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News from The Bridges – December 2009

Loaded Dice

Another year over …. and it’s goodbye to old friends … ‘Loaded Dice’ the Shepperton band has decided to call it a day and to concentrate on academic studies and some solo projects. The ‘Best Live and Unsigned Band’ winners have issued a statement: “After nearly 6 years of playing together we have decided to take a break to concentrate on other projects and boring things such as uni. We want to say thank you so much for making our time together so special and memorable for us we will truly never forget the wonderful memories. Who knows we may be back sooner than we think but for now this is goodbye. In particular we would like to thank our friends and family for all their support you know who you are and we are very grateful.”

Heavy metal covers band ‘Netherworld’ has also hit rough waters. The sensational guitars of Jason Stretch and the nimble bass play of ‘smiffy’ will not be wasted though – the boys have started up a new project titled ‘Bad Penny’. They are joined by Rob Owens, “The Mighty Mammal” from our local circuit favourites ‘Rough Justice’ who will provide the power-house percussion. Look out for ‘Bad Penny’ at a venue near you in the New Year and check them out on: http://www.myspace.com/badpennylive.   The new band will be playing at Ye Old Swan Inn, Burnham on Jan 16th and The Royal Oak, West Molesy on Jan 29th.

Doug Lip

Finally, we have to say goodbye to the incarnation that was ‘Blue Fuses’ – a favourite local ‘hard rock’ outfit famous for their Pink Floyd and AC/DC numbers that had been playing together for 15 years.  Guitarist Doug Lip and drummer Just Will are to soldier on without the talented vocalist and bassman Noel Jones who has decided to take a break from gigging. We wish him well. A new band is expected, it will probably be re branded as ‘Fused’,  and rehearsals have already started with a newly recruited bassman, Simon.

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

See The Comanche Cipher at Staines

Comanche Cipher at Staines

Sep 25 2008      8:00P The Hobgoblin     Staines

The Comanche Cipher

“London five piece The Comanche Cipher deal in progressive hardcore that’s big on hooks and aggro and has landed them support slots with the likes of With Honor, Enter Shikari and Send More Paramedics. Their debut EP comprises of five tracks
of from-the-gut metallic bluster that has been honed to precision and is primed to inspire the kind of mosh pit melee that will leave noses bloodied and limbs bruised. With diamond-edged riffs hacking and scything at you throughout, they know
exactly when to unleash a thick breakdown or an anthemic melody to ensure that intensity levels are never given the chance to flag. A damn good introduction”
3/5 – Kerrang!

You can purchase the new Comanche Cipher EP Here >>>



Ludovico Technique
~ Comanche Cipher (Artist)

Price:     £6.99

2.

Catch some Contemporary Folk – at Staines

East of Ealing


East of Ealing Sep 25 2008      8:00P Staines Riverside Club

London based, but including global themes at times political, dark, humorous,irreverent, but always dancey with influences from Celtic to Cajun, Ska to S.African and Reggae to Russian their original numbers takes passengers heads around the world and feet to the dance floor.

At the helm,Stephanie Graffitti steers the band with her full steam ahead rock fiddle Madshipman Mik P bales them out on acoustic and electric guitars while Paul Castleman on drums keeps the engine room pumping to the E.O.E beat.
Jim Bean’s squeeze-boxing and vocals repels all borders as the band journey into the great unknown!

Check out these pirates for the 21st century at a gig or festival and enter the mosh pit with like-minded hippies, gremlins, rock chics, grockles, mums, dads, saucepan lids, punks, skunks, grannies and groovers all dancing to the soaring sexy fiddle, stompin’ squeeze-boxing, drum thumpin’, guitar hammering sound that is EAST OF EALING….take no prisoners!

other dates:

Nov 1 2008      8:30 Roots @ The Red Lion    Isleworth

Nov 15 2008     8:30 Filthy’s             Twickenham

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/eastofealing


3.

Get your lycra on and Dance- at Woking

Flashdance at Woking

Flashdance – until Saturday 27 September 2008 Woking Theatre

Take Your Passion Make It Happen !

Bruno Langley (Coronation Street), Bernie Nolan (The Bill, Brookside), Noel Sullivan (Hear’Say) and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt star in Flashdance

Sparks will fly this autumn as the World Premiere production of Flashdance – The Musical explodes onto the stage in Woking starring Bruno Langley (Coronation Street), Bernie Nolan (The Bill, Brookside), Noel Sullivan (Hear’Say) and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Alex.

Set in Pittsburgh, USA, Flashdance tells the story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, whose dream is to obtain a place at the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy. It’s an unmistakably unique musical about holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds. The show features an iconic score including the smash hit Maniac, along with Manhunt, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and the Academy Award winning title track Flashdance – What a Feeling.

Full of pulsating raw energy and breathtaking choreography by Arlene Phillips (Strictly Come Dancing, Grease, Starlight Express, Saturday Night Fever) Flashdance – The Musical promises to be the theatrical event of the year – so take your passion and make it happen!

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Some tickets still remaining- mention ADPONTES when booking!

Box Office: 0870 060 6645 4.

Prepare to Rock, Classic Rock at Egham!

Blue Fuses at Egham

The Blue Fuses Sep 27 2008      9:00P The Crown     Egham

Rock Party Time!

The sensational finish to the first half of the show is their version of the famous Floyd classic (and I begrudgingly acknowledge now a Scissors Sisters ‘classic’ too)- Comfortably Numb. The light touches and the gentle imagery of this set-piece gradually build up to an earth shattering climax when Doug really comes into his own and gives the audience several minutes of truly exalted classic rock guitar. Almost holy…

Review by Neil_Mach Sept 08

TO SEE THE FULL ADPONTES REVIEW OF BLUE FUSES CLICK HERE

If you miss ’em at Egham, try to see them here:

Oct 25 2008      9:00P Cardinal Wolsey     Hampton

Dec 27 2008      9:00P Cardinal Wolsey     Hampton

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/bluefusessurrey



5.

Classic ‘Covers’ Party band at Staines

Brainscape at Staines

Brainscape Fri 26 SEPT 2008 Staines Riverside Club 8:00P £4

This band takes classics and rocks with them. A perfect PARTY band, so come on down!

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Blue Fuses at Staines Riverside


Thursday 28th August 2008

Last Year an estimated 20 million people wanted to see Led Zep’s London gig (at £125 a pop.) Jimmmy Page is 64. Robert Plant is 60.  These guys are old. Really, really old.  And the music is from way-way back. But audiences around the world are literally queuing up to see this kinda stuff. Everywhere you look these days there is some bunch of hoary old rock popinjays zimmering around on stage barely able to lift their ‘axes’ because of the arthritis setting in and sipping on their Sanatogen between breaks. Why these antediluvian antics are so highly valued in the noughties is a mystery to me.  Because, if you really wanted to see a bunch of old geezers on a tinsel stage, knocking out some masterful blues & classic rock tunes, all you had to do was pop down to the Staines Riverside Club last Thursday (28th Aug) and you would have been in for a treat. But you didn’t did you?  Shame on you. The Blue Fuses were playing. It only cost £3 on the door. And you weren’t there.

Doug Lip (who resembles the late Stevie Ray Vaughan in style and attitude) provided the classy lead guitar breaks and the crescendos.  Noel Jones, the front man with the black pudding T-shirt and the ‘comfortable tum’, provides most of the vocals and blasted out the thumping bass lines (ranging from some fairly straightforward funk-influenced grooves right up to some immensely complex and compelling prog-rock sounds.) Pete Brock (glasses and bald) played the rhythm guitar but stepped up now and then to provide lead breaks and twin-lead power when required. Will Carroll (drums) was driving the energy of the band  with some explosive percussive tricks and some reliable beats. All told, The Blue Fuses were an exceptional treat. They are an accomplished band who play some highly-charged set pieces with lots of Fabulous Thunderbirds moments, some neat psychedelic rock touches and oodles of classic rock audacity.

The best thing about the Blue Fuses is their sense of fun and self-mockery. Pete Brock likes to use his radio/wireless set-up to run around the venue doing mad stage antics that are not really suitable for a man of, ahem, ‘his advancing years’. Noel tends to drive that base guitar (rather than subtley play it)and his face contorts into a myriad of expressions as he gets those sounds out using the power of thought alone. Whilst Pete smashes, crashes and thrashes his drum set to oblivion (as demonstrated in a powerful set-piece drum solo within ‘Whole Lotta Doggin’.) But these old guys are still able to shock you or make you smile by providing those ‘special little moments’ you didn’t quite expect. For example, Noel told us that the Blue Fuses were going to get “All girly” on us. And then they played a spectacular version of Everybody Hurts (R.E.M) with some gorgeous harmonies. Early on they announced that they were going to play the title-piece of a current movie. We all waited in anticipation. Da Da da-da-da Dida Dida Disa Da Da Da.  Yep, it was ‘Iron Man’. Full of grunge, full of raw power, full of verve and a very accomplished cover.

The sensational finish to the first half of the show is their version of the famous Floyd classic (and I begrudgingly acknowledge now a Scissors Sisters ‘classic’ too)- Comfortably Numb. The light touches and the gentle imagery of this set-piece gradually build up to an earth shattering climax when Doug really comes into his own and gives the audience several minutes of truly exalted classic rock guitar. Almost holy, almost surreal. And certainly transcending the humble surroundings of the Staines Riverside Club.

Why weren’t you there?  Better value for money than Led Zep!

© Neil_Mach Aug 2008

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See the BLUE FUSES next at:

Fri 26    SEP 2008    Royal Oak Pub
45 Oak Ave, Hampton Hill, TW12 3NR

Sat 25    OCT 2008    The Cardinal Wolsey Pub
Hampton Court Rd, HAMPTON, KT8 9BW

Links:

http://www.bluefuses.co.uk/

http://www.myspace.com/wwwmyspacecomjustwill
http://www.myspace.com/baldydrawnboy
http://www.myspace.com/douglip