I think we have pretty much everything covered this week generically speaking, everything from solo roots players to big ska-dance ensembles, from old school bar bands to forward thinking musical fusions. I can’t see any cause for complaint unless you are into Tibetan free jazz or a fan of the Inuit hip-hop scene, but you can’t have everything. After all where would you put it? Anyway, on with the task at hand.
Blues fans have some great music lined up for them tonight. The smoother end of the spectrum is covered at The Beehive courtesy of The Foregate Street Blues Band whilst up at The Victoria there is a more raucous offering. Pilgrim takes that genre and splices it with heavy rock, delivering incendiary guitar playing and some thunderous beats along the way. Support comes from the more classically blues but no less dynamic and punchy sound of The Harlers and the dirty riffing of Four Dead Crows.
More blues vibes in the mix on Friday, this time of the old school r’n’b variety as The Hamsters From Hell bring their unique take on the matter to The Victoria. Ian Doeser’s scuzzy guitar and vocal growls sit at the front of one of the tightest and most accomplished ensembles on the circuit which does beg the question as to what hold he has over the rest of the band.
At Riffs Bar there is a fundraiser for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance with music from soaring indie-popsters Talk In Code, Young Vintage who rework iconic songs from the past and Jamie R Hawkins who writes songs reminiscent of some of the best of the singer-songwriter canon.
Plummie Racket is back with a full band, The Dicemen, a few familiar faces in tow and all the songs you know and love given the musical treatment they deserve; music and mayhem in equal quantities no doubt. Support comes from Martyrials, one of the most truly genre-defying bands I have seen in a long time, a sort of Paisley Punktronica…if there is indeed such a thing and Matthew Bryant opens up the night. All of that can be found at The Beehive.
Pop, funk, soul and groove specialists, The Heist return to The Locomotive and believe me this is truly one of the best cover bands I have come across locally, seasoned gents they may be but that also means that their time served before the metaphorical mast means that their level of musicality is breath taking. More funk and soul can be found at The Rolleston with The Soul Strutters and at The Swiss Chalet you can catch System D cover everything from Oasis to The Foo Fighters.
The big gig of the weekend can be found at The Victoria with the launch night for Fieldview Festival. This year is the tenth anniversary of the event and you can catch a taste of it this Saturday. From the infectious dance-ska party that is SNDubstation to the lush textured sounds of Polar Front, and from the raggedy rootsy blues of Weatherstorms to the exquisite soulfulness of Samantha Lindo -this is a truly eclectic line up.
And in a fairly unprecedented fashion, Saturday continues along similarly original lines. Orchard Hill bring anthemic alt-rock blended with accessible, pop-aware melodies to The Swiss Chalet, Ragged Union deliver a dose of deep fried, country rock to The Rolleston and at The Castle, Poplar Jake and The Electric Delta Review provide some slick southern blues grooves. At The Locomotive, house band Port Erin weave a path through a variety of broad genres; space-rock, jazz, avant-garde, funk, psychedelia, ambient, progressive and more besides.
Following a massively successful night earlier in the year, SWiNE return for a second installment of music, film, drama and utter creative abandon, including Hip-hop duo Mutant Kids in full band mode, the soundscaping pop of Mosiac, the charm and tunes of George Wilding, Sea Mammal’s uncompromising art-punk noise and another chance to see Martyrials.
On Tuesday you can catch Beardfish front man Rikard Sjoblom play an acoustic show at The Victoria as part of a tour to promote his latest solo album and Wednesday at The Roaring Donkey you will find Blind River Scare main man Tim Manning juggling Old World folk and New World country vibes to dramatic effect.