Meeting Mexicola on the night of their first show at The Booth Hall Since Artstar

It was a total pleasure to sit down for an interview with such a lovely bunch of musicians performing live for the first time at John Hales ‘Hereford Rocks’ gig as the four-piece unit known as Mexicola. They were clearly excited and slightly distracted…who could blame them though, the crowd were heavily anticipating the performance. The pressure was on.

Mexicola Hereford logo

MEXICOLA

Bass Guitar – Colette Nicholls

Electric Guitar – Simon Bedford

Electric Guitar/Vocals – Ria Parfitt

Drums – Jonah Webb

THE INTERVIEW

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Photo by Stephen Taylor

Hereford City Centric: Simon and Ria, you once were in a band known as Artstar who seemed to be doing pretty well playing around the counties, when and why did you bring Artstar to a halt?

Simon/Ria: We finished with Artstar 2 1/2 years ago due to being overwhelmed in our personal lives. We really needed to take some time for ourselves. We planned to reform as Artstar but then Mexicola happened.

HCC: I have to admit that since I was never able to see Artstar perform I was hoping there would be a reunion. I came across some of your music and live performances; I was instantly a fan without ever being there. Are the songs you perform with Mexicola all originals or are you performing Artstar songs mostly?

Mexicola: We are doing originals, covers and two songs from Artstar called ‘Icarus Is My King’ and ‘Make My Day’. We currently have 3 new tracks recorded but are trying to making time in our busy lives to write and record enough songs to make an album.

Mexicola indie rock interview at the Booth Hall Hereford
Left to Right – Simon Bedford, Ria Parfitt, Jonah Webb, Colette Nicholls

HCC: Well everyone should know that patience is a virtue. I haven’t seen you perform but I am seriously excited to see a band that features two female musicians. Hereford feels like it is stuck in a man’s world when it comes to rock, punk and Indie. Edgy female acts are seriously sparse. We have a multitude of acoustic female acts singing pretty songs but the tapestry is rather thin in regards to anything edgier and more powerful. We fortunately also have Claire Perkins on the case as well.

So Tell me a bit about the two new additions that came to form Mexicola. Continue reading “Meeting Mexicola on the night of their first show at The Booth Hall Since Artstar”

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GABBA GABBA HEY!  Purchase tickets HERE for the Wild Hare Club/Underground Revolution ‘Punky Reggae Party’ at the Booth Hall located in Hereford’s East Street independent quarter by MONDAY the 29th of September and win a Limited Edition Ramonas T-shirt designed by Beki Warren and screen printed by Nico Demus. Tickets must be purchased by midnight on 29/8/2016 to qualify for the giveaway.

The featured Image will be the design on the T-Shirt. Who wouldn’t want one?  We will also have a limited supply available for sale at the show.

Get ready for a night with the rockin’ ladies from the Ramonas and support acts The Irascibles who are a 3 piece bluesabilly combo from Cardiff mixing blues, rockabilly and township jive in a tendon-taught post-punk mash-up and Reggae Pie, the well-loved Hereford DJ collective will be spinning calypso, ska, rock steady, dancehall and roots until late to anybody who would move their boots!

The Ramonas Play a Punk Reggae Party in Hereford

Wild Hare Club online  http://www.wildhareclub.com/   Also find on Facebook and Twitter

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Upcoming Underground Revolution and Wild Hare Club shows also include:

The Irradiates and Friends at the Booth Hall the 4th of September 2016 

The Wild Hare Club brings The Irradiates to Hereford

 

‘A Crisis of Conscience – 40 Years of Punk’ charity all day festival 24th of September 2016 at The Booth Hall in Hereford supporting Musicians Against Homelessness and The Big Issue Foundation

A Crisis of Conscience - 40 Years of Punk feat TV Smith

Musicians Against Homelessness and The big Issue Foundation A CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE 40 YEARS OF PUNK FESTIVAL Hereford

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Busking Roots

Whether on Church Street, in front of Marks & Spencer or at De Koffie Pot ‘Buskers Bandstand’, you will find a busker in Hereford City Centre most days of the week. It has become a popular destination for buskers, both local and from other counties.

Two acts you will find around the city are Toby Parker (Parker & The Suitcase)  and Freeborn Rising.  Toby Parker is known for his Bob Dillon covers and his original one man band sound, as well as having a smile on his face rain or shine.

Freeborn Rising’s folk punk tunes tell tales of the times and are akin to The Levellers. What they both have in common is that they take busking seriously and are loyal to their busking roots. Stay Real! Support your local buskers, they add a vibrance to our stroll around the city centre.

Cover photo: Matt Broom, Photography by Nickie Bates

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Freeborn Rising busking on Widemarsh Street, Hereford

 

 

 

Toby Parker and The Sui
Toby Parker and that one man band of his in High Town after a hard day of busking.

Hereford Rocks – Twas A Matter of Rock On The River All Day Long

Hereford Rocks The Left Bank 5th March 2016

Review by Rich Lovell, Music Director Hereford City Centric & The Underground Revolution, Frontman to Terminal Rage and OG Punk.  

Linerunners

Some day’s music this was, with it starting early afternoon and running right through to just short of midnight. As is everyday life, I had “stuff” to do during the day, but arrived just as the Linerunners kicked off their set.

Toby Armitage from Linerunners
Toby Armitage from Linerunners

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Birthdays, Hereford Rocks, Life & Rock n’ roll with Raptor

Last Saturday resulted in hanging around and taking in the acts playing the acoustic stage at the Left Bank’s Hereford Rocks event put on by John Steven Hales, Founder of Porkbelly Promotions and Clare Foster who is one of the founders of Clear Cut Promotions.

The weather showed little mercy as onlookers sat around the fire pits lit up in the vast beer garden between The Left Bank and De Koffie Pot where the acts were playing. Yet everyone seemed happy to be there, as if the sun were shining, and it most certainly warmed up my mood when I met up with the Raptor boys for a bit of banter inside De Koffie Pot before they played the Hereford Rocks Stage.

It was Adam Fletcher’s birthday – Let’s just say his wit was certainly in good form. Why not? It was his special day and his brother Kurt, Front man of the band, was up from Bristol where he is a student at Bristol Institute of Modern Music, and his band was playing a really cool gig with a pretty cool line up that included head liners, Mick Ralphs Blues Band. Hope it ended well Adam, and I do hope shenanigans ensued.

Kurt Fletcher Lead guitarist and vocals for Raptor on the Hereford Rocks Stage.
Kurt Fletcher, Lead guitarist and vocals for Raptor on the Hereford Rocks Stage. Photography by Jonathon Paul

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Rich Lovell’s Most Excellent ‘Hereford Blues Club’ Line Up Review

Hereford Blues Club opening night at the Booth Hall, Hereford
Saturday 13th February 2016

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Blues….who needs it? Is it decades past its time? Is it relevant, or does it even have any context (given its cultural roots) in a city like Hereford? What do you wear to a Blues gig? Does any of that matter?

Well it matters to some, and that “some” have set up a Blues club here. Not only that, but this opening night drew a damned fine crowd. Now I admit, I have dabbled, but…..well……I’ve always seen it as one of those “guilty pleasures”, so it was with mixed emotions that I waited as opening band Sweet Talk climbed on to the stage in that great hall at the Booth – what happens if someone sees me, or I enjoy it, or someone sees me enjoying it?

Sweet Talk are way too young to play the Blues aren’t they? Err no they aren’t. A talented trio fronted by singer/ guitarist Owen Whittall, Sweet Talk were a great choice to open the opening night. They were bright, they smiled, they looked like they were having a damned fine time and life is good for them – this isn’t what Blues set out to be was it? And that is what made them a great choice in my eyes – this is a new club and Sweet Talk don’t represent the traditional.

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Sweet Talk frontman Owen Whittall

They are absolutely influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and did a great version of his ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ mid-set along with a fine cover of Freddie King’s ‘Big Legged Woman’ – I know! I actually recognised those two tunes – no help from anyone. A fine set.

We know that Troy Redfern has played quite a few times in Hereford, and for all those that disapprove of this, well, he attracts attention, good sized crowds, consistently so why not, really.

He’s proved his worth to the genre locally, as far as most are concerned (more about that later), and he’s written and recorded enough material to shake off the detractors. I’m in a bit of a bad mood writing this because I bought Troy’s albums a while ago via download and then my laptop went bang and I’ve lost them, which means I need to buy again – guilty pleasures are bloody expensive.

“And although, as I think is obvious now, I’m not a student of the Blues, I know music and this was a bloody good night of it”

Yes, I have seen the Troy Redfern Band play quite a few times, including when I booked him for the Down on the Farm festival, but tonight there was a spark, a fire that shone – they were up for it big time. Whether it was the change of bassist, or that they wanted to lay a marker for the Club, I don’t know, but the performance was electric, loud, rocking, interactive, angry and passionate. ‘Salvation’ was spat out through gritted teeth and ‘The Other Side’ was beaten out with more of that fire. He chucked in a reworking of Muddy Waters’ ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’ ,and then…to add to the glory of it all, Will Killeen was invited up to jam – I had, before tonight, no idea who Will Killeen was. I do now. See, I’m learning!

A fitting start to this model of the Hereford Blues Club – I’ll watch with interest as it develops.

To answer some of those initial questions, yes Blues is relevant, yes it can still be contemporary and relevant to today and my Blues-wear was my Anarchy leather jacket, UK Subs shirt and DMs – always guarantees a place at the bar.

As an aside – people are strange – I overheard a conversation between songs from someone who said he’d seen the bands before and there are better ones out there. So what the hell he was doing there is beyond me, other than to be seen. And although, as I think is obvious now, I’m not a student of the Blues, I know music and this was a bloody good night of it.

Another aside – there were more photographers than you could shake a Fender Strat at the gig, but they failed to get a shot of the only Punk in the village *sulks*…..

Just one more aside…..go on, please…..shouldn’t Blues Clubs be excluded from the no smoking laws? The air in there was just too clean for that music…….

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The Booth Hall, 3 East Street, Hereford HR1 2LW   Facebook / Twitter

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Tom McNair brings his Blues and Jazz style to the Hereford Streets.

Tom McNair Hereford City Centre

On this most beautiful, sunny morning in Hereford city centre, Tom McNair took passers by on a journey into the music he plays from the heart,  like a rip tide that pulls you in.  Luckily, he was discovered by Porkbelly Promotions who were cruising by and on the ball.  Good call guys.

Get a taster of his smokey, husky vocals reminiscent of Eric Clapton in video below.  Uplifting!

Watch video Here