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1796959_1497749917115309_5306381136964104986_oBefore the year plunges into the more predictable waters of Christmas parties, reindeer head gear and those seasonal matching tie and sock combo’s that prove just how wacky you really are, the year still has a few musical treats in store. Three of them can be found in town this week.

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13246174_672093756262043_7295479845484515225_oI find it odd that people still can’t grasp the fact that just because I’m writing a gig guide it doesn’t mean that every single band playing in town that week is going to be included. I do write another, more extensive guide for one of the local papers, one with a wider brief and even that has the usual limitations of word count as well as the difficult task of extracting the factual blood from the apathetic promotional stone. But this is not that column.

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12993610_493191007545654_2989128209578684041_nIn ancient times people would look for favourable portents or past indications of success before making big decisions. Now I’m sure nothing as calculated as that took place in the Polar Front camp, no ancient scrolls invoked, no crystal balls employed but with advance copies of their debut e.p. available at tonight’s Victoria gig, it does seem like the perfect day for them to go public. For on this day in history, Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here first saw the light of day and Led Zeppelin’s In Trough The Out Door started a long stay at the number one spot. Most of all it should be noted for the day on which Dire Straits officially disbanded in 1988. It does seem as if the Gods of Music favour this date.

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10712773_10152293780256876_355188488816819957_nI think we have pretty much everything covered this week generically speaking, everything from solo roots players to big ska-dance ensembles, from old school bar bands to forward thinking musical fusions. I can’t see any cause for complaint unless you are into Tibetan free jazz or a fan of the Inuit hip-hop scene, but you can’t have everything. After all where would you put it? Anyway, on with the task at hand.

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12400614_452580974939991_7166113887633922288_nThere seems to be so much going on this week that I will dispense with the rambling introduction (hurrah!) and get straight on with the shows.

 

Tonight at the Victoria there is a very eclectic gig as the UK leg of Ferrymen’s tour hits town. Blending hard rock and symphonic metal but always remaining accessible through big riffs and hook-laden melody, these Germanic hard rockers promise to be a real treat for the rock fraternity. Supporting them is one of my favourite discoveries of last year, IDestroy. Their sound is a clash of garage rock grunt and new wave overtones, riot grrrl sass and even a certain pop-aware melodic hook. Opening the night are new kids on the psychedelic block The Martyrials.

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10398597_156667930242_7768917_nOn 26th February Adam will take to the stage at Riffs Bar playing a mix of old and new Roses Kings Castles songs and also some classic Babyshambles tracks. He will be joined by Polar Front who has had brilliant recent success and have had a track featuring on Vicky Pattison’s new advert which will air on MTV in January, support will also come from the talented Josh Wolfsohn and local favourites Sahara Heights.

 

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