The next (and final 2021) show features the return of Kirk Brandon’s Theatre of Hate.
Tickets here from SEE Tickets and also available from The Georgian Theatre, Sound It Out Records and Lucifers bar both in Stockton.
Stockton/Middlesbrough has become a second home for Kirk over the last 10 years having performed with Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny, solo akoustiK and with Dead Men Walking around 20 times.
He keeps coming back because people keep coming to see him play because they know what they are going to get. Never anything less than a full on show that doesn’t just rely on the golden oldies (they get played of course though!) but also new music that is as relevant and exciting as anything he has produced over the preceding 40+years.
There’s a multitude of bootlegs and semi official releases covering the band’s early days but in 2022 Cherry Red release an exhaustive 6 disc box set that covers just about everything ever released along side previously unheard material along with interviews with Kirk with Mojo’s Pat Gilbert along side sleeve notes. It will be available at shows or on line from Cherry Red here.
Due to circumstances beyond our control The Meteors show will not now be rescheduled. People who purchased tickets online will be automatically refunded as will people who bought direct from Fast Forward via Paypal. Those who made cash purchases will be contacted directly to arrange the refund.
Saturday 11th September sees the return of The Space Agency to The Westgarth Social Club, our first promotion at the club since November 2019 – it will be nice to be back again.
Formed in 2002 by Simon Jones, a Middlesbrough lad born & bread but now a long term Hove resident the band also feature Hiromi Jones & Andrew Bowler.
Simon was initially in the band Vibrasonic who released a number of singles and 2 albums whilst managing to play with guitar legends Dick Dale and Link Wray.
The Space Agency play instrumental songs, no vocals and their sound is described loosely as “Psychedelic” but in reality it is just very unique music not dissimilar to the surf rock records of the sixties. Simon lists some of his influences that form how the Space Agency sound as “Psychedelic & Garage Punk records like The Electric Prunes, The Seeds, The Chocolate Watchband, The 13th Floor Elevators, Pebbles and Nuggets compilations, The Ventures & Surf Instrumentals”
The band have played The Westgarth a couple of times now and a great time is always had by those in attendance.
I’m sure there will be plenty of merch at the show or alternatively you can buy The Space Agency’s music on line here at their Bandcamp page.
There’s a really unique support band for the show called Bubamara
The bands Facebook page about section describes them as “Musica frizzante della Mediterranean” which according to Google translates as “Sparkling Mediterranean music”.
They are also variously described as folk punk, Sicillian skiffle, Cossack Ska and various other things. Sounds like a right melting pot and I’m really looking forward to seeing these lads play.
Tickets are available on line or just pay on the door.
Unfortunately due to ongoing uncertainty around travel limitations and restrictions on access The Meteors have decided to postpone the upcoming UK tour. New dates will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Tickets already purchased will be valid for the new date, anyone who requires a refund should contact their point of purchase.
Details of confirmation from Paul Fenech’s Facebook page below.
I just want to thank everyone who made Saturday’s show featuring The Filthy Tongues (a) possible and (b) such a great night.
I really appreciate the hard work & support I receive from the staff The Georgian Theatre, Stockton both behind the scenes and at the shows. Thanks to Katie for making the sound great, everyone who bought a ticket (regardless of whether you actually made it to the show or not) especially those who travelled long distances to get here but mostly a massive Thank You to the band for agreeing to play in the first place and going out of their way to put on such a special show.
Without the bands, without venues who care there’s nothing left, we have to cherish and support them both.
There’s lots of great pics and videos knocking around from the show so hunt them down and ENJOY!
2nd confirmed show for 2022 features Wolfgang Flur who was a member of the classic Kraftwerk line up between 1973-1987 and author of “I Was A Robot”.
A member of Kraftwerk during the group’s golden era, Wolfgang Flür was the band’s electronic percussionist from 1973 to 1987.
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Flür became the third member of the band in 1973, replacing a drum machine. He was a member of the group from their international breakthrough with the album Autobahn (1974) and remained as they experimented with proto techno on albums such as Trans-Europe Express (1977) and Computer World (1981).
Frustrated with the half-a-decade it took to produce Electric Cafe (1986), he left the band after the LP’s release — it wouldn’t be until a 2009 reissue that Flür received an artist credit on the album. In 1997, he launched his solo career under the name Yamo and released Time Pie, an album that featured work with the experimental duo Mouse on Mars.
In 2000, he published his memoir I Was a Robot, but the book was pulled momentarily, and re-released with revisions after a lawsuit from the remaining members of Kraftwerk.
A 12″ single named after the book appeared in 2004, and it was included on the 2015 release Eloquence: Total Works, a collection of unreleased Flür tracks dating back to 2002.
His live performance will include the true analogue influences from the early electronic movement, whilst showcasing his modern introductions of pop, techno, and soundtrack sounds. Dedicated fans and pure electronic appreciators will be truly entertained!
Once upon a long time ago Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson & Derek Kelly were members of a band called Goodbye Mr Mackenzie.
The MacKenzies formed in the early to mid Eighties and as well as Metcalfe, Wilson & Kelly the band latterly featured Big John Duncan and Shirly Manson.
They released a classic debut album entitled Good Deeds & Dirty Rags, an equally classic single The Rattler and for a while looked being a band that made it “big” but record label issues meant that despite having a massive following at home they never really became popular outside the UK and eventually split up in the early Nineties.
Manson went onto join Garbage, Duncan became a guitar tech for Nirvana occasionally appearing on stage with them whilst Metcalfe, Kelly & Wilson formed Isa & The Filthy Tongues with Stacey Chavis on vocals.
The band were active through until around 2010 and releasing 2 albums and contributing a number of songs to the film New Town Killers directed by Skids frontman Richard Jobson.
After a hiatus The Filthy Tongues resurfaced in 2014 without Chavis and recorded a track entitled Lethe Walks which was released initally on You Tube before appearing on vinyl.
In 2016 the debut Filthy Tongues album Jacobs Ladder was released receiving rave reviews across the board with favourable comparisons to many contemporary artists including Nick Cave.
Metcalfe describes the album as “Pleasingly grotty and more than a bit gothic. All based around a dark neo-feudal Edinburgh” whilst Louder Than War magazine described it as “A vivid and visceral exploration of Edinburgh’s underbelly
2018 saw the follow up Back To Hell released following on the dark scenes and tales of Edinburgh it’s predecessor so firmly established. Again Louder Than War were lavishing with their praise “‘This is part of a planned trilogy and is a riveting, driving follow-up. If there’s a more exciting band currently playing north of the border, I’ve yet to hear them.”
Hopefully the 3rd album will see the light of day in 2021.
The past 18 months have been a living hell for many people especially those in the live music industry. Bands have seen their livliehoods being stripped away from them as they have been denied the opportunity playing & recording.
This special one off accoutic show was organised at one of those brief points in time when bands were allowed to come out to play, all be it socially distanced, seated and at reduced capacity but before it could happen the clampdown tightened again and it had to be rescheduled.
Hopefully now as restrictions are lifted and we can look towards getting back to some kind of “normal” this show will provide a bit of a boost to all involved.
Tickets are limited and only available online from this link.