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Hayes FM’s Hughie Dixon with highlights from the live band scene
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.jakabomusic.co.uk 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.
n SOLID POWER: Jakobo