Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Monday, 28 June 2010
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
LaFaro Playlist Numero Cuatro Tracklisting:
Alice In Chains – Them Bones
Nirvana – Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
Stone Temple Pilots – Sex Type Thing
Soundgarden – Room A Thousand Years Wide
The Wildhearts – Suckerpunch
Foo Fighters – Weenie Beenie
Jawbox – Savory
At The Drive-In – One Armed Scissor
Senseless Things – Christine Keeler - Single Version
Sparklehorse – Happy Man (Memphis Version)
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Monday, 21 June 2010
Sat 12th June – ROCKNESS! After a stomach lining brunch we head out to Rockness and make our way over to the Go North stage. Once again we are reminded what a beautiful location this is for a festival. I stand and watch the Loch for some time to see if I can catch a glimpse of the monster, perhaps all this loud music has scared it off… Later I’m introduced to Toki from the band Mothercoat from Tokyo, Japan, and I try to remember my Japanese lessons (pretty rusty I’m ashamed to say). We manage to catch a few bands on the Go North stage, including Miaoux Miaoux from Glasgow, (he’s playing with us in Edinburgh too) and then we’re on. Again the crowd are up for the craic and lots of friends have come along to lend their support, thanks guys! After the show and a quick podcast interview, Andy (drums) and Jon (bass) head off to meet friends while I make it back to Inverness to catch Mothercoat at Madhatters. The place is packed and they are totally brilliant. Glow sticks are flying around the place and the band and audience are jumping in unison. A fantastic way to end the night.Sun 13th June – Back to Rockness for some more interviews, and then it’s time for Blondie. Everyone is super excited and it’s great to hear the hits. Then it’s time to go, and we start our 2-part journey to London, where we arrive on Mon 14th June Chez Liana in time for a couple of pints at the local and a good nights sleep.
Tues 15th June – LONDON! Tonight’s show is at the Monarch in Camden. At this stage we are joined by soundman and good friend Finian. He works with Rolo Tomassi, Gallows and just last weekend was mixing Shy Child in Portugal! The gig goes really well, with a great deal of dancing going on down the front, so we are all very happy indeed.
Wed 16th June – NOTTINGHAM! Last time we played Nottingham was on the Har Mar Superstar tour, such a great night, so we are excited to come back. Plus it’s Wednesday, or “Big Wednesday” which means ditching the car early and getting the jeagerbombs in. Spanky Van Dykes is a pretty new venue, with awesome TOTP style lights behind the stage, we love it. The show is a little quiet (don’t they KNOW it’s Big Wednesday??!!) but those in attendance are won over, they buy merchandise and we give them free badges. Then promoter Jeremy takes us all to the Bodega Social Club, where Big Wednesday is happening big style! We just miss Fin’s pals Pulled Apart By Horses, but we do get to meet James from Rolo Tomassi who seems like a top bloke indeed. Many Jaegerbombs later, it’s time for me to call it a night, leaving the boys to continue the Big Wednesday fun, and the next day I hear stories of parties in student Halls of Residence.
Thurs 17th June – We awake to news that our show in BRISTOL was double booked, and therefore we are forced to cancel the trip. Major bummer… We settle instead for a couple of nights at home and the chance to do a bit of laundry and eat some fruit. Bristol, we’ll reschedule as soon as is possible!
Sat 19th June – LEEDS! The one way system in Leeds is very frustrating indeed, and with a Sat-Nav that has no signal and an iPhone map app that just tells lies, it takes us some time to find the venue. But we do eventually, and arrive at Carpe Diem ready to rock. We’re know we’re in the right place when we see the bartender is wearing a Lafaro tshirt (up the STA hoods!) The kitchen has closed though, so we wander off to find food, and decide to treat ourselves to amazing burgers at Nation of Shopkeepers, which looks like a pretty sweet venue too. Back to Carpe Diem and while we get set up, the DJ is playing our remix of Forward Russia’s “Thirteen”. Yay! By the end of our set we have definitely won over some new fans and we look forward to coming back to Leeds again soon.
So that’s half time I guess. Part 2 follows soon!
Thurs 24th June - BATHGATE, Harleys - FREEFri 25th June - GLASGOW, Capitol, £5 on the door
Sat 26th June - EDINBURGH, Electric Circus
Sun 27th June - FIFE, The Greenside, Leslie - FREE
Fri 2nd July - ABERDEEN, Polar Bear Club @ Tunnels - £3/2
Sunday, 20 June 2010
For more check out the official Sonisphere Festival guide free with the new issue of Rock Sound.
Friday, 18 June 2010
LaFaro Playlist Numero Tres Tracklisting:
Rocket From The Crypt – Middle
Adebisi Shank – Snakehips
These Arms Are Snakes – Child Chicken Play
Helmet – Unsung
Pixies – Planet Of Sound
Beastie Boys – So What'Cha Want
The Jesus Lizard – Thumbscrews
The Ghost Of A Thousand – Split The Atom
Barkmarket – How Are You ?
Breach – Valid
LaFaro Playlist Numero Dos Tracklisting:
Kylesa – Scapegoat
Converge – Wishing Well
Trashtalk – Eyes & Nines
Machine Head – Battery
Slayer – War Ensemble
Anthrax – Madhouse
Testament – The Persecuted Won't Forget
Mastodon – Colony Of Birchmen
Meshuggah – Bleed
Sepultura – Against
Entombed – Wreckage
Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod
Prong – Another Wordly Device
Slipknot – Psychosocial
The Freebutt is an awesome venue and Illness played some of their first ever gigs there, thanks to the almighty Andy Rossiter, music promoter and venue manager extraordinaire. Andy took over the venue along with some other Brighton musical institutions like Alex from OIB Records, and they have done a really good job of putting on luscious new and established music pretty much every single night.
So, no matter where you live, if you want to, could you show some solidarity with our music scene could you head over to the Save The Freebutt campaign site for more info, and sign the petition to save the Freebutt
Spencer from Illness
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
The June edition of the Party Fodder podcast is now available or if you are an I-tunes spaz then you are more than encouraged to subscribe to it!
This month the Party Fodder Podcast takes a dive into the library of cuss and irreverence with an hilarious interview with Fighting With Wire's Cahir O'Doherty. We also stop by The Stiff Kitten to thread the language barrier with Iceland's finest FM Belfast, as well as brand new tracks from John Shelly and The Creatures, Robyn G Shiels, Clown Parlour and David Holmes. Wrap your ears round this lot then go in peace to love and serve your scene!
Clown Parlour - Stanley Kubrik
Key Of Atlas - Pure Black Spectrum
The Verona's - Head Rush
***Cahir O'Doherty Interview***
Fighting With Wire - All or Nothing
John Shelly and The Creatures - Killer
Robyn G Sheils - When we were Brothers
***FM Belfast Interview***
FM Belfast - Alaska in Winter
Paul Shevlin - You Wont Last the Night
Cutaways - Lover's are Lunatics
David Holmes - Living Room (Kevin Sheilds Remix)
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
P for Persia - Cliche
Monday, 14 June 2010
Friday, 11 June 2010
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
17th July: 1 in 12 Club - BRADFORD
These are just some of the many things that will be on show THIS SATURDAY... along with Fighting With Wire!
The FWW wagon cranks slowly back into gear and makes one final trip over to the 'states at the end of this month to finish the finishing of Album 2, but before then we've snuck in a show in BELFAST - THIS SATURDAY!
Its costs you 5 of the best and is sure to be an utter treat!
WHO'S IN... this one could get messy!
Sam FWW Team
Monday, 7 June 2010
The first session saw music industry bods Andrew Ferris and Charlene Hegarty (Smalltown America Records), Fran Cotton (legal and business affairs specialist), Rocky O’Reilly (Start Together studios/Oppenheimer/Malibu Shark Attack!), Mark Gordon (Score Draw Music/Skibunny) and Linley Hamilton (leading NI session musician, composer, performer) all offering advice and guidance.
Ross Graham, FFWD Programme manager, says, “Northern Ireland continues to produce world class creative musical talent and is now developing a strong entrepreneurial base and a growing infrastructure for the sector. This programme is designed to help local artists to add business skills to their creative skills, enhance the expertise of music entrepreneurs and help promote the N.I. music sector to key music and media industry players.”
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
We hope you all enjoyed the Skibunny track we gave you last month. This month's giveaway is an exclusive remix of LaFaro's 'Tuppenny Nudger', wherein the track is skillfully twisted into some decidedly 8-bit shapes by Irish beatmeister The Vinny Club.
Please click here to download the track. We love it, and we hope you do too!
Some very, very, VERY exciting news - And So I Watch You From Afar have been asked to support the Grohl/Homme/Jones rock monster that is Them Crooked Vultures at three European shows in June! Whilst this is obviously great news for the band, Team STA is a little sad none of us will be there to see the venues melt due to the sheer power of Rock on display.
June 3 - VIENNA - Arena Vienna (supporting Them Crooked Vultures) - AT
June 7 - ESCH-SU-ALZETTE - Rockhal (supporting Them Crooked Vultures) - LUX
June 10 - AMSTERDAM - Heineken Music Hall (supporting Them Crooked Vultures) - NE
The Kerrang! Awards have just launched their voting round again, best newcomers anyone...?
June 12 - INVERNESS, ROCKNESS FESTIVAL
June 15 - LONDON, The Monarch
Jube 16 - NOTTINGHAM, Spanky Van Dykes (live and DJ set)
June 17 - BRISTOL, Mothers Ruin
June 18 - MANCHESTER, Sub 61
June 19 - LEEDS, Carpe Diem
June 24 - BATHGATE, Harleys
June 25 - GLASGOW, Capitol
June 26- EDINBURGH, Electric Circus
June 27 - FIFE, The Greenside, Leslie
July 2 - ABERDEEN, Polar Bear Club @ Tunnels
We will be releasing the Gifts From God EP from Brighton two-piece Illness on July 5th 2010. As with the Skibunny release mentioned above, it will be available digitally everywhere and as a limited edition CD exclusively on the STA Store - click here to pre-order. The physical edition features a bonus video that will not be available elsewhere.
 New LaFaro Single Is...
 Alan MX's Green Tea EP Out Now