15th Jan, 2021

MUSIC MATTERS Column by Pete Chambers BEM: More great bands with Cov connections

Correspondent 12th Aug, 2017


I’m about to break a lifelong rule column-wise of not going out of Coventry, but thanks to my mate David Gordon I got to hear a band on his Made In Brum radio show that was that good, I had to break the rules.

Riscas are an amazing Birmingham indie band, and already they have been BBC Radio 1’s Introducing Artist of the Week, March 2017 and 4th in Spotify’s Top 50 UK Viral tracks, March 2017.

Their track “Talk Your Mind”, is a stunning piece of anthemic rock, with a chorus that wouldn’t be out of place on an Enemy album (Andy Hopkins is already a fan). A huge future is expected from these guys, and I would love to see them in Coventry (if they haven’t already played here?) After I had written this the band got back and said this.

“No we’ve never actually played in Coventry believe it or not, but two of us are originally from Coventry”. So there you are, in the end, there is a Coventry connection.

The Dirt Road Blues Band

It’s contentious journalism to use the phrase ‘supergroup’, but the evidence doesn’t lie, The Dirt Road Blues Band is indeed from Nobel stock. The trio boasts Steve Walwyn on vocals and guitar, who’s real job is guitarist in Dr Feelgood, Horace Panter on bass, who looks after four string duties in The Specials and Ted Duggan of Badfinger on drums. All superb musicians with great to die for CV’s, and as someone pointed out on their Facebook page, “These guys look serious…. I’d listen, if I were you”! So at last we will get to hear this rockin’ trio in action as they begin playing live sets around the area.

I asked Steve Walwyn, how the band came about he replied,…”In short, this has come about because Cov drummer Ted Duggan contacted me about forming a blues band to do a gig at The Broomfield…I said yes and asked Horace if he wanted to play bass (he said yes)…we haven’t got around to doing the Broomfield yet though but have gigs in Leamington next Thursday, Leicester and Derby later this year. The Leamington gig is sold out…really looking forward to it”.

Go Primitive

The exceptionally gifted Go Primitive, continue their nation tour throughout August. Including an appearance at Leamington’s Zephyr Lounge on 26th August. The Rugby quartet have been picking up lots of positive press of late, there can be no denying that they continue to be prime contenders to be the next big thing to come out of the area.

The new single “I Want More”, like most of the Go Primitive body of work, rocks with a capital ‘R’, but always remains assessable to everyone. Great musicianship, spot-on vocals all wrapped up with a superb production. Best Go Primitive now!

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