Team Member: Gareth Rooke

Hi I'm Gareth, A foolish Welshman that has found himself living in Scotland. I adore live music and this all started back in University when a friend dragged me along to my first gig and I saw Travis. From then on I spent a lot of time going to see bands from rubbish uni bands that had formed one drunken night to the mighty Blur. When I finished uni there was a 10 year gap between gigs (long story). Now though, on any given day of the week I can be found in the venues of Glasgow. With regards to my music taste I love anything with great lyrics and heavy drums. When I was younger (and still am) I was obsessed with a band called Alisha's Attic. When not at a gig I will be found at my computer playing games like Prison Architect, Hearthstone and Wolfenstein.

Gareth Rooke's Articles:

Courage My Love, live at Garage Attic, Glasgow

Starting The night off was local pop punks Wasted Summer. The one thing that instantly catches your attention about this band is Steph’s impressive vocals, she is able to mix it up with holding those notes or add grit for some edginess. However, tonight was not her greatest performance, as at times her breathing let her down […]

A Chat With Courage My Love

Ahead of their show in Glasgow, we had a chat with Courage My Love to talk touring the UK, Warped Tour and albums! So how are you guys doing today? Phoenix: Yeah, not too bad thanks. Brandon: Jet lagged. Phoenix: Yeah, a little jet lagged. This is your first time here in Glasgow. Have you […]

Harbour Sharks “A History OF Violence”

“A History of Violence” kick of with “False Flags“. This is a great opening track and instantly catches your attention with its gritty beat which kicks at you to pay attention. The track has a political underlying message which you should at least listen too. Carrying on from this, “The Killer Inside Me” pushes into a […]

Harbour Sharks Release ‘False Flags’

When governments disregard their citizens for their own greed, the music scene usually fronts the charge, voicing the repressed frustrations of the people. Harbour Sharks have risen to this with their new single ‘False Flags’. A politically charged glimpse into a murky corner of Harbour Sharks psyche, with hushed shoulder-shuffle beats and infectious, echoing riffs, ‘False Flags‘ bursts […]

Shanghai Blues Release New Single ‘Swim’

East London quartet Shanghai Blues are pleased to reveal their return and announce that their brand new single ‘Swim’ is out now. Commenting on the track, the band say: “Swim is a song for anyone that has ever felt like they can’t cope, a song for anyone that feels like things are too much and they can’t go on. Although […]

King Goat announce reissue of debut LP & debut EP

Acclaimed progressive doom-mongers King Goat are excited to announce the reissue of both their lauded debut LP Conduit with their eponymous debut EP via Aural Music on December 08. Watch the video for Conduit below: The album is set to be released on black and blue double vinyl format, with a new cover The news comes ahead of the band’s highly anticipated […]

Hot Water Music Announce UK/EU Shows

Gainesville Florida’s Hot Water Music are proud to announce UK/EU shows for April 2018.  This will be the band’s first time playing overseas since 2012. “It’s been FAR too long since we’ve been overseas.” says Jason from the band.  “The UK and Germany are 2 of our favourite places to play, and we’ve been lucky enough to […]

Tyne Drop New Video “I’m Down”

Cambridgeshire based chill-pop artist Tyne, has released a brand new video for the single I’m Down. Check it out below. This song follows on from previous singles, Crawl, which has now surpassed 1 millions streams on Spotify &  Girly, which has previously been BBC Introducing’s track of the week. Tyne will be appearing as part of the BBC Introducing shows at The […]

Music and Me – Gareth

It’s time to get to know – Gareth , Head of Interviews. We set Gareth ten questions about their musical likes, their guilty pleasures and what music means to them. 1 – How would you describe your taste in music? My taste is pretty varied but, mainly it is pop rock with a mix of pop punk. […]

Autøne take on the A-Z challenge!

Autøne consists of vocalist/guitarist Jas Harding, bassist Jack Hoban and drummer Jack Hawley. The North Walean electro-rockers combine powerful female vocals with metal riffs to create a great blend. We challenged the trio to take on our A-Z questionnaire! A song that made you want to make music? Killing in the name of RATM. Best […]

Dorje, Audio, Glasgow

Today’s gig was a last minute add for me as the gig I was going to see was cancelled. Not know anything about any of the bands but the opening band Eva Plays Dead. So walking into a sold out Audio I was there with an open mind. When Eva Plays Dead  started their set […]

Sertraline @ Bananaman’s Bar, Edinburgh

Heading to Bananamn’s one of my favourite venues in Edinburgh, I was excited to see Sertraline with their new line up. Up first was Glasgow’s Splinting Halo. I have been trying to see these guys for a while but, had always missed them.  They have great heavy drums along with great heavy guitar riffs. But […]

These Minds & Catch Fire Co-Headliner, Garage Attic, Glasgow

Heading to the familiar Garage Attic venue, I was taken back by how much it had been refurbished. It was now what I would call a good looking small venue. The booths are gone, the stage is raised, the annoying window behind the stage was covered and there was a curtain splitting the side stage […]

JPNSGRLS – Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow

Starting the night were Sunny Devils. They provide a stripped back sound with great vocals, even if he was not really pushing his voice (either that or he was just that good). The drums are too soft at times but due to stripped back sound, you can’t have metal drum thrashes. Simple but elegant guitar […]

AS IT IS release ‘No Way Out’

Brighton’s As It Is have today released the third track from their highly-anticipated forthcoming second album ‘okay.’, ‘No Way Out’. [youtube v=bHBREGvumbI] ‘No Way Out‘ follows the album’s title track and ‘Pretty Little Distance’, and as vocalist Patty Walters states “is about the desperation and exhaustion from struggling, when your best intentions and attempts seemingly lead you nowhere. Musically, the song […]

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