Perspective: Young Musicians in the North East (Part 2)
It can sometimes be hard to get music noticed and appreciated; this, I have found, is especially the case for our younger musicians.
With this in mind, I set out to show people how brilliantly the younger guys and girls are doing in the scene, and how each and every one of them are making a name for themselves, despite these difficulties.
Part 2: SeRfa, The Bolsheviks, Jordan Kendall
SeRfa are a 4 piece band who play alt-noise rock, with some songs ranging from being extremely heavy and muffed, and others being dazed and shoegazy. Billy (16, Bass, vocals), Dan (16, Rhythm guitar, vocals), Oscar (17, Drums) and Jack (17, Lead guitar) have been playing together for 9 months now under the name SeRfa, and are (musically speaking) without a doubt one of the best bands on the scene right now.
Since their debut gig in April at Jumpin' Jacks, the band have had quite a few gigs at places like Kommunity and The Cluny, and have even been picked up by ARC Collective who specialise in arranging gigs for younger bands, without all of the usual hassle.
SeRfa have also released some tracks and demos on Soundcloud, and hope to release an EP later this year, which would be nothing but good publicity for them, as I think everyone is eager for some new releases.
Influenced by the likes of Slowdive, Sonic Youth, Joy Division and Bauhaus, SeRfa's raw and fleshy sound is quite different to many other bands around their age. These guys are doing something unique that sets them apart from the mainstream crowd, which is always interesting.
Another great thing about SeRfa is their relationship with the crowd. Whenever they play, there is always a free and easy atmosphere. They connect with their fans and don't alienate them due to their down-to-earth personalities and truthful music.
SeRfa are loved by many on the local music scene and they can only continue to grow from where they are now. Their future is bright!
Also worth your attention are The Bolsheviks, a young, fresh group of blues-rockers who have a fast growing fan base and a radical attitude embedded into their music. Made up of Alex (16, Rhythm guitar, vocals), Luke (16, Lead guitar), Connor (15, Drums) and newcomer Kyle (16, Bass), these lads let their distinctive, teenage, incautious mindsets project through their music.
The Bolsheviks' debut gig was at Soundfest, a battle of the bands with a spot on the lineup of Mouth of the Tyne as the prize, which they immediately won and got to play festival!
For that being their first gig, it was a pretty astounding achievement and the band have since played a number of local gigs in Blyth and Newcastle.
Playing together since December 2017, the Bolsheviks only really found their final form after drummer Connor joined in late April. Since then the band has made significant progress, releasing their first single, and playing their debut gig as well as a number of others.
Then, with the joining of bassist Kyle in July, the band started writing a lot more new materiel and are gradually developing their “sound” even more. They're really working hard.
Each of the members have different music tastes, meaning that their own craft is a blend of several different perspectives. And you can definitely hear this concoction, with hints of Jazz, Metal, Blues, Hard Rock and Psychedelic!
Their influences are also as diverse as their sound, with the likes of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Fleetwood Mac, Megadeath, Stone Roses, Miles Davis and Buddy Rich among them.
They really do have a lot of variety, as well as a youthful, fun-loving spirit about them.
Finally, Jordan Kendall is a 17 year-old singer-songwriter from Wallsend with a burning aspiration for music, ever since he was 12 years old.
Jordan's solo style of music is mainly indie rock influenced with different elements from other genres infused too. He has creative control over everything he does, home recording all of his tracks, meaning his music is raw, soulful and honest.
As well as being a gifted guitarist, Jordan has an impressive, in-depth, knowledge of musical theory and technology for his age. If there's something Jordan doesn't know about music, it's not worth knowing. This has come with years and years of dedication, practice and passion.
Jordan has quite a few covers and original songs up on YouTube and Soundcloud, he's also played a few local charity gigs, solo gigs and Soundfest. His easy-listening style of music and range of genres means that everyone can love what he plays; with covers of Tyler The Creator, Paramore, The Macabees, Estelle, Ellie Goulding, Rat Boy and Stereophonics.
His original material is usually very heart-felt and speaks of personal experiences, which is really lovely and genuine to hear. An example is his original song 'Fully Grown', which features some light guitar chords that accompany him as he talks of his older brother leaving home. Songs like that are hard to come by.
The younger music scene in Newcastle currently is almost completely inundated with young indie bands hoping to get a big break by chance. With this in mind, it's really great and humbling to see Jordan doing his own acoustic style of music by himself and working extremely hard to try to make a career out of what he is doing, and I have no doubt he will.
He puts a lot of work into his music, and you can really tell.