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



The Banned Reviews Takeover 17/02/13

Aaaaaaand we’re back.  There was no takeover last week due to technical difficulties.  We say technical difficulties we mean the laptop will all the good stuff on it was separated from it’s charger and went to sleep for a while.  Never fear though (we could tell you were fearful) it is back with a vengeance.  This week’s saw a host of great local and underground artists.  Listen back to the show on Friday 6.30-7.30.  Listen now for great independent music 24/7 here.

Track Listing:

Dakota Ruins – Respawn / On Facebook

Circle of Rage – Society’s Secret / On Facebook

Generation Graveyard – The Empty / On Facebook

ROAM – Less Than Productive / On Facebook

Jaguar Jones – No Gods No Masters / On Facebook

The Alex Beharrell Band – The Best Melancholy / On Facebook

Syd Arthur – Dorothy / On Facebook 

Mr Payne – Music / On Facebook

Eskimo Chase – On Top of Things / On Facebook

Clacket Lane – Girl That Looks Like Sunshie / On Facebook

Go-Zilla – Throwdown / On Facebook

Biscuit Thief – I Can’t Find Homebase and I’m Getting Really Distressed / On Facebook

Afro Dizzy Jack remix (Rebirth Records) – Talking With Myself / On Facebook

Go-Zilla – Camden Queen / On Facebook


Banned Reviews

Syd Arthur – Dorothy

Dorothy, it’s a name.  A girls name to be more precise.  It’s also the name of Syd Arthur’s new single.  The forth track on their album On and On, this joins previous singles like Ode to the Summer.  A very strong album, this is just one more reason to explore the Canterbury based psycadelic band.

Dorothy begins with an uncertain and nervous energy as a shy riff and vocal creep into your mind.  Whatever the mood Dorothy maintains a floaty meandering feel as riffs and sounds swirl around your mind like leafs in the wind.  As Dorothy continues it gets more confident and bold.  As the song reaches its final minute it has an entirely bigger sound than that first nervous riff.  Just like those teachers at school though that could scare the crumbs off toast without even raising their voice this song doesn’t  have to try.  It manages to sound bigger and more epic effortlessly, the tempo and delivery doesn’t change dramatically but Syd Arthur manage to create an atmosphere.

Dorothy is feat of storytelling both sonically and verbally.  As the sound grows it tells a story of development as the track climbs from shy nervousness to unashamed boldness.  This is helped by a soulful breakdown and a chorus with an epic quality however it is delivered.  The other story here comes through the lyrics.  They begin sounding fragile using sad and definite terms, ‘Like a fading trace/Over in the blink of an eye’.  As the song develops though they change their outlook and open up to bigger ideas.  The song ends on that epic chorus, as the lyrics brought to life by the vocals sound almost triumphant, chiming ‘Out of my mind/Today the world has never been clear.

The song ends celebrating being lost, and all this allows you to find.  Dorothy is just another reason to get their album On and On, a genius combination of soundscapes and moods.

David Horn

Track Listing:

  1. Dorothy
  2. Dorothy (Live)

Syd Arthur on Bandcamp

Syd Arthur on Facebook

Syd Arthur – On and On Review

Syd Arthur – Live Review

29/10/12 : Syd Arthur – Moving World + Bastile

We’re on a bit of a Syd Arthur roll after Friday so go to their website to check out the track Moving World. All you have to do is trade an email address for it.  Start the week off in style with this track.  Relaxed vibes and a powerful chorus – what more could you ask for on a Monday.  Taken from Syd Arthur’s album On and On read the full review here, and a review of a recent gig here.  Enjoy.

For good measure have this cover of the dance classic By the Night by Bastile who recently played Canterbury to, alongside a mini album of dance track covers!  We’re too good to you!

The Gig Guide: 29th Oct – 4th Nov

Gigs everywhere this week!

Right off the bat tonight at The Tonbridge Wells Forum its ScreamDon’tWhisper and Third Place Victory’s tour.  A big start, the tour continues tomorrow in Chatham at Poco Loco and then on Wednesday at The Hope in Brighton.  Find information about all these dates from the Third Place Victory’s Facebook page.

Also on Wednesday and also in Brighton check out Syd Arthur at The Blind Tiger.  Find more information here.  Read about them live here.

Thursday it’s all about The Westcoast Bar in Margate.  Check out The Story So Far, Gnarwolves, Promise Me Tomorrow and Melrose!  A big line-up.  Find information here.

Back in Chatham on Saturday is Alter Rock –  The Halloween Special!  Check it out as a rock/metal DJ night.

On Sunday see Syd Arthur again, this time in Canterbury at St Augustine’s Hall.  See more details here.  Or head to Canterbury’s Beercart Arms and catch This Town Needs Guns, Fish Tank and Delta Sleep.  Find out more here

A busy week!  What are we missing?  See our full gig guide here.

Rudy Warman and Syd Arthur at The Bar Below, Folkestone : 26/10/2012

Written for Somojo Magazine.

Both Rudy Warman and Syd Arthur pulled out all the stops to make a great event.  Take a read, and see them live!  Get some free music here.

Warm ups, I know what you’re thinking.  School day flashbacks involving stretches and threats that if you pick any more grass you’ll have to cut the field with scissors.  Luckily Syd Arthur have a very different idea of a warm up.  Alongside Folkestone’s own Rudy Warman the Canterbury based psycadelic band played The Bar Below, Folkestone as a warm up show to their imminent tour.

Read the full review here.