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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)
https://www.facebook.com/events/421720444958730/

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.
https://www.facebook.com/events/639583736376320/

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
https://www.facebook.com/events/2107568365983202/

Friday 20th July 2018
Blackwaters, Freakouts and The Subtracts at the Boileroom in Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/200355860576085/

Sunday 22nd July 2018
The Menstrual Cramps, Guttfull and Quim Smashers (McWeirdo Technology Presents)
https://www.facebook.com/events/498170970586342/

Friday 27th July 2018
Blimp, Typicial Hunks, Cody Noon at the Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading
https://www.facebook.com/events/2042399832753398/

Friday 3rd August 2018
Sludgefest – Alunah, Stone Soup, Morass of Molasses, Sail Band, Silverchild, Gevaudan at the Facebar, Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/278784359329275/

Saturday 4th August 2018
ACA Fest in Alton 12 noon to 7pm – Silent Mode at 2pm, Heinous Pianist at 5.45pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/416119848799326/

Saturday 18th August 2018
St Peter’s Castle Rocks featuring Gold Phoenix, Trevor’s Head, Rum Diaries and 3Times7 at the Castle in Redhill
https://www.facebook.com/events/2071112556543260/

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

Sunday 16th September 2018
Noisepicker, Slug 13, and Treasure of Woe 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
https://www.facebook.com/events/13282681406087

Thursday 18th October 2018
Her’s plus guests at the South Street Arts Centre in Reading (Heavy Pop and Dork)
https://www.facebook.com/events/2123581667880251/

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
https://www.facebook.com/events/175306899674271/

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The Telescopes – Everything Must Be

June 29, 2018

Great song, breathtaking video –

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?

What does this say about me…

June 28, 2018

… I really love HMLTD…

Glad that Pop Punk Died

June 27, 2018

I love Mike from Become The Knight.  I don’t always agree with him, and even when I do I only agree with the diagnosis and think his cure is BS.

Anyway, here’s one of his videos which basically nails it for me…

The Telescopes – I Wanna Be Your Dog

June 24, 2018

Das ist gut, ja?

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.

https://www.facebook.com/PleRexics/
https://plerexics.bandcamp.com/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/ianoMusicElectronic/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/slowclinic/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/Cyberwastemusic/
https://soundcloud.com/cyberwastemusic

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. 

https://www.facebook.com/TheESPsociety/

 

 

The Telescopes – Peel Sessions (1989)

June 23, 2018

Peel sessions often captured bands better than their records did –

The Telescopes – Another Sky

June 21, 2018

Motor / pulse, there’s nothing to it, nothing but beauty and whispered vocals, and repetition and heaven… so so good…

The Telescopes – You Set My Soul

June 20, 2018

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