BBC Introducing… Brilliant Bands at the Oakford

Last night the Oakford Social Club in Reading rocked to the sounds of some brilliant bands who took to the stage as part of the continuing series of ‘BBC Introducing…’ gigs to discover new and upcoming talent around the country.

‘BBC Introducing… Berkshire’ is a regional initiative by the national broadcaster aimed at supporting unsigned, unsupported and ‘under the radar’ acts from around our region. Club-goers were in for a treat as a trio of bands made for a spectacular night of music.

Up first were ‘Nobodies Birthday’, a five-piece indie/rock band from Reading who draw on inspiration from bands such as The Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian. Dom on vocals was confident and commanded the stage well to an eager audience. Their track ‘Fatal Attraction’ amongst others in their set was well received and paved the way for a warm welcome for the next band.

The Pink Diamond Revue are a tad eclectic compared to ‘mainstream’ musicianship, and their Kraftwerk-esque set drew applause from their loyal following. A two-piece electro band from Reading, The Pink Diamond Revue creates music which includes splices of synth, vocals and guitar, with samples being looped and driven through solid percussion with some further heavy live guitar. Tracks in their set included ‘Final Meal Request’ and ‘Acid Doll’ which provided a solid beat to get the toe tappers active.

Last but by no means least were local lads Off The Radar, an indie trio whose early origins were from practising on the outskirts of the Benson Air Base, hence the moniker ‘Off The Radar’. Rock solid percussion courtesy of Ade Dacre punched through each track and drove the song forwards, whilst the warm bass guitar from Tim Milbourne’s Rickenbacker sat in harmonic contrast to Daz Gurney’s brilliant lead guitar work. The chaps played a blistering set and pacy tunes such as ‘Do You Feel Alright’ went cheek-by-jowl with the more lighter humour from their track ‘Triangulist’, and a complete contrast from the more indie-inspired ‘Day Like This’.

All three bands had something different to offer, and all three proved that Reading most definitely has talent. A LOT of talent. To find out more about the bands from tonight’s gig, search them on Google, Facebook and Twitter as they all have digital media presence in one form or another. Better still, to keep abreast of the emerging talent from our town, why not keep an ear out for the next ‘BBC Introducing…’ gig and go along to find out more.

Last modified on Monday, 13 April 2015 07:57