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Hot Music Live talks to Rob Low at Enterlude

Interview

It may be a chilly November afternoon but here in Rugby's lively Bacco bar I'm getting warmed up by a lively discussion with Robert Low. Many of you will know Rob not only from his dynamic vocals with the popular Record Covers, but also from his work organising Hamplified for the Matt Hampson foundation and co-hosting the PM Music Café on Radio Plus.

It turns out that he's making new plans to invigorate the live entertainment scene in his home town bringing "a fresh calendar of events to Rugby, Warwickshire and Coventry."

The big idea is to bring together entertaining but thought-provoking performers with beautiful spaces in creative ways. It's great that lively covers bands can fill up town pubs on a Saturday night but there are many creative performers who deserve a venue where they can be seen, heard and appreciated. That might be the Killerz and the Rushmore at the Benn Hall, but could equally well be poets in the airy St. Andrew's church, comedians in cocktail bars or DJs at a pop-up festival but with fabulous street food and an amazing urban vibe. To bring this vision to life, Rob and his wife Julie, ("My wife is definitely the brains behind the outfit"), have set up Enterlude, an independent promotion group. The plan is not only to enhance the cultural vitality of the local scene but also to demonstrate that a commercially viable model allows promoters to be bold and independent. 

In his own words, "The great thing about what we do and what we plan to do is that we are not beholden to anyone – that's the important thing. We're not looking for council funding, not looking for permissions, all in private spaces. We'll organize events for anybody. But our main drive and focus is to be organizing these events ourselves. Events we feel there is a space for, events we feel there is a need for locally. We want them to be culturally diverse, thought provoking and entertaining – that's what excites us so much about it." 

Two important goals are to work with Rugby's festival of culture and then to be a key supporter of Coventry's 2021 city of culture bid. However Rob's concern for the cultural vitality of Rugby remains central to his plans, "Rugby town centre is our heart, were we build from." 

So diaries ready, folks! Rob's already announced the Hamplified Comedy Night on 24th November at St. Andrews RFC, Killerz and the Rushmore on the 9th December at the Benn Hall, Antarctic Monkeys and Stupid Boots at Lawrence Sheriff School  on 3rd February next year. You can get tickets from Ticket Source  .Get yourselves along to these gigs and keep it live and lively in Rugby. 

Web    Social media     Killers Tribute: Killerz      The Rushmore     Benn Hall    

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Enterlude Events Launch A Killer Night Of Music

Feature

An exciting new event creation venture Enterlude launch on Saturday 9th December at The Benn Hall Rugby bringing you The Killerz  (The Worlds Leading Tribute To The Killers) plus awesome local indie act The Rushmore.

So join them for a great pre Christmas nightout with more music planned at the afterparty at London Calling, Castle Street from 11pm.

Web    Social media     Killers tribute: The Killerz      The Rushmore     Benn Hall    

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"Alternative Sounds": Coventry & Warwickshire compilation album

News

 Between 1979 & 1981, Martin Bowes created & published eighteen copies of the highly influential fanzine "Alternative Sounds" which chronicled the local punk & post punk music scene, including the whole Two Tone adventure. Towards the end of this period, he also put together the legendary "Sent From Coventry" compilation which is essential to understanding what was going on at that moment. Martin then moved on: to his internationally successful & immensely influential band ATTRITION, his own studio, The Cage & his own record label Two Gods. However Martin always felt that a nineteenth "Alternative Sounds" might be an idea: hence instead of a pure fanzine, the idea of a Coventry Music Museum record label to put out a series of albums under that banner, not just capturing the Coventry & Warwickshire music scene of today plus, emerging new local talent but bringing back into the light unreleased & not well known gems from our musical heritage, with an accompanying booklet to explain who all the artists are/were & what they are/were all about.

 

Since "Alternative Sounds Volume One", to be released on December 12th 2017 features material written, performed & recorded by Coventry & Warwickshire writers & performers from between 1601 & 2017, with participants who range from people involved in four UK Number One singles, countless international hits to a local school & emerging artists including recent BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Introducing Artists of the Month, that aim of diversity, breadth & depth has been well met already.

The album (which was preceded by a limited edition 7" vinyl EP a couple of months ago to whet people's appetites) is not only  in aid of the Museum, but brings to light many previously unknown tracks, gives a shop window to people who will be stars for years to come & tells some perhaps little known stories of much admired musicians. By luck, three tracks featured the late Steve Edgson, (a member of Analog, ENS, the Reluctant Stereotypes, the Pink Umbrellas, Crocodile Tears, the Giraffes and Two Giraffes.) so we decided to dedicate the album to him (future volumes will also have dedications): a really moving media piece relating to this aspect may be found here:

https://www.whatsonlive.co.uk/warwickshire/interviews/coventry-compilation-album-commemorates-local-music-star/15397

 

Advance copies of the album can be bought here:

 

https://cmmrecords.bandcamp.com/album/alternative-sounds-volume-1

and there are still a few copies of the EP (which features the same tracks by Roddy Radiation & the Skabilly Rebels: ("Heartbreak City")  and The Primitives: ("Never Kill A Secret") plus different tracks by ATTRITION ("Two Gods") and Crokodile Tears ("Trains (2017 remix")) (the eagle eyed will note the variation in spelling between ‘Crocodile'  and ‘Crokodile' on the two records: that's not my error: the spelling changed over the years due to lineup changes) and are available from the Museum, ‘Head' in Leamington, ‘Seismic Sounds'  in Leamington, ‘Just for the Record ‘ in Rugby, ‘Vinyl Destination' in Coventry Market and via Bandcamp

https://cmmrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-alternative-sounds-ep

Once the album is released, copies will be available via the same outlets too.

The tracks on Volume One are:

  1. Roddy Radiation & the Skabilly Rebels: "Heartbreak City"
  2. The Shapes: "We're Not Very Famous"
  3. Satsangi: "Sixty Four-Seven"
  4. Ak Band: "8-3-12"
  5. The Primitives: "Never Kill A Secret"
  6. Crocodile Tears: "Chinese Whispers "
  7. Reluctant Stereotypes: "Radical World"
  8. ATTRITION: "A Girl Called Harmony"
  9. Lieutenant Pigeon: "The Boots of the Rosewood Brigade"
  10. Skeet: "Brief Call"
  11. The Giraffes: "Come In Out Of The Rain"
  12. Furious Apples: "Habit of Hate"
  13. Human Cabbages: "Lemon Tea"
  14. Prole Position: "You Will Never Own Us"
  15. Izzie: "Give Me A Reason To Stay"
  16. Filthy Cake: "Hit"
  17. Gods Toys: "Package Tours to Heaven"
  18. The Rude Mechanicals Band: "Oh Mistress Mine"
  19. Fall Girl: "Maybe"
  20. Huffy: "Don't Speak Out"
  21. Grangehurst Primary School: "PsycheDelia"
Catch Roddy Radiation and The Skabilly Rebels at Queens Hall on 2017-12-23  
Web    Social media     Roddy Radiation and The Skabilly Rebels      The Primitives      Attrition      The Rude Mechanicals Band      Crokodile Tears      The Shapes      Izzie      Fall Girl      Huffy Acoustic Punk      Satsangi     The Coventry Music Museum    

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The Doors Alive bringing the Morrison spirit to The Zephyr Lounge (Fri 1st Dec)

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One of the finest tribute bands I have ever seen in action, this band amazed me upstairs at The Assembly back in 2012 by capturing both that wonderful Doors sound and giving the audience a total recreation of what it must have been like to have seen Jim Morrison and crew on stage in the sixties.
The bands Jim has the voice, the look/style and also the at times the outrageous showmanship of the Lizard King, everything that is required for a totally convincing portrayal of one of the most iconic frontmen of all time.
The other 3 members of the band (no bass player of course but I am always thrilled being an Elvis fan that the kings bass player Jerry Scheff was in the studio playing on the final Doors album and masterpiece that is L.A Woman) bring all the musical attributes of Ray, Robby and John to the table.
At that Assembly show back in 2012 I was also impressed with the stage lighting that gave the show the look and feel of seeing the band in action in an L.A. bar as they strutted their way through the likes of ‘ When The Music's Over', ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)' and ‘Light My Fire'.
Of course it should also be the chance to hear tracks from that final Doors album that because of tragic events were rarely if at all performed live by the band with Morrison at the helm such as ‘L.A. Woman' and ‘Riders On The Storm'.
For me this is one of the towns shows of the year and if they are as good as back in 2012, Friday 1st December at The Zephyr Lounge will be a night not to be missed.

Tickets available from the Leamington Assembly box Office

http://leamingtonassembly.com/event/doors-alive-2/

Find out more about the band on their website


http://www.thedoorsalive.co.uk


Andrew Lock

Catch The Doors Alive at Zephyr Lounge on 2017-12-01  
 The Doors Alive     Zephyr Lounge    

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Gigs in the next week

Fri 24th Nov

Atherstone

21:00

Bedworth

20:30
Bedworth Folk Festival (Meeting Rooms)


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Kenilworth

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Leamington Spa

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Nuneaton

19:00
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Rugby

20:30
 

Solihull

19:30

Stratford-Upon-Avon

19:15

Warwick

21:00

Sat 25th Nov

Mysteryville

21:00

Alcester

20:30
 

Bedworth

20:30
 
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Bedworth Folk Festival (Small Hall)


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Coventry

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Thrash Therapy fundraiser

15:00

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Henley-In-Arden

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Leamington Spa

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Nuneaton

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Rugby

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Solihull

20:30
Pink tribute

20:30
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Stratford-Upon-Avon

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Tamworth

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Warwick

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