Southend Who presents: Cisco In The Aquarium + Friends, a celebration of the old school Southend Ska Punk Scene!

 

On Friday January 5th 2018, Southend Who is proudly presenting an evening of Southend ska-punk to celebrate an era that was positively thriving in the early noughties!

Ska punk shows were a regular occurrence at Chinnerys back in 2000-2003, so we decided to get 3 of the best ska-punk legends back together as well as an appearance from one of the biggest characters from the scene for one night only at Chinnerys on Friday 5th January 2018. Here’s why we’re so excited!

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The ska pop princes back in the day, Cisco In The Aquarium were famous for their raucous live shows. Their loyal following  disbanded in 2005 when frontman James Kelleway moved to America. After a one off reunion show back in 2010, they’ve decided to have one last party at Chinnerys!
They were just kids when their legendary songs like ‘Tiffy Got A Texty‘ and ‘Flamin’ Nutcase‘ captured the hearts of the Southend music scene. Now they’re all grown up with a mission statement to get Southend skanking one last time!

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Matt Linnen’s X Factor Journey – The Story So Far

“So The X Factor then. For musicians and music fans alike, the reality show music culture is very much a polarising subject. Musicians who consider themselves ‘credible’ will most likely scoff at the thought of this product of popular culture.

“It’s rigged!” “It’s bullshit!” “It’s damaging the music industry!” “You’d never catch me on a show like that!”

Which is why it came as a shock to many people within the Southend Music Scene (the SMS) when Southend’s very own Matt Linnen showed up on primetime TV to sing a song for the X Factor judges. Hang about son, I thought you were a real musician? WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS!?

In reality (the real life reality, not the TV product reality), this is the result of years of being a dedicated performer and songwriter. Matt‘s not shy to the music industry, having enjoyed some early success with his old band Vox Empire, even being endorsed by the one and only Liam Gallagher. Matt has been a constant force in the SMS for nearly a decade now.

Recently he embraced his natural charisma and talent and embarked on developing the Linnen brand. He played the main stage last year at Village Green Festival and was one of the big highlights of the day. Big crowds have never phased him.

He is also one of the unsung heroes of the Southend Open Mic Scene, regularly organising these events at pretty much every intimate local venue and helping unite this community, as well as helping restaurants like Mangetout with their music booking as well as being a regular for the ever popular steakhouse (Matt even played a cheeky duet with Conor from Nothing But Thieves after their album launch party).

So why was it time to go for the X Factor? The story goes that his friend talked him into it after years of possibilities. It’s no secret that The X Factor scouts for talent for the show. Matt Linnen has always been on their radar. For Matt it would seem, now was the time to see if this was really a road he could walk.

Fast forward to now; Matt is now on Week 4 of one of the biggest shows on the planet. He’s become the poster boy of the current batch of contestants and Southend is now being mentioned regularly at the weekends. Southend is getting put on the map.

With all eyes on Southend, this can only be a good thing. Us Southenders have known for a while now that there’s something brewing in our scene. The likes of Nothing But Thieves, The Horrors, Asylums, Lydia Kitto and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly are all testament to this. With all these Southend success stories, could this competition ignite something in the scene?

If you know Matt Linnen, there really is no bullshit here. He’s grafted, championed new talent and been a genuine force in the local community. He’s created this opportunity; The X Factor could potentially change Matt’s life forever. And it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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Whether you’re an X Factor fan or not, there is no denying that this whole journey has been incredibly exciting and rewarding to watch. Southend is fully behind Matt Linnen and we will be voting every week to try and keep him on this journey. Go #TeamMatt!”

Mikey Glenister

Make sure you download The X Factor App to secure 5 free votes each time the voting opens on Matt Linnen.

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

SOUTHEND WHO EXCLUSIVE! – THE TRUSTED NEW VIDEO PREMIERE ‘SUNLIGHT’

The Trusted have already had a very busy year. This exclusive new video for ‘Sunlight‘ is the indie band’s third of the year. It’s a step back from the frenetic tempo we’ve come accustomed to from these young lads, but emotive relaxed qualities of Tom Cunningham’s voice shine through is this different framework.

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Photo: Gaz De Vere

The band also recently collaborated with Pete Gleadall (Pet Shop Boys Musical Director and Producer who’s worked with U2, Madonna, George Michael). Pete enjoyed their London show a Nambucca so much, that he decided to remix a couple of tracks for them, including the one below. Well worth your time!

With momentum clearly on their side, the band join the bill for Village Green Festival on July 8th for their biggest show yet. Keep your eyes glued to www.thetrusted.co.uk for future updates.

Summer may be here, but don’t put away your winter coat just yet: you need Big Jacket in your life

The folk scene in Southend is incredibly healthy. It’s a good time to be a troubadour, with plenty of Open Mic nights springing up over the last few years. There’s never been more platforms for upcoming artists.

One of the current standout acts in this scene is Big Jacket. Led by Jordan Hemmingway, they have only been playing together since January this year and already they are earning themselves a large following. Their single release show at The Alex was absolutely rammed, but this is testament to just how good their songs and live performances are.

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Something To Think About‘ is charming song. The reassuring growl in Jordan’s voice is perfectly complemented by the delicate tones of Kyiah Marks. The subtle build to the huge crescendoing ending is a beautiful journey. They’ve stamped their sound; this is pure and honest pop music. Very welcome in our seaside town.

Big Jacket play Village Green Festival next month. ‘Something To Think About’ is available on iTunes right here.

LJ HOWARD – ‘SETTLE DOWN’ EXCLUSIVE NEW SINGLE VIDEO PREMIERE

We are incredibly excited to EXCLUSIVELY unveil the brand new video for Southend sensation LJ Howard‘s latest single ‘Settle Down’!

LJ Howard first came onto our radars supporting Arcaves at Chinnerys earlier this year, with one of the most upbeat high energy performances we’ve ever seen. We’ve been fans ever since.

This new single is slightly mellower than his previous releases, but there’s some classic 80s pop going on here. Think classic Lionel Richie with an up to date contemporary twist. The simple shuffle of the club beat sits nicely under meandering phasing synth and strings, whilst LJ’s dynamic voice glides over the track.

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LJ Howard plays In The Park Festival at Garon Park alongside The Hoosiers, Toploader, Arcaves and Southchurch this Sunday 28th May. Tickets are available here. He’s also playing this year’s Village Green Festival. He’s going to be busy this summer clearly, so make sure you do yourself a favour and check him out. Guaranteed to put smiles on faces!