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17th April 2008

by Ben Davis on 17 October, 2008 | 0 comments

It’s time again to attempt to serenade you with all of this week’s musical madness in an attempt to peel you away from your computer screens and get out and listen to some live muzak (sic).

Last week my beloved car decided it didn’t want to live anymore and betrayed me unforgivingly by chugging to a halt down a traffic-less small lane and filling it with blinding white smoke. Well, it would have been blinding if there was a soul about, as it happens there wasn’t. So, this week I’ve been travelling, for the first time in years, on public transport. Sociable it was – cheap, reliable and comfy it wasn’t.

One of the only two gigs I know of tonight is the Panic Promotions Battle of The Bands Heat 4 at McLean’s in Pentre. Contenders for the heat are Apollyn, Dirty Static, D Minor and Impaled Existence. The show starts at 8pm.

The other gig tonight is at the Frog & Nightingale in Chester. New local indie upstarts The Deputies will be playing, it’s free and begins at 8pm.

Tomorrow night is a bit busier. Yales (the downstairs bar at Central Station) in Wrexham have the resident Friday DJ Indie Rock n Roll, aka Neal Thompson. This is possibly the only night of the week to hear the classic indie stompers alongside the latest offerings from the newest bands. You’ll find me on my usual perch – on the table to the left of the toilet entrance (and yes, it’s only a coincidence that I sit habitually next to the toilets). It opens at 11pm and it’s free to get in until 12, ‘thenceforth’ its £4 entry.

The Griffin Inn in Mold tonight are playing host to two bands, Stokov to Moscow and Mainstream. I think it’s free entry and will probably kick off at 8 – ish.

Telfords Warehouse have the local blues Americana retro band The Loving Cup playing tonight, think ry cooder, the band and a sprinkling of the faces. The Loving Cup are somewhat of a near residential band at Telfords, they’ve been going for a few years now and have just released their second album, goof ….. It’s free entry before 9pm and £4 thereafter, when you will find Adam Walton entertaining with his Pet Sounds.

Some sad news from the Deeside area. Part of the Queue have disbanded after 3 years of leading and progressing the scene around that area. Best of luck to them all in their other ventures.

Saturday is bursting to the seams with music, in particular Wrexham.

Baggies returns to Sgt Peppers with metal bands Double Entity and Unbirthed Plague (again, another pleasant name) and there will also be the usual metal DJs to supply the moshers with their feed. Doors are 11pm and it’s £4 entry.

A new night is starting on Saturday night at the Wrexham Musical Theatre Society building. Organised by Duch, this new open-mic night is intended to bring a fresh new take on a Saturday evening. It’s open to everyone from aspiring singer-songwriters to bedroom guitarists or just people who want to watch. The two floors of the building will be open (Salop Road, opposite Matalan) with the stage being upstairs. It’s free to get in, the beer is cheap and it’s open till late, so if you’re bored of the usual weekend bilge up down the ‘drag’ then I suggest you take a look.

Another gig for Saturday is Envy & Other Sins, Arnie and The Djangos at Central Station.

In mid-2007 Envy & Other Sins signed up to compete in a Channel 4 talent-search program called Mobile Act Unsigned, which offered as first prize a contract with A&M Records. They were up against 1600 other bands and they won (taking down Chester band Out From Animals along the way). Support comes in the shape of Wrexham’s finest Arnie and The Djangos. Tickets are £6 and the show begins at 6pm.

The ‘biggie’ for this week is Saturday at The Old Swan, as it’s their annual Spring Gathering. There isn’t as many local bands playing as usual but it’s a peachy line-up just the same. Starting at 2pm, the line-up consists of; Screaming Citizens, Hey Molly, Gallops! (ace), Andy Hickie and his Merry Maidens (ace), Andy Jones, Trader (ace), The Dead Class and The Smackrats. In the DJ booth will be; 2manyJDs feat. Team Lynne and Funkmode amongst many others.

The last gig to tell you about this week is Tom Foolerie and the Jesters at Barracuda’s Bar in Wrexham. Sounds a bit different. I’ve no idea what time it starts (which is of no use to you), or how much the entry is but I’d imagine it would be around 8pm.

That’s your lot for this week, email ben@wrexhammusic.co.uk for next week’s stint.


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Ben is the founder of wrexhammusic.co.uk.

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