Archive | August 2009

soundCHECK 9 – August 27th 2009

Unless you’ve been living under a stone, you’ll have noticed by now that the football has returned. And with that, my weekend afternoons are once again defined by the nostril-stinging stench of North Devon’s Sky Sports drinking establishments, freshly fettered from the excesses of the night before.

I love it. The dogged battles for three points unfurl like poetry.

You might picture a man romancing about such a blokish pursuit to the posturing lad-rock of Kasabian or Oasis. But such a heartfelt joy for the return of the beautiful game is soundtracked by Kaneda, a band from Bideford whose filmscore drama I find hard not to get swept away in.

Once those perturbed with the realisation that they don’t wear skinny jeans or play indie-pop had scarpered to buy The NME, the rest at the Comic Book Heroes gig at The Riverfront last week were embraced by an intelligently crafted, emotionally redolent set that was genuinely inspiring. Listen to them –

Tonight, Comic Book Heroes hosts The Outfit, whose muscular, fidgety indie anthems pack a powerful pop punch and have garnered a cultish following in North Devon. Expect the usual – free sweets, free CDs, good music. 8pm, under 18s welcome, £3 door.

Bideford’s Chasing Lions are upping their hunt for musical notoriety and have recently busied themselves recording their debut EP in Kent. It evidences an ambitious band who know they’re onto a bit of a winner with their airtight, urgent, and compelling delivery. Hold On Tight is a perfect snapshot of their rabid, hook-splattered, utterly addictive indie rock. It’s available on iTunes now. Buy it.

And, if you’re stuck for fun, this weekend is Aeon Festival in Crediton. A music festival which has steadily ascended in repute since its inception four years ago. North Devon’s pasty-scoffing, music-loving flag is flown by The Breaks Collective (Friday), One Drop Soundsystem (Friday), and LOAD.CLICK.SHOOT! (Sunday), the latter of whom have an unflinching knack of nuzzling their way into this column each week. National artists include And So I Watch You From Afar, and Less Than Me – for more info.

Right, time to don my oxygen kit and get to the next Chelsea game.

soundCHECK 8 – August 20th 2009

I’ve just returned from the Pulled Apart By Horses gig I mentioned last week, though to say I was Pulled Apart is to invite understatement round to play Lego.

I’ve more been Ripped Apart, Smashed To The Floor, And Left In A Tattered Wreck By Horses. Their blistering guitars and frenzied delivery was overwhelmingly brilliant. And North Devon’s LOAD.CLICK.SHOOT! and Chasing Lions had the pleasure of supporting – amazing.

However, I have since found myself in a musical half-life, where the only thing that makes sense are brutal guitars and bone-smashing rhythm sections. The fang-bearing guitars of Smashing Pumpkins and At The Drive-In are practically ever-present in my lugholes.

Curiously, the only sound that breeches the defences of my sordid musical carnival is the Hammond of Keith Emerson from The Nice. The sounds he forces from that instrument are inspiring – he used to keep knives in his boots and stab them into the space between the keys to sustain a note, such maniacal devotees to their instruments are hard to come by.

Summoning a similar doggedness, Boston Tea Party are taking their knife to North Devon’s gig listings, and have rescheduled the Summer Sunday Sessions gig, as promised. It will now take place on Sunday 23rd, and will host the introspective and nationally-regarded acoustica of Jim Jones, and Dave Little. Doors are at 6.30pm, entry is £3, and food and drink and cocktails are available all night.

Elsewhere, Birmingham’s Idiosync are playing at the freshly refurbished Rising Sun in Boutport Street on Wednesday August 26th. Their airtight, Technicolor art pop has an infectious bite and represents a refreshingly noir approach to feisty indie pop. LOAD.CLICK.SHOOT! support. Entry is FREE.

And while entry is not free to The Dastards’ gig at Inn On The Square tomorrow night (Friday 21st) – that’s no good reason not to go, especially if you like the sound of a band whose sound is a face-off between shoegaze and electro-indie.

Finally, if you fancy being Pushed Together By Newspapers, then Devil Delta Blues Band are looking for a bass player. Contact Joel on 07866 505 083.