• Rock Herk 2008 (Day 2)

    Lug 20 2008, 16:49

    Fri 18 Jul – Rock Herk
    Brief summary of the day's events:
    Campus - 2/5
    Far too much time spent writing breakdowns and too little on riffs left a lot to be desired. Still a lot of potential for these Belgians.

    Lagwagon - 3/5
    Some of the greatest crowd banter ever. I wish I's known more Lagwagon songs, because every moment was just damn good fun despite being slightly repetetive.

    Drumcorps - 4/5
    Couldn't stay for long due to a little clash with Future of the Left, but this Grind/Breakcore DJ was simply amazing. Kicking the set off with an amazing mash-up of Converge songs, this was possibly the heaviest, craziest show I'd ever seen.

    Future of the Left - 5/5
    If you think Rock 'n' Roll and don't instantly think of these guys, then there's something wrong with you. Playing an excellent selection from last year's debut Curses, Future of the Left are definitely a live band to look out for.

    Red Sparrowes - 4/5
    Simply epic. Dizzying heights and crushing lows coming together in such a beautifully crafted set.

    Cutting Pink With Knives - 5/5
    The fact that they get HHHHH off just 15 minutes of a show puts into perspective how fantastic these guys are. Playing their last ever show together, they made it count with amazing interaction with the crowd (which involved playing most of the set off the stage) and an unrelelnting passion to simply go nuts. Fantastic show.

    Battles - 4/5
    Solid set list with highlights including the crowd-pleaser Atlas and Leyndecker, Battles truly deserve their place atop the mountain of modern math rock bands.

    Bane - 3/5
    Despite only staying in the dusty crowd for about 15 minutes, Bane made it very clear to me why they have become one of the most important bands in modern hardcore. The crowd were as energetic as the band themselves, throwing themselves into every chant and breakdown.

    Amen Ra - 4/5
    Amen Ra are awe-inspiring in concert. Playing a particularly Mass IIII heavy set, they really got the crowd going with the closer Silver Needle. Golden Nail. Am Kreuz and the Pain is it Shapeless? also managed to sneak their way into the set for a spell-binding hour of sludge metal masterclass.
  • Top 15 Albums of 2007

    Dic 25 2007, 16:34

  • Pukkelpop 2007

    Ago 20 2007, 18:31

    Just a quick breakdown of the bands I saw. Ratings are out of 10

    Day 1

    Seasick Steve - 9
    Coolest man ever. Great, crazy start to the festival.

    Gogol Bordello - 10
    Crowd was amazing. Wonderful atmosphere.

    Liars - 10
    Loud, quiet, fast, slow, happy , sad, angry...Liars live are all of these and more. Top 10 shows of all time.

    The Blackout - 6
    OK on record but their live show gives away why these guys are not any bigger.

    The Go! Team - 8
    Fun, fun happy dancing time!

    Fall Out Boy - 6
    Watched from far. Never had too high an opinion of them and the live show changed nothing.

    Dizzee Rascal - 10
    Jus' a rascal! Dizzee Rascal! Great performer and atmosphere.

    Battles - 10
    Tight as you like it. Top 10 shows of all time.

    Kaiser Chiefs - 7
    Not too much of a fan but I do enjoy them. Not a bad show at all.

    Basement Jaxx - 7
    Not the most exciting show, but still fun.

    Day 2

    Art Brut - 8
    Love this band, fantastic day opener.

    Biffy Clyro - 9
    Really exciting show. They will be hitting it big soon I reckon.

    The Enemy - 0

    Funeral for a Friend - 7
    Only got into them because some friends are big fans. Very tight show and lots of fun.

    Matt and Kim - 9
    Happiest people alive who were so amazed at playing the Club at Pukkelpop. Never a dull moment.

    Badly Drawn Boy - 7
    Nice show. Caught Damen's harmonica. End with Silent Sigh was really amazing.

    Patrick Wolf - 10
    Amazing show. Top 10 shows of all time.

    Arcade Fire - 9
    Excellent, tight show.

    Smashing Pumpkins - 9
    A few of my favourites were missing but seeing Jimmy Chamberlin and Billy Corgan was such an experience. Hearing Smashing Pumpkins that loud will not be forgotten too quickly.

    Day 3

    Hellogoodbye - 2
    Pretty poor indeed. Dragged to show by douches.

    Morda - 3

    Heavy Heavy Low Low - 6
    One for every minute they played and every song that nobody recognised or even knew when they had finished.

    Enter Shikari - 8
    As much as I hate to say it, they are very fun live.

    The Shins - 9
    Brilliant stuff.

    Fear Before the March of Flames - 7
    A poor crowd did not reflect how much heart and passion was being thrown into this performance. Can't wait to get another chance to see them properly.

    From Autumn to Ashes - 7
    Good fun.

    Spoon - 6
    A bit more fun, but nothing too special.

    Justice - 7
    A good old dance but Electro really isn't my thing and I did get bored quite quickly.

    Mad Caddies - 9
    Some truly memorable moments from this show, Monkeys being the best.

    ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - 10
    3 firsts for me at this show:
    Stage destroyed
    Hardcore dancing at an Indie Rock show
    Crowd surfing at an Indie Rock show
    Brilliant stuff
  • Why HORSE the Band are better than Enter Shikari

    Apr 3 2007, 21:54

    I haven't seen Enter Shikari play a version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...
  • Comeback Kid - February 25th

    Feb 26 2007, 14:36

    Here's just a quick "breakdown" (ahaha) of the bands we saw.

    Final Prayer - 6/10

    Hadn't heard any of these guys so had no expectations. However they had some excellent breakdowns and covered Rather Be Dead by the almighty Refused, so overall a good performance.

    Rise And Fall - 8/10

    These guys can really perform. They played some good ones and the crowd really got going. Defintely keep an eye out for these guys in the future.

    Justice - 2/10

    What the hell? These guys did not deserve to be after Rise and Fall. There was nothing strictly wrong with them, they were just dull and uninventive.

    Comeback Kid - 10/10

    Fantastic set list. Great performers. Good interaction with the crowd and a fantastic atmosphere. Could not ask for more. These guys were brilliant.
  • Yay, I'm bored again so let's do this

    Feb 4 2007, 18:38

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    Devil's Haircut

    2. What song makes you sad?
    Tonight, Tonight will always be the saddest song for me

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    Taxi Driver

    4. Your all time favorite band?
    Has to be Muse

    5. Your newly discovered band is?
    Yndi Halda

    6. Best female voice?
    The Veronicas

    7. Best male voice?
    The combined power of Ken Casey and Al Barr or Billy Corgan

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    At the moment

    9. What do you listen to hype you up?
    To Buy a Gun or New Noise

    10. What do you listen to to calm down?
    The Shins

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    Dropkick Murphys

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?

    13. Most hated band?
    Panic! at the Disco

    14. Song that makes you think?
    Disarm To The Lighthouse

    15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
    Idiot Pilot

    16. Coolest music video?
    The Spicey McHaggis Jig

    17. Music video with the most babe watch?
    Some Belgian techno I'm sure

    18. What "do you play/would you play" in the bedroom to spice things up?
    Let's Get It On, what else could it be?

    19. Can you play a musical instrument?
    I play piano, bass, bit of guitar. Used to play the ocarina and recorder as amazing as they are, and I really want to learn a brass instrument of some kind.

    20. Ever been in a mosh pit?

    21. Are you in a band?
    Yep, and make music on my own

    22. If yes, what kind of music does your band play?
    Rock, we all like different types of it. I think in the future we are gonna do more metally stuff though coz the guitarist is a true metalhead. My solo stuff is sort of post-rocky poppy.

    23. Ever dated a musician?

    24. If yes, what kind of music did he/she/they play/instrument/band?

    27. If no, would you consider?
    It is a dream of mine

    28. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
    If you mean properly then yes, but I guess on some levels I already am.

    29. Best chick band you know of?
    The Veronicas

    30. Best guy band you know of?

    31. Last song that you heard on the radio/cd...etc...?
    Not sure...

    32. What do you think of Classical music?
    I enjoy quite a bit of it, some of it is amazing.

    33. What do you think of Country music?
    Not really heard my fair share of it, but I've got nothing but respect for Willie Nelson.

    34. What do you think of Death metal?
    Some of it is actually quite cool. Pig Destroyer in particular are excellent.

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live?

    36. Are you a groupie?

    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?
    I must do sometimes without me realising. Some French folk songs are excellent.

    38. What famous musician do you find sexy?
    Conor Oberst

    39. Worst concert moment?
    Pennywise last year. Not only were they disappointing, but during Bro Hymn, some goth grabbed me and would not let go of me...I was scared...

    40. Funny Concert moment?
    During Hawthorne Heights there was a rainbow and all the emos cried :P

    41. Sad Concert moment?

    42. Best local act you can think of?
    The Death Threats!!!

    43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?

    44. Do you listen to the radio?
    In the mornings to wake me up.

    45. Do you watch music TV?
    Yeah, bits here and there.

    46. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?

    47. Have you met any famous musicians?

    48. Are any of your friends/family etc musicians?
    Yeah, we are quite musical.

    49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?

    50. Song that describes your life?
    Radio Protector, what cannot speak, cannot lie.

    51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
    A good number of them.

    52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?

    53. What famous musician do you want to marry?
    All 3 of The Pipettes

    53. Favourite movie sound track?
    Lord of the Rings

    55. Any musician pet hates?

    56. What do your parents listen to?
    Dad - mainly Simon & Garfunkel
    Mum - mainly Elton John

    57. What are you listening to right NOW?
    A Song For Starlit Beaches

    58. Do you wear band T-shirts, hoodies, etc.?

    59. What do you think of people who do?
    I love looking at people's shirts at festivals.

    60. What music sub-culture do you feel like you belong to?
    I suppose obnoxious twats who think they know a lot about music, but don't really.

    61. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    New Slang

    62. Do you sing in the shower?
    All the time

    63. If so, what? If not, why not?
    Whatever I last listened to usually

    64. Would you rather marry a musician or be one yourself?
    Be one

    65. What is in your walkman/discman right now?
    I'm afraid my discman caught the Y2K bug :S

    66. How important is your partners taste in music to you?
    The worse her's is, the more I can improve it.

    67. Hanson moves in next door to you, do you go introduce yourself, or do you arrange to beat them up?
    I grew up listening to Hanson, or at least MMbopp. So I would suck up to them all the time.

    68. Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll, you dig?
    For show brudda....

    69. Do you cook to music?
    No I cook music

    70. Do you sing in the toilet?
    I've never been able to fit in one.
  • Several Reasons Why Idiot Pilot are Better than You

    Set 18 2006, 21:04

    1. They only have two members yet somehow they make more noise than if the entire population of the UK played at the same time on guitars all at 11

    2. Daniel Anderson's screams

    3. Michael Harris' moans

    5. They mix so many different styles of music and make them all sound better

    6. They make God's penis look small.

    7. To Buy a Gun would smash off the face of every emo fag ever.

    8. A lot of people I know don't know who they are (always a bonus)

    9. The video for a day in the life of a pool shark

    10. The dancer I saw in one of their live videos.
  • Death From Above is Dead

    Ago 4 2006, 9:42


    So that's it. Just a few months after Test Icicles announced that they were ending it, Death From Above 1979 have also thrown in the towel. So now everyone from BSB who went to Pukkelpop last year and didn't see them, you can just kill yourself. Never again will they grace the world with their magnificence. I seriously doubt a MSTRKRFT show will be anything like a DFA show...oh well, life sucks.
  • New Themselves:Conspire

    Lug 31 2006, 11:50

    Themselves:Conspire is being completely redone so my old songs are no longer part of it. I'm making it into a minimalist doom/sludge shoegaze sort of thing and the first song is already availabe on myspace and purevolume. I personally think it's much better.
  • My Perfect Festival

    Lug 21 2006, 21:25

    Main Stage -

    Thoughts of a Dying Atheist
    New Born
    Apocalypse Please
    Plug in Baby

    The Smashing Pumpkins
    Tonight, Tonight
    Bullet With Butterfly Wings

    Bloc Party
    She's Hearing Voices
    Positive Tension

    Karma Police
    My Iron Lung
    The Bends
    Black Star

    Queens of the Stone Age
    No One Knows
    In My Head
    Little Sister
    Burn the Witch
    Tangled Up in Plaid

    Devil's Haircut
    Where It's At

    Marquee -

    Test Icicles
    Boa Vs Python
    Maintain the Focus
    All You Need is Blood
    What's Your Damage

    Radio Protector
    Retreat! Retreat!
    I Swallowed Hard, Like I Understood
    Drove Through Ghosts to Get Here
    Await Resuce

    Death From Above 1979
    Blood on Our Hands
    Romantic Rights
    If We Don't Make It, We'll Fake It
    Pull Out
    Losing Friends

    ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
    And the Rest Will Follow
    Relative Ways
    Worlds Apart
    Will You Smile Again
    Another Morning Stoner

    The Shins
    Kissing the Lipless
    Saint Simon
    Young Pilgrims
    New Slang
    So Says I

    The Arcade Fire
    Rebellion (Lies)
    Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)
    Neighbourhood #2 (Laika)
    Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)
    Crown of Love

    Skate Stage -

    You Can Kill the Protestor But You Can't Kill the Protest
    Die for the Government
    Mind the G.A.T.T.
    911 For Peace

    Dropkick Murphys
    The Dirty Glass
    The Warrior's Code
    Walk Away
    Worker's Song
    The Gauntlet

    Bad Religion
    American Jesus
    Punk Rock Song
    God's Love

    My God
    Fuck Authority
    Time Marches On
    Land of the Free?

    Less Than Jake
    All My Best Friends Are Metalheads
    Look What Happened
    History of a Boring Town
    The Science of Selling Yourself Short

    New Noise
    Rather Be Dead
    Summer Holidays vs Punkroutine
    Liberation Frequency
    Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull