Music around MK: your guide to what’s on in the next few days

A band of extremes: Our Man In The Bronze Age
A band of extremes: Our Man In The Bronze Age

Into rock? Punk? Mod classic? Whatever your taste, there’s something for you in and around MK and a bit further afield over the next few days...

In Milton Keynes, Our Man In The Bronze Age began around 2004 as a faceless, doom-laden side project with a revolving door of musicians, spewing forth an unrelenting assault of guitar riffs and intricate instrumental melodies.

Their current iteration is somewhat more settled, seeing the three-way guitar assault and dark stage theatrics give way to a more lush sound of sweeping four-part vocal harmonies and deftly played piano sections – the idea being to create a piece of work full of light and dark movements, story-telling and versatile musicianship.

A Bronze Age live show is something not to be missed, ranging from one voice and a piano to a full-on two drummer, two guitars and bass heavy battering on the senses, a band of extremes would be a worthy moniker.

OMITBA’s musical ethos is one of ‘anything goes as long as it’s good’.

Central to the soundsis the need to make the most out of the talents of each member rather than back themselves into a genre corner.

This ideology was fully realised on their debut album, The Gallows Tree, a release that contained both brutal heaviness and subtle melody in equal parts while always managing to flow easily between each extreme.

But that was ages ago.

Our Man In The Bronze Age have proven themselves overtime to be a band never to be underestimated.

They will continue to push themselves and any audiences’ hearing range in the pursuit of well crafted and memorable music.

It’s been quite some time since they delivered the goods to the local stage, but OMITBA put that to rights this Saturday night with a return to The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton.

Support has yet to be announced.

Doors will open at 7.30pm and tickets are a fiver in advance.

Mad Mods & Englishmen

Bedford Esquires, August13

The MK boys have built an impressive following, but it’s been three years since they last sprinkled Bedford Esquires with their marvellous sounds. Returning with a vengeance, they’ll play two sets this time.

www.thepadpresents.com

All Tied Up & Big D and the Kids Table

MK11, August 12

Exciting times are ahead for MKs pop punksorts ATU, who have a new single due at the end of the year – hear it first at this show which also features Spring Park and The Young and the Restless.

www.mk11kilnfarm.com

Tom Grennan

Craufurd Arms, August 12

Bedford boy Tom has been playing with the big boys in 2016 – hitting the stage as support to The Libertines earlier in the year, he is also guest vocalist on a new track with Chase & Status. This show will be intimate...

www.thecraufurdarms.co.uk

The Slackers

MK11, Kiln Farm, August 11

The Slackers are a classic American band who are equal parts grit and grace. Their slow rise against the odds is a story of perseverance and a belief in their musical vision.

www.mk11kilnfarm.com