Sounds Around Town : 12th – 18th January

548800_428930193833165_1291860355_nYou may well remember him from The Hoax. You may have seen him playing with Joel Fisk or as part of the four guitar super group The Boom Band. You may have even seen him as a member of DVL or fronting his own titular blues outfit. Well, tonight at The Victoria you can catch Jon Amor (pictured)playing as the Gods of Music intended it. Solo, acoustic and intimate. So expect something a bit special as one of Britain’s best blues players comes to town. Support comes from Mike Barham who will regale you with tales of cider swilling student days and Jack Moore opens the night.

Contrary to popular belief I don’t lead an underground rebel movement seeking to eradicate the tribute band scene, I just believe that it is better to pay tribute to bands who are no longer treading the boards, that offers something that feels like musical archaeology, something rarefied and half forgotten. That’s why The Creedence Clearwater Revival Revival (see what they did there?) ticks all the right boxes. So if a slice of blues rock, seeped in the mythology of the deep south and pretty much the instigators of the term roots rock is your thing then head along to the Beehive on Friday.

 

If something a bit more sparkly is more your taste then at The Queens Tap you will find all the 70’s glam era classics being delivered courtesy of Fab208 whilst at The Rolleston The Chocolate Candy Band also delve into the past and come up with a menu of largely 60’s pop’n’roll. The Bright Eyes at The Swiss Chalet set themselves no such generic or chronological restrictions and just aim to deliver the best party music from across the board.

 

Saturday sees a line up of alt-rock, and dance grooves come to Level III, headed by As The Sun Sleeps. Pop-punk brimming with energy, big harmonies and infectious riffs, sounds like a job well done to me. SNDubstation brings the ska grooves and dance beats and A Way With Words continue to mine the alt-rock seam to great effect. Opening the night is the punked out Americana of Raze*Rebuild.

 

At The Locomotive you will find Built For Comfort continuing their quest to educate the masses in the delights of old school R’n’B, a musical ménage a trois between the cultural blues-prints of Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans.

 

All things classic rock, but with a few unexpected detours are the name of the game as Down and Dirty hit The Rolleston and legendary rockers Kaos, who have reunited after 18 years, bring their quintessential blues-rock brand to The Queens Tap.

 

For all things mod, new wave, power pop and rock’n’soul Peloton at The Swiss Chalet have everything you need and at The Woodlands Edge Felix and The Funk will be playing a selection of iconic pop, funk, soul and disco hits from throughout the ages. At The Castle it is pop and indie covers from Zing.

 

The day of rest is going to be anything but with The Casual Ties offering a set of covers for all occasions at The Moonrakers, not to be confused with Jorge Herrera’s street punk stalwarts The Casualties, no, this will be a much slicker and more decorous affair.

 

Club The Hippie can be found at The Castle, a selection of acoustic covers from one of the most popular duo’s on the circuit.

 

And if you fancy getting up and having a go in a chilled, no pressure environment then the Queens Tap has a fully equipped open mic. session on Tuesdays, just head along and have a go.

 

Wednesday finds us at The Victoria for Wacky Wednesday, a night of fun and eccentricity courtesy of the longest established karaoke night in town.

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About Dave Franklin

Musician, scribbler, historian, gnostic, seeker of enlightenment, asker of the wrong questions, delver into the lost archives, fugitive from the law of averages, blogger, quantum spanner, left footed traveller, music journalist, zenarchist, freelance writer, reviewer and gemini. People have woken up to worse.
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