TENDRIL release début EP

Devizes classic rockers, TENDRIL, who won the Devizes Festival Showcase back in June, have used their studio time / money prize to cut their first demo which is released TODAY via their bandcamp.


The 5 track EP which is jovially called Tendril Loving Care, was recorded by Gareth Nicholas, a relatively new comer to our scene. You will have heard a lot of Gareth’s live recordings on the Sheer Music Soundcloud previously, but this is the first time Gareth has been able to record locally, in any sense of studio quality, at The Warehouse rehearsal space. I reckon he’s worth tapping up for your own recording.

This EP is being given the release show treatment on Friday 29th November, at The Bell By The Green, Devizes. You can find out more on that on the Facebook event page. This head line show has been a long time coming for the band, who burst onto the scene only 17 months ago, when they performed the Devizes Festival showcase in 2012, their first ever live performance, under their previous name, Orcryst. You can see a Youtube video of that, here.


Guitar Roadshow comes to Devizes…

Musical Circus is all about fun, music and getting the “touchy, feely” back into musical Instruments.

Formed by two Wiltshire musicians who found themselves without local music shops to buy from anymore.  They came up with a hair brained idea for a modern day shop/approach to trading and provide a service in what they know best!

“I’ve (Mark Griffin) worked in small music retail before, it is very tough and competitive but what most small independent retailers have is great knowledge and the chance to try items and make your own choice.” Ray (Jones) added “Most people use the internet to buy things these days, but in the case of guitars it’s a truly personal experience and selection, you really need to try rather than buy blind and hope for the best online…  We do also exist and trade online, you have to in these times. Some of our vintage/unusual stock has even been sold to famous stars that wouldn’t just show up to a show night. (Although they would be very welcome to attend!)

The instruments hopefully speak and play for themselves at the shows. They are all serviced, set-up and tuned ready to play and we have a great cross section of prices and stock. Our aim is to get back to that personal small retailer approach but felt in these modern times a bricks and mortar shop may not be the best way to achieve it?
The shows are very relaxed and fun that anyone any age and musical ability can come along try something interesting or different. There will be live music on the night as well as a live room auction! Bring a long your old guitar! – We buy/sell/trade on the night (ID always required for trades/PX)

The Bell by The Green was an obvious choice in the town for a show, They’re great and very switched on to live music and have a great back room to host it all. The Musical Circus team are taking over The Bell by the Green for our event on Thursday 7th November and would love to see musicians of all styles, ages for the evening!

NOVEMBER – Guitar Show
Estcourt St, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1LQ
7.30pm – 10.30pm – Free Entry
Live Music – Try The Gear – Live Room Auction


Tendril (formally Orcryst) announce EP + show.

Quite possibly the most anticipated début studio outing from a local band, the EP from classic vibe rockers, TENDRIL, is scheduled to be released via their Bandcamp on Friday November 1st.

Initially the EP will be stream only, with FREE digital download codes given to everyone who comes to the launch show on Friday 29th November, when TENDRIL play main billed support to an as yet, unannounced European band.

The show is being handled by Abe Juggins, who will be bringing some of the best underground metal to town. Already on the bill are Dead Man’s Bastard with an opener still tbc. Abe only does the best sort of underground shows.

In the past 9 years, never have so many other acts, musicians promoters and general well wisher rallied around one band as we have around Tendril – I’ve heard the EP, and I know, just know you’re going to love the classic vibe, Joe Satriani feel to the guitar and general impressive musical ability of the band.

Recorded at the Warehouse Studio‘s by the excellent Gareth Nicholas – this is the perfect opportunity to look at what Gareth can do, and if you like what you hear, we have a very capable mobile recording studio on our doorstep. http://garethnicholas.org/.

Review of Friday’s SPECTRES show at the Moonrakers to follow, along with my Irish trip to Cut The Transmission.

Orcryst change name and hit studio…

For the past 19 months the band name ORCRYST has been synonymous with the new generation of local metal – Sunday prompted the next stage of the band, as they announce the change of name and prepared themselves to hit the studio Monday morning, to record their first multi tracked, fully fledged EP.  

The new name will be TENDRIL – which in botany, relates to the specialised stems of wall / climbing plants. You can continue to look at the original Facebook page, which is >Here< for your convenience. The guys are recording with new-to-the-scene mobile recording engineer, Gareth Nicholas, which many will know since he has already recorded a lot of my live shows. These can be found on his Soundcloud (link at the bottom.)

The as yet untitled EP, will potentially feature 5 tracks and as many people know, lack any vocals. The band have financed this recording by winning the Devizes Festival Battle Of The Bands (Showcase) event back in June.

Since they’re suing so much of my gear for the recording process, I popped into the studio at lunch time to check in on the progress, and managed to get a few shots, on my terrible, Terrible, Blackberry phone…

Word is the band will wrap up tomorrow lunch time, before Gareth gets on with the final mixes before mastering. Details for listening will be due in due course!

Gareth WarehouseGareth looking mobile there…

Orcryst WarehouseThe band performing in silence, as we track the drums…