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Showbizheroes – Tales From Behind the Curtain

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Released 3rd June 2013 

With the release of ShowbizHeroes debut self-recorded (in a greenhouse?!?!) album to be released next month, ShowbizHeroes show us exactly what you can do with an old Compaq Desk pro and some ripped off recording software!

If you haven’t heard of Showbizheroes before, they define themselves as “Four mates from TOWIE, not cool, totally spray tan free and only wear scarves when it is cold and they are outside. Leaving aside the style and concentrating on the substance… Good melodies, loads of hooks and changing dynamics to create catchy indie pop music.”

To get a copy of ‘Tales from Behind The Curtain’ for a discounted price and half the album for free, sign up to their mailing list before the 3rd of June.

‘Sinner is flipping brilliant!!!’ – NME Radio

‘Short and sweet with a hook laden centre that won’t fail to snare all!’ – Room Thirteen

‘Sinner is Awesome!!!’ – BBC Essex

‘More hooks than the National Portrait Gallery!’ With Guitars

If you could live your life by one of your song lyrics, what would it be?

This one is easy, ‘On the town I’m a Sinner’ I’m pretty sure we would all like to be but some of us never get the chance!

Why record your album in a greenhouse? Who even comes up with the idea of putting a recording studio in a greenhouse?!

When you have nowhere to record and no money to go into proper studios you’d be amazed at the places you would try and lay down a record… I’ve currently been laying down ideas on my iPad on the train to work in the morning!!!

You’re trapped in a lift with one other band/artist. You get talking to them and they ask if you want to collaborate with them. Which band/artist would it be and why?

Well if ‘collaborate’ is code for something else then Girls Aloud, failing that it would have to be Ladyhawke, her two albums have been great and it would be really good for us to all come up with some stuff together.

Did you ever think “we should go on The Xfactor”? Why/why not?

Think we would go down like a f**ked lift on X Factor… Actually believe it or not I can’t comment, I have never seen X Factor ‘proper’. I’ve only ever watched one of the first episodes with the auditions, it was pretty funny! 

If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing right now?

We wish we were only doing the band, but to answer your question, Nick would be further up in the government, Dan would be helping RBS get out of debt, Austin would be doing exactly what he is doing now and I would be insuring more planes.

Who comes up with the lyrics to your songs? Are they based on anything or made up of rhyming words that sound good. “Lying in my bed, wishing I was with you instead” etc…

Nick comes up with all the lyrics, normally on the spot or within a few runs of the song, it’s pretty amazing to watch… There is a rumour that all our tunes are about one girl (hope that’s his wife lol).

Picture the scene. You come home after a gig. It’s late at night, you’re tired, you’ve just finished a curry and you’ve fallen onto the sofa. The light comes on, someone screams. It’s not your house. What’s going through your mind?

 How did my key work in their front door? I had a very similar experience to this at Glastonbury once in a tent… It was like the scene in ET when that kid first comes face to face with ET!


If you were the opposite sex for a day, what would be the first thing you do? (The real first thing.)

 Touch my boobs….. That was the FIRST thing I thought. Second thing, get down the gym and hit the changing rooms!

What do you look like first thing in the morning? (Pictures accepted.)

I’m too scared to look… I’ve seen Austin a few times in the morning while we have been on tour, he’s is certainly not a morning person!

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The Trade

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With their new album “Fu-Go” recently released (20th May 2013), The Trade are certainly making a name for themselves! They have also been seen supporting various bands such as The Undertones, The Buzzcocks, The Stiff Little Fingers, Ray Wilson & Stiltskin, The Twang, Dave Arcari, The Twilight Sad, The Xcerts, Chris Helm, Mark Morriss and The Underground Hero’s.

With Fu-Go being described as “Real get up and go music” (therockandrollreport.com) it gives you the perfect reason and no excuse to go see them live! For gig dates, visit http://www.the-trade.co.uk/?page_id=129

Lead vocalist, Ross Milne, recently took time out to answer my questions:

If you could live your life by one of your song lyrics, what would it be?

‘From Fu-Go, I would say – Missing Out, the 2nd half of the song. The first half is painting the picture of most folk’s lives. The second half is the bit to live by. It’s about letting go, being impulsive and living life instead of keeping it all inside.

You’re trapped in a lift with one other band/artist. You get talking to them and they ask if you want to collaborate with them. Which band/artist would it be and why?

‘Mine would be Fish I think! – His lyrics are amazing. I love the fact that he is still going is awesome. I would also like to do the same with Roger Waters! Similar reasons. BUT if you’re looking at current artists, then it’s Kaleb Followill every day of the week for me! Loving the energy. So to blast out a collaboration with him would be off the scale!’

Did you ever think “we should go on The Xfactor”? Why/why not?

‘Yes. BUT only to get recognition, then leave it at that.  Not to do the entire competition. We have our sound and just need a leg up. We believe we have something folk like. We just need the bigger stage.’

If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing right now?

‘Being in another band or certainly writing music!

Got to pay the bills, but on the spare time thing, it would always be music. If my voice went, I would play better than I can now! The guys all love it. Once it’s in you can’t just ignore it……..well not for long at least!’

Who comes up with the lyrics to your songs? Are they based on anything or made up of rhyming words that sound good. “Lying in my bed, wishing I was with you instead” etc…

‘I write all the lyrics and very seldom do they rhyme hahaha!

The idea for me is to convey a story or a point and make it as interesting as possible at the same time. I try to write so there are a few meanings taken from the song, so folk can personally like them for different reasons. Most of the time there is one ‘correct’ meaning, but not always. That’s the great thing about writing songs! Creating and getting imaginations going!’

Picture the scene. You come home after a gig. It’s late at night, you’re tired, you’ve just finished a curry and you’ve fallen onto the sofa. The light comes on, someone screams. It’s not your house. What’s going through your mind?
“Bollox! I cannot believe this has happened again!!!”

If you were the opposite sex for a day, what would be the first thing you do? (The real first thing.)

‘Alone time!!!! – And LOADS OF IT!!!!’

What do you look like first thing in the morning? 

‘Have you ever seen the MILK scene in Anchorman?’

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