Tal­ented trio Jeeps giv­ing pop mu­sic back its edge

Hayes FM pre­sen­ter Hughie Dixon re­views the live band scene

Harefield Gazette - - LEISURE -

JEEPS are a trio of mu­si­cians based in Uxbridge, whose out­put is fo­cussed around the song­writ­ing tal­ents of linch­pin gui­tarist and singer Glen Stra­chan. They have taken tra­di­tional pop mu­sic back from the sac­cha­rine laden precipice of vac­u­ous non­sense and re­in­stalled quirks, grime and rea­son into the pro­gram. Think Nir­vana meets The Bug­gles.

Edv­ina Fahlqvist, whose vo­cal adds dy­namic lift, also pro­vides the bass and the enig­matic Grant Sal­mon drives Jeeps with drums.

If, like my­self, you’re cu­rios­ity driven, then get down to The Crown and Treaty, Ox­ford Road, Uxbridge, on Fri­day to check Jeeps out. It’s free en­try be­fore 10pm and just £5 af­ter.

Also at The Treaty this Fri­day are The Drives from Lon­don, who of­fer a com­pli­men­tary grunge sound to fit in nicely with Jeeps.

How­ever, to quote Nigel Tufnel, The Drives are ‘one louder’.

From dreamy in­die to power punk,punk they tread on the gaps like they only mat­ter to the su­per­sti­tious trendy gen­re­heads who are stuck in some mu­si­cal prison of what’s fash­ion­able.

In­di­vid­u­al­ism is all the rage these days. Check them out at www.sound­cloud.com/thedrives­band and do your­self a favour.

The Fri­day bill is com­plete with a three piece known as Dead Belles.

Born in Septem­ber 2014, Dead Belles have a month old EP ‘Black Cats and White Ele­phants’ out on iTunes for your lis­ten­ing plea­sure.

With buzzing basses and rock­ing gui­tar com­bined with a vo­cal style that hedge hops from Al­barn to Ian Brown via Just Hawkins makes Dead Belles’ over­all sound hard to pin­point but then that’s al­ways been a plus in my book.

The ques­tion re­mains, can they do it live? Only you can tell.

n NO SAC­CHA­RINE: Jeeps

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