Sunday, 29 April 2012

Gladstone live in Whitby.

Gladstone live in Whitby.

Hello Gladstonians, 
    I hope you have all been well. Friday saw the band heading off to the coast of Yorkshire and sampling the delights of the Whitby Goth and Steampunk weekend, however, plans for an early start were dashed when 50% of our transport was lost!!!!!!!! Aaaahhh was the cry, but all was well when we got a van, but it meant we were going to be late.......
    Arriving at last we wasted no time in getting everything in order and set up, with the expert help of Mr Thadeus Tinker we got a good sound and off we went, starting with "The Madness of Tilly 
Matthews" and "Bluey", Spooks little temperance 
rhyme went down well at the bar and off into "Night Creatures". Here Mr McBuggerballs and Spook did "The Ballad of William Winter" then the band were off again into "Twisted Lip", "Newgate" and "Dr Dexter's Dream". Another ballad called 
"Oh me name it is Jack Hall...."
"Jack Hall" was played with Mr Dave Evil and Spook, then "Hall of the Mountain King" followed by "The Curse of Tutankhamun". To finish we did two covers the first in honour of the great TMTWNBBFN we played "Boilerplate Dan" to which there was much singing in the audience and to end there was "God Save the Queen" which went down very well.

    So after a hectic day it ended well, after the gig the band checked in to their rooms and socialised, then there came the walk............
    At around 12.30am the band and our good friend Evie walked through the virtually deserted streets
Dave Evil, Shovel Hands Hutchins, Spook and Mr McBuggerballs on the whitby walk.                                             
 of Whitby, Cloud McBuggerballs played his harmonica, the tune is now known as "The Whitby Walk" and we saw this beautiful town lit up and peaceful.
Evie with Cloud who is playing "The Whitby Walk".
 Arriving at our accommodation we soon fell asleep (after the usual round of jokes and strange noises), next day we were up early(ish) and on the way to pack the equipment we saw Mark, Donna and Molly Sanders who looked fantastic, soon we were off to look around the stalls, finding the bargains and looking good we went for a group photo with Steve Frearson and BB Blackdogs very own Dale Rowles, Axle Boldt and Demolitia Tribal, then we all went to town with Miss Molly Sanders to pose around and go to the pub! Just before we left we bumped into our good friend Gill Coker and had a good chat, it was great to see her again.
Amy Teacake looking splendid.

   With a long journey ahead of us we reluctantly had to leave and so ended an incredibly good weekend, we made so many new friends and we can't wait to go again. Many thanks must go to Mr Thadeus Tinker and Lady Elsie for asking us to play, their kindness will not be forgotten.

Good-bye for now dear friends......

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Saturday, 21 April 2012


    Friday 27th April Gladstone will be performing at the Whitby Goth Weekend, they will be on at The Rifle Club (Steampunk Central) at 8.30pm doors open at 8pm, admission £5.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Interview with the Drummer, Mr Dave Evil.

    There was me lying around the house when I was rudely disturbed by a disturbing young chap, 'ere interview me he here goes.

S.D    Hello Dave, what instrument do you play?

D.E    Good Evening, I play a 6 piece Pearl ELX drum kit with 7   Sabian AAX symbols "14 inch metal hi-hats", "16 inch explosion Crash", "17 inch stage crash", "14 inch stage crash", " 10 inch splash", "20 inch stage ride" and "18 inch extreme china". 
Bass Drum pedals I use "Pearl Demon drive" there pretty much my favourite pedals of all time.
drum skins I use "Remo pinstripe".
drum sticks I use " 7A vic firth" .

S.D    So when your not beating your skins what do you like to do?

D.E   A drummers work is never done in the music world, I do a bit of recording here and there with other bands, I'm currently recording a couple of tracks for this band called "Tape", I'm learning more about the ways of recording every time I record something it's fun, I enjoy it.
    I'm a big fan of horror movies such as "Jack the Ripper", "From Hell", "Sleepy Hollow" and "28 days later"...I've pretty much seen every zombie movie ever made, the Paranormal Activity movies bore me a bit they drag on in my opinion.
    The Legendary Robert Englund from Nightmare on Elm Street is my favourite horror actor, in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies and when he did the "Freddy vs Jason" he was brilliant, who says you can't have fun in a horror movie! 

S.D    What has been your best Steampunk event so far?

D.E    Aaahhh that's a tough question there's been so many good events I enjoyed, Gladstone played a gig with BB Blackdog for the first time at the Vernon arms in Nottingham, we had a bit of tea duelling going on which was cool, the tea was nasty (because I don't like tea or coffee) but the game was fun, there's been a lot of good Steampunk bands I've seen live like Abney Park, Ghostfire, TMTWNBBFN, Birthrite and BB Blackdog, every time I see BB Blackdog live they put on a good show...I've seen them about 5 times and been "The Gimp" twice. There was a Sherlock Holmes movie event at the Vue cinema in Nottingham, sadly the organiser Gill couldn't make it she missed out on a good night. There was about 20-25 steampunks all dressed up and looking good, mostly probably getting weird looks from the normal people but we didn't care we all knew who has dress sense.

S.D    What bands influenced you to pick up the drum sticks?

D.E    I started playing drums from the age of eleven, the main bands that influenced me in the early days would have to be "Slipknot"(drummer Joey Jordison) "Trivium" (drummer Travis Smith) and the old school metal bands such as "Megadeth", "Black Sabbath" and "Dream Theater".

S.D    What got you into Steampunk?

D.E   I was invited to TMTWNBBFN gig in Birmingham last year, in April, I didn't know what to expect but what I saw and heard was amazing.  After the concert I started doing some on-line research on steampunk and what it is all about, I found out that there's more to steampunk than just the music side.

S.D    Thanks for taking the time for this interview, what would you say to someone just starting out on the drums?

D.E    Self taught or not you can still learn just as much by doing your own research, I was self taught and if you're just starting off you can learn a lot from youtube :)

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