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

 

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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.

New Riot @ 12 Bar –

A last-minute change form the Vic to the 12 bar lead to some awesome delight on the 3rd night of straight music mixing for me!

New Riot are a skanking 6 piece from some where in the UK, and this night being their warm up show for the support slots on the [SPUNGE] tour.

As I arrived at the venue, they were already in and setting up – a good sign if you ever needed one. The band consist of a typical set up, 2 guitars, bass and drums, with the addition of a brass section – a Trumpet and Sax. This was probably my first proper mixing of 2 brass instruments in one band, it went smoothly enough – the saxophonist had a nice wireless clip on mic, so he could dance about & I whacked up a 57 for the trumpet – job done.

I do love a bit of Ska, and looking back I can’t ever remember seeing a rubbish, or at least poorly played ska band, that’s either because 3 chord punk is easy to play, or because the musicians always put a lot of passion into ska… Either way New Riot did not let the side down with a hugely fun hour set, blasting out song after song of upbeat, high tempo ska punk tunes, chucking in a sublime cover, and a conga line to finish the night off. Excellent stuff – and I should imagine [SPUNGE] will have to be on top of their game not to be shown up!

Heres the bands you tube album launch video thingy, it’s a lot of fun.