|Me for Queen - Iron Horse|
Me for Queen touring their cycling album ‘Iron Horse’ at Roll for the Soul, Bristol
One of the many things I love about Bristol is that there's a vibrant and constant music scene – we don’t take advantage of it nearly enough, but it’s great to know that it’s there and that there is always something to do of an evening should we want it.
The other great thing about Bristol is the cycling community. As the first Cycling City, home to Sustrans and the first National Cycle Network route... Bristol also plays hosts to some of the most friendly cycling clubs about, and a constantly growing young community of fixed gear riders.
From commuters to alley cat cyclists - Bristol has a strong audience for bike themed venues and events; with Mud Dock Cafe & Roll for the Soul growing in popularity among the varied cyclist sorts of Bristol.
Next Friday Roll for the Soul will be hosting a band that I’m particularly excited about; they are a London based band launching a concept album on cycling in the city. I can’t say I hear many songs about cycling, if any, but these guys have a great sound and with a lot of the subject matter being built on metaphors the lyrics speak to the heart and have a genuine feel to them. An album about cycling might sound a little cheesy in concept, or as though it might be lacking in variety, but I think this album is anything but, and I am very much looking forward to seeing them live.
It’s five years tomorrow since my Grandad’s death, and the song White Bike rings home to me, and I’m sure speaks to many people who’ve lost a loved one to the road.
The songs thought provoking lyrics will no doubt raise a tear on Friday, but it’s a beautiful song, sandwiched between similarly strong works of melodic story telling.
From what I’ve heard on Sound Cloud this seems a really unique and moreish album, and 5% of all money pledged for the band’s EP, and 20% of anything raised over the target, goes towards RoadPeace.