The next Songs of Praise show is going to be a bit special, I probably always say that, but this one really is. Not in the usual local promoter way of bigging up a local acoustic songwriter who once got short-listed for the shortlist of the bands that were being considered to be on the substitute list for the Croissant Neuf tent at Glastonbury. No, this show features some bone fide post-punk royalty.
You may be forgiven for not having heard of maverick Sacramento songster Anton Barbeau (even though he plays here about twice a year but I suspect you were all down the Rolly watching The Radioactive Zombie Mutant Bikers play their take on Iron Maiden classics) but when he rolls up on the 26th April at The Victoria he has a few big names in tow. His rhythm section is made up of Morris Windsor and Andy Metcalfe both veterans of psychedelic punks The Soft Boys and Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians. Due to the near vicinity of his home base, Jon Ouin from Stornoway will be joining the line up, a line up garnered from Berlin, Cambridge and Oxford. Musically they tip their hats to the likes of Julian Cope, early Pink Floyd, XTC and Tom Robinson. Now that’s what I call a band.
Support comes from those equally alternative popsters from Bristol, Schnauser. Sitting somewhere between The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and most of the influences listed above, they offer up an equally original and warped take on pop music.
Opening the night will be local leading lights of the Quantum Rock movement, Super Squarecloud, a bunch of jazz junkies masquerading as an indie pop band and creating music that is sort of a reined in chaos that seems on the verge of getting lost in it’s own complexities.
As usual the night will be free but due to the distances involved for the band we will be encouraging an entry by donation system on the door. Failing that, just turn up and drink loads as some of that money will filter back into the bands pocket at the end of the night.
If you are looking for something truly original, come to the Victoria, Swindon on 26th April.