Funky Chunks

It’s Saturday, the morning after a mammoth gig at The Library in Leeds. In fact this is the first time I’ve been able to sit down and grab five minutes to post on here, since Wednesday. “Why is your time management so inadequate?” I hear you cry. Because for a sad old music geek like me, this week has been like a wheely-bin of roast turkeys to a rabid Jack Russell. 
Thursday night on the radio with talented young newcomers; Traffic Wire, monsters of rock Mr. Shiraz and pig masked dictators of Leeds Kliene Schweine. Plus special guests; Simon Fogal from I Like Trains and Si Glacken from Live at Leeds & I Like Press with a beautiful vinyl album of The Shallows by I like Trains for me to drool over.
After the show the beer did flow, I talked country music with the the Kliene boys and saw Isaac Heywood get his funk on with Funky butt Chunky , in aid of Martin House down in The Wardrobe. The night took a turn for the worst when I found I had nowhere to throw my sleeping bag. I told my mate I’d come in my camper, but no, he talked me into staying at his. Great plan, until he passed out on the sofa and the thundering of his own snoring, drowned out my efforts to kick his door in. 
Friday, bright and early I was first in line for The Unconference as The legendary TomRobinson was making the opening speech. Well what a speech it was. I felt inspired, in awe and rather inadequate after that. Especially because I was booked for the “ask the experts” session. Luckily Tom had left to do his brilliant radio show by then. So I felt I could actually give people the benefit of my comparatively minuscule experience. 
During the demo listening session, I was sat in the crowd listening to bands that I have supported getting critiqued, including Backyards who didn’t go down very well (so wrong) and Navajo Youth who did a little better. Both acts who I rate much more highly than the panel did, but in conversation with them later they said that they found the judgements useful and would take the experts advice on-board.
Whiskers did a stirling job of the Unconference and overall it was a very informative event.
As soon as it finished me and fellow speaker Richard Watson of 360 Club(Legend), had to burn rubber to get to his event at The Library. The line up was four greats on one stage: Indecision, the afore mentioned Backyards, along with Black Diamond Bay and Danny Toeman. My voluntary role was to interview the bands and facilitate the making of videos to promote them, DJ new music, play whatever demo’s that people brought in and be the master of ceremonies. Unlike my part, the stage saw an epic mind melt of musical wizardry and multiple styles of creative talent i.e. four bloomin great bands. The club was packed with happy music lovers, dancing their pants off all night. I even spotted Middleman whistling from the crowd for Black Diamond Bay.  I was also impressed to see so many good people of the music press in attendance. I look forward to seeing what Leeds Music Scene, No-TiTLE and Vibrations thought of it. 

Anyway it’s still Saturday morning and I’m out of my sleeping bag and stuffed with complimentary toast. So before I dive into the madness of Live at Leeds, I’ll give you my Raw recommendations:
Check out their darts video, it’s sporting genius
You can also join in with their pledge campaign to make their album. Tom Robinson has already pledged £25 to sing backing vocals on it. pig masks are optional.
Think 80’s pop and Miami Vice fashion meets the sound track to a night out in Leeds with the cool kids and Heads We Dance.

I gave the new single it’s first play last night
A band who I have been a fan of for at least 7 years now. I introduced them to the LeedsFestival stage 6 years back and have been waiting for their latest album for far too long. It’s called  ‘The Shallows’ and it is beautiful.


Now I need to do at least 4 today because I intend to do 7 recommendations a week and so far I’ve only done 2. 
So last but not least, from last nights gig Danny Toeman


He is the Funkiest Funker in Funky Town (Leeds on this occasion). Big voice, big hair and big in general really. He also has a real gift for song writing. Check him out funk lovers.



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