Buffo’s Wake – ‘Carniphobia’

buffo's wake carniphobiaOpening like a bouncier version of Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s Re-Foc album and strutting confidently through ten tracks of cool and elegant gypsy punk, Carniphobia is party music par excellence. Put down that Ibiza compilation CD and step away from the ‘Urban/RnB’ section of your local record shop – Buffo’s Wake have all you need to get happy, horny, and everything in between. Fans of the Cat Empire, Caravan Palace, Lunatrix and the Zen Hussies will love Carniphobia – but even those unaccustomed to sexy music that’s not performed by machines are sure to find themselves seduced.

Links / Listen

Buffo’s Wake on Facebook and Twitter.

Live Review: twothirtytwo / Parachute For Gordo / Katie Malco / Midfield Workhorse (The Boileroom, 9/9/14)

twothirtytwo tour posterThis show was special.

Midfield Workhorse

Rough-edged geek rock complete with pitch-shifted melodies, galloping riffs à la Muse, a band unafraid to rock the fuck out, and a guitar with a picture of a zebra taped to it. If that doesn’t sound incredible to you, seek help.

Katie Malco

Sticking a lone singer-songwriter between two hard-rocking bands can be a risky proposition. It’s a lot of pressure, requiring nerves of steel and something special to keep the attention of impatient punters.

With an upside-down guitar facilitating fascinatingly inventive chord voicings, and a mastery of deep and soulful dynamics as well as lush and passionate songs, Katie Malco is that something special. Quirky and original yet accessible and appealing, this set was crammed with the kind of creativity required to stand head and shoulders above the competition in a beyond-oversaturated genre.

Parachute For Gordo

Are…well…Parachute For Gordo. I’ve previously said that being in Parachute For Gordo sounds so fun that I’ve added it to my list of things I want to do when I grow up – and having now seen these guys live, I still stand by that statement.

The happiest bassist alive, a drummer glad to take a break from beating the skin to get in the crowd and feed shots to willing punters, and a series of off-kilter pieces culminating in the epic Labrasaga all added up to the perfect PFG experience. If you’re on the fence about peeling yourself away from Come Dine With Me next time Parachute For Gordo are in town, do it. You’ll be glad you made that choice.

twothirtytwo

Twothirtytwo have risen in my estimations faster than any other band, ever. From an iffy demo to a badass EP (read more about that here) to this absolutely spellbinding blinder of a live set, it just goes to show that giving the finger to instant gratification can reward you in completely unpredictable ways.

Twothirtytwo are so pissed off and full of pent-up frustration that they’re definitely from Aldershot. Live, they’re all about unrestrained catharsis, offering a frontman shaking so furiously that you’d expect him to spontaneously combust at any moment; instrumentalists punching out walls of sound under appropriately Hulk-coloured strobes; and a set-closing climax during which an audience member wound up wearing a bass guitar while its owner dragged a floor tom into the crowd for a beating so fierce that you’d think it had fucked his wife.

Overall, this was the most hyperactive Boileroom show since Marmozets and Drones played last month. Applause was received, and very much deserved. I don’t know how twothirtytwo plan on topping this, but I plan on being around when it happens.

Links

twothirtytwo official website.

Parachute For Gordo on Facebook and Twitter.

Katie Malco on Facebook and Twitter.

Midfield Workhorse on Facebook and Twitter.

Rose Coloured Records official website.

The Boileroom official website.

For Astronauts & Satellites Discuss: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

for astronauts and satellites logoWith Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with local post-rock & chiptune innovators For Astronauts & Satellites to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom?

The Boileroom is one of those venues that local bands just aspire to play. They take the best in local talent and match them up with national/international touring bands, giving the grassroots that much needed exposure. That, and the superb management. sound, atmosphere, food (important), bar (also important) and range of music genres makes The Boileroom a fantastic venue.

How did you feel when you heard about the Boileroom’s current problems?

Our feelings, and probably that of many others, were beautifully summed up by one Jamie Lenman; something about a biscuit factory and crumbs. Why move in next door to a well established music venue, then complain about the well established music venue?

We heard the news and immedietely signed the petition and shared it on social media. We hope that others will do the same!

What would happen if the Boileroom were to shut down? What impact would that event have?

Not only would the local area lose one of the best venues for live music, but the UK would lose one of the best venues for live music. The number of bands that stop off in Guildford on tour is huge. We, for example, played with SHRINE 03/07, and we know Reel Big Fish played not too long after that. Closing the Boileroom will mean us local lot lose a chance to see big names right on our doorstep.

What is your favourite Boileroom-related memory?

Mike and Ian saw People In Planes a few years ago. I (Matt) can only assume my invite was lost on the post? These guys are a big influence, so to see this band up close was amazing.

How do you feel about the state of grassroots music in the UK right now? What could be done to improve things?

It has certainly seen better days. Back when we were younger there were a lot more venues around offering chances for local bands to take to the stage and play their stuff. What can be done to improve things? Stop closing our venues!

Links

For Astronauts And Satellites official website.

Employed To Serve Discuss: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

employed to serveWith Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with Employed To Serve vocalist Justine Jones to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom?

The Boileroom is one of the best music venues we’ve played and was a big part of my early teens. I’ve discovered some incredible bands because of that venue.

How did you feel when you heard about the Boilerooms current problems?

Mainly shocked, because every time I’ve been to that venue I’ve never even noticed there’s a band playing…I’ve missed a few bands because I was too busy chatting outside! Security and staff are super courteous of the community as well, making sure people move on after the show as quickly as possible.

What would happen if the Boileroom were to shut down? What impact would that event have?

It would have a huge impact on Surrey’s music scene as a whole. The University and ACM won’t be able to showcase their students there anymore, and charities won’t be able to run fundraisers.

What is your favourite Boileroom-related memory?

I have many. I used to take photos for them for a while and pretty much every band I’ve seen there over the years have been awesome!

How do you feel about the state of the UKs live music scene right now? What could be done to improve things?

I think it’s really thriving at the moment; there are so many bands around that deserve your attention. Things like making more venues available to rent out for shows and not closing them would help too!

Is there anything else youd like to add?

Thanks for interviewing us!

Links

Employed To Serve on Facebook and Twitter.

Adam Pain (Senior Lecturer, ACM) Discusses: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

ACM-logoWith Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with senior ACM lecturer Adam Pain to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom?

The Boileroom represents the only true circuit venue in Guildford for bands and artists at the most crucial stage of their careers. In my opinion, the Boileroom is a great little venue – but it’s also a vital part of Surrey’s live music industry.

What would happen if the Boileroom were to shut down? What impact would that event have?

It would make a very hard situation for emerging bands and artists in the area even more difficult. As I said, the venue really is a truly good spot on the circuit, so it would be a great loss.

What is your favourite Boileroom-related memory?

I’ve seen some great stuff at the Boileroom, but I would say that watching Klauss hold the venue spellbound for forty minutes is a pretty good shout.

How do you feel about the state of grassroots music in the UK right now? What could be done to improve things?

There need to be more venues engaging in live music, full stop. The country is losing venues at an alarming rate, with some brilliant places ceasing trading over the last year alone. Let’s not watch the Boileroom become another one of them.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Yes. There’s a myth out there that live music is booming. It is at the top level, but grassroots music needs support. That’s why I am such a fan of things like TMMP, because it puts a positive and enthusiastic energy into grassroots music.

Links

ACM official website.

Adam Pain’s personal blog, A World Of Pain, can be read here.

Palm Reader Discuss: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

palm reader press shotWith Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with the immensely passionate Palm Reader to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom?

The Boileroom is a fantastic venue that caters for a wide variety of music lovers’ tastes. But it’s SO much more than that. There are evenings and days dedicated to spoken word, craft fairs, and cinema as well as various music and non-music-related workshops.

I have been coming here & working here on and off since it opened in 2007. The staff are always friendly, helpful, and welcoming. I can’t think of any other venue in the UK that offers such a wide variety of activities, and one that unashamedly shows such great community spirit.

What would happen if the Boileroom were to shut down? What impact would that event have?

At the risk of sounding of sounding like my grandparents, it would be an absolute travesty. As well as being the only proper music venue in Guildford, the Boileroom is the ONLY venue of it’s kind in the area – possibly in the southeast. I grew up in a small backwater market town and we had our two venues close down. Speaking from first hand experience, it takes YEARS to build up a healthy live music scene in a town once the venues have closed down.

What is your favourite Boileroom-related memory?

Watching The Bronx play there – a full-time touring US punk rock band. The kind of band that draws crowds of thousands at festivals and is renowned for having one of the best live shows in the scene. I was designing that month’s gig listings and saw they were playing our humble venue. I honestly couldn’t believe it. True to form, it sold out in record time and was one of the best, hottest, and sweatiest shows I’ve ever been to.

How do you feel about the state of the UK’s live music scene right now? What could be done to improve things?

The UK scene is once again getting back to full health after a slew of venues such as the Boileroom closed down in the past few years. It is a real stab in the heart when venues close and promoters go out of business BUT the upside is it makes everyone fight harder for the chance to play shows so in the struggle, the bar really gets raised.

Links

Palm Reader on Facebook and Twitter.

Miss Vincent Discuss: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

miss vincentWith Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with local rockers Miss Vincent to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom?

As a band, it’s one of our favourite venues. We’ve played there a number of times and been to countless shows ourselves. Great sound, great people, always great times. Guildford’s lucky to have such a venue!

How did you feel when you heard about the Boileroom’s current problems?

Absolutely gutted.

What would happen if the Boileroom were to shut down? What impact would that event have?

It would be an enormous shame to see the Boileroom close. It is arguably the heart of Guildford’s amazing music scene and has given many emerging acts valuable exposure and experience playing at the venue. Furthermore, it provides a safe and welcoming place for people of all backgrounds and ages to enjoy live music and other events.

What is your favourite Boileroom-related memory?

That would have to be when we played Hool-A-Palooza back in May of this year. Loads of great bands and music fans coming together to raise awareness and money in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Over £1200 was raised in total so it was amazing to be a part of that, and it couldn’t have happened without the Boileroom.

How do you feel about the state of the UK’s live music scene right now? What could be done to improve things?

Too many small venues are closing. With the Peel in Kingston closing recently it would be another massive blow to the UK music scene to see the Boileroom follow. People simply need to support their local venues more! Buy a ticket in advance, go to a show, check out that band your mate told you about, buy a drink or five, and then take all your mates when you go back!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

We love the Boileroom. We really cannot stress enough just how much of a shame it would be to see it go, not to mention the damage it would do to the local music scene and ultimately the community. Hopefully this issue is a mere speed bump in the long life of a highly valued and important venue.

Links

Miss Vincent on Facebook and Twitter.