I’ve just done a couple of shows opening for the wonderful Wedding Present, at The Mars Bar here in Worcester and at Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool, I’m pleased to say that both shows went well. To be truthful I was only a fleeting WP fan, I have a copy of George Best on Vinyl but that was a far as I went. Seeing them perform now has been a mini revelation, such an infectious frenzied energy, I love the walls of guitar noise, and the strummy attack of David Gedges playing, and the songs have proper chorus’s n hooks to die for. Too Much Apple Pie indeed. Its a process of discovery I am relishing…sometimes all you need is a nudge and before you know it you’re right back in there, sort of. I’m opening for them again on Sat August 17th a solo show at The Devils Arse Cave in Castleton, Derbyshire, a perfectly splendid and unique venue, which I’m looking forward to, perhaps catch some of you there. Finally here’s a really well put together review by Malcolm Wyatt from the Blackpool show, link and exert below…
A rough and ready venue with good, honest punk rock sawdust appeal – one where Camper Van Beethoven could happily retire for a pint after taking the skinheads bowling at the ‘Wembley of crown green bowls’ venue next door – certainly suited opening act Vinny Peculiar, invited along by Gedge after previous TWP supports, making new friends on this occasion too.
Try and imagine a singer-songwriter with vocal dashes of Ian Hunter and Steve Harley, offering hints of the songcraft of Ray Davies and Neil Hannon, wrapped up with something of the look of John Otway, John Shuttleworth and Robyn Hitchcock rolled into one, and you’re on your way towards a picture of an artist The Irish Times dubbed ‘the missing link between Jarvis Cocker and Roger McGough’
He’s certainly personable, full of biographical tales and vignettes of life in the Malverns, with liberal lashings of Worcestershire sauce and past North West adventures between ad during selections from his Down the Bright Stream, Silver Meadows, The Root Mull Effect, and Return of the Native LPs, with a new record about to land.
He’s Bromsgrove’s answer to whatever the question was in the first place, his lyrical matter often somewhere between whimsy and introspection, his voice and guitar competently complemented by bandmate Rob Steadman on keyboards and added vocals.
Highlights included a Kinks-esque ‘English Village’, pensive Clifford T. Ward tribute ‘The Singing Schoolteacher’, a Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band-like ‘Anthony Gormley’, The Go-Betweens-ish ‘Everyone Has Something To Say’, a reflective ‘Pop Music, Football & Girls’ (recorded with his previous band Parlour Flames), and singalong finale ‘Sometimes I Feel Like a King‘. One to seek out live and on record, I’d say.
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