Archive for October, 2012

Reba McEntire – I’m a Survivor

October 29, 2012

To continue my occasional series of amazing mainstream / corporate US Country which is coming from a completely different place (intellectually, politically, culturally, geographically) to me, yet hits the spot…


The Telescopes Live in Paris 2012

October 27, 2012

The Telescope, live – awesome sound, awesome band –

Buy Taste, go see them Live.

Simon Price Interviews Kylie Minogue

October 27, 2012

Well worth a read.  Love Kylie’s use of the expression ‘self-manufactured’ to describe ‘rock’ musicians.  Clearly there’s a massive difference between a DIY band who write their own songs and get their mate to do the record sleeves, and a pop singer who is a puppet for a mogul or producer, but let’s not forget they’re both manufactured.  The only differences are who is doing it, why and the budget.  I say why – the why might be identical.  Anyway…

Sweet Billy Pilgrim in Guildford – 29th November 2012

October 22, 2012

A quick blog post to say that Sweet Billy Pilgrim are playing at St Mary’s Church in Guildford on 29th November 2012.  Howard at People Independent Music is putting them on, and I have to give him props to him for being one of very few people in Guildford putting on shows in the town which feature interesting bands with a national or international profile.  And its a really nice venue as well.



Guildford bands, musicians, open mic nights – get in touch…

October 19, 2012

As above, send me a message if you want me to mention your night, check your band out (in person, on the net, whatever)… be good please!

Nylon Sky, Driven, Eschar, Seraphim, Dorian Black – The Star Inn, Guildford 18th October 2012

October 19, 2012

My first gig review in Guildford.  Here goes…

Well, I was out with a mate so I missed Eschar, Seraphim and Dorian Black, if indeed they played.  HTH.

Have I missed someone – what were the 3 piece with the female drummer called who played 3rd last?

Nylon Sky were on last.  Only two things really struck me… the ‘jokey’ racist banter directed at one of the band by the singer and some comment about [to paraphrase, the beer’s alright in the Star] “we do what we want, if you don’t like it leave’ which I took to be my cue.  I don’t mean to be a prude, and I’m not saying anyone was offended, but I tend to take the view that racism is best avoided unless (1) you are being very funny (and I mean very funny, very very few people are funny enough to make racist comments acceptable, practically none), and (2) that everyone within earshot knows 100% that you are in no way racist, indeed you fight racism at every turn.  Neither applied on the night.

Which leaves Driven.  The worst thing about Driven is that they have a name which is totally ungoogleable… guitar-driven, beat-driven… no, I want the rock-metal band ‘Driven’.  OK scratch that, I got there in the end.

I’m no metaller, so fuck knows who they are influenced by, who they sound like.  But I can say that they are no-nonsense, they rock, and the bands that sprung into my mind as I listened to them were ones I like.  The singer knows how to work a crowd, and, as far as I noticed, doesn’t feel the need to mention race when ‘bantering’.  Smart.  God, I’m boring myself, I really don’t have a fuck of a lot to say about Driven, but I can safely say that they’re a 7.5, maybe pushing an 8, and if I turned up at a gig and it turned out they were the support I’d be well pleased.

Oh yeah, I do have one more thing to say, the bass player did that machine-gun thing with his axe, and, get this, has enough of the rock n roller about him to pull it off.  RESPECT.