Raptor Releases New Double-Single: Ultraviolet and Haight Street

Raptor

Ultraviolet/Haight Street

Talented bluesy psych-rock trio Raptor return with this new double-single and fans of the band are in for a treat with both songs on this release showing off that Raptor swagger to its full effect. Those of you who have seen the band live before (and that is definitely

Those of you who have seen the band live before (and that is definitely their natural environment – those who haven’t definitely need to rectify this as soon as they can) will know how good a band they are and with this single, they have translated the energy and vivacity of their live show onto record.

Raptor Ultraviolet, Haight Street at the Booth Hall by Grace Biddlecombe

Listen HERE                

Buy your copy HERE 

THE REVIEW

Ultraviolet is an upbeat tune that starts off with a hazy, laid back groove before morphing into a raucous blues stomp that will stick in your head for days and as soon as the vocals kick in, you know you are in for a good time. This is an anthem that is perfect for the summer months, the bluesy feel further adds to the good time involved, particularly the guitar work towards the end of the song before it reaches its finale.

Haight Street is aptly named and is as full of life as the iconic San Francisco landmark it is named after. The song is a simple but extremely effective jaunt that, again, will be stuck in your head for an age and is full of that rousing Raptor charm that we all know.

With summer now in full swing, don’t hesitate and go and check it out now and the upcoming (hopefully) warm months now have an undisputed and sunny soundtrack.

Album Review by Gavin Brown

Cover Photo Credit: Grace Biddlecombe

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Hereford Heavy 4 – Generous flow of Metal Music From The Cup Runneth Over

Hereford’s Live Music Promoter Andy Willerton Bringing Metal Music to Hereford From Across the Varied Spectrum.

Friday 23rd June 2017
The Booth Hall

Review by Gavin Brown

For the fourth installment of the Hereford Heavy events, there was a split on the bill geography wise, with two of the bands hailing from right here in Hereford, and two from further afield.

Heading up the hometown bands were powerful metallers The Seventh Circle and Djent metal band Enmerkar, joined by South Wales metalcore mob Conflicts UK and Gloucester death metallers Ascaris heading to The Booth Hall to complete a heady bill that encompasses all different styles of the metal spectrum. Something that all the bands had in common was that they are all heavy, perfect for tonight’s proceedings.

ENMERKAR

enmerkar from Hereford play Hereford Heavy 4

 

We arrive at the venue to find that Enmerkar had already started their set wasting no time in pummeling the crowd with their technical metal, and it was great to see it was going down a storm.

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Culture Shock Join Hereford Musicians, Poets and Artists in 2nd Annual All Day Punk Festival Fundraiser for MUSICIANS AGAINST HOMELESSNESS in July.

Culture Shock Headlining Hereford's A CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE 2017 Punk Festival raising funds for Musicians Against Homelessness

We are pleased to come together this year with our local live music venue The Booth Hall and Hereford’s community of musicians, poets, DJ’s and artists for what should be quite a memorable fundraiser. It’s very encouraging to see everyone so positive and enthusiastic about performing.

This year is the 2nd anniversary of both our punk festival ‘A Crisis of Conscience’, and the national fundraiser ‘Musicians Against Homelessness’ started by Alan Mc Gee. Alan Mc Gee is the former manager of The Libertines, Primal Scream, Oasis, Jesus and the Marychain and the Happy Mondays.

Spoken Word Hereford for A Crisis of Conscience Punk Festival 2017
We will be opening our festival with a spoken word showcase featuring a cast of brilliant political poets.

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Hereford’s Punk and Reggae Nights With Fowokan

Hereford is slowly evolving into a Punk and Reggae music hub with nights happening in various locations all around the city. Some UK cities are known for their Indie, psych, blues, dance music, and a multitude of other music movements: however, Herefordshire holds a reputation for great border folk bands, a long-standing metal scene, alternative rock, reggae and the current regeneration of punk with the appearance of bands like the Subhumans, and the recent annual punk festival A Crisis of Conscience held at the Booth Hall in aid of homeless charities. We sent Gavin Brown to review the night.

The Underground Revolution Hereford host Punk band Alvin and the Angry Barrels opening for Fowokan Reggae Band at the Booth Hall June 2 2017
Nick Vidal-Hall for Booth Hall Photography. Punk and Ska band from Leominster Alvin and the Angry Barrels

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Help Hereford Music Promoter Kirsty Morris Get To The Great Wall of China In Support of St. Michael’s Hospice

Local Hereford alternative rock and indie music promoter Kirsty Morris is off on an epic journey this year to the Great Wall of China for a fundraising event of a lifetime to support local charity St. Michael’s Hospice.

She has received support from local businesses in Hereford and tickets donations from well-loved summer music festivals around the country to auction off and sell towards raising donations at her next fundraising event taking place at the Booth Hall on East Street this weekend. Kirsty has also received donations from some pretty famous bands around the country. She has been hard at work!

Hereford City Centric wanted to know more about this great trek being taken on by such an admirable woman and how close she is to her fundraising goals.

Political aspects are not something I really think of when I travel, as long as the areas I travel to are deemed as safe, then I really tend not to worry about such things.

THE INTERVIEW

Kirsty Morris Fundraising Trek across Great Wall of China 2017

Hereford City Centric: Hello Kirsty, you are actively involved in music promoting in Hereford with your promotion group Hey Little Monster, can you tell us a bit about the music you put on and what drives this interest?

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James Hickman & Dan Cassidy Played American Blues, Country & Bluegrass to The Wild Hare Set at the Serene ‘De Koffie Pot’ in Hereford

Sunday 21st May 2017

On a beautiful and sunny May evening, the setting of the beer garden outside the Left Bank is definitely the place to be with its scenic views and serene atmosphere, and that, coupled with a nice cold pint in hand, was the setting in which to enjoy the pre-summer good weather and calm vibes before this evening’s entertainment.

The music on offer tonight matched those calm and chilled out vibes, as this was the bluegrass, folk, country and beyond stylings of guitarist and vocalist James Hickman and fiddle player Dan Cassidy who wowed the audience at this gig put on by the good people of the Wild Hare Club.

James Hickman and Dan Cassidy by the Wild Hare Club at De Koffie Pot Hereford

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The Booth Hall Tribute Act Nights: Forever Sabbath & The Youth Within. Where’s The Brummy Accent?

Hereford City Centric sent our local music wordsmith, Gavin Brown, to check out the Black Sabbath tribute act, taking place at The Booth Hall and supported by Herefordshire Punks on the up, The Youth Within. I am going to assume he really enjoyed it by the enthusiasm in his review.

The Booth Hall have launched a series of tribute-themed nights that have included Chili Peppers and Blink 182 tribute acts in the past. Finding myself in a crowd of super pumped Blink 182 fans a couple weekends ago on the night Blink tribute act One Eighty Two played was a pleasant change for me. The truth is, I have always found bands that do covers the most boring of the lot; especially those “pub” bands. Stale beer fragrance comes to mind. There is a difference between cover bands and tribute acts, although I love it when local bands do the occasional cover.

Tribute acts have something to live up to. They study the musicians/performers they are emulating and really have to put in the effort. There is always something distracting about them though, they never ARE the actual band, and I would hate to be a tribute performer knowing everyone is staring at every detail about me in search of the resemblance to the original person they are mimicking; guess that makes them pretty gutsy and confident too.

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