Had a great afternoon/evening out at the Windmill in Brixton. Its a great sociable venue populated by as many band members as fans/interested parties. As it started at 4pm only downside is that it becomes a bit of a marathon to stay until the end. Managed to see 6 of the 9 bands namely, Kid Slug, The Blue Carpet band, Calva Louise,White Ape, The Fiasco’s and The Empty Page.
They all had their strong points. Kid Slug were straight forward fast R and B, The Blue Carpet Band had a strong frontman , with a nod to Freddie Mercury in his looks and a solid backing band. White Ape are edgy indie with some guitar work reminiscent of Franz Ferdinand and a great line in humerous and thoughtful lyrics. The Fiasco’s were polished power pop with a really tight sound that would translate to bigger venues. By the time the Empty page were on unfortunately the lager had dulled my senses of appreciation (sorry guys) . I remember them as quirky with again strong sound which would warrant another listen.
Stand out band were Calva Louise (who I’d seen before at Wonkfest in July). Remind me of Wolf Alice a little,they write a mixture of catchy chorused songs, mixed in with some more psychedelic rocking out numbers. They look the part , have youth on their side and have appeal to both male and female audiences. I think they could do big things (they were featured at Roundhouse rising 2016 as up and coming). So they are my new band of the week.
As the day approaches been doing a bit of band research. The Bands below are playing and I’ve been checking out on soundcloud and youtube. Looks like its going to be a great outing and I will update with my tips after hearing them live tomorrow.
This year’s roll-call…
“Possibly the loudest powerpop band on Earth!”
“Bad Seeds-style unhinged sounding psychedelia”
*MING CITY ROCKERS*
“Riot Rock Ruination”
*THE EMPTY PAGE*
“Warm and fuzzy noises with singalong choruses and Mancunian charm”
“loud & unapologetic, like a last orders bell…”
“A musical fist-fight between Johnny Rotten Rockabilly, The Fall, big melodic choruses and enormous hooks.”
“…fuse surfy riffs to fuzzy grunge pop”
“Punky 3 chord bar-room rock ‘n’ rollers from South Wales.”
“classic sounds reminiscent of Dr. Feelgood, Elvis Presley and Bo Diddley with a blisteringly fast punk rock sound and attitude.”
Looking forward to the “Some Weird sin all-dayer “coming up this weekend in Brixton. 8-9 bands plus barbeque for £8. Whats not to like. The boys above will not be there and could have perhaps done with some sartorial advice or used a cooler wash.
New band for me Pit Ponies from Dagenham , seen here rehearsing before their great set at The Windmill in Brixton on 28th July.
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This is the first post for a first time blogger at the tender age of 57. I have started this blog for a number of reasons. Having recently been made redundant a couple of colleagues and recruiters made me aware of a growing problem in our society. Its the creation and subsequent vilification of a new demographic- the fat white old bloke.
So here is a disclaimer.This site is not just for fwob’s. But also for those that can sympathise with the sufferers or maybe see themselves spiralling headlong towards “fwobdom”(patent pending). Welcome!
This is not intended to be the next level down to grumpy old men and my prime motivation when this idea came up was to create a forum to discuss and share information on a passion of mine- Going to see live music and enjoying it as much now as I did when I was in my mid to late teens. Over the past year I’ve see numerous bands who I truly think should be getting greater recognition. For those that share this interest get out there supporting live music. Let me know your thoughts and share.