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25 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Hosting the Perfect Burns Supper

Burns night, is the annual celebration of the life and work of famous Scots poet, Robert Burns (or Rabbie Burns to us Scots!). The celebration falls on the 25th January, the day of the poet’s birthday and usually involves what is known as a ‘Burns Supper’; an evening full of Scottish food and entertainment.

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Today, I will be joining my friends in celebration. So whether you’re having a small informal gathering, or a fancy dinner party, I’ve put together a guide on how to host the perfect Burns Supper.

For fantastic and easy Burns night recipes check out these on BBC Good Food.

Piping in the Guests

It’s customary to welcome your guests with a flood of traditional music, but don’t worry if you haven’t got a piper on your guest list. One of these tracks will do nicely.

The Selkirk Grace

This is a short prayer that is read out as the food arrives:

Some hae meat and canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it;

But we hae meat, and we can eat,

And sae let the Lord be thankit.

This should of course be recited (or at least attempted) in old Scots.

Address to a Haggis

We like to welcome in the haggis (who is after all, the guest of honour) with not just more bagpipes, but everyone must stand as a toast is made in its honour. Address to a Haggis comes from a poem written by Robert Burns… if you don’t believe me listen on Pure Connect here.

The Supper (My favourite part)

Typically, a Burns Supper consists of haggis, neeps (mashed turnip) and tatties (mashed potato), not forgetting plenty of Scotch whisky. There are however variations and vegetarian haggis available for non-meat eaters.

Immortal Memory

This speech pays tribute to the life, poems and brazen nationalism of Robbie Burns. If you’re unfamiliar with his history, have a wee read here. After this speech everyone toasts to Burns, and the entertainment continues.

Toast to the Lassies

Perhaps one the most entertaining part of the evening, The Toast to the Lassies, is a speech given by one of the male guests, incorporating plenty of quotes from Burns himself. Traditionally, this was a toast to thank the women who prepared the dinner; however it’s now become a tongue in cheek speech often referencing the ladies present at supper.

Reply to the Laddies

This is the woman’s reply to the Toast to the Lassies, which is also supposed to be amusing. The lady giving the speech will comment on anything brought up in the previous toast, and her particular views on contemporary men.

Burns Poetry

This is a MUST for any Burns supper. Guests will recite the famous poems and songs of Burns. Have a listen to some of his most popular works here.

Closing

This is a finishing speech by the host, followed by everyone holding hands and singing Auld Lang Syne.

Burns Night truly is a special affair that’s fun for everyone. If you want to embrace the Scottish culture today but don’t want to go as far as hosting your own supper there should be plenty of events near you to celebrate. Alternatively, tune into ‘A Burn’s Supper’ on BBC Radio 4 today at 4:30pm to hear some famous Burns poetry. If music is more your thing, check out BBC Radio 6 ‘Lang May your Rum Reek’ for three hours of great Scottish music and artists, or check out this playlist full of Scottish favourites.

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13 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Our CES 2015 Highlights

Quality is King

As this year’s CES has closes its doors for another year, we reflect on the highlights of the show and give you an idea of how the future of consumer electronics is shaping up. With convenience usually driving the adoption of new technologies, there seems to be a shift towards quality and a focus on developing existing technologies to make them smarter, faster and more reliable.

That said there is certainly an abundance of innovation taking centre stage, from self-watering flower pots, huge developments in 3D printing, IoT, a surge in wearable technologies and in our eyes a revolution in high quality audio.

Below we share our three trends from the show as we saw it.

High Quality Audio

Hi-res audio is starting to gain some serious traction, with two major launches here at CES. First is the Walkman ZX2 portable music player designed specifically for Hi-Res Audio, and, more excitingly for us, Meridian Audio showcased its MQA technology. MQA was described as “the best product at CES so far” by Michael Brown, Editor of Techive.com and rightly so. It’s a major development in audio, which could potentially revolutionise the industry, the way in which vinyl and the CD once did.

4K Ultra HD

It’s not a new technology and has been on the horizon for a while as a premium TV resolution, but 4K is set to take over from Full HD. If what we’ve seen at CES 2015 is anything to go by, it won’t be long before manufacturers stop making 1080p televisions below 55-inches, opting for 4K Ultra HD TVs.

One TV that set itself aside from the competition is Sony’s new Bravia 4K Ultra HD TV. All three models feature an ultra-thin “floating” style creating a near-frameless shape that can be mounted right up against the wall.

Continuing the TV trends, curved TVs are still a main focus for manufacturers and CES is still the platform to launch them, though we don’t believe they will be around at next year’s CES nor will the average consumer be rushing out to buy them.

Wearables

It’s clear that people see a need for wearables to help them manage their health, track their fitness goals or use them in business meetings, and the number of launches at the show is a clear indication that the industry believes it is a trend set to stay. Wearables can offer a more personal experience, working in harmony with the human body; one smartwatch we saw claims to measure the amount of calories you consume in a day.Another monitored sleep patterns, while the majority of smartwatches measure the number of steps taken each day and fitness activities undertaken.

As our parent company, Imagination Technologies is one of the official launch partners of Android Wear, the operating system designed by Google for output wearables like smartwatches. We like to think we know what we’re talking about and it’s fair to say we are excited by the latest developments and look forward to seeing those that prosper.

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05 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Imagination’s Caskeid wireless audio platform to support MQA

 

Wireless multiroom streaming technology to support true reconstruction of studio quality audio

 

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Las Vegas, USA – 5th January 2015Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) announces that its Caskeid wireless audio IP platform is set to be the first multiroom streaming solution to support MQA (Master Quality  Authenticated), a revolutionary new British technology developed by Bob Stuart, founder of Meridian Audio that is bringing a whole new meaning to the sound of music.

Adding MQA support to Imagination’s Caskeid wireless audio platform will enable licensees of the Caskeid family of technologies to develop wireless multiroom and multi-channel speakers that offer their customers the benefit of a high-resolution audio experience throughout their homes. The Caskeid platform’s class-leading sub 20µs synchronization technology is uniquely capable of delivering MQA’s intended studio quality audio in a wireless multiroom or multi-channel environment.

Caskeid licensees and partners include Frontier Silicon, Media-Saturn Group, Onkyo, Pure and Meridian Audio with many more to follow.

Says Bob Stuart, Meridian Audio chairman and co-founder: “MQA is the result of years of work in a bid to elevate sound quality whilst ensuring convenience for the customer. The news that Imagination’s Caskeid wireless audio platform, which is the only wireless multiroom synchronization technology out there that truly offers a platform for high quality audio, is to support MQA is very exciting as this will enable us and others to achieve the best audio reproduction in the wireless sphere whilst retaining the purity of the original source material.”

Hossein Yassaie, CEO, Imagination says: “Integrating Meridian’s MQA technology will elevate the listening experience and bring audio quality back to the center stage enabling music fans to hear content as the artist originally created. We are delighted to be working with a company with such a respected audio heritage as Meridian to drive this agenda.”

MQA, announced in December 2014, allows the listener to hear the sound exactly as it was captured in the studio. Rather than capturing the highest sample rates, MQA brings together the three ideals of studio-quality sound, convenience and end-to-end authenticity. It uses a completely new concept of capturing the total essence of an original recording and conveying it all the way to the listener, assuring that what is listened to is identical to the final recording.

MQA begins with the sound that’s been signed off by the artist and producer. Every last subtlety of that recording is captured using a new sampling method that can resolve the finest nuances and important timing information delivering them to the player. The process is called ‘Encapsulation” and it is informed by the latest neuroscience and psychoacoustic research that shows how people identify and locate sounds and that timing details of a few microseconds are important. MQA also uses innovative coding to build a file or stream which also delivers sophisticated metadata and can be delivered inside any lossless container, e.g. as ALAC, FLAC or WAV. Unlike the huge files from super-high-sample-rate systems, the MQA file is extremely efficiently encoded and yet it contains and protects all the sound of the original.

Caskeid is Imagination’s wireless audio IP platform, a collection of class leading hardware and software technologies that deliver efficient and accurate wireless multiroom and multi-channel audio. Specifically, the Caskeid platform integrates advanced quality audio processing, wireless connectivity and synchronization (for the best sounding audio). It also incorporates effective low latency (for instant response across the system), intelligent management and configuration of the speaker system and a gateway to over-the-air cloud management and maintenance. Uniquely, Caskeid delivers outstanding audiophile-quality stereo playback with less than 20µs synchronization accuracy, providing a true ‘Wi-Fi Hi-Fi’ experience that is good enough to replace wires, satisfying even the most demanding audiophile.

Imagination will be working closely with 7digital, a leading digital music platform and MQA supporter, to ensure its licensees have access to a rich catalogue of MQA encapsulated tracks that can be streamed to Caskeid-enabled speakers.

For more information, please visit www.imgtec.com and www.caskeid.com.

 

About Meridian Audio
Meridian Audio is based in Cambridgeshire, UK, and was founded in 1977 by psychoacoustics expert, Bob Stuart and design engineer, Allen Boothroyd. With over 35 years’ history of innovation and development of uncompromised consumer home entertainment systems offering exceptional performance, this award-winning company is widely recognized as a world leader in high-quality audio and video reproduction. Meridian developed the first audiophile CD player, the world’s first consumer digital surround controller, and the MLP lossless packing system included in Blu-ray Disc. The company’s optical disc players, DSP-based loudspeakers, video projectors, and scalers are unique in the industry, maintaining a super-quality digital signal throughout the path from the studio to the home, using advanced digital signal processing to deliver natural sound and smooth, crystal-sharp images with true cinematic realism. In 2008, Meridian established its Automotive division and has since developed in-car entertainment systems featuring their unique Trifield technology for models including the McLaren MP12C supercar, the Range Rover Evoque, and more recently, the luxury Jaguar XJ Ultimate. www.meridian-audio.com

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About Imagination Technologies
Imagination is a global technology leader whose products touch the lives of billions of people throughout the world. The company’s broad range of silicon IP (intellectual property) includes the key multimedia, communications and general purpose processors needed to create the SoCs (Systems on Chips) that power all mobile, consumer, automotive, enterprise, infrastructure, IoT and embedded electronics. These are complemented by its unique software and cloud IP and system solution focus, enabling its licensees and partners get to market quickly by creating and leveraging highly differentiated SoC platforms. Imagination’s licensees include many of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers, network operators and OEMs/ODMs who are creating some of the world’s most iconic and disruptive products. See: www.imgtec.com.

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Imagination Technologies and the Imagination Technologies logo are trademarks of Imagination Technologies Limited and/or its affiliated group companies in the United Kingdom and/or other countries. All other logos, products, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Imagination Technologies’ Press Contacts:
UK: Vicky Hewlett vicky.hewlett@imgtec.com +44 (0)1923 260 511
USA: Jen Bernier-Santarini jen.bernier@imgtec.com +1 408-530-5178

Meridian Press Contacts:

UK: Alex Seeberg Alex.Seeberg@meridian.co.uk +44 (0) 1480 445662

USA: Kaitlyn Virta kaitlyn.virta@meridian-america.com + 770-257-1091

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04 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pop Radio Promotion

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Fancy winning a Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Coffee Machine worth £500? We have twenty to give away with the purchase of any Pop Mini, Pop Midi or Pop Maxi. Once you’ve made your purchase visit http://www.makemykitchencool.com/, to enter and we will be in touch if you are one of the lucky twenty!

Competition ends 31.03.2014

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Promotion is open to residents of the UK aged 16 and over for the chance to win one of 20 Sage™ by Heston Blumenthal® the Barista Express™.
The Free Prize Draw is not open to employees and their families of any of the Imagination Technologies Group plc companies (“Imagination”), their agents or anyone else professionally connected with the promotion.
Entry into the Free Prize Draw is subject to the acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
To enter the Free Prize Draw online visit makemykitchencool.com, fill in your details as requested and click the ‘Submit’ button.
One entry per person. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed. If it becomes apparent that a participant is using a computer(s) to circumvent this condition by the use of, for example, ‘script’, ‘brute force’ or any other automated means, that participant will be disqualified and any prize award will be void.
By participating in the Free Prize Draw, participants consent to the use of their name, screen-name, image, photographs, and geographical location for advertising, promotional and news purposes without addition compensation. All other personal data will be used only for the administration of the Free Prize Draw.
No responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of sending is not proof of delivery.
Closing date for the free prize draw and receipt of entries is 31.03.15
The winners will be drawn at random under independent supervision. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Twenty winners will each receive one Sage™ by Heston Blumenthal® the Barista Express™ coffee machine.
Prizes are sent out by courier parcel service, 72hr, signed for, trackable service – to the UK Mainland.
The winners will be notified by 17.04.15 by email.
A list of the winners’ names and counties can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: Pure – Make My Kitchen Cool Promotion, PO Box 485, Wilstead, Bedford, MK45 3XN.
The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
Imagination accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Free Prize Draw or accepting the prize.
Imagination further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Free Prize Draw.
Imagination reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Free Prize Draw with or without prior notice due to reasons outside their control.
This promotion is not in association with Sage™.

Promoter: Imagination Technologies Limited, Imagination House, Home Park Estate, Kings Langley, Herts WD4 8LZ, United Kingdom

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28 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

We’re a DAB hand at Digital Radio

We don’t like to boast, but when it comes to digital radio, we truly believe we’ve got it covered. We do however, understand that you shouldn’t just take our word for it, so when we saw What Hi Fi’s recent article on the Best DAB digital radios to buy in 2014 we wanted to share its findings.

Okay, so the truth is we wanted to show off, but for good reason. Pure features as the ‘Best Buy’ in six out of the twelve categories, which we think is pretty good.

So, whether you are in the market for a portable radio, clock radio, or in-car DAB radio, we really do have the perfect solution to suit. Not only this but they all come with three years warranty and are digital tick approved, for that added peace of mind.

We’ve put below a few of our own suggestions for four of the categories, either an updated model or something new to consider:

Best pocket DAB radio – Move 2500

A compact, light DAB digital and FM radio, Move 2500 is ideal if you love radio on the move.

Move 2500 is available in a choice of brushed silver aluminium casework, or black aluminium fascia with mirror finish back, and sounds fantastic thanks to its separate bass and treble controls and high-quality in-ear, noise-isolating headphones.

Best portable DAB radio – Pop Midi with Bluetooth

Pop Midi is the mid-sized member of our new Pop family of DAB digital and FM radios. The five dedicated preset buttons make it easy to tune in to your favourite radio station. It features two alarms, a kitchen timer and an input for your iPod/MP3 player.

As the mid-sized member of our new Pop family, Pop Midi is ideal for anywhere in your home. Measuring only 17cm high, 9cm wide and 10cm deep, Pop Midi is perfect for most bedside tables or kitchen worktops. Features a highly visible clock, two alarms, kitchen timer, auxiliary input and DAB digital and FM radio. For portable listening, Pop Midi takes an optional eco-friendly ChargePAK D1 or the option to use regular AA alkaline batteries.

Best DAB radio under £50 – Pure One Mini Series 2

A compact, portable digital radio, One Mini Series 2 offers a blend of quality, style and affordability that’s hard to beat. Measuring just 13 cm wide by 13.5 cm high, it’s an ideal travelling companion, providing hours of portable listening when fitted with an optional rechargeable ChargePAK.

Best DAB radio with Bluetooth – Evoke D4 Mio

Evoke D4 Mio with Bluetooth is the latest version of this iconic portable DAB digital and FM radio, featuring leather effect casing with interchangeable coloured trims that are available to match any accessory in your home. The included remote control makes it easy to select radio stations and adjust the volume when your favourite track comes on.

Built-in Bluetooth turns your radio into a great wireless speaker – just choose your favourite music, streaming service or internet radio station and play it direct from your phone or tablet without trailing wires.

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12 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Rob Ryan John Lewis Signing

 

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Celebrating of the launch of the new red Rob Ryan radio design, Rob Ryan himself will be participating in a rare signing event at John Lewis’s Peter Jones store in Sloane Square.

The launch of the new red design follows the success of the luxurious designer Evoke D2 which was launched earlier this year. The new colour features the same bespoke design by Rob Ryan whose artwork can be found in a variety of products from textiles to jewellery and has featured in the likes of Vogue, Stylist and Elle.

Influenced by the BBC motto ‘nation shall speak peace unto nation’ the radio features Rob’s whimsical poem titled ‘listen to the world’. The new colour is to bring a festive twist to the creative radio, just in time for Christmas, and would make for a seasonal gift for a loved one (or yourself!).

The signing will take place on Saturday 15th of November from 2pm to 5pm on the fourth floor of John Lewis’s Peter Jones store in Sloane Square. This is a unique opportunity for fans to meet the artist and get their radio signed.

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03 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Wireless listening just got vocal with Voca

Pure’s portable Bluetooth speaker with superior stereo sound

Today we announce the latest addition to our wireless audio portfolio, Voca, a rechargeable Bluetooth speaker combining quality stereo sound with a stylish design.

Voca is a fully portable Bluetooth speaker that enables users to stream music wherever they go, whether around the home, in the garden or out and about. Voca gives a more impactful and entertaining sound experience than any phone or tablet can provide alone.

The big sound, small speaker has been hand tuned by Pure’s audio engineers to deliver a clear, full-bodied stereo sound, while its dual passive radiators enhance the low-end tones produced by two full-range speakers, giving bass a boost for incredible overall audio quality.

Nick Hucker, senior director of global sales and marketing at Pure, says: “With the increasing popularity of audio streaming services, people want their music delivered to them on the go. We wanted to bring the quality associated with a home hi-fi system to a more compact form factor that fits in with the way people live their lives, which is why the Voca delivers the convenience of portable wireless streaming, with superior sound and great design.”

Voca’s rugged aluminium casework along with its illuminated controls combines a hard wearing exterior with effortless style. It also comes with a three year warranty for peace of mind.

Key features

  • Instant access – The Bluetooth connectivity allows you to play music stored on your smartphone, tablet or computer from up to 10m (30ft) away. For any device which doesn’t feature Bluetooth, the auxiliary input can be used.
  • Hands-free calling – Bluetooth enables a conference facility on the go, so users can take calls wirelessly from any smartphone straight to the speaker with built-in mic.
  • Convenience – Its lightweight design makes it simple to stream music wherever you go.
  • Fully rechargeable – Once powered up it will keep the music playing for up to ten hours
  • Stylish – Engineered to impress, Voca combines style with substance, its sleek shape and curved edges, means it won’t look out of place in any room.

 

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15 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pure launches new digital radio with superior stereo sound 

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Pure introduces Evoke D6 with Bluetooth

London, UK, October 15 2014: Pure evolves an icon with the Evoke D6, the next generation of one of the world’s most iconic digital radios, with Bluetooth and superior stereo sound.

The new Evoke D6 boasts two front-facing speakers with smart, streamlined looks, quality audio and a suite of enriching features including Bluetooth for convenient wireless streaming.

Benefitting from Pure’s heritage of British design and engineering, Evoke D6 with Bluetooth has been hand-tuned to deliver class-leading audio and includes the latest digital amplification technology.

Its solid housing in a real oak veneer finish encases its wooden engineered box, chosen for its exceptional acoustic properties, while its custom drive units have been carefully designed and constructed to allow optimum dynamics with a smooth natural frequency response. The new D6 might have a familiar look, but the technology inside produces an unrivalled stereo sound.

Says Nick Hucker, Pure’s senior director of sales and marketing: “The Evoke D6 comes from our continued drive to design and build the very best audio products. Since the launch of the very first Evoke in 2002, the Evoke range has been critically acclaimed for its sound and design and as such the new Evoke D6 is engineered for those that truly love great quality music around the home.”

Its slightly larger, contemporary look, alongside unrivalled audio makes it ideal to reproduce stereo sound around any family home. The integrated 20 watt digital amplifier gives the Evoke D6 its power while its active-multiple feedback loudspeaker equalisation, provides great sounding tone.  Comprising a multi format, DAB/DAB+/FM tuner, the Evoke D6 has received the Digital Radio tick mark to signify that it is future ready in the event of a digital radio switchover. Bluetooth connectivity gives users access to all their favourite songs wirelessly, be it from a laptop, smartphone or tablet, and for any device which doesn’t feature Bluetooth, the auxiliary input can be used. The radio comes with two alarms, and a touch sensitive SnoozeHandle for added convenience, making it perfect for every room in the house including the bedroom.

Other features include an, optional rechargeable F1 ChargePak, which will deliver up to 65 hours of portable listening, 30 presets (15 DAB and 15 FM) with five quick preset access buttons and a stereo headphone socket. It also comes with a three year warranty for peace of mind.

The Evoke D6 (SRP £179.99) will be available exclusively for launch from John Lewis.

About Pure

Pure is a world leading consumer electronics manufacturer and leads the way in music streaming and radio systems, multiroom audio and entertainment cloud services with the Pure Connect portal www.pureconnect.com as well as innovating in new areas. Designed and engineered in the UK, all of Pure’s products are manufactured with the environment in mind and at ethically audited facilities. Pure is a division of Imagination Technologies Group plc. See www.pure.com.

Contacts:

UK Press Contact

Sophie Spooner

Pure

+44 (0) 1923 277646

Sophie.spooner@pure.com

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13 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

New Music Monday – Modern Baseball

Our gig reviewer Meghan Keene shares her thoughts on American band, Modern Baseball’s show at Sound Control Manchester, and talks to the band afterwards.

Losing Sleep start things off with just vocalist/guitarist, Liam Clayton taking to the stage. His opening song is heartfelt but doesn’t really move the crowd. It isn’t until the rest of the band join him that people start to pay attention. The set is good but it feels more like we’re watching a practise session in their garage than a sold out show. The backing vocals sound less harmonic and more like a fight for being heard. It is a shame, because they’re obviously giving it their all, but they just don’t quite live up to what so many other bands can deliver.

This is something that Spraynard have nothing to worry about. Bringing a punk vibe to the venue, they have masses of groove laden beats and choruses made to sing along to. They play an engaging and energetic set that seems a little wasted on such a tiny crowd. But this doesn’t seem to deter them at all. Their albums, ‘Funtitled’ and ‘Cut And Paste’, are both available through their Bandcamp now (spraynard.bandcamp.com)

Then it’s time for Modern Baseball, who everyone is really here to see, to take the stage. Now I’m not really sure how to label them, so I won’t even try. Bridging genres can often leave a band lacking in identity and sounding confused, but these guys manage to skip past that and find a niche of their own. The crowd absolutely love them. With the basement of Sound Control sold out, the atmosphere is almost palpable. With a set that runs smoothly between Bright Eyes-esque vocals and toe-tapping sounds, to more of a NOFX vibe, Modern Baseball certainly provide an interesting time. With quirky vocals, fast guitars and breakdowns that make you shudder, all injected with a good bit of interactive banter, MB are like no other. The crowd simply go wild from the get go. Never have I seen so many crowdsurfers at once.

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Hi, can you just introduce yourselves

Hey I’m Sean and I play drums

And I’m Ian and I play bass in Modern Baseball

How did the band form?

Sean – The band formed when Brandon and Jake, the two singers, were in highschool. They started the project together and they came to Philadelphia to go to college and that’s where they met me and Ian.

So what’s the reception been like in the UK?

Sean – It’s been incredible.

Ian – Yeah, nothing like we ever expected.

Sean – I think most of the shows have been sold out. Which is crazy. I mean we came over here in the spring as support and that went really well. But to come over here as headliners and have it go pretty well is incredible.

Yeah, you’ve already got a queue out there which is really good.

Sean – Yeah it’s crazy.

Have you seen a difference between the UK fans and the American fans?

Sean – Yeah, the UK fans are definitely more respectful. It’s very interesting, they don’t talk in between songs, like it’s kind of awkward. They just listen.

I suppose that’s good for you though.

Sean – Oh yeah it’s cool but we’re awkward so we don’t know what to say.

Ian – Yeah we’re all just standing up there like ‘uhhh’

You could just fill it with instrumentals.

Sean – Oh yeah we do that. We can play like ten seconds of every song ever

Ian – Which is about every song that’s been on rock radio.

Where are you guys heading next?

Sean – We’re doing London tomorrow and then Kingston and then we go back home.

Where in the world have you got the best reception so far?

Ian – Last night in Glasgow was a lot of fun.

Sean – Yeah Glasgow was awesome. And Dublin was incredible. Yeah, it was pretty wild.

Ian – Like our craziest shows are definitely back home in Philly. Just because that’s where all our friends are. But yeah we’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of cool shows pretty much everywhere.

Where would you like to play that you haven’t already?

Ian – I want to go to Antarctica.

Sean – I want to play Japan. I want to play Australia.

Ian – I want to play everywhere weird.

Sean – Yeah, play South Africa.

Ian – Play with Die Antwood.

Sean – I want to play somewhere where there’s penguins.

Ian – Yeah, Antarctica.

What like a crowd of penguins?

Ian – Oh now that would be amazing.

Sean – I’d just like to know they were there.

You could ask fans but I think you’d just end up with a lot of stuffed toys.

Ian – I don’t know if fans could you know….

Sean – what, own a penguin?

Ian – Yeah I’m sure you can own one but like….I guess if you’re a zoo. So we should just play a zoo. In the penguin tank.

Sean – we were making this joke once and then my good friend, Will, was like really quiet and then like “I’ve played a zoo”. And yeah, apparently his old band played a zoo.

Ian – There was a scene in Metalocalpyse where they played a concert to just cats and dogs.

Sean – We can do that.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened on tour?

Ian – probably the last time we were in Manchester. We rolled up to the house we were staying in at a friend of ours and some guy comes to the window and he’s like “hey I know what you’re doing” so we’re like “what?” and he goes “I know what you’re doing, you guys are robbers”. And he basically goes on to tell us that he’s a robber too so he knows what we’re doing and he’s not gonna let us rob the old lady in the neighbourhood.

Sean – And it turned out as soon as we told him who we were staying with he was like “oh yeah they’re my friends”. And then we found out that apparently he’s like the world’s worst drug dealer. He like goes door to door and is like “d’you wanna buy some drugs?” So that dude…that was weird.

So what’s the plan for after this tour?

Sean – We’re gonna go home and then we’re doing a full US tour with The Wonder Years, The Story So Far and Gnarwolves.

Before I leave, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

Sean – Yeah, thanks for coming to this show instead of Dragonforce down the street.

Ian – Drink Brawndo, the thirst mutilator.

 

*Image copyright Modern Baseball.

 

 

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16 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

What’s ‘Poppin’?

Our latest Pop Digital Radio family is built and designed on your feedback, so we want to give you the chance to get your hands on one!

If you want to be the lucky winner that gets a brand new Pop Midi with Bluetooth check out our new competition.

Our new radios are named Pop due to its easy to use button that you simply ‘pop’ to turn on, so we are asking you to guess ‘What’s Poppin’?’

Just like using one of our Pop radios, it couldn’t be easier, just watch the video below and guess what object/action is making the ‘popping’ sound. To enter, tweet @PURE_Insider with the hashtag #WhatsPoppin along with the answer, or comment on either Pure’s Facebook page or Instagram account (@PURE_Insider) with your guess.

 

 

The competition closes at 11:59 BST on 23rd September and by entering you agree to the terms & conditions listed below. Good Luck!

 

Competition Rules

  1. This competition starts at 10.00am BST on the 16th September 2014 and will run continuously until 11.59pm BST on 23rd Sep 2014, when the competition closes.
  2. Entrants will be required to watch a video clip on Pure’s Instagram account and guess what the sound is being played. Entrants should tweet @PURE_Insider with the hashtag “#WhatsPoppin” along with their answer, or comment on either Pure’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PURE) or Instagram account (@PURE_Insider) with their guess of the sound featured.
  3. The winner will be selected at random from a list of correct answers.
  4. The prize is a Pop Midi with Bluetooth.
  5. The winner will be asked to provide pictures of themselves with the prize for use on our social media outlets (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest).
  6. Each winner will be contacted via social media and announced on Pure’s Facebook page and blog insider.pure.com on or around 25th September 2014.
  7. This competition is subject to the Standard Competition Terms and Conditions set out below.

 

 

Standard Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. The promoter of the competition is: Imagination Technologies Limited, Imagination House, Home Park Estate, Kings Langley, Herts, WD4 8LZ (“we”, “us” or “our”).
  2. Your entry in the competition constitutes your acceptance of these legally binding terms and conditions.
  3. In order to be eligible to win, you must:
    1. be over 18 years of age and resident in the UK;
    2. have access to the internet; and
    3. not be one of our employees or an employee of our associated companies (including their family/household members).
    4. Only one entry per person is permitted, unless otherwise stated. Automated entries will be invalidated, including multiple entries from the same IP address or telephone number range.
    5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are not received by us.
    6. Names of the winners may be used by us for promotional and publicity purposes, unless you otherwise notify us at the time of submitting your entry.  Winners may be requested to take part in or co-operate with reasonable publicity.
    7. Your personal data will be used strictly to administer the competition or otherwise only with your consent and will be handled in accordance with current UK data protection legislation.
    8. No cash alternative or alternative prize(s) are available on request but in the event the advertised competition prize(s) are unavailable we reserve the right to offer alternative prize(s) of equal or greater value. Prizes are non-transferable.
    9. The competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand and agree that you are providing your information to us and not to Facebook. By entering the competition, you release Facebook from any action or claim arising out of the competition. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the competition must be directed to us, not Facebook.
    10. We will not be liable for any damage, loss or disappointment suffered by any person taking part or not being able to take part in a competition. By participating in the competition, to the extent permissible by law you release us from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to the acceptance of any prizes in connection with your participation in the promotion. Nothing in this clause shall act so as to exclude our liability for death or personal injury as a result of our negligence.  We are not liable in the event that any portion of the promotion is cancelled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other condition beyond their control.
    11. We may, at our sole discretion, disqualify you from the competition on the basis of any fraudulent, rude, abusive, or otherwise inappropriate behaviour.
    12. Our decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    13. These terms and conditions are governed by English law.

 

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