Road To Blissfields @ The Sugarmill

Road To Blissfield’s took over local venue Sugarmill with 5
distinct, virtuoso local bands with local judges from BBC, The Sentinel to
Music Mania. As Clash Magazine said last year, “An enchanted weekend, more of
the same next year!” well Clash Magazine with winners Delamere joining the
London heats, your prediction may become true. With Mystery Jets (a personal
fan) headlining it creates a picture of what type of music Blissfield’s were
looking for.

Kicking off the well organised night, was popular indie band
The Ruby Dukes. With a short set of only five tracks, The Ruby Dukes, flowed
smoothly into each track, tracks which showed off each style these lads can
produce and succeed in. “Sugarmill your ace”. Right back at you, Zak. With the
different personalities within the band the connection is shown perfectly on
stage, seeing a band enjoying themselves makes the set a whole lot better.
Paper Sunset saluted the dukes as the best performance I’ve ever seen them. The
ultimate psychedelic rock outro saw Mike on the floor, Zak bouncing, Josh and
Rick face to face and Ollie uncontrollable. Spot on lads.

Faux Feet, by the
name, has originality hitting you right in the face let alone the alternative music.
With Sian as the only female in the band, with a gifted vocals as well as eccentric, artist
stage presence, Faux Feet are becoming notorious.  Not missing the melody
of the band, tinkling cymbals, gentle plucking and deep bass was noticeable in
track Battlefields.

Psychedelic maniac’s Psyence had the shortest set of 4
tracks, tracks which consist between 3-8 marvellous minutes. If the music isn’t
engaging enough, Ben completes it with his amusing yet entertaining stage
presence. Smoke was humming throughout their set, giving that mysterious what-will-happen-
next approach to the scene. Newest track, Forbidden Fruits has a breakdown of bass riffs which
captivated that enigmatic meaning to tracks. Psyence still have that
mesmerizing factor about them.

Delamere put a show on to remember, hip hope
entrance, darkness, smoke and giant party poppers. They pulled out all the
stops for this gig; you could really see the passion they had towards getting
the Blissfield’s vote. With James having a single drum to himself as well as a
full drum kit, Hearts began with a bang. Delamere have a clever talent of
changing from a heavy beat to a subtle soft tone. They left the stage on a high
with an immense, intriguing solo and explosion of confetti to hint to
Blissfield they have confident passion to put on a festival show.

The Road to
Blissfield’s, Stoke heats came to an end with rock grunge band, Troops of
Mafeking. They as a four piece make alot of noise and put on an energetic
performance. Track DISCO, seemed a popular one with the fans. At points in the
set, drummer, Josh, had a bit too much power which led to over taking the
vocals, overall his stamina is pretty impressive for the drumming technique
Josh has. New track, now up for free download Chugg Berris still had those
heavy influences but a lighter vocal tone than in previous tracks.

It was
certainly a night full of serious competition. I, personal would like to
congratulate Delamere for grabbing that chance to compete in London with
Guildford’s local band Luxe.

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