Three clear signs of aging: getting on with your parents, hair in places you didn’t realise existed, inevitable hatred of camping.
It’s two of the above that led me to attend The Great Escape festival this year. A weekend event where you can sleep in your own comfy bed, easily obtain a mirror and not get chuckled at when you do plus (the best part) walk three minutes in any direction and you’ll be able to successfully purchase a packet of custard creams. ZERO CAMPING. For a typically grumpy, aching and aging me – perfect.
Problem is that these venue-to-venue festivals are often held in tiny pubs meaning unless you arrive super early, you’re going to miss those bands. One evening after too much street wine it took a while for me to realise that the watch on my arm was actually a drawing and that we were super late for Cloud Nothings. Running through the Brighton lanes we eventually arrived with realisation that the winding queue outside and pumping rock music coming from inside equalled slim chances of catching the band. Oh well, find out what time Aiden Grimshaw is on? Back to street drinking?
We nip down the side lane to crack another and find a clever dude had scaled a high window ledge to get the closest seat to watch CN; literally a pane of glass separating him from the band. This gent helped us climb the same ledge and, once the grating fear of falling to my death had evaporated, we had quite the chat. Turns out this guy, Jack, used to be in a band with Nick from New Years Evil (AIH002) – WHAT ARE THE CHANCES exclaimed a drunken and possibly too excited me. Jack mentioned he’d just started working on a new band and that he’d forward some tracks my way.
That was May, this is October. Enter BIRDSKULLS.
Not to do disservice to their demos, but this is their first properly recorded track and it’s everything we hoped and more. It’s called ‘Ghost World’ and is a grunge pop gem with crashing drums, snotty riffs and a mathematical equation that would look something like No Age x Dinosaur Jr divided by pop punk. They’re based in Exeter, Bournemouth and Brighton so expect shows in more than a couple of those places soon!
PIZZAIH21 - THE GHOST
Get your greedy mouth around this Mexican festival of Pizza. Spicy mother-Pulled Pork, Jalapeños, Sour Cream, Spicy Salsa and topped with a heap of Nachos and Guacamole. The Ghost Pizza wouldn’t be just that without it’s secret ingredient, the ghost chilli - previously known as the worlds hottest chilli and 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce!