Saturday, 31 March 2018

MARCH TO MAY

                                                            MARCH TO MAY



Hello fellow Syterians and welcome to our latest Blog. Lots of exciting things happening in the Syteria camp at the moment and there'll be a few announcements coming shortly.

Back in March we played a fabulous festival called YARMAGEDDON which was also named 'Legends Of Rock' and in Great Yarmouth of course.
Settled into a very luxurious caravan, feet up and a quick band cuppa before the show



Then it seems every year I have another one of those birthday things ๐Ÿ˜ another year older and deeper in debt and all that, but no wiser ๐Ÿ˜• This month was all about the new Revolution video, we were writing the intro music, the mad professor middle bit, editing it and preparing for it's release. A party, viewing night at the end of March for all those who kindly gave up their time to film and star in it ๐Ÿ˜€





April was a chance to get together with the wonderful Marc McGarraghy from Yellow Mustang Photography to do our first official photo shoot. We had a fun time doing it and came up with a few pictures we all finally agreed on to use ๐Ÿ˜ these 3 amongst them.





Next we headed to Newcastle so had to stop off to see the Angel Of The North again, it would have been rude not to ๐Ÿ˜‰


Then  onwards to Newcastle, another pit stop at a hotel to do an interview with Mark Taylor for Metal Talk.



A chit chat a drink and onwards to our final destination that night to play Trillians, a great venue and wonderful enthusiastic crowd too so we'll be going back there again for sure ๐Ÿ˜€




Then a gig I've really been looking forward to as I was doing double duty playing with Girlschool and Syteria on different nights on a ship going from Sweden to Finland and back. Now that was fun, lots of friends on the ship too which made it extra special, 2 days of catching up and watching bands, what could be better? ๐Ÿ˜€  As soon as we got off the flight we met all the other bands at the airport which led to a coach full of fun, Julia's just passed her test, so we let her drive...NOT!




The line up was packaged as an all girl extravaganza featuring Girlschool, Rock Goddess, The Amorettes and of course Syteria sneaked in there too even though we have our lovely Pablo on drums๐Ÿ˜Of course for the last song in the Girlschool set, 'Emergency', everyone piled on for one last mash up ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜


After the show the Captain invited the bands to come on to the bridge which was quite an experience ... a quick photo shoot  (Thanks to Helena Larsson from RocknRoll Agency) I then took over the ship, managed to dodge the icebergs as I couldn't see any life boats๐Ÿ˜ฑ





We spent the most of May writing songs and rehearsing them, so anyone coming to see us in the near future will be our guinea pigs ๐Ÿ˜ˆ so see you all out there at a gig somewhere near you soon.๐Ÿ˜€ 

JAX   X



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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 ๐Ÿ˜€





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...much๐Ÿ˜€ 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 holiday๐Ÿ˜€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 Thailand๐Ÿ˜Ž, 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?๐Ÿ˜’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, rain๐Ÿ˜’ 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 ๐Ÿ˜. 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 ๐Ÿ˜. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 




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 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. 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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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 = mine๐Ÿ˜ฆ๐Ÿ˜. 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 said๐Ÿบ



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 bunch๐Ÿ˜


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 !๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ and we were breaking in our new driver Richard Fowler, initiation test passed๐Ÿ˜‰. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜

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 much๐Ÿ˜… 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