Last Weeks Gigs, The Orwells, Radkey, Kelley Stoltz, Homeboy Sandman, She Makes War and Osibisa!

So its been like over a week since I updated you out there interested with my gig going addictions, so where shall I start other then where I left off, that being a Saturday, which saw a visit from much hyped American rock band the Orwells, who were nothing spectacular in my opinion.

support came from the rather limp wristed Beatle’s tribute band the Silver Palms, who just seemed to lack any sense of what some might call charisma.

I then shot on over the Louisiana to see cock rock funness of Chinese Missy, to say they sounded like Def Leopard was a bit of an understatement. 

Sunday come face to face with one of my icons of metal Mr Max Cavelera and his tribe otherwise known as Soulfly. Of course they rattled through a 2 hour set of Soulfly’s back catalogue mixed in the obligatory battle cries of Roots Bloody Roots and Nailbomb from the former Sepultura front man. He seemed very happy to be on stage.  

Monday saw me take too Start The Bus to see one of my personal cult hero’s Kelley Stultz who was one of Sub Pops many psychedelic pop artists who were unfortunately axed from the label when Sub Pop went into a merger. Luckily for him Mr Jack White was a massive fan and agreed to put out the new album. tonight he gave pretty much a dream pop master class and a guide into how to pay tribute to some of your favourite artists. )

support came from one of my personal favourite local artists Something Anorak )

opening up was local blues lover Martin Aloysius Brignall 

Tuesday saw me head to the Louisiana to see what will go down as one of the gigs of the year, an absolutely blistering gig from teen brothers from my other mother over in Portland Oregon and a band that have been much talked about by those in the know Radkey. I hate to use Americanised terms but Rad is perfect way to sum them up because they dig up the corpse of the great American punk bands like Bad Brains and The Misfits and sit uneasy with the whole pretence of the garage rock movement. The energy of their show just felt really authentic. About ten mins into their set I turned to one of my friends both of our jaws were pretty much on the ground with astonishment screaming Fuuuucccccccckkkkkkk!!!! )

It was a case where all three of the acts were, both Turnogeist with their subversive humorous grunge and Lyger with their love of early Biffy Clyro and Rival Schools played their part in one hell of a gig.  )

Wednesday Saw a change of pace with the slowed down tones of lyrical poetry from hip hop artist Homeboy Sandman, who delivered an emotive yet thought provoking set of very switched on concious rhymes at start The Bus. )

Support came from up and coming rapper I Am Many )

And a brilliant production set from former Bristol dweller Paul White )

Thursday saw me feeling groggy and sorry for myself so didnt feel like venturing very far, luckily for me that my gig of choice that evening was only just down the road from my flat in The Thunderbolt which was headlined by the enigmatic She Makes War, who was playing a warm up show for her German tour. )

support came from doom chamber folk outfit. )

and young Cardiff based singer songwriter Ellie Makes Music who displayed a lot of pottential. )

Friday saw me being roped in last second to work at the Bristol Jazz Festival at the Colston Hall, which I didnt complain about because it meant I got to see Afrobeat pioneers  Osibisa who really did light up the main hall with their African sunshine feel and 70’s grooves. Osibisa were one of my highlights at Womad and this was a real reminder as to why they were so good. )

Also playing on Friday were Bristol festival favourites Moscow Drug Club and Gypsy Fire. )


Expect to hear more from the jazz festival in my next rambling post!


About bigjeffbristol

I am someone from Bristol in England who is deeply obsessed with live music! its pretty much like an OCD styled obsession that means pretty much every night I am out. I like being down the fron for shows, because then I can feel the music pulsing through me and I am not going to lie to you, I like to dance a lot. Which can make me at times incredibly annoying because of being 6ft4 tall with blonde curly locks so I am the Thoroughly Annoying Blonde!. and I like to preach my geeky musical inertia to people!
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