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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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.

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

Owen Williams new single ‘The Man Who Ate a Hurricane’ – worth digesting.

Owen Williams‘ latest single first came onto our radar when he played a delightful acoustic version of this track live on Broom Cupboard Sessions. Owen joins a heady mix of Southend troubadours that are fully embracing this town’s love for all things folk.OwenWilliams1We’re pleased this is finally getting the full release that it deserves. ‘The Man Who Ate a Hurricane‘ is a bluesy gospel track, with the fantastic analogy of a man who’s consumed rage the size of a hurricane, spreading the destruction wherever he goes. Owen‘s voice is warm and reassuring; it feels like he’s been singing to us for 40 years. His charisma really shines through over the effective simple structure of this song.

The Southend folk scene is an absolute joy at the moment, with Owen Williams a very welcome addition to this ever growing movement. This single is a delight.

Not sure I’d eat a hurricane though. I’m more of a Twister man myself.”

Mikey Glenister

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’s Who’s Who of Who to see at Village Green 2017

VILLAGE GREEN IS HERE! We’re so frickin excited. The obvious highlight of the musical calendar in Southend. This year is no exception, but with so many acts to see, how do you plan your route through the extensive list of incredible acts?
Why, with the definitive ‘Southend Who’s Who’s Who’ of who to check out of course! Here’s our top picks of who you should be checking out this year:

Beach For Tiger – Idea13 Stage 11.40 – 12.10
GET ON SITE EARLY! This will be one of the highlights of the day. Psychedelic indie pop just before lunchtime. Perfect start to proceedings!
baVard – Oak Stage 12.10 – 12.25
These two brothers are leaving their spiritual busking home of Southend High Street to take to one of the mighty Village Green stages for the first time. Charming and fun!
Courts – Village Green Stage 12.20 – 12.50
In our eyes one of the best bands on the planet. Funk rap disco pop from Basildon. If you’ve not seen them live yet, see them on the biggest stage and have your mind blown.
The Scarletts – Idea13 Stage 13.20 – 13.50
Genre bending new wave upstarts The Scarletts have been turning heads recently. We’re excited to see them play to a big crowd in the Idea13 tent.

Carousel – Chalkwell Rooms 13.30 – 14.00
Tom Eatherton and his folk troops bring some heartfelt songs to the Chalkwell Rooms, central on the Village Green site. Let him into your hearts.
Suspects – Idea13 Stage 14.10 – 14.40
DON’T FORGET YOUR EAR PLUGS. The loudest two piece in the UK, but what a glorious noise. The first of the Cool Thing Records family to play the Idea13 stage.
BAIT – Idea13 Stage – 15.00 – 15.30
Don’t go anywhere. Bait are simply the most captivating live show you will see. Trust us. Mike Webster’s best project yet. This is NOT TO BE MISSED.
Primo Nelson – Village Green Stage 15.30 – 16.10
The baddest mother funkers in Southend on sea. One of the most entertaining bands in the south east. The energy will be high for this one!

Darren Jones & The World Music Band – Idea13 Stage – 15.50 – 16.20
Southend’s answer to Paul Simon. One of the most enigmatic performers out there. This will be very special indeed.
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Village Green Stage 16.40 – 17.20
The mighty Sam Duckworth returns with his most beloved project. Expect a huge band, some new songs, some old classics and a message of hope in these troubled times.
Youth Club – Idea13 16.40 – 17.20
The secret special guests! Which we found out about. You’re welcome! Village Green favourites. Pure indie pop machines.
LJ Howard – Chalkwell Rooms 16.50 – 17.20
We love this guy. Simply a class act. Big bold pop with heart. You can’t go wrong here! A definitive Southend Who favourite!

The Trusted – Chalkwell Rooms 17.40 – 18.10
Fast rising indie 4 piece that are gaining a very loyal fanbase in Southend. Expect a rammed Chalkwell Rooms!
Holloway Road – Idea13 Stage 17.40 – 18.10
The country darlings of the UK. Southend’s Holloway Road are quite something live. Armed with full band, this will be a breath of fresh air.
Kate Nash – Village Green Stage – 17.50 – 18.40
The first of our big headliners. Kate needs no introduction, but her new sound really kicks! Star of GLOW, this is one of the most fabulous acts Village Green has ever had!
Longy & The Gospel Trash – Idea13 Stage 18.30 – 19.00
A Southend superstar in his own right, but now armed with the best band he’s ever had behind him, this is going to be an absolute riot. Honest and powerful.

BLAB – The Oak Stage 18.40 – 19.00
Neglect the smaller stages at your peril! BLAB are a female fronted 4 piece with some of the best indie rock songs out there. Highly recommended!
Slim Pickings – Idea13 Stage 19.20 – 20.00
8 piece reggae/dub band, the rising stars in the super healthy reggae/ska scene in Southend. You know it’s going to be a party with the Idea13 stage headliners.
Big Jacket – Chalkwell Rooms 19.20 – 20.00
Headlining the Chalkwell Rooms are the folk pop wonders Big Jacket. Massive fans right here, this spot is well deserved!
Nothing But Thieves – Village Green Stage 19.10 – 20.00
Surely the reason we all have a ticket right? The darlings of Southend, a perfect chance to catch the biggest new rock band in the world in their homecoming show.