Sons Of Rest
The Tin Music and Arts Coventry
21st September 2019
Paul Quinn, lead singer of The Loaded and all round nicest guy in pop has organised a weekend of local music for charity to raise money for the Coventry Music Museum, which, if you haven’t been to visit, is my favourite music museum. The Friday night went excellently from all accounts and the Saturday is being helped along by a Fighting Boredom DJ slot between the bands.
The Tin in the Canal Basin is buzzing, we set up the laptop for the tunes and sit ready for the first band who are on almost immediately introduced by the ace compare Carl. Holy Thief sit along the front of the stage two acoustic guitars and the guy singing with his eyes closed. It’s emotional and slow and very effective. The vocal goes from low and strong to a falsetto over small guitar sounds and then gets louder, heartfelt and pain ridden. Like lost love and black hearts. The set is dedicated to the singers cousin who passed away, they raise a toast to Claire. and says with a grin that ‘On a brighter note, the music’s really miserable!’
He’s not wrong, it’s not as miserable as country and western, it’s more like miserable pared down Rock. Holy Thief give us sad songs and stories, minimal guitar sounds so it’s all concentrated on the fragile voice. the range is exceptional, a treat and the fact that it seems near breaking point is just the icing on the cake of this well constructed but ultimately fragile set, one thing goes and it’ll all fall apart. The noise they are making with two acoustic guitars and voice is now astounding, loud, emotional and huge.
Next up are The Pristines and Jon is in the best pair of Tartan trousers I’ve seen for years, matched with a pair of cherry red Docs he does indeed look Pristine. They tune up for about a day so there’s absolutely no point whatsoever us playing any music.They launch into guitar thrash, slow bass and drums and slow measured vocal. this is properly done proper indie music, timeless and very cool, they wear black jeans and Adidas, the aforementioned tartan and cherry red docs and shorts and a calf tattoo. The Pristines are very fashion conscious. there’s a false finish to the song too – what else do you need, I’ll tell you what, low down dirty funky bass, groovy drums and small guitars, but it’s all about Jon’s voice again. The guitars come in load and strong, it goes almost quiet again, this is a powerful song, an epic in the making. a slow staggering forward vibe, which goes to a big messy sound that’s both slow and deliberate. Neil on the bass never stops moving,as they switch to a jangly messy guitar break with skipping back drums.
The music’s confusing but it’s hanging onto the vocal to keep afloat, I like the messy moments. then shimmering guitar, slow slow drums and high vocal. this is what happens when four friends with impeccable music taste do what they want, it’s class. there’s a eggshell centre to the music, a fragility that could be really easily shattered. Paul wallops on a ton of guitar and it shakes the walls. howling guitars and deep down bass give the band a fighting chance in a scrap, but they’d still be punching with their glasses on. There’s a decent crowd now. as they stagger into a huge grinding Birthday Party blues groove, lurching and chugging forward that feels like a broken car trying to drive, like dancing on a broken heel, its flawed but massive and goes on and on and on. The Pristines, always good.
Suns Of Rest
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All Pictures and electro disco by Martin Ward, all words by Adrian Bloxham, who may have forgotten his notebook but he’s saying nothing.