Charlie’s Top 25 Tracks of 2012

HELLOSo maybe it’s a bit late putting this list out at the beginning of February, but it’s taken a while to digest and crunch down our listening over the last twelve months.

Below are our Top 25 nationally-released tracks of 2012. Hope you disagree. No Spotify playlist yet. Look em up yourselves for now. :

1. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
2. Scott Walker – Epizootics!
3. Blawan – Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage
4. Eyvind Kang – Invisus Natalis
5. DJ Rashad – Welcome to the Chi
6. Swans – Mother Of The World
7. John Talabot – Missing You
8. Chairlift – I Belong In Your Arms
9. Swindle – Do The Jazz
10. Burial – Kindred
11. Tame Impala – Elephant
12. Blondes – Lover
13. Neneh Cherry and the Thing – Dream Baby Dream
14. iamamiwhoami – Goods
15. Miguel – Do You…
16. Tame Impala – Feels like we only go backwards
17. Zebra Katz ft. Njena Reddd Foxxx – Ima Read
18. Icona Pop – I Love It
19. Black Dice – Pigs
20. Animal Collective – Honeycomb
21. Django Django – Hail Bop
22. Squarepusher – Unreal Square
23. Young Smoke – Traps In Space
24. Holly Herndon – Breathe
25. Boylan – High Lite (Sinjin Hawke Remix)


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

Coming soon… Rogue is LOUD!!

Print this out and whack it on your fridge, yeah??

If you like your beats bangin and your bass boomin, this is the night for you. Rogue presents a dance music special featuring local legends including Sully (from Martin Blackdown’s Keysound label), Leech of Audiosquid, Jando, Charlie Seizure and Dog Latin. Get your advance tickets from the link below to guarantee entry and discounted prices.



Rhythms Of The World Newsletter

Rhythms Of The World is a highlight of the North Herts music calendar, and for good reason. Taking place on the grounds at the Priory, Hitchin this year on the 14th and 15th July, the festival which is run entirely by volunteers and celebrates local and world music is now in its 21st year. Below is a reproduction of the ROTW newsletter, letting you know how you can join in and get involved… 

ROTW heads to the seaside
Not content with just bringing music to North Herts, Rhythms of the World will be showcasing local talent at Brighton’s prestigious Great Escape Festival on 12 May. The October GameCC Smugglers and The Metatrons will perform at the free event at The Latest Music Bar alongside acoustic performances from The Folk, James Christie and Here Comes The Blackout. The Great Escape is full of record labels, agents and the like and is a fantastic platform for the artists to get noticed (previous discovered acts include Example, SBTRKT and Katy B). Entry to the event is free and runs from 3:30-6:30pm. We’ll see you down the front!

Rhythms in the Community: Indian Classical Music Evening
Rhythms of the World, in association with SAAZ, proudly presents an evening of Indian classical music starting at 7.30pm on 28 April at Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Wilbury Way, Hitchin.  Featuring Indian musician, Pandit Yogesh Samsi who is described as one of the most brilliant and exciting Tabla players in the world, Manjit Singh (percussion) and Kaviraj Singh (Santoor and Harmonium) it promises to be a very special evening. The community event is free and we ask that all attendees respect the Gurdwara’s traditions and not enter the grounds under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Calling all artists!
We’re appealing for all local artists to get involved with the festival and apply to create artwork on-site during the festival weekend. The artwork should encompass the theme of the festival and may be purchased by Rhythms of the World at the end of the festival and placed in its Art Archive. Successful artists will receive a free weekend pass, cost of materials and meals throughout the event. We’re asking would-be resident artists are asked to submit proposals on their chosen idea – you can find the criteria for the proposals here. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, 8th May. Happy drawing!

Rhythms of the World wins Songlines award
ROTW has been declared by world music magazine Songlines as one of the top 10 best music festivals in the whole of the UK this summer. Other names on the list include Latitude and WOMAD, and with at acts like Junior Murvin and Juju topping our bill, it’s easy to see why we’re considered in the same league.

Quiz night success
The famous Rhythms of The World quiz night was a resounding triumph, with an amazing £1,306 raised for charity. The guests at Hitchin Town Hall battled their way through an evening of trivia over a fish and chip supper courtesy of our friends at The Town Fryer and a fantastic time was had by all!

Join us at the pub!
If you’re thinking of getting involved in Rhythms of the World you’ll be joining a friendly and sociable team. We meet at the Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, SG5 1AF on the last Friday of every month (tonight!). Do come along – you’ll be warmly welcomed.

If you’re coming along for the first time, please and we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for you!

ROTW Tickets
Don’t forget you can get your tickets for Rhythms of the World online now at

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.

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:

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

Official Facebook page:

INTERVIEW | The Metatrons


The Metatrons’ debut LP ‘Between Planets’ marks out a territory between the eighties noise pop of Jesus & Mary Chain, the ‘90s alterna-rock of Throwing Muses/Sonic Youth and ‘70s punk/new wave sounds in the Ramones tradition.

In anticipation of their appearance at this weekend’s Day Of The Dead Halloween Party, Rogue joined Hitchin’s fastest rising local rockers for a plate of homemade Mexican tacos and some silly questions taken from an old Smash Hits annual.

The Metatrons (L-R: Polly, Simon, Dez, Steve) - Enchilada Da Vida

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