Miriam on Tour: Day three / Gig three
Blast reporter Miriam Davies has completed her challenge...seven Gloucestershire gigs in seven days! On DAY THREE she travelled to Southgate Street in Gloucester to hear 'Firetree'. She writes the following...
I navigate my way to Southgate Street and follow the cosy light seeping from the courtyard of Café Rene between the lines of shut up shops.
The twenty somethings' sitting on the wooden tenches (tables and benches screwed together) look semi ready to rock.
I go to the bar. My orders are intercepted by a man with a wind beaten face and shaggy hair who wants a pint.
The bar man grins, 'I gotta serve 'im he's from the band!' What a lark! I look amused and order a coffee.
I like my rock with cheesy garlic bread, especially the kind served up by Rene: Strong Cheese, Fat Bread.
We wander round to the café area, where candles in bottle necks are lit.
I'm filling in my friend all the while about the rock band I have researched...'Firebrand'; a feisty female three-piece from the heights of foggy Leicestershire!
Cafe Rene in Gloucester
A different kind of fire
We pay the bill nestled under the old school after eight dinner mints. Strains of some sort of support band have struck up.
A ska-reggae beat with trombone phrasings. They're good. A little part of me begins to suspect that the girls aren't coming tonight.
I ask the waitress who the band is. 'Fire BRANCH' (??) is the unlikely reply.
I raise my cheesed out anatomy up to look at them.
The five men, including the shaggy man on guitar, look back. Their funky sunny sound (much more to my taste than NME's termed 'new wave modern intellectual punk' which I had hoped to musically 'appreciate') fills the room.
I stalk back to my seat, passing on my way, a colourful chalk board which reads 'Firetree' under 'Live music tonight'.
We sit down to listen to the rest of Firetree's set (not Firebrand OR Firebranch!).
The mix of electric backing, Jazz riff guitar, raw trombone and smooth vocals, works.
My favourite song, Need a Little Time, is reminiscent of the Beautiful South track but less sarcastic.
Later, on MySpace, I find Firetree hail from Stroud and have already played Nailstock and Gloucester's Together Festival this summer.
How has this band managed to escape me for so long? I hope to break up my Saturday at the Ragged Hedge fest to catch them at Broom Farm Cider festival.
Out of pointless curiosity I also find thee UK Firebrands.
A folk band who play in the 'four corners of the British Isles' and a caplocked FIREBRAND, who describes his sound as 'victory pill, sex and circuitry, pistol productions'.
My much anticipated girl band get round the well worn name on MySpace by using swear symbols where the vowels should be: Perhaps its time to rebrand the fire.
last updated: 25/09/2008 at 18:15