Snake bites: March 2022

A summary of the month of February with exciting news of what's to come!

BAND NEWS UPDATE

Well March was a bit mental like! Where do we begin?

It was a great start to the month announcing our support slot with Kris Barras Band and that was just a fraction of what we had to look forward to for the month ahead.

You may remember a few months back we were in a competition to win the opening slot for Stondead Festival 2022 and although we unfortunately didn’t win we will still be attending as spectators. We kicked the month off by purchasing our tickets and we can’t wait to attend and see all of the bands performing! It’ll be our first time attending and it’s set to be a blinder, building on the success of recent years. In terms of festivals it’s still relatively new but has grown year on year and after the past two years (of which we shall not mention further) it is set to be a hell of a day! There are some tickets still remaining so if you are interested and want to hang out with us you can grab them HERE

March is a big birthday month for us boys as both Jamie and Chris celebrate theirs. First up was Jamie’s and we celebrated by locking ourselves in a room together for an hour. Not like we usually do for band practice, in this case we chose an escape room! Travelling back to ancient Egypt we successfully managed to solve puzzles with literal seconds to spare. Of course we would have finished much earlier had Jamie actually opened the first box he unlocked rather than wait fifteen minutes before realising the lock he cracked actually opened something…….it was his day though so we let him off. All in all we had a cracking night and topped it off with some drinks and live music.

Next up was our gig supporting Scruffy Bear at Trillians. Having gone from never playing Trillians to playing twice this year already, it’s safe to say it’s instantly become one of our favourite venues. Aside from its obvious brilliant rock bar vibes it’s just a doddle to gig there. Easy load in, great back line, great stage and great staff. It’s just a really awesome night all round. It was great to see fans and friends in the audience and was great to meet new ones too! We’re so grateful to everyone that came down, bought merch and chatted to us. It was a really, really great night. Having heard Scruffy Bear’s music online it’s safe to say we were pretty excited about seeing them live and man did they not disappoint! They have groove in abundance and vocals galore, they absolutely blew us away. Such a great bunch to talk to off stage too and we couldn’t stop complimenting each other. We absolutely will share a stage with them again!

March also saw us celebrate a song birthday! The 19th March marked one year since we released our second single ‘Waiting In Line’ and although we can’t quite believe a year has passed, it’s been a great year nonetheless! If for some unfathomable reason you have not heard this groovy tune then give us a belated birthday present and give it a listen here:

If you’ve been keeping up with our blogs then you may have already read our dedicated blog post about our experience supporting Kris Barras Band. If you haven’t already then you can read it HERE. At the risk of repeating everything in there we’ll keep it short. It was incredible! The venue, staff, Kris Barras Band, Florence Black, crowd were simply amazing. A night we will never forget and the experience of playing on a stage like Boiler Shop’s was just out of this world! As a band you dream of playing stages and venues like this and until it happens it is just that, a dream, so to be able to actually say we’ve done that is a tick in the box and step in the right direction to playing those other dream venues. A massive thanks again to Kris Barras for selecting us to open up the show. Truly amazing.

PHOTO: PHILEP ROBERTOS PHOTOGRAPHY

March saw another birthday in the band, this time for Chris! We celebrated by going Go Karting followed by all you can eat Chinese. Quite simply, a birthday of dreams. Chris was provided with a beautiful bright pink race suit and being the huge F1 fan he is, suddenly thought he was his hero Fernando Alonso. The racer inside him came out and with a surprise challenger in Jamie (who does not like F1), there were moments reminiscent of last year's Hamilton v Verstappen battle, although thankfully there were no last lap controversies the local gazette could write about.

Our last gig of the month was the very first event ran by Canny Mint Productions at Low Spennymoor Club. They've managed to secure quite a few venues in the Durham/Darlington area and have some fantastic line ups of local music coming up. We were incredibly grateful to be part of their very first event and it was a pleasure to perform for them and everyone that attended. They even arranged a food truck outside which we made good use of! There were some familiar faces in the crowd including some friends we hadn't seen for a long time and it was great to hang out with them and have a good old catch up. All in all a really enjoyable evening.

PHOTO: RYAN C DUNN PHOTOGRAPHY

April is going to be another busy and very exciting month for us as we start to record new music. Keep an eye open on our socials (particularly Instagram) to get all updates.

Jamie, Chris & Joe