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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/

Past Events –

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Gigs in Guildford / SW Surrey / NE Hants June 1st 2018 onwards (actually May 30th!)

May 31, 2018

This updated and expanded 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 website 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 15th June 2018
Thuum, Morass of Molasses, Stray Bullets and Wychound at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/779580832251178/

Thursday 2th June 2018
Swords of Thought at the Fiery Bird in Woking.

Friday 29th June 2018
Orestea / Screech Bats / PINUP at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/189375455004243/

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
Black Tree Vultures, Silent Mode 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/

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

Saturday 4th August 2018
ACA Fest in Alton 12 noon to 7pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/416119848799326/

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

Sunday 16th September 2018
TBC 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

Thursday 18th October 2018
Her’s plus guests at the South Street Arts Centre in Reading
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/

Past Events –

Weds 30th May 2018
Fruit and Flowers, The Paperwaits, Lime at the Star Inn, Guildford (Jasta 11)
https://www.facebook.com/events/807747229411072/

Friday 1st June 2018
Midwich Cuckoos, Harbour Sharks, You Win Again Gravity [Free] at the Fighting Cocks in Kingston
https://www.facebook.com/events/428153237610374/

Thursday 7th June 2018
Void_Null, Kayla Painter at the West End Centre, Aldershot.
https://uk.patronbase.com/_WestendCentreEvents/Productions/WSFW/Performances

Sunday 10th June 2018
T’N’E-Electronic Night. MK1 – featuring Ian Oakley, Slow Clinic, The Sleepwalker, Path and more at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/623681521309810/

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

December 28, 2017

This 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 website as well, and what Chris at Jasta 11 is up to – links to right!

Monday 8th January 2018
Who Saw The Light, Tuskar, Daisychain at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/1979129499076098/

Saturday 13th January 2018
CBM, The Charlemagnes, Dealing With Damge and Guttfull at the Fighting Cocks in Kingston
https://www.facebook.com/events/1231664566933283/

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/

Friday 26th January 2018
Echoic, Dead State, and Rain Crew at the Star Inn, Guildford (Jasta 11)
https://www.facebook.com/events/557742237896809/

Monday 29th January 2018
FreakoutsCoitus Futon, The Kryds and The ESP Society at the Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/919869391498385/

Friday 2nd February 2018
Fissure of Riddles, Morass of Molasses, Lonely Waters and Ritual at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/119108892207440/

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

Friday 9th February 2018
The Delta Ladies, Cody Noon, Kill Committee and Stephen Beebout at RISC Global Cafe in Reading (Trial ‘n’ Error Productions)
https://www.facebook.com/events/331410854009211/

Sunday 18th February 2018
Death and the Penguin, Space Church, Analogue Divide and The Sleepwalker at the Star Inn, Guildford (Trial ‘n’ Error Productions)

Friday 23rd February 2018
Arkless, Cody Noon and Typical Hunks at South Street Arts Centre, Reading
https://www.facebook.com/events/455720854829881/

Friday 2nd March 2018
Sail, Morass of Molasses, March The Desert, Trevor’s Head at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1415830338529707/

Friday 9th March 2018
Rews, Fuzzwalker and more at the Star Inn, Guildford (Jasta 11)
https://www.facebook.com/events/518378495202318/

Friday 16th March 2017
Flight Brigade, Port Erin, and Joe Booley at the Star Inn, Guildford (Jasta 11)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1935640356754237/

Saturday 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/

 

Past Events –

Friday 5th January 2018
Welcome Back Delta, Morass of Molasses, Butcher In The Fog and Victus at the Facebar in Reading (The Swamp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/190684208175210/

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/

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/

 

 

 

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.

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
https://www.facebook.com/events/433234143725578/

Saturday 30th September
Lo!, Thuum, I Saw The World Burn, Negative Thought Process, Praecantator at The Sanctuary, Basingstoke
https://www.facebook.com/events/477385599292291/

Sunday 1st October 2017
Thuum, Wytch Pycknyck, Slug13, Newts live at The Star Inn, Guildford [Leafy Incline Promotions]
https://www.facebook.com/events/1839197016332731/

Friday 6th October 2017
Trevor’s Head, Morass of Molasses, Heinous Pianist, Silent Mode at the Swamp at the Facebar.
https://www.facebook.com/events/164401130779858/

Saturday 7th October 2017
False Advertising, Silent Mode at The Sanctuary, Basingstoke
http://www.bandsintown.com/event/15119244

Friday 13th October 2017
Crisis, Deadcuts, Holy Faction at the Holroyd Arms, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/449174145438567/

Saturday 14th October 2017
The Grudge, Heinous Pianist and Stone Soup at the Lounge Bar in Alton
https://www.facebook.com/events/782076291974860/

Tuesday 24th October 2017
Baby Seals, Moper and Swords of Thought at at The Star Inn, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/1750740838558322/

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

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

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
Line-up TBC [Leafy Incline Promotions]
https://www.facebook.com/events/1965125827096664/

Past Events –

Friday 1st September 2017
Still Wave, Parachute For Gordo, Analogue Device at The Sanctuary, Basingstoke
https://www.facebook.com/events/1964523520502717/

Friday 1st September 2017
Bloodhoney, Naked Aces, Camcorder at The Rowbarge, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/315773242216231/

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
https://www.facebook.com/events/323545878074179/

Monday 4th September
Train Robbers, Luna, Lupus, Stu Brootal at Komo in Guildford (UpSet)  Hip-hop / rap / etc
https://www.facebook.com/events/114926529210171/

Thursday 7th September 2017
Freakouts, Spit, Xero, Revelry and Hydrocele at the Boileroom in Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/1446526652049559/

Saturday 09 September 2017
Febueder, Ash The Author, Catgod, Figures of Speech, Cody Noon, Vienna Ditto at Oakford Social Club in Reading
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/30997889-febueder-at-oakford-social-club

Sunday 10th September 2017
Princess, Camcorder, Big Gruesome, Bent Ref and Silent Mode at the Star Inn, Guildford [Trial n Buffalo pt 2] – FREE
https://www.facebook.com/events/1599945420039344/
https://www.facebook.com/Trial-N-Error-Productions-1511711255801880/

Tuesday 12th September 2017
Who Saw The Light, Tuskar, Loxdown (?!?!), Daisy Chain at the Star Inn, Guildford – should be a very good one.
https://www.facebook.com/events/114455422598504/

Friday 15th September 2017
Atlantic Fire, Fainites, Andy Ruddy, Dead State and Soeur at the Boileroom, Guildford
https://www.facebook.com/events/325039217919761/

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.)

Senseless Things, Skinny Girl Diet, The Tuts – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, Saturday 25th March 2017

April 3, 2017

Senseless Things announce a gig.  First since 1995, unless you count three of them getting together to play four songs in tribute to the might Wiz from Mega City Four 10 years ago.  Not keen on simply seeing old bands relive the glory years, not keen on big venues… but fuck it, its Senseless Things so I’ll get a ticket.

FFWD a few months and they announce the support.  The Tuts – who I quite like, but I’ve never seen live.  Skinny Girl Diet – who I totally adore, but I’ve never seen live.  RESULT.

And perhaps there you have why I instinctively knew I had to get a ticket for Senseless Things.  Did they just get any old band from back in the day to support?  Or did they make a point of choosing two young bands, both of whom happen to be all-female and political?  And damn fine.  Both seem to owe a debt to bands of Senseless Things era as well, which probably helped them get on the bill.

The Tuts came on first.  They are quite retro pop-punk.  Sort of remind me of the likes of Heavenly and the Pooh Sticks in a way, catchy songs, loads of energy… and they had a load of fun up there.  They are not a band that are original or noisy enough for me to love, but I like them a lot, and know that I’ght have loved them had they been around back in the day.

Second on we had Skinny Girl Diet.  Seriously, everything.  The way they dress.  The way the drummer is having the most fun, whilst the singer / guitarist is having less fun than anybody anywhere ever.  The bassist rocking a BC Rich Warlock, whilst looking vaguely like a hippy / goth student from 1990 in a long skirt and velvet jacket.  They play fast.  They play slow.  They play loud, they play quiet.  If Nirvana had been 10 times angrier, infinitely more female, much fuzzier, more political then they might have been as good as Skinny Girl Diet.  I absolutely love them, I really do.  I never ever do ratings, but if I was the sort of moron reviewer who did I’d give them 10/10.  Maybe 11.  Maybe even 12.

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Senseless Things… what can I say, legendary band from my youth… I can’t say I loved them all the way first time around.  Great early singles and first album, second album was perhaps a touch bass heavy and commercial sounding, third and fourth more mature and darker, maybe less consistent than the first.  But all through their career they wrote some classic singles / songs… as a result they’ve probably got 30 stone-cold classics to choose from.  Their Post(card) Things CVs are incredible… between the four of them they have played with Muse, 3 Colours Red, The Streets, and Gorillaz and got a co-writing credit on ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ which has to go down as one of the best alt / punk songs of the last 25 years.  And that’s before we talk about the less well know stuff including Mark and Cass’s current band, Deadcuts.

I have not got much more to say.  They got on stage.  They rattled through 20-odd songs plus a three song encore.  The place was rammed, the crown were enthusiastic (lie, the crowd were bang up for it, with significant swathes over-excited).  There was some stage-diving despite an early 1990s crowd and a twenty-teens security team.  Morgan’s bass playing.  Everything about them.  How good a song is Too Much Kissing?  One new song.  I hope they do it again soon.

Morass of Molasses, Space Church, Grits, Silent Mode, Buffalo Club night at the Star, Guildford, 30th March 2017

April 2, 2017
As their set started I was worried that they were going to be pretty poor… but my concerns were soon found to be totally misplaced.  Band with most commercial potential – Silent Mode.  Is this down to age / look as much as sound?  Maybe, not sure.  The combination of a relatively modern sound and more stoner rock vibes makes for a nice combination.  Vocals really reminded me of Brian Molko… not everyone’s sup of tea but I have a bit of a soft spot for Placebo… and they’ve managed pretty darn tidy career.

Grits are a bit like Silent Mode – definitely a band that could fairly be described as alternative, whilst coming from a place that is probably quite straight-ahead rock too.  At times they remind me of the frantic energy of MBV at their best (for the avoidance of doubt this is very high praise coming from me), whilst not sounding much like them at all.  I’d love to know how that set was meant to sound compared to how it came out… chaos, falling cymbal, collapsing drums, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal.  Bit of luck I have a soft spot for amateurism and chaos – the band who I suspect might be the most technically gifted of the four on show really did come across somewhere between unlucky and clowns.  Not the best set of the night, not the best set Grits will ever play… and I don’t 100% get where they’re coming from.  But when they get it right they really get it right.

Space Church.  I swear they sound totally different every time I see them.  My perception was wonderful noisy all over the place weirdness the first time I saw them.  I love the album.  At the Boileroom recently I thought it was the sound that gave me a totally different perspective (no pun intended, still available on 7″).  Much quieter, more professional, more like a band who might actually want to be liked as opposed to really really not giving a flying anything.  They seemed to carry that back to the Star, sort of… maybe it was the venue / sound less at the Boileroom, and more them developing.  No idea.  Most interesting band on show, and one I’m actually finding harder to pin down the more i see them.

Really enjoyed Morass of Molasses – a sludgey stonery bassless heavy quite retro sounding bluesy damn fine thing.  Probably the band I enjoyed most, despite, on paper, perhaps being the one I’d think I’d like least.  Second time I’ve seen them and I think I’m getting them more.  But not enough to write much… I blame lack of shared reference points between MoM and WEM.

I really can’t work out which of the following statements is most true –
(1)  There are a ridiculous number of really good bands around Surrey / Hants right now.
(2)  The Buffalo Club guys can spot a band.
(3)  I love any old shit so long as its live, loud and a bit different.