Gravesend’s Tank Trap have been selected to play this year’s Isle of Wight Festival on the main stage. After playing for judges at The Halfmoon in Putney the blues rock band were one of six winners in a twelve act contest. The other winners were Cable Street Collective, CHIDI, Crystal Seagulls, Louise Golby and XOVA
The night was judged by John Giddings, Steve Harley from Cockney Rebel, Musician/Songwriter Jim Duguid, Associate Digital Editor from Q Paul Stokes and Absolute Radio presenter Andy Bush. Catch Tank Trap in a more intimate setting at Folkestone’s Bar Below on the 13th April. They will be playing alongside the other big talented bands My Life In The Making, Vivid Nation and Down To My Last.
Roam; to travel aimlessly over a wide area. One part of this is true of pop-punkers ROAM Hailing from Eastbourne they have played across Kent and Sussex including Canterbury and Brighton. ROAM bring together big hooks and copious amounts of energy as they blast melody driven tracks through your speakers. They have already fans in high profile Kent bands, Vivid Nation’s drummer wore their merch at the bands last Canterbury gig. Roam have also supported bands such as We Caught The Castle.
ROAM’s E.P No Common Ground begins with Variable. A building drum roll leads into big sounding hooky riffs and passionate vocals that press all the right buttons in your head, like a game of Whack-a-Mole in your brain. Variable sets a strong standard for No Common Ground and shows the bands vision. More than just a collection of songs Variable flows perfectly into the second track Set the Standard. This is echoed later with the minute long instrumental BROAM.
No Common Ground showcases ROAM’s talent as a band and pop-punk as a genre. Across the six tracks ROAM play with the pop-punk genre and create exciting music. You’ll catch yourself shouting along AND dancing at the same time. If you’re a man, film it – finally proof we can multi-task like a boss. Tracks like Compass show the fiery side to ROAM as it starts instantly with a punchy and driving guitar riff. The track has a rapid and urgent feel, and even sees vocalist Alex Costello talk at the listener in a way that would make Scroobius Pip ask ‘why are you using two different voices?’ Conversely Naviety has a much more tentative opening before kicking into another vibrant and bouncy track, complete with a vocal breakdown followed by a tasty guitar solo.
Less Than Productive stands out on No Common Ground. It carries all the elements of ROAM, and highlights the bands ability to write. ‘So put down your phone and do something useful’. The line will will catch you out and make you smile. It will also make you think back to the pub when everyone sits on their phone pressing buttons like its the only way to make their hearts beat. Less Than Productive is just one example of the bands insightful lyrics.
ROAM are band you should discover. They deliver accomplished pop-punk that wouldn’t sound out of place on any national music outlet. No Common Ground is even free! Get the No Common Ground from ROAM’s Bandcamp! Least of all for the genius album art.
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.
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!
We don’t know about any gigs for today, but starting from tomorrow there are plenty.Have a day off from gigs tonight but maybe do a few stretches and get your ears warmed up. We don’t know about any gigs for today, but starting from tomorrow there are plenty. In Canterbury on Tuesday check out four great acts at The Beercart Arms with Below the Radar! Insult, Left of the Right Side, Slaves and Electric River are gracing the pub for a night of punk, rock and ska. Interested?
On Wednesday get to The Westcoast, Margate for loud and heavy night! Underground Music Promotions are bringing I’ll Stay In Memphis, Avagrace, Atlantis and Broadway together for a big night! Take a look.
On Thursday back at The Westcoast there’s a night of electronic based weirdness (of the best kind!) as Hawklords and Aurora play the venue. These bands will generate more sounds than you thought existed, well worth a look. Alternatively in Folkestone at K College check out Blaise Paisel and Elle Rayenne! These two bands make moving and powerful folk based music. Fancy it?
Feel like a weekend of punk? The Westcoast, Margate do and starting Friday they’ve got one. The event will feature many bands and includes UK Subs and The Anti-Nowhere league. Running Friday and Saturday this should keep you entertained. Three of the bands also played on this gig, just to give you and idea. If your closer to Ramsgate catch another leg of ScreamDon’tWhisper and Third Place Victory‘s tour, also featuring Atlantica, Careless Rumour and Vivid Nation. Find more information here.
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.