Pop Punk & Blues

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The first act on in the Inferno  tonight were 9 Left Behind, I missed them due to being at a family party out of town and apparently they were really good for their first gig ever. Thanks to 9 Left Behind the Inferno is pretty full in this, the live music back portion of the room.

Skyway Avenue @ Inferno, 16 Feb 2013 Skyway Avenue are our second act and put on a decent performance, steady pop punk rock, fairly energetic within the band, four young lads giving it loud on the instruments. Considering the beats of the songs themselves are of fairly modest tempo they ‘re putting on a commendable and decent set of tunes. These hampered slightly by the overpowering bass compared with the guitars, themselves which overshadow the vocals, though rhythm guitar admits to not singing as much as normal due to colds etc. Still manages to provide some lively jumping around for the band all the same.

Escape From 98 @ Inferno 16 Feb 2013Last band tonight are Escape From 98; I’m here doing penance for being abroad when they were guests on Hope FM’s LiveWire Live (mixcloud repeat here), a fact they remind me of when I arrive. Furious tempo from all of them led by Mandy, with all three of Lennon, James and Lee taking opportunities to run around like mad things (visual – picks and stands flying all over the place), particularly with new song Rat Race, given a debut airing second into the set here at the Inferno. The pace is relentless, minimal shouts between the songs spare of encouraging shouting along and dancing, each song barely seconds away from its precedent. Chorus again is excellent, even if my “No!” refrain isn’t catching on yet. I’m not allowed to mention that an otherwise tidy and tight set is let down by the unplanned encore of Ben’s Mum, brought out of retirement. Excellent fun again.

Paint It Blue @ Cellar Bar, 16 feb 2013The Cellar Bar beckons for Paint It Blue are again filling the floor with their fans thanks to their amazing renditions of rootsy blues, whether ballads, staples or rockier numbers. This is the first time I’ve seen paint It Blue in a long time, and Fish is with them again providing that additional dimension with his blues harp. It later transpires this is Ian’s last gig as Paint It Blue‘s bass player so there are a few resultant farewells. Another great end to a good night.

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Early Night Desire

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The Worry Dolls @ Cellar Bar 6 OctIn the hope of getting an early night this Saturday due to going diving in the morning, have dropped in to the Cellar Bar first to catch The Worry Dolls. Unfortunately they haven’t started by the time I arrive and I’m still hanging around after 20 minutes. The Worry Dolls sound sweet even in the soundcheck when levels aren’t quite right. Having completed that they then leave the stage again. As it will be for another 15 minutes or so I move on elsewhere.

Brothers Grimmer @ Inferno 6 OctBrothers Grimmer joined Chinners and I in the studio a couple of weeks back, and they are doing a double slot at The Inferno tonight. I’ve missed the opening act by the time I get here, and spend the interval talking with videographer Andrew Gale about how he started and now continues (from Bournemouth Ice Rink to the O2 Bristol with Surface Festival in just over a year).

The chaps start, Michael giving it his all with the dancing while the other four guys put it all about with the story telling in the songs. I’m starting to get to know the material now; Pandora’s Box is amazingly tricky in places, awkward chords and some cleverly out of time cross beats just to mix things up. Not all hard rock, yet with enough heavy undercurrent to appease those who love the genre, they have delightful variety and style.

What is also obvious (as it was through the interview) is that this is a band that really work hard together, play hard together, and also help each other out during setup and soundcheck etc. Three family by birth, two family by choice, this is Brothers Grimmer!

Hoedown & Partytime

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Bert Burnell Radio Rules band @ Inferno 29 SeptAfter an interesting and thought provoking evening with the lads from GodFirst Manthing, watching the awesome movie Touching The Void, I head on to the Inferno. A band I will refer to as the Bert Burnell Radio Rules band (BBRR band) are in full voice, reggae-ing up the weekend. Trying to be deliberately skiffle-ish with beer kegs, what looks like a zimmer frame and plastic tubs making up a kit of banging things, they want to be rubbish; some in this crowd love it, many look bemused as in what is going on here? Interesting electric string bass, ukelele, and guitars make for a conventional look, the outlandish clothes (Arthur Dent dressing gown, Mad Hatter hat) cross against this. One catchy song going down well could be subtitled Give Your Child A Rude Word For Christmas, it won’t be repeated here.

Kentucky Fight Club @ Inferno 29 SeptKFC, or Kentucky Fight Club to give them their full title, are on in full effect. Harry & Ski in matching frontman outfits, both prancing around to the nutty tunes they’re kicking out and making very merry with the songs and the crowd. Absolutely furiously fast, music to stand on benches and tables to get your thang on to, which some do in the bar. What I like best is that three unconventional instruments together (mandolin, bass and manic drums) can work so well together while still whooping up the joint. A few covers made their own way like Tonight’s Gonna Be A Good Night, Paradise City (dedicated to Boscombe) and a few other mixed up riffs in the original material (She Sells Sanctuary, Run To The Hills). All making for a great hoedown.

Admiral Shineysides @ Cellar Bar 29 SeptFinally to the Cellar Bar, where the full band line up of The Admiral Shineysides (albeit with stand in drummer) are ending their lengthy set playing some break beat blues. First time I’ve seen them in full effect; I can see why they’re a hit such that I’ve many good things about them, even if most is covers and tributes to Johnny Cash. They’re starting to write their own material; an encore tonight is one of these. Good stuff, and the party continues long into the night. Antonia Edgeley-Long is here; long time part of the Bournemouth music scene now in Cornwall, its great briefly catching up with her.

Great Music, Messy Night

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Admiral Shiny Sides @ Inferno, 28 AprilProceedings start tonight from Alex and Elliot aka Admiral Shineysides; Elliot’s home made stick bass eliciting comment and questions from spectators. Series of their usual country and soft rock covers, with Johnny Cash taking dominance, and the occasional same-veined original slipped in. Another tough gig at the Inferno, with very few of the many punters paying attention to what’s going on, instead accepting it as background.

Kimari Raven @ Inferno, 28 AprilRock Regeneration’s Chinners walks in just at the end of their set, and Kimari Raven takes the stage after what seems an inordinately long wait. Starting solo with a two week old number with a rather long title she whizzes through some of her staples. She’s admitted to nerves, and being wired on cola, yet looks totally relaxed, sitting cross legged on the stool. Shame the lack of Inferno lighting with the crapberry really can’t do justice to her cheeky grin, and the energy she’s putting in to her show. Kat joins her for Monster and stays for the remainder of the set.

Pachango @ Cellar Bar, 28 AprilSo on to the Cellar Bar, where Pachango are playing an absolutely rammed venue, upstairs on the front landing, on the stairs and down. The music is raucous, Selby’s chants and poetry in-yer-face, and the party totally ripping as a consequence. What a good laugh. Shame I decide to leave to catch the end of the Inferno, especially as I’m rear-ended on a roundabout on the way over, thanks to the incredibly messy wild wet weather and slippery roads :(.

Gaz Brookfield @ Inferno, 28 AprilAt Inferno Bristol based Gaz Brookfield has been given special billing during the week. Now, despite the small active listening audience, those here are on their feet and shouting along to the choruses he’s introduced. One man and a guitar can definitely rock a joint. Photo courtesy of Jay, a nicely merry punter on an different smartphone. Gaz sings a bit of blues, slightly country, and pop/rock. As well as singing, he’s also capable of the rap/chant lyrics style that is so in vogue at present.

Easter Festive Beginnings

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Kathryn Price, 5 April @ InfernoIt’s the Thursday before the Easter long weekend, tonight I start at the Inferno, where Kathryn Price is opening the weekend long Infestival 2012. Acoustic music tonight with Kathryn, Tom Clements, Simon Lane, Karl Hayman and Phil King. Kathryn has a good strong voice, and she’s giving her all for what must be a pretty soul destroying gig with few active punters (though many people in the bar) and the air con blasting out cold of all things on a night like this one.

States Of Matter, 5 April @ Litten TreeStates of Matter are playing at the Litten Tree. They were guests on the radio show while I was away, courtesy of Radio Boscombe. They are loud (yet not enough to need earplugs) rock (and are good at it), have decent stage presence, and then go for the popular vote with their fans (of which there seem to be plenty here) by covering Summer of 69, straightforward though tight.

Simon Lane, 5 April @ InfernoSimon Lane has moved on to covers at the Inferno when I return, in his words the crowd here didn’t seem interested in his original material, and only slightly more interest in covers, even though they are well performed; his mature voice has great tone, and the guitar work is pretty solid, throwing in alternate chord work to classics such as House Of The Rising Sun. He’s acting as compere tonight and is including this in his act, trying to win over those that are here and interested.

Tom Clements, 5 April @ InfernoTom Clements is next here, starts with a cover before going into his own material, showing out some of the amazing finger skills he’s picked up over the times. I don’t need to say much more since I said it all at his Chaplins debut.

Yellowgroove, 5 April @ O'Neills O’Neills now, and Yellowgroove are just hitting their stride, moving from covering All Right Now into original Son Of A Working Man, with a drum-led interlude while they switch instruments and Simon works up the crowd. The party mood contimues as they stroll into new one That Man is An Animal, which they almost tribute to Jim Marshall of Marshall amps fame, who passed on today.

Morphic Fields, 5 April @ Cellar BarI leave during cover Stuck In The Middle to see Mutant Vinyl at the Cellar Bar, only to find I’ve missed him, and Morphic Fields are on by now, playing a blend of songs containing some kicking rock and smooth jazz/soul, all in one song in one case, very clever and they make it work really well.

Karl Hayman, 5 April @ InfernoKarl Hayman is on in Inferno, its rare that I’m at the same gig he is nowadays for whatever reason. His voice is quite unique in tone and timbre, and he’s good with guitar too, though no one is really here actively listening which is a big shame – he’s pouring his all into the set, mixing things up a little.

I end up at O’Neills hanging out with the crowd there, totally missing Phil King closing at the Inferno – my bad.

Saturday & Another Varied Night

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Mischa's Merry Men @ On The Rocks 21 Jan

I’ve had a fantastic day at the Dorset Music Award DMA 40 Heat, yet still decide to catch some more music in the evening, starting with Mischa and his Merry Men, who are in fine form at On The Rocks – I’ve never seen them in this guise, full on, plugged in and really going for it. He’s turned the acoustic folk rock style into a lively pumped up full on rock set with addition of a drum kit rather than percussion, and its great to hear this new sound.

Luke Ferre @ Winchester 21 JanLuke Ferre is starting the night off at the Winchester for Streebeck‘s album launch party for third CD The Peacock. He’s playing good acoustic songs; covering Karma Chameleon as I walk in before going through his own material.

Texas Red @ Inferno 21 JanOne of the acts on at the Inferno gig that Kentucky Fight Club are headlining (The General Public were supposed to be on the bill too yet cancelled) are Texas Red. I didn’t realise Elliot Bradley was in this band, he tells me this is his main band, as opposed to his solo stuff or Admiral Shiny Sides. They play some hard rock ‘n’ roll, with Tanya on lead vocal, wailing and screaming in good fashion, which again distorts the speakers, which I’m getting used to here. They are name checking both themselves and their material, which I like. They have some slick tempo changes too, I can overlook the drummer losing a stick and catching it again, putting the rest off for a beat or two.

Streebeck @ Winchester 21 JanI arrive back at the Winchester unfortunately just in time to miss Del Malone & Lucy Martin, while having to wait 10 mins or so for Streebeck to set up. I notice during the break that more lighting is set up in the Winchester, making it an even better venue than it already was. The lads join the stage and strike up the new tunes. I’ve not heard any of them apart from opener Evening Red, which I played out on the show to promote this launch. They’ve said they’re playing the CD through live, so I can say that the harmonies from Laurence (guitar) and Dani (keys) in Spare A Moment are good as ever, the music is fantastic, if the CD is like the gig, yet again Streebeck have pulled a good’un out of the hat. CD’s are available on order, or via download, from bandcamp.

Mobius Strip @ On The RocksMobius Strip are closing On The Rocks and its all a bit mad and messy in the crowd (I’ve missed Kinky Boot Beasts who have performed in the meantime.) The music is awesome, just right for jumping around and moshing to, which is happening aplenty around the room. As Old Bloke is here celebrating his birthday there’s also a lot of lunging action 😉

KFC @ Inferno 21 JanBack to Inferno for the last of KFC‘s set – they literally finish as I get settled at the front. So its on to the Cellar Bar for the usual end of a night, this time with the excellent Paint It Blue, who are kicking off some amazing tunes and have entered the rolling blues and blues rock phase of their gig. Paint It Blue @ Cellar Bar 21 JanThis just means that everyone in the capacity crowd is going a little bit nuts.

Since I’m now with friend Claire (another birthday celebrant tonight), and other friends Livvy, Sofi, Geoff and Jo, this forms a great place to join in the party, and we continue until the early morning small hours with much merriment and entertainment – means that by the end I’ve been up and active for about 23 hours – since I woke up about 5am Saturday morning, and it’s about 4 when I get in, I love these sober benders 🙂

Day & Night

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A Cushion for the legendary Pete Christie and his magic fingers, as made by NessBeen a busy bee today, cycled to Swanage for a railway thing, and took the opportunity to drop in on Pete Christie, Ness had made a cushion for his gigging stool which needed delivery. On return from there after a full day Ness and I go straight out to Soho in Christchurch with some of Ness’ friends (£2 for a squash – racketeering is alive and well in some areas!). On the way to the car we drop into the Thomas Tripp as Jon Cotton is there doing a rare pub gig, however by this time Mrs H really wants to go home, so we leave and I head to Inferno.

Kimari Raven & Kat Hattersley @ Inferno 14 JanKimari Raven is doing an entertaining set, she has Kat Hattersley with her on cello providing some variety. She starts an audience requested song, however it requires a capo she hasn’t got, so the key falls apart and she collapses in a heap of laughs and says some naughty things! Directly into her take of Nights In White Satin for a good recovery then into some more of her original material, including oldie I Need You. I’ve commented before on her playing confidence, this confidence has now matured into full on audience interaction, including dealing with hassle caused by the usual rowdy non-interested-musically crowd found here.

Escape From 98 @ Inferno 14 JanI’ve managed to somehow miss Escape From 98 at the other gigs they’ve played, so its feeling a little bit like cheating, seeing them perform a full set the week before I’ll be including them in the judging at Dorset Music Awards. They do fun punk rock, helpful as they have one of the loudest drummers in town in Mandy. They treat us to a brand new song, which is flaffed up a little bit, but its a lot of fun and they laugh it off recovering nicely.

EF98 muckabout after the messed gig :)To be honest its good they’ve got the humour, as over the slightly shot PA they would otherwise come across as yet another too loud band; their nicely harmonised lyrics are being lost within the energetic and wild music. This is sorted for a ska number, the title of which I can’t publish here (Radio Rules). There are other things not going all their way – Lennon’s guitar amp intermittently seems to give up the ghost, and Lee is struggling with memory issues – he seems to have forgotten a number of the lyrics, which he just has to laugh off – it’s good to see them not getting up tight and wound up by this – as demonstrated by their off stage antics…

Quinns Quinney @ Cellar Bar 14 JanOver to the Cellar Bar, where Quinns Quinney are taking a break (to retune their 12 string allegedly) before entering into costumed farmyard madness. I’ve not seen these guys play for a long time, a couple of years at least, and they’ve had a number of lineup (hence instrument) changes, and a lot more rehearsal time.

Quinns Quinney watering can trumpet! @ Cellar Bar 14 JanRather than making the play about being funnily shambolic, they are now a full on cowfolk outfit, though the exotic instruments are still a feature (suitcase drum, kazoos, watering can 😉 !) Also still present are the medleys – Eye Of The Badger ?! into Take Me Home to Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls. They try a new song, Charlie Brown, which works well. Mama Don’t Like… is still in the set, worked over and more presentable than before when I saw it, as are many of the other medley staples included tonight, meaning a good time is had by all in the packed bar.

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