A look at the Undiscovered Live Music Project 2019

The Undiscovered Live Music Project is a songwriting and performance competition that happens annually in Essex. Run by the Essex Music Development Agency, I’ve seen first hand how the Undiscovered Contest can help launch a music career.

The contest has run since 2009, and is split into bands and solo acts. The prize is 3 day’s recording time at Brentwood’s beloved youth club, The Hermit, a single release, and a music video. I’ve been following the project massively this year, attending all the heats as I took the crown as the Undiscovered Live Music Project’s Best Solo Act 2018, and so have had the privilege to play the heats across Essex this year as a guest act, as well as judging some of the band heats.

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My journey with Undiscovered began when I watched my favourite unsigned band, Dead Baby Birds, compete around 5 years ago, but I didn’t know fully what the project did. In 2017, I met a remarkable artist, Katy Forkings, who is the Undiscovered Best Solo Act 2017, and seeing how well she was doing post the contest, I applied.

I’m not sure how my 2018 would have gone without this contest. It has given me the chance to work with a band, including Dead Baby Birds’ Sam Laughlin and Tristan Embleton, who have now split. It’s also allowed me to network with musicians and I now have a guitarist, Nicole who also performed in Let’s Be Strange, a band who reached the final last year and who are competing in this year’s heats.

Nicole (Lets Be Strange)

I’ve released my debut EP ‘Anaphase’ on disc, and my debut single ‘Accessory’ with my next single, sponsored by undiscovered ‘Time’. I have attended most of the Undiscovered heats this year. I’m focusing on the Undiscovered Live Music Project Bands Final, which gained its last band on the line on Saturday 23rd February 2019.

Undiscovered travels across Essex to find its bands with heats in Chelmsford, Southend, Colchester, Basildon and for under 18s, Brentwood. I’ve been lucky to headline these nights as the Undiscovered Solo Winner 2018, and have also been asked to judge.

Our Undiscovered Live Music Project Band Final 2019 will be held at Colchester Arts Centre and will feature the following bands. The Waterfalls, from Southend, who raised the roof at their heat in the Chinnerys. An energised performance with a strong fan base gave them their ticket to the final. Rolled Up Sleeves, from the Basildon heat, create sophisticated rock music and have a stage presence I struggled to take my eyes away from. Unit 33, from Colchester’s Three Wise Monkeys, have a strong vocalist and rock arrangement behind them. Children of the Fuzz, took the last win for the final spot on Saturday 23rd February 2019. They’re a funky band with a strong rapport and image and I look forward to seeing them again in the final.

Finally, our wildcard this year is Vivacity, who also performed at the Southend Chinnerys heat. An indie and current band with a lead singer who plays an acoustic guitar, unlike the other bands in the final. I really enjoyed this band and have since listened to their recordings on Spotify which I found to be beautiful musically.

The Undiscovered Live Music Project’s Band Final will take place on Saturday 16th March at Colchester Arts Centre and the headlining guest act will be this year’s Undiscovered Live Music Project’s Solo Winner, my successor, Chameleon who I’m so proud of for gaining her title.

Chameleon

With this year’s competition still wide open, there is no saying who is going to be victorious this time around.

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WWE Survivor Series REVIEW

WWE’s 32nd Annual Survivor Series PPV came from the famous Staples Center in Los Angeles – The event was marred with last minute changes as a result of Becky Lynch’s injury on last week’s Raw and Daniel Bryan defeating AJ Styles to become new WWE Champion on SmackDown.

Here are the Results of the show, along with my predictions and my match rating out of 5:

KICK OFF

Tag Team 10 on 10 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match

Team Raw: Roode & Gable (Captains), The Ascension, The B Team, The Revival & Lucha House Party

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Team SmackDown: The Uso’s (Captains), The New Day, The Colon’s, The Good Brothers & SaNiTy

The kick off show featured this 10 on 10 tag team match and was won by sole survivors The Uso’s

Winners: Team SmackDown

My Prediction: Team SmackDown

Rating: 2.5/5

The Main show kicked off with the 5 on 5 Women’s match:

Side Note: During the kick off show a fight broke out between Natalya and Ruby Riott, leading to captain Alexa Bliss removing them both from the team and replacing them with Sasha Banks & Bayley. On the blue side, speculation was rife as to whom would replace Charlotte Flair, with some even speculating it could be Paige. It turned out it was Paige’s former Absolution team mate – Mandy Rose.

Women’s 5 on 5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match

Team Raw: Mickie James, Nia Jax, Tamina, Bayley, Sasha Banks (Captain: Alexa Bliss)

vs.

Team SmackDown: Asuka, Carmella, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose & Naomi

It was clear from the off that the crowd were pro SmackDown in this one, and due to the incident on Raw this past Monday, the crowd were insanely booing Nia Jax. This worked in Nia’s favour though as she went on to be the sole survivor in this match and pick up the W for team Red to make it 1-0 on the main show.

Winners: Team Raw

My Prediction: Team SmackDown

Match Rating: 2.5/5

 

Intercontinental Champion vs United States Champion

Seth Rollins (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (United States Champion)

I had Nakamura to win this match due to some shenanigans from a certain lunatic, but luckily we were met with a great contest between two champions. Ultimately the IC champ overcame the US champ to put another victory into the column of Raw.

It was announced after that at TLCSeth Rollins would defend the Intercontinental Championship against Dean Ambrose

Winner: Seth Rollins

My Prediction: Nakamura

Match Rating: 3.5/5

 

Tag Champions vs Tag Champions

AOP w/ Drake Maverick (Raw Tag Team Champions) vs. The Bar w/ The Big Show (SmackDown Tag Team Champions)

Solid, decent, hard hitting contest between the WWEs Tag Team Champions. A certain ex WWE star decided to try and hijack the show from ringside, and this was a fairly underwhelming match in all honesty, until the last few minutes in which Drake Maverick broke up a pinfall and got choked on the apron by Big Show causing him to piss himeslf, this was enough to cause a distraction to The Bar, leading to AOP hitting their finisher for the win.

Winners: AOP

My Prediction: The Bar

Match Rating: 2/5

 

Cruiserweight Championship

Buddy Murphy (C) vs. Mustafa Ali

Yet another fantastic match between two cruiserweights, I’m glad this was given some time, and not just a two minute throwaway match, this was a decent contest and was won by Buddy Murphy.

Winner: Buddy Murphy

My Prediction: Buddy Murphy

Match Rating: 3/5

 

Men’s 5 on 5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match

Team Raw: Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Finn Balor, Bobby Lashley & Drew McIntyre (Baron Corbin captain)

vs.

Team SmackDown: The Miz (capt.), Shane McMahon, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy & Rey Mysterio

The match ended with the three big men, Strowman, Lashley and McIntyre for Raw against Shane McMahon, but unfortunately for ‘The Best In The World,’ he could not overcome this huge obstacle and much like last year, Braun Strowman was standing tall.

Braun then got attacked from behind by Captain Baron Corbin, as Strowman now will have the opportunity to face Corbin and Lesnar on his terms.

Winners: Team Raw

My Prediction: Team Raw

Match Rating: 3/5

 

Ronda Rousey (Raw Women’s Champion) vs. Charlotte Flair

I predicted that this match would have some kind of screwy finish, possibly including Becky Lynch, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for what would ensue at the end of this match, and the nature of the victory, a fully fledged Charlotte Flair heel turn, where she absolutely anihilated Ronda with kendo sticks, chairs, steel steps etc. Ronda is one tough lady, but you have to say with Nia Jax next in line for a Women’s Title match, could Ronda’s days with the belt be numbered?

Winner: Ronda Rousey (Via DQ)

My Prediction: Charlotte

Match Rating: 4.5/5

 

Champion vs. Champion

Brock Lesnar (Universal Champion) vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Champion)

This was originally scheduled to be the rematch between Lesnar and AJ Styles, and much to everyones surprise, Daniel Bryan defeated AJ Styles on SmackDown to become new WWE Champion, this match looked to be a forgone conclusion when Brock dominated early on; However, after senior official, Mike Chioda, got knocked down, Bryan hit a low blow to get some advantage back into his favour, and this got him back in the match and made you believe that he would again triumph in the David vs. Goliath scenario. However, this was not to be, and Brock ended up winning this match, with more of a challenge than I think he anticipated.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

My Prediction: Brock Lesnar

Match Rating: 4/5

 

Overall, I think that some of the results, and a clean sweep 6-0 victory for Raw was very stupidly booked, I thought the last two matches took this from being an okay show to a good show. Brock has had two of his best WWE matches at the last two Survivor Series PPV’s, and unsurprisingly really considering he faced AJ and Bryan, the lack of acknowledgment of SmackDown winning the Pre-Show match was silly, and as much as I was looking forward to Becky vs. RondaCharlotte did a fantastic job, and kudos to WWE for the booking of the last hour of this show.

Talk and Beans: Saw – Halloween Spectacular 2017 (Part Three)

Episode #33 of Talk and Beans is Part Three of our Halloween Spectacular 2017 and is the final in the series, ending with a bang as Scott and Tom talk about the iconic first Saw movie.

The boys discuss what they would do if both of them were trapped together by Jigsaw, the movie feeling like an action cop film at times, whiney characters, twists and turns in the storyline and is Saw as gruesome as it’s hyped up to be?

Plus which celebrities would make a funny Jigsaw, ridiculous impressions and memories of cassette tape skills.

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VIDEO: Wetherspoon’s Pizza Review

Wetherspoon’s now do Pizza and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try it. The toppings on the Spicy Meat Feast lead to more Beer consumption but that’s probably a win for both parties. It seems to be a trial at the moment and is being tested in a few Wetherspoon’s pubs and I managed to track it down in Gatwick Airport, of all places!

The Pizza’s were a little more expensive at our location as the entire menu was in line with the higher end of Wetherspoon’s menu’s at airports, financial districts and tourist areas etc. but from what I have seen so far most locations trialling the cuisine have stuck to the regular menu pricing and the Pizzas generally range from £4.99 – £6.99.


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Talk and Beans: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – The Movie (1995)

Episode #21 of Talk and Beans is about the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie.

Scott and Tom take a nostalgia trip and talk about awesome Toys, Ivan Ooze as the forgotten star, Wanting to see Alpha 5 vs C3PO and what seems like a curse on cast members of the franchise.

Plenty of laughs in general as Tom guides a sick Scott through the episode that goes all over the place…in a good way. 

 

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REVIEW: Doyle + Generation Graveyard + The Dead XIII – The Underworld, London (06/02/17)

This was a show I had been looking forward to since it was announced. Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein finally touring the UK. I always wanted to see Misfits live but due to them breaking up before I was old enough, missed out. Worth the wait.

First up were openers The Dead XIII. Coming onstage with full make up on each member, I thought I was about to witness a black metal band but when they started playing opener “Frost Bite”, I found myself happily nodding along to a great mixture of electro/metal. Energetic onstage, they got the growing crowd going and shouting along (whether we knew the words or not). Personal favourite was the track “XIII”. Definitely worth checking out again. Their album “Catacombs” is available now.

Next, Generation Graveyard. Briefly battling technical issues, they came out strong. Their politically charged death punk is like a swift punch to the face compared to a lot of music out there. Really getting the crowd moving and singing along they put on a fantastic, energetic set. The intensity and energy they brought to the stage was eagerly reciprocated by an ever-growing crowd as they blasted through each song from the set, never slowing the aural assault. Fantastic set from a great bunch of guys. Their EP “Lonewolves” is available now.

20170206_212914 (2)Finally, the band we’d all been waiting for. From the opening howl of “Abominator” to the close of “Hope Hell Is Warm”, this band was on fire. A full hour set filled with tracks from their current album, interlaced with classic Misfits tracks. Doyle looked monstrous, stomping the stage in full beast mode and beating the hell of his signature guitar, not missing a beat. Match that with the extremely energetic and impressive vocals of AlexWolfman Story, you have an impressive combination.

A set that just couldn’t disappoint, they tore through each song with force and a quick intro in the form of the words “This is a love song, you can dance to it if you’re so inclined” from the Wolfman.

I was completely blown away by the performance and can’t wait till they come back. Personal favourites were “Valley Of Shadows” and “Drawing Down The Moon”. The Album “Abominator” is out now.


 

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RETROspect: Fall Out Boy – “Infinity on High” (10 Years On)

It’s time to squeeze into your skinny jeans, sweep the fringe forward and smear on the guyliner (you know you did it guys) because it’s time to step back to 2007 and look at Infinity on High, Fall Out Boy’s third studio album which celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary on February 6th this year.

Upon release Infinity on High became a major success for the band worldwide becoming their first number one album in the US and debuting at number three here in the UK.  Having sold over 2 million copies, going platinum just over a month after it’s release and receiving positive reviews from critics it’s clear Infinity on High is the album that would launch Fall Out Boy onto the next level of their careers-until a poorly received fourth album, Folie a Deux, (although I would advise anyone to listen back to this album as I think it’s actually quite underrated) leading to a multi year hiatus would derail the group until their musical rebirth in 2013 with their 5th album, Save Rock and Roll followed by American Beauty/American Psycho in 2015.

What is as clear today as a decade ago is that the album is a clear step away from the group’s previous albums, the fact that Jay-Z is the first voice you hear on the album really sets this off and from there the remaining songs showcase more experimentation, either with use of instruments not heard on previous efforts or a switch from the standard ‘pop punk’ sound fans would’ve been used to hearing from the band at that point.

Kicking off with Thriller the album then proceeds to leap from one hit single to another with FOB classics such as This Ain’t a Scene,It’s an Arms Race and Thnks fr th Mmrs making their appearance on this album.

Whilst many of the songs on the album are an indication of FOB’s ability to write a catchy tune – you’d have to be quite picky to find a total dud on the album, it is frontman Patrick Stump’s vocal ability that shines through across each track as he became more confident and comfortable in the role beginning to showcase his true range and giving a glimpse of what was to come in the future.

The Fall Out Boy of 2017 has clearly evolved from the group that began way back in 2001 and this is the album, whilst remaining in touch with their trademark sound, where that evolution and transition from being considered ‘just another emo band’ to growing into the mature pop/rock sound FOB produce now began.

Having grown with the band as they matured it is now a blessing to be able to listen without having a fringe to straighten but that’s just me personally…

Infinity on High is the album that showcased just what Fall Out Boy are capable of and it still holds up as an intensely enjoyable, fun listen 10 years on.

REVIEW: Brutai & Wearing Scars – The Underworld, London (22/01/17)

On a freezing cold Sunday in Camden, the big story is the return of Howard Jones with Devil You Know. Sadly I had the misfortune to miss them but they brought some amazing openers with them that were worth the ticket price alone.

First up, with an  early opening set, were the hometown boys in Brutai. A surprisingly decent turnout for a young up and coming band. From the first chords of opening track “Of Ashes”, you could tell that these guys are definitely one to keep your eye on. To say they were tight is an understatement.

All the instruments come together in near perfect synchronicity and the dual vocal assault from singer Felix Lawrie and keyboardist Alex Lorimer add extra layers of melody and brutality to each song. My personal highlight has to have been the penultimate track ” Deep”.

If you know the band then this is most likely the song that stands out. Equal parts melody and crushing heaviness, strong vocals that you couldn’t help but sing along with, they had the crowd enraptured. Definitely a strong up and coming British band to keep your eye on. Their full album “Born” is available through Transcend Music.

Now on to a band that I have had my eye on for a while, Wearing Scars. You cannot fault the pedigree of this band, made up of former members of Sacred Mother Tongue and Mutiny Within.  Taking to the stage to near full crowd, they break into opener “Become Numb”.

It’s obvious from the start that the crowd is in for something special. The guitar work of the legend that is Andy James is wonder to behold. Note perfect for every song with solos that would melt even the stoniest of faces. Couple this with the astounding voice and presence of vocalist Chris Clancy and you get some of the most melodic sing along anthems going. Finish that off with the incomparable rhythm section of bassist Craig Dawes and drummer Lee Newell, you have the total package.

They blazed through a strong set, the crowd singing along with every word. My personal highlights were ” Stand Alone” and the closer “Butterfly”. If you get a chance to see this phenomenal band I suggest you do as I don’t see them playing smaller venues for much longer.

Wearing Scars album “A Thousand Words” is available now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As mentioned previously, Wearing Scars features former members of Sacred Mother Tongue, Check out this archive Rebellious Noise interview from 2013 with the some of the guys in their former band

 

REVIEW: Avenged Sevenfold – The O2 Arena, London, (21/01/17)

BEST GIG EVER! That is the only way I can describe how incredible Avenged Sevenfold  were. Absolutely flawless from the first note of The Stage to the final note of Unholy Confessions. They spanned all 17 years as a band as they played hits from all of their albums, Sounding The Seventh Trumpet, Waking The Fallen, City of Evil, Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare, Hail To The King and The Stage. They took the entire crowd, of 17,000 strong on a visual journey with their new CGI graphics, and in the form of a floating cube above the stage. New drummer Brooks Wackerman was that good, you would have thought The Rev was sitting back behind the kit.

The night started with me being ill in bed, and dragging myself up and out of the house unfortunately we missed InFlames but I hear they were great! We arrived in time to catch the last 30 minutes of Disturbed who were absolutely incredible! David Draiman had the audience in the palm of his hand, and his near perfect vocals sounded absolutely beautiful, Damn, that man can sing! The audience went nuts for Stricken and then for their final hit  Down With The Sickness. I would definitely go back to seeing them again.

Then come the band the entire crowd waited for. Avenged Sevenfold, a band I’ve been lucky enough to see now on three occasions. I think this may have been the best of the lot though. An incredible performance, from an incredible band. They are quickly showing why they are going to be one of those bands who stand the test of time, I, for one, hope this band stick around for a very long time, and don’t think it will be long before they’re playing Stadium shows.

Thank you A7X  for an amazing night, M Shadows, Johnny Christ, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance and Brooks Wackerman you all did Jimmy proud tonight!

Until next time!

Premier League 2016/17 Mid Season Review

So we’re exactly halfway through the 2016/17 Premier League season – 19 games played and 19 to go. A good time to review the campaign so far then – who’s overachieved, who’s underachieved and who finds themselves somewhere in between?

The Overachievers

Where better to start than at the top. With the arrivals of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in the summer, the appointment of Antonio Conte at Chelsea was perhaps a little quieter than it otherwise would have been. And when September saw defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal follow a draw against Swansea, Chelsea’s fans weren’t making much noise either. Their team’s response, however, has been emphatic. A run of 12 league wins has been achieved by combining a tight defence (the cliche of an Italian manager) and the form, in particular, of their two best attacking players – Eden Hazard and the rejuvenated Diego Costa. With no European fixtures to contend with and a healthy 6 point lead, they’ve got themselves into a very strong position going into the second half of the season.

It was a different story with Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp – many predicted they would push on in their second season under the charismatic German’s leadership. However, there were question marks over whether they could perform consistently and tighten up at the back. They still seem prone to the occasional shaky defensive display (see the last 20 minutes at Bournemouth) but the system and style of play they have settled into has been largely effective and undeniably entertaining. Sadio Mane has turned out to be a fantastic signing and despite spells on the sidelines for a number of key players, they have delivered a level of consistency that sees them deservedly sitting 2nd in the table.

A special mention to West Brom and Bournemouth who have earned themselves a place in the top half of the table. ‘The Baggies‘ have managed to consistently pick up points home and away, occasional breaking free from the Tony Pulis defensive mould we’ve got so used too, while ‘The Cherries‘ have picked up good results while continuing to deliver Eddie Howe’s brand of entertaining football.

The Underachievers

It’s easy to say with hindsight but Leicester were always going to have a tough time following up the fairytale of last season. The loss of N’Golo Kante has been massive and they’ve struggled to match the solidarity in defence that their title success was built on and their potency in attack, with the form of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez disappointing.

If an award was to be given for the worst season so far it would have to go to Swansea. Lying bottom of the table and having sacked two managers,’The Swans are really struggling. Their new manager (when appointed) will have little time to make an impact if they are to survive relegation.

Another team to have changed manager is Crystal Palace after a very disappointing calendar year of results under Alan Pardew. It would take a brave man, however, to bet on them being relegated with ‘Big Sam‘ now in charge, his first job in football again since his dramatic exist as England manager last year.

The Rest

The top 6 have pulled away to create their own mini league. In a year of surprises (Leicester City, ‘Brexit‘ and Donald Trump) Arsenal appear to again be just short of a genuine title challenge, sitting 3rd in the table. Admittedly, a few weeks ago things were looking a lot better and there is still time for it to swing back in their favour.

Tottenham (4th), Man City (5th) and Man Utd (6th) may all like to be a position or two higher but they will all feel that is still achievable. The two Manchester clubs have been a little patchy under their new big name managers but we can expect them to push on in the new year. Tottenham have particularly impressed me, although it’s perhaps unsurprising with the lack of activity in the summer that their well drilled and settled team have produced such consistent performances week in week out.

Outside the top 6, the table is extremely tight with just 11 points separating 7th to 17th. This means positions are likely to change quickly and often over the coming weeks and months. The positions of the remaining teams (I’ve not mentioned) do not surprise me at this stage – some will hope to cement a top half or mid table finish, while others will be happy as long as they remain in the division come the end of May:

Southampton (9th), Burnley (11th), West Ham (12th), Stoke (14th), Middlesbrough (16th), Sunderland (18th), Hull (19th).

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