The days are getting longer, the weather is getting all sunny and nice and it's time to stop spending your hours lazing in front of the fire and shed those winter pounds. What better way to do it than jigging away to your favourite bands? With festival season just around the corner, it's time to get training yourself up for a summer of RAWK.
Here's what's good in the month of April! This month's guide includes Cardiff, Derby, Essex & Suffolk, Isle of Wight, Nottingham, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield and Southampton.
Gig of The Month: WINNEBAGO DEAL (Barfly - 4th)
Proof that it just takes two to create a riotous wall of impassioned, stoner rock noize that will soon put Winnebago Deal on the map as one of the brightest new hopes offered by 2003. Miss it at your peril.
Also Recommended #1: Minus (Barfly - 16th)
One of Iceland's first hardcore bands, who have been hailed as a more experimental version of At The Drive-In.
Also Recommended #2: Outhud (Barfly - 21st)
With an album soon to be released on Kranky Records, expect funk-punk and beatmashing ass shakery... With cellos....
Other Gigs: Future Kings Of Spain - Barfly (2nd), X is greater than Y - Barfly (8th), Capdown - Ms1 (22nd), Jarcrew - Clwb Ifor Bach (24th).
Gig of The Month: STOP THE WAR BENEFIT ALLDAYER(Vic Inn - 5th)
Line-up includes local Emo/Hardcore heroes, The Removals, Old-Skool punkerz Condenser and loads of other local talent for only £3 (which goes straight to Derby Stop the War Coalition).
Also Recommended #1: BushBaby + Fallout40 + Cortosis (Vic Inn - 10th)
Punky, poppy and just the sightest bit EmO, but all in the loveliest way possible. Two of Derbyshire's finest will pack in the crowds for Bristol's BushBaby to headline.
Also Recommended #2: Dead By Dawn + Condenser + Warp Drive Batty (Vic Inn - 21st)
Hardcore metal and punk. Prepare your ears for a serious beating and get your moshing shoes on!
Other Gigs: Warp Drive Batty + Champion Kickboxer - Raffles (8th), Imogen - Vic Inn (30th).
ESSEX & SUFFOLK
Gig of The Month: VANILLA POD + THINK TANK + JERRY BUILT(Harlow Square - 20th)
Ska-punk shennanigans from this trio. Not a great month musically for the region but this is the pick of the bunch!
Also Recommended 1: Jesse James + Captain Everything (Colchester Soundhouse - 16th)
Funk Soul Brothers on the road again.
Also Recommended 2: Dropkick Murphys (Colchester Arts Centre - 19th)
Boston Irish punk oiks hit Essex!
Other Gigs: The Hush + Hoboken - Colchester Soundhouse (2nd), Little Hell + Fi-LO Radio - Colchester Soundhouse (10th), My Deaf Audio + Dustbyte - Southend Chinnerys (23rd), King Prawn - Colchester Arts Centre (25th).
ISLE OF WIGHT
Gig of The Month: KODY (Sandown, The Fountain Inn – 1st)
Fresh from a tour of the USA, Kody get to shakedown their quality rock on home turf and some tracks from their recent album, which is really rather good.
Other Gigs: Day Of The Fight + Last Kiss + Neglected Youth + Ones And Zeros – Ryde, Royal Squadron (11th), My Deaf Audio – Ryde, Royal Squadron (18th), Last Kiss + Awkward Silence + Neglected Youth – Ryde, Royal Squadron (25th).
Gig of The Month: PUBLIC ENEMY (Rock City - 6th)
Chuck D, Professor Griff and co. bring the noise to the city of rock for what promises to be one of the main events of the year.
Also Recommended #1: The Rapture + The Posaics (Rescue Rooms - 4th)
New York's answer to The Cure on their first headline tour of the UK, with the first band officially influenced by Interpol and a host of Nag Nag Nag DJs in tow.
Also Recommended #2: Placebo + The 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster (Rock City - 13th)
Brian Molko is back with a new hairline and a new album, and following in Placebo's tradition of choosing great support bands (remember the Ultrasound shows from 1998?) come the most exciting live band in the UK at the moment, the 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster.
Other Gigs:Burning Brides/Winnebago Deal - Rescue Rooms (5th), The Locomotions - Junktion 7 (6th), Bosco - Junktion 7 (9th), Aqualung - Rescue Rooms (10th), Wheatus - The Mill, Mansfield (10th), Asian Dub Foundation - Rescue Rooms (14th), Radio 4 - Rescue Rooms (19th), The Wildhearts + Amen - Rock City (23rd), Bis - Rescue Rooms (24th), Hell Is For Heroes + Kinesis - Rock City (26th), The Bluetones - Rescue Rooms (27th).
Gig of The Month: THE PHOENIX DAY OF BANDS (The Phoenix – 6th)
Line up includes The Once Over Twice, The 24/7 City Blueprint, Bedroom Project, Dirty Sanchez, Seconds Out, Quarantine, Rectal Haemorrhage, Bint, Callum Mixes Paint, Mr Belding, The Climb, Dayglow, Spoon9, Loggerhead, Twin Fast, Few Against Many and more.
Almost every Plymouth band will be hitting The Phoenix for drinkin' and playin' during its final gig next Sunday before the brewery sell it off the next day, ending it's 3 month duration of near daily local gigs. "starting at 2pm and ending when we have drunk the bar dry! 'tis a sad day but we shall go out in style!"
Also Recommended #1: Minus (The Cooperage – 15th)
Icelandic hardcore, have they got somewhere to sleep in town yet?
Also Recommended #2: One Minute Silence + Fallen To + Quarantine (Students Union – 5th)
It's all about the nu-metal in the SU - finally a line up the place deserves...
Other Gigs: Fraternity - The Cooperage (15th), Aconite Thrill + Deliverance + Breakpoint - C103 (25th).
Gig of The Month: THE DARKNESS + TEN BENSON (Wedgewood Rooms – 3rd)
Get your catsuits out and practice that operatic warbling in readiness for rocking out with these camped up heavy rockers
Also Recommended #1: The Hellacopters + The Peepshow (Wedgewood Rooms – 8th)
Swedish godfathers of garage rock ‘n’ roll
Also Recommended #2: The Warlocks (Wedgewood Rooms – 17th)
LA eight-piece bring monstrous drone rock to the south coast
Other Gigs: Wheatus – Wedgewood Rooms (1st), One Minute Silence – Wedgewood Rooms (2nd), The Coral – Pyramids (11th – rescheduled), Binary Nation 7 with Storm Sektor + Beantest + Myopia Score – Wedgewood Rooms (12th), RX Bandits – Wedgewood Rooms (13th), The Rapture + Fat Truckers – Wedgewood Rooms (14th), Dave Bruebeck Quartet – Guildhall (24th), The Movielife + Vendetta Red + Piebald – Wedgewood Rooms (28th).
Gig of The Month: PLACEBO + THE FAINT (Octagon - 3rd)
After the dissapointing Black Market Music, Brian & Co are back on form and back on the road. Will they still cut it? Or will the moves, attitude and live panache have vanished into the same black hole as Molko's hair? Either way, it's a risk I feel is definately worth the pennies!
Also Recommended #1: Aqualung (Leadmill - 2nd)
Can the haunting sounds of this childhood prodigy's performance match that of Martin Grech a few months ago?
Also Recommended #2: Jarcrew (Corperation - 23rd)
Music to suit your mood, whatever that may be.
Other Gigs: Burning Brides/Winnebago Deal - Fuzz Club (3rd), The Bandits - Leadmill (3rd), The Sound - Casbah (9th), FULC/We Start Fires - Casbah (14th), Bluetones - Leadmill (19th), Jesse James - Corperation (25th), Cinerama - Leadmill (26th).
Gig of The Month: THE STAR SPANGLES (Joiners Arms – 1st)
Catch the much-hyped New Yorkers doing their punky take on rock ‘n’ roll at a small venue while you still can! It won't be long before they move up a league.
Also Recommended #1: Placebo + The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster + Little Hell (Guildhall – 19th)
Worth going to, just to catch the mighty support acts.
Also Recommended #2: Burning Brides + Winnebago Deal + Swearing At Motorists (Joiners Arms – 9th)
Plenty of grunged up, dirty raaaawkin' guitar action here!
Other Gigs: Sugababes – Guildhall (1st), The 22-20s + The Blueskins – Joiners Arms (2nd), Daniel Bedingfield – Guildhall (2nd), 4Ft Fingers – joiners Arms (6th), My Deaf Audio + Dustbyte – Joiners Arms (7th), BlueJay Way + Mellafone – Joiners Arms (10th), The Bandits – Joiners Arms (14th), The Basement – Joiners Arms (16th), Nurotica – Joiners Arms (17th), The Burn – Joiners Arms (27th), Soledad Brothers + David Viner – Joiners Arms (30th).