So this is Christmas, and what have you done?
Another year over, and a new one just begun…
It’s a song we hear so often this time of year, and John Lennon was right – it IS a good time to take stock and think about what has been achieved. I for one have had an amazing year – Live Bands Cornwall has doubled its followers and almost quadrupled its circulation. We’ve started doing reviews on a regular basis and have really enjoyed working with It Could Get Loud on CHBN. We have some more goodies in the pipeline for 2018 and are very excited about the future.
There’s also been some great gigs. From a fan’s point of view, the music scene in Cornwall feels more vibrant than ever! Yes there are some negative stories about noise compaints, but we’ve also gained two amazing new venues with The Old Bakery Studios in Truro and The Band Club in St Austell, whilst the Brewery Visitor Centre in St Austell has also been putting on some cracking gigs this year. We’ve gained new festivals too – The Great Estate Festival for one just blew people’s minds. Meanwhile existing events like Bands in the Sands, Tunes in the Dunes, Helstonbury and Looe Music Festival have got bigger and better than ever.
Our hard rocking Creature has had an exciting year, the highlight of which was a fully funded trip in October to Shanghai (and a stay in the Waldorf Astoria no less) as part of the Marshall Amps MusicChina show. King Creature have also appeared at a several prestigious festivals including Little Orchard Festival, Looe Music Festival, Planet Rockstock and Hard Rock Hell. and more recently had a packed to capacity gig at the 19th Annual Celtic Beer Festival and two back-to-back sold out gigs at St Austell Band Club.
Singer Dave Kellaway has appeared in Bass Guitar Magazine and they’ve recorded an awesome video and released ‘Volume One’, their incredible debut Marshall Records album which was recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios. The album appeared on HMV’s recommended list and quickly sold out in shops across the South West. (Seriously if you haven’t bought it yet, you are missing out!)
Plans for 2018 include their FOR THE RECORD tour which will see them hitting all 4 UK capitals plus Manchester, Birmingham & Southampton in January & February.
Wille and The Bandits are on a journey which has so far been nothing short of epic. Having toured their unique brand of roots rock with the likes of Deep Purple, The John Butler Trio and Status Quo, they released their studio album “Steal” in January and have spent this year touring across Britain and Europe and even going as far afield as Australia in November. In May they were asked to be the special guests for Joe Bonamassa at the Sena Guitar Awards ceremony in Holland. They have also played at the Isle of Wight Festival, the Bearded Theory Festival, Tunes In The Dunes and were on the same bill as Kaiser Chiefs & Scouting For Girls (GoldCoast Oceanfest) in June.
They plan to get tucked into some more hardcore touring in 2018 and the next chance to see them in Cornwall is on 2nd February at The Acorn in Penzance.
BANDS TO WATCH OUT FOR
50 Year Storm: Wow what a year they’ve had! They kicked things off recording their debut EP Distressor with the legendary John Cornfield. Guitarist Andy described this as “mind blowing considering he’s produced/engineered/mixed many of our favourite albums!”.
Dark and heavy electonic rockers 50YS also played 9 festival stages including The Great Estate, Little Orchard and Looe Music Festival. Not content with this they won a day’s recording with the awesome crew at Cube after taking part in Tyack’s Battle of the Bands and released their single We The Brave. Rumour has it, they’ve recorded 4 more tracks with Mr Cornfield which we can’t wait to hear in 2018! All in all their year shaped up to be an absolute banger!
Oh Majester: This 5 piece indie band have come a long way since their first live gig in October 2016. In February they performed live on Radio St Austell Bay and then went on to play numerous gigs across Cornwall and as far afield as Cheltenham & Glastonbury. Their infectious upbeat sound combined with Martin Burn’s distinctive vocals, has seen them emerge as festival favourites across the South West. They even appeared on the BBC Introducing stage twice – first at Boardmasters and then at Looe Music Festival. Currently unsigned Oh Majester released their 3 track CD in October. They are also working towards recording their debut album and filmed a video in the Studio Bar at the last gig of the year (29/12/17)
Even Nine have spent this year making videos and gigging. They launched their latest album Empires at Bunters in April to much acclaim, before embarking on a UK tour in May.
Empires delivers powerful rock with pop and indie vibes, lots of energy and for a change lately; a singer who can sing and musicians who can really play.
– Music Republic Magazine
Later in the year they released their charity single ‘Snowblind’ which so far has raised over £1500 for children’s charities and Cots For Tots. E9 also played at numerous events across the country over the course of the summer. In Cornwall these included Boardmasters, The Great Estate, St Ives Festival, Blue Anchor Beer Festival, Tyacks Cider Festival, Alstock, Cornish Fest and Helstonbury. For me though, the highlight was their absolutely stonking gig supporting Feeder at Bands In The Sands, Perranporth on July 28th.
Cybernetic Witch Cult: Cornwall’s space metal Sabbath worshippers, had a busy year of intense touring. Their year started off supporting 80’s thrash band ‘Acid Reign’ in Kent, before heading into the studio to record their second full length album ‘Troglodithic Trip’. To support the new album they landed a UK tour in May supporting Italian power-trio ‘Doctor Cyclops’. Summer then had them sharing a stage with psychedelic prog legends ‘Hawklords’ at Surplus Festival in Wales, and another UK co-headline tour with Dorset’s ‘Morass of Molasses’. They also organised and ran their own independent festival ‘End of the World festival’ which was a sell out success in Plymouth!
September brought a change as new bass player Doug MacKinnon joined the band, and then they hit the road again with a 9 date headline UK tour from coast to coast of the country. They rounded off the year with a few all-day festivals in Mansfield, London and a mainstage performance at ’Facebarmageddon’ in Reading.
Plans for 2018 so far include the birth of a third album, more touring (including Europe), the ‘return of end of the world festival’ and a festival appearance at Hard Rock Hell at the 02 Academy Sheffield.
The Eyelids released their 2nd album “Cosmic Dust” in July and it has had a great reception with excellent reviews in Louder Than War (8/10): “The Eyelids take a classic form and give it a modern edge, keeping the sizzling flame of rockabilly alive for a new generation. Check ‘em out!“, Vive Le Rock (9/10) – “A coruscating Faraday cage of rock ‘n roll energies, within which dark science and wild desires recombine to gouge volcanic grooves…“, and UK Rock ‘N Roll Magazine – “I love the lyrics on this album, great songs…“.
The Eyelids also played some of their most memorable gigs this year, amongst them a packed BBC introducing tent at Little Orchard Festival, and sold out gigs supporting the Hillbilly Moon Explosion at Carnglaze Caverns, and Pussy Riot as part of their Riot Days tour.
2018 is already shaping up nicely. The early part of the year will see the girls taking some time to finish some new songs for the next release. Having had a live hiatus whilst drummer Michelle is on maternity leave they will welcome her back when they support Henri Herbert (formerly of Jim Jones Revue) on April 26th at Falmouth Rugby Club.
Hypophora have also had an excellent year with an appearance on Radio St Austell Bay in April and a slot on the BBC Introducing stage at Boardmasters in June. Live Bands Cornwal featured them after their kickass gig at Bunters, Truro in August and they have appeared in Festivals and gigs up and down the UK, from Coalfields Festival and Carlisle in the North to memorable gigs at The Cavern, Exeter supporting VANT and The Junction, Plymouth, supporting Allusondrugs in the South.
They also released their single and video ‘Headlines’ and 2018 sees them recording their very first full length album and a lot more touring, starting off with the Free For All Festival in Bristol in January.
NEW & REVAMPED BANDS
We’ve had lots of new bands spring into existence this year – one of my favourites Godstone a 5-piece metal outfit were featured on the BBC Introducing stage at Leopallooza in July. Focusing on quality over quantity they have spent the year rehearsing and recording a debut EP with John Cornfield, with only a handful of gigs to whet our appetites. Those rare performances however have taken the local scene by storm and been memorable experiences for anyone lucky enough to be there (see our review from September).
Expect to hear lots of good things about this band in the coming months and watch out for their music video and EP “Monument of One”due to be released in the spring (March hopefully). Better still, like their facebook page and follow their progress as the word on the street is that there are some pretty exciting plans being forged for 2018….
”In the “mumble, mumble” years I’ve been writing about music in Cornwall it’s very rare that a new band can stop me in my tracks, already imagining them headlining festivals, within half a song. I’ve only truly felt it four or five times and The Rezner have that special indefinable “thing”.” (Lee Trewhela, CornwallLive)
The Rezner are a young band from Truro College but they have become a favourite among the public for their captivating, high-energy live performances. After a summer of non-stop gigging, the band have appeared at a host of festivals, culminating in a headline slot on the BBC Introducing Stage at Boardmasters 2017.
Flying Saucepans are a teenage punk rock/grunge band from Cornwall (Redruth and Penzance). Their ages range from 14-17 and the band only formed early 2017 but they have already had successful gigs at Cornwall College, Trevithick Day in Camborne, Lemon Quay in Truro, Golowan Festival, The Studio Bar in Penzance (supporting Thursday Night Dog Fight) and On the Rocks in Newquay (supporting 50 Year Storm). They were also finalists at Battle of the Bands in Camborne. This young band rehearse and are supported by School of Rock and Youth Music Sessions at DBS in Camborne College. They have recently recorded their first EP “Mediocre At Best”, which features completely original tracks and was a funded recording session by Livewire Youth Music in Saltash.
True Collision: joined at the end of 2016 by new drummer Tony, the band launched straight into a busy year playing a lot of wild shows / festivals. They did well in Tyacks memorable Battle of the Bands and completely revamped their set list, adding new cover songs. In November, to finish the year off in style, they recorded their 2nd E.P “Rebirth” which they are releasing January 2018. Guitarist Leon said “Overall its been a lot of fun and I’m definitely loving playing in this band right now.”
Compiled by Debi, with help from the bands
Best wishes for 2018 to all our Cornish Bands, here’s hoping all your dreams and aspirations come true 🙂