As they prepared for their gig at the Comedy Pub in the West End, I sat down with alt-rock band The Bronze, all of whom met here on Meet & Jam. The gig was just their fourth with the current line-up, which was completed when bassist Tom joined only five months ago.
Like a well-watched pot, Johnny Vic’s Satellites have been simmering nicely for the last twelve months without ever coming to boil. Satellites released a wonderfully accomplished debut in 2012, ‘Satellites.01’, a record that was well received by critics but which failed to gain the wider audience it rightly deserved.
Apparently Intensive Square sounds like ‘Premium obnoxious Welsh metal’. Yet this description is a modest one that plays down the band’s frightening technical talent. I had never heard of them before walking into Bristol’s Stag and Hounds on a rainy Saturday evening last week. The occasion was the second instalment of the hugely fun ‘Big Riff Fest’, which, needless to say, showcases some of the bands with the biggest riffs in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
Budapest came to London on Friday 11th October, when Covent Garden's oh-so-stylish Hospital Club played host to The Carbonfools, one of Hungary's hottest rock bands. The ’fools are more used to festival crowds of over 10,000 than they are to a small, seen-it-all London scene, but they're an extremely taut, punchy live act - and they obviously relished the intimacy of the venue.
It took about two minutes into Brother and Bones’ first track at Hoxton Bar and Grill one year ago, before I actually considered raising a bull horned hand to the sky. I didn’t, thank god, but it was the closest I had come in a long time when Rich Thomas finally unleashed a full lung's worth of what felt and looked like years of musical and emotional passion and hard graft.
The Naturals are one of the bands driving Bristol’s musical engine at the moment and there is good reason for that fact: the four have been playing music together for nearly 10 years in their current incarnation. Given that they are still enjoying their early twenties, that is some feat.