We will be celebrating 5 years of the “Reforged” line-up of Kaine in May on the 19th at Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester. Tickets have already started to sell well and we have already sold 20% of the allocation available. This event will be filmed/recorded for a video and live album release.
We are planning a big 5-year show in May to celebrate the coming together of the band’s current line-up of Rage Sadler (guitars and vocals), Liam Etheridge (drums), Toby Woods (lead guitars) and Isaac Healy (bass) in 2018.
Since forming, we have released two albums, Reforge The Steel (2019) and After Extinction (2022), two live albums, Kaine X (2019) and Reforge The Steel Live 2019 (2020), the Kaine live EP (2021), The Waystone EP (2020), Falling Through Freedom EP (2022) and the Extinction After EP (2023). This line-up is the only version of the band to appear on back-to-back albums and studio releases and has been the longest running consistent line-up the band has had since originally forming in 2009. The line-up has also toured for the very first time alongside Lillian Axe and Riot Act ( ex Riot) in 2022.
The 5-year event will be held in Colchester at a to be announced venue, the event will be filmed and the set recorded for a live album/video release. This will be a ticketed event.
As we had over 400 people read our post about Kaine not touring or playing festivals in 2023 I thought I would clarify some of the comments made yesterday on the band’s bookings as it has been met with some criticism.
I wanted to make it as clear as possible that the only way you will likely see us in 2023 is at one of our local gigs. We cannot play further afield outside of a tour due to fuel/hotel costs.
We have no issues getting bookings in our own area, this is not a problem for us, although some took it as that way also.
It also wasn’t an attack on the UK Rock and Metal festivals, although a few read it that way. Yes, we are disappointed they haven’t booked us but that is likely because they feel we aren’t good enough for their events and we cannot force the issue on them. We do get our supporters ask us to play these events, especially those closest to them, but we hold no influence over that. If you would like us to play the festivals you like to attend, please drop the relevant organisers there a line instead.
I was brutally honest in that we did push to be a tour support again this year and were turned down, and we are not booked for any festivals. Therefore, as stated yesterday, if you want to see us live, it will be at the gigs we are putting on ourselves. The advantage of that is you will get a more personalised experience at a smaller venue and for a fraction of the cost, although I appreciate if you are outside of the East Anglia area you may need to travel to be able to see us live this year.
It’s disappointing, but the influential people in the UK scene are not interested in us for their tours, festivals, or support slots. After 14 years this is abundantly clear. We can only focus on what we can achieve on our own. That is the reality about Kaine, there is no magic wand that will change this.
What I will say is I am eternally thankful to those who have supported us over the past 14 years. We couldn’t have existed without your support.
We haven’t been booked for any tours, support slots, larger venues, or for any festival appearances in 2023 so if you wish to catch us live, it will be at our local gigs only.
We did investigate future tour support bookings following our tour with Lillian Axe and Riot Act last year, however, we didn’t get any interest for any future supports. As is usually the case, there was no interest in our band for playing any of the medium to bigger size festivals in the UK/Europe for 2023 either. We are disappointed that we weren’t able to follow up last year with a further tour, or some bigger gig and festival offers, but this is the nature of the business and we will work harder this year to try and progress.
If you do want to see us live this year, we will be playing our usual small venue shows as and when we are offered, these will largely be free entry gigs, or for a low ticket price. Our first (and so far only) of these for 2023 is in Chelmsford this month and you can find more details of this event here. We will continue to be as honest and upfront with our supporters about our situation. We hope to see you at a gig soon!
For those Patreon’s paying for the band-backer tier, we will reimburse the price of any tickets for our gig later this month at Hot Box, Chelmsford (January 19th at 7pm).
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I thought I would do a write-up on the year with the band given it’s been our busiest ever. In the early part of the year, we played a run of gigs put on by One Eye Toad Records which really helped us get back on the road again after the Covid-era restrictions were finally lifted in most cases. Most of these gigs were with Neverworld and Planet Fatale, two bands we have played with on a number of occasions over the years and with who we enjoy playing alongside. It’s worth mentioning that John Morter who organised these gigs and helped us get back to a regular gigging schedule sadly passed away last month. For all of his hard work and dedication to the scene, he will be greatly missed.
During that run of gigs, we had a one-night-only reunion with Anthony Murch on lead guitar. Ant was in the band from 2012-2015 and played on our first two albums. Anthony again played songs from both his time in the band and later albums since his departure. He’s currently playing alongside our former drummer Chris MacKinnon (who likewise joined in 2012, but after our debut album before leaving in 2018) in a band called It’s Not A Phase Mum, covering the 2000’s era classics which can be found here.
We made our return to two of our favourite venues this year too, both the Melbourn Rock Club and the Rock Den in Hatfield, both of which were fun nights.
A large portion of the year has been taken up with recording, editing, mixing, mastering, and so on. We worked extremely hard to get our new album After Extinction finished this year, as well as recording a further 10 tracks for two EPs, one of which has been released digitally and the other is currently being worked on. I have said previously that I cannot remember a time the band has been busier and 2022 certainly was a challenging year, but I feel a great relief to know everything on our end is now completed and there is very little remaining to do going into 2023.
It is worth mentioning that there will be a new Falling Through Freedom t-shirt and patch coming to all our Patreon’s soon, with two EPs (which include a multi-disc set) on CD heading out to everyone paying £3 or more ASAP. We have been slightly delayed in getting these out due to the Extinction After EP still being finalised! These will be with you soon, depending on Royal Mail strikes!
In August of course we joined the Lillian Axe/Riot Act (ex-Riot) tour as a replacement for Kim Melville. This is the first tour this line-up has done, and we had an amazing time on the road, and we are very thankful for the opportunity to play with two exceptional bands here in the U.K.
We aptly finished the year with two hometown shows in Colchester both at the Brewhouse on the 25th of November and Coda, on the 14th.
We also introduced a new Patreon tier, a band backer tier which was to help the band fund an opportunity we were recently offered. Without giving too much away at this stage, an official offer/contract has come through and we used some of the new Patreon funds to have the offer independently accessed by an expert, as well as general guidance on the best route forward for the band in 2023, with more the be revealed at a later date.
Today is our final rehearsal session before our last gig of the year next week, at Coda, Colchester on Wednesday starting at 8pm. You can attend the show by clicking here and it is free entry. We will be playing alongside Arms to Oblivion and Neanderthal. We will have played 22 gigs this year after Wednesday, which included touring alongside Lillian Axe and Riot Act in August.
As stated in previous posts, we’ve not rehearsed in several weeks due to Liam suffering with a significant injury. To his credit he has still played the last two gigs in that state, one being a 2-hour set in Sheffield and the other a gig down in Kent a few weeks back, but we agreed it would be best to try and limit what he did while he was in pain. He also recorded his drums for the Falling Through Freedom EP in that period.
We’ve still been very busy, we’ve signed and sent out the album pre-orders on CD, we have finished recording the Falling Through Freedom EP, we’ve been working on getting the artwork finished for both EPs with the Extinction After EP completed and Falling Through Freedom on its way. The new art for the EP will on the t-shirt/patch for the 2022 Patreon package. Again, we are sorry for the delay on both.
By next Friday, I will have finished tracking vocals for Extinction After, having completed the Falling Through Freedom vocals last week. As stated previously, recording and finishing an album and two EPs in one year has been the most work I have ever done with this band, especially given we had a tour thrown in a few months back!
Today we’re back to rehearsals, focussing on our gig at the Brewhouse, Colchester next week and getting our set together for that, plus ensuring we’re up to standard in terms of playing together. We’ve never played the Brewhouse before either, so I am looking forward to it. We are playing alongside Heathen Kings and Osmium Guillotine so the night will have a very traditional Metal feel. The gigs on Friday next week, and it’s free to get into from 7pm.
I am hopeful we can try and get back to a normal gigging routine next year, however with costs rising in the UK and with yet more tax increases announced this week, it’s going to be interesting to see how bands and venues survive in 2023. It could be the toughest year yet.
We are back at Unit One Studio’s, Colchester for our gig next week at Poco Loco in Chatham. Tickets are available on the door from 8pm or in advance for a reduced price here. We’ll be playing alongside Stormborn and Konkrete.
Today we prepare for our gig on Saturday at the Yorkshireman, Sheffield where we will be playing an extended set to celebrate one year of the venues re-opening at its new location. We will be playing songs from The Waystone (2014), A Crisis of Faith (2018), Reforge The Steel (2019) and After Extinction (2022). The gig is free entry entry. Please click here for more information.
It’s very rare we get to play a two hour set and we are looking forward to playing such a wide range of songs from our releases next week.