10 year shows and Tee’s

Like so much, this wasn’t what I had quite planned, but it is how it has panned out. And it’s still great. 

First of all, our actual decade date will be Wednesday 24th September, 10 years to the night that Alex Fruen put his hand through a glass table, Adam Rossitor broke a mirror – subsequently getting us banned – and a bunch of Lavington kids complained there was too much metal. There was, but we all had fun anyway. 

To celebrate this now probably over egged fact, we’re throwing 2 shows. One in Swindon, where we arguably have had some success, featuring the aptly named DECADE. Then the following night we have managed to convince American post-hardcore legend turned soloist, JONAH MATRANGA to come to -well off the beaten track- Devizes. Our stomping ground, garrison, HQ what ever we call it, it’s been the best place to see the best bands from the UK underground in Wiltshire for 10 years. We very much took over as Trowbridge came to a close. No bad thing – Trowbridge ruled until it lost it’s venue(s). We came in, took the baton and carried the torch. 

You can find all that relevant info on our gigs page to your right, if you’re reading on the web or by clicking HERE if you’re in the mail out. 

We’re suitably excited and impressed, and we hope you are too. 

 

I, Kieran Moore, will be on the radio Wednesday night from 7 – 9pm with fellow conspirator Rob Escott, on his session The Colour Of Vinyl, to play you a bunch of tunes and try and convince you why you should all be attending these shows. Rob is an excellent host and we have a lorra lorra laughs. You should probably tune in, as let’s face it Wednesday night is hardly where it all goes down. Tune in HERE! or via your tablet or smart phone using the TunedIn radio app.

THE T SHIRTS CAME! 

I wasn’t expecting to be so organised with the t-shirts, or the company to be so quick. Nevertheless we ordered them and received them in total, within 2 days. Which makes me the owner of 100 grey t-shirts. You can pick them up form our Bandcamp page, which is under STORE on your right, or clicking HERE. They’re £8 with free delivery. We’ve sold a bunch already, which is great – and you can see from the pictures below – they look raddd. 

Many thanks to fledging local designer, SHARNA MOLLETT for the design and to Alex Fruen (the same guy as the glass incident above) of Original Glory for the digitalisation. They were screen printed by Calder Screen Print, Halifax.

Keep an eye on our Bandcamp, as I want to revive the Live At The Lamb playlist thingy… but we’re not quite there yet. 

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I’m still on the summer break. I’m still not doing any more gigs until September, but I hope you’re enjoying your time where ever you are, chasing the dream. 

Kieran

DECADE – Callous.

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The last 3 months in a quick review…

It’s been nearly 3 months since I last updated, sorry for the lack of information as I was off gallivanting.

June saw Devizes Festival ( 3 weeks in June) hit town, and I did 23 ish events in 21 days. Highlights included Howard Marks, the ejection and subsequent slating in the Gazette & Herald. (Can’t please them all, some good points in your review, you kinda missed the point though and I managed to ruffle a few feathers in a conservative town.) Mr B (awful sound but great venue and performance). And that crazy Mrs B Nice who was on another planet. Great comedy, and those 3 previous acts all had similar names, which caused chaos.

Ian Hopkins went sick, as you all know, but is back on his feet and rejoining the Festival committee after this years Wash Up meeting next week. Hooray!

I managed to prove myself with a few events, and have much grander, exciting plans for next year. Watch this space come September, and I’ll start to roll out a few hints. It’s going to be proper exciting.

 

The shortest of breaks was filled with  a complete surprise party for both Matthew Adams and I, (Late June) reaching our 30th & 31st birthdays respectively. Thrown by Nicky Stalham and Zoe Moore, it included an El Mariachi Mexican band, loads of Tequila, Mexican’s and Mexican’ts, friends and family, and then someone being sick in a pub toilet, which I waited around drinking coffee until 3am sobering up enough to drive home, because a taxi wouldn’t allow a sick person in the back. EPIC.

 

Then came 2 huge Swindon shows, The Computers & Gnarwolves. (early July) Both shows really brought the good times back to Swindon. I don’t like to blow my trumpet, but these were my biggest shows in terms of finance ever, and it really paid off. Great to see some big bands back in town, and I’ll be looking to continue doing more, provided we get the right offers. Check out the video below of Gnarwolves, along with these two awesome reviews. Especially the comment about the sound at Gnarwolves, which was done through a fog of sickness, Ibuprofen and Paracetamol. ThisIsWiltshire review & Hit The Scene review.

 

After that was a weekend of no sleep, continued sickness, paracetamol and 2000 TREES. (Mid July) My first ever full weekend at Trees (yes, really – I’m normally working at venues as it clashed with Fieldview in the past, OR doing warm up shows for this very festival!) was glorious. The Thursday saw the best bands of my past 6 months of promoting. Retrospective Soundtrack Players, Oxygen Thief and Ben Marwood all having played Swindon’s Victoria for me prior, and all sharing the same backing band was quite special. TRSP’s managed to reduce me to tears, and Ben Marwood also managed e tear. Later that evening saw JoFo play a proper indie rock racket, which made me smile more than their Bath show I managed to rescue after Moles burnt down. Gnarwolves finished off my affiliation with that day in proper style – If it wasn’t for the fact this day alone is the returning bands from the previous year, their set would guarantee them a place on next years bill. Ace.

Zoe, Rob, Meelie and I caught Dan Le Sac for the first time, since I missed them at the Frank Turner support at Wembley, instead opting for the Kingston instore show with Jim Lockey (hardcore). They didn’t disappoint, but it was also announced that they will be parting ways soon, so it was probably my one and only time of seeing them. Fiddlesticks.

The next two days followed in the same routine, late nights, busking slots, Dave McPherson popping up everywhere, AWESOME sets from The Bronx, The Computers and finished off in style with Crazy Arm. Jim Lockey announced their name change into Solemn Sun – I met all the rad dudes from across the country I rarely get to see, Adam Boucher, B-Sydes, Anthony Barlow, Lonely Tourist, Felix Hagen, Barry Dolan, Rick Marwood, Ben Marwood, Kevin BSM Records, and Jack Alcopop, Drop Out Dan etc and I spent time with Steve Hooper and his Mrs and the excellent Jodie from Bristol / Live Music Scene, to seemed to know even more people than I.

Shout outs to the Devizes massive (Luke, Dan and Alex) and all the Swindon crew (too many to name… but special mentions to Jake and Samuel)

Upon our return, and after a shower (or two) Rob Escott of The Colour Of Vinyl (link on your right) and I got down to reviewing the festival, via his session on Melksham Town Sound, which you can listen again via this link on Mixcloud, or check out our Pictures of our adventures on the Sheer Facebook page.

Proper excellent weekend, that gave us the post festival, festival blues. Hate returning to work and longing for it all to kick off again.

Which didn’t take long as PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL hit Devizes, in the amazing surroundings of St Mary’s Church / Arts Centre. The Prof’ went down extremely well, loved the town and the venue and what we are trying to achieve. Visually the place was arresting – Pictures on the Sheer facebook page – We had people travel from Swansea, Gloucester, Guildford, Poole and Bournemouth for the show(!) and our electro-swing DJ went on later than Devizes premier pub/club The Crown.

Check out this video, taken by an audience member…

 

In the mean time, I’ve had in the 10 year anniversary t-shirt image in. Designed by young, fledging graphic designer, Sharna Mollett – It will be available to purchase / pre-order very soon, with an ETA of late September for printing. Check out the design below. Mock up was created by Alex Fruen of Original Glory, who is also handling the digitalisation of a hand drawn image. Skills.

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FINALLY, the first job I had after all that had blown over, was to announce the first of the September shows, in the shape of KUNT & THE GANG. (links on the gigs tab, to your right, if you’re viewing this on the website!) and our final show of the Summer at the Stratton Stroll this Saturday.

Then it’s a genuine 6 or 7 week break from all things musical and organisational, whilst I write the promotion plan for Devizes Festival 2015, have a summer off with friends, start the first of the Bad Film Nights, give the in-laws a thank you curry for all the child minding and perhaps a wee late minute holiday away too.

See y’all in September’

KIERAN J MOORE

>insert, Smarty pants, new year blog title, here<

Well howdy 2014, you came around quick. We’re already half way through January before I’ve even mentioned anything that’s happening this year. 

I never bother with new years eve, call me grumpy, but you count down to midnight, have a quick snog, continue getting too drunk and wonder what all the fuss was about. I love a pointless celebration as much as the next person, I just don’t like paying inflated door prices just to drink in my regular boozer! I much prefer Christmas, as you get all the gaudy, unnecessery decorations that go with it , that’s how you celebrate.

What does 2014 have in store for us then?

My gigs start this Friday the 17th January at The Lamb, in St Johns Street Devizes. With Cambridge, underground performer B SYDES. A performance less suggestive of his quaint love for the traditional single, and more a stroke of coincidence that his name is Ben Sydes. 

What I like about Ben is his ability to play nice and chunky, avoiding any clichés that would normally befall your regular singer songwriters. You’ll have to listen, he’ll drown you out. He’s also a handsome chap, capable of growing better stubble than me. Check that out here.

A further look ahead yields these results… 

Jan 31st           AL O’KANE
– Excellent  roots, crossover bluesy, folk, acoustic
Feb 7th            JON AMOR + Rhiannon Mair
– This pair need little introduction.

Feb 21st           NO FIXED ABODE
– Proper traditional knit your own breakfast, Irish folk.
Feb 28th         THOMAS FORD           
– This guy is UNREAL. Best described as a One Man Blues Trio. Ace.

Mar 7th                 Secret Chord Records
– Swindon’s 
independent label sets out the best of their roster.

Mar 14th         BOB BOWLES
– If you can shout it out, he can play it!

Mar 21st              TEDDY LIGHT
– Well, there isn’t enough room for the Teddy White band is there?

Thurs   Apr 24th GAZ BROOKFIELD – He’s back on tour, but this is a Thursday, write that down!

All the info on these gigs can be found on the gigs tab of the website, on your right >>>>>>> And in all our regular social networking stuffz
Twitter: @sheer_musicsoundcloud.com/sheermusicinstagram.com/sheer_music

TONIGHT you will be able to hear my dulcet chords on MELKSHAM TOWN SOUND. I’m \gatecrashing the air with my cohort Rob Escott. He’ll be playing what I bribe him to play and with any luck we’ll be announcing a few more shows too. Tune in from 8pm on line.

That’s all for now, until next time, toodle pip!

Sheer accidentally take over The Ocelot!

It was to my complete surprise and awe to find in this months OCELOT magazine, a wonderful feature on SHEER MUSIC

Gig Monkey aka Ed Dyer has taken the trouble to write a lengthy piece praising our hard work for the past decade, which can be found on page 52 of Novembers issue. I won’t ruin it for you, so go have a read! 

Earlier in the issue, on page 49, is an excellent live review of our Crazy Arm show at The Lamb in Devizes, back in September – written by recent Sheer recruit, Rob Escott. Rob now has his hand firmly in with the Ocelotters, so we’re going to see more of his work. We’re also going to hear more of Rob, as he trots out a weekly radio session, every Wednesday on Melksham Town Sound, between 8 and 9pm, playing his favourite punk rock. There will be a short segment each week dedicated to “Sheers Suggestion” where I pick something, typically from an up and coming local show to wrap your ears around. Cheers Ocelot, cheers Rob!

Even further back in the issue on page 42, there’s a preview of the GNARWOLVES show in December. Andy gives the band a brief introduction, which I admit looks good on paper (Punktastic’s ones to watch for 2012), as well as naming all the supports – That’s what I love about the Ocelot, they cover everyone, no one gets left behind!

ALSO in the magazine, column space is given to kind of Devizes / Avebury / Swindon / Bristol / Anywhere based singer song writer TAMSIN WHINTON. We like Tamsin in Devizes. We had the privilege of providing her with her first show, offering her some great slots and I even recorded her first demo. It’s great to see that the rest of Wiltshire agrees! Catch her live, she’s always about, and making it further and further away all the time. (my personal preferred measure of success – How far can you get away from your home town!) 

So, much love and respect to The Ocelot, our only dedicated music fanzine. They are wonderfully supportive of the whole of Wiltshire’s music scene, and as proved by my Beans On Toast show, they make a massive difference! 

THE OCELOT

Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out

We’re very lucky this week to have some excellent radio coverage on a host of upcoming gigs!

First up, is the recently launched Melksham Town Sound, a station we’re already familiar with as God Is In The TV contributor, Ben P Scott (What does the P stand for?) has an excellent session, largely dedicated to music of my youth (ie. 90’s Indie.) However it will be young new DJ, Devon Place, who will be presenting an alternative session, which I reckon will feature a lot of rock and a definite preview of our Gnarwolves show in December.

You can tune into that between 5 and 6pm tomorrow evening, via their website Melkshamtownsound.co.uk

We do also have a featuring coming up on “Daring to be different…” local Swindon Radio, Swindon 105.5. I’m not actually 100% sure as and when they’re going to give Friday’s Beans On Toast, Victoria, gig a mention, but they’ve agreed to accept my press releases and I’ve given them a radio friendly song to play too. Regular DJ, Shaun Buswell had agreed to do something, but had found himself doing something much cooler, filming for a new video.

You can tune into if you live in Swindon via 105.5fm, OR online, via http://www.swindon1055.com/.

Lastly, and significantly my first interaction with Wiltshire Introducing’s replacement, BBC Introducing In The West, which broadcasts from Bristol. Presenter Sam Bonham will be giving the Chip Daddy tour with Goldie Lookin’ Chain a little look, and again focussing on Chip’s show in Swindon this Friday with Beans On Toast. 

I’ve always streamed this session via http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012bzts, but you can listen locally, if you’re in the Bristol / south west area via 94.9fm, 104.6fm or DAB.

I thank you all for the support you give our local artists and specifically, my shows! See you Friday x