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Having a sartorial image that falls somewhere between the guy who drove the van for The Waterboys in the late 80’s and All About Eve’s roadie around the same time, I tend to do most of my clothes shopping on-line or in charity shops. Today, as the sun beat down on Railway Town I braved the heart of the metropolis for coffee, cake and a rummage through the second had book shops. On the way back I thought I’d have a look through some of the mainstream outfitters for perhaps an interesting shirt or a new pair of suede boots.

I came away not only empty handed but wondering when exactly did the powers that be decide that we should all dress like a prep school twat from a medium sized town in Iowa? I don’t want chinos. I don’t want a fitted check shirt. I don’t want a pair of daps!* I certainly don’t want a pair of big shorts and a baseball cap! Why is it with apparently more shopping choice than ever on the high street we are becoming increasingly more conformist and unadventurous in our fashion?

*showing my age there.

 

 

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railsea-port.jpgWhen I set this site up I found myself positioned at the heart of the local music scene and whilst I had a site that catered to all my non-local music musings over at Dancing About Architecture  I set this place up to specifically talk about the gigs and happening in and around this Railway Town that I call home.

Since then The Ocelot Magazine saw fit to replace my sonic ravings with a cut and paste fashion two-pager that seems to be mainly a place for the author to advertise the free stuff she is given and thus screw more freebies. The Swindon Advertiser decided that my Sounds Around Town live music recommendations could easily be replaced with a cut and paste listing with information garnered from the event pages of the gigs in question and thus self-penned by the artists in question. As we say in freelancing…them’s the breaks.

So with my ebbing away from the music scene and having to find gainful employment elsewhere, this column now feels under used. Add to that I always feel the need to sound off a bit, but wish to avoid the pointless bickering that comes with Bookface and Twatter, the logical conclusion is to make this blog into a combination of the artistic endeavours that still cross my path and the occasional shout into the smokey ether that hangs above Railway Town. And so, that is exactly what is going to happen next. Read, comment, enjoy, ignore….the blog is your oyster.

Extra points if you spot the inspiration behind the image that accompany’s this post.

MFor Festival has announced two acts which may be familiar to the more discerning music fans in Swindon joining the main stage of their event on 27th July at Lydiard Park, both of which come with the BBC Music Introducing in the West seal of approval.

Talk in Code should be familiar to the local music community, having its roots very much in this town but over the last decade taken flight and toured the length and breadth of the land and shared stages with the cream of the indie and pop world. A pop band in the very best sense of the word, one that can wander from pastoral pop pathways to incisive indie cool to rocked out riffs to dance floor infused beats and back again without breaking into a sweat. Music both classic in its inspirations and influences, and forward thinking in its execution. Exactly what the modern mainstream scene needs.

Also joining the bill is stalwart of the DIY scene, She Makes War. Laura Kidd’s brilliant alter-ego is like little you have heard before, a mix of gloom-pop anthems and heart-stealing ballads, an exquisite blend of the dark, emotive and sultry and the anthemic, punk-laced and boisterous. Not for nothing is she to be found guesting with the likes of Tanya Donnelly, The Levellers and Viv Albertine! She Make War captures the sound of the underground in the most infectious and accessible of musical packages.

Worth the ticket price for these two acts alone in our opinion.

 

Info and tickets here – https://www.facebook.com/events/336793470209094/

56730687_2207978619283075_2894034240620462080_oAre you ready for an unforgettable night of rock, prog and freakish twists and turns – from three bands making big waves on the international rock scene? If so then all discerning music fans need to make sure that they catch CIRCU5, I Am The Manic Whale and Let’s Swim, Get Swimming at LEVEL 3 in Swindon on SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER.

CIRCU5… imagine rock and prog poured into a blender, mixed with a dash of 60s vocal harmonies and lashings of hard-driving rhythms. But while certain influences spring to mind, CIRCU5 exists in its own world of adrenalin-rush anthems, addictive choruses and goose-bump melodies. CIRCU5 is the project of Steve Tilling – multi-instrumentalist and guitarist/vocalist for TC&I (the band of Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers from XTC).

I Am The Manic Whale are unashamedly a progressive rock band. While evoking many of the great progressive artists like Genesis, Big Big Train, Spock’s Beard and Neal Morse, the band brings something new to the table. Their intelligent lyrics touch on unusual and interesting subjects – from science fiction to the history of printing, the decay of a derelict swimming pool, and the artistic creations of Dutch artist Theo Jansen (Strandbeests).

Let’s Swim, Get Swimming are an instrumental math rock band hailing from Surrey, UK. The band consist of drummer Thomas Shrimpton, bassist Andrew Stokoe and guitarist Paddy Towner. Paddy is a new addition to the band as of July 2017, replacing the incredibly talented Will Lancastle. The three remaining members all studied at The Academy of Contemporary Music.

Debut record Islands brought the band immediate attention and landed them support slots with well established acts such as Totorro, The Physics House Band, And So I Watch You From Afar, Strobes, Tangled Hair and more. On the back of this success, Lets Swim, Get Swimming organised and embarked on 3 tours around the U.K, one consisting of a headline tour of 10 shows in 10 days.

Get your tickets (£6) HERE