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


Related Posts:

Free Download: Atlantica – In Vivid Colour

Free Download: Left of the Right Side – Skyward

Free Download: YaMaHaRaHaRA – Ribbons

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

YaMaHaRaHaRa Are Back

After a year long hiatus the Folkestone based YaMaHaRaHaRa are back.  Playing energetic and strong post hardcore rock the band have come back with a bang, with a return gig set for the 26th January.  Playing alongside IRIS, Left of the Right Side and Atlantica the band’s popularity was proven with over 90 confirmed attendants in four days.  When the YaMaHaRaHaRa announced their return they said they were “Thrilled to be back, and cannot wait to see you all again.”

Made up of  Kate Wintie, Andy Wintie, James Kemp and Richard Russel, YaMaHaRaHaRa released their self titled three track E.P available for free from their Bandcamp profile.  Coinciding with their return YaMaHaRaHaRa have also announced the recording of new material.  After several high profile break ups at the end of last year this is a positive change for 2013.

YaMaHaRaHaRa on Facebook

YaMaHaRaHaRa on Bandcamp

David Horn

Related Posts:

Free Download: Left of the Right Side

Live Review: Atlantica

Free Download: Atlanica

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

The Gig Guide: 19th -25th November

All the gigs!  Yes, we have quite a few things to keep you busy this week!

Starting with Tuesday in Canterbury at The Beercart.  A loud and heavy night of rock and metal awaits as Mistik Sin, Crashgate and Blacken the Name kick out the jams like bosses.

Wednesday it’s off to The Forum in Tonbridge Wells for another big gig.  Atlantica, Careless Rumour, NOD and Pleasure Set will make plenty of loud noises!

Thursday it’s back to Canterbury and The Beercart for some vintage sounding tunes.  All orginal bands with a foot in the past Wild Child, The Eyes, Wires Faulty and Generation Graveyard will make one awesome night.  Alternatively head back to The Forum, Tonbridge Wells, for Lureno, The Orange Circus Band and The Good Ship.

Get all acoustic on Friday at Imperial Sounds.  Happening at the Mercure Hotel, Hythe see Ted Clark and Paul Brasington, The Paul Dunton Ensemble and The Alex Beharrell Band.  Fancy a little more grr?  Head back to the Forum for two gigs, at the same time! Maybe clone yourself to.  See The Burlesque Fever Show + Constance Peach + Doll Baby + Kitty le Creme + Freya Fox + Alethea Rose and Miss Chantilly Lace  or HONNINGBARNA and Tonight We Ride.

On Saturday Folkestone’s Rokanrolla has the awesome Project Plenty, Fish Tank and Es Muss Sein.  In Ashford get acoustic sounds with Live in the Living Room presents Jordan Mann, Small Crusades and The ALex Beharrell Band at Platform 5.

There’s even a gig on Sunday!  At Sellindge Village Hall stand up to Meningitus with help from Vicky Barker and The Mushrooms.

What have we missed?  See full gig listings here.

The Banned Reviews Takeover 11/11/12

So, that happened!  We just took over Somojo Magazine’s radio stream like amazing ninja pirates and filled it with an hour of some of Kent’s finest local music!

We’re surrounded by so much local talent it makes us feel like The Inbetweeners’ Jay on an under 30’s female nudist holiday.  These are the incredible local bands we played this week!  Missed some of them?  That was silly but if you did or you just want to hear them again (we wouldn’t blame you) it’s repeated again on Friday at 6.30!  Tune in again next Sunday at 8pm to Somojo for more amazing local bands.  Somojo play unsigned and independent music 24/7 – check them out for a few new discoveries at anytime!

  1. Crashgate – B.O.B / On Facebook
  2. Atlantica – Heroes and Thieves / On Facebook
  3. Blacken the Name – Speeding Fist / On Facebook
  4. Slaves – Beauty Quest / On Facebook
  5. The Tied – It Takes Two To Make An Accident / On Facebook
  6. Vivid Nation – We’re Not Built The Same / On Facebook
  7. The Zolas – Strange Girl / On Facebook
  8. Blaise Paisel – Magical / On Facebook
  9. Wheres Billy – Aches and Pains of The Quiet Life / On Facebook
  10. The Black Waterside – A Requiem for Mary-Anne / On Facebook
  11. Mr Payne – Waste What You Got / On Facebook
  12. Syd Arthur – Dorothy  / On Facebook
  13. Seba – Painted Sky (MELOKI remix) / On Facebook
  14. Rebirth Records Mini Mix / On Facebook

See you next week!!