God Is In The TV: Plug&Amp’s April scene report

Our latest Coventry & Warwickshire scene report, published by God Is In The TV music and culture zine, features Rosetta Fire, Jonny Concrete, Huffy & The Prophets.

Read extracts from it here, then click on the links to read the full article… 

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Heaps of worthy music to report on from Coventry & Warwickshire this month; it really is a struggle to choose who to feature. But we thought we’d give you a flavour of just how diverse our music scene is around here. Sometimes even within the same band, the styles and inspirations are so numerous that it’s very hard to pin down what the sound is.

Rosetta Fire posed full bandRosetta Fire are one such band. You may recognise the name, as band member Jimmy (James) Lapworth featured on the recent GIITTV ‘Shine (Again)’ Brtipop compilation with his cover of Love Spreads.

Following the release of their debut single, ‘Against the Odds’, produced by George Shilling (Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub, Paul Weller), the band from Warwick continue their busy gig schedule this year, taking their eclectic sound – a mash of pop melodies, 40s jazz inspired hooks and folk rock vibes – around the UK, including a date at The Bedford in Balham in August. Read more here…

Ok, now for something completely different…

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Jonny Concrete are a band from which to expect the unexpected and, once again, the sound is problematic to pin down… but we’ll do our best. One thing is certain: anyone who says “young people don’t do politics” should listen to Jonny Concrete. This six piece hip hop/rock/punk band from Coventry were voted ‘Best live band of 2013’ by Room Thirteen website and named best local band in a recent competition we held on the Plug & Amp website. We weren’t at all surprised. Read more here…

So we’re going to continue the punk/politics theme here a little…

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Huffy (aka Ian Hough) describes himself as a solo acoustic punk with folk influences. He reckons his musical style attests to him hearing a lot of jazz, country and Irish folk growing up (plus the Beatles, Old Grey Whistle Test and a weekly fix of 70s Top of the Pops).

In his own words, “David Bowie freaked me out, heavy rock was exciting, glam rock and then at last punk reached Birmingham via John Peel and from listener I wanted to be a music maker. Years of bass playing in various bands, writing poems, anarchist activism, Union activity, alcoholism, suicides, life changes led a path to ditching the bands and picking up a proper guitar.”

Seven years and hundreds of compositions and gigs later, Huffy continues to write about and campaign for causes close to his heart and is a regular face at anti-fascist and anti-racism events. He consciously never play the same set twice and says he never will.

“Art like life must evolve and move. Many songs are a minute long, why go on for 10 minutes if you’ve said it in 1?” Read more here…

The ProphetsAnd finally for this month, Coventry’s The Prophets. Demonstrating just how incestuous any local music scene can be, the band shares a member with Jonny Concrete (Nathan Gummery) – but don’t let that fool you into thinking they are anything alike.

The Prophets are a four piece pop punk band, currently venturing off to play shows in different towns across England. Made up of one girl upfront and three guys, they’ve just finished recording their debut EP, which is set for release this summer, followed by a music video later in the year. Read more here…

Louise Ali, Plug&Amp