Blag (band)

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Blag
Origin Norwich, England
Genres Punk, Ska, Ska-Core Grime
Years active 2003–present
Labels Party House (UK)
IAED (UK)
Associated acts V8 Rumble
Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo
64 Stitches
Cherry Blossom Melodies
Website Blag
Members Tom Jennings
Scott Blyth
Kelle Mulcahy
Daryl Blyth
Past members Shea Warnes

Blag are a four-piece band from Norwich, United Kingdom. Their sound combines elements of punk, Ska-core, and Hip-Hop. Their lyrics tend to focus on social commentary, pop culture and politics. They have played as supporting act to The Toasters, Capdown, Sonic Boom Six, 4ft Fingers and Barbar Luck among many others.

Career[edit]

Blag formed in 2002 after meeting at Norwich based Access to music (a music college that can boast Jools Holland and George Martin as patrons). With thanks to college it was not long before Blag found themselves playing shows all over the UK. In 2004 the band self-financed their first EP "Introvert", this soon established Blag into the Norwich ska scene. This found them playing regally at The Ferry Boat Inn.

By 2005 the band released a 6 track ep called "Bling Bling". In conjunction to this recording they filmed a music video with the BBC for the title track of the ep. This gave the band some much needed exposure which led to support slots with bands such as Capdown and Voodoo Glow Skulls. In 2006 the band were signed to small indie label In An Emergency Dial and recorded the album Guess Who at Purple Studios, Norwich. With the release of Guess Who Blag embarked on a two-week UK tour and support slots with some of the biggest bands of their genre (Capdown, The Toasters, Spunge, Sonic Boom Six).

From the success of Blag's first UK tour Blag where signed to Fandangle's label - Party House Records. From this signing Blag set out on another UK tour with label mates Splendid Eddie in 2007.

Summer 2008 - Drummer Shea briefly left the band to go travelling in Thailand. Scotts cousin Daryl was brought in to fill in on drums. That year Blag found themselves playing their first large festival, Eastern Haze. Sharing the stage with bands such as The Blockheads, Thunder and Ozric Tentacles.

2009 saw Blag having to say farewell to original drummer Shea Warnes due to University commitments. His replacement was Daryl Blyth who had helped them out over 2008. Blag went back into Purple Studios to record We're In It For The Money. The EP features new drummer Daryl and is available as a free download via Blags website.

Members[edit]

  • Tom Jennings: Guitar/Vocals
  • Scott Blyth: Guitar/Vocals
  • Kelle Mulcahy: Bass
  • Daryl Blyth: Drums

Former Members[edit]

  • Shea Warnes: Drums (2003–2008)

Side-projects and Other Interests[edit]

V8 Rumble & The Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo[edit]

Daryl plays in a numerous amount of bands one being rockabilly band V8 Rumble (formally Dawg House). The band are currently distributed through Vampirette Records in Germany. The band have supported many of the biggest and most influential bands of their genre. Bands such as Crazy Cavern, Long Tall Texans, and The Peacocks.

Another band Daryl plays for. The Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo (this band also features members of V8 Rumble) a skiffle revival band that have recorded 2 Albums; The Great Skifflebilly Train Wreck and Live at Western Star. The band have been featured on many rock and roll compilations and BBC television. More recently the band will be featured on a forthcoming cd celebrating British Rock n' Roll. All the cds content was recorded at Western Star Studios and features many Rock n' Roll legends such as John Leyton.

Librarian Fantasy Music[edit]

A project that involves Daryl, TV presenter Austin Vince and Bruce Brand of Thee Milkshakes & Thee Headcoats. The project focuses on writing and recording theme and advert music for the use of production companies. The style is very much routed in '60s beat music and all vintage music equipment is used for the sessions. The recording sessions take place at Gizzard Studios London who have recorded artists such as Mudhoney, Cornershop and Billy Childish.

Cherry Blossom Melodies[edit]

Cherry Blossom Melodies are a pop punk band and features Daryl on Guitar/Vocals and Kelle on bass. The band have toured the UK numerous times and have recorded 3 EPs. They have also supported bands such as The Ataris and Mike TV. Though the band has a strong following Cherry Blossom Melodies has not yet been offered a record deal they have agreed with. The band is currently on hiatus after the departure of Drummer Ollie.

Dumb Luck Promotions[edit]

A promotion company owned and run by Kelle. Dumb Luck is based in Norwich and has put on many large gigs in the area featuring large bands that are popular mainstream and underground. Sonic Boom Six, The Aquabats, Big D and The Kids Table, Allister are among some of the artist Dumb Luck has put on in Norwich.

Awards[edit]

In 2005 Kelle received a BAFTA for an achievement within contemporary popular music and the business management. This was an award put in place by Access To Music. Kelle was awarded the award from Edith Bowman.

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label
2004 Introvert EP self-released
2005 Bling Bling EP Self-released
2006 Guess Who IAED/Party House Records
2009 We're In It For The Money self-released

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