Sum­mer fun on the bill at Crown and Treaty

Hayes FM pre­sen­ter Hughie Dixon reviews the live band scene

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - LEISURE -

SUM­MER’S here (of­fi­cially at least) and the time is right for danc­ing in the lo­cal venues. One such venue is the Crown and Treaty in Oxford Road, Uxbridge on Friday where for just £5 (af­ter 10pm but free be­fore), where peo­ple can lap up the tal­ents of three (two so far and one to be announced) truly gifted bands.

One such out­fit goes by the name of Raga, whose dark and dirty sound has an early Vel­vet Un­der­ground tinted with the lesser com­mer­cial side of Joy Di­vi­sion vibe about it.

With happy beats over thrash­ing riffs, they tread the de­viant path set out by fore­fa­thers The Arc­tic Mon­keys and The Vines rather well but with, of course, their very own stamp.

Also on the Treaty bill the Friday are Bel­li­cose (pic­tured). This fine

four­some of fe­males from Har­row on the Hill have some great songs that are well ar­ranged and, as their YouTube chan­nel can con­firm, they’re all ex­pertly per­formed with har­monies, feel­ing and gusto.

This will be at least their sec­ond Treaty air­ing this year and I’m hop­ing to catch them my­self as I missedi d theth l last t one. H Hope­ful­lyf ll see you there.

The mighty John Done­gan re­turns to my show on Tues­day Au­gust 2 for a live ses­sion.

This in­cred­i­ble song­writer will warm the air­waves from 9pm on­ward on 91.8fm or www. hayesfm.org.uk.

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