Rogue’s Halloween gig 2011

Shots from ROGUE presents Día de los Muertos – Day Of The Dead Mexican Halloween Party

I know it’s a little(!) late, but here are photos and videos from the Rogue gig back in October last year – missed out on getting any shots of BlackEye due to having to leave early (damn that train schedule). Featuring Mike Fallon + guests, Battery City, The Metatrons and Billy Skins Fifth.

James and Matt, pre-gig

The stage's Halloween decor, complete with projections

Gig goers getting into the spirit of things...

Mike Fallon’s set

Mike Fallon

Dan Nicholls, guesting with Mike Fallon

Grame from Billy Skins Fifth, guesting with Mike Fallon

Battery City

Battery City

Battery City

Bruce and Sam

James from BlackEye

The new BlackEye EP

The new BlackEye EP, released that night

The Metatrons

The Metatrons

Billy Skins Fifth

Billy Skins Fifth

Billy Skins Fifth

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Hell’s Belles Roller Girls

Hertfordshire’s female Roller Derby team on recruitment drive

Hell’s Belles Roller Girls, Hertfordshire’s first flat track roller derby team, are on the lookout for new members, with a new training course starting on May 27th. If you’re over 18, have skating ability or an interest in learning, then they would like to hear from you.

For those not familiar with the sport – it’s a full-contact team sport played by two teams of five on traditional four-wheel roller skates, a sport originally made popular over in America that has also grown increasingly popular over here since 2006. The UK now has its own Interleague Championships, with 40+ teams from Oxford, Milton Keynes and Beds, amongst many others.

Hells Bells will be looking to recruit both new male and female members – any men over 18 interested in becoming a referee or non-skating official can also apply, but you must be female in order to train with and be part of the team. There is no upper age limit. Protective gear including helmets, pads and gum shields is always worn. Training takes place on Sundays and Wednesdays (please get in touch for more information on times etc.), at Birchwood Leisure Centre in Hatfield.

If this sounds like the sport for you, or if you’d like further information, please get in touch.

Contact: Hell’s Belles Roller Girls, Birchwood Leisure Centre, Longmead, AL10 0AN Hatfield, United Kingdom. info@hellsbellesrollergirls.com

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Aghast! – New EP out now!

New EP from rising UKDM crew.

London/Hitchin-based metallers Aghast! released their new EP ‘Live Dangerously’ digitally on March 1st, and on March 30th you’ll get your first chance to purchase a physical copy of the CD, when they headline at Club 85 in Hitchin. They’ll be supported by Brave The Moment, This Means War and Reprisal.

A 30 second teaser of the opening track ‘Look Alive’:

‘Live Dangerously’ is available from their Facebook page and at live shows.

http://www.facebook.com/AGHASTKVLT

Frog Stupid’s Farewell Party

Hitchin favourites announce their final gig and release.

Local ska-punk group Frog Stupid will be playing their last ever gig at Club 85 in Hitchin on April 14th, at which they will also be releasing their final CD, ‘Lessons In Forgetting Punk Rock’. Since forming back in 2003, Frog Stupid have gathered a strong local following and been a constant crowd-puller, but after nine years together, they feel it’s now time to call it a day, though you’ll still be able to catch the band’s members in the various respective acts they’ve formed which have been keeping them busy in recent years – these include Scream!Shout!Say Nothing!, Spandex Ballet, Arms & The Man and Sons Of Guns. Support comes from Lost Without Cause and Three Bottles Down.

For further info please check out this event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/147148245392618/

Here is the video for the title track of the CD, ‘Lessons In Forgetting Punk Rock’.

Official Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frog-Stupid/289868937724802

Matt on Masks

 I’m writing this as a response to some of the beautiful creations worn on people’s faces over our last couple of Rogue parties; especially Halloween.

I’ve always been interested in masks from my very first drama lessons when we studied the ancient players from Greece who would play certain stock characters and rely on exaggerated theatrical gestures to compensate for the lack of facial expression. I found something really interesting about the ‘permission’ to act differently that you are given as soon as you put on a mask and hide your own face; something that allows you to step out of your own skin and ‘be’ someone else is always going to be interesting.

Masks have always been important in human history and used across the world in funerals, religious rites, celebration, theatre and battle. They are practically as old as humans first recorded uses of pottery and clay and remain at the core of costume and pretending. We have been exposed to them since we were very young and are probably too familiar to really sit down and think about them.

There is of course something very creepy and distrustful invoked by masks simply because the face is obscured. Who is this person in front of me their eyes laughing in the semi darkness? Sunglasses of course are un nerving and shifty because they rob you of the expression in someone’s eyes therefore masks can be scary for the opposite reason when all you can see that is human of someone is their eyes. You only have to think back to when you first saw pictures of the masked heavy metal troupe from Iowa that call themselves Slipknot to realise the intensity masks still offer.

Many psychologists including Jung have written extensively about the concept of ‘persona’ and the mask we wear every day to hide our true inner self from those around us. Jung also proposed that there is a dark side to the personality, well-know to the field of psychology as the shadow. It includes both repressed, instinctual feelings and untapped potential. To me, the shadow is not just the “evil” opponent of persona, but is also imagination and creativity left behind or forgotten because of sensible or supposedly good adult behaviour that most of us adhere to in modern times. We make a conscious effort in Rogue to bring you back a little bit of that childhood and to show you that it really is ok to be yourself; creativity keeps us young, happy and open minded and playing with Barbie dolls, space hoppers toy cars and masks allow us to be open and ridiculous with less fear of being judged or thought of negatively. At their core masks allow us to be someone else even if that person is actually just ourselves uninhibited.

 I guess that Rogue is in part about escapism and a loss of inhibition as it provides a chance for us all to go a little crazy, to get outside of ourselves and push a little harder knowing that we can hide behind our masks, hide a little in amongst all the people around us who are also here to get away with being silly. We wish to encourage you all to be yourselves or anyone else you want to be, to dress up and be exotic and different, to make beautiful costumes that inspire, arouse and intrigue, to dance without convention or self awareness and to know that all around you everyone else is too.

This Halloween party just gone was wonderful in terms of costume and we thank you all for making such an effort, where else in Herts can you see 7 foot tall Grim Reapers on stilts hobnobbing with Mexican bandits? However we wish to remind you that mask and costume are not just for Halloween and will be received with open arms (no matter how ridiculous your outfit is) at each and every one of our parties. You might even win a prize.

So for future reference please continue to dress to impress and if you don’t like the attention you can always wear a mask so no one knows it’s you.

words by Matt ‘Red’ Turner.

photos of Rogue’s Dia De Los Muertos Halloween Party by Gavin Felgate.

 This article contains an excerpt from The Healing Arts by Cathy Malchiodi.

If you want to see pictures of what the hell I’m talking about then please feel free to have a mosey around our facebook site.

COOL STUFF | Digital Media Duplication, Brighton

IF YOU’RE LOOKING to get a demo together, look no further. 

You may remember David Else from industrial techno duo Freudstein. The lads moved up to Brighton back in 2000, but David asked us to remind all good Hertfordshire folk about his excellent CD/DVD duplication and professional audio mastering service, Digital Media Duplication.

DMD provide a quality service at great prices – £90 for 100 black on silver on-disc spindle printing with no extra VAT to pay. This is perfect for band promos and demos.

David says: “Getting the best sound quality before you release your music is vital. Pro Audio mastering is done in a professional acoustically-treated mastering room with high end gear and 10 years experience.”

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COOL STUFF | Blinky Media Printing

WANNA KNOW where we got our lovely-looking flyers printed for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party? 

Look no further than indie print specialists Blinky Media. Set up by local lads Chris Driscoll and Graham Samuel, Blinky don’t just make awesome flyers. Promoters and bands can get custom posters, t-shirts, banners, stickers, tote bags – even plectrums and badges.

Right now they’re offering 50 plectrum chains for just £40 – bargain!

Plectrum chains - Nice!