This Town Needs Guns @ Vic 25/02/2010

The second night of a 3 straight night binge of live music, late nights and early mornings began at 6pm at The Victoria.

unfortunately the load in and sound check didn’t start until 7pm, which was a shame as TTNG’s only came from Oxford!

Load in they did, with The Alfonz at 7pm prompt – we whizzed through the TTNG’s sound check – the consummate professionals, who actually turn down when you ask them to! I will boldly state my best mix of sound at The Vic since I have worked there – im obviously getting used to the PA now.

Drum change (I hate these on such tight scheduled bills) and we went into The Alfonz sound check, a nice easy night with two of three bands a trio, the fourth only having a second guitar from time to time, meant the change into Sailors was dead easy, and we were ready for doors at 8.30pm. A near perfect sound check.

Sailors opened and played through their usual set of tight and perfectly executed technical math pop. Personal highlight being new single “Red Wax”, which can be found on their myspace Each member grinned like a Cheshire cat, induced by supporting heroes, This Town Needs Guns.

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Sailors have played here before, supporting Cats And Cats And Cats and Tubelord, more supports like this and it won’t be long before they move up the bill. They received a great reception from the scant crowd, its nice to see a band who play with such passion regardless of the audience.

Up next The Alfonz, Swindon’s homegrown and most exciting prospect stepped up to the plate with a fantastic set of mature indie rock tunes, belieing their age. I hadn’t seen the band live before, so was surprised at their lack of desire to follow the obvious route of Libertines / lad rock style modern indie, and this alone sets them apart form their peers.

Again, a sparse crowd took the gloss off the perfect set, which they unveiled a new song at. Shame.

Lastly This Town Needs Guns came, drum change being nice and smooth, due to the rustic approach to drum mics… I was terrified in honestly of mixing a band I love so much, and had such a reliance on their guitar clarity and vocals. Luckily their own experience has led them to know their gear very well, and were obedient enough to turn down.

Their sound was as clear as a whistle, with soaring vocals and trademark intricate guitars – all perfectly balanced out – I was truely proud of the quality of sound.

Gig highlight was when Sailors vocalist Alex Share was invited up on stage to sing “If I Sit Still….” a song which meant a lot to his band and friends – a fitting moment considering the turn out was so poor for such a well promoted night. These special moments happen, you weren’t there to witness it.

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The show was filmed by Swindon based Pictor Productions, a bunch of lads who only offered to record the day before – they will be mixing down a video shortly, and links will be put up when we have them. They too were dead professional, didn’t get in the way, and apparently got near perfect quality sound and video – Looking forward to the video lads!

The photo’s were taken by Declan Spreadeasy from Salisbury. I may of made up his surname.

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