The Banned Reviews Takeover 17/03/13

What an awesome show!  The underground and unsigned music in Kent and across the UK is incredible!  We want to congratulate Tank Trap again on earning a slot at this years Isle of Wight Festival and Syd Arthur for their appearance at this years SXSW.  Both these and all the bands we play have bright futures.  See who we played below and go find them live, you won’t regret it.  Listen now for great independent music and again on Sunday at 8 … and Friday at 6.30.  There’s no escape … wait, no excuse not to check it out.

Track Listing:

Blacken the Name – Jekyll and Hyde / On Facebook

Wheres Billy – Tears and Essays / On Facebook

Tank Trap – My Animal / On Facebook

CzechMate – With Me / On Facebook

Skies – Magical / On Facebook

Klac Tik – Reborn / On Facebook

The Alamo – More to Learn / On Facebook

The Lightwings – Revolution / On Facebook

Syd Arthur – Ode to Summer / On Facebook

Optional Rubber Duck – Jackie Chan / On Facebook

Internal Skars – Undertaker / On Facebook

Border:Line Fire –  I Wanna Go / On Facebook

Mr Beane (Rebirth Records) – July Mix / On Facebook


Tank Trap To Play Isle Of Wight Festival

Tank Trap

Gravesend’s Tank Trap have been selected to play this year’s Isle of Wight Festival on the main stage.  After playing for judges at The Halfmoon in Putney the blues rock band were one of six winners in a twelve act contest.  The other winners were Cable Street Collective, CHIDI, Crystal Seagulls, Louise Golby and XOVA


The night was judged by John Giddings, Steve Harley from Cockney Rebel, Musician/Songwriter Jim Duguid, Associate Digital Editor from Q Paul Stokes and Absolute Radio presenter Andy Bush.  Catch Tank Trap in a more intimate setting at Folkestone’s Bar Below on the 13th April.  They will be playing alongside the other big talented bands My Life In The Making, Vivid Nation and Down To My Last.

Find event details here.

David Horn

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26/02/2013: The Black Waterside – Ole Death!

Ole death, it reaches all of us sometime.  Which is why it’s important to fill the time between with fun happenings and lots of good music!  One song we recommend to keep your ears entertained is The Black Waterside’s newest track.  Ole Death! is another blusey monster from the band and yours to own for literally no more effort than some keyboard taping and a mouse click.

The Black Waterside once again use vocal samples to genius effect to enhance Ole Death! further.  As a thick southern drawl fades out the powerful voice of Adam Bray storm  in and fills Ole Death! with raw urgency.  Ole Death! soon finds its groove as creative drums add a new element to the track.  The feel of Ole Death grows and grows as the track continues, gaining a bigger and more accomplished sound as it goes on.  Adding to all of this is gritty and powerful guitar playing.

The Black Waterside

Get your free download of Ole Death! here!

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The Banned Reviews Takeover 24/02/13

So, last night happened.  An hour of big local music from bands across Kent and a few cheeky extras (the best kind).  We have to be honest, it did some nice things to us.  With new material from Crashgate and The Black Waterside we enjoyed it a lot.  Check out all the acts we played live, they’re all kind of awesome.

Track Listing:

Stone Kings – Psycadelic Lady / On Facebook

Tank Trap – Shot Down / On Facebook

IRIS – Long Walk to Sleep / On Facebook

Riskee and the Ridicule – King of the Dole / On Facebook

The Doctorates – Don’t Stop / On Facebook

Andy Robinson – Louder (DJ Fresh Cover)

Elle Rayenne – De-Construction / On Facebook

Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers – Faceache (No Money) / On Facebook

The Black Waterside – Ole Death / On Facebook

Crashgate – As One / On Facebook

Mr Beanie (Rebirth Records) – Deep n Tech Mix / On Facebook

Pawse – Contact / On Facebook

Kilo Kish – Navy / On Facebook


Tank Trap and Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers at Platform 5, Ashford, Kent : 09/02/13

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics

Every band has a gift.  Some have great songs, some are great at making new fans and others are great at breaking things.  Saturday the 9th February at Ashford’s Platform 5 saw all these talents.  Tank Trap & Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers filled the music venue with energy and sound.  One of the first gigs since the venues brush with closure, the night showed why Platform 5 is so pivotal to Ashford’s music scene.

As the night’s music began the four members of Tank Trap emerged from the crowd and took to the stage.  Tank Trap brought their style of blues rock to Ashford.  Showing their many talents front man Ian Day revealed a new one.  The ability to break any mic just by touching it.  One by one he fearlessly slayed mics like they were marauding dragons until he made peace.  A harmonica down Tank Trap were still able to deliver tight and well played songs.  Well received by the audience Tank Trap played classics like My Animal as well as tracks from their new E.P and even a brand new song. One member of the audience was moved so much he began to mosh.  Throughout the set Tank Trap proved why they have such a strong reputation across Kent and London venues.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics

Following this were  Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers.  Their special skill was making friends, and they made one friend in particular.  Thumbscrew & his barbers played to a crowd of new faces and fans as they unleashed some potent punk into the room.  Favouring one particularly offensive C word Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers whipped up the crowd as more moshing and rhythmic moving occurred.  The Flicknife Barbers played tightly as Thumbscrew delivered vocals in distorted punk perfection.  The band proved their popularity as they played songs that managed to draw the audience in even further, getting them to participate.  Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers managed to bring the night to a big close with big songs and spectacle.  Find free music from them on their band page.

Thumbscrew & The Flicknife Barbers

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics

See both the bands live!  Whilst playing two different styles of music both Tank Trap & Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers made the night memorable in all the best ways.  They left your ears ringing in the morning, so you know their good.  This was just another of the great gigs that happen at Platform 5.  See below for a link to all the nights photography.

Platform 5 on Facebook

Tank Trap on Facebook / Bite the Bullet E.P

Thumbscrew & The Flicknife Barbers on Facebook / Free Music

GIGgle Pics on Facebook / GIGgle Pics Blog / Full Photo Album

David Horn

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Interview: Rory Asten Bell of Wildfowl

Medway blues rockers Wildfowl have had an exciting few months and it’s only going to get better.  We caught up with vocalist and guitarist Rory Asten Bell to see whats g’wanning.

How has 2013 started for Wildfowl?

2013 so far has started pretty well for us. Every Friday for the first 3 weeks of January we were playing, in Camden a lot which was great. We’ve been doing gig after gig after gig and we’ve been writing lots of new material so overall it’s been a great start to the year and hopefully it will be a big year for us too.

What inspired you to begin as a band and choose to play blues rock?

Blues has always been a genre that I was very fond of ever since I started playing guitar and writing songs.  I’ve always found people like Robert Johnson really inspiring.  He was such a brilliant guitarist and wrote about his life as it was without giving a rose tinted spectacle on it.  Another reason behind my love of blues is Howlin Wolf. He has this incredible rough and husky voice that anyone would die for.  Blues is one of them genres that matches my personality and also the whole mood of the band.  It’s just a genre where you can write about anything you want and express it in a million ways.  We’re not strictly a blues band but there are so many strong links it that it’s the closest thing we can compare our music to.

You got through it pretty quickly, what was it like recording the E.P?

The whole way we approached the E.P was mad.  We’d been together as a band for a little under 3 weeks when we recorded our E.P. We played one gig at an open mic night at the Barge in Gillingham and another at a small bar called Poco Loco in Chatham.  As I’m very picky with recording techniques and everything that comes along with recording I really wanted our E.P to sound how I feel it should. I got in touch with Jim Riley at Ranscombe studios in Rochester, I’d recorded with Jim and Brendan Esmonde in previous bands so it was the right thing to do this time. Jim’s studio is completely analog and is recorded on a tape reel just how they used to do it back in the day. It made making the E.P so much more fun. We recorded it all live and it feels like you’ve accomplished so much more doing it that way because it goes to show you have to be tight as a band otherwise you have to wind the tape reel back and start over. If anyone ever needs a recording done, YOU NEED TO GO TO JIM RILEY !

Rory Asten Bell, Wildfowl

It’s got you some interest from far and wide, a French music blog commented on your review and we saw an American label add you into a compilation. How far has word about you spread?

It’s been a bit strange how it’s reached France and America.  We’ve had a lot more American fans since they featured us on their winter compilation. It’s great to know someone’s keeping an eye on us from overseas. As far as we’re aware the furthest it’s gone out to is Oklahoma which is mad for a band based in Medway.
You’ve been gigging A LOT recently, whats been your favourite gig to date? How have the crowds received you?

Purple Turtle was a very good gig of ours. But then in terms of a crowd pleaser we all agree that Beacon Court on the 23rd of December was fantastic for us.  We were the band opening for the evening but we managed to pack out the whole room before 9 o clock.  Everyone there seemed so happy as it was 2 days before crimbo and all of our friends and family came down and to have a room full of people coming just to see you play cheer you on is the best feeling ever.  Every gig we’ve done we always get the best reaction from people afterwards.  The main comments are the harmonies between Genevieve and me.  We once got a comment saying we sounded like the beach boys with our harmonies.  It’s great to have comments like that.

What have been your funniest/weirdest experiences gigging?

I’m not going to lie but being in a band with our bassist Shaun Meaney is the funniest thing. He’s just mental and never ceases to amaze us. He’s so eccentric on stage and we now have a crowd pleaser called ‘The Meaney Bop’.   It’s one of them signature things that Shaun does on stage. It’s a joy to watch as he’s off in his own little world.


What are your plans for 2013?

GIG, GIG, GIG and also GIG !!!!  We’re going to be working on our album this year too which I will be recording myself in my home studio.  We aren’t in any rush to get it completed anytime soon and we aren’t in any rush to leak any details on it but we are going to keep this one very closely to our chests.

When 2013 goes off for you in a big way, what band big or small do you pick to tour with?

Crybaby Special and The Monsters.  They have been tweeted by The Libertines recently.  They’ve been asked to play with and support Pete Doherty and they are the most respected band out in Kent at the moment.  There’s no contest as to what band we want to gig with.  We’re already gigging with them all over our hometown and throughout London too.  They are the hardest working musicians about and they deserve everything they work for.  As a band we’ve had the amazing honour to follow them in their steps and we’ve learnt so much from them.  They’ve helped us out in more ways than I can thank them for.  Not only are they the best local band I’ve seen live before and they are three of the best people I’ve met. We gig with them what seems to be every gig these days but I wouldn’t change that. We always have such a laugh with Jason, Josh and Lewis.  They are the reason we’re so busy.  Seeing them do over 100 gigs last year made us all want it soo much as well. I have no fear in saying they’re going to be massive one day in the very near future !

And most importantly, whats your favourite kind of biscuit?

This is the hardest thing you’ve asked today. I’m going to have to say chocolate digestive. It’s sweet, it’s tasty and it’s got chocolate all over one side. It’s better than your average bourbon ! !

Wildfowl on Facebook

David Horn

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