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Karn8 'Dirt Tour' ready to kick off [16 Mar 2010|03:45pm]


After weeks of preparation its here...

The Karn8 'DIRT TOUR' is set to hit all over the south this April, including slots with some awesome bands and headlining shows all over. Keep an eye out for the tour ad in Kerrang and tour posters all over. During the tour Karn8 will be playing brand new songs that may end up on our next album , as well as some old favourites with a new twist!

If you haven't seen Karn8 for a while check out this review on to see what you've been missing out on. We also have discounted ALL our merch, so you can either grab some at a gig on the tour or just simply order some here

Tour dates:

1st April - THE HOBGOBLIN, STAINES - w/Haydons Place
6th April - THE GAFF, LONDON
14th April - HAVANA BAR, WINDSOR - w/Jurassic Dave
16th April - THE FACEBAR, READING - w/Furion
22nd April - THE PHATZ BAR, MAIDENHEAD - w/Jurassic Dave
23rd April - WINCHESTER GATE, SALISBURY - w/The Midnight Sun
24th April - ELECTROWERKZ, LONDON - w/The Deep Enyde
30th April - RSVP, CAMBERLEY - w/Hey, I'm a Movie Star

Want a free MP3?

email with the subject line 'free song' and we'll send you a FREE copy of 'As If You Could' and we'll add you to our mailing list so you can hear about any future free stuff!

Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity, get involved... go to a gig!

See you there

Kirst, Bones & Leigh

More info:
2 Ks| Kerrang!

[18 Feb 2010|06:04pm]

[ mood | awake ]


Looking Back at 2009 and Forward to 2010 [13 Jan 2010|09:22am]


Hey Guys,

Well 2010 is here and it looks set to be a year to remember for Karn8, especially after 2009 which was the band's most successful year to date. We achieved a hell of a lot and its easy to take it all for granted. So we thought we'd give you a quick re-cap...

"Kirst provides those oh so sweet breathless whispers before nailing you to the floor" - Vanity Project

Karn8 played almost 40 gigs in 2009 (but wanted more) one of the highlights being The Rocksound Stage at Guilfest supporting You Me At Six and Attack Attack!. Other awesome bands we played with included To The Bones, My Passion and the awesome Senser.

"Velvet vocals purring over a thumping rhythm section coupled with grinding guitars' -

The release of our first album 'Of All The Strange Things' was also a massive milestone for us as a band, as we wrote, recorded, mixed, marketed and distrubuted it ourselves. It recieved great reviews in the press and continues to sell well on Amazon and iTunes

"The kind of Garage Blues your mother warned you about" -

"The Karn8 experience is a hard rock assault with a blues edge" -

"Let yourself be seduced by the sly provocateur that is Karn8" -

We also had the pleasure of working with some amazing photographers who managed to capture the energy and attitude of the Karn8 live experience.

Live Photos: Myspace / Facebook

Whats Next?...

The new year has already started full tilt, with us diving straight into recording pre-production demos of our new material, which will hopefully become our new album in 2010. Many gigs and mini tours are also being discussed and hopefully well be out and about playing live very soon.

We would also like to thank everyone who supported Karn8 in 2009, whether your a promoter, photographer, DJ, Music Journalist or just a fan!

Kirst, Bones & Leigh

Now Fans Choose The Music! [10 Nov 2009|02:57pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

The future of the music industry is here: now fans choose the music! The revolution that was started by Oswald band is happening now!

It's all about choice: Do you like when somebody else decides what you should listen to? Do you like the pop stuff that's falling on you from TV screens? This was the problem, the guys from Oswald were thinking about, and they found the perfect way to change this situation. They decided to let their fans choose what the band's next single will be. The fans were asked to vote for their favorite Oswald song and their voice has been heard!

So now, when the voting is over we can proudly say - Oswald fans became a part of the newest music industry model which puts fans first!

"Flying To The Ground" - is powerfull and full of strong emotions, it brings an important message for the souls of people. It is a very melodious song with powerful lyrics. The fans chose, and Oswald delivered. But you better just give it a listen for yourself. Enjoy!



A full page feature on Oswald appeared in Scottish Daily Record [23 Oct 2009|06:40pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

A full page feature on Oswald appeared in Scottish Daily Record on Friday the 23rd of October. The Scottish Daily Record is Scotland's biggest newspaper and is also sold in countless countires around the world.

The article is written by John Dingwall, who claims "Oswald are set to make an impact on Scottish music"! In the article Tom discusses the bands music and journey to where they are now, as well as the band's connection with their fans, how they picked the band name and touches on Little Soul.

Read the full article


♪ Selling Kerrang Magazines / Posters / Stickers !! [03 Sep 2009|09:10pm]

Hey Hey ~
I'm getting rid of a whole lot of Kerrang! Magazines & Posters!!
Mini Flyer of Mindless & some Stickers!!
They're over at my eBay ~ they have been listed numerous times however no luck,
so I'm going to try posting over here.


Please check them out !!
I ship from the UK - and will ship WORLD WIDE
I really need these gone!


Bullet for my Valentine, Metallica, Enter Shikari, Slipknot, Arch Enemy.
DOWNLOAD GUIDE 2006, Lordi, Metallica, Avenged SevenFold, Trivium.
System of a Down, Opeth, Bullet for my Valentine, INME, Iron Maiden.

Here's a close up of the posters;;

Story of the Year, the academy is..., gojira.
Taking back Sunday, LORDI.
Rammstein, Alex Varkatzas/atreyu, Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Oswald - new release from UK indie-rock scene [12 Aug 2009|03:39pm]

"These guys are gonna be huge. Genuinely fresh and original sound with a great old school filthiness. Love it." (c) Chris O'Dowd said. And I agree with him.

Oswald is a new and perspective band from Glasgow, UK.
This three guys r making rly awesome music. Their first single "These Days" voted Single of the month on BBC Radio.
Oswald fully recorded three new songs last week at Konk Studios in London. This was the second time the band has used Konk to do their recordings.

I suggest u 2 listen their new tracks on their official - .
Just give this a shot and tell whoever reads this and know about this band.

Guilfest Reviews & Photos [23 Jul 2009|06:46pm]

Hey Guys,

Its been just under two weeks since Karn8 played the Rocksound Cave at Guilfest and we thought this would be a good time to look back on the performance and let you in on some of the feedback and photographs we have received after the performance.

Guilfest Reviews
These are a couple of the reviews we have had in so far:

"It’s been a slow start at Guilfest on Friday so we’re more than ready for some dirty rock and roll and fortunately Karn8 are on hand to deliver the goods. This Hampshire based three piece centre around drums and guitar (courtesy of Leigh and Bones respectively) with singer Kirst providing the vocals and occasional additional guitar duties. The music is upbeat rock and roll leaning distinctly towards the garage end of the genre populated by the likes of MC5, although to bring it up to date they remind me of Juliette & The Licks. Kirst has some well practiced moves straight from the Debby Harry book of stage craft and she makes a compelling figure.

They mix up styles nicely with songs like ‘Old No.7’ dipping into smoke filled blues bars, whilst ‘Where the Fires Play’ rips it up like the Stooges at their most intense. The set isn’t without it’s problems however, the horrendous drone that plagued this tent last year threatens to return and it’s just not loud enough. The problem with this is firstly that it prevents Kirst’s voice from carrying too well and secondly that what should be bold slabs of rock and roll fall a little flat. That aside though it’s an assured and confident performance and they even pull off a passable version of The Doors' ‘Wild Child’. All in all it’s good stuff but they really need to be seen in a club venue with the volume cranked to the max."

Andrew Latham @ Room Thirteen

"Hampshire based trio Karn8 play a blistering set on the Rocksound stage. Front woman Kirst has a sultry and seductive vocal which draws you in only to be blown away by the heavy growl which hits the back of the tent, this really gives the band a depth and quality that many bands would like to have. They take in many styles of music and mix them up to create their own unique sound, which has certainly earned them an army of fans, many of which seem to be here to see them today as the tent is packed."

Kate @

Guilfest Photos
Here are some of the photos taken by Dave Vokes of LMI Photography and as a band we think these are some of the best live shots we've had in a long time!

See more pics here

Limited Edition T-shirts
To mark the occassion, Guilfest also saw us start selling limited edition 'Of All The Strange Things' T-shirts which have the album artwork on them. If you want to grab yourself one head on over to the online shop before they are all gone!

Up and Coming Gigs
Click on the gigs to go to the event page for more info, see you at the front!

Friday 24th July - Jericho Tavern, Oxford
Friday 31st July - Quake, Woking
Saturday 1st August - The Red Lion, Northfleet
Saturday 8th August - The Underbelly, London
Friday 9th October - Babalou, London
Sunday 1st November - The Purple Turtle, London

We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new people in the Karn8 family, we hope you enjoy what we have to offer!

Keep it filthy

Kirst, Bones & Leigh

Karn8 Confirmed For Rocksound Stage at Guilfest 2009 [04 Jun 2009|06:46pm]


Guilfest 2009
Karn8 have been confirmed to play on the Rocksound stage at this years Guilfest Music Festival with other great bands such as We are The Ocean and many more. We are on stage at 6.30pm on Friday 10th July, so plenty of time to catch Motorhead afterwards!

Weekend and Day tickets are available from the band at a discounted rate, but hurry as there are only a few left!
If your interested email

Join the event on Facebook here for more details

Old No.7
The new single Old No.7 is selling well on iTunes and still going down a storm live, so don't forget to download your copy here

Also check out the Video on Youtube and Facebook

New Live pics
We just uploaded some wicked new live pics taken by Louise Blackman at the single launch at The Monto Water, check them out here:

New Album Reviews
Here are some new reviews of our album Of All The Strange Things that have just come in as well:

"Always just that little bit of an enigma, Karn8 have once again laid down some great tracks, all 13 of them actually. This album is very laid back and chilled affair that is getting damn close to perfecting their female fronted Bluesy Goth Rock. Kirst's voice has a very sensual edge and works just as well when she is lilting a refrain as it does when she is adding a bit of power and passion. Being a three piece the sound is kept clean and crisp. Bones's single guitar work and Leigh's balanced drumming, working to compliment both the vocals and the lyrics..." - Phoenix @ Devolutionmag

To read the full review you will need to buy Devolution Magazine here

"Of All The Strange Things is an excellent display of gritty rock music and to be perfectly frank, despite it falling outside my area of expertise, it's impossible to put a finger on anything decidedly bad here. Where it succeeds most prominently is in the tone and character of just about every song. Close your eyes and you'll find yourself lying on your back in a rye field, sipping a glass of bourbon, reminiscing about the good old days. Much of this owes to Kirst's sexy, Southern-tinged vocal performance, which gives the album its sleazy, laid back attitude that probably owes as much to the old school punk mentality as it does to country rock legends like Johnny Cash. All this sounds like mere name-dropping of course, but it's necessary to convey the hugely eclectic nature of Karn8's music. And yet despite the wide spectrum of influences the album maintains its focus... So pull out a bottle of whiskey and a pack of cigarettes if you like, slide this disc in and let yourself be seduced by the sly provocateur that is Karn8" - Aleksi @

To read the full review you will need to go to the Rockfreaks website here

You can buy the album online here

Next Gigs
Friday 5th June - The Fighting Cocks, Kingston
Friday 19th June - The Portland Rock Bar, Hove
Thursday 25th June - The Fat Fox, Southsea
Friday 3rd July - The Tap n' Tin, Chatham
Saturday 4th July - 229, London
Friday 10th July - Rocksound Stage, Guilfest
Friday 24th July - Jericho Tavern, Oxford
Friday 31st July - Schism, Woking
Saturday 1st August - The Red Lion, Northfleet
Saturday 8th August - The Underbelly, London
Sunday 1st November - The Purple Turtle, London

Keep it filthy


Lahannya Tour - B'ham 21 May - NEW VENUE [07 May 2009|12:06pm]

Due to an unfortunate double-booking at The Flapper we had to move the Lahannya / Dyonisis / Tin Omen show to Eddie's Rock Club @ Busk, Gough Street, Birmingham B1 1HN. Entry to the gig now includes free entry to the club night afterwards as long as you're 18 or over. It's a request night, so you should hear plenty of music you like!

Please spread the word, I wouldn't want anyone turning up at the wrong venue!

The updated list of shows now looks like this:

UK Tour Dates

21 May 09: Birmingham, Eddie's [UK] – plus Dyonisis & Tin Omen
22 May 09: Stockton-on-Tees, Midian [UK] – Persecution Club Night
23 May 09: Newport, TJ's [UK] – tel: 01642 606046 – Fab’n’Kinky Club Night
24 May 09: London, Water Rats [UK] – plus Silent Descent & Empirical Resolve
28 May 09: Manchester, Satan's Hollow [UK] – plus Dyonisis & Screams of Cold Winter

Festival Performances:

01 Jun 09: Wave-Gotik-Treffen, Leipzig / Parkbuehne [D]
31 Jul 09:  mROCKfest, Ostroda [PL]
18 Oct 09: Metal Female Voices Fest, Wieze / Oktoberhallen [B]

Say Hey! indie/pop/electro/synth from Moscow [05 May 2009|01:33pm]


Lahannya on UK tour this May! [01 May 2009|12:01pm]



KARN8 NEW ALBUM OUT! [18 Feb 2009|09:17am]

[ mood | artistic ]

Karn8 are pleased to announce that our debut album ‘Of All The Strange Things’ is out now on Wicked Boy Records. The album was recorded and produced by the band and mastered by Clive Cherry at Tongue and Groove Studios. It has taken two years to complete and we are very proud of the results. You can purchase a copy via the online shop or download from iTunes .... Enjoy!

Album Review

"What is noticeable as the second track kicks in is that Karn8 inject a lot of energy to their music - there’s a bit of a Rage Against The Machine thing going on in ‘As If You Could’ and ‘Strip’ opens up to a noisy distorted guitar riff in the choruses. The return at the end of ‘Running Free’ has the building blocks of something that could turn into an extended Kyuss-esque jam but sadly doesn’t.

Female singer Kirst’s sultry voice really shines on ‘True Face’, a stripped down song made up of a moving bass line and precise cymbal clangs. In fact the entire album is held together by some really nice bass grooves throughout, courtesy of Bones, and the whole thing is bookended by the sombre acoustic guitar led ‘Wasteland’ and its reprise.

It’s obvious that the band have been working hard to find sound and it really shows. The version of ‘Where The Fires Play’ on this album is much better than the early single release as the mix is a lot more balanced and it just livelier. These are songs that have possibly been written to be played live rather than played back on a record.

The production is raw and organic which is what usually happens when bands record things themselves meaning that the drums sound like drums, the guitars like guitars and so on without being pro tooled to death. That’s not to say it’s bad or sloppy, just that it captures a live feel and an essence of a group of people having fun with their music.

They haven’t created a new genre or discovered new song structures, what they have done is produce 12 songs, whether good, bad or average, that really link together in one fully formed package. There is room for improvement, some of the song such as ‘Over’ are forgettable and don’t really go anywhere, but very few bands make a five star album first time round.

They’re not original, not trying new or different but Karn8 do a pretty good job at making an album that follows the traditional rock standard. On Of All The Strange Things the band deliver nuts and bolts rock ‘n’ roll that harks back to the days when guitar bands played guitar songs and is not too dissimilar to some of the groups currently flirting with the mainstream or apart of it."

Steven Cookson @

Facebook Fan Page

As some of you will already know, Karn8 have had a Facebook Group for some time. But we have found this to be slightly limited, so we have now started a Karn8 Facebook Fan Page.
This has more options and makes it far easier or us to communicate with everyone. So join up here

New Look Myspace Page

Along with the release of the new album. Our myspace page has had an overhaul, so that it better fits in with the new look. This includes a new track 'Good Time' from the album, so don't forget to check it out here

GU2 Radio

Karn8 are also due to appear on Guildford's Student GU2 Radio from 7pm on Friday 20th February, to help promote the Album and have a good old chat. Be sure to listen online here 

Next Gigs

Thursday 19th February - DeJa Vu, Reading
Thursday 5th March - The Fighting Cocks, Kingston
Saturday 21st March - The Rock Attic, London

Keep it filthy



[16 Feb 2009|02:00am]

So, Download 09 anyone?

Abigail's Mercy "Summerland" single launch party [09 Feb 2009|10:38pm]

Free CDs, free entry and free food!

Saturday, 14 Feb 2009

Ye Olde Foundry
King Street

Metal/rock DJ then band on stage at midnight, come celebrate the release of the new single "Summerland" get there early and recieve a free limited edition CD of the song (strictly first come first served!!)

There will be a buffet, and a very special guest joining the band on stage!

Going to the NEC for the Judas Priest/Megadeth gig?
You will still have time to get to Dudley before AM start and if you're lucky you might get a place in a coach that's being put on specially

venue details:

event page on facebook:

event page on myspace:

Download full Foo concert - 4/3/96, Toronto - rare performances and early foo [05 Oct 2008|09:38am]
[ mood | hungry ]

I uploaded a full Foo Fighters concert from '96 (4/3/96, Toronto) for the foo fighters bbs, but decided I'll share it as well.

This show has some rare performances...
*Chicken Derby (aka My Poor Brain)
*Satan's in the Manger jam
*Floaty (Petra on vocals)

It also has a lot of early foo and pocketwatch stuff... e.g. winnebago, butterflies, podunk, gas chamber, etc.

Here are my other full concerts. I can upload them on a per request basis (since they take a long time to upload). It's not just all foo (tho mostly):


Industrial rock band LAHANNYA on UK tour this October! [01 Oct 2008|08:04pm]


We're going on our biggest UK tour to date this October, playing 8 dates from Brighton to Glasgow and many places in between. Maybe one of the concerts is not too far away from you and you fancy coming along? Here is the full list of tour dates:

16 Oct 08: Dudley - JB's
17 Oct 08: Blackpool - West Coast Rock Cafe
18 Oct 08: Glasgow - Soundhaus
22 Oct 08: Newcastle - Hoko 10
23 Oct 08: Weston-super-Mare - Hobbits
24 Oct 08: Sheffield - Corporation
25 Oct 08: London - Electrowerkz [late show @ 23:00]
26 Oct 08: Brighton - The Engine Room

If you don't know our music, have a listen on our Web site or Myspace page! It's been praised as industrial rock, gothic metal and electro by some of the press and slated by others for being none of the above; some compared us to bands like Lacuna Coil, Garbage, The Birthday Massacre and Evanescence and others said we sounded nothing like them.

Confused? Yes, so are we, but even though we can't describe it, we can promise you great music and a fun time out!

Hope to see you at one of the shows - til then take care!



My Foo Fighters Collection [27 Sep 2008|04:55pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

So, I just uploaded my entire Foo Fighters collection. (I may be missing some, not sure.)

I have 38 albums in total listed, including ~20+ full concerts. Let me know if you want to trade anything. I have them all in mp3s.

You can browse around my collection to see what else I have. I have some STP, GNR, and VR bootleg concerts, as well.


[02 Aug 2008|07:23pm]

So I have been saving all my magazines since like 2004 and I just decided to get rid of them because there's no point in me keeping them anymore. I put up a post in my lj so please check it out. I really want this stuff off my hands!

Right here

Thanks guys!

[30 Jul 2008|06:22pm]

I have a fair amount of Kerrang! past issues for sale here. Check them out if you're interested. Thanks.
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