Get the Bugg at Fibbers
OCTOBER’S highlights at the now wonderfully refurbished Fibbers Club in York were The Ruts and Dry The River – two contrasting bands operating at either end of the musical (and age) spectrum.
Ruts DC were formed after the death of The Ruts lead singer way back in 1980 and have since developed into a wonderful dub ensemble whose work has never really troubled the scorers yet the venue saw a very healthy crowd and it was nice for your reviewer to be one of the youngest in the room, for a change.
The band based around the rhythm section of the Ruts aided by a keyboard player, guitarist and female singer rifled through old songs, new songs and re-workings of several songs to boot.
Overall, it was great to see a very underrated rhythm section given the respect they deserve and shows that punk/new wave bands can survive, modify but still sound contemporary to bands such as Green Day.
The second highlight saw Dry The River play to a sold out crowd who were eager to see the band tipped as one to watch this year. They are a very tight group who plough a left field version of the path well worn by bands such as (whisper it quietly!) Mumford And Sons.
They played a concise set but high on quality showcasing the songs from their debut album, Shallow Bed, produced by a guy who had previously worked with Interpol and The National, so high quality indeed.
It was a great show and it was pleasing to see the venue sold out and think that the audience, like me, went away thinking it was a pleasure and one to note that we had seen the band in such a compact venue as surely bigger exposure awaits.
November preview highlights once again showcases the old and the new - on Friday the 16th, Chameleons Vox play the venue and, on Monday the 19th, Jake Bugg takes the stage.
Chameleons Vox features two members of seminal Manchester band, The Chameleons, who hold that unhappy badge of “could have been huge” in the eighties.
They have since been name checked by bands such as Oasis and Interpol as influences and the band are still a pleasure to see and you can still see in the music and the song writing that they should have been big!
Jake Bugg (pictured) is a great coup to play Fibbers as since the gig announcement his star has gone super stellar; name checked by Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller amongst others his singer-songwriter style also harks back to Lee Mavers of The La’s as well as that other Liverpool band, The Beatles.
His debut album went to number one and, with huge tour supports planned for 2013 alongside his own headlining tour, this is an artist who will feature both highly in the end of year polls as well as in many a Christmas stocking!
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Wednesday 22 May 2013
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