REVIEW – ROSKO, BREED, THE TRUSTED, VIVACITY @ CHINNERYS 10/08/2018

“At last, Rosko have finally decided to grace a local stage like Chinnerys. Not only that but they bring with them a support roster packed with treats.

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Kicking off proceedings is VIVACITY who have brought a massive crowd who lap up their pleasingly epic alt-rock. Despite their youth, they are demonstrating an ambition beyond their years. Definitely ones to watch.

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When I saw THE TRUSTED about a year ago, they sounded like a promising band with some good ideas. Cut to today and the transformation is incredible. This is now a fully realised, highly competent and engaging indie behemoth that could compete with the likes of Kasabian or The Courteeners. Performance-wise they exude the stage presence of seasoned pros. Their soaring songs are lean, exciting, and reveal a developing sound that is entirely their own. Very impressive stuff!

Disaster strikes when seemingly every single person under the age of 18 seems to leave the venue. When you pay £7 for a ticket to a show and decide to only see one or two of 4 acts playing, I find this staggering. I know it’s the school holidays but it’s only 9:30pm – stay up past your bed time for goodness sake! This is rock n’ roll!

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Not that this is a problem for BREED who power through their high octane, riff heavy set with the kind of showmanship you’d reserve for the last gig of your life. Instruments destroyed and minds blown, they stagger off the stage clearing the way for our headliners.

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ROSKO have been lauded for their energetic live shows and I was keen to sample this myself. Not only do they deliver again, but they also inject the experience with a humour and charm that is instantly endearing. As a genre mashing band, it’s easy to get lazy when describing their music (like a kind of Arctic Monkeys tinged grime band?), but more than anything this is vehicle for four enigmatic characters to surprise you, make you dance and bring the party!

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Rob Glenister

Youth Club announce new tour in support of new single ‘Our Love’

Youth Club‘s new single ‘Our Love‘ dropped earlier this month. The Southend indie popsters have never been ones to shy away from amplifying their sound with synths in the past, but this latest single is an electronic tour de force. Leading with glorious arpeggiated synths and continuing with thick satisfying pads throughout, they’re reinforcing their prerogative as one of the finest pop song writers in the southeast.

Their hometown Chinnerys shows are things of legend, regularly selling out and showcasing some of the best acts in the area. So Youth Club‘s announcement of a November tour is music to our ears. Tickets go on sale on Friday 20th July, so don’t miss out!

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Our Love‘ by Youth Club is available to download and stream on all platforms. Click right here to get involved!

Big new single from Rosko – Riches to Rags. Get this in your ears!

Rosko are back with new single ‘Riches to Rags‘ that elevates their boisterous lad rock to grimey new heights.

Rosko have been cementing themselves as darlings of the London circuit with a string high octane performances over the last few months, even gracing the stages of Reading Festival for the first time in their career. 2018 is proving to be an eventful year for them as well, securing a great little slot at Isle of White Festival with the likes of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly and Asylums.

Rosko’s new single ‘Riches To Rags’ is available right now.

 

YOUTH CLUB VIDEO PREMIERE OF ‘THE MAN THAT I AM’ – EXCLUSIVE!

We’re incredibly excited to bring you the EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE of Youth Club‘s ‘The Man That I Am‘.

Already a crowd favourite with the YC faithful, their latest effort is undeniable proof that they are the kings of Southend pop. The perfect soundtrack to your summer!

Click on the picture below to view!

Youth Club play an ‘Our Love’ single release party at Thousand Island London on 18th July, followed by an appearance at 110 Above Festival on 3rd August, with a tour at the end of the year being announced very soon.

 

Carousel soar with latest release “My Father’s Son”. Southend’s answer to Americana.

Carousel came onto the Southend Music Scene last year and quite rightly have been turning heads with their rousing Indie-Americana Folk. Fast forward to now and ‘My Father’s Son‘ demonstrates some incredibly accomplished songwriting.

Tom Eatherton’s voice is incredibly impassioned, sitting above some satisfyingly comforting backing vocals from the rest of the band. The chorus is a rousing war cry, with the song gradually crescendoing to an epic conclusion. If Carousel weren’t on your radar until now, they certainly should be. Their sound is ambitious and bold, great to see from a Southend folk band.

Carousel play Chelmsford’s Fling Festival in June, with their biggest headline tour to date beginning in September. This lot are perfect for your summer playlists, get them added up right now.

Mikey Glenister

‘My Father’s Son’ is available now right here.

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

Upgrade your pop taste – Tabou are back with more genre crossover bliss

“Now we’ve spoken a lot about these guys before here at Southend Who.
We even did a video interview with them during their recent show supporting Youth Club at Chinnerys a few weeks ago, but due to technical difficulties out of our control the sound got corrupted (we are new to the video-making game, it was totally our fault).

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But with or without super trendy local music blogs providing video content, it’s hard to ignore the pop bliss that is Tabou‘s current single ‘Upgrade‘. The subtle phasing synths in the intro build to a slick pop groove, dictated by duelling melodic guitar lines. The way they meander around the vocal melodies is very accomplished stuff. This is polished indie-pop packed with soul.

This single release should only cement the ‘ones to watch’ tag that seems to keep getting stuck to them. Expect a future video interview with them soon from Southend Who (seriously, how hard is it to turn a microphone on, right?).”

Mikey Glenister