Monday, 17 March 2014

UKID,Wicked Venetians, Crossfire Hurricane at The Hobgoblin, Staines.

Saturday night and I’m back at the Hobgoblin  – while the music was never going to be my thing, this was a charity evening and even if I’m not generally a fan of charity; (slogan; “You’ve got to fight for your right to party!”) actually is a good cause – helping people with learning difficulties get out, see music and socialise with the help of volunteers.

If I couldn't have got out after I got ill, I would have given up long ago.

First on Crossfire Hurricane;
are a local Staines band playing Rock and Roll, or at least a 2014 version of it.


      Vocals: Mike Alderson

       Lead Guitar: James Bickley

       Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals: Kieran Gawley

       Bass Guitar: Tom Ridler

       Drums: Robin Rathbone

 The Wicked Venetians;

      Sam - Vocals, Guitar, Keys

       James - Bass, Guitar, Vocals

       Steph – Drums

 The band's main source of stolen sounds and ideas comes from bands such as Joy Division, Muse, Him, Nirvana, The Smiths and Arcane Roots”.

On balance there was a whole lot of Morrisey in that mix.

Top of the bill – UKID from Glastonbury are big and the kind of stuff I ought to hate; ‘Rock and Drum ‘n Bass’. What kind of mix is that?


It was all baseball caps and rap, they are sponsored by a sports and clothing manufacturer, they feature on an online game I’ve never heard of and an Apple Mac laptop was a prominent performer. Worse there was heavy metal too.

They are Ben-Jah (Lead Vocals), Glenn (Guitar), KJ (Bass), Joey (Drums).

OK, I admit it, they rocked. Great drum beat, driving metal chords even I could cope with and a bit of politics too.

I even got the line ‘Rude boy at the front’ – that’s me.

I can see how businessmen would be desperate to try to make some of this magic rub off onto their clothing or use it to spice up a computer game.

This lot are going places.
As usual, click on a picture for a slideshow.
Neil Harris

(a don’t stop till you drop production)


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