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Steve Hillage Band – Shepherd’s Bush O2 Empire – 8 June 19

The musical activity that has revolved around the planet Gong has endured for more than 50 years now, and of course a pivotal figure within that activity is Steve Hillage. Tonight is the last of three shows reintroducing the Steve Hillage Band to the live circuit and the first SHB headline shows for 40 years. And what’s more, it’s the current, and quite excellent, line up of Gong that joins Hillage to comprise ‘the band’. So finding motivation to attend tonight was not exactly difficult for our man JR…

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Tanzwut – ‘Seemannsgarn’ (AFM Records)

Bagpipes. Often a bit of a controversial topic, we’ve found! It seems that people either love bagpipes or they have a real passionate hated for them. Jonny B? He makes no secret of the fact that he’s a big fan of the bagpipes and he thinks that more bands should experiment with them. Fortunately, the latest release from Germany’s Tanzwut had bagpipes in spades, so this will be an exciting ride for our man…

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Footprints In The Custard – ‘A New Low’ (Self-Released)

Heaven knows the bar has plunged to new depths now. ‘A New Low,’ the latest release by Footprints In The Custard is an absolute masterclass in juvenile behaviour. Coming across like a crass sex-comedy made into an album, it’s so shamelessly bad taste that giving them a negative review almost feels like playing into their hands. You can tell they’d be absolutely delighted to have offended every music critic that crosses their paths and were most likely rubbing their hands with anticipation when the promos went out, eagerly awaiting the chance to plaster every soundbite slagging them off across their Facebook homepage.

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Meat Puppets/Munky – Belfast, Empire Music Hall – 8 June 2019

One advantage of Belfast is that it is a relatively small city, and easily traversable, if you plan your route in advance – something which proved to be something of a boon on this particular evening, with two gigs running (virtually anyway) back to back within a half a mile or so of each other. So, it was relatively easy for Monk to leave one as soon as the last note died in the speakers and make it to the other in good enough time to grab a beverage before the main attraction started…

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Skypilot/Zlatanera/Brethren – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 8 June 2019

On the face of it, staging your album launch gig on the same day as the majority of Belfast’s metal fans seem to have decamped some 100 miles or so to watch some outfit called Metallica play in a field in the arse end of nowhere may not seem to be the best of timings. However, a number of factors always come into play when planning anything, such as the availability of band members, other tour commitments and the release date of the album… and so Skypilot found themselves with something of a fait accompli. But, as a certain playwright wrote several hundred years ago, all’s well that ends well and, at the end of the evening, there was a decent crowd present to watch the trio officially send their excellent new ‘The Affront’ out into the big bad world… but we’ll come to that anon.

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Feradur – ‘Legion’ (Self-Released)

John Bedard wastes absolutely no time at all in telling us exactly what he thinks about this new album from Luxembourg melodeath mob Feradur, jumping right in and delivering his verdict right in the opening sentence. But, we’ll not ruin it for you, but merely encourage you to click the link to find out if he signed up to their growing legion of followers…

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Jess By The Lake – ‘Under the Red Light Shine’ (Svart Recordings)

You may already be familiar with Jess and the Ancient Ones with their brand of psychedelic rock, and if you’re not then we suggest you stop reading this right now, stick on some of their tracks and come back to this afterwards. All sorted and ready to delve deeper into the rabbit hole? Good. Here we have the solo debut of Jasmin Saarela, better known for her fantastic vocal talent with Jess and the Ancient Ones. This new project will be released under the name Jess by the Lake – why ‘By The Lake’, you ask? Well it’s pretty simple…

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Bokassa – ‘Crimson Riders’ (MVKA)

Cleverly released on the day that they open for the mighty Metallica at Twickenham Stadium, ‘Crimson Riders’ is the second album from the self-styled kings of the Norwegian stoner-punk scene. And it’s not hard to see why Bokassa would seek to lay claim to that crown, as this is a collection of eight tracks of controlled anarchy, fueled with a visceral acidity that immediately grabs you by the balls and forces you to pay attention, while simultaneously moving your neck muscles into an almost involuntary moshing action.

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