We talk to our favourite people about all things Bristol, from food to favourite bands. This month, we pick the brains of PMT Bristol Guitar Dept Manager Baz Barratt!
Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?
Abort Abort. They’re a two piece, playing down-tuned stoner rock! They mix loop pedals with synths and Kaoss pads to create a dance element alongside the heavy rock sound. I first saw those guys at the Stag & Hounds and found them refreshingly original.
How would you describe the music scene here?
Once you live here you realise Bristol has a very eclectic music scene. Well known for it’s trip hop but it also has a big metal/rock scene with a good mix of dance thrown in. Whatever your music taste, Bristol will accommodate it somehow. That’s why I love it.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
Bristol is a very laid back city which is why most people who come to live here, stay here. But, whether it be music or politics, Bristol people have never been afraid to stand up when it matters. We take great pride in our city.
And your least favourite?
Unfortunately with the growing popularity of Bristol comes the growing cost of living. Locals who have lived here all their life are being pushed out and that’s not good. It’s these people who have made Bristol the city it is now.
What are your favourite eats around town?
I’m easily pleased! They serve an awesome steak at the CowShed on Whiteladies Road where me and the boys go for a bit of payday indulgence. I also spend many hours in The Old Bookshop where you can’t beat a great burger and pint while watching a band.
What’s your favourite instrument in the store at the mo?
Although I’m a big Gibson fan, one of my fave guitars here at the moment is the new Fender American Pro Strat! They’ve done a great job with this new model to keep the sound and playability authentic to the original, plus we have one in antique olive with a maple neck… It looks awesome!
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