There’s a LOT of shows that have been announced recently. Here’s the highlights of what’s going to be a busy few months in Cornwall (we’re very lucky!)
In no particular order:
PEACE – The best band to come out of Birmingham in a long while. this is a coup and no mistake. Their début album was a melting pot of everything that was good about Britpop. This one’s going to be a corker.
Wednesday 11th June – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth Tickets
Nick Mulvey – Very hotly tipped artist…..not to be missed on such a small tour. Both shows are FREE which is nice.
Saturday 26th April – The Nightjar, Truro
Sunday 27th April – Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth
British Sea Power – Words can’t express how much this show will kick ass.
16th April – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth Tickets
The Computers w/ Moriaty, Honey & Pirate Copy – No noise was made about B-Side @ Bunters ending rather unceremoniously. The writing was on the wall when Bunters was taken over, and we all miss it terrible. Chavs wandering through for a ciggy aside they put on some of the best gigs I’ve ever seen, and it was a true privilege to be part of it. The return of B-Side (even if it is a one off series of gigs) is going to have some noise made about it though….and who better than The Computers, Moriaty and Honey. Your face is officially going to melt off.
Friday – 18th April Lemon Quay, Truro Tickets
Reel Big Fish – These guys still cut the mustard whether they’re a novelty act to you or you still listen to their new stuff. A great show will be guaranteed and a lot of dick and fart jokes :) Plus it’s on a SATURDAY!!!!
Saturday 12th July – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth Tickets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC0u9OgDCdo
More cool dates inc. Winter Mountain and Bleech in the gallery.
The vast majority of these gigs are put on by SW1 Productions. They organise these unique mini tours by the up and comers that has seen the likes of George Ezra, Emily & The Woods, Thomas J Speight, Rae Morris, JP Cooper and loads more venture down to our part of the world, and on more that one occasion in the majority of cases. You’re lucky to have a promoter like these guys so please go and support the shows so they can keep on booking great bands.
Sorry for the delay, here are some snaps of a wonderful evening down in Penzance a couple of weeks ago. Hats off to Mr Ezra, who has regularly returned to Cornwall over the past 12 months….even though everyone else in the country seems to know about him now.
Gareth & Annie continued a fine run of performing as a duo over the past 6 months. We are eagerly awaiting the promised stripped back EP; something Gareth’s sound shines through with. The addition of Annie alongside in his musical endeavours has bought out the best in both musicians.
Fred (looks just like Ben Howard from about 5 meters away) Page gave a good account of himself. Nice tunes, good voice, hope he comes back to do a few gigs on his travels soon.
George Ezra makes up for what he lacks in amount of material with THAT voice. To look at and to hear him speak, he comes across as a fairly mild mannered lad, but when he opens up his lungs it’s one hell of a transformation. He’s in possession of some great track….some fairly average and forgettable ones too, but they can be weeded out over time. If memory serves me right, he premièred ‘Budapest’ on his Cornish jaunt last May, and this song has got better and better. New radio bothering track ‘Cassy O’ was a great little tune as well as the powerhouse ‘Did You Hear The Rain?’. A new EP out this week and festivals aplenty over the course of the summer, it’s going to be a busy year….just don’t forget lil old Cornwall eh?
A note on the venue…..I’d never been to the Acorn before; I found it an enchanting place, wonderful and quirky…just how a great gig venue should be. The balcony was lovely and downstairs having the bar area, where you could hear the on-stage goings on was a nice touch. It’s a shame it’s not in Truro, as that place is crying our for a venue like this.
But £3.00 for a Coke….do me a favour! Let’s have a price drop on the soft drinks, Penzance is a LOOOOOONG drive.
This show has been a long time coming, and what a sight it was to see a sold out crowd for a band that has worked so hard for the last few years. Relentless gigging, an incredible live show and face melting material have combined to start the Brother & Bones assault on greatness.
I thought the Pavilion show might have happened last year when B&B opted to return to Bunters, but in waiting another 9 months to move up in venue size it actually proved to be the perfect time. Recently returning to the UK on the back of a sold out run of shows in Europe, a recent appearance on Dermot O’Leary’s Radio 2 show and with 2 support slots to come for Bastille there’s a buzz about Brother & Bones that is getting louder and louder every week. B&B have always been mentioned in the same breath as Ben Howard, due to their close connection, but they’re well and truly standing alone and for all the right reasons now.
More on that lot in a bit. First up were a band I’d heard about a while back when they were a trio, but hadn’t ever got round to seeing them before; Sound of the Sirens. A Devonshire duo whose voices blend together beautifully. Not knowing their material it was hard to connect with their set due to the rather vocal crowd who seemed content in moving in from the bar but hadn’t remembered to finish their conversations. It was NOISY!. There’s a time-honoured lack of respect for the support bands, but if you don’t want to watch them; there’s the bar….stay there until the band you do want to watch comes on. It’s a big night for them too and it’s totally disrespectful.
The same held true for the second support band; Sam Williams and the Flock of Bats. Also being a duo, and a subtle one at that, they struggled to play over the noise. Luckily knowing Sam’s material it was heaps easier to follow. No amount of noise could wipe the smile off Sam and Joe’s faces though. Those that were at the gig to listen to music were treated to a little slice of magic from one of Cornwall’s brightest talents. Highlight as usual with SWATFOB was the excellent ‘Submarine’ and ‘Hollow’, but there was new material aired too with the current working title of ‘New Song’ :) A night they will never forget.
Brother & Bones entered to a now fully switched on crowd ready to go wild. Kicking off with ‘Raining Stone’ it gave everyone a nice chance to settle in to the moment. Gone seem to be the sets where B&B tear straight into the loud shit, they make you wait for it now, to savour every single moment before going mental. The end results paid dividends as time would tell. Teasing upping the tempo with what can now be referred to as an oldie ‘Hold Me Like The Sun’ ‘For All We Know’ prompted a huge sing-song which didn’t abate throughout ‘Gold & Silver’. The screw was tightened with ‘To Be Alive’ a song made for the huge arenas and stadiums which the boys are surely destined to fill in the future. That got the Pavilion rocking Bunters style….alas no crowd collapses on the stage. Another old favourite ‘Man In Need’ delighted the die hards who well and truly had their stomp on. Chucking in 2 graciously received newbies titled ‘Kerosene Love’ and ‘Omaha’ before well and truly blowing the roof off with the face melters ‘Back To Shore’ and ‘I See Red’. Departing for a breather, the audience was baying for more, to which they were richly rewarded when the boys returned on-stage with 3 final knock out punches. Another teaser for material for the début album in ‘If I Belong’…a great tune which builds to an epic finale, before the one everyone was waiting for. The venue erupted when the opening bars of ‘Don’t Forget to Pray’ fell out of Rich’s guitar, closing the show in a mirror image of their Bunters show 2 years ago they left the stage to a rousing rendition of ‘Your Revolution’ and that was that.
For a band that is yet to release an album, it is a testament to the quality of their 4 EP’s worth of material, and the epic live show they put on that they can already fill a 600 capacity venue. Ok, it’s a home show, and we’ve always been particularly partisan where Brother & Bones are concerned, but none the less your hat has to be doffed in their direction. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a better band live, and I’ve seen a fuck load of bands live……Godspeed Brother & Bones, you boys fully deserve all the success that’s coming your way…..