Wed 3rd May
WITH JAMES LEG & THE GROUNDLINGS
£10.00 Doors 8.30PM
The Bonnevilles are shaking Northern Ireland in a way it hasn’t felt since Van Morrison & Them obliterated Club Rado in 1964 and Stiff Little Fingers blew apart The Trident in 1977! The Bonnevilles don’t so much play punk blues as use it as a spring board to create a completely new genre. Their new album “Arrow Pierce My Heart” is evidence of a band at the top of their game. The Lurgan duo take Mississippi Hill Blues and Punk Rock and mix into their own unique dark Northern Irish Punk Blues stew.
Lead singer and guitarist Andrew McGibbon Jr had this to say to the Huffington Post when they exclusively previewed & streamed “Arrow Pierce My Heart”.
“We decided to write a love album, hence the title Arrow Pierce My Heart, but we aren’t balladeers so it ended up littered with our usual topics—death, rising from the dead, murders, drinking, drugs, sex, revenge and more revenge, but that’s ok.
Because we’re Irish, which isn’t so much a race of people as it is a death cult, we deal with this stuff so you don’t have to and our idea of love is a dark love not the sickly sweet kind. Not so much roses and kittens but whiskey and shame, and that too is ok. We take our responsibility as the conduits of the Gods very seriously. The human experience is about sinning and failing; that’s where the acid is and that’s what we try to write about.”
Leg, the son of a Texas preacher, started playing piano when he was just six. Raised on southern gospel music, he began preaching at the church his father pastored at the age of 14. Two years later he became infected with the lure of rock- n- roll and eventually alcohol and drugs. It was this contrast of good & evil, heaven & hell that would affect not only his music - solo and otherwise - but also his impassioned l ive performances evoking some sort of fervid snake- handling Pentecostal preacher in the middle of a lung- busting, jugular- popping sermon just replace the slippery vermin with a fifth of whiskey and Leg pounding on his signature Fender Rhodes and you get the picture).
The hard hitting Rhythm & Blues bastards of Belfast THE GROUNDLINGS have been leaving audiences spinning to their primitive sounds since September 2012. The hard working, hard rocking 3 piece have been burning up stages in some of Belfast's finest live music haunts such as Voodoo, The Menagerie and the Black Box, as well as at countless music venues throughout Northern Ireland.