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)

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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