This weeks gigs October 18-24

While many of us have an eye on what is in store when the Government make their announcements on Friday Oct 22 with regard future restrictions, venue owners have to plan for the future. Is it one of vaccination passports and test as they try and open up their sector. DIY gigs are being hit hard as gatherings of people are being discouraged. We will keep dreaming. In the meantime here’s a list of conformed gigs for this week. Well, confirmed for now

Play of the day: chiming in from New South Wales

Debut album from 2 piece Australian post punk hardcore band Chimers. Sounding like Mission of Burma playing Cult songs but with lods of nods to soaring sounds of Husker Du or Lungfish this is a record well worth chasing down

Acoustic Melvins on the way

Lockdown sent everyone crazy. Electric gigs and performances dwindled as bands took to doing Lockdown sessions. The Melvins have never been a band to jump on any bandwagons over their 4 decade history and while their next record will be a stripped down version of the band it was done because it was time.

Book of the week – What was that 30 year plan again?

This book details the journey of 30 years. It is written in yearly chapters and gives a perfect feel for the journey Therapy? went on. All the albums are dissected and lots of direct quotes from the members show how when they started they were just music fans and thirty years later that’s what they still are. Lovers of other people music playing music that suits them. That feeling really comes across here. Times may have changed, creases may be on faces but deep down they are still those kids making a racket.

Play of the day – the dressing rooms are starting to unlock

Continuing on with the excellent series of benefits is the latest Locked in the dressing Room comps. As the light is starting to emerge on live music once again it will be more difficult to remember how many venues and staff were left with no income. For most reading this blog live music was a pulse we clung on to. We looked forward to the camaraderie of gigs, the explosion of sound and sight on stage as our world revolved so much around music. That came to a halt as we re-assesed and some tried to recreate that experience online. But it was difficult. Live In the Dressing Room was created to show support to venues by the musicians.