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Top 10 Current Local Bands – Guildford and Surrounds – November 2018

November 26, 2018

The last one was here – ages ago –

Some of the below bands are new to the list, some are old. Employed To Serve are not here because they’re too established.  Maybe Tuskar shouldn’t be here on that basis.  Some bands have moved down more because of inactivity than anything else… and I hope they’ll move back up.

Basically these are the bands who are playing and putting out shit ’round here, who are fucking awesome.

Feedback welcome. Noise a guitar makes I mean, not your replies.  [Old joke].

(1) Tuskar [New Entry].  Just total sonic assault, superb live, as good on record, new ep out soon, heavy as, just come back from France.  As I say, should they even be on this list?

(2) Oz & the Kryds [New Entry].  Grungey garage meets doom, fucking awesome.  This on youtube just now prompted the list –



(3) Moper [Up Five].  High on the list due to sheer brilliance, get your arses into gear please.  Rumours of new album being recorded in the new year… their fourth.

(4) Slug 13 [Down one]. Lost a bassist, but no sense of slowing down.  Cut ep here from a few months ago…

(5) Swords of Thought [Down three].  I think of them as quite poppy.  They’re not, they’re noisy.  I like noisy.  Another top notch recent ep –

(6) Space Church [Down Two].  Almost as quiet as Moper, but eagerly awaited.

(7) E.S.P. [New Entry].  Nuts fashion funk.


(8) Void_Null [New entry].  Impressive audio visual show. Modular heaven.

(9) D.B.A. [New Entry].  3 rappers, party music, good times, only seen them once but boy they’re good.

(10) Princess [New Entry].  Quiet recently but loud.  Noise rock heaven.

RIP – Pensevor.  RIP I think – Who Saw The Light.  Both would be Top 5 at least if they were still going.

edit – I knew I’d forget people.  Freakouts should be on there… but they’ve only got one more gig to go, so fuck it, not made the cut, already saying goodbye.


Wyse, ESP, Rose Coloured, FRNK

November 15, 2018

Not my thing really, but Wyse‘s “Rhythm She Knows” is damn fine pop out in a week (23rd November) on Rose Coloured.  Switch Of My Controller ep.  Buy on vinyl or download here –

ESP have been uploading genius again.

Or checkout FRNK here – words fail me – something to do with Jason Statham, a Freakout and ESP – “chilled acid gabba” are the words that spring to mind as I listen to Hurley Burley Carpet Knife. Not that it’s that chilled. 

[As an aside there is something wonderful about the idea of seeing how fast you can make chillout music. ]

Three Gigs Tonight… November 14th 2018

November 14, 2018

I’ve still never seen Blackwaters, but they’re local guys done good, energetic, poppy punk… House of Vans at Waterloo…

Cyberwaste hits the Amersham Arms in New Cross for a night of electronic music.  The album is nearing completion, plans are afoot for an expanded live show… keep your eyes peeled…

An Early Haunting open at the Star Inn, Guildford.  Jasta 11 are putting it on.  Aside from An Early Haunting’s soundtrack-influenced, kinda post-rock, instrumental thing I have no idea what to expect – but you know what? I’m going.

A few releases… and other stuff…

October 28, 2018

Bit late with some of this, but here goes…

Freakouts have a new track out –

More of what we’ve come to expect… straight to the fucking point grungey punk.  Have to say that this isn’t my favourite of theirs (I’d give it 8.5/10 if I did marks, but I NEVER EVER DO, don’t even mention them), but I think I’d explode if I saw them live and every one was as good as their best.  Go see ’em.

Quick, because their next few dates are their last.  BOO.  Boileroom 29th October 2018.  And London and Brighton off the top of my head.

Slug 13 have released the “Cut” ep.  Their first release since paring down to a two piece sees them moving a touch towards noise-rock and a touch away from grunge.   Or summat.  The old them could have probably passed for a kinda normal hard rock act at a push, maybe, if the audience were drunk enough, but harder to see that side of them in a post-bassist world.  That ain’t no criticism.

“Cut” is probably the standout. Nick Holland’s lyrics are about as fucking miserable as it’s possible to get.  I love the way the riffs hit a sweet spot between “caveman level” and “pretty simple rock riff”.  “Nothing Left” is great… and to be clear, my feeling on caveman riffs is “The Troggs wrote some of the best riffs of all time, and they were literally troglodytes”.  Only funnier.  And with electric guitars.

Every track features a variation on the word death (die, dead, died etc) – apart from “Exit Strategy” which features the line “show me the sense in living this life” and “Cut” which mentions hell and torture and makes the request to “cut me”.  Cheery fuckers.

Check the ep here…

Oz and the Kryds have just played a couple of gigs in Guildford – 18th and 24th of October.  Went to the one on the 24th at the Star and their fuzz-garage-punk hit me hard yet again.  Insanely heavy, verging on doom at times, psych / shoegaze at others, they still manage da groove.  Love it.

Oz’s Spotify account has an album up called Screwdriver that I don’t think I’ve got around to reviewing… and allegedly the next one’s dropping early next year (I think).

Tuskar have just released the awesome “The Tide” – the first track off of “The Tide, Beneath, The Wall” – their new Riff Rock Records release (out 7th December).  Sam Thredder recorded it at the Cro’s Nest, and it fucking rocks.  It also – allegedly – if you can believe my other half – has the power of giving one the hiccups.  Seriously, she blamed the Tide for giving her hiccups.  Insane.  Something about that guitar tone that is simultaneously heavy and fucked, and Tyler’s one of those rare drummers you’d be tempted to go see play live even if he was standing in for the usual drummer in some band you hate.

And an old track for you –


Gigs this week in Guildford

October 14, 2018

Two great looking gigs this week in Guildford –

Kayla Painter, Nányë, The Sleepwalker [Trial N’ Error]
The Star Inn, Guildford, Wednesday 17th October 2018 [Self-interest acknowledged when posting this, but I wouldn’t be behind this if I didn’t believe in it].

Oz & The Kryds, Freakouts, Young Francis, Cult Radio
Holroyd Arms, Guildford, Thursday 18th October 2018

For more – especially further into the future – check out the Wild Eye facebook events page –

And for a much more comprehensive listings page –

Or stick Jasta 11 or Boileroom or West End Centre into google.

Gigs / events this week and a bit further forward – Guildford and surrounding…

October 8, 2018

I have to say I know for a FACT that Nanye, DBA, Conner Rapper, Freakouts and Oz and The Kryds are great live… and there’s a load of others I wanna see or see again.  And Kayla Painter is superb on record and puts on a awesome show.  GYAOTFDAGSSFLM.

DBA, Lupus, Graver (DSE), Connor Rapper, Frazer, Adrian’s Dreams
Guildford Rhymes Volume XIII [UpSet Collective]
Casino Nightclub, Guildford, Thurs 11th October 2018.

Kayla Painter, Nányë, The Sleepwalker [Trial N’ Error]
The Star Inn, Guildford, Wednesday 17th October 2018 [Self-interest acknowledged when posting this, but I wouldn’t be behind this if I didn’t believe in it].

Oz & The Kryds, Freakouts, Young Francis, Cult Radio
Holroyd Arms, Guildford, Thursday 18th October 2018

Freakouts – Downers

October 4, 2018

Review to follow, with luck… in the meantime this post is being written well in advance and lined-up to hit the net on the day of release… I’m sure it’ll be great…

Freakouts Downers 051018

Mudhoney still got it

October 4, 2018

And I’m a sucker for that organ.  Must get the album soon.

A quick round-up of stuff that’s caught my eye… Pt 3…

September 25, 2018

No sooner have I hit “post” on Pt 2 I start seeing other stuff… am writing this on Sunday, to post on Tuesday I reckon.

Not really my thing but I kinda quite like this track from Wyse

Rose Coloured Records deserve so much more attention on this blog than they get – I say deserve because I love what they’re doing and how they’re doing it, but the reason they don’t is that there is so much going on around me that features styles of music I prefer to the predominantly indie / poppy stuff they put on.

On a similar note… Joe Booley, Failure By Design, Beth Shalom, Let’s Stop Hanging Out

A gig at the Star – pretty sure I’ve heard good things about Victus, and Heinous Pianist are a band I’ve been meaning to go see for ages now.


Blackwaters play the Boileroom on October 22nd.  Still not seen them live which tells you all you need to know about how much good stuff is going on that I’m managed to find excuses not to get to one of their gigs.  It’s a bit like Slug 13 coming  up at the Swamp on the 5th October.  I love Slug 13.  I like The Swamp a lot.  I was planning on going.  Now I’ve seen there’s stuff happening in Guildford on the 4th and the 6th, and I really can’t be going out three nights running without the better half using a rusty old baked bean tin as a testicle removal device on me.

Honey Hahs are playing the Boileroom soon.  Don’t go see them, because it will only encourage the exploitation of minors and what sort of freak would you have to be to think that kids this young can have anything worth saying (if indeed their words are their words). Seriously, I’m all for encouraging kids to get into music, but on what basis would any parent think having their young kids on public stages in gig environments is a good idea?  [Either they’re gonna face the real world far too soon, or they’re going to be mislead into thinking they’re seeing the real world far too soon, when in fact they’re being shown a sanitised version from inside a bubble – dependent on what percentage of the audience are eartarded twoons / live their whole lives like they are teaching day one or reception, and what percentage believe that bad art should be called out for what it is].  Seriously, why would someone of gig-going age be interested in seeing a bunch of squeaky pubescent and pre-pubescent girls making boring indie?  Seriously, why would anyone wanna go see boring indie like this full stop? Why on earth are Rough Trade encouraging them?  Seriously Rought Trade, fuck off, my opinion of your “brand” has just fallen through the floor.  The whole thing’s just deeply fucked up and shit.  If anyone thinks that this paragraph is unduly harsh then –

(1)  You’re wrong

(2)  I really did fucking hold back just then

(3)  You’re making my point for me – whilst I believe in encouraging and supporting the scene and it’s participants, I also believe in calling out bullshit.  If you can’t handle that then you shouldn’t be putting your stuff out there, or you should maybe hold fire until such time as you’re mature enough to accept that not everyone does win a trophy, not least kids in an adult world.

Wey Valley Radio’s “The Playlist” show last week needs a listen, not least for the likes of Aching Muscle and Slug 13 who played the Lounge Bar birthday party.

Weatherstate continue to confuse me.  I literally cannot make my mind up whether they are pop-punk at it’s finest, great energy, great melodies, great vox, blah blah blah… they really do have something about them… or whether they’re just pointless shit like most pop-punk.

Heard great things about Big Joanie, must check ’em out soon.

Gigs / events this week and a bit further forward – Guildford and surrounding…

September 24, 2018

Fresh, Me Rex, Tea Leaf (acoustic)
The Keep, Guildford, Weds 26th September 2018

Aldershot Modular Cafe
West End Centre, Aldershot, Thurs 27th September 2018

Guildford Rhymes Volume XIII [UpSet Collective]
Casino Nightclub, Guildford, Thurs 4th October 2018.  Date change – this might be moving to the 11th October 2018.  TBC TBC.

Beggar, Archelon, The Lunar Effect, Slug 13 [The Swamp]
Facebar, Reading, Friday 5th October 2018

blanket, Matro Rancho, Mikey Riley [F4Wt Spaces4Sound]
The Star Inn, Guildford, Sat 6th October 2018

Kayla Painter, Nanye, The Sleepwalker [Trial N’ Error]
The Star Inn, Guildford, Weds 17th October 2018

Always remember to check –