Have you ever actually looked at the staff contact page? No? Well, if you had, you’d have noticed we’ve got our very own gig-going area contacts scattered right through to all corners of the UK, which is why it seems silly that most of our gig recommendations and listings are based in London. So, as ever, striving to make our service to you as brilliant as we possibly can, those of us who live a little further out of the way are plotting to deliver a monthly round-up of the gigging month ahead!
Sorted in alphabetical order, in one monthly article we’ll give you a DiS-approved breakdown of gigs in Bury St Edmunds/Newmarket, Cambridge, Cardiff, Essex, Liverpool, Oxford, Reading, Hampshire/Surrey, Sheffield/Derby, Tyne and Wear and Wolverhampton. Remember, those of you in London and Manchester can have a regular gig guide sent straight to your inbox by signing up to your local Defrag. Details can be found at the bottom of this page.
And without further ado, here’s what we think you should be spending your hard earned cash on in the month of November 2002…
BURY ST EDMUNDS/NEWMARKET
Gig of The Month: BURYSOUND FINAL (Bury St Edmunds Corn Exchange - 30th)
Last year's winners Blue Gandhi headline after a long gig-draught - expect new material. Twisted indie-rock with PJ Harvey vocals, biting lyrics and great stage presence. Not all the heats have played yet so the full line-up isn't confirmed, but The Exiles will be definitely be playing after a storming victory in heat 1. BurySOUND always sells out, so BOOK EARLY.
Also Recommended #1: Slowdrowned (Bury St Edmunds NCC -9th)
Dark emotive indie with hypnotic guitars and astounding female vocals, supported by Alys in Wonderland and Thirdskin.
Also Recommended #2: The Secret Hairdresser (Priors Inn, Bury St Edmunds -28th)
Quirky pop with keyboards, cat-noises and energy aplenty, supported by Percythrower and The Exiles.
Other Gigs: Spring - Bury St Edmunds Priors Inn (7th), BurySOUND Heat 3 - Bury St Edmunds Corn Exchange (15th), Vanilla Pod - Bury St Edmunds Priors Inn (21st).
Gig of the Month: THE CATHODE RAY SSYNDROME* (The Boatrace - 2nd)
CRS* are oft compared to GYBE! I sometimes think they're better. And then I remember they're not. But you should go see them anyway. They're still good. They perform with much angst. Support is from crazy electronicybassyguitarists The Sunnyvale Noise Sub-Element.
Also Recommended #1: The Broken Family Band (The Boatrace - 5th)
Lovely alt-county. Funny with angst.
Also Recommended #2: The Lollies
Other Gigs: Suede - Corn Exchange (11th), King Adora - Boatrace (12th), Donderevo - Portland Arms (23rd), 80s B-line Matchbox Disaster - Boatrace (26th), The Rock Of Travolta - Boatrace (30th)
Gig of The Month: SNAPCASE (Clwb Ifor Bach - 25th)
Hardcore straight-edgers Snapcase are widely held to be one of the most influential bands on the punk/hardcore scene, with their unique brand of intense, artistic discordance. A must see.
Also Recommended #1: Hundred Reasons + Sparta (Cardiff Uni - 10th)
Energetic Emo-rock merchants headline the bill, backed by ex-ATDI guitarists new band
Also Recommended #2: The D4 (Barfly - 21st)
New Zealand punk upstarts
Other Gigs: Kids Near Water - Barfly (3rd), The Boggs - Barfly (6th), X is Loaded - Barfly (7th), JJ72 - Cardiff Uni (11th), My Computer - Barfly (11th), Foo Fighters - Cardiff International Arena (20th).
ESSEX & SUFFOLK
Gig of The Month: DJ VADIM (Colchester Arts Centre - 16th)
When it comes to alternative, 2 labels come to mind, Warp & Ninja Tunes... this guy is signed to the latter. Pure genius with an electro splice and well worth checking out.
Also Recommended #1: Jesse James (Southend Chinnerys - 14th)
Superb funk-punk fresh off the back of supporting Bowling For Soup.
Also Recommended #2: Queen Adreena (Colchester Arts Centre - 3rd)
Former Daisy Chainsaw hit my (almost) hometown provience
Other Gigs: Rachel Stamp - Colchester Oliver Twist (15th), SlipPop - The Fat Surfer, Grays (29th), (Please Note :- The Army & Navy in Chelmsford is now CLOSED. All gigs planned have been cancelled!).
Gig of The Month: DOVES (Mountford Hall - 23rd)
It’s sold out now, but if Epic Singalong Manc Misery is your thang, you might be willing to stump out ridiculous fees to those lovely touts. Entertain yourself, and others, by singing Sub Sub’s ‘Ain’t No Love’ during the quiet, emotional bits.
Also Recommended #1: Oxide + Neutrino (Stanley Theatre - 7th)
On leave from So Solid Crew the duo with the worst names in the history of bad names take their Casualty and Mr Blobby namechecking songs to the Liverpool masses.
Also Recommended #2: Jesse James (The Masque - 9th
Wear your grooviest shoes and you might get lucky, just don’t call them Ska.
Other Gigs: JJ72 - Mountford Hall (4th), King Adora - Stanley Theatre (9th), This Girl - Barfly (17th), The Vandals - Stanley Theatre (23rd).
Gig of The Month: SOUTH SEA COMPANY PROSPECTUS + THE YOUNG KNIVES + PSYCHID + IVY'S ITCH (Zodiac - Sat 16th)
Not terribly exiting gig-wise in November but this one may be worth checking out. SSCP are upcoming local space-rock sample-mongers, The Young Knives the latest Shifty Disco fad and have been described by some as new-wave funk (what the fuck?)
Also Recommended #1: Chris TT + Trademark + The Plume (The Cellar - Mon 11th (my birthday!!))
A trailerpark night, only £2.50 on the door, random fun anti-folk type antics
Also Recommended #2: Black Nielson + Caretaker + Kaito (Wheatsheaf - Fri 15th)
Local lo-fi indiepop sorts Black Neilson with the OKish post-emo-core-whatever-ish Caretaker and Kaito who are apparently supposed to be good.
The Faint + Radio 4 - Downstairs @ Zodiac (19th), Sunnyvale Noise Subelement - Zodiac (22nd).
Gig of The Month: COSMIC ROUGH RIDERS + SUPPORT (Reading Uni - 19th)
There's a couple of good gigs this month but the voyeur in me means that the Cosmic Rough Riders have just pipped [spunge] to this months title. Why? Because six months ago the lead vocalist Daniel Wylie left the band to pursue a solo career, leaving guitarist Stephen Flemming to take over vocal duties. A new album is recorded but untitled and this is their first show south of the border for some time.
Also Recommended #1: [spunge] + Farse + Spankboy (Reading Uni - 26th)
Crazy ska-punk action on the (huge) [spunge] + Farse tour
Also Recommended #2: Static Rain + Off The Radar + Winter Version + Mendoza (Bar Oz - 3rd)
Re-launch of the weekly Bar Oz night (opposite Reading station) under new moniker 'Unsigned Showcase'.
Other Gigs: Tetra Splendour - Reading Uni (5th), Aubrey Lemon + The Beat Collective - Reading Bar Oz (10th), thisGIRL + Tribute to Nothing - Reading The Fez (24th), The Darkness + Three Litre - Reading The Fez (27th).
Gig of The Month: HUNDRED REASONS + SPARTA + KINESIS (Sheffield Octagon - 2nd)
Three bands that we at DiS have followed closely since they were but wee nippers. Now they are to take to the same [rather large] stage that has previously been graced by the likes of Reef, Foo Fighters and Idlewild. Time to wipe away the tears of EMOtion and join the sweaty big-haired kids at the front for a good skankin'!
Also Recommended #1: ThisGirl + Reuben (Derby Victoria Inn - 20th)
Two of the best new bands around... s'all there is to it! Emo & lo-fi nu-metal (if that can ever exist) type stuff.
Also Recommended #2: My Alibi + Plans And Apologies (Derby Victoria Inn - 28th)
Two of Derby's finest altogether, atthesametime. Expect tinkling pretty guitars, melody infused vocals and the odd burst of *RARRRRRRGHHHH* type stuff.
Other Gigs: King Adora - Sheffield Barfly (3rd), The Dawn Parade - Sheffield Casbah (7th), X Is Loaded - Sheffield Barfly (12th), Kids Near Water - Derby Vic Inn (15th), 3 Colours Red - Sheffield Leadmill (15th).
TYNE AND WEAR
Gig of The Month: Q AND NOT U + RED MONKEY (Newcastle Head of Steam - 6th)
Dischord Record recording artists and New York residents Q And Not U visit the toon for a much anticipated show on a UK tour that should cement their status as the finest purveyors of the jerky jerky sound. Support somes from the wonderful Red Monkey, back after a lay off due to babies and stuff, this is a show that you'd be daft to miss.
Also Recommended #1: Econoline + The Unit Ama + WFN (Newcastle Head of Steam - 14th)
Emotionally fuelled indie rock from down south, with support from the mathy punk of the Unit Ama and Sunderland's fourth best band WFN.
Also Recommended #2: Dan Potthast + Amazing Flying Marrows(Newcastle, Stout Fiddler - 10th)
MU330 frontman Mr Potthast stops off for a rare solo performance with support from southern boys Flying Marrows.
Other Gigs: The Splitters + 46 Itchy -Newcastle Head of Steam (7th), Le Danger - Newcastle Head of Steam (13th), This Ain't Vegas + The Futureheads + WFN - Sunderland The Ropery (20th).
Gig of The Month: FANTASTIC SUPER FOOFS (Little Civic -8th)
Not only do this band have a cute bubbly name, but they also have the cute bubbly tunes to go with it. A few Weezer-isms, a touch of the Pixies, and sugary-sweet melodies all add to this majestic event of super rocking pop. Even more proof that all the best things come from Wales.
Also Recommended #1: JJ72 (Wulfrun Hall - 13th)
Expect soaring choruses, powerful guitars and plenty of rawk star pouting.
Also Recommended #2: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster (Little Civic - 19th)
Dirty, thrashing, hardcore post-punk - just keep your mother away from this lot!
Other Gigs: Stickman - Little Civic (2nd), Tribute To Nothing - Little Civic (22nd).