Punk Fun and Mayhem with The Kix

The Kix

Last night I attended The Kix gig at The Tiger Moth in Medway and had the time of my life, reliving happy memories of my Generation X youth.  Being part of an era and movement encouraging authenticity, freedom of  self expression and a tiny bit of mayhem, makes me feel very proud indeed and extremely grateful to be my age! I would not of wanted to miss this creative era for the world.

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My generation have often been accused of being selfish re-cycled teenagers, so our reply is, “yeah yeah, what evaaaa” followed by a two finger salute! The Sex Pistols sang a cover of ‘ol blue eyes’ I’ll do it My Way, which sums up our generations philosophy….like it or lump it! Unless you have lived and breathed the Generation X and Punk era, you will not understand the mind and spirit of its ‘Freedom Warriors’ .

The Kix, as a band are extremely professional and excellent musician/singers, with a brilliant sense of humour! They watched in amusement the shapes that were being pulled on the dance floor, including The Conga (no I didn’t participate!) from a group of girls, who the lead singer Mal Irvine hilariously named and knighted 5 Star .

The songs The Kix covered included hits from Sham 69, The Clash, Sex Pistols and The Jam. The crowd were very cool and many of us danced and shouty sang the night away!

Their final encore, much to mine and the crowds delight, was My Way, Sex Pistol style, which was a perfect ending to a brilliant night!

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Not surprisingly, The Kix have many gigs ahead of them, including The Lower Bell on Friday 24th August and The Ska Festival in Maidstone, Bank Holiday Monday 27th August .

During their tour, they will also be playing in Amsterdam!

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Live & Unsigned Festival finalists The Novatones – Hamptons gig review

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The Live & Unsigned Festival takes place on July 10th at the Indig02 in London, promising an eclectic variety of music including indie, rock, pop, acoustic and urban flavours.

Being the largest original music competition in the UK for unsigned bands and artists Live & Unsigned has attracted over 30,000 entries during the past three years and sets itself apart from previous competitions by offering and promoting live, original music and being open to all genres of music from Heavy Rock to Rap.

Among this years finalists are the winning band from the Southern England heat, The Novatones from Chandlers Ford , Southampton.

After initially auditioning against thousands of other acts across the UK and impressing the judging panel with their originality, The Novatones went on to perform live on stage at the Southern England Final on 30th May at the Portsmouth Guildhall in Portsmouth.

Dazzling the audience and judges alike, The Novatones won the chance to go into the Grand Final at the Indig02 in London where they will perform on the main stage in front of a live crowd and judging panel.

Some of the biggest names in the industry will be there to cast their eye over the unsigned talent including the legendary Noddy Holder, Urban DJ, Presenter and Radio 1’s Ras Kwame and RnB mega star Shola Ama.

The overall winner of Live & Unsigned stands to take home a package including equipment, coverage and promotion. They will also be offered a recording and management contract with Future Music to release their single and they will get the opportunity to develop their own clothing brand to sell online and in retail with Extreme State.

We were invited to see The Novatones performing at Hamptons in Southampton last week, a bad choice of venue it would appear that did not do justice to The Novatones or any of the other bands playing on the night.

Our reviewer Pete Rouse writes;

Though I found the set slightly brief, around 30 minutes, I found their sound very strong and generally very enjoyable. However I was disappointed with the venue, as I don’t believe that the size of the place was able to handle or carry their sound to its full potential.

On a bigger, more thought out venue, this band would certainly be worthy of watching, purely for the fact that each member of the band looked as though they were thoroughly enjoying themselves.

At times I found that I was listening to something I had heard before and not overly unique, however this isn’t to say that I wouldn’t listen to them again. Their avid followers would certainly disagree with me I’m sure, though I still believe the venue was partly to blame.

However as a band which has now reached the finals of Live and Unsigned at the O2 Arena this summer, I may well have missed something key at this performance. Though something I didn’t miss was a fantastic cover of The Who.

I believe that this review hasn’t done this band the justice they deserve, much like the venue, and following a conversation with the guys after their set, they will be playing at regular spots, The Brook and The Joiners over the next coming months – venues which I know will do them justice, and also an opportunity I hope to re-write something which gives them the credit they have proved they deserve – I mean come on, any band who can write a song about a failed bank robbery is worthy of a second watch if for nothing else but to hear “Don’t Rob Banks” again.

For further information visit The Novatones on My Space or Facebook

Click on the link for Live & Unsigned info