So here is the last blog of 2018. It’s been another fun year for Syteria and thanks for supporting us throughout 😃. We have some promising things already in the works, starting with a new PLEDGE campaign for a brand new album, which should be up and running by the end of January. (Title coming soon…when we know!)
We hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year!
So let’s see
Our debut album RANTOBOT was nominated for the best Rock album of the year in the ‘Idependent Music Awards’ we got into the last 5.
I was also honoured to present Lzzy Hale with an award at ‘The Hall Of Heavy Metal History Awards’ in LA just before attending Namm.
I flew back to the UK to shoot the Revolution video with Syteria in freezing cold Sheffield (after LA anyway) but immediately afterwards we all flew to Thailand to do a few shows and have a few days holiday there too…it’s a hard life but someone has to do it, right?🙋
Syteria played at ‘The Legends Of Rock’ Festival otherwise known as ‘Yarmaggedon’, great fun, so much so we are doing it again this year 😃.
Then every year it seems I have one of those Birthday things, and looks like I’ll be doing that again this year as well 😃.
We released the Revolution video to all along with a photo shoot with Marc McGarraghy of Yellow Mustang photography before heading off again to do a cruise ship in Sweden/Finland with both Syteria and Girlschool. That was fun, it was an all girl band event with Rock Goddess and the Amorettes too. April being the month that Girlschool’s 40th Anniversary officially started
Keira had a birthday, so she’s catching up a bit (Not!) and we spent the whole month writing new songs…and doing some Girlschool interviews.
I spent this month playing festivals with Girlschool amongst them Sweden Rock, Tons Of Rock and big 1 in Spain too.
Syteria headlined a festival at the Cutlers Arms, Rotherham and the following night headlined the Fringe Festival in Sheffield then more big Festivals with Girlschool abroad including Bang Your Head, H.O.A. and Metal Days.
Syteria back in London to play at the New Cross Inn and then back up north to record our Halloween song ready in time for releasing in October. Then off again with Girlschool for gigs in Austria and Sweden.
Girlschool now heading off to tour with Rose Tattoo, now that was fun.😃All the shows were in the UK and Ireland where I met some old friends and met this young man below on the right in London on the last gig of the tour. (Mr Garry Bushell of ‘Bushell on the box’) who also loves a bit of punk rock so had a good chat with him. No sooner had I finished the last Girlschool gig, I was up early the next morning to get home to shoot part 1 of the Halloween Video and to make sure I didn’t miss one of my favourite bands ‘The Eureka Machines’ at the Brudenell in Leeds.
A long drive then for Shoot number 2 for the Halloween video, this time in Essex where we managed to get Kim and Denise to play Zombies. We also roped in Kims mum, some friends from there and my little Brother Rick. I’d already persuaded my mum whilst we were up north 😃
1 day to recover then off Syteria flew again to Corfu to play a few shows and of course sit by the pool….oh and Julia had a birthday😃
All nicely rested up, The Calvo’s went on a family holiday, Pablo had a birthday and I flew off again with Girlschool. Syteria then played a gig in Oldham and after that I headed to London to do an interview with Garry Bushell, where I bumped into another of my all time favourite bands ‘The Ruts’ Ruffy and Segs were also there to do an interview as ‘Ruts DC’. Of course Syteria had to do a Halloween gig, it would have been rude not to having recorded a song and a video 😃this is one of Julia’s may changes of outfits that night…lol
A busy month gig wise and managed to fit in yet another all time favourite band ‘Killing Joke’ before heading off to play HRH with Girlschool in Wales. The day after I drove back to Leeds for a support gig with ‘The Quireboys’ for Syteria and then another show at the Trades in Rotherham with ‘The Soap Girls’. I also got a guitar endorsement with Hagstrom and used the guitar that night, Love it 😃
We then headed to Scotland to do a few shows of our own before joining Girlschool to play at the Winterstorm festival which we all love 😃 so double duty again for me that day before heading straight back down to Yorkshire and off again with Girlschool to Spain for our final festival this year!
A very quiet month for both bands gig wise but managed to fit in the band who I would have to see are my number 1 band of the year, a long time fan and never got to see them in the 70’s/80s’ ‘ The Skids’ they were fantastic, so of course my Christmas list consisted of The Skids latest album and the hits album seeing as though I sold all my albums years ago…what a way to finish the year! Roll on 2019, a new album, lots of gigs planned with a tour in April, look out for that one and more
me with the lovely Richard Jobson of ‘The Skids’
THANKS everyone HAPPY NEW YEAR!