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Succotash at Two Rivers (Phoenix) Staines

Succotash at The Two Rivers Bar

Wed 3rd Feb

Local talented soft rock heroes Ravi and Carl (together they are Succotash) are playing the TWO RIVERS bar again …. on Wednesday 3rd February.

This bar was known as the Phoenix pub (it’s in Church St, Staines, nr Davies Angling and The Hobgoblin). It’s now been taken over by new management and has been spruced up greatly (much more friendly/family/food/fun) orientated! It is now known as the TWO RIVERS bar.

The boys will probably kick off around 8.30pm (in the back bar) and will be playing a mixture of covers and Ravi’s own songs. There should be a few new ones in there (maybe some Madness, Jam ) and plenty of old favourites. Last time our ADPONTES resident music critic Neil Mach went along he reported that he had a truly enjoyable evening. And he liked the beer! Well worth paying a visit. Not to be missed!

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The Siegfried Sassoon – Staines Hob

siegfried-sassoon-photo-by-tom-pratt

Hobgoblin – Staines – 1st March

So we are here at The Siegfried Sassoon (named after the Great War poet) “single release party” at The Hob Staines. But the Chertsey boys haven’t got their singles with them (a mix up with the post-production). Hmmm. And the crowd in Staines is forgiving. Probably more forgiving than they ought to be. In fact, the party is still going ahead (with or without the single) and the audience is fizzing like a sherbet fountain dropped into a glass of fanta. I saw a black and white chuckle-vision dalmatian in the crowd- it may have been Cadpig or Lucky – but I didn’t see Perdita. Perhaps the significance of all this is that the Sassoon sound is fun fun fun. The diversions come as ice-cream van chimes, merry-go-round organs or squelchy stylaphone tones.  Sassoon music is not eagerly flamboyant, majestic or epic like the nu-prog royalty i.e. Dream Theatre, Beardfish or The Mars Volta. Theirs is capricious and frothy stuff.

Stylistically the sound is closer to the ‘Roine Stolt’ vehicle ‘The Flower Kings’ than many contemporary bands but there are slices of ‘Dartz’ type guitarwork garnishing the cocktail of sounds and, I think, a ‘Vines’ type vibe with grown-up ‘Craig Nicholls’ sounding vocals. The Siegfried Sassoon seem to populate the vacuum left by 70’s prog-rock masters, especially ‘Gentle Giant’ (which, like Sassoon, are sophisticated enough to have their own literary muse in their form of François Rabelais.) Unexpected compositional twists, altering subtly in each repeat, and intelligent management of the transitions, mean that Sassoon could easily be placed into the Jazz-Fusion bargain-bucket alongside their (local) buddies Cats & cats & cats but this also means that they are forever to be placed into that difficult ‘unhummable’ slot that is reserved for the clever muso-headed brain-box crowd… so the chavs in Staines aren’t as fick as you might fink!

I instantly liked the (missing) single ‘Muscle Beach’ and that clever start with a supermarket check-out sounding beep-beep ( a little like the “Tricky” Stewart of ‘ella ‘ella fame new Beyonce track ‘Single Ladies’.)  This song envelopes a rich and fairly complex affair with a graceful conclusion very reminiscent of work by ‘The Flaming Lips’. Satisfyingly zingy elasticated chords from Adam Easton were stretched far beyond their tolerance and the frequent guitar highlights from Simon Gould reminded the crowd that they were listening to one of the few properly focussed Experimental / Psychedelic / Rock bands out there right now. It’s a shame that the B side could not be played live with a female lead singer though.

The track ‘I Galactico’ sees Chris Pratt (keyboards and lead vocals) take the band into magical territory. With Jim Carroll playing nimble bass guitar and Nick Owsianka playing steadily supporting percussion augmented by drum patterns by Chris. The smug faced crowds grunted and wriggled to that one! It was a jiggly ball of fun.

The whole Sassoon effect is spacey and neo-psychedelic with multi layered experimentations (including electro-acoustics) being the norm. The show was not (in any way) slick and could have been better managed. The performances were adequate but you get the feeling this lot prefer the studios and the rehearsal rooms to a live stage.  This band has a superior musical quality but they do seem to need some better leadership and / or  management if they want to get up to the next level.  Chris mentioned that the band had T shirts and other merch with them (but, even though I had a handful of cash in my greasy mitts I couldn’t get hold of any stuff) and he told the crowd “If you want a motorhead T shirt go to Top Man – if you want our stuff – hang around”. Yeah, I get it. You have to hang around and work for Sassoon. It is ‘thinking man’s’ music and doesn’t easily fall off the shelf and into your lap. Got it.  Give ’em a whirl.

© Neil_Mach

March 2009
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Bloodloss – Staines

Bloodloss at STAINES HOBGOBLIN

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STAINES HOBGOBLIN
Thursday 11th September 2008

Bloodloss – Staines – Hob Neil_Mach Sept 2008

Bloodloss are in appearance, general style and musical ability, much like ‘Lamb of God.’ But, as with most successful basic metals bands from The New Wave of American Heavy Metal, you will find that there is a lot more going on ‘in there’ than you might at first think. There is a glimmer of melody and arrangement in the music of these bands – and these elements along with a generous slice of virtuosity can also be found in the music of Bloodloss … so compare this band to ‘Machine Head’ or ‘Chimaira’.

Barry O’Connor is the muscle-bound rhapsoidein wearing a British Bull Dog T-shirt and strutting and posturing across the stage with that British vim and vitality that we are so accustomed to. He takes the extreme de rigueur / Thrash Metal vocals (i.e. shouting hard) to the next level, but he can also occasionally mystify and delight the audience with some truly mournful and tuneful notes. Barry also drums with AfterDeath ( an up-and-coming London-based metal band) and it is very clear that his vocals are kept in perfect trim by his ‘insider’ knowledge of the rhythm. Bloodloss employs (almost) a twin-lead guitar-sound with Rob Ironmonger on number 1 lute and Mark Browell on No 2 (who also helps with supporting vocals) and these two churn out the kind of grinding chord progressions you so urgently and desperately need. Sometimes these chords are as unusual, complex and demanding as a high-class Tokyo call-girl who has found herself with her wrist-watch caught in the Vicar’s flies, but those ripping lead breaks lead you (and her) , ever onwards, to a place of wonder and, ultimately, sinful climax. The (temporary) bass chitarrone thumped those low-lines following the rhythm guitar riffs but also employed some deft intermezzi techniques and some nifty progressions. The thrashing drummer Daniel Kelly, on the bongos, is just a blur of hair, stamina and testosterone. Blast-beats came naturally to him, as do some magical ‘rim of the snare’ techniques and plenty of hyper blasts when the occasions demand them.

The low syncopated power chords and the powerful metalcore vocals (think ‘Killswitch Engage’) provide the petulant pomp to this team of screamsters. Their songs, like ‘Inside My Mind’ and ‘Taken Down’ speak of life, light, darkness and focussed, strain. “It is a struggle to be in a band” shouts out Barry, to the bassist from the support act (Demure), “Isn’t it brother?”. Clap, clap, clap. We all agree … as if we knew. The band do not underestimate the simpler facts-of-life though, ( the songs are often interrupted by reflective and gentler moments when simple chords are crafted,) or the more euphoric moments we live, when the vocals, fuzzy guitars and rhythmic blasts reach a ‘state of grace’.

There are several nods towards modern advocates of complex progressive metal (like ‘Opeth’), not just in the style, with occasional guitar interludes, but also with some uncommon time signatures and dynamic shifts… and polyrhythms abound. Grunts and shouts are more in order than the screams of some bands and are actually more tuneful and pleasing (think ‘Slipknot’) than some nu-metal bands. These styles elevate the ambience and the pomposity of Bloodloss to new highs. Yes , mood and rhythm and texture is more important than melody to the bands of this genre but in the music of Bloodloss pleasing musical arrangements can also be found. At the barnstorming end of the evening there was a timely and welcome breakdown- conducive to a bit of moshing/body-slamming- and so Bal attempted to create a wall of death inside the limited space of the Staines Hob with the – erm- nine or ten members of the ‘crowd’. And so moshing commenced.

All-in-all Bloodloss live was a strong, mesmerising and absolutely exhilarating experience and I thoroughly recommend this London/Guildford act to any metal fan.

To sum up and to quote Bal on the night, “If You call yourselves ‘Metal Heads’ then this is the time, this is the place, and this is the band

© Neil_Mach
Sep 2008

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You can see Bloodloss next at:

Sep 16 2008 8:00P RSVP, Woking Woking

Sep 27 2008 8:00P The Drama Club Bracknell

Oct 5 2008 8:00P The Phoenix Staines

Oct 10 2008 8:00P The Star Inn Guildford

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/thisbandisbloodloss




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5 Things- This Week in Staines

1.

See Succotash! at the Phoenix, Staines

Succotash! At Phoenix

Succotash! at The Phoenix, Staines Friday 7th March 2008 9:30P

Spring is just around the corner & it’s time once again for the mighty Succotash to brighten up your lives!

The Staines-duo will be at The Phoenix, Church Street, Staines Upon Thames on Friday 7th March.

On stage at 9:30 ’till late.

The Phoenix is under new management so come on in and see what how the place is shaping up…

Carl will be bangin’ & shakin’ a variety of percussive implements and his beautiful young assistant, the ever-lovely Ravi, will be strummin’ & singin’ for all he’s worth…

Support these local likely lads…

The Phoenix, Staines
Friday 7th March

43 Church Street, Staines, Middlesex, TW18 4EN

Tel: 01784 452384

2.

Go to see Stan Sulzmann at the Riverhouse Barn, Walton

Stan Sulzmann


Neon at the Riverhouse Barn Theatre, Walton March 9th 7:30P £10

Sun March 9th 7:30P

Riverhouse Barn, Walton

Jazz

The inventive and fluent tenor titan with the equally-impressive Gwilym Simcock on piano and Jim Hart on vibes.

‘Neon’ is Stan Sulzmann, Gwilym Simcock and Jim Hart

Pricing: £10

http://www.stansulzmann.co.uk/

The Riverhouse Barn boxoffice:

01932 253354 (24 hrs)

Manor Road
Walton-on-Thames
Surrey KT12 2PF

http://www.riverhousebarn.co.uk/

http://www.myspace.com/ollywedgwood


3.

Go see some new Ska… Abstract Genius

Abstract Genius at Platform 9

Abstract Genius at Platform 9, Guildford 7:30P

“Skacore/funk ninjas from Guildford -comin at ya!”

Mar 6 2008 7:30P Platform 9 Guildford

May 15 2008 7:00P Platform 9 w/DIRTY REVOLUTION

After a century of searching for band members, Luke and Nick (the founding members of Abstract Genius) are proud to announce the arrival of skacore/cross genre’s newest prodigy!

Abstract Genius are working hard and having loads of laughs writing and perfecting material for future recordings, live shows and new media. Their sound is exciting, fast and varied ska influenced metal, hardcore, funk and progressive rock, with a
slightly hip hop, raw vocal.They are passionate about making and performing music, with most of the band studying music in some form or another at Guildford ACM.

Abstract Genius are:

Luke: Vocals, Tenor Sax, Slide whistle!

Nick: Guitars a’ plenty

Ben: Bass and hair

Mike: Drums and super-straight-edge-shorts!

Influences Sonic Boom Six, Metallica, Ska-P, Capdown, Farse, Weapons of Brass Destruction, Atreyu, The King Blues, Incubus, basically the UK and US Skacore scenes and worldwide Metal!

http://www.myspace.com/abstractgeniusuk

Platform 9 (aka The Plough, Guildford)

Address: 16, Park St, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4XB

http://www.myspace.com/hillsy66

4.

Go see Next Door’s Baby at Richmond – Orange Tree

Next Doors baby- orange tree theatre

Next Door’s Baby- The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, till 8 March

Book by Bernie Gaughan. Music and Lyrics by Matthew Strachan

Wednesday 6 February –
Saturday 8 March 2008

Set in 1950s Dublin, Next Door’s Baby is an earthy tale of feuding mothers, jealousy, and family secrets. As a Bonny Baby competition deepens the rift between the neighbouring Hennessys amd O’Briens, we learn nothing in either tiny terraced house is quite as it seems.

As a premiere production of a witty, poignant show with lovely songs, written by husband and wife team, Next Door’s Baby is for anyone who ever had a family.

Cast: Peter Basham, Stephen Carlile, Clare Louise Connolly, Robert Gill, Louise Gold, Elinor Lawless, Brenda Longman, Riona O’Connor, Vincent Shiels and Emily Sills

Orange Tree Theatre
1 Clarence Street
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 2SA

Box Office: 020 8940 3633

http://www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/


5.

Go to see the Spring Exhibition- Sunbury

Art Exhibition- sunbury

The Sunburt art group, Spring Exhibition – Riverside Arts Centre

Sunbury Art Group

Spring Exhibition

Sat 8th March & Sun 9th March 2008

Sat 15th & Sun 16th March 2008

Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury

59 Thames Street
Sunbury
TW16 5QF

http://www.riversidearts.co.uk/

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5 Things- This Week in Staines

1.

See Anonymous Tip at Hobgoblin, Staines

Anonymous Tip

Anonymous Tip at The Hob, Staines, Sunday Feb 24th 2008 8:30PM £2

Rock n Roll Rude Boys from Twickenham

The fast and furious tones of Anonymous Tip have been rocking venues up and down UK soil since their inception. They have made an impression within the underground punk rock circuit as an unorthodox group of punk rockers with an ambiguous message. Songs about Marge Simpson, confessions of nymphomania, fascism within rock scenes and their deep routed suspicion of the music industry, have helped them gain a notorious and loyal following.

Their statement of intent is to blend emotive chants with fast-paced grooves, at the same time, keeping everything carefully crafted to ignite the monster inside and to provoke debate and passion.

2007 was a great year for Anonymous Tip. Promo tracks off the new Anonymous Tip record “Not Your Orthodox ____” are helping them to gain a newfound fan following that is building upon their status on the UK rock circuit. So much so, that Visual Director Adam Kaleta, (MTV, Jackass etc) used their music on a pan-European, five-part terrestrial television show to document the Nissan Urban Challenge event in 2007.

See the local shows before they go large:

Feb 24 2008 8:00 The Hob (W/ Over and Out & Brass Neck)

Mar 23 2008 8:00P The Hob (W/ ANWE)

Apr 20 2008 8:00 The Hob (W/ My Last Victim)

http://www.myspace.com/anonymoustip

2.

Go to see Blonde Bombshells at The Rose, Kingston

Blonde Bombshells at the Rose


Blonde Bombshells of 1943 at The Rose Theatre, Kingston till 23rd Feb

19 February – 23 February
Blonde Bombshells of 1943

By Alan Plater
Directed by Mark Babych

Bandleader Betty has a problem. Every time the Blonde Bombshells,
the glamorous all-girl band play a GI camp, their members go AWOL! Now
there’s an important BBC job in the offing and Betty needs to find new
musicians – fast. Among those drafted in are naive schoolgirl Liz, Miranda- an upper-crust saxophonist, singing Nun Lilly and Patrick, a male drummer prepared to don a frock to avoid a drafting! With the line up complete, they prepare to make their way to a secret BBC recording – and potential fame and fortune.

Direct from a sell-out success in London and based on the
award-winning film The Last of the Blonde Bombshells starring Judi
Dench, this hilarious musical play is filled with live performances of
1940’s hits performed by a sensational 8-piece swing band, including Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye, T’aint What Cha Do, Body and Soul, and 11 more all-time favourite hits by Fats Waller, The
Andrews Sisters, Glenn Miller and many more.

The delicious Blonde Bombshells of 1943 is guaranteed to send you home
with a smile and a swing!

Where: Rose Theatre, 24-26 High
Street, Kingston

When: Performances from 19 February
2008 until 23 February 2008Saturday 23 February 2.30pm 2008 at

2.30pm is an audio-described performance (audio description by
Bill Clancy)

Please contact Customer Relations to book tickets:
Email:

customer.relations@seetickets.com

Fax: 020 7087 7771 Phone: 0870 895 5505

http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/


3.

Go see Cloverfield at Vue Cinema Staines

Cloverfield

Cloverfield at Vue Staines Release date 01/02/2008 Cert 15

Some Thing Has Found Us

This Sci Fi / Monster flick revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of young twenty-something characters who were attending a birthday party before the calamity.

Stars Lizzy Caplan (The character ‘debbie’ in American Dad) and is produced by award-winning ‘Lost’ co-creator J. J. Abrams and written by ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ genius script-writer Drew Goddard, this movie should be a sleek and refined as it is nail-biting and frightening.

Running time: 84 minutes
Director(s): Matt Reeves

Vue Cinema, Two Rivers, Staines

4.

Go see Next Door’s Baby at Orange Tree, Richmond

Next Doors baby- orange tree theatre

Next Door’s Baby- The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, till 8 March

Book by Bernie Gaughan. Music and Lyrics by Matthew Strachan

Wednesday 6 February –
Saturday 8 March 2008

Set in 1950s Dublin, Next Door’s Baby is an earthy tale of feuding mothers, jealousy, and family secrets. As a Bonny Baby competition deepens the rift between the neighbouring Hennessys amd O’Briens, we learn nothing in either tiny terraced house is quite as it seems.

As a premiere production of a witty, poignant show with lovely songs, written by husband and wife team, Next Door’s Baby is for anyone who ever had a family.

Cast: Peter Basham, Stephen Carlile, Clare Louise Connolly, Robert Gill, Louise Gold, Elinor Lawless, Brenda Longman, Riona O’Connor, Vincent Shiels and Emily Sills

Orange Tree Theatre
1 Clarence Street
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 2SA

Box Office: 020 8940 3633

http://www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/


5.

Go to visit the Magic Bus at the Phoenix

Magic Bus at Phoenix

The Magic Bus, Phoenix public house Sat 23rd Feb 9:30PM

Catch some live music and magic with the MAGIC BUS at Staines Phoenix this Saturday.
The Phoenix
43 Church Street, Staines, Surrey

TW18 4EN
Phone for enquiries: 01784 443853



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