Friday, 28 February 2014

Puppet Rebellion EP Launch at Gullivers, Manchester

Puppet Rebellion EP Launch 

Last week end I attended the EP launch of "No Means Yes" for the fabulous Puppet Rebellion in the Northern Quarter, Manchester at Gulllivers on Saturday the 22nd of February.

Gullivers is a pub and concert venue on Oldham Street.  I have seen the lads perform on a number of occasions previously, and they are a particular favourite band of mine. So, when they got in touch to let me know about their EP launch I couldn't say no. This is an intimate venue and provided a fantastic atmosphere throughout the night. There were four acts on that evening.

 The opening act was David Liversidge an amazing singer and guitarist, who is also a talented song writer.  I had never heard David play before and was unsure what to expect, but was greeted with the most amazing vocals and acoustic guitar playing, as he lived up to his well deserved reputation throughout the Indie circuit. His set consisted of 8 tracks, including a brilliant cover version of the Fleetwood Mac number Go Your Own Way that had everyone, ( including myself,) singing along.

The set included Take my Hand, Far from Home, Another Way, Millie and Me, The Voice and  Art Cafe.

One of the funniest parts of the evening involved a fellow blogger Squarepig and Gareth Kilshaw, who has donned fake red pirate beards to show support for David, who appeared suitably impressed.

Here are links to Davids' Twitter, Facebook, website and soundcloud. Please show David some support.

Then second act of the evening was The Wax Collection, the band was founded in January 2011. They describe their style or genre of music as "Lolloping, semi-psyche bourbon-beat." This was yet another band I hadn't heard or seen before. The "Sound's of the 60's" was the thought that popped in to my head as I listened to their numbers. With strains of The Beatles and Cream springing to mind. Very vintage pop/rock psychadelia. Loved them and would happily watch them again without a second thought. Another band that are destined to go far.

A four piece band, their line up was Benjamin Lewis - singer/guitarist and founding member of the band, Rick Less- Bass player, Matt Allison - vocals and guitar, and once again, last, but not least the drummer was Rory Swierc.

Here are links to Twitter, Facebook, soundcloud and website

The third act was the very talented group - The Darlingtons. I had heard good things about this young band but again, never seen them live. They virtually exploded on stage and took it by storm, never letting up or slowing down throughout the set. The energy was unbelievable to witness and the the crowd rose to the occasion, picked up on the energy and ran with it. Their set list was Rotations (apparently a brand new track) , Ships at Sea, Don’t Give Me Hope,  A Song For Someone Else In Time, Everything,  Watch Yourself, Sirens and the final song was Flashing Lights.

The line up of The Darlingtons is Kiran Roy - vocalist/guitarist, Daniel Young - lead guitar, Alex Bispham - bass player and last, but not least Chris Holmes on drums.There latest single "Don't Give Me Hope"  has received glowing reviews.

Here are the links for The Darlingtons to Twitter, Facebook and youtube.

The crowd by the end of this set, was not only warmed up, but almost incandescent. Setting the scene for the main event, the fabulous Puppet Rebellion.

I first heard of Puppet Rebellion when they contacted me on Twitter and sent me a demo track of The Greatest Lie Ever Told. The band was originally formed back in January 2013. I was so impressed, that I attended their first live gig back in 2013. on the 6th of April at the Dry Live on Oldham Street. Their performance was so polished and authentic, that it seemed as if the band had been together,forever. The band have since gone from strength to strength and developed a huge following in the process. 

The band line up is Simon Monaghan -Frontman, Chris Carcamo -Drums, Paul Trochowski -Guitars, Jim Halliwell -Bass. and Craig Gibson -Guitar.

They began their set with Chemical Friends, followed by Pirouette, Cupboards Painted Red, The New Twenty,  Loner In Disguise, Time To Lie, Green Eyed Monster, Tame Imposter, and ended on the first track I had ever heard from them - The Greatest Lie Ever Told.

The gig as a whole worked like a charm, as there was so much light and shade with the various acts on that night - something for everyone. This gig was the first the band have arranged for themselves, and a very brave undertaking, and was a huge success - well done boys. By the end of the set the whole audience was dancing and singing along, the atmosphere was amazing and electricity in the room was palpable. 

Here are the links for Puppet Rebellion on Twitter, Facebook, website, soundcloud and youtube.

The band next play 

8th March  The Exchange  Stoke on Trent (Hanley)

21st March   Zanzibar  Liverpool

19th April   Manchester Academy 3   Manchester

All the fantastic photographs I have used on this gig review have been supplied by the fabulous 

Find him here



Please go and show some LOVE to all of the bands and better still, go and support them. It isn't expensive and I know you would have a fantastic, atmospheric night.



Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Blog Hop today with Suzy Ayers


to my very good friend Suzy Ayers. Come on in Suzy and take a pew.

Let me tell you a little bit about Suzy and this series of books

Suzy Ayers writes across many genres and this is the second book in The Before World Series. She attempts to write characters with depth, many times with pain and heartache. The ELEMENTS – The Before World Series has already been written and she is working on producing the next book “The Sixth Element”.

She writes in a fashion where it may seem archaic (gasp), she writes everything by hand and has many notebooks. She never plans a story and yet somehow it unfolds: the plots, the characters and the happily ever after endings. She is a true romantic at heart so despite the pain and heartbreak through the series know that there is happiness for Sara.

Suzy has also written a plethora of other books and short stories this year. If you enjoy Erotic fiction or Contemporary Romance with some heat please click the author links below.

The first book is Sara’s Awakening ~ ELEMENTS –The Before World: Book 1 has been on the Amazon Bestseller’s List a couple times for metaphysical and visionary fantasy. Sara has visions through dreams and she only begins to learn about her powers in the first book. She also finds out what true love is in this romantic fantasy, but her feisty nature stirs up quite a lot of trouble. She also finds that the loss of her mother isn’t the only pain she will have to face.

Miranda’s Amulet Book Description:

Princess Sara Rosen must learn her role as Thomas’ wife and juggle being a new mother. Happy to be where she thinks she’s meant to be, believing she’s completed her destiny. However her fate and her dark dreams have barely begun.

Her powers have grown exponentially; as she uncovers a frightful new burden she must bear. Additionally, she questions Thomas’ fidelity and her own. Trusting no one and not even herself at times, she must protect a new secret and her family.

Continue on the journey with Sara and the Rosen family in this: sci-fi, futuristic, romantic fantasy… in the name of love, loss, and magic.

This book includes: Shapeshifters, visions, premonitions, magic, spells, poisons, Sorcerer’s, a Wizard, Witches, death, sexual situations, and is considered to be a book for adults 18+. This book contains 86,000 words.

Author links

Buy Links for Sara’s Awakening

Buy Links for Miranda’s Amulet

Sexy Holiday Bites is where you will first learn about Damien, Sara, and Thomas. It’s a free book of flash fiction that features voyeurism and (gasp) sex. Grab it and enjoy all the stories from these hot authors year round.


Further dates for Suzy's Blog Hop Tour

16th Feb Suzy Ayer

18th Feb Scarlett Flame

19th Feb Nikki Haze

20th Feb TBA

21st Feb Paige Matthews

22nd FebDamien Bloodstone

23rd Feb John Satisfy

Please go and visit Suzy and tell her Scarlett says hi


Thursday, 6 February 2014

The Book of Paul by Richard Long

Book Blast, The Book of Paul - ON SALE UNTIL 9th February!

The book blast will be from the 7th to the 9th of February

 On sale today through February for only $.99 (originally $3.99)         

                                "Richard Long intertwined a bag of genres while creating this intriguing and enchanting's mind-blowing." - Stephen King

Currently on the bestseller lists for Dark Fantasy and Horror!


In the rubble-strewn wasteland of Alphabet City, a squalid tenement conceals a treasure "beyond all imagining"-- an immaculately preserved, fifth century codex. The sole repository of ancient Hermetic lore, it contains the alchemical rituals for transforming thought into substance, transmuting matter at will...and attaining eternal life.

When Rose, a sex and pain addicted East Village tattoo artist has a torrid encounter with Martin, a battle-hardened loner, they discover they are unwitting pawns on opposing sides of a battle that has shaped the course of human history. At the center of the conflict is Paul, the villainous overlord of an underground feudal society, who guards the book's occult secrets in preparation for the fulfillment of an apocalyptic prophecy. 

The action is relentless as Rose and Martin fight to escape Paul's clutches and Martin's destiny as the chosen recipient of Paul's sinister legacy. Science and magic, mythology and technology converge in a monumental battle where the stakes couldn't be higher: control of the ultimate power in the universe--the Maelstrom.N

A best-selling novel, The Book of Paul is the first of seven volumes in a sweeping mythological narrative tracing the mystical connections between Hermes Trismegistus in ancient Egypt, Sophia, the female counterpart of Christ, and the Celtic druids of Clan Kelly.

"Long's prose is deft and clear, transporting the reader from one character's psyche to the next...this tale is a compelling one. A psychological thriller for readers who are bored with run-of-the-mill horror...Those who embrace the genre will eagerly anticipate a second installment in the series." - Kirkus Reviews

"Intelligent, self-aware, and often amusing...hitting all the markers for sadistic, salacious, and scary. Long is doubtless going to build a large and loyal fan base composed of people just like him: literate folks with a bizarre sense of humor who prefer a bucket of blood to a bath filled with rose petals." - ForeWord Clarion Reviews

"Totally absorbing! The Book of Paul is moving, profound, funny, terrifying and never lets you go. The prose is swift and times, even poetic. Masterful storytelling. Hats off!!" - Henry Bean, writer/director of The Believer.

"Richard Long intertwined a bag of genres while creating this intriguing and enchanting's mind-blowing." - Stephen King

Over 100 five star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads!

#1 in Horror, Thrillers, Sci-Fi, Fantasy! TOP 100 Bestseller on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes.

Currently on the best-seller lists for Dark Fantasy and Horror on Amazon (2nd February)

From the author

The Book of Paul crosses a number of genres. Sometimes when I’m asked what kind of book it is, I’ll say it’s a dark, paranormal thriller with occult horror themes, mystery, suspense, erotica and black humor. Other times, I just say, “It’ll really curl your toes.”

 eLit Book Awards - Illuminating Digital Publishing Excellence for Gold Medal for Horror AND Bronze Medal for Mystery/Suspense/Thriller (2012)

Available from

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Tastes like Animals - an up and coming, young, new band, to watch out for.....

In late September last year, in fact the 20th, it was a Friday, I watched a fantastic young band called Tastes Like Animals at a little advertised gig at Barca, in the Castlefield area of Manchester.

Unfortunately for all the artists on the bill that night very little advertising appears to have happened, as a resultant attendance was not only poor, it was dire!

I felt very privileged to watch them play though, such a waste of talent for them to play to such a small audience. On the plus side it was an amazing set and well worth the visit.


Tastes Like Animals came together after the demise of a band that had achieved all it was able to achieve. It was the drive, passion and taste for the stage of the two surviving members Phil (guitar/vocals) and John (drums) that brought Tastes Like Animals to life!

After a couple of jam sessions together with Phil at the helm on guitar and vocals they realised it was time to look for a bass player. Mostly through chance they were introduced to Matty (bass), who had been playing guitar and bass for a number of years and was looking for a band. Matty completed the feel and sound the band was always meant to be. The rest they say is history!

Roughly a year on and Tastes Like Animals are going from strength to strength. Currently recording songs at Project 9 Studios in Winnington with Andrew Spence as producer. Tastes Like Animals continue to venture out to bigger and better venues, honing their skills and sound on the stage!

You can also find Project 9 Studios on Facebook and Twitter

The band say their influences are Blues, 80's rock, funk, noise and good old rock'n'roll!

These include the Foo Fighters and Jack White.

You can find the band here on

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