Archive for June, 2005

Off to the festival

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

I’m off to glastonbury. Wheee! managed to get a pass!

Trimorphous, Three Fat Fish, and Slovakia

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

I’ve just come back from a Trimorphous gig at the Three Fat Fish. It was actually really nice just to relax and listen to some good music for a change, and not play! Support was Obedient Bone – really good but sadly the sound engineer wasn’t really up to scratch (they have a great PA at the 3FF but I don’t think it’s really tuned to the space or anything, lots of muddiness 🙁 ).

Trimorphous did a great job – it was the first time I’d seen them live and I really enjoyed it. A really great mixture of guitars, live bass, keyboards and programmed beats. Well worth seeing if you get the chance. I think I might write some kind of review up here soon. One of the best bands I’ve seen in Exeter for ages actually!

But for now, I’m off to bed – I’ve arrived in Somerset now after driving up from Exeter. I’m tempted to try and get into Glastonbury Festival somehow while I’m here… but I guess most attempts will be futile this year 🙁

Assuming I don’t get into Glastonbury, I’ll be back in Totnes on Friday for the Presence festival…

Oooh – one other thing! I randomly booked flights today to go to Slovakia in July, for the Pohoda festival in Trencîn, which features the Prodigy and Asian Dub Foundation, amongst many others. It’ll be lovely to see some of the friends I met in Slovakia again. I think it’s going to be good! Maybe it’ll make up in some way for not going to Glastonbury 😉

The EP

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Hi,
We’ve fixed the problem with the Mind’s Eye page – you can now order the new EP, and you can listen to the title track here.

Trimorphous – Exeter band

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

This week’s unsigned highlights are Exeter-based Trimorphous

It’s a five-piece live electronic outfit, comprising Amelia Best (vocals, percussion, keys), Adam Bonner (bass, keys, programming), Joe Ings (guitar, keys, programming), Adam Jones (guitar), and Amy McGill (guitar, keys, programming).

Their website describes the music as: eclectic female-fronted guitars n breaks, but think Portishead / Massive Attack vibe and you’re halfway there.

Trimorphous are playing quite a few South West shows. The next is at Exeter Three Fat Fish – Wednesday 22nd June.

Audioscrobbler

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Just found the coolest audio website! It’s a system that notes down what music you’re listening to and recommends new tunes for you, based on what other people with similar tastes are playing. From what I’ve seen it just seems spot on – and it looks like it’s recommending some obscure but good acts. I’ve downloaded the pluggin for iTunes and it’s faithfully recording what I’m playing at the moment (http://www.audioscrobbler.com/user/tomkerswill/) and building up some recommendations.

Highly recommended – have a look at http://www.audioscrobbler.com

Big brother or celebrity love island?

Sunday, June 19th, 2005

I was staying at a student house up in Manchester the other day and witnessed a fight over the TV remote – about whether to watch Big Brother or Celebrity Love Island. Made me very very glad I don’t have a TV. Steve Lawson has found a painfully close-to-the-bone review of the latter.

Birmingham and Manchester

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Hello again! I’m now up in Manchester, after playing a gig in Birmingham with Lee and Gavin. The gig went really well and I really enjoyed the other music, which included poetry and songs from Joe Williams plus some really inspired vibraphone playing from a guy called Julian.

We played a similar set to the gig at the Exeter Phoenix, with a few extras thrown in!

I’m having a good time up in Manchester, staying with my brother Alex and visiting some friends. Went out to a good reggae night, in the Arches bar, Hulme. Staying in Manchester one more night before heading down to the Exeter Phoenix for the State of the Arts music day – which features music industry seminars, plus live music from Mark Chadwick (of the Levellers.
Looks like great value, with tons of music and info for a tenner.

Birmingham – Actress and Bishop. Tonight!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

TONIGHT – Wednesday 15th June

Catch a headlining set from Tom Kerswill, with backing from Lee Stone (bass) and Gavin Tilstone (djembe) at the Cellar Door @ Actress and Bishop, Birmigham:

Venue details

Plus many other acts including Joe Williams. £3 on the door.

Phoenix pictures

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Hi everyone – got some good pictures of the Exeter Phoenix gig last Thursday – courtesy of photographer Alison Edwards. Please head to this post to view them.

Phoenix Pictures

Monday, June 13th, 2005



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Originally uploaded by tomkerswill.

Here’s a picture of our Exeter Phoenix gig on Thursday. Next chance to catch us is at the Actress and Bishop, Birmingham on Wednesday 15th June.

Click on the photo to the right to gain access to other photos from the night.

This photo is copyright Alison Edwards, 2005.

Back from the festival

Monday, June 13th, 2005

So… I’m back from the Isle of Wight festival now. It was a good three days – packed with loads of good bands. It’s a bit tricky to avoid comparissons with Glastonbury, and of course it’s much smaller, quieter, finishes much earlier, and has fewer stages – well, only one stage really. And, between acts, rather than showing adverts to Make Trade Fair and Drop the Debt, they showed as ads for mobile phones, car stereos and beer. Lastly, because it’s so close to Newport, the curfew is strictly enforced at 12.00 – which means all music on the site stops dead at that time.

But still worthwhile – especially for the music. The crowd was always lovely too. I saw the Magic Numbers at about 2.00 (v. good, by the way!) and stayed standing at the front of the crowd until 11.00, when REM finally left the stage. Despite being totally knackered, it was a good experience. Come REM, nobody at the front really had the energy to dance any more, though we gave it a good go! But all the bands looked like they were really enjoying themselves – which is always infectious on stage. Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody was even reduced to tears.

So – a thoroughly corporate festival, but the festival-goers more than made up for it by being nice and friendly and there to have a good laugh.

Isle of Wight

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

Hello! Am writing this from the Isle of Wight Festival. It’s one of the first big festivals of the year… and the weather is beautiful!

Highlight of the weekend so far has to be Faithless. Also saw some good sets from Travis, Idlewild, Supergrass (remember them? 😉 ) and, err… Roxy Music.

Although it’s much, much smaller than Glastonbury, only really has one stage, and stops dead at 12am each night, it’s still been good fun – and the hovercraft journey over made it a bit more interesting. Looking forward to seeing Snow Patrol and REM this evening…

Exeter gig..

Friday, June 10th, 2005

Thanks so much to everyone who came to the gig at the Exeter Phoenix. We all really enjoyed ourselves, and it’s a good experience to play at such a lovely venue! Next stop Birmingham….

Cellar Door @ Actress and Bishop – Wednesday 15th June. £3
—- catch a headline set from Tom Kerswill, plus an eclectic selection from Birmingham’s best-loved music night.

Gig Tonight! EXETER PHOENIX

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Tonight (Thursday 9th June) – Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St., Exeter – 7.30pm – £6

Westcott & Rodway
Tom Kerswill
Steve Morgan
Very Special Guests

It’d be lovely to see you there!

Gig approaching!

Monday, June 6th, 2005

We spent today in Plymouth with the whole band, doing an intensive rehearsal for the gig. It’s sounding good, and I’m really excited about playing at the Exeter Phoenix now. We’ll be ending the set with a new song, Flowers, Fevers and Dreams, which I enjoy playing so much – the combination of djembe and bass, with electric guitar and keyboards floating on top, is pretty infectious I think. I’m looking forward to seeing what people reckon about it!

If you’d like to come to the concert, it’s this Thursday (9th June) 8.00. Tickets are £6…

We were going to play at the Jazz Bar at Good Bodies in Plymouth tonight… but in the end we headed for home about 9.00 – it’s been a whole day of music. My fingers are metalic from so much contact with the strings!

We want to do some proper busking as summer approaches – maybe out on the Hoe in Plymouth, and in Exeter… first need to get some kind of generator or power supply to amplify the bass and keyboards!

Randomness

Monday, June 6th, 2005

I’ve just created a category for everything that doesn’t fit in anywhere else.. and to celebrate that here’s a little nugget of advice trawled from the net:

random acts of senseless beauty » Blog Archive » nugget

Freedom Park Festival – Saturday, 4th June

Friday, June 3rd, 2005

Hello! We’re playing at 3.00 tomorrow (Saturday) at the Freedom Park Festival in Plymouth – it’s an afternoon outdoor festival… don’t have that many details about it, but it should be good fun!