‘The Engine Rooms’ in Skelmersdale is a refurbished warehouse, dedicated to music & arts tuition for the local youth. A bar, café, recording studios, tuition rooms and a stage area etc.. it’s exactly the kind of thing I’d have killed for as a kid in Skem. Decent enough lighting and a good acoustics mean it’s somewhere I’ll probably come to again too!
Three local bands were playing this Friday.. A couple of faces you might even recognise, as both ‘Element’ and Alex from ‘The Hicks’ have been on my galleries for a while.
First up were ‘Driven Overboard’ – Three young lads from Southport, who only last month won the ‘Band Royale’ competition, beating other local veteran bands such as Psychic Robot (who I shot at the Southport Rocks Festival) to a £1000 prize. Their set comprised of mostly hard rock with a punk edge, and they were musically tight for a young band. Unusually (well, unless you’re in The Eagles) their drummer was also lead vocalist, doing a great job of both to be fair!
You can check them out via their MySpace page and see more pics in their gallery.
Following on from Driven Overboard were The Hicks.
“The Hicks.. they’re one of the North West’s most popular unsigned bands and they’re bloody brilliant, go watch ’em anywhere you can”
I could probably leave it there to be honest, but where would my loyal reader (s?) be without a couple more words and at least some photos.. you are here for the photos, right?
If you remember, I had to miss out on shooting these guys last time due to the perils of public transport and train station carpark closing times. This time though, I was ready..camera charged and car keys to hand!
Blasting through a set of tunes from their Reggae Rock style catalogue, the place was packed and loving their vibe.
Frontman Alex Hurst is a complete natural at getting the crowd on his side and he soon had a little mini-pit started up infront of the stage. Although it may have been pretty cool watch a scarlet haired mad man windmilling around the floor, it’s not so cool to try avoid when shooting pics!
Finally, closing the evening’s entertainment were Element, a band I’d caught a month or two back in Wigan.
Getting some fresh gigs under their belt after a period of being studio bound whilst recording their second album ‘Corrupt Desires’, they certainly didn’t appear ring rusty.
Wasting no time with chit-chat, they dove straight in with their trademark set of heavy riffs and pounding basslines.
After not even realising there was much of a live music scene in Skem, it looks like I’ve stumbled upon a little gem with The Engine Rooms.. I’ll definitely be back for more.