Review by Rory Smith
Its midweek night of musical entertainment in the Porter Cellar Bar, and theres some treats in store because the renowned Carina Round are headlining this evening.
Kicking off the gig is a local guitarist and singer, Emma, playing solo on a steel string guitar. Emma has a powerful but well controlled voice and can hit an amazing range of notes seemingly effortlessly. She writes her own material and has excellent lyrical ability and style.
Something about her vocals reminds me of Norah Jones, but much more interesting, varied and sang with so much more emotion. Maybe a better comparison would be Jewel but that wouldnt sum up the captivating atmosphere Emmas music creates. Sometimes soothing, sometimes bluesy, and always interesting, Emma appears comfortable on the stage and often frequents the open mic sessions of Bath.
Next up is another Trowbridge-based musician, Eadie. And with that its time for an abrupt change of atmosphere in the Cellar bar. Eadie is another solo musician who regularly plays at the Porters open mic session, and his attention grabbing sound and performance always makes for great entertainment. His music shows great variation in rhythm, timing, and volume with some seriously catchy and memorable choruses. He throws in a variety of catchy tricks and some great breaks to set the heads a nodding.
Theres no sign of that sore throat hes been complaining about as powerful vocals swing over a great range. Eadie is a natural performer, and seems very comfortable on the stage, finishing off a great set with an ol classic, Fly, accompanied by his girlfriends harmonising vocals. Always a pleasure to hear, Eadie also plays with several other local musicians and is a must-see.
The guitar player shows lovely imagination, creating a whole range of perfectly fitting, unsynthesized guitar noises in the style of Rage Against The Machines, Tom Morello, occasionally breaking into industrial noise, Uresei Yatsura style. The double bass is a brilliant touch, with its acoustic tones filling out the noise, and supporting the well-crafted overall feel of their songs. As a whole, the bands sound is powerful, sometimes dark and aggressive, with the singers vocals turning gnarled in the style of all Grrl punk band, My Vitreol, as she kind of chicken-steps around the small stage. They scream of barely restrained energy, bulging, then bursting out into the Cellar bar. Their set tonight is almost entirely from their up-and-coming album, and I strongly recommend it as a buy, if they record anywhere near as well as they perform live
Originally online at The Moles Club website