An Interview with Tambourgi Productions – Organisers of the upcoming HEROES Club Nights, Soho

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By Jordan Mooney.

David Bowie.

Whenever that name is uttered, thousands of evocative memories will fill a music fan’s head. Millions will know exactly who you’re talking about. It seems utterly pointless to even attempt an explanation for how iconic the man, the music and legend of Bowie really stands in the fabulous world of alternative culture.

So I won’t.

All you need to know is that some lovely people are bringing Bowie nights to Soho at the famous Borderline. These club nights are, incredibly, the first of their kind in the area, and are bound to light London’s famous red light district in a flood of stardust.

We decided that if anybody was unsure about how these events would work, we’d have to do a character autopsy on Tambourgi’s head honcho, Tess, and her resident DJ, Martin…

 

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The WHITBY GOTH MINDPROBE – Six audio interviews on site with performers

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By Jordan Mooney, Matthew Sambrooke, Kane Foster and Ross Eales.

It’s a Whitby Goth tradition to carry a ‘Mind Probe’ feature in their leaflets preceding every event.

This feature, composed of the strangest, daftest and often most ridiculous questions plausible, is a great way to break up the formality of a music event and show the often more eccentric sides of the musical talent to those discovering them for the first time.

However, as the 21st Anniversary event ended up being so veritably large in line up, it was decided – with heavy hearts – to cut the mind probe from the leaflets lest it reach the page count of Gideon’s bible!

It thus became the responsibility of Cat on the Wall’s haphazard team of prized prats – Jordan (writer), Matthew (photographer), Kane (prized gent, tall person) ...

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Alexa De Strange release new Single – I AM MONSTER – July 1st

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By Jordan Mooney.

Alexa De Strange, our besparkled darlings, have got a lovely new package for us, due for wide release on July the 1st.

I Am Monster‘ is a delightfully thick, dark and luscious beast of a track – veering into that Bride of Frankenstein territory which places you between wishing to sleep with the thing or run away screaming.

Combining an incredibly catchy hook and the ever-powerful, emotive vocals that characterise the group’s biggest strengths, the track really provides a tragic, but oh so seductive tale of a creature formed by years of ill speaking and insult – the reflection of the world’s less than pleasant reactions to what could well have been a thing of innocence and beauty.

Semi autobiographical? Almost certainly...

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FLASH BANG BAND – Spooky Action At A Distance

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By Jordan Mooney.

Our favourite music video of the month is undoubtedly Flash Bang Band‘s ‘Spooky Action At A Distance.

Fuzzy video, pink and white colour schemes… and a balloon animal romping about the place on a wire. The entire video is an utterly charming – if somewhat unhinged – love letter to that nondescript, possibly even non-existent period of pop-culture weirdness during the 70s and early 80s – shooting your intrepid reporter straight back to the era of red leather and Rocky Horror. Which is weird, because he was born about twenty years too late to bloody see it.

Climb on your Vespa, strap up your union jack flags on the rear rack and hang a mink’s tail on for good measure. It’s about as authentically bizarre as it gets.

The song itself ...

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The Whitby Goth 21st Anniversary Spectacular – NIGHT FOUR

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By Jordan Mooney.
Photographs by Zhaos Photography.
With thanks to Whitby Kustom, Jo and every single stage hand, security member and pint-puller.

The fourth night! All is due to draw to a close this evening. The final of a glorious four days. But with two of Sunday’s acts still claiming titles as some of the champions of our vast back catalogue of reviews and interviews, we were satisfied that it’d be quite the conclusion.

Expectations were high. Very high. I dare say… unreasonably so. The Damned were getting a particularly strong voice of anticipation, but in a rare revelation, their fans were here from the start, intrigued by the promise of a certain group of medical men and a cat lady. I’ve not seen a headliner’s fans decide to watch the complete evening in such numbers before...

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The Whitby Goth 21st Anniversary Spectacular – NIGHT THREE OF FOUR

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By Jordan Mooney.
Photographs by Zhaos Photography.
With thanks to Lydia, Rowan, Jordan and Becky.

Night three! We’ve a lot of music to review and a very eventful evening indeed to take on this time around – with one of our favourite musicians on the set, what could possibly go wrong?!

The audience seemed larger tonight, and was practically throbbing with anticipation. Chattering away about this and that, the previous evenings, what they’d found at the Bring and Buy sale – there was a genuine feeling, that thus, far Whitby Goth had pleased more heads than I’d ever seen it manage. Perhaps it’s because there’s already been two days of music, and there was still another two to go?

Who knows.

The fact is that people were happy...

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10/05/2015 – Alexa De Strange, Slightlykilld and Filthy Palms @ Manchester Bierkeller

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By Jordan Mooney.
Photographs by Zhaos Photography.

Manchester Printworks is a pretty damn impressive place.

I’d never been – not even once – but it ticked all of the boxes for me in the manner its ‘point’ is executed – disney-esque theming of a romanticised print industry in the very building that once housed the real thing.

It was a genuine surprise to see what we did inside this hulking great facade, and to see so many unusual places there, well…it was a delight.

“This looks like a fantastic music venue”, I proclaimed to our photography wizard, Matthew. Unfortunately, our stop for the night wasn’t really much of a venue at all…

The Bierkeller chain of pubs are effectively like German ale-swiggers’ renditions of Wetherspoons...

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The Whitby Goth 21st Anniversary Spectacular – NIGHT TWO OF FOUR

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By Jordan Mooney.
Photographs by Zhaos Photography.
With special thanks to Louise, Jo and Trash McSweeney.

Friday the 24th of April. 7:00PM. and time for more lovely music. People were excited, people were smiling and a lot of people were hyping bands up like nobody’s business.

After last night, expectations were high. Were we going to get another Red Paintings? Another runaway, unexpected success? Perhaps the first evening was doomed to be the peak of the spectacular.

Come hither, ladies and gents, sit by my fireplace, and I shall tell you the tale…

PLEASE NOTE – Our Photographer, Matthew, while being allowed behind the barrier for photography the previous evening, was not, it turned out, on the list of accredited photographers (despite a special COTW pass) – and thus was unable to do so ...

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The Whitby Goth 21st Anniversary Spectacular – NIGHT ONE OF FOUR

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By Jordan Mooney.
Photographs by Zhaos Photography.
With thanks to Kane, Eddie, Ross, Brad and Karla.

April Whitby Goth. Thursday the 23rd of April. It was too sunny, and my top hat’s leather band was beginning to make my forehead melt.

We were watching soundcheck with interest – every group finishing quickly and efficiently, after which we began plucking them for interviews to take part in Whitby Goth’s mindprobe. (Coming soon! Tell your friends! etc…) Bands turned up intermittently – we had never seen any of them before and had to make informed guesses, squinting desperately at the press photographs printed in the event’s booklets. Each time, we were wrong.

We decided not to ask musicians out of respect and instead just threw ourselves in with over-copious (but very polite) recitals o...

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Whitby Goth Weekend Photo Competition – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

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The Whitby Goth competition has closed with a grand total of..wait for it…

Seven entries. Two of which have been disqualified due to photoshop-based cheating.

Sheesh…!

Now as we announce our winner please note that this decision is made in tandem with Whitby Goth Weekend and Cat on the Wall – as such it is final! No arguing or we’ll get very upset.

With that, here we go!

Our winner for the 2015 Autumn ticket spectacular Justyna from Scarborough. Pink hair and goggles form the victor for this year!

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All other qualifying entries will receive the Limited Edition WGW 21st Birthday T-shirt for their troubles! We’ll now begin emailing for your addresses and sizes.

Thank you very much to all whom entered. It’s gallery time. Insert some Noveltones music here…

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You are all beautiful...

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