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London Popfest Alldayer - 100 Club 27/2/10 [Mar. 2nd, 2010|05:38 pm]

This festival looked really good last year so I was hoping to make this one. Ballboy of course confirmed my attendance. Also the fact Gordon was to open the day with a solo acoustic set made it even better.

Gordon was onstage alone with an acoustic guitar for most of this. Starting with the wonderful Slow Days. This song really reminds me of John Peel as it was on a peel session around the time of his death. A few songs from Midsummer were included. The excellent Hangover song which is one of the hightlights of the play. I mean I usually have no times for plays and certainly not musicals but Midsummer is absolutely brilliant. There was a rarity in the set in the form of Dutch Trance where Ballboy's keyboard player Alexa joined Gordon onstage. It was wonderful to hear this song live. I Lost You But I Found Country music is another which makes me think of peel and also one of the best ever really short songs. I need Two Hearts ended this excellent set. What a brilliant way to kick the day off

Slow Days
Hangover song
A Day In Space
Dutch Trance (with Alexa)
Stronger Hearts Than Mine Lie Empty
Country Music
I Need 2 hearts

Plouf! were next up. There was 2 of these one bloke sporting a huge beard and long hair. He looks like a children's tv presenter from the 70s who lost his way! and  girl. Their sound was pretty shambolic out of key indie pop a lot of the time played badly and with some of the silliest lyrics you'll ever hear. There were constant mistakes as they couldn't get some of the songs right and looked like they had got up there for a laugh and didn't have much idea what they were doing. Of course they were absolutely brilliant! Such a fun band to watch and those lyrics I just loved especially the one about the rain!

Next were Red Shoe Diaries from Nottingham. These were great. Well crafter indiepop songs in the same kinda style as someone like Cats on fire would play. First few songs in the set had a glockenspiel but then the player just switched to just do vocals after a while. I really enjoyed these and already feel they've got a few really great songs. Will be listening more. Some great regional banter too!

Soda Fountain Rag were next, a 3 piece from Norway. The singer also played drums as she stood up, ok maybe a little repetitive at times but I really liked these. The singer was straining at times to keep her notes going but still she had a nice voice and when on form it was brilliant.

Standard Fare were next a band I'd seen before. These were excellent. Great tunes with quite a raw sound and slightly off key vocals. Definitely keeping the faith of indie pop of old. This band got a fully deserved warm reception and should be packing out venues in their own right sometime soon

Another band who I expect will be doing that is the excellent 'Allo Darlin'. these have been round for a while and I reviewed them in 2008 They've come a long way in sound since then first of all they were quite twee (not a dirty word round these parts) but keeping a lot of that twee sound they've now beefed things up with some noisy guitar and a bit of a punky sound at times. Elizabeth uses the stage to dance all over the place as she plays her ukulele and sings. Monster bobby comes on to do a duet for the upcoming single and they change their bass player for a new one as the old one is going on leave as his wife has a baby so it was their changing over gig! He still stayed onstage and played the shaker being their Bez! a thoroughly enjoyable set as this band who just get better blew me well away this afternoon. A noisy punk song to end the set. Stunning stuff

I'd never heard Sweden's Dorotea! before. I forgot to check out the myspace before the gig so had no idea what they were like. The had a drum machine and played some very fast indie pop. Quite noisy at times but some fantastic melodies. Probably the hardest sounding band of the day and got the crowd going while as a mini mosh pit broke out with a very enthusiastic crowd. It felt like the 100 club of old, well sort of the mosh was still quite twee compared to that of bands like the exploited I used to see here!

Shrag were next. A band who have their fair share of punk in their sound. Shouty vocals and some noisy keyboards. They're a bit like fuzzbox and a bit like Bis in places with their punky pop. I enjoy these the more i see them. Another very noisy ending to their set. People who expect these events to be twee would be in for a surprise really.

So next the headliner Ballboy. I noticed as they were setting up that Gordon was wearing a different shirt to the one he had on during the day for the acoustic set. He pointed this out during the set and told people to mention it on their status and blogs! of course I was always going to do that, these things are important. These have been a bit quiet lately as a full band despite there being the Midsummer play and soundtrack and gordon's Money Can't Buy music album from last year so it was good to see the full band again. Starting with the classic Avant Garde music with lots of noisy jangly guitar. I do love this band and have missed them! a few new songs tonight although a lot of which I'd heard before when Gordon did a solo set at Roxy Bar and Screen but it was good to see them getting the full band treatment. Again with great titles and lyrics to match I Am An Indie Pirate and I Will Scuttle Ye & Blood on a White Shirt being 2 examples. We Are Past Our Dancing Days was introduced as the first time it'd ever been played live. The set lasted 65 mins which was 20 mins longer than first billed. 45 minutes would not have been enough for sure! Towards the end of the set a few more of the noisier ballboy songs were played which got me jumping. Always great to hear I've Got Pictures Of You In Your Underwear which is the song which first made me obsessed with Ballboy. There was an encore of Sex Is Boring which was brilliant as I really didn't expect them to do 1. A fine end to an excellent day although it was now gone midnight so I was tired and needed to sleep to be ready for some more popfest the next day

Avant Garde Music
Old Town
We can leap buildings and rivers, but really we just wanna fly
Our Weekend Adventure
Songs For Kylie
We Are Past Our Dancing Days
I am an Indie Pirate and I will Skuttle Ye
A Relatively Famous Victory
Blood on a White Shirt
Time Out Guide
I Don't Have Time to Stand Here With You Fighting About the Size of My Dick
I've got pictures of you in your underwear

Sex is boring

photos from the day can be seen here & here
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Depeche Mode - 02 Arena - 20/2/10 [Feb. 27th, 2010|12:05 pm]


God this has been too long and I do feel so bad about neglecting this. I mean I've had people I don 't know telling me they enjoyed reading the reviews and it's a pity I haven't updated it. It's odd that people know who I am. I seriously wish I could just feel 100% motivated like I did before. I keep trying to think of excuses/reasons why I've not been doing it. I guess before I felt a huge urge to write about my gig experiences and now I don't so much and have to struggle to think up a review, however I did see Depeche Mode last week and I just felt that massive buzz and wrote about it. I keep meaning to upload it here with the photos I tool but I can't be bothered to upload them right now but they are on facebook if you have an account.
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=386428&id=773830642
This gig was postponed from may last year btw because of Dave Gahan's cancer.

a 9 month wait and dreading the journey and the support band. I actually got there in decent time and got an ok spot about 10 rows from front but was hoping for closer but I can't moan too much it was an arena. I still hate it as a venue I feel really uncomfortable inside and was thinking whilst waiting for Nitzer Ebb I really don't ever wanna come back to this place. Everyone seemed foreign too no one speaking english around me. it however was funny to hear someone speaking in their native tongue along the lines of "gruderrkk brefterger muddare bjorka [english accent] Depeche Mode [/english accent] pedrok herterka beeda" Laughing

Nitzer Ebb were shite. 3 camp blokes from essex playing high energy music wanting to be German. The singer growled like Christian Bale's batman. It was absolute torture. Reaction was mixed it ranged from the girl next to me clapping frantically although I didn't mind that she was sexy had nice arms! and the couple behind shaking their heads in disgust throughout.

Depeche mode have yet to let me down yet live or on recording. I seriously don't think they ever made a bad song and their latest album is up there with their best work. They started off with a few tracks from this including Wrong which already sounds like a classic Depeche Mode song(although maybe it wouldn't have done 9 months ago!) The Visuals were spectacular and Dave Gahan you would not have thought this was a 47 year old man who has had many a drug addiction and even cancer, he looked, sounded and moved about in such amazing style. I'd go gay for this man!! Martin L Gore did his solo bit which turned out to be the highlight of the show, it's strange to think at one stage I never actually realised he sang any songs and thought it was Dave's vocals on the ones he did. He has an excellent powerful voice. first of the songs he did was Freelove! I was in sheer heaven. This is one of my favourite depeche mode songs and never thought I'd get to hear it again after seeing it previously on the Exciter tour. They never did it on the other uk dates. This was followed by Home which Martin prompted the crowd to chant the wooooaah wooh bit at the end which went on even when the song finished. the rest of the band came back onstage and played music which went along with what the crowd were singing. it was excellent. The set was pretty varied. I would have liked more songs from the new album but with a back catalogue like theirs it would've been hard to do that without leaving out some old classics. There were many of those tonight Walking in my shoes, Policy Of Truth, I Feel you(which tore the place apart), Enjoy the silence(one of the greatest songs ever written) and Never Let Me Down Again where Dave finally took his top off ok I don't usually like men without tops but this man has a body someone in their 20s would envy! which ended the main set. I'd forgotten what a godforsaken place I was in as this band took me somewhere else. Martin L Gore took to lead vocals again to do Question Of Lust another which hadn't been done at the other london shows. I was quite lucky to have my favourites done on the night I chose. The full band were back for Stripped with Martin on Keyboards for this. Then they gave everything for the final 2 songs Behind The Wheel and Personal Jesus which started off really slow before ripping into a really powerful finale to the night. I was well and truly blown away!

Left the venue quite quickly and managed to get on a bus straight home which was amazing since the jubilee line was down and I was expecting to be home well after midnight, infact I made it home in less than an hour from the band ending and that's with stopping off to buy a bombay bad boy!

I hope to post more and get my mojo back!!
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Upcoming Gigs [Jul. 1st, 2009|09:20 pm]
Hmmm, I'm getting a lot slacker at updates but they will come, but thought I would post the gigs i'm going to anyway

July
2 - Blur - Hyde Park*
3 - Terry De Castro + Decoration + Container Drivers - Half Moon *
5 - Gordon McIntyre - Roxy Bar & Screen
7 - Lucksmiths - Luminaire*
8 - Lucksmiths - scala*
10-12 - Guilfest *
15 - Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster - 100 club*
18 - Duran Duran - Lovebox festival - victoria park*
19 - Doves + New York Dolls - Lovebox festival - victoria park*
21 - Morrissey - Brixton Academy*
22 - Smittens - Wilmington Arms*
23 - Black Box Recorder - QEH*
24 - Eden House - Scala
25 - Super Fury Animals + Teenage Fanclub - Ben & jerry's festival *
26 - Human League + Futureheads + Camera Obscura - Ben & Jerry's festival*

August
1 - Field Day*
3 - Edwyn Collins - Picadilly Waterstones
4 - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Garage*
6 - See See + Tamborines - Lexington
8 - David Devant & His Spirit Wife - Buffalo Bar*
14-16 - Summer Sundae*
20 - Animal Collective - Brixton Academy*
22 - Wedding Present - At The Edge Of The Sea Festival - Brighton
23 - Reagan Youth - Underworld
28-30 - Reading festival*

September
1 - Magazine - RFH*
6 - Offset Festival*
7 - Drugstore - Dingwalls*
8 - Jello Biafra - Islington Academy
9 - Darren Hayman - Jericho Tavern - Oxford
12 - Steve Ignorant + Cockney Rejects + Angelic Upstarts + Uk Subs etc - Durham Punk Fest*
18 - Jesu - Luminaire*
22 - Girls - Rough Trade
24 - white town - brixton jamm
25 - Orbital - Brixton Academy*
26 - Finntroll - Underworld*
30 - Spearmint - ICA

October
1 - Luke Haines - Borderline
6 - Raveonettes - Rough Trade
8 - Wild Beasts - Garage*
9 - Pixies - Brixton Academy*
11- Pete Murphy - Indigo*
12 - Spiritualized Performing Ladies & gentlemen we're floating in space - Royal Festival Hall*
15 - Kabeedies - Luminaire*
16 - Saint Etienne - Shepherds Bush Empire*
21 - iLiKETRAiNS - Oxford
22 - Doves & Magazine - Roundhouse*
23 - Sonic Youth - Forum*
25 - Broken Family Band - Jericho Tavern*
26 - Health - Garage
28 - ZZ Top - Wembley Arena*
30 - Anti Nowhere league - Underworld
31 - Cornershop - ICA*

November
3 - Psychic TV - Tabernacle
8 - Saxon + Anvil - Koko*
12 - Luke Haines - Rough Trade East
13 - Sad Day For Puppets + My Sad Captains - Buffalo Bar
14 - 6comm + Sutcliffe Jugend - Underworld
15 - Legendary Pink Dots - Bardens Boudoir
16 - Gravetemple - ICA
17 - Gary Numan - Pleasure Principle - Brighton Dome*
18 - A Place To Bury Strangers + Sad Day For Puppets + Brothers Movement - Garage*
19 - Martin Carr - Legion
20 - Hugh Cornwell - Islington Academy*
21 - Cranes - Luminaire*
24 - Malcolm Middleton + Curly Hair - Bush Hall*
25 - The Specials - Hammersmith Apollo*
26 - My Life Story performing Mornington Crescent - Koko*
27 - Swervedriver - ICA*
28 - Motorhead + The Damned + Girlschool - Hammersmith Apollo*
30 - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Bristol Thekla

December
2 - W.A.S.P -Shepherds Bush Empire*
4-6 - Nightmare before christmas curated by My Bloody Valentine*
7 - The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Upstairs @ the garage*
8 - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Scala*
9 - Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Electric Ballroom
13 - Hawkwind - Shepherds Bush Empire
14 - Sunn o))) + Om - Koko*
18 - Pogues - Brixton Academy*
19 - Subhumans + Concrete Sox - Luminaire
20 - The Horrors - Forum*
21 - Public Image LTD - Brixton Academy*

2010

January

15 - Varukers - The Gaff
26 - Vivian Girls, Bar and Kitchen
29 - Vivian Girls, Tabernacle

February
13 - Resistance 77 - Bridgehouse 2
20 - Depeche Mode - o2 Arena*

March
4 - Wild Beasts - koko
26 - Cock Sparrer - Forum
27 - Cock Sparrer - Forum

May
3 - Iggy & The Stooges + Suicide - Hammersmith Apollo
11 - Pavement - ULU
14-16 - Pavement ATP *

August
5-8 - Rebellion Festival - 5-8 *
13-15 - Summer Sundae


* = ticket bought

I've Probably forgotten some so will edit them in later
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(no subject) [May. 29th, 2009|10:16 am]
Upcoming gigs Both Morrissey & Depeche Mode cancelled this weekend but I've made up for this with alternatives!

May

29 - Manic Street Preachers - Roundhouse*
30 - Tobacco Road - Bull & Gate

June
2 - Manic Street Preachers - Brighton Dome*
5 - The Horrors - Electric Ballroom*
8 - Manic Street Preachers - Forum*
9 - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Madam Jojos*
10 - The Pains Of Being Pure At heart - Cargo*
11 - Britney Spears - o2 Arena*
12 - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Soul Tree, Cambridge*
17 - Wedding Present - Welly - Hull*
18 - Amebix - Underworld*
19 - Wedding Present - Northampton Roadmender*
21 - Throbbing Gristle - Heaven *
24 - UFO - Shepherds Bush Empire
26 - AC/DC - Wembley Stadium*
27 - Neil Young - Hyde Park*
28 - Bruce Springsteen - Hyde Park*
30 - Malcolm Middleton - ICA*

July
2 - Blur - Hyde Park*
3 - Terry De Castro + Decoration + Container Drivers - Half Moon *
4 - Wilko Johnson - Half Moon
5 - Gordon McIntyre - Roxy Bar & Screen
6 - Silversun Pick ups - oxford academy
7 - Silversun Pickups - Heaven (hmm sold out that's why i'm considering oxford)
8 - Lucksmiths - scala*
10-12 - Guilfest *
15 - Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster - 100 club*
18 - Duran Duran - Lovebox festival - victoria park*
19 - Doves + New York Dolls - Lovebox festival - victoria park*
21 - Morrissey - Brixton Academy
22 - Smittens - Wilmington Arms*
23 - Black Box Recorder - QEH*
26 - Human League + Futureheads + Camera Obscura - Ben & Jerry's festival*
26 - No Means No - Dingwalls

August
1 - Field Day*
2 - Adolescents + Stupids - Underworld
4 - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Garage*
8 - The Damned - Northampton - Roadmender
14-16 - Summer Sundae*
20 - Animal Collective - Brixton Academy
22 - Wedding Present - At The Edge Of The Sea Festival - Brighton
23 - Reagan Youth - Underworld
28-30 - Reading festival*

September
1 - Magazine - RFH*
12 - Steve Ignorant + Cockney Rejects + Angelic Upstarts + Uk Subs etc - Durham Punk Fest*
18 - Der Blutharsch - Underworld
25 - Orbital - Brixton Academy*
26 - Finntroll - Underworld

October
11- Mudhoney - Koko
12 - Spiritualized Performing Ladies & gentlemen we're floating in space - Royal Festival Hall*
21 - iLiKETRAiNS - Oxford Bullingdon Arms
22 - iLiKETRAiNS  - London Garage

November
1 - Marc Almond - Roundhouse
14 - Puressence - Manchester Apollo
26 - My Life Story performing Mornington Crescent - Koko
27 - Gong - Kentish town Forum
28 - Motorhead + The Damned + Girlschool - Hammersmith Apollo

December
4-6 - Nightmare before christmas curated by My Bloody Valentine*
13 - Hawkwind - Shepherds Bush Empire

2010

March
26 - Cock Sparrer - Forum
27 - Cock Sparrer - Forum



* = ticket bought

I've Probably forgotten some so will edit them in later

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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Chorlton Irish Club (Manchester) 22/5/09 [May. 28th, 2009|12:17 pm]

I sometimes wonder why i put myself through all this and travel to far off places on a megabus in order to see gigs when i can just see loads of bands in London including a fair few dates The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are doing themselves. Am I getting too old to trek up and down the country? I was questioning myself before this gig how long i can keep at this. Is it all still worthwhile?

I arrive in manchester and it's raining. I do like the place though and it seems really familiar now. Not so much Chorlton though which is outside the city centre and quite a posh area which in London you'd never get bands playing. the venue itself is like a working man's club. My friend forgot his ticket so i waited with him for someone to bring it. i could've gone in but i was just thinking I'd end up seeing loada local bands who wasn't much cop, however i misjudged this and missed half of Help Stamp Out Loneliness whom i really do like. Still the sound was awful tonight just a huge rumble onstage and you couldn't really hear how good their brand of electronic indie pop should sound. I still enjoyed what i heard but this isn't how they are meant to be so hopefully i can see them again soon.

So then some local bands, i saw a pub rock band upstairs then a band which sounded like reef downstairs then some oasis wannabes upstairs, with the pains of being pure at heart scheduled to 1130 this was going to be one long night!! things did improve with The Dutch Uncles who although starting off quite average got better as it went along and the last 2 songs were excellent. i wish i got closer and got some photos but I will definitely check them out more same goes for LoveLikeFire from Chicago who were noisy dreamy pop a thoroughly enjoyable set throughout.

I chatted to Kip Singer/Guitarist from the pains of being pure at heart) as I hadn't had a chance to say hello on this tour up until now. I was worried that they weren't the next band on as someone else was setting up stuff onstage but he told me it was their tour manager and they're on next, phew! I made my way to the front and waited for them to start, it was now gone 1130 and really I should be on my way home now or tucked up in bed or in my own town! It was a packed crowd at this stage and as the band kicked off with Doing All the Things That Wouldn't Make Your Parents Proud as I jumped around alone.The band sounded excellent and it was hot and I was tired this of course was going to be a good gig despite all this I mean they're a great band and always put on a great gig so I was happy to be here for this despite me questioning my actions earlier in the day but it was more than that a lot more.....A few others joined in as the set progressed and then the whole front was going crazy and everybody went wild. I wasn't expecting this but the atmosphere was absolutely electric. People were crowd surfin too, not the usual kicking people in the face sort of thing but being lifted in the air in good spirit. I was tempted myself but didn't wanna lose my money, how wise and sensible I've become! Every songs belted out tonight was received like an absolute classic. This was truly a sign of how great this band are and it's amongst those legendary "I was there" type gigs, yes I know the pains are a fantastic band and yes the times I've seen them I've loved them but this was something else tonight, this was a band who people were no longer just checking out because they've read they were good, tonight this was a band people loved every song and wanted to express how great these wonderful blasts of noisy indie pop songs wereas people danced with passion. The band themselves couldn't believe the reaction they were getting they seemed chuffed just to be in Manchester at first but then as the crowd went crazy they kept making comments how great everyone was and you could genuinely see the chuffed expressions on their faces and they announced it was the best gig they've ever done, oh and Morrissey also got a happy birthday from them!! 103 was dedicated to the heat of the venue as sweat was dripping off the ceiling by now but that wasn't stopping anyone. the band just got better as they put their heart and soul into playing and produced their finest performance ever to entertain the best audience they've had so far. The encore was inevitable as kip removed his jacked as his shirt was drenched in sweat. He thanked everyone again as the band played 2 more songs Kurt Kobain's Cardigan ended this wonderful tonight and although a little known song to most it was still a brilliant end to a wonderful night. So if I had resigned myself to the fact i can just go to see gigs in London this would never have happened. Nights like these do make those long Journeys on megabus worthwhile, sometimes you just have to go further afield to catch a piece of magic like this. I will never forget how great tonight was. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart truly are one of the best bands on the world right now.

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Idlewild - Dingwalls 19/5/09 [May. 21st, 2009|03:55 pm]

Last year idlewild performed all their albums and more in Glasgow. so I was extremly excited when the something similar came to London although with a slight change, they were to play 2 albums per night including their new one Post Electric Blues. So i was happy to have tickets for all 3 nights of this.

So this the first night was to start with Post Electric Blues, Just to get everyone in the mood and the fact they were nervous about playing songs for the first time they started off with some older ones which was a bit of a tease as I was eager to hear what the new album has to offer. Time had arrived as they played the album in full and got a brilliant reception for every song. This on first listen sounds like an excellent album and has picks from different Idlewild eras through the years but blending together nicely. One song saw Rod doing his first lead vocal although Roddy did sing a lot of the song too, also Rod was on the piano for a song. I can't wait to hear the recorded version as there was so much depth here throughout.

After a short break they returned to played Hope Is Important. of course being from the early days this is a very hard album. Roddy announced they played the same venue 11 years ago on the tour for this album to which I yelled "I was here" he said thanks for coming back and asked if anyone else was there to which one other replied. I guess this was no surprise as the majority of the crowd looked too young to have been there, it's weird just like Ash, Idlewild's fanbase never seem to grow up! It was a joy to hear these songs amongst them some of my early favourites such as Film for The Future and one of my all time favourite Idlewild tunes Everyone Says Your So Fragile. I decided to abandon my place at the second row to get into the mosh more for 4 People Do Good and what a sweaty one it was and great of course to hear that song after so many years. Close The Door another rarely played tune really brought memories of Idlewild of old flooding back, I do like the way they've progressed as a band but the punk sound of this album sounded like no other band although maybe touches of Husker Du in places. The set ended with album closer Low Light as the crowd stood dripping in sweat demanding more. They returned with Roddy announcing that they are playing the next one for a guy who shouts for it every single gig the song was Satan Polaroid from the mini album captain, I was hoping some or all tracks would be played from this on this nights so I was happy to hear this also welcome was Captain itself which ended a wild night. Being their hardest full album things were not going to be as crazy as this from now on but i am looking forward to some brilliant music to come.

Setlist:
Too Long Awake
Roseability
Ghost In The Arcade
Younger Man
Readers
City Hall
Back To Life
Follow
Island
Post Electric Blues
Smithsy
Show Me
I'm Awake
Take Me Back
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You're Lost Your Way
Film For The Future
Paint Nothing
When I Argue I See Shapes
4 People Do Good
I'm Happy To Be Here Tonight
Everyone Says You're So Fragile
I Am A Message
You Don't Have The Heart
Close The Door
Safe & Sound
Lowlight
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Satan's Polaroid
Captain

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The Lucksmiths are splitting up :-( [May. 13th, 2009|07:57 pm]
Very very sad about this. Got into this band a great deal over the last few years and am eternally grateful to the person who introduced me to their music. A fantastic band who will be missed. I will get to see them for the last time at the scala in july at least.

here's the statement from the band themselves

May 2009

A sad message to all our friends

Dear Friends,

There's no easy way to put this, so please accept our apologies for the seemingly abrupt nature of this post. We are saddened to announce that after sixteen years as The Lucksmiths, the band has decided to break up.

The last few years have been an uphill battle in many ways, so this isn't a hasty decision based on any falling-out between band members, but rather, an acceptance of the inevitable. This decision was finally reached a few months back, so we've had plenty of time to let it sink in.

We had tried to operate the band in a way that would suit all of us, but at the same time we've been very conscious that too much compromise would in the end affect our creative output. We're very proud of the music we make, and we certainly didn't want it to start stinking. So, in taking our cues from Devo, we've decided to whip the proverbial cream before it sits out too long.

We're really excited about our upcoming European tour, and have booked some Australian dates for our "farewell tour" in August. The details for these shows are in our gig guide. We really hope to see as many people at these shows as possible, as we will be playing super long sets, cramming in as many old favourites as possible.

We must apologise for not making it back to the USA, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or Singapore, or to the other amazing European countries we've previously visited — and for never having made it to the other fifty or so countries we'd hoped to tour one day.

We really want to thank you all, especially the wonderful people who've helped us out in any way, and anyone who's listened to our music or come to a show. We've loved having you in our world and we will miss you dearly.

xo The Lucksmiths
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upcoming gigs [May. 3rd, 2009|10:39 pm]
May

6 - Killing Joke - Heaven*
7 - The Specials - Brixton Academy*
8-10 - ATP, The Fans Strike Back*
11 - Morrissey - Royal Albert Hall*
14 - School of Seven Bells - ULU*
15 - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Pure Groove
15 - Saint Etienne - Bloomsbury ballroom*
16 - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Brixton Wilndmill*
17 - Vivian Girls - Brixton Windmill*
19 - Idlewild - Dingwalls*
20 - Idlewild - Dingwalls*
21 - Idlewild - Dingwalls*
22 - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Chorlton Irish Centre - manchester*
23 - Morrissey - Manchester Apollo*
24 - The Specials - Leeds Millennium Square*
25 - Crystal Stilts - Luminaire*
26 - Telescopes - queen of hoxton
27 - Antony & The Johnsons - Hammersmith Apollo*
28 - Jason Lytle - Islington Academy*
29 - Morrissey - Brixton Academy*
30 - Depeche Mode - o2 Arena*

June
2 - Manic Street Preachers - Brighton Dome*
9 - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Madam Jojos*
10 - The Pains Of Being Pure At heart - Cargo*
11 - Britney Spears - o2 Arena*
12 - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Soul Tree, Cambridge.
17 - Wedding Present - Welly - Hull
18 - Amebix - Underworld*
19 - Wedding Present - Northampton Roadmender
21 - Throbbing Gristle - Heaven *
24 - UFO - Shepherds Bush Empire
26 - AC/DC - Wembley Stadium*
27 - Neil Young - Hyde Park
28 - Bruce Springsteen - Hyde Park*
30 - Malcolm Middleton - ICA

July
2 - Blur - Hyde Park*
3 - Terry De Castro + Decoration + Container Drivers - Half Moon
4 - Wilko Johnson - Half Moon
5 - Gordon McIntyre - Roxy Bar & Screen
7 - Silversun Pickups - Heaven
8 - Lucksmiths - scala
10-12 - Guilfest
18 - Duran Duran - Lovebox festival - victoria park
19 - Doves + New York Dolls - Lovebox festival - victoria park
22 - Smittens - Wilmington Arms*
23 - Black Box Recorder - QEH*
25/26 - Indietracks festival

August
1 - Field Day
14-16 - Summer Sundae*
22 - Wedding Present - Brighton TBC
28-30 - Reading festival*

September
1 - Magazine - RFH
12 - Steve Ignorant + Cockney Rejects + Angelic Upstarts + Uk Subs etc - Durham Punk Fest*
18 - Der Blutharsch - Underworld
25 - Orbital - Brixton Academy*
26 - Finntroll - Underworld

October
11- Mudhoney - Koko
12 - Spiritualized Performing Ladies & gentlemen we're floating in space - Royal Festival Hall*

November
1 - Marc Almond - Roundhouse
14 - Puressence - Manchester Apollo
26 - My Life Story performing Mornington Crescent - Koko
27 - Gong - Kentish town Forum
28 - Motorhead + The Damned + Girlschool - Hammersmith Apollo

December
4-6 - Nightmare before christmas curated by My Bloody Valentine
13 - Hawkwind - Shepherds Bush Empire

* = ticket bought

I've Probably forgotten some so will edit them in later
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Sonic Youth - Scala 27/4/09 [May. 3rd, 2009|07:37 pm]

Sonic Youth for a time couldn't quite match their greatest moments live or on record. Some decent gigs and some pretty good albums such as Murray Street but they weren't quite matching the heights of the classics such as Sister & Evol. A Thousand leaves was the only one coming close to this. Sonic Nurse set the trend getting the band on track sounding their best as I was blown away by that then it was Rather Ripped which is most definitely one of their finest works so far and now with a new album The Eternal they seem set to do it again. Tonight's gig went onsale less than a week before the show and sold out within about 5 minutes. I was chuffed to secure my ticket and decided to arrive early in order to claim a barrier spot which I did.

When entering I was more than chuffed to find that the excellent Chora were the support band. I'd seen these once before in Sheffield supporting Psychic TV and for ages wanted to see them again, just as I'd forgotten about them they appear tonight. A 3 piece experimental band with some excellent sounds and interesting techniques. Sounding a bit like nurse with wound at times and with the ability to blow your head off as the set intensifies. I was surprised to see the audience so gripped to this set as some people just don't have the patience for experimental music but chora's hypnotic spell drew everyone in. Instruments included a bow sliding across some polystyrene, metal bowls thrown across the front of the stage and a bit of brass! the set ended to some of the best appluase i've heard for a support band and well deserved too.

The music was turned off and just Thurston walks onto the stage and starts giving it some with the guitar. One by one the other members walk onto the stage which include Mark Ibold ex Pavement, last to enter is the legend that is Lee Ronaldo. the band are jamming together a pounding hypnotic rhythm which soon becomes familiar as Thurston sings the words " She is not alone" I was expecting just new stuff tonight and would feel lucky if any older material was performed but wasn't expecting songs from Confusion Is Sex. Kim Gordon then took to lead vocals as Bull In The Heather was performed, this was powerful and certainly proving the band more than still have it vocally and musically. No Way was the first of the new songs and my fears that it might not quite follow Rather Ripped were erased as every new track tonight was stunning, there was a harder more menacing feel about the new songs and they instantly went down well with everyone there. As usual the songs had each member of the band doing their bit on lead vocals and each sounding brilliant. Tom Violence was in the set tonight which is a massive treat one of my favourite songs by the band rarely played. Mark played mostly bass but Kim Swapped between guitar and bass for the set and even just her on vocals at somepoints and there was even a song where Mark swapped places with Thurston taking the guitar whilst thurston was on bass. The set was a visual treat whilst this band blasted out some beautifu noise in absolute style with each member of the band really giving everything using their section of the stage with sheer energy, you wouldn't think this band were as old as they were. My favourite Sonic Youth songs Schizophrenia was thankfully included which really was all this wonderful set needed to be an absolute classic. The only bad thing about the gig was a couple of knobheads didn't know how to behave like the wanker crowdsurfing dragging his foot across people's heads or the little shit who kept going over the barrier onto the stage and getting in everyone's way, I made sure I shoved him back onto the monitor as he tried to escape security by jumping back into the crowd, i hope he got kicked out I never saw him again anyway. enough of the bad things as this gig really was a classic, even more songs from Confusion is sex was played which I really didn't expect so much of tonight 1 of these making up a ferocious encore The World Looks Red which was followed by Brother James from Kill yr Idols ep from the same era the place was really buzzing now everyone just blown away, they came back for a final encore and did Kool Thing, not one of my favourites but it sounded so good tonight and really the way they were playing they could do no wrong. Kim again just did the vocals for this and she came to the audience for people to contribute I got the mic for the final "I don't Think So" so I do apologise if it sounds bad on bootlegs! Thurston was going for it madly on this songs even kicking one of the monitors off the stage. the set ended with just Thurston left onstage really giving it some on the guitar, so just like it began really. Sonic Youth at their very best!

She Is Not Alone
Bull In The heather
No Way
Sacred Trickster
Hey Joni
Tom Violence
Calming The Snake
Antenna
Making The Nature Scene
Schizophrenia
What We Know
The Sprawl
'Cross The Breeze
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The World Looks Red
Brother James
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Kool Thing

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39 [Apr. 25th, 2009|09:23 am]
So the fire is almost out and there's nothing left to burn
I've run right out of thoughts and I've run right out of words
As I used them up, I used them up...

Yeah the fire is almost cold and there's nothing left to burn
I've run right out of feeling and I've run right out of world
And everything I promised, and everything I tried
Yeah everything I ever did I used to feed the fire

I used to feed the fire
I used to feed the fire
I used to feed the fire
But the fire is almost out is almost out...
And there's nothing left to burn
No there's nothing left to burn
Not even this...

And the fire is almost dead and there's nothing left to burn
I've finished everything...
And all the things I promised, and all the things I tried
Yeah all the things I ever dreamed I used to feed the fire

I used to feed the fire
I used to feed the fire
I used to feed the fire
But the fire is almost out...

Half my life I've been here
Half my life in flames
Using all I ever had to keep the fire ablaze
To keep the fire ablaze
To keep the fire ablaze
To keep the fire ablaze...
But there's nothing left to burn
No there's nothing left to burn
And the fire is almost out
The fire is almost out
Yeah the fire is almost out
Almost out, almost out
Almost out, almost out...

And there's nothing left to burn

p.s sorry I've not updated this much but i promise I will be back on track soon, tonight I see the wonderful Butcher Boy, Cats on fire and Pocketbooks, what more can a birthday boy wish for?
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