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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.

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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.

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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.

Young Adults’ Weekend 2009

16 Sep

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Murlough Bay, Sunday afternoon

The weekend started with the devasting news that Andy Mo would not be able to make it to Annalong due to Swine Flu but despite this catastrophic set-back the over 18’s staying in the newly-revamped Mullartown House still had a great time. Tom and I arrived early for our YAW debuts so we took the liberty of getting sweets in Newcastle and testing out the playpark before the first talk. Simon Sweeney introduced proceedings with remarks such as “We aren’t big into activities” whilst also pointing out the Book “Stall” before EP minister Andrew Lucas came to speak on Ruth chapter 1. He preached through the book in a series of four addresses during the weekend and I found his second talk on Saturday morning particularly challenging as he spoke of Ruth’s faith as she stepped out into the unknown. Saturday also saw two seminars as Rev. Barry Galbraith provided a robust defence of infant baptism and Rev. Nigel Agnew spoke on how we ought to see Christ when reading the Old Testament showing how we often read passages looking for ourselves (e.g. How am I like David/ Ruth/ Samson/ Elijah etc in this passage?) when we should really be seeking Christ and learning more about Him who was the perfect King and ultamite Kinsman Redeemer.

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A good place to start

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Not me and Tom

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Real Quote “I wish I’d brought my guitar”

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Heather and Tom trying to ignore Mary-Lynn

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Tom having a bright idea?

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Waiting for the first talk

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One of the Quiz teams

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One of The Clarifier’s signs

I have to confess I don’t really know what others did on Saturday afternoon though I heard rumours of climbing a mountain but the option of football was always going to win my choosing. Newcastle’s Mauds was invaded in almost CYSC-Morrellies style proportions on Saturday night as I discovered the joys of some sort of Strawberry-Shortbread icecream concoction. On Sabbath we worshipped at Rathlin Island  Rathfriland and afterwards we headed to the beautiful Murlough Bay for a walk as we continued to enjoy probably the best weather of the summer.

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 Newcastle, I think?

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 Barry G about to start

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 Armed and dangerous

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Sweeney likes internet retail

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Hezza being camera-shy 

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 The new Morellies?

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 Emmaline and Alison

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Kathryn and Ruth

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Happy Ben

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I wonder from the expression on Tim’s face has someone just shouted “Go On Tim!”
 
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Brain freeze
 
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Heads turn as the lads arrive
 
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Icecream and playpark but not the Summer Conference
 
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Rob just about to fall out
 
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A helping hand from Ben
 
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On top of the world
 
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Organising the distribution of July’s Messengers

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Rathfriland RPC

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Note the impressive roll up screen

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Lunchtime in the Hall

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Ironically Rathfriland’s had firestation burnt down because it didn’t have a smoke alarm

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Finn McCool once played golf here

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Off to the beach
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I’d make a Chariots of Fire joke only it was on Sabbath
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I’m plotting splashing the girls
 
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Enjoying the sunshine
 
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Erin and Tom have seen the light
 
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Chilling with Dr.McCollum

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Legends

Trying to avoid a repeat of any confusion surrounding a vote of thanks I’d like to say thanks should go to those responsible for organising the weekend and the cooks who gave up their time to provide food for us. I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and being one of the younger “young adults” present I appreciate having the time to learn from the more mature Christians there. I regard some of those attending as real heroes in the faith and it was a privilege to spend the weekend with them. It’s always challenging and encouragin to attend Covenanter Youth events as I see the calibre of other believers from whom I have much to learn whilst also reminding me of God’s goodness and that the future of the church is bright as we seek to take the Gospel to the ends of this island and the ends of the earth.

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Thanks to Carla and Amy for their pictures.