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Weyward Chile – Hob, Staines 21st Feb

Weyward Chile – Get it Done

On the cusp of brilliance, this band just need to increase their reserves of chutzpah, audacity and shameless life sparkle to achieve the kind of stellar success that they dream of.

Looking like Sacha Baron Cohen with Anthony Kiedis’s hair and Marc Bolan’s makeup, singer and feisty frontman Jason Guy leads his team into battle – but he needs to grasp that nettle (and shriek with the pain of it) if he really wants our hearts to sing and our crotches to smoulder.  I bet you he really screams out one helluva dynamic performance, if he puts his mind to it – but tonight the arrogance and the attitude is somehow missing.  A flattish ‘Get it On’  (T.Rex)  was, however, fun and welcoming and the punters at The Hob Staines lapped it all up.

Weyward guitar comes from the nimble fingers of Korush Mahdavieh, and his savagely cruel,  slinky,  splashing she-cat guitar sounds. Licks are  so cool yet so fiery that they put flames into the bone and freeze-dry the balls all at the same time.  The mouths of the excited audience froth with enjoyment as the band plays superb little numbers like the new Stonesy stoner “I Went Down’ with its architectural blues, or ‘Mikes Song’ with its refreshing slices of teasingly acidic guitar over a bluesy thumping rump of a bass/drum back-beat.  Maybe the sick coyote-howls of guitar could have been smarter  – wilier –  but generally the quality of blues guitar from both Korush and Mike Magnussen (on rhythm) was fine and dandy.   Bass (James Collyer) was also formidably good – with its muddy roots and sooty dark soul  firmly planted in those damp Mississippi banks.  One could almost smell the catfish gut.  And drums (Alex Gray) were crisp, bright and sinful.

My only criticism is that this kinda music – perched midway between the rock blues of The Black Crowes and the sleaze of Rattlesnake Remedy – must be performed with more sneer … more arrogant rut. In fact, it ought to be performed with a hell-bent attitude leading towards growling hysteria.  But, that said,  driving tunes like “Go Go”  with those thrumming drilling rhythms and gummy guitars licked with a hot pepper paste of slimy,  sinewy vocals or that crowd pleasing conclusion to the gig – a right royal slug of brilliant “T.N.T.” –  made for an enjoyable and lucid experience and the crowd just loved it.

A bit later Jason later told me he was fighting a bad attack of influenza – so that is may be why the performance lacked a bit of lustre.

Weyward Chile is an exciting band from those muddy groves of sleazy Southern Rock. Best after a double dose of Southern Comfort and a hot chick in a string-vest at your side. Tasty!

© Neil_Mach
February 2010

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/weywardchile

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The River Card – Jan 29 2010      The Firestation     Windsor

Formed in Stoke-on-Trent at the end of 2005, The River Card are a melodic hardcore band who after a few member changes have existed with the current line up since the beginning of 2007.

The River Card have shared a stage with the likes of Hatebreed, Killing The Dream, Set Your Goals, Grave Maker, Have Heart, Vultures United, Bane, Down To Nothing, Parkway Drive, Your Demise, Verse, Dead Swans, Reign Supreme, Cruel Hand, Ruiner, Unrestrained and Dirty Money to name a few. Since the release of ‘No Prize Just Pride EP’ in 2007 The River Card have worked hard touring the UK and Europe a number of times.

The River Card have just released a new album ‘Serious Titles’ in March 2009 and extensively toured the UK, followed by a 6 week Euro tour in late 2009 and a split 7″ release on Power Negi Records. 2010 will continue to see The River Card as one of the hardest working bands in hardcore.

http://www.myspace.com/therivercard

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BAD PENNY ~  Live


Formed by some of the most accomplished and gifted musicians on the circuit. BAD PENNY will rock you to your foundations, playing the best classic rock anthems, executed with all the passion and fury you would expect from this impressive collection of musical maestros.

Bad Penny  JAN gigs

Jan 16 2010      9:00P
Ye Old Swan Inn     Burnham

Jan 29 2010     9:00P
The Royal Oak     Hampton

Jan 30 2010     9:00P
Rose and Crown     Sandhurst

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/badpennylive

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Prezence

Local hard working 5 Piece Classic Rock Covers Heroes,  Prezence have a load more gigs lined up at local venues this January…

JAN/FEB gigs

Jan 16 2010      9:00P
The Coach & Horses     Isleworth

Jan 23 2010     9:00P
Pyrford Social Club     Pyrford

Feb 6 2010     9:00P
The Fox & Duck     Ham

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/prezencerock

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Alix Live–  Percy Lambert – Jan 30 2010
2 High Street, Weybridge, Surrey

Like a lot of great artists, Alix is influenced by different genres and keeps his music fresh and exciting by blending rock, soul and funk in a wide ranging repertoire.

This includes James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, The Doors, Funkadelic, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, The Troggs, Lenny Kravitz, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Prince, Marvin Gay, Wilson Pickett, Bill Withers, Doobie Brothers, Stereophonics, Sam and Dave and other major rock/soul artists.

Overseas tours have included clubs and stadiums in Canada, Hong Kong, Belgium, Holland, France and Dubai where his band Unkle Jam, played at major function venues including the Hard Rock Cafe. Alix has backed Dennis Edwards and The Temptations on the same billing as the James Brown Band and has played with George Clintons P Funk Allstars to name a few major bands.

His vocal range continues to wow audiences with the authentic sounds of the original artist in his own unique style.

Alix can now be seen touring the Home Counties with his Alix Live Band performing a mix of his own material and covers as one of the most versatile acts available to live music venues.

Sat 30th Jan ( + Jam Pact With Tony Chick & Mark Z):
The Percy Lambert, Weybridge

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Land of Cain

Land of Cain is a superb four piece rock/metal outfit from West London. Featuring astonishing guitar work, a pounding rhythm section, progressive strains and thought provoking lyrics the band are becoming a force to be reckoned with on the local  hard rock scene.

The band started life as “One Bitter Pill” in 2004, with Grant Chambers and Aaron Waddingham in the original line-up. In 2007, Grant and Aaron decided to take the band in a darker and heavier direction, and with the addition of Spencer Dargue on Drums and Chris Jordan on Bass, the band began writing the new material which would later evolve into the songs for their first album “Collapse the Control”.

Land of Cain  JAN/FEB gigs:

Jan 30 2010      8:00P
THE COACH AND HORSES     Isleworth

Feb 5 2010     9:00P
THE GLOBE     Brentford

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/landofcain

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Ed Hudson Band

ROYAL OAK HAMPTON
Friday 16th January 2009

Ed Hudson Band

Ed Hudson Band

Hey little thing let me light your candle

Let there be Rock – The Ed Hudson Band

The Ed Hudson Band plays a variety of warm and agreeable country rock sounds with an aggressive blues-rock edge… a bit more alt country than pure blues but ‘fused’ well so the music retains an authentic rock n roll sound. The band  plays as a trio so it is no surprise that the lively set includes covers of tunes from the likes of ZZ Top and Thin Lizzy. Bravely, though, the boys did manage to pull off a successful rendition of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ which was originally played by a whole ‘backyard’ of teenage friends including a keyboardist.

Ed Hudson looks every inch of a Mississippi swampland good ‘ole boy… raised on a diet of Yazoo catfish gumbo and muddy water blues. But, in fact,  Ed got the musical bug in West Cumbria (back in the good ‘ole U of K) in the 1980’s when he played in a punk band and, later,  a hard rock group called Belfagan.  Ed moved to London town in 1993 and spent years gigging with bands like Panting Skeletons, Good Company, The Flame Tattoo and Three State Blues. By the early 2000’s Ed was recording and touring with the band Red Road co-writing much of their material but failing to get noticed by the industry- even though he was managed by Trinifold (Who,Page and Plant, Judas Priest.)

Red Road never went stellar the way they shoulda, and in 2001 Ed started to sing and play guitar for Bad II The Bone. We are now fortunate to be able to see Ed Hudson and his various side projects near to us somewhere in Middlesex County as he tours the more intimate local venues with his choogling twangy guitar and bluesey improvisations.

When I saw the band (at The Royal Oak, Hampton)  the set-list included “Cocaine”, the song written and recorded by Lynrd
Skynrd songwriter J.J. Cale in 1975 but most widely known in a cover version recorded by Eric Clapton. In this song Ed, wearing his cowboy hat, boots and denim combo, smoothly and soulfully sings out the lyrics (the song is unquestionably anti-drugs) whilst often incorporating simultaneous lead and rhythm parts on his guitar. His bassist and drummer are steadfast and reliable compadres to these living blues- but they never dare to rise in stature to threaten the main man. Ed rules the stage with a gentle hand, though, asking and persuading rather demanding song choices, adjustments to sound and lights, re-tunes etc. He is a compassionate and loyal band-leader and even allows the bass player to vocalise on the Stones delta blues cover “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”.

Free’s ‘Wishing Well’ (later covered by Pearl Jam & Blackfoot) provided ample opportunity for the band to grind up some notches and pull out some raw chords whilst weeping some emotion into their pure RnB sounds. The band also covers Otis
Redding’s “Hard to Handle” but more in the style of the Black Crowes circa 1993 than the original.

Ed has an affection for the British blues scene of the 1960-70s, and the set included numbers from the Free, Eric Clapton and the Stones song-book but he also adds some welcome heavy metal touches, with songs like Deep Purple’s ‘Black Knight’, to keep the punters roaring for more.

Wearing a ‘Four Wheel Drive’ T-shirt (keeping local new music alive and well in Middlesex) our blues rock hero can jam hard with the best of ‘em. For a night of raw-edged insight and clear blue sky ballsy balladeering, this band is not to be missed.

So you and I are lucky, because the Ed Hudson Band is also one of the hardest working acts in the business, with plenty of dates in the near future at venues near you!


© Neil_Mach
JAN 2009



5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

‘Doc Jazz’ A Visionary in Musician – Ascot

Geoff Eales Trio

Geoff Eales Trio
Sunday, 4th January Jagz Ascot
Show will start at doors 12.30pm and music 1pm to 3.30pm
Ticket cost: £6.00
Special – entrance and roast lunch £12

A truly remarkable man, there are few musicians in the world who have been master of so many styles and who possess the breadth of vision as this most creative of Welshmen. Throughout his long and distinguished career he has worked with pop stars, country singers, opera divas, variety artists, funk legends, played on countless sound tracks, TV shows and jingles, been a featured soloist with symphony orchestras and has composed chamber works, symphonies and concertos. He is also something of a musical pedagogue.

A Doctor of Music, he could have quite easily pursued a brilliant career as an academic. As if this isn’t enough, he just happens to be one of the UK’s most gifted jazz improvisers. The trio includes Paul Morgan on bass and Mark Fletcher on drums.

2.

OLD SCHOOL PARTY!!!!! WITH 2 DJ’S- in Ascot

Club One Party


Wednesday, December 31st NEW YEAR’S EVE CLUB ONE- ASCOT

70’S &80’S SOUL, R&B, JAZZ FUNK, MOTOWN, DISCO
SPECIAL GUEST DJ GREG EDWARDS
Doors open at 9pm
TICKETS £15  please call:

01344 875123/874500
Links:

http://www.cluboneascot.com/


3.

A Spot of Dickens- at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre

A Christmas Carol at The Rose Kingston

2 December – 3 January A Christmas Carol  Rose Theatre – Kingston  High Street


Box office: 0871 230 1552

Tickets around £26:00 with booking fee

4.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER- in Windsor

Odette Michell [Birds of a Feather] Windsor Old Ticket Hall

4th JAN 2009 20:00 at SUPER SUNDAYS PRESENTS ‘BIRDS OF A FEATHER’
THE OLD TICKET HALL, WINDSOR  FREE !!

Old ticket hall – Windsor
01753 854554

Super Sundays Presents ‘Birds of a Feather’ our Resident Acoustic Duo. They say that birds of a feather fly together – well this phrase couldn’t be more true for this dynamic singing duo from Windsor, Berkshire. Gloria Garcia and Odette Michell have been performing high quality live cover versions for over 4 years collectively – choosing superb songs from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s – right through to the present day. Their acoustic take on these songs is uniquely identifiable by their remarkable two-part vocal harmonies. This is live music at its sweetest and best – pure live acoustic entertainment with more than a splash of sophistication.

About Odette

After exchanging the piano for the guitar, at the age of fifteen, Odette began writing and recording her own songs when she was just sixteen years old. Continuing her study of music at the Nottingham Trent University, Odette went on to receive her B.A Hons in Contemporary Music. A matter of days after graduation, and spurred on by a healthy wanderlust, Odette took off for the beautiful West coast of Canada with little more than a small backpack and a spirit of adventure. With her last remaining $30 she purchased a guitar and a (childs) bicycle, and made a new home for herself in Vancouver, where she spent many happy months delving into the local music scene.

In the years since she has played solo as well as with various bands up and down the UK, including the Internationally acclaimed Cambridge Folk Festival Club stage, where she has performed for three years consecutively and been fortunate enough to share the stage with musical legends Joan Baez, Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams.Originally from Cambridge, UK, Odette recently relocated to Windsor; and is currently in the process of securing a number of choice festival dates for this coming summer.

About Gloria

Gloria Garcia was born in the beautiful wine region of Rioja in Northern Spain. She began singing at the tender age of five, greatly influenced by her grandmother, who was an opera singer. She started to get involved in a church choir and took guitar lessons but it was not until she graduated in 2000 that she decided to take a
challenge and travel to the UK looking to further her music opportunities.Gloria’s stunning vocal talent started to get attention while performing on her own or accompanied by various bands in the Berkshire and London area. Her style blends from pop and soul to latin and jazz, performing in English and Spanish.

Besides this, Gloria was selected in the last 75 in Pop Idol Series 3 in 2003, amongst 23000 contestants, getting really good reviews from judges Simon Cowell and Pete Watermann. She was also getting some media attention when she made it to the 10 final contestants in the VH1 Divas London Auditions.Gloria has an extensive session singing experience under her belt, having worked with very renowned producers such as In Demand (Cindy Lauper, Steve Brookstein’s production team), Master Stepz (Choice FM DJ) and Amit Kamboj (Metalhead records Goldies label). She has also fronted various bands such as Nu Future, Freedom Republic and the acoustic duo Garcia, performing extensively in well known festivals and venues such as Jagz in Ascot, The Cellar Bar in Bracknell and West One Four in London.

Gloria also manages community music projects and is a freelance singing teacher for Youth Music, The Arts Council, Thames Valley University and various other schools.

Gloria currently accompanies herself on guitar and piano. She usually plays at pubs and acoustic venues around Windsor and London.

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/gloriagarcia

http://www.myspace.com/odettemichell


5.

Ultra Alt Rock at Kingston

Tobys Iceberg

Jan 4 2009      7:30P
Fighting Cocks – (With W.M.D. & Adams to the Max)     KINGSTON


Formed in 2007 Toby’s Iceberg are a band of contrasts…Max is the smallest member of the band while Beard is the tallest. Max preferes the O.C. Beard likes Dawsons Creek and in contrast Theo like One Tree Hill. Davis plays Drums while Theo plays Guitar

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/tobysiceberg

http://www.myspace.com/wmd4

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