Listings for April, 2011

APPEARING ON Friday, April 1st, 2011

The BrassBastardz [+]

£4 Entry

 

BrassBastardz was given birth in Vilnius during the last days of 2002. Since then not only that the band members have changed, but also the music has changed cardinally. It’s hard to categorize, but the similarity between their past creations and the new ones, is the combinations of many styles. Currently the core of the band is: Alvydas Maciulskas (sax, vocals, keys, drum machine), Aurimas Rimeikis (trumpet, keys, vocals) and Daiva Starinskaite aka Divah Dee (main Vocals, percussions).
It all started when Aurimas and Alvydas where still in musical conservatory. One day Alvydas passed a small room where Aurimas was rehearsing and invited him to form a band. Since then BrassBastardz was alive at least in their heads, as from 2002 to 2009 was a mystic period for the band. Almost no concerts except some: opening act for Jimi Tenor, Kaunas Jazz Festival. On the other hand 4 vinyl’s where released, which have been spun by various DJ all over. A great contribution to this being the fact that a line of designer eye-wear from very same vinyl with BrassBastardz music was released. It was called Vinylize and it’s still alive.
In 2005 the first video for BrassBastardz song Jiemah was created, which won nominations in Lithuania for “Best debut of the year” along with “most stylish video” in TANGO TV awards 2005.
After a long brake Brassbastardz revived. The rebirth took place in “Live Music Club Tamsta”, where the band presented there first full album combining the past and the present. The first show was a full-house event. The interest in the band and there new and old songs rose and shortly they got invitations to most popular festivals and various performances in Lithuania as well as neighboring countries, some of them are: “Tamsta Muzika”, “Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival” , “Satta Outside”, Be2Gether, opening act for Gotan Project, Don Chento Jazz Festival (playing before Candy Dulfer).
In the beginning of 2010 BrassBastardz released their full album called “Waiting”. It’s a collection of all the singles, demos and new tracks, which were brought together and framed into one conclusive album. The band keeps moving and currently is working on a new album called “Synthezatorium”.

http://www.myspace.com/brassbastardz


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Acoustic Session with The Glendale Family [+]

Free Entry

With Special Guest

Delta Maid


“Sometimes you don’t fit a niche. There’s pressure on you to fit in and do the popular thing. I know I don’t fit the mould but just take a chance and it might work.”

Delta Maid is talking about her song ‘Back the Last Horse’, but she could just as easily be discussing her own impending launch into the music industry.

Packing a hipflask full of Mersey moonshine and soul-studded country blues, this Liverpudlian singer songwriter will take your breath away with her expectation-confounding debut album ‘Outside Looking In’.

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APPEARING ON Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Open Mic Session with The Glendale Family [+]

Free Entry

with special guest appearance

‘Delta Maid’



Delta Maid

“Sometimes you don’t fit a niche. There’s pressure on you to fit in and do the popular thing. I know I don’t fit the mould but just take a chance and it might work.”

Delta Maid is talking about her song ‘Back the Last Horse’, but she could just as easily be discussing her own impending launch into the music industry.

Packing a hipflask full of Mersey moonshine and soul-studded country blues, this Liverpudlian singer songwriter will take your breath away with her expectation-confounding debut album ‘Outside Looking In’.

From Wavertree in South Liverpool, 25 year old Delta’s love affair with American roots music began when she was a child, her head swimming with country greats as well as the more modern blues that made up the backbone of her parents record collection – from Taj Mahal and Stevie Ray Vaughan and BB King. Delta’s own personal musical discovery was kick-started by a copy of country blues queen Rory Block’s ‘Best Blues and Originals’ which her parents bought back with them after a trip to New York.

Listening to the record non-stop for two weeks during a holiday in Ireland, the 13 year old Delta’s ears were opened to early blues and there was no turning back. “I was in awe. I became fascinated by the style of play, the whole feeling of it. It was at this point that I began actively searching for the history and legends that were behind Delta blues. After hearing the likes of Son House, Skip James, Bessie Smith and Robert Johnson for the first time I dived head first into a world that has since become a part of my own makeup.”

Recorded at Parr Street Studios in her hometown of Liverpool and co-produced by Delta and Chris Taylor with her brother on lead guitar, ‘Outside Looking In’ is so called because of the record’s reflective qualities. It’s true that listening to this intimate record is like having a fireside chat with this incredibly warm performer. It’s also the name of a stand out song on the album, which fuses rockabilly with one of Delta’s biggest inspirations, the sublime and soulful Patsy Cline. “The melody came after watching The Stray Cats in concert on TV a while back. I’ve always loved the sound of the 50s – namely Gretsch guitars – and Brian Setzer inspired me that day. It was definitely destined to be a heartache song.”

Running the gamut of human emotion, the poignant, ‘Running On Empty’ is worthy of Bonnie Raitt, while the tender ‘Footprints’ is inspired by a time working in the nursing home. Yet such downbeat moments are balanced with equally as accomplished highs, such as the country gospel bounce of ‘All I Dreamed’ and the up-tempo ‘Of My Own’, which positively zings. A perky, assertive ode to standing up to a friend or a lover who just keeps on bringing you down, this country-fried hipshaker is the first official single to be taken from ‘Outside Looking In’.

The plaintive, softly lit Carter Family croon in ‘The Changes Made’, was written the day after she saw Elvis Costello play at the Picket in Liverpool. “It was written really early on when I was first writing songs and it must have subconsciously been inspired by a lot of the folk music I’ve listened to. Lyrically it was written as an act of self-encouragement to remind me that a lot of pain I went through at the time wasn’t in vain and in fact was ultimately instrumental in helping me change for the better. “

‘Broken Branches’ – the tale of an unravelling relationship – was penned late at night and in bed. “The whole song developed from the opening two lines when I was thinking about a relationship I had been in and realised, almost in a eureka moment I had been really hard done by.”

Meanwhile, ‘Dance With My Broken Heart’ is influenced by the sweet sounds of heartbreak country and rings the same bells as its originator, Hank Williams, once did. “His songwriting is really simple – it’s not convoluted but it’s so effective,” effuses Delta. ‘Any Way I Want To’ references the 1930s too, but instead picks up on blues and ragtime from the era. The song is about an old colleague though, rather than a lover. “People think it’s a relationship song, but it’s not. She was an emotional manipulator and very able at making me feel terrible inside. It’s kind of a rebel song – I couldn’t put up with it anymore! It was almost like therapy for me to write that song.”

A left hander, Delta has developed her own distinct way of playing the guitar, by trying to replicate what she’d heard on Son House and Leadbelly records. “People say it’s a weird finger picking style that not many people do, but it’s just an amalgamation of what I’ve picked up on – it’s dead natural to me.” The “Celtic sounding” ‘When Love Grows Cold’ – a personal favourite of Delta’s thanks to its emotive lyrical content – is in fact the only track on the album where Delta strums the guitar, rather than picking in her tried and tested style.
A religiously acoustic performer, Delta is making a name for herself in new folk and alt-country circles and has already supported the likes of Ray LaMontagne, Martha Wainwright and Seth Lakeman with her Mersey Delta sound.

Drawing parallels between the down home lyrics of Delta blues and with her own upbringing in Liverpool, Delta’s life isn’t as far removed from the Mississippi-based music that has inspired her as you might think. “There’s something really honest about it,” explains Delta. “It’s not convoluted in any way. I feel that’s what Liverpool’s got in common with Delta blues, because there’s a lot of honesty there – we tend to wear our hearts on our sleeves. A lot of the language, believe it or not, is quite similar.”

With ‘Outside Looking In’ we can certainly believe that, and then some.
www.facebook.com/deltamaid
www.deltamaid.com


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Mancuban Latin Night [+]

Cuban Dance Night
Start the night with a Salsa dance class (beginner or intermediate and then dance the night away to the latin inspired beats and grooves from our DJ  – the Mamba King.

‘THE CUBAN HEART OF THE NORTHWEST’

LORRAINE H MASON & LES MURRAY are professional Teachers/Promoters/DJs of Cuban Salsa

Beginners and improvers dance class 8.15 – 9.00pm

Intermediate dance class 9.15 – 10pm

Latin DJ Mix with the Mamba King 10pm – Late

Club Entry £2, Dance Classes from £4.00

Lorraine worked as an actor in theatre and t.v. for 12 years touring in UK and Europe. Lorraine trained in contemporary dance,physical theatre, mask and improvisation. Dance training UK/CUBA . 16 years experience of dancing/teaching Salsa.

Les worked as a editor for BBC working on ground breaking music programme ‘The Tube’. Les branched out as a DJ combining his passion for dance with his knowledge of music. Dance training UK/CUBA. 16 years experience of dancing/teaching salsa.

MANCUBAN have a passion for Cuban Music and Dance.
We run regular weekly classes in Manchester and Chester.

SALSA ON SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
CASINO RUEDA, ADVANCED CUBAN FIGURES
Learn from the original and the best.  Fresh dance moves Direct from Cuba!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=114719000281&v=info#/group.php?gid=114719000281


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Jazz with The Dave Roberts Quartet [+]

Free Entry

Dave Roberts heads a quartet with a huge repertoire of jazz standards, with the emphasis on on playing together as a cohesive unit. Whilst the band employs a wide variety of rhythms, they always play in a melodic way that is easily accessible for the audience.

www.myspace.com/daverobertsquartet



 
APPEARING ON Friday, April 8th, 2011

Andrew Balcon [+]

£4 Entry

After two years down under, BaLcon returns with
Punchy Soul/roots,
Vocal back beats
and howlin’ vocals.

After collaborating with various travelling musicians like Beatboxer Dave Crowe, – BaLcon introduces an alternative sound to shake your tail feathers and rattle your bones.

http://www.myspace.com/heymoonshakerblues


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Catfish And The Bottlemen [+]

£4 Entry

SKINNY jeans? Check! Guitars? Check! Messy hair!? Check! All aboard the Catfish and the Bottlemen bus, next stop the world, yeah?

Although it may be easy to cynically dismiss the group as your standard four-piece rock outfit, the giddy enthusiasm and speed with which they have emerged as an (almost) fully formed act is admirable.

Llandudno’s Catfish and the Bottlemen began in January 2009 and were almost immediately named BBC 6’s unsigned band of the week.

Fast-talking to the point of mild hyperactivity, lead singer Ryan is infectiously enthusiastic on the way he sees his band.

http://www.myspace.com/catfishandthebottlemen


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Simon (Loose Kites) [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Mancuban Latin Night [+]

Cuban Dance Night

Start the night with a Salsa dance class (beginner or intermediate and then dance the night away to the latin inspired beats and grooves from our DJ  – the Mamba King.

‘THE CUBAN HEART OF THE NORTHWEST’

LORRAINE H MASON & LES MURRAY are professional Teachers/Promoters/DJs of Cuban Salsa

Beginners and improvers dance class 8.15 – 9.00pm

Intermediate dance class 9.15 – 10pm

Latin DJ Mix with the Mamba King 10pm – Late

Club Entry £2, Dance Classes from £4.00

Lorraine worked as an actor in theatre and t.v. for 12 years touring in UK and Europe. Lorraine trained in contemporary dance,physical theatre, mask and improvisation. Dance training UK/CUBA . 16 years experience of dancing/teaching Salsa.

Les worked as a editor for BBC working on ground breaking music programme ‘The Tube’. Les branched out as a DJ combining his passion for dance with his knowledge of music. Dance training UK/CUBA. 16 years experience of dancing/teaching salsa.

MANCUBAN have a passion for Cuban Music and Dance.
We run regular weekly classes in Manchester and Chester.

SALSA ON SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
CASINO RUEDA, ADVANCED CUBAN FIGURES
Learn from the original and the best.  Fresh dance moves Direct from Cuba!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=114719000281&v=info#/group.php?gid=114719000281


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Doodleplanet [+]

Thursday 14th April – Free Entry

Doodleplanet is a fabtastic scribblicious night with phat beats, latin grooves and sublime sounds from DJ Matty Setter to enhance the creative atmosphere.  Loads fo great new doodle materials to really fire off the creative creatures within.


 
APPEARING ON Friday, April 15th, 2011

Lord Scotland [+]

£4 Entry


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Dizraeli & The Small Gods @ FUNKDUB [+]

£4 Entry



Dizraeli and the Small Gods are combining the virtuoso musicianship of old folk music with the improvised wildness of hiphop. They raised smiles, knees and eyebrows from London’s Cargo to this year’s Larmer Tree and Bestival. Join the movement! www.dizraeli.com

BBC Poetry Slam winner Dizraeli on the mic, World Female Champion Bellatrix on the beatbox and a supernaturally talented 7-piece band making hiphop and folk shanties collide in ways you wouldn’t think possible.

“Brilliant” – Rob Da Bank.

“the birth of a new style and type of music so fresh, it nearly defies definition”


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett [+]

Tuesday 19th April – Tickets £10

The pair first achieved notoriety with an eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single ‘Really Free’ in 1977.

Otway’s heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence was to keep this microstar shining for almost two decades despite his ability to turn any situation to his own disadvantage. His autobiography ‘Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure’ out sold, by a factor of ten, all the records he had released since his hit.

His finest moment came in 2002. Asked what he wanted for his 50th birthday, he requested “A second hit”. A concerted drive, including a poll, scrutinised by the Electoral Reform Society, to select the track, saw “Bunsen Burner” — with music sampled from the Trammps classic “Disco Inferno” and lyrics devised to help his daughter with her chemistry homework — reach the UK number 9 on 6 October, and earned Otway an appearance on Top Of The Pops, BBC Television‘s flagship popular music programme.

Wild Willy Barrett is one of the most accomplished multi-instrumentalists working today, playing acoustic classical guitar with an original style and virtuosity few could match. His musical style is witty and his humour onstage is dry.

2010 saw the publication of John’s latest book, ‘ I Did It Otway ‘, the second hilarious instalment of his biography.

‘… While Otway so unashamedly needs to be loved, Barrett is contemptuously indifferent to adulation and hostility alike. He won’t play along with anybody – certainly not Otway…. Otway makes a joke; Barrett is not amused. This doesn’t sound like a rehearsed routine. One remembers why they split with such regularity. Clearly it was a challenge to make such an atmosphere work, but before too long it as evident that they were succeeding. ‘ Rychard Carrington, Cambridge, 2008

‘… I urge you to see this act before Otway has to retire on account of developing arthritis, or Wild Willy strains his smiling muscles.’ Chester, 2008

‘…Star rating ***
Never mind the Sex Pistols touring again: the real spirit of 1977, not to mention anarchy in the UK, can be found in the persons of Mr John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett. ‘ Edinburgh Festival Review, The Herald, 2008



 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Mancuban Latin Night [+]

Cuban Dance Night

Start the night with a Salsa dance class (beginner or intermediate and then dance the night away to the latin inspired beats and grooves from our DJ  – the Mamba King.

‘THE CUBAN HEART OF THE NORTHWEST’

LORRAINE H MASON & LES MURRAY are professional Teachers/Promoters/DJs of Cuban Salsa

Beginners and improvers dance class 8.15 – 9.00pm

Intermediate dance class 9.15 – 10pm

Latin DJ Mix with the Mamba King 10pm – Late

Club Entry £2, Dance Classes from £4.00

Lorraine worked as an actor in theatre and t.v. for 12 years touring in UK and Europe. Lorraine trained in contemporary dance,physical theatre, mask and improvisation. Dance training UK/CUBA . 16 years experience of dancing/teaching Salsa.

Les worked as a editor for BBC working on ground breaking music programme ‘The Tube’. Les branched out as a DJ combining his passion for dance with his knowledge of music. Dance training UK/CUBA. 16 years experience of dancing/teaching salsa.

MANCUBAN have a passion for Cuban Music and Dance.
We run regular weekly classes in Manchester and Chester.

SALSA ON SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
CASINO RUEDA, ADVANCED CUBAN FIGURES
Learn from the original and the best.  Fresh dance moves Direct from Cuba!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=114719000281&v=info#/group.php?gid=114719000281?


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Chubby Knuckles presents Roddai & DJ Timmy Magic [+]

Thursday 21st April – Free Entry

Easter starts here with Chubby Knuckles, Timmy and The Roddai, presented to you this evening in glorious stereophonic, real 3D and all for absolutely FREE…nothing could be finer!


 
APPEARING ON Friday, April 22nd, 2011

The Suns [+]

Friday 22nd April – £ 4.00 Entry

The River Dee may not be tidal, nor is it deep enough to surf, but somehow, somewhere, Chester groovers The Suns have managed to tap into the spirit of Link Wray, The Trashmen and The Ventures to claim the forgotten vices of tremolo abuse and spring reverb addiction as their own…

“The Suns are one of the few bands around making real garage music with a totally contemporary feel. Live, they’re f**kin brilliant. They’re the kind of band I want to be in” (Clint Boon of the Inspiral Carpets & Xfm)

“Apart from the last song i thought they were shite” (Some bloke stood at the bar at the catholic club)

“A little bit of Jagger’s swagger, a hint of Hendrix and a double dose of Morrison’s madness” (Telfords Warehouse)

“Jono’s deep croon, heavy use of maracas and Rutter’s glorious spaghetti-western guitar lines all pile up into an intoxicating stew that manages the rare and impressive trick of being universally likeable yet intriguingly original.” (Manchester Music Dash review)


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

The Big Beat [+]

Saturday 23rd April – £4 Entry

Easter Weekend Special

The Big Beat are the most exciting and crowd pleasing band at the top of the UK live music scene today.
This eager, young, four-piece outfit have already wowed audiences across the world with their eclectic mix of rock, soul, pop and blues, playing guitar-based, classic party anthems that span from the 1950s to the tunes topping the charts today.
All friends since 6th form, this group is driven by determination, enthusiasm and an overwhelming passion for live music. With unparalleled attention to detail, this super group of two guitars, keys, bass, drums and 3 part harmonies, never fails to deliver an epic show.

Already The Big Beat boast an impressive depth of talent and experience. They have all been performing, writing, recording, and touring professionally for more than ten years. Between them they have worked with the likes of Supergrass, The Happy Mondays, Diana Vickers, James Corden, Rhydian, Blur, Ronnie James Dio, The Kooks, The Fratellis, Darius, The Super Furry Animals, Jonathan Ross, Steve Lamacq, Janice Long, Clint Boon, Bloc Party, Tim Rose, Blondie, Juliette Lewis & The Licks and many more….

While performances at Murrayfield Stadium Edinburgh (2009 and 2010), Old Trafford, The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; The Birmingham NEC, Earl’s Court, London and The Cavern, Liverpool have helped this group win accolades across the UK, The Big Beat are not content to confine their magic to these shores.

With recent performance requests from Dubai, California, Paris and Egypt, The Big Beat are a band in demand in the UK and abroad. Recent appearances include Turkey, Canada, Germany, Holland and Milan.

The Big Beat have performed at the last two (’09 and ’10 seasons’) Rugby Super League season launch parties’ at the Trafford Centre, at the 2010 Rugby Super League Grand Final at the home of Manchester United, Old Trafford as X Factor star Diana Vickers’ backing band, in front of 71,000 fans, having first performed at this event alongside indie pop stars Scouting for Girls, and classical superstar Katherine Jenkins in 2008.
They entertained 40,000 English and Australian rugby fans from pitch centre at Elland Road,Leeds for the 2009 Gillette four nations final,  took centre stage at 02′s oscars with comedy favourite and star of ‘Gavin and Stacey’, James Corden on vocals; kicked off Casino Red’s opening party in Huddersfield; have appeared alongside X Factor favourites, Rhydian and Darius, and appeared at the Tsunami Fundraiser 2005 with musical legends like Eric Clapton and Jools Holland.
Such is the impact the band has on those fortunate enough to experience a show, they were booked to entertain Manchester’s rock and indie royalty at Clint Boon’s wedding.

The Big Beat have already been heavily featured on Sky sports, MTV Brand New, Pop Factory, MTV2, HTV, BBC1 and S4C.
They have  had radio appearances on BBC Radio 1 (including a live broadcast from Maida Vale at the personal request of Steve Lamaqc), Radio 1 ‘Session Wales’, BBC Radio 2 Janice Long session, XFM Manchester (Live Session), XFM Scotland (Live Session), Kerrang Radio, BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio Wales and Radio Merseyside.

The group boasts an endless repertoire of hits, cult classics and classic favourites, to guarantee an unforgettable night of entertainment.

The Big Beat are available for bookings now.
To find out more about one of the UK’s most exciting bands visit:

www.thebigbeat.co.uk

To make a booking or enquiry email: info@thebigbeat.co.uk


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson [+]

Sunday 24th April – Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Mancuban Latin Night [+]

Cuban Dance Night

Start the night with a Salsa dance class (beginner or intermediate and then dance the night away to the latin inspired beats and grooves from our DJ  – the Mamba King.

‘THE CUBAN HEART OF THE NORTHWEST’

LORRAINE H MASON & LES MURRAY are professional Teachers/Promoters/DJs of Cuban Salsa

Beginners and improvers dance class 8.15 – 9.00pm

Intermediate dance class 9.15 – 10pm

Latin DJ Mix with the Mamba King 10pm – Late

Club Entry £2, Dance Classes from £4.00

Lorraine worked as an actor in theatre and t.v. for 12 years touring in UK and Europe. Lorraine trained in contemporary dance,physical theatre, mask and improvisation. Dance training UK/CUBA . 16 years experience of dancing/teaching Salsa.

Les worked as a editor for BBC working on ground breaking music programme ‘The Tube’. Les branched out as a DJ combining his passion for dance with his knowledge of music. Dance training UK/CUBA. 16 years experience of dancing/teaching salsa.

MANCUBAN have a passion for Cuban Music and Dance.
We run regular weekly classes in Manchester and Chester.

SALSA ON SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
CASINO RUEDA, ADVANCED CUBAN FIGURES
Learn from the original and the best.  Fresh dance moves Direct from Cuba!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=114719000281&v=info#/group.php?gid=114719000281


 
APPEARING ON Friday, April 29th, 2011

Shy And The Fight [+]

Friday 29th April – £4.oo Entry

Shy and the Fight are a collective of six musicians from around the Wirral, Chester and North Wales areas who have a lot to give and after countless years of trying now believe they’ve found the right outlet.

Each of the group’s five men and one lady; Thomas Hyndman, Chris Done, Carrie Anderson, Tom Wootton, Michael Deponio and Jackson Almond, started out performing either solo or in different bands of completely different genres, before deciding to fire all their talents at one other and see what happened. They now blend live instruments and their love for the organic with the inescapable sound of electronics.

They will possibly tell you that there has never been a band so happy to be playing music together. Their overall set up consists of a banjo, a violin, a glockenspiel, two acoustic guitars, a bass, a melodica, a drum set, lap steel, five singing voices 12 hands that clap and glitchy electronics. Despite the sheer number of different elements shy and the fight still manage to capture a sound that could warm the cockles of the fiercest creature before grabbing it by the hand and forcing it to dance

http://www.myspace.com/shyandthefightmusic

“the reason im drawn to this (shy & the fight) is because it has a huge heart”- Adam Walton,bbc radio wales

“a huge one that beats on its own without need for an external body. i heard that they keep it in a giant custom-made jar, in a dingy basement”- Tom Redfern


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, April 30th, 2011

The Hot Rock Trio [+]

£4.00 Entry


Some classic Rock n Roll and Rockabilly from Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, Elvis and more.

Dirty Double Bass, Rocking Riffs and Snappy Snare – this is the tightest rocking party out there.