Wednesday, 26 November 2014


Wednesday, 26 November 2014
So, last week I was contacted by the pretty lovely people over at Feutral Records and asked if I'd be up for interviewing some of their recently signed artists. I, of course, jumped at the chance.

I didn't want to feature musicians on my blog that I didn't listen to and I didn't want to write a post just for the sake of the opportunity, so I checked out the label and the artists that are signed to them and lo-and-behold, I came across the wonderful Chase The Deer.

Don't you just love coming across new music to listen to, especially when a band are so fresh and just trying to pave their way into the industry?

Ah, usually I'm selfish and want to keep the great new music I find all to myself, but I decided not to be greedy and give these guys some of the exposure they deserve.

Scroll down to read the interview and have a listen!

Photo Credit: Feutral Records

Briony Watkins - Lead vocals
Owen Taylor - Guitar
George Frangoudes - Guitar
Angus Evans - Bass
Michael Evans - Drums

Q: For those people out there who have never heard of Chase the Deer, tell readers who you guys are and how it all began?

We're a group of friends from Worcester who got together to play covers for fun. We played a few open mic nights and got a really great it went down really well. We quickly started to write our own songs for fun! 

Q: How did you end up getting signed Feutral Records?

Briony: I saw on Twitter that Feutral were looking for bands and I spoke to the rest of the band but they seemed reluctant. I was persistent and eventually we sent them an email. Within minutes we got the most enthusiastic response and things just snowballed from there...

Q: What advice would you give to other young musicians looking to get into the music industry?

George: Find what music you are passionate about and then start playing it. Keep on playing and you will get better and people will respect you for doing something you love.

Q: On average, how much time do you spend with the rest of the band, writing and playing together?

Owen: we get together every Wednesday night to write new songs and share ideas. Fridays we tend to rehearse at Tower Studios in Pershore and get ourselves ready for playing live.

Q: How about when it’s time to relax, what’s the best way to do so?

Angus: We always take a break half way through rehearsals and eat a meal together cooked by Mama Evans (Michael and Angus are brothers). Our favourite meal is Mexican, it is great for fuelling our creativity.

Owen and I grab any chance to get in a game of FIFA but it is just great hanging around with the band because we are such good friends.

Q: You guys played the O2 Academy in Birmingham recently, what’s been your favourite venue and is there a particular place you’d love to play in the future?

We have played at the Lounge in Birmingham, the Marrs Bar in Worcester and Snodfest. 

They were all fantastic but the O2 Academy was definitely the best venue so far. The atmosphere was amazing. As soon as we stepped onto the stage it felt unreal. The crowd were great, dancing, singing along and really getting involved which is always great when you’re performing. It was so cool to have our own backstage room as well!

 I think our dream is to play a festival such as Glastonbury or Reading and Leeds, watching sets from those festivals are just incredible. We know it’s a long way off but you’ve got to dream ey! 

Q: Now, I came across a cover you did of Latch and covering songs by other bands is considered a huge stepping stone when getting into the industry and starting to play live. What one song do you wish you had written?

George: My Heart - Paramore
Briony: One Day Like This - Elbow
Owen: Cha-Ching – Imagine Dragons
Angus: Around the World – Red Hot Chilli Peppers – the bassline is insane!
Mikey: Walk – Foo Fighters

Q: Back to the band’s progress for a minute, where do you see yourselves next year, or in 5 years’ time? What’s the dream?

We have got to keep writing new material and working on our sound. If this year goes well, we will be playing regularly and building up our following, Perhaps in a year we will be ready to record our first album.

It's hard to plan where things will go from there. When you think that we have only been playing since May and we have already recorded a single, been sponsored by MAS records, signed by Feutral records and played at the O2. It has been pretty crazy!

 We want to work hard and keep promoting our music but you need to have a lot of luck.

Q: And finally, for anyone reading, tell us where we can find out more about you guys and find out about gigs and new material?

We are on Facebook and twitter but next month we are launching our brand new website designed for us by Matthew Luke at Brightbyte! Matt is fantastic and we are incredibly excited by what he has created.

So, what's my verdict?

For anyone who knows me, you'll know that I'm nothing, if not honest and when it comes to music you can guarantee my recommendations come on good authority.

Have a listen below to a snippet of Chase The Deer's new single 'Think'...

So would I recommend Chase The Deer? Absolutely!

Each member of the band is talented and their skill as young songwriters is evident from the get-go.

Upon first listen, it's obvious lead singer Briony has a strong yet delicate voice, that reminds me a little of a mix between Nina Nesbitt and Lucy Rose - which for vocalists, is right up my street!

The blend of the boys' instruments is just right and doesn't take away from the overall sound, which can sometimes be a danger when it comes to alternative indie bands fronted by female singers.

For me, to be a good band there are many contributing factors, but it's obvious these guys, despite having only been together a short time are working hard and thinking of what's next.

Definitely listen to these guys if you're into Bombay Bicycle Club, The Maccabees or The Wind + The Wave.

I can't wait to follow their inevitable rise and look forward to their new material now they've been signed to Feutral!

Find the band...


As mentioned above, make sure you keep on eye on going live!

Thanks for reading everyone! Also thanks to Feutral Records for contacting me with this opportunity and of course the lovely Chase The Deer!

Hope you all enjoy them as much as I do...

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The 18 People You Meet on Twitter

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

We're all part of the digital age.

Where we used to have to earn pocket money to buy a £10 Pay-As-You-Go phone, we're now part of a generation of young people who receive iPhone's for their 8th birthday and learn vocabulary via social media.

Twitter is a breeding ground for people from all walks of life. But I can guarantee that you'll find at least one or two of the following people on your timeline...

1. The Fandom-ettes

Regardless of whether you follow a large amount of Directioners or Whovians, there's always at least someone on your timeline endlessly tweeting about their idol for attention or a follow.

Some like to keep it under wraps by directly tweeting the object of their desire, but if you follow them both, you're in for a lot of 'please follow me back' spam on your timeline.

Look out for talk of 'mutuals'.

2. The Indirect Tweeters

Two people, who either obviously love or hate each other, constantly tweeting about one another but never directly mentioning them by name, is  another common one to come across.

Sometimes you might even just want to jump in and tell them to stop what they're doing or move it somewhere else. Sometimes it can provide for an evening of entertainment.

3. The Parody Accounts

These guys.

Consistently made up of one or a few guys who had that tweet that one time that got 56k RT's and 38k Favourites but never quite managed to grasp on to those heights of Twitter fame and post anything else nearly as worthy.

4. The 'I'm just here to meet new people' Guy

Once in a while, some middle-aged guy will follow you with the most honest of intentions.

Some people like to use Twitter as a means to meet new people on the internet.

Look out for something along the lines of 'just your average 33y/o male, looking for some fun. tweet me, i follow back' in their bio.

5. The 'I'm different from all the other girls on Twitter' Girl

...may also be know as 'basic white girl'.

Far-off look, with an air of disregard, complete with pout, (sometimes two of the same picture alongside eachother) in icon: Check.
90's Tattoo Choker: Check.
Automated Horoscope Tweets: Check.

Most likely to: tweet AM lyrics. Probably, Do I Wanna Know.

6. The Part-Time 'I care about things' Tweeter

Go gender equality and all that.

I'm a full believer in equality between the sexes but I wouldn't call myself a feminist.

I am also an advocate for animal rights - I don't give half-arsed opinions about it on Twitter though.

Fair enough if you believe in a cause and want to make a change. Total props to you.

Unfortunately through social media, I am sometimes subject to people giving their what-for with a lack of knowledge and understanding on a certain subject.

Hard to ignore and not jump in with your opinion, but not worth the hassle.

7. The Selfie Queen

Every single fucking minute of every single fucking day. Have these people not heard of Instagram?

Even worse when said selfies are perhaps arranged in an arty horizontal flip. OMG two of you???

I despair.

8. The Twitter Famous Kids

With well over a couple of thousand followers, you sometimes wonder how this seemingly normal teenager has gained such popularity over the social networking site.

Were those followers paid for?

Did this particular individual do something really big so that loads of people wanted to interact with them?

No matter what the reason may be, every time one of them chooses to follow you (and it's not solely to then un-follow you as soon as you follow them back) it does ignite a little excitement.

Imagine that, worthy enough of a follow...

9. The Girl Who Posts Nudes

I don't want to be scrolling through my timeline and then suddenly attacked by someone's nipples and/or arse.

I'm not really sure what possesses girls to put images of themselves online, barely covered up.

Perhaps aspiring models, it's their choice afterall, but I'll be swiftly unfollowing so I can stomach my breakfast.

10. The #I #Hashtag #Everything #Guy

#Hashtags #are #now #irrelevant #on #the #site #that #made #them #a #thing.

In the last few years, Twitter have changed their search model, meaning that you don't really need hashtags unless you're providing a click-able search.

Other than ways to enter competitions or to catch-up on some event live-tweeting, some people have found this hard to let go of.

11. The 'I Lift' Guy

One of my friends once went out with this guy.

This guy probably rarely tweets, but when he does, it probably includes a selfie at the gym and a mention of eating around 100 McDonald's cheeseburgers.

Most likely to tweet: "on a bulk" (probably alongside numerous muscley arm emoji's) and also quite fond of the humble brag.

12. The 'I'll Help You Gain Followers' Girl

How irritating. You get onto your timeline and all you can see are people you follow tweeting or retweeting about gaining more followers.

Usually done through 'following everyone who rt's', this is such an annoyance to wade through and grants a lot of unfollows from me.

Who are you to grant me access to new followers? Is this your job? No.

I'm sorry, I'm just not on Twitter to be popular. I'm on Twitter to rant and complain. Most likely about people like this.

13. The #TeamFollowBack.. Team

Similar to that of above, this just involves things like follow trains and hashtags and retweeting someone's last 5 tweets and vice versa.

We're at number 13 now, why are people on Twitter so annoying?

...and what the hell is a follow train???

14. The Cheeky Nando's Chino Wanker

It's feasible to assume that he has a quiff and wears Lynx Africa.

Most likely to: audition for The X Factor next year and tweet every Sunday about how last night was 'messy'.

Probably going out with the 'I'm different from all the other girls on Twitter' girl.

15. The Girl Who Literally Can't Even

Often linked with the fandomettes - these girls simply can't control their feelings on Twitter.

Everything hurts. Fans of abbreviating most words, look out for: omg, idk, rn, fu, fgs, smh.

Most likely to: not be able to string a coherent sentence together.

16. The Unoriginal One

A fan of copying other people's tweets for the sole purpose of gaining popularity through retweets and favourites.

The worst kind of Twitter user.

17. The Average Joe's

The greatest people you will ever meet.

The in-betweeners (not Jay & co.), the 140 character snippets of a normal person's life. 

Mostly your best friends and school-mates.

18. The Egg

The quintessential Twitter user, known by the masses.

Hasn't tweeted. Hasn't personalised their profile.

But they're still there, lurking, watching, judging.

Will maybe retweet you once then disappear until the following year.

This post is in no way meant to offend anyone, it's just an idea that came to me whilst I was scrolling through my timeline.

I'm even betting that one or two of them apply to myself!

Leave a comment below on any type of Twitter account I may have missed or that annoys you.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 14 November 2014

REVIEW: Jamie T @ Barrowlands, Glasgow

Friday, 14 November 2014

There was no new post last Friday, I know. I was unfortunately otherwise occupied. With a lot to be getting on with at work and actually managing to go out and socialise, I just didn't find the time to write anything.

I did post a little bonus post yesterday, something short and sweet concerning the rules of going to gigs. You can find it here and comment your own!

I also felt a little bit of pressure, considering how well my post about mental health, being a carer and the negative perceptions on social media did. It was remarkable how it felt to be called inspirational for just writing about this one thing that happened in my life and I was a little overwhelmed by the support I was given.

Don't get me wrong, I actually couldn't be any more grateful if I tried, but I was a bit lost on inspiration and needed a bit of a sit back.

I thought I'd just talk about what I've been up to this past week which really has only consisted of one, huge, life-altering, emotional roller-coaster of an event - going to see Jamie T live for the second time.

I saw him this one time in Edinburgh, 5 and a half bloody years ago and met him afterwards. At 15 years of age, it was the best thing to have ever happened in my life. You can read more about that within my 'Carry on the Grudge' review.

WARNING: All my photos are crap...
I mean who has time for selfies when there's dancing to be had?

As if I couldn't already be more excited about finally seeing him play new material, the gig was being held at the Barrowlands, Glasgow. Everyone in Scotland knows the Barras, as it's so affectionately named, as the best venue in Scotland and maybe even the world.

It's not in the prettiest part of town but you just can't top a night in the Gallowgate.

My friend Emma and I went to the Maths building of Glasgow Uni to hand in her projects, where I learnt all about Dyck numbers and Cauchy... (I have no idea either.) and then headed to the uni for a few rounds of pool (I won) and cheap drinks. We missed the support band 'Slaves' but I was really only wanting to see the man himself.

Emma and I had one of those drunken 'I love to tell you everything about me' chats and then had a jolly old walk to the venue.

The only bad thing I have to say about the Barras is that the vodka and lemonade tastes shit. Like bleach. It probably was bleach, but that didn't dampen the mood.

You could just tell everyone was literally abuzz with anticipation, excitement and joy.

The most impressive thing for me, was that though Jamie T had been away for a pretty lengthy time - I became an adult! - he hadn't changed at all.

Yes, his music has progressed and has a darker undertone, and he has experimented with different genres and styles (Don't You Find anyone?) but his songs are never void of his alt-pop beats and chat-rap.

When it came to the set-list I couldn't have been more pleased. It was almost as if someone had put together a playlist of my favourite songs from all three of his albums.

My highlights included a very eerie Limits Lie and the crowd sing-along favourite If You Got The Money.

Emma and I didn't think he would play songs like Pacemaker or Spider's Web but he did and then some. 

Shy of 11pm, following a stripped back Calm Down Dearest, the crowd were then presented with the most perfectly packaged encore consisting of his most famous hits, Sheila which when the opening lines were sung, sent the place into pure meltdown, stand-out second single from the new album Zombie and finishing on an absolutely mental Sticks 'N' Stones.

I always think that it's a sign of a great gig if you rush to the last train home a bit battered and bruised, smelling like a brewery and (disgustingly) covered in someone's piss. Yes, that just happens sometimes.

Jamie sounded fantastic live and through chatting to a few other people on the train (and singing a few rounds of If You Got The Money) they seemed to agree.

So, for a great night, thank you Barras and thank you Jamie T.

As for right now...

This shit is real.
(Yeah, I made a thing.)

Thursday, 13 November 2014

The 5 Rules of Going to a Gig

Thursday, 13 November 2014
So, I went to see Jamie T last week (blog post about that here!) but it led me to think about going to a gig in general, the complaints, what's bound to happen etc...

I thought I'd share five rules of going to a gig. This mostly relates to Scotland because we're pretty mental up here.

PS: This isn't going to apply to everyone, it's just a bit of fun, but I'm sure a few people can relate...


People want to get to the front.

The number one thing you need to expect if you're standing at a gig. This is the nature of a large crowd of people who are starting to get irritable. Expect this to get worse for more famous, aggressive bands like Arctic Monkeys.

If you're going to a festival, times the above by ten.

Unless you're going to see Cliff Richard... (I am not judging.)


No one cares if the song is romantic. No one is jealous of you.

People just don't like to be stuck next to the couple at a gig who will stand and cuddle each other and possibly suck face during a high note.


I think I've had every liquidated substance under the sun thrown at or over me during a gig. Water, beer, blood, sweat, vomit and pee! 

Nobody is looking at you thinking you're worse for wear or could do with touching up your make-up, as it's likely everyone in the vicinity has suffered the same fate.

4. IF PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO MOVE IN FRONT OF YOU...'s because you're a lifeless eejit.

Maybe you're just not into dancing... that's ok!

Some people are convinced they are die-hard fans and deserve to be at the front more than everyone else and some are simply choosing to bypass you because you're not joining in with that mosh-pit going a few rows ahead.


No matter what gig it is, once it's over, life sucks. Everything sucks.

I swear that this is a real thing and if you love going to gigs, you've definitely experienced that empty, sucky feeling.

So, I said it might not be to everyone's tastes, but thanks for reading!

A couple more things to look out for include: the fact that chanting 'Here We Fucking Go' is law and losing your shoes is inevitable!

Leave a comment with one of your rules if I've missed anything out (I definitely have missed loads!)