Further signs of the burgeoning music scene in the Uxbridge area were apparent as the Crown and Treaty pub hosted Party in the Yard once again. DANIEL RIDER was there
AS HAS become tradition for the August Bank Holiday weekend, home-grown bands descended on the Crown and Treaty in order to entertain their fans. Locals are well aware of the pub's reputation for music, and the day did not disappoint.
As Nazca Lines took to the stage, the crowd was starting to swell. Good job too - their brand of urgent, brooding punk deserves an audience.
Walking the line between moody and cheeky, front man Russell is every bit a star, backed up amply by marching drum patterns and heavy bass grooves.
Starting at a frantic tempo, the set gave way for a more tuneful stance in the second sector. Picking up the pace again for the finale, the lyrics "Please don't let them take me away" were still ringing in my head until the next band stepped up. These lyrics soon made way for the happy pop-punk leanings of Edison.
A band with years of experience, they displayed bouts of psychedelia lacing polished songs. A very enjoyable, but criminally short set suggested they are busy writing new material for later.
By early evening, the audience had further grown and a large chunk of the crowd could be attributed to those following Avatar Original.
This Uxbridge-based three-piece showed that the scale of their ambitions reaches far beyond such small venues. With a tight, catchy set comprised of Brit and American-influenced rock songs, this band deserves so much more. Singer and guitarist Carl keeps the talking to a minimum, showing that music can speak louder than words. When done like this, Psycho 263 being a particular highlight, it's hard to argue.
With punters now squeezed in like sardines for the headliners, I took a chance to talk to bar manager Paul Murphy. When asked whether the day had been a success, he laughed and said: "I'm loving the music just as much as you, so yeah, it's a success!
"Of course, the money taken is always nice, but it's not really what today's about. We like the Bank Holiday celebrations - this event always creates a friendly atmosphere".
Sound engineers Ciao Buddha are also happy with the results, with Barry and Hughie both stating that the job is "made too easy when you've got bands like the ones here today".
And so we reached the climax, with a return to the venue for a band steeped in local music history. Having formed nearly ten years ago, it's refreshing to see Frowser adorn the stage.
Picking up on the crowds' hunger for the ante to be upped, Jamie (guitar/vocals), Sam (guitar), Rob (bass) and Hitch (drums) certainly delivered, with more to spare for those who just can't get enough.
Delivering clever metal, the guys pummelled the audience with tune after brutal tune. With a mixture of old and new material, the set was a lesson in confidence and bravado, with Everybody's Got a Gun sounding timeless as ever, and the new material being just as vigorous.
Party in the Yard was a resounding success - not bad for a free gig!