A Sort of Colch Homecoming may sound like a crap name for a Sunny Colch happening [Ooooh] but let’s face it – A Sort of Homecoming was always a crap song from U2.
We’re not one to get all territorial on yer backside, but strictly speaking and the Dingus boys aren’t from around these parts.
Send ‘em back packing over the Suffolk border with a pitchfork up their arses.
But yeah – A Sort of Colch Homecoming fits for a band that has made some significant breakthroughs in 2012, both on stage and around Colchester. So much so that Animal Noise have been named as the support slot for Saturday evening at the Arts Centre.
But it’s not all about rutting stags backstage at The Arts Centre, waving their willies in the air and comparing virility.
But then again…
Nope – there is much more of a sense that A Sort of Colch Homecoming is a mini-celebration of the Sunny Colch music scene as we approach the back end of 2012. Dingus Khan will have completed their UK tour; Animal Noise are around to share in the celebration.
Whisper it very softly but 2012 was the year when *shhh* Colne Rock [GEDDIN] started to make something of a breakthrough outside of Britain’s Oldest Recorded. It’s not where yer from, it’s where yer at, etc, but sadly any half decent band with serious ambitions still has to trawl the Camden toilet circuit if they don’t want to get flushed down the U-bend.
The boys from Dingus have done well – a hyperlocal Latitude appearance, and then a balmy August Bank Holiday WEEKENDERRR – the Colchester Free Festival was the meaty filling in-between Reading and Leeds wholesomeness.
Betcha the boys weren’t dining on cheese and pickle sarnies during that particular weekend.
Debut album Support Mistley Swans not only has an ACE name, but has also been picked up by the Boy Lamacq. If you are looking for inspiration as you make that transition from Sunny Colch to the Camden toilet circuit, then Lamacq is yer man.
Animal Noise meanwhile find themselves not only as the support slot on Saturday night, but also coming towards the close of a year that is starting to get them noticed outside of Sunny Colch.
Tom Robinson of 6Music is a fan. The video for the recent Baddow! single was slick, and shows the ambitions of Josh, Jack and Birdie. 2013 could be the year when the Camden toilet circuit starts to put on the face paint ahead of midweek gigs.
Plus don’t forget Gulls, the final piece in the Colne Rock trilogy that makes up A Sort of Colch Homecoming on Saturday evening. Having formed less than two years ago, the three-piece post-rockers might just be the band to manoeuvre in the slipstream of the two other Colne Rock big hitters.
It should be quite an event at the Arts Centre on Saturday evening. No one likes a scene that celebrates itself. Musically Dingus Khan, Animal Noise and Gulls have about as much in common as Sir Bob of Sunny Colch has with diplomacy.
And that’s being diplomatic, Comrades.
But there is something building in Britain’s Oldest Recorded; something that recognises that the Camden toilet circuit may break a band – quite literally – but the real fun is to be had closer to home.
A Sort of Colch Homecoming.
Always the best.
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