A mere month ago, you may remember I blogged about the gig that Frank played to record his new video. Well the video is all done and dusted and at long last is now available for viewing!
With a token appearance from myself just near the end as well. Huzzah!
Filed under: gigs, music | Tags: and so i watch you from afar, bull & gate, djevara, nixa
Going back to this blog’s roots, this was the band and venue featured in my first ever post. Since then, I’d seen the band again, at the Good Ship with Maybeshewill, but was back to see them again at the Bull & Gate in Kentish Town.
Thanks to a full days revision, and a late dinner, I got to the venue just after the first support band finished but with drink in hand, made my way in to see the band filling the second slot, the curiously name Djevara; a band I’d never heard of (as is often the case). It seemed that they had history with ASIWYFA having toured with them in the post so I believe ASIWYFA had got them the slot for the show that night. Anyway, for just three guys, they made one hell of a racket and I mean that in a good way. They played a sort of hardcore/punk rock sound that flitted easily between being quite melodic to all out thrashing it seemed. All three members were damn good technically and I quite enjoyed the set, even if the crowd size was a little disappointing at that stage of the evening. A good live band, they’re well worth checking out.
After their set came Nixa, a band I was sure I’d heard of but couldn’t figure out where from (I subsequently found out it was because I had a free CD of theirs which could thrust into my hand after the Good Ship gig). Even a bout of good old H1N1 wasn’t going to stop these guys performing on the night and they also impressed. With a radio friendly rock sound, think Biffy Clyro or the Foos maybe, they had a good sound and I was impressed with the vocal arrangements with three vocalists all taking turns and even singing together at times which worked really well. They didn’t quite have the raw energy of Djevara but were really tight and I enjoyed their set as well.
And so we got to ASIWYFA who have yet to disappoint me live. They’d come in to the gig after a busy weekend which included recording for their new release (out later this year!) and then their performance at Truck festival on the Sunday (which I sadly couldn’t make). You wouldn’t have been able to tell though from their energy on stage which is always amazing. As is customary now, they started with the epic ‘Set Guitars To Kill’ with Tony diving in from the top of the amps at the side of the stage; a fair drop if you’ve been to the B&G!
They played a number of tracks off the album and EP which I’d heard previously, such as ‘If It Ain’t Broke, Break It’ and the alleged new track ‘S Is For Salamander’ which I’ve heard three times now, but they also played a couple of tracks I’d not heard live including a brand new track and ‘TheseRIOTSareJUSTtheBEGINNING’ which is one of my favourite songs off the album. The band’s stage presence, and as already mentioned energy, was second to none again with the band launching themselves round the stage, off amps and even taking running jumps from the crowd back onto the stage and it’s all of this that makes the band one of the best live acts I’ve seen.
They finished the set with ‘Eat The City, Eat It Whole’ which I don’t think I’ve heard before either and it makes a perfect set closer. Despite calls for more from the crowd, that was the night done but I did manage to get Tony to give us an impromptu, if rather short, drum solo. Overall, it was another great night from the boys and I could easily see them again and again without getting bored of them. The energy from the crowd wasn’t quite as good as the Good Ship gig (which was mental to be fair) but that made little difference to me right at the front!
10/10 again. Easily.
If It Ain’t Broke, Break It (live)
Filed under: gigs, music | Tags: codes in the clouds, notting hill arts club, rota, tubelord
It’s been a wee while since I’d hit the Notting Hill Arts Club’s Saturday shows but this one had been down in my diary for a while after a heads up from a friend over this one. There were two other bands on beforehand, YGT and Coldstream, but I wasn’t fussed about either and to be honest, when sitting there having a drink with said friend, I can’t even say I noticed them play.
Before the gig I’d given Codes In The Clouds album, “Paper Canyon”, a few listens and had been impressed with it. I’m quite a fan of post rock stuff and they easily fit into that category soundwise. It has to be said, however, that I much prefer the heavier side of the post rock spectrum, in bands like Maybeshewill and And So I Watch You From Afar, as a lot of the more melodic bands can blur into one and Codes’ album does suffer from this slightly. That said, these bands are normally far better live than on record and Codes were no exception.
They gave a very understated performance on stage but, again, this almost comes with the post rock territory as there’s no focal point of the band; just the band’s sound as a whole. They played the majority (possibly all) of their album and it did indeed come across much better live than on the record with the build up and explosions of sound coming across brilliantly. Was pleasantly surprised with their set and hope they release some more stuff soon.
After that came the headliners Tubelord, who would be playing their second gig of the day having already done a set at Truck festival in Oxford. If they were in any way tired from the previous gig, they hid it well as there were no signs of fatigue during the show here.
I had seen these guys before as the opening act to 65daysofstatic’s gig at the Dingwalls back in April. I’d only heard a little bit of their stuff at that point but still enjoyed the set, even if I was a fair bit away from the stage (or as much as this is possible in the Dingwalls anyway). Since then, I have managed to get hold of a couple of other singles by the guys and so was really looking forward to their set. As said, the energy levels were pretty good from the three of them with a couple of jumps into the crowd thrown in for good measure (one of which involved a pig mask which was.. different) and good banter with the crowd between tracks as well. They didn’t even let cocking up their first song put them off; a quick joke about it and they launched straight back in.
Overall, I was really impressed with them again and it was nice to be right at the front this time round. I’m always surprised at how good they are technically as musicians as it doesn’t seem to come across on the recorded stuff as well as it does live and I really do like their sound and songs and they seem like a sound bunch as well. I eagerly await the debut album, whenever it may come!
Codes In The Clouds – Don’t Go Awash In This Digital Landscape (live)
Tubelord – Night Of The Pencils (live)
Tubelord – I Am Azerrad (live)
As above really..
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And seeing as this is a music blog and all, have a song (all of you, not just them)..
The Tallest Man On Earth – I Won’t Be Found (from 2008’s “Shallow Graves”)
Filed under: music | Tags: and out come the wolves, edmonton, frank turner, hometowns, photosynthesis, rancid, roots radicals acoustic, rural alberta advantage
Yeah, I can’t think of anything to write at the moment so enjoy these;
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Dear god I love this song, album and band. If you don’t have the album get it get it get it get it; especially now they’ve finally got themselves a proper record deal for North American release. We’ll just have to make do on this side of the pond for now..
Along with NOFX, easily my favourite punk rock band. This is one of their best tracks (can’t believe how old the album is now :/) and sounds great acoustic. The acoustic bonus CD on “Let The Dominoes Fall” is pretty sound as well.
Good old Frank. This was taken from his recent US tour with the Offspring. Love the kids in this vid. Also check out another houseparty he did in a front room with 100 people crammed in. Immense.
Filed under: gigs, music | Tags: brixton academy, dear science, the noisettes, tv on the radio
Another day, another gig and another one I’d been looking to far quite a while with it being TV On The Radio’s only UK gig this Summer (not including T in the Park) and also my first at the Academy in four years!
Having finally remembered how to get there, I rocked up just a few minutes before the support band, the Noisettes came out and managed to blag a spot right at the front, albeit to the side. The band first came out without the lead singer who started their opening number off stage before coming out as the song progressed, with the flurry of photographers all clicking away. Musically, they were slightly better than I had anticipated, only being vaguely familiar with ‘that’ song of theirs that’s been used on a recent advert which, slightly surprisingly, was the second song of their set. Their sound was quite cool, with each song having a slightly different feel to it with some poppy song, more rocky ones and then some others that had a more blues feel to it and so I thought they weren’t a bad warmup on the night.
After their set and the rejig of the stage, all to the sound of Led Zeppelin, TV On The Radio took to the stage with the normal band members plus a saxophonist who added an extra layer of sound to the whole proceedings and made me realise how prominent the sax is on the new album. Anyhoo, they opened up with “Love Dog” which was a surprise to me but it worked fantastically as it’s a fairly understated song on the album but the tempo meant it worked as an opener, a bit like when Metric opened with “Twighlight Galaxy”.
From there on, they played a really good mixture of songs with the set consisting of “Dear Science” more than anything but that’s no bad thing. The thing that surprised me through the set was that some of the tracks that I never found to be the best on the album, such as “Crying”, sounded so much better live, while my favourite tracks, such as the unstoppable album opener “Halfway Home” and the top “Golden Age” didn’t disappoint either. Added to this, they played a good mix of older tunes, with ones such as “Wolf Like Me” coming across superbly.
The encore consisted of the slightly underwhelming “Family Tree” before they launched into a hugely percussive rendition of “Method” with Dave Sitek thundering along on a water covered drum to great effect and with the Noisettes also playing a variety of percussion instruments in the background, particularly the drummer playing alongside TVOTR’s drummer at the back of the stage. After this, the grand finale was in no way anti-climatic with a high energy performance of “Staring At The Sun” which sounded far better than it ever has on record.
I thought the gig itself was absolutely top notch as the energy from the band was great and the songs themselves were better than I expected it to be, especially some of the ones that never really grabbed me off the album. The sound levels weren’t quite right on every track but when they were, they worked brilliantly. Tunde Adebimpe is a top front man, dancing around stage and clapping along when not singing or on keboards, and Kyp Malone’s vocals were also strong on the night. As said, the setlist was a good mix of the old and new and played like it was, it made for a great night. I was slightly disappointed they didn’t play “DLZ”, possibly my favourite track off the album, but can’t complain as they filled their 80 minute slot brilliantly.
TV On The Radio – Staring at the Sun (live)