So many great bands have cut their teeth here and it’s a pleasure to continue to fly the flag high for new, up and coming bands alongside the big names each year
The Amorettes are the sort of band that Lemmy, were he still with us, would have gone up on stage to endorse and request that the audience “give them a chance.”
‘Pervert Alert’ is my favourite and has the attitude I am looking for in a female rock band. It has the right message and I may have to download the song on to my phone and use it next time its needed
Fresh from a supporting slot on the recent Wildhearts PH.U.Q. anniversary tour, Hey! Hello! headlined the Friday night at ‘The Nightmare Before Halloween’ with Hollis Mahady now front and centre as the permanent vocalist. Hollis’ other band and the one that brought her to the attention of Hey! Hello!’s founder Ginger Wildheart, Love Zombies then played the following night. With a Japanese Hey! Hello! tour coming up before some UK dates in December culminating with Ginger’s Birthday Bash in London on December 17th, there’s naturally a bit of a buzz about Miss Mahady and co.
As I prepared to write up the review of The Wildhearts show at the Shepherds Bush Empire, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of seminal release ‘P.H.U.Q.’ , it was knowing that I would struggle to write anything but positive messages about the set and the band’s performance. These days, the Wildhearts are a safe bet. Not middle of the road, boring or even dull safe but safe in the knowledge that I’m always going to enjoy myself for the entire evening.
Camden Town has a reputation as a hotbed of musical talent. Chris McCormack started Camden Rocks in 2009 which saw The Libertines Pete Doherty and Carl Barat headline, alongside then up and coming talents Nine Black Alps, Young Guns, The Paddingtons, Black Spiders and Sonic Boom Six.
If you consider the British music scene and especially that around London, it’s very easy to play “6 degrees of Ginger Wildheart” as he seems to be linked to every band, promoter, solo artist and more around. Festival promoter Chris McCormack is the brother of Danny, once the bass player in The Wildhearts, Hollis J of the Love Zombies will also front Ginger’s Hey!Hello! project in their latest incarnation.
They say good things come to those that wait, well I could probably have been put away for double murder, got out on parole and still not missed tonight’s gig at O2 Academy Islington London from Rock Goddess, which was their first UK show in 32 years!!
Chris Catalyst is certainly a busy man. Sunday night saw him perform a solo acoustic set at The Borderline, rapidly followed by a set with C.J. Wildheart at the same gig. Then a mere three days later, here he is again, playing alongside a host of familiar faces and special guests, celebrating the 50th birthday of one of Britain’s greatest singer songwriters, Ginger Wildheart!