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


Platform 5 In Ashford Has One Last Chance Of Survival Or Closes Thursday


One of Ashford’s only music venues  faces closure on Thursday.  The venue has been a center piece in the Ashford’s music scene.  It has hosted events covering every genre of music from drum and bass to hardcore.  Bands such as Riskee and the Ridicule have benefited greatly from the venues support, as have many charities.  Platform 5 has been focal point for tours, including bands from America  and Europe.

Platform 5 is hosting a free entry event tomorrow to make the £2000 it needs to continue.  Blacken the Name and Riskee and the Ridicule will play from 8pm.  The event is an opportunity to show your appreciation for Platform 5 and help save it, and Ashford’s music scene.

See details here.

***Platform 5 survived***

David Horn

Related Posts:

Free Download: Riskee and the Ridicule – King of the Dole

Live Review:  Charity Show at Platform 5, Ashford Kent : 20/10/2012

Release Review: Riskee and the Ridicule – The Success Pill E.P

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!!

The Gig Guide: 22nd – 28th October

Another week, another host of gigs to sink your ears into!

On Tuesday you have two extremes to choose from!  In Ashford catch the touring French band Francois and the Atlas Mountains supported by the amazing Coco and the Butterfields and the Intermission Project.  Click here for more.  Happening at St Mary’s Church it’ll be a folk/acoustic feast!  Alternatively get some hardcore going in your life in Canterbury at The Beercart Arms.  Check out the mighty Dead Reckoning, Blind Ambitions, Sincerity and At Worlds End.  Click here for more.

On Thursday ShyChlo are at The Walmer Castle in Deal with Commit This To Memory (they’re first gig!).  Sure to an awesome show check it out, details are here!

Friday leaves you with more choices to make.  Check out some reggae/dub vibes with Kotchin and the Kings of Evil, Dread Zone and Ben Russel and The Charmers at The Westcoast Bar, Margate.  Information is here.  In Ashford?  Join Electric River at The George and soak up the ska.  If pyscadelic how you’re feeling though Syd Arthur are playing at The View and Bar Below, Folkestone.  Click here for the deets.

Saturday is a big one for Halloween.  In Ashford, both at Platform 5 check out two events.  The first is an acoustic Halloween Event including KP and Squiz, Jordan Mann and Fred Clark.  Find more here.  On the other side though is Raise the Roofs Halloween special and fare well event featuring Empire Light, ShyChlo, Blacken the Name, Circle of Rage, Vivid Nation, Ziphedz and The Eyes!  Find information here.  In Maidstone check out the amazing Mofos at The Druid Arms.

Find all our gig listings here.

Stay safe and party hard slurm!

Charity Show at Platform 5, Ashford Kent : 20/10/2012

Gigs.  You don’t need an excuse to go to them but if there is one it’s always good.  Charity has to be the best excuse for a gig; enjoying plenty of tunes and occasional moments of rhythmic violence.  On the 20th of October one such gig happened.  In aid of the Meningitis Research Fund Ashford’s Platform 5 witnessed a musical tidal wave.

The earthquake that trigged this tidal wave of sound was Jessica.  Armed with just an acoustic guitar she took to the stage and delivered a set of powerful and sometimes genius songs.  As originals and covers sauntered out of her guitar one moment of genius occurred when she covered Slipknot.  When acoustic Slipknot starts your gig it’s never a bad thing.  Later during her set she was joined by Matt Finn, the two of them extending the genius with a cover of Korn’s Freak on a Leash.

The momentum kept coming as Topaz played a lively set of covers.  Ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to The Black Keys it took the mental strength of a monk not to sing along, proving I am not a monk.  There was even a moment John Peel himself would have smiled at as Teenage Kicks sailed across the room.

Push the Boundaries took to the stage bringing with them energetic and lively pop-punk.  The first thing that hits you about this band is the energy they have on stage.  The drummer smashs the kit like a Greek guy in a plate shop whilst the bassist stands still for a maximum of 15 seconds at a time (I counted).  Add to this some gritty real vocals and what you get is pop punk at its live best.  The band covered pop-punk by bands like Blink 182 and even caused controversy when covering Green Day’s Basket Case like Topaz before them.  In the mix were originals like Mr Negative standing up to the covers, complete with CD plug and charity donation.

People re-appeared in the tent as Atlantica took to the stage.  This was the point the wave of sound broke the surface.  With more guests than a Jay Z album the set featured guest vocals from Rob Hall and guest bass from The Homecoming’s Jake.  Kinetic and melodic hardcore followed; personified by front man Elliot Dixon’s energetic performance, getting right into the audience.  The tracks sounded big, with a few unreleased songs thrown in just ‘cause.  With equally big stage presence the band proved why they recently played a New Blood night at The Westcoast Bar.  See them live!

Next up were Insult.  As potent as ever, moshing began at the first note.  The band slammed harsh guitars and drums into the path of onlookers.  Knowing how to make the friends the Fokestone punk band took a few digs at the Ashford crowd as they dedicated a song about chavs to the town.  Braving the mosh pit main vocalist Josh couldn’t be called lazy, going for it so much he fell over and continued singing laying on his back.  With live standards like Down That Beer agreeing with the audience guitarist Jak stepped up and did a unique cover of Nirvana.  The whole set was spectacle in all the best ways, every band member giving it some.

Now the wave of noise was getting big.  I say big, I mean a tidal wave you see in films smashing ships around.  Blacken the Name had reached the stage.  A loud and heavy assault from the start the band intensified the mosh pit just a tad.  Even louder than normal it was the debut of new guitarist John Shaw.  Powerful tracks bounced around the room as front man Dan Wyatt joined the festivities.  Singing the eye of the storm even the crowd got in on some vocal action.  And then something happened.  The band suddenly busted out a lounge version of Jekyll and Hyde.  Strangely this worked, well.  After the metal scene Blacken the Name could be playing an expensive restaurant near you.  Ending in style the Ricky Martin cover sounded genius, before coming back for an encore.

Now the wave had hit land and just like New York in The Day After Tomorrow the audiences ears had been thoroughly destroyed in the best way by the nights music.  Circle of Rage appeared on stage.  The band went straight into fast and heavy tunes as front man Tommo exploded into life.  Layered with meaning and importance the tracks stormed down the crowd’s brain holes, compelling them once more move .. violently and fast.  Smashing the it like Thor wanting more coffee the band showed how skill and passion can meet in the middle to make a monster of a set.  A big way to end a big the gig the band came back for an encore, not taking too much persuasion from the audience.

All in the name of charity this event showcased a lot of great live music and raised over £300 for the Meningitis Research Fund.  The event was made by the audience, both donating generously and showing the bands a lot of love.  This is a testament to the hard work put in by the organisers and promoters and something to look out for in the future.

David Horn

Jessica on Facebook

Topaz on the Internet

Push the Boundaries on Facebook

Atlantica on Facebook

Insult on Facebook

Blacken the Name on Facebook

Circle of Rage on Facebook