Single Review: Chic feat. Nile Rodgers – I’ll Be There

The day when we get to hear new music from Chic and Nile Rodgers has finally arrived! Nile Rodgers has been teasing us with snippets and instrumentals of the new track entitled ‘I’ll Be There‘ for the past few weeks, find even announcing a tour of the UK beginning tonight at London’s Roundhouse in Camden. Back to the song however, erectile and there is very little we can say apart from that it is simply fabulous.

It is classic Chic: Nile Rodger’s trademark guitar chords and progression is all over this track, as is the great Bernard Edwards bass, propelling the disco floor filler onwards, hopefully to a great position on the UK Singles Charts. The strings, the horns, the percussion (provided by The Martinez Brothers, no less) are equally wonderful, as are the vocals. It is classic Chic, no one vocalist dominates whilst the vocalists themselves do not overpower the musicians – everyone is an equal. It’s wonderful to hear new music from the band that pioneered disco, and the band that disco nearly ended. The resurrection of Nile Rodgers as a musical icon in the past five years is truly beautiful to see, and he deserves all the credit he has received in recent years. For his hard-core fans, for which we are, a new Chic single release (and forthcoming album release) is a delight.

Honestly, there’s nothing more we could write to persuade you to check it out. You’re better simply listening to it yourself. The track is available to purchase on iTunes, if you have Spotify the extended version and instrumental is available to listen to below along with another new song ‘Back in the Old School’.

George Haffenden.

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Interview & Gig Review: Bear’s Den, The Cluny

The Cluny’s intimate feel was the perfect setup to emphasize Bear’s Den music. When entering the gig, the room was packed, with fans spilling into every corner and lending their eyes and ears to the magic of the bearded trio. They opened with one of their most popular songs “Elysium”, where the prominent use of the trumpet created a sense of nostalgia that echoed throughout the entire set. Though the banjo and trumpet where noticeable, they did not overpower the unique guitar playing; creating the perfect balance between indie folk and country. The songs “Don’t let the Sun Steal You Away” and “Agape” brought the energy out of the crowd and highlighted the bands ability to guide the audience throughout; as we felt part of the whole experience, rather than detached viewers. The gig as a whole was an artistic piece, with their songs flowing seamlessly as their album “Islands” does. The bands main personal love of Lenard Cohen is main influence to their sound, which is comparable to such bands like Of Monsters and Men and Mumford and Son’s, who they have previously supported. The bands lyrics tell various meaningful stories, which many artist today lack in. The trio’s unity was outwardly seen when they would interact with each other mid song. This did not separate the crowd from the band but alternatively did the opposite and drew us in more. Not only did they connect with us on a musical and lyrical level but on a physical one too. This was shown when they joined us in crowd and played an acoustic version of “Bad Blood”. They finished the promising set with the song “Sahara” from their original album “Without/Within”, which highlighted their incredible songwriting skills from the get go as well as finishing the show on a high.

Andy Brown and Lottie Bovill

NSR Meets Bear’s Den! by Newcastle Student Radio on Mixcloud

NSR Meets… The Kaiser Chiefs!

Two weeks ago, the Kaiser Chiefs played the Metro Radio Arena, a show that gave so much and more. Kaiser Chiefs are one of those bands that you will have a vivid memory of growing up, it’s hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since ‘I predict a riot ‘was released. Eventhough they’ve been round for such a long time, they’re still very much down to earth and still love to impress their fans. As expected they played a mixture of singles from their newest album Education, Education, Education & War and some of their classics, such as Ruby, Never Miss A Beat and Oh My God; we were even surprised to hear a cover of The Who’s Pinball Wizard, which they had performed at the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, a performance of their new single Falling Awake and even a video sketch from Dave Grohl.

Starting off as pioneering a new style of indie rock in the noughties, they definitely haven’t forgotten their roots and their complete spirit on stage demonstrates this. In particular, Ricky Wilson is not just simply the calm and collected guy he may appear on ‘The Voice’, he is first and foremost a Kaiser Chiefs frontman, and he approaches his stage with limitless energy, jumping off anything in sight and a complete daredevil when it comes to a swinging, hangover microphone. It’s obvious they are a band who loves to connect and interact with their audience, and this is exactly what they did throughout the gig. At one point Ricky was even brave enough to run through (the almost sold out) standing crowds to get to a stage at the back of the arena. Also included was a Q&A type format to the show, bringing keyboardist ‘Peanuts’ centre stage, after first announcing that he had actually studied at Newcastle University, to answer a couple of questions from fans in the audience. Being the fun loving guy he is, Ricky even replied to one fan asking the question ‘do you like cats?’ with the response ‘well that’s a shit question’.

Overall, the gig consisted of endless energy from all five members, humorous interaction with the audience, fun and a whole lot of unexpected surprises. The Kaiser Chiefs are amazing not only for their Northern charm and passionate music, but for their ability to interact with a crowd, even in a venue the size of the arena, and actually get them involved with the show; even screening a backdrop of images from the Quayside during their final song Coming Home to bring in that Newcastle home spirit. The relentless energy and trademark ambition that each member brings to the stage is truly mesmerising, it’s like they’d never been away from us.

Hannah Maloney.

NSR Meets… THE KAISER CHIEFS! by Newcastle Student Radio on Mixcloud

Gig Review: Postmodern Jukebox, The Sage

If you’re not the type of person to troll YouTube for new and different things then it might be that you haven’t come across Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox before. And that would be a great shame. Starting off as a small band on YouTube who do weird and wonderful covers to all your favourite chart songs (plus the awful ones – they even make Justin Bieber sound like a lyrical God), recipe they have skyrocketed, health demonstrated by their expansive (and ambitious) European tour of 17 countries in 2 months! This tour is just a small representative example of their huge support with well over a hundred million views of their YouTube channel. Known for their eccentric outfits, sildenafil musical adaptations and promotion of the best and brightest new singers, they are (in my incredibly biased view) the best thing to happen to the music in a long time.


When I found out they were touring the U.K again (after I missed out seeing them last time due to a friend’s 21st – *angry face*) I was ecstatic. Especially seeing as I managed to snag one of the last seats of their sell out gig at the Sage in Gateshead. Whilst I had at the back of my head a slight worry that the band might not be able to live up to my gargantuan expectations of them my mind was quickly eased. Known for rotating a wide array of artists I wasn’t sure who would be appearing on the tour but the line up was incredible with the one and only Scott Bradley, key singers – Morgan James, Kiah Victoria, Ariana Savalas and Mykal Kilogero including my absolute favourite Casey Abrams and tap dancer Christopher Erk.


Not only was the singing just as good, if not infinitely better than their YouTube videos, what made the gig so memorable was the stage presence of the singers. From the lively and encouraging compairing of Mykal Kilgoreto the sultry and flirtatious manner of Ariana Savalas you really felt like the band wanted you to be there, and not just for the money you would spend on their merchandise. This was substantiated by the fact that they all stayed after the show (including the underappreciated but excellent band) to sign posters and tickets – not making you stand in the cold outside for hours like many a band would. Further than this they stayed true to form with a jazzed up show full of costumes, tap dancing, audience participation and fantastic music.


Whilst all the songs were great my personal favourites from the night HAD to be The Greatest Love of All, Blank Space, Take Me Church and my all time favourite All of Me. To feel my joy you can see all of these covers on YouTube and on their Spotify.


All in all it could not have been a better gig. Especially seeing as we got to meet my one true hero Casey Basey after the show for a ginger hug & selfie. What else can you ask for really?


Annie Preston


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Interview: Southern, Riverside

Ahead of supporting Hudson Taylor at Riverside this week, the brother-sister duo Southern sat down with Heather Bradshaw to discuss the latest since we spoke with them back in October.

Southern are on tour throughout February across the UK supporting Hudson Taylor, and we recommend you check them out!

NSR Meets Southern (Again!) by Newcastle Student Radio on Mixcloud

Gig Review: Hudson Taylor, Riverside

It’s hard to believe that this is Hudson Taylor’s first ever headline tour; they know exactly what they’re doing. As you look further however, link it comes as no surprise, drug for a band that have been performing on the streets of Dublin, pills as well as touring with the likes of Jake Bugg and Kodaline, they know how to take the stage.

This brotherly duo’s chemistry radiates the venue as they exhibit pop folk in its greatest form, though revamping it for the modern audience. Influences such as Simon and Garfunkel and the Everly Brothers shine through. It would be wrong to deny them their place amongst the Irish indie movement, currently experiencing success within mainstream pop. Singles “Battles” and “Chasing Rubies” succeeded all expectations, which was then complimented well with new tracks off their soon to be released album “Singing For Strangers” that all sounded like hit after hit, particularly “World Without You”.

We found ourselves singing along to songs that were completely new to us. While they have the feel of big hit singles they seem to flow together in a beautifully natural way lyrically and musically. Nothing summed this up better, than when Harry and Alfie broke away from their band and performed acoustically together, amplifying the true emotions behind their music. Along with this they knew how to keep us as an audience on our toes, ensuring we also took part in their prevalent melodic harmonies.

What makes this band so special is that the content and style of these brothers is so universal that any music lover can appreciate their sound. We would thoroughly recommend pre ordering “Singing For Strangers” which will undoubtedly be a success. One’s to look out for indeed.


Alex Mackenzie, Lottie Bovill, and Andy Brown.

NSR Meet Alfie from Hudson Taylor by Newcastle Student Radio on Mixcloud

EP Review: Holychild – Mindspeak

Who wouldn’t be attracted by a super colourful donut covered in sprinkles? That is exactly what caught my attention when I first saw Holy Child’s sample EP in our studio at NSR.


I took it with me to the library, and with an intense schedule full of assignments deadlines and exams ahead of me, I put it in my computer and waited for inspiration.

And there I found it!


The first song “Happy With Me”, immediately puts a smile on your face and you find yourself singing along, following the rhythm with your head even if it is the first time you hear it. Those bouncy and girly tunes will tickle your imagination and take you somewhere in sunny California, on the beach, even if, harsh but true, you are in cloudy Newcastle, studying in a dark room.


This feeling of lightness never leaves you until the end of the EP, it is then when you will be abruptly taken back to reality and wish there were more song in it.


The playlist has only 4 tracks on but they are consistent, they seem to follow a chronological order that in the end will tell you a story about love, men, relationship, life…The music style keeps the same pace throughout the 15 minutes lent of the EP, sometime speeding with more indie, electro-pop sounds like in “Playboy Girl”, to a heavier drums presence in “Every Time I Fall”, until you reach the last song, “Pretend Believe”, with a completely different pace, the least bubbly and pop of the whole lot, that reminds me of mix between the Morningwood, in their early days with “Nth Degree”, and the synthpop vibes of an early LaRoux.


Fun, glamour, feminism, drums, a hint of the 80s music and modern electro-indie influences, the result is definitely positive. the Holychild are for sure a duo we should keep our eyes on.


Sara Antonacci