It is a pleasure to introduce Wolf In The Sticks as a new writer on the site, who with his experience as an active musician in a band featured on the site, brings an insiders perspective of live music.
He desperately needed a place to publish the article, having promised Long Division it would happen and I enjoyed the tale and am sure you will too, so agreed to get it published…
Let us not tarry –or as he puts it –
MY FIRST BLOG AND IT’S A BLAG
For three weekends now I have stayed in with no money feeling miserable while all my musician buddies were jetting round Europe having the time of their lives, so this Saturday was not going to be another failed attempt of a weekend. A +one was on the cards to go and watch two of my favourite bands in Yorkshire Adore//Repel and Allusondrugs, only to find out early on Saturday morning my +one had been given to a family member (no names mentioned), so I had to think fast and plot a plan, as the 14:00 kick off for Long Division was getting way too close for comfort. Suddenly I had a light bulb moment ‘GET A PRESS PASS’ how hard could that be?
I figured I had to look the part so props were needed, having no Cannon HD camera hidden up my David Cameron, I had to settle for a 1980’s camera: No film; No battery in it and a man bag. With props in hand and in full Yorkshire banter blagging mode I ventured into Wakefield looking like a caricature of a wannabe journalist. Ticketless and slightly nervous at the thought of getting palmed at the door, but today was going to be my day and I was not going to even consider a – ‘No’.
I landed in Wakefield about 13:50 and had ten minutes to manifest these passes. Off to the Players Bar I went, my bum was squeaking walking up the West Gate towards the Players Bar. I knew Adore//Repel were playing at 17:00, so I guessed that would be the best place to start and I was right. I approached the Players Bar organiser, introducing myself as a British Indie Alternative blogger only to be told, ‘Go and see Simon at Unity Hall’. With a positive stride in my step I scampered over to Unity Hall and strolled up to the reception desk calmly stating I was from the B.I.A Facebook page and I was here to see Simon. The very nice lady at the reception responded rather dubiously (rightfully so), she nearly clicked on and foiled my plans but, she went to ask Simon if it was O.K. to have the weekend press pass for two. After a very nervous five minutes, that seemed like forever, she came back and hay presto I WAS IN.
Four hours later I was drinking neat vodka backstage with Connor the drummer from Allusondrugs (a very nice chap) and chatting to the lads from Pulled Apart By Horses.
8.5/10 – Awesome event. I would advise to go next year if you get chance and maybe I will even be legit next time sorry Long Division please don’t hold this against me.
As I am a believer in Universal Karma – every time I have offered lies, I have either ended up in the cells or in deep trouble so – here I am writing my first blog post – as promised to the Festival Organisers.
ENOUGH BULLSHIT – ON WITH THE BAND REVIEWS
15:00 – Allusondrugs – Unity Hall
Local record label Clue Records recently signed the 5 piece Allusondrugs from Castleford.
Having seen this band a year ago, I was as hooked as I was the first time my ex gave me a rimming, it felt good but wrong at the same time.
I knew they would be pumped up from their first ever gig at the Download Festival and was keen to see how much progress they had made in a year. Judging by their social media page they looked like they had been really busy doing a Kerrang tour and other headline gigs across the U.K.
As they walked on stage it was apparent they had gained more confidence (not like they lacked it before). They kicked off the show with one of my favourite songs – Stir – so I was very happy from the get go. Jason was on top form and so were the other lads. Jason (The Whirling Dervish) even at one point gave the mic a very uncomfortable looking blowjob. The rest of the gig matched the explosive start.
Sweat pooled the floor well before the gig was over – how they keep that energy up from gig to gig really does show their love for what they do.
17:00 – Adore//Repel – Players Bar
Drums – Waggy
Lead Guitar / Vocals – James
Rhythm Guitar / Vocals – Daniel
Adore//Repel is a 3 piece (no Bass) fronted by twins Dan and James from Yorkshire and it’s very hard to pigeon-hole these boys, but for now’ I will call them post punks very own Kray Brothers – Ronnie (Dan), Reggie (James) and Charlie (Waggy).
From listening to their music it apparent they are inspired by the suspense that movie sound tracks create – it’s almost like dance music the way it builds forever. I can even hear echoes of The Cure and Joy Division in the guitar riffs, but, with the balls of hard-core punk vocals dropping in and out throughout the songs.
When they kicked off at the Players Bar it was half full and when I managed to break from the trance like state Adore//Repel had created, I look around and the place was filled up to the rim. Strangely enough I never did miss the Bass Guitar (I hope Bassists don’t start to lose their jobs).
I can see this band gaining a cult like following – you will either get them or not – but if you don’t you’re missing out.
I managed to go out on a bender with the lads around the Festival after their performance and they told me to tell you of their new music video for Youngest Wish being released in the coming weeks and the track will be released on 7th of July. For now….
I have been Wolf In The Sticks – you have been very patient and always remember – KEEP HER / HIM MOIST.
Thanks Wolf In The Sticks and look forward to more of your take on the music scene in Yorkshire – England.