The Banned Reviews Takeover 03/03/13

We hope you enjoyed more great underground and unsigned music.  It pressed lots of nice buttons in our brains, like a kid hitting lots of red buttons.  The end result was plenty of amazing sounds from artists and producers from across the UK, and even one band from Chicago.  AudioWhore’s album is just out and a bit good! Meanwhile we’re expecting great new material from Atlantica soon.  We hope their tracks got you excited!  Hear it again on Friday at 6.30 or listen now for great independent music.  Do you like what you hear?  Any requests?  Email

Track Listing:

AudioWhores – Slice of Life / On Facebook

Tyrannosaurus Alan – S.T.B feat Jak Brown / On Facebook

Atlantica – In Vivid Colour / On Facebook

Fish Tank – Kakapo / On Facebook

The New Diet – See Millions, Saw Few / On Facebook

Matt Appleby – By Night / On Facebook

Common Outlaw – Catalyst / On Facebook

Wildfowl – She Opened Her Legs / On Facebook

Up For The Letdown – I Fear Sharks / On Facebook

Slaves – Cease Fire / On Facebook

Slaves – Nervous Energy

Wolfstone Ft. Romy Harmony & Alexander – I’ll Never Let You Go (Fade Remix) / On Facebook

Afro Dizzy Jack Remix – Talking with myself 2012  Afro Dizzy Jack Remix / On Facebook

Mr Beanie – Trap Mix / On Facebook

Much Love.

18/02/2013: Circle of Rage – Society’s Secret

Circles.  They can make happy things by also angry things.  Five people from Ashford have made the circle into something purposeful and powerful.

Circle of Rage

Circle of Rage are a band that combine big and dominating music with swift and technical changes.  They use this platform to deliver pointed and political messages.  Interested in ‘Music, originality and truth’ the band don’t fail to deliver.  Society’s Secret opens with a foreboding riff before switching up the energy and driving forward.  Over this the vocals speak out about society and the need to resist.  These are delivered by a combination of clean and growling vocals that charge down your brain holes.  Society’s Secret then gains even more momentum as it storms into its final thirty seconds.

From the Curtains Up E.P Society’s Secret is inventive and passionate.  Get your free download of it by clicking here.

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YaMaHaRaHaRA, IRIS, Left of the Right Side and Atlantica at The Bar Below, Folkestone : 26/01/13

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Buzz, buzz, buzz.  Don’t worry it’s not an angry bee; but it was the atmosphere at The Bar Below, Folkestone on Saturday.  Organised by YaMaHaRaHaRa and run by Below the Radar Events and Promotions four big Kent bands took to the stage for YaMaHaRaHaRa’s comeback gig.  Alongside YaMaHaRaHaRa’s  highly anticipated return were Atlanica, Left of the Right Side and IRIS.  All three bands gave the night more support than a super effective push up bra as it built to its close.

First up to kick out some energy across the Bar Below were Atlantica.  As their set began, the lights went dark and a thought-provoking intro sailed across the Bar Below, and then as the drums kicked in the band and helpfully the lights exploded into life.  There and Back Again started the bands set and showcased the bands sound.  Atlantica also showed their experimental side.  I know what you’re thinking, and no there was no hardcore/jazz fusion.  There was however a new addition to the bands set up with vocalist Elliot Dixon using a delay pedal.  The result was some occasionally funny and often genius vocal effects.  Elliot showed his prowess as a front man with a variety of poses and even the occasional crowd invasion,  all accompanied by many facial expressions.    Carried by a tight band, the set even featured guest vocals from Cairn Livingstone.  The set ended with a not yet perfected but entertaining cover of Rise Against’s Prayer of the Refugee.

Image by Sarah Quin / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Following this was Left of the Right Side.  They filled the Bar Below with a rock vibe and captured the audience’s attention once more.  Left of the Right Side delivered another strong performance as even guitarist Shaun Taylor made it out on to the floor.  Despite a few beers vocalist Rich Packman put in an active performance.  Despite some vocal issues he carried off the heavy aspects of the tracks, Left of the Right Side continually getting a big cheer from the audience.  Whether you were at the front of the stage or giving the bar some love, the bands strong and accomplished playing bounced around the room and didn’t fail to impress.  Not to be out done by Atlantica, their set even featured its own addition.  YaMaHaRaHaRa’s guitarist had a brief moment of pretend guitar playing on Shaun Taylor’s guitar as he was playing it.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Engineer Records’ IRIS took the role of main support and didn’t disappoint.  IRIS filled the stage with a big presence and sent sounds cartwheeling across the room.  The  band sounded on top form as they delivered a professional set whilst also evidently highly enjoying what they do.  Playing tracks from their last release Out of Fiction and some new songs IRIS worked the crowd repeatedly.  They even nobly sacrificed their bassist to start a pit, as he jumped into the crowd still playing.  The alt. rockers filled the room with energy from the YaMaHaRaHaRa merch clad front man through to the drummer with an impressively versatile face.  More interactive than an iPhone swearing at you whilst shooting angry birds at your face, IRIS left their mark on you.  Either directly via their bassist or just with big sounds climbing down your ears.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Finally it was time.  YaMaHaRaHaRa took to the stage making Below the Radar’s booking manager Andrew Kesby and a room full of people very happy.  Equally happy to be back YaMaHaRaHaRa delivered a powerful set.  Jokey and friendly between songs, the band then exploded in a frenzy of noise, before ending the song and asking for shots.  A bit like a friendly but thirsty volcano might.  The crowd reacted well to YaMaHaRaHaRa, enjoying and moving rhythmically, dancing?, to the music.  They commented on how nice it was to see old and new faces.  Any new faces however might have had a slight shock as front lady Kate Wintie detonated in their ears.  The whole band played a kinetic and tight set.  YaMaHaRaHaRa went for it so much that at the end of the set they were exhausted.  During the final few songs Kate could be seen laying on her keyboard whilst the band’s drummer sat motionless on the floor when the band finished.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

YaMaHaRaHaRa ended the night in a big way but were ably supported by the performances before them.  As comeback shows go it was pretty big.   See all these bands where ever you can!  Scroll right down to the bottom for one more photo!

David Horn

Band/Promoter/Photography Links:

Below the Radar Events and Promotions

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


Left of the Right Side

IRIS / Engineer Records


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Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics.

The Banned Reviews Takeover 27/01/13

What an hour!  Lots of tracks, remixs and mixs from amazing Kent bands!  We hope you liked them as much we do!!  Check out these bands for more music and gig dates!  Thanks for listening!  Listen to Somojo radio now for the best independent music.

Track Listing:

Atlantica -There and Back Again / On Facebook

Avenge Thee + Naime – Song 2 / On Facebook

Melrose – No Thanks, I’m High On Life / On Facebook

Riskee and the Ridicule – Lightning / On Facebook

Empire Light – Too Old For Buses / On Facebook

The Doctorates – Sorry Love / On Facebook

BattleSka Galactica – All Aboard The Mary Celeste / On Facebook

The Objectors – There and Back / On Facebook

Skrillex Ft. Damien Marley – Meloki’s Trap Remix / On Facebook

7 Day Conspiracy – Enough to Make You Sick / On Facebook

7 Day Conspiracy – Another Song about War / On Facebook

Up For The Let Down – I Fear Sharks / On Facebook

Mr Beanie (Rebirth Records) – Do You Rock Mini Mix / On Facebook

Much love,

Banned Reviews

The Gig Guide: 3rd – 9th Dec

It’s a week.  A new week.  A new week full of gigs!  As always there’s plenty to keep you entertained this week!

Our week starts on Tuesday at The Beer Cart, Canterbury with Below the Radar.  Ska band Imperial Leisure are touring the country, they’ve done some dates with Sonic Boom Six and are doing their own headline tour.  They’ll hit Canterbury supported by some big local talent!  Canterbury’s own ShyChlo, Riskee and the Ridicule fresh from Camden, ska punk band My Third Leg and indie ska band Firstborn Heroes will make all kinds of good noises.

Wednesday at The Lantens in Folkestone get some beats in your life with The Winter Warmer.  A night filled with great local talent this night is also in support of the local homeless shelter!  As well as the tunes get your hands on the local music compilations with all profits going to the shelter!

Thursday it’s back to The Beer Cart, or the future – which ever works, for another big night.  Come down for Phatta Sounds first gig.  It’s a big line-up!  Sincerity, Then the Wave Came, Within the Silence and Locusts will put on an big show.   Sincerity alone have just supported Fear Factory with a genius light show!  Alternatively if you’re feeling some indie folk get down to The Windmill in Ashford for Blaise Paisel and Elle Rayenne.  Celebrate with Blaise Paisel as they launch their video for Magical.

I’f you’re want another fix of Imperial Leisure they’re playing The Tubman in Hastings on Friday.  Alternatively The Forum in Tonbridge Wells has Weezish!  The Weezer tribute band will give you an epic fix of college rock with some big tunes!

Saturday get yo’self down to new venue The Rafters in Maidstone!  The mighty Vivid Nation will playing there.  If you’ve not seen them they combine atmospheric guitars with passion and performance!  If you have seen them, see them again!  Closer to Tonbridge?  Get back to The Forum for a big night of rock! All The Above + Zombie Met Girl + Ugly Love + Nod and Toxic Rock DJ’s  will loud noises for you!

Have a great week!  What have we missed?  Check our full gig guide for more!

The Gig Guide: 26th Nov – 2nd Dec

Happy Monday, yeah it’s Monday – not the best day but here are a few things to look forward to!

Our gigs start from Thursday this week at The Forum, Tonbridge Wells.  Watch The Blackwater Revue, Escucha, Sanity FM and The Timing make nice sounds for your ears.

Back at The Forum on Friday its all about Genesis Elijah, Natty Speaks, Mr Basista & DJ SP and a Open Mic Night hosted by FS.  Fancy it?

On Saturday there’s so much stuff happening you’ll have to split yourself into five.  Like a really bad dating show, option one.  Toot ‘n’ Skamen are at The Westcoast, Margate for some great ska vibes.  In Folkestone at the new venue Rokanrolla check out Alaska, March on March, Atlantica and Unspoken dreams for the Kent Music Best of Show!  Get in the Christmas Spirit in Deal at The Astor Theater.  Check out the amazingly talented Pip Bowers, Jack Bowden and Chris Marsh providing acoustic music.  Down in Hastings?  Get some rock and metal in your life at The Carlisle with The Self Titled, Stormborn and Never Say Die.  Finally you could go back to The Forum (movie references 🙂 ) and catch Trash Talk.

There’s even a gig on Sunday, the best way to spend a Sunday.  In Ashford a Platform 5  go to Selective Noisze 2 feat. DJ Blaize, Kev Boi, Dark Side Tribe, Jessta and Critical, Mic B and Ziphedz.

See all the gigs we know about here on the Gig Guide.  What are we missing? Let us know.

Much Love,

Banned Reviews