Musical Genre/Type: Rock/Pop
Kevin Briggs (Lead Guitar and Vocals)
Graham Eccleshall (Lead Guitar)
Clarke Stewart (Drums)
Paul Leedham (Bass Guitar)
Tamworth Arts Centre
Walton Village Hall
Tamworth Herald – 18/03/83
AIMING TO LAUNCH themselves in a big way on the local music scene are a new four-piece band – Java. They have already played two recent gigs at the Warren, Mile Oak, and Tamworth Youth Centre and are hoping to arrange a string of dates in the area to get their music across to as many people as possible.
The band members, Kevin Briggs and Graham Eccleshall, lead guitars, Clarke Stewart, drums, and Paul Leedham on bass, all live and work locally.
Their musical influences are wide, ranging from the crunching heavy metal of the Michael Schenker Group to the distinct tones of U2.
“We like to think of ourselves as a high-energy rock and pop outfit,” said Kevin. “We are all quite experienced, having played in other bands, and want to launch ourselves in the Tamworth area in a fairly big way”.
Asked about the unusual name for the band, Kevin said: “We just liked it. It’s got obvious Eastern connotations, but that’s nothing to do with the music.”
Next date to watch: Walton village hall (on the Stafford road) on April 23.
TAMWORTH’S rock fans could have done no better than to attend Friday’s show at the Arts Centre.
Compered by the latest arrival on the alternative rock scene, Mr. Homie Parnham, the evening got off to a flying start with local band BHX receiving a good reception for their self-penned numbers from 50 or so punters who turned up for the event.
Java, a new band blending together a subtle mixture of youth and experience, headlined.
Their set consisted of a slick combination of cover versions and their own brand of distinctive Java treatment.
The band’s own songs – the emotional ‘Escape’, ‘Get it right’ and ‘Moonsong’ among others – formed an excellent showcase for such obvious talent.
Let’s hope local apathy doesn’t make such a fresh band seek audiences elsewhere.
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