It’s been another one of those crystal ball sort of weeks compiling this article. Without going off on my usual rant, I do find it odd that people who run businesses that rely on getting numbers through the door are becoming more and more reluctant to post information regarding what bands are playing in their venue, or if they do there is no description of the said band to entice people in. Last week I completely missed the biggest gig of the week because it wasn’t to be found on the internet and if I can’t find it, think of all the more casual information surfers who are going to miss it too. So armed with a crystal ball and a do it yourself shamanic starter kit, I have gleaned what information I can about this weeks gigs and I apologize for any events I have inadvertently missed out.
The weekend starts building up momentum tonight with a hard and heavy line up at The Victoria. Headlining are Reading’s finest, We Caught The Castle, not only a wonderful Paramore-esque slab of melodic rock but on a personal note one of the first bands I ever promoted in Swindon. Also on the bill are purveyors of post-hardcore Falling With Style and metal warriors From Dusk Until Dawn.
More big sounds will be emanating from Riffs Bar with the welcome return of The Dark Sinatra’s (pictured). Mixing the musical economy of a three piece line up with almost dance grooves, complex back beats and spiky guitar riffs, the result is a sort of groove laden, heavy progressive rock and none do it better.
At the other end of the musical spectrum, the first lady of folk, Kate Rusby leads an all star band through songs old and new, traditional and self penned at The Wyvern Theatre. Meanwhile, Two-Man Ting will be filling the Beehive with their very unique roots-pop music. Those who know their world music labels might throw around terms such Palm Wine, High Life or Afro Beat, but all the layman needs to know is that this band are like a dose of summer sunshine and joyous laughter all rolled into one.
Staying at The Beehive for Friday, good causes and great music go hand in hand in the form of Oxjam – part of the Oxfam fund raising campaign taking place nationally through out October. This session is all about the singer-songwriter and features the groove fueled blues of Jim Blair, the unique stylings of Tommaso Galati, Tamsin Quin who in my opinion will soon be giving the likes of K T Tunstall a run for her money and new duo Splat The Rat.
Th se into the nostalgia scene are also well catered for. Fans of the Stranglers should head for The Victoria and into Saturday, also at The Victoria, it’s all about one of my favourite bands, The Stone Roses. A more across the board range of punk, ska and new-wave can be found at The Rolleston with Going Underground.
Even though it does not appear on their website, I want to assure people that Saturdays Secret Chord gig at Riffs Bar is still taking place and what a great line up it is. Band of the moment, Dead Royalties, a scattergun mix of Seattle grunge and 70s Brit-punk, take the top spot with the raw, melodic, modish rock of The Last of The Light Brigade and the eclectic, musical light and shade of Kubris adding all the ingredients for the perfect bill.
After that, live music seems to be fairly hard to track down although there are a couple of more famous names in the bigger establishments, such as award winning saxophonist, Yolanda Brown and guitar and fiddle duo Kevin Dempsey and Rosie Carson at the Arts Centre on Saturday and Tuesday respectively.
At the Wyvern Theatre also on Tuesday is the legendary Charlie Lansborough who delivers his trademark ballad and blues, country and spiritual music all interspersed with a dash of anecdote and humour.