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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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News From The Bridges – JUNE 14

Mistakes in Animation (MIA) have been busy road-testing their new bass player Jarryd (played a big one in Kingston with the likes of Johnny Foreigner and Hot Club…)

Fleet & Frimley rockers Hold Your Horse Is have a new EP out … the band is currently on their ‘Everyone Runs Faster With A Knife Tour’ and will be paying Staines a visit on 25th JUNE at The Hob…

Speaking of spanking new releases, Cato Street Conspiracy release their new song “Promises, Promises” on June 29th … they are now on the lips of the Chatham citizenry after playing an uber-successful gig with High Frequency in the Chav version of Mecca (Chavcca?) … the Cato Street kids will be playing Staines along with BIG TRUCK on JUNE 28th at The Hob…

Staines firm favourites fiN are warming up to play Glasto (on the Dirty Boots Stage) before hitting STAINES on JUNE 28th at The Hob… they will also be playing the Blastbeat Fest at Hounslow and the MG Fest at Gaydon.  Unfortunately, we at ADPONTES have been informed that this years Walton Sound Fest is OFF OFF OFF! It is a real pity, we were really gearing up for it… the promoters tell us that they are deffo hoping to run the fest in 2010 so we must all keep our fingers crossed…

When we last saw ALPHABET BACKWARDS we absolutely loved ‘em so it is good to see that they are back in town on July 2nd … they have a shiny new 6 track mini album available (Kittiwake Records) that you can grab at the gigs…

Shepperton’s honored and favoured sons Loaded Dice have announced that they will be playing this year’s Guil Fest … they also tell us that they are looking for a new ‘image’ (last time we saw them they were in matching waistcoats and crisply starched shirts … they looked like a bunch of freshly hired estate agents) … The Dicey lads will be playing their clean-cut sounds with hardcore/rock act The Jesters Dead (should be an interesting mix) at Staines Hobgoblin on July 5th…

Unbelievable STAINES TOWN heroes Miss Pink Shoes are back playing live … catch them on July 12 at the Hob along with alt rock/ drum n bass maestros Floors and Walls (both bands were transferred over to the Hob after last month’s Sticky’s collapse)… Floors and Walls are also playing the REDFEST 2009 – Redhill Surrey on Jul 25…

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

Best UK unsigned band – Live in Staines

Loaded Dice at Staines

Loaded Dice
Apr 05 2009
Hobgoblin
Staines

The last time AD PONTES saw this young band at The Hob, Staines we described the sound as ” Refreshingly effervescent cherry-pop fizz for a (spring) day…”

This band got to the UK final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest a few years back. Currently, the lads are teetering on the very edge of ‘stadium’ success having won the title of the “Best UK live and unsigned band”. We wish them well. They are BIG local talents and you should get up to the HOB and support them…

Read the full ADPONTES-STAINES review of Shepperton’s LOADED DICE here

Link:


www.myspace.com/theloadeddice

Buckle Up Staines


http://www.buckleuppromotions.com

2.

Melodramatic Popular song…  Live at Windsor

To Arms Etc - Windsor Firestation

To Arms Etc
Apr 03 2009
Firestation
Windsor


To Arms Etc is a psychedelic keyboards based pop band with a huge following and great expectations. The ‘Don Henley’ drummer/singer Richard Perman takes the audience into melodramatic songs, emotional adventures and rock overtures.

If you enjoy sophisticated rock sounds then you should try this.

http://www.myspace.com/toarmsetc


3.

Exciting Alt/PowerPop- Live in Staines

Danny Roulette at Staines


Danny Roulette
Apr 02 2009
Hobgoblin
Staines

If you like your pop/rock supersized and powerful the try Danny Roulette…

Sounding like Biffy Clyro / Mars Volta / Weezer this band is sure to please!

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/dannyrouletteband

Buckle Up Staines


http://www.buckleuppromotions.com

DEMURE

Danny Roulette will be playing with the ever popular DEMURE. See this band now- they have just released their EP and are starting to grow is stature and success. The band plays Alt- Rock in the conventional sense but with overtures towards noise rock, especially in the way that the percussion and the bass are given the freedom to spread out their wings and have dissonant aural adventures of their own, but framed within the main architecture of each song.

The last time ADPONTES saw DEMURE we said that they reminded us of ‘Sonic Youth’ or ‘Butthole Surfers’. To check out the full ADPONTES review click here

4.

6-Piece Soul/Funk Covers – Live Ascot

Soul Selecta at Ascot

Soul Selecta
Apr 04 2009
Jagz
Ascot

Soul Selecta is a tight 6-piece Soul/Funk covers band, made up of members from Bucks, Herts and London. The band have been together since 2003, although each individual member is a true professional in their field with several years of experience with other bands. Having played many a bar/club/wedding/corporate event and private party, they are masters of their game, providing solid entertainment and style!!

Soul Selecta predominantly cover classic and modern R’n’B, Funk and Soul; from James Brown to Beyonce, but for occasions such as weddings, are adaptable and versatile to cater for all across the genres and decades.

Their performance is fuelled by their love for the music, and filtered through the bands own soul.  Whilst being faithful to the originals, they also bring their own edge involving the audience in a new moment, which demands you to dance!

They have a natural vibe and the ability to capture the mood and generate the groove!

Saturday, 4th April
Show will start at 8.45
Ticket cost: £8.00
Doors open from 7.30pm. £26 for 2 courses and entrance (£30 for 3 courses). Entrance for the bands is £8 but is strictly limited and on a first come first served basis. Entrance for dining or just the band INCLUDES free entrance to the nightclub

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/soulselecta




5.

Classic Rock Superband –  Live in Staines

Frayed Knot at Jolly Farmers - Staines

Frayed Knot
Apr 04 2009
Jolly Farmer
Staines

Last time we saw this Staines Superband we said:

“These boys play the songs that make the crowd yelp with joy, but served up with a sabre-sharp ice-cool quality that would make lesser bands look on enviously”

See what we mean at Jolly Farmer STAINES (Egham Hythe) Apr 4th

Check here for the full ADPONTES review

Links:

http://www.frayedknotmusic.co.uk/

Def try to catch them at this safe & friendly pub this weekend !

Other dates (if you miss ’em) :

18/04/09    The Red Lion, Egham
29/05/09    The Carpenter’s Arms, Hayes
27/06/09    The Fox Inn, Bisley
04/09/09    The Carpenter’s Arms, Hayes
10/10/09    Ye Olde Swan, Burnham

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

Pure Pop Punk from Local Boys

Stay away from Paris

Stay Away From Paris Dec 21 2008      8:00P Hobgoblin, Staines     w/ Loaded Dice

The Walton based power/pop Punk band  Stay Away From Paris like to make HAPPY music! Come and Chat, We love it. Come abd listen- they will love it even more! Bands they have had the pleasure to play with include Mimi Soya, Look! I’m A Ghost, The Winning Post, Blue Sky Summer, We Have A Getaway, Over & Out, Exit Avenue, Get Set Radio, Indie Fisher and many more! Now p-laying with Shepperton faves Loaded Dice at a venue near you, Make a night of it.

Links

http://www.myspace.com/stayawayfromparis

2.

Boogie Down to the Modern Groove- in Ascot

Grooveology


Grooveology

Dec 18 & 19 2008      Jagz Ascot

It takes something very special to become a member of Grooveology. All members are professional musicians who work with the likes of Elton John, Rod Stewart, Boy George, Jools Holland, Tony Hadley, ABC, James Taylor Quartet to name but a few. 2005 saw the band entertain over 20,000 guests at more than 70 gigs. These bookings covered the entire UK, from Inverness on the north coast of Scotland to Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands Their sets include songs from the 60’s right up to the modern grooves of the new millennium with all the classics in between.

Thursday, 18th December
Show will start at 8.45
Ticket cost: £10.00
Christmas Menu, call 01344878100 for details Limited Tables so please book early or call to check availability

Friday, 19th December
Show will start at 8.45
Ticket cost: £10.00
Christmas Menu, call 01344878100 for details Limited Tables so please book early or call to check availability


3.

Peoples Popular Pub Band – at Windsor

PFJ

PFJ

Dec 20 2008      9:00P Old Ticket Hall WINDSOR


The PFJ are an exciting pub band from Berkshire who play late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s retro rock from Aha to ZZ Top – stuff like “I Will Survive” to “Ace Of Spades”, with a bit of “Teen Spirit” and “Tiger Feet” thrown in.

AdPontes-Staines saw them at the Rising Sun, Slough and, even though they had to squeeze into a tiny corner, the boys managed to play a ‘full-on’ rock concert with sounds, lights, and electrifying energy.

The PFJ take their name from the Peoples Front of Judea (not to be confused with the Judean peoples popular front etc. etc. from Life of Brian) And, as the name suggests, the band oozes fun and humour as well as not a little musical talent.

Their choices (for the set list) is a head-bangers wet dream including some very old favourites like Ace Of Spades (Motorhead) and Paranoid (Sabbath) but mixed with some highly original (and hilarious) covers like I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) or Crazy Horses (Osmonds). When you add songs like Turning Japanese (The Vapours)and Video Killed the Radio Star ( Buggles) into the mix you realise that you are witnessing a highly innovative fun-time band.

The PFJ squeeze out every possible sound from their 6 piece outfit, featuring vocals, 2 guitars, bass, drums and even a stage dancer. Just to add to the party spirit, the PFJ come out in their patented Judean costumes and even tend to do some costume-changes during their set.

I went to see them again last Sunday at The Old Ticket Hall, Windsor but, unfortunately, the band were on after the rugby semi-final and I couldn’t be bothered to wait around until about 10:30pm to see them…

Since forming in 2000, the PFJ have won over crowds of drunks on a regular basis… make sure you catch their amazing live show at the old Ticket Hall WINDSOR on the 20th to put you in the Christmas Spirit!

Links:

http://www.thepfj.com/

4.

Relentless Rock n Roll – in Staines

Moscow Flyer at Staines

Four Wheel Drive

Dec 18 2008      8:00P The Hobgoblin     Staines

Tcatch them at Staines on 12th at The Hob

Four Wheel Drive is a band that exists to play live. They deliver what can only be described as a relentless onslaught of good time, balls out Rock ‘N’ Roll. Ben Austwick and Paddy Achtelik provide rhythm guitar interplay that constantly bombards the audience from both sides of the stage; while Ben also hits you with incendiary, gut-wrenching, Blues-based lead guitar.

The rhythm section generates a force capable of knocking down walls, yet with enough control to retain the R’n’B feel of ’70s Aerosmith and Rolling Stones. The band have been clocked at close to 120 decibels in rehearsals, almost earning the Guitar Institute their first ASBO!

This musical force of nature is topped and led by Jamie’s vocals. Switching between a sleazy drawl and a ball-busting scream, the vocals compliment both the Rhythm ‘n’ Blues and Rock elements of the band. Tightly rehearsed vocal harmonies add an extra dimension to the songs, giving the live performances the same depth as the recordings.

The songs have always been written with the live show in mind and the delivery is enough to get anybody’s mouth away from their pint. Four Wheel Drive is made up of a highly “driven” collection of individuals whose lives are designed around the band to make sure it is constantly moving forward. New material is always being written and they can, and do, play any night of the week.

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/4wdtheband

If you miss ’em at them Hob try to catch ’em here:

Dec 21 2008     3:00A
FILTHY’S Christmas all-dayer     Twickenham

Dec 31 2008     8:00P
FILTHY’s New years Eve.. (+ filthy’s all-stars)     Twickenham


5.

Raw Rock Covers- at Slough

Spiderwire

Spiderwire

19/12/08 Rising Sun Slough

Ozzy, Blackstone Cherry, Nickelback  etc.

Performing hard rocking covers, 5 piece Rock Covers band Spiderwire unleash hard rock hell with Energy, Decibels and Excitement on the unsuspecting public. If you’re expecting to get your slippers on and snuggle up by the fire, Spiderwire is not the band for you. Performing only to those who are about to rock (we salute you).

Playing songs from these great artists; Gun’s, Buckcherry, Ozzy, Blackstone Cherry, Nickelback and even Ted Nugent, plus many more.

Links:

http://www.spiderwire

Check ’em in the New Year at:

16/01/2009 Rising Sun Reading

17/01/09 Plough Inn reading

31/01/2009 The Bull Theale, Reading

22/05/08 The Three Mariners Bagshot

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2009 ADPONTES-STAINES GIG GUIDE

THE 2009 ADPONTES-STAINES GIG GUIDE

2009 STAINES GIG GUIDE

WE ARE NOW preparing our 2009 AD PONTES STAINES LIVE MUSIC GIG GUIDE and Jan, Feb and March 2009 are already up!

If you are a band, frequent a venue, or you are a friend/fan of an artist or just know of a forthcoming hot gig in your area, then why not let us know so we can ADD YOUR GIG for FREE in  our whats on guide.

ADDING YOUR GIG IS FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE

There are no hidden charges – we just want to support live music in our area and help YOU to succeed!

We cover the STAINES and SPELTHORNE area – but anywhere that is within about 30 minutes easy travelling time from STAINES…. we will ADD FREE to our guide.

We are currently averaging 780 HITS A DAY on our main site…so that’s an amazing 22,000 hits per month…. can you miss out on that kind of coverage and potential for success?

We are ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW BANDS & ARTISTS to cover in our STAINES magazine- so if you would like us to arrange a FREE photoshoot and/or story for publicity for your band YOU ONLY HAVE TO ASK….. LET US KNOW.

If we don’t know that you are out there, then how can we help you get where you want to be?

CONTACT US NOW

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Sunday 14 SEPT HOBGOBLIN / ROCKGOBLIN

CHARITY ALL DAYER at THE HOB, STAINES

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Audio Video Disco
The Motion Picture
Purge
S.O.V.
Loaded Dice
Over and Out
Farewell City
Beyond Reasonable Doubt
The Valkyries
The Blow Ups
The New Assassins
Miss Vickery
Succotash

all at :

THE HOBGOBLIN, STAINES

Sunday September 14th from Noon

Hob Staines Charity All dayer

It doesn’t get any better THAN THIS !!!

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Sunday 31st August 2008

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Loaded Dice are a Green Day/Mcfly/Rooster/Nickleback type boy-band from Shepperton (yes Middlesex) who write their own music (in an 80’s style -try to think 1980’s Genesis or Tears for Fears.) They possess a poppy upbeat sound and a certain pizzaz that is just right for the average weekaday modern audience who has a small appetite, short attention span and jaded earbuds.

You know those days when you fancy a Tizer or a glass of cold ginger ale instead of Stella extra strong? When life asks nothing more out of you than a desire for a dish of sticky toffee pudding cake or a slice of lemon meringue pie? When you want to leave the Marlboro country and head, instead, for a simple picnic perched upon a tuffet with your sweetheart, while the light fades? When you find yourself wanting music – not poison, and wanting sweetness, not an aftertaste. When all you want is ‘Not to Worry’. When you just want the kind of music that is ‘kind to your soul’. That is Loaded Dice.

They look and sound goo-ood. Smallest of the bunch, Lui Matthews (vocals) is a capable though diminutive ‘front man’ but is confidently backed-up by the big-bruvver drummer (wearing a mike) Steven Wilkinson, who combines percussion with some impressive supporting vocals. Curly haired Ian Lennon – on bass- who looks like Simon Amstell- belts out the bass notes well. And the guitarwork – oh yes, the guitarwork,  is very competently played by slim Anthony Wilkinson.

“I Hurt So Much” ( actually named “My Call” ) is my favourite song and the crowd pleaser. It has a funky mid section with a simple but likeable lead break, good vocals especially the harmonies. All the lads in the band take part in the melodic structure of the sound. But whilst Lui Matthews uses his rounded voice as another instrument, the other lads provide vocal arrangements to support him.

Wow, is it Black Sabbath (paranoid)? No, it is “Ride Today”. Jangly guitars with nice fretwork mid-section by the talented Anthony Wilkinson in this ‘almost an ozzy cover-esque’ bit of soda-fizz. Refreshingly effervescent cherry-pop fizz for a summer day.

When I saw the band (at THE HOB, Staines) Green Day was present and correct, not only in the sound and the effort of the band but also in some nicely crafted coverwork. More surprisingly, though, was the joyful rock n’ roll number and even some funky jazz-type vibes. Chords and a complicated bass structure, supported by Steven Wilkinson on beat-drums, fill up ”That’s Alright” which is a solid and reliable pop-tune and will probably be a top ten hit once the boys crack through the caramel crust of the music world and ‘tap into America’ with their little silver spoons. “Mr Liar” has a funky feel but is akin to the ska sounds of the mod seventies with tempo changes and some over-familiar chorus and verse patterns. But it  is a very clever lead guitar break that takes you into a new direction and brings you, gently,  back the this century.

Try not to screw your face up when you hear that the band got to the UK final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest a few years back. Because, currently, the lads are teetering on the very edge of ‘stadium’ success having won the title of the “Best UK live and unsigned band”. We wish them well. They are local talents and they have a clean image and wear sensible shoes and have clean hair. They use toothpaste and they floss.  Why should we hold that (and the Eurovision thingy) against them?

Oh, incidentally, why weren’t you there?
Why weren’t you at the Hobgoblin… supporting our boys? Shame on you!

© Neil_Mach
Aug 2008

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/theloadeddice

If you missed them on Sunday, try to catch Loaded Dice here:

Sep 14 2008      8:00P The Hobgoblin Staines

Sep 24 2008         8:00P Brighton Live Festival 2008