< Mark was offered a beer for successfully retuning his guitar
Tonight was going to be a special night, just by looking at the line-up it was evident that Chinnerys would once again fall to the power of Essex rock music. First up was the remnants of All At Sea, now known as Killing Jimmy, armed with a virtuoso in every department musically possible, the three guys and one girl punctured the bleak night that glided through and made everyone seem to appear like zombies on a binge drink, that was soon altered when Killing Jimmy let open fire with a barrage of Pop Punk tunes that instantaneously kicked the crowd into touch and soon were dancing like the lads and ladies in ABBA's 'Dancing Queen', ok maybe not as 70's style of dancing as it would seem, but in no doubt was the crowd putting this on, they loved every second of this band's performance. Unlike some pop punk bands, Killing Jimmy are not following the Paramore 'yellow-brick-red' and are branding their own twist on the already saturated music genre, this was not just shown through the agility of Mark lunging his guitar into the unknown, but more by the breadth of which placed the band in the light and at the same time on the path to local recognition. As soon as they killed Jimmy, Evarane was left dealing with the corpses from which the music had killed them by.
NB An interview with Killing Jimmy was conducted and can be listened to, downloaded and shared below.
Evarane were good at giving orders to the crowd in an effective way >
Second up was a favourite amongst Southend folk, the Pop Rock armada known as Evarane of whom drummer Kris Konnelly is coincidentally drummer for the last act of the night Crash Mansion. Infusing their synth-laden pop rock sound once again, Evarane made no mistake in collecting the human debris left in the wake of Killing Jimmy assailing every living thing in sight (no wonder there are no fish in the Thames). Evarane again were at their very best, performing at a level expected by a band that has the potential to land a management or record label deal in the near future. Crisp clean riffs were just the start of this mammoth performance laid on by the sextet, this was beyond a mere jaunt, but more on par with a festival appearance performance. Song after song, the atmosphere grew and grew until the lights started to dim slightly, indicating their set was drawing to a sharp close and signalling the dark knights of Southend were coming, Evarane meanwhile were planning to Crash Mansion, after mansion, after mansion with their synth pop rock.
< Chris had inadvertently realized he could amplify farts by placing the mic behind his back side.
Fresh from their recent management signing to Transcend Music, Southend's Hard Rockers Crash Mansion made no mistake in proving why and how they deserved that so sought after deal. Menacing the minions sprawled out before them, the sonic boom that emitted from the speakers was so loud it woke up half of North Kent. The famous five as they will soon be known as tore down the venue as if they were employed to demolish the place, ripping into every orifice that gaped open at the sheer amazement of Sam's demonic guitar skills, shredding that equipment until there was dust on the floor from his boney fingers, this was Crash Mansion at their very best, delivering a round-after-round knockout punch that kept the audience awake for as long as they could withstand the ballistic sound that seemed to get them moshing like no tomorrow. Closing up the evening is always tough for the headlining act, but by delivering a performance that should earn them a spot at Download Festival either this year or next year, Crash Mansion are firmly progressing towards putting Southend on the rock map once again.
 RHYS STEVENSON
Post show an interview was conducted, the interviewee was Andy Songhurst (Merciless Fail - now Forged in Black) and his girlfriend Darcy Guiras
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