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Why does Ginger Wildheart care so much about Kerrang!?

July 30th, 2013

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Sunday evening saw Ginger from The Wildhearts get to #1 in the UK Rock Charts with his new band, Hey! Hello!. That’s a pretty big deal but instead of celebrating his success, the ever-outspoken Ginger chose to take to Twitter to berate Kerrang! for not featuring his band, even going so far as to call for James McMahon’s resignation as editor of the magazine.

It stems from an apparent rejection from the magazine but descends into trolling at best; bullying at worst. At the heart of the issue is a man who loves a brand but hates what he thinks they’ve become. Kerrang!, whether it likes or believes it, covers music for a younger demographic than it used to and youth is always sneered at and looked down upon. Without that, teenage angst wouldn’t exist and neither, probably, would Kerrang!. Hey! Hello! (who are now added to the list of annoying names when writing a Word document that automatically capitalises the first letter after a punctuation mark) feel that the magazine should change to fit them in.

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Sonisphere Festival 2011: Interviews, Photos, Setlists – it’s all here

July 27th, 2011

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Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here.

All our work from Sonisphere Festival 2011 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and some tiny reviews), rumours, drinking games, stage times, dodgy photos of as many sexy ladies in various states of safe-for-work undress as we can legitimately get away with? It’s all here.

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Photos: The Wildhearts & A @ Sheffield Academy – 03 December 2008

December 13th, 2008

While The Wildhearts may not have had such a great time when they headlined London Kentish Town Forum on 10 December 2008, things were much different and much better one week earlier.

Gary Wolstenholme was at Sheffield Academy near the start of the tour to see the cosmopolitan rockers onstage, ably supported by the recently reformed, A. Or is it ‘A’? I dunno. Check out the gallery.

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Live: Finch @ London Scala – 13 May 2008

May 23rd, 2008

Californian post-hardcore heavyweights Finch hit the capital for their first London headline show since announcing their reformation in the summer of 2007. Mike Haydock was there to give you the lowdown on Thrash Hits .com.

It’s tough to have compassion when bands split up and then get back together. It’s tough to forgive. Especially when you’ve had a childhood tarnished by Ginger from The Wildhearts, who used to announce on a weekly basis that his band were splitting up, only for them to ‘mysteriously’ get back together again when their so-called “final ever gig” sold out.

When Finch split back in 2006, it seemed like a sick joke, especially since Say Hello To Sunshine had just updated their emo-heavy sound into something bolder, more complicated, and genre-busting. And to make matters worse, it was dubbed a “hiatus”, meaning that fans had to sit tight and wait, perhaps for nothing.

But wait they did, and in their legions – the Scala is rammed tonight. There’s isn’t a spare spot anywhere, even on the upstairs balconies, and for the first time in a long time, the pit lives up to its name, youngsters seizing the day in case it never comes again, hurling themselves forward and into each other in a frenzy of excitement.

It’s not unfair to presume before the gig that Finch will have jettisoned their earlier material, yet equal weight is given to each of their two albums, and even the rarely-played crowd favourite ‘Letters To You’ bounces out of the speakers. It’s a wise move, a conciliatory gesture from the Californians, and it sends the crowd into raptures, girls turning to each other, squealing with excitement, and joining together to sing.

Nate Barcalow of Finch the band singing live onstage

It’s more than a gesture, though: this is a celebration. The band are enjoying playing these songs, and Nate Barcalow (pictured, above) spends a large amount of time smiling – when he isn’t curled up on the floor of the stage screaming his lungs out.

Cuts off Say Hello To Sunshine are typically powerful and uncompromising, especially ‘Insomniatic Meat’, and the new material seems to be building on that template. But it’s the finale – ‘What It Is To Burn’ – that truly seals the deal, propelling the sweaty onlookers to ecstasy by answering all their prayers.

Finch are well and truly back, reinvigorated by the break. They took a risk back there, but it’s paid off – word has spread about them, and they’re adored. If they can keep up this newfound momentum, they’ll be unstoppable.

5/6

Setlist:

‘New Beginnings
‘Worms Of The Earth’
‘Letters To You’
‘Post Script’
‘Ink’
‘Without You Here’
‘Daylight’ (new song)
‘Dreams Of Psilocybin’
New Song (new song)
‘Insomniatic Meat’
‘Three Simple Words’
‘Revelation Song’
‘Untitled’
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‘Stay With Me’
‘What It Is To Burn’

Live photo courtesy of Ashley Goris.

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