Introducing… The Big Massive Orchestra

A quick reminder of what Sheer & Loathing is – it marks the approximate date of Sheer’s first-ever gig at the Football Club in Devizes in 2004. Fifteen years and 450 gigs later, we arrive at this all-afternooner, where some of the bands I have missed out on many occasions finally come to make their mark on Trowbridge and our memories! 

Kicking off at 3pm and finishing around 10pm (for live music) we have some of the best acts from across Wiltshire and national ones doing the rounds including… THE BIG MASSIVE ORCHESTRA.

Here is a band who probably needs little introduction, certainly not in the Trowbridge, Frome and Bath triangle. 

This band first came to my attention after Mr Rob Dahl of Hit Or Miss promotions booked them for All Roads Lead To Frome #2 last year. The band who then were only like, barely 16, have since turned into one of the absolute best, most exciting prospects we have going. 

A unique set up of guitar, drums, and violin, the band are able to summon some incredibly lush, deep, moving landscapes of music. It was wholly unexpected to see such an accomplished band at such a young age that it led me to liken them to Thought-Forms, who are also well known for making lush textures and soundscapes.

We’ve always looked to support youth music, be it young people or young bands, but this band seemed to skip the part where you’re a bit shit and need to learn the trade of playing live, figuring out what does and what does not work. They came out fully formed – They hadn’t even gone to music college at this point. Part of me fears of what they will be told in the classroom will change what is already an incredibly winning formula. 

This hasn’t gone unnoticed when last year the band were called up to perform at the award-winning* math / post-rock festival the ArcTanGent in Bristol and playing packed shows across the local area, hitting up and outgrowing all the local venues. 

Their recorded music is great despite there being very little of it out there, but what you can hear is on their Bandcamp. However, it is their live show that the band truly excel. It doesn’t seem quite right when they produce such a massive sound, but with two members studying either Jazz drums or classical guitar, it’s no real surprise that they’re able to function at a level higher than they’re currently performing. I mean christ, this is a band who would cover Radiohead’s Idioteque and get away with it!

The Big Massive Orchestra is a band that will undoubtedly grow and grow, and I have no doubt we will be looking back at a time in our scene that we will fondly remember that they graced us with their music. 

For more info on the band, go and like their Facebook Page, subscribe to their Youtube etc, you know how the internet works in this day & age… 

 

Sheer & Loathing In Trowvegas
@ Trowbridge Town Hall
Saturday 19th October 2019
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 – The 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)

Tickets: £15 adv or £20 otd. Available direct from venue or from WeGotTickets or SeeTickets. The bands have a limited amount of cheap tickets… HTU for links and such…

* (Best toilets in 2013, Best small festival in 2018)

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Introducing…. And Alice

Howdy folks welcome to the first in 9 Blog posts about all the artists performing at Sheer & Loathing in Trowvegas on Saturday, October 19th. 

A quick reminder of what Sheer & Loathing is – it marks the approximate date of Sheer’s first-ever gig at the Football Club in Devizes in 2004. Fifteen years and 450 gigs later, we arrive at this all-afternooner, where some of the bands I have missed out on many occasions finally come to make their mark on Trowbridge and our memories! 

Kicking off at 3pm and finishing around 10pm (for live music) we have some of the best acts from across Wiltshire and national ones doing the rounds including… AND ALICE.

This band came to our attention purely by accident. They were one of the cool bands that Chippenham squirrels away and when we had another Chippenham band, Hoggs Bison due to perform who had to pull out. T heir drummer Tom Mallard sent And Alice in their place. And what a stroke of luck that turned out to be.

This previously unknown band to me brought a truckload of friends up from Chippenham to Trowbridge to open for techy-math band AXES. And they blew us away. From the first note, their own mathy-indie rock was just loud dancy fun! If this band aren’t yet on the ArcTanGent radar, they should be. Their sound slots perfectly in with that technical, left field, mathy rock. 

For more info and such, go like their Facebook page HERE, their Bandcamp HERE, and join the Facebook event page HERE!

NOTE: The artists have a limited number of cheaper advance tickets, contact your fav bands and ask for the link! 

Sheer & Loathing In Trowvegas
@ Trowbridge Town Hall
Saturday 19th October 2019
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 – The 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)

Tickets: £15 adv or £20 otd. Available direct from venue or from WeGotTickets or SeeTickets.

Introducing… Jezilyn Martyn

Howdy folks welcome to the first in 9 Blog posts about all the artists performing at Sheer & Loathing in Trowvegas on Saturday, October 19th. 

A quick reminder of what Sheer & Loathing is – it marks the approximate date of Sheer’s first-ever gig at the Football Club in Devizes in 2004. 15 years and over 450 gigs later, we arrive at this all-afternooner, where some of the bands I have missed out on many occasions finally come to make their mark on Trowbridge and our memories! 

Kicking off at 3pm and finishing around 10pm (for live music) we have some of the best acts from across Wiltshire and national ones doing the rounds and they start with… JEZILYN MARTYN.

Jez was quite well known in the local singer-songwriter acoustic scene well before she came to play for us for the first time. Why it took so long I don’t know, but she made her debut to a sold-out show opening for Gaz Brookfield in February of this year at Devizes Cellar Bar. 

This Calne based musician is quite famous for her song about getting kicked out of a show for a song about her breasts. Mike Barham tells the story way better than me, but trust us when we say it’s always a good one live. 

Jez likes to use a loop station in a way that reminds us of Laura Kidd aka She Makes War. Looping vocal sounds, layed up to create a song sans any instrumentation. It can be hugely effective to a receptive audience, and given Jez is a guitar teacher, her playing is unquestionable! 

Jez includes anecdotal stories in her sets, the music is engaging, relatable and above all good, and with a full 30 minutes, you’ll get to see her perform a proper set of original music, which only took 2 gigs for us to force her way into our conscious. She fully deserves a slot on this incredible line-up and we’re confident you’ll love her too.

For more info and such, go like her Facebook page HERE, the Youtube HERE, and join the Facebook event page HERE!

 

NOTE: The artists have a limited number of cheaper advance tickets, contact your fav bands and ask for the link! 

Sheer & Loathing In Trowvegas
@ Trowbridge Town Hall
Saturday 19th October 2019
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 – The 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)

Tickets: £15 adv or £20 otd. Available direct from venue or from WeGotTickets or SeeTickets.

Dave McPherson – RETURNS to Swindon!

It’s been a long time since Dave last played Swindon. There are reasons for the long absence, which we won’t dwell on except to say it’s been a long time coming. 

For those who don’t know who Dave is, Dave is a British music legend. A career spanning decades now, he rose to fame in the late 90s with his band InMe when they released their debut album, Overgrown Eden to rapture. Famous for his flowing locks of luscious hair, Dave & InMe graced many the front cover of the British music press including Kerrang! and Rock Sound. 6 studio albums later the band have cemented their place in British rock history and a firm place in our hearts. 

It was a long time ago Dave hit the road as a soloist, releasing a number of solo albums too, that were equally as good as his band’s output and continued his presence among the best in the UK alternative scene and many a festival line up and tours around this country. 

However, it’s been a while since Dave last played Swindon or even Wiltshire for a year or two. So it’s with the greatest of pleasures that we welcome him back to Level 3 for what is effectively our Xmas show party on Saturday 21st December 2019! 

This show is also a co-pro between us and our friend’s BANDIT MUSIC, who have been doing some amazing gigs in Swindon, go like their page and stuff to keep up to date with their shows. We’re currently trying to get one of Swindon’s finest bands to play a rare acoustic support set, that if we pull it off, will really make for a special evening!

This tour has been mooted as an exclusive tour of InMe material, but as I’m currently trawling Dave’s videos on Youtube I cannot believe for one moment that he will ditch his solo material, as this has formed some of my most treasured memories as a promoter when Dave came and played Devizes Lamb to 60 people and made me shed many a tear to tracks like Lady Luck, Spring Hearts Need Blood, Snowball, I’m Possible, Something Bad, Last Year & Love Rats. We may need to give him extra time in his set…. 

Anyway, this is a brilliant excuse and opportunity to get mates together, see those friends we always promise to hang out with but never get the chance, at Christmas time for a bit of a sing-a-long and nostalgia. I’ll be inviting as many friends as I can and hope that some of you can make it for what I hope will be an incredibly special night. 

Saturday 21st December 2019
@ Level 3, Swindon.
Doors 8pm.

8.30 – 9pm –
9.15 – 9.45 –
10 – 11pm – Dave McPherson solo.
Tickets £6 adv. £8 otd.
14+

TICKETS: WeGotTickets // SeeTickets

I’m sure when we get round to this show I’ll be gushing about the amazing year we’ve had, but there is a long way to go and some seriously good gigs to happen before then, so, hang tight & I’m sure I’ll be seeing you all very soon

Kieran x

 

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.

SeanSwindon

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 ****