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Live Sounds with Martin Hovden 08/05/14

 

Band Royal quarter finalists, Resistance.

IT'S good to see more girls appearing on our local music scene.

The latest is Rachel Cocks who recently joined rock and roll band Resistance.

I've always been a fan of this band and they are regular guests on the Live Sounds show on Mighty FM, Southport's community radio station.

They recently won a place in the quarter-finals of Band Royale and in fact reached the contest's semi-finals last year

I interviewed the band when they played at the Fox and Goose the other week, and Rachel made it clear she feels more comfortable being in the background (don't worry Rachel, I can think of at least one other talented musician on our scene who hates being asked questions).

Bass player Joe Wilson quickly stepped in to explain her inclusion: “Rachel has definitely added a new dimension to the band with the extra guitar and we sound even better which is great.”

And that's true. The band (which also includes Joe Foulds and Jona Tromp) recently sent me two of their new songs and they are really good.

The first, Save Yourself, has a definite Lou Reed feel to it, while Like Our Blood took me back to the early 1970s listening to Pink Floyd.

So with Rachel in the band, it's now onwards and upwards for Resistance.

Talking of local bands with female members, Klaudia Stec (a former member of Tongue Tied) is now lead singer with First Inversion (who won the audience vote in the very first heat of Band Royale); Becky Roberts is lead singer with new hard rock band One Last Run; and Lucy Brindle is lead singer with rock band One Last Run.

And watch out for Amber Wells (a former member of Lemon Flavoured Laces) who's hoping to start an all-girl band in Southport in the very near future.

You can check out Resistance and the other bands mentioned on their Facebook pages.


Live Sounds' Martin Hovden (second from right) with organisers Doug Wood, Rob Kirby and Kris Wood.
 

WE'RE a third into Southport's Band Royale competition and the standard of music just gets better and better.

The five heats so far have proved beyond a doubt that the North West – and Southport in particular – boasts some of the best bands around.

The Live Sounds column has backed and supported this contest since it started seven years ago. And I've been a judge every year apart from last year when I had my by-pass operation.

It's a very well-run and friendly event thanks to organisers Doug Wood and Rob Kirby (plus Kris Wood who guest comperes occasionally).

It started in the former Cafe Matisse in the resort's Cambridge Arcade and then switched to the Fox and Goose pub in Cable Street, right in the heart of the town centre.

I know the bands have a tremendous respect for the competition and all are desperate to lift the coveted trophy and title when it reaches the grand final in July.

And some musicians reappear occasionally, but in different bands. I was reminded of this the other week when the four-strong The Castros (who went through to the quarter-finals) pointed out I had interviewed three of them when they entered the very first Band Royale in 2007 as members of Just Russell.

And just last week, my fellow judge was Joe Walsh, bass player with Falter – who won the contest two years ago.

Previous winners include Aspen Grove, Driven Overboard (who sadly split up earlier this year) and Doug Perkins and The Spectaculars.

There are a wide range of prizes this year, plus sponsors for each round of the contest. You can find all this information plus more details of the event on the Band Royale Facebook page.


 

Band news

IT'S the conclusion of the first round of Band Royale at the Fox and Goose in Southport tomorrow night.

It's heat six on Friday and the contenders are resort singer/songwriter Daniel Astles (a student at Birkdale High School), Hunt The Rebel (who won the D1E battle of the bands at the resort's Casablanca earlier this year), One Day's Wait (a new post hardcore band comprising of Connor Morris, Josh Bates, Danny Middleton and Tobias Archer), The Hoplites (some members of this band are also in The Chromosomes), The Comfortable Jumpers (a great name for a band) and The Castellers.

It starts at 8.30pm and admission is £3 (or £2 if you win a game of rock, papers scissors at the door).

The contest, which has attracted 36 bands from all over the North West, continues right through until July.


If you have any news or views, you can contact me on Facebook or email  martin.hovden@blueyonder.co.uk

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