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They say art imitates life, but watching the zombie apocalypse that was Black Friday it was easy to see the reverse happening as The Walking Dead Live Action, Role Playing Game came to our streets, albeit a consumer based one with a hankering for flat screen TVs rather than the blood of dystopian survivors. When are we going to fight back against this creeping Americanisation and have Tweed Tuesday when we all dress as characters from P.G. Wodehouse or Magnolia Monday when we all redecorate the sitting room in traditional colours? Still, with more bands to talk about than you can shake a recently purchased, selfie-stick at, (76% off at Mammon and Sons) let’s get on with it.

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10933803_1011615478852084_3192550600492000273_nLet’s just title this week “Victim of Success Week” as the gig diary seems to have gone into overdrive and get straight on with the show.

 

Something well wicked this way comes, as the yoof of today might say, tonight at The Victoria with a snarling, noisy, beast of a show from those awfully nice chaps at Songs of Praise. Described as “zombie grunge” Sheffield’s Steel Trees are one big slab of industrial strength noise and scorching, white hot guitars. Support comes in the guise of deliciously schizophrenic post-punkers, Nasty Little Lonely and Ex-Shrine main man Mat Caron’s new outfit I Am In Love.

 

The regular Acoustic Buzz session at The Beehive has a stellar line up, not only the subtle beauty of Jess Vincent’s folk-pop but also the achingly authentic, Americana-folk of Jim Evans. As always your host, Blind River Scare’s Tim Manning, kicks the night off.

 

Two big names are in town on Friday. Firstly at The Oasis The Modfather himself, Paul Weller, will be continuing to further the cause of quintessentially English song writing. The Second hails from much further away, Portland, Oregon to be exact. Having made a name with the distinctly multi-cultural, hard rock, junk-funk outfit, The Dan Reed Network, the eponymous front man will be playing at level 3 for the Fatboys Cancer Charity For Children Fundraiser. A host of other supports are in place, although be aware that limited tickets are only available in advance from the charity itself.

 

Although if you can’t get a ticket for that one, like classic rock and iconic indie covers and want to support a worthy cause then head over to Riffs Bar where Soundbites and Vice Versa will be playing to raise money for Breakthrough Brest Cancer.

 

If you prefer something a bit smoother, then The Tribe headline at The Victoria with their trademark fusion of soulful reggae, dance grooves and infectious hip hop vibes. Support comes from dubstep meets jazz meets hip-hop collective Dubbed Over.

 

The phrase, at the opposite end of the spectrum, doesn’t even begin to describe the wonderfully named Ma Polaine’s Great Decline who play The Beehive. These roots genre time travellers mix the blues of Howlin’ Wolf and genre hopping of Tom Waits to create a sound both familiar and exotic.

 

Also to be mentioned in despatches are The Runaway Boys, a tribute to The Stray Cats, at The Rolleston and fans of covers have the choice of Toxic at The Swiss Chalet or Mojo at The Castle.

 

Before talking of Saturday’s gigs, I should point out that the now well-established Record and CD fair will be taking place at The Central Community Centre from 9.00 am.

 

As for gigs, they are more about the tried and tested rather than the new and innovative but there is still some great music to be had. At Riffs Bar, Syntronix will be reliving all of the great synth pop of the eighties, everything from the big numbers such as Rio and Tainted Love to a few lesser-known numbers from the likes of Talk Talk and The Thompson Twins.

 

Rock is on the menu as Dodging The Bullet bring the noise to The Rolleston; something a bit more subtle can be found at The Victoria as Just Floyd pay tribute to one of the biggest and most uniquely creative bands on the planet.

 

Fans of Reggae, Ska and Rocksteady will want to be at The Beehive as the Shocks of Mighty DJs spin all the best tunes from those genres and Tony M and Friday Feeling play covers at The Castle and The Swiss Chalet respectively. Also in that vein is Jamie R Hawkins who can be found at Byron’s Wine Bar.

 

And even on Sunday there is no let up as Ron Trueman Border mixes up folk, blues jazz and a lot more at The Beehive afternoon session and it is with a tear in the eye that I can report that The Victoria will be the scene of Sheer Music’s last Swindon gig for the foreseeable future. It’s only fair that they should go out with a bang and so have managed to bag a date with Moose Blood (pictured)and Creeper currently touring the UK. So, if quality Emo and melodic punk are your sort of thing then help thank Kieran and the team for all their hard work over the years.

 

Finally dexterous acoustica taking in folk, blues and rock can be found at The Roaring Donkey on Wednesday courtesy of Andy Robbins.

10846096_414199215401466_2017759178674567909_nWith so many gigs going on this week it is hard to chose just one out of this embarrassment of riches, but if pushed would have to chose the Songs of Praise show at The Victoria this Thursday. If you think that the underground music scene had been all but wiped out by the modern love of all things celebrity and hipster, if you think that grunge is dead or if the idea of industrial strength alternative rock excites you then this is the show for you.

 

Headliners, Steel Trees, trek all the way down from Sheffield to deliver blistering, punk-edged grungy anthems, backed up by a stage show that is 50% attitude and 50% mayhem. In the past they have supported such seminal bands as Dinosaur Jr as well as The Qemists, Turbowolf and Dinosaur Pile up…what is it with their love of Dinosaurs? So if they were good enough to get on those bills, then they are more than sufficient for a Thursday night in Swindon.

 

Joining them is Nasty Little Lonely Bristol’s deliciously schizophrenic, beautifully dirty, skewed post punk who will act as the soundtrack to your darkest dreams, of post apocalyptic decadence, discarded trappings of consumerism gone awry, alienation and small furry creatures with very sharp teeth… apparently.

 

Opening the night ex-Shrine man Mat Caron brings his new project, I Am In Love, out of the studio for a rare live outing mixing loose 90’s college rock with chilled out stoner vibes. It’s going to be a good one.