A few gigs coming up over the bank holiday weekend

May 24, 2018

Really good weekend of music coming up… though my presence is at a couple of these is threatened / impossible because of a car that the garage can’t fix and a son who needs looking after whilst the other half goes to see Bjork and Beck and other shit like that.  I have a theory that all music is one of two things, it’s the solution or it’s the problem.  Bjork and Beck would previously have gone firmly in the box marked “interesting but not my thing”, but no – they are getting between Space Church and another audience member, so they’re part of the fuckign problem.  Fuck Beck.  Bjork – no, stop it.

Friday 25th May 2018
PensevorMorass of Molasses, Grim Ravine, Vexed at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/536305953435764/

Sunday 27th May 2018
The Divorcee, Space Church, Aching Muscle at the Star Inn, Guildford (Buffalo Club)
https://www.facebook.com/events/260095741198412/

Monday 28th May 2018
Joe Booley, Mirrored Lips, Chrono at the Holroyd Arms in Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/595076067534003/

Then this in early June, really looking forward to this one…

Sunday 10th June 2018
T’N’E-Electronic Night. MK1 – featuring Ian Oakley, Slow Clinic, The Sleepwalker, Path and more at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/623681521309810/

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Gigs in Guildford / SW Surrey / NE Hants May 8th 2018 onwards

May 8, 2018

This gig list is stuff that gets the Wild Eye seal of approval, especially if the band or promoter are in bold.

If you look to your right you should see a page marked “Gig Listings on the Net A to Z” where I have linked a couple of local Facebook listings pages that will tell you about even more stuff.

Let me know what I am missing.  Don’t let me know that Reading is not in Surrey or Hants.

Oh yeah… always worth checking out the Boileroom and Aldershot West End Centre website as well, and what Chris at Jasta 11 is up to – links to right!

Friday 25th May 2018
PensevorMorass of Molasses, Grim Ravine, Vexed at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/536305953435764/

Sunday 27th May 2018
The Divorcee, Space Church, Aching Muscle at the Star Inn, Guildford (Buffalo Club)
https://www.facebook.com/events/260095741198412/

Monday 28th May 2018
Joe Booley, Mirrored Lips, Chrono at the Holroyd Arms in Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/595076067534003/

Friday 10th June 2018
T’N’E-Electronic Night. MK1 – featuring Ian Oakley and more at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/623681521309810/

Sunday 15th June 2018
Thuum, Morass of Molasses, Stray Bullets and Wychound at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/779580832251178/

Saturday 1st September 2018
Eight Rounds Rapid / The Pink Diamond Revue
https://www.suburbs-holroyd.com/shows

Sunday 16th September 2018
TBC at the Star Inn, Guildford (Leafy Incline Promotions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/180133662762400/

Tuesday 18th September 2018
The Wedding Present at the Boileroom, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/349318758880466/

Saturday 13th October 2018
Straighten Out (Stranglers Tribute band) at the Holroyd Arms in Guildford
https://www.suburbs-holroyd.com/shows

Past Events –

Wednesday 9th May 2018
SPIT, Preacher, other stuff at The Star Inn
https://www.facebook.com/events/1781875378510325/

Thursday 10th May 2018
Full Heat x Go For It Records Hip-Hop/ Grime Showcase at the Holroyd Arms
https://www.suburbs-holroyd.com/shows

Saturday 12th May 2018
Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart at the Holroyd Arms
https://www.facebook.com/events/1782345425401991/

Saturday 19th May 2018
Witchdoktors, Electric Shakes, Rage DC at the Facebar in Reading

 

A quick round-up…

April 27, 2018

Or maybe not quick.  So much going on –

(1)  Leafy Incline, as well as the bands This Is Wreckage, Princess, Slug 13, Tirana, Swords of Thought and Second In Line, bring grunge / punk / noise rock etc to the Star on Sunday 29th April from 5pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/295928310907206/

(2)  Freakouts play the Boileroom tonight for the lauch show for their new ep, TV –

https://open.spotify.com/album/1oR21h49ZZpT9KP1P9jLid?si=10ujiTYzQgqI2j8dnIrI-g

Pussyliquor are on the bill.

(3)  James Ward and Ian Oakley’s void_null audio visual project is coming to the West End Centre on June 7th –

http://www.voidnull.tv/

https://www.facebook.com/events/2046328038919119/

(4)  Moper are lined up to play Westival in July at the West End Centre.  In related news their bassist Benjamin Wainhouse has been looking dead cute in old photos of himself popping up on his facebook timeline in recent days.

(5)  Essex based I think, if you play in a band and are just starting out then I challenge you to produce a better video than this.  Good fucking luck, you’ll need it.  And the song itself has a real energy too, love it.  And they’re playing the Fighting Cocks on 1st June.  Midwich Cuckoos for the rock metal punk crew –

(6)  Trevor’s Head have released Soma Holiday –

https://trevorshead.bandcamp.com/album/soma-holiday

(7)  I’ve discovered there’s an ambient label coming out of Farnham – Rusted Tone Recordings.  The work of James Armstrong, the guy behind Slow Clinic

https://www.facebook.com/rustedtonerecordings/

(8)  Silent Mode are recording more desert rock.

(9)  Skaciety – Ska Punk at the Star tonight courtesy of Jasta 11.

(10)  This video has appeared online – Tuskar playing “The Tide” live at the Black Heart.  SO FUCKING GOOD.

(11)  Brightlight City, I, The Lion and Daryl Vorderman play the Star on 3rd May thanks to Rose Coloured

https://www.facebook.com/events/153807911953966/

(12)  Annabel Allum just keeps getting press, attention, gigs – check Rascal here –

http://clashmusic.com/videos/premiere-annabel-allum-rascal

(14) Swords of Thought released “Confusion Leads” –

https://swordsofthought.bandcamp.com/album/confusion-leads

And it comes with a video –

That’s it for now!

SPIT – Bali

April 8, 2018

Not so much my thing, but I know two things about this new track –

(1)  The standard of music is so so high nowadays.  This is rock / desert rock done really well.

(2)  Half the people who read this blog will prefer Spit to most of the stuff I write about.

MUX and The Pink Diamond Review at the Holroyd Arms in Guildford, 29th March 2018

April 6, 2018

The Holroyd Arms has been on my radar for most of the time that I’ve been back in Guildford, but it’s only fairly recently that I’ve been.  “Why not sooner?” I hear you ask.  The fact it’s a bit out of the town centre doesn’t help, not least as I hate cabs, and I hate driving and not being able to have a drink.  But mainly it’s the music.  They seem to have a focus on old school punk and mod – neither of which are particularly my thing – as well as a bit of ska, northern soul and covers bands (not my thing either, particularly).

Serious props to the Landlord for the fact that he’s taken over a pub and set up a nice little back room which is decent for live music.  10/10 for that alone.

But now he’s starting to try to open things up I think, to a wider variety of music and broader clientele.  In particular the last (and first) couple of gigs I went to there were put on by students at ACM and the university I think and attracted a pretty good crowd each time.  And here we are, a Thursday night and two bands who were both on my radar, playing together a short cycle from home… bring it on…

Anyway, the night in question.  First on The Pink Diamond Review who were on my radar before I saw the gig announced.

First the visuals.  This is the stage, before the set started. I have nothing against bands who make it all about the music – most bands – but I love the effort and the effect from Tim Lane and co.

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And that’s before the video show starts as well.

Musically it’s a backing track / hardware sequencer – I think – with live drums and guitar over the top.  Love the really retro, tremelo-y guitar sound.  Pretty catchy, think Sigue Sigue Sputnik with less pop and rock, and a psych/lounge/western sound… with a bit of rockabilly / early rock no roll or something.  I could listen to those guitars all night.

I’m not gonna go claim they’re brilliant, but they have a fuck of a lot going for them and I look forward to seeing them again.  Drop the live drummer, make it more techno-y and MUCH heavier, and it’s kinda where my musical endeavours are currently focussed… I’m not saying they should do any of those things, but it kinda gives and idea of how much I love where they’re coming from.

I can see them as the house band in a weird brothel in a David Lynch movie.  If that’s not a compliment I don’t know what is.

Mux are similar in that they are also a two-piece, with a live guitar and electronics.  Sonically, totally different.  Kinda 80s synth pop updated to a more modern dance thing, with added post-punk guitar-based experimentalism.  Or something.

Like Pink Diamond Review I love that they’re doing something different.  Not as unique as Pink Diamond, but really interesting nonetheless and much more 2018 (not sure Pink Diamond are from this dimension, let alone 2018).  Harder to work out what was live and what wasn’t – and that’s something I can find frustrating as an audience member… but from what I could work out a lot of the electronics was played and / or triggered live.

Definitely another band to keep an eye on.

There is something so powerful about a full live band at the top of it’s game, but so good to see a night where the bands did something more unusual, without simply being a dance act failing to work – inevitably – in a gig environment.

Mumford’s have actually recorded a listenable song!!!!

April 6, 2018

Tricked ya, I think… not Mumford and Sons, they are simply shit on every single level (Alt-J, U2, Fleet Foxes level shit, that bad), but Mumford’s  –

Delilah Holliday “Babylon”

April 2, 2018

Kinda laid back R and B… but it’s kinda go a bit of a dub vibe too with that echo…  what a voice, so good.

Gigs in Guildford / SW Surrey / NE Hants April 1st 2018 onwards

March 31, 2018

This gig list is stuff that gets the Wild Eye seal of approval, especially if the band or promoter are in bold.

If you look to your right you should see a page marked “Gig Listings on the Net A to Z” where I have linked a couple of local Facebook listings pages that will tell you about even more stuff.

Let me know what I am missing.  Don’t let me know that Reading is not in Surrey or Hants.

Oh yeah… always worth checking out the Boileroom and Aldershot West End Centre website as well, and what Chris at Jasta 11 is up to – links to right!

Thursday 12th April 2018
Elderseer, Gutlocker, The Forge, End Of Salvation at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/190974408328455/

Saturday 14th April 2018
Hundred Year Old Man, Tuskar, Ba’al, Seven Hundredth Unicorn, and Tokahonta at the Facebar in Reading
https://www.facebook.com/events/425048084596453/

Sunday 15th April 2018
Camcorder LP release show at the Boileroom
https://www.facebook.com/events/1813473652016903/

Sunday 15th April 2018
Sunday afternoon label market & Hora Douse + Bad Idea unplugged at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/555562468141570/

Tuesday 17th April 2018
Shonen Knife at Sub89 in Reading
https://www.facebook.com/events/534946426898105/

Sunday 22nd April 2018
Pensevor, Seven Hundredth Unicorn and Cody Noon at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/161853887854913/

Monday 23rd April 2018
Waterweed (Japan) / Darko / Close To Call at the Star Inn, Guildford (Jasta 11)
https://www.facebook.com/events/734093883461153/

Friday 27th April 2018
Stone Soup, Morass of Molasses, Mountns and Klyver at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/355999701566227/

Friday 27th April 2018
Belleview Days, Samoans, Dead State at the West End Centre Aldershot
https://www.facebook.com/events/2036562079901154/

Friday 27th April 2018
Freakouts ep release show at the Boileroom
https://www.facebook.com/events/1990709224504172/

Sunday 29th April 2018
This Is Wreckage, Slug 13, Tirana, Princess, Swords of Thought, Second In Line at the Star Inn, Guildford (Leafy Incline Promotions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/295928310907206/

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Black Peaks, Intechnicolour and Bitch Falcon at the West End Centre, Aldershot
https://www.facebook.com/events/1699393013493128/

Thursday 3rd May 2018
Brightlight City, I, the Lion and Daryl Vorderman at the Star Inn, Guildford (Rose Coloured)
https://www.facebook.com/events/153807911953966/

Friday 4th May 2018
Seasonal, Camcorder, Wild Tales, Shaded at the Star Inn, Guildford (Massive Promotions)
https://www.musicglue.com/massive-promotions/events/2018-05-04-pop-punk-weekender-seasonal-plus-support-the-star-inn

Wednesday 9th May 2018
Who Saw The Light at The Star Inn
https://www.facebook.com/events/1781875378510325/

Saturday 12th May 2018
Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart at the Holroyd Arms
https://www.facebook.com/events/1782345425401991/

Saturday 19th May 2018
Witchdoktors, Electric Shakes, Rage DC at the Facebar in Reading

Friday 25th May 2018
PensevorMorass of Molasses, Grim Ravine, Vexed at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/536305953435764/

Sunday 27th May 2018
Space Church and more TBC at the Star Inn, Guildford (Buffalo Club)
https://www.facebook.com/events/260095741198412/

Friday 15th June 2018
Thuum, Morass of Molasses, Stray Bullets and Wychound at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/779580832251178/

Sunday 16th September 2018
TBC at the Star Inn, Guildford (Leafy Incline Promotions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/180133662762400/

Tuesday 18th September 2018
The Wedding Present at the Boileroom, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/349318758880466/

Past Events –

Thursday 29th March 2018
MUX, The Pink Diamond Review at the Holroyd Arms, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/1744327088961781/

Saturday 31st March 2018
BlackWaters, SPIT plus more at the Boileroom Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/165214800770063/

Saturday 31st March 2018
Trevor’s Head at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/160344964682203/

Thursday April 5th 2018
Shonen Knife
, Screech Bats, Swords of Thought at the Boileroom Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/396832760746558/

Thursday 5th April 2018
MUX at the Cave at The Holly Tree in Addleston
https://www.facebook.com/events/229793030925322/

Friday 6th April 2018
Henry Blacker, Head Drop, Blimp at South Street Arts Centre, Reading
https://www.facebook.com/events/2015685568720397/

Camcorder – Ashes

March 30, 2018

Third single from upcoming album, “Suck!”  Grungey, punk / pop-punk, alt-rock, melody and noise in abundance.

Boileroom LP release show on 15th April.

 

Freakouts, Wild Card, Judas Was Jesus – Holroyd Arms, Guildford, (Thursday 22nd March 2018)

March 29, 2018

Judas Was Jesus was Stefan and Tyler from WSTL and Tuskar getting fucked off with sub-power amplification and making a decent fist of some weird shoegaze, post-rock, stoner, doom, goth, metal, drone, sludge, psych nonsense.  Entertaining.  What next!!???!  Who the fuck knows?!?!?!?

Wild Card – just not my thing – if you can be described as “rock” or “hard rock” or something, chances are you just ain’t my thing.

Freakouts are another band getting better.  They finished with the mighty mess of Fuck All.  That song is genius.  Loved the whole set from start to finish the energy, the anger, the fun… they’re a band that make me smile, and that’s no bad thing.  Second or third song was just 10/10 bang on, whatever it was called.  Partly the song, partly the way they nailed it.  That was ‘nother level, band really hitting its stride.  They can go far with their poppy, edgy, aggressive grunge-punk thang.

ep release show on April 27th at the Boileroom

https://www.facebook.com/events/1990709224504172/

https://www.facebook.com/freakoutsband/