Understand this: Youth Club are back with ‘Misunderstood’, their best single to date

“Now let’s get one thing clear: Youth Club are quite possibly the most loved band in Southend.
That’s a pretty bold statement to make about any band, but if you were one of the people present at the sold out Chinnerys gig that this latest single ‘Misunderstood‘ was shot on location at, you could feel the adoration. A true honest connection between the band and the audience. None of this ‘We’re filming a music video, look like you’re having fun‘ nonsense. It was a beautiful thing to witness and be part of. Pure joy in a room.

But let’s get down to the single at hand. It’s their best one for ages. Their forte has always been the upbeat anthems with the huge choruses and YC fans have been gagging for another ‘People‘ or ‘Tunnel‘. ‘Misunderstood‘ is very much up there with those. Easily. Momentum is very much back on Youth Club‘s side.

Of course let’s not forget who the real star of the video was. A cameo from yours truly. You’re welcome boys. I’m also available for weddings, funerals and Bar Mitzvahs. “

Mikey Glenister
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Youth Club ‘Misunderstood’ is out NOW on iTunes

Linnen & Friends Set To Soar At Homecoming Charity Show For Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Linnen outside of open mic events, so we’re very excited about this full band show at Chinnerys on Thursday 27th April. Linnen exudes exuberance and is one of the most exciting singer songwriters in Southend today.

This special show is a collaboration between Pierview Productions, South Records and Raygun FX, with all profits going to Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, a fantastic life saving organisation.

Support comes from lo-fi rocker newcomers  Blab; (whose debut EP ‘Everything Is Everyone Else’s Fault’ is worthy of your immediate attention) and Orlean, a fast rising troubadour whose songs are simply packed with soul.

With a very special guest also promised, this is a no brainer for your Thursday night this week. Support local music and local charity. Everyone wins!

•••UPDATE•••
The special guest has been confirmed as Longy, who will be playing a short set. What a turn up for the books!

Tickets are £5 and are available here, or £7 on the door. We’ll see you there.

Arcaves @ Chinnerys 24/02/17 w/ Southchurch + LJ Howard

“First and foremost, we highly recommend heading to any gigs headed by the phrase ‘JD Presents’. Free Jack and Coke on entry? Yes please!

Free booze isn’t the main event however, as Billy Wright brings his band Arcaves back for his biggest homecoming show to date. There’s a full set up with professional light rigging that would look more at home on The Cliffs Pavilion stage. Can this evening live up to the hype of the occasion?

Kicking off proceedings is LJ Howard, who immediately sets the precedence for the rest of the evening. His charismatic pop soul simply demands your attention; the crowd are like putty in his hands, getting them engaged with call and response chants for ‘History’. Instant superstar. That’s how you open a gig.

Next up is Southchurch, who are riding the momentum train, with BBC Essex Introducing choosing them as one of their Sounds of 2017. They don’t mess about, jumping straight in with their current single ‘Fading‘, much to the delight of the room that’s starting to fill up nicely. Their house and garage grooves are a refreshing change to what Chinnerys is used to. Casey’s vocals completely shine over impressive arrangements, with Taylor keeping the energy high at all times.

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We are now two for two. The future looks bright and we’ve not even made it to the headliners yet.

Billy Wright has been building and developing his vision for some time now, so tonight feels like a realisation of the dream. A packed Chinnerys, a huge stage production setting and great anticipation; can Arcaves live up to the main event?

If Arcaves new material is anything to go by, then Billy’s big pop aspirations will be soon realised. Sure, old favourites like ‘Man Enough‘ and ‘Out Of The Blue‘ go down well with the Arcaves faithful, but with the current lineup, some much needed energy and cohesion is now present. For the first time in a while, it feels like a band, rather than Billy with some session players. We’re witnessing his vision start to come into fruition, which is just as satisfying as the disco beats and big soul belters that we’re hearing.

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Bekile is an absolute star, who is absolutely key to the band’s sound, her soaring vocals compliment Billy in such a way that gives these tracks an incredible vindication. If anything, Billy’s charisma is in danger of shielding her here. Tucked away on the side of the stage, our only niggle is that maybe she should be right at the front, demanding our attention. Billy’s charisma is never in doubt, so a little switch up could bring his band more into play, because his band are simply wonderful. The moment when Dominic Nyarambi jumps on the barrier and hypes up the crowd is pure joy. Then suddenly what is going on here? Is that a keytar? Lewis Olley has stepped forward behind his keys and is about to do a keytar solo? He certainly does and somehow, it makes perfect sense. Keytars should never be cool, but here we are, a full Chinnerys absolutely lapping it up.

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Tonight is a celebration. Arcaves have come so far and with promises of more new music, Chinnerys witnessed something that was important, a rebirth and a sign that once again, the Southend Music Scene is the healthiest it’s been for years. And that’s not just the JD talking.”

Mikey Glenister

Darren Jones brings his World Music Band to Chinnerys on Saturday night!

This weekend is clearly a good one to set up camp at Chinnerys for. Once Arcaves have brought the Friday party, Saturday 25th sees the enigmatic Darren Jones & The World Music Band take to the stage to keep the party going, for one of his biggest headline shows.

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Darren is Southend’s answer to Paul Simon and is a regular on this town’s popular open mic circuit. With his full band behind him he’s unstoppable.

This is one live show you don’t want to miss. An uplifting folk force to be reckoned with, one of Southend’s best kept secrets. Head to See Tickets to get your tickets for this must-see show!

Arcaves Huge Homecoming At Chinnerys This Friday 24th February!

The mighty Arcaves have been fairly quiet recently, locked up in the studio writing and recording new music.

This Friday however marks their live return, with a huge homecoming show at Chinnerys, sponsored by Jack Daniels. And they are going all in with this one!
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It’s been quite the journey seeing Billy Wright’s vision transpire over the last few years, evolving through different band names, genres and line up changes, but it definitely feels like they’ve finally found the winning pop formula. Their last single ‘Out of the Blue’ is testament to this.

Arcaves are collaborating with Clean Cut Kid/Electric Ballroom‘s Lighting Engineer John Rogers exclusively for this show to provide one hell of a light display.

Support comes from promising newcomer LJ Howard, and one of BBC Essex Introducing‘s Sound of 2017 choices Southchurch. It’s only £3, an absolute bargain. Support your local music scene, because it’s simply marvellous at the moment.

Eat The Evidence – Party Starters Proving Ska Punk Never Died

We’ll put this straight out there – Eat The Evidence are simply one of the most fun things you can see live onstage.

Their politically charged and entertaining lyrics are delivered with high energy, seamlessly attacking your senses. Fitting nicely between ‘more reggae than punk’ and ‘more punk than reggae, their live show is electric. They are currently recording their debut album “Sex Drugs And Wishy Washy Politics” at The Broom Cupboard with Sam Duckworth and Jay Malhotra on producer duties.

Eat The Evidence join Sam Duckworth & The Bohemian Soul Orchestra, Lydia KittoPocket Dragon and The Last Skeptik this Saturday 11th February at Chinnerys.
Tickets are available from See Tickets, however you can win 2 FREE TICKETS! Simply go to the post on our Facebook page and share the post to be in with a chance!

Introducing Pocket Dragon – Fabulous Fusion Funk/Soul Coming Your Way!

Joining the bill for our first Southend Who Presents show is the utterly wonderful Pocket Dragon.

This is one hell of a slick operation. The neo-soul jazz fusion is one of the most uplifting things you’ll hear this year. Astonishing musicality, Emma Barney’s stirring voice positively soars over the tight delight of the rhythm section. It’s simply glorious.

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Pocket Dragon join Sam Duckworth & The Bohemian Soul Orchestra, Eat The Evidence, Lydia Kitto and The Last Skeptik this Saturday 11th February at Chinnerys.
Tickets are available from See Tickets, however you can win 2 FREE TICKETS! Simply go to the post on our Facebook page and share the post to be in with a chance!