Teenager Payback –  Cuthbert (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

a3432122784_16As one of those jaded journo’s that you always hear about, I guess I’m always looking to fit music into easy pigeon-holes, to stick a label on it and keep things in nice tidy demarcated genres. That said, some of the most interesting music to write about is the sort of thing that isn’t easy to work out, music that defies simple categorisation, music which just won’t play by the damn rules. Cuthbert not only don’t sit easily with modern trend or classification, I feel that no matter what era they had appeared in they would always be considered out side the norm. The freaks!

It’s rock for sure, but more a visceral, wailing garage rock vibe than the usual conventions, seeped in belligerent, sneering punk vocals and psyched out, post-punk clattering chaos all put to rigid back beats and a driving, anchoring bass. You can see what’s going on, yet the way that it wilfully doesn’t quite fit together is not only its charm and selling point but what makes it stand out from the pack, the greatest skill here being their ability to reign everything in just enough to stop it all careering off into the abyss.

And after all, anything which sounds like Thee Hypnotics having a nervous breakdown has got to be worth listening to!


Rock and blues legend Bernie Torme at The Cheese and Grain, Frome – 28th October

Bernie TormŽ playing live at the Red Lion, Gravesend.
Bernie TormŽ playing live at the Red Lion, Gravesend.

Are you a fan of rock, blues and rock’n’roll music? Are you also keen to support worthy causes? If so then there is an event coming up at the Cheese and Grain Hall in Frome, Somerset which should be of interest to you.

On October 28th, Irish guitar shredmeister Bernie Tormé is coming to the Cheese and Grain Hall as part of his new ‘Blackheart’ album tour. Just in case you do not know Bernie is literally a living legend, having played for Ian Gillan, Ozzy Osbourne (standing in with Ozz in the immediate aftermath of legendary guitarist Randy Rhoad’s tragic death), Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, and Atomic Rooster, as well as his own projects Tormé (with LA Guns singer Phil Lewis), Electric Gypsies, and GMT and much more. ‘Blackheart’ has been funded by another highly successful pledge music campaign and as a pledger myself I can let you know that ‘Blackheart’ is a truly outstanding piece of work which covers all of the aspects of blues and psychedelic blues in typical Tormé style.

Both Bernie and also the support band Bite The Buffalo will be kindly donating all of the proceeds from this gig to the Wessex MS Therapy Centre in Warminster. The Centre provides therapies, information along with practical and emotional support for people with multiple sclerosis, their carers and their families. They provide a comfortable and friendly environment from which they provide symptom management promoting independence and helping towards quality of life. The Wessex MS Centre provides long term, individual support.

Local legends Bite The Buffalo will be supporting Bernie Tormé at this event. These two brothers are based in Bath and have been honing their mojo’s with stunning results for some while now. Their unique form of fuzz laden rock’n’roll and coffin blues has gained them much respect and admiration internationally. These two brothers play a live set which is simply phenomenal. This has gained them a great deal of interest and support from the likes of BBC Introducing and much more. In 2013 Bite The Buffalo released their superb debut album ‘Blue Lips’. The band have just completed a long run of festival dates and are now finalising work on their second album, which is sounding bigger than ever and will be released this year.

Who knows, this event may even turn out to be an album launch gig for both Bernie Tormé and also Bite The Buffalo!

Please do give your ears a treat while helping a very worthy cause by coming along to this fantastic gig. Tickets are priced at £14.50 and are available from the venue itself, www.cheeseandgrain.com or telephone 01373 455420

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