soundCHECK 13th – September 24th 2009

So, The Riverfront is up for sale. Great. No sooner do I find the perfect venue with which to thrust myself back into live music promotion than its precious grandeur is thrown into the property meat market like a bad kebab.
The best I can hope for in this nail-biting interval is that the next buyer has a hunger for live music, not only for the appeasement of my own selfish interests, but simply because it works brilliantly as a live music venue.
It’s also nice and healthy to have our fecund local music scene spread across the region a bit rather than being engulfed by Inn On The Square.

No disrespect to Inn On The Square of course. I’ve had many a fine evening nuzzled in the delightful stupor of your warm and welcoming arms. But variety, spice of life and all that.

Anyway, clinging to The Riverfront like doomed rockclimbers at Comic Book Heroes tonight are big cat hunters, Chasing Lions, and Exeter based Letters To Leaders as the hyper-indie and incisive riffery of the former makes eyes at the chewy and clangy post-punk of the latter.

In fact, Letters To Leaders are so good that they deserve their own paragraph. Their CV includes such luminous achievements as supporting the likes of Young Knives and Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, and I challenge any sane individual not to be wowed by their goosebump-inducingly lilting yet face-slappingly powerful guitar melodies.
Doors are at 8pm, free sweets, under 18s welcome.

Finally, it is with a teary eye that we bid goodbye to those bands that are returning to university. Or who have at least one member with an eye on academia. Farewell Kaneda, Fen Tigers, The Outfit, Constant 16s, Pickpockets & Skyrockets, and anyone else I’ve forgotten to mention – see you all at Father Christmas time…

The resulting void must be filled! It’s time for that relentlessly burning creative furnace of North Devon College to spew the next generation of aspiring indie kids and foetal bands. Onwards!

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