Goldray The Bassment & The Guilt Coins
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Goldray The Bassment 07/10/16 Maurice suggested going to the Bassment to see a band that he had heard good things about. I always trust his judgement as we have very similar taste in rock music, so it was a date. As usual we spent too long in the Ship and missed the first 2 acts. This still left us a great local band that I have never seen before, the Guilt Coins. When they came on I thought they were going to be a Mod band, very smartly dressed, thin ties and smart shirts. There were a lot of people watching them and as with most bands at these events, they bring their own fanbase and when finished they all disappear. The band were a 5 piece guitar driven band and for some reason all I could think of was Joy Division. They were very good and as expected quite a few of their punters went at the end of their last song. Will go and see these again.

Next up were the fantastic Goldray, now I am very fickle when it comes to music and the last band I saw is always the best one of the year. My favourite band before tonight was Salvation Jayne, it is now Goldray. I think it might stay them for a while. As you can probably guess I quite enjoyed them. They are 4 piece band with a lead singer who is a great show woman, a cross between Kate Bush and Siouxsie Sioux. The guitarist used to play with Reef who is also a great player supported by a solid engine room of drums and bass. They have a very heavy psychedelic sound and are extremely visual as well, lots of shiny clothes. The sound I would put them at are Big Brother and the Holding Company with Kate Bush instead of Janis Joplin, not a bad thing. I have no idea what they played either as they were all originals but I will definitely go and see these again. Maurice was talking to Jon Morter (Rage Against the Machine versus X Factor fame) who is involved with them and he reckons that this could be one of the last times they will play such a small venue. If that is the case (which I hope it is), then I feel very privileged to have been there. Everyone who was there were overawed by the band, so I hope that they go on to the bigger and better things they deserve.,p> Summing up a great night, but I think next time I go to the Bassment I might change my Tipple. Every time I wake up in the morning I have a rotten headache. It was also another coup for the Bassment, they seem to get lots of great bands and DJ’s playing in there. A big thanks also to Shakey, without people like him putting on the music we wouldn’t have any. So please go and support him.

Duncan, October 2016.