With the Semi Final and Final of Battle of the Bands fast approaching, we will once again be allowing participating acts priority in booking practice room slots in the week leading up to the event. Bandsoc Exec will be in the SU between 12 and 1pm this Friday (26.02.16) where acts competing in the Semi Final can drop by and book two slots each on a first-come, first-served basis. The same will happen the following Friday (04.03.16) in order to allocate slots for the Final. As soon as the competing acts have chosen their slots, bookings will re-open for all Bandsoc members as usual. If you are one of the acts entitled to priority in booking slots but are unable to meet with exec at the allocated times, just let us know and we should be able to sort something out; we're nice like that.
Another week, another heat, and this one saw five of Warwick's finest solo artists fighting it out to claim the fourth spot in this year's Grand Final. The results from the heat were:
1. Eli Gumble
2. Jack Rawlands
3. Jay Singh
4. David Brass
5. Antony James
As always, huge thanks to all those who came along to watch - especially considering that it's reading week - and congratulations to all the acts involved, particularly Eli and Jack who took the spots in the final and the semi final respectively. The judges comments from last night should be on the forum by tomorrow afternoon, and don't forget to keep an eye out for the RaW recordings which should hopefully broadcast at some point this week.
Next Thursday (25.02.16) we'll be concluding the heats, with the final five acts making the trip to Zephyr Lounge with the aim of booking themselves a slot in the final. As always, doors will open at 8pm and entry will be £3 for members and £4 for non-members. The acts performing in this heat will be:
- Fey Militia
- Various Artists
This looks set to be another great heat and we hope to see as many of you there as possible! Feel free to weigh in on which of the bands you think will be claiming a slot in the final here on the forum.
Although it feels like we only took over yesterday, the imminent end of Battle of the Bands - tragically - means that it's time for us current exec to hang up our boots and make way for some new blood. We will elect our new exec at the Bandsoc AGM which will likely take place at the end of Week 8, and if you feel like becoming part of the exec might be of interest to you (which it definitely should be), you can put your name forward for one or more exec positions here on the forum.
That's all for this week,
Peace and love,
Thanks to everyone who came along to Battle of the Bands Heat 3 on Tuesday, it was another great night with plenty more talent on display. The results of the heat were:
1. Abandoned Life
2. Musing Blue
3. The Instinct
4. Untamed Americas
Congratulations to all involved but especially to Abandoned Life and Musing Blue who have booked their slots in the final and semi final. You can check out the judges comments here on the forum. Unfortunately we've been having some more trouble with the recordings, meaning that it's looking unlikely RaW will be broadcasting any audio from this heat. We're really sorry about this and should have the problem fixed by the next heat.
Heat 4 is back to its regular slot on Thursday, with doors opening at 8pm as usual. The acts performing this week will be:
This promises to be another great and we hope to see you all there!
Peace and love,
Christmas may be fast approaching but your friendly neighborhood Bandsoc are keeping busy right up to the end of term!
This evening (03/12/15) Bandsoc will be hosting our final jam night of 2015 in The Graduate (formerly The Mighty Duck) at 8pm. As always this will be a great chance to meet like-minded musicians from around campus and, with term 2 fast approaching, tonight could well be your last chance to form a band before BOTB.
On Monday (07/12/15) /bandsoc will be capping off a great term with our annual Winter Gig, which this year will be taking place at The Lounge in Leamington from 7:30pm. A whole host of great new artists will be performing and you may recognise some of them from various events across campus this term. Entrance is £1 for members and £2 for non-members. The Winter Gig always promises to be a great night and will also be your first chance to sign up for Bansoc's annual Battle of the Bands in term 2, so be sure not to miss out!
That's all for this week!
I'm Marc :) This year the exec will start doing a bloguish thing on the news page. We're going to write posts on bands, albums, instruments, etc. Anything related to music really! Let's see if we manage to keep it going...
Today I'll write about a genre of latin-american music, which I realised is not popular at all in the UK. It makes sense obviously, you never had any strong connection to Central and Southern America. On the other hand, my country (Spain) has been linked to Latin America for a long time. That link didn't start in the best of the ways tbh (conquest, genocide :( ). However, centuries went by and we still have a strong cultural bond, a great part of it is musical.
That's why when I played the drums I started learning some of the latin american main rythms and beats. From bossa nova to son motuno, chacha, cuban key, salsa, reaggeton, etc. Since I stopped playing the drums I forgot about all of them until last month I heard about another beat I didn't know: electronic bachata.
Latin rythms are well-known for having complex structures. This one is no exception. However, it has undergone a process of transformation since puertorican migrants made it popular in the US. It has adopted some elements of hiphop and electronic music. The main exponent of this new genre is Romeo Santos. Another one is Prince Royce (who isn't as good).
If you are open minded I recomend you to check some or Romeo's songs (e.g. 'eres mia' or 'yo también', last one is salsa, not bachata, but still good). It will probably sound weird if you are really used to rock, house, folk or any other rythms of European origin. Just don't judge it and enjoy! Also, don't focus on the clips, they're pretty shit. :D
Apologies for the lack of a newsletter in week 3; while I may have been idle in my job as secretary, the rest Bandsoc has been anything but, with Bandsoc bands performing at Kasbah, and appearing on campus as part of the Festival of Imagination, as well as our weekly radio show, Bandsoc Presents, gracing the airwaves on RaW.
Bandsoc will be hosting our second meet and greet of the year tomorrow (29/10/15) in The Graduate (formerly The Mighty Duck). The evening is an excellent opportunity to meet other musicians from around campus, or to showcase any music you may have been working on over the past couple of weeks. Our first jam night was a great evening and this one is looking set to be even better so be sure not to miss it!
Bandsoc have also been told about a number of opportunities for bands to gig around campus and Leamington which may be of interest to those of you looking for a chance to get involved with some live performances.Indiecation, the new indie club night in Leamington's Moo Bar, has expressed an interest in putting on some live music at future events, the first of which will be in November (04/10/15). Bandsoc have also been asked to provide two or three bands for UNICEF on Campus' Fast24 fundraising event (21/11/15), a chance for some free exposure on campus as well as to help raise some money for a great cause. Finally, The Independent are once again running iSessions, a nationwide competition looking for fresh musical talent; the Leamington event will be taking place in The Robbin's Well (16/11/15) where you will have the chance to have a set recorded and enter the competition.
If you're interested in playing at any of these events please let us know! It would be great to see as many new bands gigging as possible.
Bandsoc will be running a Spooky Spooky Halloween social this Saturday (31/10/15) - no prizes for guessing that date - at a house party in Leamington where a number of bands will be getting their spook on. It's going to be a great night and there will be prizes for the best costumes so get creative! (https://www.facebook.com/events/804400796352759/)
Our radio show, Bandsoc Presents, which takes place every Saturday between 8pm and 9pm on RaW, is still in need of guests for shows this term. If you or your band are interested in choosing some tunes, chatting about your music and spending an hour in the presence of Perry and Eli then please let a member of the exec know!
That's about all for this week, see you at the meet and greet tomorrow!
We may only have been back for a week but Bandsoc have already been kept busy, and had a great time meeting so many musicians eager to get involved at the Socs Fair on Wednesday!
Meet and Greet
This evening (10/10/15) we will be running our first event of the year, a meet and greet in the Dirty Duck which starts at 6pm. The event is a great chance for all those hoping to meet like-minded musicians from around campus, and to get to know some of the great people involved with Bandsoc. Don't be afraid to get talking to people and please, nobody bring any ukuleles.
Practice Room Credits
Those of you who are already members of Bandsoc will be able to buy credits for the practice room from the exec tonight for £5 so you can get to practicing as soon as possible. Harry (our treasurer) will also be in the SU selling credits every Wednesday between 12:30 and 1pm.
Don't panic if you can't make the meet and greet this evening! You will only have to wait until next Thursday (15/10/15) when Bandsoc will be hosting our first jam night of the year in Bar Fusion. Another excellent chance to get to know other members of the society and to play with musicians from around campus, we keep jam nights as casual as possible, with musicians welcome to play anything from covers and originals to spontaneous drunken jams. We will also be running a second jam night in week 3, the time and place of which will be confirmed soon.
Bandsoc also has its own radio show on Raw, our on-campus radio station, which will be taking place every Saturday between 8 and 9pm. Be sure to tune in tonight to catch Perry and Eli kick off the first show of the year, and if you feel you might be interested in appearing on the show in the coming weeks please let the exec know!
Thats all for this week, we're looking forward to seeing you soon!
Finally, a newsletter from the new exec – hooray! – albeit in the slowest Bandsoc news-week we've had so far.
What's on this week?
On Saturday evening, Bandsoc will again be taking to the airwaves on RaW, this week for music and chat with The Ready Wednesdays as they choose music from their influences and play some of their own. The show runs from 8-9pm, to listen online follow this link
Practice Room News
You may have noticed the new whiteboard in the practice room. This is for anyone to use for writing down spontaneous song ideas / leaving messages for everyone else to see (try to be nice). This is soon to be accompanied by a noticeboard, where we'll put information about upcoming gigs, events, etc.
We apologise for the recent inconsistencies in practice room equipment, we've had to supplement some of the hire gear with practice room gear due to breakages. Hopefully we'll have replaced things soon and shouldn't need to pinch equipment from the practice room anymore.
That's all for now, good luck with balancing exams, revision and music!
We have a new exec! Please don't bug them yet though, they're not officially exec until the first day of next term. Thanks to everyone who came along and voted!
President - Molly Davies
Vice President - Perry Emerson
Secretary - Ed Randall
Treasurer - Harry Maurice
Tech Officer - Jake Hollebon
Publicity - Marc Castellon
Social Sec - Jake Kardasz
Webmaster - Connor Bestwick
The comments from the semi can be found here! http://bandsoc.co.uk/forum/view/topic/11135/semi-final-judges-comments-10/?page=1
BOTB FINAL *TUESDAY 10TH MARCH*
Another reminder that the BOTB GRAND FINAL is this Tuesday 10th March, at 7pm in Copper Rooms 1. £3 for members and £4 for non-members. This is a night not to be missed!!! Who will be crowned the winner of BOTB and the best band on campus? Come along for a fantastic night of music to find out the result.
See you there!
Heat 5 Results
Thanks to all of you who attended the last heat! It was an exciting night. The two wildcard choices were Sombrero Galaxy and Friends for Hire! Here are the results and a link to the judges comments:
1st) The Ready Wednesdays
3rd) Friends for Hire
4th) Fey Militia
5th) Tom Fraine
Bandsoc Exec Elections
Exec elections are coming up soon! If you've loved playing at BOTB this year, and enjoyed being a member of Bandsoc, then why not run for a position in the exec? There are eight roles to fill. For more details about each role, follow this link: http://bandsoc.co.uk/forum/view/topic/11116/exec-elections-2015/?page=1
You can nominate yourself for a position simply by posting on the forum thread, with the position you want to run for.
BOTB SEMI FINAL
Here we go, the penultimate stage of Battle of the Bands 2015, the fight for the last place in the grand final!
This is taking place in Copper Rooms 2, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3rd March. £3 for members, £4 for non members.
In with a shot we have:
Abandoned Life (Doom Metal)
Bad News Everyone (Folk Rock)
Navina (Singer-Song writer)
Babu (Experimental Rock)
Sombrero Galaxy (Beach Jam)
Friends for Hire (Pop-Punk)
That's all for now. Thanks for reading, and have a great week,