There are many bands and musicians “from Devizes” that I’m immensely proud of, and like children, you shouldn’t have a favourite.
But if I had to save one band from a burning house fire, it would probably be BITE THE BUFFALO.
These two lads have never done anything without a walloping wide smile on their face and are always a pleasure to work with, or even better, to drink and hang out with.
Saturday 31st August, Ed Dyer aka Ocelot’s Gig Monkey, is putting the band on at The Vic in Swindon, tickets are £5 advance from SeeTickets or direct from behind the bar.
A party from Devizes is being organised (message me for more details) we’re going to get mashed and have a party.
My God, my first experiences of Glasto was 1999′ – we had visually arresting acts such as Hole and Skunk Anansie who, whether you liked them off stage or not, were bloody exciting to read about and watch.
I watched Glastonbury this year on the red button expecting to see some rock and roll, some exciting shenanigans or the very least, some god damn fun.
Now, was it just me, or were you bored shitless too?
Wayyy too many radio fodder, dull, insipid, lacklustre performances. Some awful TV sound (which I guess was better live, believe it or not) + loads of acts going through the motions. Lovely people in interview, but golly – easy to ignore live.
Don’t get me wrong, there clearly was some really exciting music going down – but if you were a casual viewer, wanting to be inspired, then watching the BBC’s red button coverage was not it.
I mean the bloody XX to finish the second stage? What was that all about? Great band etc – but not festival closing, head liner material. Miles Kane was boring. I dislike Alt J anyway, and they did nothing to challenge that perception. Of Monsters And Men, who are a 1 song pony (in my opinion) etc
Thank fuck then for the THE STRYPES who gave it some welly and of course, our very own BITE THE BUFFALO…
BITE THE BUFFALO are returning to Swindon in August, so we’re planning on a coash load from Devizes to head up – drop me a message if you want in.
There’s a full stop after the phrase, The Hoax are Devizes Legends. As far as music from this town goes, they are the real deal, the achievers, the biggest export and the bench mark for others to aspire to. The may have been away for a few years, but the appetite for their music hasn’t faded, with sold out shows across England and Holland in (my) recent memory!
We have been blessed in the past decade to of produced Bite The Buffalo and Decade, who have started to garner festival appearances and US tours, both of which you get the feeling are only just limbering up for greater things, so their timing for a new record couldn’t be better.
To celebrate this they have started a pledge campaign, which within hours of going live, earned £4,000 from, selling off the highest Pledge – you can find out what it was, and pledge to the album >>OVER HERE<< and checkout the promo video below… There are also lives dates… What more could you ask for?
THE HOAX 2013 EUROPEAN TOUR:
AUGUST 31st HOLLAND TBA
SEPTEMBER 2nd OXFORD UK HAVEN CLUB AT THE BULLINGDON
SEPTEMBER 4th GUISBOROUGH UK R&B CLUB
SEPTEMBER 5th EDINBURGH SCOTLAND VOODOO ROOMS
SEPTEMBER 6th UK TBA
SEPTEMBER 7TH HOLLAND TBA
SEPTEMBER 8th PUTNEY UK HALF MOON
Golly! 2 MAJOR updates regarding our home grown talent!
First up, those who follow the band, won’t of failed to notice that 2/5’s Devizes based pop-punk band DECADE were picked up by on the UK’s leading booking agents, The Agency Group. And are now represented by Ross Warnock, who if you read who he represents, it’s a who’s who of UK and US pop punk.
Well done lads, few things have made me prouder of my local scene.
They instantly followed hat up with a UK tour opening for Don Broco and that there Pure Love (featuring that dude from Gallows!) not to mention the tour they haven’t started yet with Light You Up later this month. Bands who work this hard make it. Fact.
Now if that wasn’t all well and good, we only have *probably* the UK’s best bloody blues and roll duo, BITE THE BUFFALO, ripping’ it up again, touring in America and finishing that off with a clutch of shows at this years SXSW.
Stos and Dimitri are South African ex-pats, educated at Devizes School, who played their first shows for me at The Bell BY The Green, who I supported right the way through all their bands, cRimson, Third Idea, I Am Bodhi, before finally finding their feet and sound with BITE THE BUFFALO.
The band will once again head to the Viper Rooms in LA, this time head lining – almost a week after releasing their début album BLUE LIPS, in Bath.
If you don’t already know, SXSW is one, if not the worlds prominent new music and talent festival. It’s the sort of festival where you can casually watch R.E.M play to a 60 capacity bar, and it be considered normal. Google it, search it out. It’s in Austin, Texas. Oh they also happen to be playing the same days as Frank Turner… I wonder if he will go catch them 😉
HUGE CONGRATULATORY WELL DONE’S, SLAPS ON BACKS AND TEARS AND SHIT… THANKS FOR MAKING THIS ALL WORTH WHILE!
Friday night will see the début Devizes outing of, Robb Andrews new blues n’ roll band THE CITY LIGHTS, at The Lamb in Devizes.
Not to be confused with Andover covers band, City Lights, who have previously played the Lamb twice – The City Lights are from Cheverell, Trowbridge and Bath, and feature Robb back behind the kit with Toby Fowles on lead guitar and vocals.
Originally a 2 piece, you can hear a track below, lifted from their Soundcloud – the band have now beefed up with a second guitar – still no bass – Taking cues from Jon Amor Blues Band and Devizes-Old boys, Bite The Buffalo – We appear to be generating a bit of a Blues culture in Devizes!
Entry to Friday’s show is FREE (as usual) and will feature Bath singer song writer and Sheer favourite Georgie Vale, along with another Trowbridge act, Phil Cooper – formally of The Haiku but successfully soloist after numerous support slots including opening for Dodgy and Mark Morriss of The Bluetones.
Entry from 8pm, in the function room at The Lamb, in St Johns Street, Devizes.
Another success story waiting in the wings for Devizes is the incredibly self motivated, Salute The Magpie. Earlier this year I declared it “Salute The Summer” as they racked up some fantastic performances in Devizes at the Queens Jubilee on the Green, opening for Bite The Buffalo at The Bell, a Wiltshire Introducing performance and a headline slot at The Lamb, the summer has been theirs.
The band managed to build momentum, despite not having an official release show for their début self titled EP, available in digital and physical format, which came with praise from Frank Turner & Topper Headon, and now have a mini tour on their hands. Get down to a show while you can, and watch the band continue to grow as they hit University!
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Now the band also have a possibly appearance at Strummerville on the cards, I would say their future is pretty exciting.
Like a proud father, who kicks his young out the nest to see if they can fly, I was over the moon to see the Zambian born, Devizes raised duo Bite The Buffalo tour in America, and play legendary club(s) including, The Viper Rooms.
What is incredible to know is these brothers played their first ever show at The Bell By The Green, Devizes on Friday 10th November, 2006, for Sheer Music, and never looked back.
Managed by Bath based, Daddy Longlegs, the boys have grown from strength to strength, showing no signs of slowing down. Well done, I am truly happy and proud of you – knowing people succeed further on down the line from our humble beginnings in Devizes is the most amazing feeling!
Without actually even realising it until it was pointed out to me, this Friday I have managed to put together a Zoo of a bill for your aural pleasure!
Bath based (ex-Devizes!) classic rock n’ roll duo, BITE THE BUFFALO return to town for only their second show here, after successfully signing to BA1 records, release a stone wall classic EP “Bromigos”, playing the UK’s most Eco-Friendly festival “Penny Farthing” with Tall Ships (where the electricity is generated by the audience on push bikes!) and lining up a whole European tour for the Autumn – there isn’t anything related to the band which isn’t cool!
The Goneos brothers have been long friends of Sheer, since we gave them their first shows as cRimson, Third Idea and I Am Bodhi, it seems the band have finally found their feet, their sound and their ability to make an impression in our hearts and in our minds. To say I’m proud and excited about Fridays show is a massive, Massive understatement.
Equally as happy, I am excited to let lose, the “coming along nicely” and “quickly maturing”, SALUTE THE MAGPIE – who will deliver their tightest and best set to date. After releasing new demo’s on their soundcloud, the excellently titled “Cairo Car Chase” is hinting at all the right sounds, with a more technical approach more akin to Foals than the previous sound of Fratellis.
Delighted I am, that I’ve invited Salute to perform at the Jubilee event on the Green in Devizes on Sunday June 2nd, and then headline the local bands stage at Rowdy Fest on July 21st.
New openers for the night are the Devizes based, classic rock vibe of Led Zepplin infused jams, SENOR SCORPION, who have been honing their craft at The Warehouse Studio’s on Hopton Industrial Estate. It’s by no coincidence that the band are as good as they are, despite playing very few shows, because of their commitment to rehearsals in a top quality venue.
We’re expecting this to be one super night, with the handsome duo up top, and then two very well supported local bands really finalising a bill of quality music, so do get down to catch the openers, and not to miss a second of this event.
8.45 – 9.15 – Senor Scorpion
9.30 – 10 – Salute The Magpie
10.15 – 11 – Bite The Buffalo
Christ, what an insane week in Music!
let’s start with last Saturday… Georgie Vale thumbed a lift up to Devizes with Bite The Buffalo to headline the Lamb in Devizes. BTB were simply amazing, discrediting any concern some would of had that their riffage couldn’t be done by two! It can, they did and a real decent crowd saw. Well done!
Georgie finally came good after a few false starts to recent gig offers, she has a lovely voice, which I didn’t really appreciate before, maybe it was because she was upstairs, and the crowd was more respectful? Anyway, just a great singer songwriter. I would love to see her Cinnamon Kings though now.
The Score had a fine set, probably their best for a good while. Heavier vocals were much better than their last outing, and a little more time spent on the levels meant they where much clearer! A few more shows and they will be nailing it. (Do check out their new myspace layout) But the show probably belonged to Oxygen Thief, who made the trip down from Bristol. His chunky fret bashing was cracking, and really offered the night something a bit different. He had an awesome crowd response too!
Downstairs in the front Audrey Aroha Tietz, proved that she can cut it in a louder front bar environment, but also showed that she is more suited to a subtler, quieter room. She was great how ever, and made a few more fans. Luke De-Sciscio fared a little worse. He was scheduled to be upstairs, but chose to play to the packed room. The problem was, they were rude bastards and spoke the entire time. He was great, an epic reaching vocal, with some gentle deft guitar work. Shame people didn’t pick up on it. His crowd control could be better, so if anything he must of gone away thinking how to get peoples attention better.
Opener Victoria Burt played a wonderful set of covers and really messed with them. Her La Roux + MGMT covers going down especially well. She sticks a folk edge to it, yet retaining the original pop vibe. Cool. Shame she kept saying how she didn’t want to be there, or doing it between every song, as we loved it!
Malmesbury based head liner Corky was as fun and dependable as ever, He launched right into Jump Around, and continued for a further 45 minutes, which the pub lapped up again!
We struggled overall since a lot of regulars were away watching football, which failed epically. So win for us, and a big loss for everyone else.
Sunday night took me to Semmington, which the previously mentioned Audrey Aroha Tietz father. We nailed a lovely beer festival music all dayer thingy in Semmington. The weather held out and we were treated to Train To Skaville, who featured one bassist from Electric Trash. She led the line beautifully, and by all accounts this band are hitting the Devizes beer festival in August, so do check them out. The party was stolen somewhat by a band called Surfin’ Turnips, who were a 3 chord punk band from Bristol who played Cider + Wurzels influenced punk stories. They are often literally songs picked up in pubs, and feature melodies laid down by our grandparents. They were stunning. And I don’t often say that, especially about 3 chord punk. Do Check Out.
Then Thursday hit. WHAT A NIGHT!
So so much went down. First was the Bloodstock Battle of The Bands FINAL at Riffs Bar, Hook. – and as finals go, this was proper exciting. Roads To Nowhere, who I was rooting for, finished around 3rd, with out of town Unknown Fear taking the winning slot. The big drama of the night was local lads, In The Absence Of Light finishing 2nd for the 5th year running. How does that even happen? They are a great band, and nailed their set, and you would of thought, had the bulk of the support! Unlucky lads, you will get the recognition someday, don’t lose faith. You’re rad.
The same night served up Devizes cock rock revivalists White Knuckle Bride playing support to Thin Lizzy at Swindon’s M.E.C.A.. The band went down really well by all accounts, though I wasn’t there to witness. I can’t imagine what it would of been like to play with a band of that statue and musical heritage, on a stage that big, to an audience that large! Sweet things guys!
On this same night we had the opening Fringe Event for Devizes Festival, featuring 90’s indie legends Dodgy – their front man came to town to bang out some oldies, and some newies. Nigel played Swindon a while back, and I asked Ian Hopkins to consider him for the fringe event. Low and behold following up ex front man, Tom Hingley and Miles Hunt, we had a night of guaranteed fun and frolics. He of course delivered Good Enough, Home Grown and personal favourite Staying Out For The Summer to great appreciation.
It was a crazy ass end to a crazy ass week for me. I am shattered. Good night.