Kaine will be lining up alongside some of the greats of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal at this year’s Wildfire Festival in Scotland. Wildfire is Scotland’s Hard Rock & Heavy Metal festival and is taking place from the 26th to 28th of June in South Lanarkshire. Tickets are available from http://www.wildfirefestival.co.uk/.
The festival is being headlined by the legendary Diamond Head whose last release was the critically acclaimed “What’s in Your Head?” in 2007. The band, led by legendary guitarist Brian Tatler was originally formed in 1975 and is considered one of the leaders of the NWOBHM movement releasing its legendary album Lightning to the Nations in 1982. Headlining the Friday of the Festival is Tygers of Pan Tang, also a major player in the NWOBHM movement formed in 1978 releasing their influential debut Wild Cat album in 1980 with their latest release being 2012’s Ambush. Also on the Friday will be Edinburgh’s Holocaust who were formed in 1977 and who’s debut The Nightcomers was released in 1981 and is also regarded as a classic album. The band has been kept alive by guitarist John Mortimer since its inception, with their last release being the 2013 Expander E.P. All three bands are cited as an influence on American Metal legends Metallica who famously covered “Am I Evil” by Diamond Head and “The Small Hours” by Holocaust.
Also on the NWOBHM front appearing at the festival will be Salem, Lawless and Tysondog who have reformed in recent years and are experiencing a revival on the British music scene.
Kaine has been cited by many as one of the reasons to be at this years Wildfire Festival with Bloodbath Fanzine listing Kaine as one of the top 5 bands appearing at the Festival. Metal Talk also stated that ” Kaine are spearheading the revival of the (NWOBHM) movement, and their place at the Wildfire next year is richly deserved” when they were announced as part of this year’s line up back in 2014.
Kaine are pleased to announce that it has finally sold out of its debut album Falling Through Freedom on CD. Falling Through Freedom was recorded between the summer of 2011 and 2012 at Threecircles studio in Essex. It was the band’s first experience in the studio and wasn’t without its issues.
In late 2010 one of the bands founding members Elliot Jackson decided to leave the band with the album half written. The trio of Rage Sadler, Dan Mailer and Josh Moreton carried on into 2011 writing songs for what would be the album while also auditioning new potential guitar players. In the end the band invited Orrin Fairhead to the band with the group relocating its base of operations from Peterborough to Essex in the process.
Kaine headed into the studio in July 2011 as an inexperienced recording unit. In the background the band were all having personal issues, with Dan and Orrin having to live at Rages house after being made homeless following their departure from Peterborough. Rage was supporting the band financially in many respects and has just been forced to take a pay cut, while also funding the costs of the album recording. Dan at the time was working in McDonalds to try and support himself but the unhealthy work environment was taking a toll on his health. Total disaster nearly occurred as both Dan and Josh were involved in a minor car accident as Dan was taking Josh home from the studio one day (after he had issues with his own car) but fortunately both of them were left unscathed but Dan’s car was totally written off.
The recording process was intense with many problems occurring due to Orrin’s unfamiliarity with a number of the songs leaving the rest of the band dissatisfied with his performance. This lead to a number of heated situations inside the studio. To top off the issues with Orrin was the fact that the producer (Ade Hare) had to write his solos for him using a keyboard and then show him where to play the parts for the recording which further frustrated his bandmates at the time.
Kaine finished the album but before it could be released a dispute with Orrin later in the year over both his refusal to play a booked show with his agreement and pay his share of the album costs/band debts lead to his ejection from the group. Rage would subsequently successfully take Orrin to court over the money he owed the band.
Just days after Orrin was ejected from the band, they were contacted by a Colchester based guitar player that Rage loosely knew from the local Metal scene called Anthony Murch. The band arranged a tryout in Colchester that Ant no-showed due to what he described as girlfriend issues at the time. Another local guitar player Adam Wood stepped in at this time to help cover for the band upcoming show in Cambridge. Ant would later show up to another rehearsal and started to work with the band and played the second half of the set at the Cambridge show before formally being offered the position as the band’s new Lead Guitarist.
Ant headed into the studio later in the year to re-record all of Orrin’s parts and solos and the album was then mixed and released in August 2012. The recordalbum was a success as Kaine booked for a number of shows on the strength of the album which gave the group new exposure and enabled them to move forward with their career. Josh would decide to leave to explore other musical interests later in the year and was replaced by Chris MacKinnon.
The Falling Through Freedom line-up did re-unite for just one more gig in December of 2012 where they played the album it its entirety and with no prior rehearsal. A friendly relationship with Orrin was resumed when he attended a show at the Square in Harlow in 2013.
Falling Through Freedom successfully launched Kaine as a band with many of the songs from that record fan favourites and still in the band’s live set today. Those lucky enough to own one of the CD’s can be safe in the knowledge there are just 200 in existence.
Quality of Madness from the album was recently re-recorded live at Short Stack Studios and released as a single with the band’s current line-up.
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As a bass player, it doesn’t get better than the premier string brand Rotosound. Featuring such artists as Praying Mantis and Iron Maiden, you know you’re in good company. And my band Kaine has now been added to the list.
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Kaine are pleased to announce that they are now officially endorsed by Rotosound and are joining their Artist Roster alongside such names as Steve Harris (Iron Maiden), Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden & Praying Mantis), Armoured Saint, British Lion, Iron Maiden, Praying Mantis, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Wolfsbane, Wishbone Ash, James LoMenzo (ex-Megadeth) and many more.
Dan Mailer, Bassist for Kaine said: “I am incredibly pleased and proud that Kaine is now working with Rotosound. On a personal level this is a huge achievement, and the list of fellow artists is astounding. I have been using their ‘swing bass’ strings exclusively for 5 years, and I have never made use of a brand so reliable and professional sounding in my bass playing career. Here’s to a long and productive relationship with Rotosound!”
Rage Sadler, Guitarist added: “It’s a big achievement for Kaine to be a Rotosound artist. This follows our successful endorsement by Blackstar Amplification earlier this year. It further increases the level of the band to be able work with companies of this calibre and we are looking forward to more deals as things progress. I am now using Rotosound British Steel strings exclusively from this point forward.”
Kaine are now officially endorsed by Rotosound, Blackstar Amplification, Pellwood Drum Sticks and Code Drum Heads.
Kaine have teamed up with Marky Mark Young Design to provide professional quality poster and promotional designs for the bands headline shows across the country. Marky Mark Young Design has already provided posters for the bands recent successful headline gigs at both the Soundhouse, Colchester and the B2 in Norwich.
Rage Sadler commented: “As we move forward we want to be shown in the most professional light possible, and our poster designs should ideally reflect the quality of the band. We aim to give audiences the very best performance at our shows and the promotional art should reflect this. We were so impressed with Mark’s work on the poster upcoming Harwich gig and the poster he did for the Colchester show we decided to use him exclusively for all our posters and promotional material from this point forward.”
Mark Young added: “I’m excited to work with the awesome Kaine, creating posters that hit as hard as their music is a challenge you can’t turn down.”
Kaine will be playing a headline show for Mark’s own promotion Wardust Live at the Kingsway Hall in Harwich alongside old friends Osmium Guillotine and Yak Attack on the 6th of June. Mark also promotes Wardust Wrestling League shows in Harwich.
Kaine has dropped Adixtion as their booking agent after only two months. This is due to Adixtion booking Kaine to play a number of shows at the Fiddlers Elbow in Camden (London) that didn’t have confirmation with the venue. The venue stated: “No gigs have been confirmed with Adixtion as yet, as they never came to the meeting.”
This is despite Kaine confirming and agreeing the dates with Adixtion prior to announcing them. The following shows will now be cancelled:
- May 22nd, 2015 – Fiddlers Elbow, Camden, London
- July 31st, 2015 – Fiddlers Elbow, Camden, London
- August 30th 2015 – MK Rock & Metal Festival, Milton Keynes Bowl, Milton Keynes
- September 11th, 2015 – Fiddlers Elbow, Camden, London
- October 10th, 2015 – Fiddlers Elbow, Camden, London
- November 14th, 2015 – Fiddlers Elbow, Camden, London
- December 12th, 2015 – Fiddlers Elbow, Camden, London
If the band hadn’t followed this up with the venue they would have made the trip to the first show advertised to find this wasn’t going ahead and would have lost money on the journey to the venue. The band is disappointed that Adixtion didn’t follow this up with the venue or have the courtesy to inform the band these dates were not confirmed before they were advertised.
This incident follows on from Kaine being booked by Adixtion to play the MK Rock & Metal Festival at the Milton Keynes Bowl (on August 30th) which was supposedly alongside the likes of Motorhead, Slash and many more named acts. The press conference which was allegedly with MTV was cancelled earlier this month and it was revealed that the venue hadn’t actually been secured for the show prior to the bookings being made. A number of the headline bands then started advertising shows on that same date which suggests they were not booked for the show either. No further announcement was made about the event until Kaine pressed them today and they confirmed this festival wouldn’t be going ahead.
Rage Sadler said: “It is with great disappointment that we are being forced to drop Adixtion as our booking agent. This is due to the unprofessional manner in which the Fiddlers Elbow gigs were handled. It seems like we go through one thing after another of late and we wish people were just straightforward with us. We shouldn’t have been offered any dates until they were confirmed with the venue. We would have lost money travelling to the first show to find it wasn’t going ahead as well as having to inform those who came to watch us that we would not be playing that night. It’s something I find totally unacceptable and we will simply not work with people like this. Our reputation is everything, we work hard and we attend every show we are booked to play. We expect to be treated a lot better than we have by Adixition. I would advise all the bands on their roster to check their bookings with the venues before travelling to the gigs.”
Nige Murrells from Adixtion responded by attacking the band saying that; “and Now I see what your about and what i’ve been told about you that I waved away as rumours are actually true. Reckon you’re gonna need a lot of luck.”
Kaine will not be seeking to find a new Booking Agent in the immediate future and will continue to book their own shows.