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as we seem to like gigs on here thought it was time for a thread which rated or slated the last gig you went to
I will start with Phonics, who were fantastic last night, really dont understand how such a powerful voices comes out of someone so small. Had some amazing sing backs last night which threatened to tear the roof off but if you think Kelly could ever been drowned out you would be wrong, he always goes up another notch and leads the crowd rather than being another voice in it. I really like the new songs especially Trouble which was mental. Could You Be The One was on the gorgeous side and the gig has left me gigged out. Not good when I have another three lined up for this week.
ok so Young Knives gig left me feeling rather irritable
what can I say it happens to the best and worst of us
Young Knives I did think were pretty fab and I really hope they promote their next album so they will get better crowds at their gigs
Tonight however was the turn of Foals, I am not what you would call a die hard fan
I have heard them in passing on the radio but the girl I went with who shall be called Jane Doe because that is her online alias really likes them
so I thought what the hell its always good to check out new music
tonights crowd were younger and I have to say this helps because they actually want to have fun not just look good or chat or push and barge or take ridiculous sized bags
yes you get the young scenesters but usually they get pissed stumble around a bit and are generally harmless
the support I saw Two Door Cinema Club were pretty good
tunes were catchy and full of dance beat
Foals however were class
they chuck everything into their set and it works a treat
so along with a great crowd it ended up being a fine gig
bus home was rather interesting
full of drunk and high rastas
Two Door Cinema club are ace and it always helps having a ginger frontman!
Foals are a bit folk-ey if i remember right? they're surely a good live band anyway!
Mine would've been exile parade last night but i couldnt make it.
My last gig was Reverend and the Makers at Academy 2, Manchester.
Starting with the supports, the Pangs were brilliant! They had great rocky songs but they had a keyboard, a synth and a keytar which seemed a bit too much All in all great voice, great tunes and they somehow managed not to make it too electro.
Cosmo Jarvis were second, not a band just one guy with a band helping him. I was captivated by his ingenuitive song ideas and lyrics. Examples of which include "speaking of jacking i was doing 8 a day but then i quit so i'd last longer and you wouldnt laugh at me" the song "gay pirate" and the song about his dad being some kind of sex offender. Near the end of the set his guitar broke so he told us what you call a cow with parkinsons ... "milkshake" I booed this and he seemed offended as he only played one more song. Greatly impressed us!
R&TM give it a fucking good go! Reverend attacked the set like a goat with bloodlust, i was stood in front of the girl, who danced like her shoes were made of fire and it was actually very scary at some points! Rev was certainly fantastic, it's great to have an Anti-BNP song so i can annoy someone who's a member who goes to my college and Rev was nice enough to come outside afterwards and play us a secret acoustic set. Fantastic gig.
I do love that Rev does those special acoustic gigs but I really cant get into them
but that is pretty special
Folk? no they are more dance than folk
folk is more like Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit who I saw last night
there are some gigs you go mental in and come out buzzing with adrenaline but others you come out with a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Last night was one of those for me, I havent listened to him in ages as I have been rather preoccupied with far heavier sounds but listening to his odd take on life just put me at peace. Brown Trout Blues was absolutely gorgeous and his voice has really strengthened since I last saw him there.
Managed to miss all the supports bar Graham Coxon and I have said before that I am not a fan, however I think I just didnt see his genius in large venues like Millennium Square as I thought he was fantastic last night and loved his set, was really disappointed when it ended and he was only allowed to do one more song not two.
I feel like I am in a little bubble now of soothing tones and melodies.
Have to say The Maccabees were brilliant last night. Real Class. Great fun in the mosh and great atmosphere. Wow it really was "proper". Get a bit fed up with the lead singer's voice on record on some songs but have to hold my hands up, there's no doubting that they're not only one of the very best around (with P&TP ofcourse) but surpass alot of past "names" from the genre too.
Awesome, i'm gonna see the Maccabees on Tuesday, aparently Peggy Sue and the pirates are supporting lol
i've been wanting to go to a Maccabees gig for 2 years now and i kept forgetting to buy tickets so i hope our gigs as good as the one you went to!
oh man I am jealous
would love to see the maccabebies again
LMT gig was pretty good was a bit nervous before they came out thinking it was going to be awful but actually they surprised me
bit sad to see them go as they clearly love being on stage but I get the impression they made far too many enemies
think it would have been even better if I was a huge fan
crowd were good venue is alright and Sheffield I loved
the cribs in leeds was better
well it was when I found the proper pit was amusing to look up at one point to see a load of huge men looking down at me like woah hold up when did the girl arrive
strangely I felt safer in the midst of that than I had anywhere else in the crowd
city of bugs left me so elated any higher and I would have thought I could have flown out of there
looking forward to southampton now and esp forum
Cribs last night were pretty ace I thought, considering the guildhall has quite a poor sound quality generally I was impressed.
Also impressed that the support managed to get the crowd going, havnt seen that for a while, they were pretty ace too! Missed the first support due to a flat tire...
we said that when Shrag were on (first support) by golly the sound is pretty crap
very bass heavy
missed a bit of adam green just cos I wasnt in the mood
was a on a low yesterday so spent the cribs set at the back
however I bloody loved it which is unusual for me as I prefer gigs in the thick of it all
came away with a new admiration for Gary
and City of Bugs there is no other song like it live
honestly feel like I could fly
holy hell if I thought Southampton was good London Forum kicked arse
I can already feel the gig comedown threatening and its going to be a killer
came out after not really with it because I had been so involved in it all
wasnt even in the pit but just above it on the little raised section next to the sound desk
which did mean we got fantastic sound and a great view
didnt stop dancing and singing through the whole gig and thus came out just as tired and sweaty as I would have if I had been in the pit
maybe even more so as there was nothing to stop me
Be Safe was back to being a special song seeing all the hands in the air and hearing everyone singing along
the old songs had a much better reaction than Leeds proving my point that gigs in Leeds arent all that
the people are great the gigs not so much so
I want to go back
the other gig I did this week was Goldheart Assembly
how much do that band love being on stage
its so infectious
very different to what I usually like but its very easy listening and charming
will be checking them out again and the support Rogue States
didnt think much of the molotovs even though they seem to have more of an underground following
found myself wondering when the bassists hover board would arrive and when he would go back to the future
I was at the Goldheart Assembly gig too. Not quite my cup of tea either but I thought they were jolly good. Great sound, good songs and lovely harmonies...very enjoyable set. Impressed me enough to look forward to their album release. Only heard the end of The Molotovs and was focusing on getting a beer rather than the music so can't really comment on them.
I thought I saw you so was going to ask if you were there
my eyesight is seriously crap so I didnt wave in case it wasn't you
Was a bit braindead that night...although did see Steve Lemacq as he was standing very near to me so he is clearly a bit of a fan.
Agree that The Cribs were great at The Forum last night although I have to admit I'm not sure about some of the new stuff with Johnny Marr. Moments of Duran Duran and U2 rather than their usual earthy good tune-age with lashings of attitude. There weren't too many bum notes on the singing front either which was a bonus. Top night and very decent moshing behaviour.
I went to see Fran Healy and Andy Dunlop from Travis play a (mostly) acoustic set on Thurs night. The show took place in a downtown Austin church. I wasn't sure what to expect since I'd never set foot in that church. It was almost like going to church as the seating was in the pews. It was very relaxed though with a few humorous comments related to being in the church setting. There was a projection screen set up for slides which assisted Fran in telling lots of great stories behind the songs. Andy mostly kept to playing guitar and piano. He sang 1 song himself but otherwise Fran did most of the talking. And boy, can he talk ! But with the kind of show they were doing, it was very fitting. It felt like a living room show - very laidback and gosh darn it, Fran is just so charming . Although there was plenty of storytelling, there was no lack of songs as the show ran for over 2 hours .
Jen that sounds like Union Chapel
it gives artists a great way to break the ice with the audience
sounds like a good gig
Neat Beats I am lucky that I do love the new stuff although it has divided fans
one guy said it is like they are moving from the punk to the rock
their new stuff instead of a rowdy call to arms is more a heartfelt message
I love how Gary is taking more of a forward step now singing more of the songs
Green Day last night was pure cabaret. Haven't been to a big venue extravaganza for many years so it was an interesting experience. Kids were pulled out of the crowd to sing Dookie classics and there was a rock classics cover version medley (Michael Jackson etc). Oh my gawd, I'd not paid my 50 quid for that sort of fayre. Much of the post Dookie stuff is pretty inane too actually but when the band did knock out the quality tracks they did sound awesome. "Good Riddance" to finish was immense. I never dreamt that Green Day would end up being family entertainment but you couldn't help enjoy the fact that so many people seemed to have such a great time.
Ash at The Peel in Kingston last night. The place is smaller than many a living room. Mr Wheeler commented that it felt like they were playing at a family gathering and it did from our point of view too. They knocked out all the hits and i'd say most of the new songs were decent too. Unbelievable night that I won't forget in a hurry. Things don't get much better than this in terms of a night out. Roll on the same again at The Gypsy Hill Tavern in 2 weeks
I loved Ash when I saw them
you must have been waiting with ants in your pants for these gigs to come around
I admit I'm quite envious of you, Neat Beats, getting to see these Ash A-Z gigs
last night saw The Automatic in Wrexham with support from Straight Lines
I now adore Straight Lines and want to see them again soon but at their own show with an influx of their own fans
their songs are too good to stand still to
I want to jump around and go nuts but I dont think even I could keep up a mosh by myself
Auto went down a treat loved their set
really like most of the new songs as well
although the next single isnt doing it for me so much
I like the rockier stuff
we ended up on merch as their merch guy had over slept so ended up with a free tee as well
ace night looking forward to catching them again soon I hope
Ash last night @ The Gypsy Hill Tavern were totally awesome. The audience area was so small many had to watch "through" the bar. Pretty much nobody could see the bass guy (except the drummer as he was stuck in the corner, obscured by the bar. I had a great view and it was a top mosh. Memorable.
ok that sounds odd
and rather squished
bet it made for a very memorable night though
ok Tap Tap I have covered in various parts of the forum
but I had Paloma Faith on Monday, the support Josh Weller bored me, I just daydreamed his set away, something about winning the lottery and setting up a venue called Hell I think.
But Paloma she is a shiny star and rather gorgeous, she apparently was struggling a little bit with her voice but it didnt really show and she still continued to out sing the crowd for New York New York. Split the crowd in two at one point to do a bit of a dance off to a Christmas song which made me feel a little sick but was fun, have since watched a video of it and it made the world spin of its axis and float on a choppy sea.
I do love Paloma I think there should be more women out there like her, strong feminine types, they are very inspiring.
Then last night another pub gig for Straight Lines, its fair to say I love them, last night didnt disappoint, the venue was a room round the back of the pub and although the sound wasnt overly brilliant it was a good night. Five bands on for the price of £5 entry so I am thinking I could get used to this pub gigging lark. Straight Lines had fan support this time which made for a much better band on stage with lots of laughs and energy put into the show. Hope they do London again soon, cant wait.
The Pons in Downtown Houston at The Mink. A right David Lynch movie type venue with, erm, no heating in about 3-4 degrees. Spot the Brit, I think I was the only one there in just a shirt (albeit with a T underneath). Place really was a hole but perfectly atmospheric. So coats on all night for everyone else and a 1am departure for me, earlier than I would've out of choice, due to all things hypothermia related. I mainly went down to said joint as they've done a song I really like called "Giant". All very Pixies-ish which can't be bad but admittedly one or two dull tunes too. Potential definately there. Embarrassed myself brilliantly by asking the lead singer, in a slightly irritated tone, why the feck they didn't play "Giant" as really, that's why I was there. He kept his composure quite brilliantly in informing me, without the mereist hint of a smirk or untold frustration, that they had in fact bashed it out "2 or 3 in". This seems impossible to me though I did go downstairs for what I perceived to be only a few minutes or so, truth be told . Was chatting too much too. Doh!
Few days before caught Fanfarlo at Walter's. Didn't realise they were a UK outfit. Tight, quirky, eclectic, good at what they do, (though not as well as Arcade Fire who they are very much like). Ultimately really very very dull indeed. Shame.
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