A VENUE FOR ALL THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS IN THE HEART OF BATH FRIDAY 16 MARCH THE BAGHDADDIES
One of the best festival bands in the country with a intoxicating blend of Gypsy, Ska, Calypso & Nuevo Mundo. Advance £7. Door £10.
March 2012 Programme THURSDAY 1 MARCH THE DAVID GOO VARIETY BAND PLUS MOONLET & THE LOVE MONKS A whirlpool of rock, ska, funk, klezmer, humour, classical, metal, dance, hip-hop. Advance £8. Door £10. NUS £7 on door. £1 OFF WITH THIS ADVERT
FRIDAY 2 MARCH STOMPIN’ DAVE & HIS BAND, BOOGIE WOOGIE NIGHT
THURSDAY 8 MARCH KIRSTY McGEE
SUPPORT LORI CAMPBELL A smoky, folky jazz fug of quietly militant and socially conscious music. Advance £8. Door £10. NUS £7 on door. £1 OFF WITH THIS ADVERT
FRIDAY 9 MARCH DAVID CELIA & PINEY GIR
American old-time and bluegrass on banjo and fiddle to guitar based blues. Advance £10. Door £12.
A catalogue of brilliant songs & a bright new force in Canadian songwriting. Advance £8. Door £10. NUS £7 on door. £1 OFF WITH THIS ADVERT
WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH VANDAVEER
SATURDAY 10 MARCH BELLYLICIOUS
Equal parts folk and pop with this collection of artfully crafted Americana pulsing with honesty and elegance. Advance £8. Door £10.
CONFESSIONS OF A BELLY DANCE DIVA Enter a delightfully delirious, deliciously deranged, deep & at times dark domain. Advance £12. Door £15.
SATURDAY 17 MARCH THE JACKIE GENERATION A TRIBUTE TO THE 70’S
Live in concert, all your favourite 70’s hits performed by an amazing 6 piece. Advance £10. Door £12.
FRIDAY 23 MARCH LIANE CARROLL
With a deep passion for everything jazz, soul and beyond. The Liane Carroll Trio currently features Liane Carroll, Roger Carey & Mark Fletcher. Advance £20. Door £22.50.
SATURDAY 24 MARCH MOR KARBASI
Dramatic Diva with a stunning stage presence and a Sephardic repertoire. Advance £10. Door £12.50.
THURSDAY 29 MARCH GREN BARTLEY AND MATT WOOSEY
From traditional English songs to the darkest American blues ballads. Advance £8. Door £10. NUS £7 on door. £1 OFF WITH THIS ADVERT
FRIDAY 30 MARCH THE ZEN HUSSIES
A six piece with punk attitude playing swing, ska, jive, boogie and surf! Advance £10. Door £12. ALL EVENTS Doors 7.30pm. Start 8pm. End 11pm.
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Dear Readers, Welcome to the virgin issue of Plus1 magazine, a source of all things music, art and culture in the city of Bath and its surrounding area. Each month we’re hoping to bring to you varied coverage of what’s been going on around town - gigs, films, private views, events, restaurants and more, as well as a handy guide to what’s coming up over the month ahead. We’ve had our first team-meeting, a heated discussion that took place in the rooftop pool at the Thermae Spa; this month we’ve seen some eye catching shows down at Moles - Glasgweigen’s Flood of Red and local garage rockers Peyote being particular highlights. Also, don’t miss Chapel Arts Centre’s ad over to your left - cut it out for £1 off entry at selected shows. We are looking for writers so get in touch with us if you’d like to contribute something. Get involved! See you out and about, TeamPlus1 x
EDITOR: BENJAMIN DOUGHTY DESIGNER: CRISTINA RIVEIROS ADVERTISING / LISTINGS: LARA FORD WRITERS: BENJAMIN DOUGHTY, RONALD COSMONAUT, HAROLD ZEPPELIN, ARTHUR BEANFIELD, LARA FORD CONTACT: PLUSONEBATH@GMAIL.COM TEL: 07973 655398 WWW.PLUS1BATH.COM TWITTER.COM/PLUS1BATH THANKS TO: COLOURGRAPHICS, SARAH HOYLE, ROB WALSH, MOLES CLUB, CHAPEL ARTS CENTRE, KOMEDIA, CASIOKIDS, PEYOTE, THE WRITING TEAM & PHOTOGRAPHERS, ALL OUR ADVERTISERS & STOCKISTS, GLASTONBURY TOR, DINNERWITHJP.COM, THE SILVER SPOON COVER ART BY SARAH HOYLE: WWW.SARAHHOYLE.CO.UK
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CASIOKIDS LIVE @ MOLES
that term), evoke the same sense of reserved euphoria. In a similar way to Toro Y Moi and Washed Out, their sound is distant and dream-like yet remains capable of rousing dance floor elation.
Words: Benjamin-Doughty IV There’s a real intimacy to their performance; the separation
Norway. Home to the Northern lights, black metal, and (ahem) Troll Hunter. On the surface you might not expect to find lush synth-pop sounds emanating from this densely forested part of the world but look a little closer than Royksopp and murderous church-fire starter, Burzum, and you’ll discover other glinted treasures such as the brilliantly reserved Erlend Oye and The Whitest Boy Alive, purveyors of the finest in minimalistic post-pop. Also coming out of Norway are Bergen’s Casiokids whose live show emits a contagious sense of joy and
between band and audience is invisible and we feel like
want to run away with them on their onward journey. We’re treated to a dazzling light show
We’re treated to a dazzling light show of green and red laser beams that resemble fibre-optic tentacles reaching skywards carefree wonder. They have that priceless ability to appear cool without having any knowledge of it whatsoever. Lead vocalist, Ketil, conducts his stoic viking troupe and comes across like the geography teacher you secretly suspected had a decent record collection. As their name implies, classic Casio keyboards are utilised to the full- shimmering synth hooks are carried along by cavernous, reverberated vocals that, whilst not being ‘chillwave’ (we did promise ourselves not to use
participants rather than onlookers. Midway through the set Ketil recounts what happened on his last visit to Moles a year ago when he found himself inadvertently locked in the backstage closet. During this short imprisonment he managed to write ‘London Zoo’ from forthcoming album ‘Aabaringen’ which leads us into tonight’s finale. A carnivalesque, celebratory atmosphere descends and you feel like you
of green and red laser beams that resemble fibre-optic tentacles reaching skywards. Tonight Casiokids are the perfect winterfix; they wrestle us away from January’s oppressive clutches and ferry us to a blissful place, a place where people can dance with abandon through the night beneath the aurora borealis. :: www.casiokids.com ::
:: INTERVIEW :: HOW WAS IT FOR YOU CASIOKIDS?
CK: We have our own studio back at home in Bergen where we live, that’s a really good thing for us because we’ve got the freedom to just do whatever we want. Everybody in the band has a key so we just go down there whenever so and stay there for 10 hours.
We caught up with Casiokids as they cooled off afterwards outside to talk about their dazzling light show and their homeland whilst discovering the truth about being incarcerated in the backstage room at Moles.
PLUSONE: So what happened to Ketil last time you were in Bath? We understand he managed to get himself locked in the backstage room and used the time to write a song. Is this true?
PLUSONE: How was it for you?
CK: Yes, that was a track called London Zoo. He didn’t literally get locked in the room; our support band went on stage and he was still back there and the only door to get out was onto the stage. So it was like, he couldn’t really come out in the middle of their set. Well, I guess he could have done but it’s not good for them. So he just decided to try to write something that ended up being that song.
CK: It was really fun, it’s always good coming here. This UK tour has been a lot of fun! PLUSONE: Where have you been prior to visiting Bath? It’s not a very long tour, we’ve been to Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle.... we kind of started out doing the big cities and now we’re finishing off doing smaller places and venues. PLUSONE: We really enjoyed the light show. How long has that been part of your live set up?
PLUSONE: So you’re on the legendary independent label Moshi Moshi. How is that for you and do you feel an affinity with any other bands on the label?
Are you talking about the lasers? They haven’t been there for that long. We bought them about a year ago. We were just in a music shop and saw these lasers that were really cheap and we thought “shall we buy them?”
CK: They were the first label we ended up releasing records on. Hot Chip started off on Moshi Moshi and we did a tour supporting them in 2010. They are great guys. Also, Slow Club are good friends of ours as well as James Yuill who we were hanging out with in London the other day. We know a lot of the artists on the label.
PLUSONE: Your new album, ‘Aabaringen’, how does it differ from the previous one?
PLUSONE: What other bands in Norway are you into?
CK: Basically the other album that came out 2010 over here was a collection of singles that we did over the course of a year and a half. Because we were touring a lot then we only got to go into the studio once in a while. So we took a whole three months off last year where we just focussed on being in the studio and dug deep into it- it was a really nice creative period for us.
CK: Erland Oye is a really good friend of ours. Also from the same city actually, neighbours, our studio is the neighbour studio to Royksopp. That’s a great inspiration for us. Datarock, also from Bergen, and in general Norwegian bands - Ah-Ha, of course, was a big influence when we were growing up. But also growing up we listened to a lot of UK bands, there’s a kind of like a tradition in Norway, at least when were growing up that UK bands were big in Norway. Yeah, UK and American bands. I was a huge fan of Radiohead and Blur and those excellent 90s bands.
PLUSONE: When you’re recording do you do it at home or go away somewhere?
FLOOD OF RED/ FIXTURES/ JACKHATCH LIVE @ MOLES Words: Benjamin-Doughty IV Word is spreading that 2012 is the year that Rock resurfaces and re-establishes itself into the domain. On tonight’s evidence it never really went away- there are scores of well oiled, super-tight guitar bands still doing the rounds in the UK’s backrooms and basements. At Moles tonight there is a very distinct brand of British rock on displayone that was bought to the forefront by bands like Biffy Clyro, Funeral For A Friend and Lost Prophetsa scene where success is earned the old-fashioned way, through blood, sweat and relentless touring. Tonight was supposed to see Aberdeen’s The Xcert’s roll into town as part of their tour but they were forced to cancel due to the singer losing his voice. You wouldn’t have guessed that Glasgow’s Flood of Red- having to step into the vacant headline slot- were merely the support act, they’re a band who are more than capable of being the main focus of attention and more than comfortable with it. We arrive to catch Jackhatch, coming across like a fusion of Nirvana’s ‘Incesticide’ and Hundred Reasons followed by Fixtures who tick myriad post-hardcore boxes. Fronted by a young man who resembles Hayden Thorpe’s
younger brother, songs typically start with a Battles-esque guitar passage before diving into impressively tight hardcore explosions. Something which Flood of Red know all about- a monstrous six-piece who’ve evidently been around the block many times over. They’re the kind of band who play every show as if it’s their last day on Earth, savoring every precious
They’re the kind of band who play every show as if it’s their last day on Earth
moment onstage, their melodic metal finds that perfect marriage of melody and ferocity. Taking cues from the likes of Underoath and Everytime I Die, they’re clearly relishing being the main attraction tonight. Lead singer Jordan Spiers spends the entire set off the stage displaying an impressive vocal
ability- rather like a screamo incarnation of Jim Kerr. There’s a synth dimension to them as wellhinting at Enter Shikari or 65DaysofStatic, they’re not afraid to bring everything down a level before lurching recklessly over another precipice. The cynical might say that they sound like countless other British hardcore bands but they embody what rock music was always supposed to be- fun and unbridled entertainment. As the band throw postures all over the stage- they perform as if this is Castle Donnington as
opposed to a cellar in Bath- you can’t really argue with them. Rock, it seems, is very much alive and kicking.. :: floodofred.tumblr.com ::
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MARCH LISTINGS Thursday 1st NT Live: The Comedy of Errors, 7pm, Little Theatre Cinema Brother & Bones, 8pm, Moles An Audience With Mr Nice, 8pm, Komedia The David Goo Variety Band + Moonlet & The Love Monks, 8pm, Chapel Arts Centre Blind Tiger Playgroup, 9pm, The Bell
Friday 2nd The Makery Cafe, 10am, The Makery Bath LitFest, across Bath, see www.bathlitfest.org.uk for full programme Stompin’ Dave & His Band, Boogie Woogie Night, 7.30pm, Chapel Arts Centre Krater Comedy Club, 8.30pm, Komedia What A Performance! with Andrew Bazeley & Ian Burton, 8pm, St James’ Wine Vaults
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Confession, 9.30pm, Moles
Saturday 3rd Bath LitFest, across Bath, see www.bathlitfest.org.uk for full programme Thr Subhumans + Seven Crowns + The Blunders, 8pm, The Green Park Tavern
Krater Comedy Club, 8.30pm, Komedia Panama, 9pm, Kings Arms Metripolis, 10pm, Moles
Sunday 4th Love Food Festival, 10.30am, Green Park Station Bath LitFest, across Bath, see www.bathlitfest.org.uk for full programme Bath LitFest: Dickens Before Soind, 2.45pm, The Little Theatre Afrikan Blues Connection, lunctime show, The Bell
Monday 5th Bath LitFest, across Bath, see www.bathlitfest.org.uk for full programme The Murrumbidgee, The Bell
Tuesday 6th Bath LitFest, across Bath, see www.bathlitfest.org.uk for full programme Bath LitFest: Franine Stock in Glorious Technicolor, 6.15pm, The Little Theatre Live & Local (bands night), 7pm, Komedia Girls With Guitars, 8pm, Burdall’s Yard Open Mic, The Porter
MARCH LISTINGS Cheese Night, 10pm, Moles
Wednesday 7th Bath LitFest, across Bath, see www.bathlitfest.org.uk for full programme A Celebration of big Band Music, 8pm, Michael Tippett Centre
Blind Tiger PLaygroup, 9pm, The Bell
Friday 9th The Makery Cafe, 10am, The Makery Doll Rats, St James Wine Vaults
Candle Mic Night, The Curfew
Bath LitFest, across Bath, see www.bathlitfest.org.uk for full programme
The Huckleberries, The Bell
Sonic Shakedown, The Porter
Discord, 10pm, PoNaNa
David Celia + Piney Gir, 8pm, Chapel Arts Centre
Pop Fiction, 11pm, Moles
Thursday 8th Intermediate Sewing: Buttons, Hems, Zips & Tips, 10am, The Makery Bath LitFest, across Bath, see www.bathlitfest.org.uk for full programme Bath LitFest: Here’s a Health to the Barley Mow, 6pm, The Little Theatre
Confession: The Milk, 10pm, Moles
Saturday 10th Bolshoi: Le Corsaire, 3pm, Little Theatre Cinema Bath LitFest, across Bath, see www.bathlitfest.org.uk for full programme Comedy Club 4 Kids, 3pm, Komedia
The Atlantiks DJ Set, The Porter
Bath LitFest: Angela Carter: Film, 7pm, The Little Theatre
Mark McCabe + Oxygen Thief, 8pm, Green Park Tavern
Bellylicious (confessions of a Belly Dance Diva), 7.30pm, Chapel Arts Centre
BANFF Mountain Film Festival, 7.30pm, Komedia Miloš Karadaglic, 7.30pm, Bath Abbey Kirsty McGee + Lori Campbell, 7.30pm, Chapel Arts Centre
Krater Comedy Club, 8.30pm, Komedia The Tone Devils, 9pm, Kings Arms The Hit-Ups, 10pm, Moles
MARCH LISTINGS Sunday 11th
Dean Owens, 7.30pm, Chapel Arts Centre
Midsomerset Festival, see www.midsomersetfestival.org. uk for details
Bath LitFest, across Bath, see www.bathlitfest.org.uk for full programme
Vagg’s Hill, Trowbridge “The best that the West can bring!”
The Peatbog Faeries Alasdair Roberts Benjamin Folke Thomas The Boot Hill All Stars The Chris Ricketts Band Chris Wood The Eddie Martin Big Band The Emily Portman Trio Ewan McLennan Fbula Rasa Invisible System Kangaroo Moon The Leon Hunt NTet The Monster Ceilidh Band The Moulettes The Old Dance School Pilgrims’ Way The Rhythmites Robin Williamson Rodney Branigan Rory McLeod R.S.V.P. Sam Brookes Sheelanagig Steve Tilston& The Dubervilles Urusen Violentango
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Hodmadoddery, lunchtime show, The Bell
Jazz Night: The Mel Harry Quintet, St James Wine Vaults
Into The Woods, 7.30pm, Bath Spa University Theatre
Joff Lowson + Fifi Fiddle + Dave Hatfield, The Bell
Blind Tiger Playgroup, 9pm, The Bell
Blow, 11pm, Moles
Bath Jam Sessions, 7.30pm, Widcombe Social Club
Acoustic Guitar Night USA & UK, 8.30pm, St James Wine Vaults Open Mic, The Porter Cheese Night, 10pm, Moles
Wednesday 14th Midsomerset Festival, see www.midsomersetfestival.org. uk for details Jimeoin - Lovely, 8pm, Komedia Big Pink Rhino Student Art Fundraiser, The Porter Candle Mic Night, The Curfew Elephant Talk, The Bell
WeStartParties: Birds of Ares, 7.30pm, Moles
Discord, 10pm, PoNaNa
The Makery Cafe, 10am, The Makery Midsomerset Festival, see www.midsomersetfestival.org. uk for details Intermediate Sewing: Knicker Making, 6pm, The Makery The Daturas, St James Wine Vaults Into The Woods, 7.30pm, Bath Spa University Theatre The Baghdaddies, 7.30pm, Chapel Arts Centre Livewire ACDC, 8.30pm, Komedia Confession: Peace, 10pm, Moles
MARCH LISTINGS Saturday 17th Midsomerset Festival, see www.midsomersetfestival.org. uk for details Rocksteady: Goth-Trad Live & Serum, 7.30pm, Moles Into The Woods, 7.30pm, Bath Spa University Theatre The Jackie Generation, A Tribute To The 70s, 7.30pm, Chapel Arts Centre Krater Comedy Club, 8.30pm, Komedia Pedro, 9pm, Kings Arms
Sunday 18th Midsomerset Festival, see www.midsomersetfestival.org. uk for details Nectarion, The Bell
Monday 19th Midsomerset Festival, see www.midsomersetfestival.org. uk for details Mazadj, The Bell
Tuesd ay 20th Applique Workshop, 10am, The Makery Midsomerset Festival, see www.midsomersetfestival.org. uk for details Open Mic, The Porter
Bath Jam Sessions, 7.30pm, Widcombe Social Club Cheese Night, 10pm, Moles
Wednesday 21st Learn To Sew: Bunting, 10am, The Makery Midsomerset Festival, see www.midsomersetfestival.org. uk for details Richmond Fontaine Duo, 7.30pm, Chapel Arts Centre Gamelan Concert, 7.30pm, Burdallâ€™s Yard The Xcerts, 7.30pm, Moles Candle Mic Night, The Curfew The Brass Junkies, The Bell Discord, 10pm, PoNaNa
Thursday 22nd Midsomerset Festival, see www.midsomersetfestival.org. uk for details Wet Nuns, 7.30pm, Moles Jazz Night: Iain Bellamy with The Jazzhouse Trio, St James Wine Vaults Jack Bruce & His Big Blues Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, 8pm, Komedia Blind Tiger Playgroup, 9pm, The Bell
MARCH LISTINGS Friday 23rd
The Makery Cafe, 10am, The Makery
Miss Quincy & Band, lunchtime show, The Bell
Midsomerset Festival, see www.midsomersetfestival.org. uk for details
Evening Star, 7.30pm, Chapel Arts Centre
These Beautiful Things, 8pm, Burdall’s Yard
Bath Philharmonia with Clare Jones and Ian Mullin, 7.30pm, Theatre Royal
Bath Spa Film Night, The Porter
Galouis Brothers, 8pm, Ring o’ Bells
Gavin Carr, Baritone: Rachmaninov Retrospective, 7.30pm, The Holburne Museum of Art
Play: Filthy Boy, 10pm, Moles
Liane Carroll, 7.30pm, Chapel Arts Centre
NT Live: She Stoops to Conquer, 7pm, Little Theatre Cinema
Confession: Being There: Being There, 10pm, Moles
Saturday 24th It’s Boogie Time (kids), 3pm, Komedia Midsomerset Festival, see www.midsomersetfestival.org. uk for details The Ice Book, Burdall’s Yard Bath Spa Film Night, The Porter Mor Karbasi, 7.30pm, Chapel Arts Centre
New T-Shirt Brand Launch Party, The Porter Becca Langsford Band, The Bell
Tuesday 27th Open Mic, The Porter Bath Jam Sessions, 7.30pm, Widcombe Social Club Cheese Night, 10pm, Moles
Wednesday 28th Flipron, 8.30pm, The Bell
Krater Comedy Club, 8.30pm, Komedia
Candle-Lit Mic Night, The Curfew
Angel Upfront, 9pm, Kings Arms
Rob Wilson, 8pm, Green Park Brasserie
MARCH LISTINGS Discord, 10pm, PoNaNa Pop Fiction, 11pm, Moles
Thursday 29th Gren Bartley and Matt Woosey, 7.30pm, Chapel Arts Centre Exaudi Vocal Ensemble, 8pm, Michael Tippett Centre Blind Tiger Playgroup, 9pm, The Bell
Friday 30th Ministry of Burlesque’s High Tease, 8.30pm, Komedia Big Ila (Reggae Dubstride), The Porter Blues Night, St James Wine Vaults Bath Comedy Festival, Widcombe Social Club The Sunset Cafe Stompers, 7pm, Congyre Hall The Zen Hussies + The Stack Shakers, 7.30pm, Chapel Arts Centre The Beat Carnival, 10pm, Baroque DJ Jivefish’s House of Swing, 10.30pm, Komedia
Saturday 31st Bath Comedy Festival, Widcombe Social Club Guy Harrup Quartet, 8pm, Green Park Brasserie Krater Comedy Club, 8.30pm, Komedia Motorcity, 10.30pm, Komedia
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MARCH GIG PREVIEW METRIPOLIS BIRTHDAY PARTY
with ANDREW WEATHERALL and EROL ALKAN MOLES CLUB, SATURDAY 3rd MARCH
A very rare opportunity to get close with two of UK dance music’s most important figures as Metripolis celebrates almost a decade at Moles. It has been 21 years since Primal Scream’s Screamedlica album helped redefine the parameters of indie and house music yet it’s influence is as prominent today as it has ever been. Amongst a whirlwind of narcotics, the man almost entirely responsible for this pioneering hybrid was DJ Andrew Weatherall who took the Scream’s sound and bent it into a hedonistic cocktail of rock n’ roll and acid house beats. He went on to form his own successful groups Two Lone Swordsmen and The Sabres of Paradise whilst remixing everyone from New Order to Bjork in the process. This is a man who has been there and lived to tell the tale. London based DJ Erol Alkan is no slouch either; founder of renowned clubnights Going Underground and Bugged Out, he’s one of the most influential DJ’s around. Having supported Metripolis from the start, his London club, ‘Trash’, was one of the most influential of its time, spanning a decade until 2007. More recently, he produced Mystery Jet’s album Twenty One alongside Late of the Pier whilst also finding time to launch his own label, Phantasy. Resident Dj Tom Maddicot opens the show. A night for nostalgic Madchester ravers and post-millennium club-goers alike. Don’t miss out: www. moles.co.uk
PEYOTE / THE DATURAS / FABRIC / THISTLE & THORN
LIVE @ MOLES Words: Benjamin-Doughty IV For a somewhat nondescript midweek January night there is a hive of activity taking place in the cavernous Subterranea of the legendary Moles club. We’re informed that each of the bands performing tonight are competing against one another for a prize, something that certainly provides extra incentive but doesn’t leave any bitterness or rivalry in the air. Heading downstairs, we stumble upon youngsters Thistle & Photo credit: Edward Lockyer Thorn who take us on a tour of America’s midwest. They’re certainly accomplished beyond their years. The banjo player boasts an eyecatchingly impressive perm as ‘Panama Highway’ bounces along like a Chapman Family for the Hollyoaks generation. Every bit the elders on show are Fabric who are difficult to pin down; simultaneously, they evoke Skunk Anansie or Fleetwood Mac and on occasion traces of The Kills and Portishead threaten to creep in but are kept at bay by studio session musicianship. Oddly, the star of the show isn’t necessarily the impressive female lead- a hybrid of Chrissie Hynde and Stevie Nicks- but the deadpan bassist who delivers his lowfrequency mantras with all the excitement of an offduty car salesman filling out his overdue tax return.
I don’t think we’ve been to a gig with such seamless change overs between bands. We blink and we’re certain that Newton Faulkner has walked onstage when in reality it’s the singer of The Daturas who’s Radio 2 friendly alt. rock is tailor-made for that midafternoon slot at Glastonbury. It’s Peyote though who steal the show. For all intents and purposes they look like the archetypal surf-rock band with their knowingly formal attire, fender strats and neat hair dos. Quite literally, the stage-right guitarist looks like he’s stumbled straight out of a High School prom in 1950‘s suburban America and onto the stage. Lo and behold when the first notes strike up they are in fact a surf band albeit an incredibly young, energetic and almost punk-rock one. Their firecracker tunes have a magnetic effect, pulling the crowd in toward’s the white’s of their eyes. They already have huge stagepresence; the lead-singer maniacally screams his vowels, commanding everything like a young Jerry LeeLewis. He drops to his knees as if he’s Michael J.Fox doing Johnny B.Goode in Back to the Future and there’s almost a cockiness about them which is married to a good dose of humour. You feel they could rouse a riot in a retirement home. If there’s one thing missing, it’s a more defined identity to call their own because there are times when they stay too close to the 12-bar boogie template. They’re better off in Arctic Monkeys meets Django Django mode. Such is their youthfulness though, given time you can imagine this lot making a serious impression way beyond Bath. Peyote - you read it here first. :: soundcloud.com/peyotemusic :: :: soundcloud.com/the-daturas :: :: myspace.com/fabricsounds :: :: soundcloud.com/thistleandthorn ::
MEGAN HENWOOD/ SON OF EAGLE LIVE @ CHAPEL ARTS CENTRE Words: Arthur Beanfield
It’s our first visit to Chapel Arts Centre and it’s a charming performance space with much potential. It may be suited to seated, candle-lit gatherings like this evening but you can also imagine more sizeable events taking place beneath its spacious arches.
Intimacy is the theme tonight though as we find Derby’s rustic alt-folk brigade Son of Eagle showing off their love for the bearded Americana of Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver. You can hear their songs drifting across in the wind at any number of festivals this summer. They’re currently out on the road with young Radio 2 Folk-Award winner, Megan Henwood, a humble and likeable onstage presence whose between song anecdotes instantly break the proverbial ice between herself and the intimate audience. Her backing band are absent- touring in the alps- which strips her songs back to skeletal forms. Joining a long lineage of radiofriendly nu-folk singers, there is undeniable warmth in her voicerecalling the likes of Cara Dillon and Kathryn Williams. The most memorable moments arise on ‘White Lies’, a defiant ode to an absent other, and ‘Dark Debt’ which is pensive and evocative. Her songs are well considered, heartfelt and often politicized yet perhaps she lacks the veil of vulnerability and mystique that makes other soloists in such intimate environs more captivating. Nevertheless, amongst her previous collaborators are members of Steeleye Span and Jethro Tull; success on the festival circuit this summer beckons. :: www.meganhenwood.com :: :: www.sonofeagle.co.uk ::
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PEYOTE? In a similar vein to current national press favourites Django Django and Y Niwl, Bath university’s Peyote are like a band that got frozen in a time capsule back in 1965 and were subsequently beamed into the present day. There’s little about them to suggest the dawn of the digital age ever took place- so authentic is their explosive surf band style. Theirs is a once lost world where bands are obliged to wear suits, a dusty world where vintage guitars twang in old wooden town halls. You can imagine them cast as the house band at a devious American college ball that started to get out of hand around the midnight hour. They’re more than just a retro-tribute band though; they have youth on their side and inject a punk energy into their live show which comes replete with a set of tunes to call their own. Set to embark on a UK tour and with an EP due in May, the band formed over a mutual love for Tarantino films and Chuck Berry. We caught up with the band and asked them a few questions about their short but already very promising existence: How long have Peyote been together? Have you all been friends for a while? We formed the band within a week of meeting each other in 2010. There’s a very authentic rock and roll/surf rock edge to your sound (Dick Dale/Chuck Berry). Was this a conscious decision or did it come about organically? The origin of our music comes from our love of Quentin Tarantino films, the notions and soundtracks they have and an early love for Blues. We felt that there is a lack of that kind of music these days despite how much everybody loves it. We felt that we’d be able to bring that back with a new and contemporary look and sound. Where was your first ever show/gig? Our first gig was with a few other bands at Belushi’s in Bath around October 2010. We played with Bite the Buffalo and a couple of other university bands. It was a great night! Though I think we’ve all focused our sound quite a bit since then.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to? Well, we all have our own interests and favourite genres and artists that we all love so much. We could never decide that. But from recent gigs, we saw Alabama 3 do an acoustic set in Brixton a couple years back which was pretty fucking live! Here’s a scenario: doomsday is here and you can choose one album to listen to one last time, what is it? Easy, the Pulp Fiction soundtrack! What are you favourite and most loathed things about Bath? The music scene in Bath is great, with the event/ venue owners and organisers and bands being so friendly and enthusiastic, always willing to help and support - if only it could be bigger! What other bands are you into locally? We love some of the local bands like Bite the Buffalo, Largo, and Bohemian Embassy, great bands with a lot of energy, and guys that we’ve had great nights with over the last year. some of the university bands are great too, Anima Circus, The Rhubarbs and Dollrats to list a few. What’s next for Peyote? We’re releasing an EP on the 1st may, which will be followed by a UK tour, where we’ll be playing loads in London and as many festivals as we can. also, we’ll be hosting a single release party some time in late march/early april at Sion Hill which will include a live set and a new music video release for our new single. So there you have it; the delightful Peyote, lovers of all things Tarantino and purveyors of modern surf rock. Check back next month for the next local band to get your proverbial teeth stuck into. -----------------------------Words: Harold Zeppelin -----------------------------You can catch Peyote live at Mr Wolf’s over in Bristol on 17th March. Listen out for their EP due on 1st May.
...and RESTAURANT REVIEW
Same Same But Different Words: Lara Ford I love eating out, and I’ve always been amazed at what Bath has to offer the palate as well as everything else. The name ‘Same Same But Different’ intrigued me enough to want to try it, and the excellent reviews online were not wrong. The service was friendly and efficient, and the ambience was relaxed, calm and delicately lit. We chose tapas - having eaten many a ‘tapa’ in my time, I consider myself pretty good on being able to tell the good from the bad, and these were most definitely the latter. Chorizo came out warm and spicy, aubergine baked to perfection with cheese and a tangy chutney (West Country meets Sicily?), mushrooms garlicky, and a twist on spanish patatas bravas by serving the delicately spiced tomato sauce as ketchup on the side. The bread was hearty and fresh, served with the finest olive oil and balsamic vinegar I’ve tasted in a while. This is tapas with a british twist, it’s satisfyingly simple but inventive. Desserts were distinctly British, and the Sticky Toffee Pudding caused my friend to go off on a tangent about Nigella whispering seductively in his ear. I was unsurprised to see that SSBD boast a win of Best Upand-Coming chef at the Bath Good Food Awards, all the food is prepared from scratch in their kitchen and vegetarians are very well catered for throughout all menus. With amazing offers during the week, it’s also affordable (our bill came to £33) and a great place to pop in for just a coffee or a beverage (or three) - I’m looking forward to trying their mouth-watering breakfast menu as soon as I’m allowed! :: same-same.co.uk ::
DRUID’S LIST: Positive Energies:
*Pub of the Month THE BELL INN - one of Bath’s finest independent watering holes. -------------------walcotstreet.com WOLF PEOPLE - surprisingly awesome revival of old-fashioned 1970s witch-rock. Think Jethro Tull meets Queens of the Stone Age. -------------soundcloud.com/wolfpeople THOMAS MAPFUMO - The Zimbabwean exile’s politicized afro-polyphony has been piercing our February skies with fleeting columns of sunlight. LARS VON TRIER’S ‘MELANCHOLIA’ - The opening and final sequences are nothing short of devastating. JOHN MAUS - intense, maverick postmodern pop genius. --------------myspace.com/johnmaus THE SUN JAR - it enables you to store up sunshine for night-time in a solar powered jar! -------------www.suckuk.com STAR-GAZING LIVE bed-time journeys into the cosmos. ------------on bbc.co.uk/iplayer PULLED APART BY HORSES - it’s 2012 and rock is back! See you at STONEHENGE! ----------pulledapartbyhorses.com GLASTONBURY TOR - if you’re having a bad day - HEAD TO THE TOR! ------------glastonburytor.org.uk
Film: ￼ THE GREY 5/10 Starring - Liam Neeson
Fittingly titled, Joe Carnahan’s soul-searching thriller tends to make The Road seem like The Brady Bunch. There are few glimmers of light here apart from some rather brilliant one-liners (“this is fuck city, population 5 and dwindling”). Referencing 1993 classic, Alive, Liam Neeson plays John Ottway (no, not that one) and a group of fellow oil drilling rednecks whose homeward flight nosedives into the Alaskan wilderness. A battle against extreme adversity and a pack of hungry territorial wolves ensues. There are some wonderful shots and Neeson is his usual heroic self but an unrelenting greyness never subsides from start to finish. Perhaps that’s the whole point. Ronald Cosmonaut
Album: MILAGRES ‘Glowing Mouth’ 6/10 Label - Memphis Industries
Reportedly, most of the songs on this Brooklyn band’s debut were written whilst singer Kyle Wilson was in hospital after breaking his neck during a climbing expedition. Indeed, Glowing Mouth sounds haunted by howling winds on grand mountain escarpments. Balanced precariously between left-field credibility and commercial accessibility, this is a filmic collection of songs littered with escapist imagery and widescreen wonder. The instrumentation is rich but controlled, calling to mind Wild Beasts; the definitive moment arrives on the soulful title track which soars eagle-like as Wilson sings “you’d better start believing in the things that you can’t see”. Whilst Milagres (Portugese for ‘Miracles’) may not change your world forever, this is an assured, distinctive debut. Ronald Cosmonaut