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Covens – Further Down The Rabbit Hole 2

Posted on November 09, 2010 by lward

Name: Covens 

Members:

Charlie Heaton – Drums

Sam Howarth – Bass

Callum Topham – Vocals

Joel Whitaker – Guitar

Genre: Alternative 

Location: Bridlington 

Formed in 2007, under the name Spider Pie, these four Yorkshire lads have matured and want to be taken a bit more seriously. They have made a loyal following of fans across most of East and North Yorkshire with some travelling as far as London to see them perform. Covens record their songs at Gun Factory Studios in London, the same place as The Horrors. 

 Unfortunately, Charlie was unable to attend the interview as he currently lives in London where he is at college, studying Performing Arts.  

Over the past couple of years, you’ve made yourselves known as ‘Spider Pie’, which was named after a children’s story book. What’s the reason behind the sudden name change? 

“We felt like we weren’t taken seriously as Spider Pie, where we sung poppier tunes about girls and getting wrecked. We’ve developed as a band and matured musically and the new name is more fitting to our new, darker sound. We avoided confusion through social media like Facebook and MySpace, where we could keep people in the know about what was happening.” 

What does it mean? 

“The word ‘coven’ is associated with paganism and means a group of witches. We’re not sure why, but we thought it was an appropriate name!” 

It’s hard to give you guys a stylistic label, what genre would you describe Covens music as? 

Callum: Garage. It’s raw and natural, the best way. 

Joel: Alternative punk. 

Sam: Yeah, alternative punk sounds good.

One of your songs – ‘Ubi Fumus Ibi Ignis’ is the Latin translation of the idiom – ‘Where there’s smoke, there’s fire’. Can you explain what the song is about? 

“It was written in London just before we recorded it, so the idea was a fresh one. It’s a touchy subject but we felt it is an important issue in society and wanted to voice our opinion. It’s about the media portrayal of the current war in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq. It’s over-hyped on TV and in the papers and we’re manipulated into believing that this is a heroic effort and these soldiers are out there defending our freedom as if it were as severe as World War II. The reality is, both wars are pointless and could have been avoided. The soldiers are trained to become paranoid killing machines, some even slaughtering Afghan civilians for a laugh. There is no honour anymore. 

We want people to think twice about who our ‘heroes’ really are. 

As for the name, it’s a metaphor, I guess. The ’smoke’ is to signify something small that gets exaggerated (by the media) and ends up as something bigger – ‘fire’. The Latin translation also sounds pretty good!” 

90% of the music business today is dominated by the 4 major labels: Warner, EMI, Sony BMG and Universal. Alot of bands will sign to these, as it is a quick and easy route to selling a lot of albums. What would you tell the A&R (Artist and Repertoire) of Sony, if he approached you and said he could make you rich and famous if you did exactly what you where told? 

Callum: “I’d look into it and ask the right questions. The prospects of fame are enough to tempt anyone, but I wouldn’t sell-out.” 

Sam: “I believe in sticking to your roots. Keep the music how we want it and write it, not what someone else wants so they can make an extra few quid. Too many bands seem to do that these days, they’re purely out there purely to earn loads of money. You can sometimes tell who they are because their music lacks the passion needed to make a band a really good band.” 

Joel: “Over the past 3 years, we’ve built up what we’ve got ourselves. It’d be a shame to waste that and abandon the fans who like us for who we are!” 

What’s your opinion on popular British music of today? 

Callum: Like most other things we (UK) do, we just follow America. Our charts have become dominated by a few pop orientated genres where most artists end up sounding the same. There is a major lack of originality in today’s music. I find it hard to differentiate between a lot of these pop artists, they use each others melodies and everything!” 

Joel: “More style than substance. Meaning, if they look the part, the get in, regardless if they are any good or not.” 

Sam: “Even some local bands put on accents to sound American. They’ve stolen our will to be original! Although, some American bands do the same to fit into our genres, especially the ones found in NME.” 

Since the 1970’s and the DIY ethics of punk were created, it has become a trend to do it yourself, sparking diversity and originality in all aspects of the music industry. Can you see a foreseeable major shift in the way the industry is run? As it has become possible to self-promote and self-release material via the Internet. 

Joel: “There’s already been a big change over the past decade. It’s easier publicity as you can connect with people at the other side of the world by clicking a few buttons, then listen to bands from Austrailia and America that wouldn’t have been heard any other way.” 

Sam: “Since websites like MySpace, that let you upload your own music, it has become a lot easier to get yourselves heard. Bands like Arctic Monkeys, were made famous through MySpace and they’re one of the biggest bands in the country now!” 

Callum: “If it wern’t for sites like Facebook and MySpace, people will have only heard about us through gigging and word of mouth.” 

Brid’s music scene has grown considerably over the past few years, especially amongst the younger generation. What are your views on the town’s music scene? 

Joel: “The town has a lack of choice compared to other towns, so the audiences tend to be one-dimensional and sticking to what they know. I support the local bands but there needs to be something new.” 

Sam: “There should be more local scenes in the town. At the moment, there is only one and if you don’t like that particular music, you’re screwed! We need more venues to put on a differnent variety of music types.” 

Callum: “I disagree. People should listen to what they want to, not because there is a lack of choice and no other alternatives. People tend to follow the crowd of what’s ‘in’ at that particular time, but times change. Won’t be long before this town sees something new and original.” 

Bridlington is said to be ‘a black-hole for musicians’ that want to break free and move on to bigger and better places. Do you agree with this statement?  

Callum:“Yes, but it’s not like we’re condemned. If you’re good enough then there’s no boundries stopping you from leaving. People out there arn’t unwilling, they will help you get to where you want to be.” 

Joel: “You have to get out if you want to get anywhere!” 

Sam: “There’s not much for music in small towns. There’s more activity in cities like Manchester and London, where some of the countries best bands have come from.” 

Future Goals? 

“We’re hopefully moving down to London, so we’re closer to Charlie and the studio we record at. There is also more opportunity down there - more venues and gig circuits. It should be good.” 

Covens will be playing BBC Introducing on Radio Humberside Sunday 14th November. 

Click the links to visit Covens MySpace and Facebook. Here you can keep up to date with them and listen to the songs yourself!

Flamborough Headlands Attractions 0

Posted on October 26, 2010 by lward

Dating back to the Middle Stone Age Period (c. 10 000 – 4 000 BC), some parts of the Flamborough Headland have been in human occupation and have become an attraction of the area due to the fascinating archaeology and landscape.

Dane’s Dyke

History

The area considered the most visually attractive is Dane’s Dyke, which research suggests, dates back as early as the Neolithic or New Stone Age (c. 4,000 – 2,200 BC). Dane’s Dyke is a huge ditch and bank earthwork, that runs 4km across the length of the headland, from the north of the head at Bempton cliffs to the south, down to the beach. It is believed that the earthwork was built as a defense feature, effectively cutting off 13 square km of the peninsula, turning it into a fortified area, which would have contained all the resources needed to support a community of the size.

Trivia

  • The village name Flamborough has been interpreted to mean either ‘the fortification on the promontory’ or ‘Flein’s (a Danish personal name) fortification’.
  • Over 800 prehistoric flint artefacts have been discovered, inclucing - axe heads, arrowheads, scrapers, and worked flint flakes – and several fragments of pottery scattered throughout the bank.

Attractions

  • Nature trails easily accessed from the car park.
  • Wide range of wildlife, especially breeding and wintering birds.
  • Excellent site for bird watchers.
  • Pebble beach
  • Chalk cliffs
  • Wonderful views of Bridlington Bay

Directions

From Bridlington take the B1255 to Flamborough. A local bus service is also available.

As Dane’s  Dyke is a National Reserve, be prepared to pay a small charge for parking.

Lighthouses

 

Anyone who has set eyes upon Flamborough head will have no doubt have seen the lighthouse.

The ‘New’ Lighthouse

  • Was built in 1806.
  • To protect ships approaching Flamborough Head.
  • It stands 85 feet tall on top of a 170 foot high chalk cliff.

The ‘Old Beacon’ light tower

  • Dates from circa 1674.
  • Stands 79 feet high.
  • Oldest surviving complete lighthouse in England.
  • Only known example in England at the time.
  • Believed to lure ships to shore as 174 ships were wrecked in the area between 1770 – 1806.

Directions

From Flamborough Village, follow the B1259, signposted to the lighthouse.

North Landing

 

Attractions

  • Sandy beach
  • Picturesque bay for birdwatching
  • Cliff walks to lighthouse & Thornwick Bay
  • Chalk cliffs
  • Caves
  • Bar & Cafe

Directions

From Flamborough Village, take the B1255 road, signposted to North Landing.

South Landing

 

 Attractions

  • South Landing Local Nature Reserve 
  • Sculpture trail
  • Boathouse cafe
  • Picnic areas

Directions

Take the B1255 on the way into Flamborough Village, follow the signs to South Landing.

Thornwick Bay

 

Attractions

  • Big Thornwick Bay & Little Thornwick Bay
  • Rock pools to explore
  • Smuggler’s Cave
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Cliff walk to North Landing
  • Crosslands Cafe

Directions

From Flamborough Village, take the B1255 on North Marine Road, signposted to North Landing. The turn off is on the left about 3/4 mile from the village. 

Pictures will be added once we get some sun!

Click here if you are interested in finding out more about local walks.

Murder Mystery Train Trips 0

Posted on October 11, 2010 by lward

Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership (YCCRP)  

Murder Mystery Trains

Horror at Halloween  – Friday 29th October - Starting in Bridlington with the murder, followed by buffet at Driffield then return trip to Bridlington.

Minster Ghost – Friday 19th November.  Starting at Beverley with the murder, followed by buffet at Driffield and return trip to Beverley.

 Tickets for both events are £14 (inc rail travel, murder and buffet) available from YCCRP on a first come first served basis.

For more information contact Sally Baird Tel 01377 232138 or email sally.baird@hwrcc.org.uk

Musicport – a world of music at our doorstep! 0

Posted on October 11, 2010 by lward

Musicport is the UK’s largest indoor world music event and we, the people of Bridlington are fortunate enough to be holding the event for the 3rd year running, at The Spa.

Originally held in Whitby, over the last eight years the festival has grown year on year and has established itself as a prestigious event in the festival calendar attracting major names such as Rolf Harris, Rachid Taha and Chumbawamba.

Some of the acts that will be performing at that years festival include:

The Grammy award-winning rising star of African music Dobet Gnarhoré 

Richard Hawley

The Imagined Village

This years Musicport will be  Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th October at The Spa. Tickets are available for online purchase here.

Bridlington Acoustic Club 0

Posted on October 11, 2010 by lward

Bridlington Acoustic Club has been running for the past two years. There’s always a good mix of originals and covers with acoustic music played by various musicians from the area, in a warming atmosphere.

The club is held on Thursdays fortnightly at The Ship Inn, Sewerby from 8:30PM – 11PM.

Next evening: Thursday 14th October.

For more information you can contact the club through organiser Pete Bolton on Facebook.

Local Entertainment 0

Posted on February 03, 2010 by deanster

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