Posts Tagged ‘reverb street press’

10,000 Hits! Bring on 20,000.


01 Nov

Our blog reached 10,000 hits tonight! Sure, the site as a whole has had more hits than that and our old blog had previously reached about 5,000 – but this… this feels like a momentous occasion.

Hosking Industries was founded on February 1, 2010 and life has been speeding up ever since. After working full time in the motoring media industry for seven years before going freelance, getting back into the creative nitty gritty of the industry was like a breath of fresh air. For too long I’d (I know, I keep using ‘I’, ‘Me’ and ‘My’ AND ‘We’, ‘We’re’ and ‘Our’) been delving deeper and deeper into the management side of things. I was really missing the creative element that goes with putting magazines together: writing, shooting and getting out into the scene to talk with car owners. Then there’s the music scene…

Even before I made my first steps into the motoring media industry in 2001 or 2002, I was having a blast interviewing most of my favourite metal bands, reviewing their CDs and going to their gigs so I could inform first the Newcastle and Hunter region public and later the fledgling interwebs – well, it was fledgling for me back in 1999. Do a quick search of our blog here and I explain my old street press 27wtelve in more detail. (more…)

Live Review: Slash @ Hordern Pavilion for Reverb


02 Sep

SlashReverb street press have published my recent review of the Slash concert at the Hordern Pavilion on August 16, 2010.

CLICK HERE to read the review in Reverb, or follow on below to read the longer, unedited version:

“A loud, rumbling bass note shakes the foundations of the iconic Hordern Pavilion, making the hair on the back of your neck stand up. The darkened stage is adorned with little more than a cloth backdrop, painted with the artwork from Slash’s new eponymous solo album.

Originally booked for the Enmore Theatre, ‘The Cat in the Hat’ moved the night’s proceedings to the larger venue; ultimately selling that out too. All the surrounding pubs and cafes were choked with black-clad rockers of all ages and persuasions trying to sink a few before the gig.

Taking to the stage in his trademark top hat and muscle tee, Slash and co. Ripped straight into the opening number, ‘Ghost’ from his new album. Originally sung by Ian Astbury from the Cult, Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy handled the vocal duties admirably. Indeed, he handled the entire two hour set’s worth of tracks – that included Guns and Roses hits like ‘Nightrain’, ‘Civil War’, ‘Rocket Queen’ and ‘Sweet Child ‘O Mine’ – incredibly well.

From afar, Slash doesn’t seem to have aged much in the last 20 years as he bops, sways and stalks across the stage from left to right. It isn’t until the sixth song that he finally addresses the full house with a simple, “How you doin’?”

It’s a diverse set that runs the gamut of Slash’s career to date and keeps the huge audience entertained from start to finish as each solo rings out loud across thousands of fists and devil’s horns thrust high into the air. A number of tracks from his new album are covered including ‘Back from Cali’, ‘Nothing to Say’, ‘By the Sword’ and ‘Starlight’. Despite none of the other guest vocalists from the album versions being present on the night, Kennedy does an excellent job of the material without once trying to parody the other singers. In fact, Kennedy’s stage manner seemed suitably restrained; ensuring all eyes were on Slash on his big night – one that Slash himself later admitted was being recorded for later release.

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More Bullet: Previously Unpublished BFMV Interview with Matt Tuck


05 Jul

Bullet for My ValentineIn Ben Hosking’s recent interview with Welsh metal band Bullet for My Valentine‘s Matt Tuck for Reverb street press (Read that part of the interview HERE), we discussed a great deal more than space allowed for in print. Below is the rest of our 20-minute chat with Matt, where we discussed things like guitar gear, touring, their roots in Bridgend, influences, Matt’s possible solo recordings and much more.

BH: You formed in Bridgend in Wales in 1998. It was a pretty small place, right?
Matt Tuck:
Yeah, it’s a little Welsh town. It’s pretty small. 

How then did you come to pick up instruments and form a band? Was there much of a scene there?
We were just in school and got into music by watching MTV and stuff as kids; watching bands like Metallica. I thought, “Wow, that’s pretty cool” and decided I wanted to play guitar and saved up all my money until I could afford a little cheapie, crap electric and started learning how to play.
Being 14 or 15 years of age and going to school… it’s a really great age. You start discovering music and things like that. I got into a group of friends that started to do that and before we knew it we were jamming instruments together and that was what. We formed a little band and took it from there. 
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Interview: Bullet for My Valentine in Reverb Street Press


04 Jul

The latest issue of Reverb street press in the Newcastle region of New South Wales has my interview with Matt Tuck from Welsh metal band Bullet for My Valentine in it. As it’s a hard copy publication, I’ve posted the interview below for you to read. However, if you wish to view their online version of the newspaper, CLICK HERE.

I’ll have plenty more of the conversation with Matt available online here shortly. We discuss stuff like his signature Jackson flying-v, recording processes and equipment, live gear and much more.

Bullet for My Valentine interview
Bullet for My Valentine interview 2

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdH7_46hAro

CD Review: Bullet for My Valentine – Fever (For Reverb Street Press)


01 Jun

The latest issue of Reverb Street Press has just gone online. The digital version of the Newcastle print press is full of great content, including my review of the new Bullet for My Valentine album, ‘Fever’. You can read it right here!

Also check the next issue for my interview with lead singer/guitarist Matt Tuck.

And yes, I realise they spelled my surname wrong… again.

CLICK HERE to view the entire issue online.

CD Reviews: HIM and MM9 Reviews Online Now @ Reverb


08 Apr

My first two CD reviews for Reverb street press in Newcastle have just hit the web after being released in print form last week. As you can see below, I reviewed HIM’s latest album Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice and MM9’s new album, The Air Between. Both great CDs.

Check out Reverb by clicking HERE or the image below:

Back Into the Fray – A Reintroduction to Music Journalism


08 Mar

I first got into this crazy writing game back in the late ’90s. I started by writing for a local Newcastle, NSW music street press called concretepress.

The Newcastle music scene was a burgeoning force at the time. It wasn’t that long before that silverchair had been ‘discovered’ and the city was full of excellent bands like Faceplant, Arm’s Reach, the mighty Screaming Jets, Chinchen, The Porkers, Bias, Mischling, Chicaine, Compost, Kreed, Clockwork, The Incredible Slots, No Reason and plenty more.

Back then, there were more venues that supported original live music, which was a good thing, considering the number of local bands. At any one time you could expect to count more than 300 local acts in various stages of development between the garage and the level to which they were supporting touring bands. A couple of the standouts included the Cambridge, Lass O’Gowrie, Queens Arms, Hunter on Hunter, Family Hotel (later The Duck’s Nuts), SJ’s Hothouse, The Pitt, The Blackbox and even the local rock record store, The Rock Shop played host to regular gigs upstairs.

Sadly many of those venues fell prey to the lure of the pokie dollar or found some other avenue for making money the proprietor figured more lucrative. SJ’s filled their performance space with pokies. The Pitt became apartments, The Hunter on Hunter stopped accommodating bands as did others. I’m not 100% on who does and doesn’t host live original music there these days.

I was lucky enough to be an active participant in the hey day that was the ’90s; playing in a couple of bands including Renewal and shank’D. They were great times, despite the chronic unemployment and perpetual lack of money. Hooking up with the local street press certainly did nothing to help that cause and it’s much the same story today: the humble, yet essential street press is seldom in a position to pay its contributors with any more than the CDs or gigs that the writers review.

But that’s OK, for most, working in the music industry is something we’d do free even if we were hungry and penniless. I knew a few of them back in the day.

So why do I take you all on another nostalgia trip so soon after my last one? Well, I recently hooked up with a newer iteration of the long-lost concretepress – Reverb – writing reviews and conducting interviews. Reverb is the latest in a long line of local music press. I also did a little work back in the day for its predecessor, U-turn, originally run by a good friend, Catherine Hart.

I consider it a small step back into the fray, a chance to get the creative juices flowing again when it comes to writing about music and writing for the pure pleasure of being published. My urge to off-load a wad of brain junk on you all tonight was fed by the completion of my first CD review for the publication – a review of HIM’s Screamworks.

Despite the fact that there was no money in it (in fact, no CD either, given the emerging trend of record companies providing journos with low quality downloads), it was a little daunting writing the first one. Being so limited with space is not something I’ve had to deal with much over the last seven years or so. Plus I wanted to make a good first impression. 140 short words later, it was over as swiftly as a teenage boy getting his first girl. Yet it feels good to know that I’m taking the first steps toward getting back into music journalism – something I hope to do parallel to my motoring work.

Thanks for listening. Do yourself a favour and try to dig up some info on the bands I mentioned. I jogged my memory by visiting the old www.newcastlemusic.com website.