Tellison announce tour & Trowbridge date

 

Greeting pop pickers, today I have pleasure of sharing with you the Tellison mini-tour, poster and live audio of the last time we worked with them.

For those who don’t know, Tellison are a BSM / Alcopop!, 4 piece band from London. Ploughing an indie-rock furrow, with choruses designed at gang chanting, that has received such plaudits as “a wonderful sense of hope, regret and youthful abandon” – KERRANG!, “This band deserve your love” – Rock Sound and “Tellison deserve to rule the world.” – The Fly. 

We’ve loved Tellison for some time now, having caught them on Kevin Devine’s full band tour a few years ago. In fact for the Alcopop! 10 Year Anniversary show, Gareth Nichols and I mixed & recorded their entire set, you can hear a track on the Sheer Soundcloud.

Tellison open this brief tour in Trowbridge at the Village Pump. Possibly our most ambitious show in such a small venue. (Well, we did do Alpha Male Tea Party there, so perhaps not!). The tour also includes a show at Manchester’s Punk Festival, that’s also set to include Tom Aylott, so we felt it appropriate to invite Tom to open the show. 

It’s also our first Trowbridge co-pro with our brother-from-another-mother, Hit Or Miss Pomotions aka Mr Rob Dahl aka Mr Cheese & Grain aka The Daddio, friend of all the popstars!

Tickets are available through our usual provider, WeGotTickets here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/429484

Sheer Music & Hit Or Miss Present…
Thursday 19th April 2018
@ Village Pump, Trowbridge
Doors 8pm.
8.30 – 9 – Tom Aylott
9.15 – 9.45 – Stay Voiceless
10 – 11pm – Tellison.

14+ // £7 adv 

Tellison Poster - All dates

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Post-festival, festival optimism (A 2000 Trees review)

2019 is dead, long live 2019. 

Beans on Toast once sang, “Post Festival, Festival Blues” to summerise his post-festival come down, and I know the feeling well enough, but 2000 Trees 2019 has filled me with so much optimism it’s unbelievable. 

Kudos for improving the family vibe and kids offerings. Rebellion Extinction, recycling points for cans, spoken word stage and no-camping in the arena were all fantastic improvements to this year’s experience.

It really is just a festival of love and friends (and lost evenings…) an absolutely unmatched vibe that you just know you’re going next year regardless of the lineup. The people, friends new and old who make the festival, the line up just becomes our opportunity to have some fun. And what fun we had.

After missing the Thursday because of child birthdays, I arrived at the site wayy too late to even catch Nigel’s Sad Song Co. busk set. Despite him calling me Simon when I saw him (totally forgiven) it apparently went really well which is the least comforting report you want. Though I’m glad it went well for him. 

Rest of Thursday night was a haze, as I “drank to catch up” before making my back to my car, and this is the best tip I can offer – Sleep in your car! Futon mattress in the back of an estate with the seats down is bliss. More silent in a field in the middle of nowhere than being at home! And no drunks stumbling into your tent guide ropes. Win win win win win.

Mike Barham finally got the reception he deserved from his busk spot on the Under The Bridge stage on Friday night. The 12 people directly in front of him spent the whole festival thereafter walking past our campsite telling him how fantastic he was. And to be fair he really, really was. The start of more things to come? Let’s hope so. 

Tom Mallard and I played a game of best heckles during his set, and it’s fair to say chanting “One! More! Song!” after they’ve played their first is my favorite. 

Trees was introduced to 11-can Kieran. Yes, I managed to actually drink that many cans of Thatchers and not be sick, despite the very generous donation by Georgie for the ride on the Waltzers. Dan couldn’t hack it and was well on the way to pulling a whitey by this point. I’m a fucking delight when I’m drunk.

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Friday’s highlight came early for me. Brand New Friend belted out their 30 minute set without too much banter letting the chorus’ doing the talking. I literally flipped my lid. Since they played for us in Swindon supporting Sean McGowan, I’ve been listening to their album non-stop. It’s utterly perfect from start to finish, and their set too was just perfect. Ben Sydes had already started the day in the nicest possible way, making a long overdue to the official line up in the Forest session. This was after a quick interview with us on the BBC Introducing session on the new Word Stage. Thanks Rich! Always love a good opportunity to regale an audience with the story of how I delivered my child in the back of a car!

I caught Pengshui on the way to Brand New Friend, and they were awesome. Grime-punk? (Basement Jaxx-y) Nothing else quite like it currently on the circuit and in that blistering form of their early days. Superb.

Barry got to be Rocksoxgen Thief again, which is always a pleasure and the first time I think I’ve seen the full band show since last years album (?) and he too was also in superb form. Then came itoldyouiwouldeatyou (our 15 year anniversary headliners!) arguably the band I was most excited about playing. Their busk set the night before was superb, and they managed to play a bunch of songs then, that didn’t make the electric set, so was well worth catching both. Alexi was in fine form and seems to do well with the restraint of not being the focus in the band.

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You’ll notice a FTNA sign there… Not entirely sure what that’s all about, but it seems to keep people entertained on Twitter. They were superb though, and thoroughly deserving of the big shout outs I was giving their drummer Sean during our BBC interview. (Hope to have the audio in the coming weeks to share myself.) 

Having caught the end of Sean McGowan‘s set, and dinner, we went for a little stomp like you do a Trees preparing for the inevitable Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun love in, featuring Andy Oliveri on bass duties. They played wall to wall bangers, and despite some awkward squealing were superb. Side shows performers from All Ears Avow Jake Wilcox’ on guitar tech duties, a happy Frank Turner and original bassist Phil, who missed this show. The set probably confirming that Jim’s music is now folklore and timeless.

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Allusinlove were good if not particularly memorable for me, as I probably had one ear on getting in the zone for The Wildhearts. A band I haven’t seen for ages, yet had the pleasure of hosting Ginger last year in Swindon. A faultless set with a guest Frank appearance (he gets about) and a rousing finale of I Wana Go Where The People Go, which on reflection there was a few legacy acts / songs I wanted to hear, this was one of them. Kinda wanted Anthem too, but won’t complain, I’m sure they’ll play it in Bath in a few months.

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As It Is were on next on the main stage, which I will quite happily never sit through ever again. Only wanting to eat food kept me there. Indoor Pets were delightful though, and the first time I had seen them since the name change and playing support for us to Ash a few years ago. They still have all the indie-boy charm and tunes. IMG_20190712_212154.jpg

Really sorry for the terrible picture quality. It’s been a joke for years and I don’t see it ever improving. 

So, the end of the day bought us to Mongol Horde and their 21st show. It’s always a pleasure to see drum giant Ben Dawson, but today he was outshone only by the glitterball that came out to sing. Another absolute banger of a set, fantastic light show ideas that I’m going to try and rip off at our Gender Roles gig in Chippenham in a few weeks and I got to scream my guts up to Million Dead cover, Smiling at Strangers on Trains. Rob and I ruined our voices in that moment, but I am delighted I managed to remember every wordy word Frank put in that song which kick-started my love for MD & latterly everything Frank.

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Then it was a rush back to the busk stage and getting ready to heckle Mike. Sydes had a hard task to follow, but he did (Mike slew the crowd with a City & Colour cover, Dangerzone and the best quips and comebacks to a passing crowd you will see & hear). Sean pulled a blinder and then I believe I went disco dancing at the silent disco. We met a nice medic there who gave us a nice rundown of the top 10 best injuries the festival had had so far, which was sobering. A slow walk back to my car & slice of silence finished day 2 at Trees around 2.30am. Perfect. 

PHEW, what a day. I’ll give you part two tomorrow if you’re interested.  

 

 

 

Sheer and Loathing in Trowvegas

So here we have it… a few teasers here and there, the Wiltshire Times going early on our press release (the classic local-rag sub-headline of “hitting back!”) but we’re finally here, Sheer & Loathing in Trowvegas is alive.

Taking cues from my co-promoted show (with my bro over at Hit Or Miss), All Roads Lead To fRome, an annual, 2 stage, all-dayer. I’ve cut it back to fewer acts to make it more lean and manageable for myself. What we lack in quantity we make up for in quality and this is an incredible line-up.

Featuring *mostly* new acts to Sheer & the area, we handpicked our favourites who we hadn’t worked with but really really wanted to for some time. I will be going over all 9 acts in detail over the coming weeks with dedicated blogs about each, our relationship with them so you can better understand why the line up is what it is. Even better is that a number of bands weren’t able to make this show, so if this goes well we’ll do it all over again in the spring and try and get Dancehall, Woahnows and Fresh in, but for the time being I am still delighted to have mixed the best in our local scene, with some of the best national acts.

This gig does indeed celebrate 15 years of promoting in Wiltshire. A true indie, under our own volition and with no outside funding – this is as about as a hobby as a hobby can be! (expensive to maintain, doing something you love etc) It’s well documented how we got here, so I won’t bore you again, suffice to say it’s amazing to be at this point in time and I’ve really enjoyed this event experience so far, partly down to the fantastic imagery that Evan Cotter at Xtra Mile whipped up for me.

The heron is a symbolic British nod to the animal imagery in the Hunter S Thompson book of lizards and bats etc and we’ve done our best BSM / Alcopop impression by ripping off an existing logo / identity for our own event. And we managed to get Trowvegas into something proper too, so it’s no longer just a quirky colloquial term given to Wiltshire stab city. Which by the way, since living here I have discovered that Trowbridge has a really unfair reputation for being awful. It’s actually an amazing place and if our past gigs here are anything to go by (Alpha Male Tea Party, Axes, Tellison etc) a thoroughly deserving place too!

Anywhoo, what you want to know is stage times and splits, don’t you? OK, so the acts open on the acoustic stage in the Supper Room at Trowbridge Town Hall, then alternate between that room and the Courtroom downstairs which is the electric stage. Nice and simple. All acts get a decent set length, so nothing is rushed and they can really express themselves.

Doors 3pm.
3.45 – 4.15 – Jezilyn Martyn
4.15 – 4.45 – And Alice
4.45 – 5.15 – Dan / The Shudders tbc
5.15 – 6pm – Big Massive Orchestra
6pm – 6.45 – Mark McCabe
6.45 – 7.30 – Weatherstate
7.30 – 8.15 – Louise Distras
8.15 – 9pm – itoldyouiwouldeatyou
9pm – 10pm – Smokin’ Donuts (Les Carter & Doozer McDooze)

Saturday 19th October 2019
Trowbridge Town Hall Arts
14+
£15 adv. £20 otd (if available) 

Tickets available through WeGotTickets & SeeTickets as well as being available direct from the venue without a booking fee, nice. You can also collect tickets form the box office on the day, after purchasing through SeeTickets, to avoid postage costs.

So there you have it, big thanks to everyone so far involved, for the press articles, poster design, promises of running the second stage etc, you all truly make this worth it. We’ll see you soon!

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Gigs… Gigs… Gigs…

THE MOST UNEXPECTED of anniversary tours has been announced.

I say unexpected, as when I mentioned it to …AYWKUBTTOD’s agent, they merely replied “that’s a good idea” as if to suggest is wasn’t already in motion.

So, we gave birth to the very idea of this anniversary show. As if I wasn’t proud already to actually have the gig, but to have in some way set the wheels in motion is quite a feeling.

Seeming as you’re all regulars to our blog, and more than likely identify as a member of then #GigFam, i’ll do my usual whirl through why this show exists.

We need to go back to 1999. To when record shop  PR Sounds in Devizes was at it’s peak (for me at any rate). And the Italian Stallion John Canouter (sp?) was flogging me all these cool American imports. One such album, “Madonna” was spinning one day in the shop, and when I inquired, John refused to sell it to me as it was their only copy.

The very next day I went in as I knew John wasn’t on shift and I bought it, scratched to fuck but I didn’t care, It played and that’s all that mattered.

From the first listen I was hooked. Musically it was so instant – melodic yet crazy. Loud yet quiet. The chords… emotional. I inferred so much from the songs, and loved the way each one melds into the next, much like the way Mansun did on Attack Of The Grey Lantern, which has been released only 2 years earlier and become staple listening for me.

I caught them live at Reading festival a number of times following this album, on the Radio 1 stage (2nd stage, not sure what it’s called now…), but I never managed to make it to one of their gigs proper.

Anyway, a few albums and over a decade later, Conrad finally tours solo, and I forget how now, but  I manage to convince him to come play Devizes. (Recording below…)

He is an absolute pleasure to deal with, and it turns out has an auntie living a stones throw from the venue. What a coincidence! The people who attended the show were spoiled. Conrad literally played requests, and threw in loads of country covers. He brought all his graphic illustrations with him to sell and generally was the ultimate fans dream.

Until this of course.

Now I find myself taking on my biggest challenge yet. In theory the biggest show I’ve done in the nicest venue I’ve had is a dream proposition, but as you’re all aware I have no safety net – This is me out on a wing and a prayer, hoping enough people loved that album as much as I did. If not, you’ll find me washing dishes in the local pub, paying off my credit card.

 

PS. Tickets make great Xmas presents. Why not give someone an experience they’ll never forget?

We’ll update with supports as soon as we know. 

Sheer Music Present…
…AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD.
Tuesday 5th February 2019
@ The Komedia, Bath.

Doors 7.30pm
8 – 8.30pm – tba (already picked, local support)
8.45 – 9.15 – tba (tour support)
9.30 – 11pm – …AYWKUBTTOD – Playing Madonna in full, plus other classics.

14+ (u16 with an adult). Tickets £20 adv. £25 otd. Available through WeGotTickets.com

 

Sean McGowan announces full band UK tour

We’re at it once again, bringing tours to town. This time, it’s one of our favourite new singer song writers, Sean McGowan

Sean played Swindon last year, supporting Frank Turner and the plan was always to follow that gig up with a headline gig for Sean, but it never quite panned out. He signed up to a proper agent, and they took him all over the country, specifically avoiding places he had already been. 

So whilst it may seem a long time since he played our area, it’s because he’s been racking up the miles on other solo tours as well as supporting The Levellers on their recent Autumn tour. 

Also since our last outing together, Sean has released his debut album “Son of the Smith” via one of our favourite labels, Xtra Mile. 

All in all, the #GigFam are already very familiar with Sean and our Devizes antics. Swindon has had the briefest of introductions, so I have no doubt this gig will fill in the spaces! 

There will be a tour support, currently unknown to us, but we will find out soon enough.

Opening the show will be new Devizes rock band, Nerve Endings. Featuring former Ocelot staff writer, Mike Barham on guitar, my ex-Discovery colleague Rob McKelvey on bass and Wiltshire’s newest drummer Luke Bartels. 

After only one show in Devizes (there will be a whole bunch before this gig swings round) the band are very early days, but initial reports are promising, and it’s great to see Devizes producing some exciting bands again!

Go follow them over on their socials, FacebookTwitterInsta

Tickets for the show will be £10 and go on general sale TOMORROW at 10am. However I have 50 limited tickets at £8. Grab them whilst you can, via Nerve Endings links or HERE…> WeGotSecrets.

Thanks everyone, the 2nd show of 2019 has been announced (After Professor Elemental at The Neeld on 1st Feb!) 

Thursday 21st February 2019
@ Level 3, Swindon
Doors 8pm
8.45 – 9.15 – Nerve Endings
9.30 – 10 – tour support tba
10.15 – 11pm – Sean McGowan
14+
£10 adv. £13 otd.

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Milk Teeth announce short tour & Swindon date!

Earlier today I was told I was relentless, but the truth is we chase A LOT of bands, and for what ever reason they’ve all said yes and piled up at the tail end of 2018. 

This time we have the pleasure of announcing Stroud come-Bristol pop punkers MILK TEETH who make a looooong awaited return to Swindon. 

If I remember correctly they first played Level 3, in the pre-Darren new-PA days, for Harry Steel. Long before their first album, long before they were signed to Road Runner and making waves across the pond. 

This represents a major coup for Swindon, it’s a very exclusive tour, with the band playing their last two EPs, “Go Away” & “Be Nice” back to back, and since we’re the nearest town to their home town, I’d call this HOME TURF! 

Tickets are expected to fly out… so please grab in advance, as SWINDON IS BACK ON THE MAP! Oh it’s a Saturday too, and if I can persuade Darren, my boy DJ Fire In The Boothroyd will spin a classic bangers set after too, so no rushing off y’all.

We will announce the support in due course. We are expecting 1 tour support and we have already picked one local support. Giving one of my favourite Swindon bands the bigger gigs I have promised for an age, but not been able to deliver until now. We *may* have an acoustic opener, as it’s always nice to involve the wider #GigFam. 

#TheSpiritOfYankeeboyIsAliveAndWell 

Saturday 17th November 2018
The Victoria, Swindon
Age: TBC
Doors 8pm
8.30 – 9 – TBA
9.15 – 9.45 – TBA
10 – 11pm – MILK TEETH

Tickets: £9 adv. £12 otd. Available at The Rolleston, The Victoria or at WeGotTickets, here….> http://www.wegottickets.com/event/450629

 

100 Reasons set to play Swindon!

Not a day goes by that I’m not enthralled by the fact I get to book my favourite bands either currently, or from yesteryear, so today’s announcement is another one where we hark back a decade and get to invite another band who (are still) able to command a mainstage presence at any festival they chose to play – This time in the shape of Hampshire heroes, Hundred Reasons

Coming from the same scene that brought us Reuben, Aldershot was a breeding ground of alt rock heroes for a period in the early 00’s. Their debut album, “Ideas Above Our Station” still sounds timeless and classic to this day and I very much doubt that’s going to change any time soon. 

I first came across the band in Kerrang! where they were being hyped up enough, around the same time I actually witnessed them in the flesh, supporting Idlewild at Portsmouth Pyramid Centre in 99′. Their very short set was all flailing arms and hair, reminiscent to that of At The Drive-In, only British. Naturally I gushed about how great they were and with one listen of the album, fell deeply in love – Like most of the UK alt scene of the time. 

Fast forward a decade and a half, and having seen the band 100’s of times (one particularly fond memory is with Ben Marwood at Reading Fez Club) and a gazillion times at Reading Festival during that period too, a thought occured to me whilst I was watching the acoustic show at this years 2000 Trees, that I should really just ask them to play. 

Cue a quick Facebook message to Colin, who promptly replied and the show was wrapped up. He was warm and receptive to the idea of the gig and was as easy to deal with as you could wish. 

I have a tendency (like a lot of people) to assume everyone’s a nice guy, but when you actually deal with them, this isn’t always the case, but with Colin it was just lovely. 

Naturally we won’t have the whole band, and I understand Larry is a full booked & much in demand studio & recording engineer these days, but we get the core of the band, playing the classic songs – which after a few drinks will be the absolute best to sing a long to! They also go by the stage name of “Undead Raisins”. 

To open the show, we’ve booked BRIGHTR. aka Laurie, who has formally been Gnarwolves tour manager had been asking for gigs for ages and I really didn’t have anything appropriate for him but when this landed Laurie was a natural fit!  Brightr has previously been seen playing The Lamb in Devizes as well as All Roads Lead To Frome for Rob Dahl & I. 

The details as follows….

Wednesday 12th December 2018
@ Level 3, Swindon.
14+
Doors: 7.30pm
8 – 8.30 – Brightr
8.45 – 9.15 – TBC
9.30 – 10.30pm – UNDEAD RAISINS

Tickets £15 adv. More (if available) on door. Collect from The Victoria, The Rolleston or via WeGotTickets, here…> WeGotTickets. http://www.wegottickets.com/event/445600

***NOTE we’ve had to upgrade the venue once already, from The Vic to Level 3…. first day sales have FLOWN out! If you want to come, grab them ASAP!***

 

Sheer Music Present… Tony Wright (Terrorvision)

I do hope you appreciate reading about how and why we make the decisions we do with the shows we put on, if you don’t skip to the bottom for the vital statistics, if you like to know, read on…

The year is 2000 in the December time, and Zoe is at Salisbury college. The heavens have poured down and the whole of Salisbury plain has been flooded. The bus I am on gets routed through Orcheston and decides to plough right through what is effectively a river. Needless to say the bus conks out. 

Picture me, balls deep with other passengers (which happens to be a future colleague, Roger Chandler of Devizes Post Office!) wading through ice cold water to get to the replacement service the other side of the river. And this was the year 2000, I mean, I had the WIDEST Nu-Metal trousers going. They weighted a ton with all that water soaked in & bike chains hanging off the side…

ANYWAY, I finally make it to Salisbury Arts Centre, meet up with Zoe and get to load in Terrorvision as part of a Salisbury College music course gig. A band I had seen the year before on the main stage at Reading and I had totally fallen for their album “Regular Urban Survivors”. 

This was the first time I had worked with a “famous” band or certainly someone successful and (in my mind) legendary. **Pop Quiz** the support band that night was co.uk, who had the belting single Big Green Bath, doing the rounds at the time. I swapped my “number 4 long sleeve t-shirt”, for their singers Spiderman Beanie, on the proviso that he worse it in the next band interview, so I could see it and make my “claim to fame” ** I can’t specifically remember who I was with that night, but I do remember being one of only 3 people who moshed for the support band. 

ANYWAY, so I got to meet and hang with Terrorvision after all the lumping was done. They were the most stellar guys. Before the show, the band were getting pumped listening to their latest record as pre-show music, to get them in the groove. (I thought this was weird, but literally had nothing to base that assumption on) 

I asked if they were going to play “Oblivion” to which the drummer said “wait and see, kid”. Which was a stupid question really because OF COURSE they were going to play Oblivion, and Perseverance and Tequila etc etc etc. 

So, that was the first proper experience I ever had, and led to a (thus far) life long fascination with live music, musicians, audiences, live shows, pre-shows, PA set ups, you name it, I had all that first experience at that one show – No one knew at the time what it would lead too… so if you want to blame someone, blame Terrorvision!! 

All together now…. WHALES AND DOLPHINS, WHALES AND DOLPHINS YEAH!!! 

**Another Pop Quiz** This show completes my own Britrock Must Be Destroyed Collection, where I’ve had each band from said tour play for us at Sheer! It only took 18 years to be realised! 

So without further ado, here are the details…

Thursday 15th November 2018
@ Level 3, Swindon
£14 adv. £18 otd. 
14+
Doors 8pm.
8.30 – 9.15 – Jim Blair (Hip Route) 
9.30 – 10.30 – TONY WRIGHT solo (Terrorvision)
10.30 – fin – 00s Rock Clubnight. 

Tickets: Available direct from Level 3 and The Victoria without booking fee, or via WeGotTickets here…> http://www.wegottickets.com/event/447059

Tony Wright L3 poster

 

A free gig, festival additions and a new merch item…

LOADS of announcements here… Please shared & tag your friends so everyone sees it!

First up… OUR AXES SHOW IS FREE ENTRY.

In light of the recent Wiltshire Times article about the future of Town Hall Arts (summery – Victim of their own success, require “35k to survive, 60k to thrive” in funding) we decided that the line up of AXES (multi-nationality & gender) some what reflected the diversity that the Town Hall Arts is all about, and thus have made our event FREE ENTRY in an attempt to fill the venue to bursting with like-minded individuals. 

Re-cap on what the show is all about, Axes are signed to Big Scary Monsters, whose roster has a long and beautiful relationship with performing our shows. The band themselves are an art rock band, with crazy time signatures, structures and dynamics all over the place. Real fun, feel good, dancy, indie rock noise, with silly song titles (Wet Wet Wet Wet or Rainbow Bacon or Fleetwood Math etc).

Support comes from Wiltshire’s own art rock band, Hoggs Bison, who is none other than Tom Mallard from Chippenham’s Riverbank studio. The band have put out their own debut album on vinyl, titled “Aeons” and last year performed at math-festival “Arc Tan Gent”. Following in the footsteps of previous Wiltshire outfit, Thought-Forms, it’s fair to say we have a strong history of producing this sort of quality & long may it continue!

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

ALL ROADS LEAD TO fROME! still… That’s right, Somerset council haven’t changed any of the sign posts around, so indeed all roads do still lead to Frome. 

We, very quietly announced last week that, Scout Killers, All Ears Avow, Drew Bryant, She Makes War & Rob Lynch were added to our line up – In case you missed that announcement, and many of you did, here’s the new again. 

I cannot stress how difficult it was to tie up some of these sought-after acts. Rob Lynch is a slippery salmon, but credit to Rob Dahl for chasing him like some sort of 90s pop fan. He didn’t manage to scare Lynch away, like say, Dan Buckingham would have, and instead agreed to come play instead. 

It’s also with great admiration that we include Scout Killers on the bill. The band recently sold out successively larger shows at Village Pump in Trowbridge, followed by The Nest in Bath. We’re predicting big things for the band, who only inked a deal with American band Soil’s Ryan McCombs management agency & are set to make a further leap when their album is recorded in June, and released later this year. It’s great to see some of our talent breaking out, so do keep a lazy eye on this band. 

I’m tickled pink that Laura She Makes War has also agreed to the gig, joining her friends Barry Dolan aka Non-Canon and Ben Marwood on an already excellent bill. 

Rob & I have been very lucky over the past two years that the bills do get better, fingers crossed this year we’ll beat out previous records. The line up speaks for itself. 

CHUCK HAY TO RETURN.

OK, so you kinda get it by now, Chuck SJ Hay is great. They’ve done some amazing gigs for us, and they’re someone we really believe in. But we can’t simply keep giving the same show over and over, at some point something has to give, so we’ve made the decision to add Chuck to the Justin Sullivan show at The Vic in Swindon. Much like the recent Grace Petrie gig, Chuck will play an early set, which won’t affect the other acts or times. 

Chuck really is someone coming into their own. Confidence seems to grow in the performance and there is a real message there. So far the gigs have managed to turn new people on to their music and things are definitely coming together for this Brighton based artist! A couple of high-profile supports and we could see Chuck develop into a real regular on this circuit. I predict that they’ll be opening Gaz’s Xmas shindig in Bristol in 2019. I’m calling it now. 

OH and one last thing… 

After recently seeing some wicked enamel pin badges, I’ve decided to produce some Sheer ones. Very simply, they say “Sheer Music est 2004” round the outside, and #GigFamily on the inside & will look amazing! Rob Escott (who does most of our posters) is mocking us up a design (when he get 5 minutes for my slave driving…) 

I did hope they would be ready in time for the Axes show, but alas the turn around is 4 weeks, so I’m way out. However, they will be beautiful and a perfect summery of what we’re about – a big family of gig lovers and friends. Defying age, gender, religious or sexual barriers, live music and our shows are joyous spaces where we come together to have fun together & I can’t think of anything more beautiful than that. So this is a pin badge to celebrate that! 

You invented the #HashTag, I just ran with it! 

So there you have it – big update……. 

SEE YOU ALL AT THE AXES SHOW & don’t forget to pick up tickets for All Roads Lead To Frome (please!) 

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New Model Army’s Justin Sullivan set to play Swindon

For their first performance in Wiltshire in 5 years, Sheer Music & The Colour of Vinyl are proud to announce the return of NEW MODEL ARMY.

Justin Sullivan, singer, frontman, song writer, protagonist and only consistent member of New Model Army since their inception in 1980, will play an incredibly rare & completely one off, intimate solo show at Swindon’s Victoria on Thursday 16th August as a warm up to his bands performance at Beautiful Days Festival the following evening.

Justin will draw from his back catalogue, perhaps including some of his solo work as well as drawing from his canon including many other side projects along his 37-odd year career, as well as all the classic NMA material.

It’s safe to say this is a spectacularly special show, following in Sheer Music’s strong recent form having already racked up shows for Frank Turner and Ginger Wildheart in Swindon this year.

As such, this show is likely to sell out well in advance! Support for the gig comes in the shape of long standing Sheer & Swindon regular Jake Martin, who gets a killer show, his gigs and performances deserve, and we have no doubt you’ll love him if you’re not already familiar.

We had been asking for this show for 5 years, since New Model Army performed for us at Devizes Festival, and finally it made sense & Justin relented to our asking and approached us as it’s on route to Beautiful Days. We’re delighted to bring him to Swindon, and continue to put some great shows in a great town. 

Tickets are priced just £15 from WeGotTickets, or direct from venue. In the event there are any left, they will be more expensive on the door.

Thursday 16th August 2018
@ The Victoria, Swindon
Doors 8pm.
Sheer Music & The Colour of Vinyl present…

8.45 – 9.15 – Jake Martin
9.30 – 11pm – Justin Sullivan
18+

 

**** PHOTO CREDIT – Ken Harrison Photograhy ****

Grace Petrie plays legendary local folk club

Well lap my poons, I thought I had formally told you all about Grace Petrie coming to town but I was talking a load of rubbish. 

SO RE-CAP, Grace Petrie spent 2017 mostly touring with Billy Bragg playing weeeally big venues, before heading off on a Autumn / Winter jaunt with comedian Josie Long called “A Very Lefty Xmas” and releasing her latest album “Heart First Aid Kit” 

Reigning from Leicester, I cannot help but make the link that after the cities football club won the Premier league, she continued the cities success and took it on the road. 

Very political Grace is perhaps further left or more vocal than Chris T-T. Musically she pitches somewhere around the inevitable comparison to tour mate Billy Bragg, but with the early Billy fire in her belly. I’d say, if you didn’t know her, but were a fan of Chuck SJ Hay who regularly plays for us, then you’d be in safe company with Grace. If you’re into your political folk, then Robb Johnson is your other obvious comparison. Oh & she’s a staunch Labour support, advocate & activist, so, want to hear a voice of a movement, then look no further. 

Now, since booking this show & sticking it on sale, Sheer & #GigFam favourite Gaz Brookfield has also added her to his usual Xmas Bristol gig party, this year being held at SWX. So, as per, we are slap bang in the centre of our scene. 

Grace is also a natural fit for the venues regular identity. Trowbridge Village Pump Folk club regularly hosts Grace’s peers and contemporaries. It’s unusual for us to veer so close to what they do, as I don’t like to step on their toes, but I felt confident that Grace was closely linked enough to our scene as it to not be an issue & they’ve come out in full support of our gig, so I’d like to expend my thanks to them. 

She even once did a Channel 4, Random Acts video, I’ll leave that with you here…

Now, with a run down of our headliner, let’s quickly look at the support – Jim Lockey

Jim is the same Jim from Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun. Jim & Sheer go waaaaaayyyy back to like 2004 or 5 or something. Jim has played countless shows for us, his album “Songs About Death” is a solid gold scene classic and he’s the most performed artist at 2000 Trees Festival. His shows at the forest sessions are legendary. 

For an idea of what he sounds like, here’s his cover of Bright Eyes “Landlocked Blues” still a firm favourite of mine.

I haven’t yet cleared it…. but opening the show will be non other than another Gaz linked act, and someone I’m very fond of, Chuck SJ Hay. I believe they now go by the stage name SJ Hay. Go follow & them on Instagram, and like, root about – That’s part of the fun isn’t it, discovering acts & stuff??

Friday 25th May 2018
@ The Village Pump, Trowbridge 
Doors 8pm. 
8.30 – 9 – Chuck SJ Hay
9.15 – 9.45 – Jim Lockey
10 – 11.15 – Grace Petrie
16+
Tickets £8 adv from WeGotTickets, or £10 otd. 

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Gaz Brookfield makes his Trowbridge debut…

That doesn’t seem right, does it? Gaz Brookfield the self proclaimed “land pirate” who has toured (probably) every town in our fair isle, and was based in Wiltshire for a decade or so, has yet to make an appearance in our county town?!?!

Yet my fellow compadres this is the case. Gaz has never performed in Trowbridge. Never at the Village Pump, or Stallards or even the White Hart. So now on his 5th studio album, his never-ending tour finally rolls into Trowbridge at the Town Hall Arts. Bypassing the usual pup gig entry level show you have to do when visiting a new town, Gaz jumps straight to the top of the pile, in what is arguably our nicest small venue. 

Previously in this room we’ve hosted Chris T-T, Mark Morriss, Professor Elemental and coming up we have Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, Axes and Levellers front man, Mark Chadwick – who has previously personally invited Gaz to tour with him, so we’re very much becoming a member of that scene and establishing Town Hall Arts as a venue of choice for these sorts of artists and shows. 

As you would expect, tickets have been strong for this gig, despite it being on the unlucky day of Friday the 13th. 

You can still pick up cheap advance tickets over at WeGotTickets – We’ve seen the pre-sales and I am delighted that I know so few of them – This is going to be a totally new crowd to Sheer, to our shows and what we do, in an amazing venue and space, with amazing support in the shape of Chuck SJ Hay.

Chuck has played for us only a handful of times, but they’re an absolute talent. We haven’t seen anyone play acoustic guitar  quite so aggressively since Oxygen Thief. They’ll play a lot of angry protest songs, about gender, equality and society at large. 

to recap:

Friday 13th April 2018
Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge
Doors 8pm.
8.45 – 9.15 – Chuck SJ Hay
9.30 – 10.30 – GAZ BROOKFIELD
14+

Tickets £8 adv. £10 otd. 

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ORIGINAL LIVE MUSIC – This is just the beginning Trowbridge, please get involved now.

More Acts Added to ALL ROADS LEAD TO fROME

I can honestly tell you I haven’t been as excited about a gig line up or announcement in some time (well, probably since the last one tbh) but this has BELTER written all over it. 

We, along with our bros in @HitOrMissShows are so freakin’ excited to pull off what we think is the best instalment yet of All Roads Lead To Frome. At the 3rd attempt I think we have our most consistent line-up across both stages of some really bloody exciting UK underground talent. Oh and this year we’ve gone international with American cult hero, writer, public speaker and singer-songwriter…. 

Headlining 2018’s event will be recently streamlined UK pop-punk heroes MALLORY KNOX. We’re delighted to coup such a massive act to headline this years event. Our recent success with the genre with bands like Muskets, Creeper, Boston Manor and the rest, gives us much to be confident about having MK headline. The band decided not to replace original singer Mikey Chapman recently and have instead kept their original identity. This will surely be as  small a show you’re likely to see them at, so, well, don’t miss out OBVS. 

Also joining the bill are Bristol’s original ferocious snarl-punk band, The St Pierre Snake Invasion. I’ve been desperate to book this band for ages. Never having quite found the right time or night to put them on. Then this lightbulb moment happened and I couldn’t resist adding their ying the yang. They pulled my face off at Trees last year. Please help me get drunk so we can go a bit crazy together, yeah? 

It’s also a pleasure to finally get Mishka Shubaly on one of our bills. This American cult hero has been on my radar for some time, and having missed out on his last UK tour, this became a perfect opportunity to slip into his 2018 UK tour. Mishka is a storyteller, public speaker, bell selling author (of tour life) and wise cracking smart ass. If you’re not familiar, do so now, as this will be a really special moment for us all. 

EARLY BIRD TICKETS have finished – Thanks everyone who put their faith in us prior to today! Tickets are now available through the Cheese & Grain website HERE.

So, um, THANK EVERYONE!

 

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