#Review: Zebrahead @ Patterns, Brighton – 18/01/20

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On Saturday 18th January 2020, Zebrahead arrived in Brighton to perform the first of three, intimate UK shows, whilst on a break from their tour with Sum 41. The band were supported by Welsh rock band, Maddison. Here’s what we had to say about the show…


Maddison

Welsh rockers, Maddison, put on one hell of a show with their heavy guitars, powerful vocals and superb production (with some pretty epic backing tracks, which truly added to the atmosphere).

Their sound is massive – it’s stadium metal meets melodic rock and their onstage chemistry radiates throughout their performance.

The only criticism is that their onstage banter sometimes became tricky to hear when they talked over each other. Other than that, despite not knowing any of their songs, I thoroughly enjoyed their set.

Highlight: It would have to be the incredible use of backing tracks to create a wonderfully full sound – a real quality production.


Zebrahead

As always, Zebrahead arrived on stage to an epic intro – this time it was the Team America theme song – before bursting into their first song, ‘All My Friends Are Nobodies’.

Despite the venue being smaller than some they might be used to, the band used the space to their full advantage. They worked the crowd into a frenzy by performing a string of their hits – both old and new – and getting everyone in the place involved!

They certainly know how to have a good time too – the band have a pair of guitar techs who dress up as aliens and come on stage intermittently, getting involved in a variety of hilarious antics – from doing a drinking competition between the two of them, to one of them crowd-surfing on a giant rubber ring (as can be seen in the ‘Hello Tomorrow’ live video below). Possibly the most fun part of their set though, was their cover of ‘Baby Shark’ but changed to ‘Let’s Do Shots, during which the aliens passed shots around the band (see the video below).

The band members are tight – their performance is strong, well-timed and they clearly have a great relationship on stage – the chemistry between them is light-hearted and jokey and they just look like they’re having the best time.

If you haven’t had the chance to see Zebrahead live yet, then frankly you haven’t lived yet – they always deliver a high-energy show and regardless of whether you know many of their songs or not, they never fail to get the audience involved.

Zebrahead are a must-see!

Highlights:

  • During one song, Ali asked the crowd to see how many people they could get crowd-surfing during one song – security did not look happy, but it was manic and hilarious.
  • During ‘Worse Than This’, the band brought up two people in the crowd to try and out-drink each other, causing chaos on stage, followed by getting the pair to stage dive off the stage, after the song.
  • ‘Let’s Do Shots’ (‘Baby Shark’ cover)…enough said!
  • The aliens’ antics were pretty funny – in particular the crowd-surfing on the rubber ring.
  • Ali’s powerful scream/rapping is incredible to witness live and Matty (although sometimes not always pitch-perfect) has a great live vocal too.
  • Dan’s moustache!
  • The way the band include the audience and get a real crowd interaction going means that whether you know their material or not, you will always feel swept-up and included at one of their shows.

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 Setlist

All My Friends Are Nobodies
Call Your Friends
The Perfect Crime
Drink Drink
Save Your Breath
We’re Not Alright
Mike Dexter
Seven Nation Army / Wake Me Up
Sirens
Worse Than This*
Hell Yeah!
When Both Sides Suck
Hello Tomorrow*
Let’s Do Shots (Baby Shark)*
Keep It To Myself
Rescue Me*
Party Party

Encore
Falling Apart
Anthem*

These songs can be viewed in the YouTube playlist, below.


Finally, I want to say a massive thanks to Zebrahead and Maddison for putting on a killer show, and to Lout Promotions for enabling the review to happen!


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#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Dave McPherson from InMe

We were fortunate enough to catch up with the legendary Dave McPherson from InMe before the final date of their 20th Anniversary Tour, in Brighton. Check it out…


   

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We were fortunate enough to catch up with the legendary Dave McPherson from InMe before the final date of their 20th Anniversary Tour, in Brighton.

The band chose to end their tour in Gaz’s hometown and they finished it with an outstanding reaction from their audience!

We spoke to Dave backstage, before the show, about a whole host of things, such as what’s next for the band, how the tour’s been going and in true Muzik Speaks style, we played an awesome game of ‘Would You Rather…?’, which he gave some incredible answers to.¬†Check it all out below…

Finally, I want to say a MASSIVE thanks to Dave¬†for taking the time to speak to me and Jamie from Wall Of Sound PR for setting it up ‚Äď I couldn‚Äôt be more appreciative!

Don’t forget to check out our review¬†of their Brighton show!

Matt ‚Äď Muzik Speaks
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#EventSpeaks: InMe @ Patterns, Brighton – 28/10/16


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On 28th October 2016, InMe arrived in Brighton for the final date of their 20th Anniversary Tour and it was amazing! Supported by Empire and Aaron Buchanan and the Cult Classics, it was a concert not to be missed!

We were fortunate enough to catch Dave McPherson for an interview before the show, which you can check out here…he gave some great responses to the questions we asked and an awesome game of¬†‘Would You Rather…?’¬†was played!


Empire

Empire are a high-energy, in-your-face, hard-hitting metal band who kicked off the show with a massive bang. I loved the singer,¬†Joe Green‘s intensity when performing and his funky moves were captivating. This is definitely a band to watch out for!


Aaron Buchanan and the Cult Classics

Aaron Buchanan and the Cult Classics were next to take to the stage and they made a huge impact on the audience, getting them worked up for InMe. The stage presence exuded from the lead singer by the bucket load and his voice was impeccable throughout the entire performance. They had some great songs and good banter with the crowd. Great set guys!

Highlight:

  • The singer, Aaron Buchanan, had a great vocal range!
  • The band played a great drinking game with the audience called Buffalo.
  • There was a great stage presence by all the band members.

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InMe

After two great support acts,¬†InMe¬†took to the stage to raucous applause from the audience who clearly couldn’t wait to celebrate 20 years since the bands creation and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Performing a whole host of songs from their debut album, Overgrown Eden, up to their most recent release,¬†Trilogy: Dawn the band showed off an impressive array of tracks from a now, rather vast catalogue. Fans were particularly excited by performances of iconic tracks like¬†‘Lava Twilight’, ‘Firefly” and¬†‘Underdose’ from the band’s debut album and were chanting along to¬†‘7 Weeks’,¬†‘Safe In A Room’ and¬†‘Faster The Chase’ taken from the hugely successful¬†White Butterfly.

Dave had the audience enraptured by not only his stage presence but his between-songs banter, telling the crowd the meanings behind some of the songs, thanking his fellow band members (in particular, drummer¬†Simon Taylor, for “spending the last 20 years looking at my [Dave’s] backside”) and even telling the audience where they’d be after the show, so fans could come and chat/have a drink.

This band certainly deserve every success they have due to the loyalty they show their fans, fantastic craftsmanship behind their songs and their impressive, passionate and intense performances; here’s to another 20 years guys!

Highlights:

  • Dave’s incredible ability to switch between singing and screaming is just a marvel to behold!
  • The vocal harmonies between Dave and Greg McPherson were amazing; spot on!
  • The set spanned the length of their career (from Overgrown Eden to¬†Trilogy: Dawn)¬†and had the audience captivated throughout.
  • Good chat¬†between songs and explanations about some of the reasons various tracks were written.
  • The band were very open to having fans come and hang out with them after the show, telling them where they were going for drinks – a really great, open and honest interaction with their fans.

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 Setlist

Myths & Photographs
Ferocity In Desire
7 Weeks
Lava Twilight
Nova Armada
Hymn: Ivory Elder
Safe In A Room
Her Mask (P.A)
Firefly
Reverie Shores
Legacy
Creation: Amethyst
Reverie: Aquarium
Underdose
Faster The Chase


Finally, I want to say a MASSIVE thanks to Jamie at Wall Of Sound for setting up this review and interview, thanks to InMe for putting on a great show and to Dave for doing the interview with me!

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#EventSpeaks: Aquilo @ Patterns, Brighton – 22/10/16


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On Saturday 22nd October 2016, I was lucky enough to see¬†Aquilo performing live at¬†Patterns in Brighton, with support from¬†Meadowlark. The event was brilliant and both acts were fantastic. If you haven’t seen either act live; I strongly recommend it!


Meadowlark

Having only recently heard of Meadowlark and done an interview with the band (which you can read here), I was excited to catch their live performance!

The pair were thrilling to behold – their songs are well crafted, the production was perfection and their performance was flawless. I imagine that a long time has been spent writing, recording and rehearsing and this shows, since their performance was remarkable.

I found myself enjoying every song they played; even the ones I didn’t know and from a support act, this is rare.

I strongly recommend watching them live and listening to their music online…they’re ace!

Highlight:

  • Fantastic use of synths, pads and vocal harmonies.
  • Captivating songwriting and big energy from both members.
  • A very full-on sound; production was top-notch.

Setlist

Paraffin
Sunlight
Body Lose
Pink Heart
Quicksand
Fly
Eyes Wide
Headlights


Aquilo

Aquilo were stunning! Their performance was captivating, full-on and brimming with high energy and placid moments, all in the right places Рit was thoroughly enjoyable.

The band’s songs are such a powerful soundscape that the whole performance was like a journey, a story, it was almost a shame when the band spoke between songs. That being said, some of their anecdotes were witty and you could tell that they truly appreciated the audience being there to see them.

The pair confirmed that they have completed the work on their album and that it will be coming sometime at the beginning of next year, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for this.

Highlights:

  • The vast soundscape created by the band.
  • The couple of songs performed without the backing band – especially their song,¬†‘Sorry’ –¬†this showed their raw talents off well and their songs were¬†filled with power and emotion.
  • The beautifully intricate harmonies created by both of their voices together.
  • Stunning songs and brilliant songwriting shown off in a fantastic live setting.

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 Setlist

Calling Me
I Don’t Want To See It
Never Seen You Get So Low
Human
You There
I Gave It All
Losing You
Waiting
Sorry
You Won’t Know Where You Stand
Good Girl*
Better Off Without You

Encore
Silhouette

* This song can be viewed on our YouTube, below.


Finally, I want to say an absolutely HUGE thanks to Phil from Sonic PR for organising this show and to Meadowlark and Aquilo for their epic performances!

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#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Meadowlark


   

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We recently had the opportunity to catch up with mellow, electro-pop duo,¬†Meadowlark, ahead of their performance at Patterns in Brighton, in support of¬†Aquilo. Dan (one half of the duo) told us about their upcoming album, his most embarrassing moment and what the pair do when writing and recording. Check out what he had to say…


1. How’s it all going with your music? Is there an album in the pipeline at the moment?
It’s going great thanks! We do indeed have an album in the pipeline, we don’t have a release date yet but rest assured it will be with you all in the new year!

2. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you, either through your music career, or in life?
I (Dan) head butted a pile of dog poo when I was a kid in front of a bunch of friends… that was a dark evening.

3. What really grinds your gears?
Music venues with no parking!

4. Is there anything other than music you’re really passionate about? What do you get up to in your spare time?
I (Dan) direct music videos in my spare time and make short films of all the trips I do to various places in and out of the UK.

5. What music have you been listening to most recently? Have you got a favourite song right now?
I’m not going to lie, every morning I’ve woken up on this tour I’ve heard ‘About You Now’ by Sugababes blaring out of Kate’s bedroom… on repeat!

6. Has anything really scary ever happened to you on tour? If so, what?
In Newcastle a drunk guy tried to invite himself into Kate’s room in a hotel whilst we were trying to load our gear in. It almost got violent, definitely not what we wanted at 2am!

7. Have you got any disgusting habits?
It’s not a disgusting habit per-say but I snore a lot which makes me very unpopular on tour.

8. What is your usual process for writing and recording? And where do you take your inspirations for songs from?
We wrote most of the last album at a beautifully secluded barn near Doncaster. It’s in the middle of nowhere, no signal, no distractions. We wrote and demoed the songs to the best of our ability, getting across all the important elements so that when we took the songs to a producer they would be a blank enough canvas to start carving from but had enough in them to get across their intended pace and genre.

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Never compare yourself to others.

10. Would you rather live in a Disney or Looney Tunes universe and why?
I think I speak for the both of us when I say DISNEY!


Meadowlark‘s releases are all¬†available:

  • To purchase on¬†iTunes¬†–¬† Meadowlark
  • To listen to on¬†Spotify¬†–


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