Tank Trap and Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers at Platform 5, Ashford, Kent : 09/02/13

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics

Every band has a gift.  Some have great songs, some are great at making new fans and others are great at breaking things.  Saturday the 9th February at Ashford’s Platform 5 saw all these talents.  Tank Trap & Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers filled the music venue with energy and sound.  One of the first gigs since the venues brush with closure, the night showed why Platform 5 is so pivotal to Ashford’s music scene.

As the night’s music began the four members of Tank Trap emerged from the crowd and took to the stage.  Tank Trap brought their style of blues rock to Ashford.  Showing their many talents front man Ian Day revealed a new one.  The ability to break any mic just by touching it.  One by one he fearlessly slayed mics like they were marauding dragons until he made peace.  A harmonica down Tank Trap were still able to deliver tight and well played songs.  Well received by the audience Tank Trap played classics like My Animal as well as tracks from their new E.P and even a brand new song. One member of the audience was moved so much he began to mosh.  Throughout the set Tank Trap proved why they have such a strong reputation across Kent and London venues.

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics

Following this were  Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers.  Their special skill was making friends, and they made one friend in particular.  Thumbscrew & his barbers played to a crowd of new faces and fans as they unleashed some potent punk into the room.  Favouring one particularly offensive C word Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers whipped up the crowd as more moshing and rhythmic moving occurred.  The Flicknife Barbers played tightly as Thumbscrew delivered vocals in distorted punk perfection.  The band proved their popularity as they played songs that managed to draw the audience in even further, getting them to participate.  Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers managed to bring the night to a big close with big songs and spectacle.  Find free music from them on their band page.

Thumbscrew & The Flicknife Barbers

Image by Sarah Quinn / GIGgle Pics

See both the bands live!  Whilst playing two different styles of music both Tank Trap & Thumbscrew and The Flicknife Barbers made the night memorable in all the best ways.  They left your ears ringing in the morning, so you know their good.  This was just another of the great gigs that happen at Platform 5.  See below for a link to all the nights photography.

Platform 5 on Facebook

Tank Trap on Facebook / Bite the Bullet E.P

Thumbscrew & The Flicknife Barbers on Facebook / Free Music

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

David Horn

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04/02/2013: Riskee and Ridicule – King of the Dole

Platform 5 in Ashford survived!  This is a major boost for the Ashford music scene.  Check them out for a great bar and big gigs across a range of genres.  To say thanks for the support, Riskee and the Ridicule have released a track for free!

Your’s to enjoy is King of the Dole.  This is an driven track seeped in energy that blurs the lines between genres.  A demanding riff starts the track and grabs your ears.  It drags your ears along as vocalist Scott Picking recounts a story of attending the job center and the thoughts it stirs up.  Fiery rapping delivers the tale with passion and leaves it sticking in your head.  All this is done with the aid of that riff alongside some strong drumming and genius vocal harmonies.  Riskee and the Ridicule make interesting and relevant music that demands your attention, and deserves it.

Riskee and the Ridicule

Download this track from the option on the Soundcloud player below or click here to see the track on Soundcloud.

Riskee and the Ridicule on Facebook

Platform 5 on Facebook

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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

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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