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LMCWEB Goes Live!

And just to prove it - here you are!

The Visitor 26/6/02

Opaque shine with pure rock 'n' roll

THERE'S always an air of mystery and a general feeling of 'how do they get away with it?' surrounding improvised guitar band Opaque. Saturday night's gig at The Yorkie was no different, leaving most of the audience awe-struck if not bewildered. With flashing stage lights almost as menacing as their guitar sound, the threesome didn't so much attract the attention of the audience as grab each person by the throat, forcing them to sit up and take notice. And with ringing ears hungry for more, the audience willingly did what was expected of them. Eyes were glued to the stage in a bizarre contrast with the band, who barely acknowledged that there was anyone else there. Sounding at the same time both tight and chaotic, Opaque played the soundscapes they have become notorious for. Thrashing guitars, heavy feedback, drums, saxophone and a multitude of effects creating the intense noise that is as impressive as it is painful. Always searching for new sounds, Opaque were hugely entertaining in their quest for something different. A roll of sticky tape smashed against the bass strings, drums kicked over, guitars literally thrown off the stage - all contributing to the big electrifying noise that is Opaque. With the audience revelling in the presence of these improvised rock gods, the lights went out and plugs were pulled. "I couldn't cope with that intensity for any longer," someone said as they left the stage. "That was pure rock 'n' roll," said another. 
Lancaster Guardian 14/6/02

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Bottlenecks are Bobbin along nicely

MORECAMBE rock-kids Bottlenecks, played what was being muted in the hallowed corridors of rock-school as the band's last Lancaster gig at the city's Bobbin last week. Unsigned, naturally, popped in for a bit to wallow in this momentous event. These youngsters don't half take their rock seriously. And so, it seems, do their audience who quite literally filled the not inconsiderable pub and enthusiastically hollered their appreciation. Bottlenecks really are quite a bunch of highly skilled musicians who, in the unlikely event that old-style heavy metal ever becomes fashionable again, could sit comfortably at the top of the rock pile' Only problem is, if they're off to London to ,make the big time' they're going to have leap that song-writing hurdle and come up with material that at the very least, equals the quality of the copious and well-played covers that are liberally scattered throughout their set'  Thumbs up for the lads anyway. But Jennie Chapman has a rather different view, see her review on this page. Tonight (Fri), The Frightened Prisoners of the Kraken will be treating punters down at the Yorkshire House to the contents of their obviously disturbed minds. This is the Darwen band's Lancaster debut and it should prove, from what I've heard on their CD 'Man Car Plane', interesting to say the very least. Miss it at your peril, it could just be amazing. Anyway, if it's crap you can always leave ... nothing ventured and all that. On Thursday (20) evening the wondrous Puma Sutras will be at The Bobbin whilst next weekend (Sat 22) sees yet another farewell gig as Lancaster's Opaque play upstairs at The Yorkie. By contrast to The Nex, Opaque are seeking a seemingly more credible fortune north of the border in the musically superior, though potentially less fiscally rewarding Glasgow. 

Sorry boys you're well out of tune

LIKE that new vodka bar that's just opened In  town,   The Bottlenecks  perplex me. Stay with me here. The vodka bar, while it lures me with Its delicious concoctions, repels me in equal measures      with its fussy dress code and irritating choice of background music. And  The Bottlenecks, while they attract me with startlingly good musicianship,  perfectly- boned sound and a quite ... imposing, shall we say, stage presence, they have a fatal flaw which threatens to ruin all else In which they excel. They just ain't got no decent songs of their own. When it's covers, fine. More than fine, dammit, these kids are the masters of their game as far as thrash- lng out eighties pomp- rock numbers. Yep, it's when they belt out those cheesy classics like 'Sweet Child  of Mine', 'Knocking on Heaven's Door' and 'Livin' on a Prayer' that you feel you are standing In the presence  of   true genius. And   the almighty crowds ever- present at Bottlenecks' gigs lap it up hungrily. It just a shame that at their last gig at The Bobbin they chose to load with their self- penned tunes, which, sadly, were only desperate,  malformed replicas of songs by the great hands they aspire to. This meant that a basically dull set was punctuated by moments of greatness - the covers. Ah, boys. How you perplex me. But you are young, and I only hope you will see that the route you seem Intent to take win not b~ fortune. It Is old-hat, unmarketable      and        of mediocre quality when Black Sabbath, Guns 'n' Roses and Iron Maiden      are      still provocatively wiggling their assets on the record shop shelves. You are good musicians. Admit defeat, do what you do best, belt out the hits we know and love and make tons of money from an adoring public. You know it makes sense. JENNIE CHAPMAN  

Lancaster Guardian 7/6/02 Bottlenecks eye stardom

IF you didn't catch their 'farewell' gig last night in the Bobbin it's a fair bet you may just have to wait a while to see young rockers The Bottlenecks round these parts again. And if they ever do return to Lancaster, the chances are you may be paying top ticket prices to catch their act because these five lads have their sights set on stardom. Together for three years and still with an average age of only 20, they have been honing their brand of commercial alt-rock with a heady schedule of gigs and recordings, racking up 110 live performances in the last 12 months that has taken them from Edinburgh to London and just about everywhere in between. Now they are off down south to try and break the big-time, and with several record companies both here and in Japan chasing their signatures they may soon be swapping the pub and university circuit for Donnington and stadium sized success. According to guitarist Paul James the move became inevitable if they really wanted to make the band work as a full-time proposition. "We've been doing a lot of gigs around London and over in places like Huddersfield and Bradford and people am picking up on what we are doing but to be honest there aren't that many gigs to be had around here so we knew we had to move away if we were serious about this" says Paul. The Bottlenecks - comprising Paul James and Martin Fleming on guitars, Anthony Gregson on bass, drummer Dom Clayton and vocalist, Si Thornton - have also been busy in the studio, working with former Asia members John Paine and Geoff Power on their new EP 'Who Needs An Introduction?', the follow- up to their debut EP 'Escape From The Asylum'. They already have live dates lined-up in London including playing two Paradise FM roadshows, which attract crowds of up to 15,000. But despite all the pressure of moving away The Bottlenecks remain entirely focused. "We are very determined," says Paul. "We have done a lot in a very short space of time and we still don't expect it to happen overnight but we have no doubt about our potential." 

Lancaster Guardian 31/5/02

Best buys around

THERE's a fantastically mixed bag of live events coming up for those who feel that life is perhaps better not spent in front of a wide screen telly drooling over adverts for new four-wheel drives and revolutionary vacuum cleaners. ; Yes folks, summer's just around the corner and there are bands aplenty, surfacing into the sparse sunshine and plying their musical wares for anyone prepared to listen. First up, we see the debut, performance from new old kids on the block Flytipper who will be appearing at the Yorkshire House tomorrow evening (Sat). Comprising of a few familiar faces on the Yorkie live music front, this band promises to be at the very, very least, interesting and quite probably rather good. The Bobbin plays host to a trio of acts on Wednesday (5) when Dry Riser, Grind and Lefthanders will be showing off their various talents whilst the following evening The Bottlenecks can seen rocking-and-a-rolling at the same venue. Also on Thursday night, Purple People will be headlining a gig at Morecambe Dome's Waterfront bar where there will be a late bar to compensate for the £3. admission fee. The following night 60s covers band The Hop will be treading the boards at the. Yorkshire House for a nostalgia-filled session of fun. On Saturday (8) lovers of avant-garde flavoured jazz will be able to bathe in the heady opulence of ',Steven Groom's self-penned compositions at the Yorkshire House as part of New Music North West's ongoing programme of events throughout the district. A night of acoustic rock can be had on ',Wednesday (12) when Fallen Heroez will be performing at The Bobbin. Apparently made up of members of Face Of Change and Forenzic this gig will doubtless draw a decent crowd ofadolescents bedecked, quite possibly, in black. The Bobbin also lends its stage to Fylde visitors The Theory on Thursday (13) whilst the very next evening finds the Dome's Waterfront bar acting as rock venue where popular bands Numb, Kid Serial & Outpost will entertain the crowds. 


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The Visitor 8/5/02 It's Mayhem at the Yorkshire House

bluey2.gifBANDS from across the district will be raising money for an extremely good cause this weekend at Lancaster's Yorkshire House pub music venue on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. The musicians and singers will be performing during the 'Mayhem Festival to raise funds for Lancaster's excellent Musician's Co-op. Largely run by volunteers, the Musician's Co-op has rehearsal rooms which can be hired at very reasonable rates giving bands a chance to develop their skills. There is also a recording facility at the co-op. Bands that have been confirmed for the festival include Beef Sharky, the Puma Sutras, Serafim, Bluey and Dry Riser. On both nights you can watch the superb bands and quaff away to your heart's content until midnight as the venue has a late bar. The festival offers terrific value as it costs just £1 on each night. Further details are available from The Yorkshire House on: 64679 or you can look on the Yorkshire House website at: 

Lancaster Guardian 29/01/02

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A breath of fresh Eire for drummer

Howdy and welcome to our local-folk-do- good-or-maybe-it's-all- just-conjecture special. It has come to our attention via the some- times  infallible Unsigned    grapevine that there are a number among us in the throes of great things. I refer firstly not to the Forenzic gig at the Yorkshire House tonight (Friday) great though that may be, but to local drummer Keith Baxter's forthcoming tour with Irish rock gods Therapy? Following the recent departure of the band's drummer  Graham Hopkins, Keith, previously with 3 Colours Red, has been asked to fill in on the forthcoming  Therapy? Scandinavian tour with a couple of extra shows in Bucharest and Dublin. That should certainly keep him busy. Meanwhile, for some time now Lancaster favourites  Angelica have been keeping the company of  Kat Bjelland of American all-girl grunge outfit Babes In    Toyland. Bjelland has been endorsing the local four-piece's soon-to-see- light-of-day debut full length albumand hopes were doubtless high in the Angelica 'camp for a prestigious support slot on the Babes In Toyland UK tour. Rumour has it, however, that things are ,even more exciting than that. Well, for half the band anyway. If this gossip monger has heard right, it would seem that Angelica will be  controversially denied the tour whilst the band's drummer and  bassist     join Bjelland as members of Babes In Toyland for the live shows. Bit of a tricky one there ladies. On a more solid footing comes the news   that  ex-Brookhouse   resident and grammar  school old boy Daz Fralick is enjoying growing success with  his  band  Trashmonkeys. Based in Bremen, Germany, the beat/60s garage combo have recently signed to the Acid Jazz label and have been receiving rave reviews throughout Europe, particularly in Italy where MTV have been regularly playing the video to 'Sundays', the first single to be released from their forthcoming    album 'Clubtown'. Described by one critic as 'the Kinks with punk   attitude' Trashmonkeys  have also contributed a track to the very cool Acid Jazz compilation 'Hainmond  Street'. Look out for a British tour in the spring with label mates Pleasure Beach. Those readers who may remember the new wave sounds of Exit and Almost Red may be interested, or amused, to learn that the frontman with both the aforementioned bands Phil Doe has rediscovered his love of making music. When not delivering Morecambe's mail Phil is busily recording in his back room under the banner of The Dog Scanners and has succumbed to the urge to play SOME live gigs and refine  the  band's sound. Only problem is they don't have a real drummer, so if anyone out there is in a position to add some tub-thumping to their post-punk pop melodies contact The Dog Scanners via e-mail at phildoe7@hot- mall.coin. Live music this week- end Includes the previously   mentioned Forenzic gig at the Yorkie whilst upstairs at The Alex sees a full- on rock extravaganza with three bands taking the stage. One after another, presumably. B-Movie Heroes, Cherry Kicks and. er, I Don't Wanna (great name that ... ) will be playing &om lopin and admission is just £4. Steven Grow can he found entertaining the crowds     at       the Yorkshire House on Saturday (23) evening. 

The Visitor 27/02/02

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Three's a crowd

FORENZIC, Markus and Bluey - three Lancaster-based bands without an ego or a hidden agenda between them. After going down a storm playing together at venues in Lancaster the three bands have now decided that, as they get on so well, they'll go on on tour together. Under the collective FMB, these rock kids will he taking their music to new audiences and most probably having the best laugh of their lives at the same time. Although obviously serious about their music, I get the impression that all the band members are keen to tour together for one main reason' because they enjoy it. I also get the impression that Markus are in it for the booze-fuelled debauched rock'n'roll lifestyle, but that story can wait. In fact, I arrange to meet the three bands at the Lancaster flat shared by several of the band members but, at the request of Markus, we meet in a pub. Pints are knocked back, cigarettes are chain-smoked and most of the conversation is unprintable in a family newspaperbluey.gifCensored    What you are about to read is a heavily censored version of our interview.. Starting at the beginning, three three bands are all guitar driven rock- bands who met at The Alex and have been mates ever since. Forenzic are Mare Walker on vocals and rhythm guitar, Matt Green on drums, Ewan Robinson on bass and James Briggs on lead guitar. Markus are Toby Bradshaw on vocals, Dan Baines on guitar, Andi Wild on bass and Ant Nixon on drums. And Bluey are Loz ibbs on guitar/vocals. Ben Short on bass and 'cockney' Dave Chaston on drums. Toby takes it upon himself to act as spokesman and says: "The idea for this came about in a drunken state. "We decided that we all want to take our music out of Lancaster and that the best idea would be for us to pool our resources. "We all play different types of music, in fact we are probably the three most different bands in this area. "'Markus has a definite structure to the songs but the words can change depending on the alcohol consumption. We like to describe our style as 'beer- corps' and Betti from The Alex gave us the accolade of 'most drunken band'." Forenzic describe themselves as alternative grunge and three-piece out-fit Bluey also describe themselves as grunge, drawing influences from the likes of The Pixies but at the same time sounding nothing like them. Toby says: "Every single member of the bands has very different musical tastes. That's one of the reasons why all three bands work so well as a threesome." Mare of Forenzic adds: "We did our first ever gig as FMB at The Alex and played to a big crowd. We all have our own followings and when we all come together it's massive." FMB have recently had successful gigs at The, Yorkshire House and they're due to play The Bobbin this Friday (February 28) and March 16. After that they're planning on spending three months on the road together, playing venues all over the country.

People    Toby says: We've seen so many bands 1,0 out of Lancaster and 90 and do well and we want to do that. "We are taking our music out of Lancaster so we can get our music to different People rather than wait for people to come to us. "There's a forenzic3.giflarge-degree Of musical admiration between the bands. When we play together we're all getting to play ourselves and when we're not on stage we are getting to watch bands that we like. it helps that we're all mates as well." "There are no big egos with us," Mare says. "There's no problems about who headlines Or anything. "I think that it comes across in all of us that we are doing it for ourselves. We have so much fun and have such a laugh that when people come to see us they enjoy themselves too.,, To find out more about the bands visit the web- sites, and Demos will be available at a@U future gigs including The Bobbin on Friday 

The Visitor 27/02/02

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Big time awaits Cherries

MUSIC'S big time beckons for a talented Morecambe percussionist as he and his band go from strength to strength. Ben Suthers, 25, from Bare has been performing with his band, The Cherrypickers, for 18-months.  Their unique brand of new country style music has filled venues through- out the north west including the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and Morecambe's Dome. The Cherrypickers is made up of Ben Suthers, John Browne, Alan Olive, James Bently and Emma Crane. Ben and the band are currently being watched by top music labels such as RCA and EMI. Ben hopes The Cherrypickers will be signed up by the end of the year as they are already booked to performing at Glastonbury in the summer. "We love performing live and always put 100 % into our gigs," said Ben. "We know our music is popular enough to be successful because people are already paying £6 a ticket at the moment to come and see us."The Cherrypickers try and keep their gigs well spaced out so that their music remains fresh. Ben believes that The Cherrypickers are popular because their music style is diverse. The songs can be fast, slow, long or short and they always tell a little story such as their song, Kings of the Reaper Barn (sic), which is about the early days of The Beatles. "The music is more interesting if there is a little story inside of it," said Ben. "It gives the music another dimension. "We will keep playing our music and hopefully we will get noticed." The Cherrypickers' next gig is at Blackpool's Winter Gardens on Saturday, April 6. More information about the band is available on their website at  (NO LONGER ACTIVE)

The Visitor 5/12/01

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Pig out on the Jitterpigs

THEY don't have curly tails and don't grunt much, but Lancaster's Jitterpig know how to get the punters rocking to their inimitable brand of indie rock with a strong reggae flavour. The Pigs, who took the Indie part of the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival by storm in the summer, will perform at the Yorkshire House this Saturday. This Lancaster band sold out the Yorkshire House last time they appeared and the atmosphere in the venue was electric. The Pigs will be supported on Saturday night by The New Mexicans, who the Pigs say are ample in the organ department', whatever that may mean! The current line-up is Michael White on lead guitar, Darren Andrews on bass guitar, Dickie Fusco on drums, Mike Hindle on sax and keyboard, and Paul Wilkinson on lead vocals. Some people may remember Dickie Fusco from the band Boots for Dancing - bad name but good band - who did numerous sessions for John Peel and supported bands like Talking Heads, U2 and The Clash in the "80s. Jitterpig released their debut CD 'Squeal' earlier this year and it has been sold around the world. Interest in the band is global. The pigs are hot in Bosnia. A local DJ over there is planning a Jitterpig tour next year and one of the venues is an old under- ground bunker which has been converted into a concert hall and has a capacity of 2,000. Doors open at the Yorkshire House at 8pm. 

The Visitor 28/11/01

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Just wild about the Puma Sutras

THE ever so slinky Puma Sutras will be launching their new CD - You Find Light In Me - at Lancaster's Yorkshire House this Saturday night (December 1). You Find Light in Me features a song of the same name and two other tracks: Come on United and Beach. Over the last few weeks the Pumas have been entertaining student audiences with their gorgeous sounds at various venues including The Sugarhouse where part of the track Beach was recorded. The tracks have a clean and pure sound complemented by the acoustic guitars. Lead vocalist Dan said the songs are fairly melancholy and slow. The Pumas will be supported by King Rolo (ex-50 Heads Wide guitarist) playing an acoustic set and Paddy Garrigan on acoustic guitar. Entry to the gig costs £1 or you get in free if you buy a copy of the CD at just £2.99. The CD will be available from various outlets including Andy's Records, HMV and the Yorkshire House from Saturday.  
The Visitor 21/11/01

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London calling

Holly Ross from Lancaster band 'Angelica', on stage at The Barfly in London on Friday night. The gig kicked off the girls current British Tour. Picture. DARREN ANDREWS

The Visitor 31/10/01

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Festival best

The Bottlenecks in action during the OctoberFest held at The Yorkshire House, Lancaster, on Friday.   

Bobbin's charity night

A CHARITY gig  will have the Bobbin rockin' tonight (Wednesday). Headlining the event will be Face of Change who will be supported by Forenzic and Seraphim. The event starts at 9pm and continues until midnight.  

Lancaster Guardian 26/10/01

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This weekend sees the return of the ever popular Octoberfest at the established town centre music venue, the Yorkshire House. This annual weekend event is organised, as ever, by the Lancaster Musicians Co-operative and acts as a showcase for many of the bands that use the Co-op's rehearsal and recording facilities. Among the numerous bands performing over the weekend will the Pier Group, Bottlenecks, Dry Riser, Caned Unable and Mob Curious. There will a late bar both tonight (Friday) and tomorrow and admission is but a measly quid to all and sundry Further information can be had via the very attractive and regularly updated

The Visitor 24/10/01

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Cherry picking the best sounds

THE unique sound of the Cherry Pickers is heading our way for a concert at the Dome on November 16. The Cherry Pickers have their own brand of music, developing a rock/new-country hybrid that, while different, is infectious and commercially appealing. The band started in November 2000, when guitarist and keyboard player Alan Olive received a publishing deal with the London based company Flowsound Ltd. In the short time they've been going, they have played venues in London and the north west and have built a strong following. The band itself are Emma Crane (vocals), Alan Olive (guitar and keyboards), Jon Broyme (lead guitar), James Bentley (bass and keyboards) and Ben Suthers (drums and Percussion). Their first album, Take Today, was recorded during March and June 2001 and released on their own Clever Bird Records label in July 2001 at a benefit gig for the Rock FM charity, 'Help a child'. The band will play the 750 seater Dome with three other bands, Scout, Kid Serial and Northern Sound. Rock FM are assisting in promotion of the five-hour show and all profits will go towards the 'Help a local child' charity. Early indications show a sell out, since the hand's fan base are already ordering tickets. Coaches are being provided for fans in Lancaster, Garstang and Wigan. The show starts at 7pm and finishes around midnight, ticket are available from Morecambe Tourist Information Centre on 582808. 

The Visitor 24/10/01

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Yorkshire bands fest

The talents of many of the area's musicians will be showcased at the Yorkshire House pub in Lancaster this weekend. Lancaster Musicians Co-op (LMC) is presenting the fourth annual Octoberfest at the pub on Friday and Saturday night . LMC is a non-profit making organization which provides musical services at affordable rates to everyone. All the bands have kindly offeredtheir services free of charge and all profits will be donated to LMC, which is now in its 16th year. Bands who have confirmed so fan include Mob Curious, Forenzic, Seraphim, The Bottlenecks, The Pier Group, Dry Riser, Caned Unable and Sun- belt. There are late bars until midnight on both nights and it only costs £1 to enter.  

Lancaster Guardian 12/10/01

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A time for being spoilt for choice

Holly Ross of Angelica 

IT'S great to be in the unusual position of not knowing which gig to go to, there seems to be so much going on over the coming weeks. Local bands doing the rounds include Pushking who will be taking their brand of indie-pop to the sea-side this evening (Friday) where they can be seen performing at Morecambe's Imperial while next weekend (Friday 19) sees the welcome return of Angelica to Lancaster's Yorkshire House. The band have been busy in the studio  somewhere in the heart of the Midlands recording their first full length album, due for release in November. Support will come from Wolverhampton based Bring Out The Freaks, there will be a late bar and admission will be a measly £2. A good night out for less than the price of a pint of lager. Nice.  

The Visitor 3/10/01

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The sweet Mel of success!

A LANCASTER jazz musician and tourist guide will be helping award winners to hit the high notes this week. Tomorrow (Thursday) sees the annual North West Tourism Awards taking place at the Radisso Hotel in Manchester. The awards, which are publicised as being the Oscars of the tourism industry, will be opened by The Shady Trio, which was founded just over two years ago by tourist guide Melvyn Dod. Melvyn is a well known face in Lancaster for his regular tours around the city's castle, pubs and beerhouses. He has been a keen musician for the best part of 20 years and is also the leader of the brass section for street band Baybeat. Two years ago he founded the jazz trio with fellow musicians Patrick Tansley and Gary Taylor. Their duties at the award ceremony will be to welcome guests, serenading the winners of each category and playing at the closing ceremony. And, if all goes well, they could be heralding Lancaster City Council's tourism services department as being the best in the business. The department has been shortlisted for an award in the tourism marketing section for its extensive programme of events. Also up for an award is the RSPB's Leighton Moss reserve and former Visitor reporter Nigel Thompson, who covers the Morecambe and Lancaster area for Radio Lancashire. To catch The Shady Trio in person visit the Sun Cafe in Lancaster where the group play every Friday night. 

The Visitor 3/10/01

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We're unable to criticise this band 

Caned Unable The Bobbin Lancaster

THE Bobbin crowd eagerly awaited the return of Caned Unable on Thursday night. This was the band's first gig with their new line up - bassist Rob Porter and drummer Kyle have joined the Perkins brothers Aaron (vocals and guitar) and Johan (lead guitar). They went on quite late but eventually Caned Unable played a brilliant set and had the audience transfixed. I have never seen the original line-up of Caned Unable but people have told me that they had more of a rock sound before and are now more interesting. It would be difficult and probably unfair to compare Caned Unable's sound to another band's. Just as I started to think of a comparison (Smashing Pumpkins) they would change to something else (Radiohead/The Stone Roses). - At one stage I thought the sound was, bizarrely, like The B52's'Rock Lobster but then it changed again!  Caned Unable will be playing at The Roadhouse in Manchester in November and have more gigs in' the area in the near future. 

Lancaster Guardian 31/8/01

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Local talent at its best

Some of the best local bands in the area took to the stage at the Dome in Morecambe over the weekend for the annual showcase Freestage Festival. Headliners on Saturday night, The Bottlenecks attracted a good sized crowd and on Sunday the week- end was rounded off by performances from Jitterpig and Beef Sharky, featuring the Lancaster Guardian's own Jennie Chapman (pictured).

The Visitor 29/8/01

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vacc.gifWhich bands will Freestage launch?      

DOZENS of local bands showed off their talents In the Dome at the weekend for Freestage Live 2001. This event has come to be known as one of the best show- easing events for unsigned bands and has been helpful In launching the pop careers of many. All the bands played 45 minute sets throughout the two days - showing the enthralled audiences what they have to offer. 

Cameron from Stereo Vaccine on stage at the Freestage Festival
The Citizen 23/8/01

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Hums keeping up their energy levels

POPULAR Lancaster based folk-rock group Mostly Hums have released a second CD and organised a launch party to celebrate. Their new CD entitled Sugartime features 12 tracks packed full of diverse influences from jazz and cajun to country and the devil's rock n roll. 11 opens with a big, bright tune What's the Matter then kicks in to the quirky Phase then rnellows into melancholy with Hush Sweet Thing. There's a homage to Nick Drake (which sounds strangely like the Moody Blues) a Levellers sounding My Lady's Arm the jubilant, feel-good title track Sugartime and my favourite A German Folk Song. Eclectic is not the word for this album which takes you on a trip round various musical styles without ever really taking itself too seriously. The musicianship it tight, there's some well crafted songs and they guarantee a good night out. Check out the Mostly Hums and their new songs at the Gregson Centre on August 31 where they will be supported by gifted singer songwriter Mollie Baxter. Doors open at 8.30prn and there's a late bar 'till midnight. Check out their website on

The Visitor 22/8/01

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It's live and totally free!

MORECAMBE Dome will again be the venue for what has come to be known as one of the best showcasing events for local music. The Freestage Live event will be taking place this weekend (August 2,5 and 26) for two full days of live music. All the bands will each be playing 45 minute sets - showing the audience what they have to offer. It's free to go in and watch and there'll be some beer promotions to tempt your taste buds. Organizer Simon Armstrong said: "Once again Freestage has attracted a lot of new bands. Some this time from further afield. "As usual the mix of styles and genres is also quite diverse. I think this is what makes the festival so unique and enjoyable.


Heysham based band The Sound will be performing on Saturday afternoon and Jitter pig who will be playing at this weekends Freestage Festival at the Dome

FREESTAGE SCHEDULE (Subject to change) Saturday.- 2pm - Catiarna- 3prn - Push; 4pm - The Sound; 5pm - Filthy Lookers; 7prn - Carpadiurn; 8pm - Cherry Pickers., 9pm - Stereo Vaccine; 10pm - Kid Cereal; 1 1 pm - The Bottlenecks: Midnight - Born Idle. Sunday:- 2pm - Red House; 3pm - Bluey; 4pm - Northern Sounds; 5pm - Numb; 7prn - Breakneck; 8pm - August Moon; 9pm - Jitterpig; 10prn - Beef Sharkey. 

The Visitor 22/8/01

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Headsman Reunited

LANCASTER'S only ever psychobilly/garage band will be making a noisy return to The Yorkshire House this Saturday (August 25). Way back in 1984 a group of likely lads, who went by the name of The Headsmen, played their first ever gig at The Yorkie supporting Doctor and the Crippens. The Headsmen - who wore Jon Carter (guitar), Paul Hall (bass), Dave Gray (drums) and, for a short time, Dave Nowson (vocals) - had a dedicated following in the mid-1980s before the band stopped in 1989 and John, Paul and Dave Gray went on to form The Limebirds. All the original band members are now back in the country together for the first time in years and are celebrating with a one-off reunion gig at the place where it all began. Jon Carter said. "It should he a nostalgic night for anyone who was around and the time and we'd like them to come along and see some old faces." The Headsmen gig is free to enter and there'll be a late bar. 

Lancaster Guardian 17/8/01

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Off with the Headsmen

ONCE upon a time in the dark and distant past - the, mid to late 1980s in fact - Lancaster seemed to be awash with noisy young bands preparing to take the' music world by storm. Some of these enthusiastic wannabes almost' made a name for themselves but on the whole, new, bands were formed overnight and as quickly forgot- ten as the expected hordes of A&R men from London failed to swoop on the city in search of fresh talent. One gang of likely lads known as The Headsmen could rightfully claim to be the area's only ever psychobilly/ garage band (not a particularly enviable boast, admittedly) and had their sights firmly on global domination. If only their ability had matched their verve. Despite failing to secure a record deal The Headsmen still managed to achieve a little local; notoriety and even succeeded in fulfilling a few ambitions Including support slots with genre heavyweights such as The Meteors, Guana Batz and Restless. Even the psychobilly video compilation Reservoir Pussies that came out in the mid-90s somewhat surprisingly included live footage of the, band on stage at the Sugarhouse from 1987. Now the bad news. The Headsmen are due to reform for a one-off gig on August 25 at the Yorkshire House, the very place where they first performed supporting the fledgling Doctor and the Crippens. In the dozen or so years that have passed It's unlikely the music will have improved any but it should certainly be a nostalgic night of fun for those who spent the latter part of the '80s and early '90s watching bands in the likes of the Brown Cow, Georgian Club and the Sugarhouse. Meanwhile back in the 21st century, Mob Curious (the artists formerly known as Boomhauer) will be bringing some new tunes to the very same stage the' evening before (Friday 24) with Bike Thief and DJ Smorgasboard in support. Should be a cracking weekend. Notable recently by their absence, Pushking will be returning to the live music scene later this month with a series of gigs throughout the north-, west, kicking off with an appearance at The Bobbin on Thursday 30.  

Lancaster Guardian 10/8/01

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Local band Scout who appeared during the day on Saturday at the Festival of Light and Water.


The Visitor 8/8/01

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Sun Sea and Ska

THOUSANDS of people enjoyed the glorious sunshine in Morecambe at the weekend for the most popular of the summer events 'The Festival of Light and Water'. On Saturday and Sunday there was non-stop music playing in the promenade Arena as the crowds basked in the heat. The festival featured a selection of local bands including Body and Soul, The Sound, The Section, The Bottlenecks, Bike Thief, Kate Howden and Paul Jones, The Angie Palmer Band Howard Haigh and Lava, Mostly  Hums and Scout.    

Lancaster Guardian 3/8/01

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Angelica are one of several bands performing as part of theHappy Daft Day festival in Morecambe on August 11.
Lancaster Guardian 3/8/01

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Whilst it's true that Lancaster has a music scene to be proud of, longevity isn't one of its stronger points. Most bands last two or three years before disappearing. So surviving as a band through 12 years of musical changes acid trends - whilst of course adhering to none is no mean feat. The Escape Committee have done just that. But now, after more than a decade of, in their words,    of "fights, feuds, benders,   arrests, breakages and antibiotics'!, they are heading  into the sun- set in search of Pastures new. Paddy Shannon, the   band's songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for the last ten years, explained: "We're all ready for a change but I do feel very sad about it - we all do. I suppose we've become a bit of an institution - one of  Lancaster's oldest bands. "But we've had a good run and we didn't want longevity for the sake of it." The band started out as a blues cover band but quickly morphed into, the original, politically-orientated band we see today. "We have made things difficult for ourselves," admitted Paddy. "There are very few independent bands that aren't doing commercial, poppy stuff, and there are very few venues willing to pick up a band like us. "We have a political element and that's not very fashionable either. But we have committed ourselves to doing things our way rather that following musical trends." The individual members are all hoping to continue along the musical path after the Escape Committee's  demise, although they are still undecided as to what direction they will take.  "Everything's still quite up in the air for us all - we're kind of reviewing our options." ; The band,despite changes in line-up over the years, have remained close throughout and admit their final gig will be a strange and sad occasion. "We been through a hell of a lot together," said Paddy. "They say being in a band is like being married, but its far more than that because you're married to five other people rather than just one! "We have always had a good morale in the band and we're lucky that we've had so many interesting players that have taken us in different directions. It's never been boring." Their final show is taking place next weekend, Saturday August 10, at the Wagon and Horses in Lancaster. "We want to take a bit more of a relaxed approach. We're just going to take it easy and enjoy ourselves." 

The Visitor 25/7/01

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FROM rhythm and blues to jazz and rock-pop, there'll be music of many different styles on offer at the Happy Daft Day. This charity fundraising festival is taking place in Morecambe on August 11 to raise money for Animal Concern. It has been organised by one-time performer and now local councillor Mort Allan who has a keen interest in animal welfare after running kennels for a number of years. Mort is no stranger to charity fundraising and usually organises small events throughout the year. However, this year he decided to have the one big event the 'Happy Daft Day' and has called in the help of his old friend Jirn Bowen to present the show, together with his Radio Lancashire partner Sally Naden. Mort said: "Jim does this thing. on the radio show called the Happy Daft Farm so we thought we would have a Happy Daft Day. "Throughout the day it will be family orientated with bands on in Morecambe Arena from 1pm to 7pm and it's all free.", 'All the bands taking part have offered their ser- vices for free and there's a great mix of styles taking part - something for every- one." The bands and artists taking part include Mort Allan himself, Lancaster's most successful all-girl band Angelica, The Bob Moffatt Quartet, Les. Stevens, The Section, Jeriatric Jazz and Takara. The Tracy Austin Dancers will also be per- forming and popular DJ Steve Middlesbrough will be on the decks. In the evening Jirn and Sally will host 'Give it a Go' at the Dome from 7.30pm to lam. Again this will feature artists from the day but it will be more aimed at adults rather than families  and there's a small charge of £6. There are also 100 VIP tickets available for the after show buffet and late bar, where you can meet the stars. Tickets and further information are available from Morecambe and Lan- caster tourist information centres.

The Visitor 25/7/01

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Pier Pressure

THE Pier Group is set to play heart-rending songs at Lancaster's Yorkshire House venue this Friday (June 27). This musically inventive band will be playing live from 9pm supported by Daniel Haywood of the Puma Sutras who'll be performing a bizarre new work about a love affair with a horse! The Pier Group will be playing several new songs, some of which may be featured on their forthcoming CD, 'Eleven Trees'. With the devastatingly talented Ben McCabe on drums and the deft Scott Morley on guitar/mandolin, The Pier Group is led by Paddy Garrigan whose plaintive voice stirs deep emotions. You'd be a fool to miss them!  

Lancaster Guardian 20/7/01

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When will we be famous?

The Bottlenecks, Simon Thornton, Martin Fierning, Paul Mayers, Anthony Gregson and Aiden Baldwin whose managers reckon it's just a matter of time before they make it big. It's just a question of when, reckons the boss. Photo by Mark Harrison 

nex2.gifThey're Lancaster's forgotten band, unknown to some and ignored by others - but they are still steaming ahead for world domination. It hasn't always been an easy ride for The Bottlenecks - their youthfulness has sometimes been a hindrance in getting gigs (three members are under 18., the drummer turned 16 just this week) and their unique style of music hasn't always been a priority for record companies. But despite setbacks, The Bottlenecks have just enjoyed an electric TV appearance on the Pepsi Chart Show and are now embarking on a national live tour to show the country just what they can do. "Wherever we play we always get a massive response - we often play support slots for bigger bands and end up blowing the main act away," said Martin Fleming, who with business partner George MacFarlane manages the band. "But even though, we have a brilliant local following some places in Lancaster just won't take us on, mainly because of the lads' age. It's a shame because they're going to make it big very soon and this is where they start- ed out." The band has existed for the last three years, although there's been a few changes in the line-up since then. Guitarists Paul Mayers and Martin Fleming are the only two original members of the five- piece rock band, which models itself on the sounds of Metallica, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi. Aiden Baldwin joined on the drums later' and recently bassist Anthony Gregson and singer Simon Thornton were drafted into the Bottlenecks camp. "The new line-up has definitely changed us for the better. Before we felt like what we were doing was a bit too light but now the music is exactly how we want it to be," said Anthony From humble beginnings practising in bedrooms, the band have gone on to play venues such as the Cavern in Liverpool and the Rock Gardens in Covent Garden. "We're convinced that we're on the verge of making it big - it's now just a question of when," said George. "We're playing a lot of big gigs and we're getting noticed. One A+R man who came to see us said we were the best young band he'd seen for years and that our CD was in the top 10 per cent of all the CDs he receives." "Although we enjoy what we do we're not just treating it as a hobby," said Anthony "We are all dedicated because this is what we want to do." "It's been unbelievably hard work to get to this point," added Paul. "We've all been through a lot to get here." So are they prepared for fame? "These lads have been preparing for fame for the last three years," George said. "And I'm convinced they will get it."

The Citizen 19/7/01

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Squeal's in motion

Squeal - Jitterpig 

PACKED full of energy this CD is sure to make you SQUEAL! Gritty, urban rock - the sound of the moment - is fantastically created on this uncontrollably wild album. One or two of the songs have a heavy 70s/80s sound about them and, although that era of music isn't quite my style, I still enjoyed them. The reggae track whitey's on the Moon has an air of soulful maturity - it isn't as rocky as the rest of the tracks - but it is still a first class tune! The album is a fine example of the music of the moment - it's just a shame there's only seven tracks! Review by Sian Phillips

Copies of Squeal by Jitterpig are available from priced £5.

Lancaster Guardian 29/6/01

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Give us a pop song, please Sir.


A BIOLOGY teacher at Lancaster Girls' Grammar School has become a huge hit with Pupils by transforming dry facts Into the lyrics of famous pop tunes. Richard Fusco decided that music was a natural aid to learning and that topics such as diffusion In plants were more memorable when used as lyrics to songs by Muddy Waters and Coldplay. "If the lessons are not fun and not enjoyable then the pupils are not learning,"    said     Mr Fusco, who has played in bands supporting U2 and the Clash. 'I felt that my head was full of huge swathes of lyrics which were completely irrelevant. And I thought this might he a good way to remember things. 'There is not enough creativity In education today." One of Mr Fusco's more memorable compositions is a song which sets the facts of the female hormonal cycle to the tune of Aretha Franklin's 'You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman'. "This way of teaching involves the kids who don't think of themselves as having a feel for science. One of the challenges of education is to involve all the pupils in what you are doing." Pupils are also encouraged to write their own songs as part of their schoolwork. Mr Fusco, 40, who plays drums with Lancaster band Jitterpig, denies that his unorthodox approach is dumbing down the subject. 'The biological con- tent is there," he said. "I'm not changing the facts, I'm just giving it to the pupils with added music. "This makes topics much easier to remember    because     pupils remember the tune." Zoe Wilkinson in year 10 gave Mr Fusco's teaching approach the thumbs-up. "It definitely makes it more interesting and helps us to remember things," she said. "I wish other teachers did It." Classmate Katy Taylor agreed: "It helps us with our work and takes the stress off,' she said. 

Lancaster Guardian 22/6/01

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Opaque albums

FRESH from a gig in Glasgow  tonight (Friday).     Lancaster improvisationalists Opaque will be showcasing material from two forthcoming albums at the Yorkshire House in Lancaster    tomorrow, June 23. The band has a busy summer ahead that will see the release of their ,Coping with a Security Blanket' album on Small Orange records, and an as yet untitled album due out   on Post Office Records. Towards the end of the    summer       they embark on a national tour which takes them from Scotland down to London and they are due to release a single in America. Support      tomorrow night will be from Manchester          band Quantum      Cat     and admission is £1.

Lancaster Guardian 22/6/01

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Band calls the tune in battle against racism

Rachel Parsons and Bridget Coiton from local band Angelica help Coun Michael Carson and city council community safety officer Michelle Emery kick off the'Racism Hurts'campaign at Lancaster.  

racism.gifTOP Lancaster band Angelica have helped launch a new campaign aimed at ending racism in the district. The campaign is intend- ed to get the message across about a new sup- port facility for victims of racial abuse backed by Lancaster City Council and police. From this week victims of racial incidents will he able to report details directly to officers at the council and the police station using a new 24-hour racial incident reporting line. Victims The first of its type in the county, the phone line has been horn out of a recomendation from the MacPherson report on the Stephen      Lawrence Inquiry and is part of the ongoing work around  racial harassment being carried  out    by     the Lancaster    Community Wety Partnership. Victims will be able to report the incident which will in turn allow them to gain access to a range of services to support them in their need. The campaign's key slogan -'Racism, hurts a few but affects us all, - aims to send out the message that everyone has a responsibility to report racist incidents. Over the coming months a variety of b fi events will be held in order to impress that message on the public and raise awareness about the reporting system. The     all-girl     band Angelica are throwing their weight behind the campaign and will be using their gig at the Bobbin on June 28 in Lancaster to the get the message across. The campaign will also be taken to thousands of festival goers this summer with awareness raising activities taking place at many of the city council  organised      events including the Worldbeat Weekend, August 24-26. In addition, posters and flyers highlighting the new facility will be distributed in pubs, clubs and shops, youth centres and other public venues. The campaign finale will be a massive celebration being pulled together by a group of young people who are members of the city    council's     Young Promoter's Group. Lancaster            City Council's       community safety officer, Michelle Emery, said: "The racial incident reporting line is an important piece in the process of encouraging all people - not just victims but witnesses too - to report racist incidents. It is particularly pleasing that so many young people, such as the Young Promoters Group, and a band with a following as strong as Angelica's are giving their backing to the campaign, 11 & if you see, or are a victim of, a racist incident the numbers you can ring are:   01524     67099      - 1Lancaster City Council; 01524 63333 - Lancaster Police. Both lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a. year. 

Lancaster Guardian 11/5/01

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The grown-up girls go for it

AngeIica, Yorkshire House, Lancaster DON'T think of it as losing a teenage daughter - think of it as gaining a new rock chick experience. . Yes, Angelica have grown up. No more kittens or schoolgirl crushes, the pretty in pink days are gone, sister, and it's strictly attitude for Lancaster's favourite foursome these days. They wanted to get into something a 'bit more meaty' and have gone straight for the t-bone steak with a heavy duty, bass-fuelled depth to their trade- mark dual guitar sound. Angelica always had a bit of a sinister edge - they were the cute kids playing in the garden who you thought were making daisy chains but later discovered had been pulling the wings off flies - but this is definitely more up-front, in-your-face and what- are-you-looking-at. And fortunately it's a pretty effective transition. The Yorkshire House witnessed the re-birth with a set consisting of virtually all new material, Guilty As Sin is a monster of rolling regimental drum beats and spitting lyrics sounding for all the world like Throwing Muses in their prime, while tracks like Rosemary and Evergreen wouldn't be out of place in Polly Harvey's songbook. A couple of the old Angelica's darker moments,, still lurk, so Bring Back Her Head has managed the leap - but, perhaps surprisingly, there is no Concubine Blues, and less surprisingly, no Why Did You Let My Kitten Die? Importantly, the girls seem to relish their new found freedom to wig out, hammering at their instruments with real gusto and blasting through an AC/DC cover to close and underline their new credentials. It's sometimes a bit raw and basic, but it's got definite potential - and rebellion is always a healthy by-product of growing up.

Lancaster Guardian 11/5/01

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Only culture in this city

ANGELICA, Lancaster's very own rock'n'roll queens, recently played a concert at the Yorkshire House in a room barely bigger than my bedroom. The next time they play here, there will not be a venue big enough to cater for them. The girls collected the money on the door, served the drinks behind the bar and cleaned the toilets. Oh, and played (well some of the above is true). Do you remember the Scottish brothers - The Proclaimers? And what about Hot Chocolate who soundtracked the conception of 86% of today's youth? , Well, these are the unlikely sounds present in Angelica's music attacked by noisy guitars, feed- back, pounding drums and a girl screaming until she gets her own way. It is the music from the Lancaster Musicians Co-operative and the unique sounds from The Proper Records collective who are creating the only culture' in this city 

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Lancaster Guardian 16/5/01

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Squeal like a Jitterpig

LANCASTER'S best kept secret, the mighty musical force that is Jitterpig, will showcase material from their debut CD 'Squeal' at a special album launch party at the Yorkshire House venue tomorrow night (Saturday). Jitterpig's new line-up now features former members of the gone-and-hest-forgotten local bands Vietnam and Loose Moose, but despite their" dubious beginnings Jitterpig have gelled into a highly efficient outfit of late, going down a storm during a series of low-key Lancaster dates sup- porting Bike Thief. Much of this renaissance is due to the recruitment of drummer Richard Fusco, late of Boots for Dancing, who had their 15 minutes of fame supporting U2 and The Clash in the early 80s, and saxophonist Mike Hindle, both adding a smooth professionalism to proceedings. Jitterpig have spent several hours in the studio recording the new CD, which perfectly captures their mix of heavy-duty bluesy rock, reggae and straight-ahead guitar pop, and copies of the new release will be on sale at the Yorkshire House gig. Gluttons for punishment may remember the original Jitterpig from a handful of chaotic gigs five years ago. They helped launch Angelica's career by offering them their first support slot and then obliged by being totally awful to show the girls in the best light. Ever willing to lend a helping hand to emerging talent, Saturday will see Jitterpig supported by another band making their live debut, when indie guitar four piece Beef Sharky provide the tasty appetizer to the porky main course. Entrance to tomorrow night's gig will cost £1. M ACOUSTIC duo

The Wisemen [above] are taking their music to the world - via the world-wide web. The Lancaster based outfit have put seven new recordings on , the most popular website for unsigned bands. Two tracks are avail- able to download for free, with the option of buying the whole lot. The Wisemen are also on a brand new website called, with their own web page, picture and four tracks available to buy Check them out at. thewisemen

The Visitor 7/3/01

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Wisemen on the web

LANCASTER'S acoustic duo, The Wisemen, have taken their music to the world - the world wide web that is! Since The Wisemen formed two years ago, they have performed around 20 gigs in the area and last year they released a f= tracked ER Now their songs are available on the Internet. Seven new recordings are available on, the most popular website for unsigned bands. These new tracks feature their acoustic sound augmented by electric guitars, bass and percussion. You can reach the Wise- men web page at  Two tracks are available to download for free, with the option of buying the whole lot. The Wisemen are also on a brand new music website called This website has only just gone "live' in the last few weeks and should prove to be an interesting source for new music. Cheek out the Wisemen web page at, where you'll find four tracks available to buy plus a picture taken at the Gregson Centre.

The Visitor 28/2/01

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Uncover the Forenzic evidence for yourself

FORENZIC is one of the most adventurous bands in Lancaster and the CD holds the evidence to Prove it. The band has a reputation for being one of the best in the city and is aiming for the very top. They hope to he signed by a record company before the end of this year and want to spread their name further field. ' Forenzic is made up of Mare Walker, James Briggs, Ewan Robinson and Toby D!-Vine who have all stuck together for three years. They also have an influential band manager in Hedley Whewell . , "The music is about us and our personal experiences," said Toby. "If other people like what we do then that's a bonus." "I want the band to be the best it can be," added Ewali. "We have our own sound whereas other bands in the area seem to try and emulate someone else." The bands next gig is at the Bobbin this Thursday, March 1, where they will be supporting the much hyped Caned Unable. "Our live shows are what we're all about, that is where people appreciate us most," said Mam. "We have about ten people who come and watch us on a regular basis. It's cool to see people who have been before. We take our inspiration from all sorts of areas but our lyrics are very much like the ones the Goo Goo Dolls use. It's all about torment- ed love and feelings. Most of our lyrics can be quite upsetting." Forenzic are definitely a different kind of band that music fans in the area must check out in the future.

The Visitor 21/02/01

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Seeing the artform

OPAQUE will be be playing a much awaited date at the Yorkshire House in Lancaster on Saturday (February 24). first Lan- ,._W@u         is their f date of 2001 as they have been busy releasing their third EP 'Temporary Lifestyle' on Dental Records as well as recording tracks for future compilation albums. Opaque have just been included on the Fat Cat compilation <<no watches - no maps>> and a UK tour features prominently in their plans. , The band will also he headlining at the 13th Note Cafe in Glasgow on Friday (February 23). Singer and bass player Andy Lockley said.. "We've had a great deal Of positive response both in the UK and globally. "The Fat Cat competition Was a great boost us and will hopefully give more non-mainstream bands a fairer chance than at present. - "Because of our experimental improvised style people aren't always pre- pared to hear something new or give it a chance. "Music is so often seen as a security blanket rather than actual art-form."

The Visitor 14/02/01

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The shortcut to fame

LANCASTER, has become a breeding ground for some exciting young bands in recent years and the Laconics are no exception. The Laconics are a young and determined group of lads who are desperate to make it to the top. The group have played many gigs throughout the Lancaster district and have produced nearly 35 of their own songs. The group of five now want to go on and attract fans of a student age before moving onto better things in larger venues. The band is made up of Johnny Clark, Ben Layton, Peter Haughton, Martin Sutherland and George Murgatroyd. Laconic recently played a gig at the Bobbin in Lancaster and went down a storm. Their popular renditions of Verve and Red Hot Chilli Pepper hits Were superb. "We are all musically like minded so if the band stick together it will be exciting to see how far we can go," said Johnny. Appeal "We want to get noticed by the industry and appeal to a student audience. "We are basically having fun at the moment and constantly making new songs but the attitude of the band is definitely a serious one." Ben Layton added: "We have been together for nearly two years. "This makes life a lot easier because we all know what the other per- son is capable of." Martin Sutherland said: "We have seen each other progress through tune. "We have gone on to more complicated stuff and  to he experimental. "Our age hinders us a little bit but we just get on with it. "At the moment we really enjoy playing gigs and getting experience." If anyone in the area would like to book the Laconies for a gig then please contact Carl at the Visitor on 833111, extension 2237, and he will. inform the band of your interest. 

Lancaster Guardian 9/2/01

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Sutras-faction Guaranteed...

PERHAPS the main purpose of the Pop scene Unsigned night at Lancaster's Sugarhouse is to introduce us to the stars of the future, the bands to watch out for, the musicians whose talents have yet to be demonstrated to the wider world.

For regulars of the Lancaster gig-circuit (such as it is) The Puma Sutras need no such introduction. To say that they are already one of the best- known bands in town would not be to over-exaggerate their profile in this part of the world, and there surely cannot be too many local venues which have not reverberated at some time or another to the sounds of a Puma gig. Unlike PushKing, who were the last local act to grace this event way back in November, The Puma Sutras had the luxury of playing to an audience in which the people who paid to get in significantly out-numbered those who were working behind the bar. The crowd's response to the first couple of songs was a reassuringly enthusiastic one, causing lead vocalist/ guitarist Dan Haywood to observe, not for the last time that evening, that they were an "exceptional audience". Haywood is the focal point of a trio which has seen members come and go more times than anyone who has been regularly watching the band would care to remember. Last week, sporting his self-proclaimed 'comedy hat', he was very much the natural frontman, individually introducing the current Pumas line-up before unleashing a deluge of well-executed harmonies, guitar jams, and melodic pop hooks. It could be said that just about any band which cites the likes of Neil Young and Lou Reed among their main influences is perhaps guilty of inviting unfavorable comparisons. While it may be difficult to spot any direct reflections of either of these two artists in The Puma Sutras' live sound, that doesn't mean to say that songs such as 'The 80s','Horror Lite' or 'My Bended Knee' are rendered any less appealing. Aside from performing at least two compositions which recall early Foo Fighters, it also became apparent very quickly that Dan Haywood's voice is a dead ringer for that of The Bluetones' Mark Morris, which in the event turns out to be no bad thing. With a new EP in the offing, and more gigs in Lancaster lined up for the coming months, it won't be long before The Puma Sutras play live once again. If you missed them here, be sure to cheek them out soon.

Jonathan RawelitTe  

Krill hang up their wigs

As readers of the Guardian will know, following last week's extensive piece, infamous local punksters Krill will be hanging up their wigs and shrunken heads on Sunday following their 'retirement' gig at the Yorkshire House on Saturday evening. The band, long time favourites on the local music scene, will be supported by the specially reformed Dr and the Crippens plus ever popular Lancaster femme fatales, Angelica. Not only will there be a late bar and free entry but Krill will also be giving away many of the weird and wonderful props that they have used over the years to those members of the audience who ask nicely. Or shout the loudest. The gig is also being recorded with a view to releasing: a live CD so the more vociferous and creative your heckles or cheers of encouragement the more likely you are to be heard on the final release. Prior to this night of madness, fans of Pushking can see the band performing a rare local gig at the same venue tonight (Friday) supported by newcomers Poetry Road. Forthcoming 'gigs at the Yorkshire House's Lounge include Pier Group (17) and Opaque (24) while The Bobbin will be hosting Forensic (15), Natural Thing (22) and Caned Unable on March 1. 

Lancaster Guardian 2/2/01

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The band with a license to Krill

Modern-day American stadium stars Green Day supported them in Belgium, they packed 5,000 into a former nuclear bunker in Czechoslovakia and had three singles in the top five of the Japanese alternative charts at the same time VEGETABLES everywhere can sleep easy after next Saturday.krill.gif

On February 10 Lancaster speed punks Krill will cease to be - and nothing will ever be quite the same again. The band formerly known as Dr and the Crippens will leave quite a hole in the local music scene when they hang up their instruments following a farewell gig at the Yorkshire House next weekend. And considerably fewer holes in unsuspecting cabbages. Born into a mid-1980s guitar scene where glumsters The Smiths ruled supreme, Dr and the Crippens arrived like naughty schoolboys let loose in a chemistry lab. Larking about, making huge amounts of noise and blowing things up was much more fun than wearing bad cardigans. But despite (because of?) theirdestructive tendencies they quickly found an ally in Radio 1 legend John Peel, who exposed an incredulous public to the joys of tracks like 'Pneumatic Geek', 'Ode to a Slug' and A Controlled Experiment to Determine the Psychological     Effects    of    Breakfast Television on Small Rodents', which, at precisely one second long, took far longer to say than listen to. They became darlings of the British thrash punk scene, were courted by all the major music papers and toured almost non- stop, leaving trails of detonated vegetables all over Europe. Modern-day American stadium stars Green Day supported them in Belgium, they packed 5,OW into a former nuclear bunker in Czechoslovakia and had three singles in the top five of the Japanese alternative charts at the same time. By the late 80s if Napalm Death were the kings of the Britcore movement and Extreme Noise Terror were the political wing, then Dr and the Crippens were the clown princes of the lunatic fringe. American skate punks had The Stupids, we had the Crippens - a sort of Spinal Tap for the genre, daft as brushes with their amps turned up to 11. Vocalist Nick explains about those vegetable moments. "I saw this band at the Sugar House who blew up a cabbage as part of a benefit gig - something to do with Thatcher - and thought that would look good in our act." Working backstage at a theatre had taught him the basic pyrotechnical skills, and soon exploding vegetables were an integral part of the Crippens experience. "At first it was something to hide behind because the music was so bad" says guitarist Tom. "But we found it was a good way to connect with everyone in the room at the same time - you can't ignore a band who have just exploded a cabbage and bits of it are floating in your pint," adds Nick thoughtfully Outrageous costumes, also initially raided from theatre stock, developed the larger than life stage show and members acquired suitablyappropriate re-names.    The Crippens/Krill hall of fame therefore includes such luminaries as Wayne Crippenski, BB Kablamo, Max Von Reinhardt and Admiral Furtwanger. A record deal with the Bristol-based Manic Ears record label spawned a debut album, 'Fired from the Circus', recorded in a studio in the middle of a scrap yard while they shared floor space in a nearby squat with label mates Chaos UK. Unfortunately the resulting recording didn't capture the power or energy of the live shows. "It sounded dreadful, like a wasp stuck in a jam jar," remembers Tom. But despite the band's own reservations, the album stung (ho ho) John Peel into action. nick.gifPeel loved it and never missed an opportunity to play it or plug it on his cult late night show on Radio 1, eventually inviting the Crippens along to do two sessions, one of which was recorded in a BBC studio used by Bing Crosby. HE tours of Europe that followed featured numerous life-on-the-road tales of hard drinking and hard partying - and the night they became accidental smugglers in the former East Germany. Trying to beat the midnight curfew and get back to West Berlin following a show in the east of the then still divided city, the band were grateful when two young East Germans offered to show them the way back to Checkpoint Charlie. When they reached the checkpoint their guides suddenly hid underneath the band's equipment in the back of the van. Unable to turn back, they crossed their fingers and pressed on. Luckily, the border guards weren't suspicious of a van full of punks from Lancaster covered, in charred cabbage remains and waved them through. Unfortunately for Dr and the Crippens, even though their reputation was growing and they had a strong and loyal following both at home and abroad, their record label were unable to keep pace. "The last time we toured abroad was in 1995, but we hadn't had a record out since 1992 and they didn't send any records out to the countries we were playing in," explains TOM. After the best part of a decade in Dr and the Crippens, original bassist Wayne left the band and along with his replacement came a new band name, Mass Hypnosis, which was then changed to Krill "so it would fit on a t- shirt better". Krill released a CD, 'Beef on the Bone' and toured Britain, keeping alive the Crippens' fabled live reputation, especially with their legendary Valentine's and Halloween shows in Lancaster. A new drummer, MC Hammered, was recruited to replace BB Kablamo, who got responsible with the birth of his first child, but Tom admits that the touring was becoming a bit of a grind, what with so much equipment, effects and vegetable supplies to cart around. Now they've decided to call it a day. Next weekend's gig will feature a special Dr and the Crippens set - with special guest appearances from original members - followed by contemporary Lancaster stars Angelica, with Krill having the last hurrah to end the night. Tom says continuing interest in Japan means they are planning to re-mix a Crippens album for export, and they haven't ruled out a few shows in the Land of the Rising Sun if the new release takes off. But as a regular band, Saturday will be the end of the line, and therefore the end of an era. Nick says: "We still want to play and there may be other bands, it would be nice to go off and collaborate with other people," before adding: "so we can spread the virus." Time may have taken its toll on Lancaster's vegetable plot terrorists, but it hasn't dulled their sense of purpose.

& Dr and the Crippens, Angelica and Krill play in The Lounge, upstairs at the Yorkshire House, Lancaster, on Saturday, February 10. Admission is £1.

The Visitor 15/11/00

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We can't Co-op anymore

LANCASTER Musician's Co-op is appealing to the public for help to replace a computer that has become Irreparable. The non-profit-making co-op, which has helped hundreds of musicians create new music and record their work, desperately needs a new computer. Volunteer workers at the co-op hope a generous person or business may donate an old computer they no longer Use. The co-op already has a monitor but the volunteers would be extremely grateful for a base unit with a CD ROM so that all their records, accounts and details of bookings can be stored safely. Theircomputer crashed last week after a power surge and they have been told that there is no hope of repairing It. A spokesperson from the co-op said: "We could use anything that will run Microsoft XL, perhaps something like an early Pentium. "The computer is really important to us to run our booking system." If you can help the Musician's Co-op con- tact Dave or Tom on: 388544. 

Lancaster Guardian 20/10/00

Where the Co-op comes in handy

Reporter Jennie Chapman hopes the Co-op will be the answer to all her band's prayers

I'M not entirely sure where I first found out about the Musician's Co-op. I suspect it was during my school days (not so far away), when teenage angst played using C, G and F chords was rife and everyone was either in a band or knew someone who was in one. My own band is not, I'm afraid, a prime example of the sort of talent that has come out of the co-op. At the moment we are not only 'between" drummers (due, of course, to "musical differences") but are also in the interesting position of being between names. We have written an array of songs which we largely cannot play, and one of our band members, not mentioning any names, has an unfortunate case of chronic laziness. Yet despite our failings the co-op may be the answer to our prayers and help us fulfil our simple , yet some-what vital ambition: to: get good. You see, the reason we don't know our songs is because we have never practised  them. Although we have attempted to hold rehearsal sessions in our respective households, one finds that once you have got yourselves, your instruments and your equipment into your ridiculously small bedroom, there Is hardly room to stand up, let alone jump up and down In a frenzied manner. Which is where the co-op comes in. They provide a nice spacious room (which is sound-proofed, presumably just in case you're really bad) and also hire out equipment  at extremely cheap rates, so you don't have to lug your amp, which can often be the size of a small car, from house to rehearsal. And even we have noticed an improvement since discovering the co- op. I would oven go as far to say that some songs sound positively decent. So stardom may not necessarily beckon (for now at least) but one day we may at least be in the position where other rehearsing bands don't laugh as they pass our room. It's a start.

Lancaster Guardian 20/10/00

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LANCASTER has a unique institution, slap bang in the middle of the city centre, which for 15 years has helped nurture the talents of hundreds of young (and not so young) musicians.Lancaster Musicians Co-op has seen it all - the birth of (semi) legends, the rise and fall of countless wannabes, the inevitable squabbles and arguments over musical differences. For a decade and a half it has shaped the face of the city's music scene and has become a place of almost mythological significance to local bands. And yet how many people outside this music scene are even aware of its existence? Tucked away on Lodge Street, appropriately sandwiched between the Grand Theatre and Mitchell's Brewery, it is a place easily missed, the only clue a small sign alongside a red painted door. Yet once through that door the former knicker elastic and clog factory reveals tardis-like proportions; a large, rambling building housing four purpose-built rehearsal rooms and a small eight-track studio, as well as office space and lockers to store equipment. Formed in 1985 by seven former university students who recognised the need for decent practice space in Lancaster, the co- op originally had just two rehearsal rooms built with help from a North West Arts grant. Then a third room was added at a later date when another grant was secured from the same source. The studio 'evolved' as spare and second-hand equipment was added to and upgraded over a period of years, while the fourth rehearsal room was only completed a few months ago. These days the seven original founders have moved on, and the co-op is jointly run by just three volunteers, Dave Blackwell, Tom Myall and lan Dicken. Dave has the longest association, becoming involved in the early days of the co-op when he went along to an open day, He said: "I've been coming down here as a volunteer for about 14 years and it has changed a lot in that time. "Just in the last year we've done a lot of work; cosmetic decoration, the new rehearsal room, better PAs in all the rooms, one of the rooms has got a drum riser and one has a big mirror and there are now fans in all the rooms." TOM'S involvement began when the band he was in, punk outfit Dr and the Crippens, used the co- op for practice. "Before we started using the co-op we were rehearsing in this really squalid unit on an industrial estate - the co-op was brilliant for us and for the whole music scene generally. It is unique in the country to have a collectively run place of this size, we don't know of anywhere else like it, it's somewhere  that Lancaster can really be proud of." Now the venue is entirely self-financing, opens seven days a week and more than 50 bands a week travel from as far afield as Manchester and Cumbria to use the facilities. As lan points out, with no advertising budget this has been achieved entirely through word of mouth. Bands have travelled from London to use the studio facilities, the BBC have recorded band sessions there, they have recorded first CDs for string quartets through to punk trios and some note able names got their earliest breaks thanks to the co-op. Top producer Paul Tipler, who now works with everyone from Stereolab to Idlewild, cut his musical teeth at the co-op, while members of bands including James, Travis and 3 Colours Red all started out at Lodge Street. Then, of course, there, are the home-grown talents of Lancaster bands like  The Milltown Brothers and current favourites Angelica. Both went on from shaky early practice sessions and demos recorded at the co-op to secure record contracts and festival appearance Holly Ross, guitarist and lead singer with Angelica, is in no doubt how important the co-op has been in their success. She said: "We would not exist if it wasn't for the co-op. When bands are starting out they need somewhere   like this which   has cheap rehearsal space and has all the equipment and friendly advice. "We recorded our first  single here and that went on to be single of the week of the Evening Session which really gave us our break, and all our record covers have been photographed here." The co-op volunteers are always looking to develop and expand the business, but working on tight budgets finding investment cash isn't easy. They are currently looking to raise funds to buy a computer system  which would allow, them to put band demos on their own web site, wee Tom, is keen to develop a music library, so musicians can visit the coop and have ready access to a large selection of sheet music.  As Dave says: "This place is a real asset, it's in an ideal location and that's really contributed to the scene in Lancaster. I don't think Lancaster would be the same today   if the  co-op hadn't been here'  A FESTIVAL to mark Lancaster Musician's Co-op's 15th birthday is being staged tonight, Fri and tomorrow at the upstairs Lounge venue the Yorkshire House, Featuring 10 local bands over the two days, the full line-up includes, Montana Wildhack members, Sexy Puffs, eagerly anticipated newcomers Lowly Worm, Monkey Bucket, Bluey, Mainway and headliners Scout on Friday night, then Saturday's bill sees  the Pier Group, a one-off by Lancaster favourites Fifty Heads Wide, Caned Unable and, fresh from their appearances at Leeds and Reading festivals, Angelica will head line and showcase new material from their forth-coming album. , Admission is free both nights.   

The Visitor 18/10/00

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Angelica lend their support

LANCASTER Musicians' Co-op, will be celebrating 15 years of music-making this weekend. The co-op, which was originally set up by students who found there was nowhere for bands to rehearse in Lancaster, is as popular as ever and lndie chart-toppers Angelica will be offering their support on Saturday night. Angelica will be trying out brand new songs which they intend to use on their new album.   On both Friday and Saturday bands    will   be playing at Lancaster's Yorkshire House pubfrom around 9 to midnight.  The line-up. features'-Friday includes the Sexy Poofs (formerly Montana Wildhack), Jitterpig,  ."monkey Bucket, Bluey, Mainway and Scout. On Saturday you can catch* Plastic Man, the Pier Group, 50 Heads Wide, Caned Unable and  Angelica who will be headlining. Angelica and countless other bands, have used the co-op's rehearsal rooms to hone skills and write their songs. The co-op is run by a small group of dedicated volunteers who took over when the students who set it up went back to their home towns. 

The Visitor 31/5/00

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It was such a perfect day

BBC MUSIC Live festival fever gripped the district over the Bank Holiday weekend. The national festival of music culminated in a 'perfect day' on Bank Holiday Monday with choirs and bands joining to sing Lou Reed's classic song Perfect Day. Kicking off on Thursday, the festival's first local event was at Lancaster's Yorkshire House. Punters crammed into the venue to hear the best of bands from across the district. The fun continued at the Yo Ho on Friday and Saturday with one of the highlights being a set by Angelica, who have recently been getting national airplay.

Lancashire Evening Post 25/5/00

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ANGEL HEARTS: Holly Ross and Brigit Colton from Lancaster band Angelica who will perform at The Yorkshire House, Lancaster as part of the BBC Music live Festival

LIVE music gigs galore will be taking place in Lancaster and Morecambe this week. Singers and musicians will be performing in the area as part of the BBC Music Live Festival. one of the major events will be taking place on Saturday May 27 at the Gregson Centre starring Gary Boyle and the Enigma String Quartet. Coup The world class musicians, will be presenting MOODY, jazzy, funky and raw sounds with Passion and humour from' 8.30 PM. From today until Saturday, The Yorkshire House will be the venue for a three day event run ., S Music CO-OP. Caters for the festival major coup t t       is hra he Milltown Brothers will be reforming under the name Dux. On Saturday night, highlights ANGEL HEARTS- Holly Ross and Brigit Colton from Lancaster band Angelica who will perform at The Yorkshire House, Lancaster as part of the BBC Music live Festival include headliners Angelica       Monday May 29. and bands such as Mood, Index,      For more details on BBC Bluey and Strawberry Girl.       Music Live events in Lancaster At the Platform in More-        and Morecambe, ring: 0161 244 cambe, there will be a drama      3107 or look on the Website on and music making workshop on

The Visitor 25/5/00

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Live gigs galore this week

Prom Thursday    May 25 to May 27, The Yorkshire House WW be the venue for a three day event run by Lancaster Musician's Co-op. For this event the Milltown Brothers will be re-forming under the name. Dux, a major coup for the festival. On Thursday May 25 You can catch Cornucopia, Suburbia, Boomhauer and the Puma Sutras. Casual, who were due to Play on Thursday, will not be appearing as one of their members has tragically died. The following night The  Wisemen, Day Job, Caned Unable, Opaque, Scout, Fifty Heads Wide and Your Dad will all be appearing. On, the Saturday night you can hear Mood Index, Bluey, the Pier Group, Solanas, Mainway, Kid Cereal, Strawberry Girl and headliners Angelica. It will be compered by lan Marchant (further details "m the Musician's Co-op on: 388544). 

The Visitor 24/5/00

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Cool cats: Dan, Richard and Bill from The Puma Sutras who will be appearing at the BBC Music Live event at the Yorkshire House pub. Below left: Yorkshire House compere lan Marchant and below right: Kid Cereal, who will be performing at the Yorkshire House this weekend.

The Citizen 23/5/00

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Bands of gold at Yorkshire House

The best local bands in the area will be performing at a special showcase at the Yorkshire House from May 25 to 27. Organized by Lancaster Musicians Co-op to mark the BBC's Music Live event the best performances will be broadcast on regional radio.  Performances start at 8.30pm on each night and entrance is free. The city's hottest property Angelica will round off the event  following a national tour, plus you  can catch   Your Dad, the much-missed Strawberry Girl and the band voted Lancaster's best, 50 Heads Wide. Also, former Milltown Brother, James Fraser, will preview his new band Dux on May 25. There's lots of other top bands to check out so - to get yourself a good seat - get there early. For more details call 388544. 

Lancaster Guardian 19/5/00

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Readers Letters

DURING the last month or so your paper has carried several articles and letters concerning live music and provision for musicians in Lancaster - I would like to add a little more, if I may. First of all I would like to endorse the letter from Mr. Myall (April 28) detailing the work of the Lancaster Musicians' Co- operative. This is a truly excellent resource. I have used it myself on scores of occasions for band rehearsals, for fun, for help and advice and to record a solo album. The Co-op deserves all the support it can get. Secondly 1 would like to take this opportunity to inform your readers, should they not already know it, that the Lancaster City Council's Arts and Events Service is currently formulating a new arts strategy for the Lancaster district. On behalf of Lancaster Sound Foundation I would like to urge every- one who cares about live music and arts performances to write to the head of Arts and Events, Jon Harris, to request that the new strategy contains a commitment to the establishment of a new, large music (et al) venue in Lancaster. Morecambe has the splendid Platform, the Dome and the Empire as music venues. Lancaster has the wonderful and innovative Gregson Centre - but surely we could do with a bigger venue as well? You can write to Jon Harris at: Arts and Events Service, The Platform, Central Promenade Morecambe.

 A W Cooke, Chair, Lancaster Sound Foundation, Gregson Road, Moorlands, Lancaster.  

Next week you can catch up with nineteen of Lancaster's contemporary bands as the Yorkshire House hosts UK@MUSICLive'  part of the national BBC Music Live week. This collection of home-grown talent has been organized by Lancaster Musicians co-op and starts next Thursday (25) with five bands including The Puma Sutras, Boomhauer and the debut of, ex Milltown Brother, James Fraser's new band Dux. Friday will see the ever popular 50 Heads Wide, Scout and Opaque amongst the line-up While Saturday night's big attraction will be Angelica, alongside Strawberry Girl, Mainway and Kid Cereal, amongst others. This free event is being recorded by LMC and selected highlights will be broadcast on BBC Lancashire's programme, dedicated to showing unsigned bands In the North West "Breakthrough'. 

The Visitor 10/5/00

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Angelic sounds for BBC Music Live

ALL manner of bands will be taking part in a three day festival to coincide with BBC Music Live  this month. The Musicians Co-op is organizing the event  which will be headlined by Angelica who have just released their first album, The End of a Beautiful Career. There also promises to be an appearance from a special mystery celebrity guest.The 3 nights of music at the Yorkshire House, will be compered by novelist, musician and all round cool bloke Ian Marchant, who will also be performing in his bands Mood Index and Your Dad.On Thursday May 25 you can catch Cornucopia, Suburbia, Boomhauer, Casual and the Puma Sutras who all hail from Lancaster. The following night The Wisemen, Day Job, Caned Unable, Opaque, Scout, 50 Heads Wide and Your Dad will all be appearing.On Saturday night you can hear Mood Index, Bluey, the Pier Group, Solanas, Mainway, Strawberry Girl and Angelica. It will be Strawberry Girl's first gig in Lancaster for many months and Angelica will be playing a 1/2 hour set.The entire festival will be recorded and selections from the recording will be played by presenter Guy Shahar of Radio Lancashire. Strangely Ian Marchants most recent venture is an advert for the Sofa Company. Suburbia will be fresh from a gig at London's Bull and Gate venue and 50 Heads Wide have just released their first single Red She Said. For further details of BBC Music Live  events in the Lancaster and Morecambe area call:0161 244 3107 or look on the

The Visitor 10/5/00

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Lancaster hosts Music Live 

BANDS from across the Lancaster and Morecambe district will he taking part in the first ever national BBC Music Live festival at the end of May. From Thursday May 25 to May 27 The Yorkshire House will host a three day event run by Lancaster Musician's Co-op - a non- profit-making organization providing rehearsal space, recording facilities and storage at affordable rates. A huge variety of bands will be playing and the event will be recorded. Angelica will be headlining the event and it will be compered by lan Marchant further details from the Musician's Co-op on: 388544 

Lancaster Guardian 28/4/00

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Music for the masses

FURTHER to MJ Kiernan's letter, while he does make some interesting and important points regarding the local music scene, we feel we must point out that Lancaster already does possess an invaluable resource for local musicians. Lancaster Musicians Co-op is a non-profit making organisation dedicated to providing musical services at affordable rates for all. 

We provide rehearsal space, recording facilities, equipment hire and storage space to approximately fifty bands and organisations in any given week. Furthermore, we have regularly produced CDs and cassettes showcasing our users, and promoted many concerts featuring bands that rehearse at our Lodge Street premises. Our services have been invaluable to bands that have gone on to the national and international stage, such as Dr & the Crippens, the Milltown Brothers and Angelica. Other distinguished users have included Keith Baxter from Three Colours Red and Paul Tipler, who has produced Stereolab, Placebo, Elastica and Angelica. The BBC also uses our studio on a regular basis. LMC will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in October, and is also organising an event for the BBC millennium festi- val in May. 

T A Myall for Lancaster Music Co-op Ltd, 1 Lodge St, Lancaster. 

Lancaster Guardian 10/3/00

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March Madness

DECENT live   music in Lancaster can be a bit like those proverbial buses. You know, you wait around for ages then 36 all come at once. Well, this week. end sees a bumper busload of bands playing a benefit gig in aid of the Lancaster Music Co-op at the Yorkshire House.

This annual event, named 'March, Madness', kicked off last night (Thursday) and featured Mainway, The Escape Committee, Tarnished and Plastic Man. Tonight (Friday) sees Duo Draco, Day Job, Bluey, Opaque, The Pier Group and headlining act, the irrepressible 50 Heads Wide. Saturday will welcome quirky favourites The Puma Sutras to the stage along with the versatile Boomhauer, girrrly punk band Solanos, Mostly Hums, The Charm and The Wisemen. All the bands are amongst the Music Wop's regular users and are giving their time and talents voluntarily for the non-profit organisation. The money raised over the three days will be used to fund ongoing major refurbishment that will include the provision of a further rehearsal room. A CD featuring recordings made during the festival is planned for release in the near future so it may well he worth going along and making your appreciation heard and who knows, you might end up contributing to a piece of rock'n'roll history.

The fun starts around 8.30pm each night and there will be a late bar over the weekend.

The Visitor 8/3/00

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MUSICIANS and punters will be hopping about like  mad March hares at the   Yorkshire I-louse this  weekend at the venue's March Madness 'festival to raise money for the Lancaster Music Co-op  This is the third annual March Madness festival and it will run from Thursday to Saturday.   There could be some very special guest performers on Saturday night (to be confirmed) to make sure you don't miss it. On Thursday night Mainway will headline with The Escape Committee, Tarnished and Plastic Man. 50 Heads Wide are on Friday joined by The Pier Group, Opaque, Bluey, Day Job and Duo Draco. On Sunday The Puma Sutras top the bill with Boomhauer, Solanas, Mostly Hums, The Charm and The Wisemen.

All of the above bands will play free of charge with profits used to help refurbish the Co-op and build a fourth rehearsal room. The three nights will be recorded with a view to releasing a CD. The Music Co-op is a non-profit making organisation providing musical services for the community at affordable rates. Each evening's entertainment will start at around 8.30pm and there will be a late bar until midnight on the Friday and Saturday.

8 Feb 2011, 05:07