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

In The Park Festival 2018 – Southend Who Preview!

With many Southenders feeling down about the lack of Village Green Festival this year, In The Park Festival at Garon Park this Sunday is the perfect event to fill the void!

With big hitters like Marc Almond, Heaven 17 and Big Country gracing the main stage, there’s already a lot to love about this lineup. However what really piqued our interest is the quality of the second stage, featuring the cream of our local crop.

Here’s our take on who you should definitely be checking out this year!

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Make sure you get down early for the beautiful voice of Megan Rose! The young singer songwriter has been making waves recently, playing to her biggest crowd yet at Southend United FC‘s end of season game last month. Her folk/country is effortless and completely captivating. Definitely one to watch!


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‘What Went Wrong’ is the new single from THOMA. But there’s nothing wrong with it? FAKE NEWS!

“Clued up Southend gig goers will likely already be aware of the pop force that is THOMA. Tom Johnston has not only supported Youth Club on their recent run of sold out shows in London and Southend Chinnerys, but has recently recorded his latest upcoming EP ‘Bouquet’ at SS2 Recording, with YC drummer Rees Broomfield behind the mixing desk.

The result is a very pleasing blend of ambient pop and electro. There are Sam Smith comparisons to be had here, but with the polished YC pop production ladened through the layers, this is very accomplished stuff indeed. THOMA‘s latest single ‘What Went Wrong‘ is chilled and really showcases Tom’s incredible vocal range. This man has soul. No question about it. What went wrong? You really should be asking what went right!

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The ‘Bouquet EP’ drops in June. We can’t wait for it if this banger of a single is anything to go by.”

Mikey Glenister

THOMA – ‘What Went Wrong’ is out everywhere today. Get your mitts on it right now!

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.

Grunge never died. Rettena are the proof.

“After many years performing in Tallowah, Joe Garner has now embarked on a fully fledged grunge mission with his new band Rettena. This is quite a U-turn from the reggae roots of of his previous outfit, but when you make grunge this sweet, why would you ever turn around again?

Despite being relatively new to the Southend scene, Rettena have certainly been sitting on gold. Very loud gold. 2018 will certainly expand on the initial good hype they’ve been enjoying, with an EP release show at Chinnerys on Saturday 13th January, with the first 100 in receiving a free copy of the EP.  Definitely the best way to start your new year. We’ll be at the front of the queue good sir!”

Mikey Glenister

Tickets for the EP Release show are available right HERE.