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.

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Retrospective Soundtrack Players announce new album and Swindon show

Our favourite concept-folk-poppers Retrospective Soundtrack Players have announced their 3rd album “It’s A Wonderful Christmas Carol” will be released on 24th November, which can be pre-ordered through Xtra Mile recordings NOW!

You’ll be familiar with the band after their performances in Swindon earlier this year and a special acoustic show at The Lamb around this time last year (you can hear a recording from our Soundcloud, below). 

We’ve heard the record and I can solemnly vouch for it’s incredible ability to entwine the classic Charles Dickens book, A Christmas Carol with 1946 film, It’s A Wonderful Life to mesmerising effect. It’s a record that requires repeated spins to reveal it’s true ability, but consequently it’s a very rewarding listen! You’ll also be happy to know the band haven’t strayed from their tried and tested folk-pop formula BUT I will quickly add that there is plenty of new instrumentation and sounds at work that’ll impress the old fan base. 

Earlier this year the band encouraged us to email a request into Xtra Mile to get the record pressed onto Vinyl, and I’m delighted to say that this press release I’m reading confirms a limited edition red LP will be available, as well as the usual CD and digital versions. 

The band will be performing a release show on Friday 21st November at Camden’s Monach, before a short tour in December with Chris T-T & The Hoorats. Which will swing by Swindon’s Victoria for us, on Sunday 14th December. 

Tickets for the Swindon gig are already available from WeGotTickets – and SeeTickets priced £10.

There will be new videos and a single preceding the release, which I’m sure we’ll spam you with in all the usual places, but in the meantime remind yourself why they are so ace! 

VERSES UK tour comes to Swindon.

After the shambles that was the Gnarwolves tour announcement cock up, that stated my show was in Swindon, when it was in fact in Salisbury… I am now able to bring you another nationally advertised UK tour, from Brighton pop punk band, VERSES.

The grumbles I read and received over the Gnarwolves kerfuffle should be rectified with this tasty tour, so Swindon it’s now your time to stand and be counted.

 “No longer just a promising band, Verses set themselves out as serious contenders” Review, ROCK SOUND

Brighton rock four piece VERSES have confirmed the release date for their highly anticipated album ‘Feel It Faster’ as May 26th, just 3 days before their tour opens at Swindon’s Victoria. Pre-order bundles are now available at versesband.com, instantly receiving ‘To The Rooftop’, as well as two bonus tracks when the album is released (acoustic versions of Making Statues and Live In The Sky).

The first two singles taken from the forthcoming album, ‘Making Statues’ and ‘Feel It Faster’, have been supported by BBC Radio 1, XFM, Kerrang Radio, Kerrang TV, Scuzz, MTV Rocks, Kerrang Magazine, Rock Sound, Big Cheese and more. The band previously gave away mini album ‘Come To Life’ with Rock Sound in 2013.

2014 promises to be a busy and important year for VERSES – both Kerrang and Rock Sound have tipped the band for big things in 2014.  The plan is to tour, tour, tour, so expect to see them at festivals throughout the year plus a number of tours.  Since forming in 2010, the band have paid their dues and toured relentlessly, supporting Arcane Roots in 2013 and LostAlone already in 2014, to build up a solid fanbase to prove that they’re in this for the long haul and not just a band looking for overnight success!

Tickets are available NOW from WeGotTickets.com, priced £6 in advance, but will cost £8 on the door. Support comes from tour buddies Taketheseven and local heroes All Ears Avow and Somewhat Snakes.

 

Apr 19        Hit The Deck, Bristol

Apr 20        Hit The Deck, Nottingham

 Headline Tour:

May 29       The Vic Inn, Swindon >>WeGotTickets<<

May 30       Unit, Southampton

May 31       Camden Rocks Festival, London (not headline)

June 1          Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

June 2          Asylum 2, Birmingham

June 3          Think Tank, Newcastle

June 4          Stereo, Glasgow

June 5          The Compass, Chester

June 6          Warehouse 23, Wakefield

June 7          Korova, Liverpool

  

July 12        2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham

 

 

SWINDON DETAILS

Doors 7.30pm. 
8 – 8.30pm – Somewhat Snakes
8.45 – 9.15 – All Ears Avow
9.30 – 10 – Take The Seven
10.15 – 11 – VERSES

 

 

Verses tour poster

Decade announce Warped Tour with Jim Lockey!

There’s a big battle going on right now in my heart at least, over who is doing Devizes most proud right now.

We have the legendary, and original home town band THE HOAX, hitting up The Corn Exchange tomorrow night (Thursday 29th August) as part of their UK tour supporting the fan pledged release of their new album. Dig a little under the surface of this band, and there’s a lot to be inspired and impressed by – They have done some truly amazing stuff, worthy of that legendary status.

If The Hoax are the original, then you have to look at DECADE being the fresh face of the new. The band who only just got back from smashing Reading & Leeds festivals, have today announced they are playing Warped Tour UK on November 17th.  Surely a feet we once only dreamed of, for a band from Devizes?

They inked their first contract with Universal Records imprint, Spinefarm only a few weeks ago and have since built up momentum and reputation as one of the finest new bands on the scene. Their début album drops in spring 2014. 

Also on the Warped Tour bill on Nov 17th and completing this circle of pride, we have dedicated Sheer favourites, Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun, who have played Devizes a whole bunch of times in the past few years – including a great live session for Fantasy Radio – Which you can check out here > http://fantasyradio.co.uk/programmes/fantasy-introduces/sessions/

Massive congratulations to Hoax, Jim and the boys in Decade.

Continuing our impressive run of producing acts over the past 9 years of my involvement with local live music, we have parody rapper and Youtube sensation CHIP DADDY having just signed a management deal with Channel Flip Media and will be announcing his own UK tour dates around 7pm today, in all the usual places 

Blog post covering Devizes lads, Bite The Buffalo and their show in Swindon this weekend, coming tomorrow!

To lead you out, here’s a terrible audio, but great visual fan video of Decade, showing Reading who’s boss. 

Legendary genre defying band, come to town!

Possibly still new to many people, it may surprise you to know that legendary, double bass guitar equipped band, PALEHORSE have been kicking around for over a decade!

The now 5 piece, London based band, whose tags on >Bandcamp< include, metal noise dirge doom experimental low end powerviolence sludge, give you a vivid idea of the kind of noise a bunch of “noise shitting bass bastards” can create. Which believe it or not, is not intended to scare you, but inspire you to test your limits and try out a truly peerless, unique experience. 

On their 3rd album proper, and with various EP’s released, their line up features ex-Million Dead drummer Ben Dawson, who also plays in Frank Turner’s new hxc band Mongol Horde and other bands including, Mothlite, Queen of Swords and Armed Response Unit… PHEW – he’s a busy lad. 

You can check out the official >Facebook< page, and the above link to their band camp – personal favourite song being, Sun Starved Day (be patient) – Tickets are £5 squids. The band swing through Devizes on Friday 26th April, at The Bell By The Green – Expect beards and a lot of bass. 

This RADDDD poster has been designed by ex-Devizes resident, Ben Gage – now a successful free lance designer under the name TEMPLEWEED, you can check out his fantastic work there >>> BENGAGE.CO.UK – I didn’t realise he had done so much! 

Palehorse, Devizes
Palehorse, @ Bell By The Green, Devizes FRIDAY 26th April

She Makes War returns with ex-King Blues

She Makes War aka Laura Kidd, returns to Devizes on her co-headline tour with ex-King Blues vocalist and keyboard player, Josie “Dobson” Ghost.

The joint jaunt will come through Devizes on Friday 8th March, with the head liner yet to be decided. As usual there will be local support.

Tickets will cost £5 adv. or £8 otd, avaliable from WeGotTickets.

And that was 2012… A brief run through!

If your reading this before you go out tonight, here’s a quick reminder as to why 2012 was so rad in Devizes!

First of all, all the gigs. We were spoilt for choice more often than not, be it my shows, Abe’s or the Blues and Jazz clubs respectively, there was a lot of talent through Devizes – probably one of our most solid years all round I’d say.

Specifically looking at shows, we saw Swindon ska punk band SLAGERJI smash it in June, headlining the Corn Exchange, on a bill that was shared with indie boys Nudy Bronque, who also impressed and local metal heads Black Sanctuary, who delivered all the promise they had bottled up. That was one memorable gig.

It often surprises me when people are surprised at well turned out shows, or the quality of the act on offer. Many people just don’t bother with a band or act they don’t know – so I was over the moon, when a simple buzz word of “grunge” was enough to draw out some old, friendly faces when SHE MAKES WAR, came to town. Laura Kidd happened to impress and blow away an audience who, in the most part, didn’t know who she was. For me the megaphone incident will live long in my memory of gigs at The Lamb.

Other triumphs came in the shape of seminal 90’s indie band, The Bluetones, whose front man, MARK MORRISS elbowed his way into a performance at The Lamb – to be frank, even Frank Turner didn’t have it that busy, such was the state of the room. I ended up sitting almost at Marks feet and actually missed my favourite song, just to by him a drink. Fiddle sticks. The fact that I was * probably* the youngest there also showed we have a depth of audience in Devizes too.

InMe front man DAVE MCPHERSON was an another unprecedented success, his Boom Shake The Room and a secret cover of Frank Turner’s “Redemption” being high points and proof of Devizes significance on a national scale.

All that before we mention that CHRIS T-T impressed, simply by telling the audience to either shut up and listen, or leave – he wouldn’t be offended. Job done, and the entire audience was in his firm grip. A lovely rendition of Huntsman, sang along by myself and Alex Archer being one of those “you had to be there” moments.

Beans On Toast pretty much finished off the year, in spectacular style – by literally performing on a chair – clearly pointing out that we need a stage… hmm.

I personally had a year of development, with my first (small) orchestra playing for me, The Regency Belles in Hillworth Park finished off a series out outdoor gigs – which will only improve next year!

I hosted my first shows at The Furnace in Swindon, with metal giants MALEFICE swinging through, and easily the UK’s leading grunge band FIGHTING WITH WIRE also making the stop. We even had a legend of the UK’s metal scene, one former front woman of Cradle Of Filth, Sarah Jezebel Deva also hitting up Swindon. Crickey!

For the Queens Jubilee we did a 70’s punk show – few turned up – You miserable, undeserving cunts, but for those who did – it was flippin’ GREAT! I also did my first tribute night – Black Sabbath!! AND my first, dedicated night to electro + d’n’b.

I counted no less than 10 national UK tours come through Devizes, just for me – not including what ever Ian did at Long Street Blues Club did or our work with Devizes Festival. There was loads more, and if you didn’t see at least one show, you really missed out (Kunt & The Gang, Antonio Lulic, Run From Robots, Mexicofallz, Hellbound Hearts, 2 Sick Monkeys etc etc etc)

 

Other great moments for Devizes was ABE JUGGIN’S taking the bull by the horns and taking on shows at The Bell By The Green, he managed 3 gigs all of which were massively turned out. I know if I had done those shows, they wouldn’t of been as good. Abe has an unrivalled insight to the local and national Metal scene. He is an asset to  Devizes, and we should support his shows in 2013!

We had the launch of Fantasy Radio, and better still “our” own session (The Matthew Corbett Session) on Thursday nights, where we get to play local music, and cover local shows – this was supplemented with occasional (24) live sessions by Phil Dawson at Ginger Productions – including a magnificent one from JIM LOCKEY & THE SOLEMN SUN.

Our first music and arts fanzine (the first since Sheer Volume – we won’t forget your ground breaking efforts Ben Hooper!) CRAMMER started up in August, and has since previewed, reviewed and interviewed our touring acts and gigs! Not to mention all the other scenes it’s now writing about – top dog! And only 50p – Bargain!

Moonrakers Comedy Club found a new (and better!) home at The Cellar Bar beneath the Bear Hotel, bringing some huge names in Comedy to our town, the work Martin Brown does needs more recognition, he is also a real asset to our town!

 

It wasn’t all good though, I did lose money on some shows and I was shafted by a venue once. We lost BBC Radio Wiltshire Introducing, and with it, the Wiltshire-wide radio outlet for our local musicians. We temporarily lost The Bell, and The Lamb also had a substantial fire, stopping shows there for the first 3 months of the year.

There is so much more to be thankful for and to acknowledge but I just can’t remember right now – mainly due to my sickness I’ve had for the past week (Noro Virus or what ever it’s called.) So sorry for lack of updates! Do keep an eye out for what’s upcoming in 2013.

All there is left for me to say is, thanks – and I’ll see you all next year, for more of the same, quality entertainment.