Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Top Fives February

1st February 2011
Top 5 Images from the Thirsty and Miserable Launch

2nd February 2011
Top 5 bleakest lyrics

‘If I was burning now I’d only feel alone’ Shoes and Socks Off
‘But the boy with big ideas, sold them all for pizza and weed’ Hot Club De Paris
‘If it’s good for the economy then I am for it’ Justin Sane
‘With Friends like these who needs politicians’ David Ford
‘traipsing endless corridors of disappointment’ Mike Scott

3rd February 2011
Top 5 highlights of the internship

All the free tea and coffee I can drink
Free photography lessons
Hanging tough with models
Surrounded by inspiring photos
Ever changing exhibitions

4th February 2011
Top 5 crap forms of transport

Tram – attracts smelly people to sit next to me
University free bus – always full of dicks
National express – I could walk quicker
Anything in France – French people can’t queue FACT
Bike – still too scared to get on one again after fracturing my skull when tossed off by the purple prince

5th February 2011
Top 5 Acoustic acts to come out of great bands

Frank Turner
Mike Scott
Ben Childs
Kevin Seconds
Mike Only

6th February 2011
Top 5 stupid wrestlers from my youth

Doink the Clown
Ultimate Warrior
Jake The Snake
Macho Man Randy Savage
Million Dollar Man (AKA Noel Edmonds)

7th February 2011
Top 5 suggested 30 min documentary subjects

Growth/rebirth of DIY culture
Singer songwriters coming out of bands
Session tracks
Closure of KicFM
New/anti folk

Top 5’s week 2

8th February 2011
Top 5 acoustic acts that must be booked!

Chris T-T
Joe Tilston
David Ford
Frank Turner
Ben Childs

9th February 2011
Top 5 acoustic acts that must be booked again!

Jim Lockey
Men Diamler
Lost On Campus
Mike Scott
Mike Only

10th February 2011
Top 5 items that are constantly in my possession

String from the first Christmas present Caroline gave me

11th February 2011
Top 5 films that never fail to make me laugh

Naked Gun
Top Secret
Team America
Spy Hard

12th February 2011
Top 5 Moments from the Mike, Mike and Jim Show

Mike Only’s 15-second note
Jim walking into the crowd to serenade the audience
Mike Scott’s intensity
Ren’s vagina tee shirts
Celabratory cider on the walk home

13th February 2011
Top 5 pointless fears

Not walking under ladders
Never flying on Friday the 13th
Not walking under signs on the pavement
Never stepping on cracks in a pavement
Any form of repetitive behaviour without a sensible reason

14th February 2011
Top 5 tracks to include on a valentines mix tape

Nobody Loves You – Reuben
She’s automatic – Rancid
Drinking for 11 – Mad Caddies
It must be love – Madness
Make a plan to love me – Bright Eyes

15th February 2011
Top 5 tracks not to include on an anti valentines mix tape

Through with love – Matthew Reynolds
Giving up on love – Slow Club
Bitches ain’t shit – Snoop Dog/Ben Folds
There is a light that never goes out – The Smiths
Stuff – MU330

16th February 2011
Top 5 Valentines presents I have received

Care Bear
Disney’s Robin Hood
Mix CD

17th February 2011
Top 5 records that rescued pop punk from being awful (in my opinion)

Captain Everything! – It’s not rocket science
No Use For A Name – Live in a dive
Men – Everything we’ve done so far
Mr Zippy - …says a lot about the kind of person you are
Satanic Surfers – Taste the poison

18th February 2011
Top 5 posters in the making

Split coffee mug
Radio/boom box

19th February 2011
Top 5 images from Mike Scott, Mike Only and Jim Lockey

20th February 2011
Top 5 Disney classics

Basil the great mouse detective
Robin Hood
Jungle Book
Peter Pan
Fox and the hound

21st February 2011
Top 5 Villa heroes

Juan Pablo Angel
Ian Taylor
Paul McGrath
Olof Melberg
Dwight Yorke

22nd February 2011
Top 5 future Villa heroes

Darren Bent
Ashley Young (dependant on staying at villa over the summer)
Carlos Culler
Fabien Delph
Jean Makoon II

23rd February 2011
Top 5 reasons to panic between now and the end of May

4 shows to promote and organise
30 min radio documentary to produce
4 zines to write, print and design
3 posters to design and print
4 other assignments

24th February 2011
Top 5 highlights of tonight’s show

Andy Oliveri’s Hat story
Charlie from the North Ship dropping the mic into the xylophone
Lost On Campus and his Frank Turner esq ending
The amount of people that came
Falling asleep on the sofa with LOC after the show (Rock ‘n’ Roll)

25th February 2011
Top 5 Pics from last nights show

26th February 2011
Top 5 birthday presents for a 25 year old lady
Stacking lyric rings
Tickets to a show I wanted to go to
Awesome lamp
Luke Leighfield tote with him dressed as a wolf

27th February 2011
Top 5 highlights of West Midlands Safari Park

It’s a drive through zoo
Ostrich attacking car
Mega ugly kid
Two pence machines
Stupid staff at pizza hut forgetting to charge half our meal

28th February 2011
Top 5 lowlights of West Midlands Safari Park

No Monkeys
Fixed teddy grabbers
Not being allowed to play the can game for an incredible hulk
Slow people always blocking the way

Monday, 7 March 2011

The Echoes Exes and Whys

From the off it’s not hard to see why this Cheltenham pop punk quartet are so hotly tipped. The combination of emotional pop melodies and driving punkrock guitars create something special.
The band are certainly a pop punk act with the development of the genre in mind, and sound nothing like the late nineties definitions of the genre. There seems to be an influence from the Scandinavian specialty melodic hardcore, particularly throughout the instrumentation, and the vocal peaks and troughs which have served so many bands so well as a formula.

This debut single feels like a statement of intent and shows a band who know their way around a catchy hook and a powerful riff, combining both into an accomplished individual style.

With Cheltenham being such a melting pot of musical talent it will be interesting to hear more from these four gents and see how their sound develops. It would be completely unfair and unbalanced to make a full judgment on one single alone, but if the next one sounds like this I think Cheltenham could have found themselves someone to challenge the 4ft Fingers for their pop punk crown.