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Pink Cigar

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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Camden Underworld 29-5-11

Oh baby! There's a noise coming out of London & you'd better brace yourselves, 'cause it's heading your way & there ain't a goddamn thing you can do about it.

This mighty behemoth of rock'n'roll noise goes by the name of Pink Cigar & they were supporting the Heavy Metal Kids at the Camden Underworld when Madame Tightpocket & me were fortunate enough to catch 'em both on the same bill.

Little did we know what we were in for when we headed from the boozer to the gig & saw a few long haired degenerates loitering outside the venue in ripped leather pants, fur coats & smudged mascara. For it was they, OH YES INDEED MATEY, it was they who treated us to the most wonderful filthy, sleazy, rock'n'roll noise that you are likely to witness.

The singer, 'Sharkie' is a front man in the truest sense of the word. He's got more front than Brighton & he's a complete natural. Bloody hell, I bet this guy was performing the moment he left the womb. The guitarist; known to the English speaking world as Ed, looks like the bastard offspring of Jo Dog, Johnny T & the great Brady. But baby, can this boy play. Make no bones my dears, in a few years time this guy will be on the front of every guitar magazine known to man. Geeetar hero, is the phrase I think you were looking for my little cherubs.

The beauty in watching these boys; is that they don't belong to any genre, nor do they want to. They just do what comes naturally. There's nothing contrived about 'em, they're not dressing up or trying to be something they're not. They're just being themselves & boy does that work.

God forgive me, but I can't remember the names of any of their songs.(It was the first time I'd seen 'em). Boys, do let me know where I can get hold of some of your tunes. PLEEEZE.

They seem to be playing every place in London that has a plug point at the moment. So when do we get to see you in the north fellas? It's cost the breadknife & me a bleedin mint travelling to & from London in recent weeks.

It's so comforting to know that the future of dirty assed rock'n'roll is in the safest of hands. Boys & girls, remember the name, because you're gonna be hearing it a lot more in the not too distant future. PINK CIGAR are SMOKIN!!!!!

Chin chin my dears. - FLASH TIGHTPOCKET


Now, here’s a band we’d wish would come to our neck of the woods….

The PINK CIGAR members; howling husky-voiced singer Sam (aka Sharkie), Edd on guitar, 2nd Sam on bass and Sid on drums, are no boy scouts. But the feral band, who reside in the London area (like so many deadpan cool rock bands before them), have something unspoiled in their manner and in their music. They play energetic rock music with sincere lyrics and impress with their distinctive and refreshing on-stage romps – often followed by some good-old-fashioned head-banging. It works for us – and is a much needed boost in the music scene far from the lore of the Biebster and his herd.

If we were the world, we would book ‘em! In the best possible sense of the phrase. - From Magazine



It's not often that you get the chance to witness two gigs in one evening and certainly not that often that you can actually be bothered to do so. However tonight was an exception. Having seen country and western legend Dolly Parton earlier in the evening at the O2 Arena (yes, you did read that right, I was there on the blag and although she's got her knockers, I actually thought she was great), I decided to stop off at the trendy Notting Hill Arts Club en route towards home because the rather splendid Pink Cigar were playing just before midnight.

I first witnessed Ladbroke Grove rockers Pink Cigar earlier this year when they supported the Heavy Metal Kids at the Camden Underworld and was immediately hooked by their youthful enthusiam of high energized sleazy gutter rock which contains the phelgm of Iggy Pop And The Stooges, New York Dolls, Faster Pussycat or even the Dogs D'Amour.

The Arts club is packed to the rafters with uber trendy students all hell bent on having a good time. A DJ is providing some cool sounds and looking at the audience I was wondering if they would give a passing toss when Pink Cigar would come on stage, but boy, how wrong was I? The band grabbed the venue by the balls and the place was rocking.

With only a tiny stage to perform on, the band were cock sure of giving a perfromance to remember. The Arts Club is split into two areas and it didn't take long for the live music room to fill up. Soon people were falling over the bands monitors, knocking over microphone stands and even some stray middle aged woman, who had obviously had a few too many gins, clamboured up on stage to grab hold of singer Sharkie Cottrell who with tongue in cheek informed everyone that she was in fact his Mother who enjoyed her time in the spotlight for a few numbers.

It was choas near the front and from the side from where I was watching, it was a bit like watching a young Guns 'N Roses at the Roxy. Sharkie has a voice similar to Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat (who ironically they support at the end of the month), drummer Sid Mayall is safely at the back from the animated characters of Johnny Thunders lookalike guitarist Edd Whyte who comes up with some cool original riffs and bassist Sam Rutland who at times almost headbutts the ceiling when he was pogoing away.

There's a good mixture of sounds in the set. Full on rockers such as 'Dreaming Of Love' and 'Hot Dog By The River', but the band really shine when they go for a different groove on the strutting 'Strange' or the excellent flamenco razzle of 'Gypsy' or the real howling grower 'Throat'.

Pink Cigar wanted to play on, and the arty crowd was begging for more but the man on the sound desk was frantically calling cut with an imaginary knife across his throat before the place turned into a riot. Tonight's show was that good.

Pink Cigar are one of the hottest new bands out there at the moment. Don't be too surprised if they blow Faster Pussycat off the stage at the Camden Underworld on October 29th. I've said this before and I'll say it again, all the women will be putting their numbers up on Pink Cigar's own bathroom wall that night.

Put a pink cigar in your mouth and smoke it baby because the Pink Cigar are fully loaded.

Set list:

Dreaming Of Love
This Girl
Hot Dog By The River
Generation Next
Throat -

"GROOVES: Pink Cigar on Their Rock..."


WALKING down Camden High Street it’s not always easy to spot who’s in a band and who just dresses like they wish they were. But when Pink Cigar take to the streets you know they’re made to live out their days on stage.

In glam-rock/rock God garb – fluffy coats, shiny waistcoats, carefully crafted scruffy long hair (bar the drummer, who keeps it real by rebelling in relative normality) – Pink Cigar dominate their space.

Pink Cigar are Sharkie Cottrell (singer) Edd Whyte (guitarist) Sam Rutland (bassist) and Sid Mayall (drummer) and it is for their energetic live shows and the lunatic stage presence of frontman Sharkie, that they have won such a loyal following. And to give them due credit, not only do they look like a band, but they have the heavy riffs to back it up, and songs – and at least one video – with an attitude to match.

So it’s not that much of a surprise that this magnetic young group are headliners at The Wheelbarrow’s Love Music Hate Racism all-day fundraiser on Saturday (November 3).

The LMHR campaign has suffered financially in these times of austerity and so local bands, music types in general and keen volunteers are uniting to help bring up their funds.

The free event will feature a whole raft of musicians and DJs. The Wheelbarrow itself will kindly donate a generous cut of the day’s bar takings to the campaign as well as providing equipment and sound engineers. There will also be Love Music Hate Racism merchandise on sale throughout the day.

Guitarist Edd, who lives in Tufnell Park, summed up the event in the simplest terms: “It’s about hating racism and loving music, which sounds great, why not?”

Expect a high-energy, strutting performance from the band on Saturday night, says Edd: “We’re a rock ’n’ roll band in attitude. The music is energetic blues/punk rock.

“We feel in today’s climate everything is just very dull, there’s no excitement, no rawness, a lot of falseness. I don’t think there’s a lot of honest music but our music is honest and I encourage people to come and see us. It may sound cheesy but it’s true.

“The important thing is that we and the people have fun and we give it our all.”

Pink Cigar are regulars on the Camden circuit, which brings with it its own unique experiences.

Edd recalled: “I remember when Pink Cigar was just starting out and one of our first gigs was in The Enterprise.

"There were three people in the audience and one of them was the sexy mum from The Inbetweeners. She was dancing and doing the splits to our performance, it saved the gig for me, I talked to her after, she loves Iggy Pop.”

Edd has at times lived with different members of the band but now lives on his own, having realised it was the best way of preserving their friendship.
He said: “Best friends fight more than friends who are not as close. When you all work and live together you end up annoying each other.”

He added: “I just love Camden, it’s my favourite place in London. Ladbroke Grove is great, but not enough young people. I love rock ’n’ roll, it’s the best place in London for that vibe.”

Of their distinctive fashion sense he said: “Some girls get dolled up on a night out, we get dolled up for a gig. We’ve seen the bands from the 70s. We enjoy dressing like that, that’s just our style.”

Pink Cigar’s as yet untitled debut album is currently being mixed in the studio.

“I’m really pleased with it,” says Edd.

“We’re releasing the first single towards the end of the year, the album will be released next year.”
- Camden New Journal

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PINK CIGAR the high energy rock n roll band from Ladbroke Grove, London, England. A band with the true Rock'n'Roll spirit is very rare nowadays, that's why Pink Cigar stand out. Here is a young new band with tonnes of energy and catchy songs that excite and relate to their own generation, just like a real Rock'n'Roll band should. Since the formation of Pink Cigar in 2010 Sharkie Cottrell (Singer) Edd Whyte (Guitarist) Sam Rutland (Bassist) and Sid Mayall (Drummer) have thundered through the London circuit earning a reputation for the fiercest live show in town, it's energy you just can't buy, go see for yourself. Pink Cigar have gigged all over the UK, including a support slot for Razorlight, a tour with The Eighties Matchbox B line Disaster, a slot in the Vintage festival, various radio interviews and have launched self titled self released E.P with an exclusive gig to a packed to bursting Hawley Arms. And here they are ready for the whole world to see. Welcome to PINK CIGAR.