What’s on in July’s issue of MAG...
Editor’s Musings Pg 1 The Gloucestershire Music Scene Pg 2 Cheltenham MND Pg 2 Gemma @ BBC Intro Glos *2000trees Special* Pg 3 BBC Gloucestershire Introducing Pg 3 Gallows Review Pg 4 MAG @ Festivals Pg 5 2000trees in pictures Pg 6 Gig Listings Pg 7-9
I hope everyone that came along to 2000trees enjoyed themselves. I’m sure you’ll all agree it was an awesome weekend.
Not ones to slack off we’re soldiering through the summer with August’s issue, however this month is an online only issue. Don’t fear though we will be back to normal in September with a great FrogFest vs Fresher’s MAG for you! August’s issue is stil jam packed full of great articles and features (as always). We have added a new columnist to our ranks in the form of Brown Torepdo’s own Danny Ash, Amy Brundon has written a fantastic review of 2000trees we also have a in pictures review of the festival. Dan Gutteridge reviews Gallow’s performance at The Gloucester Guildhall and we have a chat with ‘No Blood Spilt’ Tattoo Exhibition organiser Shaun Bonanos.
Emily’s Local Music Pg 10
As well as all of that lot we have all of the county’s musical listings for you in the middle of MAG and some great features from our regular columnists BBC Gloucestershire Introducing’s Gemma Dunstan and Emily’s local music.
Danny’s Musiic and Opinions Pg11
Make sure you get out and watch some great music this month and enjoy August issue of MAG!
No Blood Spilt Tattoo Exhibition Pg 12
Keziah @ ByLocal Pg 13 Frogfest Pg 14 Don’t forget to take the back page of MAG into the 2pigs Cheltenham for free entry on Friday’s or half price entry on any other night. Aren’t we good to you! (check full terms and conditions of the free entry offer on the back page of July and August’s MAG)
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The Gloucestershire Music Scene...
And now a brief word from Cheltenham’s MND...
After another fantastic 2000trees Festival Gloucestershire is really starting to show off it’s musical muscle! Don’t worry if you’ve missed out so far the county still has lots on offer this summer.
July was awesome wasn’t it? Some fab shows and festivals as well as a few sneakily great shows passed through our beautiful county in summers’ best impression of winter yet.
With summer in full swing (as full as it ever will be in England) Cheltenham’’s Montpellier Gardens will be showcasing some great local bands in next to their Garden Bar The suspector’s will be there from noon on Saturday 13th August. The town’s festival season isn’t over yet either with Greenbelt Festival at The Racecourse from the 26-29 August. This year’s lineup literally has something for everyone with headliners Billy Bragg and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly alongside local bands inlcuidng Loftbeat and The Dirty Tricks the festival promises a great weekend.
I’ll let the rest of this issue do the talking about the wonderous 2000 Trees, but there have been a few other events other than this tastemaker behemoth that have tickled our fancies last month....
Elsehwere in the county there is lots going on. Gloucester has it’s own festival from the 26-28 August. Held in the historic docks Gloucester’s Tall Ships Festival showcases local music and market stalls alongside impressive boats definitely worth a trip down. The Guildhall will help to launch local band Funky Horse Milk’s debut EP on the 13th August and then a Reading and Leeds warm up show by We are the Ocean on the 25th. As always full listings for everyhting musical going on in the county can be found in the middle of MAG. Don’t forget to check some of the other sites Gloucestershire has like So Glos and Likal to see what else is going on. If you’d like your gig listed in MAG email us with all the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Midsummer Fiesta in Montpellier Park was a pretty good start – apart from the rain there were two stages of music and more with an excellent showing from local bands including Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun, Midnight Mile, The Flex, The Cadbury Sisters and The Stress Echoes amongst others; a truly genuine show of solidarity from the local music scene to support each other at a very locally focused event – great work to all of those who took part. There was also the fifth annual “Fairview Convention” - held at the Kemble in Fairview. This is a one dayer worth attending if only to spend the day in a beer garden watching music on a roof! Again, great sets from many Gloucestershire artists but Juey, New Moon and Men Diamler had certainly got chins wagging by the time I got down there! All for charity as well – what a good bunch that put the event on! I’ll say “make sure you don’t miss it next year” but it was pretty packed all day, so perhaps “Give more money to the County Air Ambulance whilst you’re there!” would be more appropriate... This month, I have been mostly listening too NOTHING AS I’VE BEEN AT GIGS JUST ABOUT EVERY NIGHT! Speak soon, AL x
BBC Gloucestershire Introduicng presenter Gemma Dunstan... It has been yet another busy month here at BBC Introducing. Last Month saw 2000 Trees festival at Upcote Farm on the 14th, 15th and 16th. Acts included Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, Tellison, Frightened Rabbit and Exit Ten. We also had a variety of local acts performing at the festival including The ME ME MEs?!, Joe Summers, The Echoes, Thrill Collins and The Divine Secret. Despite the rain I was glad to see our local bands pulling in large audiences such as any other headline act. A highlight for me was watching Joe Summers perform on the Sunday. The rain had finally cleared, and Joe’s blend of old and new material captured the audience. It was a perfect end to the afternoon and it was clear to see the audience felt the same, with loads of positive feedback and CD’s selling like hot cakes! I managed to have a brief chat with catsandcatsandcats, a band who have grown out of their local scene in Reading to constant nationwide tours. With a second album recently released we chatted about how they have used the BBC uploader, and since had their music played on BBC Introducing with Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music, and even visiting the studios to be interviewed by Tom. We agreed that the BBC uploader helps discover underground, new music. It was their second time playing at 2000 Trees and if you haven’t done so already, check them out! You can hear myself and Paul Moss on Saturdays at 5.30pm on BBC Radio Gloucestershire or catch up with us on BBC I Player. You can upload your tracks to us at http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/introducing/uploader/
BBC Gloucestershire Introducing… is the show for your new music. Every Saturday from 5:30pm on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, you can hear the tastiest new cuts of unsigned music from across the county. We might have only been on-air since the beginning of October, but the response has been fantastic with shed loads of you uploading your tracks at bbc.co.uk/introducing – keep em comin’! Catch Paul Moss and Gemma Dunstan presenting BBC Gloucestershire Introducing... every Saturday from 5:30pm to hear the tastiest cuts from the county’s up and coming artists. The 30 minute show also includes interviews with the people behind the music and a gig guide for who to see play live, and where. BBC Radio Gloucestershire 104.7, 95, 95.8 FM, 1413 AM and on the BBC iPlayer
11/07/2011 Words: Dan Gutteridge Pictures: Dominic Meason Upon learning that I would be going to see Gallows at the Guildhall, a certain excitement took me over. I’d seen them before a few times and there live shows are an element that has propelled them to the forefront of the current punk rock music scene. They have two acclaimed albums under their belt, which they performed, in full, at two London gigs late last year. The gigs themselves were scene to be Gallows at the height of their power. The current tour through the early summer months was thought to be there last before they would go away to write album number three. The tour would take in a number of small shows such as The Guildhall, but it would also take in big gigs such as there appearance on the second stage at Sonisphere. However at midnight on Friday 8th July, 3 days before their Guildhall debut and 13 hours before their show at Sonisphere this was all to change. Frank Carter, frontman and catalyst of the band, the reason why so many of Gallows fans are Gallows fans announced, on his twitter, that he would be leaving the band. All of a sudden the tour turned into Franks farewell. The rest of the band have decided to continue, and will find a replacement after Franks final show on the 23rd July, the reason given for Frank’s departure was musical differences. My excitement immediately had turned to anticipation and intrigue. I was present for their final major festival appearance, as the original line up, at Sonisphere and a storming show it was, but something just wasn’t right. But forget Sonisphere and all that was said that night on Twitter. The band had a sold out Guildhall and it showed. The boys walked on to a sterling round of applause before Frank appeared, wearing a ‘Pure Love’ t-shirt, homage to his new project, the crowd erupted. No words were spoken and the band launched straight into ‘Leeches’. The thing that Gallows do so well, is get
straight in your face. They hit you with power, intensity and sterling punk tunes. ‘Leeches’ is a fine example. A mosh pit was created in the first few seconds and by the guitar solo two minutes in, bodyies were flying all over the room. The hour long set was made up of all the songs you’d expect a Gallows set to feature. ‘London is the Reason’ or in this case ‘Gloucester is the Reason’ was blasted out. Frank was throwing himself all over the place, as was his brother, guitarist Seth. But the rest of the band looked a bit flat, they sounded fine but not brilliant. They just had the look of ‘Id rather be …’ on their faces. As if they were just getting through these final few shows for the sake of their fans. It gave the impression that maybe there was a little bit more than ‘musical differences’ in the band. By the time ‘Gold Dust’s’ monster circle pit had finished, the Guildhall looked more empty than full, largely due to the crush at the back of the room. There was a short brake half way through proceedings so Frank could record a birthday message for his girlfriend, this is a typical Frank trait, doing something that’s spontaneous and out of convention. This the band will miss. My highlight of the night was probably ‘Misery’. The song saw Laggs the band’s second guitarist finally come alive and for that song it was as if the band were about to embark on their third album and not a parting of ways. ‘Orchestra of Wolves’ quickly followed and it was the last song the majority of the Guildhall will ever see Gallows perform and what does bassist Stu do? Sit down next to the drums to play. I wouldn’t say this ruined my night but it certainly put a downer on it. The look Frank gave him when he noticed could have killed, Frank quickly turned to side of stage to shake his head in disgust before continuing. These few seconds show that there is a lot more to Franks split form the band than has been said. The gig overall was a good one. Not the best, and I think Gallows would admit that. But in the circumstances, I don’t think you can hold that against them. The Guildhall is slowly establishing itself as a top venue for these type of bands and will no doubt continue to attract ‘big’ acts. Where Gallows go from here, I couldn’t hazard a guess, but if there’s one thing I can guess at, its’ that there’s only one Frank Carter and whoever chooses to replace him is a brave man.
ing around one stage and getting very sweaty. Sound wise a little heavier than I am usually accustomed to and you’re not going to be hearing them on primetime Radio1 any time soon, but worth seeing them live as they put on a top show.
Amy Brunsdon & Alex MArlow review their 2000trees Festival highlights... Pictures: Abigail Rose Photogrpahy www.flickr.com/abigailrosephotography As music loving Chelt-onians 2000trees is something we have been waiting for all year. From the moment the line-up was announced our excitement has built daily. In the words of Los Campesinos! front man Gareth “at no other festival in the UK would you find Dan le Sac and Frightened Rabbit head – lining” and in my view that is what makes the festival so special. The organisers support up and coming British artists and shine the lime light on those smaller bands that often miss out at larger festivals with super- bands headlining. From the moment I arrived on site my expectations for Trees were exceeded. As a regular festival goer never before have I seen a festival sight with such character. So here are our personal highlights. Thursday For those lucky enough to have a VIP ticket, the music on Thursday showed off the best musical talents that Gloucestershire has to offer. The Echoes First up on the Cave were The Echoes. They are made up of University of Gloucestershire students and a few friends and they full of energy. Their excitement about being the first on stage was infectious and they soon had the audience going. Their punk pop sound is something that resonates with me as this is the music I grew up listening too. Their influences shine through and their sing along songs can’t help but make you smile. Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun These guys are also University of Gloucestershire students, and this is something to be proud of. Jim Lockey & SS are huge locally and it seemed like everyone that was on site came to see them as the Cave was packed out. For their signature song ‘Wishing Well’ the crowds sing along was louder than the band. Jim Lockey & SS thrived with the local crowd behind them and left us dying to see more (lucky we only had to wait untill Friday) Friday As the masses arrived the campsites soon filled up and the atmosphere and excitement continued to build. As did the dark clouds... The James Cleaver Quintet A truly unique band. None of them are called James Cleaver and they are not a quintet. They are a five piece from the South coast. Never before I have seen a band with such energy, roll-
Mojo Fury This band where one of the biggest surprises, stumbling across them in The Cave they played hard guitar riffs with dancey beats and bass lines, they have defiantly become one of my new favourite bands. Dan le Sac vs Scrubious Pip Both Dan and Pip were clearly honoured by the prospect of head-lining the festival and sang the praises of 2000trees throughout. As the rain began to bucket down the crowd’s spirits were not dampened in the slightest. As the duo worked through their plethora of hits including ‘Great Britain’, ‘Back from Hell again’, ‘Thou Shall Always’ and even got the female vocalist out for the song ‘Cauliflower’ (off their newest album the logic of chance) to make an appearance . But the highlight for me and all the other obsessive fans was the fact they erected songs they had not played live in years. A fantastic end to the day. Saturday Chewing on Tinfoil These guys are good friends of local lads Jim Lockney and in fact have just released a joint EP with them as well as embarking on a mini tour after Trees ended. The Irish tones of the lead man shone through and helped make their Ska/punk songs come alive. With catchy songs such as ‘T-shirts With Big Writing Aren’t Cool’ and ‘40 Shades of Grey’, they provide Irish charm by the bucket load. Well worth a Google. Islet How to describe Islet? Well the best description I’ve ever heard of Islet is “a band that evades description”. With 5 members (was 4 until recently) and a plethora of instruments they create a sound that should be inaudible but is strangely addictive. Normally they wander around mid-performance and use anything they can get their hands on to make noise. But as they were imprisoned on the main stage their magic was lost. So my recommendation, make is sure you see Islet at a small venue. Los Campesinos They hosted the sunset slot on Saturday which I’d been looking forward to all weekend, they are on top form. The song about beer (You! Me! Dancing!) goes down a treat. Lead singer Gareth’s foray into the crowd during the set had everyone trying to get a piece of the action. Sweet Dreams Sweet Cheeks, is perhaps the best end of set song a band can have building with the crowd and leaving them begging for more. All in all in was a fantastic weekend, and we will definitely be returning to Upcote Farm again next year!
Emily Johnson’s Local Music... Stressechoes are from Cheltenham and consist of Andrew Corey and Alex Petrie both on vocals and guitar, Steve Osmond on bass guitar and Ben Hawling on Drums. They first came to my attention when i saw them doing a acoustic instore in Cheltenham and stuck in my mind because of their unique sound. Some parts of their music reminds me almost of a Spanish guitar and in other places god ole fashioned English acoustic indie. Its a good mix, belive me. The song which sticks out for me is “being a man” which has almost illegally catchy lyrics and rhythm. The band managed to sell 100 copies of their debut EP in just a couple of weeks which leads me to think that I’m not the only one who is more than bit keen,they have been played on BBC introducing recently and seem to be gigging almost every night! Support slots,headline gigs and open mics nights seem to be a very constant dot on their calendars. They have recently released a music video to “onto the sun” and i cant say enough nice things about it, from the beautiful lyrics and the delicate guitar to the images seen on screen which just fit the song so perfectly. Its a brilliant video for a unsigned band and i couldn’t tear my eyes away from it. I would recommend either listening to these guys on YouTube or catching them at one of the many gigs they are playing, the next one is at Montys in Cheltenham on the 12th of August.
This is the first of our newest column from Brown Torpedo’s own Danny Ash Music and.........OPINIONS Random Disclaimer: Anticipating that this column will continue due to popularity I thought my first topic should work as an excuse for the things I will inevitably say in the future. I believe for most people music seeps in to their lives. Some submerge their selves and drown, some dip their toes in, some get their finger a little bit wet then spend 3 hours scrubbing with soap in the bathroom until it bleeds. We all have favourite bands or favourite songs or songs with significant connotations, but these sentient connections are personal, subjective and nonnegotiable, so shut up. “Music is brilliant”. You can quote me on that. Believe it or not some people might not think so (some people). How can that be? Well no matter how many do agree ‘music IS brilliant’ it can only be assessed by personal taste, it is not fact. Although I know you all know this, you all still partake in futile arguments. I have met people that don’t really listen to music(!!!). Obviously they hear it, sometimes on the telly box, sometimes in the car, on an advert. They don’t really listen, but it’s there, giving everybody an opinion, entwined in the average healthy socially interactive lifestyle. Does this omnipotence make it more valuable as an artform or less? It is our democratic right to embrace or reject all choices. What is the meaning of life? This subjectivity is why music can be so personal and so divisive. Many people may like the same band i.e. Take That. They can share this love with fellow fans but they can also keep this love a private devotion, cuddle up to it when no one is looking, turn to it in times of emotional stress, lock it in the basement so the neighbours can’t hear it scream. This individual perspective illustrates that disliking particular music can be pointless. You might not be stimulated by the latest melismatic melody from a haircut on a half-naked hat stand, but you can’t stop others liking it. You can argue all night and discuss the lack of significance, the regressive style, the inanity of the lyrical content but she will still like it and make you dance to it in public, she will tell your friends you listen to it at home, then make out that you like it more than she does and you have to agree otherwise it turns in to an argument. Really what harm does it do to just pretend? If you love her, Swagger Jagger, Swagger Jagger. But if other people’s opinions didn’t make there way out there how would we find things or know about things without hearing everything? With the amount of music available at the squeeze of a mouse button we would be lost without an aggregator. This application of opinion to product has become more essential to sort the wheat from the chaff. It is impossible to rate music solely by professional standards or competence. It could be the most polished production ever but a bad song is a bad song. Yeah, haters gonna hate, and I hate haters, but why propagate hate when surely we can just rejoice in the idea that someone, somewhere is happy listening to it, probably? Like the sound of flapping butterfly wings knocking down a tree in an uninhabited forest. Our music taste is not contrived, it is visceral, instinctive. My point is, use your taste positively spread the love and the like. Or if you don’t like music at all you might be happy doing whatever it is weirdo music haters do. Probably listening to (insert band of your choice for hilarious joke). Danny Torpedo
We spoke ‘No Blood Spilt’ Tattoo Exhibition orgabiser Shaun Bononos about the event...
Are all of the artists local? A lot of the artists are from local studios, but we’ve also got artists from the rest of the country as well as Canada, South Africa, Germany, Poland, US, Portugal. All the frames for the artwork where it’s needed has been sourced from local charity shops and car boot sales and all the mounting has been done by ourselves at home. Where and when is the Exhibition?
(all pictures are artwork avaiable to buy from the exhibition) What made you come up with idea of the exhibition? We (all of us at Mantra Tattoo Studio in Cheltenham) have been talking about doing a little exhibition for a while now with any proceeds going to charity. We picked 2 charities because we know people who are actively involved in them, they are: Neuroblastoma which is a cancer that occurs in children (www.nsoc.co.uk) and Syringomyelia, a condition that affects the nervous system (www.theannconroytrust.org.uk) They’re both really underfunded charities that don’t get the exposure and support from the government they deserve. We will have leaflets with more information at the exhibit for anyone interested in getting involved in fund raising or just general awareness. Why have you called the exhibition ‘No Blood Spilt’? We’ve called it ‘No Blood Spilt’ because all of the art work is by tattooists and it’s a reminder that tattooists do work in other mediums other than skin. We’ve actually formed a collective by the same name now and hope to have more exhibitions in the future as I think Cheltenham could really benefit from some small independent exhibitions of any sort, getting people more involved in what’s going on locally.
It’s being held in the Barn at the Frog and Fiddle on the 6th August from 6:00pm till late, entrance is free. We’re hoping people will come on down and have a look, see something they like and support the charities by buying some original art. We’re pricing the art at charitable prices too, nothing extravagant at all, some of the art will start at around £10 to £15 framed and mounted, which is really reasonable for original art. We’d like to make as much for the charities as we can and at the same time get people that might be really interested in art but never been able to afford it a chance to own some and perhaps start their own little art collection.
By Localâ€™s Keziah on 21st Century Crafts... Last month By Local celebrated its 2nd birthday, so I would like to introduce you to some of the makers that have been involved in By local for the duration of that time. Trudi Hayden is a painter from Alderton. Inspired by nature, particularly local landscapes she emulates what she sees in a gentle and beautiful way. This artist is exceptionally good at capturing natural light in her paintings. She has enjoyed much success over the past two years. You can see her work this month when she takes part in The Painswick Art Fair. Trudi sells in a wide range of outlets including By Local and The Gloucestershire Arts and Crafts Centre. John Jacques from Hatherly, Cheltenham is an exceptional artisan. I recently had the opportunity to watch him in action. Working with carefully selected pieces of Oak, Ash, Cedar, Burr Elm and Ebony he changes a rough piece of wood into a smooth and polished treasure. John works with the natural grain, knots and quirks in a piece of wood to enhance the natural beauty. His collection includes, bowls, clocks and barometers to name but a few. John Jacques work is exclusive to By Local. Handmade textile goods have had something of a revival over the past few years. Toni Beeson, creator of Simple Bee textiles, offers a vast collection of goodies made with floral and funky fabric. From brooches to draft excluders she has something for everyone one. It always impresses me that her work appeals to customers of all ages. My personal favourites are her lavender bags! Yes really! Heart shaped and sweet smelling in bright fabrics. They are a modern variation on a traditional product. Toniâ€™s work is available in By Local, The Gloucestershire Arts and Crafts centre and Made in Stroud. Recommended events this August: Painswick Art Fair 14th -19th August. Has all manner of arty things. A Tangled Tail. 30th July -4th September. An exhibition of abstract paintings by Jenny Westbrook at Taurus Crafts.
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