Brighton and Hove News » Rockaway Beach Festival – Day Three Report

The KVB live at Rockaway Beach, Butlins Bognor Regis 9.1.22 (pictured Tony Jupp) (Click on the image to enlarge)

PORRIDGE RADIO + UN CERTAIN RATIO + THE KVB + THE HOUSE OF LOVE + BDRMM + WUNDERHORSE + OCTOBER DRIFT + LONELY TOURIST + TV PRIEST – BUTLINS, BOGNOR REGIS 9.1.22

So here I am enjoying Sunday lunch with television priest to Rockaway Beach party at Loot in Bognor Regis. Okay, so strictly speaking that’s not entirely true. There’s no food involved, but it’s Sunday lunchtime, TV Priest is on stage, and the band and audience are trying valiantly to rock lunchtime. The band is probably a bit more successful in this endeavor than the audience.

Priest TV live at Rockaway Beach, Butlins Bognor Regis 9.1.22 (pictured Tony Jupp) (Click on the image to enlarge)

TV Priest are purveyors of energetic post-punk with sobering lyrics. Most of the time, the voices are sung. However, sometimes singer Charlie Drinkwater rants like a Southern preacher. It really is quite fascinating. The band has a maturity that many bands lack. We have the impression that they have lived a little, and that we know what they sing.

Further information can be found at www.tvpriest.com

Lone Tourist Live at Rockaway Beach, Butlins Bognor Regis 9.1.22 (photo Mark Kelly) (click photo to enlarge)

To quote Monty Python: “And now for something completely different.” lonely tourist are an acoustic duo with socially conscious and often poignant lyrics. Often they refer to childhood vacation memories and also reflect our relationships with our parents. A song is about public libraries and the autobiographies of musicians kept there. Everything is very charming.

Discover their releases on band camp.

October Drift live at Rockaway Beach, Butlins Bognor Regis 9.1.22 (pictured Tony Jupp) (Click on the image to enlarge)

October Drift are also charming, but in a different way. Their music is very bouncy indie with an undeniable grunge influence. Their performance is incredibly enthusiastic, but I can’t help but think they’re just trying a little too hard. It’s like they’ve digested a rock star pose manual. They are very likely to pass for a little artificial. Which isn’t to say they aren’t enjoyable, but they might want to ease off the throttle a bit.

More information can be found at www.octoberdrift.com

Wunderhorse live at Rockaway Beach, Butlins Bognor Regis 9.1.22 (pictured Tony Jupp) (Click on the image to enlarge)

wonder horse maybe show how things should be done. They manage to channel primetime Radiohead with more classic rock influences. This is a band that clearly feels their music, with their elongated instrumental sections approaching Crazy Horse territory. It’s thrilling, made even more remarkable by the fact that the guitarist only joined the day before and managed to learn their set in such a short time!

Wunderhorse is on Facebook.

Bdrmm live at Rockaway Beach, Butlins Bognor Regis 9.1.22 (pictured Tony Jupp) (Click on the image to enlarge)

I had seen cbd at the Victorious Festival last summer, and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. However, they seem much more rock today. The lead vocals are shared between guitarist Ryan Smith and the bassist, whose name I couldn’t find anywhere! The voices are often quite ethereal. The bass player is really a “lead” bass player, and his playing sometimes reminds me of Peter Hook. He also plays keyboards. Are this man’s talents endless? ! All in all, Bdrmm surprised me very pleasantly this afternoon, and I look forward to hearing and seeing more.

Discover them on band camp.

The House Of Love live at Rockaway Beach, Butlins Bognor Regis 9.1.22 (photo Mark Kelly) (click photo to enlarge)

wanted to see The house of love for many years I was slightly disappointed to find that Guy Chadwick was the only original member left. However, once the band started playing, it became clear that it didn’t really matter. The band sounded like The House Of Love in their heyday. They have a young rhythm section and guitarist Keith Osborne is a worthy replacement for Terry Bickers.

However, Guy Chadwick seems to have become something of a curmudgeon, spending much of the set staring at his bandmates, as they in turn watch him. To be honest, it doesn’t look very fun. That being said, music is an entirely different matter. Any set that can begin with ‘Road’, and understand ‘Christine’, ‘Hope’, The Beatles and the Stones, ‘Shine on’ and “Rose Melody” is blessed with an embarrassment of riches. Great band, great gig. What more can be said???

Visit www.thehouseoflove.co.uk for more information.

The KVB live at Rockaway Beach, Butlins Bognor Regis 9.1.22 (pictured Tony Jupp) (Click on the image to enlarge)

We go to the main stage to The KVB. This is an audiovisual duo made up of Nicholas Wood on guitar and Kat Day on keyboards and synths. Kat is also responsible for the group’s rear projections. The group is not as electro as I expected, Nicholas Wood’s guitar presenting a more than respectful nod to the shoegazing groups of the early 1990s, without being enslaved to these groups. The KVB are one of the most interesting and inventive groups of the weekend.

Discover them on www.thekvb.co.uk

A Certain Ratio live at Rockaway Beach, Butlins Bognor Regis 9.1.22 (pictured Tony Jupp) (Click on the image to enlarge)

It’s been a long time since I heard anything A certain report, and I’ve always considered them an electro band. However, tonight there are a lot of “real” instruments and the musicians themselves are almost redefining the term “versatile”. With almost every song, the musicians change instruments. In fact, I lose track of the number of instruments played by each musician. The strengths of the set are ‘Lucinde’ and ‘Hack Up’. However, ACR’s overall performance is thrilling. Over time, they seem to get more and more jazzy. It’s quite a fascinating group.

Learn more about www.acrmcr.com

Porridge Radio live at Rockaway Beach, Butlins Bognor Regis 9.1.22 (pictured Tony Jupp) (Click on the image to enlarge)

I had seen headliners boiled radio at the Victorious Festival last year, and was unimpressed. They seemed serious and a bit boring. Tonight they are much more confident and relaxed. Indeed, singer and guitarist Dana Margolin even laughs! The perceived boredom at Victorious Festival is replaced with murderous intensity, and the audience clings to every word. They are a worthy closing act to a wonderful weekend.

Porridge Radio can be found at porridgeradio.com

www.rockawaybeach.co.uk

Read our report on day one of “Rockaway Beach” HERE.

Read our report on the second day of “Rockaway Beach” HERE.

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