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)

Sheer and Loathing in Trowvegas

So here we have it… a few teasers here and there, the Wiltshire Times going early on our press release (the classic local-rag sub-headline of “hitting back!”) but we’re finally here, Sheer & Loathing in Trowvegas is alive.

Taking cues from my co-promoted show (with my bro over at Hit Or Miss), All Roads Lead To fRome, an annual, 2 stage, all-dayer. I’ve cut it back to fewer acts to make it more lean and manageable for myself. What we lack in quantity we make up for in quality and this is an incredible line-up.

Featuring *mostly* new acts to Sheer & the area, we handpicked our favourites who we hadn’t worked with but really really wanted to for some time. I will be going over all 9 acts in detail over the coming weeks with dedicated blogs about each, our relationship with them so you can better understand why the line up is what it is. Even better is that a number of bands weren’t able to make this show, so if this goes well we’ll do it all over again in the spring and try and get Dancehall, Woahnows and Fresh in, but for the time being I am still delighted to have mixed the best in our local scene, with some of the best national acts.

This gig does indeed celebrate 15 years of promoting in Wiltshire. A true indie, under our own volition and with no outside funding – this is as about as a hobby as a hobby can be! (expensive to maintain, doing something you love etc) It’s well documented how we got here, so I won’t bore you again, suffice to say it’s amazing to be at this point in time and I’ve really enjoyed this event experience so far, partly down to the fantastic imagery that Evan Cotter at Xtra Mile whipped up for me.

The heron is a symbolic British nod to the animal imagery in the Hunter S Thompson book of lizards and bats etc and we’ve done our best BSM / Alcopop impression by ripping off an existing logo / identity for our own event. And we managed to get Trowvegas into something proper too, so it’s no longer just a quirky colloquial term given to Wiltshire stab city. Which by the way, since living here I have discovered that Trowbridge has a really unfair reputation for being awful. It’s actually an amazing place and if our past gigs here are anything to go by (Alpha Male Tea Party, Axes, Tellison etc) a thoroughly deserving place too!

Anywhoo, what you want to know is stage times and splits, don’t you? OK, so the acts open on the acoustic stage in the Supper Room at Trowbridge Town Hall, then alternate between that room and the Courtroom downstairs which is the electric stage. Nice and simple. All acts get a decent set length, so nothing is rushed and they can really express themselves.

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 – 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)

Saturday 19th October 2019
Trowbridge Town Hall Arts
14+
£15 adv. £20 otd (if available) 

Tickets available through WeGotTickets & SeeTickets as well as being available direct from the venue without a booking fee, nice. You can also collect tickets form the box office on the day, after purchasing through SeeTickets, to avoid postage costs.

So there you have it, big thanks to everyone so far involved, for the press articles, poster design, promises of running the second stage etc, you all truly make this worth it. We’ll see you soon!