The Pantomime Villains – Dreamland

Dreamland  is an infectious and energised slice of indie from the Margate band The Pantomime Villians.

The Pantomime Villains have created an E.P which if anything is too short, although a psychiatrist might have something to say about the band’s attitude to relationships.  Even still if indie is your thing, this won’t fail to do nice things to your insides.

Click here to read the full piece.

David Horn

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The Pantomime Villians – Dreamland

CzechMate – Pipe Bombs

CzechMate, Pipe Bombs, E.P

With interests that include washing lines and basements it will come as no surprize that CzechMate create exciting and raw guitar music.  Fuzzed up guitars and gritty brit pop vocals slide down your ears easier than an energetic front man on a slippery stage.  CzechMate are a five piece from Sittingbourne, though like all the most interesting things they are currently scattered across the country.

As you press play on CzechMate’s E.P Pipe Bombs it soon becomes obvious why the band have play venues such as The 100 Club.  The E.P opener is Bus.  A charged indie riff instantly captures your attention and builds anticipation.  As drums and then punky brit pop vocals come in the anticipation becomes entirely verified.  A hooky riff and fast pace drag you along.  A powerful bass solo only helps to keep your ears trained in.  Ultimately Bus not only sounds exciting and urgent, but reminds you why the back of the bus is the only place to sit.

The sense of style and swagger established by CzechMate only increases as the Pipe Bombs E.P continues with Ties and Lies as CzechMate take a swing at business culture.  Short and punchy, Ties and Lies delivers it’s swing with a sharp riff, vocal harmonies and a chorus the whole band pitch in on.  The drums take the stage in With Me.  Fiery guitars help a drum build up to drop into another track that drips with so much indie swagger that it probably leaves a puddle, just a little heads up for you.  Driven by strong drumming With Me shows a more desperate side to CzechMate as the track begs ‘Just be with me/The one for me’.  Tonight ends the Pipe Bombs E.P on a similarly emotional tone.  A slow and inviting riff reminiscent of Modest Mouse starts Tonight, setting the tone for the track.  Warm drumming and vocals intoned with care cruise out your speakers and show CzechMate in a new light.  Tonight represents a new level of relaxation from CzechMate, but they still manage to sneak in a cheeky guitar solo.

The 100 Club, Live, CzechMate

At four tracks long the Pipe Bombs E.P is too short and will leave you wanting more.  All the elements of CzechMate come together perfectly to make a highly listenable and accomplished E.P.  It’s no one wonder Bus was picked up by BBC Introducing Kent whilst With Me has been played by GU2 Radio and ourselves.  All that’s left is for you to check it out.  Find a link to CzechMate’s music with two demo tracks up for free download and related posts below.

CzechMate on Facebook

CzechMate’s Music

David Horn

Track Listing:

  1. Bus
  2. Ties and Lies
  3. With Me
  4. Tonight

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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

Peace.

Blaise Paisel Change Their Name

In favour of a name easier to find Blaise Paisel have changed their name.  After several releases including their debut single Magical, Blaise Paisel have changed their name to Skies.

Skies had this to say about the name change:

BLAISE PAISEL served us very well, but our music’s also changed alot since we named the band back then and we feel our new name is going to be the best thing for us! We’re all really excited! Hope u are too! Here’s to the future! Much love x

Find Skies on Facebook.

David Horn

name change

The Banned Reviews Takeover 10/03/13

Another great night of music!  Bands from the UK, Canada and America fell out your speakers into your ears!  There was even a twenty minute portion of Pawse’s most recent DJ set!  Our ears are still feeling happy!  Check out tonight’s show for more great Kent and underground music!  Listen anytime for independent music here.

Track Listing:

Artemis Redeemer – Something More / On Facebook

Voodoo Brother – Still Water / On Facebook

Third Place Victory – One Year Wasting / On Facebook

The Gang – Mania / On Facebook

High Tide – Home / On Facebook

Craig Sheridan – Nitewish / On Facebook

The Zolas – Escape Artist / On Facebook

Escape the Ocean – One Sided Dice / On Facebook

Insult – Young and Reckless / On Facebook

Insult – Our Money Your War

Generation Graveyard – The Empty / On Facebook

Go-Zilla – Throwdown /On Facebook

Pawse – Live at Wooly’s 03-02-2013 / On Facebook

Much love,

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The Zolas Release Video For Escape Artist

Escape Artist is one of the deeper and more thoughtful moments on The Zolas’ album Ancient Mars, and has now been put to moving pictures – commonly called a video.

Escape Artist is the half way point of Ancient Mars.  A reflective piano starts the track  as bare and honest vocals tell the story of someone forced to hide their true self from the real world.  Restrained and subtle drumming add to a dynamic edge to the song as the story picks up. As the person lives their dream Escape Artist finds a new and sense of energy and positivity.  Escape Artist is a feat in story telling and  delivery.

The Zolas

The video shows the duel life of the protagonist, at first fitting in with friends before returning home to live out what makes him happy.  Escape Artist translates into a video which shows the contrast and of these two worlds and the level of happiness each brings.  The video shows story in an engaging and human way, ending bitter sweet as the main character rejoins the life he has to live.

David Horn

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