A small hum stirs in the backroom of The Castle and Falcon. Like bees swarming in the hive friends gather in tight circles quietly bantering away the hours. As the words slip through their mouths, small effervescent bubbles float in their drinks, an elixir for the passing time. These groups have entered into a safe and secluded realm, a place where drama escapes and the weight of the day passes.
With its wood clad walls and double bars The Castle and Falcon is a welcoming haven for the cold nights. It’s roaring fire and smooth leather seats allow you to feel like you’re at a cosy holiday cabin, an escapist quality that is much sought. Paring quality pub culture with live music, The Castle and Falcon is quickly becoming the best intimate gig setting. A quick hop from the main room and you can find the small gig room. Like the other room, the stage has an intimate and warm feeling. This night powerhouse Tom Walker is playing to a sold out show, a remarkable transcendent experience.
The Castle and Falcon’s back room is a brilliant space, giving way to automatically friendly feeling gigs. With the bar staff continuing to pour the room fills and swirls. As a music venue The Castle and Falcon hosts the important pairing of proper lighting tools and a great sound system. Whereas some small venues suffer from echoing acoustics or inadequate structures, The Castle and Falcon’s acoustic set up is comparable to other major venues. Stylistically the venue is inviting and practically the venue allows expressive artists to sound their best.
Massive shows are amazing and energetic, but they often lack a certain quality that music lovers crave. A warm personal experience in which one does not merely hear the music but is absorbed by it is the type of moment that one can expect when they enter into The Castle and Falcon. The enticing venue is perfect for both a lively night out and a quick catching of a show, making it a place to keep on your list.
Formed in 1988 by Chris and Tony Griffiths, The Real People have played a pivotal role in the British music scene. Renowned as being the original purveyors of Britpop, they literally kicked open the doors for Oasis. The Realies not only recorded the demos that got Oasis signed, but co-produced their first two singles and through “Columbia” gave them their sound (see The Real People versus Oasis and form your own judgement on the extent of their influence https://youtu.be/kwuAgaqM5g8 and https://youtu.be/NwBpm6OTWGo ).
Whilst some bands would have bleated about this, The Realies got on with producing a huge body of work that really stands the test of time. Albums include The Real People, What’s On The Outside, Think Positive, Marshmallow Lane and this years Monday Morning Breakdown. These sit alongside some excellent singles in the form of Window Pane, Open Up Your Mind, The Truth, Believer, Rayners Lane, The People In The Telly and Rolling Stone amongst others (many of which continue to feature in their legendary live shows).The brothers Griffiths, Tony and Chris, are prolific songwriters and fans have long been demanding better access to the music recorded by the band, but never officially released, over the past 25 years. This years release, Monday Morning Breakdown, is a cracker and should go some way to addressing this.
Recently the Oasis link has resurfaced with Liam Gallagher heaping praise on The Realies in a series of tweets and both Noel and Liam continuing to play The Real People written “Rockin Chair”. Despite this, the band continue to keep a reasonably low profile, given their illustrious past, preferring to play smaller gigs in quirky venues.
Catch The Realies playing on Saturday 16th December! Having sold out Brum weeks in advance on their March Visit. If you have never seen The Real People before, they should be on your indie-bucket list. They are Oasis before Oasis, the La’s with flamethrowers, one of Englands finest ever bands and a force of nature live on stage. A gig as rare as rocking horse sh*t and one you should not miss.
Watch them below…