Music Notes: Spiring on all cylinders

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FLYING in the face of austerity measures Chesterfield gets a new late night venue from Saturday when Battery opens with help from Dead Sons, currently on a short UK tour having opened for fellow Sheffielders Arctic Monkeys at their huge Don Valley summer show.

The 350-capacity Cavendish Street aims to provide “an intimate setting to discover both established and under-the-radar talent from the metal, punk, pop-punk and nu-wave scenes”.

PAGE 2 (MAIN)'FILE PIC: Richard Hawley performing at the Astoria as part of the Shockwaves NME Awards Shows in London. See PA Feature MUSIC Hawley. Picture credit should read: Joel Ryan/PA Photos.

PAGE 2 (MAIN)'FILE PIC: Richard Hawley performing at the Astoria as part of the Shockwaves NME Awards Shows in London. See PA Feature MUSIC Hawley. Picture credit should read: Joel Ryan/PA Photos.

Live music will happen on Thursdays and Saturdays with Rose King Castles, manned by ex-Babyshambles drummer Adam Ficek, Sheffield’s The Violet May, The Beat and London prospects the IC1s booked.

The Libertines’ Gary Powell, Creation Records legend Alan Mcgee and Plan B’s human beat-boxer FAITH SFX are lined up for DJ sets while Chesterfield indie-ska band Ruberlaris, pictured above, and The Shindys also assist the launch night.

Wise words from Wobble

THERE’S a chance to catch talk and music from Public Image Ltd founder Jah Wobble, pictured, a week today when he combines the story of his life with a dub masterclass at The Greystones.

: Jah Wobble. 2010 shot

: Jah Wobble. 2010 shot

Part of Sheffield’s Off The Shelf festival Jah Wobble: Memoirs Of A Geezer gives a frank and entertaining account of life in the music business – an insider view of the beginning of punk rock with ups such as his ’90s hit with Sinead O’Connor and downs including chronic alcoholism and marital breakdown.

Bass guitarist, singer, composer, poet and music journalist, Wobble also runs his 30 Hertz records label.

Tomorrow catch Jamaica’s Warrior Queen - aka Skream collaborator and industrial dancehall exponent Annette Henry - at Stars, on Queens Road, alongside The Colonel.

Horse about that then...

DARKE Horse frontman Simon Kaviani went a long way to hone the band’s new songs – all the way to Nashville for three months.

It followed a chance meeting with Sheffield producer Eliot Kennedy who heard some demos but said his songwriting needed some work.

“I spent every day writing, something which I couldn’t do while I had my job back in the UK. I was writing three songs a day some days,” says Simon, whose band show off the results on Saturday at Corporation. 

Armed with a big batch of new tunes, Darke Horse, pictured, revisited Eliot and are seeking investment to record with him.

One of the newbies, Fools Rush In, gained a finalist position in this years UK Songwriting Contest out of 8,000 entries – hear it at http://soundcloud.com/darkehorse