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Guilfest Reviews & Photos [23 Jul 2009|06:48pm]

Hey Guys,

Its been just under two weeks since Karn8 played the Rocksound Cave at Guilfest and we thought this would be a good time to look back on the performance and let you in on some of the feedback and photographs we have received after the performance.

Guilfest Reviews
These are a couple of the reviews we have had in so far:

"It’s been a slow start at Guilfest on Friday so we’re more than ready for some dirty rock and roll and fortunately Karn8 are on hand to deliver the goods. This Hampshire based three piece centre around drums and guitar (courtesy of Leigh and Bones respectively) with singer Kirst providing the vocals and occasional additional guitar duties. The music is upbeat rock and roll leaning distinctly towards the garage end of the genre populated by the likes of MC5, although to bring it up to date they remind me of Juliette & The Licks. Kirst has some well practiced moves straight from the Debby Harry book of stage craft and she makes a compelling figure.

They mix up styles nicely with songs like ‘Old No.7’ dipping into smoke filled blues bars, whilst ‘Where the Fires Play’ rips it up like the Stooges at their most intense. The set isn’t without it’s problems however, the horrendous drone that plagued this tent last year threatens to return and it’s just not loud enough. The problem with this is firstly that it prevents Kirst’s voice from carrying too well and secondly that what should be bold slabs of rock and roll fall a little flat. That aside though it’s an assured and confident performance and they even pull off a passable version of The Doors' ‘Wild Child’. All in all it’s good stuff but they really need to be seen in a club venue with the volume cranked to the max."

Andrew Latham @ Room Thirteen

"Hampshire based trio Karn8 play a blistering set on the Rocksound stage. Front woman Kirst has a sultry and seductive vocal which draws you in only to be blown away by the heavy growl which hits the back of the tent, this really gives the band a depth and quality that many bands would like to have. They take in many styles of music and mix them up to create their own unique sound, which has certainly earned them an army of fans, many of which seem to be here to see them today as the tent is packed."

Kate @ up-load.co.uk

Guilfest Photos
Here are some of the photos taken by Dave Vokes of LMI Photography and as a band we think these are some of the best live shots we've had in a long time!

See more pics here

Limited Edition T-shirts
To mark the occassion, Guilfest also saw us start selling limited edition 'Of All The Strange Things' T-shirts which have the album artwork on them. If you want to grab yourself one head on over to the online shop before they are all gone!

Up and Coming Gigs
Click on the gigs to go to the event page for more info, see you at the front!

Friday 24th July - Jericho Tavern, Oxford
Friday 31st July - Quake, Woking
Saturday 1st August - The Red Lion, Northfleet
Saturday 8th August - The Underbelly, London
Friday 9th October - Babalou, London
Sunday 1st November - The Purple Turtle, London

We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new people in the Karn8 family, we hope you enjoy what we have to offer!

Keep it filthy

Kirst, Bones & Leigh
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KARN8 NEW ALBUM OUT! [18 Feb 2009|09:19am]

[ mood | artistic ]

Karn8 are pleased to announce that our debut album ‘Of All The Strange Things’ is out now on Wicked Boy Records. The album was recorded and produced by the band and mastered by Clive Cherry at Tongue and Groove Studios. It has taken two years to complete and we are very proud of the results. You can purchase a copy via the online shop or download from iTunes .... Enjoy!

Album Review

"What is noticeable as the second track kicks in is that Karn8 inject a lot of energy to their music - there’s a bit of a Rage Against The Machine thing going on in ‘As If You Could’ and ‘Strip’ opens up to a noisy distorted guitar riff in the choruses. The return at the end of ‘Running Free’ has the building blocks of something that could turn into an extended Kyuss-esque jam but sadly doesn’t.

Female singer Kirst’s sultry voice really shines on ‘True Face’, a stripped down song made up of a moving bass line and precise cymbal clangs. In fact the entire album is held together by some really nice bass grooves throughout, courtesy of Bones, and the whole thing is bookended by the sombre acoustic guitar led ‘Wasteland’ and its reprise.

It’s obvious that the band have been working hard to find sound and it really shows. The version of ‘Where The Fires Play’ on this album is much better than the early single release as the mix is a lot more balanced and it just livelier. These are songs that have possibly been written to be played live rather than played back on a record.

The production is raw and organic which is what usually happens when bands record things themselves meaning that the drums sound like drums, the guitars like guitars and so on without being pro tooled to death. That’s not to say it’s bad or sloppy, just that it captures a live feel and an essence of a group of people having fun with their music.

They haven’t created a new genre or discovered new song structures, what they have done is produce 12 songs, whether good, bad or average, that really link together in one fully formed package. There is room for improvement, some of the song such as ‘Over’ are forgettable and don’t really go anywhere, but very few bands make a five star album first time round.

They’re not original, not trying new or different but Karn8 do a pretty good job at making an album that follows the traditional rock standard. On Of All The Strange Things the band deliver nuts and bolts rock ‘n’ roll that harks back to the days when guitar bands played guitar songs and is not too dissimilar to some of the groups currently flirting with the mainstream or apart of it."

Steven Cookson @ Suite101.com

Facebook Fan Page

As some of you will already know, Karn8 have had a Facebook Group for some time. But we have found this to be slightly limited, so we have now started a Karn8 Facebook Fan Page.
This has more options and makes it far easier or us to communicate with everyone. So join up here

New Look Myspace Page

Along with the release of the new album. Our myspace page has had an overhaul, so that it better fits in with the new look. This includes a new track 'Good Time' from the album, so don't forget to check it out here

GU2 Radio

Karn8 are also due to appear on Guildford's Student GU2 Radio from 7pm on Friday 20th February, to help promote the Album and have a good old chat. Be sure to listen online here 

Next Gigs

Thursday 19th February - DeJa Vu, Reading
Thursday 5th March - The Fighting Cocks, Kingston
Saturday 21st March - The Rock Attic, London

Keep it filthy


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3rd April 2009, The date of the decade! [02 Feb 2009|06:22pm]

At the Railway Rifle Club in Fratton, Portsmouth.

Ardentes!! (As heard on radio one's in new music we trust)
Guilded Youth (One of Portsmouths hottest up and coming bands!)
Ryan Inglis (For one night only, all the way from Bristol, fresh from Live&Unsigned and supporting The Automatic and Chesney Hawkes)
Rusty Strings
and Very!!! Special Guests!!!!

You do not want to miss this one. 
Over 18's only and limited availability on tickets.

Contact newdealrecords@btinternet.com to buy tickets direct for just £5 cash

Or go to www.gigantic.com/gigantic/home_ardentes.html.

Be there, you wont regret it!
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The Verve Album OUT TODAY! [27 Aug 2008|06:25pm]

The Verve album, Forth, is out TODAY!!!!




• Deluxe Boxset: A deluxe boxset will be available solely from The Verve's Official Store. This version will consist of a double heavyweight gatefold LP vinyl (containing two bonus tracks not on the CD version of the album), limited edition CD & DVD edition of the album, and an exclusive memorabilia tour book.

• CD & DVD Package: Available from play.com for £8.95 Delivered: A special CD and DVD package, featuring an exclusive band documentary and live footage from The Verve's headlining appearance at Coachella in May 2008, packaged in a case bound tour book.

• Heavyweight LP: Available exclusively from The Verve's Official Store: LP includes 2 tracks not featured on the CD or CD/DVD albums.

• Original CD Album: You can also buy the standard CD album FROM The Verve's Official Store.

• Digital Download:
If you pre-order the album from itunes you'll receive 'Judas' as soon as you place your order, as well as exclusive live versions of 'Lucky Man' live from Coachella 2008 and 'A New Decade' live from Glastonbury 2008.
7 Digital: Album Of The Week: 'Forth' is available at a special price of £5 until the end of next week.


• Original CD Album: Available from Amazon for $7.99.

• Digital Download:Available for $9.99 from itunes, people buying from here will receive a bonus track ‘Mama Soul’ and an exclusive documentary feature.


::can now die happy that the verve have a new album out::
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new verve album [20 Aug 2008|05:31pm]

you can hear it here. my favorite song is definitely "Sit & Wonder" ... "Noise Epic" is a close second... what about you?:

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To All Music Lovers/Musicians [05 Apr 2008|12:15pm]

[ mood | working ]

New Sound Magazine just launched. We are an online publication dedicated to giving exposure to talented, hard-working, unknown musicians from all genres.
An issue every month Featuring 1 band/musician, 8 interviews w/ musicians, articles, + more.
We would like to invite any/all music lovers to view our magazine.

Thank You,
Daryl Green (NSM)



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Plug! Plug! Plug! [05 Mar 2008|11:50am]


Those of you that remember the heady days of Jimmy'z should come over to the DJ console as you arrive so you can collect your free badge that gives you the discounted drinks prices at the bar. - I think it's 20% off!!! - I've got 100 made so that should be enough for all of you.

The poster doesn't mention it, but it is free entry! See you there!
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A musical journal entry [14 Jan 2008|09:43am]

Yes its me again posting once in a life time, ive made a musical journal entry so if anyone wants to listen and find out what ive been doing please do.

I know its rubbish and I know you might want to take the piss but please dont. I cant read music, I cant play that well and its all been done on my laptop & crap guitar so give me a chance. Oh and as you will tell I cant sing to save my life. This is the first time ive had the guts to post on such a community.

Go to http://www.betarecords.com/bling and play "Musical L.J (Jan 12th 08)"

Thank you

Chrisie xXx
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[06 Oct 2007|07:27pm]

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The Vault 11th November [06 Nov 2006|10:54pm]


We're back again, this Saturday the 11th of November for the best in alternative music! Same place - The Cavern Club underneath The Crown, St Nicholas Market, Bristol.

£3 before 11pm/£4 after. Drinks promos & giveaways. DJ Brian & DJ Matt playing the most rocking music! Come on down!

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The Vault, @ The Cavern Club, Bristol [09 Aug 2006|11:48am]

Just a little plug for a new club night in Bristol that I'll be DJ'ing at...

(click the image to go to the Myspace page for this club)

It's a rock/metal night, with some 'alterior motives'. If you live in the Bristol area, and are into alternative fashion, then come along.
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[23 Jul 2006|04:50pm]


New Bristol Alternative Night 2nd Saturday of Every

Click here for more info!Collapse )

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Last Minute Minibus Spaces [16 Jun 2006|05:40pm]

Hi, sorry for the spammage, but I thought I may as well try here......

I have a 9-seater minibus travelling from Portsmouth to London tonight for an alternative nightclub called Synthetic Culture, and tomorrow night the same bus will be going up to Nottingham Rock City. Some people have let me down at the last minute and I now have 4 spaces for tonights trip and 3 spaces for tomorrow night.

I'm only asking for petrol money (£15 tonight / £20 tomorrow which includes club entry).

If you'd like to come along from Portsmouth, Southampton, or anywhere reasonably nearby/en-route then please give me a shout here.

The bus leaves tonight at 8:15pm, picking up in Southampton from The Hobbit at 9pm.

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Karn8 Live @ Unit 22, Southampton [13 Jun 2006|01:34pm]

[ mood | restless ]

Unit 22
Our next gig is at the newest and from what people have been saying, one of the best venues in Southampton at the moment. It'll be nice to play that area again as we've usually always have a wicked time.

Info on tickets here

Up and coming Karn8 gigs
18th June - Unit 22 Club - Southampton
8th July - 666 Records event - Ipswich
22nd July - Eastern Haze Festival - Great Yarmouth
29th July - The Jailhouse - Coventry
1st August - G Lounge - London
10th August - The Spitz - London
11th August - The Twist - Colchester
19th August - The Face Bar - Reading
13th October - The White Room - Hull

See you at the front!

Kirst, Bones, Leigh & Kinghorn
Join us on myspace

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[17 May 2006|12:35pm]

100 Ways Forward - Never before seen Acoustic Set.
Tickets from me or the band £4.
Let me know asap and I will do my best to get one to you.
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
100 Ways Forward Street Team
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Frog on the Front gig [16 May 2006|11:40am]

[ mood | busy ]

As you see can Karn8 have another gig at the Frog on the Front on 19th May (this Friday), and we'll be sharing the stage with our Rock n' Roll buddies The Plastic Toys ... its a gig you don't want to miss!!

So if your in the Portsmouth area get yourself down and enjoy some dirty fun or try to catch us at another gig we're playing soon!

Up and coming Karn8 gigs
19th May - Frog on The Front - Portsmouth
1st June - The White Room - Hull
2nd June - The Adelphi Club - Hull
3rd June - Certificate 18 - York
9th June - The Lido (cliff bar) - Margate
18th June - Unit 22 Club - Southampton
23rd June - The Mill - Mansfield
8th July - 666 Records event - Ipswich
22nd July - Eastern Haze Festival
1st August - The G Lounge - London
11th August - The Twist - Colchester
19th August - The Face Bar - Reading

thanks so much to everyone for their continued support

Kirst, Bones, Leigh & Kinghorn

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Karn8 live @ The Firehouse this Thursday [02 May 2006|12:47pm]

[ mood | artistic ]

Karn8 are set to hit Southampton again on Thursday 4th May. We'll be taking our brand of filthy sleazey rock to The Firehouse, playing with Taming The Insane, White Knuckle Revolution and Then Kame Silence :)

If you need a map go here

So come down and check out the Show!

Up and coming Karn8 gigsCollapse )

Cheers for all of your support, see you at one of the next gigs!

Bones, Kirst, Leigh and Kinghorn

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The Devil's Music [01 May 2006|01:02pm]


The Devil's Music

by Finlo Rohrer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BBC News Magazine

The Devil is said to have the best tunes, but what do they sound like? A new film about the history of heavy metal highlights the so-called Devil's Interval, a musical phenomenon suppressed by the Church in the Middle Ages.
Black Sabbath, Wagner's Gotterdammerung, West Side Story and the theme tune to the Simpsons???Collapse )

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey is in cinemas from Friday, 28 April.

Does anyone know of anywhere actually showing this film? I live in Portsmouth and want to see this movie but I've just checked a load of cinema websites and can't find anywhere that's showing this. Anyone seen it advertised anywhere?
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[18 Apr 2006|07:24pm]



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100 Ways Forward - Buk and Skit Battle of the Bands [21 Mar 2006|07:12pm]

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