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Review: Burning Codes at Britrox, Canvas

By Dan Cutler

Brixrox, Thursday January 21 2006, Canvas

Burning Codes were the opening act for an unexciting series of showcases at Bournemouth’s only loft bar, Canvas.

In an exciting set filmed for Sky TV, the band played a selection of songs from their new album Hope Is Our Lightning. Paul Archer writes the tunes and some big names feature on the recording, including the magnificent Jonny Quinn from Snow Patrol.

The Road (scroll down for video) is one of my favourite tracks – haunting, soulful and truly original.

The band has already received Radio 1 airplay thanks to Zane Lowe and BBC NI’s Across The Line, as well as independent radio stations in the US.

They have honed their sound on the road, with Burning Codes supporting and playing with the likes of Gary Lightbody and Lisa Hannigan, Elbow, Duke Special and many more.

And that experience showed in their storming set. I couldn’t detect any nerves – just pure passion for music. With such a unique sound, it’s clear how projects like Britrox are essential for bands like Burning Codes to show people what they are all about.

Paul Wookey told our editor Suzi Dixon that this is just the beginning.

“There are plenty of open mic nights in Bournemouth but nothing on this scale,” he said. “A showcase needs to be more than one song – this is a real opportunity to unearth some local talent and help them take the next step.”

Certainly, Canvas seems to be the ideal venue for such a project, with a fantastic stage, stellar sound system and plenty of room for dancing.

“I can see Canvas becoming the next Ronnie Scott’s,” Paul said. “Bournemouth is really passionate about music and I know we’ve only scratched the surface of talent in this town.”

The next Britrox showcase takes place February 25 with not one but three acts – The Baker Brothers, Drew Allen and jazz artist Emel Michael.

Apply for free tickets online at www.britrox.com.



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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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