Gig Scene: Taking a walk on the Wilde side of rock

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By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

The Cocteau Twins went to my school in Grangemouth. Not that anyone ever saw them at the time. They wouldn’t dare raise their head above the parapet in my hometown.

I’m sure I would have loved them - which doesn’t mean I only like ‘artier’ musical fayre, though I am a fan of all that ‘clever’ stuff hidden on the margins.

But every now and then I need a rock band that isn’t as obtuse or thought-provoking. Which is why I like three local groups who are busy on the scene this week.

They may not have the world’s greatest melodies or the lightest touch but they’re rawer and louder and wilder and I love them.

The Wilde, whose non-stop hooks and barrage of energy impressed at the Bottom of the Bottom battle of the bands at Rehab earlier in the year, play The Cockpit In Leeds this Saturday night. The special occasion is the launch of their debut single, Brave Face.

Tomorrow night, Friday two of my favourite local bands play this week’s Friday Night Live upstairs at Rehab (I think it was meant to be at Zoso bar, originally).

In the four-band bill are Lobo, who specialise in dark, psychedelic grunge, and Hellfire Jack, the noisiest two-piece band I’ve ever seen playing the sort of modern type of blues that Led Zeppelin might have a go at if they were youngsters rather than pensioners.

The bill is completed by Those Delta Wolves and DJ set from CGI.

It’s happy birthday shortly to The Engine Shed in Wetherby. It’s a year since the new owners took over, a time which has seen them bring live comedy as well as music to the town.

They’re hosting their own party on Friday, August 30 with live music from FUNKtion and more.

For tickets, call 0843 2893333 or visit

Fans of the 60s should make a beeline for Charlie’s Place in Harrogate this Sunday night.

This Otley Road bar is hosting a show by the area’s premier 60s band The Diamonds who will be playing classic tracks from everyone from The Beatles to The Beach Boys to Cliff Richard from 6.30pm onwards.

If you’d like to check out the new single from Knaresborough DJ Rory Hoy who’s fast becoming a celebrity in his own right, there’s a video on YouTube now.

Called I’m Ur MF, the forthcoming single was recorded with Kitten & The Hip, while the video was filmed in a studio in Brighton.

Have a look at