There are no end of bands out there all trying to make their mark on the music industry, numerous bands come and then go never to be heard of again. Then there are those individuals that flit from band to band looking for the band that fits their image, style or some other notion that may be in their head.
Then there is Nick Shane. Now Nick is the kind of guy that plugs away relentlessly to get his music out there, and yes, I have come across a couple of incarnations of Nick, but the one thing they all have in common is Nick's unmistakable talent and consistent quality, sound, and high production values on every track I have heard from him.
Yesterday, via Facebook messenger I received a mail from Nick and a new track, "Tear It Up". Within the message Nick tells me his new band, The 1:21s are a band that he describes as "proper Mod through and through" and have over 50 years live/recorded music between them, and it shows!
Tear it up is a true guitar led track with excellent melodies and a feel that will have you thinking back to a certain bank holiday weekend on Brighton Beach. All I am missing is my Parka and a scooter with mirrors bolted to every bar. If Roger Daltry doesn't look this track out, then definitely ask "who"?
We have had the Who, The Jam and the Beatles, now we have the 1:21s and the world is a better place.
Check them out on Facebook, watch the video below, and with me, look forward to the release of the album Soul TV.
Well, let's just say 2018 didn't go as planned for either me or Scene Radio. At the beginning of the year we had many plans to push the station forward, to grow, to reach into the LGBT community with media opportunities and great programming.
What went wrong?
In reality nothing went "wrong" but life had different plans for those involved with the station which in turn impacted directly on the station. In January, Jordan McShane, James Graham and I sat and talked of all we wanted to achieve with and for Scene Radio, with the upcoming pride season all seemed well. in 2018 Scotland had more prides planned than ever before. Then in May, the world shattered. Jordan who was just 26, suddenly and without warning died. The impact on James, myself and all of Jordan's family and friends was devastating. Everything was on hold, plans that had been made were set aside. I lost my partner. Even now writing this 7 months later, it all feels like it was just yesterday.
Despite the lack of live programming and the prerecorded shows that were airing before Jordan's death, we have managed to keep Scene Radio going, even if the stream has been mainly music. Of course the exception to that has been James Smith (Mr Fabulous) who has persevered with his live show on most Mondays since.
James Graham and I have plans to push Scene Radio forward. James submitted a document outlining plans for a Scene Radio Blog, with our new steam host and integrated website (radio.co), that much has now been realised. Also in the document were outlined plans for a Scene Radio YouTube channel and the possibility of registering Scene Radio as a charity with OSCR. The latter plans will be closely looked at in 2019.
Scene Radio also plans to be present at and broadcasting from as many Scottish Prides as possible throughout 2019. Scene Radio also wants to fill the schedule with live programming and presenters.
YOU can help.
Scene Radio currently has a fundraiser running on Facebook which I have placed below. We also want to hear from anyone who would like to be a presenter, We also need to find a person to be our fundraiser. Is any of this YOU? if so get in touch. As for donating, whatever you can afford will be received with great gratitude.
For now, I wish you a very merry Christmas, a peaceful and prosperous new year.