As MC Norm rightly pointed out, “they say Newport is crazy place on a Saturday night, and looking at you lot, I think I know what they mean.” A laid back crowd at the Riverside Studio enjoyed three of South Wales finest under the banner of Country Mile Records.
First up were Blind River Scare playing their second gig of the day (having earlier appeared at a festival in Tintern). They ran through their tight, confident set of quirky pop and country-tinged folk tunes with fiddle and elaborate bass lines. Killing Time, Blind River Scare and Graveyard Sounds all delivered proficiently with lead singer Tim appropriately saying “Sorry” before launching into Keep Saying Sorry... Check out their website for upcoming gigs: www.blindriverscare.co.uk
Next up were The Grief Brothers pushing their new vinyl single Silo. A mix of fast stompers such as Jon Langford’s Bad Times along with slower toe-tapping country tunes such as Son Volt’s Tear Stained Eye. Highlight of the set was the B Side to their single The Broken Bottle Lament with appropriate bottle percussion ably bashed by drummer man Mark. As lead singer Steve said on this baking hot night “my partner said I’d be hot in this jacket so it look like I’m in for a treat later.” And he was, Lone Pine were coming up... See more Grief Brothers at: www.thegriefbrothers.com
Then came the jet setting Lone Pine. Lead Singer Dan arrived from Finland shortly before going on stage while guitarist Steve had only just made it from Spain the same evening. The duty fee must have relaxed the boys as they launched into one of the best sets they have played for months. The crowd enjoyed every minute and new songs rubbed comfortably up against the more familiar Love is Everything, Hold On, Wasn’t Very Kind and Come Around. With a CD due very soon, it can only be a matter of time Lone Pine get the attention they so deserve. For a review of how the band themselves felt it went, see: