It is safe to say our return to Swindon’s Level III venue was something of a roaring success! To follow up that barnstormer we have four stonking shows for you this week, so once again we are already worrying about the state of our livers. But, we are pro’s, so we will stoically soldier on. Anyway, this is what we have lined up…
Wednesday 20th April – George Wilding + Grasslands, Unplugged @ The Roaring Donkey
George Wilding is one of our favourite artists and surely has to be a cert for the “most SoP shows of 2016” award, were there such a thing. The guy suits intimate gigs, big festival shows, plays solo and with a full band, so is becoming the perfect expample of a modern musician, he even plays covers gigs to pay the bills. George ahs jsut released an incredible new EP that is sure to propel him far, full of his trademark wit and wisdom, bohemian lyrical poise and dexterous musical structures It is a soundscape that runs between the delicate and the devastating, the gentle and the gigantic.
Support comes in the fine shape of big SoP supporter Grasslands, whose ambient, soaring and mercurial blends of acoustica, electronica and rock, will be leaning more towards the acoustica side for this show.
Full details for the gig can be found on the event page here.
Thursday 21st April – White Lilac, Wasuremono + Neverlnd @ The Victoria
This is a show of three headliners. Each of these bands is worthy of the top spot on the bill,
Heading the bill are Swindon’s own White Lilac, one of the towns most unique, original and exciting bands in years. Their signature sound is lucid vocal melodies, complimented by intricate guitar and sensitive percussion, all surrounded by a mass of strings and endless reverb; highly original, White Lilac tap into post-punk and indie-pop influences, aspiring towards the discordant, noisy and ethereal.
We are super excited to welcome back Wasuremono for their third show with us so far. These guys have been one of the best bands we have ever had the pleasure of putting on so we can’t wait to see them again. Likened to Nick Cave, Slowdive and Arcade Fire, their music is rich sky-scraping dream-pop with beautiful melancholic lyrics
The evenings special guests are the newly renamed Neverlnd, who used to ply their trade under the monker Balloon Ascents. They just happen to be one of the best live bands Ed saw last year and are currently very busy releasing a track a month for as long as they can. They sing of small town heartache, young love, lust and the lack of it over glistening pop hooks, lush harmonies and smooth electro beats. Old sixties ideas come together with modern pop and RnB production to create a sound that is as honest and refreshing as their words.
Full details to be found on the event page here.
Friday 22nd April – Post 12 + Loralie @ The Locomotive
It is a couple of SoP debuts down at The Locomotive on Friday as we welcome Swindon band Post 12 and Bristol’s Lorelei to the fold.
Post 12 play a mix of punk, punk-pop and garage rock originals and covers and are a long established band who plyaed for Ed back in the days of his Teenage Kicks underage shows. Expect music influenced by the likes of Green Day, The Clash and All Time Low.
Loralie on the other hand are an evocative female fronted alternative band, which associates post grunge, indie rock and new wave in a colourful and wide range of varieties and taste. Formed in 2015 at university, Loralie have been variously compared to Wolf Alice, Portishead and Pixies.
Full details on the event page here.
Saturday 23rd April – Rewire The Time Machine + Brockley Forest @ The Locomotive
One of our finds of 2015 were Rewire the Time Machine, so we are very pleased to welcome them back.
Rewire The Time Machine drift across genres from heavy blues to alternative rock, from metal to stoner rock via shimmering guitars and sludgy grooves, psychedelic vibes and a tsunami of riffs and beats.
The support, Brockley Forest, had a busy 2015 releasing “The Die Has Been Cast” EP and playing festivals such as Dot to Dot, Bristol Harbourside, Farmfest, Bristol Balloon Fiesta and supporting the likes of Honeyblood and Fidlar. They followed this with an early 2016 UK Tour.
Although the duo have been friends since the age of 11, their friendship was truly cemented after embarking on a three-month cross-country trip through America, spanning 10,000 miles and culminating in two weeks in LA where they ended up temporarily living in the Mojave desert, making them the ideal foil to the headliners.
Full details on the event page here.