DON'T be confused by the name, at Brewery Blues, Cirencester, they cater for just about every musical persuasion. On Friday, February 8, in musical terms they take you back a few decades to a time before MP3s and downloads, when synth-driven electro pop and smooth rock ruled the airwaves and filled the dance floors. So, if that was your thing back then, you certainly won't want to miss this show. Cirencester/Tetbury outfit RAFE took the Brewery audience by storm last year with an unforgettable set. They consist of Rex Stasiak (vocals), Andrew La Bouchard (guitar), Verity Greenhalgh (keyboards) and Mike La Bouchard (drums).They have carefully developed and nurtured a haunting hybrid sound which is very reminiscent of Brian Ferry's Roxy Music at is Avalon best. Always the perfectionists, Rafe's self-penned debut album entitled Torn took a long time and many studio hours to produce in collaboration with Jon Astley, the famous record producer responsible for the Who's Who Are You album. The result is their trademark bold, heartfelt material, beautifully rendered...intelligent English popular music, skilfully conveyed by a band who are committed unwaveringly to their sound.
Binomial is a meeting of minds between Gloucestershire musicians Andy Randle (keyboards and programming) and Paul Dodson (vocals); the pair being brought together through their passion for electronic music, performing classic 80's synth/pop, re-imagined for a 21st century audience. The duo have been championed by the Two Rivers Studios, Cheltenham and have been described as "Pure class!". Their set includes material from Gary Numan, OMD, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Erasure, The Human League, Pet Shop Boys and Yazoo. By design, Binomial is an entertainment event.
Benson Doyle are a three piece rock fusion outfit comprising Grant David, vocals & bass; Graham Simmonds, drums and Richard Rees, guitars. Much of their set is brand spanking new compositions, expect shades of Bad Company, through to U2 and back at The Doors.
Licensed bar, 7.45pm to 11pm, www.new breweryarts.org.uk