Folk rock blues from North Devon
Coming up soon at my local festival. The Landmark Theatre has regular festivals throughout the year. October’s event is called The Folk and Cider festival, although they’ve promised to have at least some ale for me, as I hate cider.
So I thought I had better check out this three piece, from Barnstaple and Braunton, as I have seen the name enough times, and the bass player was in “Badly Worn Toy” with me for quite a while. Official Website.
Right, I am going to get some music in quickly, so you have something to keep your ears busy while you read.
“Small Town Serenade”, from their Soundcloud page.
And by UK standards Barnstaple is a small town, although round these parts it is the capital city. You have to go all the way to Exeter, nearly two hours drive to find a bigger place.
The band consists of
- Scott Xander Linn: Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
- Nathan Layland: Bass
- Toby Parker: Drums
Listening to the tracks available I am thinking of a variety of artists, Deacon Blue, The Pogues, The Levellers, and Bob Dylan, all spring to mind. The Band’s Facebook page lists; Tom Waits, The Clash, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, The Pogues.
I like this band but there are some issues. Not with the music, but with the online presentation.
The main website is a blog, with links to their various other platforms, and plenty of articles, but no coherent set of fixed pages.
I think it is a good idea to make sure the most important key information is clearly laid out, with obvious links, ABOVE the fold.
For example there is no clear gig list. It may be on the Facebook page, but not everybody uses Facebook. There is also no band biography, or photo gallery; there isn’t even a simple contact page.
There is however, by chance at the moment, the information that their new e.p. “Bad Things” is out now (2nd October) but alas no sign of a link to where fans can check it out or buy it. I just did a Google search for it but no joy. There is a Bandcamp page but since there is nothing there, it is not worthwhile linking to it.
After going back through their Facebook page I have managed to find the single track “Small Town Serenade” on CD Baby, but I am giving up trying to find the e.p. and will leave it until another day, or when somebody can enlighten me. I am pretty persistent in my searching, but I wonder how many potential fans are?