The Underrunners:- No God No Kings

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“The Underrunners are clever!! They bring out an album that sounds like so many things i have heard before but with the flip of a coin i have no idea what they sound like, apart from The Underrunners. Its as if a clever use of mesmerism has clouded my brain and i am standing in the middle of a park at 3 in the morning thinking to myself ”This looks familiar, how the hell did i get here??” The voice! Warbly like its been processed with chorus and then rinsed with a gargle of water mostly but gruff at other times . And then there’s the guitar, sinewy and shrill,sharp and bendy.Listen to ”Suspended” and you’ll see what i mean!! The bass of course along with the drums does its job keeping all the elements together like a membrane keeping the viscera from going for a wander and upsetting the overall symmetry and function .”Game Over” illustrates my point exactly Nothing is over done here, no over use of effects or other sonic trickery, like a steak and kidney pie with gravy this hits the spot nicely thank you very much!! Oh yeah i have remembered who they sound like now! “Die In The City” manages to sound like latter day Marilyn Manson with FOTN flourishes. “Just like Them” has that dirty sinister & Moody feel a la Nick Cave! “Second Republic” is an urgent romp stomp with Ghost Dance & Flesh For Lulu overtones that puts me on top of a cliff at sunset with the wind in my hair whilst i look off into the distance with the remainder of the suns rays squinting my eyes! All in all this is a good album that is a pleasure spending 45 odd minutes listening to. A few days after my first listen i still have a few tracks doing their merry dance around my head (Suspended/The Officer) and listening to other stuff is not erasing them! Job done wouldn’t you say??”

 

 

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“The Underrunners are good live too!! What else can i say? Tight, confident,well rehearsed and the sound mix at The Hope And Anchor on Saturday night was excellent. I’d like to see them play at a larger venue at some point, not too large though because i don’t want the intimacy or the vibe to be lost in an expanse of space but we’ll see what the future brings, i expect it to be bigger things!”

“Check these guys out, they are definitely worth a look!!”

 

 

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No God No King out now on Itunes, CD Baby and all good music retailers!!!

 

 

Track Listing:-

 

1:- Joyrider

2:- Antihero

3:- Game Over

4:- Suspended

5:- Just Like Them

6:- Second Republic

7:- Gone Generation

8:- It Ain’t Hell

9:- The Officer

10:- Die in the City

11:- Face to Face

12:- The  Party’s Over

 

 

Links:-

 

 

http://www.reverbnation.com/theunderrunners

http://www.facebook.com/theunderrunners

http://www.theunderrunners.com

BLACK HEART TATTOO, EPSOM, SURRY.

 

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“My second excursion out of London in two days took me on a jolly jaunt down to Epsom. What can i say about Epsom? It was a sunny day, it has a high street and there were people about. Not as many as Oxford Street i might add so the vibe was less frenetic and tense. And that was the vibe i got when i entered Black Heart Tattoo. I felt relaxed as soon asd i set foot inside. As you’d expect in a tattoo parlour it was adorned with flash hung on the walls, there were display cabinets filled with an assortment of body jewellery, there were flash books, a nice looking sofa and wooden floors and behind the counter three Tattoo chairs awaited warm bodies to impart their heat into their black leather.They did not have to wait too long because myself and another worshipper of the needle were ready and willing to offer our pain to the Gods Of The Eternal Ink! Angel was my guide on this particular journey and a splendid journey it was too. My already epilated thigh was wiped down and shaved again to prepare the flesh for the kiss of steel and then the stencil of my pre chosen design, a butterfly Mandala, was placed with great care on my upper left thigh. With some necessary manoeuvring to clear a mole i was ready!! A pleasant experience on the whole, hardly any pain of great note felt apart from a few uncomfortable twinges near the end of the session at the top of the tattoo, and a dead right leg as well. I fell asleep on two occasions, the coffee i had not doing its job. But Angel was doing hers hence the dozing.

Four and a half hours later i was done!! Very pleased was i with the results and i will definitely go back for more work at a later date. All the staff are easy going and you are made to feel welcome, one of the tattooists, who’s name forget (sorry) went and got me a multipack of hula hoops, which was nice cos i only wanted one bag. Coffee was offered too and welcomed even though it didn’t do much to keep me a wake. My new art was rubbed clean, smeared with ointment, photographed  and then covered with protective cellophane. After that i was off back to Gotham, i mean London to prepare for the next days work in a small office with inconsistent temperature.”

 

I would Recommend this place highly!!!!!

 

4/5

 

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http://blackheartuk.com

https://www.facebook.com/BlackHeartTattooEpsom

CAULDRONATED Live At proud camden, THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS, HACKNEY & 93 feet east, brick lane.

 

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”Two out of the last three Cauldronated shows i have missed due to venues imposing ID scanning on it’s patrons as condition of entry. The middle of these shows was a stonker of a gig at The Shacklewell Arms in Hackney. Back to that in a while, first i must say that no matter how much i love a band and their music i will not submit any ID as a condition of entry!! Checking to see if i am over 18 is no problem but scanning passport details onto a database and holding that data for an indefinite period is not something that i am prepared to buy into. Proud Camden decided that ID scanning would be implemented in 2012 as part of their license renewal by Camden Council. Apparently the club is/was a trouble magnet and the current systems to mitigate said trouble were not working!! There are/were coat/bag checks by security and there are numerous cctv cameras around the venue and Stables Market area monitoring for trouble/potential trouble. This was not good enough so they have decided to dig into civil liberties and basically tar everyone as a potential troublemaker. Most people that go out to clubs/pubs and bars are not intent on trouble, they are out to enjoy their evening, have a beer or two, meet friends, maybe have a bite to eat, basically to unwind!! Now, going ”through customs” is part of the fucking ritual. I for one am not having it!! Bands and punters alike that go to these venues are in effect condoning this behaviour and i think that boycotts should be established to hammer the point home that this policy is wrong and has to be stopped. When their profits decrease they will listen. It’s not compulsory to go to these places so why are people consenting to their civil liberties being arse raped by a bunch of money grabbing so and so’s who don’t give a shit about you but only their bottom line??”

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‘The Shacklewell Arms on the other hand was a different kettle of fish. No security on the door, no ID scan, it was as easy to get into as slipping a finger into a moist fanny. The aforementioned ”Arms” is a five minute walk from Kingsland High Street and Old School in decor, not one of these bland minimalist modern pubs with about as much personality as a fart with the piquancy removed. There were numerous bands on the bill including Heman Sheman etc but i was there to see Cauldronated. As usual they were tight, well rehearsed, professional and on the money. Sound quality was excellent in my opinion which added to the roundness if you like of the  set. Thanks to the venue and David Harman for that. The venue was packed for the set too which always helps, it’s nice to perform and see loads of faces staring back at you right?? Eva Menon is self assured,travails all the space available to  express her views on life, money, consumerism,life etc and Dave Barbarossa as always the solid light and strong chassis under a well oiled machine.

And on to 93 Feet East, Brick Lane. They were scanning ID with the enthusiasm of a small child that has just been given a new toy to play with and doubling the time taken to enter the venue. I would have lost the will to live if i had joined that bloody queue so after having a brief chat with a security woman and the venue manager who kept reminding me of my choices as if i was not already aware that i had any choices i left to get a bus back to The Angel Islington to buy more wine.

To sum up, Cauldronated are a great band, they deserve more support BUT i will not go see them or any band for that matter if i have to go through ID scans!! I don’t care if it is Fields Of The Nephilim, Rotting Christ or the reanimated corpse of Sir Jim Morrison, i’m not going!! This attack on civil liberties has to stop in my opinion!!”

 

Who agrees with me???

 

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Cauldronated at The Shacklewell Arms :- 5/5

 

Links:-

 

http://www.cauldronated.net

http://www.facebook.com/cauldronated