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3rd July 2008

by Ben Davis on 17 October, 2008 | 0 comments

On this day in 1971, The Doors front man Jim Morrison died of a heart failure in Paris. Also on this day Shane Lynch, member of the newly reformed boy band Boyzone was born. There’s just no comparison is there?

This might be old news for some; The Old Swan in Wrexham is closed for a few weeks whilst new management is being brought in. Even though with new management usually comes changes, I’m told that Dave Morait (the promoter) is being kept on and there will still be live music being played there, albeit inside, until they have secured their outdoor music license.

One of the most exciting bands around at the moment (in my opinion) could be playing Wrexham if the Don’t Die Just Yet! promoters manage to book them, and they are getting quite close to securing the gig by all accounts. Glasvegas. I’ll write it again to make sure the name has registered, Glasvegas.

They’re from Glasgow and are signed to Columbia following a bidding war from several major labels and they’ve just finished recording their debut album in New York, which will be released on 1st September and includes their top 20 song ‘Geraldine’. They sound like a mix between fellow shoegazing Scots Jesus & The Mary Chain and rockabilly pop from the 1950’s. An interesting mix you might think but it works better than Rod Stewart’s post gig throat lozenger’s.

The man who brought Oasis to the millions, Alan McGee, has been championing them ever since he saw them play the King Tut’s Wah Wah hut in 2006, which incidentally is where he discovered Oasis for the first time. Although comparing Glasvegas to Oasis is like comparing Jim Morrison to Shane Lynch… utterly ridiculous. So I’m not going to even go there.

I’m excited, and so should you be. A band who have the ears of the world literally millimetres away from their grasp could well be coming to our lovely town. In the meantime, keep your lugs firmly on the ground for an announcement.

So….. what’s on this week then? Not a lot by the looks of things.

Tonight at McLeans in Pentre, Panic Promotions is bringing you Pilot Wings, from Winsford, whose influences include Bloc Party, The Killers and the Foo Fighters. Also on the bill are local band D Minor, from Deeside, who are a nu-metal band (does anyone still like nu-metal? I thought that died along with Limp Bizkit and the like). It’s £4 entry, 16+ and starts at 7:45pm.

Telfords Warehouse in Chester are playing host to Trader, from Wrexham. It’s free entry and doors are 8pm.

Tomorrow night they have Ash Grunwald playing. Grunwald is a blues man, but not in a rubbish Gary Moore way. He doesn’t name his albums ‘I’ve Got The Blues’, ‘I’ve Got The Blues Again’, ‘Still Got The Blues’ etc etc, you get the idea.

His style of blues is steeped in the traditional delta blues taking influences from the mighty Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James and his latest album has a song written about when he was once saved from a shark attack by a pod of dolphins. A true story apparently. It’s £4 entry after 9pm, but free before then.

On Saturday Wrexham band Parody continue their long running residency at the Red Lion in Coedpoeth. As always, it’s free entry and kicks of at 8pm.

GOOD TIMES! Festival countdown reminder: 3 weeks to go – get your tickets quick! By now you should have successfully bought your £10 two person tent from Tesco’s and this week you should be thinking about if you’re packing 1 change of underwear or a conservative 3? The line up has just been announced with Leaving Isaac’s Shop headlining the Saturday night. Check out www.wrexhammusic.co.uk/goodtimes for more wisdom.

On Wednesday, the Rebellion Rock Nights are back at Central Station with a different room layout. The word is that they have practically sold out, so unless you have you ticket, I would consider yourself unlucky. Doors are 6pm.

That’s you all dosed up with this week’s shenanigans, check back next week for your top up.

Email me at ben@wrexhammusic.co.uk with any news you have.

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