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“Let It Snow” – Short Film by Steve Brunton 0

Posted on December 16, 2010 by bhoggard

“I filmed this short video the first day we had snow, the other week.

I love the snow, I couldn’t wait to walk along the cliff tops and start shooting.

Snow takes me back to being a kid again. Going out in the snow with your friends, you lose yourself. All is forgiven. The total silence, the serenity… Truly magical!

I really wanted to get permission from Sewerby Hall to film their animals from their side of the fence, but just my luck no one saw fit to get back to me *sigh*

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy it, the cold almost killed me!”

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!

Ben Parcell – How to Record an Album on a Shoe-String Budget 1

Posted on November 03, 2010 by lward

Name: Ben Parcell       

Age: 27      

Occupation: Local Singer/Songwriter     

Location: Bridlington      

Ben Parcell performing at The Londesborough pub

 

 Ben first made a name for himself in the local music scene back in 2002 when he founded the punk-rock band
- The Trailers. They played over 40 gigs across the county, before disbanding in 2005. He recently decided to go solo, playing a variety of covers and acoustic versions of Trailers songs, at local open-mic nights. Since then, he has written a range of fresh, new songs; created a strong fan base by self promoting himself on the internet and regularly plays local gigs, including a live session for BBC Radio Humberside.

  

Your music is described as ‘Pop folk’. Musically, and in everyday life, where would you say your main influences and inspirations come from?      

“A lot of my inspiration comes from Bridlington itself. With it being a small town, the mentality is different to cities, where most popular bands come from. It is harder to be sucessful, but that has its advantages as it means there’s less competition! If you create a local following and get people interested in your music then that’s a good place to start.     

Musically, I’m inspired by alsorts – from classics like Beatles and Elvis Costello to punk rock bands like The Ataris and early Green Day. My lyrics tend to be story based and about relationships.”     

Your new 10-track album “Humble Beginnings” is self-funded, self-recorded, self-produced and you also play every instrument. Is this a true solo project then?      

“Yes. I decided, about 6 months ago, to record pure acoustic versions of songs that I wrote with my last band the Trailers. Eventually, I began adding more instruments; like strings, bass and drums. This gave a different sound to when I play live, where it’s more intimate with just me and my guitar!     

The album was made on a relatively low budget. I taught myself how to use Pro Tools recording software, this avoided costly studio time. The main chunk of the money went on the pressing and copying as I ordered 1000 copys.     

The project was funded through my design & print business that I made in 2004 – By The Sea Clothing.     

As well as a semi-professional musician, you’re also a student of Digital Media at Hull University. How do you manage your time to study a degree, record your own album, play regular gigs and have your own clothing brand?      

It can be difficult, as I tend to concentrate on only one thing at a time. If I have some deadlines coming up for my uni coursework, that will be my main focus. Same if I have some upcoming gigs, then I will spend my time practising so I’m up to scratch for the night. As for By The Sea Clothing; it’s on the back foot because I don’t have the time at the moment. It might be back, it might not be.”    

How did you go about marketing yourself, to get the attention and publicity needed for releasing an album?      

“I made a Facebook fan page, where I uploaded some of the newly recorded songs. Some of my friends offered to suggest my page to their contacts, which helped to spread the word and create a buzz.   

As a solo artist, the relationship between me and my fans is vital because there’s only me to promote the music. This means I keep in contact with them as much as I can to keep them up to date with what’s happening. Facebook is great for this. Being a solo artist does have it’s benefits though, like I can make all of my own decisions without any conflicts with other people. However, I do miss the moral support from having other band members there.”  

Over the years, Bridlington has produced some great musical talent and it is important that this continues. What encouragement or advice would you give to young musicians, who are also hoping to make a name for themselves and to convince them it’s not always as hard as they may think?      

“I’d recommend starting at open-mic nights, like the ones at Amped* and The Ship Inn**. These are what gave me the initial confidence to record my album. I would encourage that new learners practise up to a good level before they gig. After all, people only get one first impression and it’s important to make it a good one.  

Also, if you’ve got the ability to write songs, then don’t play covers just for the attention! It’s good to keep it original, maybe chucking in a couple of covers to keep the crowd interested. Show that you’re having a good time too, as the performers attitude reflects on the audience.  

Stick at it. One bad gig isn’t the end of the world.”  

Sometimes you could be playing a gig to only three or four people but you’ve still got to play like you were playing to a hundred.” 

Ben Parcell’s debut 10-track album “Humble Beginnings” is released on 22nd November. To promote the release, he is playing a couple of gigs in Bridlington.  

Pavillion bar – Sunday 21st November 7:30pm  

The Ship Inn, Sewerby – Thursday 25th November 8pm  

Humble Beginnings album artwork

 

Click the link to visit Ben’s Facebook page. Here you can listen to a few of his songs and if you like what you hear, you can pre-order a copy of the new album by clicking this link

*Amped Jam Night (Internet Cafe on Chapel Street). Wednesdays 8pm. £1 entry. 

**Bridlington Acoustic Club, The Ship Inn, Sewerby. Thursdays fort-nightly. £1 entry.

“Hometown” – Short Film by Steve Brunton 0

Posted on October 26, 2010 by bhoggard

“I grew up in Bridlington, and spent my youth exploring the town, countryside. There are some very beautiful places in and around my hometown; you just need to know where to look.

I guess, subconsciously I have always been interesting in filmmaking. There wasn’t much to do as a kid, besides going off with my friends on a bike adventure into the wilderness. Back in the day, our local theatre used to only play one movie a night, and it would be months before we got a new film. If I was lucky my dad would sneak me in to see a film that I was way over my age range.

After studying Media Production at University, and getting nowhere career-wise, I decided to go directly to the source of movie making. I enrolled on a filmmaker’s workshop in Los Angeles (NYFA, Universal Studios). I learned more in the three months there, than the whole three years at Uni. I had a 16mm film camera in my hands every day.  I think it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.
After Uni, I got stuck working as an editor for what seems like the best years of my twenties, burning the candle at both ends working for someone else. I had no time to do my own projects. I grew tired of editing other people’s projects, most of them a far cry from ‘professional’ standards. I felt I needed to make a film and get the ball rolling on my filmmaking career.  As luck would have it, I secured a commission for a one minute short, funded by NFM (Northern Film and Media). “5 Bricks High”. The 1st and last commission I ever received.

On completion, ‘Northern Film and Media’ showed it on their website. That was the end of that, and the film was put in the bottom of a drawer.

About 6 months later, my dad called me up and told me about the BAFTA 60 Seconds of Fame Awards. I thought, “What the heck, I’ve got nothing to lose”.  Before I knew it, my film was:

✩Propeller TV ComedyFest (2009): Runner Up✩
✩Canadian Film Centre (CFC) ShortsNonStops (2009): Runner Up✩
✩Virgin Media Shorts (2008): Finalist✩
✩BAFTA 60 seconds of fame (2007) nominee✩

The Virgin Media Awards was a considerable achievement for me. Because of that, my film was in the cinema in over 212 cinemas across the UK for a year.

I made this short film more or less on my own with the help of only few good friends to support me. I still have little experience in a large crew, which makes me feel like a bit of a glorified armchair critic.  I’m still desperately trying to carve a name out as a filmmaker, and I have a bunch of new ideas for shorts. But it’s hard to do on your own.

I think, next year, I’m going to try and move back to London and get my career back on track. London has always been the big elephant in the room. Hopefully by time I get there, I’ll be armed to the teeth with more films and much needed experience…  So stay Tuned!”

The video at the top of the page is a short film by Steve focused on Bridlington Harbour. To see more of Steve’s short films, visit his YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/directedbysteve

Old Photographs & Pictures of Bridlington 0

Posted on March 04, 2010 by Suggs

Old photographs and pictures of Bridlington courtesy of Thomas Phillips.

For a taster of pictures on the website please see a selection below.

 

For further information please follow the following website address. http://grumpystumpy.com/Pages/England/Yorkshire/bridlington.html

Are you a local artist 1

Posted on February 03, 2010 by deanster

If you are a local artist or you know one then please post your links here. http://www.flickr.com/groups/1345523@N21/

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