Taking Off With Spitfire
29th November 2018

Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

First Broadcast:
Thursday 29/11/2018 @ 19:00
Listen Again:
Sunday 02/12/2018 @ 18:00
Thursday 06/12/2018 @ 01:00

Bought to you by EM Music Matters, Taking Off With Spitfire is our weekly show in which we showcase the very best Local, National and International talent. Reaching hundreds of listeners across the globe, Taking Off With Spitfire is YOUR opportunity to promote YOUR latest music to a vast audience. We are happy to play all genres whether it is Punk, Folk, Blues, Rock, Indie, Electro, Country or Pop. With listeners from all areas of the music business, from promoters to recording studios and from festival organisers to fans, Taking Off With Spitfire is YOUR platform to get YOUR music heard in a wider marketplace and on a bigger world stage.

Taking Off With Spitfire broadcasts weekly on a Thursday evening at 19:00, is repeated the following Sunday at 18:00 and again on Thursday morning at 01:00.

Do you want to be featured on the show complete with an Artist Profile on our Sound Of Spitfire website, with links to purchase your music, plus Social Media exposure? We're always looking for fresh talent to broadcast and promote so don’t delay. Provide us with as much information as possible about yourself and your act as well as uploading a demo here and you could be next up on Taking Off With Spitfire!

This week you will be able to hear a little bit from Eunike, Seven & Counting, The Counteracts, The Viewers, The Phosphenes, and Stereo In Solo


Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

Eunike are a band based in Holbeach (Lincolnshire), currently consisting of Kyle Olley, Neil Olley, and an up and coming drummer Corey Genovese.

Kyle and Neil formed the band late in 2016, soon looking for new band members. Releasing their first EP No Rules End on SoundCloud and YouTube in early 2017, they soon secured their first ever gig at the Holbeach Music & Beer Festival. Opening the third day of the festival and having the 'time of their lives', the guys were delighted to find out that people really enjoyed their music.

To find out that people really enjoyed our music and the thing that we love to do was such an amazing feeling that we definitely won't ever forget!

Shortly after the release of their debut album, Kyle started writing some new material that moved away from the much lighter theme they had previously been associated with. The new songs that he started to write had a much deeper meaning.

I wrote our song 'Feelings' after a late-night conversation with a friend. The emotions and feelings started flooding out onto paper and I'd turned them into a new song within a matter of hours. Feelings is a song which, in my opinion, is relevant no matter what the time of year, or what is happening in the world around us. Its main theme surrounds anxiety and depression - a topic that everybody an relate to whether they've been through something themselves or have somebody close to them that has. With 'Feelings' I want to bring these, often taboo, subjects into the light; letting people know how much they really exist and can really affect lives.

Seven & Counting

Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

Croation based Seven And Counting are yet again something completely different! Brand new and with only a small amount of material, at Spitfire we think that the band is going to go from strength to strength and couldn't be happier to bring them to you. Currently working on their first album the band consists of:

  • Boško Colić - Drums
  • Neno Grabić - Electric Guitar
  • Šime Radulić - Electric Guitar
  • Ante Paleka - Bass Guitar
  • Josip Milković - Saxophone
  • Daria Baković - Vocals
  • Lucija Grabovac - Vocals
  • Matea Ljubanović - Vocals
  • Vinko Baković - Guitar, Vocals, Music, & Lyrics!

Our music is a mixture of different genres and influences, most likely because we are a large band and every one of us has brought something on his/her own. With rock music as a foundation, we place layers of compatible styles and our sound is sometimes more bluesy or pop, or country but, basically, it all comes down to R’n’R! It’s like a pizza, actually. No matter what you put on it, pizza is always pizza...

The Counteracts

Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

The Counteracts from Kent, UK, are a collaboration between songwriters Simon J. Biscoe and Doug Smith. Simon first got into music whilst still at school, where he helped form The Contacts, and he has also played in a covers band, The Ghostriders. Simon now plays Bass, and enjoys writing songs on his own, and in collaboration with others.

Doug was a classically trained pianist as a child. Since 2010, he has been writing, recording and collaborating with various other musicians, contributing to Bands including GLAD, SilverSmith and The Contacts, as well as releasing his own music under the moniker Dag Smith.

The Counteracts first met in January 2015, and their initial intention was to record some original songs that Simon had in reserve, as a side-line to the Band they were in together. However, the reaction to their first two songs was so favourable, that they decided to record more original tracks and covers, and The Counteracts soon became their main focus. February 2018 saw the release of their first album, The Curse of The Counteracts, which contained 14 original tracks.

The Viewers

Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

Initially formed in 2011, the band has experienced a few personnel changes along the way. With major influences stemming from the 1960s through to the mid 70’s, The Viewers have created a classic blend of music with echoes from that golden age fused with sounds from today.

Jangly guitars, vocal melodies, 3-part harmonies and driving rhythms all link together to provide the band’s unique sound. The line up includes; Paul Eustice (rhythm guitar/lead vocals), Mark Watson (lead guitar, vocals), Kevin Procter (bass, vocals) and Dave Stone (drums and percussion), and Carolyn Bruce-Spencer (vocals).

The band has previously released two studio albums; ‘All The Things We Never Had’ and ‘Let Light In’ and has just released its third studio album ‘Universal Sky’ which is available to buy from this site or via download. This was produced by legendary, Grammay award winning producer Nigel Gray (The Police).

Historically, The Viewers have mainly gigged in the West of England however, in 2016 and 2017 the band played further afield with two double appearances at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club and the north of England’s best Mod/Retro Festival; ‘Stone Valley Festival in Co. Durham.

The Phosphenes

Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

From the primordial slime of the independent music scene in the muddy gloom of a long Melbourne winter, the Phosphenes have emerged with their unique pop ’n’ roll sound.

Delving shallowly into the world of relationships, longings, and cultural imperialism, armed with poignant and quirky humour and dripping in vocal harmonies, the Phosphenes create imperfect four-minute pop songs from a standard dysfunctional rock line-up with added harmonica for your convenience.

Describing your life or the one you almost had, there's no teen angst here, only the slow ache caused by trying to gnaw away at the limb stuck in the trap of the world.

In early 2000, ex-busker Dean Lombard teamed up with a few old friends — retired sax player Joe Saitta, prolific bassist Isabelle Kenny, and emerging singer-songwriter Victoria Brammall — to form a folk-rock-pop combo to develop Dean and Victoria’s original songs. Accomplished Tasmanian drummer Grant Watkins was soon added and Separation Street had an erratic but successful string of gigs — with well-travelled bass guitarist and songwriter Jason Cutler replacing the emigrating Isabelle along the way — before the reluctant departures of Victoria and Grant toward the end of 2001 (just after recording a five-track demo CD).

In hiatus for a time, the boys recruited multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Damaris Baker the following year, changed their name to Dogma’s Breakfast, and developed a new drummerless but percussionistic style, playing occasionally in cafés, folk clubs, school fêtes, bars, and other disreputable places. Time passed… searching for the perfect fit, they tried on new names Half and Chapter 11… wrote heaps of new songs… but actually didn’t really get their shit together until, longing to reconnect with the rhythmic energy of their rapidly departing youth, they added emphatic drummer John Watson to the lineup at the end of 2004. Astounded by their disorganisation and inertia, John quickly whipped them into shape.

Stereo In Solo

Taking Off With Spitfire - Showcasing Local Talent from the South Holland area

Stereo In Solo, is an exciting new project from Thierry Noritop (one of the two members of the band STEREO a French group who released in 1982 the cult song Somewhere in the night). Born in Paris, Thierry is quite the musician, playing both the guitar and keyboard, as well as programming and arranging his own music.

“I had been thinking about this solo album for a long time but I was wondering about the quality of my voice and I was also a little apprehensive about writing the lyrics because English is not my mother tongue,” says Noritop. “STEREO is the band I did with Bernie Adam in the ‘80s… then our return in 2014 for the release of the album “Back to somewhere”, following the release on Minimal Wave records of our work in the 80s. I wanted to keep this name STEREO which represents an important part of my life and add this “in solo”. I wanted to take STEREO in MONO but the name was already taken.”

As with many artists from the 1980s Noritop is well aware of the recent resurrection of that decade’s music. A number of bands are citing bands such as STEREO as influences and their music is gaining a whole new, younger audience.

“I love this resurrection. Fashion is cyclical and always will be, it seems to me that people have this vital need to go forward but also to look back, to listen to sounds that are quite current from the return of vintage synths on many records of the years 2010.”

Remember, we're always looking for fresh local talent to broadcast and promote, if you want to be involved you can provide us with some information about yourself as well as uploading a demo here.

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