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Havienda 29th August 2008

In bands, djs, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music, poster, rock on August 25, 2008 at 1:50 am

The Black Stats will be playing at Jersey Live this weekend but before that they’ll be part of a three-band show at Havienda on Friday 29th August. DJ Pip will be providing music for the warm-up and intervals and playing a set of the finest indie rock and pop to finish. The doors open at ten and, as always, entry is free.

The Black Stats play groovy indie rock with a twist of (alco-) pop. Their Take The Money And Run is one of the best songs ever made by Jersey artists. The way the guitar and bass snake around the furious drumming is breathtaking and the chorus is incredibly catchy.

Stuart Rowsell (bass); Nick Caunce (guitar and vocals); Paul Vibert (guitar and vocals); Leon Bouhaire (drums)

The Black Stats: Stuart Rowsell (bass); Nick Caunce (guitar and vocals); Paul Vibert (guitar and vocals); Leon Bouhaire (drums)

Dirtytrades appeared on our first night and they’re back with us this Friday. Since then they’ve recorded a set at La Motte Street for a new CD which I hope to review soon as I get a copy (lads ..?) and they’ve posted four of their songs on their MySpace profile. The sessions clearly went very well. The songs are performed with great assurance, gorgeously produced and show off their pop instincts to great effect. The interplay between the rhythm and lead guitars on Last Romantic is stunning. The lyrics are great too.

Joe Rogerson (lead guitar and vocals); Tyron Chapman (rhythm guitar and vocals); Jamie Hurley (bass guitar); Craig Smith (drums)

Dirtytrades: Joe Rogerson (lead guitar and vocals); Tyron Chapman (rhythm guitar and vocals); Jamie Hurley (bass guitar); Craig Smith (drums)

Gorey Inbreds have been together for about eighteen months. The members have played in other bands including Ungenerix, Peggy Patch and 124s, and their musical style is a rich stew of sardonic and surreal lyrics coupled with a kind of jazz funk that’s in equal measures highly technical and brazenly barely arsed. It’s delicious and queasy … Oh it’s really hard to describe. They defy conventions and that’s good. Gorey Inbreds lineup is Ryan De Jersey Douglas (bass), Harry (singing), Ollie (guitar), BB (drums) and their mate on percussion (possibly).

Gorey Inbreds

Gorey Inbreds

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Planet Brain and Falenizza Horsepower

In bands, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music, punk, rock on August 17, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Planet Brain are an Italian band currently on a tour of the UK including not only The Havana Club with Falenizza Horsepower on Friday 22nd August but also La Hougue Bie, Jersey, on Saturday 23rd and Vale Earth Fair, Guernsey on Sunday 24th. Their membership is Marcello Batelli on guitar and vocals, Nicola Zangrando on bass and Claudio Larese Casanova on drums. Planet Brain at MySpace features videos, songs and news of forthcoming performances. A recent interview with the band can be read at The Only Thing I Know For Sure in which they talk about their musical influences and how they feel about connecting with British audiences.

Planet Brain

Planet Brain

Dave Spars and Steve Hutchins

Falenizza Horsepower: Dave Spars (bass) and Steve Hutchins (drums)

Havienda August 16, 2008

In bands, blues, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music, photography, rock on August 16, 2008 at 6:19 pm

The Experience played last night at the club. A loyal crew of freaky-dancing friends and fans turned out to join in the fun and this excellent band have rarely sounded and looked better. The sound they created was a monumental wall of swirling, soaring blues improvisation by guitarist Lee Allison and bassist Aaron Brown around Mike Neagle’s funky drumming. It was a tremendous pleasure to work with such a professional and enthusiastic group of musicians. I learned they will be doing some recordings at a local studio soon and I hope to bring news of that as I get it.

I think Havienda needs a proper photographer. These snaps are rather grainy and blurred, rather like the ones of a previous bands night, due to the limitations of my compact camera. Anyway, here are the best of the bunch.

Melting Pot DJs every Friday

In bands, club, djs, electro, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music, poster on August 15, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I created a poster advertising our resident DJs and suitable for a A1-sized notice board outside the club. The design needed to have combined the list of artists Pip gave me last week, with which I’d already made a decent but unreadable poster, with an image that I hope will cause people to stop in their tracks. So the idea of the pink robot came along and it’s a handsome mechanical humanoid isn’t it? Click on the image above to view a larger version.

The Experience at Havienda – Friday 15th August

In bands, djs, electro, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music, poster, rock on August 12, 2008 at 10:53 pm

The Experience are a three piece rock band well known for their instrumental approach to classic heavy rock. Their sound has its roots in the progressive blues of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix with some heavy ’60s psychedelia in the mix and their performances are stunning workouts of ferocious invention. The stage and sound system of The Havana Club will seem made for these musicians who really like to experiment and inspire wonder in their audiences. For our night, their set will feature a backdrop of head-mashing video sequences created specially for the band.

Our resident DJs Pip and Mark will be providing the warm up sounds from seven and presenting an awesome set of rock, funk and futurism after the live set well into the night.

Planet Brain and Falenizza Horsepower – August 22, 2008

In bands, electro, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music, punk, rock, video on August 11, 2008 at 12:13 am

Falenizza Horsepower are a duo playing brutalist rock of great intensity. Dave Spars (vocals, guitar) is well known for his work with s-ro, giants of the Channel Islands punk scene, and Steve Hutchins (drums, vocals) is a force of creative progress in the Lebatol and Lawrence Draws Monsters projects. Together they tour the country and record inspirational works in their own studio. They are technically brilliant and musically uncompromising.

Their appearance at Havienda on Friday 22nd of August will be a night of astonishing performance. They will be joined by Planet Brain, a three-piece from the mountain town of Belluno, Italy. Described as ‘modern day melodic shoegazers’ the band have been building up their live reputation in both the UK and their native country. Their debut album Compromises & Carnivals, released on Function Records, has already sold out its original pressing in Italy. This will be their third visit to Jersey and the first of two Jersey gigs over the weekend. This will be the full electric set to be followed by an acoustic set in the Chapel at La Hougue Bie the following day.

Considering the quality of the acts lined up to play on this night we’re proud to be able to make this a free entry event. It will be one to remember for a long time.

Melting Pot DJs, Pip and Mark, will be supporting the bands. The entertainment starts at seven, with the first band on stage at eight.

Havienda 8th August 2008 and other news

In bands, electro, havana club, havienda, indie, jersey, music on August 7, 2008 at 9:02 pm

The Melting Pot DJs, curators of the finest indie and electro, will be playing at Havienda tomorrow from eight. I’m hoping a lot of people come along and support what we’re doing. The music will be simply awesome through a system that blows some less fidelity-conscious venues’ setups clean out of the water.

There are some great things planned for the coming weeks and months. Confirmed so far:

August 22 – Planet Brain and Falenizza Horsepower
August 29 – Gorey Inbreds, The Black Stats, and one more act to be confirmed
September 5 – The Dirty Aces
September 12 – Bulletproof

I have posted an appeal for bands on the Positiv Productions forum and sent the thing to various local musicians. It’s reproduced here. As usual click on the thumbs to view larger versions. If you are in a band, please contact me while there are still some dates available.

Pip gave me a list of musical influences informing his sets and I wanted to make his text the foundation for some promotional graphics. After playing for hours with ASCII art generating software I came up with this. By the way, I am suffering an attack of RSI after having put all those links in so the least you can do is follow a few of them and maybe even buy some records. Remember, illegal downloads contribute to terrorism.