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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Solemn Sun make their belated Swindon bow.

 

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Live & Inconsolable: The Computers return to Wiltshire.

HOLY MOLY we’ve only gone and done it. Booked the most exciting rock n’ roll band in the UK right now THE COMPUTERS.

I thought this show was up the swanny after their rather excellent, in my opinion, agent Aisha Ali quit representing all her bands (except, Apologies, I Have None) earlier this year. I didn’t think we would pull this off, but after the bands stripped back performance in Marlborough last week for Record Store Day, I managed to collar the band again, was referred to their manager, and bang we’re back in business!

Aisha represented previous acts we’ve done shows for including CRAZY ARM and WOAHNOWS so it will be sad to see her move on, as most agents are such a bind, Aisha was one of the good ones. We wish her all the best, and regardless we now have The Computers actually coming to Wiltshire to unleash a full electric head line show on us, on Friday 4th July 2014, the day before they play Love Supreme Jazz Festival. 

For those who don’t know, The Computers kinda of mar 1950’s Rock n’ Roll with a little rock-a-billy and punk, all dressed up in sharp suits and quiff’s. Their live LP was one of the most sought after at this years Record Store Day too. 

We are proud to be doing this show, in association with Sound Knowledge of Marlborough too. It’s easily the best stocked record store in Wiltshire and probably the whole area. 

Support for the show comes from Bristol’s Scout Killers, and Swindon’s finest purveyors of alt. rock ALL EARS AVOW You can pick up a limited number of advance tickets direct from the venue and Sound Knowledge for £8 without a booking fee, or from WeGotTickets – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/271785. £10 on the door, subject to availability.  

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VERSES UK tour comes to Swindon.

After the shambles that was the Gnarwolves tour announcement cock up, that stated my show was in Swindon, when it was in fact in Salisbury… I am now able to bring you another nationally advertised UK tour, from Brighton pop punk band, VERSES.

The grumbles I read and received over the Gnarwolves kerfuffle should be rectified with this tasty tour, so Swindon it’s now your time to stand and be counted.

 “No longer just a promising band, Verses set themselves out as serious contenders” Review, ROCK SOUND

Brighton rock four piece VERSES have confirmed the release date for their highly anticipated album ‘Feel It Faster’ as May 26th, just 3 days before their tour opens at Swindon’s Victoria. Pre-order bundles are now available at versesband.com, instantly receiving ‘To The Rooftop’, as well as two bonus tracks when the album is released (acoustic versions of Making Statues and Live In The Sky).

The first two singles taken from the forthcoming album, ‘Making Statues’ and ‘Feel It Faster’, have been supported by BBC Radio 1, XFM, Kerrang Radio, Kerrang TV, Scuzz, MTV Rocks, Kerrang Magazine, Rock Sound, Big Cheese and more. The band previously gave away mini album ‘Come To Life’ with Rock Sound in 2013.

2014 promises to be a busy and important year for VERSES – both Kerrang and Rock Sound have tipped the band for big things in 2014.  The plan is to tour, tour, tour, so expect to see them at festivals throughout the year plus a number of tours.  Since forming in 2010, the band have paid their dues and toured relentlessly, supporting Arcane Roots in 2013 and LostAlone already in 2014, to build up a solid fanbase to prove that they’re in this for the long haul and not just a band looking for overnight success!

Tickets are available NOW from WeGotTickets.com, priced £6 in advance, but will cost £8 on the door. Support comes from tour buddies Taketheseven and local heroes All Ears Avow and Somewhat Snakes.

 

Apr 19        Hit The Deck, Bristol

Apr 20        Hit The Deck, Nottingham

 Headline Tour:

May 29       The Vic Inn, Swindon >>WeGotTickets<<

May 30       Unit, Southampton

May 31       Camden Rocks Festival, London (not headline)

June 1          Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

June 2          Asylum 2, Birmingham

June 3          Think Tank, Newcastle

June 4          Stereo, Glasgow

June 5          The Compass, Chester

June 6          Warehouse 23, Wakefield

June 7          Korova, Liverpool

  

July 12        2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham

 

 

SWINDON DETAILS

Doors 7.30pm. 
8 – 8.30pm – Somewhat Snakes
8.45 – 9.15 – All Ears Avow
9.30 – 10 – Take The Seven
10.15 – 11 – VERSES

 

 

Verses tour poster