• Incendiary

    Apr 21 2011, 11:25

    Wed 20 Apr – Flobots

    This was one of the best live shows that I've ever seen. Flobots work really well together and some of their "choreography" was great - for example, for one solo everybody but the playing bassist lay down. The violinist then stood up and started playing, follwed by another member etc.

    Flobot's "fight with tools" message of everybody using their talent to improve the world resonated with a VERY mixed London crowd and the sound quality at the Garage is superb (much as I hate sponsored venues).
  • Moshing? Moshing!

    Mar 9 2011, 10:00

    Tue 8 Mar – Tubelord, Shoes and socks off, Drool

    Shoes And Socks Off does not sound like he looks. With his bobble hat and beard, he looks like he should be all folky, like Badly Drawn Boy. Instead, his voice and guitar style are very grunge. I liked him as a performer - especially the bit when he beat a bass drum and chanted to get the chatting trendies' attention. But I don't think he's an interesting enough guitarsmith to cut it alone - he needs a backing band.

    Tubelord are one of my favourite bands right now but, for their live shows, they could do with some of Shoes and Socks Off's confidence. Songs like Night of Pencils and I am Azerad set the crowd alight. I really like their EP Tezcatlipoca, so was disappointed to only hear one song from it. But I think that the poor sound quality at the Old Blue Last would have killed the subtleties of, say, Arbour, so it's probably for the best.

    And there was moshing to Tubelord! How quaint!

    Lots of people there seemed to be really in to Tubelord, so I wish they'd chatted to us a bit more (although Prenderghast looked very genial on the merchandise stand - gotta respect a band that mans their own stand).
  • Don't say no to pills

    Ott 8 2010, 21:53

    Thu 2 Sep – Minus the Bear, Tall Ships, Brontide
    Minus the Bear are a band at the top of their game.

    I thought that they'd use today to promote their new album 'Omni' - nah. Instead, they played a pretty even medley across all albums (even going back to Get Me Naked 2 Electric Boogaloo). My personal fave When We Escape came halfway through.

    Saw somebody with a Drive Like Jehu t-shirt too.
  • Both great

    Ago 13 2010, 21:41

    Thu 12 Aug – Housse De Racket

    Gorgeous venue, beautiful people and great music.Glitches and Housse de Racket both do the whole indie/electro/dance thing differently but very well. A genuine party night.
  • OK Social Club were better

    Lug 20 2010, 16:39

    Fri 16 Jul – Stayaways Headline Hope & Anchor

    In July, most bands are out at festivals, so it was a low key set at the legendary Hope and Anchor when me and my friends hit the floor.

    Stayaways seemed very static and studied compared to support act OK Social Club. Those guys were raw and fun - perfect for a Friday night in a basement club. Guys, if you're reading this, we were the three people dancing like loons at the front!
  • Awesome Overload

    Apr 24 2010, 21:41

    Sat 24 Apr – The Reasoning, Acoustic Zeppelin
    The synapses in my brain that control the reception of Awesome waves have been overloaded.

    The Reasoning were simply amazing. I understand that it was a new line up and let me say this: Maria rocks! She's an awesome performer and very friendly; we had a good chat afterwards. Jake the fresh-faced drummer has more talent in his little finger than many indie percussionists that make three times the Reasoning's money.

    Sadly, the first two songs (Dark Angel being one) were drowned out by poor sound engineering - cue Dylan making meaningful eyebrow gestures to the sound people.

    All in all, very satisfying. The stuff from Adverse Camber was promising.

    Final thanks to the Fallen Angels for making me feel so welcome!
  • Awesome Overload

    Apr 24 2010, 21:41

    Sat 24 Apr – The Reasoning, Acoustic Zeppelin
    The synapses in my brain that control the reception of Awesome waves have been overloaded.

    The Reasoning were simply amazing. I understand that it was a new line up and let me say this: Maria rocks! She's an awesome performer and very friendly; we had a good chat afterwards. Jake the fresh-faced drummer has more talent in his little finger than many indie percussionists that make three times the Reasoning's money.

    Sadly, the first two songs (Dark Angel being one) were drowned out by poor sound engineering - cue Dylan making meaningful eyebrow gestures to the sound people.

    All in all, very satisfying. The stuff from Adverse Camber was promising.

    Final thanks to the Fallen Angels for making me feel so welcome!
  • Cute and Catchy

    Apr 1 2010, 10:21

    Wed 31 Mar – DIRT Album Launch
    Despite being achingly cute and fresh-faced, KIGH perform like veterans. They delivered their new album - played in full as far as I could tell - with aplomb and professionalism.

    The album itself is full of bright, bouncey but largely unmemorable songs.

    It being a Wednesday, the Borderline was only half-full, but this gave us space to dance!

    I'd certainly see KIGH again but I don't think I'll ever be a true fan of this kind of music.
  • Genreblending: An experiment

    Dic 3 2009, 13:56

    Hi peeps,

    One of the pieces of functionality I love best on this site is the "multi-tag" radio. For example, and gave me things that exactly matched my tastes.

    But what about more bizarre combinations?

    To this end, I tried making the most bizarre combination I could think about and seeing what I got. Please, do the same and tell me what happens.

    Experiment 1: and
    What was I expecting? Dracula dissing wolfman's hos? Gangsta vampires bragging that they're more tormented than you AND your crew?
    Well, no.
    First, I got The Terminal Generation, who describe themselves as "musical sadists". I would prefer to call them "MC Dalek soundtracks a cheap haunted house", complete with screaming.
    This was followed by a track called Pomozite mi drugovi - I'm afraid the artist used non-roman characters and can thus not be typed here. This was rather good and I was upset that there was no info on the artist. It was a bit like a gypsy disco, which is in itself an interesting genreblend. Not very gothic or hip-hop though.
    Finally, I got Charon Excadi. To be fair to this guy, his songs show a lot of range, albeit a bit grinding for me. If you speak German, check him out.

    Now, what do you get?
  • A Thousand Heads

    Ott 8 2009, 15:07

    Tue 6 Oct – Enter Shikari, The Devil Wears Prada
    Favourite Roo-ism: "Is anybody hot down there? That's a bit arrogant, isn't it?"

    The Southampton Guildhall is an impressive venue, all high ceilings and austere tile. It reminded me a little of the dilapidated mansion in "The Matrix", especially under green light. Even with the huge crowd, there was still space to dance.

    Speaking of the crowd, I felt very old at this gig. Every time they turned the lights up I was afraid it'd reveal a grey hair.

    So, Enter Shikari. They were good. Very good. I felt that this tour was aimed at people - like myself - who loved Take To The Skies but are a little nonplussed by Common Dreads, in an effort to convert them to the new stuff. And it worked! Songs like "Juggernauts" and "Fanfare for the Conscious Man" just work so live, though I still don't like the lyrics. "Mothership" and "Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour" also went down a storm.

    The Devil Wears Prada gave able support. They were clearly a good-natured, energetic bunch of lads but I'm afraid their music isn't my cup of tea. That said, they put on a good show and weren't phased by few of the audience having heard of them or sharing their Christian beliefs. If you like screamy metalcore, I'd recommend them.