Not a day goes by that I’m not enthralled by the fact I get to book my favourite bands either currently, or from yesteryear, so today’s announcement is another one where we hark back a decade and get to invite another band who (are still) able to command a mainstage presence at any festival they chose to play – This time in the shape of Hampshire heroes, Hundred Reasons.
Coming from the same scene that brought us Reuben, Aldershot was a breeding ground of alt rock heroes for a period in the early 00’s. Their debut album, “Ideas Above Our Station” still sounds timeless and classic to this day and I very much doubt that’s going to change any time soon.
I first came across the band in Kerrang! where they were being hyped up enough, around the same time I actually witnessed them in the flesh, supporting Idlewild at Portsmouth Pyramid Centre in 99′. Their very short set was all flailing arms and hair, reminiscent to that of At The Drive-In, only British. Naturally I gushed about how great they were and with one listen of the album, fell deeply in love – Like most of the UK alt scene of the time.
Fast forward a decade and a half, and having seen the band 100’s of times (one particularly fond memory is with Ben Marwood at Reading Fez Club) and a gazillion times at Reading Festival during that period too, a thought occured to me whilst I was watching the acoustic show at this years 2000 Trees, that I should really just ask them to play.
Cue a quick Facebook message to Colin, who promptly replied and the show was wrapped up. He was warm and receptive to the idea of the gig and was as easy to deal with as you could wish.
I have a tendency (like a lot of people) to assume everyone’s a nice guy, but when you actually deal with them, this isn’t always the case, but with Colin it was just lovely.
Naturally we won’t have the whole band, and I understand Larry is a full booked & much in demand studio & recording engineer these days, but we get the core of the band, playing the classic songs – which after a few drinks will be the absolute best to sing a long to! They also go by the stage name of “Undead Raisins”.
To open the show, we’ve booked BRIGHTR. aka Laurie, who has formally been Gnarwolves tour manager had been asking for gigs for ages and I really didn’t have anything appropriate for him but when this landed Laurie was a natural fit! Brightr has previously been seen playing The Lamb in Devizes as well as All Roads Lead To Frome for Rob Dahl & I.
The details as follows….
Wednesday 12th December 2018
@ Level 3, Swindon.
8 – 8.30 – Brightr
8.45 – 9.15 – TBC
9.30 – 10.30pm – UNDEAD RAISINS
Tickets £15 adv. More (if available) on door. Collect from The Victoria, The Rolleston or via WeGotTickets, here…> WeGotTickets. http://www.wegottickets.com/event/445600
***NOTE we’ve had to upgrade the venue once already, from The Vic to Level 3…. first day sales have FLOWN out! If you want to come, grab them ASAP!***