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.

Slim Pickings – Breathing New Life Into The Southend Reggae Scene

The Southend ska/dub/reggae scene has always been an ever evolving community, with the likes of Goldmaster Allstars and Tallowah leading the charge. There are key players in this fraternity of musicians who are passionate about the goings on in this town, so when a group of them united to create Slim Pickings, it was clear that this was going to be something quite unique.

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Led by the charismatic Jack Roth, the eight piece dropped their latest single ‘One Life‘ last week off their debut EP ‘Too Broke To Smoke’ due for release in June through Khandha Records. This track is quite something; the reggae framework is lifted by off-kilter guitar solos and Aurelius’ rap helps to sit this contextually higher than other efforts. It seems they’re taking things to the next level, which is great for the Southend scene.

It’s nice to see such a polished video for this track too, shot on location in and around Southend, a great job from Vanloop Media.

This year will see Slim Pickings play some high profile shows in the summer to support their debut release, which is great for all of us. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for more information.

THINGAMAGIG is a yearly day festival held in The White Hart Pub car park in Billericay. Thingamagig 2011 takes place on Saturday 23rd July.

The whole thing is put on by BIG STINKY DOG PROMOTIONS, run by the hilariously nicknamed Big Pete (Pete Shelly) and Little Pete (Pete Baker).

This year’s lineup features bands we’ve previously featured on the Southend Who? site, including THE POWER OF VOODOO, STEALING SIGNS and DEFERRED SUCESS, as well as many other big hitters like ED ROMETALLOWAH AND ORIGAMI NOISE.

13 acts across 2 stages from 1pm, and only £6 entry. The first 100 through the door will get a free compilation CD of many of the acts on the bill. All proceeds will be donated to Little Havens Children’s Hospice and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

This is the epitome of great promoting. Big Stinky Dog are not about profits here; this festival will celebrate what’s great about music in the south east, as well as generating lots of money for good causes. Bravo!