Gigs Of The Week
By Jon Corbett on July 19, 2011 in Music
Now then, be honest. If you think of punk hot spots on this delightful island of ours, the county of Devon would probably be last on your hit list.
I mean, life is peaceful there, it’s a place where one would frequent to eat scones, build wonky sand castles and check out cathedrals. Right? Wrong.
A band going by the name of The Computers have kick-started a howling riot all over the south coast lately, and I feel a little ashamed that my air space didn’t pick them up sooner.
Musically, The Computers come on strong with a fast and ferocious rock ‘n’ roll blues stomp fused with explosions of power, angst and a touch of soul from the battered throat of singer Alex Kershaw.
The band’s new single Music is Dead is already on Radio One’s In New Music We Trust playlist and their new album, This is the Computers, has been earning glowing appraisals from the man himself Zane Lowe, and champions of the undergroundRock Sound since its release in May.
If you like the sounds of Black Flag and The Clash and have an unhealthy addiction for Strepsils and screaming your tits off, this is a band you should be checking out.
Doors Open from 11pm. For more information check out www.theempire.co.uk
Symphonic Pictures, Splash One Presents @ The Other Rooms, Newcastle, Friday, £5
After a few date changes here and there, Newcastle’s latest emerging flower, Symphonic Pictures, will take their full live musical bow in front of an expected sell out crowd this Friday.
Featuring members of the recently retired Detroit Social Club, interest surrounding the group has channelled considerable hype on a band of young musicians who have yet to show the world what they’re really capable of.
Drawing inspiration from an eclectic mix of 1960s American psychedelic electronica and the legendary sounds of French singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, Symphonic Pictures’ musical style and direction is a little hard to pigeon hole. And that can only be a good thing.
Support at the event this friday comes in the form of three-piece post punk band Cult Image and doors swing open from 8pm.
Entry includes free access to Splash One Records’ first birthday after show party, hosted by Jukebox. Invite yourself to the Facebook page and get in on the action.
Sister Rose, Uncle Alberts, Middlesbrough, Saturday, £1
Having recently supported Brit scrubbers ‘Brother’ in promotion of their debut EP release, Teesside’s Sister Rose (not to be confused with the shit Belgian rock duo) have been enjoying a surge in notoriety of late.
Catchy indie folk gems such as ‘Shackles’ and ‘Fireworks’ will inevitably draw comparisons to British greats such as The La’s, The Cure and The Stone Roses and although the band may not be in line to scoop an award for originality, they’re worthy of a second listen.
Fans of the Cribs, Young Knives and Arctic Monkeys may also enjoy the support act of the evening going by the name of Randy and the Handstand Band. Outrageous.
Doors open from 8.30pm and for full Uncle Alberts info visit www.myspace.com/bar_sumo
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- Say Hello To…Symphonic Pictures