Are there any Bands you think we should know about, especially local unsigned bands, that we could follow up on. Who knows you may be listening to local bands here on your Favourite Bands page.
You are out there and know what’s happening, tell us. It will be a help to your favourite band and help DCR when planning future music programmes.
Lemon Party dropped into see Ben during his Strange Brew show. Lemon Partyy are a young and upcoming indie band from Dunoon consisting of Martin Halligan on Vocals, Liam Baird on Guitar, Craig Crawford on Bass Guitar and Johnny Blincow on Drums. Although the group are unsigned they have already lined up a couple of gigs in Glasgow playing at Barrowlands2 on the 26th February 2011 as well as supporting Indiecode at the O2 ABC in March. Though you can still catch them closer to home at The View on the 19th March 2011. For more information check out their myspace page www.myspace.com/lemonpartytheband
NEW VENUE FOR NEW BANDS
Just a note to all you aspiring Bands out there A new venue created especially for you now available
After over 60 years in the music business The Glasgow Barrowland has
created a new 350 capacity venue, downstairs from the main Ballroom.
The aim is to give the cream of Scotland’s up and coming acts a taste
of playing the Barrowlands before making the leap to headlining the
world famous Ballroom.
A brand new state of the art sound system has been installed with gear
from EAW, QSC, Soundcraft, Klark Teknik, DBX and Lexicon.
If any acts are interested in playing, either a support or showcase gig
in the Glasgow Barrowland 2 could you please leave a message with a
link to your myspace or wesite. To Chris Moore KMR Promotions
PASS THE WORD ON …………………….
DISLOCADOS AND LA SALIDA
Dislocados exploded onto the Kyiv music scene as the Kiev Salsa Kings in November 2005. Led by Ilya Yeresko, one of Ukraine’s most respected young pianists and composers (band credits include Skhid Side, composition/arrangement credits with Organizzmo by the Ovsyanikov/Yeresko band, and arrangement credits for international film project “AabIe TTapyca” on which he worked with Ukrainian pop star Jamala), with – among others – Dennis Adu (named best jazz musician in Ukraine at the Dodj Competition 2009) they started playing in Kyiv’s best live music bars. This first salsa band in Ukraine was soon joined by Karolina Patocki and Lesya Zdorovetskaya, finalizing the group’s vocal flavor, and now the 10-piece band has become a force to be reckoned with in the country.
This band embarked on a particularly challenging journey of taking a completely foreign style of music and language to regular Ukrainian citizens and popularizing it as an attempt to open the country’s cultural borders. Salsa music itself (or, more specifically, Hard Salsa/Salsa Dura, which is the style in which they specialize) presented a particular challenge to this Ukrainian band of no ethnic Latin ties with its complex rhythms and deep historic roots.
Dislocados’ new name, literally translated as “dislocated”, plays on the crazy personality of the band, and the idea that the birth country of the musicians does not dictate their musical direction and expertise. While continuing to perform three times a week to live audiences around Ukraine, on February 10th 2008, Dislocados made its world debut by being the first international Hard Salsa band aired on Hard Salsa Radio and on WHUT 91.9 FM in New York City with their first original single “Resaca.”
Minutes after “Resaca” aired, emails poured in like wildfire from worldwide listeners asking for more information on this particular band from an unknown land, which led to Dislocados’ inclusion in Salsa Dura Mundial, a global salsa compilation album out of New York from Latin Soul Records. After gaining popularity in New York and Western Europe, Dislocados released the first salsa album to come out of Ukraine, La Salida. With an intro written by salsa legend Andy Harlow, the album features ten original salsa tracks sung in Spanish in order to continue Ukraine’s image as internationally-friendly. The music has been inspired by influences from Puerto Rico, New York, and Cuba.
Since its release, La Salida has enjoyed overwhelming international praise from top musicians such as Ismael Rivera Jr., Jimmy Bosch and Andy Harlow, promotion from top respected salsa review sites such as descarga.com and has led to the band’s inclusion in international salsa projects, such as the Summer Salsa Festival 2009 in Stockholm where the band performed with Huey Dunbar, of DLG fame, and leading Ukraine’s largest salsa concert in 2010 with a performance of their own music as well as Jimmy Bosch’s repertoire alongside the legendary trombonist.
The band’s music is characterized as being highly complex and of an extreme professionalism both through composition, performance, and recording quality while summoning even the untrained listener to rejoice in its basic drive to make anyone dance. The lyrics, similarly, evoke both silliness and sincerity covering topics from love to celebration, from mortality to women’s empowerment, and from work-life balance to crazy dancing circus animals.
Dislocados’ internationally recognized top musicianship is now the vehicle by which they popularize the musical style of Hard Salsa in Ukraine in order to include their country among the list of top contenders for worldwide attention in the genre.
CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY AS IMAGINEERS PLAY ACCOUSTIC SET FOR DCR DECEMBER2010
As a prelude to their forthcoming Gig at The View the band : Steven Young, lead vocals, Lee Ballard, lead guitar and Alastair Greig , Semi- Acoustic bass visited the DCR studio last night. The fourth member of the band Stephen Forbes ,drums and percussion had problems trying to get his kit up the stairs to the studio and spent the whole evening stuck on the stairs with his big bass drum( he has asked Santa for a Drum Tech/Roadie for Christmas )
The band who all hail from Glasgow first got together in the summer of 2006, when Ali out walking his Bass Guitar (apparently he never goes anywhere without it) visited the wee corner shop where he saw these two strange looking guys (Steven and Lee) pinning a notice on the wall advertising for a bass player to join a band. Informing the guys that he indeed was a bass player and this was a scenario from whence legends begin an audition took place there and then and Ali was given the gig.
Since then the Band have been working very hard cutting their teeth; starting off as a bar band playing many chaotic nights in Scotland’s seediest lounges in order to pay their way, travelling wherever the gigs take them even playing gigs in Liverpool at the Famous Cavern and Zanzibar Clubs.
Having thawed out in the studio and with some warm coffee to help the circulation the boys then played a cracking acoustic version of their latest double sided single Mariana followed by Fairground. The band write all their own material and are just about to go into the studio to start work on an album with one of Scotland’s finest Record Producers and are hoping to release an E.P. very shortly
A Full Report and list of all the original tunes played will follow, Plus great news of a forthcoming headliner Gig At Glasgows O2 ABC in the very near future, so don’t forget to come back.
In the meantime you can hear the Imagineers for yourselves tonight (Saturday 4th December 2010) Live at Dunoon’s View the support band the Rudiments (highly recommendable brilliant band in their own right) kick off around 11pm the Imagineers follow on stage around Midnight. Spread the word everyone and why not check out the bands website : http://www.the-imagineers.com/