Sounds Around Town :20th – 26th September

members_sheffieldTonight, The Beehive will be offering you something a bit different, Gratuitous sax in the shape of The Delta West Sax Quartet. (You will have to wait until next week for the follow-up pun, senseless violins, or at least The Model Folk’s epic man-sized violin as they would have it.) Classical, jazz and all sorts of popular reinterpretations rendered unto 4 saxophones. That should make an interesting change of pace.

On Friday The Castle is the location for a bit of a celebration as Swindon Viewpoint throws a party to celebrate its 45th Anniversary. This ever growing media archive and the UK’s longest running community TV service invites you to groove, drink and be merry with them to some typically left-field musical selections. Grasslands brings a bag of green fingered folktronica, Flour Babies an intricate weave of mercurial art-indie-prog-alternative-avant garde and Raze*Rebuild offer a raft of sky-scraping Americana. The night is rounded off with Sex Jazz and their groove heavy alternative vibes and general madness.

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Sounds Around Town :13th – 19th September

Image-bigcountry-800x500-1Looks like we have it all covered this week. Underground legends, iconic names, left-field originality, old favourites and everything in between, it’s all out there for the taking over the next few days. The first description on that list comes courtesy of Crazy Arm at The Victoria tonight. Those awfully nice chaps at Sheer Music have done it again securing the services of this cult band. Such is their mercurial nature, you never really know which version of the band is going to turn up on the night; the frenzied rootsy version, the raucous, big guitar outfit, or a punky-folk hybrid of the two. Either way it will be poignant, political and opinionated, full of energy and swagger and with 2 Sick Monkeys playing their penultimate show to get things underway it is one for discerning music fans.

A less rabble rousing option can be found at The Beehive in the guise of Robert Brown a man who blends the delicacy of the likes of Nick Drake with the more confident and virtuosic traits of Jimmy Page into a fantastic acoustic, folk-rock set.

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Sounds Around Town : 6th – 12th September

16807137_10155794267854056_5740058919034121743_nWhilst most of the music on offer this week is more concerned with reliving past favourites, of offering sonic comfort zones and reminding you why you fell in love with music in the first place, the week does start out with some strides being made into new musical pastures. One such band is Lewis Clark and The Essentials who can be found at The Beehive tonight.

If you have not yet seen this regular visitor to the local circuit, I can assure you that this is band you really need to check out. Although on paper you would have to describe them as an acoustic folk and blues fusion, in reality they are much more than that. They are soulful, dexterous, effortlessly cool, and musically economical, they make every note and lyrical line count and are the perfect band to restore your faith in creativity and originality.

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Sounds Around Town : 30th August – 5th September

10838049_805409206181876_6692365775109408289_oThe Beehive is renowned for giving new things a try, and never more so than with the music that it books to grace its compact and bijou playing area. Tonight is no exception as The Fresher and Angel Collective will be doing their thing there. And if you thought that acoustic music is largely the territory of bearded, ageing folkies, hipsters in wide brimmed hats and Ed Sheeran wannabes, then these guys and their blends of pop, soul, funk and hip-hop will give you a whole new perspective on things.

There has been a real buzz lately about the new musical happenings from a couple of the ex-XTC chaps under the TC&I moniker. I’m pretty sure if you are following those developments with keen interest or are just a fan of the original band in general then you will want to be down at The Rolleston on Friday for Fossil Fools. This, the UK’s only tribute to Swindon’s most famous sons, will relive the nature of those early gigs and of course given their premature move away from live performance give you a chance to appreciate many of the later songs beyond their recorded confines.

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Sounds Around Town : 23rd – 29th August

19800827_329147764207648_8548866910363338205_o.jpgSo after a couple of weeks of international circuit stalwarts and iconic punk visitations, things settle down to a more local affair. But as always this little old railway town proves that there certainly is something for everyone going on within its parish boundaries.

There is something quintessentially English about the name Chesterfield Supper Club and if you are looking for a night of chilled, acoustic covers then you should catch their gig tonight at The Beehive. The fact that this wonderfully named band is actually made up of one-time members of local legends Big Casino means that the quality of the music remains in no doubt whatsoever.

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Sounds Around Town : 16th – 22nd August

vice_squad.pngOkay, I’ll get this out of the way first off and talk about a show that I have been pretty excited about since it was first announced. Those who know me are aware that I’m pretty fanatical about New Model Army and have been listening to and watching them play since the mid 80’s…yes I’m that old! But in all that time despite front man Justin Sullivan’s numerous side projects and solo ventures, somehow I have only ever seen him play as part of the full band experience. 

That all changes tonight as he plays The Victoria. Sullivan is a mirror for the trials and challenges of life, more social commentary than truly political, tales of ordinary people making their way through the world but also threaded through with optimism and a celebration of this strange and beautiful world we live in. Support comes from two of the finest acoustic players on the circuit, the engaging stories of Jake Martin and the deft and dexterous songwriting of Chuck SJ Hay.

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Sounds Around Town : 9th – 15th August

tragedy-homeIt seems like the surge of local summer festivals is trailing off now and the amount of gigs in the usual musical haunts is starting to get back up to speed. And just as a reminder of how the local circuit really does punch above its weight, tonight The Beehive have rather a fabulous act to offer you. Over the last twenty years Pony Pony have worked both as a duo and with such names as Bare Naked Ladies and the sublime Cowboy Junkies and their brand of fiddle driven country-folk is a spellbinding experience that discerning music fans are not going to want to miss.

Although if your excuse for non-attendance is that you are going to The Victoria instead, then that is fair enough as they also have some choice original music on offer. Having caught two of these bands for the first time at The Shuffle I can assure you that The Oxymora’s brooding and emotive alt-rock and Palm Rose’s soaring post-rock meets dream-pop both have the potential to make them your new favourite local bands. POOL’s bruised and gloom-infused music gets the night underway.

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