Listings for November, 2012

APPEARING ON Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Doodlepumpkin [+]

Thursday 1st November – Free Entry

Telford’s is happy to present yet another Doodleplanet event, albeit a pumpkin themed one! An exciting interactive art and music event that just keeps getting better and better. Compulsive scribbler David Setter transforms the walls of Telford’s into giant canvases with the emphasis on freehand doodling all to the sublime sounds of DJ Matty Setter – expect Latin Beats, Freestyle Funk and Saucy Soul tracks. Everyone is welcome to come on down and scribble to your hearts content…

Interactive Art


 
APPEARING ON Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Wilson Minds [+]

Friday 2nd November

Free Before 9pm, £4.00 thereafter

Wilson Minds, Liverpool’s prodigal son, mixes the sound of dark edgy alternative rock with some of the biggest songs and one of the greatest voices you will ever hear. Album to be released soon, produced by Brit award winning producer of the Verve. Get on board early! www.wilsonminds.com


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Jon Amor Blues Group [+]

Saturday 3rd November

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

UK vocalist and guitarist Jon Amor, formerly of award-winning British band The Hoax, has joined forces with long-time collaborators Dave Doherty, Chris Doherty and Simon Small to form Jon Amor Blues Group. Drawing inspiration from the Blues greats of the past like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, as well as more contemporary acts like Black Keys and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the group’s sound is powerful, raw and uncompromising.

Already the energy and power of the band’s sound is causing a stir throughout the UK and Europe. The band will be touring extensively in 2012.

“Like a more refined Jon Spencer Blues Explosion meets a more expansive Black Keys”
Guitarist Magazine ****


“A gloriously tight-but-loose band that plays with fire in its collective body”
Hi-Fi News ‘Album Choice” – 9/10

“This is Dr. Feelgood 2.0 – a blisteringly confident album.”
Rock And Reel Magazine ****


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Haversack Ruse [+]

Free Entry

Acoustic and Electric duo, rip roaring styles from all over the shop! Deceptively intriguing rhythmic sensations abound…


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Crackling Vinyl Presents Katell Keineg + Support From Alan Tan Lan [+]

Tuesday 6th November – £6 Advance / £7 Door

CRACKLING VINYL present KATELL KEINEG / ALUN TAN LAN

Tuesday 6th November 2012, Telford’s Warehouse, Chester

On Tuesday 11th November, Crackling Vinyl is proud to present another night of brilliant live music and superlative vinyl excellence at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester.

I was introduced to Katell Keineg’s music by Anthony Brockway (via the excellent Babylon Wales blog – http://babylonwales.blogspot.co.uk ). I have been somewhat besotted ever since. Katell’s voice is true, unadorned and as rich as her fascinating musical heritage (see below). She’s sung everywhere from the East Village’s influential coffee houses to the high fallutin’ music halls.

Here is Katell singing at Bristol’s Colston Hall with 10,000 Maniac’s Natalie Merchant (and what an introduction from Natalie).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYQMPgxr2Ug

Tickets for Katell Keineg and Alun Tan Lan are £6 in advance from the venue itself (01244 390090) / £6+ booking fee from SeeTickets.com, or £7 on the door.

More information on this event’s artists follows:

KATELL KEINEG

Hear ‘Platfform 0’: http://soundcloud.com/radio-free-song-club/katell-keineg-platfform-0

‘St Martin’ video: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5786604/katell_keineg_st_martin/

Katell Keineg was born in Brittany and was brought up both there and in Wales. In the mid-nineties, she went to live in New York and was quickly embraced by the buzzing café scene around St Mark’s Place’s Sin-é. In 1993, she released a seven-inch single on Bob Mould’s SOL Records label. That same year, Keineg sang on Iggy Pop’s “American Caesar” and following his passing of her single on to Elektra, they signed her and released her first album “O Seasons, O Castles” in 1994.

1997 saw the release of Keineg’s second album “Jet”. Recorded in Bearsville,“Jet” received rave reviews and led to much touring in the U.S. and Europe. It was even named one of the “Best Overlooked Pop Masterpieces Of The Decade” by Esquire.

In 2002, free from merger-addled Elektra, she released an E.P. entitled “What’s The Only Thing Worse Than The End Of Time?” on Brooklyn based indie, Field Recording Co. The recording included a live performance of “River Man” from a tribute to Nick Drake held at St Ann’s Church in Brooklyn. In their review of the night, The New York Times declared her “…a young songwriter due for her own cult, who travelled the fine edge between rapture and loss so essential to Mr Drake’s art.”

Following a second E.P. (Shaking The Disease), Keineg released “High July”, her third album, on French label Megaphone Music in late 2004, to further enthusiastic reviews.

Keineg was the subject of a 6-page profile in The New York Times Sunday Magazine in July 2006 which led to sold out gigs in the U.S. over the next couple of years. She released “Y Gwyneb Iau/ Trouble”, a 4-song E.P. in January 2009 and played at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble in Woodstock later that same year.

2010 saw the release of “At The Mermaid Parade” by Honest Jon’s Records. It was named “Album of The Week” by the Sunday Times and she subsequently toured and played festivals such as Green Man.

A download-only single in Welsh called “Platfform 0” came out in May 2012.

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ALUN TAN LAN

‘Traeth’ live TV appearance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfC79yqQSQg

Llanrwst’s Alun ‘Tan Lan’ Evans is a troubadour in every sense of the word. His music has taken him  from Welsh psychedelia (Serein), to a stint in Limerick playing in a band called Veneer who supported The Cranberries; from years as the hired guitar-hand of choice for Gruff Rhys, Euros Childs and Cerys Matthews to having one of his acclaimed psych surf band Y Niwl’s tracks used as the theme tune for Football Focus. In between he also made time to write the winning entry for the 2010 Can I Gymru competition and play session guitar on albums by Eitha Tal Ffranco and Gwyneth Glyn.

One constant throughout the otherwise ever-changing landscape of his musical career, is his wonderful solo recordings. Alun writes melodic and evocative folk songs that aren’t in thrall to the past or tradition. His solo albums Aderyn Papur (2004) & Y Distawrwydd (2005) ring with truth, yearning and the tasteful craft of his peerless guitar playing.

Alun releases a double album of solo recordings in time for Christmas 2012. It’s an album that has been sitting on a shelf at home while he toured the world with Y Niwl and Gruff Rhys. Ours aren’t the only ears that are excited and eager at this prospect.

This will be the first time that Alun Tan Lan has performed his beautiful solo songs at Telford’s Warehouse, Chester.

Chester’s excellent 2nd hand vinyl emporium, Grey ‘n’ Pink Records join us in the top room. Cash back available over the bar.

Previous live guests at Crackling Vinyl have included: Gulp, Cate Le Bon, Euros Childs, The Wellgreen, Laura J. Martin, Y Niwl, Colorama, Richard James, Toy Horses, T.G. Elias, Georgia Ruth, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Mowbird, Sex Hands, Chris T-T, She Makes War, Sam Airey, Houdini Dax, Trwbador, The Gentle Good, Golden Fable, Pulco, Harry Keyworth, Greta Isaac, Atlas Twins, Sophie Ballamy.

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You can hear part of one of our DJ sets here:

http://www.mixcloud.com/cracklingvinyl/purple-and-red/


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

LATIN MANIA! [+]

Salsa classes and Latin dance night

Free Bar Entry – Classes £4 each or £6 for both

Latin MANIA!
Salsa classes and Latin dance night

Telfords has hosted a salsa club in Chester for over 15 years and we’re now launching Latin MANIA!

Learn Cuban salsa lessons every Wednesday with Banderas (Havana, Cuba), Lee Baker and Rachel Forshaw. Lessons are provided for all levels of ability, from complete beginners to experienced dancers. You don’t need a partner – you’ll change partners all the time in a friendly, fun group.

8.00 pm: Separate classes for Beginners and Improver level

8.45 pm: Intermediate level partnerwork and Improver (and above) rueda (Cuban group dance, performed in a circle or ‘wheel’)

- Beginner classes introduce you to salsa music, teach the basic footwork steps and let you take your first steps dancing with a partner.

- Improver classes build up your repertoire of fundamental partner work sequences.

- Intermediate classes build up more advanced partner work and solo patterns, and help develop body movement and musicality.

9.30 pm till 12.30: Dance into the night with a mix that includes salsa, timba, bachata, regaetton, merengue, latin pop and more.

Classes are just £4 for one class or £6 for two classes. Entry to social dancing after 9.30 is free.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, November 8th, 2012

A Night of Song and Laughter [+]

Free Entry

‘A Night of Song and Laughter’

Fragment Arts Collective presents this fabulously entertaining Cabaret show. Guests will enjoy a unique theatrical experience including a spot of ventriloquism, live singing, comedy and guest performances from Chester Ukulele Players.

Featuring special guests:
Dangerous Dave
A ventriloquist act that charms and mesmerises his audience, must be seen to be believed!

The Garden of Eden: Featuring… Adam and Eve
A top-notch comedy act that will tempt the senses and awaken the serpent, Ssshh……Just don’t eat the apple.

Fusion Vocal group

A Chester based vocal group, who will be performing a choral repertoire of contemporary classics, not to be missed.

Plus, a host of other show stopping performances from our energetic and entertaining cast!!

Fragment Arts Collective is a locally based multi-disciplinary arts group specialising in Comedy, Theatre, music and installation pieces. Hot on the heels of our last Cabaret, we have decided to indulge ourselves in another night of fun and are inviting all of you to along for the journey. We promise you won’t be disappointed.


 
APPEARING ON Friday, November 9th, 2012

Death At Sea [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter


They’re awash with the depth and danger of maritime nightmares. They’re the place where coruscating noise meets haunting pop melody and brutal lyrical honesty. They’re Sonic Youth, Pavement, The Strokes and Echo And The Bunnymen eating each other on a raft adrift in the Arctic Ocean. They’re Death At Sea, the best band to emerge from a vapid Liverpool scene in decades. And they’ve come to give rock the kiss of life. They’vegot all the characters. Sam Peterson, the art-­?rock guitarist with the tortured past. Ruaidhri Owens, the technical home-­ studio whizz kid, capable of making an entire album on knackered equipment held together with old school ties. Carl Davies, the hyperactive drummer spooling endless tales of shark documentaries andMerseyside scene gossip. Neale Davies, Carl’s bassist brother; the silent, swarthyenigmatic one. And Ralph Kinsella, the taciturn art-­?school poeton a mission to admonish his sailings and discoverhis true naturethroug his lyrics. “It comes from a constant state of melancholy,” Ralph admits. “Sometimes it’s about me being an asshole and writingabout it, admit and cope with that.”

They’re
awash
with
the
depth
and
danger
of
maritime
nightmares.
They’re
the
place
where
coruscating
noise
meets
haunting
pop
melody
and
brutal
lyrical
honesty.
They’re
Sonic
Youth,
Pavement,
The
Strokes
and
Echo
And
The
Bunnymen
eating
each
other
on
a
raft
adrift
in
the
Arctic
Ocean.
They’re
Death
At
Sea,
the
best
band
to
emerge
from
a
vapid
Liverpool
scene
in
decades.
And
they’ve
come
to
give
rock
the
kiss
of
life.
They’ve
got
all
the
characters.
Sam
Peterson,
the
art-­?rock
guitarist
with
the
tortured
past.
Ruaidhri
Owens,
the
technical
home-­?studio
whizz
kid,
capable
of
making
an
entire
album
on
knackered
equipment
held
together
with
old
school
ties.
Carl
Davies,
the
hyperactive
drummer
spooling
endless
tales
of
shark
documentaries
and
Merseyside
scene
gossip.
Neale
Davies,
Carl’s
bassist
brother;
the
silent,
swarthy
enigmatic
one.
And
Ralph
Kinsella,
the
taciturn
art-­?school
poet
on
a
mission
to
admonish
his
failings
and
discover
his
true
nature
through
his
lyrics.
“It
comes
from
a
constant
state
of
melancholy,”
Ralph
admits.
“Sometimes
it’s
about
me
being
an
asshole
and
writing
about
it,
admit
and
cope
with
that.”
Hence
such
intricate
emotional
dissections
as
‘Sea
Foam
Green’,
a
psych-­?pop
classic
redolent
of
The
Velvet
Underground,
The
Jesus
&
Mary
Chain
and
Smashing
Pumpkins
about
being
desperate
to
get
back
the
girl
who’s
dumped
you
then,
having
won
her
back
again,
realising
that
the
passion
of
wanting
her
was
much
greater
than
the
appreciation
of
having
her.
Or
‘Selfless’,
the
surf
scree
cracker
about
living
life
like
“a
selfless
egoist”
and
losing
yourself
in
hedonistic
abandon
that
clatters
to
a
fan-­?chant
chorus
of
“you’re
fucking
bringing
me
down”.
There’s
disgust,
desperation
and
self-­?hatred
broiling
within
these
songs,
all
part
of
Ralph’s
attempt
to
exorcise
his
darkest
emotions
and
flay
himself
bare
within
the
most
gorgeous
musical
landscapes
imaginable.
Death
At
Sea
rescued
each
other
from
a
Liverpool
music
course
that
Sam
(from
Northampton),
Ralph
(from
Edinburgh)
and
Ruaidhri
(from
Belfast)
found
themselves
on,
as
rock’n’roll
misfits
in
an
ocean
of
flautists.
“It
was
like
a
classical
music
course
except
we
were
on
it,”
Ruaidhri
laughs.
Sam
and
Ralph
started
writing
songs
together
in
January
2012
&
would
send
their
demos
to
Ruaidhri
who
was
now
working
at
a
studio
in
Glasgow.
The
very
first
brace
of
songs
brought
him
back
down
to
Liverpool
to
move
in
with
Sam
&
start
‘Death
at
Sea’.
“As
soon
as
I
heard
it
I
thought
‘that’s
what
I
want
to
be
doing’,”
he
recalls.
“Within
a
month
I’d
moved
down
and
started
recording.”
“We
were
working
on
“the
most
broken,
run-­?down
set-­?up
ever.
Broken
headphones,
broken
microphones,
no
money…
we
had
to
tie
things
together
for
them
to
work,
literally
with
school
ties”,
the
three
came
up
with
their
first
clutch
of
classic
tunes
almost
immediately.
Future
hit
‘Drag’

“When
he’s
with
her,
she
bleeds
glitter”

was
a
sexy
and
seditious
slab
of
misanthropic
glam
grunge.
The
songs
came
easy,
the
sound
less
so:
“We
just
had
these
songs
but
it
started
changing,
the
sound,”
Ruaidhri
explains.
The
framework
of
‘Drag’
was
bashed
together
in
a
day
but
we
probably
spent
three
weeks
working
out
how
to
record
it.
We
all
have
our
touchstones
but
we
just
knew
what
we
didn’t
want
to
do.
We’d
go
through
a
stage
of
thinking
it
was
amazing
then
listen
to
it
two
days
later
and
go
‘no,
that’s
not
cool’
and
scrap
all
the
guitars.
People
keep
saying
it’s
got
that
90s
lo-­?fi
Matador
sound
but
we
never
tried
to
do
that.
We
love
that
music,
but
all
we
were
trying
to
do
was
make
the
best
sounding
record
we
could
in
our
living
room.”
With
the
addition
of
Neale
and
Carl
to
the
line-­?up
in
early
2012,
Liverpool
started
buzzing
from
the
smattering
of
YouTube
videos
Death
At
Sea
put
up
for
‘Drag’
and
‘Selfless’,
videos
pieced
together
by
Ralph
from
found
footage,
so
keen
are
they
to
control
all
aspects
of
their
artwork
and
aesthetic.
Ralph:
“It
was
stock
images,
I
found
ones
that
I
thought
were
interesting.
I
wanted
to
create
a
juxtaposition
of
8mm
film
that’s
a
bit
ugly
or
disturbing
with
an
innocent
family
scene.”
Ruaidhri:
“They
changed
the
way
I
saw
the
songs.
As
soon
as
I
watched
it
I
fell
in
love
with
the
songs
again,
it
fit
so
well
with
it.
All
the
art
is
consistent
through
every
format.”
Drag
was
a
coming
of
age
thing,
it
starts
with
familiar
childhood
clips
of
times
on
roller
coasters
and
surfing,
followed
by
darker
scenes
of
a
stripper
at
a
party
with
old
men
and
then
an
unhappy
married
life
as
an
adult,
its
a
realisation
that
things
never
happen
how
you
thought
they
would.
Enticed
into
the
live
arena
by
the
editors
of
local
Liverpool
magazine
Bido
Lito!
who’d
put
them
on
the
cover
of
the
magazine
before
they’d
even
released
anything.
Death
At
Sea’s
immense
sound
come
together
in
time
for
their
first
gig
at
a
Bido
Lito!
party
at
Liverpool’s
Mello
Mello
in
April
as
part
of
Record
Store
Day
(they
also
put
‘Selfless
on
a
RSD
mixtape
called
‘Game
Theory’,
now
sold
out).
They
were
amazed
to
find
a
“very
sweaty,
hot
and
packed”
room
of
fanatics
singing
every
word
to
their
as-­?yet-­?
unreleased
songs.
At
the
time
of
writing,
as
the
A&R
pack
begin
their
hounding,
Death
At
Sea
have
played
only
three
gigs
but
have
an
album’s
worth
of
material
ready
to
go.
“The
whole
point
of
an
album
is
to
make
a
record,”
says
Carl.
“These
first
songs
mean
a
lot
to
us
and
we’re
only
just
starting
to
play
them
live
but
we
want
to
keep
it
fresh.”
“They’ve
been
a
great
platform
in
terms
of
getting
a
bit
of
attention,
introducing
ourselves
and
our
sound”
adds
Sam,
“but
we’re
constantly
writing.”
Carl
nods.
“We
feel
like
every
new
song
is
a
step
up.”
The
tracks
will
get
a
release
though,
firstly
‘Drag’
and
‘Selfless’
on
a
forthcoming
AA-­?side
7”
vinyl,
“just
to
draw
a
line
under
it
and
move
on,”
according
to
Sam.
Ruaidhri’s
looking
forward
to
it.
‘We
spent
so
many
hazy
evenings
recording,
we
felt
like
caged
animals
that
are
finally
getting
released.”
Like
the
biggest
oceanic
predators,
Death
At
Sea
will
keep
moving
or
die.
Get
devoured.

 
APPEARING ON Saturday, November 10th, 2012

The Loose Kites [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Local skiffle indie group The Loose Kites promise to get your big toes wagging with their energetic live performance and witty banter.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson [+]

Free Entry

Open mic antics with Telford’s legend Mark bringing us his unique folk/blues stylings. Always a popular session, best to get in early if you fancy a set.


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Latin Mania! [+]

Salsa classes and Latin dance night

Free Bar Entry – Classes £4 each or £6 for both

Latin MANIA!
Salsa classes and Latin dance night

Telfords has hosted a salsa club in Chester for over 15 years and we’re now launching Latin MANIA!

Learn Cuban salsa lessons every Wednesday with Banderas (Havana, Cuba), Lee Baker and Rachel Forshaw. Lessons are provided for all levels of ability, from complete beginners to experienced dancers. You don’t need a partner – you’ll change partners all the time in a friendly, fun group.

8.00 pm: Separate classes for Beginners and Improver level

8.45 pm: Intermediate level partnerwork and Improver (and above) rueda (Cuban group dance, performed in a circle or ‘wheel’)

- Beginner classes introduce you to salsa music, teach the basic footwork steps and let you take your first steps dancing with a partner.

- Improver classes build up your repertoire of fundamental partner work sequences.

- Intermediate classes build up more advanced partner work and solo patterns, and help develop body movement and musicality.

9.30 pm till 12.30: Dance into the night with a mix that includes salsa, timba, bachata, regaetton, merengue, latin pop and more.

Classes are just £4 for one class or £6 for two classes. Entry to social dancing after 9.30 is free.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Dodgy [+]

Tickets £12.50

The definitive line up of Nigel Clark, Andy Miller and Mathew Priest is back………

The first time round, Dodgy were only together for seven years but in that time they sold over a million records worldwide, released three albums and 12 Top 40 singles, including 3 Top 10s and the Top 5 hit Good Enough, still a staple of the Radio 2 playlist; sold out the Brixton Academy for three nights in a row and were awarded an unprecedented 90-minute Saturday evening slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 1997 just before Radiohead. Not bad, considering that they also partied harder than an Ewok.
Read more… »


 
APPEARING ON Friday, November 16th, 2012

Lord Scotland [+]

Friday 16th November

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

With DJ Adam Walton (BBC Radio)

Telford’s cult favourites Lord Scotland bring their funky chugging blues, gypsy punk, and folky polka – these guys hit all the genres and are guaranteed to get everyone dancing.


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Encore De Funk [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4.00 Thereafter

Encore De Funk are a 7 piece collective from the North West of England.  Brought together by a mutual love for Soul/Funk and Jazz, the group embarked on creating original interpretations of contemporary classics, adding in some untouched masterpieces along the way.

Members of the group have performed at numerous European festivals including The Cork Jazz Festival , Leeds/Reading Carling Festival and Wakestock.

This experience was brought together and, as a result, the band are at their best live, with a powerful horn section, intricate hammond organ, the solid groove of the rhythm section complimented by smooth soulful vocals. The live set features some of the best moments in Acid Jazz and Soul whilst taking on some of the indie masters of the modern era and giving them a classic funky twist.

 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Alx Green [+]

Free Entry

2012′ s most regular host is back again to light up the Telford’s stage. Come and join in the fun and showcase your best songs, poems or interpretative dance moves.  £1 tequila all night to help give you that Dutch courage.

www.alxgreenfb.com


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Mike Peters (The Alarm) [+]

Tuesday 20th November – Tickets £10.00

Mike Peters is known primarily as frontman of the internationally acclaimed Welsh band The Alarm. Mike is also an inspirational solo acoustic performer and (as a two times cancer survivor), founder of what is now regarded as the world’s leading rock and roll cancer charity ‘Love Hope Strength Foundation’. Read more… »


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Latin Mania! [+]

Salsa classes and Latin dance night

Free Bar Entry – Classes £4 each or £6 for both

Latin MANIA!
Salsa classes and Latin dance night

Telfords has hosted a salsa club in Chester for over 15 years and we’re now launching Latin MANIA!

Learn Cuban salsa lessons every Wednesday with Banderas (Havana, Cuba), Lee Baker and Rachel Forshaw. Lessons are provided for all levels of ability, from complete beginners to experienced dancers. You don’t need a partner – you’ll change partners all the time in a friendly, fun group.

8.00 pm: Separate classes for Beginners and Improver level

8.45 pm: Intermediate level partnerwork and Improver (and above) rueda (Cuban group dance, performed in a circle or ‘wheel’)

- Beginner classes introduce you to salsa music, teach the basic footwork steps and let you take your first steps dancing with a partner.

- Improver classes build up your repertoire of fundamental partner work sequences.

- Intermediate classes build up more advanced partner work and solo patterns, and help develop body movement and musicality.

9.30 pm till 12.30: Dance into the night with a mix that includes salsa, timba, bachata, regaetton, merengue, latin pop and more.

Classes are just £4 for one class or £6 for two classes. Entry to social dancing after 9.30 is free.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Chemistry Lane 2nd EP Launch ‘Pitch Black’ [+]

Plus Support From

Esper Scout & Silver Back Club

Thursday 22nd November -

Free Admission

Influences range far and wide from shoe-gaze and orchestral post-rock bands like Slowdive, Spiritualized and Godspeed! You Black Emperor, to new wave groups such as Talking Heads and Echo and the Bunnymen.  Recent appreciation for bands such as Deerhunter, Factory Floor and The Phantom Band have allowed the group to unlock a new direction.

Chemistry Lane combine the dreaminess of experimental indie with a layered instrumental depth of sound that results in powerful, almost hypnotic melodies and warm spine tingling atmospheres.

A review of Chemistry Lane’s debut EP Launch (Christopher Bunting).

“The group appear as a collection of shadows onstage behind an enormous projection screen – set up to display various film and imagery – separating band from audience.  It’s a brave move, not one that many artists would even consider, and it serves to amp up the pre-gig anticipation amongst the crowd.  Credit to the band for a willingness to experiment in a live setting but it’s this spirit that pervades their music also.”

“Set closer ‘Pitch Black’ ensures the night ends on a high.  With its hypnotic synth-bass line holding everything together, coiling snake-like around the room, looping over and over until things fall apart, it’s a hulking beast of a track and a definite highlight.”

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Esper Scout


Esper Scout are an alt. rock/progressive four-piece from Leeds, driven by an enthusiasm for melody, harmony, rhythms and guitar and bass textures and pedal effects as well as dynamic drums and rhythms.

“…The influence of bands like the Mars Volta is clear in their music but the vocal delivery makes them closer to Manchester favourites Oceansize. Comparisons to Warpaint also seem valid as the set goes all shoegazey at times with good dual vocals and clever breakdowns…”

Leeds Music Scene live review by Rebecca Atkinson

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Silver Back Club

“Deliciously atmospheric” – Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales

“Music so lovely I just happily paid 3 quid for it” – Dan Salter, Echoes And Dust

“Musicianship in droves” – Kane Fulton, Skrbblr Magazine

“Some of the most exciting music I’ve heard in an age” – Dan Read, The Core Management

Hailing from industrial Deeside in North Wales, SILVER/BACK/CLUB formed towards the end of 2011. The four fellows (David Thomas – Guitar & Lead Vocals, Adam Hughes – Bass, Tom Williams – Drums, and Gareth Jones – Synths & Vocals) have written for and gigged with various local bands for a number of years, gaining experience and honing their craft.

Moving into 2012, it became apparent that this incarnation had something special. April saw the release of a debut self-titled EP, with all three tracks receiving airplay on BBC Radio Wales. In a short space of time, the band is building up a healthy reputation with critics, promoters and gig-goers alike.

Drawing upon many influences, S/B/C have been compared to indie heavyweights such as Editors, The Horrors, Bombay Bicycle Club and fellow Welshies Los Campesinos! Combining shimmering delays, haunting vocals, stabbing staccato guitar and distorted grooves, S/B/C strive for one thing, and that is to write good pop songs: distinguished tunes, teaming with hooks and melody.

After only their second gig, S/B/C were scouted by Victoria Warehouse (the new home of the Manchester Warehouse Project) to have their track “Pale Face” chosen as  the opener for a forthcoming compilation CD, aiming to promote upcoming unsigned artists – an accolade which the band are very excited about.

A physical release of their EP is now imminent, alongside a full UK tour.

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www.silverbackclub.bandcamp.com

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APPEARING ON Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Baby Brave & The Lovebites [+]

Free admission before 9pm, £4 thereafter

Emily & Jo picked up their paintbrushes and proceeded to create a series of earnestly peculiar lyrics and sunny folk-pop melodies, splattered with adorable harmonies and contagious catchiness. With a healthy dose of welsh heart from guitarist ‘The Lovebites’, the Braves are sure to get your toes tapping. Expect to be charmed by flute solos, feverish guitar riffs, hypnotic hands and a ukulele named Fiona.

http://www.drumwithourhands.com/Drum_with_our_Hands/Baby_Brave.html


 
APPEARING ON Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Funkdub presents The Skints [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Music promoter and DJ collective Funkdub is marking eight years of bringing live events to the North West by securing The Skints to headline its eighth birthday spectacular at Telfords Warehouse on Saturday 24th November.

The Skints have had one hell of a year. And the ride’s about to get wilder.

The East London reggae/punk/ska/dub outfit are well used to playing huge gigs. They have hundreds of performances under their belts, both as headliners and supporting the likes Bedouin Soundclash, Gym Class Heroes, The Slackers and Gogol Bordello.

Likewise, they are no strangers to national airplay. Right from their inception in 2007, Radio One DJs like Colin Murray were championing their natty dancehall sound and providing The Skints with major exposure.

And adulation from thousands of fans on the festival scene is nothing new either. The Skints have smashed the stage at every festival that you could care to mention, and continue to lead the way in the UK’s ska revival.

But the last extraordinary twelve months has seen euphoric highs and shattering lows in the lives of The Skints. All of which makes them stronger, hungrier and champing at the bit to unleash their incredible live show for the Funkdub Live eighth birthday event.

December 2011 saw The Skints’ renowned cover of Katy B’s On A Mission. Already a club banger that has been credited with dragging dubstep into the mainstream, The Skints rearranged the song into a captivating slice of dub reggae. The intimate video garnered 10,000 views in its first day, and it’s currently nudging a quarter of a million.  It has also won the vocal backing of Katy B herself, alongside the heavyweight dubstep producers of the original track, Skream and Benga.

Off the back of that success, The Skints released the acclaimed single Ratatat, again getting major radio airplay and backing from the likes of Radio One’s Huw Stephens. Impressive download figures meant that was only kept of the iTunes reggae singles top spot from an old dead Rasta called Bob.

It was only a matter of time before the media came knocking, and Marcia and Josh were invited in to talk to Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music. Later in the year, the ardent fans of the BBC Radio One Punk Show were treated to an interview with Marcia.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Chris Ingram [+]

Free Entry

Chester’s longest running open mic is this week hosted by Chris Ingram, local musical hero and Tequila smasher. Bring along your instruments and take to the stage for fun and laughter.


 
APPEARING ON Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Nine Below Zero [+]

Tickets £13.50

Nine Below Zero are one of Britain’s most respected R&B bands, famous for their no-frills, punchy and direct approach. Frontman Dennis Greaves, with his rasping vocals and stinging guitar work, is joined by fellow-founder Mark Feltham on harmonica, and a driving rhythm section of Gerry McAvoy (bass) and Brendan O’Neill (drums). Their gigs are energetic affairs: non-stop, thrill-a-minute parties.


 
APPEARING ON Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Latin Mania! [+]

Salsa classes and Latin dance night

Free Bar Entry – Classes £4 each or £6 for both

Latin MANIA!
Salsa classes and Latin dance night

Telfords has hosted a salsa club in Chester for over 15 years and we’re now launching Latin MANIA!

Learn Cuban salsa lessons every Wednesday with Banderas (Havana, Cuba), Lee Baker and Rachel Forshaw. Lessons are provided for all levels of ability, from complete beginners to experienced dancers. You don’t need a partner – you’ll change partners all the time in a friendly, fun group.

8.00 pm: Separate classes for Beginners and Improver level

8.45 pm: Intermediate level partnerwork and Improver (and above) rueda (Cuban group dance, performed in a circle or ‘wheel’)

- Beginner classes introduce you to salsa music, teach the basic footwork steps and let you take your first steps dancing with a partner.

- Improver classes build up your repertoire of fundamental partner work sequences.

- Intermediate classes build up more advanced partner work and solo patterns, and help develop body movement and musicality.

9.30 pm till 12.30: Dance into the night with a mix that includes salsa, timba, bachata, regaetton, merengue, latin pop and more.

Classes are just £4 for one class or £6 for two classes. Entry to social dancing after 9.30 is free.


 
APPEARING ON Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Mark Radcliffe and Foes [+]

An evening of abject misery…Tickets £6

Mark Radcliffe and Foes

From deepest, darkest Cheshire, land of perpetual twilight, emerge rambling radio roustabout Mark Radcliffe and Foes. As opposed to friends.
With a selection of songs to burn coffins to, these misanthropic minstrels; these downbeat Dee bank dirgesmiths; these glum-pop pall-bearers of bar-room bathos bring tales of loss, regret, ruin, heartbreak and dead dogs. Mark’s previous band The Family Mahone specialised in drinking songs. Now feel the full force of the hangover as the Foes set the morning after the night before to music.

Joining Mark, thanks to a care-in-the-community placement programme, are former Mahones Christopher Lee, the dark prince of double bass and mandolin; and Rusty Mabbutt, still striving to achieve two pin-falls and a submission over the piano accordion. Noted Northwich bowler-hatted bare-knuckle knave Mark Woolley is also on hand to lend lilting low whistle and to hit a box with barely concealed menace.

So, encounter the Foes and an evening of abject misery is guaranteed.

Samaritans 24 hour helpline: 08457 90 90 90


 
APPEARING ON Friday, November 30th, 2012

Jamie B & The Scruff Monsters [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4.00 Thereafter

Manchester based blues band with a fantastic energy fueled live preformance.