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Gig Review: Tyler Massey Trio at Paradiddles, Worcester
After several gig-free months, the local live music scene has started making the first few tentative steps of its return. While cramped, sweaty rooms full of revellers still seem a way off, and festivals are kaput (unless, presumably, some foxes or grouse are chased by festival-goers at some point?), Worcester’s Paradiddles and other venues have been trialling outdoor, socially-distanced gigs.
EP Review: Hipflask Virgins—Isolation Shitbox
Worcester rock duo Hipflask Virgins’ debut EP opens with a fuzzed-out guitar riff reminiscent of Nirvana’s “School”, which the Virgins have covered on the city’s live circuit for a while now. Hipflask Virgins have built a well-deserved reputation on the local scene as purveyors of stripped-back, heavy-as-hell garage rock, and wild live shows. Thankfully, the duo’s recorded releases so far (stand-alone singles “Unintentional” and “Thumbs Up!”) have shown that their raucous sound translates just as well to the studio as it does to sweaty bars full of moshers.
Album Review: Glitch—City Kicks / Ocean Fix
The first time I saw Worcester five-piece Glitch perform, it was a short mid-afternoon set during an all-day festival, yet the band brought a huge amount of energy to the early slot, displaying engaging stage presence and a skilful blend of alt-rock, funk and even disco rhythms, along with a knack for a strong vocal melody.