Powdered Cows CD Launch

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Powdered Cows @ Cellar Bar 17 SeptMartin from Powdered Cows joined us in the studio last week for a plug of this gig, and his new album. He’s been on for about 20 minutes by the time I arrive after swimming, and the usual array of electronica is around him, as I’ve tried to capture in the shots. He’s accomplished as a guitarist, hardly surprising considering his musical abilities, yet its amazing to hear yet another set of instruments being shown off by this versatile fellow.

Casini Division @ Cellar Bar 17 SeptAn acquired taste, Casini Division, which they seem to accept themselves judging by their on-stage announcements. Loads of effects on the electric guitars, with a synth slowly beating behind the vocals, creating a mix of some dreamy trance tunes and heavier riff work. It goes down well with those who are here, especially as they keep this trance-rock style while breaking into poetic shouted chant over each other as a finale.

During the gig I was introduced to a pleasant chap with a not so nice sobriquet (Radio Rules), who played as The Schemers before I arrived. Apparently worth catching, despite the name. Another time…

Pink Moon’s Third Birthday

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As the title suggests, 3 years ago Solid Air started their acoustic night called Pink Moon on alternate Tuesdays in Chaplins and latterly, the Cellar Bar.

Jemma & Annie Pink Moon 3Tonight we’ve had Parallel Universe, Solid Air Conrad’s alter ego with Si Genaro (who only tend to show for significant Solid Air events), Jemma Davies solo, later joined by Annie Winter for some duets before Annie solos, new band Casini Division then old hands Mother Ukers.

Jemma then Annie are on as I enter, they do some guitar and vocal swapping, they’ve brought a vocal crowd with them. There is quite a crowd here overall, band supporters, and moreover Solid Air supporters – those who enjoy experimental and acoustic music

Casini Division Pink Moon 3Casini Division start out looking very nervous – eyes shut, turning away from the crowd. What the nerves don’t mask is the latent talent that they have. Vocalist Lizzie has a good voice, there are some interesting effect generations, and usable backing tracks. In all they foretell promise of good high energy things to come in the future as they develop their direction . They also have a sizable, vocal crowd, always positive on a Tuesday night. I find out afterwards they had EP’s available, they’ve all gone by the time I speak to them, so no chance to play them on the show…

Mother Ukers Pink Moon 3Mother Ukers are allocated the graveyard slot, and sadly some of their audience have already had to leave. For the uninitiated (like I was) Ukers is pronounced you-curs (as in ukeleles). They start with Firestarter (Prodigy), then into 20th Century Boy (T-Rex) like no other versions I’ve heard – I also didn’t realise there were a variety of ukeleles, having missed the ukelele orchestra when they’ve gigged in town, the additions being a bass and a tenor ukelele.

They carry on throwing all types and genres of music at us, Lucifer’s Blues, Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon), Bowie (Space Oddity), The Cure (Love Cats), Happy Mondays (Step On), polished off with a Beatles medley.

All done in differing styles, not simply induced due to the nature of the instruments (well, except Love Cats – nothing can disguise that bass line).  There are also lots of interjections and self-mickey takes – “three big blokes with small instruments” and similar comments. All in all an enjoyable (if late) evening – Happy 3rd Birthday Pink Moon.