Hit The Deck!


As the sun goes down over the Falmouth landscape, the doors of the performance centre on Tremough Campus open and an audience are welcomed to a music act which will make you dance your socks off…

For their first major gig, there is quite a sizeable crowd waiting for Hit The Deck! To enter the stage, it could possibly be because of the free beer being given away, although the people who are taking the beer do seem to be sticking around to watch the acts.

The stage is ablaze with coloured lights as the audience wait in anticipation for the first act, and they are not waiting long as a young guy (Ben Pablo Feldberg Collins) wearing a dressing gown and in bare feet stumbles on to the stage and appears to be putting on an act which the audience does not get straight away as people are left whispering “what?”. However as he leaves the act behind and grabs his acoustic guitar. The crowd are gripped to the chords he strums out (however much they sound like Wonderwall) and his odd song lyrics which he warns constantly could offend some people seem slightly loose and easily written. However he keeps the audience amused with comedy weaved into the songs for example telling his ex to “bathe in my golden shower” goes down with laughs throughout the studio.


Once the guitarist has finished his 3-song set the audience are in suspense for something which they can move their feet to. With that thought in mind the explosive Blues duo ‘Hydroshima’ take to the stage and are welcomed to a few shouts and applause from the crowd as they get ready to play. Guitarist and singer Jacob McClennon introduces himself and Drummer, Tyla Haigh, as Hydroshima and then jump straight in to their powerful punch of a song ‘Uranium Fission’ which is a good start for the band as the intro reels in the audience and then the song kicks off. Even with the songs screaming out through the amps, Jacob’s spinning and head banging whilst playing the guitar and Tyla’s energetic drumming the crowd only appear to be nodding their heads without looking as though they are getting into the music. This slightly changes however after Jake tells the crowd “you do know that you can move around, you don’t have to stand there like f***ing zombies”, the crowd then begin to actually jump around a bit and enjoy themselves.

Jacob Freestyles

With all the bands coming out these days that are the same genre, it’s good to see a band who blends genres and takes us back to classic Blues which is then hardened up with some Rock and Grunge…it’s a good change which you do not hear a lot it today’s music scene. Jacob McClennon gives off a vibe of a classic Blues artist as well, with his high strapped guitar and tiptoeing for the microphone. Tonight the audience have been welcomed to a great support act who have given their all into this performance, and interacted with the crowd well, making the odd joke now and then…truly a good act.

Hit The Deck!

The studio is now waiting for the band which they have come to see tonight to enter, as their first major gig Hit The Deck! need to make an impression on the audience. On walks the band who are greeting by screams and applause from a ready to dance crowd. One third of the band, singer and Guitarist Matt Tiller, introduces them “we are Hit The Deck! and we’re going to play you some songs”. The trio jump in to their song ‘Hit The Deck!’ which starts off with a quiet Guitar riff from Tiller and is then met up with Bass from Max Ellis and Drums from Rory Mapes, the instruments then cease and we hear the band scream “HIT THE DECK!” and pound into the rest of the song, which straight away has the crowd jumping off each other and waving their arms in the air.

These guys really know how to own the stage as they are constantly talking to the audience which is always good to see a band do, and mixed in with Tiller’s crazy Guitar antics, backing vocals from Ellis and the pounding Drums from Mapes the crowd really sees the energy the band create.
Tiller and Mapes have a great variation of singing between them, during their own songs and the cover of Blink 182’s Dammit which they play.

The Band Bring The Thunder!

Here is another band who have mixed two genres to make something different, changing between Pop/Punk and Screamo/Hardcore changes the way you perceive them on stage, it’s as though the band have two sides to them…Dark and light.

The catchy riffs and choruses of the songs keep the audience entertained, along with a heavier cover of ‘Foo Fighters’ song ‘Everlong’ which goes down a treat with the audience and “the biggest drop” in one of their songs as stated by the drummer which gets majority of the crowd moshing, this is a good thing as he said before “if you want to mosh, now is the time”.

After a great set of songs an entertained audience is left wanting more from the guys, they can get it as the bands EP is on sale for only £2 and includes more songs, 7, than quite a few other bands EPs which is great as the band is giving the fans more. The only flaw for an otherwise great band is that on the EP they don’t appear to bring the energy which their live shows give off, there are great songs on the CD however what let’s the band down is that the instruments are so much more powerful than the vocals.

That aside this is a band that anyone would enjoy live, whatever music genre you’re into, they create an atmosphere which makes you lose yourself in the music and want to move every limb on your body.

For more information on Hit The Deck! click on the link below.

Hit The Deck! Facebook Page

The Story Of Hydroshima


Hydroshima drummer paints picture of his new band and his views on the music industry.

At a party in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 2011 two musicians walked in to each others lives and found out that they were to attend the same university in Falmouth for a Popular Music course later that year, after discussing with each other what their preferred genres of music were they decided to start a band whilst on their course at Falmouth University…Hydroshima was born.

The Boys Know How To Have A Good Time

“The blues got kicked out” says Tyla Haigh, the drummer for Hydroshima , when describing the start of the “explosive blues duo” which he calls it, “We had a jam and that’s where it started.

When looking at the genre of Hydroshima you can see they offer a little something for everyone “it’s a sort of heavy blues but it’s got sort of a grunge feel as well, also alternative because we play with time signatures” creates a mood which everyone can enjoy: blues guitar, heavy drums and a nod along beat to get your body moving… “to say there’s only two of us it’s a really big sound.”

With the catchy guitar riffs that Hydroshima use and the fact that they are also an energetic duo, an image of the band ‘The Black Keys’ comes to mind, both bands belt out the guitar and the drums at the same time and use both instruments well, varying between both throughout. Once the songs get going any listener would be intrigued to listen to the whole lot. Another act with the energy of a mob but are still only a duo are ‘Death From Above 1979’ who use bass guitar and drums instead, but can still bring powerful music with the constantly used effects of the bassist.

Jake McClennon

The origin of Hydroshima began after two Yorkshire bred lads decided to start a band, these two were Guitarist and singer Jacob ‘Jake’ McClennon and Drummer Tyla Haigh. Hydroshima is not the first musical act which has enjoyed the presence of these two, Jake, who is originally from Bradford, Yorkshire and who’s influences include; Queens of the stone age and old Blues artists such as Howlin’ Wolf was in a few bands, two of which are ‘Sexual Predators’ which was his college band and ‘Zepper’ a band started with his mates. Tyla on the other hand was brought to life in Pontefract, Yorkshire and names his influences as “the Parlor Mob and Thomas Pridgen…the drummer.” He was in quite a few bands which included his college band ‘Kandinskii’ which lasted from December 2010 to the summer of 2011, and after college they took the band on further, playing many gigs including the Wakefield based ‘Upload Festival’. Tyla and Jake both share some influences “we both like The Black Jesuses” and as they are both a fan of the Blues “we like Robert Johnson”.

With the boys playing their first gig on Thursday 8th March some might think that the nerves could be setting in, especially as they are the support band for another upcoming band ‘Hit The Deck’. However this

Tyla Haigh

is not the case, as the drummer wants to take the gig head on “when you open at a gig you try to play your best, so that the other band is intimidated”, it seems obvious that Hydroshima are going to try and set the bar high for Hit The Deck to follow.

A name like ‘Hydroshima’ could be trouble though with the play on ‘hydrogen bomb’ and ‘Hiroshima’ possibly giving off an offensive vibe, “I don’t think that it would offend” stated Haigh when questioned about the name “It’s just to show that we’re a really powerful band”.

Hydroshima’s Photoshoot

With an enthusiastic view of the upcoming event “we’ll be able to to build a live orientation of our songs” Hydroshima could be looking at “more live shows” and possibly an album somewhere down the line.

Although the official answer was “Booze and Bitches” when the Drummer was asked about what the future holds for Hydroshima, all joking aside you are going to hear from these boys very soon, and whether they are playing live, recording music or just simply busking in the street with locals…they are showing true passion through their music and having a ball doing it.

Hydroshima are playing at the performance centre on Tremough campus on Thursday 8th March.

For more information on the band click the link below…

Hydroshima facebook page

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