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After my beating on about what a rock show people would miss by not coming to the recent Songs of Praise night, here is the video evidence to back things up.

White Knuckle Bride – full set

Bury The Ladybird


So, here’s an interesting test case for you to consider. Swindon seems inundated with classic rock covers and tributes, nothing wrong with that if that’s your thing. Not for me but then neither do I go to art galleries to view forgeries nor eat exactly the same meal every day. It all depends on your chosen cliché…do you believe in “safety in numbers “ (in this case standard musical numbers you have heard before) or is “variety the spice of life?”

Anyway, I digress. The thing to bear in mind with cover and tribute bands is that they would have no living doing what they do if there wasn’t an original band writing those songs in the first place and giving the ammunition with which to load their musical gun. In order to ensure the success of tribute and cover bands in the future you need to have good original bands in the present.

Tonight, rock fans have the chance to put their money where their mouth is. Forget posting “support live music” banners all over Farcebook, lose the trappings of the weekend rock warrior, catch the music as it hits the streets,  if you really care about rock music then Songs of Praise tonight at The Victoria in Swindon is the place to show that you are not just some fair weather music fan.

Yes, it’s a school night but so what? When you have bands of the calibre of White Knuckle Bride, Bury The Ladybird and Burnthru playing for free then there really is no excuse. Three bands that really kick arse. Three bands who you won’t see saturating the local circuit (all three are out of towners). Three Bands keeping alive original music and rocking it hard. Whilst many of the other venues are squabbling over the same half-dozen acts, Songs of Praise again brings you something a bit special and truely original. Tonight you might just hear a standard cover of the future, they have all got to come from somewhere.

 What to do, what to do? Admit that you are only a music fan when you don’t have to make any effort or prove that you are someone who wants to see the genre thrive. As the famous movie quote goes “one of those has a future, one of them does not.”

Be part of the future.

Swindon Advertiser Coverage

Bury The Ladybird review

Gig Details

Spotlight on White Knuckle Bride

It sometimes seems that these days there are as many sub-genres of rock music as there are bands themselves, as a music writer it takes a lot of keeping up with. To know your Gypsy Punk from your Krautrock, your Doom Metal from your Shoegaze or your Riot Grrrl from your Neo-Prog requires no small amount of homework. Tonight’s Songs of Praise show at The Victoria, however, can be summed up very simply, old school rock and roll, a trio of bands that both kick arse and cut the mustard. White Knuckle Bride revel in the sort of street rock that you associated with The Sunset Strip of the mid 80’s, big riffs, big choruses and a live performance charged with aggression and attitude. They are aided and abetted by current tour buddies, Burnthru and coming down from Derby to join them are sleaze merchants Bury the Ladybird (pictured). Rock and Roll it would seem is back on the menu.


If that doesn’t take your fancy then maybe some tongue in cheek country and/or western, for The Badass Cowboys play both types, might appeal. This ever-popular band will be at The Beehive and rather than try to describe the band I will let their album titles speak for themselves. Take Me Home Randy Rhodes; Born in the KFC and the truly inspired Portaloo Sunset, I think you get the idea of what they are about.


Friday can be summed up in the phrase “ from the sublime to the ridiculous.” For the sublime you should head up to the Arts Centre where violinist Miranda Dale and pianist Paul Turner will be performing not only that most quintessentially English piece, Vaughn Williams The Lark Ascending, but also music by this country’s other big names, Walton, Britten and of course Elgar.


At the other end of the spectrum we find ourselves back at The Beehive for Bill Smarme – king of the social club crooners, love guru, connoisseur of fine wines and marmalades, building contractor…apparently.


On a more even keel, The Victoria has a cracking line up featuring three of the bands to watch at the moment. The Icarus Youth do a neat line in alchemizing rock, urban and alternative sounds into a slick and quite brilliant final product and if bands such as The Post War Years or Two Door Cinema Club are your thing, then this is the place to be. But as if that wasn’t enough The Blood Choir bring their atmospheric and bleak soundscapes to life and the cinematic folk meets indie pop of Old Colours kicks the night off. Now that is one hell of a line up.


The big event for Saturday takes place at The Running Horse where they have gathered together their favourite acts from the past sessions to create The Acoustic Garden Festival, which does pretty much what it says on the tin. There are far too many bands to mention them all but with Faye Rogers, Alice Offley, Bateleurs, Coach and Billyjon on the bill, you can get an idea of the pedigree involved here.


Rock fans are going to be like kids in a sweet shop, as they have to choose between, original Status Quo drummer, John Coghlan at Riffs Bar, tributes to Muse and Iron Maiden at The Victoria and The Furnace respectively and some good old R’n’B at The Rolleston with Dickie Reed.


The Sabbath kicks up a couple of more chilled options. The aptly named Lazy Sunday Afternoon at The Arts Centre is hosted by Mr Love and Justice, probably one of the most popular bands of the thriving “historical, socio-political, agri-folk, jangle- pop” scene. They are joined by the Jansch-esque Tim Graham and the soothing and ethereal tones of one of my favourite bands of the moment, Rumour Shed.


Other laidback serving suggestions are available at The Beehive under the enigmatic title of Incarnations of Matilda. Presumably this will be not only the usual Matilda display of harmony driven blends of folky piano jazz, but after a quick game of musical chairs will feature songs by Emily Sykes and Friends also. Two bands for the price of one, what a bargain.