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MUSIC MATTERS: Some pre-Christmas gig selections

Editorial Correspondent 9th Dec, 2017 Updated: 15th Dec, 2017

The Institutes

In November, Coventry band The Institutes released a new music video for their song ‘You Stole My Baby’. This band is yet another reason why Coventry has a bright musical future. They are another one to watch.

The song is a cracker, with a bluesy feel, and a catchy chorus. The video is one of those that looked a lot of fun to make. It depicts a drunken night from the point of view of a man who has just lost his girlfriend.

Filmed in and around the Craven Arms on Craven Street in Coventry, it features the band and the locals all helping to create a very convincing night of drunken debauchery.

The band have been picking up positive press from the likes of BBC Coventry & Warwickshire new music guru Brody Swain and from their high-profile appearance at The Godiva Festival.

They have also started making themselves know on the London circuit, after performing a set in Soho that brought in the biggest crowd of the night, and several more upcoming London shows are in the pipeline. They are also hitting up the north with shows in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.

In September, the guys won the Soccer Six indie football tournament, a huge football match with hundreds of bands and industry professionals including The Darkness and Malory Knox.

The band are: Andrew Ferris – Vocals and Harmonica, Andy Hall – Guitar, Andy Lowe – Bass, and Kirk Savage – Drums.

The band play The Kasbah in Coventry on Saturday December 23, supporting Starsailor’s James Walsh. Also on the line-up are two other local gems, Danny Ansell and The Session.

Some pre-Christmas gig picks

On December 16, The Tin at The Coal Vaults. Not one superb Cov band but three of them, Resurrection Men, Thoria, Moonbears. On the subject of Resurrection Men, may I alert you to their magnificent new album ‘No’. Released in October, its ten tracks demonstrate just how this band push the musical norm to create something special, in the shape of loads of unrelenting musical soundscapes that ring to the tune of originality. The album is available on heavyweight vinyl at Bandcamp with great cover art by Matt Miles.

Dub Jam Force / Infinite Mass + tubba3ply – On December 22 at 7-11pm, the Arches in Coventry play traditional hosts the mighty Dub Jam Force. Theirs is a powerful mix of Punk/Rock/Ska/Dub, and it has became tradition that they play Fargo Tours & Promotions’ end-of-year show at Arches Venue Coventry.

The Skabilly Rebels

If you fancy some Skabilly Chistmas cheer, then get yourself over to Queens Hall, Nuneaton on December 23, when Roddy Radiation and his Skabilly Rebels take to the stage. With The Press in support.

King Hammond – On Saturday December 9 the legend that is King Hammond is playing a pre-Christmas set at Knights in The 2-Tone Village, with Roddy Radiation as special guest, with support from The Social Ignition. Three amazing acts all for just £10. Doors at 5pm, ends at 9pm.

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