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Pershore Working Men's Club - Oct

Andy O'Hare
By Andy O'Hare
Independent music reviewer

The Halloween Bash, Friday 30 October 2009

Here's a tip for all you gig-goers - if you're off to Pershore for the evening, under no circumstances whatsoever take the train, because the station is approximately 26 miles and 385 yards from the centre of town!

I know, because that's what happened to me!

A couple of hours after getting off the train I finally arrived at Pershore Working Men's Club for their tasty Halloween Bash featuring the best of this busy little town's bunch of rising stars.

Cantelope
Cantelope are not to be confused with the Kidderminster outfit Cantaloop

It was a shame to miss openers The Antidote but I managed to catch the last few numbers from the death-goth outfit Cantelope, who are not to be confused (like I was at first) with the Kidderminster hip-hoppers Cantaloop - but after a few bars this passed pretty quickly - some nice guitar twiddles from this foursome, by the way.

This evening was impressively slung together by Chris Harvey of Tower Studios, who's also been working with Vermillion Skies (ex-'Fusion), as well as The Form (who were, by the way, appearing tonight at the Railway Inn in Evesham which, as you might expect, is just around the corner from the station and not 186,000 miles away!).

Bast
Stoner-grungers Bast live in Pershore and London

Next up were the stoner-grungers Bast who claim dual Pershore-London nationality, and who according to their Myspace have 1.6180339887 friends. I really must ask them about that the next time.

It was a shame that Crooked Empire couldn't make this gig.

It seems like they're another great local band in the process of reconstruction.

It was great to bump into Dave of Naked Remedy who are the latest spin-off of Kidderminster-based Aura. Incidentally, the railway station in Kiddy is only about 50 yards or so from the excellent Tap House venue - and not 4.3 light years away like some stations I could mention.

SpoonFedz
SpoonFedz are from Lower More, just outside Pershore

It was an absolute treat to catch another taste of the ever-improving reggaeish hip-hoppers Spoonfedz who have to be one of the top go-to acts in the two counties at the moment.

If somebody could swing it to get Calm Like A Riot, The Anomalies and Spoonfedz on the same bill, that'd be a gig and a half!

It was a shame to miss out on the wonderful Rigor Mortal, but... Well - I had to catch the bus back!




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