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!

Arcaves Finally Crack Their Pop Formula With New Single ‘Familar Stranger’

Arcaves has been Billy Wright‘s baby for a long time now. In fact, it’s hard to remember a time when this project wasn’t active in some form or another since Redtrack‘s demise. From BB, to Casablanco, his journey has been a true musical progression, with Billy’s goal quite clear: pop music needs to happen.

14479558_1770247349883704_6182303741207336419_nWith a substantial amount of lineup changes, it seems that Billy has finally found the right ensemble to help realise his dream. One of the key additions was Bekile, who is truly captivating (as she proved at Arcaves’ recent homecoming show).
This 5 year journey has seen the evolution of Billy’s songwriting. Whereas in the past he may have been held back by the natural larger than life charisma he possesses, it feels like now he’s certainly started to find a natural balance. Finally, his songs are doing the talking.

Familiar Stranger finally brings Bekile to the front of the mix, with her and Billy’s voices complementing each others perfectly. This song is truly irresistible. The nod back to the 90s pop era is very welcome, with slick production, melodies that inject themselves deep into your subconscious, sitting over a groove that takes you on cruise control to the end of the track. There is no doubt about it; this is Arcaves‘ finest effort yet.

It’s been one hell of a ride to get there, but it seems that Billy has finally created the pop blueprint that he’s been committed to designing for half a decade. Write that shit down Billy, you have discovered the winning formula.”

Mikey Glenister

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