David Rose is a familiar sight at gigs up and down the country, and particularly in Swindon, in his regular stage left position, throwing himself into the music with a vigour that belies the length of time he has been passionately supporting live music. David is a veteran of well over 1,000 live shows, all of which have been artfully documented in his fantastic gig diaries blog (gigbook.blogspot.co.uk).
All of which makes him well qualified to tell us about his picks of this year’s Shuffle line-up, so here’s his Five To Watch…
Friday – The Castle – 21:30
My favourite Swindon band and one of my favourite bands period. With Raze*Rebuild you get stellar anthemic blue-collar rock of the Springsteen / Gaslight Anthem persuasion, and a passionate strident vocal delivery from strong-armed mainman Simon Hall. A hard-rocking, bruising and visceral “live” experience; I’ll see you down the front!
My Social Decline
Friday – The Castle – 19:15
A relatively new name but veterans of other local bands (e.g. Blueprint), this lot deal in scuzzy, riff-heavy proto punk which evokes beer-soaked 1970s NYC rock dives such as Max’s Kansas City and CBGBs. Still finding their feet “live” but doing so with a swagger; if Iggy Pop were hitting The Shuffle, the first band he’d check out would be My Social Decline…
Saturday – The Tuppenny – 17:15
Copiously talented Renaissance man Steve Skinley takes time out of his Vaudeville projects and excellent, National-esque band Familiars to play a set under his pseudonym Moleville. Expect slow-burn, mournful yet hopeful dark elegiac electronica-tinged songs delivered in Steve’s rich, haunting and evocative vocal style.
Sunday – The Beehive – 20:15
Shuffle veterans, this lot have evolved from their “pirate folk roots” into a classy Americana outfit, delivering on the one hand upbeat Posies-ish powerpop with occasional Replacements like proto-blues rock licks, and on the other more expansive, laid-back 70’s LA Laurel Canyon mood music, almost reminiscent of Buffalo Springfield or even The Eagles.
Saturday – The Beehive – 20:45
A very welcome late addition, Nick augments his acoustic shenanigans with wry and witty observational lyricism which brings to mind the likes of Dury, Costello and Difford / Tilbrook, and an engaging and inclusive persona, compelling the audience to get involved. Lovely bloke too!