Time for some post rock, groove and proggy notes widdling around the venue. As a venue, we're entrenched in the tech and prog scene from holding the first ever Tech Fest here, right up to our involvement founding RADAR Festival. We love a room of people nodding their heads and staring at guitar pedals as much as the rest, so it's time for some of these bands to come and show us how it's done.
This gig brings new faces to the bar - known by reputation to fans of the scene already in the form of Press To MECO just off the back of their new album release. Supporting them, we welcome back the national band SUMER...who should be familiar faces to locals as they were a huge part of our local scene, had their early gigs here and celebrating their rise on the national scene is something we've been keen to do for a while - and listen to that long-awaited second album. We have a support to announce who is making an exciting debut as a new band (we've seen them throughout lockdown and are excited to be able to share this with you!) Opening is a local young band called Colour Blind Monks who are an exciting addition to the scene and have some fantastic music online already.
Bands playing are:
Press To MECO https://www.facebook.com/presstomeco
Here's a review of their latest album to give you a taste:
"Fuelled by an uncertain future and conflicting feelings towards the connectivity and intensity of the modern world, the lyrics on Press to MECO’s new album, ‘Transmute’, wrestle with the idea of change. Drummer/lyricist, Lewis Williams asks “can we make a significant change for the better, in ourselves, in our relationships and as a society. That’s why I liked the title Transmute. Positive change can sometimes feel like you’re trying to find a way to turn lead into gold ”After 2018’s critically acclaimed ‘Here’s to the Fatigue’ and tours with Don Broco, Shinedown, Arcane Roots, SikTh and a hectic festival season, those highs were quickly followed by the niggling doubts of industry success and real-life commitments. “I didn't want to be depressing. Even if the band breaks up, my girlfriend dumps me or artificial intelligence takes over the world, that's still not the end of all things,” says Williams. He admits that any of those events would be the definite end of a chapter, but that should only motivate you to start another. “It’s a positive record,” he explains. “There are parts where it gets heavy but there’s always a glimmer of hope.” “Addressing the negativity is a positive thing,” adds new addition Jake Crawford(bass/vocal), who joined the band after years of being a friend, a fan and a member of their touring crew. Taking inspiration from Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Trench’, Paramore’s ‘After Laughter’ and Daughters’ ‘You Won’t Get What You Want’, Press to MECO move away from those juxtaposing moments of “musical trickery” prevalent on their previous albums, “every element on ‘Transmute’ feels much more defined,” says Luke Caley (guitar/vocal).Despite the sprawling themes of nature versus technology, ‘Transmute’ is a record driven by everyday emotion. “When we started this album, it felt like a farewell,” admits Caley. “But being in the studio felt so euphoric, we remembered why we started making music, we love doing it... this band is the thing that actually gives us purpose. There's a reason we've dedicated our lives to it. Without music, we’d all feel very empty.”“ Everything about Press to MECO feels fresh. For the first time ever, everything feels right. I don’t think we’re done yet.” ‘Transmute’ is out August 20th on Marshall Records"
Sumer have been together since October 2010 pushing their unique brand of post-metal. The band is made up of Tim Bonney (Vox/guitars), Ian Hill (vox/guitars), Jim Hall (guitars), Taria Dawson (bass) and Toby Bonney (drums).
“Sumer bring prog rock kicking and screaming into the 21st century with frankly dazzling aplomb … The essence of Sumer is also the incredible stage presence and the delivery of their triple guitar attack which surges, explodes and winds down in waves leaving the senses in a euphoric state of jubilant chaos.” Metalmouth.net
"A hypnotic blend of prog-rock frenzy and post-metal delirium ... Sumer’s musical talent is outstanding and all five members exude exceptional zeal performing live on stage" Prog Mag
The debut album, The Animal You Are, engineered and produced by Sean Douglas (The Franklys, The Graveltones, Django Django) and mastered by Justin Paul Hill (Sikth, Yashin, Young Guns), is a dynamic, soulful and groove laden ride into the band's unique take on modern prog rock and metal, echoing not only contemporary greats such as Karnivool and Gojira but also with a firm rooting back into the glory days of grunge and prog with a nod of the head to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden and Smashing Pumpkins.
Despite many of these influences the album still retains a distinctly British feel thanks to their unconventional approach to recording which unlike many of their contemporaries, keeps it all live, all analogue and put down on vintage equipment.
The Colour Blind Monks https://www.facebook.com/thecolourblindmonks
The Colour Blind Monks are Phoebe, Charlie, Lucas, Alex and Joe. Formed in early 2020, they have recorded two releases and started gigging frequently, honing their sound as time progresses. With some strong vocals and the ability to translate their music acoustically for performances too they are covering a wide spectrum of interest and we're looking forward to watching their journey progress.
The venue is:
The Lounge Bar
Doors are 7.30pm, Entry £9/11
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