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10th April 2008

by Ben Davis on 17 October, 2008 | 0 comments

Greetings pop pickers and local liggers, welcome to another fine instalment of your friendly faced fresh and frivolous look at the local music scene.

This week is by no means a serene affair, as a plethora of gigs are being handed on a large plate for you to sample, devour, pick at and choose from.

Tonight is the busiest night of the 7 day cycle and I’ll begin by telling that the Frog and Nightingale in Chester have Wirral band The Caines playing. Their Doors influenced sounds have won them many fans including the Kaiser Chiefs, who have invited them to accommodate some support slots at their Liverpool dates. It’s free entry and begins at 8pm.

At Telfords Warehouse tonight Liverpool mentalists 28 Costumes will be taking to the stage with support coming from The Asbos. We’ve had 28 Costumes play our night a couple of times and they never fail to impress with their quirky, catchy pop gems. They are one of the hardest grafting bands in the ‘pool. In 2007 they went on a self funded jaunt around Germany and then travelled to Texas (US of the A) to play the SXSW Festival which randomly resulted in them appearing on the massive Jay Leno Show with Wayne Coyne offa the Flaming Lips. How random is that? I like random, it makes the world tick don’t you think? Anyway, it’s free entry and begins at 8pm.

In Wrexham tonight those JCB lovers Nizlopi are playing Central Station. I’ve been told that they aren’t just ‘one hit wonders’ with that annoying JCB Song, but they also have a lovely collection of other folky-pop nuggets to entertain you with. Support comes from the local legend Andy Hickie, its £11 entry (without a ticket) and the doors open at 7:30pm.

The last gig to tell you about for tonight is the Panic Promotions Battle of the Bands Heat 3. The bands hoping to get through to the next round will be Catharsis, Livewires, Stokoz to Moscow and Cosmic Jesters. Its £3.50 entry and starts at 8pm.

Tomorrow night the Don’t Die Just Yet boys are playing host to Bedford based mod-tinged, triple harmony infused Look See Proof. They’ve been together for less than a year and have already bagged support slots with The Rifles, The Fratellis and Breaks-Coop. Their debut album is sketched in for release on Tigertrap Records this autumn. Support comes from Whoops Apocalypse (a rap/electro/punk band) and local favourites Leaving Isaacs Shop. Tickets are £6, it starts at 8pm and over 14s are welcome.

On Saturday eve The Old Swan in Wrexham have Wakefield four piece The Blueskins gracing the decking. Support comes from Smooth Roscoe and the Goo. Anyone thinking they’ll catch them next time they are around these parts can rethink their plans – the show will be their penultimate gig as they are hanging up their guitars after touring for 2 years non-stop with a new line-up. Their last gig is at the Liverpool Barfly on Sunday. The proceedings begin at 8pm.

Also on Saturday night, Brymbo Cricket Club have a charity gig on. There isn’t a lot of info about what charity the night is in aid of but I do know its £5 entry and starts at 8pm. Headlining will be The Collards (formerly Katch) and supporting will be Little Caesar.

Something a bit different has caught my attention this week. The Foundry Gallery on Yorke Street in Wrexham is showing a body of work by local artist Lis Butcher. Her work is inspired by musicians and their performance and includes depictions of Bob Dylan and David Bowie. I’ve seen some of these pieces first hand and they are ace! The subjects of the works are not always famous; some are local bands and are not instantly recognisable but that’s part of the pleasure of them. The exhibition runs from Tuesday 15th February and I suggest you get down there for a gooses – if you want to take one home with you – you can – by digging your hand in your pocket and buying one.

I’ve no doubt you’ll be glad to learn that our new house is now ‘internet enabled’, so you’ll probably find me rotting away on the web somewhere at the most unsociable of hours. If you email me at ben@wrexhammusic.co.uk with your news and gossip, I’ll make the boldest attempts of mentioning it next week’s column – make sure you send it to me before the end of the weekend though.

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Ben Davis

Email: ben@wrexhammusic.co.uk

Ben is the founder of wrexhammusic.co.uk.

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