Tim Wheeler in Marlborough, Jimmy Moore in Devizes

Sound Knowledge (the guys we did the Computers show co-pro with earlier this year) are proud to announce that TIM WHEELER from ASH will be promoting his début solo album by performing a FREE ENTRY gig, Monday night at the Azuza Cafe in Marlborough. 

Doors are 6.30 with the performance scheduled for 7pm. Entry is free, but if you intend to buy the album, please, please buy it from Sound Knowledge that evening (there will be plenty of copies) and you will have an opportunity to meet and great Tim and get your copy signed after his performance. Check out the Facebook page >HERE<

This is the second time Tim has been in Wiltshire for acoustic sessions, after Ash premièred their fifth studio album, Twilight Of The Innocents, in 2007, also at Sound Knowledge.

We were also at that performance and it was intimate. I drove our lot up from Devizes and forced them to listen to the first album from electro-poppers Oppenheimer, of which Tim featured on the track Orchid. I wore my Jetplane Landing t-shirt and despite being 24 I totally fan-boyed at Tim saying I had a cool shirt. 

If I’m being completely honest, it was a calculated move. I knew he would know them, as Jetplane Landings front man Andrew Ferris is the CEO of Small Town America, the label who put out the Oppenheimer album. Cynical? Perhaps, but I meant it sincerely. 

If I wanted to do that again, I’d wear an Emperor Yes! t-shirt on Monday, as Ash Gardiner from Emperor Yes! has done some recording work with Ash, and performed for me in Swindon recently, but I think once is enough. 

Needless to say, it’s going to be a really cool, busy affair – Kudos for Sound Knowledge for maintaining an enviable level of high profile acts coming to their store. This really is something to consider and support in the Wiltshire music scene. 

WE continue with regular live music at The Lamb in Devizes this Friday too, with Swindon’s Jimmy Moore, popping through as part of his “Good Times” South West tour. Support comes from Jack Moore and recent, impressive débutante Blossom Bowes. I believe entry is £2 / a donation to Jimmy and doors will be 8pm. 

Check out that events Facepage >HERE<.

AND finally…. Listen to this kick ass version of Jack Moore’s song, I Capsize from his Soundcloud.




Magazines and tours

Many things can make you feel 16 again. Kissing girls, chatting to girls on the phone, and for me recently, looking at girls in magazines… I of course refer to Decade’s feature in, FRONT

It has literally been soo long since I bought a lads mag in Ducks, that I actually had to ask the Saturday girls where they were kept. Funny thing being under previous owner, Mr Duck. I distinctly remember him refusing to sell me the FHM with Louise Rednapp (then Nurding) on the front cover, as it’s content was deemed “unsuitable for a chap your age.” I strangely had more respect for him for that, and promptly nipped off to WH Smiths to get my fix.

So why did I break my decade long break between lad mag purchases? Simply because non-other than our home grown heroes DECADE gracing it’s inner pages.  The brief interview with front man Alex Sears gave me a chuckle and showed us a nice preview of their next video. Well worth £3.99 or what ever I paid, especially since there was an 8-page feature on the coolest UK underground punk band, GNARWOLVES.

We’ll call that a double win for Devizes. 

From our touring acts, to touring acts coming through town, we have Xtra Mile’s CRAZY ARM in Devizes TONIGHT. The band are on their 5th date of this “Southern Wild” tour (poster should be to your right, if you’re reading the website, and your screen resolution is the same as mine…)  and they should have the physical pre-release copies of the album if you fancy it. They’re playing the record through, having been promised some a cappella, Banjo’s and 4 part harmonies?!

If you got the press release mail out, you may already be familiar with the song, Remembrance. Which is probably one of the best arranged folk songs I’ve heard. Lush vocals, effective simple musicianship and a whole lot of feel.  

So hopefully I’ll see you all tonight – doors at 7, show starts at 8 (like every good punk show). Support from Calne’s Mick O’Toole and Wroughton’s Jimmy Moore. 

Entry is free, so won’t cost you a dime, and you know what? You’ll leave richer for the experience. Promise. 

Punk tour coming through Devizes





I’m literally having to pinch myself. Not because I’ve managed to pulled off another significantly cool tour to run through Devizes, but also at our placing between Southsea Fest & Old Blue Last. After one of the coolest UK festivals, and before one of the coolest venues in the country. Well done us. 

To be honest, if the shows weren’t well attended, or in fact any good – we would of all given up a long time ago. It goes without saying now, that if there’s a gig at The Lamb, it’s probably worth bothering with – This is no exception. There is a press release floating about, which you are welcome to forward to mates, or request from me – it has all the relevant links, and posters!

It’s because of all this recent activity that I’ve managed to bag another utterly amazing tour ready to roll into Devizes in December. If you’re a fan of underground punk music, you’re not going to want to miss this. Especially if you’ve been to any UK festival this year. So please go and join the Sheer Music Facebook group, to be the first to get the invite! 

Official announcement will be made on October 7th. 

How ever, it’s the CRAZY ARM tour that is exciting me now. In little over 2 weeks this 5 piece country folk punk act, will be hitting Devizes. It’s a show I’ve chased for a while now, having known it was coming up, and when you consider the other acts we’ve had from Xtra Mile, Devizes really is punching above it’s weight. Long may the uber cool, intimate, real shows continue.

 Crazy Arm play The Lamb, Devizes, Sunday 15th September 2013. Support from Calnes, Mick O’Toole and Swindon’s Jimmy Moore. Entry is FREE from 7pm. Bring your friends, and come hang out!

acoustic tour poster (small)Keeping excellent company too…

Beans On Toast tour, video and Swindon date!

JAY Macallister, aka BEANS ON TOAST  has just released a brand new video for Beer & a Burger, the 2nd or 3rd track to be lifted from his new album, Fishing for a Thank You. 

Jay will be touring the UK throughout April and May, including two stops in the Southwest for us at Sheer. One at Bath Moles Club on Thursday 16th May and the other, Friday 17th @ The Victoria in Swindon. 

You can pick up tickets for the Swindon show >>here<< and it includes fantastic supports from Jimmy Moore, Oxygen Thief and Ellen Cox – MENTAL! >Facepage<

But if you’re a poor, broke student, perhaps a trip to a free entry Moles Club and their Stereo Types night would be in order instead? That show comes with support from Oxygen Thief. >Facepage<

HOW EVER, it’s not all good news… Jay has had to pull out of the Devizes showcase gig. 2nd year running I’ve lost my head liner and For The Same Reason. Last year Thought Forms went and toured the US with the UK’s pioneers of trip hop, Portishead, and this year Jay is opening up for none other than Sheer Favourite FRANK TURNER.

We wish him all the best, and will find some one just as rad to fill his boots!

Full Dates…

20th April – MARGATE – The Bracket

30th April – CAMBRIDGE – Portland Arms

16th May – BATH – Moles w/ Oxyegn Thief

17th May – SWINDON – Victoria w/ Oxygen Thief + Ellen Cox + Jimmy Moore

21st May – HULL – The Fruit

22nd May – SOUTHAMPTON – Joiners

23rd May – YORK – Fibbers

24th May – MANCHESTER – Dot to Dot

25th May – BRISTOL – Dot to Dot

26th May – NOTTINGHAM – Dot to Dot

Tour of USA: w/ Frank Turner

1st June – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club

4th June – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls

6th June – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live

7th June – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts

8th June – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony

9th June  – Columbus, OH – The Basement

10th June – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom

14th June – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe


Glastonbury / Blissfields / Beatherder

2000 Trees / Lounge on the Farm / Secret Garden Party

Frolic Festival / Boomtown Fair

Final 3 Fantasy Radio sessions now up!

Jimmy Moore, Year Of The Thief and Chris Worth sessions are now all up and available to download or stream. 

Sorry for the delay, but I can assure you it was worth the wait. Jimmy Moore played a stonking set at The Lamb back in November, which bought a tear to our collective eye, and is worth a listen back. The interviews are as equally entertaining as the music itself too. 

We will recommence recording sessions in 2013, and possibly a newly branded vision and weekly radio session on offer – Tune in to the Matthew Corbett Session, Thursday between 7 and 10pm, for possible announcements. 

For a little insight, here is a live recording of Chris Worthy from The Lamb – recorded by me back in October.

Jake Assirati lays down some demo’s and announces a show

Jake Assirati, front man of indie-rock band, Year Of The Thiefrecorded with me some demo’s at The Lamb Friday night, results can be heard below, and an extra song on Sheer’s soundcloud. Further to that, Jake will be opening for Sasquatch Walk on Friday 23rd November at The Lamb in Devizes. This show will be occurring in the front bar, so get ready to get sweaty and rowdy in the confined space!  As always the this show is FREE entry. 8pm.