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The Fillers have been a tribute band of The Killers since 2006. They have performed all over the UK, Ireland and The Channel Islands. Their furthest booking was for the Hard Rock Café in the Dominican Republic. During their short career, this bunch of likeable lads from Bury St. Edmonds has experienced the same amount of adulation whilst they act, sound and look like the real thing. To add to their CV; they have been recommended by Brandon Flowers as a band that should be checked out; lead singer Trevor, has been mistaken for Brandon by Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe; and Ronnie Vannacci has played drums for them at one of their gigs.  Check out the video evidence that is currently posted on The Fillers Facebook and YouTube!

We caught up with lead singer, Trevor Hurley, fondly known as ‘Fake Brandon’, whilst he tells us how pleased The Fillers are to be playing their first date in Kent at the Tunbridge Wells Forum in support of The Bridge Trust.

How did The Fillers first meet and whose idea was it to be a tribute band to the Killers?

Most of us were in another band together. We entered a local Battle of the Bands competition and somehow lost!”. Trevor then jokes, “Yeah, amazing that something like that could happen!” He adds, “The format was that the winners of the competition returned the following year to play the closing ceremony. The next year came along and the band that originally beat us couldn’t play.  Because we were the runners up we were asked to take their place. We all found this a bit comical and came up with the idea that as we were filling in we would change our name to The Fillers. Then we performed the music of The Killers.  We set up a myspace page, and proceeded to get interest from promoters and venues and the rest is history!”

Which Fillers gig sticks out in your memory as being the best experience – and why?

“We performed to an audience of 35,000 at the Matthew Street Festival, Liverpool this year. It was amazing.

Where did you get that jacket?

The jacket was hand made by my local tailor”. Trevor adds with a smile, “That was an interesting conversation – “You want a what?”

Do you and the band members have other jobs or is being a band member in The Fillers your full time jobs now?

We all have other jobs – A window cleaner, IT consultant, plumber, bus driver and computer programmer. Try and guess who is who!”

The gig at Tunbridge Wells Forum is part of a calendar of events that has been organised to fundraise for The Bridge Trust, a local charity that provides accommodation, support and advice to homeless people. Trevor responds,

“We are really pleased to be performing for such a worthwhile cause and we are all very much looking forward to the gig”, then he laughs as he recalls, “The last time I came to Tunbridge Wells was to collect a car, which broke down within 3 miles. We were driving around trying to find the Forum to see a band called Rx Bandits. We found it in the end, and it was a great night; but on the 20th November I will be bringing a Sat. Nav. and a more reliable car!”

You are currently reading about Frightened Rabbit. They are a band who live in Glasgow and have done for some time. They record in bedrooms, cupboards and kitchens. Anyone can be in Frightened Rabbit. They have played some live shows in this city, but want to meet people from other cities, in order that they can come and blow into tubes when they play live. Lets keep pop music alive by getting it out of that dress and into a sweater.

A veritable weekend chocker block full of American bands to kick start our Autumn season. First up we have the Dave Grohol backed HiFi Handgrenades – as the Detroit punk four piece were putting the finished touches to their debut album down in the Foo Fighter owned 606 Studio in walks none other than the aforementioned skins bashing rock demi-god. Immediately blown away by the band they were whisked across the US, Canada & Japan on tour with the Foo Figthers.

Their debut album Carry On is 10 tracks of an honest, no-frills band echoing the melodic sound of the Descendents and Dagnasty, combined with the attitude of mid-western greats such as ‘Stink’ -era Replacements and Naked Raygun.

Formed from ex members of The Paybacks & Suicide Machines the band support Alkaline Trio, Millencolin & appear at Reading & Leeds festivals during August & September 08 before they head out on their own UK tour with The Forum being just one of the stops.

We’re biased, so we’ll lket everybody else tell you:

‘Coming across like some hybrid of Fugazi, ATDI, Bloc Party and Snapcase?, they mix driving, heavy guitars with intricate picking and screamed/shouted vocals’ DIE, SHELLSUIT, DIE.

‘HPR do it very well, making the style very listenable and enjoyable without being too weird and make the average listener switch off in confusion. ‘ 7/10 PUNKSCENE

‘The sampler shows just how versatile and inventive HPR are across just a few songs. First track proper I am woodenbox is just magical.’ 8/10 EAST MAGAZINE

‘Competent, creative and with enough pizzazz to blow Horse, The Band or The Fall Of Troy out the water, HPR are now so close they must be able to taste the big time. Watch them fly.’ MODERATE ROCK

‘From their first track ortni (intro backwards) you know you listening to something completely different and highly experimental. Then without knowing it youre thrown into the second track bugz feck off, a mix of powerful screams from front man Jake Armstrong combined with intense break downs which leave you stunned.’ UP IN LIGHS ONLINE

‘Alternative and Ambient songs which are so melodic theyll be on your mind all week, this EP has not only shown each members talent but how they have merged this together to create something special.’ 7/10 FRESHMAG UK

‘Energetic as ever, its impossible to fault the effort these guys put in.’ ‘HPR A typical energetic performance, theyre very good at what they do.”I expected HPR to be tight and full of beans. They delivered.’ TW FORUM REVIEW

OK, that last bit was us. You get the point.

Jeremy Warmsley is a 25-year old singer, songwriter and producer from London, England,a lthough his wiki page says he’s half English, half French, which would suggest he might equally be from Jersey. His second album, “How We Became” will be released in the UK in late 2008. It was co-produced with Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Bjork) and features twelve new songs. First single “Lose My Cool” is released August 11th.

Jeremy Warmsley is a simple story of a guy who doesn’t like the guitar as much as he does the piano or experimenting with electronics. A guy who, when you talk to him about The Divine Comedy, responds with chatter about The Knife, who he believes was the biggest sensation of last year. A guy who doesn’t like the guitar but still managed to renew our faith in an old formula we thought we had exhausted: a solo singer with six strings. Simply because he sings with a spite, an ardor, and a naturalness that’s rarely encountered.

When Oceansize christened themselves back at the start of the third millennium, they didn’t just pick a name, they set themselves a challenge. Their mission statement was to make the biggest music possible, adventures on the high seas of future-rock giganticism that could never, ever stop. It also meant that every album they made would have to be even bigger, heavier, than the last one.

With Chris Sheldon-produced third set ‘Frames’, they’ve easily surpassed themselves on that challenge. But first, there were a few different challenges to overcome. Over two albums, 2003’s grandiloquent ‘Effloresce’ and the dark and moody ‘Everyone Into Position’, Manchester’s kings of post-metal had succeeded squarely on their own terms, but by 2006 they found themselves at a new crossroads. For their next trick, they would become a band refreshed.

With a revised line-up and a renewed sense of purpose came a new home. After a successful two-album relationship with Beggars Banquet, Oceansize have moved on to Superball, a new imprint created in their honour, and with a mandate to sign up like-minded bands from all over Europe. “I think the changes have come at the right time,” explains Mike. “There’s a lot riding on a band’s second album, but to have these important changes come at such a crucial time, it’s really given us a new lease of life.”

Fans of early ‘Size will be delighted. Two of the band’s most delicate moments led them to an untold new audience: ‘Music For A Nurse’ cropping up on the Orange fish adverts, and ‘Meredith’ soundtracking US drama The OC, the temptation might have been to leave behind the hard stuff altogether. That hasn’t happened.

As Mike explains; “the biggest difference between the last one and this one was that with ‘Everyone Into Position’, subconsciously we were making the bid for airplay and trying to make things a little bit simpler. Not commercial, but more melodic. There was more of a focus on anthems and melody – this time we were like “to hell with that!”

Indeed, ‘Frames’ glows with the bonecrushing experimentation, mixing, erm, ultimate warrior wrestling music with beautiful classical flourishes. Oceansize always weaved magic out of unfamiliar time signatures. This time, they have so many of them going on at the same time that Vennart says the album is, at times, “the sound of a band ignoring itself.” Evidenced on the lurching ‘Savant’ and the ravenous ‘Only Twin’ and the climactic ‘The Frame’, every single player goes on their own journey, making up a deeply intricate whole.

‘Sleeping Dogs and Dead Lions’, fact fans, contains the longest instance of the word ‘c***’ ever recorded, while 3 songs feature guest strings from Semay Woo of The Earlies.

‘Frames’, make no mistake, is a snapshot of a band revived, renewed and at the very peak of their powers. Which just leaves Oceansize with one more challenge: how on Earth can they possibly hope to get bigger than this?

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