The Victories
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The Victories

The Bassment



After a fantastic weekend of music, The Spitfires at Chinnerys on Friday night and a night out dancing at Burgess Hall, St Ives, Cambridge for their 42nd anniversary Northern Soul do. The Spitfires were great but if you like your 60’s soul St Ives is one that you have to do. Then it was on to the next adventure.

This was at the Bassment to see the Victories, this was the launch of their new single “Wiccan.” I didn’t think many people would be there as it was a Tuesday night but I was very surprised, the Bassment was packed with a large audience, mainly dressed up for Halloween. In fact the venue had a major overhaul, lots of cobwebs, skeletons and spiders. As usual I was late and missed the showing of the videos and the other bands but some things never change. I am pretty sure I have seen them before at a March of the Mods gig at Billericay which is strange as they are definitely not a mod band. They are a three piece but this night were joined by Cam Forester on Hammond and Laura Hawes on backing vocals. As anyone who knows me, any band that has a Hammond is a sure winner, so keep it please. The band are made up of Chris Marsh lead and vocals, Luke Abbott on bass (one the best beards you are going to see for a long time) and Laura Allison, who hits the drums as hard as any man. I have to take advise from Paul who came with me on the musical influences(I get lost on bands whose tracks last more than 3 minutes), to me very early hard rock but Paul hears early Sabbath, Zep coming up to the Queens of the Stone Age.

Whatever the influences are they amalgamate into a heady concoction of Fuzz Guitar, great riffs with loud infectious rhythm from the drum and bass. I think the band call themselves Groove Rock, I can see why as even though the sound is very heavy it is also very danceable. They went through a set of all their own songs, I think I heard a bit of Nantucket Sleighride in there at one point but I am probably wrong. I loved the last song with Laura on backing vocals taking the lead, a bit greatest gig in the sky style. I really enjoyed it, shame I didn’t get their earlier but that’s me. It’s a shame that a couple of my other mates couldn’t get there as I know this will be right up their street. I will take them next time.

If you like good music played well, I recommend this group. Also if you do like the video of the link below, download the song. It’s only 79p and gives the people involved encouragement to keep going, or as Nolan Porter said “keep on keeping on.”

Duncan, November 2017.