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If you thought last weeks column was hard pushed to fit everything in, then this week is playing journalistic sardines with the coming weeks gigs. With the Jubilee weekend upon us and so many events taking place, I will apologize in advance to the bands that don’t get a mention, but rest assured you are in the majority this week. It also means that with the forced exclusivity on this run down, anything that does get a mention is going to be well worth checking out.

Last week was the first big indoor festival of the season out at Riffs Bar, this week we move into town with the exotically named My Dad’s Bigger Than Your Dad Festival running over the whole, extended weekend at The Victoria. Tonight is a very special, ticket only affair, but the reason will become clear. Suffice it to say that some of the best chilled music is on offer, building up to a very special and intimate performance by Buswell. After that, drop in for free anytime over the weekend and you are guaranteed to catch something great, be it the driven, totally now, sounds of Young Blood, the eastern vibed, alt-rock strains of SkyBurnsRed, weird folky-pop-ska hybrids from The Costellos, punchy Manics-esque alt-rock from False Gods, jazz-junkiefied, quantum pop with Super Squarecloud or the beautiful cacophony that is The (aptly named) Racket.

The Rolleston will be celebrating in suitably disrespectful fashion with three days of punk music. Saturday sees a one off reunion of The Old Gits, or as they put it, four old punks for old punks (clever), and ska-pop-punk from The Richardson Maneuver. Sunday is also a reunion of local punk stalwarts, with local legends turned national treasures, 2 Sick Monkeys plua a band that take me right back to the days of The Monkey Club (now, that ages me somewhat) Nobody’s Heroes. Another legend, Doza will be kicking the night off or you can catch him again as part of The Dodgy Duo on Monday when they open up for The Useless Eaters.

Right, if you can’t find anything to watch in that small mountain of musical talent, then try some of this for size.

You may want to duck out of the heat tonight (Michael Fish told me there is going to be a heat wave, so it must be true) and cool down with the soulful, world-jazz sounds of vocal and guitar duo Ruba Tempo at The Beehive.

Staying at The Beehive, Friday promises something unique in the form of CCTV Tapstars a duo who offer up Latin influenced guitar playing, percussion and, wait for it …tap-dancing. Oddly though there is 5 of them pictured on the venues website so probably best you just head in with an open mind and just see what you get. Always the best way to approach music. Also on Friday at The 12 Bar, Lighthouse Promotions are hosting a night to raise money for Fatboys Cancer Charity featuring, The Avenue, The Canary Club, Max Curtis and Korim Miah.

Two big names hit town on Saturday. At Riffs Bar the legendary 4 Skins will be the main draw at a Help For Heroes fundraiser. Once more fronted by long serving vocalist Gary Hodges, The 4 Skins were right at the heart of the Oi! movement that paralleled the punk scene. Tickets are limited for this show and must be purchased in advance only.

Also in town, all the way from New York’s lower east side (which is not only where Harry Met Sally, but was totally devastated by a giant monster, as recorded in the documentary, Cloverfield) are the original Teenage Dirtbags themselves, Wheatus. You can catch them at The M.E.C.A.

And after you have done all of that, it’s time for another Level 3 reunion night at The Furnace and this time they had better play some Diesel Park West! (Whaddayamean who?)

Another great little event this weekend can be found on Sunday in the form of the small but perfectly formed Goddard Avenue Street Party. There will be acoustic tunes from Craig Hutchinson and Bob Heath, performances from Commonweal School and mellow jazz vibes from Andre and Helen Pyzanchin. Nudy Bronque hit the stage around 5.00 with their infectious indie pop, though the bar will have been open for 30 minutes by then so expect carnage (only joking lads but you are getting a bit of a reputation!) This is followed by the glorious pop sounds of The Jess Hall Band and wrapping it all up is The Innes Sibun Band; incendiary blues rock and one of the best of it’s genre.

There is so much more I want to tell you about but the shadow of the editors red pencil looms large already. Have a great weekend what ever you do.

Looking back into the annals of history it turns out that today is a landmark anniversary. In 1954 a young man called Bill Haley went into Pythian Temple Studios in New York and recorded a song that was the jumping off point for all other contemporary music genres. Rock Around The Clock is where it all began, as radical in its day as psychedelic, punk, rave, baggy, post rock, grime and every musical development since. It is also interesting to note that 26 years later, to the day, Bryan McFadden of Westlife was born. Coincidence… or the Gods of Music playing their games? It’s probably just coincidence.

 

It would be interesting though to get Mr Haley’s take on tonight’s gig at The Victoria featuring two bands who blend rock with the latest technology. Talk in Code have been through an interesting evolution, leaving the more predictable territory of drive time rock behind them they now inject their music with dance beats and keyboard washes, something support band Atari Pilot are equally adept at.

 

Down at The Beehive, the jaunty tones of Bateleurs will be filling the air, but more than that if you get there early enough, you may find yourself an extra in their video shoot. Another acoustic option comes in the shape of Gaz Brookfield, who will be dishing out the charm, humour and infectious tunes at Baker Street.

 

Friday is one for those with youth on their side (damn them) as The Furnace opens it’s doors to the under 18 crowd. The main drawer is the mathy-electro-pop sounds of With Felix and the post punk/contemporary indie clash  of The Debuts, but add to that The Canary Club and dubstep/drum ‘n’ bass DJing from Miasmix and you have a great night.

 

The Sharpees at The Beehive will be in the more tried and tested blues field, but with their punk attitude towards the genre and rock influences, they are flying an altogether different blues flag for the 21st century.

 

Staying roughly in the genre, further up the hill, Hiproute will be laying out their funky, acoustic blues wares before The Victoria at The UK Roots Night. If scintillating slide guitar and groove driven backbeats are your cup of Darjeeling, then this is the place to be. Alex Roberts will be adding his quite brilliant observational acoustic songs and Stone Donkey Pilots open with a set of rootsy, country blues inflected tunes. If you prefer something more in the pop-punk vein then head up to The Royal Oak for Disclosure.

 

Saturday is a mix of the big names or tributes to big names.  The former comes in the shape of Cher Lloyd at The Oasis touring in support of her album Sticks and Stones, an album that went to number 31 in the New Zealand album charts, no less! The younger fans are catered for again; this time at The MECA with Captured, a night featuring the best in new R’n’B, hip-hop and grime with Fugative, Encore and former Nu-Brand front man, Saskilla. (“Flick, flick, pose” and all that sort of thing.)

 

Bristol’s Metalhead will be paying tribute to all things classic rock in what seems like their weekly visit to Swindon; catch them at Riffs Bar. Alternately Led Zeppelin fans need to be at The Victoria for The Black Dogz.

 

The one bastion of original music is to be found at The Royal Oak. The Jess Hall Band mix up sublime pop vibes with an acoustic alt-folk sensibility to make songs that reek of charm, infectiousness and that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. If it doesn’t then you have no soul and might as well be at The Oasis after all.

 

And in the “if you like that you’ll like this department” more sublime soulful, folk-pop comes courtesy of The Sound of the Sirens (pictured) at The Rolleston on Sunday, support is a solo outing for Hiproute main man Jim Blair. And if you want to make it a day of brilliant music, head up to this gig after first catching the afternoon session by Good Things Happen in Bad Towns at The Beehive.

 

Baker Streets Tuesday Jazz offering is a bit special this week, as rising star, jazz history aficionado and award winning tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett pops in to entertain and entrance in equal measure.

 

And finally Ester (spot the catch phrase) on Wednesday you can catch the world vibes and soulful pop-rock sounds of Coach at The Running Horse with support from The Racket front man, Plummie.

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Lullaby Promotions PresentTRIPWIRES
Tripwires (formed in 2007) are a shoegaze band from Reading, England. Influenced by artists including My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and The Smashing Pumpkins.
The bands current line up consists of Rhys Edwards (vocals, guitar), Jo…e Stone (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Ben White (bass) and Sam Pilsbury (drums).

THE JESS HALL BAND
Word of a promising band spreads through the industry like wildfire. This is a good of an explanation as any for the Jess Hall Bands fortuitous decision to send some tracks over to BBC Wiltshire their song Play Shy made its way to getting played on Radio1s Introducing playlist.

CALLUM MARTIN
Local boy Callum Martin takes to the stage for our 2nd Lullaby night at The Victoria. The former Guitar Stools And Cigarettes member will be showcasing his fantastic solo material.

SEE THE YOUTUBE CLIP BELOW FROM THE LAST LULLABY NIGHT AT THE VIC
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGjFqiQI4wc

TICKET LINK
http://www.seetickets.com/Event/TRIPWIRES/The-Vic/620236See more

Sounds Around Town

After a couple of weeks experimenting with different stylistic approaches to this column, an attempt to appease various critics, I have come to rather a startling conclusion. Irrespective of whichever criteria I use to determine its content, the old adage about pleasing all the people all of the time still holds true, so I might as well just write as I see fit, forget democracy and take whatever flak comes my way. So with that in mind here are my undemocratic musical musings and biased nominations for this week.

 

Those of a certain age, my sort of age in fact, will probably remember a group of spiky haired, Celtic rockers called The Alarm who exploded in a blaze of glory (see what I did there?) from North Wales in the early eighties. Well believe it or not guitarist Dave Sharp plays a free top bar gig at The Victoria tonight, having swapped fist in the air, charged anthems for a smoother blend of bluesy-folk rock. Support comes from the incomparable Rob Beckinsale.

 

The Rolleston continue to hit high standards with their original band bookings and tonight play host to Wires who excel in lusciously harmonious indie creations; make sure you pick up a copy of their latest e.p. Shadows whilst you are there.

 

Tonight also heralds the return of Minneapolis muse Courtney Yasmineh (pictured) who manages to squeeze in a visit to The Beehive between gigs in London and Amsterdam to dish out feisty rock that lies somewhere between Blondie and Sheryl Crowe  and  guitar brilliance comes courtesy of Gilmore ‘n’ Jaz at The Wheatsheaf. Big name options come in the shape of McFly at The Oasis and Chas (but no Dave) Hodges and His Band at the Wyvern.

 

Friday night sees a host of young bands at Riffs Bar headed by pop-punksters Beyond The Break, The John Does and the currently ubiquitous Sasquatch Walk (who seem to be on a short tour of Swindon postcodes over the next month). The Rolleston goes psychobilly as The Graveyard Johnnys and Cowboy and The Corpse go quiff to quiff.

 

The shoegazing, dream pop of Reading’s Tripwires, will be the highlight of the night at The Victoria; imagine Warpaint teaching Sonic Youth to play lullabies, The Jess Hall Band take on the role of the perfect support band and I’ll say it again, Play Shy is nothing short of a perfect pop song. A DJ set from the Young Blood guys is also on the cards.

 

The big noise of Saturday night is The Hoosiers at The MECA; originally describing themselves as “odd pop” they have since re-invented themselves as a more conventional electro-tinged pop band. The Furnace will be revelling in what it does best, a swift, brutal sensory overload courtesy of metal bands Romeo Must Die, My City Burning and Karrion.

 

Elsewhere it’s tributes to Pink Floyd at the Victoria, Ozzy at The Rolleston and punk and new wave covers at Riffs Bar with Operation 77.

 

If you like the idea of a Lazy Sunday afternoon with some chilled music, then head up to The Art Centre to take in the intelligent folk-pop of Mr Love and Justice. The evening may bring one more tribute experience, this time Bon Jovi at The MECA, but it also brings some great original music. Hotly tipped to be one of the next big things Billy Lockett is at Riffs Bar along with a support act so exciting, it can’t even be named on the website.

 

One of the most exciting gigs of the week takes place at The Victoria with the first time out for Old Colours who rise out of the ashes of Anchor and The Wolf to keep the “cinematic” banner flying. Any band described as “a bit like Laura Marling playing a house party with My Bloody Valentine rocking in the next room” has got to be worth checking out. Charlie Bath and The City Marshals will be show casing songs from the soon to be released The Good Fall e.p. and opening the night is a rare outing for chilled, folky lounge-jazz darlings, Matilda.

 

Tuesdays dose of jazz at Baker Street is courtesy of keyboard virtuoso Alex Steele and Wednesdays Running Horse Sessions features the wonderfully named John Shillibeer and a welcome return for Sumita Majumdar.