‘Ding dong the witch is dead?’

After being surprised about the death of one of the 1980’s most iconic figures, I must say what shocked me more were the opinions of young, uneducated people on social networking sites – mainly twitter who were sharing their thoughts about the woman as a person saying things like ‘Margaret Thatcher the evil cow has died’ and even nastier tweets were made about her death! The ironic thing is that the majority of people tweeting were not alive at the time Thatcher was serving.

Margaret Thatcher was not only the first and only woman Prime Minister to this day, she was also the longest serving Prime Minister of the 20th century. Therefore I, along with many others I’d like to believe find her a woman to look up to because of how she handled her responsibilities. Although, I can’t deny the fact that Thatcher may have made various wrong decisions for our country and left a bit of a mess behind for the next Prime Minister.

I still believe it is wrong that people from around the country have made ‘Ding dong the witch is dead’ from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz got to number 2 in the music charts. The majority of BBC Radio 1’s target audience are younger people therefore, most people listening to the chart show are not going to fully understand why this song is there and a bad opinion on Margaret Thatcher is going to go viral and people who know absolutely nothing about her are going to form very negative opinions on her.

At the end of the day, Margaret Thatcher was a person, she had a life and a family. When she made those decisions she obviously thought they were right at the time. Everyone makes bad decisions once in a while but just because it affected our country badly it doesn’t mean that it is right to disrespect her. When she was alive, people weren’t calling her an evil cow all over social networking sites all day long but since she passed away, everyone’s opinions are stronger than ever and I personally think that is wrong and disrespectful to her family and friends.

BBC Radio One did the right thing when it reached the time to play the number 2 song in the weekly chart. They mentioned the song yet did not play it. She was just another person and deserves respect after her death. She didn’t murder anyone she just made decisions that she had the right to make. I understand if you were alive when she was serving and you were personally affected but if you are my age (teenage years) I don’t think you have the right to be disrespectful to her as it was in the past and our country has developed a lot since then.

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Interview with The Concetines 13/4/13

After a year and a half of being a young indie boy band from Leeds, I finally got the chance to have a chat with the boys from The Concetines. And needless to say, the interview was full of banter and sarcasm from each one of them. The band has recently begun to grow more and more successful grabbing an opportunity to share their wonderful music with the audience at Live at Leeds 2013 this summer.

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Q: What is the name of your band? What is the origin of the name and hve you changed the band’s name before?
Danny: The Concetines.
Claydon: We have had different names such as Cast in Stone and The Strides.
Matt: We changed it because we didn’t like the other names.
Jamie: We got a new drummer and thought that we needed a new start.

Q: What are all of your names/age and respective instrument of each of you? Would you ever consider trying a different role in the band?
D: Danny, I’m 17 and I play lead guitar but no, I wouldn’t change roles because I’m happy with my instrument.
C: Claydon, 17 and I am the drummer but I personally think my vocal talents are being wasted on the drums!
M: Matt, 16, guitar. I enjoy what I do in the band but I wouldn’t mind playing drums.
J: Jamie, I’m 17 and play bass. I think changing instruments would not be an option for me.

Q: What genre of music do you consider your work to be and who are your major influences and why?
D: I personally think we are indie rock and my major influences include Arctic Monkeys and The 1975.
C: I’d say Indie probably. And I would say my influences are Sound of Guns and The Killers.
M: I think we are alternative rock and my influences include Stone Roses and The Libertines!
J: We’re indie rock. Stone Roses and Foals influence me I think.

Q: Ah, so you all seem to have different opinions on your genre of music! Where have you performed?
D: We have performed all around Leeds.
Q: What is each of your favourite and worst venues? Do you have any upcoming gigs?
D: My favourite venues are The Cockpit and The Well. The worst we have played at in my opinion is Empire. Yeah we do, I’m really excited to be playing at Live at Leeds and I’m looking forward to seeing Peace, The 1975, The Crookes and The Pigeon Detectives. My favourite gig was when we supported The 1975 and also Various Cruelties – both at The Cockpit.
C: Yeah, my favourite venue has got to be The Cockpit because they always put a good spread there. We have a few shows coming up, the biggest is Live at Leeds which is going to be awesome.
M: My favourite venue is The Cockpit as well. My worst is when we performed in my back garden… I really can’t wait for Live at Leeds especially as we’re playing amongst some great bands and artists! My favourite gig so far would definitely be supporting The 1975 – that was cracking!
J: And like everyone else, my favourite venue is also The Cockpit, my worst is Empire. Live at Leeds will be our biggest gig yet so that should be great. My favourite gig yet is when we supported The 1975.

Q: Who writes your songs and what inspires you? Do you have to be in a certain mind set to write a song or does it just come naturally? Have all of you tried writing one?
D: Matt is the lyricist in the band, we don’t really write about anything in particular, I have tried writing lyrics but it never really works, I just stick to writing sick guitar parts!
C: We all have input about what we think sounds good and what doesn’t.
M: We do tend to write the music parts all together and then I will go and write the lyrics by myself. I don’t particularly have much life experience to write about so half the songs are just made up stories. Sometimes I can’t think of anything so I’ll leave it and come back to it the following day.
J: We write our own parts for the majority of the songs. It depends really, usually if we don’t plan to write a song that usually produces the best outcome. If we jam together we usually come up with something half decent.

Q: How do your rehearsals usually go? Do you have a set time each week or are you more spontaneous? Do you get easily distracted or put your heads down and get things done?
D: They usually go well but we end up swapping instruments by the end and just having a big mash up.  But when we have a gig coming up we run through the set and go through the ones we need to work on most
C: We’re fairly organised in when we rehears e which is once or twice a week. We do always end up messing about though.
M: At the end, we go through the ones that didn’t sound as tight.
J: We go over rough edges and discuss ways of making songs sound better.

Q: What are each your favourite songs by what band/artist and why?
D: I couldn’t tell you what my all-time favourite song was but I am listening to a lot of Kings Of Leon at the moment and I’d have to say my favourite song at this moment in time is Red Morning Light. Also Sex by The 1975 is another I’m listening to a lot. I just really like the ambient sound vibes that are racing around the room.
C: My favourite song is Losing Touch by The Killers but I’m listening to a lot of The 1975 at the moment.
M: I don’t really have a favourite song but at the moment I am listening to Tribes – Baby and Peace – In Love
J: My favourite song of all-time is Fools Gold by The Stone Roses because there are so many elements to it and it has a very chilled out riff.

Q: What is your ultimate direction for the band? Do you wish to get signed eventually? Is music a possible career choice for you? If not, what career paths are you all thinking of going down?
D: My dream is to be in a well-known band when I’m older, so it would be amazing to get signed but if I’m not performing I would like a career in architecture or graphic design.
C: I would love for the band to make it on a big scale. Getting paid for doing something you love would be ideal and having people sing along to your songs really is the best feeling.
M: In the future I would love to make I t big with the band, if I could tour it would be sweet. If not, I want to study maths at university.
J: I’d love to get signed, eventually we plan to travel as a band which I am really looking forward to.

Q: What advice do you have for people who are thinking of forming their own band?
D: Do it. Unless you can’t play an instrument…
C: Make sure you’ve practised and got a good set before you start doing lots of gigs, and just keep practising and playing. I’d definitely recommend it though.
M: Do it! It’s a right laugh and you get bare birds
J. Don’t cover coldplay.

Q: If you could describe the band in 3 words what would they be?
D: Four best friends
C: Sexy, hench, fit.
M: A musical band…
J: Cool as f**k

Q: How can your fans gain access to your music?
D: Just like us on facebook and you’ll find everything there!
M: Facebook is the best way and we have a twitter account. Youtube, Bandcamp and Spotify! And you can also buy our single ‘Pilot’ on iTunes!
J: Buy the songs off iTunes… That way we get bare dollar.

Thanks for chatting with me guys! You can like their facebook and twitter page here:
http://www.facebook.com/TheConcetines?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/TheConcetines
and listen to their single here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-oBQgXnFnY

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Last Night

My friends poem about our wonderful night at the Bastille concert last night! Check out her blog she’s almost at 1,000 views!

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Bastille

All together we share the sound.

waiting for what is to come.

Clapping hands and chanting loud,

now we know what has begun.

The cheering crowd stomp the floor,

the bass now banging at the walls.

Screaming now as he sings Flaws

and laughing while the drunk man falls.

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Where’s the world that doesn’t care? Maybe I could meet you there?

I woke up this morning only to discover that I had reached 1,000 views on my blog! I was so pleased when I saw this and felt like writing something. However, I appear to be suffering from extreme writers block at this current moment so I decided to take up the opportunity to use WordPress’ feature called ‘inspire me’ which seems to be a random generator giving you an idea to write about something, and the following text is basically my brief:

Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Now forget the song, and turn that line into the title or inspiration for your post.

It took me a while to choose a line from a song because I usually listen to a song for the music however; I eventually came to a conclusion and decided to use a line from Meet you there – Busted. The following article is about how people care too much about what others think.

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I know this is an issue in today’s society because I feel under pressure to look presentable each and every day, even if I have nothing planned. And personally, I wish everyone had the same hair and skin, I wish make up didn’t exist and imagining a world where you can wear whatever you like without worrying about others judging you is extremely pleasant but I suppose one can only dream. Honestly, I don’t know why I bother sometimes, I have amazing people in my life and surely they couldn’t care less about what I looked like, that isn’t the reason they stick by me.

I think this is an issue that is a lot worse at a young age. Many teenagers follow the crowd to look good and prevent being judged. However, if you want to wear something outgoing then you have every right to do so. It’s simply the fact that you are paranoid about what others are going to think, if you walk down the street wearing something even slightly different to what would be classed as the norm, there is no doubt that another girl or boy of your age will look at you in a bizarre way and whisper something to their friend. It makes you feel looked down on but if you’re happy and comfortable with how you’re dressed and how you look, no matter how challenging it is, you have to rise above it. You may have heard someone saying things behind your back about your style, learn to ignore it. We’re in the 21st century and as sick as it is, bullies exist. And people are going to say things, and yes, it is disheartening but when people criticise how you look, they want a reaction and they want you to care. So surely that’s the last thing you want?

The worst thing you can do whilst trying not to care what others think of you is overthinking a situation. If you’re in the middle of a city or at school, look around and see how many other people are there. You’re not alone therefore, a lot of the time, people are probably not even judging you. Most people in this world don’t have the time to look at someone and soak in all their flaws and analyse them as a whole just by their imperfections, try your best not to think about what they’re thinking of you and bear in mind that they may be judging the people around you.

The people who care about what you look like are usually the ones who look at you with metaphorical microscopes as eyes and judge people they don’t even know for a mile off whereas people who don’t obsess over others tend to look at you as a whole person not just what you look like by the way you dress and how you have your hair and make-up. There is no point in wasting your time worrying what others think about you, it will make your life hell for a good few years if you continue to allow the criticism get to your head. If you begin to let yourself feel positive about yourself and your style, as you venture out into the public, you’ll feel confident outdoors too and will stop feeling like everyone cares about what you look like.

If you never accept yourself, as harsh as it is, people will never accept you. Be who you want to be. If people want to be an acquaintance of yours then they will not care what you look like or how you dress and if they do care then I can tell you now that they’re not worth a second of your time. If you’re someone who doesn’t judge others, then you’re instantly better than the people who obsess over how others look. Take no notice and walk around with a smile on your face at all times so everyone knows you don’t care what they think.

‘Where’s the world that doesn’t care? Maybe I could meet you there?’

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The 1975 @ The Cockpit, Leeds/ 24.01.2013

Wonderful article on a wonderful band. Everyone take a read!

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The 1975 @ The Cockpit, Leeds/ 24.01.2013

So, the trip hop quartet were back (with special guests!) to perform once again at the grunge, underground venue, The Cockpit. As you all know, this place is dedicated to hand-picking the best bands out of the glimmering sea of new music, catching exciting new artists at the start of their careers. Yeah, it’s true, the stage has the faded footprints of the Two Door Cinema Club, Temper Trap and Coldplay to prove it. Over the last year, the UK have willingly welcomed The 1975’s mixed genre style with open arms after the release of not one, but TWO EP’s (Sex and Facedown) including ready-made anthems such as The City and Sex. They had already created a buzz around the country after touring the UK with guitar-heavy, cheerful Little Comets but this time it was different, they were back… but headlining.

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Bruno Mars Concert Review.

Completing his magnificent tour in Manchester, Bruno Mars proves to the city that he is the new king of pop with his highly cheesy yet catchy songs!

The atmosphere of this concert wasn’t what you would expect a common pop concert to be like, with the screaming girls and the banners in the air. The concert edged more on the rock genre, with Bruno slamming on his guitar live, middle aged people sweating whilst jumping in the standing area. The crowd wasn’t full of kids, there was a variety of people which made it interesting. The whole arena was full of energy!

As his fans sing along with one of his calmest songs ‘Talking to the moon’ there is a sudden change in atmosphere as he begins to sing ‘Runaway Baby’ the crowd continue to belt it out, going wild as they do so! The volume in the building was crazy, it was clear to anyone that it was full of Bruno’s hooligans!

Bruno got the crowd going from the second he came on stage, explaining to us all that it was his last night on tour so we should all put our cameras away and have some ‘f***ing fun’ which made the whole crowd laugh, it was brilliant how he brought out his personality in front of such a huge crowd!

His well known songs for example billionaire, just the way you are and the lazy song really got the crowd going and everyone looked so happy, this concert made me realise how much music can affect your mood! You would expect to hear all the screaming girls however surprisingly, Bruno Mars also seems to have many male fans!

The whole evening was full of energy and fun, Bruno Mars satisfied his audience throughout the whole concert which I’ve never experienced before! I never wanted this gig to end!
His hit single ‘Just the Way You Are’ closed the wonderful night, it got everybody singing along and as embarrassing as it is to admit, it got me in tears! It showed everyone how talented he is and you could tell he put so much feeling into the whole night!

He received the chants of ‘ENCORE ENCORE’ by us all, where he performed a mash up of ‘Lighters’ and ‘Talking To The Moon’ the entire audience were pleased with this and the evening ended with everyone singing and dancing along!

A perfect evening, I will never forget it, came to school without a voice the next day. Looking forward to his next tour as his new album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ will be released on the 10th December 2012!