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Where & Now review

GIG LISTINGS
compiled by Andy Lowe

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SEPTEMBER

 

 

Wednesday 17th September AUG + FLORENCE BLACK + ALL THE ABOVE £5 First Step Management presents

Straight out of Jersey comes AUG with their new, full-length CD, titled Be Careful What You Wish For, now available.

This early Sabbath style band has brought to the table something rock fans will surely appreciate. If you haven't heard of the hardstyle band, let us assure you, they are not new to the scene; as matter of fact, they already have several accolades to their name. Such accomplishments include landing the spot as the host band for VH1's That Metal Show Christmas party for 3 years, reaching #2 on Reverbnation's Hot 500 Rock charts, and receiving praise from as VH1 Classic's TMS Host, Eddie Tuck for their first single "20 Years In Hell."

And with the release of this album, they show no sign of slowing down. Definitely check out Be Careful What You Wish For-- you'll be glad you did!

Aidan Connell is an East London based singer songwriter who has been hailed as the saviour of British blues with performances praised by many music legends including Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr and Seasick Steve

Aidan Connell along with The Noonday Parade (Charlie Skeggs- Drums), (Michael Hanley- Bass) pushes blues, soul, rock, psychedelia and guitar mastery into a whole new dimension, the influence of classic blues artists such as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf are obvious as well as the 60's super group schtick which reinterprets the well worn blues genre with a fresh approach and much needed urgency.

A well respected guitar player, songwriter and producer Aidan Connell also is a long term collaborator with US dream pop veterans Mazzy Star touring Europe, Scandinavia and North America as a featured artist and sideman.

Having been raised by his Jewish Grandmother in London's suburbs often termed The Thames Delta 'the birth place of British Blues'. Fueled by stories of the areas 60's heyday spawning bands such as The Stones and The Yardbirds Aidan took up the guitar and formed various blues and rock bands. Upon moving to London's East End Aidan modelled for extra cash whilst seeking out like minded individuals to create music with. Aidan was taken under the wing of Paisley Underground legend David Roback (Opal, Rain Parade, Mazzy Star) and Blues veteran Otis Grand helping to hone songwriting his skills and guitar chops.

His recordings stomp with the energy of contemporary garage-rock and blues leaders, recorded at his own well known Goldmine Studios , chock full of vintage equipment with many tracks laid down live to 2 '' tape. Ultra tight performances and excellent musicianship accompany thoughtful lyrics and arrangements.

Aidan Connell's live set up has been 18 months in the making with opening slots for Otis grand, Gary Clark Jr and Seasick Steve with the solid rhythm section of Charlie Skeggs (Drums) who has played with numerous named artists and sat in on several Nashville sessions and Black country(Midlands) bass virtuoso Michael Hanley a fluid Jack Bruce for the modern age making up 'The Noonday Parade'. With every show a euphoric be-in encompassing foot stomping blues freak outs through to thoughtful well crafted balladry which is enjoyed by both hipsters and high brow music connoisseurs alike.

With a full length album due in the fall produced by David Roback (Bert Jansch, Beth Orton, Mazzy Star) Aidan Connell has galvanised his rootsy sound with ample experimentation and widescreen atmospherics.
Having already been met with acclaim from musicians and critics alike and been hotly tipped by BBC Radio 2 and Classic Rock the future would seem very bright for Aidan Connell & The Noonday Parade.

''Reinventing the heyday of the Blues Rock power trio in the mould of Cream and Hendrix'' - Moray Stuart (Blues In Britain)

''The British Shuggie Otis'' Otis Grand

''Hendrix and Syd Barrett rolled into one'' - David Roback (Mazzy Star)

''Energetic Four to The Floor Tunes with a thematic Backdrop" - Fashion Music Style Magazine

''Great melodies accompanied by stellar performances'' - Blues Matters Magazine

The Official Facebook Page of Aidan Connell.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aidanconnell213

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/aidanconnell

YouTube: http://youtube.com/aidanconnell

Instagram: http://instagram.com/aidanconnellmusic

www.aidanconnell.com

Florence Black are a rock trio from Wales, formed in late 2012, writing originals from day one and playing everywhere they can to spread their music.

 

 

Thursday 18th September ALPHACAT with CHRIS BUTLER + DIATRIBE + more £6

New York band Alpha Cat's Elizabeth McCullough is back, with new material, and a special guest, the Waitresses sole songwriter, Chris Butler. (I Know What Boys Like, Christmas Wrapping)

Butler will accompany her on some new material, slated for a new album. The songwriting remains stellar, and McCullough's smokey voice should be a good accompaniment to Butler's guitar.

www.thealphacat.com/home.html

 

 

Friday 19th September THE DOWLING POOLE + guests £9 tickets from www.wegottickets.com/event/285829

The Dowling Poole is a new band formed by singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Willie Dowling (ex Honeycrack/Jackdaw4) and Jon Poole (ex Cardiacs).

Both Dowling and Poole have earned solid reputations as writers, session musicians and producers, writing songs, recording and touring with a number of different groups and artists.

You may perhaps think that you've not heard music from either of the two, but you undoubtedly will have. In 1998 following the dissolution of his UK and Japan chart-topping band Honeycrack, Willie Dowling moved into writing music for film and television, working with some of the biggest names in British comedy and drama, including Steve Coogan, Armstrong & Miller, Rob Brydon, Julia Davies, Derek Jacobi, Stephen Fry, Simon Pegg,Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer amongst, many, many others.

Dowling and Poole first met in 2011 when recording and producing Ginger Wildheart's award winning, top-ten "555%" album, and it was mutual admiration at first sight.
"I was immediately taken by Jon's remarkable and diverse musical talent", says Dowling, "but it took me an age to pluck up the courage to phone him and ask whether he'd like to do something together."

Fortunately, Poole had been thinking along the same lines and was equally thrilled at the prospect of working with Dowling. The couple started writing songs and locked themselves away in Dowling's recording studio in France for a few months, writing and recording an album they have titled 'Bleak Strategies'.

"It was a very collaborative process", says Poole, "We both brought songs to the table and we performed, sang and produced them together. You'd be hard pressed to guess who wrote what since we both were adding ideas left right and centre to each others work".

Influenced by pop masters such as XTC, Blur, 10CC, The Kinks, The Beatles and more, The Dowling Poole debut album 'Bleak Strategies' is an eclectic and contemporary sounding mix of semi-psychedelic pop, somehow quintessentially British-sounding, laced with harmonies and a multitude of influences from the best of 50 years of rock and popular music.

 

 

Saturday 20th September THE UPPERCUTS + POPE + DIRT ROYAL + TOP BUZZER (late set) + DJ Tottenham Sean £6 London Callin presents Mark & Char's Pre-Wedding Party plus Jamie's 30th Birthday Party

 

 

Sunday 21st September open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Monday 22nd September SHADOWLANDS + HOUSE PARTY MASSACRE £5

Music duo. Dave Ambrose on Guitar and Amanda on vocals. Together they are writing both seriously melodic tunes as well as infectious hooky uptempo songs.

www.facebook.com/pages/Shadowlands/460107610760841

House Party Massacre are a British punk/alternative rock band from London. The group consists of John Pita (lead vocals), Rocco "Rock" D'ambrosio (lead guitar & backing vocals), Filipe Freitas (rhythm guitar), Dom Pires (bass guitar) and Seb Fina (drums). Their sound incorporates influences from many genres of popular music, and they are developing a recognisable sound built on melodic instrumentals, highlighted by textural guitar playing and expressive vocals as well as lyrics which focus on personal themes and generational concerns.

www.facebook.com/hpmsongs

 

 

Tuesday 23rd September SHOTGUN HOUSE + THE UNDERSTUDIES £6

Shotgun House deliver down and dirty heartfelt passionate rock rhythm and blues... 'Blood Red Tattoo' 5-track EP out now...

"...a voice like diamonds soaked in JD, blazing riffs over a powerhouse rhythm section and a few restraining orders..!"

www.facebook.com/shotgunhouse

 

 

Wednesday 24th September BONE ZHANG + JOE MURPHY + more tbs £6

 

 

Thursday 25th September acts tbc £6 Hieronymous Bisch Bosch presents

 

 

Friday 26th September CHARLIE + SHOTGUN STACEY + RED QUEEN + LEARN TO SWIM + more tba £6 Enterprise Studios presents

 

 

Saturday 27th September PLAYMAKER + THE SWAGGER + THE THEME + THE LOOP + FREE SPIRIT) + PHANTOM SOUNDS (late set) £6 London Callin presents

 

 

 

OCTOBER

 

 

Wednesday 1st October THE FALLEN LEAVES + THE TRANSIENTS + WANDLE DELTA STOMPERS + BEN COCKETT + late set LONG TALL MICK £6 London Callin presents Minimum R & B

THE FALLEN LEAVES are continuing their monthly MINIMUM R&B Wednesday residency, building a new following in THE ROOKERY OF ST GILES

7.00 Ben Cockett

8.00 Wandle Delta Stompers

9.00 Transients

10.00 The Fallen Leaves - punk rock for gentlemen www.thefallenleaves.net

"This valve amp, treble-to-the-max rave-up would have had the mid-'60s Who or Pretty Things bricking it backstage at the Embassy Club" Mark Paytress (Mojo)

"This sharp, angular, melodic garage-pop will doubtless appeal to the same authenticity-starved youngsters who have made Billy Childish their king" Stewart Lee (Sunday Times)

"a confrontational cacophony of clashing rock'n'roll destroyed and reassembled with strange and awkward angles. The same, but different." Plan B

11.00 Long Tall Mick

 

 

Sunday 5th October open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Monday 13th October WARTY HUBBARD & HIS MAGIC CUPBOARD + SOPHIE DEBATTISTA + ELENI C + GIANLUCA + THE TAILORMADE £3 Producers' Showcase

 

 

Thursday 16th October DAVE GRANEY & CLARE MOORE + HARRY HOWARD & THE NDE £?

Dave Graney and Clare Moore- Australian rock immortals. Playing a SUPER RARE London show right in their favourite haunt- The 12 BAR Club in SOHO.

*****If I've learnt anything in my years of writing about music it's that if you are going to do anything of worth in this tough game, you better have your own thing. Today's generic is easily replaced by tomorrow's. And yet you need to be flexible, to follow wherever the songs demand. In the case of this, only the second credited as a solo album among 30 or so Graney releases, it's a curious yet welcoming lane he walks you down, with acoustic guitars, not much percussion, vibes, smooth sounds. At the end of it you feel like you've awoken from a strange yet pleasant summer's dream. As shot by Luis Bunuel. It ranges from off-kilter reveries (A Woman Skinnies Up a Man, The Old Docklands Wheel) through to the softly seductive (How Can You Get Out of London) and the downright arch (Look Into My Shades, Everything Is Great In The Beginning.) This is music that is neither folk, nor blues, nor country, but it's all Graney, somewhere out to the left field beyond Lee Hazlewood's raised eyebrow. It's astringent on the tongue but sweetens in the telling. Noel Mengel - Brisbane Courier Mail

On a double bill with Harry Howard and the NDE (a band fronted by Harry- brother of the late Rowland S Howard and player in their mutual bands, THESE IMMORTAL SOULS).

It'll be a top night out, Londoners!

Dave Graney's lates album is FEARFUL WIGGINGS, on which he and Clare Moore worked with Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance and UK folk guitar demon Nick Harper. Harry Howard and the NDE's second album is called PRETTY. Another garage rock classic!"

www.thedavegraneyshow.com

www.facebook.com/pages/Harry-Howard-and-the-NDE

 

 

Sunday 19th October open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

NOVEMBER

 

 

Sunday 2nd November open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

 

Friday 7th November MARY JOANNA & THE SOTHERN ELEKTRIK + BAND OF HOLY JOY (acoustic set) £8 from Skiddle.com

Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk, fronted by the enigmatic Mary Joanna Coogan are a unique blend of dark synths, biting guitars and gritty bass lines interlaced with Mary's soft yet irresistibly sinister vocals.

Formed in Manchester, Mary Joanna is backed by Rikki Turner (Paris Angels) on keys, Steven Tatji (Paris Angels, Rude Club) on bass, Spencer Birtwhistle (Interstella, The Fall) on drums, Stephen Evans (Twisted Wheel) on guitar and newcomer Zack Davies also on guitar.

Although the band have performed just a handful of gigs in their home city, they've already been invited to appear at venues across the UK, thanks to their effortlessly cool blend of Post Punk, Psychedelia, Electronica, Dream Pop and Krautrock.

"Wasted", their debut single, will be available as a digital download and limited edition CD single from 22nd September.

This is the band's debut London show and special guests on the night will be The Band Of Holy Joy performing an acoustic set as well as a Dj set from lead singer Johny Brown.

 

 

Monday 10th November EIKO ITOH + ROMEO SISON + TOM BUTLER BAND + KATE THOMAS + WEDNESDAY'S WOLVES £3 Producers Showcase

 

 

Sunday 16th November open mic hosted by VINCE McCANN

 

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