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Gigs in Guildford / SW Surrey and NE Hants December 1st 2017 onwards

November 28, 2017

This gig list is stuff that get’s 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.

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.  He’s been booking some great shows and  selling out venues recently – no mean feat at all.

Friday 1st December 2017
Tuskar, Morass of Molasses, Slug13, The Grey (TBC) at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/316946622109714/

Saturday 2nd December 2017
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Rews, Tree House Fire, IDKFA, Freeze The Atlantic, The Franklys, Fuzzwalker, plus MORE at the West End Centre in Aldershot (Jasta 11).
https://www.facebook.com/events/144937602752829/

Sunday 21st January 2018
Jonah Matranga (USA) (ex-Far) / Non Canon / Camcorder at the Star Inn, Guildford (Jasta 11)
https://www.facebook.com/events/152531985363527/

Sunday 4th February 2018
Witch Tripper, Morrass of Molasses, Slug 13 at the Star Inn, Guildford (Leafy Incline Promotions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1965125827096664/

17th March 2017
Tera Melos, Tangled Hair, Let’s Swim Get Swimming at the Boileroom, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/1781426372148607/

Sunday 29th April 2018
Line-up TBC at the Star Inn, Guildford (Leafy Incline Promotions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/295928310907206/

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Moper, Bops, Joe Booley, Burrito Loco, Guildford, Sunday 5th November 2017

November 27, 2017

So, do I remember fuck all about a gig I went to three weeks ago?  Do I remember much about gigs I went to half an hour ago? Do I ever have the half a pint and no more that would enable me to judge the music at my best?  Is my best good enough? Questions, questions questions.

Joe Booley, missed at least half his set… electric guitar, singer-songwriter thing, not bad at all… he does a full band thing with Parachute For Gordo… his music online goes from very simple acoustic / vox simplicity (pretty good as it goes) to more electronic elements more recently (not convinced yet but gonna keep an eye because too few bands locally have electronic elements – which is partly cos doing it well is so damn hard).  Aiming to play 10 gigs in a day very soon, interesting guy with an interesting take, not 100% my thing, but I approve, and I trust his intentions. I don’t expect him to give a fuck what I think, but half the battle is pursuading potential fans that you have something that can be bought into.  I’m not 100% convinced that the music’s for me, but I am convinced – by what he does and how he comes across – that he’s on a righteous path. Worth keeping an eye on at the very least… but then I knew that the second I knew PFG were working with him.

Bops – album out on Rose Coloured.  French.  Would be very very easy to dismiss them as far too retro, and to be honest I am just not in a position in my life right now to really fall for a band like them.  But their very poppy, slightly psych-y take on sixties guitar pop, energetic, melodic, the accent really worked on the vox… really good.  My other half’d love ’em I reckon.

I really ought to check the album out and make sure she does too.

Moper – they really are an amazing band.  They’ve got the best songs out of just about any band I’ve seen around here in years… Johnny’s a fine frontman, great guitar sound, awesome volume. Job’s a good ‘un if that’s all the positivity I could find.

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[Photo credit – https://www.facebook.com/Holloway-productions-1871146373100894/]

Then you have the rhythm section, they just work, they rock, they groove. Such an intimate space, so close to Ben’s bass, one bit he gave Adam on drums a look and a smile… I might be reading far far too much into it, but the second I saw it I thought “he’s thinking – and telling Adam with the look – that he knows that what Adam just did was deliberate, that he know’s Adam’s trying to keep him on his toes, but no, he ain’t fucking up, in fact he’s gonna step it up another level and relish the challenge”.  I’m probably reading far too much into it, but what I am not reading too much into is that there’s a real groove, chemistry, funk and superbity or something.

All of which occurred in a tiny burritto bar.  A squeezed in three-piece with enough power for a considerably bigger venue took up almost half the floorspace, the audience squeezed in the rest.  Utterly ridiculous place to host any event, let alone a gig, I approve, thoroughly approve.

Hats of and thanks to Andy at Rose Coloured.

https://www.facebook.com/rose.colouredpresents

 

Pascagoula, This Is Wreckage, Space Church, Grits, Star Inn, Guildford, Sunday 19th November 2017

November 26, 2017

First up, Grits. I can’t help but have some reservations. I find it hard to buy into what they’re doing 100%, there’s something about them that makes me doubt their motives and remain a little unconvinced by them.

Flip side is that I feel that is harsh, even as I type it. Three great musicians, some really decent songs, and a furious energy that reminds me of the chaos of rock n roll at it’s best… I’m talking early 70s, Raw Power era Stooges, proto-punk, that properly fucked up all over the place rock n roll from when rock n roll was still at the cutting edge and punk had yet to seize the mantle.

They are getting better, and they’re also taking more of a stoner influence which is no bad thing… but then maybe I’m back to paragraph one, is this stoner influence a natural progression of the band, or is this an attempt to capture a part of what is kinda en vogue at the moment?  I am all for bands progressing, just I hope it’s natural and I hope it’s not an attempt to find a market.

I’m being so harsh, they’re a fine fine band, great energy, I’d happily go see them any day of the week.

Up next was Space Church. I’m back on an upward curve with them.  I loved the noise and the madness in the variety when I first saw them… to what extent did they mellow and to what extent did I just get my head around them so I wasn’t so mind-blown?  Either way I think they’re getting better, though I’ll never get that “first time” feeling again.

Phil’s a brave performer bringing a bizarre take on theatre to the party, I appreciate anything that puts a smile on my face and is wilfully different. Why has no-one else thought of forming an easy listening-influenced, performance art-influenced, Slinty-Albini-y thing like Space Church? It’s such an obvious thing to do.

Pat and Dan hold it all together… the bass kinda always adding something at all points in the set, the drums more ticking along in between the real highs.  Really good band.  Fucking good.

This Is Wreckage.  I’m a total hypocrite… or am I?  I like stuff to be reasonably original.  I don’t like old fashioned punk bands – or most modern ones for that matter.  It’s old hat, and it takes a bit of a spin and a real energy (see Freakouts locally) to make it good.  This Is Wreckage are kinda the noise-rock equivalent.  I think.  I don’t know enough about all the [late 80s, early 90s maybe, US] influences to know how much they’re bringing to the table that hasn’t been done before.  Why don’t I reject it as old hat?

But… noise rock is just more interesting than punk, it sounds better, it doesn’t have quite as many miles on the clock, and it has not been done to death in a mainstream way and become part of a fairly conservative consensus like punk has.

And even if it hadn’t, This Is Wreckage just nail it.  Drums get hammered, absolutely hammered.  Bass get’s abuse at high speed.  Guitars fizz and vocals shout.  Go see them.  Put them on.

Check ’em out here – awesome – buy it –

https://thisiswreckage.bandcamp.com/album/q-y-c

Onto Pascagoula.  They’re not that similar a band but they did kinda remind me of Wytch Pycknyk [are both bands from Brighton?  Wytch Pycknyk played the Star recently] in the level of chaos and genuinely fuck-up energy.  If you could combine Grits professionalism with the sense of danger and fucked-up mess from Pascagoula you’d have an awesome awesome awesome beast of a band.

Pascagoula reckon they’re sludge doom metal drone or summat, judging by their bandcamp.  Not sure they sounded as heavy or dark as what I checked out online before the gig.  They’re a bit all-over-the-place, and that’s no bad thing, enjoyed them, definitely the band I’d like to see again.

It’s almost getting embarrassing… the Buffalo Club guys, literally, genuinely, do not put on bad bands, and I am literally, genuinely not sleeping with any of them, that is the truth.

This Is Wreckage – QYC – Star Inn Sunday 19th November 2017

November 17, 2017

A whilst back the Buffalo Club put on Welsh Noise-Rock act This Is Wreckage.  I thought they were the best band of the night, and they were up against Porch from the US and Buzz Rodeo from Germany, neither of whom are slouches, and local legends Space Church.

They’re back on the Sunday 19th November, Buffalo Club at the Star Inn, Guildford.  Go fucking check ’em out.

It’s been out a while now, but finally I get round to reviewing the album… not long after release…. ahem… only I don’t too busy, too much other shit to do, and someone else said just what I’d want to a more eloquently…

From their US label’s Bandcamp page –

From the U.K. comes THIS IS WRECKAGE. Heavy does not describe the sound these guys are laying down. Bass and drums are the driving force here, while the spikey guitar and savage vocals weave in and out of the abyss. It’s like an all night drinking binge with the reanimated corpse of Bon Scott. This is the one that gets stuck in your CD player for a month. It truly rocks in the vein of early Touch and Go acts. Released on compact disc exclusively by Forbidden Place Records, This album is Fucking essential. Limited to 100 copies.

Check it here, and check ’em on the 19th

https://thisiswreckage.bandcamp.com/album/q-y-c

Chemotherapy is a Poison

November 7, 2017

Chemotherapy is poison. It kills cancer – if you’re lucky.

If you have a rat infestation or cockroaches all round your kitchen then poison is what you want and what you need. Life is unnecessarily bad unless you  kill what is destroying the quality of your life. Tories deserve to die – in elections I mean – and people who spread shit music and detract from the quality that is around deserve to die too – metaphorically of course, I mean.

Poison can be a fantastic thing.

The Live & Local, Surrey Facebook page is one such thing that deserves to die.  Run by a prick it promotes shit music.  Jam nights, open mics, shitty covers bands, that sort of fucking toss for brain-dead conservative (small ‘c’ / most are massive c-‘s) arseholes.

Don’t get me wrong, acoustic music can be great, open mics can be great… so long as they are complementing more original and better stuff, not being presented as the be all and end all.

This blog mainly promotes noisy shit I like.  It does not pretend to do anything different, but it does list some stuff that I regard as somewhere between OK and pretty fucking shit, for a variety of reasons.  The arsehole who runs Live & Local, Surrey Facebook page however presents his page as –

“We offer a place where locals can find great live music right on their doorstep. Currently for Farnham and surrounding areas.

Bands and Venues, feel free to advertise your gig dates”

The prick deleted a couple of gigs my brother posted on there. No idea why other than the music wasn’t boring fucking shit for old, practically dead, literally brain-dead arseholes. What I object to is that someone – like I was when I first came back to Guildford – could easily look at a page like that and assume that fuck all was going on locally.  It took me ages to find the good stuff in no small part because gig listings pages that purport to be open-minded were just not covering the interesting music, nor were they making any effort to suggest to people where they might go to look for more interesting stuff, nor were they being open that they simply cover crappy covers bands and open mic nights for people who think Dylan is still cutting edge.  Little old me kinda assumed for a while that Surrey was as fucking boring as he thought growing up… it took time to find the massive amounts of quality that’s out there… and The Buffalo Club were a massive part of that – thanks Phil and the guys.

Note – if you are a boring nobhead who likes shit music check out the Live & Local, Surrey Facebook page. I am kind like that – I share. In fact fuck off there now and don’t come back.

So, I encourage everyone to go on this shitty facebook page, spam it, troll it, POISON IT SO IT DIES AND LEAVES MORE ROOM FOR THE THINGS THAT DESERVE TO FLOURISH. You need to poison the nettles before you can expect the tulips to grow.  These arsewipes are using venues that could and should be used for better music, they are pulling people away from listings pages that cover better music, they are making it look like Surrey is shit for shitheads when it ain’t, is has genius stuff going on all the time.

Surrey & Hampshire Live Music Events is pretty fucking shit, but much much better. To take the gardening analogy a step further you wouldn’t spray it with shit-loads of concentrated weedkiller like you would Live and Local… but if you tripped and spilt the poison by mistake on your way to killing Live and Local you’d smirk a bit and certainly not show any regret.

I was described as toxic recently. I was taken aback and a little bit hurt, I’ll be honest. I reflected on my behaviour and realised that to be toxic is a badge of honour in a world where fucking pricks write bullshit, promote bullshit and play bullshit, so long as it’s not the people doing interesting stuff that are throwing the accusations around at me. If all you do is release records by 20- / 30-somethings who think that punkpopemoshitfrom 20 years ago is the start middle and fucking end of popular culture then you are a massive fucking part of the problem, even if some of the bands are pretty fucking good.

[As an aside I read a review recently by someone who used to write  LOT OF FUCKING BULLSHIT and she is a lot lot better writer now, not bad at all in fact. Perhaps that was party down to me slagging off her fucking drivel, but maybe it was down to people who love her telling her she was god’s fucking gift all the time and that inspired her to ignore them and re-invent herself as a competent writer.]

So what else deserves to die?  Tech-metal, underpowered pa’s, female singer-songwriters who are sub-Newsome kooky nonsense, promoters who disrespect their audience, people who lie (eg glowing reviews of shit, people who claim to be independent when they ain’t, cowboy-boot-wearing knuckle-draggers and Guns n Roses obsessives (Sharpie Hammerjack not included ‘cos he has something about him, these rules are never strict)).

That’s yer fucking lot, I’m boring myself now.

 

A few words on ACM Winter Festival

November 4, 2017

So, last night tonight, check it out here –

https://electric.theatre/acm-winter-festival/

I popped down on Thursday 2nd November. This is not a review, it’s a few words. In ascending order of importance…

Who Saw The Light rock… not at their best, but getting close by the end of the set.  Always great to see them.

Alex Griffith played a 6 string bass, non-WSTL solo set with an acoustic guitarist and drummer. Not really my thing, melancholy guitar pop basically (including a Radiohead – spit – cover) but I have to say that all three of them on stage kept it simple and played it with an effortlessness that is imposssible without some serious talent, and in a way impossible not to have some affection for.

Blanc Shine… experimental electronica, interesting and effective visual presentation, good music… it did seem more like art or theatre than club music… is that intentional or not… how would it transfer to the club environment, does Blanc Shine have clubland ambitions or not? How good was it… or rather how hard is it to really stand out in a tough tough field? The other thing… and this is something I think I’ve written about before, a general point, my perception, nothing to do with Blanc Shine specifically…

When I watch electronic music live I cannot help but wonder what precisely is being done live, and I find that detracts a little. On the one hand no artist should need to explain their work… on the other I want to know what’s happening same as I do when live instruments are making the music. I’d love to see an electronic artist give the audience a minute demonstation / talk at the start of the set, showing how it’s done so that I can focus on the music and not the hows… but then again it’d probably be a bit weird and destroy any sense of mystery. And I can’t help thinking that, to a very large extent, if all you’re doing is triggering samples then why not just go one step further and have a DAW triggering the samples to enable the performer to concentrate more on the visual aspect of the performance (note – in Blanc Shine’s case he really has made an effort on the visual presentation as well so this doesn’t apply to him as much as most)? There’s a real contradiction in my mind – I love music to be forward looking, I love some techno and electro a lot, and the dubbier end of drum and bass, but I love live music and the sounds that can come from a guitar, and live electronica doesn’t feel live in the same way.

I will definitely be interested to see where Blanc Shine go with this… he’s already there in terms of a show that is visually and sonically interesting, the question is “how much better can he get?”

Not sure who the other guy was I want to say a few words about. Someone’ll tell me. Solo, seated electric guitarist with loads of pedals and vox. Abstract, weird, parts I really liked, other bits less so, but I am REALLY REALLY curious to see where this goes, not least because I’m kinda working – more slowly than you could possibly imagine – on something similar (similar in terms of set-up much more than end result.)

There were other acts, sorry I can’t write about all.

Gigs in Guildford / SW Surrey and NE Hants November 1st 2017 onwards

November 1, 2017

This gig list is stuff that get’s 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.

Let me know what I am missing.

Oh yeah… always worth checking out the Boileroom and Aldershot West End Centre website as well.

 

Thursday 23rd November 2017
Freakouts and more TBC at the Electric Theatre in Guildford
https://electric.theatre/acm-winter-festival/ or download the press release here –
https://electric.theatre/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Press-Release-for-WInter-Live-Events-30.10-04.11-For-Marketing-Editing-and-Release.docx

Friday 1st December 2017
Tuskar, Morass of Molasses, Slug13, The Grey (TBC) at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/316946622109714/

Sunday 4th February 2018
Witch Tripper, Morrass of Molasses, Slug 13 (Leafy Incline Promotions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1965125827096664/

17th March 2017
Tera Melos, Tangled Hair, Let’s Swim Get Swimming at the Boileroom, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/1781426372148607/

Sunday 29th April 2018
Line-up TBC (Leafy Incline Promotions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/295928310907206/

 

Gigs that have already happened –

Wednesday 1st November 2017
Syd Arthur and Vinyl Staircase at the Boileroom, Guildford.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1900143626975066/

Thursday 2nd November 2017
XERO, Toon Komodo & Freakouts at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/487568421629780/

Thursday 2nd November 2017
Who Saw the Light, Blanc Shine, Gryph, Lonely Ocean at the Electric Theatre in Guildford
https://electric.theatre/acm-winter-festival/ or download the press release here –
https://electric.theatre/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Press-Release-for-WInter-Live-Events-30.10-04.11-For-Marketing-Editing-and-Release.docx

Friday 3rd November 2017
Death and the Penguin / Fuzzwalker / Atlantic Fire at the Star Inn, Guildford (Jasta 11)
https://www.facebook.com/events/512449615761998/

Friday 3rd November 2017
Valerian Swing, Dialects, The Glowing Juniper and Cody Noon at The Sanctuary, Basingstoke
https://www.facebook.com/SanctuaryLiveUK/

Friday 3rd November 2017
Silverchild, Morass of Molasses, Stone Soup at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1375695992528398/

Sunday 5th November 2017
Moper, Bops, Joe Booley at Burrito Loco, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/1474076869356050/

Tuesday 7th November 2017
Sun House, Revelry, Boken Dollars at The Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/138783443415286/

Saturday 11th November 2017
Who Saw The Light, Bloodrush, Praecantator at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/375464609575713/

Saturday 11th November 2017
Only Echoes Remain, Codices, For Astronauts and Satellites, Analogue Divide (Trial n Error Productions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1460395220716122/

Sunday 12th November 2017
Holywoodfun Downstairs, Swords of Thought plus more TBC at The Sanctuary, Basingstoke
https://www.facebook.com/events/1945420982373966/

Friday 17th November 2017
DARKO / Almeida / Sombulance / Revolution Summer at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/118376995523942/

Sunday 19th November 2017
This Is Wreckage, Pascagoula, Grits, Space Church at the Star Inn, Guildford (Buffalo Club night)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1644920612216088/

Tuesday 21st November 2017
Return To Rome, Freakouts, Ivy Bay, Casey Lake, Close To Call, Typical, Zarina at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/125073584923347/

 

 

 

Andrew WK

October 27, 2017

I geniunely believe that anyone who love pop or metal or anything in between should be a massive fan of this guy –

He is an all-round genius, and when you can write pop-metal and then play it like this, and still get the same fans loving every second, you are GOD –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Baby Seals, Moper, Swords of Thought – Star Inn – Tuesday 24th October 2017- Guildford

October 26, 2017

I didn’t get Jasta 11 at first.  I like to know where something / someone is coming from, and I couldn’t really see past Jasta 11 being pretty random and pretty hit or miss.  Then I basically realised it wasn’t that complicated… it’s kind of an old school, open-minded indie mindset – my background really – whereby guitar pop, punk, a bit of rock maybe, is the staple, whilst slightly noisier or dancier or more experimental stuff sometimes gets on the bill.

There’s plenty of stuff they put on that doesn’t overly interest me (I can’t like everything, I can’t go to every gig), but I love them because –

(1)  They put on lots of gigs
(2)  They try to get people out to gigs – their own and others
(3)  They put on some great local bands
(4)  They put on more touring bands than probably any other local promoter (in-house promoters maybe excluded)
(5)  They seem to make a particular effort to put on female bands which is a VERY GOOD THING (Nova Twins deserve a special mention for being fabulous).  [Wild Eye daydreams silently…. mmm… Skinny Girl Diet are a really great band, it’d be great if some local promoter were to book them… pretty sure they’re based reasonably close in the scheme of things.  Or the Tuts maybe.  mmmm… be good to see them again…]

Follow them – https://www.facebook.com/jasta11gigs/

I really liked Swords of Thought when I first saw them… less so last time out.  Tonight though they were back to their best thanks to a second new bassist in quick succession who’ll hopefully last a lot longer than the last.  I think there were at least a couple of new songs alongside older favourites… I really like their energetic, noisy, poppy, 90s, American-sounding indie-rock thing.

[Have you checked out my A-Z pages which are accessed via the top right (ish) of the page… most local bands that are decent, half decent or interesting / heavy are listed with links galore… let me know what I’ve missed, links, bands, promoters, venues etc etc.]

Moper rock… dunno, maybe I preferred ’em a touch more last time I saw them, but they always seem to play a slightly different set in a slightly different way, keeps it interesting… but fuck me, WHAT A BAND basically. Two things, a huge percentage of top bands are actually pretty funky when they put their mind to it.  They have that swing, they have that funk.  Tuskar do, I think, somewhere in their brutal sludge-doomnation.  So do Moper.

Hip-Hop.  Johnny had his Wu Tang T-Shirt on, he said something about hip-hop I think… kinda sarcastic, but you know what he’s onto something… Moper are a rung or two above the masses because there is a lot more to the music than you might assume if you simply took the quiet misery and the noisy aggression (combined with more fucking misery) at face value.  Come to think of it that was probably the schoolboy error I made the first time I saw them.  Idiot.

The Baby Seals were on last.  I’m gonna do the complete reverse of what I normally do. I normally try to make an absolute point of not mentioning when there are women in a band – it doesn’t matter.  But this is about them and female bands more generally.  Here goes.

All-female, guitar bass drums three piece.

The music was rudimentary indie/garage/rocknroll.  When Billy Childish makes such music I worship at his feet.  When most other people do it I say “nice enough, but give me something more interesting or heavier or newer”.

If you’re not going to be as good as Billy Childish then you’d better do something different.  It is no shame not being Billy Childish… not many people can claim to have written books, published poetry, had their art exhibited at the ICA and knocked out 100-plus albums in their career.  Top top musician and artist.  I digress.

Depressingly, in 2000 and fucking 17, being an all-female band IS doing something different.  I’d find it much harder to enjoy an all-male band playing the same set.  Is this my prejudice?  Is it my reverse-prejudice?  Or is it that however much the music might be on the face of it the same, there tends to be an intrinsic difference between the way men and women approach the instruments, and if you’re tired of what you normally hear (a male approach) then a female approach is going to sound a bit different even if you can’t put your finger on why.

I think it’s maybe a bit of all of them, but quite a lot of the latter.  AND you obviously have the lyrical content which in Baby Seals case means songs explicitly about a female experience and explicitly for a female audience.

I really enjoyed the set.

For the band’s sake it’s a real shame that there weren’t more women in the audience.

Really good night.

I fucking love this song, it’s a shit fucking live recording, but it’s fucking great.

October 26, 2017