I was lucky enough to get press for Common People festival again this year, and much like last time, my favourite part of the day was The Uncommon Stage. Local bands were full of raw passion and the atmosphere in that tent was just unshakable.
Here’s a piece I wrote for Vulture Hound a little while back. Find it on the site here: http://vulturehound.co.uk/2016/09/submariner-the-talking-heads-southampton-live-review/
The relocation of The Talking Heads in Southampton has definitely served the venue well – easier to find, closer to the train station, open for business more than ever. Bands pour in and out of this venue, both local and those from afar. Last week the venue saw Submariner, an indie band hailing from the South Coast of the UK, celebrate the release of their debut EP, In The Dark.
Here’s a piece I wrote for Vulture Hound a little while back. Find it on the site here: http://vulturehound.co.uk/2016/08/artist-of-the-week-220816-bel-esprit/
Each week VH Music picks out a new artist you should definitely be checking out. This week, Samantha explains why you should be checking out Bel Espirit.
A fiery energy fuelled by the unison of passion and skill is the kind of magic you can expect from up and coming band Bel Esprit. Their sound is reminiscent of 90s pop rock, with a fuzzy indie ambiance thrown in for good measure.
I love a good book, I really do, I also love a good old cup of coffee. So why not combine the two? Southampton’s West Quay Waterstones has undergone a bit of a makeover in the last month or so, unveiling a new café on the lower level. So when Lex suggested I come along with her to see it all at their soft launch , I just couldn’t resist. Continue reading
So a “favourites” post is nothing new. However they are probably one of my favourite things to read/watch, so it only makes sense that I do one, right? Not everything I feature is necessarily going to be brand new. There will be times (like now, for example) where I may just be loving the hell out of something that I’ve had for ages, and that’s okay, because it’s still a favourite at this current time. Also, I apologise for some poop photography, this was shamefully done in a bit of a rush! Okay I’m going to stop messing around and get straight into it…
Support for tonight’s show came from Oxford four-piece Pixel Fix. On record they sound quite soft and serene but what they did on stage elevated their sound into something that not only pulses through the body, but pounds right through to the bone. On top of this, the energy they put into the playing of their instruments, from melodic shredding of guitars to kicking the bass drum through your skull, made for an enticing spectacle to behold. Even at their most static points there was just a buzz about the room that really set the tone for As Elephants Are. Continue reading