Queen’s Hall, Nuneaton, 11 January 2014
Stars of Nuneaton’s music scene came together on Saturday 11 January for a night at the Queen’s Hall that proved the town is now a hot-bed for new rock talent.
Alt rock bands Speaking in Shadows, The Oceans Above, Drop Down Smiling and Only Shadows, supported by new acoustic duo Follow Suit, took to the stage to ‘wow’ a hometown crowd ahead of an exciting year for all bands, that will include new releases, UK gigs and European tours.
Headliners Speaking in Shadows ensured all bands were recognised and applauded at the end of the night by inviting them up on stage for a grand finale, much to the delight of fans, some of whom had travelled to Nuneaton specifically to see their idols.
Already with one album under their belts, Speaking in Shadows announced they will soon be going into the studio to work on a new EP with Deaf Havana and Young Guns producer, Lee Batuik.
They’ve just launched a new website –www.speakinginshadows.co.uk – to keep fans up-to-date with the latest news and, in a move that will take their sound to an even wider audience, they will be playing a set on the LGArena‘s Forum Live stage before McBusted‘s concert in May.
The Oceans Above – whose last single, ‘I’m Gone’, produced by London-based rock producer Justin Hill, once again proved to be a great set opener – will be releasing their new single and video for ‘Blue Lights’ in the next couple of weeks. They followed up their hometown appearance with a gig at The Forum in Hertford on Tuesday 14 January and will be taking a trip down to London on Friday 24 January to play at The Islington alongside Luke Girvan and Arthur Walwin.
Drop Down Smiling certainly got the crowd smiling by playing tracks from their latest EP, Sign Here, ahead of their support slot for The Blackout at Coventry’s Kasbah on Saturday 25 January. They will then be hitting the studio to also record new tracks with producer, Lee Batuik, before heading off to Europe to play a few dates in early Spring.
Only Shadows proved their much acclaimed Forest Fires EP – music from which recently featured on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks – more than translates live and gave an incredibly energetic performance. The band have just announced that they’ll be playing their first Manchester date at the Roadhouse on Saturday 8th February.
Louise Ali, who runs Plug&Amp (@plugandamp), which supports bands, gigs and venues in Coventry & Warwickshire, said: “2014 really does look like being the year that Nuneaton bands make a big impact on the music scene, not just at home. They’re taking their sound around the UK and Europe, gaining new fans all the time, while still being proud of their Warwickshire roots.
“You can see that they love playing to a home crowd but all have such an exciting year ahead of them. Now is the time for local music lovers to get on board, get out to see these bands live and support home-grown talent.”