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

June 30, 2018

This updated and expanded UBER-MEGA 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 websites as well, and what Chris at Jasta 11 is up to – links to right!  And the Holroyd Arms which is putting on more and more good looking shows.

Friday 6th July 2018
Ritual King, Morass of Molasses, Mountains and Strauss at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)

Saturday 7th July 2018
Silent Mode, Black Tree Vultures, Aching Muscle and a band who I am like literally forbidden from even mentioning let alone seeing or critiquing, because, like, they FORBADE ME, at the Lounge Bar in Alton.

Thursday 19th July 2018
HMLTD at the Boileroom in Guildford

Friday 20th July 2018
ACM Summer Live Showcase featuring Bloodrush, Gatvol, Sunfall, Hunting Maiko, People in Museums, at the Electric Theatre in Guildford

Friday 20th July 2018
Blackwaters, Freakouts and The Subtracts at the Boileroom in Guildford

Sunday 22nd July 2018
The Menstrual Cramps, Guttfull and Quim Smashers (McWeirdo Technology Presents)

Friday 27th July 2018
Blimp, Typicial Hunks, Cody Noon at the Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading

Friday 3rd August 2018
Sludgefest – Alunah, Stone Soup, Morass of Molasses, Sail Band, Silverchild, Gevaudan at the Facebar, Reading (The Swamp)

Saturday 4th August 2018
ACA Fest in Alton 12 noon to 7pm – Silent Mode at 2pm, Heinous Pianist at 5.45pm

Saturday 18th August 2018
St Peter’s Castle Rocks featuring Gold Phoenix, Trevor’s Head, Rum Diaries and 3Times7 at the Castle in Redhill

Saturday 1st September 2018
Eight Rounds Rapid / The Pink Diamond Revue

Sunday 16th September 2018
Noisepicker, Slug 13, and Treasure of Woe at the Star Inn, Guildford (Leafy Incline Promotions)

Tuesday 18th September 2018
The Wedding Present at the Boileroom, Guildford

Saturday 13th October 2018
Straighten Out (Stranglers Tribute band) at the Holroyd Arms in Guildford

Thursday 18th October 2018
Her’s plus guests at the South Street Arts Centre in Reading (Heavy Pop and Dork)

Friday 26th October 2018
The Pink Diamond Review, Here Are The Young Meh & Uncle Peanut, Voodoo Radio at the Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading

Past Events –


Wicked King Wicker

June 28, 2018

Did I post this before?  Amazing video to accompany some of the most fucked-up drone-doom-noise you’ll ever hear.  What the fuck more could you want?

Trial n Error Electronic / Experimental Music Night – Star Inn – Guildford – 10th June 2018

June 24, 2018

WHAT A NIGHT.  Seriously, really, really enjoyed it, start to finish – and the unexpected presence of an old friend from Aldershot didn’t go amiss either.  I suppose I’d better go through the acts in the order they played – please feel free to correct me if my assessment of the way the music was played or what genre it fits into is utter rubbish.

Up first Ple Rexics.  Backs to the audience is often criticised as a performance stance, but to be fair that was the only way any of us would have had a clue what was being done to a bank of modular synths.  Bleepy, experimental… definitely plenty in common with some of the techno and ambient I used to listen to, but this was more experimental, much less dance orientate.  If music was solely about sound Ple Rexics were the best act of the night… as it was it was spell-binding, beautiful, chilled… really looking forward to checking  out more of his stuff online.

Path’s iPad-only set was great… seemed to be more of an easy-listening vibe to a couple of the tracks than I remember and the best track from last time I saw him wasn’t played.  Quality electronica.  Nice.

I loved ian:o‘s set… I’d struggle to place this precisely, but ambient techno might cover some of it even if chilled electronica might be what some would say.  Quite laid back, but emminently danceable.  More modern sounding and more to my taste than I was expecting, to be honest.   Early evening main room, any time in the chill-out room, art gallery, whatever.

He even re-improvised the set again post-event and stuck it on soundcloud –

James Armstrong’s Slow Clinic project is beatiful and fascinates me.  From what I might have read and / or think I’ve worked out it’s mainly gentle guitar – string and bow vibrating the strings more than fingers or pick pluck or strum – heavily effected with delay and reverb and volume swells, and looped.  It’s all tone and texture, beauty and a certain melancholy.  Really not my thing from a “what kind of music are you looking to add to your life, Wild Eye?” point of view, it’s sheer beauty and hypnotic quality – no that’s the wrong word, it’s more entrancing than hypnotic – sucks me in.

I felt a bit sorry for Cyberwaste… I presume that most of the time her visuals work better from a technical point of view… and whilst it’s ALL about the music it’s never all about the musicSomething about it makes me think of the 1980s, but maybe a producer from the 80s given a glimpse into the electronica of the future and left in their own era to try to recreate what is still to come.  If what I am trying to say makes sense to anyone I will be surprised; if it goes a step further and you agree with me then I guess my dropped jaw will crack as it hits the floor.

Up there with Ian:O as the most likely act of the night to have wide appeal, another act with a real sense of melancholy.

ESP.  I’ll start this last bit of the review by talking about one of my favourite subjects.  Me.  I write this blog for a variety of reasons, but the top 3 are probably (in no particular order) –

(1)  I like thinking about music, understanding it and refining my views on it.  Putting things into words helps that.

(2)  I want to encourage music – especially live and local to me – partly for altruistic reasons, partly for selfish reasons – saves travelling to London to see a good gig.

(3)  I hope that some of what I write can inspire musicians to being better, whether by opening their eyes to music they’ve never come across before, or by encouraging them to see things in different ways, challenging their established mindset.

What I don’t do it for is because I absolutely love writing, find it easy and believe that my writing is of a particularly high standard.  I find it very hard to write about most bands I see, especially – and this is pretty common – when I don’t fully get precisely where they are coming from, really like what they do, but don’t love what they do.

At least 3 or 4 more paragraphs to this part of the review than any of the other acts, and I have said not a word about ESP.  I’d better change that.

ESP make the kind of shit I find it relatively easy to write about.  Why?  Cos I fucking love them!  Their soundcloud page says –

“ESP has made it our mission to bring you Fashion Funk and put a little dance into your lives, having spent 3 years distilling Fashion Funk down to its core elements with influences coming from musical inspirations such as Daft Punk, Yasutaka Nakata, Gorilaz and Touch Sensitive and blending it with aesthetic principles such as Harajuku street fashion and Vapourwave these then combined with our own childhood memories of mid to late 90s and early 00s pop culture lead us down the path to creating what you hear today. Seeking to bring you all a fresh lifestyle filled with fun, dancing and colours its time to stop worrying about everything and get a little crazy.”

My late teens and early 20s were spent listening to techno, trance, tech-house and electro.  I can definitely see that their sound relates back to that.  I love the acid, the mad acid.  I love all sorts, but for me music – and this is times ten for electronic music – is ultimately about moving dat ass.  Hooks, riffs, melodies yes, but most of the best music has a beat that gets the foot tapping at the very least.

ESP know all this… they are all about creating fucked-up party music.  I actually miss-typed that as fucked-up arty music the first time, or was it a miss-type?  I think that they are actually the missing link between high art and music solely to get the asses-wigglin’.

Seriously funky, plenty about the sound owes itself – as they say themselves – the likes of Daft Punk, an act who have managed to be pretty cutting edge whilst also having massive pop appeal.  I have literally no idea just how fucked up they’re trying to be but I can almost see them appealing to a mainstream club audience, whilst having weird, bedroom-dwelling, techno-obsessed freaks digging their shit too.

A guy who Kryds did some guitaring, a girl did a bit of singing, trackies got sweaty, furiously funky fucked-up shit went down.  I literally cannot see how anyone could not love ’em.  FUCKING SUPERB.



The Telescopes – You Set My Soul

June 20, 2018

No words, not quite like some of their other stuff –

Nanye – A brief introduction

June 19, 2018

Ella Joy, Oli Rushen, Elliot Hingston and Roman Banwell.

“Electronic, Hybrid, Progressive, Experimental” – themselves

Kinda like the missing link between dreampop, electronica and trip-hop maybe.  What’s the difference between dreampop and shoegaze?  Interesting question.

The Telescopes – We See Magic And We Are Neutral, Unnecessary (Live at SpaceFest!)

June 17, 2018

Crank this muthra and feel the force.  Why can’t other bands do song titles as good as The Telescopes?

By the way, do you know why they’re called the Telescopes?  Cos they’re beyond the realm of natural vision.

Gid Sedgwick – “Ochos” Album Review

June 16, 2018

Why why why do I like this?  Reasons I should not like it include that I’m not the biggest modern pop fan… that it kinda reminds me of electronica (which can be pretty boring compared to the sound of unrefined undiluted noisy electric guitars, or the techno of my youth).  It kinda reminds me of 80s sound I hate (I love some 80s pop records, detest others… it’s the darker stuff I tend to hate).  But I do really like it.

It’s chilled electronica, well produced, just works.  Opening track Ochos features one of my favourite things in music – when the singer tries to fit far too many syllables into each line.  It’s not just Ochos to be fair, it’s a bit of a habit Gid Sedgwick has and I love it.  Call Em Up is probably the most laid back track on the album… nice enough but probably my least favourite.  Maybe it needs something a bit more edgy in place of the piano?

Back to form on Paper Clip… so laid back, so little to it, so right.

Two Up To The Rich is back to the too many syllables thing in a big way… it’s kinda the sweet spot between singing and the lyrical flow that a rapper might employ.  Great track when it kicks in.  Substance Sustenance… so laid back, so little to it, so right.

All the songs are pretty damn catchy, not least Hearing You So Well.  WTF do I know about music?  Nothing.  I do know, however, that getting this much energy into a song is a pretty impressive achievement, especially given I can’t identify quite how it’s there.

Born Bored Kids could almost be Aphex Twin, in it’s fucked up beats (massively compliment), but this is pop.  The stuttery synth sound works perfectly.

Saw something on the NME website that compared Gid to The 1975, M83 and The Weeknd.  I did some checking, by reference to two songs each from each band –

The Weeknd Call Out My Name is fucking shit compared to anything on Ochos.  The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming” ditto.  Gid’s vocal style is infinitely more interesting, and Gid’s music much less obvious.

The 1975 – Give Yourself A Try has a really cool repeated guitar riff, but other than it’s so nothingy.  And the singer of The 1975 comes across as one of the biggest twats on the planet, totally unlike Gid.  Girls – drop that Mustang from the video – it is a legal requirement of bands to be better than this if they wanna play Mustangs.  It’s kinda OK, but lacks a depth that Gid has.

M83 – OK, I admit it, I only listened to one song and my brain tuned it out totally so I can only assume “boring shit”.

Album on Spotify here –

Follow Gid here –

Interview With Gid here –

The Telescopes – Stephen Lawrie Interview

June 14, 2018

OK, so maybe you’re not all MASSIVE Telescopes fan but just started listening to this… great… learning stuff from minute one…

Writing more now I have listened… so interesting, childhood, early days of the band, a bit about the recording of all of the albums… OK, so some of my millions of readers might not be that interested by the Telescopes, but you really should be.  I am planning on posting a load more Telescopes stuff soon.

In the meantime the final track from their 1989 debut, played live 20 years later, a perfect balance of chilled aggression, psych noise, stunning, like pretty much everything  they have ever done.  For those who don’t know I really do think you struggle to find many bands who have released such a wide range of material –

NME on Spiritualized

June 13, 2018

So, some guy from NME writes some crap here –

Let’s get a few things straight –

‘I’m Your Man’ and ‘Perfect Miracle’ find Spiritualized filled with naïve, childlike wonder” – I’d buy these words it if they said “‘I’m Your Man’ and ‘Perfect Miracle’ find Spiritualized filled with wonder, as in ‘I wonder why we bothered to make this shit record'”.
Both clock in at around four minutes, for example, where most tracks from the last album were double that.”  I know my blog is total shit as well, but I don’t represent 50 plus years of music writing heritage, nor do I take cash for adverts.  What a fucking pointless thing to write.
“He steers the tracks softly, gentle in his exploration of new terrain.”  No he doesn’t.  He does the whole fucking build to crescendo, back down, build to crescendo, back down that he’s made a whole fucking tedious career of.
“Inspired by the past, yet continuing to push forwards”.  Indebted to the past and determined to repeat the same thing decade after decade would be more accurate.  Seriously, when did he last do something on record that he hadn’t done before?
“… on the upcoming record ‘And Nothing Hurt’, which Pierce has threatened to make his last”.  That doesn’t sound like a threat to me.  Please please can it be a promise.  Actually, no, reform Spacemen 3.  You know what, I think I’ve actually got to the point that I don’t want them to reform, Jason’s too far gone from his roots to be able to make a Spacemen 3 reformation be anything other than the Spiritualization and destruction of the memory of his infinitely better earlier band.
“… ‘Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’, a record so great that it pipped Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ to the post in NME’s Albums of the Year list.”  Are Radiohead the one band worse than Spiritualized in the last 20 years?  Maybe.  Shit, NME, your taste is baaaadddd.
“… [He] has steadfastly refused to become a nostalgia act.” Surely if you make the same record for 20 years that is basically becoming a nostalgia aact even if you don’t play all the old songs live?  Surely not becoming a nostalgia act is the bare minimum that one can expect from a band who want reviews better than “0/10 – fucking shit on every level”?
If Jason Pierce wants to see what another heavy psychedelic 80s band can do then I suggest he checks out The Telescopes who I’m gonna be banging on a lot about over the next week or two… two albums last year, both brilliant, both unique within the Telescopes back catalogue.  Stephen Lawrie – with a smaller budget – has come up with two new and brilliant albums in 1/6th the time it took Jason Pierce to repeat his last four albums yet again.

Hip-Hop – Komo – Guildford – 6th June 2018

June 13, 2018

So, I missed the drum and bass that ended the night, and the R and B singer who apparently played after Rodsuit.

I did see Connor Rapper, Rodsuit and then three other guys together (including Cappa).

Now maybe I’m stupid, maybe I should have spoken to the guy I think was promoting longer, maybe I should have had a paper and pencil with me when I did, but I’d really like to know…

Who was providing the beats for Connor?

Same question Rodsuit?

Same question the three guys?  And who were the three guys?

I know I know.  It’s not hard to ask questions, but come on you lot – you really wanna let people know who you are – make it easy for them – to maximise the chances of them listening to and sharing your music.

A couple of friend requests and messages later – including Fin Wakefield who put the night on – and this review can be a bit more informative, if a little held back by my lack of knowledge of rap, it’s sub-genres and music generally… and the effect of alcohol on memory and the fact I never take notes cos this shit ain’t serious (the blog that is, the music mentioned is deadly).

I really like Connor‘s style, not sure I’m big on the term nerdcore, it’s just what he does is a more interesting sub-set of hip-hop than arrogantdumbassshallowcapitalistbullshitmisogynistcore (do some people call it gangster rap, or just rap?)  Rhymes flow at pace, beats do it for me, yeah.  Not sure where he’s going with this, but I hope he moves in a Dans Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip kinda political direction, there’s hints in what he does that he could.  When I say political I don’t just mean “Westminster politics” I mean the politics of everyday decisions, the way you live your life.  What am I on about?  Someone help me out here.

Rodsuit, Dom Curtis to be less stage-namey about it, was not my favourite of the night, but if you were gonna pick the guy with the most memorable, catchy-vocal-hook tracks he’s probably the winner.  Will keep an eye.  Nice.  Beats apparently mainly by a guy called Callum Payne aka Pond Life.  This blog is partly a note to self for future reference.

Up last were three guys (being Cappa, Lucas Ramsell and Burns Montgomery), trading as DBA.  This ain’t hip-hop really, this is party music, modern, proper party music with three guys bouncing off each other to great effect.  Damn fine shit.  Seriously, the vibe between them and the seriously funky beats did it for me in a BIG way… some music says “get the fuck up off your arse and dance”.  Some says “smile you miserable fucker, this is a party”.  Both together = GOOD.

TLDR – favourite rapper – Connor; closest to having a hit track in the bag – Rodsuit; most enjoyable set and best party music – DBA.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE – go to the following link –

follow the page and send me a message if you wanna share any more details of who did what beats and where to go to check out your music.  And DBA – fuck knows what your hopes and dreams are, what you can achieve as individuals and collaberating with others…. but gut feel says that you lot bring the best out of each other…