MUSIC MATTERS by Pete Chambers: City of Culture.. 'We can do this!' - The Coventry Observer

11th Aug, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS by Pete Chambers: City of Culture.. 'We can do this!'

Editorial Correspondent 6th Oct, 2017 Updated: 6th Oct, 2017

Now is the time to care, City of Culture 2021

So now Coventry’s final bid to be City of Culture 2021 has been delivered, it’s fingers crossed as we wait to hear the winner.

While we wait it may be an idea to think about your city, not about “the other people”, but just you and your city.

Coventry is far from perfect, no place really is. Already, some have poured scorn on the city’s cultural ambitions. Each to their own, but it’s a bit like someone complaining their house is a mess, and someone offering to spruce it up for free, and you turning it down and continue complaining.

Each person in the city would benefit from us being City Of Culture 2021. You don’t have to be an artist, a retailer or be in the heritage and tourist trade to benefit.

Who doesn’t want a shiny new city, it’s a no brainer.

Some will sadly never get on board, and that will be the same for other contenders. Those who do could really help this city, your city, the place that you call home, the place that gives you your life.

Some will probably have already stopped reading this, and rolled their eyes, but to the ones who reckon it’s still a great idea, or even worth a try, now is the last chance to dance, before it may be too late.

So come on Cov, we can do this, support the bid, shout about it, write letters, spread the word. Pease get sharing your support on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the following hashtags and handles: #ThisisCoventry #UKCityofCulture @DCMS @Coventry2021. You may have never bothered before, but maybe just for this once, it really is the time to care.

One Week Stand

Coventry band One Week Stand have a new album out right now.

This new album ‘Scratch’ is something of a personal one for the band’s vocalist Gaz Cruise.

I asked him if he intended to make all the tracks break-up songs, or was it just the way they all turned out?

“I wrote the album over the past year so it’s pretty much a summary of the last year of my life” replied Gaz. “At the end of April I went through a very tough break-up so that’s where many of the songs came from.

“Scratch was musically written by our guitarist, Amber.”

Yes the punk power chords still ring out, but on here you will find brass driven songs ( A Day In The Life), Ska (Miss You) and even acoustic (Transitions). Stand out for me on this great album are ‘A Day In The Life’ and the superb ‘Your Last Song’.

Gary says: “We just wanna show people what we’re capable of and we hope we can gain new fans by doing this as well as pleasing everyone who’s supported us over the past three years!”

It’s available now.

The Kubricks play Knights

Look out for the amazing London Ska band The Kubricks playing at Knights Bar in the 2-Tone Village on October 7, 5pm to 9pm. They are not to be missed.

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