Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hello guys, well it is that time of year! It has almost come to an end and we will be celebrating Christmas. 

I can safely say my year has been great; turning 21, graduating university and expanding Musical Lotty's Music News!  

Tomorrow after work I shall be heading down to The Talking Heads to film the Voice FM Christmas party where you bring a present to give to a child who will be spending their time in hospital. Money raised will also be going to WUWU Homeless Charity. Bands playing will include New Device, Toxic Shock, Three Times Over and many more, there will also be everyone's favourite Christmas tunes including my favourite ones below. 

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Pogues - Fairy Tale Of New York

Slade - Merry Christmas Everyone

The Darkness - Christmas Time

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Top 5 Singles of 2013

Welcome to the second installment of the end of year post! So far I have shown you my top five albums of 2013 and now onto top five singles! Before I go further with the post I would first like to say that I picked five incredible songs and it was so tricky to put these in order of preference!

5) Katy Perry - Roar

Kicking off the top 5 with a roar is Katy Perry’s single…well Roar. It's not the usual rock or metal song I go for but for me this single was a highlight of 2013. Empowering lyrics and a catchy melody are the two components needed for the perfect pop hit. It also seems to show the growth of Katy Perry herself as she been through quite a lot in the past year or so.

4) Avril Lavigne feat. Chad Kroeger – Let Me Go 

At number four is the single Let Me Go by newly weds Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger. I must admit I was very sceptical when I heard these two were going to release a single together. I’m very happy to say that I was proved wrong in this case; captivating use of the piano, the haunting lyrics and the beautiful harmony between Avril’s and Chad’s voices completes the song! The thirteen year old inside me is squealing with joy that my two favourite artists growing up have collaborated.

3) New Device – Save Your Life

Coming in at number 3 is the single Save Your Life by New Device. It was very refreshing to here some brand new material from the London rockers after a three-year gap. I remember first hearing this on Voice.FM and feeling warm inside within the first few seconds of the song. From the familiar clean crisp vocals provided by charismatic front man Dan Leigh to the original riffs and solos delivered by Matt Mallery and Nick Jones, Save Your Life has all the crucial features of a perfect rock song.

2) Within Temptation feat. Tarja – Paradise (What About Us?)                        

At number 2 is the sing Paradise (What About Us?) by Within Temptation featuring Tarja Turunen. When I first heard these two were going to do a single together I was very excited and I had every right to. Sharon Den Adel and Tarja’s beautiful voices complemented each other to create a strikingly moving song with a chorus that gives me goose bumps every time. If these are the kind of songs that we will hear on the new album then I think we don’t have to worry.

1) Shinedown – I’ll Follow You       

Finally my number one single of 2013 is I’ll Follow You by Shinedown. I was really excited to hear about the release of this song! After hearing it at their live show in Southampton in 2012 and listening to it again of the album I realised how profound this song is. With deeply thought lyrics and an enchanting melody to complete it I’ll Follow You has become a favourite single of mine. It doesn’t matter how many times I listen to the single it continues to blow me away each time. The reason why it is my number one single of 2013 is because it reminds me of some happy times; particularly when they performed this at Wembley Arena to 12,000 adoring fans as they sang along! That is an experience I will not be forgetting any time soon!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Top 5 Albums of 2013

Well that time of year has come around again! Before we exit with a festive cheer I thought I would reveal my top five albums and singles of 2013! So without further ado here are my top albums of 2013!

5) Amaranthe – Nexus        

To kick off my top 5 albums is the album Nexus by Swedish/Danish metalcore group Amaranthe. Being well known for mixing melodic pop with death metal is the reason why this band are a personal favourite of mine. The album has a versatile collection of songs from the heartfelt Burn With Me to the upbeat Electroheart I think 2014 could possibly be their year. The album includes a beautiful acoustic rendition of their enchanting ballad Amaranthine.

4) Alter Bridge – Fortress   

At number four is the fourth studio album from the almighty Alter Bridge. This was one of the anticipated rock albums of the year; this masterpiece from the Florida rockers entices you within the first few seconds of opening track Cry Of Achillies and it invites you to listen on to some killer sounding tracks such as Addicted to Pain, Lover and Waters Rising. A spectacular arena tour featuring their friends from Shinedown and Halestorm accompanied this epic album.

3) Bad Pollyanna – Monstrous Child                     

I originally saw this band on a friend's Facebook page. After hearing Hollow for the first time I was blown away at first listen so my expectations of the album were high. Those expectations were exceeded as it opened with Hollow and Awake Now; the amazing melodies, unusual instrument arrangements and the spectacular vocals provided by Olivia Hyde give Bad Pollyanna’s Monstrous Child a fantastic package for a fantastic album.

2) New Device – Here We Stand    

Coming in at number two is the second studio album Here We Stand from New Device. Due to line up changes there was at least a three-year wait for this album from the London rockers but it was most certainly worth it. The album is great pick me up for when you are feeling down; this is demonstrated through songs such as singles Here We Stand and Save Your Life as well as my personal favourite song on the album End Of Hope. So if you like beautifully clear vocals, talented guitarists and rolling drums than this is the album for you.

 1) Heaven’s Basement – Filthy Empire     

At number 1 is Heaven’s Basement’s debut album Filthy Empire. 2013 has possibly been a great year for rockers Heaven’s Basement and this album is crucial evidence. From the profound acoustic ballad The Price We Pay to the high energy I Am Electric this album has innovative and genuinely brilliant rock songs to suit every mood under the sun. Everyone has an album in their collection that they can listen to from start to finish over and over again without growing bored; well Filthy Empire has become that album! Making it my number one album of 2013!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Word on the street: One Direction vs. Def Leppard

This piece of news is shaking the online sphere and the world of rock music! Rock legends Def Leppard are looking into taking legal action as a result of new song Midnight Memories from worldwide popstars One Direction sounding very similar to iconic song Pour Some Sugar On Me!

According to a source given to the Mirror online: 

"Music lawyers will routinely scour hits like this one to see if there is any evidence that a band has copied or cleverly mimicked a Def Leppard song. These cases can often take weeks to sort out because we are not talking about peanuts here - the 1D album is selling millions and if the title track goes out as a single it will generate even more money." 

I usually like to read more into things before completely trusting different sources and jumping to conclusions but I must admit that these two songs sound incredibly similar...

Midnight Memories - One Direction

Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

What are your thoughts? Are One Direction ripping off Def Leppard?

Monday, 9 December 2013

My two weeks at Terrorizer!

Squashed on the tube? Check!
Sweaty armpit in my face? Check!
Staying in more than one accommodation in the same week? Check!
Proof –read many articles? Check!

This checklist is a little summary of my two fantastic weeks at the main offices of Terrorizer magazine! I was a small town girl in the big city; I had been to London in the past mainly for leisure but never for work so excitement and anticipation filled me up very quickly!

On my first day at Terrorizer I was feeling very apprehensive as I did not know what to expect; I thought I would either be twiddling my thumbs or on endless tea making duty. I could not have been more wrong.

I arrived half an hour earlier then said time since I wanted to make a good impression, this gave me time to take in some of the spectacular street art of Old Street. It wasn’t long before I was greeted by Hannah, the reviews/features editor and let into the office and set up my laptop at my desk. I was gradually introduced to the rest of the Terrorizer team who were all very friendly.  I am happy to say that I was kept busy for the next two weeks with sub-editing articles, transcribing interviews and choosing pages for the magazine online preview, as well as the occasional run to the off-licence for milk and orange squash. Of course an internship would not be complete without tea making now and again so this internship had the whole package.

Throughout these two weeks I have learnt so much about how a magazine is published and the amount of work that goes into it! I think I’ve gained more confidence in myself as a journalist to try new things! The best kind of learning is when you have fun doing it; the relaxed environment with a friendly team of people and the latest pre-releases on in the office from the likes of Grand Magus and Van Canto.

To find out about the intern programme and Terrorizer in general go to their official website! It’s a great way to get experience in publishing and journalism so I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Cage The Gods to join The Treatment on UK tour!

Following the success of their tour with The Answer, Cage The Gods will be hitting the road with The Treatment!

I was very excited to open up the email from Duff Publishing announcing this because The Treatment are a personal favourite band of mine and I watched Cage The Gods perform when they were support Heaven's Basement and they were a fantastic live band to watch! This run of tour dates (seen below) are in support of their debut album Badlands!

Their EP Favourite Sin is available from iTunes so be sure to give that a listen before catching them on tour.

You can find Cage The Gods on Facebook and their official website

Tour dates

Sat 7th Dec 2013           Great Yarmouth, Planet Rockstock (4pm start)
Wed 12th Dec                Nottingham, Rock City Headline Show
Thurs 13th Dec              Sheffield, Greystones Headline Show
Fri 14th Dec                   Manchester, Deaf Institute Headline Show
Mon 3rd Feb 2014         Norwich, Waterfront Studio - supporting The Treatment
Tues 4th Feb                  Nottingham, Rock City Basement
Wed 5th Feb                  Stoke, The Sugarmill
Fri 7th Feb                     London, O2 Islington Academy
Sat 8th Feb                    Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Sun 9th Feb                   Manchester, Academy 3
Mon 10th Feb                Sheffield, Corporation
Tues 11th Feb                Glasgow, King Tuts
Thurs 13th Feb              Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Fri 14th Feb                   Bristol, Thekla

Monday, 2 December 2013

First Week at Terrorizer!

Hello everyone!

Feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed after relaxing this weekend back at home!

Well this week has just been busy but a brilliant learning curb; I completed my first week interning at the main office of Terrorizer where I have been learning how a magazine works and doing little jobs for the reviews team. This involved transcribing interviews and sub-editing reviews; it is important to make sure everything looks perfect down to the spelling when material is about to be published on an international scale! I am about to start my second week; it's deadline week so this will be very interesting to experience.

Another thing that has been keeping me busy is the end of year reviews; this year I decided it will be the first time that I will showcase them as videos as well as written pieces. To give you a sneak preview here's the trailer I made for it below.

End Of Year trailer

Be sure to attend the online premier of these videos! Click here to find out more!

End Of Year reviews Premier

Well that's it from me until next week! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the end of year videos.
Musical Lotty

Monday, 25 November 2013

First word from Musical Lotty

Hello everyone 

I hope you are all well! I thought for the first time in three years this blog has run for; I thought I would start a word from the editor section starting today and will be doing so every week. Well things are all good here; I graduated university last week and I started my internship at Terrorizer Magazine today which I will keep you guys updated with. I have also recently started to work with local radio station Voice FM.

Another new thing I will be trying for the blog are video reviews; I have been into making films since the age of sixteen and because of some inspiration received whilst doing some days at IBM's Media and Graphics department I am starting to make it happen; starting with the top 5 albums and singles of 2013!

That's all from and stay tuned for more updates
Musical Lotty! 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Don't Let Anything Hold You Back

This is a story I have published for a website about autism!

In my first year of what's known as mainstream school, I always felt I was different somehow. I often didn't know what to say to my classmates and when to start talking, I felt like an outsider when they laughed at me for not fully understanding what they were telling me. When I started secondary school however it all became clear when I was told I had autism.

Autism is often likened to being in a different country where everyone else speaks a different language where you only understand very few words. Watching old family videos I could see it effected my ability to communicate with others around me or even talk.

Fast forward to the present day. I am writing this story the day after my graduation ceremony where I received a Second Class Bachelor Of Arts Honours degree in Media Culture and Production which took me three years of hard work and motivation to achieve. This is my biggest achievement to date since I remember being told that I would not have been to cope with GCSEs at secondary school; this didn't stop me wanting to do GCSEs with my friends and achieving twelve after two years of hard work. I then went on to college and achieved my A Levels.

None of that would have been possible without all the right help and support! So therefore I would like to thank the following people; Mum and Dad for their undying love, support and guidance even when things were tough, my sister Emily for being a best friend, my grandparents for being there to talk to and the delicious cakes of course, to all the learning support assistants (Felicity, Jilly Bull, Lois, Clio and Claudia) I had during education, my cousin Emma and all my friends who have accepted me!

My message from me to you is don't let anything stop you from achieving your goals!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Three Times Over - Self Titled EP

Right on my doorstep, Eastleigh rockers Three Times Over are becoming a favourite with local radio station Voice FM. Listening to their EP it is easy to see why.

Opening tracks Get Over It and Vampires are great hooks to get you listening to the bands amazing rhythms and melodies. Reminding me of Fall Out Boy duetting with Seether, Three Times Over manage to produce an original fresh rock sound.

My personal favourite track on the EP is Here We Go Again; the intro for this is just epic. It's one of those songs that you instantly know what it is in the first few seconds. Excellent vocals, profound guitars and rolling drums are the three elements of a brilliant rock song. It's also a song I can imagine going down very well at shows!

Closing with My Little Liar allows the listener one last listen and rock out! 

Overall a brilliant debut EP! The first one for a while to make me tap my foot and bob my head along to.

Words by Charlotte Whittingham

R.I.Y.L:  Seether, Blink 182 and Fall Out Boy

Find Three Times Over on Facebook

Friday, 15 November 2013

Vicki Musselwhite - Salt Air EP

Receiving an invite from a school friend to download an EP I was very intrigued. After having listened to this EP I was glad I accepted the invitation.

The EP got off to a beautifully mellow start opening with the song Lighthouse, one of the things that caught my attention was Vicki’s beautifully smooth voice. I found out today that it was recorded in a living room, which I found pleasantly surprising, as the quality of the sound is excellent.

My personal favourite song on the EP is Tug of War; the intro of this song has you captivated in the first five minutes and I think this is the song that shows Vicki’s vocals at their very best.

Vicki Musselwhite’s EP is another vital example of why we should support our local music scene; she is a very talented singer songwriter who is right on our doorstep. So overall, a truly fantastic EP that I highly recommend.

Words by Charlotte Whittingham

I should also note that all the money she makes of this EP until January is going to Clic Sargent charity, a very worthy cause. Click the link below to find out more.

For fans of  James Morrison and Nina Simone

Find Vicki Musselwhite Facebook and her official website