6 Towns Radio FM Fundraisier @ Sugarmill 28/04/2014

Where Radicals Rising lives, breaths and sleeps and where Richie unwinds, 6 Towns Radio host a night presented at Sugarmill with Jesse McClure. It was lovely to see so many familiar and new faces supporting 6 Towns Radio for our FM fund.

Fresh from supporting Take That star Gary Barlow, Marc Williams opens the night by smashing out his soulful vocal which intrigued one and all. Just Marc and his guitar makes one beautiful sound, it’s quite unbelievable how much attention this singer/songwriter was getting. Marc has a traditional, British songwriters influence that sails down the route towards a sharpen modern wave of sound.  From Youtube videos and now connected with View My Gig; keep your eye on Marc Williams!

They grow more talent and pick more out of the musically, experimental box every time I watch The Castaways. Tonight was undoubtedly the strongest I’ve seen them. Slotting into the category of, ‘typical guitar band’, works as they keep it simple and irresistible; The Castaways are taking that risk just like Arctic Monkeys in the earlier days of writing about, everyday nifty tales of complaining about steps in a small town as teens. Ending with Under the Thumb these four lads at the age they are and the talents they have, grasp a promising certainty for the future.

Introduced by Jesse McClure as, “Modern Minds gonna blow ya minds”, as clichéd as this sounds, Modern Minds smashed their first time at Sugarmill. They start their firing set by igniting Girl at the Back of the Lens; the synth guitar powered trackhas one of their finest breakdowns which provoke flames to show off each spark of talent they have. Modern Minds write songs with hidden meanings, the gritty glossy contrast in Pritchard’s vocal wrings these meanings out every syllable at a time. To intensify vocals, Bills and Williams join Pritchard and that strengthen with radiant heat, it pulls people deeper into the intense Modern Minds abyss. Energy was feverish till the very end, through music and their bouncy hair tossing stage presence. Undeniably a band to watch.

So after an eventful auction by Jesse McClure, Ryan Dooley after 6 Years of being busy with All the Young and other projects, he goes solo again. It was an intimate striped back set with good old ATY favorite, covers and solo originals. ATY favorite, New Education was taken down to a basic level without the swaggering vocals but instead a soft husky vocal much like Paul Weller. It was great to see Ryan back in the local music scene.

LC

 

 

Jimi Goodwin @ Sugarmill 04/04/14

First to grace the Sugarmill stage, on what was a remarkably mild Friday night; Moitessier. I’m not quite sure if its extraction is French. Not even sure if Moitessier is a genuine word in any language at all, at least that’s what a brief Google Translate search seems to suggest. However one thing I am unequivocally certain of; is their aptitude to stage a sincerely mesmeric performance. There’s a thriving multitude of country/folk rock influenced artists in the local scene; but none seize the authentic elements of the genre and inject them with a brutal sting of Rock’n’Roll like Moitessier. Baby, I Need Your Love was undoubtedly the most prominent example of this; and in all honesty, the initial 30 seconds of the song; with its humbling melodies and soft tones spawned reverberating screams of “Ballad Alert, Ballad Alert!” ricocheting frenziedly inside my head, only for my premature assumptions to be shattered by wrenching guitars and robust vocals which encapsulate the overall sound of Moitessier. First to grace the Sugarmill stage, on what was a remarkably mild Friday night; Moitessier. I’m not quite sure if its extraction is French. Not even sure if Moitessier is a genuine word in any language at all, at least that’s what a brief Google Translate search seems to suggest. However one thing I am unequivocally certain of; is their aptitude to stage a sincerely mesmeric performance. There’s a thriving multitude of country/folk rock influenced artists in the local scene; but none seize the authentic elements of the genre and inject them with a brutal sting of Rock’n’Roll like Moitessier. Baby, I Need Your Love was undoubtedly the most prominent example of this; and in all honesty, the initial 30 seconds of the song; with its humbling melodies and soft tones spawned reverberating screams of “Ballad Alert, Ballad Alert!” ricocheting frenziedly inside my head, only for my premature assumptions to be shattered by wrenching guitars and robust vocals which encapsulate the overall sound of Moitessier.

Next up, CAMP STAG. With a 2013 Glastonbury appearance and national air time on BBC 6 Music and XFM under their belt, it was nothing short of a privilege to see the local 5 piece prime the Sugarmill following who were eagerly awaiting headliner Jimi Goodwin. But back to CAMP STAG, their sound is just entirely unique; it’s tremendously unpractical to even embark on such an audacious quest, tampering with a ‘mish-mash’ of adjectives, attempting to describe it, but shall I have a go anyway? Thrillingly futuristic yet captivatingly contemporary, that truly captures the essence of CAMP STAG for me. And with songs like Sirens and latest single; Hide And Seek which both boast intricately crafted vocals that interlude into rampant spells of hectic instrumentals, it’s hard not to predict an even further flourishing future for these local talents.

Here it was, the moment that left me with literally no space to manoeuvre my legs at all, in other words; the Sugarmill was packed and Doves man Jimi Goodwin’s emergence to the stage was rapidly looming. Giving Jimi Goodwin’s debut solo album Odludek a pre-listen ahead of the gig was possibly the best decision I could have made; not only did I adore the album and felt wholly absorbed by the raw emotion instilled deeply into the roots of every track, it gifted me the complete appreciation of how unfailingly every song was replicated flawlessly. Don’t even dare try and coerce me into the futile endeavour of ‘picking a favourite!’ from the night – That’s virtually impossible! There’s Terracotta Warrior which instantaneously clutches you with pulsing brass-like synth that torments and teases in an everlasting build, Live Like A River that launches into a vicious and energetic electric riff which glides into rises and falls to complement the passion in Goodwin’s voice, or Oh! Whiskey; exchanging any electrical influence for a tranquil acoustic melody, a radical diversion in sound considering the previous two tracks, but all the more spellbinding. Touring with Elbow this month (and no wonder too!) Jimi Goodwin is absolute compulsive listening and totally unmissable!

 

FS