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MUSIC MATTERS: Loaded for a Decade. Column by Pete Chambers BEM

Correspondent 23rd May, 2017

Loaded for a Decade

The Loaded are celebrating ten years, and those who appreciate this great local unit are not letting it go without some celebration.

Coventry’s BBC Introducing (Brody and Hannah) have made the band Artists of The Month, while the Coventry Music Museum are hosting a special anniversary Sounding Off this Saturday 27th at 12 noon. So I get to quiz the guys on their dynamic decade, and the band have promised a short acoustic set.

The Loaded formed in 2007 and have kept their original line up. Paul and Jon have been playing together since 1991 when they were both in indie pop band Kinky Love, and Dave and Jez were originally both in P.S.O.V during the 90s.

The band have released five great EPs. Last year they finally got around to releasing an eleven track album, entitled ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’, a collection that spans their time together. The first pressing sold out in a week.

On stage is where the band truly shine, playing just about every venue past and present in and around Coventry including a spell of rehearsing and a near residency at the sadly now gone Albany pub in Earlsdon. Several high-profile support slots at the Kasbah also saw the band playing alongside The Selecter and Bez of Happy Mondays fame.

Another highlight was in 2013 when after winning all four qualifying heats around the city the band fulfilled a wish of playing at the Godiva festival to a packed crowd.

Having set out to become one of Coventry’s best original live acts, few who have seen The Loaded in full flight could argue otherwise, merging all the best aspects of pure Rock n Roll with ‘tell it like it is’ lyrics while maintaining a sense of fun throughout.

The next 10 years? More songs, more gigs and maybe even another album.

Rock The Ruins

May I congratulate councillor Tony Skipper for becoming Lord Mayor of Coventry (and Karen becoming Lady Mayoress).

So often does he get called ‘top bloke’ that at times you would think that’s part of his name! Truth is Tony IS a top bloke, and a massive supporter of many things in this city, including live music.

We were touched that the morning after his inauguration as Lord Mayor he was at The Music Museum. That’s the kind of guy he is, and with Tony as Lord Mayor, I think this year is going to rock.

Speaking of which, one of the first events Tony will be involved with will be his fundraising concert ‘Rock The Ruins’.

On July 1 (moved from the original date of this Friday, May 26), the cathedral ruins will ring out to the sound of some of Tony’s favourite bands including The Kontours, He Is A Pegasus, The Institutes, Callum Pickard & The Third Look, Wilde and Superhooch.

Some incredible artists there, a great cross-section of what this city is musically all about right now. The event is child friendly, street food’s for sale, and there’s a licensed bar. £10 in advance, £12 on door (under 16s go free, but must be accompanied by an adult). Tickets available here https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/93764/chk/5da1/


The Coventry Music Museum’s very first Big Lottery celebrations – during their events for Delia@80 in early May – saw the children of Grangehurst School Arts Award Group create their own Delia Derbyshire-inspired music.

Delia Derbyshire was famous for the Doctor Who theme and other electronic music, so the children through their teacher Vicky Russell came up with their own ideas.

They included using a rhythm based on the Morse code of Delia’s name. The children came into the Coventry Music Museum’s studio on May 5 (the day that would have been Delia’s 80th Birthday). Coventry musician Matt Cattell was on hand to guide the children and record their impressive ideas, with the help of Pete and Julie Chambers, and Tony Seaton who suggested they use a green Coolicon lightshade to create a sound similar to the ones Delia created on her recordings.

Within a week the finished product was ready and entitled, rather cleverly, PsycheDelia, and BBC Coventry & Warwickshire presenter Brody Swain got first play on his show.

What was created was just amazing, bearing in mind they had two hours at the studio, one hour working on the cover design, one hour recording. The finished song and video created by Nigel Meffen can be seen here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czHJTWQLqms&feature=share

Copies of the song will be available soon. Contact tencton@hotmail for more information

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