New Street Adventure / The Tapestry / Birdsworth [Live Review – The Boileroom, Guildford, 17/10/14]

new street adventureAs a born and bred Rock Guy, I’ll admit to feeling a tad dubious about this show. After all, mod culture is historically defined in opposition to more or less everything I stand for – but still, this evening proved to be worth the trip. Woking-based gravy bass purveyors Birdsworth got things off to a fitting start with gritty tunes that wouldn’t be out of place in a British gangster flick; The Tapestry‘s quirky rock’n’roll took things up a level with offbeat melodicism and sharp-edged riffs; and New Street Adventure blew me away with expensive-sounding chords, powerful soul songs, and a virtuosic showing from lead guitarist Billy Farr. Read more…

Posted on 20 October 2014

Emily Walding (Label Manager, Acid Jazz Records) Discusses: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

acid jazz logoWith Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with Acid Jazz label manager Emily Walding to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom?

I’ve been a big fan of the Boileroom since first going there in 2009. It’s a good-sized venue that offers a stage for both up-and-coming local acts but also larger, more established bands from inside and outside the UK. They seem to have nailed catering for all genres, which is nice to see. The gigs are usually reasonably priced, which is a huge selling point.

The sound is one of the best I’ve ever heard from Read more…

Posted on 10 September 2014

Artists & Industry Discuss: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

boileroom bannerSometimes the old ways are the best.

Over the past fifteen years, the music world has been revolutionised by digital technology. There have been many positive developments facilitated by the Internet, from social media sites to digital music stores and crowdfunding platforms. Smart and savvy musicians now have access to a wealth of tools that previous generations could only dream of – but the physical world still holds the key to a thriving, successful career.

The ease with which a band can break through barriers previously manned by a handful of power-hungry gatekeepers represents the bright side of digital music – but there is also a widely recognised and heavily debated Read more…

Posted on 10 September 2014

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