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Sherlocked

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Now, this isn’t strictly Siriusly Hazza P news, but it’s something I reckon a few of you would like to hear about!

With the exciting return of Sherlock to our screens, we decided to pick up an old project along with our friends Amy and Ellie (of Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons and The Lost Diadems fame, respectively). The concept is a familiar one, we write songs about something we love – this time, the world’s only consulting detective!

The band is called Sherlocked and as the series progresses we’ll be putting new songs up online for your listening pleasure.

But for now, we’ve remixed the first song, IOU, originally released a year ago. The song now has a much more epic feel, with a ‘choir’ and some other new touches. Take a listen on YouTube:

What did you think of the first episode of series three of  Sherlock? Are you looking forward to episode two?

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LeakyCon London Diary – Day 1!

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We’re just attempting to settle back into normal life after living in the crazy, fun and exciting LeakyCon bubble for half of last week – which mostly means remember what sleeping is and adjusting to not being surrounded by happy singing Potter fans wherever we turn. What better way is there to keep the magic alive for a little longer than to share with you a diary of our experiences and memories from LeakyCon London through a series of blogs!

We arrived into London on Wednesday evening, and made our way to the apartment we’d be sharing with all of the wizard rockers for the weekend, nestled away in the heart of London – right near Leicester Square! We explored our quarters and within five minutes Cathrin had got herself locked in the miniscule bathroom – having to be freed with a spoon taken to the other side of the lock. After this, we headed down – one of us slightly red-faced – to a communal area to greet the American contingent. We had what would be classed in Leaky terms as an early night, nestling down for the night before 1am, after an exhilarating trip to M&S Simply Food at half past eleven AT NIGHT. It’s the little things…

Thursday morning arrived and we breakfasted like kings on our M&S purchases from the night before. We then ambled over to the Grand Connaught Rooms where the con was being held to collect our passes, stash our instruments, greet our friends and generally bubble over with anticipation for the show we would be playing in the ballroom later on. Seriously, the first time we walked in we were speechless; it was beautiful and gigantic. I think it well and truly sunk in then that this would be by far the biggest audience we’d ever played to!

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Fast forward a few hours, and it was time for the opening ceremony. We heard some fabulous speeches and saw some great performances – it really gave everyone a taste of what was in store for the next few days, and I think it’s safe to say everyone was ready for it all to kick off. Also a magician came over to us and did some magic before our very eyes, that was cool. Once the majority of the crowd had filtered out (spare a few eager beavers at the front, saving themselves a good spot – we like your thinking!) we soundchecked with the lovely sound crew and then headed off to grab a bite to eat before the show. This meant traipsing through the epic maze that was the Grand Connaught Rooms, led by Matt of The Whomping Willows, who managed to take us to a derelict meeting room, with an official looking flip chart and sweeties in jars (?). We did eventually find our way to the penthouse, where the wizard rockers converged and enjoyed some delightful conversation before heading off back downstairs to get changed and wait in the wings…

Then it was show time. We were opening the wizard rock at LeakyCon London! As mentioned in a previous blog, we kicked off with a collaboration with Amy of Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons as Sgt Potter’s Lonely Horcrux Band. We sang a medley of songs by UK and European wizard rockers to celebrate the wonderful scene we’ve been so involved in over the past six years. We really liked hearing the occasional whoop as somebody recognised a song!

DSC_0621Photo credit to Anna M@sunlitlake.deviantart.com

Our Siriusly Hazza P set followed this, opening up with Hedwig and Madam Pudifoot’s, which got a lot of love because who doesn’t like owls and tea? We then performed Turn Around – a song with a dark tango feel, which called for a lot of dramatic head turns and stamping, and then to contrast, our song Arnold – about how lovable pygmy puffs are! We blew bubbles into the audience as that’s what Arnold would have wanted if he’d been in attendance. This was followed up with a bit of audience participation, as we taught everyone how to dance like a giant in Grawp.


Photo credit to Anna M@sunlitlake.deviantart.com

Photo credit to Anna M@sunlitlake.deviantart.com

They really threw some mean shapes out there! Next song up was I Won’t Feed The Peacocks Anymore, which we wrote for charity compilation Wizards and Muggles Rock For Social Justice: Volume 3 earlier this year. It’s all about Dobby’s plight at Malfoy Manor and is a cheery, upbeat number! We’d originally planned to don pillowcases for this song but we were so busy in the run up that we forgot to make head and arm holes in them. Never mind, eh? We closed with Witchface – after an onstage witchfight broken up by Matt Maggiacomo. Ironic that it should happen just before a song about a secret rivalry between the two of us…

Sgt Potter’s Lonely Horcrux Band reunited on stage for a rendition of Marching On – inspired by this much loved YouTube video and then we left the stage as it was time for Amy to play as Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons!

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Amy performed some of her most upbeat songs, whilst still showcasing her impressive vocals! We especially enjoyed hearing The Raid live again. We joined Amy up on stage as her Chocolate Cauldrons for Summer With The Weasleys, with accompaniment from Scott of The Blibbering Humdingers. It ended in a big group hug as we all were feeling that Weasley family vibe!

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After Amy’s set, it was time for one last song from Sgt Potter’s Lonely Horcrux Band! Of course, we couldn’t do a show without playing The Ballad Of John Simons – the TRUE story of Harry Potter, in which Harry awoke from a coma to discover he was actually a thirty something named John and it had all been a dream. We mashed this up with Sonorus by Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons and Hey Jude (Hey John!). The working title was Hey Johnorus, quite proud of that one. All of the audience joined in super loud with the ‘naa’s in Hey Jude – it was really awesome! Throughout the whole set, we were blown away by how fun and supportive the audience were, especially seeing as it was quite a few people’s first wizard rock show – guys, you’re invited back any time!

Next up were another European act – Solitary Snape. We’d been really looking forward to their set as we knew they would really get the crowd going and they certainly didn’t disappoint! I seem to remember busting some moves at our merch table – especially to The Battle. Lead singer Oscar was wearing a pretty impressive jacket, with ‘BORN TO RUNE’ emblazoned on the back in sequins. Witty. Good.

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Alex Carpenter played next, which is always a delight! We heard a mixture of material from The Remus Lupins days as well as some of his more recent stuff. Admittedly, we had to abandon our merch table for a while so we could have a proper dance. I think Meet Me At King’s Cross went down particularly well with the crowd!

Alex CarpenterPhoto credit to La Gazette Du Sorcier

Finally it was Hank Green’s turn to perform. The audience was super pumped and sang every word along with him!

Hank GreenPhoto credit to La Gazette Du Sorcier

After a super fun night, it was time to catch a black cab back to the apartment so we could catch a few hours’ sleep before Friday kicked off! But more about Friday in the next blog…

You can watch some of our set in this YouTube video!

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Introducing… Sgt Potter’s Lonely Horcrux Band!

In our last post we enthused about the prospect of hearing Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons play at LeakyCon in just over two weeks’ time. What we didn’t mention is the fact that we have been collaborating on something very special with her – and I reckon it’s about time we let the cat out of the bag and tell you what’s in store!

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For quite some time we’ve been intending to team up and make some sweet Siriusly Romilda Vane sounds, and what better time than now! There’s a big hint in the title of this post and the posters above. It’s safe to say we’ll be keeping things very British as LeakyCon comes to London. Expect harmonies, Harry and a hint of the Fab Four…

Have you watched us sing about Hedwig and discuss our favourite Doctor Who episodes?

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Our Top Picks For Wrock at Leaky!

As I’m sure you’re aware, Leakycon in London will be bringing you lots of fantastic wizard rock bands from all over! Whilst every band will bring something marvellous and magical to the stage, here’s a run down of the sets we’re most looking forward to…

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RiddleTM hail from Oxfordshire and make emotive music about some of the most-heart wrenching moments throughout the Harry Potter series which never fail to move an audience, along with the occasional song about wizarding sweets! Maybe one of their best loved songs is For Jo, which is a musical thank you to the lady who created Harry and his world. RiddleTM’s talents will make your heart swell, and most probably bring a tear to your eye!

Alex Carpenter
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We first saw Alex Carpenter play live at Scotland’s very first Snow Ball. We’d been fans of his music for quite some time so the chance to see him live was very exciting! He brings a lot of energy to his performances, making sure the crowd are totally involved and enjoying the moment. Looking For Trouble is probably one of our favourite wizard rock songs, hope he plays it this time!

Solitary Snape
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Solitary Snape are set to bring a little effortless cool to Leakycon London this August. We first heard the band play in their native Sweden when we played a show with them there in Gothenburg. Over in Europe at least, it’s quite rare to see a wizard rock band with a full line up (drums, bass, guitars – you know, the full works) so they’re really great to hear live!

The Whomping Willows
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It wouldn’t be a Harry Potter convention without The Whomping Willows presence! We heard Whompy live for the first time at LeakyCon 2011, and it has to be said his set was very fun, with lots of his self penned wizard rock classics to sing along to. The Whomping Willows are always sure to get everyone dancing, whether performing acoustic or with a band behind Matt.

Romilda Vane and The Chocolate Cauldrons
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Romilda Vane and The Chocolate Cauldrons’ music is brought to you by Amy from Ireland. She is renowned in the community for her stunning classically trained voice, showcased on songs such as Sonorus (which you may have heard on The Leaky Cauldron’s Christmas compilation, Jingle Spells 3). One of our favourite songs by her is Summer With The Weasleys, which is maybe more suited to the time of year!

Harry and the Potters
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Harry and the Potters were the band that first introduced us to wizard rock, and really inspired us to start our own band back in 2007, when we got to see them live right on our doorstep, in Manchester. I would definitely recommend seeing one of their sets to everybody – muggle or wizard! They ALWAYS bring the party.

This blog could have been a very long one if we hadn’t restrained ourselves and selected only a few of the acts to write about. Of course, if you’re attending, we would recommend taking this amazing opportunity to listen to each and every band, because seriously, who can ever get their fill of songs about Harry Potter?

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Hello!

Wow, it has been a very long time since we last blogged, hasn’t it? Sorry for neglecting you!

We’ve been working very hard with our muggle band, Goodnight Astor recently! Visit our website for music and mystery – as in the time we have been away from this blog, we have written, recorded and produced our own Victorian murder mystery concept album – in which the listener has to solve the case of the murdered parlour maid from the clues laced within the songs.

When we’re not being wizards, we are Victorians.

But that’s not really what we’re here to talk about. Oh no. We want to talk about The Snow Ball 2012!

On December 1st, wizards from across the globe will be returning to Edinburgh for lots of merriment, dancing and festive fun, as The Snow Ball returns!

A photograph of some dashing wizards and fine young witches filled with joy over the news…

The line up was recently announced – and oh boy, what a line up! Joining us on the bill, are the splendid RiddleTM, the glorious Romilda Vane and The Chocolate Cauldrons, and a little known wizard rock band from across the pond, Harry & The Potters. Anyone heard of those guys…? I think they’re meant to be pretty good.

This is what Harry And The Potters look like with a dinosaur.

JUST KIDDING, WE’RE REALLY EXCITED! HATP! There’s one thing though, to make sure that The Snow Ball can secure their phenomenal headline act, 150 tickets need to be sold by 1st September. Tickets are on sale now, so get ’em while they’re hot! Just follow this here link and you’ll secure yourself a ticket to the best Christmas party in town!

So, we’ll see you there then?

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Wizard Rock @ Cork Midsummer Festival!

We had such a good weekend in Cork! The show went great and we got to hang out with so many amazing wizards over the few days we were there.

In the ‘Shows’ part of the pictures section are a few pictures of our set for you to peruse and posted on our youtube channel is a video with just a tiny bit of the awesomeness packed in for you to watch! Unfortunately we didn’t get any footage of the show, but you can catch up with all that went on at Wizardrock.co.uk’s UStream channel, as they aired live & recorded the whole event – no excuses to miss out on the happenings now!

We’re itching to play more shows soon!

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Wizard Rock @ Pavillion – Cork

So, Sunday 27th June sees something pretty bloody good happen in Cork, Ireland as part of the city’s Midsummer festival. Wizardkind shall be invading & throwing some shapes at Ireland’s first major Wizard Rock show! Are you excited?

The show, starting at 1pm will feature Romilda Vane & The Chocolate Cauldrons, us and all the way from the USA, Harry & The Potters. We’re excited!

And this is THIS TIME NEXT WEEK! Everyone’s excited!

If you’re yet to do so, you can buy tickets here as this certainly isn’t a show to be missed. For one thing, IT’S HATP, HERE ON THIS SIDE OF THE ATLANTIC and for another WE HAVE AMAZING OUTFITS FOR YOU TO SEE – so y’know, you have to come really 🙂

Hope to see you there 😀

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