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                            NIGHTSHIFT
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                                                                                      Issue 208

                            Oxford’s Music Magazine
                                                                                      November
                                                                                        2012




                           All aboard for

                           LISTING SHIPS
photo: Giulia Biasibetti




                           High seas adventure
                           and homelessness
                           with Oxford’s nautical
                           post-rockers
                            NIGHTSHIFT: PO Box 312, Kidlington, OX5 1ZU. Phone: 01865 372255
                                                                                                                                     NEWS
                                                       DHP Concerts Presents




               THU 01 NOV     TUE 29 NOV
MAD DOG MCREA                 MICHELE STODART
             £10 ADV | 18+    £8 ADV | 18+
              THE JERICHO     THE JERICHO
                                                                                                                                      Nightshift: PO Box 312, Kidlington, OX5 1ZU
                                                                                                                                        Phone: 01865 372255 email: nightshift@oxfordmusic.net
                FRI 02 NOV    FRI 30 NOV                                                                                                      Online: nightshift.oxfordmusic.net
                   2:54       THE MILK                                                                                                                                   This Feeling In’ on iTunes on
              £8 ADV | 18+    £10 ADV | ALL AGES
                              O 2 ACADEMY2                                                                                                                               the 12th November. The single is
              THE JERICHO
                                                                                                                                                                         taken from the band’s `Brothers
                                                                                                                                                                         In Brooklyn’ album, which was
               SAT 03 NOV     FRI 30 NOV                                                                                                                                 released in June on Clubhouse
                                                                                                                                                                         Records. The track recently won
 JACK SAVORETTI               THE REVIVAL HOUR                                                                                                                           6Music’s Rebel Playlist vote,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    STORNOWAY play two homecoming shows at Oxford Town Hall in
              £9 ADV | 18+    £9 ADV | 18+                                                                                                                               while the album has been picking
                              THE JERICHO                                                                                                                                up rave reviews in the national            February. The band will perform on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th
              THE JERICHO
                                                                                                                                                                         press. The Dreaming Spires                 February, ahead of the release of their long-awaited second album, the
                                                                                                                                     SPRING OFFENSIVE play a             launch the new single with a               follow-up 2010’s `Beachcomber’s Window’ on 4AD. Tickets, priced £15,
              WED 07 NOV      SAT 01 DEC                                                                                                                                 hometown show at the Bullingdon            are on sale now from www.alt-tickets.co.uk and Truck Store on Cowley
                                                                                                                                     special show at a secret location
  SAINT SAVIOUR               ICEAGE                                                                                                 in east Oxford this month. The
                                                                                                                                     local faves, who released a
                                                                                                                                                                         on Saturday 10th November, with
                                                                                                                                                                         support from The Hi & Lo and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Road.

              £8 ADV | 18+    £7 ADV | 18+                                                                                           new single, `Not Drowning But       The Relationships. Visit www.            This year’s event featured sets       22nd) and Tellison with My First
              THE JERICHO     THE CELLAR                                                                                                                                 thedreamingspires.co.uk for              from Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Wilco        Tooth (Fri 30th). Visit www.
                                                                                                                                     Waving’, last month, will play at
                                                                                                                                     an undisclosed location on Sunday more news.                                 and Spiritualized. Visit www.         truckmusicstore.co.uk for more
                                                                                                                                     18 November. Ticketholders
                                                                                                                                        th                                                                        wildernessfestival.com for details. info and set times.
                FRI 09 NOV    TUE 11 DEC
                                                                                                                                     will be told of the show’s location CATWEAZLE CLUB has
       THE D.O.T              ADMIRAL FALLOW                                                                                         the day before. The band’s last     launched a new weekly open mic THIS YEAR’S WINTER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WARMER takes place over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BEN PERRIER’s new band
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blasted release their debut EP next
             £15 ADV | 18+    £9 ADV | 18+                                                                                           Oxford gig was a spectacular show club night in east Oxford. The
                                                                                                                                                                         Bluebird Club runs every Tuesday the weekend of the 15 and 16                  month. The former-Winnebago
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          th        th
           THE BULLINGDON     THE JERICHO                                                                                            at St. Barnabas Church in Jericho
                                                                                                                                     in June. Tickets are on sale now,   night at the Oxford Blue on              December at the Wheatsheaf. The       Deal singer and guitarist
                                                                                                                                     priced £6, from Wegottickets.       Marston Street (at the Iffley Road       annual mini-festival, organised       has teamed up with Tommy
               TUE 13 NOV     01 FEB                                                                                                 com. Support comes from Among       end) and follows in Catweazle’s          by Gappy Tooth Industries and         Randhawa, formerly of Do Me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Swiss Concrete, this year features Bad Things. `Exposed/Time To
THE REVIVAL TOUR              JIM LOCKEY & THE SOLEMN SUN                                                                            Brothers and ToLiesel.              footsteps of showcasing the best
                                                                                                                                                                         local singers, musicians, poets,         two nights of four bands. Saturday Die’ is out on the 3rd December on
              £14 ADV | 14+   £9 ADV | 18+                                                                                           LITTLE FISH play a special          storytellers and performance             sees sets from Graceful Slicks,       Dry Heave Records, via Plastic
              O 2 ACADEMY2    THE JERICHO                                                                                            pre-Christmas show at the           artists. More details of both clubs Ulysses Storm, Yellow Fever and            Head. The colour splatter 7”
                                                                                                                                     Rotunda in Iffley on Sunday 16th    at catweazleclub.com.                    Very Nice Harry, while Sunday’s       features four tracks of velocity
                                                                                                                                     December. The show takes place                                               bill is Undersmile, Dallas Don’t,     80s-styled hardcore, proving that
                    14 NOV    THU 14 & 15 FEB                                                                                        in the afternoon, with a 3pm start, WILDERNESS FESTIVAL won Tiger Mendoza and D Gwalia.                            Ben isn’t ready for piano ballads
IMAGINE DRAGONS               STORNOWAY                                                                                              with children welcome. There’ll
                                                                                                                                     be mince pies and mulled wine
                                                                                                                                                                         the award for Best Festival under Additionally Sunday features
                                                                                                                                                                         15,000 capacity at the UK Live           a free acoustic session in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        just yet. Find out more at www.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        facebook.com/blastedband.
              £9 ADV | 18+    £15 ADV | ALL AGES                                                                                     as part of the ticket price and a   Music Awards in October, beating         downstairs bar hosted by Klub
              O 2 ACADEMY2    OXFORD TOWN HALL                                                                                                                                                                    Kakofanney. Advance tickets,          PHIL McMINN releases his
                                                                                                                                     support set from Candy Says.        the likes of Kendal Calling and
                                                                                                                                     Tickets, priced £15 (kids free with 2,000 Trees. Early bird tickets          priced £4 per night, are on sale at   debut solo EP next month. ‘A
                FRI 16 NOV    SUN 17 MAR                                                                                             a paying adult), are on sale from   for next year’s Wilderness, which        Wegottickets.com.                     Crystal / A Diamond / An End
                                                                                                                                     littlefishmusic.com.                takes place at Cornbury Park                                                   / A Start’ is released on Beard
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT              MARTIN HARLEY BAND                                                                                                                         over the weekend of the 9th-11th         ETHAN JOHNS makes a rare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  live appearance at Truck Store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Museum Records in the first week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of December as a limited edition
       £26+ ADV | ALL AGES    £12.50 ADV | 18+                                                                                       DREAMING SPIRES release             August, are sold out, with tickets
      OXFORD NEW THEATRE      THE JERICHO                                                                                            their new single `Just Can’t Keep   on general sale now, priced £139. on Cowley Road this month. The               of 100 CDs with sleeve artwork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  renowned producer, whose credits by local artist Theo Peters,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  include The Vaccines, Kaiser          available from Truck Store.
                FRI 16 NOV    WED 20 MAR                                                                                                                                 SUPERGRASS reconvened for                Chiefs, Laura Marling, Tom            Phil plays at the Jericho Tavern
                                                                                                                                                                         the unveiling of a PRS Heritage          Jones and Kings of Leon, is on        on Saturday 17th November as
                   LAU        THE TRAVELLING BAND                                                                                                                        Award at the Jericho Tavern last a UK tour of independent record               support to See Of Bees.
             £14 ADV | 18+    £8 ADV | 18+                                                                                                                               month. Gaz, Danny, Mick and              stores to promote his new album
              THE JERICHO     THE JERICHO                                                                                                                                Rob came together onstage for the `If Not Now Then When. He
                                                                                                                                                                         first time since they split in 2010      will be on stage at 5pm and fans
                                                                                                                                                                         for a question and answer session        are encouraged to contact Truck
               TUE 27 NOV     SAT 23 MAR                                                                                                                                 with an invited audience before          Store to register their interest as
   JUAN ZELADA                RUARRI JOSEPH                                                                                                                              a commemorative plaque was
                                                                                                                                                                         unveiled on the front of the pub
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the show is likely to be extremely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  popular with capacity limited.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              photo: Jonny Pugsley
              £8 ADV | 18+    £8.50 ADV | 18+                                                                                                                            where the band played their first        Other instore appearances at Truck
              THE JERICHO
                                                                                                                 photo: Jonny Moto




                              THE JERICHO                                                                                                                                shows back in 1993. In a slightly        this month are recent Gathering
                                                                                                                                                                         embarrassing faux pas, the plaque stars Wall (Wed 7th); Listing
                                                                                                                                                                         quoted their first show as 1994.         Ships (Fri 9th); Black Hats and
                                                                                                                                                                         Still, it’s all rock and roll, isn’t it? Matt Midgely (Sat 10th); Trevor
                                                   WWW.GIGSINOXFORD.CO.UK                                                                                                Don’t let minor details get in the       Moss & Hannah Lou and Jess
                                                                                                                                                                         way of an afternoon of free booze. Hall (Sun 11th); Natureboy (Thu
             www.alt-tickets.co.uk / www.facebook.com/alttickets.co.uk / All shows 18+ unless stated otherwise
NEWS
JACK GOLDSTEIN curates
and performs at an evening of
                                        local community radio station
                                        launching in the New Year. Part
music by and inspired by John           of the station’s programme will
Cage in the New Year. The Fixers        be a local music show called,The
singer will be joined by fellow         Local (did you see what they did
Fixer Roo Bhasin, as well as            there?). Organisers are looking for
King of Cats’ Max Levy, and Ian         unsigned local acts to play on the
Staples from improv band Red            station. Acts interested can visit
Square at the Port Mahon on             www.abingdonxtra.co.uk and
the 12th January. Explaining the        upload their tunes.
performance, Jack told Nightshift,                                               THERE WAS MUCH EXCITEMENT AT NIGHTSHIFT HQ
“The venue is the perfect small,        AS EVER, don’t forget to tune            back in July when the excellent new ULTRASOUND album dropped
non-academic receptacle for the         into BBC Oxford Introducing              unexpectedly through the letterbox – a mere 13 years after their
performance and it should be very       every Sunday night between               `Everything Picture’ debut, which pre-empted the band’s acrimonious
exciting. I want the evening to         9-10pm on 95.2fm. The dedicated          split shortly after. That excitement reached fever-pitch with the
teach as well as invite critique, not   local music show plays the best          announcement the band will be playing at the Jericho Tavern on
necessarily of Cage’s work but of       Oxford releases and demos as             Thursday 6th December. A chance to revisit the epic rock and roll
the performers’ understanding of        well as featuring interviews and         extravaganzas Ultrasound regularly visited upon Oxford in the mid-
the composer; you could almost          sessions with local acts. The show       90s, when they were adopted as honorary Oxfordians – becoming the
refer to the idea as a ‘practical       is available as a podcast at bbc.        only non-Oxford band ever to play at the legendary Your Song parties.
assignment’. The pieces we will be      co.uk/oxford.                            Tickets for the show are on sale now from www.alt-tickets.co.uk. It’s
performing are `Indeterminacy’,          Regularly updated local music           gonna be awesome, we tells you. Awesome.
`4’33’, `Water Walk’ and an             news is available online at www.
improv piece inspired by the            musicinoxford.co.uk. The site also
anti-disciplines of Cage himself.       features interactive reviews, a photo   Scene quarterly magazine is             Another locally-themed music
There’s more info on the blog site      gallery and gig guide.                  available as a PDF online at www.       podcast is From The Ladder
eachoneofushashisownstomach.             Nightshift’s online forum is open to   oxfordmusicscene.co.uk featuring        Factory, which plays music from
tumblr.com.                             all local music fans and musicians      interviews with local singer-           Oxfordshire and Wiltshire – get it
                                        at nightshift.oxfordmusic.net,          songwriters Lewis Watson and            at www.fromtheladderfactory.
ABINGDONXTRA is a new                   while the new Oxfordshire Music         Richard Walters.                        com.


                                                                                        Pete Galpin 1950 - 2012
                                                                                  Oxford musicians have been            Liz Henry from Headington
                                                                                  paying tribute to Pete Galpin, the    Hillbillies added, “Pete had been
                                                                                  singer and guitarist nicknamed        on the Oxford music scene for
                                                                                  Cowley Road’s `Mr Chillout’.          about 20 years, running a regular
                                                                                  Pete passed away on October           Sunday afternoon jazz/blues
                                                                                  7th at Sobell House after battling    session at the Bullingdon and was
                                                                                  mesothelioma.                         a frequent contributor at many
                                                                                   A popular veteran of the local       other venues, as well as being
                                                                                  blues and jazz scenes, Pete           a well-known friendly face on
                                                                                  started playing working men’s         Cowley Road.”
                                                                                  clubs at the age of 14 and played      Nightshift’s thoughts go out to all
                                                                                  in a number of local bands            of Pete’s family and many friends.
                                                                                  over the years as well as solo.
                                                                                  Tony Jezzard of Reservoir Cats
                                                                                  said of his friend, “He was a
                                                                                  restless intellectual and musical
                                                                                  spirit, sometimes challenging
                                                                                  but always generous with his
                                                                                  time and opinions. He was an
                                                                                  accomplished guitarist and
                                                                                  musician - his knowledge of
                                                                                  jazz theory and chords was
                                                                                  unrivalled and at times daunting.”
                                                                                   Dai Amos, who played with
                                                                                  Pete in Blues Rumour, said,
                                                                                  “Pete had a unique laid-back
       CHRISTMAS SALE NOW ON!!                                                    style, part groove, part jazz
                                                                                  which he pedalled every Sunday
                 24 Stert Street Abingdon, OX14 3JP                               afternoon at the Bully in the early
                                                                                  noughties. He could be found
                           Tel: 01235 530673                                      hanging out at the Music Box,
                 Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm                                    talking politics in the Excelsior,
                                                                                  and jamming at the Chester. He
                      ( 2 HRS FREE PARKING)                                       was, indisputably, Cowley Road’s
                                                                                  Mr Chill-out.”
 www.fineguitars.co.uk                             info@fineguitars.co.uk
                           a quiet word with




                           LISTING SHIPS
                                                                                                                                                                                                 that’s different?                          music is often one of the more           stuck to: that the festival would        guest musicians. It’s going to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                  STUART: Oxford certainly did post-        satisfying sources of genuinely          be dedicated to raising money for        quite an experience to see how he
                                                                                                                                                                                                 rock and instrumental music well           groundbreaking, exciting                 Shelter, a charity we both feel really   plays with all those drummers, and I
                                                                                                                                                                                                 - there was a real high water mark         instrumental music, far away from        passionate about, and that both          imagine a bloody nightmare getting
                                                                                                                                                                                                 around the time of Youthmovies’            plodding post-rockers. Right the way     Simon and I would both agree on          them all on the stage. Other than
                                                                                                                                                                                                 early records, The Rock of Travolta        from Goblin in the 1970s creating        every band, trying to make a bill that   that, Laura Moody is unmissably
                                                                                                                                                                                                 enjoying loads of success, and back        mental psychedelic masterpieces to       just interested us both and made us      bonkers and I’m really happy to have
                                                                                                                                                       dropped them a ‘we’re not mental or       then I was trying something different      soundtrack Dario Argento movies          both happy. We figured there must        Land Observations on. It’s James
                                                                                                                                                       anything, but...’ email. Then about       with Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element           through to the amazing stuff Clint       be enough other like-minded people       from Appliance, who played for us
                                                                                                                                                       three weeks later they got back to us     too, but over recent years there’s         Mansell produces, there’s some           out there to enjoy it, so although the   ten years ago, and he remembered
                                                                                                                                                       with a very enthusiastic ‘sounds like     been a move away from that part of         really inspiring stuff out there once    first festival was cobbled together      the show very fondly and wanted to
                                                                                                                                                       a great idea’. The tricky thing for       the musical map. In terms of what          you get past 4Music’s ‘50 Greatest       with the goodwill of bands we were       come back and play again for us.”
                                                                                                                                                       them was to find a station that suited    Listing Ships bring, I’d say there’s an    Movie Tunes Of All Time’. The            friends with, the guiding principles      “My favourite ever Audioscope
                                                                                                                                                       our needs, and would also allow us        absolute determination not to sound        pieces Kryzsztof Penderecki put          stay the same.                           moment may well have been
                                                                                                                                                       to let them keep it open as a working     like generic post-rock; I’d hate for       together for The Exorcist are some of     “Now, though, the entire landscape      offstage, though: taking Michael
                                                                                                                                                       rescue station while we were              people to think we’re a knock-off of       the most astonishing music I’ve ever     of music has changed, as the             Rother from Neu!, who if you’re
                                                                                                                                                       recording. We needed somewhere big        Explosions In The Sky or something.        heard - for something to have the        recession kicked in, plus people         talking personal heroes, is up there
                                                                                                                                                       enough to set up a full band, far away    I also feel like there’s a restlessness    ability to genuinely scare you almost    stopped buying music, which meant        for me, to the Gardeners in Jericho,
                                                                                                                                                       from main roads, and quiet enough         to make the sounds as interesting and      every time you hear it is outstanding.   live was where bands made their          watching him get drunk on two
                                                                                                                                                       that we could actually record without     melodic as possible while pushing          It’s a far more durable form of horror   money, so it was harder to book          pints and start singing Harmonia
                                                                                                                                                       all sorts of harbour noises all over      ourselves in new directions. There’s a     even than the film itself.”              bigger acts without being quoted         lyrics in the bar. Like I said earlier,
                                                                                                                                                       the tunes. In the end they settled on     huge range of influences we bring to       Asked which film from history            thousands of pounds. But what I love     it’s the surreal moments that make
                                                                                                                                                       Hayling Island down by Portsmouth.        bear on the sound too; the krautrock       Listing Ships would most love to         is that means every band that plays      Audioscope worth doing every year.”
                                                                                                                                                       The staff and volunteers were             elements are pretty much just my           have soundtracked, Stuart answers        does it because they care about the
                                                                                                                                                       absolutely lovely and gave us the run     personal obsession for which the           with typically dry self-deprecation.     cause, and about the show. So we’re      AUDIOSCOPE HAS RAISED
                                                                                                                                                       of the station, literally pushing the     rest of the band shouldn’t be held          “Das Boot, because like one of          both still really excited about the      £23,000 for Shelter over the years;
photo: Giulia Biasibetti




                                                                                                                                                       boat out for us and letting us take as    accountable. They’re more musically        our songs there are a few really         event, and as long as people keep        do Stuart and Simon get to see
                                                                                                                                                       much time as we needed. We got a          balanced than me, by which I mean                                                                                            directly how the money has helped?
                                                                                                                                                       lot of interest from dog-walkers and      they’re not completely rooted in                                                                                              “Yes, Shelter keep in touch with us all
                                                                                                                                                       passers-by, and a few rescue radio        1970s Dusseldorf.”                           “I’d like to do the soundtrack to Das Boot,                                     year round and are super-happy about
                                                                                                                                                       interruptions but that was about           MIKE: “We’ve realised that you
                                                                                                                                                                                                 have to work a lot harder as an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              because like one of our songs there are a                                       what we do for them – always up for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              putting things out on their website and
                                                                                                                                                       it. The weekend doubled as a field
                                                                                                                                                       recording exercise as well, sampling      instrumental band. Vocalists carry           few really interesting bits, but mostly it’s                                    so on. We went on a visit to one of
                                                                                                                                                                                                 a lot of musical dead weight that                                                                                            their services a few years ago and met
                           “I’M INTERESTED IN THE                   coming, though, was to what extent       Listing Ships’ origins, “but things
                                                                                                                                                       everything from beaches and waves
                                                                                                                                                       to the radio transmissions and putting    you only notice when it’s absent.            incomprehensible, not that much happens                                         some families who were helped by
                           history of how we used the oceans        the concept would come to shape          rarely work out how you’d imagined        them onto the new record. One             I’d like to think we breathe energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                 and ideas into this area and add our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and it’s at least three times as long as it                                     their work; they provided a day care
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              centre for children whose parents were
                           for discovery and trade and what         many of our songs. Several of the        when you get into a room, especially      track, `Nutcracker Six’, is entirely
                           it must have been like. Particularly     band, if they were still at school,      when several of us hadn’t actually        composed of RNLI samples.”                own nautical theme to hold things            should be.”                                                                     suffering housing problems, and it was
                           what ancient mariners must have          would be what you’d call ‘visual         met each other before the first            How much did the station itself          together. Live is a pretty cathartic                                                                                         the absolute highlight of their week,
                           imagined lay beneath the surface of      learners’, and creating a story or       rehearsal. Originally it was a case of    become part of the music and the          experience for us.”                        interesting bits, but mostly it’s        coming we’ll keep them supplied          their chance to get to know other kids
                           our oceans: the fear of the unknown.     strong image that we want a song         me asking around among people who         recording process, we wonder.              Get Stuart talking about krautrock        incomprehensible, not that much          with interesting bands. To be honest,    in the same situation, and for their lives
                           Catching a glimpse of a huge tail        to represent can have a strong           I’d always thought I’d like to play        MIKE: “It influenced everything.         and you can settle yourself in for the     happens and it’s at least three times    even if the audience dried up we’d       just to feel a bit more normalised and
                           flying past a ship must have been        bearing not just on the samples we       in a band with, and remarkably all        The natural reverb sound created in       evening, but it’s a source material        as long as it should be. Dammit no,      probably do Audioscope round my          balanced. Really moving and humbling
                           terrifying in the 15th Century. Old      use or the accompanying video,           of them being up for it at the same       the main hall, once we’d cranked up       that’s become increasingly influential     Jaws! I meant Jaws!”                     house.”                                  to see, and at the same time there’s a
                           badly rendered maps illustrate this      but on the shape of the song. ‘Then      time. But then things always sound        our guitars, was immense. The only        on new bands in recent times,                                                                                                huge part of Shelter that’s hardcore
                           well; I’m fascinated by those odd        Venice Sank’, for instance, takes        different once you start playing          other time I’ve been that excited         including Oxford’s own Radiohead,          ON SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER                ONE OF AUDIOSCOPE’S ALL-                 lobbying to tackle the root causes of
                           looking sea creatures that apparently    the suggestion that Venice may one       together and we ended up sounding         about playing guitar was when I first     Foals and Gaz Coombes. Why does            Listing Ships will open Audioscope       time great sets came courtesy of         homelessness, which is the only way
                           used to roam our oceans.”                day become a second Atlantis to          how we do now very naturally.”            kicked on a grunge pedal, aged 15.”       Stuart think it retains such an appeal     at the Jericho Tavern, the annual        Damo Suzuki, former frontman             we’ll ever end the problem. Really,
                                                                    create something around the panic                                                   Can you imagine any other similar        over 40 years later?                       mini-festival organised by Stuart        of Krautrock legends Can. Suzuki         no government for the last thirty years
                           LISTING SHIPS GUITARIST                  of inevitable decline. ‘The 100 Gun      IN KEEPING WITH THE                       recording or gigging scenarios you’d       STUART: “I think fundamentally            alongside long-time friend and           played an improvised set with            has helped the housing situation:
                           and keyboard player Mike Bingham         Ship’ is entirely based around a         nautical theme Listing Ships recorded     like to explore? An underwater            because it was so far ahead of its time,   fellow former Sunnyvale Noise Sub-       members of Bilge Pump and Wolves         there’s been no real commitment to
                           is explaining his band’s fascination     victorious sea battle, right down to     the new EP at the RNLI’s Hayling          recording session on a sunken wreck       that people are just catching up now       Element chap Simon Minter.               (Of Greece); this time round his         affordable housing for everyone, which
                           with all things nautical.                the Morse code for SOS coming into       Island lifeboat station. That must have   perhaps, or a tour of North Sea oil       on the possibilities that Neu!’s first      Since its 2001 inception Audioscope     “sound carriers” will be local           you would hope would be a basic
                            Formed two years ago by Mike            the final section as the vanquished      been a challenge to organise – they       rigs?                                     record opened up, and no one has           has raised over £23,000 for homeless     experimental drum troupe The ODC         human right. People certainly do have
                           along with former Sunnyvale Noise        vessel sinks.”                           couldn’t have been too keen on a           JIM: “I’m not actually sure any of us    really ever caught up with what Can        charity Shelter, while showcasing        Drumline. What’s it like for Stuart      a misconception of homelessness - if
                           Sub-Element and From Light To                                                     bunch of scruffy musicians cluttering     are actually great swimmers, so not       did. It was genuinely groundbreaking,      some of the most innovative              to be dealing with someone who’s         you’re not sleeping rough, for many
                           Sound chap Stuart Fowkes (bass,          PURELY INSTRUMENTAL,                     up the slipways, surely?                  sure how we would fair underwater.        exploratory music that made its own        leftfield and underground bands and      both a personal hero and a genuine       people, you’re not homeless. But the
                           keyboards); Stuart’s friend Jim Hey      Listing Ship’s sound is an alternately    MIKE: “They couldn’t have been           I think we would like to play places      rules. And it’s such a vague term          musicians from around the world,         musical legend?                          problems are so much deeper and
                           (guitars), and ex-Witches drummer        intricate and bullish brew of            more helpful and accommodating to         like the Thekla in Bristol though and     covering so many bands that it can         including, in the past, Michael           STUART: By turns strange and            more complex than that; imagine being
                           Dave Balch, everything about Listing     post-rock textures, film score           be honest. They offered us full use       even perhaps record on a ship.            cover everyone from ice-cool synth-        Rother and Dieter Moebius from           completely normal. Picking Damo          forced to live in a B&B more or less
                           Ships, from the band name to each        atmospherics and Krautrock grooves.      of the station and moved boats out         STUART: “I don’t think we’d go           pop bands nodding to Kraftwerk             Neu! and Harmonia; Four-Tet; Six         Suzuki up at Stansted and then           indefinitely, with no cooking facilities,
                           and every one of their song titles       They’ve drawn comparisons to acts        to make way for our amps and kit.         back to recording in a regular studio     through to acid-frazzled maniacs           By Seven; Clinic and Deerhoof. Its       talking to him about German football     no home address, no stability and no
                           carries this sea-faring theme.           as diverse as Tortoise and Neu!,         There was always the ‘four minute         if we can help it. We’d love to do        who’ve heard a few Guru Guru               uncompromisingly esoteric nature         on the way home was one of the           sense of ever being at home. To be
                            “It was a convenient way to tie         Billy Mahonie and Holy Fuck – all        response’ we needed to be weary of,       a lighthouse next, although getting       records. There’s a really satisfying       has made Audioscope an essential,        most surreal experiences of my           trite about it, after Audioscope, we all
                           everything together,” continues Jim.     similarly instrumental or sparing on     though. If alarm bells kicked off we      the gear up all those stairs may          and growing number of neo-krautrock        if sometimes overlooked, part of         life; all the time my head was just      go back to our homes and reflect on
                           “We found that as we played together     the vocal front. Their music glides      were warned we’d have to clear out        kill at least one of us. We’d love to     bands, for want of a better word, in       Oxford’s music calendar, one that has    screaming ‘YOU’RE TALKING                a brilliant day, but for the people for
                           more and got into the whole nautical     or lurches from moments of pensive       of the way pretty sharpish, which         tour only coastal towns in the UK,        recent years, all putting their own        provided Nightshift with some of its     TO THE SINGER FROM CAN                   whom Shelter is working, that simple
                           vibe, it became an interesting vehicle   ambience to bone-crushing brutality,     wasn’t easy with all the kit we’d set     record on an oil rig - anything! If the   slant on the sound rather than just        most spectacular musical memories.       ABOUT FOOTBALL!’ And that’s              fact of being able to go home at the end
                           for the songs. Even without the          and when they’re in full flow, as on     up. We got lucky though with no call      Elysian Quartet can record a piece        whacking down a straight 4/4 beat            It is an event, and a cause, very      part of the great thing of Audioscope    of the day isn’t possible.”
                           obvious samples that we add in,          tracks like `The 100 Gun Ship’, or       outs during our visit. The day before     in four helicopters, I reckon we can      and calling it motorik. Baltic Fleet and   close to Stuart’s heart.                 – the moments of surrealism, the
                           the structure and general feel of the    `Alba Adriatica’, from their new EP,     they’d had three. For the record          get ourselves set up on a battleship      Warm Digits are both doing amazing          “It originally came out of a bored      unexpected parts and the moments         `The Hayling Island Sessions’
                           songs feels very nautical.               released this month, they’re as all-     we’re pretty well kempt too.”             sometime.”                                things.”                                   day at work, when me and Simon           of pure joy that make nine months of     is out this month on Idle Fret.
                            “When we established that as the        consuming as a north Atlantic storm.      STUART: The original idea was                                                      The quartet There’s also an interest       decided to see if we could put on        working on it worthwhile, every year.    Listing Ships play at Truck Store on
                           ‘theme’ for the band, we were pretty      “Originally the plan was to put         my partner Giulia’s – brilliant in        OXFORD HAS ALWAYS DONE                    from the band in soundtrack music;         a music festival, ‘cos, y’know,           “We’re really proud of this year’s      Friday 9th November and as part of
                           determined to avoid it becoming          together some kind of multi-guitar       its simplicity! It made total sense       post-rock, instrumental and more          who in particular has inspired them        it looked easy. We set out two           show; the band we’ve got lined           Audioscope on Saturday 10th. Visit
                           gimmicky as far as we could,” adds       no wave ensemble along the lines of      and we figured we had nothing to          experimental music pretty well; what      from that side of things?                  parameters right at the beginning        up for Damo is amazing, with five        listingships.bandcamp.com and
                           Stuart. “What we didn’t really see       Rhys Chatham,” explains Stuart of        lose from asking, so basically just       do Listing Ships bring to the party        STUART: “For me, soundtrack               that I’m really proud we’ve always       brilliant drummers and some other        www.musicforagoodhome.com.
RELEASED
                                                                                                      Sponsored by                                           WILD SWIM                                                                                           THE FAMILY
                                                                                                                                                             `Echo’                                                                                              MACHINE
                                                                                                                                                             (Believe)                                                                                           `Skeletons & That’
                                                                                                                                                             Like fellow current Oxford rising stars Glass
                                                                                                                                                             Animals, Wild Swim’s music often feels like                                                         (Beard Museum)
                                                                                                                                                             it comes from a strange, ghostly netherworld,                                                      The Family Machine release a second single
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ahead of their long-awaited second album,
CHAD VALLEY                                                                                           synthesised sounds, providing familiar hooks
                                                                                                      to create reminders of mid-80s John Hughes
                                                                                                                                                             possessing no corporeal presence. The opening
                                                                                                                                                             two-thirds of this debut release for Believe                                                       and like the last – the sweetly underplayed but
`Young Hunger’                                                                                        soundtracks, ‘Beat It’ dry drum hits, Joyce Sims       Records is a mist-shrouded drift through
                                                                                                                                                             delicately twinkling guitar, softly shimmering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sinister `Quiet As A Mouse’ – it’s a song that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                feels almost too delicately constructed to make
                                                                                                      r’n’b gloss and Tears For Fears’ neo-bombast.
(Loose Lips)                                                                                           The overall feel for `Young Hunger’ is one of         synths and shuffling, barely-there beats,                                                          it all the way to the end without being swept
Here’s an album that forces either a                                                                  warmth, and it seems to be an album with a lot         with singer Richard Sansom’s voice casting                                                         away by a gentle passing breeze. Yes, there’s an
reassessment of cynicism or an unpicking                                                              of heart. While there’s no dramatic variation in       an almost operatic, oriental shadow over                                                           almost orchestral feel about the arrangement,
of the listener’s approach to music. `Young                                                           style across its eleven tracks – it stays relatively   proceedings, one small – but all-important                                                         but then again it might as well have been put
Hunger’ is heavily, unashamedly indebted to                                                           close to a heartfelt, medium-tempo, synthesised        – step away from being preposterously over-                                                        together using blossom and confetti, although
mainstream pop music of the mid-1980s, and                                                            pop sound throughout – in its detail there’s           egged. Like Foals, and to a lesser extent The      (guitarists and keyboard players Jamie Jay      even that suggests some kind of cheeriness and
as such, it’s tempting to dismiss it as shallow                                                       enough going on to repay repeat listens. That          xx, Wild Swim coalesce the shifting separate       and Carlos Posada) stetches the canvas even     an air of springtime joy de vivre, rather than
pastiche or snarky comment on the state of                                                            said, it’s certainly no one-trick pony of a record;    parts of their songs with a deft hand, `Echo’      further, a taut, meandering pathway between     the reflective autumnal lament that Jamie Hyatt
current independent music. To do so would                                                             alongside all of its sonic nods to Dire Straits,       discovering rock courage deep in its pockets       Japan’s early-80s ambient experimentation and delivers here.
be a disservice to what is in fact a collection                                                       Talking Heads and The Cars, there are tracks           somewhere around the three minute mark, a          Radiohead’s trippier explorations.               Even the song’s title, and the way it is
of incredibly well-crafted songs, and looking                                                         like ‘Interlude’, an almost Tangerine Dream-           bolshy guitar attack bringing everything into       Such a leaning towards musical understatement delivered in the song, feels like a self-conscious
beyond the production values – and, indeed,                                                           esque tone poem, and ‘Up & Down’, which                stark focus.                                       means Wild Swim might never be an instant hit, shrug to ward off feelings of self pity as he
analysing why the album’s influences generate                                                         could almost be an offcut from New Order’s              Such a delicate touch is very much their bag,     relying on repeated listens to get in your head contemplates a life without a certain special
such a knee-jerk response – helps to define        had the nous to invite guest vocalists onto more   `Low-Life’. In the 1980s, many musical artists         the skittish, airy `Bright Eyes’ offering the      and under your skin, but once there they’re     other; Jamie has a natural ability to convey
`Young Hunger’ as a great record, regardless of    than half of the songs here, and this fends off    used new technology to experiment with and             lightest funk touch, while Richard’s voice         difficult to dislodge, and almost two years on  wistful melancholy without ever sounding sorry
the listener’s hang-ups or expectations.           one-dimensionality by introducing otherwise        augment songwriting: then, it wasn’t ironic or         comes at you from the ether, hints of James        from their first Nightshift Demo Of The Month, for himself. Most of all, it sounds effortlessly
 Chad Valley – or Hugo Manuel – has a singing      impossible vocal ranges and textures (including    knowing. The technology may now be old, but            Blake in his tremulous vocal delivery as well as   they’re as fascinatingly evasive and bewitching lovely – something The Family Machine have
voice not dissimilar to A-Ha’s Morten Harket, a    the familiar pseudo-American style of Fixers’      Chad Valley lets the songs, not the tools - or our     the song’s scrabbling electro coda. A remix of     as they ever were.                              long since excelled at.
velvety-smooth slow honk of a vocal style that’s   Jack Goldstein, on ‘My Girl’).                     modern-day attitudes to them - dictate `Young          `Echo’ by the band’s own side project Cubiq        Dale Kattack                                    Dale Kattack
echoed, Auto-Tuned and processed in various         Such sensitivity in production and songwriting    Hunger’’s success.
fashions across the album’s eleven tracks. He’s    is reflected in some very subtle working of        Simon Minter
                                                                                                                                                                                     Next month - Hot Hooves, Black Hats, Crysis, Death Of Hi-Fi, and more
                                                  Add to this a tale of rebellion, death and love
                                                 and featuring cameos from The Three Little
                                                                                                      THE SCHOLARS
                                                 Pigs, Red Riding Hood, Jack The Giant Killer         `Wired’
                                                 and even Gepetto as a war criminal, and you’ve
                                                 got a recipe for silliness on a dramatic scale.
                                                                                                      (Own label download)
                                                                                                      Having been quiet over the past year during
                                                 And so it is.
                                                                                                      which they slimmed down to a three-piece,
                                                  Alternating spoken word passages that move
                                                                                                      The Scholars return with the first of a planned
                                                 the story on with shanties and madrigals and
                                                                                                      series of six new singles. Their reduction in
                                                 the odd skit and the whole thing feels more like
                                                                                                      band members hasn’t made their sound any
                                                 an experimental stage play than an album. No
                                                                                                      more slender, mind, `Wired’ carrying all their
                                                 surprise to learn then, that The Mechanisms
                                                                                                      old hallmarks of drama-laden gothic indie
                                                 performed the story as part of this year’s
                                                                                                      rock, all coruscating synths, driving guitars
                                                 Edinburgh Fringe festival.
                                                                                                      and portentous vocals. Like Editors – still the
                                                  As with Borderville’s recent concept album
                                                                                                      closest comparison – and fellow local rockers
                                                 reworking of `Metamorphosis’, `Once Upon             The Half Rabbits, The Scholars make a virtue
                                                 A Time…’ relies on lashings of almost                of sounding impossibly serious without being
                                                 operatic excess and a degree of camp that            pompous or histrionic. `Wired’ maybe doesn’t
THE MECHANISMS                                   makes Lady Gaga look like Liam Gallagher,            have the melodic depth or scope of previous
                                                 and while at times it feels a bit like Andrew
`Once Upon A Time (In                            Lloyd Webber presenting Jethro Tull – The
                                                                                                      Scholars favourites like `This Heart’s Built
                                                                                                      To Break’ or `Turbulence’, but still sounds
                                                 Musical!, something keeps you listening,
Space)’                                          even if it’s simply morbid curiosity. There are
                                                                                                      ambitious with its stretch to sound epic.
                                                                                                      Dale Kattack
(Own label download)                             nods – knowing or otherwise – to Star Trek
“The Mechanisms are an Oxford based seven-       and Red Dwarf, while the idea of assorted
piece steampunk space pirate band, who (in       fairytale characters thrown together in an alien
character) travel the universe in the starship   adventure, with a bit of Sapphic desire thrown
Aurora, spreading death, destruction, story      in for good measure, seems to owe something
and song. “ So runs the introduction to The      to Alan Moore’s Lost Girls.
Mechanism’s press release for their debut studio So does everybody get to live happily ever
album, and we’re briefly unsure whether to kick after? We’re not going to spoil the ending
them firmly in the nether regions and tell them  for you, other than to say there’s no knight in
to grow up. But read a little further in and it  shining armour riding in to save the day, and if
starts to sound interesting, the album being a   ostentatious prog-folk really isn’t your thing,
concept album (“a space opera” in their words) then maybe you won’t want or need to find
based on old folk songs and fairy tales with Old out, but for anyone inclined towards something
King Cole cast as a vicious tyrant, Rose Red his more out of the ordinary and, yes, slightly silly,
cloned supersoldier, Snow White as Rose Red’s it might just be your bag of cosmic acorns.
sister and Cinderella as Rose’s bride.           Ian Chesterton
 GIG GUIDE
                                                                                                                                                                    kicking it out raw, dirty and bluesy. They’re joined    – Caustic melancholy from the Edinburgh indie-
                                                                                                                                                                    by sludgy downtempo brutalists Diesel King and          folksters – see main preview
                                                                                                                                                                    Cardiff’s heavyweight garage and psych-metal            ROB TOGNONI: The Jericho Tavern – The
                                                                                                                                                                    riffmeisters The Witches Drum.                          Tasmanian blues devil returns to the Famous
                                                                                                                                                                    PUNK OLYMPIA: The Cellar (5pm) – An                     Monday Blues club, displaying the powerful and
                                                                                                                                                                    extended session of punk and punk-inspired noise        versatile electric style that’s served him well in his
                                                                                                                                                                    from the likes of Twat Daddies, Barmy Army,             30 plus years on the road, his style owing much to
                                                                                                                                                                    Nuclear Skyline, The Great Big Bargain, Cocaine         Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
                                                                                                                                                                    Cowboys, Jane Likes Book and Beaver Fuel.               OPEN MIC SESSION: Far From The Madding


                                                       NOVEMBER
                                                                                                                                                                    PROPAGANDA + JACK FM DJs + TRASHY:                      Crowd
              THURSDAY 1st                                                                                   thrash merchants Agness Pike, taking Anthrax and
                                                                                                                                                                    O2 Academy – Indie and rock at Propaganda every
THE PROCLAIMERS + BLUEFLINT: O2                                                                              Metallica out shopping for fancy handbags, plus
                                                                                                                                                                    Saturday, plus kitsch pop, glam and 80s at Trashy,                      TUESDAY 6th
                                                                                                             Rami’s Talc Demons and Phil Garvey’s Reckless
Academy – Always bound to be remembered for
                                                                                                             Sleepers.
                                                                                                                                                                    and party tunes from Jack FM DJs.                       ADAM ANT & THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MONDAY 5th
their 80s chart hits `I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)         Staples on vocals and was produced by Rat                                                                    WHAT YOU CALL IT GARAGE: The Cellar –
and `Letter From America’, Fife’s identical twin       Scabies. Compared variously to Tom Waits, The
                                                                                                             SKYLARKIN SOUNDSYSTEM: The Cellar –
                                                                                                             Your monthly dose of ska, reggae, dancehall and
                                                                                                                                                                    UK garage, 2-step, 4x4 and bassline.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LOVELY POSSE: O2 Academy – The Dandy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Highwayman returns after successfully resurrecting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MEURSAULT / ROB
brothers Charlie and Craig Reid had a brief return     Kinks and Elvis Costello, they supported Donovan
to the national consciousness a couple of years        on his last UK tour.
                                                                                                             soul in the company of Count Skylarkin. Tonight’s
                                                                                                             live guest turn comes from Phoenix City Allstars                        SUNDAY 4th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            his pop career last year, his recent Bestival set
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            critically lauded as a triumph. Having dominated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      St JOHN: The Cellar
back with the Comic Relief appropriation of their      MAD DOG McREA: The Jericho Tavern                                                                                                                                                                                              Another minor coup from local promoters
biggest hit, but that aside, they’ve continued to                                                            with their Skatalites and Studio 1-style ska,          LARRY McCRAY: The Bullingdon – Blues                    the early-80s charts with theatrical glee and monster     Pindrop Performances, tonight bringing
                                                       – Folk-rock, bluegrass and gypsy jazz from
tour and release increasingly accomplished albums                                                            rocksteady and early reggae, reworking 2 Tone          rocking guitar and big, soulful vocals from             hits like `Ant Music’, `Stand & Deliver’ and `Prince      Edinburgh’s Meursault to town, a band much
                                                       Plymouth’s Mad Dog McRea, championed by
that mix up their traditional Scottish folk ancestry                                                         classics into a 1960s Jamaican style and featuring     Arkansas’ veteran bluesman McCray, inspired by          Charming’, a gradual retreat into a less successful       loved in the late night outer reaches of 6 Music
                                                       Mike Harding and chums with Seth Lakeman.
with a punky attitude that complements their                                                                 members of Pama International and The Sidewalk         the three Kings – BB, Albert and Freddie, and over      solo career and mental health issues followed, so         and the darker corners of the music press, but
                                                       CATWEAZLE CLUB: East Oxford
unwavering political campaigning, and as their last                                                          Doctors. Legendary septuagenarian DJ Derek             on a rare UK visit ahead of a headline show at the      Ant’s return to performing was as much a personal         typically overlooked by a mainstream hooked
                                                       Community Centre – Oxford’s longest-running
show here, back in 2009, showed, they’re pretty                                                              makes the trip over from his native Bristol again      Carlisle Blues Festival.                                triumph as it was a welcome return of a man whose         on polish and style over substance. Neil
                                                       and best open mic club night showcases local
much unbeatable for a spot of singalong folk                                                                 for his trademark mix of reggae, dancehall and         MYSTERY JETS: O2 Academy – Back in town                 dedication to proper pop star entertainment puts          Pennyhook’s nine-strong band are generally
                                                       singers, musicians, poets and more every week.
anthem fun.                                                                                                  soul on the decks.                                     after their shows at the Bully and at Truck Festival    most modern day manufactured nobodies to shame.           labelled folktronic, but that’s a simplistic
                                                       SPIN JAZZ CLUB: The Wheatsheaf –
KATZENJAMMER + BEN CAPLAN: O2                                                                                MAEVE BAYTON + IAN WYCHERLEY                           earlier this year, plying a rootsier form of harmony-   As well as the hits there’s be plenty of early Adam       term for a band named after a character in an
                                                       Contemporary big band jazz from The Tommy
Academy – Never mind Gangnam, it’s time to                                                                   + JANE GRIFFITHS + THE FLETCHER                        heavy pop these days having recorded most recent        & The Ants gems to keep the old guard happy.              Albert Camus-penned existential novel. And
                                                       Evans Orchestra.
party Viking style – see main preview                                                                        BROTHERS: East Oxford Community Centre                 album `Radlands’ in Texas.                              JAZZ CLUB: The Bullingdon – Free live jazz                it’s increasingly a misleading term since the
                                                       HEADINGTON HILLBILLIES: The
FLIPRON: The Bullingdon – Upbeat                                                                             – Local folk singer Maeve launches her new             MOON RABBIT + BEARD OF DESTINY                          every week, tonight with The New Jazz Collective          band’s recent third album, `Something For
                                                       Wheatsheaf – Folk and Americana free in the
barrelhouse pop and psychedelia with the odd                                                                 album.                                                 + OXFORD UKULELE GROUP + PHIL                           OPEN MIC SESSION: James Street Tavern                     The Weakened’, has left much of their earlier
                                                       downstairs bar.
ska flourish from Somerset’s Flipron, whose new                                                              FUNKY FRIDAYS: The Bullingdon – Funk,                  FREIZINGER & CHRIS HILLS: Donnington                    THE BLUEBIRD CLUB: The Oxford Blue –                      lo-fi electronic elements behind in favour of
                                                       ANNERO + TIGERS OF JUNCTION STREET
single, `The Comet Returns’, features Neville                                                                soul, r’n’b and house every Friday.                    Community Centre (6pm) – Free acoustic session.         Launch night for Catweazle Club’s new weekly              a more rounded and well-produced organic
                                                       + CONFRONT THE CARNAGE: The Bell,
                                                                                                             WHO DO YOU LOVE? The Duke, St                                                                                  open mic session, following on similar lines,             instrumentation, notably piano. What you get,
                                                       Bicester – Jambox metal night.
                                                                                                             Clement’s - Alt.rock, surf, garage-punk, 60s,                          MONDAY 5th                              showcasing local singers, musicians, poets and            though, isn’t a huge shift in stylistic gears from
 Thursday 1st                                          ROLL ON THURSDAYS: The Cellar – Floor
                                                                                                             soul, new wave and electro session with DJs Jim,                                                               performance artists.                                      acclaimed debut album `Pissing On Bonfires /
                                                       fillers and party tunes every week.                                                                          MEURSAULT + ROB St JOHN: The Cellar
 KATZENJAMMER:                                         OPEN MIC SESSION: The Half Moon
                                                                                                             Jens and Grizilla.
                                                                                                             DISCO MUTANTE: The Library – Disco,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BEATS AT THE BAR: The Cellar – Hip hop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            session.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kissing With Tongues’, morose, slow-burning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      laments with the occasional upbeat rock-out to
                                                       BLUES JAM: The Jack Russell, Marston
 O2 Academy                                                                                                  cosmic funk, electro boogie and acid house
                                                                                                             session.
                                                                                                                                                                     Friday 2nd                                                                                                       leaven the mood, Pennycook’s richly intoned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         WEDNESDAY 7th                                melancholy offset by moments of real contempt
 Cornbury Festival definitely saved the best til
 last when they chose Katzenjammer to close
                                                                       FRIDAY 2nd
                                                       2:54 + PINS: The Jericho Tavern – Slowburning,
                                                                                                                                                                     ALT.J: O2 Academy                                      WALL: Truck Store – The sludgy posters return to          and menace. Tonight’s show is a benefit gig
 the festival back in July. The Oslo quartet cut
                                                       claustrophobic gloom-pop from 2.54, sisters
                                                                                                                           SATURDAY 3rd                              You’d hope and expect a bunch of fine art              town for an instore after their showing at Gathering      for Helen & Douglas House Hospice, with
 through all the reverential blues and staid soul                                                            SKA CUBANO + THE ORIGINAL RABBIT                        graduates to make music that was a bit, well,          Festival.                                                 Meursault joined by locally-based Scottish
                                                       Hannah and Colette Thurlow, fusing elements of                                                                arty wouldn’t you? And so it turns out with                                                                      songsmith and sometime collaborator Rob St
 prevalent over the festival weekend with a set                                                              FOOT SPASM BAND: O2 Academy – A repeat                                                                         SAINT SAVIOUR: The Jericho Tavern –
                                                       goth, shoegaze, folk and grunge. The pair signed                                                              Alt.J who have gone from virtual unknowns                                                                        John.
 that oozed a sense of fun, as well as packing a                                                             of the party-starting double bill that rocked the                                                              Ethereal, hymnal electronic pop from London’s
                                                       to Fiction last year and recorded their album with                                                            to Top 20 chart stars and one of the favourites
 serious musical punch. The description “Four                                                                Academy last time round and will do again. Led                                                                 Becky Jones, previously singer with Groove
                                                       Rob Ellis, who’s previously produced PJ Harvey.                                                               for this year’s Mercury Prize in the space of a
 Norwegian girls playing Balkan folk music”                                                                  by irrepressible frontman Natty Bo, Cuban ska and                                                              Armada, under her guise of Saint Saviour, drawing        `Hidden People’, mixing tender folk ballads with
                                                       HEAVEN 17: O2 Academy – From founding                                                                         few months. Listing to their debut album, `An
 barely scratches the surface of Katzenjammer’s                                                              mambo crew Ska Cubano mix traditional Cuban                                                                    comparisons with Elizabeth Frazer and Kate Bush          stomping acoustic rock, having previously formed
                                                       the original Human League, to their era-defining                                                              Awesome Wave’, it’s not hard to hear why. It’s
 sound and live show, which involves not just                                                                dance with Jamaican rocksteady and ska, plus a                                                                 on her debut album, `Union’, featuring reworkings        Equation with Kate Rusby and Sean’s brother
                                                       `Penthouse & Pavement’, Martin Ware and Ian                                                                   just great. Comparisons have been made to
 20-plus instruments and a dizzying amount of                                                                hefty dose of Calypso and the spirit of rock’n’roll,                                                           of songs by Bowie, Siouxise and The Banshees,            Seth.
                                                       Craig Marsh, along with singer Glenn Gregory,                                                                 Radiohead, Foals, Wild Beasts and The xx, as
 swapping around, but also a range of sound that                                                             while local hot jazz combo The Original Rabbit                                                                 Depeche Mode and M83 among others.                       OPEN MIC SESSION: The Half Moon
                                                       brought a sense of soul to previously austere                                                                 well as Fairport Convention, but none of those
 stretches from a polka take on Genesis to some                                                              Foot Spasm Band live life onstage like it’s still                                                              SUBVERSE presents DJRUM + PRVDNT +                       BLUES JAM: The Jack Russell, Marston
                                                       electronic pop in the 80s and proved to be an                                                                 really fits and Alt.J do seem to be out in their
 heart-stopping choral balladry reminiscent of                                                               prohibition-era New Orleans. Together they make                                                                JEZEBEL + SKINS: The Cellar – House, techno,
                                                       influence on the likes of La Roux, with whom they                                                             own little musical word, one where chamber
 the `Voix Bulgares’ albums that 4AD released                                                                an irresistible force for fun and you will dance til                                                           garage and bass club night with guest DjRUM                               FRIDAY 9th
                                                       recorded a 6Music session back in 2010. Marsh                                                                 folk, dubstep, electronica, jazz, murder ballads
 in the 1980s. And then on through some classic                                                              you drop.                                                                                                      joining club residents on the decks.                     LISTING SHIPS: Truck Store (6pm) – This
                                                       having departed the line-up, Ware and Gregory                                                                 and ecclesiastical chants not so much collide
 rock’n’roll, bluesgrass, Cossack dance and some                                                             JACK SAVORETTI + KARIMA FRANCIS:                                                                                                                                        month’s Nightshift cover stars launch their new EP
                                                       return to town, touring their second album, `The                                                              as drift airily towards each other. Radio hit
 shiny pure pop for good measure. There’s a                                                                  The Jericho Tavern – Poetic acoustic folk                                                                                    THURSDAY 8th                               and preview their Audioscope show tomorrow night
                                                       Luxury Gap’, particularly pertinent given the                                                                 `Tessellate’ has helped bring them even closer
 sense of burlesque about the band’s stage show,                                                             and pop from Anglo-Italian singer-songwriter                                                                   DAMN THE TORPEDOES + THE MAGIC                           with this instore appearance.
                                                       current political and social environment, so expect                                                           to household name status, though they all seem
 but they’re too seriously rocking to be cast aside                                                          Savoretti, touring his third album, `Before The                                                                MANGO BAND: The Bullingdon – Tribute to                  THE D.O.T: The Bullingdon – What Mike
                                                       hits like `Temptation’, `Come Live With Me’ and                                                               far too nice and polite to make for proper rock
 as some cabaret turn. Hell, if you can’t witness                                                            Storm’, having been spotted by and toured with                                                                 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.                           Skinner did next – see main preview
                                                       `Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry’.                                                                          stars, so instead they’re going to let the music
 Katzenjammer live and come away happy as a                                                                  Corinne Bailey Rae. Support from Oxford regular                                                                LIMEHOUSE LIZZY: O2 Academy – Tribute to                 MIKE PETERS: O2 Academy – The Alarm
                                                       ALT.J: O2 Academy – Time to tessellate – see                                                                  do the talking, teasing critics by being almost
 clam and in love with every thing about them,                                                               Karima Francis with her rootsy acoustic soul that’s                                                            Thin Lizzy.                                              singer keeps on keeping on.
                                                       main preview                                                                                                  impossible to categorise, but gently helping to
 you probably died sometime in the last century.                                                             seen her compared to Tracy Chapman and Joan                                                                    SPIN JAZZ CLUB: The Wheatsheaf – Eclectic                PUNCH BROTHERS: O2 Academy –
                                                       ANNIE MAC: O2 Academy – Electro and house                                                                     drag guitar based music out of its self-imposed
 Apparently the name translates as a fit of self-                                                            Armatrading.                                                                                                   mix of Flamenco, Latin, oriental and rock-inflected      Progressive bluegrass and contemporary classical
                                                       from the influential Radio 1 DJ.                                                                              doldrums. Tonight’s show is sold out already,
 pity; an ironic moniker for a band capable of                                                               DAVID RODIGAN: The Bullingdon – A night                                                                        jazz from the renowned guitarist.                        fusion from New York’s Punch Brothers, formed by
                                                       JOSEPHINE FOSTER + BRICKWORK                                                                                  unsurprisingly.
 bringing such joy.                                                                                          of reggae and dancehall from an undisputed king                                                                MARVELLOUS MEDICINE + HEMAN                              former-Nickel Creek man Chris Thile, adding some
                                                       LIZARDS: The Bullingdon – Delicate, sombre
                                                                                                             of the genre, the recently MBE’d Mr Rodigan,                                                                   SHEMAN + GABE ANDERSON + JACK                            rock dynamics, jazz timings and virtuoso mandolin
                                                       and inventively poetic American folk and acoustic
                                                                                                             the former Kidlington schoolboy who is now                                                                     STANTON: The Cellar – University magazine Isis           playing into a live set that stretches from traditional
                                                       blues from Colorado’s reclusive but prolific
                                                                                                             widely recognised as one of the chief authorities                                                              celebrates its 120th anniversary with a night of live    folk songs to the odd Radiohead cover.
                                                       songstress, mining a sparse, traditional early-20th
                                                                                                             on reggae, as well as one of the finest and most                                                               music from student bands. Followed by Roll On            KILL MURRAY + MILLION FACES: The
                                                       Century style, augmented by an almost operatic
                                                                                                             respected reggae DJs in the UK, having toured                                                                  Thursdays.                                               Jericho Tavern – Daisy Rodgers Music night with
                                                       voice. She’s over in the UK to promote her new
                                                                                                             with Shinehead and been name-checked in song by                                                                CATWEAZLE CLUB: East Oxford Community                    electro-tinged slacker pop fighters Kill Murray.
                                                       album, `Blood Rising’, her ninth solo outing.
                                                                                                             The Beastie Boys along the way.                                                                                Centre                                                   BOSSAPHONIK: The Cellar – Dancefloor Latin,
                                                       Turkobilly support from Brickwork Lizards.
                                                                                                             DESERT STORM + DIESEL KING +                                                                                   KATHRYN ROBERTS + SEAN LAKEMAN:                          Balkan beats, global grooves and nu-jazz club night,
                                                       KLUB KAKOFANNEY with AGNESS PIKE +
                                                                                                             THE WITCHES DRUM + KOMRAD: The                                                                                 The Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon – Husband and              with a live set from Klezmer and Balkan folk band
                                                       TALC DEMONS + RECKLESS SLEEPERS:
                                                                                                             Wheatsheaf – Buried In Smoke night with local                                                                  wife duo Kathryn and Sean return to playing and          She’Koyokh, and guest DJ Jokakeli.
                                                       The Wheatsheaf – Klub Kak’s monthly mixed
                                                                                                             stoner and psych-metal heroes Desert Storm                                                                     recording with each other with their new album           THE DEPUTEES: The Wheatsheaf
                                                       bag of musical fruits, tonight with theatrical
                                                       Coltrane, Sun Ra and Black Sabbath, their aim is          Elvis tribute spectacular.                             JAZZ CLUB: The Bullingdon – Live jazz from            black-hearted death and ruin.
                                                       cranial damage and broken musical barriers and if         OPEN MIC SESSION: Far From The Madding                 The Hugh Turner Band.                                 LAU: The Jericho Tavern – Trad-folk innovation
                                                       you strain, you can probably hear them playing all        Crowd                                                  THE BLUEBIRD CLUB: The Oxford Blue                    and experimentation from the award-winning
                                                       the way up in Bicester. More bands should be so           GET YOUR ROCKS OFF: The Cellar – Indie                 INTRUSION: The Cellar – Goth, industrial, ebm         Scottish trio – see main preview
                                                       challenging. Alternatively you can go and watch a         club night.                                            and darkwave club night.                              YASHIN + WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH
                                                       Stone Roses tribute band.                                                                                                                                              BUTTER + SHADOWS CHASING GHOSTS:
                                                       THE COMPLETE STONE ROSES: O2                                            TUESDAY 13th                                          WEDNESDAY 14th                           O2 Academy – More identikit post-hardcore/
                                                       Academy – Relive your Heaton Park summer fun              THE REVIVAL TOUR: O2 Academy – Chuck                   IMAGINE DRAGONS: O2 Academy – Pumped- screamo/whatever from Glasgow’s Yashin. Why are
                                                       in the cosier confines of the Academy.                    Ragan’s back-to-grassroots tour continues apace,       up, polished stadium-rock from the Las Vegas band they playing in town and not Fucked Up? Not fair.
                                                       THIS TOWN NEEDS GUNS + DALLAS                             the Hot Water Man joined by an international cast      whose `It’s Time’ was a massive radio hit Stateside   Nyer nyer, not fair, whine whine, whimper, wee in
 Friday 9th                                            DON’T + RIVALRIES: The Cellar – Return                    of roots musicians, including, for this latest leg     over the summer, sounding a bit like Killers by way our pants. Oh no, we’ve only gone and written a
 THE D.O.T:                                            to local live action for Oxford’s mathsy rockers,
                                                       leaning towards the Owls and Death Cab For
                                                                                                                 of the tour, Australia’s Emily Barker, Canada’s
                                                                                                                 Jay Malinowski and American singer-songwriters
                                                                                                                                                                        of Take That. They’re over in the UK to promote
                                                                                                                                                                        debut album `Night Visions’, tonight’s show
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              new song for Yashin. Bad Nightshift.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              THE BIG TEN INCH: The Cellar – Count
 The Bullingdon                                        Cutie scheme of things. Support at tonight’s 100%
                                                       Mosh show comes from spiky Pixies and Idlewild-
                                                                                                                 Rocky Votolato and Cory Branan. They don’t allow       upgraded from the Jericho Tavern.                     Skylarkin’s monthly celebration of classic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sunday 11th
 The Streets had barely been and gone before                                                                     campfires inside the O2 but if they did, it’d be the   FREERANGE: The Cellar – Drum&bass, hip hop rock’n’roll, jump blues and rockabilly, with live
 Mike Skinner announced his new musical
                                                       inspired starlets Dallas Don’t. Followed by Extra
                                                       Curricular, playing a mix of garage, bass and house.
                                                                                                                 perfect setting for such an evening of downhome
                                                                                                                 musical intimacy.
                                                                                                                                                                        and dubstep club night.                               sets from Hipbone Slim & The Kneetremblers and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crown Toppers, plus Bestival’s Greg Butler and           HALLS:
 project at the end of last year – The D.O.T,
 a collaboration with Rob Harvey, previously
                                                       WATER PAGEANT + JESS HALL +
                                                       WELCOME TO PEEPWORLD: Fusion Arts
                                                                                                                 BETA BLOCKER & THE BODYCLOCK:                                         THURSDAY 15              th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Count Skylarkin on the decks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KILL CITY SAINTS + REEDS: The Bullingdon                 The Bullingdon
 frontman of Leeds’ epic indie rockers The                                                                       Ovada Gallery, Osney Lane – Dirty lo-fi groove-        GRAVENHURST + SEABUCKTHORN +                                                                                   It is, as you read this, officially the very
                                                       Centre – Wistful, folksy indie from Water Pageant         heavy noise from Beta Blocker at the opening of                                                              – Blues, country and rock from Kill City Saints at
 Music. How that clash of musical worlds                                                                                                                                SOLEDAD VELEZ: The Cellar – In a fair and                                                                      deepest, darkest depths of autumn, so what
                                                       at tonight’s album launch gig, where they’re joined       new warehouse gallery Ovada.                                                                                 tonight’s It’s All About The Music show.
 was going to pan out was anybody’s guess                                                                                                                               just world Gravenhurst would be far, far bigger                                                                we need right now is a soundtrack to all that
                                                       by excellent local folk-pop songstress Jess Hall and      OPEN MIC SESSION: James Street Tavern                                                                        EMPTY VESSELS + CHARMS AGAINST
 but they’ve quickly put a dozen songs online,                                                                                                                          than Coldplay but it seems the great CD-buying                                                                 solitude and solemnity. And hey, here’s Halls to
                                                       acoustic pop outfit Welcome To Peepworld.                                                                                                                              THE EVIL EYE + ARTCLASSSINK: The
 while building momentum with a series of droll                                                                                                                         public doesn’t like its melancholy too honest or                                                               provide just that. Halls is the musical moniker
                                                       PROPAGANDA + JACK FM DJs + TRASHY:                                                                                                                                     Wheatsheaf – Moshka club night with heavyweight
 moc-doc monthly video diaries. The result isn’t
                                                       O2 Academy
                                                                                                                  Saturday 10th                                         intimate. So Bristol’s Nick Talbot remains a cult     blues and proto-metal in the vein of Led Zep and         of south London’s Sam Howard, a man who
 a world away from The Streets’ take on UK hip
 hop, Skinner’s sample-heavy collages, replete
                                                       HOUSEWURK: The Duke’s Cut – Old school
                                                       house session with Tony Nanton.
                                                                                                                  AUDIOSCOPE:                                           concern, utterly beloved of a small but dedicated,
                                                                                                                                                                        and hopefully growing, fanbase. He’s just released
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Blue Cheer from the mighty Empty Vessels.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EMPTY WHITE CIRCLES + ALEX KEALY +
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       records in churches and gives the resultant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tracks titles like `Roses For The Dead’ and
 with electronic squiggles, wobbly synths
 and sometimes almost dubby beats, backing
                                                       THE NEW ESSEX BLUEGRASS BAND: Three                        The Jericho Tavern                                    his fourth album for Warp Records, `The Ghost
                                                                                                                                                                        In Daylight’, with its almost hymnal psychedelic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BEN WALKER + JONATHAN O’NEILL: The                       `Shadow Of The Colossus’. Have you got
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       your dancing shoes on yet? But really, this is
                                                       Horseshoes, Towersey – Harmony-heavy trad                  Twelve years in, Audioscope remains one                                                                     Port Mahon – A night of live music and comedy
 Harvey’s slightly epic soulful vocals. The pair                                                                                                                        leanings but that fragile, hushed sense of autumnal                                                            beautiful stuff – eerily atmospheric and glitch
                                                       blouses tunes.                                             of Oxford’s most understated but musically                                                                  with local newcomers Empty White Circles adding
 have collaborated with Ghostpoet and a recent                                                                                                                          melancholy remains. Tonight’s show is part of the                                                              in equal measures, mixing ambient electronica
                                                                                                                  ambitious annual events. Previous years have                                                                an electronic edge to their folky pop, leaning
 single, `You Never Asked’, features Danny                                                                                                                              Cellar’s new Irregular Folk club and Talbot is joined towards the Stornoway and King Creosote scheme           with choral and classical music and sombre
 Brown and Clare Maguire to good effect.                               SUNDAY 11th                                seen underground stars like Wire, Four-Tet,
                                                                                                                                                                        by atmospheric local soundscapist Seabuckthorn,                                                                dubstep atmospherics, a sepulchral soundtrack
                                                       HALLS: The Bullingdon – Ecclesiastical                     Deerhoof, Rother & Moebius and Luke Vibert                                                                  of things.
 The pair’s debut album, `And That’ is due out                                                                                                                          who’s just released his new album `The Silence                                                                 to solitude and possibly films with lots of snow
                                                       chamber-pop from Sam Howard’s Halls – see main             grace the bill, while 2007’s set by Shit & Shine                                                            THE MANATEES: The Duke’s Cut – Folk
 around about now, and The D.O.T seem to                                                                                                                                Woke Me’, plus Valencia’s emotive indie-folkster                                                               and death and reflections on the meaningless
                                                       preview                                                    remains one of the greatest gigs Nightshift has                                                             session; new musicians welcome.
 be adopting a back-to-basics approach with a                                                                                                                           Soledad Velez.                                                                                                 of it all. No wonder much of Howard’s music
                                                       TREVOR MOSS & HANNAH LOU + JESS                            ever witnessed. And all the while Audioscope                                                                PAUL HANDYSIDE: Cornerstone Arts Centre,
 relatively low-key UK tour, so make the most                                                                                                                           EMPTY WHITE CIRCLES + RED CROW                                                                                 was created as he sat confined to his house
                                                       HALL: Truck Store – Instore show from Trevor               has raised thousands of pounds for homeless                                                                 Didcot – Emotive rootsy acoustic folk.
 of seeing them up close while you can.                                                                                                                                 + THIRD LIGHT + THE METHOD + THE                                                                               for a period. Comparison-wise, you can hear
                                                       and Hannah Lou ahead of their Jericho show later           charity Shelter. This year’s event finds one                                                                FUNKY FRIDAYS: The Bullingdon
                                                                                                                                                                        ATTITUDE BOYS: The Bullingdon – Highly                                                                         echoes of Thom Yorke’s most insular recent
                                                       tonight.                                                   of the star turns of old return, in the form of
                                                                                                                                                                        promising rootsy folk-pop from Empty White                                                                     work as well as Burial’s doomiest pieces, while
COUNTRY FOLK SINGER-SONGWRITERS                        TOM McRAE + TREVOR MOSS & HANNAH-                          Damo Suzuki, the legendary former Can
                                                                                                                                                                        Circles and others at tonight’s It’s All About The                   SATURDAY 17th                             Dead Can Dance’s gothic-mediaeval portent
CIRCLE: The Port Mahon – Like what it says             LOU: The Jericho Tavern – Chelmsford’s                     singer, who for tonight’s headline set, is                                                                  ETHAN JOHNS: Truck Store (5pm) – The BRIT
                                                                                                                                                                        Music show.                                                                                                    encroaches at times. Christchurch Cathedral
on the tin, an intimate night of local country-        master of mirth returns to town to promote his new         joined by the ODC Drumline, making their                                                                    Award-winning producer, who’s worked with The
                                                                                                                                                                        SPIN JAZZ CLUB with SIMON SPILLETT:                                                                            might be a more apt arena for all this but
folk singer-songwriters. Possibly sitting in a         album, `From The Lowlands’, a direct follow-up             Audioscope debut. Expect the unexpected                                                                     Vaccines, Kaiser Chiefs, Laura Marling, Tom Jones
                                                                                                                                                                        The Wheatsheaf – English jazz tenor saxophonist                                                                wherever you listen to him, Halls will sound
circle. The Epstein’s Ollie Wills is playing, as are   to `Alphabet Of Hurricanes’, continuing to plumb           with a hefty side order of rhythmic, spaced-out                                                             and Kings of Leon among many, many others,
                                                                                                                                                                        Spillett guests at the Spin, drawing on Courtney                                                               nothing short of wonderful.
Swindlestock, Ags Connolly and Ragdoll. Bring          the depths of musical sorrow and melancholy in             krautrocking psychedelic madness. Also on                                                                   as well as playing with Ryan Adams and Rufus
                                                                                                                  an impressive bill are Baltimore’s psychedelic        Pine and Wynton and Branford Marsalis for
marshmallows and wood for the fire.                    rather splendid style and with a featherlight vocal                                                                                                                    Wainwright, launches his new album `If Not Now          club night with Exit Records’ DJ Loxy.
                                                                                                                  grunge-folksters Arbouretum, groove-farmers           inspiration.
BREEZE: The Duke’s Cut – Live party tunes              touch that leavens his tales of gloom and lost love.                                                                                                                   Then When’ – his first since 1992 – with a tour of      TOM & BEN PALEY: Three Horseshoes,
                                                                                                                  par excellence, who are like an epic collision        FRANKIE’S WHISKY NIGHT: The Port
from the local band.                                   Support from lovey-dovey alt.country duo Trevor                                                                                                                        the UK’s best independent record stores, plying         Towersey – Founder member of The New Lost
                                                                                                                  of early Fairport and Earth; Manchester-              Mahon – Whisky-fuelled Americana from Francis
FUNKY FRIDAYS: The Bullingdon                          and Hannah-Lou.                                                                                                                                                        a suitably intimate form of campfire country and        City Ramblers Tony Paley performs with his son
                                                                                                                  Newcastle duo Warm Digits, bringing Neu!’s            Pugh & The Whisky Singers at tonight’s malt-
                                                       THE BEAT: O2 Academy – The Ranking Roger                                                                                                                               American folk music.                                    Ben on fiddle.
                                                                                                                  motorik electronic up to date in scintillating        infused session, plus folk-pop from The Oh So
                                                       and Everett Morton version of the 80s hitmakers                                                                                                                        THE WEDDING PRESENT: O2 Academy –
             SATURDAY 10th                                                                                        fashion; new Mute Records signings Land               Many and acoustic songs from Oliver Talkes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              David Gedge’s enduring indie heroes play their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1000 MILE HIGHWAY + KING TERRIBLE
BLACK HATS + MATT MIDGELY: Truck                       return to town, revisiting `Mirror In The Bathroom’,                                                             CATWEAZLE CLUB: East Oxford Community                                                                         + JEREMY + TREV WILLIAMS: The
                                                       `Too Nice To Talk To’ and more.                            Observatory; technical rock experimenters                                                                   1991 third album, `Seamonsters’ in full, the harsher,   Hollybush, Osney – Wittstock fundraiser with
Store – Spiky new wave-inspired power pop from                                                                    Alright The Captain; ambient Krautrock-               Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Steve Albini-produced album spawning chart              Charlbury’s rootsy Americana and alt.country
local faves Black Hats.                                                                                           inspired rockers Baltic Fleet and Elysian             OPEN MIC SESSION: The Half Moon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              singles `Lovenest’ and `Dalliance’.
AUDIOSCOPE: The Jericho Tavern – A full                               MONDAY 12th                                 Quartet cellist Laura Moody. Not to mention           BLUES JAM: The Jack Russell, Marston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UPSTAIRS with CHEW LIPS: O2 Academy –
day and night of leftfield music in aid of Shelter,    THE NOISETTES: O2 Academy – Frothy, chart-                 the fantastically named, and fantastically                                                                  London electro-pop duo Chew Lips return to action
including a headline set from Damo Suzuki.             friendly electro-pop and retro soul from the indie         noisy Dethscalator. A strong local contingent                           FRIDAY 16th                         with a slicker, more disco-fied sound on new single
Alternatively you can go and watch a Stone Roses       scrappers turned chart stormers. Having made the           features Gunning For Tamar, Message To                RUFUS WAINWRIGHT: The New Theatre –                   `Hurricane’, having opened their pop account with
tribute band – see main preview                        leap from the toilet circuit to hitting the charts with    Bears and this month’s Nightshift cover stars         Showtunes and romance from the quirky troubadour a brace of excellent singles on Kitsune back in
DREAMING SPIRES + THE HI & LO + THE                    2009’s `Wild Young Hearts’ and its unmissable              Listing Ships. It’s a full day of music that’s        – see main preview                                    2009 and toured with Killers, We Are Scientists and
RELATIONSHIPS: The Bullingdon – Warm-                  accompanying single, `Don’t Upset The Rhythm’,             often challenging, occasionally confrontational       GOJIRA: O2 Academy –As you’d hope and                 Howling Bells. Local support from funky electro-
hearted Americana and 60s West Coast harmony           they’re still on course for pop glory with eclectic        but always rewarding and for anyone wanting           expect, French rockers Gojira are every bit as        rockers Grudle Bay; industrial electro and hip hop
pop from Dreaming Spires at tonight’s Empty            new album `Contact’.                                       their ears opened to new and exciting sounds,         monstrous as their namesake – the original Japanese starlets Tiger Mendoza and trip-hop outfit Stem.
Room Promotions show, the Brothers Bennett             MAX MILNER: O2 Academy – Saucy rhymes                      while benefitting a very worthwhile cause, it’s       moniker for Godzilla. In fact Gojira used to be       SEE OF BEES + PHIL McMINN: The Jericho
continuing to explore their love for The Band,         and innuendo from the veteran music hall singer            an event not to be missed.                            called Godzilla before they had to change their       Tavern – Delicate, cutesy folk-pop and Americana
Teenage Fanclub and Big Star on recent album           and comedian who died in 1963.                                                                                   name for legal reasons. Formed in 1996, theirs is a   from Julie Baeziger’s Sea Of Bees, with angelic
`Brothers In Brooklyn, while local psychedelic pop     GRAINNE DUFFY: The Jericho Tavern                                                                                mid-tempo, sometimes meandering, but technical        dream-pop support from former-Winchell Riots
legends The Relationships open the show.               – Powerful blues and soul from the County                                                                        and highly rhythmic form of death-metal with all its frontman Phil McMinn.
SIMPLE: The Bullingdon – Thirteenth birthday           Monaghan singer, whose debut album, `Out Of                                                                      hallmark sounds, from the double kick drum salvos EXTRA CURRICULAR featuring
party for the long-running house and electro club,     The Dark’, was recorded with members of Sharon                                                                   to Joe Duplantier’s death growl vocals. Somewhere COLOUREDS: The Cellar – Local electro crazies
with guests Eats and residents.                        Shannon and Van Morrison’s bands. In her native                                                                  between Meshuggah, Morbid Angel and Sepultura, Coloureds return to live action at the weekly Extra
RED SQUARE: Modern Art Oxford –                        Ireland she’s supported everyone from Little Feat to                                                             they’re brutal but (for the genre) melodic. New       Curricular dance club, the duo now augmented on
Confrontational avant-jazz-cum-metal sonic             Ocean Colour Scene and now heads off around the                                                                  album `L’enfant Sauvage’ continues their run of       drums by former-Youthmovies man Graeme Murray.
explorers Red Square, the band formed by Oxford        UK again as headliner ahead of the release of her                                                                epic releases, with a running fascination with all    PROPAGANDA + JACK FM DJs + TRASHY:
music scene vets Jon Seagroat and Ian Staples back     second album.                                                                                                    things spiritual and environmental, beacons of        O2 Academy
in the 1970s in Southend. Somewhere between John       ONE NIGHT OF ELVIS: The New Theatre –                                                                            positivity in a genre more normally obsessed with     TERRAFORMS: The Bullingdon – Drum&bass
                                                       & RICK ASHERSON: The Jericho Tavern –      comparisons to Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell                                   SATURDAY 24th                              FAMOUS MONDAY BLUES: The Jericho
                                                       Wales’ rising blues singer Mewis returns to the
                                                                                                  and James Taylor along the way. Since her                         SKELETOR WITH UNKNOWN FLOW +                            Tavern – Live blues at the long-standing club, with
                                                       Famous Monday Blues after her show there last
                                                                                                  acclaimed 2002 debut, `Bramble Rose’, she’s                       MILK WHITE THROAT: O2 Academy – Jazz                    acts to be confirmed.
                                                       year, playing a style of blues akin to a young
                                                                                                  toured with the likes of Ryan Adams, Joan Baez,                   and prog-inspired rocking from Unknown Flow at          OPEN MIC: Far From The Madding Crowd
                                                       Bonnie Raitt, with a powerful old-time blues voice
                                                                                                  Iron and Wine and Elvis Costello, as well as                      tonight’s Skeletor monthly metal extravaganza, plus
                                                       that sees her doing justice to songs by the likes of
                                                                                                  playing for Barack Obama.                                         Brighton’s prog-metallers Milk White Throat.                          TUESDAY 27th
                                                       Koko Taylor, Blind Willie McTell and Memphis
                                                                                                  VIENNA DITTO + DEAD GIRL PARK +                                   GAPPY TOOTH INDUSTRIES with SPINNER                     JUAN ZELADA: The Jericho Tavern – We last
                                                       Minnie alongside her own material, while her                                                                 FALL + LIONFACE + RUSKIN BOB: The
                                                                                                  MARY BENDYTOY: The Wheatsheaf –                                                                                           encountered Juan Zelada at Cornbury Festival. His
                                                       classic sound is mixed with hillbilly boogie, 50s                                                            Wheatsheaf – More mix’n’match fun at GTI’s              set coincided with a torrential downpour which
                                                                                                  Electro-heavy rockabilly from the jazz lounge
                                                       skiffle, jazz and soul. She’s supported tonight by                                                           monthly club night. There’s shoegaze and post-          meant we had to huddle under a clump of trees
                                                                                                  from Vienna Ditto, conjuring up a jarring mix
                                                       Alabama’s Debbie Bond, a long-time favourite at
                                                                                                  of Suicide, Portishead, Sneaker Pimps and Nina                    punk noise, mixing up elements of The Fall, Ride        while getting bitten to buggery by mosquitoes. It
 Friday 16th                                           the FMB and, like Mewis, a singer often compared
                                                                                                  Simone. Melodic fuzzcore from Dead Girl Park
                                                       to Bonnie Raitt for her mix of rocking blues and
                                                                                                                                                                    and Husker Du from Spinner Fall, featuring former       was more fun than his set.                               Monday 26th
                                                                                                                                                                    members of Skydrive, Callous and From Light To          AKALA: O2 Academy – Politicised rap from
 LAU:                                                  soul.
                                                       THE FEELERS: The O2 Academy – Pumping
                                                                                                  and industrial gothic drama from Mary Bendytoy
                                                                                                  in support.
                                                                                                                                                                    Sound, plus dramatic, almost operatic pop in the        the Camden rhymer, inspired by the likes of Gil          FRANK TURNER
                                                                                                                                                                    vein of Kate Bush and Florence & The Machine
 The Jericho Tavern                                    stadium rock from New Zealand’s enduring   THE LAUREL COLLECTIVE + PETER &                                   from Devon’s Lionface and acoustic blues and folk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Scott Heron as he explores racism, child poverty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and more, cramming Shakespeare and sampling              & THE SLEEPING
 Having won Best Group three years running                                                        KERRY + AFTER THE THOUGHT: Modern
                                                       faves, touring their fifth album, `Hope Nature                                                               from Ruskin Bob.
 at the BBC Folk Awards, you might expect              Forgiveness’.                              Art – Eclectic mix-up of funk and soul grooves,                   POLLY & THE BILLETS DOUX + KNIGHTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Siouxsie & The Banshees as he uses hip hop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            as much as an educational tool as a form of              SOULS: O2 Academy
 Lau to be playing bigger venues than this as          GET YOUR ROCKS OFF: The Cellar             dancehall rhythms and psychedelia from Domino                     OF MENTIS: The Cellar – Winchester’s twee,              entertainment, harking back to old school sounds         For all the manufactured, TV-hyped pop
 they head out on tour to promote their third                                                     signings The Laurel Collective, likened variously                 smooth-edged country-folk and jazz outfit Polly &       and style.                                               nobodies clogging the charts and gossip
 album, `Race The Loser’, but you need such                          TUESDAY 20th                 to Dexy’s, The Specials, Sly & The Family Stone                   co. return to town with local Americana outfit The      OPEN MIC SESSION: James Street Tavern                    column inches, you can’t beat a genuine hard
 intimacy to really appreciate the three-piece.        PETER ANDRE: The New Theatre – Shit on     and Super Furry Animals.                                          Knights of Mentis in support.                           JAZZ CLUB: The Bullingdon – Alvin Roy &                  graft musical triumph story, and Frank Turner
 Singer and guitarist Kris Drever, fiddle player       stilts.                                    IN ZANADU: The Port Mahon – Jazz and                              SABRINA CHAP + ELLIE JAMISON +                          Reeds Unlimited are tonight’s guests at the Bully’s      is that story. Nightshift remembers Frank when
 Aidan O’Rourke and accordionist Martin Green          DOT’S FUNK ODYSSEY: The Cellar – Funk      soul-influenced groove pop from the Banbury                       UNEEK + ELOISE REES: Studio Blanco –                    free weekly jazz club.                                   he was playing support down at the Wheatsheaf
 are inspired by the landscapes of their native        and soul club night.                       collective.                                                       Oxford Young Women’s Music Project presents             THE BLUEBIRD CLUB: The Oxford Blue                       and now here he is, performing in front of an
 Scotland, so there’s a rugged homeliness about        OPEN MIC SESSION: James Street Tavern      THE RIFLES: O2 Academy – East London’s                            a night of female artists, including Chicago’s                                                                   audience of a billion as part of the Olympics
 much of Lau’s jigs, reels, drones and ballads,        JAZZ CLUB: The Bullingdon – Live jazz from                                                                   burlesque pianist Sabrina Chap, mixing balladry,                                                                 opening ceremony. Mr Turner has been an
 but unlike most folk traditionalists the interplay
                                                                                                  laddish rockers return, still sounding a bit like
                                                                                                                                                                    ragtime and cabaret with a fair dash of humour.                    WEDNESDAY 28th                                honorary citizen of Oxford for many years now
                                                       The New Jazz Collective.                   The Jam.                                                                                                                  MARVELLOUS MEDICINE: The Wheatsheaf
 between three such virtuoso musicians twists          THE BLUEBIRD CLUB: The Oxford Blue                                                                           She’s joined by Cambridge soul-folk singer Ellie                                                                 of course, in part, be due to his regular visits
                                                                                                  THE CORSAIRS: The Duke’s Cut –                                                                                            – Jazz, folk and reggae-infused pop from the
 everything into new territory. On the new                                                                                                                          Jamison and excellent local rapper Uneek.                                                                        to our venues, including appearances at Truck
 album they’ve even teamed up with producer
                                                                                                  Rockabilly and psychobilly covers.                                                                                        University band.                                         Festival, but also due to his backing band being
                                                                                                                                                                    PROPAGANDA + JACK FM DJs + TRASHY:
 Tucker Martine, who’s worked with REM,                           WEDNESDAY 21st                  RORY JAMS MOONLIGHT: Phoenix
                                                                                                                                                                    O2 Academy                                              FREERANGE: The Cellar – Drum&bass, hip hop               mostly made up of local punk-pop heroes Dive
 and introduced electronic beats that power            REVOKER + SACRED MOTHER TONGUE + Picturehouse – Live guitar jam duel.                                        BEN WATERS: Cornerstone Arts Centre,                    and dubstep club night.                                  Dive. The Bahrain-born, Eton-educated Turner
 their complex, often improvised arrangements,         KORROZION + OVERLORD: The Courtyard, FUNKY FRIDAYS: The Bullingdon                                           Didcot – Boogie woogie piano from Jools                                                                          has made the unusual but not unprecedented
 negotiating tricky time signatures and an almost      Bicester – Arguably the biggest name band to                                                                 Holland’s favourite ivory thumper.                                   THURSDAY 29th                               journey from hardcore punk screamer to folk
 orchestral feel to some of their more expansive       come to Bicester in many years, Welsh metallers                                                                                                                      ALABAMA 3: O2 Academy – Larry Love and the               singer over the past decade, from his days in
 pieces. Beyond the instrumentals, Drever’s            Revoker play a special show at the Courtyard           Friday 16th                                                                                                   Very Reverend Dr D Wayne Love return once more           Million Dead to his more mild-mannered, but
                                                       youth centre after touring with Anthrax and                                                                                  SUNDAY 25th
 stirring, reflective vocals bring the best out of
 songs about the death and decay of old ways           before that Ozzy Osbourne. Their first album for       RUFUS                                                 CHAD VALLEY + TROPHY WIFE + SOLID                       with another dose of acid house blues and country
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            medicine, riding the rough highway between Hank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     no less politicised modern day incarnation,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Turner finding many of his songs working
                                                                                                                                                                    GOLD DRAGONS: The Cellar – Hugo Manuel
 and old industries, though, just as the band have
 integrated the modern into the traditional, they
                                                       Roadrunner, `Revenge Of The Ruthless’, exposes
                                                       their hardcore thrash in the vein of Metallica and     WAINWRIGHT:                                           cracks open his little box of electronic tricks again   Williams and Happy Mondays, spreading a little bit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of worldly wit and chemically-enhanced joy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     better stripped of their noise, and his debut solo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     release, `Campfire Punk Rock’, was as much
                                                                                                                                                                    as he launches his new album, `Young Hunger’,
 offer hope for the future.                            Pantera. Joining them are EMI signings Sacred
                                                       Mother Tongue, melodic tech-metallers inspired         The New Theatre                                       which features collaborations from Twin Shadow,         HOT HOOVES + X1: The Cellar – Powerhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            punk-inspired rocking somewhere between Husker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     a perfect description of his music as it was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     a title. Since then he’s managed to mix love
                                                       by System Of A Down and Killswitch, plus               Seven albums in and Rufus Wainwright finally          Active Child, Fixers’ Jack Goldstein and Orlando
outfit 1000 Mile Highway, plus soulful acoustic                                                               feels like the major playing international                                                                    Du, Guided By Voices and early Teenage Fanclub           songs and social commentary over a succession
                                                       Towcester’s metalcore and classic hard rock outfit                                                           from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Top
troubadour Trev Williams.                                                                                     star he’s always been capable of but perhaps                                                                  from Hot Hooves ahead of the release of their            of increasingly commercially successful
                                                       Korrozion, and local psych-metallers Overlord.                                                               drawer support comes from exotically airy popsters
                                                                                                              seemed a bit quirky to ever really become. For                                                                second album. Malevolent old school hardcore from        albums, including last year’s `England Keep
                                                                                                                                                                    Trophy Wife and Solid Gold Dragons.
               SUNDAY 18th                                                                                    all the big, orchestral arrangements, almost                                                                  the recently reformed X1 in support. Followed by         My Bones’, in much the same way as his most
                                                                                                                                                                    CHURCH OF THE HEAVY with MOTHER
SPRING OFFENSIVE + AMONG BROTHERS                                  THURSDAY 22nd                              operatic excess and expert songwriting, he’s          CORONA + CARAVAN OF WHORES + LAST                       Roll On Thursdays club night.                            obvious antecedent, Billy Bragg. Given his
+ TOLIESEL: Venue to be announced – Spring             NATUREBOY: Truck Store – Instore gig for the           always felt a bit leftfield for mass acceptance,                                                              MICHELE STODART: The Jericho Tavern –                    background his is hardly a rags to riches story
                                                                                                                                                                    DAYS OF SUN + GOD SPEED: The Bullingdon
Offensive continue their habit of playing unusual      local nu-jazz, folky psychedelia and 60s acoustic      but with his new album, `Out Of The Game’,                                                                    Solo show from the Magic Numbers singer and              but it is heartening to see such dedication to
                                                                                                                                                                    – Metal night with Groove metal behemoths Mother
semi-secret shows, this time keeping the location      pop chap Dave Noble.                                   recorded with Mark Ronson, he’s made his                                                                      bassist.                                                 constant gigging and song writing, beyond
                                                                                                                                                                    Corona unleashing the spirits of Black Sabbath,
of their east Oxford gig under wraps until the day     DANCE A LA PLAGE + JOHN WEAN +                         poppiest and most soulful record to date and                                                                  IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC ACOUSTIC                        major label funding and hype, reap such
                                                                                                                                                                    Electric Wizard and Smashing Pumpkins on the
before the show. Get your ticket and await further     YELLOW FEVER + NORTHMOOR: O2                           there’s little doubt he’ll sell out tonight’s show.                                                           CLUB: The Bullingdon – Unplugged sets from               rewards and he’ll get a fanatical reception at
                                                                                                                                                                    world. Fantastically dirty stoner-metal noise from
instructions.                                          Academy – Blokey indie-funk in the style of            Ronson’s production doesn’t seem to have                                                                      Moogie Man, Rory Evans, Rachel Ruscombe King             tonight’s already sold out show worthy of any
                                                                                                                                                                    Caravan of Whores.
JOAN ARMATRADING: The New Theatre –                    Scouting For Girls and Kooks from Banbury’s            impinged too much on Wainwright’s trademark                                                                   and The Art, among others.                               hometown hero.
                                                                                                                                                                    THE STUART BROTHERS: Three Horseshoes,
After a headline set at this summer’s Cropredy         Dance a la Plage.                                      romanticism, just made it all feel a bit simpler,     Towersey – Songs and stories from the Appalachian       SPIN JAZZ CLUB with CHRIS GARRICK:
                                                       OX MARKS THE SPOT: The Cellar – Hip hop                                                                                                                              The Wheatsheaf – Jazz violin from Garrick.              vein of Nirvana and The Pixies from Von Braun.
Festival, the veteran singer enters her fifth decade                                                          and the grand themes of his songs remain –            mountains.
                                                       club night with a local bias, featuring homegrown                                                                                                                    CATWEAZLE CLUB: East Oxford Community                   Plus a debut gig from former-Witches frontman
of pop with a new album, `Starlight’, still a major                                                           love, loss, family, politics. Recently married to
                                                       sets from Rhymeskeemz, Universal Protection                                                                                                                          Centre                                                  Dave Griffiths’ Grey Children, joined by Witches
league act after her commercial heyday in the                                                                 his long-term partner, Jӧrn Weisbrodt, maybe
early-80s with `Me, Myself & I’ and `Walk Under        Collective, Pilgrim, Benofficial and Pierce Artists,   Rufus’s emotional lyricism is becoming less                          MONDAY 26th                              OPEN MIC SESSION: The Half Moon                         bandmate Rich Thomas and Evenings main man
                                                       plus DJ sets from Bagul and Ideal Self.                                                                      FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS:                      BLUES JAM: The Jack Russell, Marston                    Mark Wilden, together coming on somewhere
Ladders’.                                                                                                     turbulent, but however grand the concert halls
                                                       SPIN JAZZ CLUB: The Wheatsheaf – Live jazz                                                                   O2 Academy – Our Frank returns to his spiritual                                                                 between Neil Young and Daniel Johnston.
GONG: O2 Academy – Daevid Allen and Gilli                                                                     and big the album sales figures, his charm
                                                       from Gary Crosby and Denys Baptiste.                                                                         second home after playing to a billion people at the                                                            REVIVAL HOUR: The Jericho Tavern –
Smyth continue to explore the mythology of the                                                                remains the feeling of a slightly troubled
                                                                                                                                                                    Olympics opening ceremony – see main preview                            FRIDAY 30th                             Soulful electro-rocking from sometime Sufjan
Gong universe, the pair – the only remaining           CATWEAZLE CLUB: East Oxford                            outsider, and long may that continue.                                                                         TELLISON + MY FIRST TOOTH: Truck
                                                       Community Centre                                                                                             MATT SCHOFIELD: The Bullingdon – The                                                                            Stevens collaborator DM Stith and former-Earlies
members of the classic early-70s Gong line-up –                                                                                                                                                                             Store – Intimate instore show from London’s alt.        chap JM Lapham.
                                                       OPEN MIC SESSION: The Half Moon                                                                              Haven blues club hosts the acclaimed guitarist who
adding 2009’s `2032’ to the concept album stream                                                                                                                                                                            rockers Tellison, in the vein of Get Up Kids and        THE MILK: O2 Academy – Chelmsford’s gustily
                                                       BLUES JAM: The Jack Russell, Marston                                                                         started his career playing with Lee Sankey and
that started back in 1973 with `Flying Teapot’.                                                                                                                                                                             Jimmy Eatworld, but mixing militant indie funk and      soulful crew in thrall to Stax and Motown, as well
                                                                                                                                                                    Dana Gillespie, as well as The Lester Butler Tribute
SIOBHAN McCLUSKY + THE SHAPES +                                                                                                                                                                                             Foals-y guitar trilling into their deceptively catchy   as offering nods to The Style Council and Dexy’s.
                                                                                                                                                                    Band, before going out on the road with his own
THE AUCTIONEERS + JANE LIKES BOOKS                                     FRIDAY 23rd                                                                                  band, mixing traditional electric blues with New        indie anthems.                                          IMPERIAL LEISURE: The Cellar – Ska and
+ LES CLOCHARDS + MARK ATHERTON                        THE TIFT MERRITT BAND + ROD                                                                                                                                          VON BRAUN + GREY CHILDREN: The                          rap-inspired party tunes from the ever-popular band.
                                                                                                                                                                    Orleans funk and soul. Amid a slew of awards, he’s
& FRIENDS: The Wheatsheaf (2.30) – Free                PICOTT: The Bullingdon – Another quality                                                                                                                             Wheatsheaf – Serrated grunge rocking in the             Followed by drum&bass club night HQ.
                                                                                                                                                                    been hailed as one of the ten greatest UK blues
acoustic Klub Kakofanney-hosted session in the         dose of American roots courtesy of Empty Room                                                                guitarists of all time, alongside Eric Clapton and
Sheaf’s downstairs bar.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Nightshift listings are free. Deadline for inclusion in the gig guide is 6pm on the 20th of each
                                                       Promotions, tonight hosting North Carolina’s                                                                 Peter Green, and his eclectic style incorporates
                                                       Tift Merritt, over in the UK to promote her new                                                              influences from The Meters and Box Tops alongside       month - no exceptions (not even for you). Call 01865 372255 (10am-6pm), or email listings to
              MONDAY 19th                              album, `Travelling Alone’, mixing up classic                                                                 more traditional blues innovators like Freddie and      nightshift@oxfordmusic.net. All listings are copyright of Nightshift and may not be reproduced
CHERRY LEE MEWIS + DEBBIE BOND                         country, r’n’b, soul and folk-rock, drawing                                                                  Albert King.                                            without permission
                                                                                                                                                                                      unbelievably fresh-faced duo called       baseball bat to a debtor’s kneecaps.      ‘provinces’ being unsophisticated

                                                         LIVE                                                                                                                         YRRS are kicking out a superb             It’s no-nonsense, brusque new wave-       and uncultured, but I say well done



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tHe CeLLar
                                                                                                                                                                                      fuzz-punk racket in the vein of           tinged pop punk, terrace chant-alongs     us on sending them back to London
                                                                                                                                                                                      No Age and Wavves - simple but            composed by a lagered-up and lairy        with a bloody nose.
                                                                                                                                                                                      darned effective. “This song’s called     Futureheads.
                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘Teenager’”. Of course it is.                                                       THE STAVES represent a welcome
                                                                                                                                                                                       We position ourselves right next         It’s equipment that’s broken at           respite from the sound and the fury                                                                                       EST 1999
                                                                                                                                                                                      to the speaker to reap maximum            the Port, PAWS’ instruments the           elsewhere, their folky stylings and
                                                                                                                                                                                      benefit. The last track - by their own    casualties of a war raged on them         soft harmonies a balm amidst the
                                                                                                                                                                                      admission “unfinished” and “likely        repeatedly by three Glaswegian            storm and evoking thoughts of an all-
                                                                                                                                                                                      to go tits up” - is a bit of a misstep,   punks with a need for speed. They’re      female Fleet Foxes. “You’re nice and
                                                                                                                                                                                      slower when what we really want           trying to play one particularly           quiet, and clap in the right places”,
                                                                                                                                                                                      is to be battered and bruised some        breakneck song quicker every night        we’re commended, before being told
Glass Animals photo: Marc West. Thanks to Tim Hughes




                                                                                                                                                                                      more, but overall it’s more than          of the current tour, and tonight only     of their recently filmed video shot on
                                                                                                                                                                                      enough to restore one’s faith in the      miss out on improving their time          the set of an old western movie out in
                                                                                                                                                                                      future of humanity.                       by just over a second. This fast and      the desert in Spain. Apparently there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                furious blitzkrieg is an unmitigated      are actors’ lovechildren everywhere,
                                                                                                                                                                                      There’s a fair queue to get into the      delight for those of us dismayed          but we have to promise to “keep that
                                                                                                                                                                                      Academy, but it moves fast and the        by the airbrushed sheen of Male           between us”. Don’t worry, we’re
                                                                                                                                                                                      wait proves to be worth it.               Bonding’s second album and indeed         sure your secret is safe with me and
                                                                                                                                                                                       Like Metronomy’s Joseph Mount,
                                                                                                                                                                                      luxuriantly bearded Guy Connelly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                for everyone present, from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sensibly dressed fifty-something
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          everyone packing out the hall and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lobby of the East Oxford Community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HOme OF OXFOrd’S
                                                                                                                                                                                      was originally a bedroom producer         bloke grinning from ear to ear (a         Centre.                                   Cutting edge muSiC SCene
                                                                                                                                                                                      and remixer with a love of lithe          proud dad, most definitely) to the girl    Back to the late-running Bully
                                                                                                                                                                                      basslines who put together a band to      helping out by holding the bass drum      for SPLASHH, who have little              Oxford’s Best independent Live music Venue
                                                                                                                                                                                      perform his ‘chop pop’ compositions.      in place with her foot.                   to offer other than - appropriately
                                                                                                                                                                                      CLOCK OPERA have come a                    By stark comparison GLASS                enough - watery grunge lite. Did
                                                                                                                                                                                      long way since the loosely Animal         ANIMALS are positively ghostly,           someone say Yuck? This is more            The Cellar, Frewin Court
                                                                                                                                                                                      Collectivesque stylings of 2009 debut     their music a spooked, frosted-glass      like very mild disgust. Set-closer        (Off Cornmarket St),
                                                                                                                                                                                      single ‘White Noise’, inching ever        window into a world of shifting           ‘Need It’ (what, a spellchecker?) has     Oxford, OX1 3HZ
                                                                                                                                                                                      closer to the mainstream via releases     shadows and voices that reach out         a touch more about it, but the overall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    t 01865 244 761
                                                                                                                                                                                      on uber-hip labels Kitsune and Moshi      from darkened corners. “These             impression is of a band who, in the
                                                                                                                                                                                      Moshi while never quite losing sight      creatures are vampires,” croons           live environment, find themselves
                                                       GATHERING                                                                                                                      of those leftfield roots. Tonight’s
                                                                                                                                                                                      stand-out track ‘Belongings’ is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                David Bayley, as if to reinforce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the haunted feeling. Glass Animals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          embarrassingly denuded of the fig
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          leaf of studio trickery. Much hyped,
                                                       Various venues                                                                                                                 typical, a ballad that builds to a        are a band unafraid to leave notes        instantly forgettable.
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                                                       The first thing you notice is how          to mind Atlas Sound. Denied a final       of an acoustic singer-songwriter          headrush climax which satisfies both      hanging or leave spaces in their           Unlike THE OTHER TRIBE.
                                                       busy Cowley Road is, even for a term       song by the stage manager, they end       performing in a church. KARIMA            heart and head.                           music, a dreamy somnambulating            When you’re dressed like you’ve                    It is an offence to litter. Dropping this leaflet on the ground could result in a maximum fine of £2500


                                                       time Saturday afternoon.                   meekly - but on this performance          FRANCIS cuts a striking figure,            Much more low-key is the Truck           ambience wafting their set along,         been imprisoned in Adam Ant’s
                                                        If last year’s Leylines was a brave       they’re an understated (if slightly       coming across like Cate Blanchett’s       Store’s headline act, LUKE SITAL-         synths wuthering like a wind off the      dressing room for a fortnight, you’ve
                                                       but understated attempt at a one-day       solipsistic) gem who don’t get the        portrayal of Bob Dylan in Todd            SINGH, who on record sounds like          moors. The set’s highlight comes          really got to stand and deliver - and
                                                       east Oxford festival, Gathering can’t      crowd appreciation they deserve.          Haynes’ eccentric biopic I’m Not          a British answer to Bon Iver but          when they ditch the guitars, sounding     they do. This particular tribe has five
                                                       be described as anything other than                                                  There. The Jools Holland-approved         who tonight performs a spellbinding       like Gnarls Barkley’s `Crazy’             members verging on fifty, judging
                                                       a triumph. Even at 4pm there’s a           While Beta Blocker And The Body           native of Blackpool may not be            stripped-back set crafted out of          reimagined by `Tin Drum’era Japan.        by the number of people daubed
                                                       buzz about the place, with a steady        Clock are quite content to meander to     breaking any new ground, but her          nothing more than intricate electric      It’s simply gorgeous stuff and the        with facepaint. Someone’s wearing a
                                                       shifting tide of gig goers meandering      nowhere (and no one) in particular,       songs are strong, her voice is true       guitar and fragile croon. ‘Fail For       only complaint we can make is their       headdress and they’re not even in the
                                                       along Cowley Road between venues           SEASFIRE’s slick combination              and the respectful silence and rapt       You’ is sufficiently swoonsome for        set coincides exactly with WILD           band. Much like the girl in the video
                                                       as disparate as Truck Store and            of strident electronically inflected      attention of her audience is entirely     one weak-at-the-knees girl to have to     SWIM, Oxford’s other champions            for euphoric single ‘Skirts’, we’re all
                                                       Cowley Road Methodist Church.              rock and magnified vocals suggests        justified.                                be assisted outside for fresh air. Or     currently taking rarefied electronic      undergoing some kind of initiation
                                                       Forty acts in a little over eight hours    sights set firmly on globe-straddling      Also down from the North West for        maybe that should be attributed to        pop into the wider world.                 ceremony. Sod nu-rave, this is rave
                                                       is going some even for seasoned gig        superstardom. I don’t suppose you         the day is DAN CROLL, against             too much white cider.                                                               of the old school (or should that be
                                                       hands like Nightshift, but it’s also       can fault them for daring to think        whom fate seems to be conspiring.                                                   DRY THE RIVER seem to have                ‘skool’?) - a techno dance party that
                                                       what we were born to do.                   big, but in the context of a Saturday     A van booking cancelled at 3.30am         Without doubt the biggest – and           been following the signs marked           almost makes you want to neck a few
                                                                                                  afternoon in the East Oxford              left him and his band to travel down      noisiest – crowd of the day is            ‘Big Time’ for three years now. With      pills, grab a glowstick, wave your
                                                       The Husker Du and Dinosaur Jr              Community Centre it inevitably feels      from Liverpool by a combination           for BASTILLE, but we’re left              debut album ‘Shallow Bed’ behind          hands in the air and cavort in a wood
                                                       T-shirts are hardly necessary -            rather pompous and self-important.        of cramped car and train, and             wondering why. It’s like some record      them, they seem to have arrived at        until Monday morning.
                                                       it’s clear from the outset where            EMPTY WHITE CIRCLES are                  amidst the stress he forgot all the       company exec thought Foals sounded        their destination. No longer folky
                                                       POLEDO’s particular affections             equally accomplished but without          vinyl merchandise - “but, y’know,         a bit cool but should appeal more         troubadours with a penchant for the       So, how do LIARS follow that?
                                                       lie. Their set is a frenzied, resolutely   any of the poseurish attitude. The        we’re happy to be here”. However,         to a boy band audience. So while          pastoral, they now carry the clout        Well, the answer is that they don’t.
                                                       finesse-free thrash through the            Anglo-American collective, last-          with the likes of playful, infectious     you get some tribal indie funk and a      and bluster of a fully fledged rock       Literally. It’s nearly 2am by the time
                                                       heavier end of 80s alt-rock, each          minute replacements for gothy             Metronomy-does-Grizzly Bear               smattering of dubstep-lite electronic,    band - all tossed locks, horn sections    the Brooklyn veterans take to the
                                                       hook like being pawed around the           popsters Binary, are far more             single ‘From Nowhere’ in his locker,      mostly they sound like Blue, and          and echoes of My Morning Jacket           stage, play one song, twice attempt
                                                       head by an angry bear. Make no             conventional (and far less studiously     everything should turn out just fine in   occasionally Take That. Everyone          - and are rapturously received by a       another and then abandon the set
                                                       mistake though, there are tunes            or self-consciously cool) than most of    the long term.                            goes mad for it. We’re in a minority      capacity crowd.                           citing technical difficulties. We hang
                                                       buried in them there songs, scrapping      the other artists on the bill - you can                                             of one here but we’ll not concede.        The same can’t be said of FOXES           around in the forlorn hope that it
                                                       to get out; perhaps they could be          imagine parents enjoying rollicking       CUT RIBBONS’ leaden-footed                They’re dreadful.                         (not to be confused with Foxes!,          might not be all over, but finally
                                                       allowed more of a victory (though on       folk-rock/alt-country hoedowns like       by-numbers rock is more than a             Upstairs in the Academy, local           formerly of this parish). Normally        give up and trudge off for a kebab-
                                                       points rather than an outright knock-      ‘Change In Me’ - but certainly none       bit dull, not helped by the female        rabble-rousers THE BLACK HATS             reliable label Neon Gold presumably       scented sauna with the cast of Skins
                                                       out).                                      the worse for it. Another band to add     vocals being lost in the mix. Would       are far more rock and roll – bassist      see Louisa Rose Allen and the             (aka a nightbus home). A desperately
                                                        It seems J Mascis is a sartorial icon     to the lengthy list of loveable locals,   it be mischievous to suggest that         Bud is even playing with a broken         two prettyboys flanking her on            disappointing conclusion, but not one
                                                       as well as a musical god in OX4,           then.                                     with Swn, Cardiff’s equivalent            shoulder sustained in a motorcycle        synths and percussion as ice-cool         that should be allowed to tarnish the
                                                       judging by the frontman of BETA                                                      of Gathering, also taking place           accident – and they waste no time         experimental electro a la Zola Jesus      memory of a varied and enjoyable
                                                       BLOCKER AND THE BODY                       “Fuck this, it’s too quiet”, exclaims     this weekend, the Llanelli quintet        introducing the crowd to new album        or Bat For Lashes, when in actual         day’s entertainment. Here’s to next
                                                       CLOCK. The band - now apparently           one festival-goer to his mate,            represent the dregs of the south          ‘Austerity For The Hoi Polloi’ (how       fact they’re pathetically contrived       year.
                                                       a trio - specialise in a brand of          promptly pirouetting on the spot and      Wales music scene?                        George Osborne refers to the Budget,      and choreographed warble pop. The
                                                       nicely blurred-around-the-edges            returning from whence he came.             Far more excitement is to be found       you’d assume) in the same way             band and label will probably put the      Words: Ben Woolhead, Dale
                                                       Hipstamatic slacker-indie that calls       I’m not sure what he expected             down at the Port Mahon, where an          that a loan shark might introduce a       experience down to audiences in the       Kattack
                                                                                                                                                                             ULTRAVOX
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                                                                                                                                                                             The New Theatre
                                                                                                                                                                             Bands from yesteryear returning with            Europeans’ and the oddly mysterious
                                                                                                                                                                             a new album can be such sad, tawdry             `Mr X’ a reminder that `Vienna’ was an
                                                                                                                                                                             spectacles. “Shut up and play the hits,” as     exceptional album then and now. Further
                                                                                                                                                                             LCD Soundsystem would have it. LCD              in `Visions In Blue’ is lush and almost
                                                                                                                                                                             Soundsystem along with the likes of Gary        proggy, while `Rage In Eden’ is towering
                                                                                                                                                                             Numan and more recently Ladytron, who           and hymnal, and you start to hear how
                                                                                                                                                                             drew inspiration from the early, John           Ultravox, with all their pomp and musical
                                                                                                                                                                             Foxx-helmed, incarnation of Ultravox,           grandeur, have helped define the likes
                                                                                                                                                                             now regarded as major league pioneers in        of Muse, whether the latter would admit
                                                                                                                                                                             electronic music.                               it or not. Certainly the magnificently
                                                                                                                                                                              Less time or critical reappraisal is lent to   overwrought `Vienna’ itself, or the
                                                                                                                                                                             the more commercially successful, Midge         searing `Astrodyne’ carry echoes into
                                                                                                                                                                             Ure-led line-up. But tonight, mixing            Matt Bellamy’s more outré pieces.
                                                                                                                                                                             tracks from their new album, `Brilliant’,        Looking at Ultravox onstage, Midge Ure
                                                                                                                                                                             into a two-hour set of hits from their          has retained a dapper demeanour, bald
                                                                                                                                                                             early-80s heyday, Ultravox Mk.2 dispel          and besuited, as happy to underplay his
                                                                                                                                                                             both that initial reservation about new         frontman role, stood behind a synth as
                                                                                                                                                                             songs, and suggest their influence over         often as he’s lording it out front.
                                                                                                                                                                             subsequent generations might have been           The rest of the band have worn slightly
                                                                                                                                                                             overlooked.                                     less well, but remain an enigmatic
                                                                                                                                                                              `Brilliant’ might be overstating things as     outfit, particularly Billy Currie when
                                                                                                                                                                             titles goes; `Far Better Than Expected’         he emerges from behind his bank of
                                                                                                                                                                             would be closer to the mark. The songs          keyboards to revisit those scouring viola
                                                                                                                                                                             from the album played tonight suggest           parts as the set builds to a heady climax
                                                                                                                                                                             a shift towards atmosphere and texture          – the stark, dramatic `All Stood Still’ and
                                                                                                                                                                             over anthemic melodies, but the likes of        a lustily singalong `Hymn’ in particular,
                                                                                                                                                                             `Rise’, with its jerky electronic rhythms       while encore `Dancing With Tears In
                                                                                                                                                                             harks back to Ultravox’s old Kraftwerk          My Eyes’ is a reminder that 30 years ago
                                                                                                                                                                             influences, while `The Change’                  songs about nuclear annihilation were a
                                                                                                                                                                             somnambulates with moody intent and             regular part of the Top 40 rundown.
                                                                                                                                                                             `Flow’ is positively oppressive in its           The age of tonight’s crowd suggests a
                                                                                                                                                                             pensive nature. Only `Contact’, bizarrely       younger generation aren’t ready to go
                                                                                                                                                                             played as tonight’s set closer, fails to        in search of Ultravox just yet, but as a
                                                                                                                                                                             impress, an awkward, downbeat end to a          spectacle the show is a nailed-on triumph
                                                                                                                                                                             show that is epic in intent and execution.      and a reminder that this incarnation of the
                                                                                                                                                                              From the off Ultravox show their               band is worthy of serious re-evaluation.
                                                                                                                                                                             songs have aged incredibly well - `New          Dale Kattack

                     THE GOGGENHEIM / THE LAMPPOST GULLIVERS
                     / VIENNA DITTO / FRANCIS PUGH & THE WHISKY                                                                                                              MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS
                     SINGERS                                                                                                                                                 O2 Academy
                     The Jericho Tavern                                                                                                                                      Marina Diamandis’s PhD thesis would             of her `Family Jewels’-era songs, such
                     Fittingly for a gig organised by a music photographer – in tonight’s         drummer Johnny Mitchell and one-time Silverfish bassist Chris              surely be on the relationship between           as `Hollywood’ and `Oh No!’ (albeit
                     case long-time Nightshift snapper Jonny Moto, launching his exhibition       Mowforth– lurch into a torrent of ugly, gnarled brutish blues metal.       surface and substance, with special             from a somewhat more cynical outside
                     at the Tavern – all the acts tonight are as much about the visual            It’s good but not immediately great, but when they hit one monstrously     reference to American society.                  viewpoint of celebrity culture), but she
                     spectacle as the music. That said, the music tonight is across the board     hypnotic mantra and switch into jazz-inflected krautrock, like Can          Her medium would be her remarkable             still leaves the out-and-out bangers – the
                     excellent.                                                                   infected with death metal toothache, there’s no way back – as if you’d     voice, blessed with a beguiling mix of          Calvin Harris-esque metaphor-flogging
                      Faced with a potentially empty room early on in the evening, Francis        want one by now.                                                           Kate Bush, opera and the histrionics of a       `Radioactive’ and latest single, `How To
                     Pugh & The Whisky Singers serenade the punters in the downstairs bar,         Trying to pin down The Goggenheim in simple words is like                 couple having an argument.                      Be A Heartbreaker’ – until later.
                     inviting them to follow up into the venue where they proceed to play         describing colours with sign language. They look like a bunch of            Her conference papers would cover               Given the many layers steeped in
                     their entire set unamplified in the middle of the crowd. It makes for        freaks – all dressed in safari shirts, thick-rimmed spectacles and flat    the various personas manifested on her          the obsession, it’s a relief to see her
                     a more intimate show and a greater spectacle, the quartet – including        caps, except for singer Grace Exley, who’s done up like a burlesque        second album, `Electra Heart’, all of           paraphernalia limited to a bit of set
                     trumpet, banjo and fiddle – are just the right amount of ramshackle          turn from the court of Cleopatra – and sound even stranger. First song     which are present tonight: the regretful        decoration (neon signs, an old TV) and a
                     to suit their jug band-style blues, though you wish you could hear the       in they could be Altered Images reimagined as a post-punk free jazz        teen idol; the unapologetic, lock-twirling      few props (like a veil, a negligee and the
                     singer a little better, since you feel there’s some real wit on show here.   collective, warped, wobbly bass and brass backing Grace’s cutesy girl      homewrecker; the prima donna, and the           toy dog, Marilyn, from the `Prima Donna’
                      Vienna Ditto are an Oxford-Reading boy-girl duo and are huddled             vocals. Then comes `Moth’, a mad, metronomic slice of psychotic            trapped-in-suburbia Su-Barbie-A from            video); mock castles and hordes of
                     cosily behind a bank of keyboards and gadgetry. Such closeness               psychedelia, witchy Yoko Ono-like haziness infected by Renaldo &           the nihilistic Valley of the Dolls, a nod       dancers would have been overwhelming.
                     accentuates the deliberately jarring nature of their music, Nigel’s          The Loaf’s off-kiler mentalism. From here we get a fluid, groove-          to the themes of fame, success and self-        It’s an overtly confident performance,
                     serrated sheet-metal guitar and Numanesque synth belches set uneasily        led melange of mutant funk, spaghetti western soundtracks, swanny          destruction of the 60s novel and film.          even when the lyrical content is more
                     against Hatty Taylor’s warm, almost jazzy vocals, alternately coquettish     whistles and much, much more. “There’s the carrot, you’re the monkey        It seems appropriate that to deliver           vulnerable, as in `I Am Not A Robot’;
                     and strident. He’s all fevered intensity, she’s calm and grinning like       / Eat the fucking thing” intones Grace like the impish offspring of Lene   `Electra Heart’ she’s plunged more fully        whereas Lana del Rey seems to trade on
                     a Cheshire cat; together they sound like a band from a forgotten Fritz       Lovich, while the band make like Scissor Sisters fighting to hold their    into what is often said to be the most          being a victim of the American dream,
                     Lang movie, robotic rockabilly in the jazz lounge. It’s simply stunning.     own against a whacked-out practical joke by This Heat.                     ephemeral and transient mode of music:          absorbed and confused, Marina
                      Any worries that Liam Ings-Reeves’ voice might have mellowed with            They’ve run out of songs by the time they’re called back for a            pop.                                            examines it from different sides, from
                     age are instantly punctured as the quietly-spoken offstage persona           deserved encore, so we get the first two songs of the set again. Back       It’s a bit odd to pepper this concept          `Power and Control’ to `Fear and
                     switches to Hell’s own goblin king mode, growling and rasping,               where we started. But what a trip.                                         album with the earlier, more new wave           Loathing’.
                     gurning like a gargoyle while his new band – featuring Nought                Dale Kattack                                                               stuff; she covered similar themes on a lot      Kirsten Etheridge
ULTRAISTA / CREWDSON                                                                JAGUAR SKILLS                                                                     SUBMOTION ORCHESTRA / CORNELIA
The Jericho Tavern                                                                  O2 Academy                                                                        O2 Academy
London producer Crewdson has             player Laura Bettinson, who also           Let this be a warning. Always make        lacking in Calvertron’s set. But like   “I write songs and in turn they rewrite             (ahem) orchestra as it does bashed together
the stage crammed with hardware,         makes music as Femme, looks very           sure you read the advertised gig          Calvertron before him, and Jaguar       me”. So claims London-based Swede                   in FruityLoops, and aside from the odd
including old computer game              much in control of proceedings.            correctly, or you too may turn up at      Skills later on, he’s obsessed with     Cornelia’s Facebook. It’s a nice sentiment          dubstep-inspired chunk of bassweight,
controllers and joysticks, his hands     Poised and confident with perfect          a venue expecting an indie band and       getting everyone to put their hands     but through the course of her solo show             Submotion’s thin ditties mostly resemble
darting all over to create itchy,        timing, she exudes an aura of              wind up faced with several late night     in the air and screams for everyone     we are diverted, even lightly intrigued, but        off-cuts from the catalogues of Curiosity
restless music with echoes of early      sexuality that’s both coy and slightly     hours of relentless drum&bass.            to make some noise (phrase of the       sadly untransformed. Her voice is strong,           and Morcheeba remixed by Alex Reece.
Aphex Twin. He’s not too cool            unsettling.                                 Error established (Jaguar Love/          night, which never gets tired). It      low breathy intimacies turning to bright,           The playing is technically strong, especially
to sing and blows a mean sax but          Things start well with ‘Bad Insect’,      Jaguar Skills mix up) it’s with an        seems to have escaped everyone          harsh aluminium tones at the high end,              the percussion and flugelhorn, but unlike
it’s all a bit hard to pin down. He      cascading keyboards and a catchy           initially heavy heart that we arrive at   that he’s the bloke with the            and her synthesised backing errs on the             the best dance productions the music has
may have impressed Peter Saville         vocal line building nicely and             the O2. Things don’t get much better      soundsystem.                            side of approachable chunky simplicity.             no poise, no sense of space or balance, it’s
into designing his album cover           drawing us in as layers of sound           when we’re asked if we’re dealing          Just when all hope seems lost,         She’s at her best when she rides simple             just an endless smug celebration of proper
but you can’t help thinking that         meld perfectly together. It’s also a       by an already gurning punter within       Jaguar Skills lifts the roof off the    keyboard hums or Omnichord buzzes, bold             musoship for its own dubious sake: look,
fifteen years ago this would have        complete re-work of the version they       several seconds of entering the           place. He’s an easy target for dance    enunciation and sudden changes in vocal             Ma, both hands!
been seen as exploring radical new       put on Soundcloud only a few weeks         venue. Just because we’re skulking        snobs, but there’s little doubting      register adding drama (although the kooky,           Ironically, the band’s best weapon is its
territory, whereas today it looks like   ago. Keyboard lines work together          in the darkest corner and looking out     that he most certainly has skills.      spooky hand jives are too much; Hot Gossip          singer, who has a sweet voice slightly
another addition to a rather crowded     in unorthodox but fascinating ways,        of place doesn’t necessarily mean         A frenzy of nimble mixing tricks,       disbanded years ago, you know). But we’ve           reminiscent of Lamb’s Lou Rhodes, and her
marketplace.                             competing but never clashing, and          that we’re laden with happy pills,        quick cuts, and all-too-knowing         seen a lot of theatrical, artfully coiffured        parts are smothered in clumsy digital delay.
                                                                                    sadly.
 Ultraista don’t look exactly nervous
but it comes as no surprise to learn
                                         despite Godrich’s comment that
                                         they never thought they’d play the          First up is Calvertron with a
                                                                                                                              samples, the set is on another level.
                                                                                                                              Never settling on a groove for too
                                                                                                                                                                      women channel their cyber-Kate Bush over
                                                                                                                                                                      electronic beats and, likable though the set
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It’s like they’re doing things arsefacewards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          solely to annoy us.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             at THE JERICHO TAVERN
that this is their fourth gig and the    (imminent) album live, it actually         strangely subdued and fairly generic      long, it’s almost too clever for its    is, by the end we’re just a bit Bjored.              The harsh truth about Submotion is that             56 WALTON STREET, OXFORD, OX2 6AE
first in the UK. Keyboard and bass       sounds better tonight than the few         stroll through wobbly drum&bass.          own good, but there’s no denying         Seven people are not an orchestra: fact. No        they sound like Sting’s backing band                           01865 311775
player Nigel Godrich is of course        tracks posted online. The strength of      His breaks are continuously               that everything is finely crafted and   surprise that Submotion Orchestra have hit          cutting loose and jamming at soundcheck,
best known as producer of Radiohead      their collective musical pedigree is       hampered by a lack of volume, so          expertly executed. A few crowd
(and no, they aren’t here), as well as   all too clear, despite the unfamiliarity   what should kick like a mule just         pleasers later (`7 Nation Army’
                                                                                                                                                                      on the term, though, as their whole show
                                                                                                                                                                      is about justifying electronic comedown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          when he’s not looking (probably out back,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          doing the Downward Dog on a mound of                           November
playing in Thom Yorke’s Atoms For        of the material, yet the determined        taps like a toddler, so maybe it’s not    mashed to death, a dash of Prodigy,
Peace, so it seems natural for him       complexity stands in contrast with         entirely Calvertron’s fault that they     and a berzerk `Ace Of Spades’)
                                                                                                                                                                      music through the supposed authentication
                                                                                                                                                                      of live musicianship, climbing out of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          quinoa and lutes). We don’t know whether
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          we’re writing this review or whether this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5 ROB TOGNONI (Australia)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                th

to describe Oxford as “my spiritual
home”. Drummer Joey Waronker’s
                                         the generally poppy vibe, with
                                         ‘Smalltalk’ a good example. Whether
                                                                                    fail to make an impression.
                                                                                     Adam F’s set is far punchier, a
                                                                                                                              party mode has been established,
                                                                                                                              and it never lets up. This is a
                                                                                                                                                                      chillout room and into the salon. And               review is writing us, but we know we’re             12th GRAINNE DUFFY (Eire)
                                                                                                                                                                      that’s all well and good, but the trouble is        bored with this vapid, self-conscious
CV, meanwhile, includes spells           this is a time-filling side project or     master of his trade, he’s meaner,         masterclass, and only an utter churl    that crass, clumsy downtempo pop sounds             stodge.                                           19th CHERRY LEE MEWIS (UK)
with Beck and REM, and tonight           a serious stab at success remains to       harder and seems to have                  would dismiss it as anything else.      equally facile when played by a Leeds               David Murphy                                                    with special guests
seems happy tapping away at his          be seen, and maybe they haven’t            discovered how to make the bass           What could have been a disastrous
unamplified kit, producing rhythms       decided themselves, but they’re            really thunder out of the PA. Most        evening turns out to be a pretty                                                                                                              DEBBIE BOND & RICK ASHERSON
that are at once simple and fiendishly   definitely better than Garbage.            importantly he scatters his set with      fortuitous mistake.                                                                                                                                               (USA)
complicated. Singer and keyboard         Art Lagun                                  tunes and humour, both elements           Sam Shepherd                            SHINY DARKLY / DALLAS DON’T /                                                                                   26th To be confirmed
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                                                                                                                                                                      accents, but in Poledo’s case we’ll make an         uncompromising in their pursuit of noisy          www.famousmondayblues.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                      honourable exception. Twice Nightshift Demo         oblivion, although when we (mis)hear the
                                                                                                                                                                      Of The Monthers, the band are a supernoisy          lyric “I love your mind / I love your fluffy
                                                                                                                                                                      blend of Dinosaur Jr’s slacker grunge,              head,” we’re rather disarmed. But, seriously,
                                                                                                                                                                      Pavement’s rough-hewn lo-fi rock and Yo la          they’re bloody great, dealing in short, sharp
                                                                                                                                                                      Tengo’s chuck-it-all-in-the-blender pop noise.      shocks of caustic guitar shrapnel that, allied
                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, it’s a bit like finding yourself back in      to singer Niall’s rich Scottish burr, makes
                                                                                                                                                                      1990 as Poledo screel through a succession of       us think of Arab Strap if they came armed
                                                                                                                                                                      frantic songs where the tune is forced to cling     with power tools and Marshall stacks instead
                                                                                                                                                                      on for dear life by its fingernails, but the trio   of a hazy sense of regret. At one point they
                                                                                                                                                                      are a deceptively cohesive unit and had they        sound bizarrely like Hawkwind but end on
                                                                                                                                                                      grown up in the right town on the other side of     a singular headlong rush into oblivion that
                                                                                                                                                                      the Atlantic, they’d doubtless have toured the      finds Niall and guitarist Jenny trading vocal
                                                                                                                                                                      world with Sebadoh or Mudhoney and be cult          lines in a style that reminds us joyously of
                                                                                                                                                                      heroes right now.                                   Prolapse. You beauties.
                                                                                                                                                                       Neon Violets are back in live action with           After such a tirade of quality local bands,
                                                                                                                                                                      a revamped line-up, bassist and singer Joe          Copenhagen’s Shiny Darkly might easily
                                                                                                                                                                      Chapman still leading the line. With a history      wither, but, despite all looking about 12
                                                                                                                                                                      in local bands like The Factory and Spiral 25       years old, they’re equal to anything that’s
                                                                                                                                                                      it’s no surprise that Neon Violet mine a deep,      gone before, an opening number coming on
                                                                                                                                                                      dense groove of psychedelic drone-rock.             like `God Save The Queen’ rendered as a
                                                                                                                                                                      There are flange pedals and what occasionally       gothic anthem and everything reverbed to
                                                                                                                                                                      sounds a bit like a sitar, and an obvious love      absolute buggery. Killing Joke sheet metal
                                                                                                                                                                      for all things Velvet Underground, but what         guitar clangs against the Bunnymen’s darkly
                                                                                                                                                                      you most need to know about Neon Violet is          swirling sense of pop theatre, feedback oozes
                                                                                                                                                                      that they are seriously heavyweight. And dark       from amps between songs and they even
                                                                                                                                                                      too; for a band with violet in their name there     manage to out-Horror the Horrors on tracks
                                                                                                                                                                      are an awful lot of reminders of bands with         like `She’s Suicidal’. On the one hand it’s
                                                                                                                                                                      black in theirs – Sabbath, Mountain, Angels         like an early-80s indie-goth disco come to
                                                                                                                                                                      and Rebel Motorcycle Club, in roughly equal         life in the 21st Century, but on the other it’s
                                                                                                                                                                      measure. They make our ears go numb. This           simply the pitch black icing on top of what is
                                                                                                                                                                      is a good thing.                                    a genuinely superb show.
                                                                                                                                                                       Lighter – relatively – spikier and more            Dale Kattack
                                                                                                                                                           KYLA LA GRANGE                                                                     ECHO LAKE / THE GULLIVERS
  LIVE                                                                                                                                                     O2 Academy
                                                                                                                                                           Opener ‘Woke Up Dead’ sets the           highlighting her vocal dexterity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Bullingdon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So often in music less is more. It’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              something The Gullivers might do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      by comparison, given that he’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      replaced Pete Hayes, who died at
                                                                                                                                                           tone for tonight’s show, starting        ‘Walk Through Walls’ carries an
                                                                                                                                                           with a heavier sound than the more       anthemic quality to it, and it’s          well to observe. Admirably giving       the tragic age of 25 back in the
                                                                                                                                                           subtle album sound, before building      during this song I get drawn in by        it their all in front of a virtually    summer, but his inventiveness
                                                                                                                                                           throughout the song to parallel          the band, the punchy riffs and bass       empty room, singer and keyboard         and ability to recognise and utilise
                                                                                                                                                           the album track. Though there are        heavy sound carrying the song. It’s       player Sophie is sounding sweetly       space adds so much to the band’s
                                                                                                                                                           technical issues with Kyla’s guitar      the kind of song that is larger than      off-key over tentative melodies,        songs. Even when he’s sounding
                                                                                                                                                           her vocals shine through, making         the venue, calling for a festival         like a cute kid sister of Pram or       like the rumble of an oncoming
                                                                                                                                                           the comparisons to Kate Bush and         stage to really allow it the space        even Young Marble Giants at             storm, it’s a menace that lies well
                                                                                                                                                           Florence And The Machine feel            it commands. ‘To Be Torn’ on the          times. The guitar is spangling          beneath the celestial soar of the
                                                                                                                                                           more than justified. While for me        other hand carries a more haunting        airily around her voice. But what       songs.
                                                                                                                                                           it takes until the marching rhythm       style, and the band are sympathetic       might be appealingly spaced-out          Singer Linda’s voice carries a
                                                                                                                                                           of ‘Been Better’ to really find          to this swelling in the background        pop is being rocked off its axis by     similar tender power to Julee
                                                                                                                                                           myself lost in the sound, it’s clear     midway through the song to build          the drummer’s incessant thump,          Cruise or Cranes’ Alison Shaw
                                                                                                                                                           the rest of the crowd are captivated     before stripping it back for the final    thump, thump.                           at times, in a perpetual state of
                                                                                                                                                           from the word go.                        chorus and marking it as one of the        Its swamping everything, tethering     swooping and soaring, though live
                                                                                                                                                            Though at times tonight’s set seems     tracks of the night.                      the melodies firmly to the ground.      there’s a heavier, more dynamic
                                                                                                                                                           almost ominous, Kyla adds anger           Sadly, the sound is suffering. The       When they do clear away the             feel to Echo Lake than on recent
                                                                                                                                                           and sorrow to her sound, creating        volume is pushed up too high,             clutter, the drumming becoming          debut album, `Wild Peace’. At
                                                                                                                                                           a feeling that lingers long after the    leaving it to become distorted            sparser and more abstract for one       one point they sound like they’re
                                                                                                                                                           end of the set. ‘Heavy Stone’ is         and muffled amid the black of             number, the bass similarly taking a     about to break into Joy Division’s
                                                                                                                                                           comparatively stripped back              the room, and Kyla’s vocals               back seat, they’re exposed in a far     `Atmosphere’, while the droning
                                                                                                                                                           compared to the rest of the set and      occasionally fall flat in the mixing.     more flattering light. Thereafter the   shoegaze guitar noise that swirls
                                                                                                                                                           the pain in Kyla’s voice combines        Despite this, by the end I’m won          set drifts to an untidy conclusion      around every melody reminds us
                                                                                                                                                           with a drum beat akin to a heartbeat.    over and though tonight is short,         but we’ve caught a glimpse of           of Slowdive’s morose grandeur.
                                                                                                                                                           Meanwhile ‘Vampire Smile’ is             it makes me realise that `Ashes’ is       something better; you feel that if      The set ends, predictably perhaps,
                                                                                                                                                           clearly the song that has drawn the      perhaps one of the most innovative        they’d existed some time around         but no less enthralling for it, a
                                                                                                                                                           crowd in and her husky, seductive        albums of 2012.                           the turn of the 1980s they’d have       blizzard of glissando and a sense
                                                                                                                                                           vocals give a hint of Katie Melua,       Lisa Ward                                 had a couple of Peel sessions and       of gothic euphoria. Echo Lake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              collectors’ item of an album to         may be a band who have endured
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              their name.                             tragedy, but in their music rests the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               It feels cruel to point out the        brightest of hopes.
                                                                                                                                                           SUSANNA                                                                            strength of Echo Lake’s drummer         Sue Foreman
                                                                                                                                                           The North Wall
                                                                                                                                                           Seated at the piano and playing          voice. During her cover of Agneta
                                                                                                                                                           without a break, Norwegian singer        Fältskog’s, ‘Can’t Shake Loose’,
                                                                                                                                                           songwriter Susanna shreds her            she squirms on her piano stool like
                                                                                                                                                           emotions and those of the small          an escapologist attempting to free
                                                                                                                                                           crowd who enter her world for            herself from lock and chains. No
                                                                                                                                                           ninety minutes without mercy. It’s       wonder that she later sings Thin
                                                                                                                                                           intimate, intense and often very         Lizzy’s ‘Jailbreak’. If Susanna has
BLESSING FORCE OXJAM                                                         Chameleons at double speed and
                                                                             everything turned up to 11.
                                                                                                                     track is an oppressive `Venus
                                                                                                                     In Furs’-like drone with Roo
                                                                                                                                                           bleak, and it seems almost improper
                                                                                                                                                           to be sitting comfortably in a well
                                                                                                                                                                                                    been best known so far for covers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the self penned songs from her
TAKEOVER                                                                      At this point it’s perhaps necessary   growling menacing nothings            padded seat listening to such a public   latest ‘Wild Dog‘ album show this
                                                                             for PET MOON to ease the tempo          into the ether, which becomes a       display of personal torment.             could be about to change. Anyone
Modern Art                                                                   down a notch, and initially they        scowling, skulking cacophony that      Susanna started out as Susanna          who writes lines as good as “I used
While Blessing Force’s shows           man who used to package his old       do, the opening couple of numbers       pervades every corner of the room     & the Magical Orchestra; tonight         to live a rock and roll life, offering
have an enviable reputation for        demos in origami Y-fronts. Once       conjuring an almost doomy electro       like a malignant wraith. Vague,       she introduces her band as “we are       free rides in my soul” (‘For You’)
both quality and unpredictability,     a solo performer now he’s backed      vibe, glitchy and electronic as         fleeting echoes of what we once       all Susanna,” which is fitting since     or “Winter please come and freeze
tonight’s Oxjam takeover of            by a full band, and while that        Andrew Mears fronts proceedings         knew to be Fixers flicker and fade    guitarist and sound manipulator          my heart” (‘Freeze’), deserves to be
Modern Art surely surpasses            means he’s got volume on his side,    with poetic intensity. Once he’s        amid a cartoonish, hallucinatory,     Helge Sten, and percussionist Erland     known as a songwriter in their own
anything they’ve put on previously.    he’s no less intense and warped.      joined by Karina Scuteri on vocals      ever-shifting tapestry of noise.      Dahlen are as integral to her sound      right.
 We only catch the last couple of      “Sometimes I see you in the faces     though, they ramp up the funk           When respite comes it’s in            world as her own sparse piano             When she leaves her song
songs by BETA BLOCKER &                of aging porn stars,” he proclaims    and soul side and we’re right back      hilarious fashion, a sample of Paul   playing and voice. They conjure          ‘Believer’, one of the best break-
THE BODY CLOCK but it’s                splendidly at one point. If Bob       in classic Heaven 17 territory,         McCartney’s `Wonderful Christmas      a bleak biting musical wind and          up songs written, out of the set,
enough to gauge their determinedly     Dylan had take more acid and been     Depeche Mode trying to gatecrash        Time’ lefty hanging in the air.       a storm of ice crystals seem to be       and resists a repeated call her most
lo-fi groove mining, as they make      exposed to Sonic Youth as a kid, he   the party, the whole thin coated in      `Crystals’ comes by way of Pinky     blowing through the venue.               famous cover, ‘Hallelujah’, it’s
a virtue of sounding like they’re      might have been this much fun.        a slick modern r’n’b sheen.             and Perky on a serious acid trip       Over tonight’s set, from opener         confirmation she is confident she’s
playing at the bottom of a well.        After which anything would            Nothing, absolutely nothing,           and by the time the pair have         ‘For You’, to her despondent cover       an artist coming into her full power
Or more precisely sounding like        sound straightforward, but in         could have prepared anyone              smashed their guitar to pieces        of `Love Will Tear Us Apart’, with       and ever more comfortable with
a container lorry full of cutlery      SISTERLAND’s case their               here for FIXERS’ set tonight.           and ended in a prolonged onstage      Susanna characteristically stretching    what she does. What next? With
falling down a well. Enough to         direct approach is their strength,    It’s not even really Fixers, just       embrace, they’ve just strip mined     syllables, the song’s bleakness          the Oxford Lieder Festival on, the
make us want to hear more.             a reminder that sometimes great       Jack Goldstein and guitarist Roo        the very soul of Sabbath’s `Iron      heightened by the eerie sound of         fanciful thought occurs that with
 KING OF CATS is an unnerving          songs really can be that simple.      Bhasin, respectively dressed as         Man’ and gutted every rule of rock    Dahlen playing a saw, there’s hardly     only a little re-ordering of her set
experience when you first hear         Theirs is a full-pelt punk-tinged     a Mexican bandit and a satanic-         and roll with Butthole Surfers’       a moment when the intensity drops.       list she could have a modern day
him sing. It’s like encountering the   torrent at the heart of which are     looking Geisha. The setlist boasts      sense of macabre mischief. We’re      ‘Jolene’ gives us the desperate voice    equivalent of Franz Schubert’s 19th
demonic toddler offspring of Joe       great rough diamond melodies          well-known titles like `Swimmhaus       left giddy and slightly breathless.   of a woman at the very point of          Century song cycle, ‘Winterriesse’;
Pasquale and Joe Pesci on the verge    that sometimes feel too big for       Johannesburg’, but what we get is       Gig of the year. And next.            breaking, with Susanna imploringly       the greatest break-up epic of all time.
of an almighty tantrum. Here’s a       this intimate room, like The          nothing of the sort. The opening        Dale Kattack                          repeating “Jolene” in an ever-rising     Colin May
                                                                 DR SHOTOVER: Children Of The Quorn
                                                                 Ah – talking of kebabs - there you are. Welcome to the East Indies
                                                                 Club bar - pull up a vegeburger. It’s amazing – some would say stirring
                                                                                                                                                               INTRODUCING....
                                                                                                                                                               Nightshift’s monthly guide to the best local music bubbling under


                                                                                                                                                                     Vienna Ditto
                                                                 - how many members of the Oxford Music Scene are vegetarians.
                                                                 Remember 90s doom metal merchants Sevenchurch? Their mighty
                                                                 guitarist Dave “Man Mountain” Smart played so loud ‘n’ heavy that he
                                                                 made Black Sabbath’s riffs sound like mewing kittens – but slaughtered
                                                                 animal products never graced his plate, no-sirree. Mad punker/Arthur                        Who are they?
                                                                 Turner’s Lovechild? progenitor/fearless promoter Mac – there’s another                      Oxford-Reading duo Vienna Ditto are Hatty Taylor (vocals, synths,
                                                                 veg-botherer. Lamb, duck, bacon – he eschews it. (No, Pilkington – ES-                      glockenspiel) and Nigel Firth (guitar, synths). Nigel used to teach Hatty guitar
                                                                 chews it). Our Esteemed Editor – ditto. He sneers at mince, he laughs                       when she was small. “She was actually amazing at the guitar, but a total slacker.
                                                                 in the face of brisket. The ex-members of the legendary Ride? Beef-                         But she couldn’t half sing” remembers Nigel. The pair bumped into each other


         NOVEMBER
                                                                 avoiders. Full-on Paul-and-Linda McCartney-ites. They love bean curd                        six years later and recorded “a Johnny Cash tune with a bit of a synthy arabic
                                                                 like they love the Beatles. Jon Anyone Can Play Guitar Spira? Cutlet                        feel to it,” and then “a kind of electronic rockabilly tune” of their own. It got
                                                                 free. Thom Yorke? Vegan… he won’t even have cheese in the house, let                        played on Radio 1. That bagged them a slot on the BBC Introducing Stage
                                                                 alone black pudding. And so on and so forth. Which all goes to show that                    at Glastonbury and a Maida Vale session. Since then they’ve self-released a
Mondays                                                          you don’t have to be Ted Nugent to be able to rock like a bastard. In fact,
                                                                 frankly I’d rather you weren’t. Give me Man Mountain over Man Huntin’
                                                                                                                                                             number of demos and EPs, most recently August’s `I Know His Blood Will
Haven Club – live blues                                                                                                                                      Make Me Whole’, with `Liar Liar’ set for release in February next year.              Their favourite other Oxfordshire act is:
                                                                 any day. (For our younger, non-Americanized readers, Ted Nugent is a                        What do they sound like?                                                              “The Goggenheim. We really loved The Gog, and The Goggenheim are the
26th MATT SCHOFIELD                                              pathetic neanderthal                                                                        At times slightly spooky, like a ghostly rockabilly-infused subterranean jazz        hyper-amplified Technicolor Bollywood explosion version of the same.”
                                                                 who plays RAWK                                                                              club band, or Portishead soundtracking a David Lynch film. At others the             If they could only keep one album in the world, it would be:
                                                                 guitar, votes                                                                               duo are harsher, with heavier electronics and a heavily-reverbed voodoo               “`The La’s’ - it’s full of these understated, beautiful little songs.”
Every Tuesday                                                    Republican, hunts                                                                           rockabilly vibe, closer to Suicide backing Nina Simone as Hattie’s sweet,            When is their next gig and what can newcomers expect?
                                                                 animals and supports
THE OXFORD JAZZ CLUB                                             every reactionary,
                                                                                                                                                             sultry vocals rub uneasily against Nigel’s serrated guitar and synth scree.
                                                                                                                                                             What inspires them?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “23rd November at the Wheatsheaf. Expect to see us grappling with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  outmoded technology and our own emotions. There’s no consistency
Free live jazz plus DJs playing r’n’b, funk and soul until 2am   redneck, gun-totin’                                                                          “Train noises: a lot of stuff is written a boat on the Thames, and the trains run   between what we record and what we play live. All our equipment’s a bit old
6th / 20th NEW JAZZ COLLECTIVE                                   cliché in the book).
                                                                                                                                                             parallel to the river most of the way. The empty rolling stock moans at night,       and cantankerous and we can be a bit random too.”
13th THE HUGH TURNER BAND                                        (Plus, the arse-wipe
                                                                                                                                                             a kind of empty metallic moan bouncing across the meadow, the loneliest              Their favourite and least favourite things about Oxford music are:
                                                                 doesn’t touch drugs
27th ALVIN ROY & REEDS UNLIMITED                                                                                                                             sound I ever heard. That’s where the guitar comes from.”                              “It’s an amazing music scene really. For the size of the City the resources
                                                                 or alcohol). Where
                                                                                                                                                             Career highlight so far:                                                             and energy are phenomenal. I guess it’s a bit of a gravity-well and bands
                                                                 were we? Ah yes, you
                                                                                                                                                              “Our session at Maida Vale; it was our third gig and we were petrified. They        find it hard to break out from the city limits, and the early lockdown can be
Thursdays                                                        were about to buy
                                                                 me a drink. Mine’s a
                                                                                                                                                             filmed it and there were six camera persons peering at us. To be honest I wish       a chore.”
1st FLIPRON (live ska)                                           pint of Brian’s Saved                                                                       we’d done it a bit later, I’m not sure we were worth all the expense.”               You might love them if you love:
                                                                                                                                                             And the lowlight:                                                                     Portishead; Sneaker Pimps; Suicide; The Cramps; Nina Simone; Gary
8th DAMN THE TORPEDOES (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers            Badger, thank you
                                                                 very much, Mr May.                                                                           “Some dive we played in Whitechapel, which had cockroaches crawling over            Numan.
tribute) / THE MAGIC MANGO BAND                                                                                                                              the mixing desk. I seem to remember that the same place had a door for Pete          Hear them here:
                                                                 Cheers!                         Ted Nugent: “Whatchoo say we shoot some
15th EMPTY WHITE CIRCLES / RED CROW / THIRD                      Next month:                    squirrels then have us a wrestle in loincloths,              Doherty’s exclusive use. For crack breaks maybe.”                                    viennaditto.com
LIGHT / THE METHOD / THE ATTITUDE BOYS                           Numan vs Nugent                            fella? Hell, you ain’t GAY, are ya?”
29th It’s All About The Music Acoustic Club with MOOGIE
MAN / RORY EVANS / RACHEL RUSCOMBE KING /
THE LOST ART
                                                                                                                                                            ALL OUR YESTERDAYS                                                                                               THIS MONTH IN OXFORD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             MUSIC HISTORY
                                                                 Thursday 1st November                                                                      20 YEARS AGO                                            10 YEARS AGO                                             5 YEARS AGO
Every Friday                                                                                                                                    8pm/£9      A bad month for the Oxford music scene this as the      Plenty going on the local scene in November 2002,        Little Fish, photoshopped into a sardine tin,
                                                                                                                                                            November 1992 issue of Curfew reported a slew of        with the main news being that Goldrush had left          made their first appearance on the Nightshift
FUNKY FRIDAY
                                                                 Friday 2nd November
                                                                                                                                                            venues cutting back on their live music or stopping     Virgin Records “by mutual agreement,” singer             cover in November 2007. The band, back then a
Funk, soul, boogie, house and R&B. 11pm-2.30am; £3.                                                                                                         gigs altogether. The Brewhouse were stopping            Robin Bennett explaining to Nightshift that “since       duo consisting of Julia Sophie Heslop and Neil
                                                                 THE TALC DEMONS + THE RECKLESS SLEEPERS 8pm/£5
                                                                 Saturday 3rd November
                                                                                                                                                            Saturday night blues shows and booking fewer big        the people who signed us to Virgin got sacked last       Greenaway, had established themselves as one
                                                                                                                                                            name acts, while The Punchbowl in Woodstock             year, things haven’t worked out, so we asked to          of the most exciting live bands in town and were
Early Friday shows                                                                                                                                          too was ceasing its Thursday blues nights and The       be released from our contract six months early as        starting to attract a host of record labels to their
2nd JOSEPHINE FOSTER / BRICKWORK LIZARDS                         DIESEL KING + THE WICHES DRUM + KOMRAD 8pm/£5                                              Old Fire Station had stoppe all midweek gigs. The       we thought we could do a better job ourselves.” In       incendiary shows. Julia revealed how, in the wake
                                                                 Thursday 8th November
9th THE D.O.T                                                                                                                                               Pennyfarthing and The Cape Of Good Hope on              more positive news for the Bennett family sister         of her previous band, Dolly, she had almost lost
                                                                                                                                                            Cowley Road were putting a complete halt on gigs,       Katy, playing under the name KTB, was shortlisted        her voice forever due to stress and what might be
16th KILL CITY SAINTS / REEDS                                                                   8pm/£9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for the BBC Young Folk Musicians of the Year on
                                                                 Friday 9th November                                                                        with the Cape being turned into a students-only                                                                  politely described as unwise lifestyle choices, and
23rd THE TIFT MERRITT BAND / ROD PICOTT                                                                                                                     bar (“Students don’t like live music,” explained        the back of her acclaimed debut album, `All Quiet        also managed to chop part of one of her fingers off.
30th BROOKES MUSIC SOCIETY                                                                               8pm/£5
                                                                                                                                                            the pub’s manager). One small chink of light was        In Dreamland’. Elsewhere Oxford was named as              Elsewhere, Radiohead threw away the music
                                                                 Thursday 15th November
                                                                                                                                                            the arrival of The Hollybush in Osney on the local      the UK’s sixth best musical city in a BBC survey,        industry rulebook by releasing their new album,
                                                                                                            8pm/£9                                          gig scene, with shows promoted by musicians Dan         with Liverpool topping the poll. Polling less well       `In Rainbows’ as a download album with no
Saturdays                                                        Thursday 22nd November                                                                     Goddard. The pub was later to host some of the          was Shifty Disco release `Wheel On The Bus’ by           pre-publicity and fans offered the chance to pay
3rd DAVID RODIGAN (£10adv)                                                                                                                         8pm/£9   first shows by Supergrass and The Nubiles.              Madonna impersonator Mad Donna, which was                whatever they wanted for the album, selling over
10th Early show - DREAMING SPIRES / THE HI &                     Friday 23rd November                                                                        Local cult heroes The Bigger The God graced            nominated for Best Novelty Single of the year at the     1.5million copies in its first week, and changing
                                                                                                                                                            the cover of this month’s Curfew, a band who had        National Music Awards having been awarded worst          forever the way music is sold.
LO / THE RELATIONSHIPS                                                                                                                                      previously had a bit of a kicking from the mag          record of the week in both NME and The Guardian.          Coming to town this month were Dizzee
Followed by SIMPLE – 13th birthday party with EATS.              DEAD GIRL PARK + MARY BENDY TOY 8pm/£5                                                                                                             Local garage-metallers Winnebago Deal pulled of
                                                                 Saturday 24th November
                                                                                                                                                            but, in their own words, “Got off lightly”, and                                                                  Rascal, 65Daysofstatic, The Cardiacs and The
17th TERRAFORMS – drum’n’bass with DJ LOXY                                                                                                                  subsequently become enduring favourites around          a coup when they were invited to support Fugazi at       Raveonettes at the Academy, with Action Beat
                                                                                                                                                            town. Singer David Cowells-Hamar informed us            the Kentish Town Forum this month.                       and Jackie-O-Motherfucker offering more
(Exit Records). £5                                               LIONFACE + RUSKIN BOB 8pm/£4.50                                                            his songs were all about sex (“Because I never get       The main interview in this month’s Nightshift           leftfield pleasures at the Wheatsheaf. A classic
                                                                 Wednesday 28th November
                                                                                                                                                            any”); he had a habit of eating bananas onstage,        was with The Young Knives, their first interview         Audioscope featured Krautrock legends Michael
Sundays                                                                                                                     8pm/£5                          “To try and bring out any homophobes”, and later        anywhere, which found them declaring, “We’re             Rother and Dieter Moebius, as well as the
                                                                 Thursday 29th November                                                                     moved to Brighton and became a lady.                    inspired by Frank Black because he’s fat and plays       incredible Shit & Shine, still one of the greatest
4 Haven Club presents LARRY McCRAY
 th
                                                                                                                                                             In the live reviews section, The God Machine’s         rock, and so are we; Pavement because they’re            sets Nightshift has ever witnessed.
11th Divine Schism presents HALLS                                Friday 30th November
                                                                                                           8pm/£9
                                                                                                                                                            show at the Jericho Tavern was declared “The            clever and funny and we try to be, and Steely             Over in the demo pages, Mounted Insanity
25 CHURCH OF HEAVY with MOTHER CORONA /
  th
                                                                                                                                                            best gig in the entire history of the world,” which     Dan, because they made rock music into amusing           Cannon topped the pile, featuring one future half of
CARAVAN OF WHORES / LAST DAYS OF THE SUN /                                                                                                                  weren’t far from the truth, even with twenty years’     shapes like we try to do.” Nightshift declared that      Coloureds, while Lightbox were dumped for what
GOD SPEED
                                                                                           8pm/£5
                                                                                                                                                            hindsight. Whytehouse, playing at the Oxford            meeting the band was “like entering another world,       sounded like “all the most depressing aspects of X
                                                                                       The Wheatsheaf, 129 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4DF
                                                                                mblproductions@gmail.com / www.facebook.com/wheatsheaf.oxford               Venue, meanwhile, were reviewed simply as               where visitors have to be forever on guard for the       Factor, regional battle of the bands competitions,
                                                                                            Advanced Tickets @ www.wegottickets.com                         “Shitehouse”. Brevity being the soul of wit and all.    understated and absurd humour that flies around.”        village hall charity rock nights and James Blunt”.
DEMOS
                                                                                              uncomfortably like “She’s an arsehole,”        because someone is hammering it with the
                                                                                              which will provide further comfort to          sweet sensitivity and discretion of a Tutu-
                                                                                              his other half as we titter like immature      wearing clown armed with a jackhammer,


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                                               Demo of the Month wins a free half day at      meanwhile, is an imagined conversation         some semblance of entertainment. The
                                                                                              between Phil Lynott and his wife after         first track here is called `It Has Left’,
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                                                                                              poignancy and emotional drama such a           For Breath’, which is appropriate, since
                                                                                              situation might bring about, being a bit       we’re struggling for anything resembling
                                                                                              mopey and all. Sorry, Morning Slaves           constructive criticism. What a fucking
  DEMO OF
                                              carries hefty hints of Dive Dive at times,
                                              but while there’s nothing particularly new
                                                                                              were unhappy about life before we started
                                                                                              on this demo; can’t imagine this review
                                                                                                                                             racket. Even when they attempt to slightly
                                                                                                                                             underplay things (which manifests itself as
                                                                                                                                                                                                       01865 240250
                                              or subtle going on, their energy levels
 THE MONTH
                                                                                              will have improved their mood any more         hammering the piano a bit less hard) the
                                              carry them over the finish line.
                                                                                              than the weather has helped ours.              singer’s overwrought look-at-me
                                                                                                                                             operatic howling drags it right back into
                                              JACK STANTON                                    DROPOUT
                                                                                                                                             the land of excess. A Rainy Day In
CAMENA                                         Like Half Naked, Jack Stanton isn’t
                                                                                              Amid the information we glean from
                                                                                                                                             Bergen, then: not so much a bit of drizzle
It’s very definitely autumn; it’s getting      someone you could accuse of being                                                             as a non-stop biblical downpour of
                                                                                              the very nice letter Dropout send us, we       bombast.
cold and dark and when we look out of          particularly original, but like the previous
                                                                                              learn that there’s “only four songs and
the window all we can see is drizzle and       band, he wins us over by sounding like
                                                                                              we don’t sound like Queen,” which is the
                                                                                                                                               THE DEMO
lived-in-looking people wearing anoraks.       he’s at least having fun making music.
                                                                                              first good news we’ve had all day and gets
We need something summery to cheer us          Jack here likes Depeche Mode. No, that’s
                                                                                              us onside from the off. Not that Dropout
up. So it’s fortunate that Camena remind       too much of an understatement. Jack loves
us a bit of The Beach Boys. Because
what’s more summery than The Beach
                                               Depeche Mode. A Lot. So much so that
                                               pretty much everything here sounds like it
                                                                                              sound like a particularly cheery bunch
                                                                                              from their music, which starts all dark           DUMPER
                                                                                              and broody before billowing into some
Boys? Okay, other than ice cream. Yes,         might have been begged, borrow or stolen
                                                                                              monster-chorded Eurogoth noise with the
and floods. Look, you get the idea, okay?
We’re talking close harmony singing
                                               from a mid-80s Depeche Mode album,
                                               from the period-sounding synths to Jack’s
                                                                                              female singer wailing like a proper old        TORN LIKE
                                                                                              blues harpy. The formula is played out in
                                                                                                                                             COLOURS
                                                                                                                                                                                           TURAN AUDIO.co.uk
and a vaguely youthful spirit here, is all.    voice which is an absolute dead ringer for
                                                                                              identical fashion for the first two tracks,
`Monumentality’ in particular has that         Dave Gahan’s. Even his lyrics have an air                                                     There is, we’ve long since realised, a
                                                                                              `Self Inflicted’ and `Pull Me Down’ (you
slightly hazy West Coast feel about it,        of the Mode about them - `Don’t Worry’                                                        particular type of band for whom the term     Professional, independent CD mastering
                                                                                              can almost feel the passion and hurt from
although local music fans might equally        reminds us of `Fly On The Windscreen’,                                                        `Generic Battle Of The Bands Regional
                                                                                              the titles alone), churning and gurning                                                         Artists mastered in the studio last month include;
point to a similarity with Fixers at times     while `Keep Off The Road’ unsurprisingly                                                      Heat Runner-Up’ was coined. Torn Like
                                                                                              in titanic fashion while the singer over
and it’s got an almost Afro-funk fluidity      carries echoes of `Behind The Wheel’.                                                         Colours are one of those bands: a bit of         ROB COTTINGHAM, CAT MATADOR, ANAAL NATHRAKH,
                                                                                              emotes in heroic fashion, but they up the
about the groove that buoys it along           Before you start thinking tribute bands,                                                      mid-paced, post-grunge pub rock fronted
                                                                                              ante slightly with `Metallic Eyes’, with                                                        SIER PIN SKY, JAY N, STEAMROLLER, YOUNG ROMANCE,
nicely even as it can feel a bit like lots     though, demo highlight `Locker’ is closer                                                     by a singer who sounds like she might
                                                                                              its industrial metal chug and fuzz and
of really nice, clever bits that don’t quite   to The Knife with its more atmospheric                                                        have had designs on a West End chorus            CARLITO, THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY, FOCUS, FEUD, AKARUSA
                                                                                              what sounds like a witchy Elkie Brooks
fit together all the time, or maybe did fit    synth curls and treated vocals, while                                                         line once upon a time – a bit showy, a
                                                                                              in opera mode on vocals. They certainly                                                         YAMI, THE FINAL CRISIS, ELLIE JAMISON, THE J-PEGS,
neatly together until someone put them in amid the 80s worship you might catch                                                               bit bluesy, sounding like the world’s
                                                                                              don’t do understatement but Dropout
a box and tilted it slightly so they got a bit glimpses of Blancmange and The Human                                                          least enthusiastic receptionist phoning          SKYLINES, HONKEYFINGER, DUNCAN REID, SAM SEMPLE.
                                                                                              at least never sound overblown and
skewed, which isn’t such a bad thing, truth League. He’s most certainly got taste then                                                       her lines in while wishing she could just
                                                                                              pompous. Unlike this next lot…
be told. Better still is `Valentine And The    has Jack, so we’re going to let him stay                                                      get on with eating her M&S tuna mayo           01865 716466                tim@turanaudio.co.uk
Sea’, all sparse, tenderfooted twinkling       around for a while and share our biscuits.                                                    sandwich, when even a modicum of
guitar, handclap rhythms and clickety
clack drumsticks over which the voices
                                               Did we mention he likes Depeche Mode?          A RAINY DAY IN                                 sultry soulfulness might have elevated the
                                                                                                                                                                                             THE COuRTYARD STuDIO
                                                                                                                                             mundane nature of the music to at least
can intermingle. It sounds like His Name
                                              MORNING SLAVES                                  BERGEN                                         bearable levels. `Take My Hand’ is six
Is Alive being gently dissected by Steve                                                      No idea what a rainy day in Bergen might       and half minutes of droning tedium that        PROTOOLS HD2, MTA 980 CONSOLE 32/24/24,
Reich, though it might be more obvious         We’re not sure exactly how we’re meant         be like but we’d rather spend a week           feels at least twice that length. And with      OTARI MTR90 MK2 24 TRACK TAPE MACHINE,
to compare Camena to Foals or even             to pronounce this band name, but we            in a typhoon-swept Arsehole-On-Sea             every other song clocking in around the six    2 TRACKING ROOMS, SUPERB CONTROL ROOM
Spring Offensive for their subtle blending decide we like to think of it as a cheery          than sit through this album-length demo        minute mark, brevity really isn’t Torn Like    WITH GOOD SELECTION OF MICS & OUTBOARD
and bending of styles. Far more than a         greeting from some David Brent-like            again. Overblown doesn’t even start to         Colours’ strong point. Nor are memorable       GEAR + MIDI FACILITIES (Inc LOGIC AUDIO, AKAI
composite of cool local contemporaries         manager person as he strolls into his call     describe this guitar-free stadium rock         tunes. Or rock’n’roll attitude. Or…. well,            S1000, OLD SKOOL ROLAND etc.)
though, Camena sound like a band capable centre every morning, winking at the                 band, who make Muse sound like The             anything at all if we’re honest. It’s more
of joining the likes of Wild Swim and          pretty new graduate recruit who secretly       Low Anthem in the subtlety stakes. In          like rock music with creeping dementia,               Residential facilities included.
Glass Animals as an Oxford act with an         wants him dead in the most grotesque           fact a sizeable chunk of this demo sounds      trying and failing to remember what it                www.courtyardrecordings.com
ear for inventive poppiness.                   manner possible. But Morning Slaves            like something Muse might have carted          once was, the odd flicker of recognition,       PHONE PIPPA FOR DETAILS on 01235 845800
                                               don’t seem like a particularly cheery          to their nearest landfill site, deemed         by way of a bolshy guitar flourish, snuffed
                                               bunch. The band introduce first song           unworthy of inclusion on their latest opus     out before it can take hold. By `One Day’
                                               `She’s Lost’ by telling us it’s about
HALF NAKED                                     “Mark’s growing unhappiness at living a
                                                                                              (c’mon, if it’s Muse, it’s gotta be a proper
                                                                                              old opus, ennit?). Sorry, where were we?
                                                                                                                                             they’ve sunk into a typically torpid girl
                                                                                                                                             band-style ballad, all faux emotional
Nothing particularly inventive about Half mundane life and his desire to just break           Oh yeah, Bon Jovi on a Mogadon-induced         turmoil and hurt, when the real pain is the
Naked, though when you’re playing it           free and have all of his dreams come true.     go-slow. With a piano. Did we mention          listener’s. Torn Like Colours? Torn like a
straight-down-the-line fast and slightly       Even his relationship with his partner         the piano? You really can’t miss it, mainly    new arsehole, more like.
furious, we guess experimentation isn’t        is making him unhappy. Of course he
too high up your list of priorities. Pitched   wouldn’t dream of writing about it in the
partway between Rise Against’s militant        1st person, so he pours his emotions into
post-hardcore and You, Me At Six without this `lonely girl’ character in this song.”
the soppy bits, Half Naked plough through So if Mark Farrington’s partner is reading
a brace of brief numbers with a tumbling- this she’ll be simply overjoyed. Musically          Send demos for review to: Nightshift, PO Box 312, Kidlington, OX5 1ZU, or email links
down-the-stairs dynamic about them, not        it sounds like a slightly bland take on an     to nightshift@oxfordmusic.net, clearly marked Demos. IMPORTANT: no review without
even pausing for breath as they finish one old Billy Bragg love song, although when           a contact address and phone number; no more than four tracks on a demo please. If you
and start the second. `You Won’t Stop Us’ Mark sings “She’s a lost soul,” it sounds           can’t handle criticism, please don’t send us your demo.
2ND FRIDAY                                          Thurs 8th Nov • £12 adv                          Sat 17th Nov • £6 adv                 Sat 8th Dec • £6 adv
                                                                                                                                           Upstairs
                                                    7.30pm                                           7pm - 11.30pm
EVERY MONTH                                         Limehouse Lizzy                                  Upstairs ft. Chew Lips
£6 • £5 adv / NUS                                                                                    in association with BBC Introducing
                                                                                                                                           ft. Lewis Watson
10.30pm - 3am • over 18s only                                                                                                              in association with BBC Introducing
9th Nov / 14th Dec / 11th Jan 2013 / 8th Feb 2013   Fri 9th Nov • £12 adv                            + Grudle Bay + Tiger Mendoza
                                                    7pm - 10pm
                                                                                                     + Stem + After the Thought
                                                    Mike Peters                                                                            Tues 11th Dec • £18 adv
                                                    of The Alarm                                     Sun 18th Nov • £18 adv                The Damned
                                                                                                                                           + Dickies
                                                    (Red Poppy Tour)                                 Gong
                                                                                                                                           Thurs 13th Dec • £24 adv
EVERY SATURDAY                                      Fri 9th Nov • £15 adv                            Mon 19th Nov • £10 adv
NIGHT
                                                    Band on stage at 7:45pm
                                                                                                     The Feelers                           Orbital
£5 adv / NUS / members, £4 NHS
                                                    Punch Brothers                                                                         + Nathan Fake
10.30pm - 3am • over 18s only
                                                    Sat 10th Nov • £10 adv                           Weds 21st Nov • £8 adv
                                                                                                                                           Fri 14th Dec • £12.50 adv
                                                    7pm - 10pm                                       Gentlemans Dub Club                   Electric Six
                                                    Complete                                                                               10th Anniversary Tour,
                                                    Stone Roses                                      Thurs 22nd Nov • £5 adv
                                                                                                                                           performing FIRE in its entirety
                                                    + Pete Macleod                                   Dance a la Plage
                                                                                                     + John Wean                           Sat 15th Dec • £7 adv
                                                                                                     + Yellow Fever
                                                    Sun 11th Nov • £15 adv                                                                 Skeletor
                                                    The Beat
                                                                                                     Fri 23rd Nov • £11 adv
                                                                                                     7pm - 10pm                            Sun 16th Dec • £15 adv
                                                    Mon 12th Nov • £14 adv                                                                 7pm - 10pm
                                                                                                     The Rifles                            Dappy
                                                    Noisettes                                        (Acoustic)                            Rescheduled from 28/9/12 • original tickets valid
Thurs 1st Nov • £24.50 adv                          Mon 12th Nov • £8 adv
The Proclaimers                                     Max Milner
                                                                                                     Sat 24th Nov • £7 adv                 Fri 21st Dec • £8 adv
+ Blue Flint                                                                                         Skeletor                              8pm - 12 midnight


                                                    Tues 13th Nov • £14 adv                          ft. Unknown Flow                      The Original Rabbit
Thurs 1st Nov • £9 adv                                                                               + Milk White Throat                   Foot Spasm Band
Katzenjammer                                        The Revival Tour 2012                            + Fragment                            Christmas Knees-Up
                                                    ft. Chuck Ragan,                                 + K-Lacura
                                                    Jay Malinowski                                                                         ft. The Original Rabbit Foot
Fri 2nd Nov • £20 adv                                                                                + Empire Divided                      Spasm Band (Live),
7pm - 10pm                                          (Bedouin Soundclash),
                                                    Cory Brana,                                                                            Count Skylarkin’ & more
Heaven 17                                           Rocky Votolat,
                                                                                                     Mon 26th Nov
The Luxury Gap Tour
                                                    Emily Barker                                     Frank Turner &                        Mon 31st Dec • £10 adv
                                                    Also featuring:                                  The Sleeping Souls                    10.30pm - 3am • over 18s only

Fri 2nd Nov
7pm - 10pm                                          Jon Gaunt (Fiddle)                               + Tim Barry                           Propaganda
∆ Alt-J                                             & Joe Ginsberg (Bass)                            + Jim Lockley & the Solemn Sun        NYE Party Animal
                                                                                                                                           with Jack FM & Trashy
                                                    Weds 14th Nov • £5 adv                           Tues 27th Nov • £8.50 adv
Fri 2nd Nov • £13 adv
10pm - 4am • over 18s only
                                                    7pm • Moved from The Jericho, Oxford, All Ages
                                                                                                     Akala                                 Fri 15th Feb 2013 • £10 adv
Annie Mac                                           Imagine Dragons                                                                        CASH
                                                    + Escapists                                                                            Johnny Cash Tribute
(BBC R1)                                                                                             Thurs 29th Nov • £18 adv
+ Copy Paste Soul,                                  Fri 16th Nov • £10 adv                           Alabama 3                             Thurs 21st Feb 2013 • £12 adv
Emily Williams,
James Weston.                                       Yashin                                           Fri 30th Nov • £10 adv                Jake Bugg
Room 2: Hosted by Simple                            + We Butter The Bread With Butter                7pm - 10pm
                                                    + Shadows Chasing Ghosts                         The Milk                              Sun 24th Feb 2013 • £20 adv
                                                    + Azriel                                                                               7.30pm
Sat 3rd Nov • £16 adv
7pm - 10pm
                                                                                                     Sat 1st Dec • £11.50 adv              U.F.O.
Ska Cubano                                          Fri 16th Nov • £14 adv                           7pm - 10pm

                                                                                                     Netsky Live
                                                    7pm - 10pm
+ Count Skylarkin                                                                                                                          Fri 1st Mar 2013
+ Original Rabbit Foot                              Gojira                                                                                 Of Monsters and Men
Spasm Band                                          + Klone                                          Sun 2nd Dec • £21.50 adv
                                                    + Trepalium
                                                                                                     The Saw Doctors                       Thurs 7th Mar 2013 • £15 adv
Sun 4th Nov • £14 adv
                                                    Fri 16th Nov • £25 adv                                                                 The Alarm
Mystery Jets                                        11pm - 3am • over 18s only                       Sun 2nd Dec • £8 adv
                                                    The Safe Sex Ball                                Sam & The Womp                        Mon 11th Mar 2013 • £14 adv
Tues 6th Nov • £25 adv                              ft. Wiley,                                                                             Jessie Ware
Adam Ant &                                          Drumsound & Bassline Smith,                      Thurs 6th Dec • £17.50 adv
The Good The Mad                                    Alphabet Pony,
                                                    Urban Knights
                                                                                                     For Those                             Mon 18th Mar 2013 • £23 adv
& The Lovely Posse                                                                                   About to Rock                         The Stranglers
                                                    Sat 17th Nov • £13 adv                           with Livewire AC/DC and ZZ Tops
Weds 7th Nov • CANCELLED                            7pm - 10pm                                                                             Fri 19th Apr 2013 • £22.50 adv
                                                                                                                                           7pm - 10pm
Refunds from point of purchase
                                                    The Wedding Present                              Fri 7th Dec • £12 adv
                                                                                                                                           Michael Schenker’s
Pulled Apart                                        Performing
                                                                                                     7pm - 10pm

By Horses                                           ‘Seamonsters’ in full                            Boot Led Zeppelin                     Temple Of Rock
Tickets for Saturday night shows INCLUDE FREE ENTRY to Propaganda / Trashy (or £6, £5 NUS / members, £4 NHS on the door)



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