Borderline:Fire at #Smashfest#By Linda Serck
June 21, 2012
Having last seen Reading rock band Borderline:Fire perform a blistering set at a battle of the bands contest in Windsor, I was interested to see they're helping to promote a mini festival in the royal town.
The commercial rock band, who only formed in February 2010, are penultimate headliners at #Smashfest# at the Firestation Arts Centre.
“It’s just about trying to get another area locally to get the music scene started,” says James Stack the synth player.
“Windsor seems to be a place where they’ve got quite a lot of tourism but there isn’t really a music scene.”
The festival, which has bands from “all over the UK” on the bill, is on Friday, August 3, and will see Borderline:Fire promoting their forthcoming mini album release – This Trojan State.
“Compared to the EP this mini album is more about us finding our sound as a band,” says frontman Jamie Boshier, who says he’s been singing since he was plucked out of primary school assembly by the choir teacher.
Although the band began life as an indie group, drummer Chaz Mayhew says their sound naturally veered more towards the “darker” side.
“When we started we went out with a ‘we’re going to be an indie band’ attitude, but although we enjoyed that we just naturally started writing stuff that was a bit darker and a bit heavier.”
Now branding themselves commercial rock, the five piece also like to maintain an air of ambiguity when it comes to the seven-song album title.
“This Trojan State is one of those titles that you can read into,” says James.
“The word Trojan has so much involved in it, you can look at it in a computer style or in an ancient Trojan horse style and what lies within that.”
Ahead of #Smashfest# Borderline:Fire are playing Pen Fest on Saturday, July 7, with Soul II Soul headling.
#Smashfest# line up:
4th:Blue Collar Decade
6th:Bear Makes Ninja
7th:Lines Across Maps
The Reading University Singer Songwriters (RUSS) are staging a mammoth all-day showcase event at South Street Arts Centre today.
The afternoon will start with an introduction to the best acts at the uni followed by an evening set from up-and-coming acts who are making a name for themselves.
Headlining the event are Shout Timber, an indie-pop band with a kick, preceded by Eliza Shaddad, who headlined RUSS’s opening event.
On the bill:
1.30pm Patch Bawn
2pm Dani Nicole Webber
2.30pm Sam Arbon and A-Zone
3pm Joshua Massey
3.30pm Katie Bell
4pm Jonnie Cooke
4.30pm Jamie Strand
5pm Phoebe Larner
6.30pm Jake Hughes
7pm Kat Hooper and Matt Davis (Raspberry Lumps)
7.30pm Elliott James
8.30pm Rob Sowden
9pm Weird Lookin’ Lizard
9:30pm Eliza Shaddad
10pm Shout Timber
See www.readingarts.com for ticket information.
Mellor, the Reading band who bring nostalgic pop smack into the 21st Century, are releasing their excellent single Catch Me Girl on Monday.
The four-piece mix the sounds of The Coral and The Libertines with The Shadows and The Beatles and come up with a great batch of bop along songs. The official launch shindig is at the Monarch in Camden on the Monday, but they’re heading to their home town to play another single launch at the Oakford Social Club, Blagrave Street on Wednesday, June 27.
The band say: “This free entry show will be a great way to top off an eventful couple of days.
“This has got to be one of our favourite venues since we first played our music there a year ago.
“So it is guaranteed to be a doozie of a night.”
Marcus Fairley, formerly of Reading’s MidiMidis and now of Veins has told me the band – which also features ex-Cooper Temple Clause’s Tom Bellamy, will be releasing their single 1992 on Monday, July 23, with a B-side. Expect more on this here page soon.