Band Rehearsal: 31/05/17

This band session was not the normal routine. The guitarist of our band doesn’t want to play the end of year gig and things just didn’t work when me and the drummer tried to put something together. In result of this, I decided not to do the end of year gig which made me really upset.

After opening up to Gabby about what was going on, she suggested to just make a new band for the sake of the gig. I decided to ask Sophie Percival if she wanted to join and be a second vocalist, Tom Dunphy to play Bass, Luke Linden-Smith to play Guitar and Gabby Griffith-Mortimer to play the drums. They have all agreed to join and are all pretty excited to get started!

Our first band practice will be on Tuesday 6th June: 1:30-3:00.

Some songs I have already suggested are ‘Hard Times’ by Paramore and ‘Shout At The Moon’ by Mallory Knox.

Band Rehearsal: 12/05/17

During today’s session we began writing an original song for the end of year gig.

The vibe I was drawn towards was softer just so we can differentiate from the aggressiveness every once in a while.

I wrote the structure idea down and we have already got an intro and know how we want the overall song to sound.

Over the weekend I will be coming up with some ideas for lyrics.

We plan to have a demo recording (rough recording) done by Friday which gives us Wednesday to piece all of our ideas together via Sendspace and Logic.

Band Rehearsal: 10/05/17

During this session we decided to work on the set so that it’s all polished for tomorrows charity gig at The Queen of Bradgate.

However we didn’t want to be over rehearsed so in between practicing the set we also carried on with some other coursework such as freelance projects and instrumental assessment practice.

The first run through was okay but we had a few issues with remembering certain elements to the song. The second run through was so much better and the third was when we know we were definitely ready for the gig.

For our next band rehearsal on Friday it will be mainly focused on creating a new set for the end of year gig.

Cookie Gig// Catch Up: 20/04/17

Cookie Gig: 06/04/17

The Cookie gig went a lot better than I thought! I enjoyed every second up there and considering it was my first time performing at that venue, I thought it went rather well.

The reaction we all got whilst performing was great and they all seemed to really enjoy it. The atmosphere was just a massive hype and everyone did so well!

My strengths were the fact that I actually moved and fully performed on stage. I feel like I am finally coming out of my shell and into this whole new person when I’m on stage.

My weaknesses were probably working myself up to a nervous wreck and not being able to control my vocals. However no one seemed to notice that so that’s okay.

 

Catch Up

Okay! So since the gig I have been ridiculously busy with coursework and maths revision. However I have been writing a few songs and listening to some new music. I’ve made sure I’m not too out of practice and have been fully planning my masterclass, ready for when we all go back to college.

I will post again on Wednesday after band rehearsal to update you all on what we will be working on for the rest of the term.

GIG REVIEW- PVRIS

This weekend I qued for four and a half hours to get as close as possible to the stage without being VIP to see PVRIS. I ended up in the third to fourth row which was pretty decent!

The support acts were Bones and K-Flay.

Bones were a duo of an electric guitarist/ backing vocalist and a vocalist that also plays electric guitar. There was also a session drummer who was really good! They sang songs titled ‘Get Fat’ and ‘Girls Can’t Play Guitar’. The song ‘Girls Can’t Play Guitar’ included a very skilled guitar solo from the guitarist (Carmen Vandenberg). The vocalist was amazing too! Very raspy tones with an immense amount of sass and attitude.

The last support act was K-Flay. They were more similar to the main act as there were uses of synths as well as drums and guitar. The vocals where raspy and sometimes cute and squeaky but in a good way!! I really enjoyed there set and the vocalists stage presence.

Overall I really loved the support acts and I liked how they we both different.

Now… PVRIS!

PVRIS are my favourite band and I loved every single second of the gig!

Lynn Gunn (vocalist) was exceptional. From the way she performed to her comical qualities when telling people to get off of their phones during the track ‘Holy’. I could ramble on page after page after page about this band so I will try to keep it as short as possible!

I really enjoyed the synths live as I had never heard anything like that before. Hearing the songs live was a really great experience for me because I got to see it all happen during the set.

The drummer Justin Nace was incredible! He was so energetic and flawless. I don’t normally pay a lot of attention towards drummers because I’m normally fixated by the vocalist but I really enjoyed listening to and watching Justin play. (The same goes for Brian MacDonald the bassist and Alex Babinski the guitarist)

I loved how I listened to them as a band and wanted to see all of them an equal amount. This doesn’t ever happen to me. I normally just want to see and hear the vocalist with a little background band but not PVRIS!

If I had to describe my experience in three words it would be ‘captivating’, ‘amazing’ and ‘special’.

I definitely had the best night of my life including the DJ set at District done by Brian, bassist of PVRIS.