Hereford Dead – Make Sure You Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Hereford Dead presents: Vision Quest, Fetus Christ, New Cowboy Builders, Black Boxes, and Brunel: Booth Hall, Tuesday 18th October

“There was something of The Fall in there. The uncompromising angularity of the guitar and perhaps the vocal delivery too, which despite not being Mancunian, has a certain confident disarray of inflection.”

I’m probably not the right person to write this article. I saw a tshirt with a Nirvana smiley that had been changed into a drugged out cat and asked what it said. It said ’52Hz’ which is a name of a band apparently. I don’t know any new rock bands. I listen mostly to folk music now. This evening I’ve been listening to the new Leonard Cohen album (R.I.P). I used to listen to louder music a lot, but any of my frames of reference predate 1999, when I used to hear Steve Lamacq before the John Peel show and buy alternative CDs from Magpie and go to punk nights at the Jailhouse. Now I listen to Radio 6, which despite any cool credentials it seems to have acquired, is about as challenging as magnolia on the whole. The paint, not the film.

The other reason I’m not the right person to write this article is I wasn’t even there for half of it. By the time I got through the door Fetus Christ had finished playing, and I totally missed Vision Quest because I was stuffing myself with a beef burger that had macaroni cheese in it at The Beefy Boys. You might not believe it but I had been looking forward to this night for about a month. I’ve seen Fetus Christ before a number of times, and their energy and intensity drags me out of my mental quicksand like a well-aimed branch handed by an unusually angry man without a shirt on. It’s visceral and authentic.

Club Dead Hereford The Booth Hall , Black Boxes

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WILD SOUNDS FROM THE GARAGE! A BRIEF HISTORY OF PSYCHEDELIA

“The term ‘garage band’ literally means the space where many bands rehearsed. LSD and marijuana played a big part in the music with widespread use among America’s youth across its colleges and cities. This led to some of the wildest and most demented records ever put to vinyl as sounds became….”

Article by John Rose, Pop/Collage Artist and Frontman for Pablo Alto. Featured Artwork by John Rose.

Fuzz, Acid and Flowers

MY FIRST ENCOUNTER

Psychedelia is back!…in fact it’s never really gone away as each new generation turns on and freaks out to a new revamped version of those groovy 60’s sounds. It all started for me after taping an hour long Psychedelic radio show special in the late 80’s (possibly on Radio 1) which I still have featuring wonderful psych gems from The Seeds (Satisfy You), The Chocolate Watchband (No Way Out), Nobody’s Children (Good Times), The Bees (Voices Green And Purple) and the fuzzed up brilliance of The Third Bardo’s ‘Five Years Ahead Of My Time’.

There was also a strange track by Dave Diamond & The Higher Elevation called Diamond Mine with a weird voice over and sinister lyrics and howls (the six foot narcissus and peanut butter fudge angel of love) and a cool, hypnotic song called ‘Cellophane Wrapped Woman’ which will always remain a mystery. I’ve never heard it since and have no idea who its by. Anyway, my mind was suitably expanded and I rushed out to get the Best Of The Pebbles on yellow marble vinyl, a great place to start.

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A November to Remember

Subhumans, Steve Ignorant a Slice of Life, The Hungry ghosts, Terminal Rage play Hereford

Buy Subhumans tickets for November 2 @The Booth Hall

Buy Steve Ignorant A Slice of Life Tickets November 5@ Headsticks.co.uk

Omar Majeed Tells All About The Underground Revolution Gig @ The Booth Hall; Space Cats, Human Pyramids And Sober Moshing For Some.

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Review by Omar Majeed  –  Onlooker at The Underground Revolution, Bohemian Artiste Extraordinaire, Film Maker and Creator of Gravity Zine

PABLO ALTO

Pablo Alto at the Booth Hall in Hereford for The Underground Revolution
Pablo Alto, Photograph taken by Omar Majeed

Hereford City Centric put on quite a night last night by means of their their music promotion entity The Underground Revolution. The Booth Hall is steadily becoming a key venue for seeing live alternative music. There was some concern around rumours that Dave Savager, the drummer from arty Ledbury post-punk/psyche band Pablo Alto was in the grip of a fortnight long fever and wouldn’t be playing, but the three of them took to the stage and performed a set of melodious and atmospheric music led by John Rose’s spacey effects-laden guitar, and supported by Tessa Frith’s reliable bass backing. Continue reading “Omar Majeed Tells All About The Underground Revolution Gig @ The Booth Hall; Space Cats, Human Pyramids And Sober Moshing For Some.”