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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 –


Camcorder – Ashes

March 30, 2018

Third single from upcoming album, “Suck!”  Grungey, punk / pop-punk, alt-rock, melody and noise in abundance.

Boileroom LP release show on 15th April.


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

September 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.  There will be further A to Z pages up soon covering local bands, labels, promoters and venues.

Let me know what I am missing.

Oh yeah… always worth checking out the Boileroom website as well.

Tuesday 19th September 2017
Joy Room, Fuzzwalker, Warp Rays at the Boileroom, Guildford

Saturday 30th September
Lo!, Thuum, I Saw The World Burn, Negative Thought Process, Praecantator at The Sanctuary, Basingstoke

Sunday 1st October 2017
Thuum, Wytch Pycknyck, Slug13, Newts live at The Star Inn, Guildford [Leafy Incline Promotions]

Friday 6th October 2017
Trevor’s Head, Morass of Molasses, Heinous Pianist, Silent Mode at the Swamp at the Facebar.

Saturday 7th October 2017
False Advertising, Silent Mode at The Sanctuary, Basingstoke

Friday 13th October 2017
Crisis, Deadcuts, Holy Faction at the Holroyd Arms, Guildford

Saturday 14th October 2017
The Grudge, Heinous Pianist and Stone Soup at the Lounge Bar in Alton

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

Wednesday 1st November 2017
Syd Arthur and Vinyl Staircase at the Boileroom, Guildford.

Friday 3rd November 2017
Valerian Swing, Dialects, The Glowing Juniper and Cody Noon at The Sanctuary, Basingstoke

Friday 3rd November 2017
Silverchild, Morass of Molasses, Stone Soup at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)

Sunday 19th November 2017
This Is Wreckage, Space Church more TBC at the Star Inn, Guildford (Buffalo Club night)

Friday 1st December 2017
Tuskar, Morass of Molasses, Slug13, The Grey (TBC) at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)

Sunday 4th February 2018
Line-up TBC [Leafy Incline Promotions]

Past Events –

Friday 1st September 2017
Still Wave, Parachute For Gordo, Analogue Device at The Sanctuary, Basingstoke

Friday 1st September 2017
Bloodhoney, Naked Aces, Camcorder at The Rowbarge, Guildford

Sunday 3rd September 2017
Punk Rock BBQ at the Star Inn, Guildford – All dayer
Spoilers, Screech Bats, Captain Trips, Emergency Bitter, Kilter, The Landings, Freakouts

Monday 4th September
Train Robbers, Luna, Lupus, Stu Brootal at Komo in Guildford (UpSet)  Hip-hop / rap / etc

Thursday 7th September 2017
Freakouts, Spit, Xero, Revelry and Hydrocele at the Boileroom in Guildford

Saturday 09 September 2017
Febueder, Ash The Author, Catgod, Figures of Speech, Cody Noon, Vienna Ditto at Oakford Social Club in Reading

Sunday 10th September 2017
Princess, Camcorder, Big Gruesome, Bent Ref and Silent Mode at the Star Inn, Guildford [Trial n Buffalo pt 2] – FREE

Tuesday 12th September 2017
Who Saw The Light, Tuskar, Loxdown (?!?!), Daisy Chain at the Star Inn, Guildford – should be a very good one.

Friday 15th September 2017
Atlantic Fire, Fainites, Andy Ruddy, Dead State and Soeur at the Boileroom, Guildford

Wild Eye chats shit re: music, aka a sorta review of a gig featuring Gallops, Adam Betts and Parachute For Gordo

May 20, 2017

Bollocks – if only I’d seen them before my post of February 21st 2017 I could have stuck ’em on the list and called them Parashit For Gordo.  That’s a compliment by the way.

Some old bollocks what I wroted

Anyway, The Boileroom, Guildford, 17th May 2017.  Three bands.  Scratch that, two bands and a one man band.  I am not gonna review it, I’m gonna chat shit, though some element of review might slip through.

Post-rock, that’s kinda what I was expecting from PFG and Gallops.  I had no idea what to expect from Adam Betts.  I’m not a big fan of post-rock to put it mildly, so I wasn’t massively hopeful about the music.  So why did I go?  PFG sounded pretty good from what I heard online, and any band that is willing to make such a massive effort in terms of being more than a band – I’m referring to their latest album (Possibility Of Not out on Rose Coloured) and its accompanying videos – deserves the benefit of the doubt, no doubt.

Parachute for Gordo – Anemone to Manatee

But there’s another reason I wanted to go.  I was expecting to see at least one guitar band who combine samples, looping and other electronic shit.

I like some techno a lot.  I like all sorts of electronic music.  I like “abstract guitars” and lots of effects.  I am fascinated by the combining of electronic elements – and dance beats even – into a band setting – it often surprises me how few bands do it, though it does seem to be becoming more and more common, and maybe I gravitate towards the genres which tend to be more “all-live” (doom, stoner, sludge, punk, noise-rock) than those genres who mix in loops, samples etc.  My music-making schemes and dreams will almost certainly, if I ever get off my arse, stop watching Scorpion (spoiler alert – Paige and Walter, together, at last!) and actually do something constructive with my spare time, involve programmed drums and abstract guitars.

I kinda should – on paper – like post-rock.  Effects-laden guitars.  Experimental.  but I’m really not sure I do.

PFG came on first.  I’m not sure they are post-rock.  To my ears they’re a funky post-punk rhythm section complemented by abstract guitars.  They are playful, surprising and have got a groove going on.  I liked the set.  Not really my thing – I prefer noisier bands – but I’ll be listening to them more.  I love music for the mind, but let’s be fair, music should really make you wanna rock out or dance, even if you’re too old, tired or cynical to actually do it.  I liked the variety to the guitar that went with da funk.  Post-rock is probably not a million miles from the truth, but if they are post-rock then they’re the acceptable face of the genre.

Adam Betts drums and loops and triggers samples (I think this is about right).  I really didn’t enjoy the visual aspect at all.  If you’re doing that much electronically then I kinda think, “why not just ditch all live instruments and do this in a club environment?”  A couple of tracks I really didn’t like, but a couple were absolutely superb, upbeat techno.  Took me back to my 90s clubbing days, even though I haven’t ever heard anything quite like Betts.  The other thing is the reservation I talk about in the second paragraph down from here – it is a big one for me, and it applies to Betts a lot, Gallops a fair bit.  And even PFG a bit, though to be fair to them they don’t use a lot of tech as far as I can see – and not all of it worked – one song they had to abandon as a result of the PC not obeying Laura (guitar).

Tangent – I really don’t mind bands that are unprofessional – long delays between songs, failing technology, falling apart half-way through a song and having to start again.  No problem with any of it, this is rock n roll not some choreographed classical bore-fest [I refuse to tolerate classical music for so many different reasons, though robably the main ones are political – wowzers – my tangent has a tangent].  To be clear, PFGs lack of professionalism was one small bit of failing technology, not the whole spread of chaos and fuck-ups that I would have happily tolerated.

Gallops.  Nah.  Not my thing.  Drums, guitar and guitar / keys / electronic percussion.  Didn’t like the guitar sounds or soundscapes the sound created.  Didn’t like much really.

I still haven’t really seen a lot of bands where I like the mixture of guitars and electronics.  I think it’s mainly cos I don’t like sounds such bands choose to use, not because it’s an inherently bad idea.  That and because I can’t help thinking about what they’re doing from a technical point of view.  This is partly because I’m interested in different set-ups, but partly because I want to know what’s going on.  What am I seeing?  Part of the joy of seeing a live band is the honesty of it compared to listening to a record.  When you introduce technology you add levels of uncertainty and even distrust.

Tangent – Nova Twins – put on by Jasta11 a few months back at the Star – combined technology and guitars (mainly bass actually) and live drums and it REALLY worked.  I think that was down to the fact that the sound they were going for really matched the technology and instrumentation being used – they are a band who want to make you wanna rock out AND dance.

I think they’re three factors to consider –

(1)  It is inevitable that many people – most even – will look at you differently compared to all live.  Many will not trust you.  Many will think of you as less authentic (read ‘Faking It’ if you wanna understand the issues surrounding authenticity in popular music – superb read).  You can say fuck ’em, but if you want an audience then taking on board their thoughts makes a lot of sense.

(2)  One way of building trust is to tell the audience what you are doing.  Literally announce at the start of the set.  eg “We’re Brainflab.  We are a live bass, drums guitar three-piece, but we do use sequenced drums and synthesized strings to augment our sound, plus the guitarist does looping on the fly on several songs.”  Maybe I am bonkers but I honestly think I would have enjoyed Betts and Gallops more if they’d both made such announcements at the start of their set, or maybe after the first track.  Betts aluded to his technology, but didn’t give me the clarity I would have liked.

(3)  A second way of building trust is to use technology for one or two, maybe three distinct = and clearly artificial – elements, and then layer guitars that actually sound like guitars on top.  Make it relatively easy for the audience to identify what you’re doing, what is “real” and what is not… whereas if your electronics is samples of live instruments untreated, and your guitars sound heavily treated it becomes that much harder to identify what is being done live and what isn’t.


Does anyone out there get what I mean, or I am mad – should I just try to put these things out of my mind and just enjoy (or not) what’s in front of me?

Nervus, Sibling, Belleview Days, Camcorder – the Boileroom, Guildford, February 27th 2017

April 4, 2017

Not a proper review… but I have to write a few words… [edit – actually, I already wrote a few words and they’d been stuck in a draft folder for a month].

Camcorder – missed ’em.  A bit gutted.  Wanted to see them play with a little less loud sound system.  I know they’re a noisy band, but I think that they’re probably better on record or with the sound a little more under control than when I saw them at the Star.  Boileroom gigs start too early!

Belleview Days.  Bit of a Biffy influence?  Indie rock… less modern sounding than many younger bands, I liked ’em.

Sibling.  Not bad, not blown away, wouldn’t mind seeing them again.

Nervus.  I like them… again, not 100% my thing, but they do have a certain something (mainly two singers – one on keys, one with a bit of guitar action going on – who know what they’re doing and keep things interesting.)

Idles, Scarlet Rascal, Space Church at the Boileroom, Guildford – 15th March 2017

March 16, 2017

So, I’m here for two reasons.  Space Church and Idles.  Space Church I like, Idles sound really good online… angry, political… top notch post-punk noise.  I was going anyway so no need to check out Scarlet Rascal.  I have no expectations of them.

Space Church came on before the venue really filled up.  It’s a bold headliner who is willing to spend so much time at the start of a set playing in almost silence… its a very bold support act.  I like bold.  It’s a bold alt-rock frontman who does snow and rain hand gestures to help the audience follow his lyrics.  I like bold.  What I like isn’t always wise.

To what extent should a band be praised for their courage, their single-mindedness… to what extent should they be given a short sharp slap and told to go away and think about how much the audience reaction from people seeing them for the first time could be changed for the better by ditching some of the weirdness and chucking one or two slightly more catchy numbers in the set?  Whilst not a particularly close comparison I note that whilst their albums went off in different, quiet and experimental directions, live Spacemen 3 focussed on the noisy tracks that went down well live.

Is it sound system or my mood?  Some of it might even be down to the band playing different on different nights.  When I first saw Space Church they just threw me totally in a really noisy, really all over the place, really don’t give a fuck way I love.  Later I was less impressed (less, not un)… which I mainly put down to a set-list that changed little, maybe the band getting a touch tighter, and the overall effect being considerably less of a headfuck compared to seeing them the first time as a result.

Space Church are my perfect type of band to see at the Boileroom.  A band I know and love and who I have already seen blast away loud as.  A band in a new environment where I get to see what they can do with a better (no, not better, more controlled) sound system and more controlled sound.

“Space Church Play Post / Noise / Stoner / Math Rock” says their bandcamp.  Steve Albini and Slint are huge influences.  Yet some guy I spoke to after their set dismissed them to me a Pink Floyd rip-off with none of the talent when I asked him what he thought.  I can kinda see where’s he was coming from in some respects, but its basically crap.  Imagine giving a band used to a grand and a weekend to make an album around £20k £40k plus and a month or two.  The Boileroom is probably a bit like the live equivalent.  Space Church’s subtlety and variety and sheer competence comes to the fore, but they lose massively in energy, raw power and that scratchy, trebly, raw abrasive guitar sound that would – IMHO – ensure that Pink Floyd just wouldn’t be considered as a comparison by anybody.

The other thing about Space Church is this.  To what extent are they deadly serious?  To what extent are they are complete piss-take?  To what extent do they know themselves, and to what extent do they care what the audience’s thoughts on the matter are.  I think they’re meant to be taken seriously in many respects (but I could be wrong), but I also think I take them far more seriously than I should.  I suspect many younger audience members took them more seriously than I do, and would maybe hear them in a totally different way if they (the audience or the band) approached it less seriously.

Great set.

The surprise of the night next… Scarlet Rascal.  I took an immediate dislike to the shit drumming, and the arrogant prick on vocals.  Wasn’t overly keen on the wanky jazzmaster action or Ride circa 1991 haircut said offender was sporting either.

Then I got into it.  This is probably the most bullshitty comparison I have ever made, but here’s my take on them.  Imagine PiL decided to go in a shoegaze / krautrock direction, and get the lovechild of Mark E Smith and David Byrne to front them?  It might be a bit like Scarlet Rascal.  One or two songs in and I’m digging the drumming and feeling pretty bad about my misjudgement… maybe my reaction was simply down to how much I like the drumming I’d just seen in Space Church, and Scarlett Rascal’s stickster just does her thing in a totally different way.

Great groove, I’m no massive shoegaze fan, but I do like it, then you add a proper, top class frontman and you have a band that I could get well into I think.  Gonna go check ’em out now, see where they’re coming from, what they’re like on record.  Go do the same.

I just didn’t get on with Idles… the venue was filling up and I moved further back.  The sound was quiet and I thought they sounded bang fucking average.  Nothing like on record.  I moved forward a bit for the last couple of songs and they were better… but still not convinced.  Nothing wrong with not sounding like you do on record.  Its normal.  Many bands sound tight, taut and controlled on record, brilliant for it, then fall apart in the most beautiful noisy way in a live environment.

I was in a minority of one, most of the crowd were well into it, but, honestly, worst set of the night by a mile.  It wouldn’t surprise me if in a different venue at a different time with a louder sound system and I’d give ’em a ten.  Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood.

I was listening to Idles whilst writing this… superb band.

Allusondrugs – Boileroom Guildford 4th August

July 14, 2016

I can’t make this one, but it looks like the Boileroom’s bookers are keeping up the standards… the poppy and indie end of grunge, plenty enough to keep things interesting.

Weaves | Nervus – Boileroom, Guildford 4th July 2016

July 13, 2016

I missed Barney Packer and Grafted because I was watching the Tour de France highlights – go Cav!  Bad Wild Eye.  Sorry Barney Packer.  Sorry Grafted

Nervus had their moments.  Not bad at all, would be more than happy to see them listed as a support act for a band I wanted to see.  Curious.  But I didn’t get ‘em, nothing grabbed me and shook me.  Were they a guitar bass drums back-drop to a keyboardist / vocalist / performance artist?  Probably not, but they could have been.  On their Bandcamp page they describes themselves as “melodic punk pop pop punk emo indie rock math rock”. That’s probably fair.  They could be a case study for a series of posts I have planned (watch this space).

Wowzers.  Weaves are a top, tight band.  Robotic at times, afro-beat, peverse, damn fine, tight, really alternative and odd.  It helps when a band has a really tight rhythm section, with individually brilliant drummer and bassist.  Add a shit hot vocalist and a fine fine guitarist and some strange twisted indie soul pop songs and you have a really decent weird pop band.

If you gave Sonic Youth a more stereotypically talented singer and a couple of Foals records and told them to go make hits, they might sound like this.   If they were on Later… they’d definitely be one of the best bands of the night… but the flip-side to this undoubted compliment is that they are a bit too much of a Later… band.  They’re in no way bland, but they are perhaps a bit too nice for my tastes.  Very twee at times too… again not something I particularly object too, I have my cutie / Sarah past, but then again not something I’m looking for in my life right now.

Go see Weaves.

Tonic Youth

February 1, 2016

Yesterday I went to the Boileroom – they had a little record and ‘zine fair on.  Glad I did, picked up a couple of records and chatted to a few people.  I’ll try to remember to post a reminder when the next one comes along.

The last stall I got to was tucked away in the corner near the entrance.  In typical Wildeye fashion – kinda cocky, far too opinionated, probably patronising, don’t give a fuck, which is good in some ways, not so good in others – I asked the girl behind the table what it was all about.  She said something about a her fanzine (Ladyfuzz – great name), how its not too political (I think that’s what she said), how she’s in a band called Kamikaze Girls, and how Petrol Girls are one of the best bands in the UK at the minute.  I responded (probably) by talking shit and (definitely) opening up a cut on my finger and bleeding all over my shopping list and her pen.  I did buy her fanzine though (issues one and two, available here –

So I get home, get googling, get listening.  There’s plenty more to say, but for now I’ll keep it simple.

“Tonic Youth” is an absolutely superb song by Kamikaze Girls.

I love punk and a variety of noisy alternative music.  But I fucking love pop too.

There are two bands I’m reminded of.  One is Nirvana.  They rocked and they were a pop band.  The other is the Boo Radley’s – specifically Icabod and I yet again (Swords of Thought reminded me of them a couple of weeks back).  Icabod and I was the sound of the brilliant pop band they would become making a fucking racket.  Superb.

Kamikaze Girls don’t sound like either, but they are noisy, they rock, and they’re a pop band, albeit with a much more modern sound than the two old bands I mention.

I really hope that they have a load more songs of this quality.  If the rest are half as good they’re still a damn fine band.  I would have listened to more but I stuck “Tonic Youth” on repeat.

And another thing.  Is there anything worse than pop-rock?  Rock that has been watered down for a pop market?  How about rock-pop – music that rocks in a totally non-watered down way, but is still pop?  Is there anything better?  Or is that just punk-pop?   Or is it pop-punk?  I forget.

Oh Yeah.  Black Heart in Camden, February 13th with Petrol Girls – go see them.