11th October 2013
Words: Daniel Mulley
Photo: Charlie Wallis
Support: Patent Pending
I hadn’t heard of the support act Patent Pending before tonight and what immediately stood out was the flat backing vocals which really spoiled everything, the crowd don’t seem to care as they are jumping along to the upbeat pop-punk songs which are fitting for a BFS gig. I notice for the second song ‘Anti-Everything’ that the harmonies have drastically improved until I look up and realise there is a backing track replacing guitarist Rob Felicetti. The song that really stands out is ‘Hey Mario’ with a computer game style backing track and really catchy lyrics such as ‘You’ve got to know this princess isn’t worth these extra lives. Just let her go Mario, you’re a next level bro’ which really bring out the nerd in me accompanied by the actions from frontman Joe Ragosta really bring something interesting on stage.
19th October 2013
Words: Makky Hall
I will say this from the start, you missed something special tonight if you didn’t see this show, the attitude of the UK hardcore scene was on a complete buzz to celebrate the career of Last Witness, even if it is a sad day that the popular hardcore band are playing their last ever show.
Up first was Rough Hands, very impressive set, very Trash Talk minus the chaos, for an opening band at The Underworld Rough Hands played to a fair amount of people, a rare occasion you see it so busy so early on in the night, they had some movement and some people spinning about but definitely got a lot of heads banging, definitely a band to look out for.
Words: Charlie Wallis
You may have heard them on Huw Stephens, you might have watched their videos on youtube or you might have caught them live with Deaf Havana, but what’s for sure is that wherever you find them, Big Sixes are making a massive impact.
They write a brilliant blend of folk and rock, with absolutely enormous harmonies and beautifully blended guitars and vocals. Lead singer Charlie has a fantastically delicate voice with an edge that can cut through the sound to rattle the very soul. To see these guys live really is an emotional experience that can cast the rowdiest of crowds into silent reverence of such raw talent.
We catch up with the guys to ask them a few questions to give a feel for what they’re all about.
Hows the tour going with Deaf Havana?
It’s been pretty rad. We went with them on their An Evening With Deaf Havana acoustic tour earlier this year so it’s been awesome to show some of the same fans what we can do with electric guitars and a few more band members.
How would you sum up the sound of Big Sixes?
I couldn’t if I tried, we’re always being asked to write short bios and stuff for press and shows or whatever, but I find it incredible awkward to actually pin point anything.
Who are some of your influence and why?
I think it’s quite important not to be too directly influenced by anything. We’ve always been quite conscious not to be part of any particular scene or buzz.
Is there a story behind the name?
It was a fictitious crew name before it was a band name. The whole name’s a joke gone too far really, same as the band.
What’s been the highlight of 2013 so far?
It’s been a constant highlight that we’ve been able to do us, be ourselves and write music we want to write whilst get the receptions and support we’ve been getting.
How hard is it to write songs with such complex multi part harmonies?
Charles has an incredible mind for harmonies, I’ll take him anything and he’ll be able to fit something over it. After that it’s all about filling the gaps, the extra high notes or whatever.
What are some of your musical guilty pleasures?
I don’t know about musical guilty pleasures but Max hasn’t stopped watching fucking Peter Andre My Life all bloody tour.
What does the next year hold for Big Sixes
More shows! We’ve got some really cool stuff booked in that we can’t wait to announce. Might release some new music and that. I’ll let you know.
The Blackout have been forced to cancel remaining dates on their current Uk tour after lead singer Gavin came down with a neurological issue known as a hemiplegic migraine. Much as it sucks we hope Gavin gets better soon. The following is a statement from the band:
Hot off last weeks announcement welcoming Every Time I Die to the line up - A Day To Remember are excited to add The Story So Far to the bill. Their album “What You Don’t See (which was produced by Steve Klein of New Found Glory) was released earlier this year on Pure Noise Records.
A Day To Remember are currently demolishing venues across America on their “House Party Tour” along with All Time Low & Pierce The Veil. These are the biggest venues the band have played in the US to date. The band hit the UK in early 2014 for the following shows - get your tickets quickly - these shows are selling out!
8th CARDIFF MOTORPOINT ARENA
10th GLASGOW O2 ACADEMY
12th LONDON ALEXANDRA PALACE
14th BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY - SOLD OUT
15th MANCHESTER O2 APOLLO - SOLD OUT