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TMWL Presents: istartedthefire records showcase @ The Brixton Windmill – 20/07

Another better-late-than-never post and the type I find a bit odd to write with it being my own show and all so I shall do something a little different and instead of a normal write up, I’ve made videos with the live audio and photos from the night. Sadly, the images seem to have lost a lot of the quality though..

Anyway, this show had been planned for a little while in order to bring the whole gang from the Cheltenham based record label istartedthefire down to London for one big night. This was all to take place at the fantastic little South London venue of the Brixton Windmill which may not be the best venue on first glance but once the music (and beer) is flowing, it’s a brilliant place to be.

TMWL Presents: istartedthefire records showcase ft Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun @ The Brixton Windmill – 20/07
June 25, 2010, 10:24 am
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A bit of a mouthful of a title but it’s another TMWL show!

Following on from the successful show at the Betsey Trotwood, Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun manage to squeeze in a show at the Brixton Windmill inbetween sets at 2000 Trees and Y-Not Festivals and the show comes hot on the heels of the release of their Album, ‘Atlases’

“Could Jim Lockey and The Solemn Sun be the British Bright Eyes?”
– Is This Music magazine

“Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun might just be the current, relevant band we were looking for”
– BBC Gloucestershire

High praise indeed! On the night, the boys will be joined by artists from their record label istartedthefire including;

Midnight Mile

“Cheltenham Soul-Folk duo MM, lead their unsuspecting audiences into a myriad of Ryan Admas influcenced guitar licks and beautiful vocal harmony”

Joe Summers

“Walsall’s answer to Johnny Flynn’s blistering folk, combining the lyrical attributes of his heroes Dylan and Adams to create arresting songs of heartfelt intimacy.”

Ruth Bewsey

“This Guildford songstress blends summery acoustic stylings with an angelic vocal sweetness that will leave you lovestruck and enchanted”


The Brixton Windmill


Tuesday, 20th of July

Doors will be at 7.30 with the music all kicking off at 8pm

How Much

Advance tickets available for £3

Tickets available on the door;

£3 – advance and earlybird tickets (before 9pm)
£4 – after 9pm

Come along! Bring a friend. Bring another friend.

See you there xx

TMWL Presents: Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun & Oxygen Thief @ The Betsey Trotwood – 07/05
June 13, 2010, 6:06 pm
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Yes, that’s right; TWML Presents!

This was the first show put on by myself after the artists had asked me to put on the show for them as part of their short UK tour. And after a couple of months of organising, it finally took place! Just.

Arriving at the “cosy” venue of the Betsey Trotwood nice and early to help set things up, I found out my two headline acts were caught in traffic getting to the venue. No matter, it gave us plenty of time to get everything else sorted and it took no time to get the basics in place thanks to the top sound engineer at the venue.

Now, the Betsey is an odd little place, with ‘little’ being the optimal word. With a capacity of just 60, it’s not the most spacious of venues by any stretch of the imagination. I was a little bit worried about using such a venue but thought I’d rather fill out a place with 60 people all up for a great time than use somewhere too big.

But back to the night itself, the artists finally all turned up but the start had to be delayed to ensure that it would all go as well as possible.

The first act on stage was a good friend of mine, Simon Garrard, who I’d seen play a few times before (but have been invited to do so countless times!). I felt a bit sorry for Simon as the there weren’t as many people there for the start as I had hoped but this didn’t stop him at all.

It’s always a worry when you go to see a friend play a gig that you’ll have to tell them “Yeah! You were great!” when really, they sucked balls (metaphorically). Thankfully, this isn’t the case with Simon as he’s a great guitarist and has a great voice to back it up with.

The sound at the Betsey suited him really well with the reverb from the PA augmenting the reverb and delay of his opening number which slowly builds up to his vocals joining in, before really kicking off.

The rest of the set went just as well too, with the crowd seemingly appreciating his style. His final number is possibly his best track though with a catchy chorus that’s enough times for you to join in by the end of the song.

A great start to the night but he needs to get some of his tracks finally put down on record!

Simon does play plenty of shows though so check out his myspace for dates.

Next up was a band I’ve been meaning to catch for a while and one that the main acts wanted put on in Adam Boucher & The Dead Set.

Adam started out as a solo artist, playing a folky sound but has since joined up with Jon on bass and Steve on drums to create his punk ‘shouty folk’ sound. This might sound a bit odd but it worked really well.

With just 30 minutes on stage, the guys made full use of their time, managing to launch through a whole host of tracks. Some have been reworked from Adam’s solo stuff, while others have been written specifically for the band. Either way, they sounded really good. Tracks like “Argh, I’m A Numpty!”, “Growing Up & Getting Out” etc all sounding really good in the confines of the Betsey.

Short, frantic songs with the shouty folk vocals; the set ripped along nicely with little time to catch your breath between songs (but a spot of intra-band piss taking from Adam and Jon often the only thing to split up the set). I’m pretty confident in saying that they went down well on the night as pretty much all of the free CDs they bought along had gone by the end of their set.

You can download loads of their stuff for free from their website.

It was time to turn to the first of the headline acts after this with Oxygen Thief taking his place on stage. This is a guy I’ve seen, and written about, a few times now and each show is always quite a bit different to the last from him.

This show was to be no exception with a raft of new material getting played as he prepares for the release of his album later in the year. This meant there was little time for the tracks I was used to but in their place we got new tracks like the instrumental “Peter Quistgard”, the finger moshing of “Disaster Plan” and a more familiar sounding “Modesty Is Dead”.

As always, I was impressed with his guitar playing as it is still unlike anything I’ve seen anyone else do with the style not sounding out of place in a metal band but instead played on an acoustic guitar.

Again, he has the vocals to back up this guitar work so it made for another top set. We even got a mosh pit going at one point! And, of course, it wouldn’t be an Oxygen Thief show without the cover of “Gold” and the crowd singing along to it.

Another fine display from our man Barry and I, at least, look forward to the album later in the year. Keep an eye on his website for details..

With the crowd filled out and more than warmed up, it was time for Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun to take to the stage. Or at least try to as they couldn’t all quite fit on the small stage that the Betsey provides.

The only time I’d caught Jim before was at Lexapalooza over a year ago where he played a solo set which I quite enjoyed but that was nothing compared to the full band sound. With the backing of drums, bass, harmonies and even the odd xylophone, the songs had a completely different feel to them and they were all the better for it.

There were plenty of songs I knew, including the beautiful “Waitress” and melancholy “Atlases” which got the crowd and myself dancing along. The sound from the guys was one that deserved a bigger stage than the Betsey but they seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the crowd and their indie folk sound is one that could see them playing the much bigger stages that they deserve.

With the release of their album imminent, there was plenty of other tracks on display on the night with “Machines” and the frantic “Battles” being the two others that stuck out.

They finished their set, though, by joining everyone in the middle of the crowd for a fantastic rendition of “The Boat Song” with just Jim’s guitar and the band’s vocals which made for a superb ending and one that completely suited the intimate nature of the venue.

I would fully recommend seeing these guys or at least getting their album (courtesy of istartedthefire) as it’s one of the freshest and most enjoyable things I’ve heard in a long time.

Altogether, a great night and a great success for the first ever TMWL show and a great way to have kicked off the guys UK tour!

Oxygen Thief – Disaster Plan (live)

Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun – Battles (live)

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