You will either 'get' Matt Berry & The Maypoles or you won't.
For those in Bristol that do get it, Berry and the band take us on a sublime prog-rock-folk-psychedelic odyssey, taking in songs from new album 'The Small Hours,' among favourites such as 'Solstice' and "Snuffbox' and covers of Zappa's Mr Green Genes and The Doors 'Light My Fire.'
The Thekla is such an iconic venue in Bristol, I had to capture SKAM rocking the boat on their maiden voyage as they supported Gun. And rock they did...
Despite an early start, Sweet Crisis got things heated up quickly with their funky groove-ladden riffs and impressive Chris Cornell-ian vocals.
SKAM took the stage in their usual explosive style, but cranked up a good few extra notches to win over more than a few new converts.
Despite being a Scot, this was my first time seeing Gun and they had a more poppier sound live than I was expecting. However, still great fun to watch and frontman Dante Gillespie had the crowd eating out the palm of his hand.
SKAM are about to head out on a headline tour, and including a couple of support slots with Skindred. Check out SKAM's facebook pages to see when they are playing near you.
Chuck Mosley's "Reintroduce Yourself' tour hit the halfway mark as he came to Bristol's Bierkeller. With a career spanning set, the ex Faith No More and Bad Brains singer played the loudest, most psychedelic and unusual acoustic gig I've ever witnessed.
Kicking the evening off were Gilda Parade, who I sadly missed but I was time to catch Bristol's Departed. Featuring ex Treatment guitarist Ben Brookland, the band set the stage alight with their with a whirlwind of screaming guitars, a hard hitting rhythm section soaring vocals. Definitely ones to keep an eye out for in the future.
Before the gig however, I caught up Chuck and his percussionist/long time friend Doug Epser for a quick portrait session on the glamorous back stairs of the Bierkeller. I am very pleased to be able to share Chuck's first portrait in 20 years.