All in NE Bands

Velvoir: The Machine

The creations draw us to the humans, but to go on making the creations the humans need to fit into the Machine and to fit into the Machine they need to make certain sacrifices. This is the third and last piece on Velvoir, which deals with what it means to sacrifice everything to fulfil your dreams.

Velvoir: Creations

Overt sexuality, gender ambiguity and a hypnotic range of sound textures: these are some of the ingredients that come to mind when one thinks of Velvoir. As one of the most forward-thinking bands in the North East (and possibly in the country), what they embody goes much deeper than a desire to shock. This is the first of three pieces in which I aim to explore the power of their music.

Cellar Door: Backstage Pizzazz at KU Bar

Are gig nights really as thrilling from the band's perspective as they may seem? Having written about the production of Cellar Door’s music and the members themselves, I joined them at several gigs to experience it from their side.This piece will focus on two of their gigs at KU Bar: one as part of the highly successful return of XFEST and another as a supporting band for The Hummingbirds.

Cellar Door: Life and Times

Cellar Door make the necessary sacrifices to create and maintain a professional image as a band not so much with widespread success as the ultimate goal but for the sake of doing something worthwhile, tangible and enjoyable as a group of friends. No wonder they describe themselves as simply “five lads from Teesside making alternative indie music”. Nothing more, nothing less. But there is more to these five lads than meets the eye as I discovered while exploring the lives and times of Cellar Door.

Lost State of Dance and Enjoyment

A last look at the story of Lost State of Dance — the band known for bringing back the 80s to the North East. — capturing two live performances of their music in two locations: Darlington and Stockton-on-Tees. These performances represent the fusion of four different people and their outlooks on life in a space of time that is meant to be enjoyed and remembered by many people.

Cellar Door: From Pig Pen Rehearsal Studios to Blast Recording

It was once said that "of all the phrases in the English language, of all the endless combinations of words in all of history, that 'cellar door' is the most beautiful." That is what Cellar Door, five lads from Teesside, decided they wanted to capture in their music: the most beautiful combination of sounds possible. And this is a glimpse into the writing and recording of those beautiful sounds ...

Monday Nights at Grizzo's

For several Monday nights I ventured into the centre of Hartlepool to join the members of Lost State of Dance in their weekly band practice. While most Hartlepudlians were busy preparing their dinner or having their first pint of the week, a tiny percentage of the town’s population broke the monotonous life cycle of work, eat, sleep. Entering the tumultuous wave of artistic expression ...