n Roll Reserve [album]
The Other Side [album]
the band whose name is
also an English seaside town but who
hail from the other side of the pond,
is making a welcome return to the UK
music scene with a fabulous new CD,
Rock n Roll Reserve...
IN LOS ANGELES IN 2003, Margate comprises Alex Helbig on drums and lead vocals,
Steve Weil on bass and Doug Mitchell on guitar. Having spent a number of years
gaining musical experience with other bands, and with various changes to the
line-up, Margate is now well established in its current incarnation.
Released in the autumn of 2011, Margate's latest offering Rock 'n Roll Reserve
benefits from the band's penchant for throwing in three-part harmonies and group
vocals wherever they can fit them. They are so good at doing this that the result
is a group of guys that play well, harmonise superbly and actually sound as
if they enjoy what they do.
Steve and Doug sing copious backups with Alex taking on both lead vocals and
drums something that had not been envisaged with the original
set-up but which sets them apart from many other power trios. "We auditioned
half the drummers in LA to try and get Alex out front, but nobody could play
the tunes exactly the right way and Alex was killing it doing both, so we just
kept it that way," says Steve. When guitarist Doug joined them, the band became
a tight, cohesive unit and the boys began pounding away writing new material,
playing gigs and getting the word out.
and produced by Margate and Paul Miner, the former Death By Stereo bassist and
engineer and producer/engineer for New Found Glory, Thrice, Atreyu, etc, at
Buzzbomb Sound Labs in Orange, California, Rock 'n Roll Reserve benefits
from a number of highlights that include a splendid and unspoilt cover of The
Beatles' Eleanor Rigby.
The more you play
album, the more
you like it.
Rock n Roll Reserve
is a brilliant and
slice of music artistry
The more you play the album, the more you like it. Kicking off with the rousing
beats and great sound of Control, Margate follows this up with the ever-fresh
Eleanor Rigby. We especially loved Live It Up, a lively track
with a great sentiment and Margate's sparkling performance on the fantastic
title track, Rock 'n Roll Reserve.
Margate has been described as a high-energy three-piece rock band in the vein
of Foo Fighters, Rise Against and Bad Religion. But how does this independent
rock band stand out from the tens of thousands of other bands fighting to get
into the spotlight? The answer can only be the guys' own ingenuity, camaraderie,
hard work and perseverance.
What lies ahead for Margate? According to bass player Steve, the sky's the limit.
The boys never take themselves too seriously. They make up a fun outfit that
enjoys the buzz and takes every day as it comes. The day of the big rock stars
may have come and gone, but Margate is content with being "that little band
that wouldn't quit".
Guitarist Doug Mitchell adds: "All we ever wanted was to get our music out there,
to let other people hear what we created. We're happier than ever making music
together and we'll continue to do so until someone physically stops us from
rocking." No chance of that, guys.
With a faux vinyl khaki disc, Rock 'n' Roll Reserve is a brilliant and
thoroughly enjoyable slice of music artistry. With such energy flowing through
the disc, you can just imagine the boys bombing along to the beat. We just love
that sound. Keep on rockin'…
Tracklisting: 1 Control | 2 Eleanor Rigby | 3 Live It
Up | 4 Lovesick | 5 Rock 'n Roll Reserve | 6 This Road
Margate's Rock 'n Roll Reserve is
released on Room 57 Records on 12 September 2011 and will be available everywhere
fine music is sold, including on Margate's own website.
"Rock 'n Roll Reserve is a brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable slice of
music artistry" Maggie Woods, MotorBar
and sassy, three-piece
rock band Margate has turned ears
in and around Los Angeles, California,
this summer and, back home in
UK, released a delightful ten-track
album, On The Other Side...
HAVING BEEN COMPARED TO Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World, Bad Religion and Weezer,
Margate is a talented rock / powerpop / punk band proving it can find its own
niche with a new and imaginative album, On The Other Side.
Seasoned veterans of the music scene, all three members of Margate have played
in rock bands on both coasts for over a decade. Formed in 2003, Margate has
been steadily gaining fans in the Southern California area and beyond ever since.
The line-up comprises: Alex (Drums, Lead Vocals); Doug (Guitar, Backing Vocals);
and Steve (Bass, Backing Vocals).
Having played the top clubs in LA including The Viper Room, Roxy,
House Of Blues, Knitting Factory, Derby and Hard Rock Café the
band has also performed at street festivals, special events, on the Vans Warped
Tour (San Diego, 2009) and on the Comedy Central stage as the house band for
a sketch comedy show.
In 2006, Margate released its first self-produced full-length album. Songs
In The Key Of Awesome was recorded at Westbeach recorders in Hollywood (The
Offspring, Blink-182, Sublime) and quickly became a fan favourite. The album
highlights the band's unique blend of hard rock and melody and a creative approach
Margate performed on live syndicated radio on the Frosty, Heidi and Frank show
(97.1fm, Los Angeles) in 2007 as part of a segment entitled 'Should I Stay Or
Should I Go', earning the band a 'Stay' vote from listeners and the in-audience
crowd. The band has also received airplay on UCLA campus radio and on the world-famous
KROQ (106.7fm, Los Angeles) as part of the 'Locals Only' radio show.
The Margate song Rising is featured prominently in the independent feature
film Outside States, which was picked up in 2008 for major video distribution;
and another, Time & Time Again is featured in the independent feature
film George's Intervention (film festival circuit 2009).
On The Other Side was released in August (2009) on Margate's own Room57
Records and showcases the band's progression over the years along with a newfound
gravitation towards incorporating melody, counterpoint, complex harmonies and
time signatures into pop rock masterpieces.
The town of Margate, Kent, in the UK was, of course, the spiritual home of both
mods and rockers from the Sixties. Margate, the band, evokes a retro rock sound
with the creditable album On The Other Side that includes some cool numbers,
arresting lyrics and a superb presentation. An enjoyable romp through a great
We particularly enjoyed Believe In Steve with its fun element, Circles
with its stirring treatment and Unchecked Aggression that begins with
a police shoot-out. Time & Time Again and A New Hope are also
notable as is My Dog Duke with its retro sound and the theme of a dangerous
dog that has had its last strike.
Tracklisting: 1 In My Life | 2 Time & Time Again | 3 Saved
It | 4 Believe In Steve | 5 It Is What It Is | 6 A New
Hope | 7 Circles | 8 Unchecked Aggression | 9 My Dog Duke
| 10 On The Other Side
Margate's On The Other Side was released
in August (2009) on Room 57 Records and is available now.
"Margate is a talented rock / powerpop / punk band proving it can find its own
niche with a new and imaginative album, On The Other Side"
Maggie Woods, MotorBar
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