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Rock School UK

Check out Rock School UK!

A great holiday music course held here during the summer holidays for 9-16 year olds.

Learn to be in a band, play instruments, write songs, record in a studio and play a gig!!!

SOOOO much fun!

Go to www.rockschool.uk.com for more info or to sign up!

 

Forever Cult release new track ‘Codeine’

Local legends Forever Cult have been around for some time now, but it hasn’t stopped them from releasing banger after banger. Codeine is no exception.
It gives insight as to what the new ep holds; dissonant riffs, moody tones and a darker undertone that threatens to pull you into their whirlpool to drown beautifully with them.

Have a listen here:

Where Fires Are release new video

Leeds band Where Fires Are have just released a music video for their latest track “Die Or Survive”.

The track itself is like a sherbet fountain but instead of tasty sugary goodness, you replace it with soaring vocal lines, heavy hitting lyrics and a composition that compliments the video as a whole.

We want to congratulate Where Fires Are on their hard work as a band, we wish you the best of luck!

Check the video out here:

Kumiko Video Shoot

Today we had the wondrous, whimsical and well good Kumiko shooting some footage in the Lounge room. We have no idea what song it’s for, or indeed what was going on.

What we do know however, is that they are a remarkable band. Having released their second EP, “Chinatown Moon” in December, the band have clearly evolved and grown into something truly special.

Check out their EP streaming link below and be sure to catch them live soon!

https://kumikoknew.bandcamp.com/album/chinatown-moon

Already Heard Recomends

Circus regulars Furr have been included on the latest compilation by Already Heard entitled ‘Already Heard Recommends Vol 4’.

Payment for the album is on a ‘Pay as you feel’ basis and 100% of the money is to be given to MIND. MIND is a mental health charity, that offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf. It also works to raise public awareness and understanding of issues relating to mental health.

Further information about MIND can be found on their official website – mind.org.uk. You can also find MIND on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Extended Daytime Rate Hours

As we have our Rock School in for the Easter holidays next week (10th-14th April), we are only open from 4pm.

Because of this we are extending our daytime offer for Students/Unemployed:

4 hour rehearsal from 4pm-8pm including backline…. £20 (small room), £22 (medium room), £25 (large room).

Cheapest rehearsal deal you’ll ever find!

Call to book 0113 2319326

Staff Vacancies

Staff Vacancies!

We have a couple of openings for vacancies here at The Rock & Roll Circus.

The job will be one shift a week on either an evening or weekend.

If you’re interested in working here, then please send your CV and a covering letter to info@therockandrollcircus.co.uk

xxx

Video of Our Circus!

One of our Circus regulars Chrissie Caulfield has made a short (one minute) video featuring our place – The Rock & Roll Circus Rehearsal Studios. You can watch the video below on YouTube.

The video features the voice of our very own Rob McNish, who is talking about a typical shift here at The Rock & Roll Circus, and what music means to him.  The video also features music from some more Circus Regulars ‘Sister Inertia‘.

Chrissie has made this video for a competition, so please visit her Twitter page and share it to help her.

You can find a direct link to her Tweet about the video here – https://twitter.com/Chrissie_c/status/836897180048842755

I hope you enjoy this little insight into our side of the desk!

Downloads from Soundcloud #3

Looking for “new” music? Need new MP3s? … Well we`ve had a look on the net and a lot of it is utter crap. Honestly. That`s why taking the time out to crate dig on the internet is a bloody chore.But  we`ve done that bit for you – in between lugging amps! A long time in coming, but here is number three  in the series of our soundcloud cull.

Whats in this compilation? We have showtunes….(yup, you read that right) , trip hop, ambient, dance, alt rock, acoustic ..and the plain crazy goodness (Science division, check it out – it`s pretty out there)

We have a smattering of genres here, all set to download, if you like what you hear please follow the artists and leave a comment – takes two minutes but it goes along way for us musicians!

(Compiled by the Polymammals)

Free Audio Samples / Percussion Passion

percussion

You need a shaker, or marimba..or a clave on a track..and its the middle of the night and you cant make much noise..or you just dont have such instruments to hand..Well lucky for you its the 21st century where well recorded percussion is available to you …as samples…. for free.

In the second part of our free audio sample series we are sifting through the best of the least expensive sample packs featuring single hits and loops. You can always chop loops into bits so even the most cheesiest loop can me remodelled as something else

 

CYMATICS ULTIMATE LIST..

This link neatly dovetails with previous sample free – for -all blog post, you get some interesting found sound percussion samples and in addition,  several more drum kits – more geared towards hip hop and dance than a collection of “room” kits. This ought to take you a wee while to get through – should you choose to download them all.

 

PRODUCER SPOT TRIBAL DRUMS

This pack is more for EDM/Electronic/Techno tracks, so don`t expect beautifully recorded acoustic recordings – you get 130MB worth of samples consisting of

  • 74 bongos
  • 138 congas
  • 10 cymbals
  • 143 kicks
  • 28 sticks and rims
  • 48 shakers

Get some tasteful reverb and EQ and you`ll be able to make these samples come to life.

 

TANK DRUM PERCUSSION

Yup, someone sampled a propane tank, and yet the results are quite pleasing.. check out the audio file with

a demo of how these samples sound like together. This is percussive AND also melodic, if you were wanting to give a “far east” feel to something then these sounds could be built upon – no problem.

 

GILES PETERSON HAVANA CLUB RUMBA

This guy needs no introduction to those who love Soul, northen soul, funk, samba..hes been around so many different scenes..worked with so many top notch musicians..and compiled many albums. In that time he worked with some Cuban percussionists and hes offered up stems from that session for free. There`s a request not to use them with copyrighted material - i.e don`t use them in mashups, but other than a  request to use their hashtag on twitter if you do use them, there appears to be no restrictions on their use.

 

DUBSPOT SOUNDS (EMAIL REQ.)

Last and not least is this offering – which is a generous free pack by Dubspot. Featuring percussion from all around the place and some really odd sounds that don`t belong anywhere but are weird and wonderful enough to add “a little something” to an atmospheric song. Also has a few kits too – again for the electronic side of things

  • All loops are tempo-labelled
  • Royalty-Free
  • 145 MB Download
  • 65 24-bit / 44.1 kHz Wav files
  • 15 Drum Loops
  • 5 Ghost Rhythms
  • 30 Hybrid Hits
  • 15 Texture Loops

Hopefully that should be enough to get you going until our next instalment of “free things from the web that musicians can make use of”

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