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The Bull & Gate

February 3rd, 2009

When your mates’ band says they’re playing a gig in London on a Sunday night and your Mrs is home from the US for just one week, you just grab the chance with both hands. So me & DJ Chick’n’Rock jumped the train to the capital at 7pm and touched down in Kentish Town just as the snow was starting to settle.

The Bull & Gate, if you’ve not been there, is an excellent little venue about 2 minutes walk from Kentish Town tube station. With a bar at the front of the house and a live stage at the back, it’s a perfect place to rock out on the day of worship.

First up were Swallow Your Pride and what a great noise to kick off the gig with. Although I lost my way with metal for a bit in the ’90s, there was both a Machine Head and Panterra t-shirt on the stage and that’s the sound we were treated to; Heavy & catchy.

Safehouse Theory hit the stage next and certainly made quite an impression. Their sound was very reminiscent of a band who had a similar name before they went big and Becky said they’d certainly go down well in the U.S. – that’s what so many Brit bands want to hear when trying to make it big. (BTW whatever happened to Bush?)

Safehouse Theory were pretty polished. Despite the small stage they certainly had presence and not a shred of ego there; They just got on and enjoyed pumping out hard & heavy rock with some nice catchy melodies and a lot of vocal passion, backed up by beats & fx. Their bassist was particularly excellent and has inspired me to give up playing the 4-string because I haven’t got a hope in hell – I think I’ll just retire into being a rhythm guitarist ;)

And finally, ladies & gentlemen, Demilo. With a good-looking chick on vocals they’re like a younger Republica. Of course a decent voice and some cute tunes does the trick too, so Demilo are candy to both the eyes and ears.

Whilst lead-singer Tess is explaining the meaning to the next song bassist Chris butts in and pipes “It’s about drugs” LOL And after that all their songs seemed to be about drugs! Only kidding ;)

Atheist Bus taking Churchgoers homeNice to see some bodies from Farnborough at the gig and as the clock struck 11 we had to head home that way ourselves… and that’s where the REAL fun began.

Due to the snow above ground the tube train services underground were badly affected. Our tube train was late and when it did turn up it took us to the wrong branch line, so we hopped off at London Bridge at midnight to make another connection.

The Jubilee line was closed completely so we had to walk to Waterloo to catch the 00:58 last train.

After an hour of trudging through snowy London streets, very reminiscent of a Victorian Christmas card we finally made it to our train, which was late in leaving, luckily, because it was now 1:07am.

The 40 minute train journey back to north-east Hampshire took over 2 hours thanks to snow & “points failure” and once back in Farnborough we had to dust off the Subaru and drive home in the snow, finally getting home at 3:30am

What a long old night, but it was fun :)

And the best bit? I took a cheap snapshot of some old London Church looking pretty in the snow. When I got home and downloaded the image… it was only the Atheist Bus infront of Southwark Cathedral! How funny is that?

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  1. February 4th, 2009 at 16:14 | #1

    that is awesome! i love it. the atheist bus at church … i want to drive an atheist bus … i’d be good at it…

    i miss all my band friends and just hopping on something to take me to a good, loud show… good times!

  2. February 5th, 2009 at 10:43 | #2

    I’m glad you had a good time with your lady.

  3. February 6th, 2009 at 01:30 | #3

    lost my way with metal for a bit in the ’90s

    Care to expand on this? I’d like to hear about that in future. Did you start listening to Cannibal Corpse or something?

    Cool photo. Gotta love the ‘digital lag.’ Makes for some interesting photos. The snow streak looks a little like a light beam coming from the top of the turret, a la Batman.

  4. February 7th, 2009 at 21:33 | #4

    Rebekah: LMAO Nice avatar ;) Yeah, funny how I didn’t mean to take that shot but found it when I was “developing” it ;)

    So where’s the magic bus going then, driver?

    Mummy Crit: Yeah, me too. 5 months without her is tough.

    Bulbboy: Your wish is my command. Yes, I will tell all at some time :)

    That was a real “from the hip” pic… I think the flash may have gone off too. Taken with a Nokia N95 FYI ;)

  5. February 9th, 2009 at 12:59 | #5

    At least you got home!!

    Can’t see the pic here, I’ll check it out at home ;-)

  6. February 9th, 2009 at 20:01 | #6

    heh to quote my bible thumping uncle “to hell if i don’t change my ways” is where it’s going … :: eyeroll ::

    surprise pictures are the best…

  7. February 10th, 2009 at 20:26 | #7

    Brom: We got home by the skin of our teeth! 4 & a half bleedin’ hours!

    Rebekah: 2 tickets to hell please, driver! :p

  8. February 10th, 2009 at 21:33 | #8

    Yet another awesome adventure with you Babe! Bummer that I left my Safehouse Theory disc behind without ripping it first. I’ll have to add them to my playlist later….
    And cheers to Demilo…not only did they rock out, but they are also super COOL. I really enjoyed hanging out with them…nearly as much as our wacky trip back to Farnborough in the snow, past the atheist bus… (good thing the Jubilee line to Waterloo was shut, aye?) :)
    XOX

  9. February 17th, 2009 at 16:26 | #9

    this is so weird. this entry was gone when i visited your blog yesterday, but now it’s back … soooo weird

  10. February 18th, 2009 at 15:30 | #10

    Sorry, the site was still in a temporal state of flux… I swapped the positronic resistors and now the hypertext markup language has stabilised :)

    Actually I upgraded wordpress AND I had a whole load of old Blogger static pages on the server, so I did a cleanup when I noticed which was a bit late :S

    All sorted now though :)

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