10846096_414199215401466_2017759178674567909_nWith so many gigs going on this week it is hard to chose just one out of this embarrassment of riches, but if pushed would have to chose the Songs of Praise show at The Victoria this Thursday. If you think that the underground music scene had been all but wiped out by the modern love of all things celebrity and hipster, if you think that grunge is dead or if the idea of industrial strength alternative rock excites you then this is the show for you.

 

Headliners, Steel Trees, trek all the way down from Sheffield to deliver blistering, punk-edged grungy anthems, backed up by a stage show that is 50% attitude and 50% mayhem. In the past they have supported such seminal bands as Dinosaur Jr as well as The Qemists, Turbowolf and Dinosaur Pile up…what is it with their love of Dinosaurs? So if they were good enough to get on those bills, then they are more than sufficient for a Thursday night in Swindon.

 

Joining them is Nasty Little Lonely Bristol’s deliciously schizophrenic, beautifully dirty, skewed post punk who will act as the soundtrack to your darkest dreams, of post apocalyptic decadence, discarded trappings of consumerism gone awry, alienation and small furry creatures with very sharp teeth… apparently.

 

Opening the night ex-Shrine man Mat Caron brings his new project, I Am In Love, out of the studio for a rare live outing mixing loose 90’s college rock with chilled out stoner vibes. It’s going to be a good one.