One of the island's most popular DJs laments the cancellation of events in Bahrain
Time Out Bahrain staff
So then Bahrain, here we are again! Another month, another event failure (Veld Festival Bahrain). More artist management companies saying they won’t bring their artists to perform here in the future, DJs doing the same, upping their fees and tightening their contracts. Why do we continue to allow this to happen? While most in Bahrain are doing their utmost to brighten the image of this little island, this is one area that constantly fails to deliver. When you can’t even bring a few C-list has beens to play, what hope is there of anything bigger in the future. Meanwhile over in Dubai, Noel Gallagher’s performing this month, ho hum....
Anyhow, now I’ve got that off my chest, as usual let’s get musical!
The Virginmarys - King of Conflict (Cooking Vinyl) As a DJ, I regularly fall in and out of love with different tracks, buy an album as a couple of the singles have been good, only to find the rest is filler. Only once in a while does an album come along that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. Definitely Maybe - Oasis, Nevermind- Nirvana and Only by the Night - Kings of Leon all spring to mind. This, ladies and gentlemen is another. These three lads from Macclesfield, UK, have been quietly building a fanbase for the past three years gaining support slots with Slash, Skunk Anansie and Feeder, releasing a couple of EPs while patiently waiting for the right time to unleash their album. Ally, Danny and Matt, collectively known as The Virginmarys, have come up with what could be the ‘Album of the Year’, or even the last five. Now I say could, as it is heavy! Not heavy in the makes you want to go and kill kittens kind of way, but with Ally’s vocal snarl making Liam Gallagher sound like Shirley Bassey, the sheer power of Danny’s drums and Matt’s bass it’s hard to believe its just a trio! This may initially not be for the meeker of music fans but after a few listens you understand the depth of the lyrics and the power of the riffs, you’re hooked. This just oozes power from start to finish.
Already being likened to a 2k Led Zeppelin interbred with the Arctic Monkeys, the opener Dead Man’s Shoes, which is the first single, kicks like a mule and the album continues in this vain for all 12 tracks, it really is hard to pick outstanding moments as they all are, but if pushed Bang Bang Bang and Just a Ride would be the ones to check.
The track that could get some serious radio play and elevate this band to mainstream status is Dressed to kill. A question often asked of bands is, are they ready for stadiums? Here, it’s are the stadiums ready for them? Unless I’m very much mistaken this is where they’re heading. Absolutely 10/10.
In the pub Now, as you can probably tell from the above, I’ve spent most of the month rocking out as opposed to listening to house music, so not much in the way of that this month I’m afraid, although if you head to my Facebook you will find a fresh little mix to keep you dancing until next month! Just quickly though, tracks to look out for this month come from rapper K-koke with his Rita Ora-featuring single Lay Down Your Weapons, UK garage bod TS7 with his single Heartlight and pop songstress Bridgit Mendler with first single Ready or Not!
Anyhow, till next month, keep rocking! See ya down the pub!