This Week’s Fresh Friday’s Featured Band is Eeek!

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It’s Fresh Friday time again music lovers, this week’s featured band is an all female band by the name of Eeek! I was lucky enough to be introduced to them last week, and let me tell you I am glad to have met them and once you hear their album your life will be all that better for it too.

Eeek is an all-gal band that hails from West Midlands in the UK, their sound is literally music to you ears, with loads of harmony-laden acoustic soul. Eeek is made up by Lucy Burton (Vocals), Danielle Wilson (Backing Vocals), Mandy Burton (Guitar), Karen Milne (Drums) and Ruth Bradney (Bass). Lucy and Danielle have the voices of angels, their vocals and harmonies are flawlessly superb, with a hint of sexy, raspy goodness, the guitars on all the tracks are phenomenal both Mandy and Ruth are crazy talented and definitely know how to make their guitars sing, and the drums on all the tracks are brilliant, Karen knows how to belt ’em that’s for sure! I love these gals, every time I listen to their album (it’s been on repeat for 2 days) It make’s me want to pour a drink and sit by my fire pit and just chill to their sounds and stare off into the fire, even in though we have started our Australian summer. Eeek’s album Love, loss and Bowling needs a top spot in your playlist, once you hear their music, you will wonder how you have been able to live without it. The gals were kind enough to do the Skatronixxx Fresh Friday’s Q&A, including Ruth who is currently travelling in Australia.

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Eeek Album Cover by Jenika

Skatronixxx Fresh Friday Q&A with Eeek

 

Presh: How did the awesomeness that is Eeek come about?

Eeek: We like you!  Lucy and Danielle sang together for years. Mandy and Karen also played in a couple of bands together. Ruth was a friend and a charity case :). L, D, M and K were playing for another girl solo musician, this disbanded, and as we all were really good friends it was a natural progression to get a band together. We played for a couple of years without a bass player, and then one cold and frosty morning, wrapped in swaddling clothes,  a package was left on the doorstep. It was pale and ginger, asking for beer and wanting to join a band, Ruth. Eeek was born.

Ruth: Eeek were birthed from a series of space pods sent from an as yet unknown, but clearly musically advanced planet. They have each been carbon dated and are all estimated to be between 2000 (mandy) and 20 (ruth) years old.

Presh: Is there any particular inspiration behind the album Love, Loss and bowling?

 Eeek: It’s pretty much in the title. All the songs are about Love- good, bad and the ugly, Loss- death and lost love, (happy bunch aren’t we!)and bowling!

Ruth: Love, Loss and Bowling, as the name suggests, is for the most part, a concept album about the struggle for scottish independence.

Presh: What is Eeek’s creative process, and is it a collective effort?

Eeek: Songs can come from anywhere, and I truly believe that they have an existence outside of us, we’re merely vessels through which they are born ( I can hear Ruth saying “Hippy”).

But songs sometimes come out as a whole, as in See You Again, You Lose and  Turbo girl. Others may start with a lyric, melody, chord progression or riff. Lucy and Mandy get the basic acoustic version together then send a rough recording from the phone to the rest of the gals. Then we get together as a band and play it through and throw ideas around. Sometimes it all falls into place straight away, sometimes it requires a little more tlc.

Before we record with John at Woodbine Street Studios, who is brilliant to work with, we work out extra guitar lines, vocals and stuff, and any extra instrumentation, like the violin from the wonderful Joe O’Donnell, and Viola from lovely Junghee Howson.

Ruth: Ruth, the bass player would generally be singled out as the main creative force of the band, with very little input from the others.

Presh: If you could work with any artist, who would it be and why?

Eeek: Thats a hard one as there are so many amazing musicians and singer songwriters out there. Prince would have been incredible on every level, Wendy and Lisa, Kate Bush, Ani Di Franco, Patti Smith,  . We all probably would say different people, so we’d never agree anyway!

Ruth: Van Gough, or any of the post impressionist painters, because they all look like a right laugh. 

Presh: Do you each have a favourite track on Love loss and bowling if so which one?

Eeek: 

Lucy – You Lose or Be Water

Karen – Be Water or Firestar

Danielle – You Lose (for the guitars and how it builds) or Be Water

Mandy – See You Again, as this one was written  for the old dogs that passed away, but the song could be for any ending, but with a positive “I Will See You Again”, or That Linda as the intro sounds like a troup of slow walking Elephants.

Ruth – anything makes her cry!

Ruth: I hate them all equally. No exceptions.

Presh: What’s next for Eeek? Will our ears be graced with another sensational album in 2017?

Eeek: Hmm, well Ruth has taken a year out to travel the world, Danielle has had a baby-well timed, and there are a few new songs on the boiler.

Ruth’s back in February so we will get back to it then, maybe an EP in 2017.

Ruth: 2017 will see the return of mediocre bass playing and classic bants. Likely to learn a new Stevie or Dolly cover. Almost guaranteed that will do a gig in dans lounge. Ruth will most certainly cry.


Firstly a huge shout out to gals for being such good sports and answers the questions and secondly how could you not love them after those answers! Below you will find the links to buy their album Love, Loss and Bowling, so do yourself a favor and buy the album and support an awesome indie band that makes unbelievably awesome music and be sure to Turn it Up!

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Links

Eeek’s Album:  Love, Loss and Bowling:

Twitter: @EeekFreek


 

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Join Me As We Look Back On Music History And Discover What Happend On This Day

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Welcome to another stellar edition of On This Day! If you are just joining us for the first time OTD looks back through the years at the musicians and artists of yester year who paved the way for the music industry today.  Lets get down and dirty with history, this week we kick off in 1957 with many of the usual suspects making an appearance.

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 // Black = Movie Titles // Light Black = Track Titles // Green = Albums // Blue = Tours // Orange = Venues, Places, Concerts // Purple = Recording Studios // Maroon = Awards //

 

On This Day…

1957

🎙Harry Belafonte was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mary’s Boy Child‘, the first single to sell over 1 million copies in the UK. It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks making it this years Christmas No.1. The first Christmas song to hit No.1 in two different version – the other was Boney M’s version in 1978.

1961

🎙The Beatles played a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. That night they played at the Village Hall, Knotty Ash, Liverpool.

1962

🎙The Four Seasons started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry‘, the group’s second No.1 of the year. It made No.13 in the UK.

1963

🎙John Weightman the Headmaster of a Surrey Grammar School, banned all pupils from having Beatle haircuts saying “this ridiculous style brings out the worst in boys physically. It makes them look like morons”.

1966

🎙The Beach Boys were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Good Vibrations‘. As  a child Brian Wilsons mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the do would bark at “bad vibrations” Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.

1967

🎙A 16 date UK package tour  with Jimi HendrixPink FloydThe MoveThe Nice and Amen Corner played at the City Hall, Sheffield. A review in the Sheffield Star noted: ‘Like an electrified golliwog, Jimi Hendrix threw himself into a live-wire act that featured his intricate guitar interpretation. Quite an Experience’. Pink Floyd also released their third single ‘Apples And Oranges‘ today in the UK.

1971

🎙Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Coz I Luv You‘, the group’s first of six No.1‘s. The misspelt song titles became a trademark for Slade, causing a great furore among teachers up and down the country.

1973

🎙The Who’s double album ‘Quadrophenia‘ entered the UK album chart peaking at No.2. One of two, two full-scale rock operas from The Who (the other being 1969 Tommy‘). The 1979 film based on the story, stars Phil DanielsToyah WillcoxRay WinstoneMichael Elphick and Sting.

1979

🎙Jethro Tull bass player John Glascock died at the age of 28, as a result of a congenital heart defect, Had also been a member of Chicken Shack.

🎙The Commodores went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Still‘, the group’s second US No.1 single, it made No.4 in the UK.

1985

🎙Wham! were at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Make It Big and No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go‘.

1990

🎙David Crosby from Crosby Stills Nash & Young was admitted to hospital after breaking a leg, shoulder and ankle after crashing his Harley Davidson motorbike.

1991

🎙Stone Roses drummer Reni appeared in court on a charge of obstruction and was fined £50. He alleged that police beat him up after his arrest.

1992

🎙At the end of a long battle to claim royalties Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago ex of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, received an estimated $4 million in back payments from the song ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love‘.

1995

🎙Alan Hull english singer-songwriter and founding member of folk rock band Lindisfarne, died of a heart attack aged 50. Lindisfarne scored the 1972 UK No.3 single ‘Lady Eleanor‘, ‘Fog on the Tyne‘, and ‘Run for Home‘.

1996

🎙The Spice Girls were at No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut release ‘Spice Girls‘. Five singles were released from the album: ‘Wannabe‘, ‘Say You’ll Be There‘, ‘2 Become 1‘, ‘Who Do You Think You Are‘ and ‘Mama‘. The first single ‘Wannabe‘, went to No.1 in 31 countries, and the next two singles, ‘Say You’ll Be There‘, and ‘2 Become 1‘, the top of the charts in 53 countries.

2000

🎙It was reported that Andy White who played drums on The Beatles track ‘Love Me Do‘ which was featured on the new Beatles Greatest Hits album would not earn enough from it to buy his own copy. White would get no more than his original session fee of £7.

2003

🎙American soul singer Arthur Conley died of intestinal cancer in Ruurlo, The Netherlands at the age of 57. Had the 1967 US No.2 UK No.7 single ‘Sweet Soul Music‘. He first recorded in 1959 as the lead singer of  Arthur & the Corvets.

🎙21 year old Britney Spears became the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The only other performer to get a Hollywood star at her age was Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert.

🎙George Michael signed a new contract with the record company he took to court in 1993. The singer re-signed to Sony in a deal that included his extensive back catalogue. Michael had failed in his court wrangle with Sony after accusing it of “professional slavery”; his contract was brought out by Virgin Records.

🎙American country music legend Don Gibson died of natural causes aged 75. Scored the 1958 US No.7 single ‘Oh Lonesome Me’, (covered by Neil Young on his After The Gold Rush album), 1961 UK No.14 single ‘Sea Of Heartbreak‘. His song ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You‘, has been recorded by over 700 artists, most notably by Ray Charles in 1962.

2007

🎙The Eagles were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Long Road Out Of Eden‘ the bands seventh studio album and first since 1979.

2010

🎙Patti Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir ‘Just Kids‘.

2011

🎙Sheriff’s deputies in South Los Angeles charged 61-year-old Bonnie Pointer of The Pointer Sisters for possessing rock cocaine after the car she waw driving in was pulled over for a mechanical malfunction.


Well folks that’s OTD for another week, be sure to check out the OTD Spotify Playlist below and remember to Turn it Up! Have a great weekend and see you the same time next week.


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Luicfer SN02-EP08 “Trip To Stabby Town”

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Howdy Lucifans! I hope the week is treating you all well thus far! Let’s get straight down to business, but first a quick recap of last week’s episode.

 

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Last week we watched as Chloe tried to track down her father’s killer, and when the prisoner convicted of murdering Chloe’s father is himself murdered, new evidence emerges and suggests that he was actually framed all those years ago. Maze tries to find herself a job but struggle to find the right fit, but eventually she finds the perfect job, Lucifer shadows Douche (Dan) in a bid to learn how to be “normal”.

 

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SN02-EP08 “Trip To Stabby Town”

Chloe (Lauren German), Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Dan (Kevin Alejandro) get the call and attend the case of a female victim who has been brutally stabbed to death in broad daylight, it looks to be a crime of passion and further digging reveals the she was a member of a yoga group that borders on being cult. A witness comes forward and has managed to capture on his phone, the murder in progress and instantly
Lucifer recognises the murder weapon, it’s Azrael’s (the Angel of Death) dagger. Lucifer takes Amenadiel ( D.B. Woodside) and Maze (Lesley-Anne Brandt) to Uriel’s grave in the middle of nowhere and the grave has been dug up, however, Uriel is still in there, but Azrael’s dagger is not. It’s not looking good for humanity.

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Lucifer asks Ella (Aimee Garcia) for help on his own case, finding out who stole Azrael’s dagger from Uriel’s grave. Ella’s forensics leads have led Lucifer straight to Charlotte’s (Tricia Helfer) law firm, Lucifer confronts Mama dearest and she reveals she release the dagger into the world to “get her husband’s (God) attention”, and the only way to do that it to create carnage among his toys, never cross a woman scorned, the bitches be crazy! It seems Chloe is getting a little jealous, as Lucifer and Ella are spending a lot of time together on Lucifer’s case on the side. Chloe’s case crosses over with the first victim’s case when they find numerous members of the same yoga group stabbed to death, with Azrael’s dagger still embedded in one of the victim’s.

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Dan takes hold of the dagger and it’s bewitched him with anger, he threatens Lucifer for ruining his marriage, career and life. Lucifer used his powers to convinces Dan not to do what the dagger wants,  Dan surprises Lucifer as he fight’s against the daggers powers, needless to say, Lucifer was a little impressed with Douche’s inner strength. In a conversation with Amenadiel and Charlotte, Amenadiel says he wants things back in their proper place with Lucifer in hell and mum in heaven, even more so now giving what has happened with Azrael’s dagger, but Charlotte says she wants her entire family back in heaven. Charlotte is up to no good, you can see it in her eyes.

Lucifer says that he despised living in hell , but the thought of living in heaven is even worse. The only place he feels understood and respected is here on Earth. Lucifer resumes his sessions with Dr Martin (Rachael Harris), after the shock of seeing Lucifer’s true face and some trivial questions such as, how Lucifer punished Hitler and her uncle, Dr Martin begins to realise that Lucifer is just as screwed up as anyone of her therapy patients; a confused individual from a dysfunctional family.

What did you think of this weeks episode Lucifans? Check out the promo for episode 9 below. 

Catch Lucifer Mondays 9/8c on FOX

 

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Firestone’s Battle of the Bands Talent Search Under Way

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Calling all unsigned bands in the UK, this could be your chance to breakthrough and get your music heard at the Firestone’s Battle of the Bands.

With the success of last years unsigned Battle of the Bands talent search across the UK, Firestone is bring it back again this year! The well-known tyre brand is once again embarking on a nationwide hunt for the most talented bands in the UK, culminating in a performance on the Firestone Stage at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on December 7, in what could be a massive breakthrough opportunity.

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Firestone Battle of the Bands is a social networking-based campaign and will run in partnership with the arena and Professional Music Technology (PMT), who will provide music equipment as an additional prize to the winning act. The Battle of the Band’s competition forms part of Firestone’s ongoing effort to reach a youthful audience through music. Last year, more than 200 unsigned acts showcased their talents through video entries, before Firestone had the unenviable task of narrowing the entries down to a final shortlist of just four bands.

Last year’s entries were, Indigo Sky, Rituals, Wild at Heart and Three Empty Domes but ultimately there could only be one winner, the Birmingham act Rituals were crowned the winners of Battle of the Bands 2015. Stuart Attfield, Firestone’s brand manager said: “we are thrilled to be running Battle of the Bands for a second year, following an extraordinarily successful competition in 2015.”

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Firestone’s Battle of the Bands 2015 winners: Rituals 

Ben Sharman the Barclaycard Arena’s sponsorship sales manager had this to say about the event: “Firestone created a unique initiative for emerging bands to showcase their talents last year, and we were delighted to welcome the shortlisted acts to the Barclaycard Arena.” “We are thrilled to be a part of the competition again and we can’t wait to welcome the shortlisted acts for the final in December. We wish everyone all the very best of luck.”

For more information on the Firestone’s Battle of the Bands competition

Click here  ->  Firestone’s Battle of the Bands Competition

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