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


Blaise Paisel (Now Skies) Release Video For Magical

Yesterday evening Blaise Paisel debuted their first official video for the single Magical.  For their first official video, the Folkestone based indie folk (findie) band have released something which suits the track perfectly.  Directed by Sidney Diongzon, the video is as quirky as the track and features all kind of stop motion magic.

Cardboard flowers and clever back drops show the band falling. flying and getting harassed by sheep.   Lead singer Alie Cotter even gets hit out of shot at one point by a park bench.  Original and funny, this is an entertaining way to get the word magical stuck back on repeat in your head.  The track Magical is available on iTunes and directly from the band.

David Horn


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Review: Blaise Paisel – Magical

Review: Blaise Paisel – What If It’s Too Late

03/12/12: Live in the Living Room – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Music is amazing.  Music with a purpose is even better.  That’s exactly what Live in the Living Room have produced.  With a host of Kent’s finest LTLR’s mastermind  James Vince has recorded this version to raise awareness of a very important cause.  The Meningitis Trust have been raising awareness about Meningitis for 25 years, and this follows an event earlier in the year also supporting the cause.

Down to the song.  Recorded by .. guess, go on – yep you got it, Dan Lucas of Anchor Baby Recordings it’s a faithful and strong version of the original showcasing the talent we have in Kent.  Opened by Alie Cotter of Blaise Paisel it even has extra flourishes of production, such as the vocals laid down by Ted Clark.  The Alex Beharrell Band play the backing track.  You can’t get anymore local than this and the level of quality shows how good our local scene is.  Get your copy here.

The video that accompanies the track was filmed by Colin O’Reilly from AMEBA.  Shot in the studio during the recording it shows the atmosphere of the session perfectly, showing the enjoyment and passion of those involved.  It even feature’s our own Mitch Emery singing and busting a move.

Here’s who is involved if you were wondering.  Alie Cotter from Blaise Paisel. Fred Clark. Alex Beharrell from The Alex Beharrell Band. Kerry-Lee Woollard from Sugar Skulls. Charlotte-Rose Ellis. Luke Pope from Small Crusades. Ted Clark and Connie Cummings from Brother Bare. Diane Dunn from The Oh Suzannahs. Vicky Barker. Mitch Emery. Jack Bowden.  Lota people!!

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!

Blaise Paisel (Now Skies) – Magical

Let’s start off with a test, fill in the blank: It’s _____________.

a)      Raining sideways

b)      Magical, magical, magical

c)       Hurting my brain, who does a test?! I mean I chose to read this and you’re giving me a test?

If you picked C you’re very angry and should probably sit down with a cuppa for a few minutes.  If you picked A stop laying on the pavement in the rain, it always starts smelling bad.  If you picked B you’ve heard Blaise Paisel’s debut single and it’s repeating on loop in your head.

A live track, this has now been recorded into sonic velcro by Dan Lucas and sent out into the world.  Magical is built on a creative riff, strong bass line and delicate keys, joined by sincere and honest vocals.  Drums complete the wave of sound, and show Blaise Paisel’s sound at it’s most unique and undefinable.  This is the point where Magical will start to embed in your head.  A bit like crumbs in the butter it won’t leave easily either, but hopefully you don’t mind.

Magical shows Blaise Paisel’s ability to showcase all the elements of their sound.  Each instrument getting it’s moment to dominate your ears whilst also sounding genius together.  Magical also sees the strength of the vocals, working with the other sounds and holding the song together at some points.  The lyrics give the song a whole new level of infectiousness as a criminally hooky chorus temporarily replaces every word you ever learnt with ‘magical’.   Beyond the chorus however the lyrics tell a very honest story that everyone can identify with, laced with an edge of hope and self-reliance.

Just when you think it’s ending the band explodes in again.  Magical is a very strong and honest song showing a band at the peak of their powers, with more surprizes to come.   Check out gig guide to see the song live and to get a hold of it from Blaise Paisel face to face.

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Review: What If It’s Too Late?

David Horn

Track Listing:

  1. Magical

The Gig Guide : 12th – 18th November

Gigs everywhere!  What gigs are we missing? Let us know!

Starting tonight in Canterbury head to The Lady Luck for a Rock and Metal night courtesy of Dirty Drew.  Start the week like a boss!

Keeping it in Canterbury you’re spoilt for choice on Thursday.  You could head to The Attic and catch Blaise Paisel and Dog Is Dead! Or you could get down to The Beercart Arms and check out some of Canterbury’s finest.  See 48Hours (ok so they’re not from Canterbury but they are awesome), After the Enclave, Anchors Down and Predicting the Fall!

Friday its all about Folkestone!  Head to The Bar Below to watch Dark Theory, Lynchpyn, Silas and Wretched soul fill your ears with loud metal noises!  From 6.30 till 7.30 catch a repeat of our hour take over on Somojo Radio, featuring amazing tracks from these bands!

On Saturday head to The Westcoast Bar for another heavy night!  Watch Orange Goblin, Seven Deadly and Wretched Soul again!  Feeling a little more acoustic?  On Saturday in Hythe at The Globe Matt Appleby makes his comeback with his first UK gig! Alongside Adam Jerome this will be huge!

Find all our gigs at our gig guide!