THROUGHOUT the summer The Fleece is running a “best of Bristol season”, highlighting some of the city’s most exciting up and coming bands.
Between July and September, 88 bands will play in 21 gigs to showcase local talent.
It’s a great idea and while obviously some acts will be much better than others it gives them chance to perform in one of Bristol’s best venues for live music.
It also allows music fans to discover local bands with potential to go far, and headliners Goan Dogs certainly fit that bracket.
This five piece clearly take their influence from Americana, playing moody rock with a sweeping, film soundtrack feel.
Singer Luke St Leger is somewhere between Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Jeff Buckley, and the frequent harmonies even bring Fleet Foxes to mind.
While not in the same league as these bands there’s definite talent here, and they certainly deserve to be playing before a much larger audience.
As yet they lack the killer songs to take them to the next level but an impressive performance makes them definitely one to watch.
Support came from Holy Stain and Fixture, with varying results. Holy Stain were the better of the two, turning out a solid rock show that recalled the early 1990s.
Although they looked young enough to be refused service at the bar, this band do exactly what any teenagers worth their salt should do – pick up guitars and make an unholy racket.
Somewhere between Sonic Youth and shoegazing, they’re pretty good at it too.
For the last two songs they had a special guest join them on stage, the notorious Bristol gig goer Jeff Johns.
For the uninitiated, Big Jeff is the tall guy with the blond curls who moshes at the front of nearly every show in Bristol.
Unleashed on the microphone the Honey Monster of rock sounded much as you would expect him to – lots of unhinged howling with some shouting thrown in for good measure.
He might not be the best of Bristol but the place certainly wouldn’t be the same without him.