BluesBlues,es, soul and a to­touch of grggrime me

Hayes FM’s Hughie Dixon with high­lights from the live band scene

Harefield Gazette - - LEISURE -

FANCY pop­ping out for a lo­cal one? The An­gel in Uxbridge Road, in Hayes, has some raw and orig­i­nal tal­ent on of­fer for the dis­cern­ing mu­sic lovers of Hilling­don.

The evening (on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 5) is show­cased as ‘Band Habits’, and on the bill are Hilling­don’s The Grey Area. This bluesy and soul­ful in­die three-piece were run­ners-up in the Bat­tle of the Bands held over the road at The Wish­ing Well ear­lier in the year.

Founded a year ago this week, and fronted by Wes­ley on gui­tar and vo­cals and backed by drum­mer Grant and Matt on bass, their sound tends to grav­i­tate to­wards the grim­ier end of the afore­men­tioned gen­res and their in­flu­ences in­clude The Black Keys, The Gravel Tones and one of my par­tic­u­lar faves, The Ri­val Sons. Great songs and great en­er­gies abound with The Grey Area.

Jak­abo are a tight, riff-driven rock ’n’ roll ride from Read­ing.

A pow­er­ful voice from Maria up front, with bassist Adam and drum­mer Paul pro­vid­ing that solid rhythm to com­ple­ment the licks and riffs from Jamie on gui­tar.

Ar­dent fol­low­ers of the lo­cal mu­sic scene may re­mem­ber Jamie and his su­perb Hen­drix-es­que flu­id­ity on the gui­tar some five years ago, in a three-piece known as Sour Sugar which, co­in­ci­den­tally, fea­tured Grey Area’s drum­mer, Grant. www.jak­abo­mu­ will tell you more of what they’re do­ing th­ese day.

Eas­ing you into what’ll be a De­cem­ber night to re­mem­ber is the show opener, known as Myra Jane Franklin – a nat­u­ral-born singer and song­writer from

Fri­day, De­cem­ber 5

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 6 Cow­ley armed with a reper­toire of orig­i­nal songs, and cov­ers done in such an orig­i­nal way that some might say she ‘owned them’.

It’s free en­try all night so get your­selves down there.



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