Upcoming

In the Summer of 2010 the band finished their debut EP entitled, “Aim for the Bushes” which can be heard here on their Band Profile ,which also contains info on their upcoming shows:  http://www.reverbnation.com/houseofrogues

by Mark B Good

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"; } ?> Black Circles Review Tue 21/06/11

About

Black Circles are a local power-trio band. Their frontman/guitarist Dan and bass player Mayumi both toured on the highway in previous bands before teaming up together in the heart of Kent. In 2010 they recruited new drummer Tris and successfully self-released their anthemic debut single ‘Little Girl’ picking up glowing reviews in Japanese and UK press.

Our Impression

We we’re able to listen to the bands new single ‘Final straw’ giving us a good idea of what the band has to offer. After listening to the track we can really say that the band bring a real, new, raw take on rock. Having comparisons to the likes of bands such as Queens of the Stone Age and Biffy Clyro it’s no wonder then that Black Circles are making such a good impression with critics – most of all their new single “Final Straw” which has really made itself known to them. Overall they’re certainly a band to watch in the near future as were sure they are set to go far starting with the promise of a busy Festival season for them heading into 2011.

Upcoming

Their New single ‘Final Straw’ was released on iTunes for purchase on the16th May 2011. For more information on the band visit their MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/blackcirclesband.

by Sunil S De Moor

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"; } ?> Flame Pilots Review Sat 18/06/11

About

Flame Pilots are a four-piece hard rock/grunge influenced band from Whitstable. As I discovered after listening to their new EP titled ‘Passanger’ they are clearly influenced by 90s Grunge such as Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana however, also, earlier influences such as the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zep and Black Sabbath.

Our Impression

When I first heard their song “Passenger” it occurred to me how much of an influence Flame Pilots took from Pearl Jam, certainly vocal wise as you cannot help but think of an Eddie Vedder-esque feel here. I know as they are also influenced by earlier bands such as Sabbath and Led Zep you start to understand where the birth of their sound comes from. Their sound is very much a combination of Grunge and Rock bands from the late 80s and 90s such as Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Chili Peppers and of course Pearl Jam. Overall a certain admiration must be entitled to the band for providing a much needed revival of Grunge in this decade.

Upcoming

The band have recently recorded a four song EP titled ‘Passanger’ in November 2010 which can be listened to now on their My space page at http://www.myspace.com/flamepilots

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"; } ?> Masque Review Sat 18/06/11

About

Masque is a Canterbury based song writing band that consist of five band members including local talent Dave Emm , the rest of the band range in ages from 18-62. The band first formed back in 2010 so to play at  the popular local festival ‘Lounge on the Farm’. Since then they have been working on their soon to be released album titled ‘Parallel World’.

Our Impression

Here at Red Sands we were able to listen too two new tracks from Masque’s new album ‘Parallel World’ and between them they provide a diverse variety of music. Their first song ‘Fizzy Days’ provides very catchy lyrics of nostalgic memories with vocals reminiscent of artist such as Bob Geldof. Where as their second song ‘One in a Million’ takes a very different approach seeming to take inspiration from brit pop and contemporary bands such as ‘Two door cinema club’ with stylistic electric guitar riffs. Overall a talented band that seem to be putting the advantages of the band members varying ages to good use by creating music that seems to blend the new with the old for desirable results.

Upcoming

The two songs featured in this article were songs from Masque’s soon to be released new album ‘Parallel Worlds’. For more information on the artist visit his website or tune in to Red Sands Radio.

By Mark B Good

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"; } ?> Dave Emm Review Sat 18/06/11

About

Dave Emm is a local musician from Blean just outside of Canterbury. He is currently working with his recording band ‘Masque on a new album’. In addition to this he has had a rich and expansive musical history starting  from an early age with his work as a drummer in local bands and contribution in a ‘Classic rock’ duo known as ‘Smiler’. He has also written hundreds of songs over his expansive carer including the two songs that we were able to listen to from his new album ‘Moodswings’.

Our Impression

Dave Emm is obviously a talented musician judging from the tracks ‘In the corner of my room’ and ‘Beauty bound’ both from his previously mentioned new album ‘Moodswings’. What proves to be more impressive is the fact that he plays every instrument  in the recordings ,highlights being the regular skilful acoustic solos. However the vocals and lyrics are what really stand out providing a calming yet soulful ballad that really seem to tell a story. Any fans of artists such as Chris De Burgh and Don Mclean will surely find enjoyment in Dave Emm’s variety of  music making him a real local musical talent to watch.

Upcoming

The two songs featured in this article were songs from Dave Emm’s new album ‘Moodswings’ which is set to be released soon.