1. Go to venue FB page to find out what they have booked and find that their event list is four months out of date.
2. Check page for posters, posts or other timeline info to no avail.
3. Wonder if you are on an out of date page and search the venue again with wider parameters.
4. Find that they have three other pages.
5. ….and a live music group.
6. Which hasn’t been updated since November 2016.
7. Repeat 1 and 2 for other pages to no effect.
8. Search for their website and find that it too is two years out of date and was mainly used to promote the big screen TV events.
9. Remember that the landlord sometimes posts on his personal page.
10. Try to remember name of landlord.
11. Find his page and notice gig info has just been posted.
12. ….for a band playing tonight.
13. Write gig guide that you know is only half the story.
14. Wait for general criticism, “why do you never mention my venue” type comments and wait for moaning on local forum that this town doesn’t support live music.
16. Repeat the following week.
Lana Del Radiohead! What a creep. ‘Nuff said.
BY SCOTT HEIM
Crackling Prawns In Orange Flavor
Pistachio Honey and Aspic
Manila Clams On Broccoli Bed
Sugar Vinegar Hairtail
The Palace Quick-Fries a Bean Curd
Bitter Gourd Grasping
Sour Sour Pinecone Fish
Strange Flavor Curd Thread
Slip Away the Chicken Slice
Side of Pickled Lantern Chillies
The Three Freshnesses of Earth
Firecracker Cod In Soy-Sherry Sauce
Our Aromatic Lychee Sorbet
God With Vanilla
So a rare night off, Ed is covering our punk-pop show at The Locomotive) and what do I chose to do? That’s right….go to a gig. It is nice to just go to a gig as a punter for a change though rather than be the one worrying about sound checks and stage times, having to fend off the usual “how long is our set,” “was I supposed to bring drum breakables,” ” am I facing the right way,” etc.
Anton has played Swindon many times, normally at The Beehive, although I did once manage to book him and his then band Three Minute Tease (featuring ex-Soft Boys Morris Windsor and Andy Metcalfe) at The Victoria when the local support band 8 Minutes Later did the usual after gig trick of leave the room taking the bulk of the audience with them and only reappear at the end of the night when the money was being handed out. The last time I saw Anton was in Berlin. I was visiting my friend Rich who after a day in Templehof park had taken their over tired son Bob home leaving myself, travel companion Paj and the lovely Gabi to go for a wander and a beer. On walking through a flea market I saw a dishevelled guy in a Canadian maple leaf hat looking at his phone and it could be no-one else. Random encounters rule, but Berlin is like that.
This time he had fellow Californians, The Corner Laughers joining him on stage as their own tour coincided with his and Swindon seemed the place for a bit of a knees up. I’d spoken to lead singer/uke player Karla a few times after she sent be their brilliant sun kissed, soulful, folk-pop future classic The Matilda Effect, so it was great to finally meet them in person.
So a fantastic night of uke-pop and acid laced underground vibes was had by all. The world does seem a small place when you look at the networks we build up and follow. Sacramento -Berlin -Swindon…who’dathoughtit?