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Goodbye Pluto EP Launch Gig

12 Mar

Thursday 11th March 2010, Ballymena Academy.

Paul Shevlin

First support act of the night was pretty good. Check out his MySpace.

The Good Fight

Stran boys The Good Fight followed and lived up to Andy’s high praise despite the absence of their drummer

A resemblance to Connor Quigley?

Goodbye Pluto

The main act arrive

From the left: Peter Burton- Guitars/Vocals, Sara Crockett- Lead Vocals, Danny Ross- Drums, Clark Thompson-Bass/Vocals

After witnessing an excellent performance we all agreed that we’d go see them again. Check them out for yourselves on Facebook or MySpace.


More Photos

Credit for the great photos must go to Alistair Rolleston.

Heart Made of Glass

Here’s a short clip of Goodbye Pluto performing one of the songs from their new EP.

Goodbye Pluto Review

19 Feb

Guest Post from Alistair Rolleston reviewing local band Goodbye Pluto’s self-titled debut EP.

Writing a review on local talent can be difficult at times. Feeling you owe them a good review because they’re ‘Born of our Land’ while not actually liking their music is a danger. Doubly so when it’s a new, young band as you really don’t want to throw them into the dirt before they’ve even found their feet.

Thankfully, Ballymena based Goodbye Pluto made my life a lot easier with the release of their self-titled EP, because it’s rather fantastic. Sara Crockett, Peter Burton, Clark Thompson and Daniel Ross have started to make their own little mark on the local music scene, and it’s a little mark which could very quickly turn into something much, much bigger. Listening through the EP I had to keep reminding myself that several of the band members are still at school, with a sound and presence years ahead of themselves. Comparisons to Paramore are inevitable, even if they were only a rock band with a female vocalist, but the style of the music is very close as well, and Crockett’s powerhouse vocals will be drawing many a Williams’ comparison. Seriously, girl can sing.

The EP opens with the distorted sounds of “Distance”, which is an interesting and curious opener, showcasing mainly Peter’s skills on the guitar and actually reminds me for some reason of the Foo Fighters.  The second track was my first ever experience of Goodbye Pluto, and to date, “Fall from Grace” remains one of my favourites, with fantastic vocals and lyrics throughout. It’s been produced differently from the version I had earlier heard, so I now have two quite different incarnations of the song.

“Heart made of Glass” is the real stand out track on the EP, lyrically and musically. Parts of the song leave the vocals very exposed and it’s paid off well, showing that Crockett doesn’t need the other instruments to make her sound good. Again Peter shows himself to be a stand-out guitarist, while Clark and Daniel provide a fantastic foundation for the band to stand on. “These Four Walls” again showcase the talent of the whole band, fantastically driven in parts.

Next big thing? Goodbye Pluto are certainly going places, count on that. If they keep producing music like this, it’s not going to be long before they make it big.

EPs cost £5 and are available from the band themselves and at their shows, or talk to Hannah Drennan or Abi Nelson who may be able to sort you out with one.

You can listen to some of the tracks on their Myspace site.

The Resistance Review

26 Sep
Guest writer Alistair Rolleston returns with another great album review. This time it is Muse’s latest offering under the spotlight.

I struggle to find a word to sum up the music that is unique to Muse. Their 50% classical, 50% rock, 50% brit pop style gives them a sound that is 150% pure Awesome. “Origin of Symmetry”, Muse’s second album, considered their defining work to date and one of my personal favourite albums, combined heavy, uniquely bass-driven tracks overlaid with stellar guitar solos, stratospheric vocals, and Rachmaninov-inspired piano motifs. Building upon this was their 2003 album “Absolution”, which upped the ante with heavy, guitar-lead passages which many have tried to replicate but none have been able to copy. With “Black Holes and Revelations” in 2006, Muse cemented themselves as one of the all-time great British bands and one of the best live acts in the world, with hits such as “Supermassive Black Hole” and the Epic “Knights of Cydonia”.

And so, with a sad song here and a sad song there, we arrive at Muse’s fifth studio album, “The Resistance”. Needless to say, it’s a rather drab affair.

No, drab’s not the word I’m looking for, it’s… utterly breathtaking.

The album is such a mix of old and new, of traditional and modern, of classical and rock, that’s it’s hard to believe it all would work. Yet somehow, amazingly, it does. The songs are constantly changing pace and tone inside of themselves, and holding them all together is no mean feat.

The album starts straight in with the lead single, “Uprising”, the video of which seems to imply that the world has been taken over by giant teddy bears… but anyway. Bass driven, anyone who finds the likes of Supermassive Black Hole entertaining should get a kick out of it. Following this, we’re out of the first uprising and into the “Resistance” itself, and then onwards into “Undisclosed desires”. It is here that the more classical elements of the album become apparent, with the string section being used heavily throughout the song in various electronic disguises. These classical elements are further alluded to in “United States of Eurasia” and its piano outro, “Collateral Damage”. Eurasia begins as a soft piano led melody, before morphing into something completely unique, mixing elements of Japanese music style with more traditional sounds, which have a distinct feel of Queen about them. Collateral Damage is a romantic styled piano piece, which flows effortlessly into the next song, “Guiding Light”. Thumping on the drums before moving again into the strings and the guitar, the tune has a definite feel of victory about it, and again the guitar solo in the middle of the tune sounds like something right out of the pages of Brian May’s notebook.

“Unnatural Selection” starts off on the Organ, but it’s intro is deceptive. It quickly builds into something not unlike Newborn, before pulling right back, halving the tempo, and moving into a slow groove, with a jazzy guitar solo before moving off again into “MK Ultra”, quite possibly my favourite song on the album. A Plug in baby-esque intro and riff serve to power the song along at a great pace and chromatic vocals give the song depth and mystery. Next comes “My Heart Belongs to you”, and the song’s French sound and lyrics give rise to it’s other title, “Mon Cœur S’ouvre À Ta Voix”. The song’s ending is particularly impressive and endearing, with a vaudivillian clarinet outro, and the lyrics work beautifully throughout. Again, pace and momentum change halfway through the song with the language, giving greater feel to the music.

So, after 8 songs of rock, what way to end? Muse show that they are not ones to conform to the sterotypes, and thus begins something rather unique. As we reach the climax of the album, we enter a three part classical symphony: The Exogenesis.  Describing it would take a review in itself, suffice to say, it’s a fantastic, fantastic way to end this album, something so completely different it fits perfectly.  The piano in the third movement requires special mention. Utterly fantastic.

And so the album draws to a close, delivering all I’d expected it to and then some. Maybe not as defining as Origin of Symmetry, but none the less shows that Muse still have a lot of song left in them.

The Resistance is here.

Guest writer: Alistair Rolleston

Senior Camp 2009 Videos

31 Aug

Gareth McFarland has (finally) got all those videos he took at Senior Camp online. These are my favourite two videos.

Andrew McKelvey – Desperado

Amazing, jaw-dropping, beautiful… and the singing’s pretty good too.

Mastermind Part 2

A better quality video than the one in our camp review and still hilarious.

Click here for more including Ali G, Random footage, Francies’ poem and even more of Rob dancing!

Thank you Gareth.

Galway Go Team 2009

22 Jul


Guest post kindly written by Alistair Rolleston


The white bit generally indicates the area in desperate need of church plants

The week after camp is quite possibly the worst week of the year to schedule a Go team. However this is the week of the year the Go committee decide to set for the Galway Go team and make 6 individuals drive 180 miles through the free state to the city on the west coast.

And what a week.

Although we may all have arrived completely exhausted, a proper night’s sleep soon had us all back on regular form. Throughout the week we did literature distribution, some door to door, and street evangelism in the evenings. Most of these things I’m sure most of the readers will have done at some point, so I won’t go into details about them, instead I’ll focus on a few things unique to Galway.

The week we were there, there were also some “Evangelical Catholics” on the streets of Galway also doing outreach. Speaking to them I understood that these people on the streets had their foundations in the gospel, and the tracts they were distributing confirmed this. But going deeper into conversation with them, they then began to speak more of confession, Mary, and the such like. Quite a few seemed unhappy with the current Catholic church. It was an invaluable chance to witness to professing Catholics, and while I feel that many of them I talked to were indeed saved, they are clearly confused about many spiritual matters.

The reaction to the street Evangelism was interesting. Galway is an incredibly multi-cultural city, and thus many different world views exist there. We had people saying that there was no such thing as sin, that humans were essentially good, that there were many ways to God and that Christians were arrogant for suggesting that there was only one (see John 14:6 :-P) and many other viewpoints beside.

It would be great if people could pray for continued growth in the church in Galway. They’re currently looking for new premises for worship, but have yet to find a suitable location. They currently meet in the bridge club in the town, but as they do not lease the premises, they have little in the way of location security at the moment. Also, for their continued witness in the city, where people are very suspicious of the Church, and that the work done by the Go team would yield fruit.


As of yet I haven’t got my hands on any photos, so you’ll have to make do with a picture of the bookshop


And this photo which seems to be shown anytime someone mentions Galway


 And this SWS photo from 2006, though its considerably more recent that the photos at rpc.org
Provided by C.Quigley
The bookshop
I’ve no idea what this is about
Andrew Blackburn coping with the Galway weather
Paul: “You said he did what with a guitar!?”
Paul still incredulous
Street evangelism

Airdrie, Love Story and More

29 May


The Airdrie Mission team from America have had a clever idea and are running their own weblog throughout the time they are in Scotland. They promise a post everyday so you can know what is going on and remember them in your prayers.


Love Story

Ever wonder what would happen if Love Story met Viva la Vida?

Credit goes to Ali Rolleston for pointing out this fantastic piece of music.


Continuing to steal links from Facebook, Cromie Robert linked to possibly the funniest ever football prank – the Glasgow Rangers Fans’ recent “Operation Tango“.

The Arts

Previously on Another King there have been lengthy discussions about Christian’s involvement in the arts, especially music, and whilst not wanting to re-open a can of worms or flog a dead horse (or even flog a can of worms) I thought that this Between Two Worlds’ post offered some interesting thoughts and links.


P.S. I wonder what a certain fellow-blogger thought the post was going to be about when he read the title?! ;)


Praying for Nantes, Antrim and Airdrie

8 Apr


(Prayer Points sent from Ali Rolleston in France)

“Give thanks for the work here in Nantes being done by Malcolm and Muriel Ball

Give thanks for safety in travel. All our flights were on time.

Give thanks for the number of people currently attending the morning service, and for the number that were able to attend the after-service lunch this week.

Give thanks for the provision of strength God has thus far given to the team! We have approximately 32000 leaflets to distribute to Nantes, Orvault and some of the surrounding villages.


Nantes from the air

Give thanks for the good weather God has thus far seen fit to send to the team, and pray that he would see fit to send more good weather over the course of the week. The forecast for the next few days is not wonderful.

Pray that God would prepare the hearts of people to receive the message we are bringing them and that the team would work for his glory.

Pray that God would continue to send strength to the team, as we have much walking ahead of us!

Pray for the soiree tomorrow evening (tonight 8th April) that all would go well. Pray for Malcolm as he gives the epilogue.”


Malcom Ball giving the Epilogue last year.


Pray that God would provide people for the leaflet distribution next week (14th-17th) as they don’t have enough yet. If you’ve time off over Easter please consider going. If interested contact Joel Loughridge.


Pray for safety in travel.

Pray for that the BBC weather forecast would be wrong or that we’ll still be able to get all the leaflets out in the rain.

Pray for Stephen McCollum as he leads the team.

Pray that the team would get on well with the young people from the church and they would both enjoy fellowship together.

Pray that people would read the leaflets.

Pray that people would come to the Mission week, starting April 20th.

Pray for Rev. Andrew Quigley as he prepares the sermons for the Mission week.

SWS Report on last years Airdrie Team