Monday, 5 March 2018

JANUARY TO MARCH BLOG


Hey Syterians,

A new year and more exciting things on the horizon for Syteria.

January we kicked off with a rehearsal, we've now got new songs ready to go. We then put together plans for our new video for the song 'Revolution'. Whilst all that was being organised by Julia, I nipped off to LA to 'The Hall of Heavy Metal History Awards' to present an award to the lovely Lzzy Hale from Halestorm.





But first a quick pit stop to the Whiskey a go go to their jam night, jumped up for a song by the Divinyls, then off to the Rainbow for a bite to eat...cramming all things Hollywood into one night 😀





Next stop off to Namm for a few days to play on all things new and catch up with a few people.


I managed to restrain myself and not buy anything...much😀 although Dutch our manager bought enough for England...3 days of music, music, music and the off for a few days to visit old friends in Long Beach my old stomping ground...ah sunshine and a holiday😀and boy did I need it as the schedule next was mental...I flew back to London, got home to Leeds, had a few hours sleep, then up and drove to Sheffield where we were filming the 'Rantobot' Video.


The Cast


Professor Pablo at work


KK with her killer camoflauge



Julia brainstorming with the video makers



We finished shooting late in the evening, headed back to Pablo's for a few hours sleep then up at 5am to drive to Manchester to catch a flight to sunny Thailand😎, that was exhausting, LA to Sheffield to Thailand, but well worth it. We were met at the airport by our enthusiastic driver in a rather unusual tour bus, bright Orange, mirrors on the ceiling etc., as we were being sponsored by 'New Nordic' in Pattaya. Had a lovely stay in their hotel there too, very nice.



A few days days to relax now finally by the pool and on the beach, so we took ourselves off to have some fun in the sun. 

Keira decided to have a go on the jet ski



I decided to go Paragliding




After a little relaxation it was off to the local radio station for an interview and a competition on line between all the bands which we won but never saw our prize...what's all that about then?😒Then finally off to play our 1st gig in Thailand at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pattaya.

Followed by our headline gig at the Burupa Bike Festival.


A quick wonder out into the crowd


Then our final gig in Thailand at the Blue Lagoon for a charity event, in a rather hot club, playing on a stage with only a small balcony between us and a rather inviting swimming pool, a few did actually dive in during the event which was quite alarming with all that electrical equipment so close...lol


The lovely promoter for our gigs there Richard Rhodes


Then Boo...off for our flight back to the UK, landed in Manchester to guess what? Yes, rain😒 drove everyone home then finally arrived back in Leeds on the 13th Feb, wondering if I'd be able to get in my front door for all those Valentines days cards that would have been piling up there ...yeah right!

A few days off to recover finally and then to start on the music for the Revolution video, its all coming together nicely now and ready for release on April 6th and now we are ready for our next gig which is Friday 9th March at the Yarmageddon Festival in Great Yarmouth. Hope to see some of you there.


JAX. X


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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

SYTERIA 2017 REVIEW


What a GREAT year for Syteria, started off by recording our Debut album RANTOBOT, what fun!








Fresh from the studio we jumped on a flight to Zurich where we played and recorded a LIVE album especially for the pledgers.




Back to the UK and a quick warm up gig in Leeds followed by our show at the Giants Of Rock Festival in Minehead.






February was a busy month in a different kind of way as we were now starting to fulfil all the pledges. THANKS again everyone for your support! X






March we concentrated on a new video of one of the album tracks 'I'm All Woman'




Next a few shows with our friends Joanovarc, London, Newcastle Under Lyme, Hitchin and Cardiff.




A couple of our own gigs at the Corporation, Sheffield and Yardbirds in Grismby.

The last day of May we released the album Rantobot for general release although we haven't gone with a record company as yet so as to keep it DIY



Then June played the 'Breaking Bands festival' in  Bromsgrove where we had our nice new studio and Live album up and ready to go 😁. Then off for a short hop to Scotland for Bannermans in Edinburgh and the Wildfire festival, followed by Manchester, Evesham and Cardiff.


July and another great festival, 'The Rock n Blues show'  in Derbyshire and Whitehaven's 'Haven and Hell' Festival both fun gigs.





August and off back to London to play the Lounge again. A nice gig and chance to catch up with some wonderful friends again .



September and next stop Leeds at our beloved Brudenell, where we played our 1st ever gig. This time we have our 1st headline show there 😁. Family and friends made that another memorable night for us all.



Left Yorkshire to head to 'Off the Tracks Festival' which was something totally different, a fun family day out and something for everyone there. 





At the end of October we had our Halloween gig at a local pub and dressed up of course.




November, crossing the border to head to Wales to play the Main stage at HRH, followed by a trip to Corby to play another festival 'A Day Of Rock', then off back to Scotland again for 3 more gigs, so passport at the ready again. This time Edinburgh, Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow and the 'Winterstorm' Festival. 






And so to December and our final gig of a fantastic year. We put on another local show in Sheffield this time and of course yet again dressed up for the occasion...any excuse 😉 




Jax. X















Monday, 18 December 2017

SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER 2017


SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER BLOG BY JAX CHAMBERS


September 1st and a local gig for us at last, we did our 1st ever gig as Syteria supporting at the Brudenell, so it was great to have our 1st headline show there. There's a brand new room been built there now so that venue is going from strength to strength and rightly so as it's a fabulous venue, Tom Needham really looked after us as always 😃. It was our good friend Craig Renwick's 50th birthday so we had a few friends down for the night.




After a great and late night in Leeds we head off the next morning to the 'OFF THE TRACKS ' festival which turned out to be a lot of fun. A very diverse, eclectic festival which at 1st glance we seemed to be totally out of place at...but we got into the swing of things once Julia donned a flowery dress and found her inner hippy.  After we'd played the gig we watched a few more bands, ate and headed back, as we were to meet our potential film makers for the next video we plan to do which will be the song Revolution, seems I die in the 1st scene 😦 and come back as a robot, what are they trying to tell me? lol



Julia celebrated with a milestone birthday bash half way through the month and now hers and Keira's age combined = mine😦😁. Then a flight to Sweden for me with Girlschool and a nice BA 1st class flight, so ate my own body weight in freebies in the lounge only to be greeted on the flight with a 3 course meal too, then met at the gig and told dinner was ready, we passed. We did however still manage to fit into our stage gear...just!

We hit October and Denise's Milestone Birthday, so off I went to Essex for a few days to join the girls, a fun night was had by all, enough said🍺



Back upt norf and our next gig in Rotherham and trying out our 2 new songs and a rather shambolic version of the Misfits 'Dig Up her Bones' as it was our Halloween gig...guess we should have rehearsed that 1st or decided on the key 1st at least. A great night and all dressed up for the occasion.
What a pretty bunch😏


An early evening for me as I had to be up to get to France with Girlschool for the VOUZIERS festival, we went via the Chunnel for a change so no airports yay !😁😁 and we were breaking in our new driver Richard Fowler, initiation test passed😉. We've done this one before so looked forward to doing it again and this time with our old mates Venom Inc, had rather a  sophisticated meal with those boys beforehand , well as much as that was possible with both bands in the same room.



November was a very busy month for me personally, I headed to HRH for the Awards, then the day later Syteria arrived for our gig there and yes GIRLSCHOOL won the award...finally!




The Syteria gig at HRH wasn't one of our better shows, we a few technical problems and all that but we still loved it and by the looks of it so did the audience and we had fun all day with the interviews and hanging out with the other bands and the fans there of course.






We left the next day to head to Kettering for another festival called 'Day Of Rock' a smaller one but a great new up and coming one. A week off and then off to Scotland for 3 days of gigs starting with Bannermans in Edinburgh, our 3rd time there as we love it there, then travelled to Glasgow to play the Hard Rock Cafe which was a good venue but so hard to load the gear in, so lugging gear around the streets, luckily we had a few crew to do that. We had a fabulous support band called 'Til Death Do Us Part' featuring Geoff Tate's daughter Emily, what a good band and lovely people, luckily they were also playing before us the following day when we all headed to Troon to play the 'Winterstorm' festival. Oh boy that was cold, snow and by the sea, so extra cold indeed. This has to be one of the best new up and coming Festivals in the UK, very well organised and looked after the bands really well...although the fire alarm did go off for a 2nd time that day just as we were getting changed, so stood in a car park in the snow on the beach was not what you want before a show..don't say anything but me and Julia sneaked back in when no one was looking, took our chances 😉 be hotter that way and thanks to Bigfoot for using a Catherine wheel on stage triggering the alarms...lol





The gig at Winterstorm was one we'll all remember for sure, the drum riser was 5 foot high, where's Pablo? and of course Keira and Julia went up there whilst I was playing a solo, Julia decided to jump off of it in the process sprained her ankle and with the momentum of that fall she then smashed her lip on the microphone splitting her lip...rock n roll, but she carried on, what a trooper 😁

So now I travelled back to Leeds, unpacked, then repacked as I was going to India for something totally different, a nice spiritual few days away...ah 'Om Shanti' just had to make sure I didn't take the wrong suitcase to India with Leather and latex in it ...lol . I got back and again had a day to unpack and repack before going off to Belgium with Girlschool for the 'Blast From The Past' festival, again Richard driving us, so we didn't frighten him too much😅 with either Girlschool or Syteria.






After jetting around we headed for Syteria's last gig of the yr in sunny old Sheffield where we played an Xmas show which was full of friends and family and some lovely fans who'd travelled miles to come and join us for the night. As always we took the opportunity to dress up, we so need more theme nights for this band, as we love it. I killed a huge Santa with a giant reindeer and a sleigh by deflating them, then evicted them from the stage as they took up far too much room, sorry Santa but you should have had a Harley for our Xmas song 'Santa's Harley'...which we did for the very 1st time live...and don't worry Rudolph made it on stage with us for the encore as you can see by this photo thanks Robert.




2017 has been a fantastic yr for us, THANK YOU ALL for coming out to support us and making it so special. 2018 has a lot in store for us already, I'm heading to NAMM in January and then SYTERIA are heading to THAILAND for a tour there in February. We're also on the Silja cruise in April along with Girlschool, Rock Goddess and the Amorettes so that promises to be a fun cruise.
See you all out there next yr and finally
HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR and we leave you with our Xmas offering 'Santa's Harley'

Jax




























Monday, 18 September 2017

JULY AND AUGUST BLOG


By Jackie 'Jax' Chambers


So here we are again, with most of June behind us now, Syteria left for Manchester's Star and Garter with a few days to recover we hit the road again to Evesham to play the 'Iron Road' which was a nice little warm up for the Seven Sins festival in Swansea. Anyone who read last months blog may think that we don't get hotels when we do gigs, that was a very unusual weekend and not something I would like to do often as I don't think our backs would take that very often, or for that matter poor Keira stuck listening to all that snoring lol. We went up in the world in Evesham with decent accommodation provided for us upstairs and sitting in the living room was a little home gym which of course we all had to have a go on to show each other we actually do exercise in between all that snacking in the car and ...ahem.

JULY we hit the road after a little breakfast to head to Swansea, me and Julia headed headed out shopping and found a couple of small sex shops so had time to grab some new stage gear 😃







After getting back from Swansea, I dropped everyone off then got home just in time to do a panel a in Leeds for  a 'Women in Music' event, then finally bed before the next journey down to London to meet Martin Jarvis, Girlschool's new manager in a nice hotel foyer then back to Leeds the same night but at least I didn't have to drive😀then a weekend Festival with Girlschool at the Sixfields Festival in Nothampton. Then back to Leeds to do a podcast interview the next day. Then another Girlschool gig at the Rock n Bike festival where we had a rather over qualified roadie for the evening in Mat Sargent, the bassist from Chelsea and Splodgenessabounds great to see him with Hayley there doing our merch for us too😊Shame Mat wasn't doing our sound that night, oh dear, horrible sound on stage.

A few days to recover and then back to the Brudenell in Leeds to watch one of my old favourite bands The Dickies play and this time I didn't have to get up on stage and kill a song for them as Leonard was back and well, a great night too as it was their 40th anniversary tour, here's an obligatory snap with Stan.



Back to the world of Syteria the following week with a nice long rehearsal followed by playing the Rock N Blues Festival. One day I am so going to go to the right gig with the wrong band or the wrong gig with the right band or some thing like that, I'm confusing myself here... 2 different bands, rock n blues, rock n bike and both in Derbyshire wt?




Next was the biggest challenge so far, drive to Whitehaven for 'Haven and Hell' to do 2 shows on the same night with 2 different bands yay😀. I drove up on the Friday so that I could at least get some rest in the hotel and meet Girlschool up there that  night, well that was the plan, but they got stuck in dreadful traffic so ended up being a late night anyway. Next day up and to the festival to see an SLF tribute band and try catch Kate from the Sex Pissed Dolls to say Hi as she was Syteria's 1st drummer for all of a day...lol It's a new festival and will be really big one day, great location, nice people organising it and a good Classic Rock line up of Girlschool, Diamond Head and O/D Saxon so a fun event.




Loved that weekend, look forward to doing more double duty gigs in the future 😉caught up with a few old friends in the other bands too.

A few days to catch up on all things social media and then down to London for our 2nd gig at the Lounge in Archway, as this time we were headlining 'The Lounge Fest'. Caught up with some old friends there including Malcolm Dome and Tony Wilson, great to see them enjoying themselves, Malcolm throwing some shapes at the after show, strictly next yr I think😉.


                                      Band dinner together in Archway with manager Dutch


Well that's it for July and August. September almost half way already and our good friend Craig Renwick celebrates his 50th Birthday at our 1st headlining gig in Leeds on the 1st and he informs us it's his 666th gig ever...spooky

JAX  X




 

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