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Outside Central @ Oxjam Music Festival

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Outside Central Perform @ Oxjam at the Lights, Andover
October 2013

Line up: Hugh Reilly-Smith (Guitar/Vocals), Charley Robinson (Guitar/Frontman), Matt Carter (Bass), Chris Judd (Drums)

I found it a real struggle to hear any individual song names, so I apologise in advance – that also goes to any other bands that evening, as well.

These guys really burst into music with a heavy rock feel. There was a good balance of sound with excellent performing from all of the members. Chris developed the song with a really cool jungle drum beat, and 'ghost notes'. The break down section was brilliant as Charley – yes, Charley, I spelt your name right this time ;-) – developed a simple melodic pattern.

I was impressed to see that Matt explored more of the bass fret board than just the first 5 frets, because as much as the bass is about it being intrinsically 'bassy' it is a still an instrument, and can offer as much musicality as a guitar or a piano, so bravo!

Ok, so because I didn't catch the name of the song, I think this one was either called 'I've Been There Before' or I've Been a Victim' or neither, but I'm sure the guys know what song I'm prattling on about! This was the song that Hugh and Charley played to me and my friend when we saw them busking and I have to say, it's turning into a bit of favourite of mine. In fact, I'm going to demand that they play it at least once whenever I go and see them. In case you still don't know what song I'm talking about, it's the one with the root and compound major 3rd interval. There's a clever progression that sees the bassist doing an ascending bass line in opposition to the guitarists descending line.

There was a problem with the sound that night, with lots of feedback getting plenty of attention from the crowd, and the performers. Because of this, I couldn't really hear Charley's guitar solo, but what I (saw), at least, looked like it would have served my ears well. There was a very nice major 7th chord addition to the music and it snapped my attention immediately.

They played the rest of the night away with a couple more songs. I think one was called 'Romance in Leeds', and it had quite a slow, almost classical, feel to it. But it got louder, yet it still retained the same softness. The last song was a proper rock ballad and was a great song to round the evening off.

I say 'round the evening off', but they were so good that they were encouraged to do an encore, and I can tell you, I will definitely be back for more. But you have to play that song for me!

 

Outside Central perform at Oxjam Music Festival at the Lights Andover Hampshire

The boys were rocking a sexy informal look at Oxjam

Outside Central play at The Oxjam Music Festival at The Lights Andover

Charley Robinson on Guitar

Outside Central play at The Oxjam Music Festival at The Lights Andover

Chris Judd on Drums

Outside Central play at The Oxjam Music Festival at The Lights Andover

Hugh Reilly-Smith on Guitar and Vocals

Outside Central play at The Oxjam Music Festival at The Lights Andover

Matt Carter on Bass

Outside Central play at The Oxjam Music Festival at The Lights Andover

Chris Judd

Outside Central play at The Oxjam Music Festival at The Lights Andover

Matt Carter

Outside Central Perform at The Oxjam Music Festival at The Lights Andover

The Boys from Outside Central