An evening of no-nonsense, indie rock with:
The Common Heroes
Surrey based band born from the ashes of Passenger Smith, The Common Heroes are making melodic waves again on the music scene.
Explore the tv
After a 16 month break, Explode The Tv return to the Halfmoon to showcase their new 3 piece lineup of alternative spiritualised rock with melody and attitude.
Slice up some British punk, add a teaspoon of the Seattle sound, a dash of pop melodies and a few scoops of tasty rock riffs seasoned with hardcore and you have BRIGHTLIGHT CITY.
*The Common Heroes*
The Common Heroes are an indie rock band made up of an eclectic mix of musicians with a wide range of musical taste, age and experience. They have headlined festivals and supported some famous names in the music industry. Their completely original music combines the sound of artists such as Paul Weller, The Who and Oasis to create a unique melodic wall of sound.
Guitar Riffs to catch the listener’s ear are accompanied by thumping, driving bass lines, innovative drumming and passionate vocals.
A Common Heroes show comes with a guarantee of a good time.
You will not be disappointed as these reviews show
Explode the TV
Explode The TV were formed in 2011 by Bentley Browning, who was looking for equally-mad-for-it musicians. He found Chris Witherall and Andy Corsham who were later joined on bass by Andi Skipsey.
Within 2 weeks of naming the band — as a metaphor for smashing darkness, fear and lies — they were asked to appear on a Sky TV documentary with Louis Spence about the music business and up and coming acts. The band soon got into trouble for their "TV smashing antics" and outspoken comments on the media's shortfalls and were subsequently banned from the show. Amy Winehouse served the drinks at that show and reportedly loved the band.
The guys began gigging and writing and were spotted by Tom Aidenhead, producer with Pete Doherty and The Mystery Jets. With Tom on board, they started work on their debut album, Godbox. During the recording of the album Andy Corsham left due to relocation to New Zealand and a replacement was found in J Browning, Bentley's brother, who had previously played with Caffine and was on a break from guitar duties with Calling All Astronauts. The recording was completed in 2012 and the band went out to play a number of shows including London's O2 Islington Academy supporting KMFDM.
J's guitar duties for CAA resumed and another guitarist came onboard with the band which then took them in another direction. Dr Guzman, with creative flair, analogue equipment and old school approach, brought a fresh perspective and sound to the band, which subsequently led to the writing and recording of the second album, Rhymes For Robots. Using various studios in London, the band wanted to capture the live energy and performance that many studios and processes lack, so they set up mics, amps and drums in one room and set about recording the songs and vibes that were present during the live shows. The tracks were taken over to LA for mixing and mastering by producer Kent Hertz. The album is due for release in the summer of 2015.
Wanting to pursue other musical avenues and with a great album in the bag, Dr Guzman decided to move on to other musical projects. Bentley, Chris and Andi decided that it was time to try things as a three piece and in January 2015 embarked on writing new material with Andi splitting the bass frequencies into a guitar amp with effects as well as a bass cab. The resulting writing sessions and songs have produced a great set, a new direction and development for the band, which will go on to be the third album. After a 16 month lay off, the band played their first gig as a three piece in early May @ The Goodship, Kilburn, London. The band, new material and direction were extremely well received.
The guys continue to write and gig and their next live show is @ the Halfmoon, Putney on Tuesday 26th May 2015.
A rock band made up of long term friendship and brotherhood, brought together by their shared love of bands such as Hundred Reasons, Million Dead, Foals, Yourcodenameis:milo, At The Drive In, Refused, Hell Is for Heroes, Thrice, Biffy Clyro and Jimmy Eat World.
£5adv/ £6 Door
Tickets available on the Ticket Link above or from the Bar.