TOP 3 GIGS – Week Beginning 23rd January 2017

TOM MCCARTNEY. Photo Credit: Daniel Whiston

I know it feels like it’s been grey and raining since the dawn of time, but don’t let that stop you getting out to this week’s diverse selections of Notts artists doing their thang. Even better, it’s like they read your mind and your wallet, all these gigs are under fiver! What’s stoppin’ ya?

FRIDAY

Only a month or so after stunning you lot in his Future Session, the Bluesy, Rockabilly TOM MCCARTNEY will be launching his EP at Rough Trade. Though he’s only aged seventeen, his voice has the weathered sound of an aged whisky drinker, seasoned with heartbreak, cigarettes and booze. Properly rock ‘n’ roll. ‘Well Dressed Man’ is the name of the new record, and incredibly apt as Tom is always very suited, as are his eclectic band which includes a double bass and harmonica! Before Tom brings you the late night blues, he has a bunch of friends ready to play and warm you up.

Opening the evening is the incredibly talented RYAN FARMER. With guitar progressions that sound like they came from the streams of the Appalachian mountains and mature vocals, you might be under the impression that you’re listening to a badass Ryan Adams. Different Ryan, still awesome! Get yerself a whisky and you’ll be jigging to his husky voice in the upbeat ‘Sixteen Tons’, but be prepared for the harrowing beauty and soaring vocals of ‘Down in the Morning’ that might make you cry…

Lucille are bringing the rhythm and blues too… but from Derby!

Rough Trade
Friday 27th January
Price: Free
Doors: 7pm

FRIDAY

If Rhythm and Blues / Country is a little tame for your ears, then we have a great alternative for you.

THREE YEARS OF WINTER are a three piece “blackened thrash band” – even their music is incredibly dark and dingey (in a good way), much like three years of winter would be (just imagine). With the immense sound that they create, it’s easy to forget that they are just a three piece, with dense musical lines and tonnes of distortion. Quite appropriately these guys will be headlining this evening at Bodega, that they have called ‘An evening of aggressive music’.

86 THE ENEMY will be rockin up just before TYOW and oh BOY are they gonna bring the fun! This highly produced and high energy band were apparently kicked out of Sweden for “freaking out” all the metallers in Stockholm, but Nottingham has yet to chase them out of town, so they’re hitting up the humble Bodega. They’ve been together for a fair while and played all over the place, not to mention a gig in a chip shop!

Kicking off the night is TURNBARRELL with their alternative metal sounds throwing back to 90s Post-Hardcore. Here right now in 2017 they’re bringing more stately and almost anxiety ridden music, and with songs about naughty things, this is definitely a 14+ show.

The Bodega
Friday 27th January
Price: £3 advance, £5 OTD
Doors: 7pm

SUNDAY

The weeks not over til you’ve been back to Rough Trade for another party gig, this time in the capable hands of THE MOCKING JAYS.

A band that are so often playing around Nottingham they almost need no introduction, Alt-Indie rockers THE MOCKING JAYS will be headlining this night’s affair. Their most recent production is kind of We Are Scientist-y and with sparkling guitar riffs and sing-along cues at every corner, they’re sure to get you involved and joining in! They’ve been busy recording some new tunes, so we could be expecting some new material from these boys too!

DISTANT BLUE will be bringing their Pop-Punk noise along, and be warned, there will be mosh pits. This upbeat three piece have a very quirky sound and will get you dancing or at least moshing for sure. Long time supporters of THE MOCKING JAYS, expect lots of friendly banter, and they might even have some fun merch they’ll sell ya too!

The Airtones are also playing. But – they’re all about dem covers. 

Rough Trade
Sunday 29th January
Price: Free
Doors: 6pm

Yours in Love of New Music,
Alice Robbins x

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