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What a year 2013 was! But now we’re looking ahead as we prepare for what we’re sure will be another great year for Soldier On.
We’re only a couple of weeks into the new year, but have already played two gigs. First of all we played on the opening night of the New year’s Revolution at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, then headed back to The Bungalow in Paisley, where we enjoyed playing last year.
The gig at The Bungalow was an important one. It was actually a fundraiser for the Clutha disaster which unfolded late last year – a gig we were more than delighted to be a part of and give our support to.
2014 won’t just be about live performances though. We’ll continue to grow our online family, give you a heads-up on how to get tickets for gigs, and share some pictures and videos with you so you can see what happens at a Soldier On gig.
We’ll also be aiming to write, record, and perform some new tracks for you this year too, so stay connected to our Soundcloud for any new material.
Oh, and there are plans to shoot a video in the not-too-distant future too, so keep a look out!
Last year we played in loads of amazing venues and got to meet many great musicians. So more of the same this year please!
This is gonna be a big year for Soldier On, so stick around and enjoy it with us! Just remember to keep watching our website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Soundcloud accounts for all news and goodies. You won’t be disappointed!
With 2013 almost over, and us having played our last gig of the year, we’re looking back at what a great year it’s been for Soldier On.
We’ve had the pleasure of playing at some great nights in some amazing venues stretching right across Scotland’s central belt.
That’s not all thought. It’s not just been about playing these great venues. It’s been about playing on the same bill as other crackin’ bands too. We’ve been spoilt this year with some of the guys we’ve been able to listen to.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s been so much more.
This year, only our first year as a band, we’ve had the privilege of playing at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut not once, but twice! The latter of the two gigs saw us supporting American rockers, The Weeks, who’ve a close affiliation with the Kings of Leon. So that’s a bit of a big deal!
These venues are just built for rock and roll. The acoustics in the rooms, the vibe, the history… Everything. Plus most of them had pretty good bars too – Ross can vouch for that!
And for all you true mods, how could we miss out the scooter rally at Ayr Racecourse! What a weekend that was. We got to hear amazing music, have a right laugh, oh and there were some nice scooters there too!
And to top the year off, we were invited to play at two Christmas lights switch-on shows, one in Ayr and the other Irvine. Dominating Ayrshire!
It’s not till you’re looking back that you realise there’s been a sh*t load of venues we’ve played, so to see them all, head to the bottom where you see them all listed.
Although we’re playing no more gigs this year, we’ve already started planning for 2014. We’re determined to make next year bigger and better than this one.
Regular visitors to our Facebook and Twitter accounts will have seen that we’ve announced our first gig of next year – the New Year’s Revolution at King Tuts. Playing there is beginning to become a bit of a habit!
06.12.2013 - The Admiral, Glasgow
01.12.2013 – Christmas Light Switch On, Irvine Town Centre
17.11.2013 - Christmas Light Switch On, Ayr
15.11.2013 - 1999, Taylors, kilwinning
28.10.2013 - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
12.10.2013 - ModStuff, Paisley
04.10.2013 – Motherwell Concert Hall, Lanarkshire
29.09.2013 – Fanny by Gaslight, Kilmarnock
28.09.2013 – Pebbles Nightclub, Troon
18.08.2013 - Freckfest, Irvine
09.08.2013 - The HAC, Irvine
07.08.2013 – Hoxton Nights, Harleys, Ayr
04.08.2013 – The Market Inn, Ayr
02.08.2013 - The Alive and Kicking Festival, Auchinleck
26.07.2013 - Pretty Green Store, Glasgow
20.07.2013 - Ayr Racecourse (ScootAyr), Ayr
05.07.2013 - Maggie Mays, Glasgow
01.06.2013 - Dirty Weekender, Kilmarnock
21.05.2013 - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
02.05.2013 – The Market Inn, Ayr
26.04.2013 - Barrowlands, Glasgow
18.04.2013 - Clubhouse, Irvine
29.03.2013 - Buff Club, Glasgow
16.03.2013 - The Harvester, Livingston
02.03.2013 - Pivo Pivo, Glasgow
23.02.2013 - Pivo Pivo, Glasgow
13.02.2013 – Box, Glasgow
27.01.2013 - Furys, Ayr
18.01.2013 - Broadcast, Glasgow
This week it was announced that Glasgow is the best UK city for discovering new music.
Pretty cool considering we’ve played in the last two, plus set to play again in King Tuts at the start of 2014. Exciting stuff!
Glasgow newspaper, the Evening Times reported that the poll was made up of 2000 UK music fans, and was commissioned on behalf of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.
The paper also claims that the poll discovered that some music fans even “admitted to showing their devotion by getting a band logo tattoo”. So who’s going to be the first to get a Soldier On tattoo? And we’ll need photographic proof of it too folks!
Historically, Glasgow’s always had a great reputation for breaking new music and bands. Big names who’ve hailed from Glasgow include Travis, Franz Ferdinand, The Fratellis, Paolo Nutini, Amy Macdonald, and Glasvegas.
So although it’s great to hear Glasgow being recognised as a serious force for new music in the UK, it’s probably something we all already knew.
But on a personal note, for us, it’s great to see that the venues we’re playing in are held in such high regard.
The Barrowlands has always been an epic venue, and to be able to say we’ve played there is cool as fu*k!
And King Tuts. We’ve played there a couple of times now, and are set to play there again on January 3rd as part of the New Year’s Revolution. So for us, it’s amazing to see we’re playing in these iconic and important venues.
But this is just the beginning. We’ve had an awesome 2013, and we’ll stop at nothing to make 2014 even better.
Anyone who knows us will know that we love everything about the mod culture. We’re into the clobber and stylish haircuts, and of course, the music it influences.
But another aspect of the culture we’re really into are the scooters. They’re great fun, and really help define not only a an era, but a movement.
One of the best things about scooters? Scooter rallies. And in Scotland, we’re lucky enough to have loads of rallies to pick from.
If you’re into rallies, then you can enjoy them from as far north as the Argyle Road Runners, as far east as Coyotes Scooter Club in West Lothian, and even as far south as Kelso.
Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to be invited to play at one of these rallies, ScootAyr, alongside some other great bands, such as: The Underground Jam, The Laynes, The Marauders, Counterfeit Clash, The Amphetameanies, The Tripps, and The Skarsoles.
Held at Ayr Racecourse, ScootAyr was great fun to play at. We all enjoyed great music, great dancing (in some cases), and of course, a good drink!
But what is it everyone loves about the Scooter rallies?
With most of the rallies including scooters (of course), live bands, alcohol and hundreds of like-minded people, what’s not to like?!
In the United Kingdom, scooter rallies have existed since the early 1950s, when scooters became more popular.
During the 1960s, mods travelled on scooters to seaside resorts across Britain. In the 1970s, scootering took the form of a subculture, and scooter rallies again became popular by the late 1970s.
In the 1980s, during the mod revival, scooter rallies were held around the world, and it was around this time that the scooterboy subculture developed.
A huge number of scooter clubs sprang up and scooterists travelled all around Britain to attend massive rallies.
Scooter rallies have continued through the 1990s and 2000s on a more organized scale, with attendance numbers in the UK increasing again in recent years.
Got a Scooter Rally you want to tell us about? Leave a comment below, giving us all the details about it, and we’ll see if we can make it along.
Watch the video below to see how we documented our time at ScootAyr.
Following on from a great gig at ScootAyr the weekend before, we were right up for this gig.
Over the last few months, we’ve played in some iconic Glasgow venues including Barrowlands, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut and Maggie Mays – but this one was different, we’re all mad Oasis fans and to play in one of Liam’s stores was a real honour.
The atmosphere in Glasgow was electric, with many events taking place across the city, for the 2013 Merchant City Festival. The festival took place between 24th and 28th July this year and entertained around 55,000 people – they must have ordered the weather!
Most of us love Liam’s fashion sense and label, so pardon the pun, but this was a Pretty massive gig for us! Before the gig, we were invited to Rebel Rebel on Union Street, Glasgow to get our barnets done too.
Now, obviously our hair is already cool (you don’t need to tell us) but the guys at Rebel Rebel took it to a different level with total restyles that make us look even better.
As well as getting our hair sorted, we also had time for a bit of banter and a photo shoot. The barber shop is really impressive, with a couple of mod murals up on the walls – a fitting venue for our restyle. You can check out the new look Soldier On on in our website gallery.
In true Soldier On fashion, things were a bit hectic. While setting up in Pretty Green, we noticed we were missing a drum pedal, so Ross and Ben had to find one, pronto! The gig started with a bang however and we kicked things off with ‘Rhona’. After 9 songs on a very warm day, the restyle had all gone to pot – a cracking gig and a cracking day.
Some brilliant bands have played in Pretty Green stores up and down the country – including Liam Gallagher himself, with Beady Eye – so for Soldier On it was a surreal experience.
Thanks to everyone who made it along, as always we really appreciate your support, and we think Pretty Green do too as the tills were ringing as we packed up our gear.
So where next, we hear you ask! This Friday you can catch us as part of the opening show for the Alive and Kicking Festival in Auchinleck.
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Turns out, a lot of bands hate it. Some have even taken measures to try and stop it from happening at their gigs.
We’re not just musicians, we’re fans too, so we can kinda understand why folk would do it. But, being fans, we don’t get why people want to concentrate more on capturing a crap video to watch at home, instead of enjoying the real thing!
In the last week, some of the band went to The Who’s gig and also The Stone Roses’ gig, and saw it happening there too. Sometimes I think it’s just a way of people being able to boast about where they were, with the video being some kinda pish evidence.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t wanna go home and watch a shaky video (probably steamin’), with shite sound. I’d rather go home and remember a quality gig, with my ears ringing from being right at the front of the stage.
I read an article about it the other week, and saw a quote from Gus Unger-Hamilton, from Alt-J, saying: “I really want to say on stage sometimes, this is our last song, just put down your phones and enjoy it and remember it.” He’s spot on.
Plus, anyone standing near us videoing a gig would probably have their view of the stage obstructed by Jordan dancing about; so pointless!
But on a serious note, you wouldn’t whip out your phone at the cinema and record parts of the movie, unless you don’t mind getting the jail; so why is it acceptable to do it at someone’s gig? Copyright isn’t just reserved for films!
I’ve seen a view good ideas floating about on how to solve the problem. Companies, along with help from bands, are launching apps which let punters download the tracks they’ve just heard.
Apps like these stop people ruining the whole gig experience. It’ll help prevent people having their view obstructed by others holding their phones in the air in front of them, but will also give people the opportunity to have good stuff on their phone – no more shite-quality videos.
And for the bands, it means they get some royalties from the downloads, so everyone wins.
We see folk videoing some of our gigs at times, and although it’s flattering, most of time we’d rather they’d just left their phone at home and came out for a right good dance.
So next time you’re at a Soldier On gig, leave your phone at home, get yourself to the bar, and then head to the middle of the stage and dance your heart out.
It’s been a while coming, but we finally have our blog up and running; so welcome to the world of Soldier On!
Going forward, you can visit the Soldier On blog to keep up to date with our latest gigs, find out a bit more about us, learn about who inspired us and our music, and some general chat and pictures from recording sessions and backstage antics.
For those of you who don’t know us, we’re a 5-piece rock’n’roll band from Ayrshire, made up of Jordan Bastock, Liam Lambert, Stephen Hunter, Ben Prescott and Ross Butler.
To date, we’ve played a number of gigs in some of the best venues Scotland has to offer. Recently, we even played in Glasgow’s iconic Barrowlands, where a number of high profile bands, such as Kasabian, The Rolling Stones, Paul Weller, and The Who have played.
As well as chat about what we’ve been up to, and about gigs we’ve played, we’ll also tell you about gigs we’ve got coming up, such as the one we’re playing later this month at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut.
King Tuts is widely regarded as one of the best live venues in the UK, and even the world. Despite being a compact and intimate venue, it generates a brilliant atmosphere and the acoustics are great.
Many bands have played King Tuts in their early days, and have gone on to be successful – one prime example being Oasis!
Along with info on our future gigs, we’ll also let you know where you can buy tickets for the gigs and how much they’ll be. So you’ll have no excuse not to come and see us!
Hopefully the blog will not only keep you informed on what we’re up to, but also help you get to know us better, and see how we work.
Keep an eye out for our next post which will be coming soon.
Until then… Soldier On!