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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by spzretent » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:12 pm

Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile- Royal Oak Music Theater 10/30.
I was a bit ambivalent going to this show but I bought tix the day they went on sale and now no one wanted to go with me because the weather turned a bit shit this night but I soldiered on. Tried to dump an extra ticket in front and someone else handed me their extra. Crazy.
The show was just what you think you would get. I am much more a CB fan and find Kurt Vile irritating sometimes. That said he can certainly play guitar. He beefed up the CB songs they played. The highlight was a cover of Elvis Presley Blues in which CB shined. That song was such an amazing surprise.
The crowd was on the old side which kind of amazed me. I mean way older. People from their 30's to well into their 60's. Had I been sitting in a bar next door looking looking out it seemed would have more like an Elton John looking crowd. I found this bizarre.
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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by angelsighs » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:39 am

RIDE on Weds night in Birmingham. Definitely more just solid and good rather then the heights they've reached previously- that's the way it goes. The sound should have been a bit louder and it didn't have that something extra. But still a great night.

As mentioned in the other thread, the good thing is that they're mixing up the setlists a little. From Time To Time seems to be a regular at the moment- I was never a huge fan of this song, but y'know what, it came across rather well live. Rocket Silver Symphony was the first song of the encore with a nice drawn out intro. and Close My Eyes got an airing too 8) (If I was being picky though, this was a bit of a truncated version without the outro it used to have back in the day- loved it when they used to jam it out a bit).

It was the old warhorses that really hit the mark though- Taste, Vapour Trail, and particularly Chelsea Girl were all superb.

Last gig of the year for me.. and for the first time in ages, at the mo I've not actually got anything else whatsover booked in! :/

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Post by davedecay » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:03 pm

Saturday night it was King Crimson in Allentown PA, at Miller Symphony Hall. A nice old venue.

We were seated in the mezzanine, with a clear view of the stage. Sound was excellent, material focused on older material primarily. Jakko was a great vocalist. Three drummers really kept it percussive in nature.

I hadn't seen them since the mid-90s. The latest lineup sounded great!

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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by olan » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:54 pm

My wife and I went to see Ride on Sunday night in Liverpool. I seem to have the same impression as Jon really. Putting to one side the fact the gig was in the smaller room in the O2 Academy (Which has the atmosphere, acoustics and sightlines of a coal cellar)the gig was OK, not awful, not great but OK. The sound was nice and clear, but it was nowhere near loud enough. During the noise interlude in Drive Blind, it was deathly quiet and we were just in front of the mixer :shock: . The new songs just don't do it for me, but to be brutally honest I have been saying that since they released Twisterella, so I shouldn't be surprised. Fair play to the band for recording an LP and then getting out and actually playing it. Sadly, eight new songs out of twenty-one played didn't do it for me. Also, fair play for playing 'From Time to Time' from Carnival of Light, but it is a weak tune from a poor LP. There were long periods where I was somewhere between being unable to get into the gig and just plain bored. The closing run of OX4, Vapour Trail and Drive Blind was very good, but nowhere near the heights of earlier times. The first song in the encore was 'White Sands' which did nothing for me or most standing near me. The set closed with Unfamiliar, LTAB and Chelsea Girl (which we missed as we decided to leave).

Overall, I would describe this as a score draw. Mid-gig I described it as dull, but it picked up from there. I don't think the venue helped, but as we were on the guests list it would be churlish to bag the show off. I was good to catch up with Dave and Gaz before the show. Next up for me is The Mark Lanegan Band, also at the fucking O2 :( .

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Post by Aquarian-Time » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:46 pm

As Olan mentioned, also at the Liverpool Ride show. We were three from the front and it was pretty loud, but I know what Olan means as I have watched gigs about halfway back in that venue and it's no where near loud enough. Personally I love the album and the gig, definitely my current face band at the moment. It was an excellent ending to the gig, as mentioned by Olan. Of the new songs, only Weather Diaries struggles for me. All I want and Lareral Alice were sounding great my ears.
We shall see you at Mark Lanegan Olan, another five artist of mine .

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Post by niamhm » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:31 pm

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Glasgow Barrowland
Have seen this group a fair few times and always had a great experience, so it was great to see them back round these parts after 4 yrs away, place was busy but maybe not sold out, but still a buzzing atmosphere, they didn`t disappoint, a great, dirty rock n roll show, maybe a little lull in places, they did play 7 new songs by my reckon from an album that`s not out till next yr and 24/25 songs over 2 hrs. Peter Hayes showing a lot of grey hair I noted, not a crime I have more than my share, but none of us are getting any younger and they do expend some energy over the piece but Robert Been is always a treat to watch playing the bass, 100% given, and great seeing Leah back behind her kit after her health scares, looking forward to the album now.

War On Drugs - Glasgow Barrowland
Went to this one with my daughter, Lost In The Dream was quite popular with everybody in the house and she was a bit miffed I never took her then, we went on the 1st of 2 sold out nights, great atmosphere inside, fantastic show again, WOD are just such a great live act, big band, big sound but you could hear every instrument, majority of the set was from A Deeper Understanding, Thinking Of A Place was a real stand out, followed by and extended Under The Pressure making for an impressive finish to the main set, you could feel the sprung dance floor in the old venue being put through its paces, they returned for a 3 song encore including a cracking version of Burning, we left before the end to beat the inevitable crush on the way out and missed Eyes to The Wind, but that`s a minor gripe, great to spend time with my daughter enjoying good music.

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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by angelsighs » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:15 am

Aquarian-Time wrote:As Olan mentioned, also at the Liverpool Ride show. We were three from the front and it was pretty loud, but I know what Olan means as I have watched gigs about halfway back in that venue and it's no where near loud enough. Personally I love the album and the gig, definitely my current face band at the moment. It was an excellent ending to the gig, as mentioned by Olan. Of the new songs, only Weather Diaries struggles for me. All I want and Lareral Alice were sounding great my ears.
We shall see you at Mark Lanegan Olan, another five artist of mine .
I really do think Ride are a band where the sound quality and volume really affects how satisfying their shows are. If they are not sufficiently loud they can sound thin and flat.


I'm somewhere between Olan and Dave in terms of my enjoyment of the album- I like it but it doesn't excite me that much. I'd say that it was the title track that (perhaps surprisingly) came across really well for me the other night.
You guys did get Unfamiliar which I'm jealous of! :) great tune.
At Liverpool did they cut the intro out of OX4? In Brum it was just Mark doing that bit with delay then straight into the song.

In case anyone is interested I would rank the Ride shows I've seen since the reunion as thus, from best to worst. They have ranged from some of the best gigs I've ever seen, to just okay. It really seems to depend what night you see them on. I've had similar experiences with Spiritualized amongst others!

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Post by Greeny » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:34 pm

All this talk of RIDE brings back the anguished call I received in the summer from my mate, who was at their show in London at the Village Underground but left just before the end, after which he later discovered that they played (for the only time to my knowledge) the Spacemen 3 song Revolution!!

To say he was gutted was an understatement...

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Post by BROKENHEART » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:55 pm

Aldous Harding at Islington Assembly Hall and Brighton The Haunt.
An Aldous Harding performance is not just a vocal, guitar and keyboard thing, it's a visual display of body moves and facial expressions and contortions. Mesmerising to watch and listen to all the emotions coming through her songs.
She seems to command the venue in silence and you could hear a pin drop at both gigs.
No wonder she recently received album of the year by Rough Trade stores with ' Party ' .

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Post by runcible » Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:59 pm

Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band at St. George's, Bristol. Yup - that guy again.

Just amazing. A 10 piece band including 4 guitarists at various points. A great set taken mainly from the new album and Shack's Waterpistol, but with a load of other classics chucked in. 90 minutes of delirious, joyous musical rapture. The version of Streets of Kenny was fucking incredible - the seated audience all stood up and roared their approval at the end. Comedy had everyone standing at the start and the place went nuts at the finish. What an atmosphere, what a gig.

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Post by BROKENHEART » Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:28 pm

New Candys , Is Bliss and The Damn Shebang at Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton.
Italian take on psych rock, moody and dark with a great driving sound. Is Bliss a trio from Portsmouth, these guys sound better each time I see them . Looking forward to hearing their new album out fairly soon.
Lots of Verve, Spiritualized and Spacemen 3 influences .
Unfortunately only caught the end of The Damn Shebang set, but what I heard sounded good. Another great Acid Box promotion night .
Shame about the lack of punters.

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Post by niamhm » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:08 am

Last gig of the yr for me was last Sat, Mogwai supported by Ride at the relatively new Glasgow Hydro enormo-dome. Mogwai`s biggest Scottish show to date apparently, it wasn`t sold out, in fact there were quite a few seats empty but the main hall floor was heaving so maybe 5/6000? Made no difference anyway, there was still a great atmosphere, Ride played for an hr and were pretty good, 2nd time seeing them support somebody this yr, 3rd time seeing them since they reformed and I think my interest in seeing them is done, tbf the sound system - and I was pretty much stage front - made them sound brilliant, way better than the two times I`ve seen them at Barrowland recently.

The main event sees a slightly unusual looking Mogwai start up, female drummer from HoneyBlood I think, stepping in for normal skin basher, absent through Ill health and a very fresh faced youth on rhythm doing some hell of a spade work on our side of the stage, hard to keep your eyes off him, I mean Braithwaite is hardly rivetting, whatever, with Mogwai its the music anyway, new stuff sounded great and the classics soared in this great custom built arena, only been here twice, last time QOTSA, shit, this time Mogwai kinda owning the place although Ill be glad to get back to one of Scotlands smaller live venues for my next live gig.

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Post by runcible » Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:12 pm

Couple of shows in the last week.

I took all my children to see The Damned at Leeds O2 Academy last week. That was a thrill in itself but they all loved it, but how could they not? The Damned are as irresistible as ever. A lot of the set focused on The Black Album and Strawberries, partly because of bassist Paul Gray's rejoining the band last year, so unexpected tunes like Silly Kids Games, Under the Floor Again and Gun Fury made an appearance, but the most surprising inclusion was Seagulls, an obscure psychedelic b-side. Lots of banter between the band and crowd, great atmosphere and a lot of fun. Set closer Neat Neat Neat caused 2 of my kids to go nuts as that was the tune they were waiting for. Almost brought a tear to my eye! The final encore of Jet Boy Jet Girl was terrific, and even after attending over 30 Damned gigs in my time that's the first I've ever heard that played. The stand out element of the whole night was Captain Sensible's sensational guitar performance. The guy is just incredible - note perfect from start to finish. Well played sir!

Then Moon Duo in the new Community Room at the Brudenell in Leeds on Saturday. Another very enjoyable set from these guys. Far less intense visually as they lost most of the back stage projections and focused more on twin coloured lights shining forward. A similar set to last time - a great deal of Spacemen 3 in the sound - but that last EP played as the encore. No Fun was immense.

This new purpose-built room at the Brudenell is excellent. I've rarely heard a live sound as good as that - crystal clear, good and loud yet the system there is so state-of-the-art my ears didn't ring at all next day. A good appreciative crowd and the room almost full yet still comfortable. Big thumbs up from the bunch I went with.

Saw both these gigs with Mr & Mrs BVCP206 - always a pleasure!

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Post by BROKENHEART » Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:38 pm

Moon Duo , Xoyo London.
Always a great experience these days at a Moon Duo gig , both sound and visually.
I know it's been a few years now , but the addition of the drummer, which initially I wasn't quite sure about, has made the sound so much more dynamic.
The light show was brilliant again, especially for the encore, during the Stooges cover No Fun. Great evening.

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Post by Laz69 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:28 am

3 gigs in 5 days... by the end of last week, i was a burst fuckin ball!

First up, Desert Mountain Tribe @ Broadcast. Someone gave me their album last year and i thought it was good - nothing particularly groundbreaking, but this 3-piece had a big sound and i liked their sound. THis was also the first chance i had to catch them. The two support bands were crap - one was trying very hard to be Biffy Clyro, while the other were doing a "friends and family" type show (lots of parents and grandparents in the audience for them). Neither of them any any way similar in style to DMT, but obvious slot fillers. DMT are... very much on the fringes of psych-lite. We're not talking mainstream top 10 stuff, but their songs are easily access and enjoyable. As a three piece, their sound is big and Jonty (yep, real name) is a really good guitarist. They put on a really good show and they album tracks sounded great live. The played Interstellar, my favourite track, so a thoroughly enjoyable show got the trio of gigs off to a good start.

Next up, The Myrrors @ Broadcast. Now, i had really high hopes for this show after all the reports from those who had attended the Manchester show a few nights before. I've been obsessingover their live show for the last 3 weeks after watching one of their live shows on Youtube... everyday... several times a day! I was ridiculously excited for this show. Firest support band, Kundalini Genie are a local band just finding their feet. I know their front man and they put on a ok show. Should hold back on the stage antics a little and concentrate on the music as it sounds like they are still fine tuning their live sound. Started and finished with a cover of The 13th Floor Elevators "Reverberation" which they named their album after so, kudos for that. Next up were another local band, Black Cat Revue. Now, i've seen these guys before a few times and they were always very much style over substance... all wearing vintage clothes/costumes, playing vintage gear and having all their pretty girlfriends hanging off their arms in their vintage 60s clothes. makes you fucking sick. The plus side was that they weren't that great when i had previously seen them so that always made me chuckle! Unfortunately, there was something different with them tonight and their was a real heaviness to them that they didn't have before. They stormed through an impressive sounding set and were miles better than when i had previously seen them. Had a quick chat with one of the guitarists at the end and he filled me in on their new drummer, who's a bit of a powerhouse, so much so that the band are now trying to keep up with him when playing, which gives their songs a lot more urgency and balls! Be interesting to see them again sometime. Still had their fucking girlfriends with them though (who incidentally disturbed our enjoyment of The Myrrors while scrambling for their purses stageside!). Finally, we had The Myrrors. Now, the footage i'd been obsessing over was a 90min show in Germany. I was hoping for much the same, but unfortunately we got just 45mins from them due to bloody venue curfew (the band were rather frustrated with this when i spoke afte the show). However, it was 45mins of absolutely sublime drone-psych... not just good, not even just great, but FUCKING BREATHTAKINGLY BRILLIANT!!!! The audience stood transfixed to them as they blew our minds. Easily one of the greatest shows i've witnessed. Good to catch up with a few of friends too, including our very own Gary (Niamh) and have a quick chat the Myrrors boys who were gutted at the short set. Next time.

Lastly, and probably for the best as i was starting to toil a little, was Carlton Melton. There aren't many bands i truely obsess over and i mean REALLY obsess over, but Carlton Melton are one of them. I missed their last show in Glasgow as they arrived on the day i flew to Florida on holiday and it always annoyed me, so much so i have been busting Andy Duvall's (their drummer) balls for the last 18 months to get their arses back to Glasgow. Plus, i needed a new t-shirt as my old one was getting a little threadbare! Oh and i may have drunkenly promised them a bottle of Buckfast too! Kinda sets the scene for how it all panned out...
First band of the night was Drone Rivers, kinda side project of The Cosmic Dead, but also kinda the new Cosmic Dead too as i think a lineup change maybe a foot! Very much The Cosmic Dead sound... unimaginabley loud; waves and waves of noise and sound pummelling all those who were watching it. New drummer is bit more intense than their previous guy and that gave their set a real pace to it. So much so, it was over before you knew it... although the beer was weell and truely flowing by this stage. Next up, Dead Otters. I've seen the name before but have never caught them. Have been going for a good few years now too but Omar, bass player with The Cosmic Dead, has joined them on guitar. And i'm fucking annoyed that i've never seen this lot before because they are brilliant! Nice Sabbath-esque riffs... definite Earthless vibe from them, the two guitar sound amazing blazing against each other... oh just such a great vibe and sound! Really really enjoyable.
By this time, the Cosmic Dead guitarist, James T, has been pouring Buckfast down our throats and Carlton Melton have almost finished the bottle i turned up with. I've handed over an Album of the Year 2017 award to the guys from The Cosmic Dead in a stairwell in the back of the venue and i'm pretty stoned too! And i've STILL to see Carlton Melton.
Finally they all came on stage and, after a few technical delays, they started with a nice twin guitar meander with Andy creating a lovely repeating matra allowing Rich to start to play over the top of it, all before Andy returned to the drum kit and started pounding it with all him might for the next few tracks. he interchanged a few times thorughout the show backing up Rich's guitar and synth play wonderfully, all the while Clint, the bass player, stood almost in the shadows playing a less-is-more role; not in a surplus-to-requirements way... in a this-is-all-it-needs kinda way!
Its over all too soon. They've over ran and i'm missed the last train (fuck leaving THIS show!) and now i have to get home. Had a good chat with a variety of people post-show and big hugs and drunken laughs with the CM guys before we stagger out into the night and then try and find a taxi (which was an adventure in ityself!).

Exhausted, wasted, deaf and definitely drunk... three gigs in 5 days... TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!!

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Post by BzaInSpace » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:56 pm

This is by far the best gig report I've ever read on this thread, which has now been going on for many years.

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Respect Laz. Whatever you were on I want a bit of that too. Even if it was just Buckfast...
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Post by runcible » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:52 pm

I missed the Carlton Melton gig in Leeds last night as all buses into town were cancelled. Boo!

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Post by davedecay » Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:19 pm

runcible wrote:I missed the Carlton Melton gig in Leeds last night as all buses into town were cancelled. Boo!

:cry:
That sucks - was it the snow? I have been following Andy Duvall's Instragram & Facebook feeds.

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Post by herman » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:43 am

Saw Carlton Melton and Chain and the Gang last night. Carlton Melton was pretty ok, although they played ear-splitting loud. Chain and the Gang are incredible, like a mix of early B52's and Boss Hogg with absurd poetry inbetween the songs. They're a great live band! Go and catch them live if you have the chance!
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Post by mooseandhobbes » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:28 am

Monday night, Chain and the Gang at Oslo.

Great fun and full of energy. Ian Svenonius is the most obvious focus, and spent half the gig standing, leaning, sitting on the shoulders of members of the audience while singing and/or pontificating on a diverse range of topics including; Oslo (club) -v- Oslo (city) - which came first? and recycling (some trash you don't see much any more); and doing spectacular high-kicks.

They also all wore super multi-coloured leopard-print suits.

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Post by Aquarian-Time » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:53 am

Carlton Melton @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester last Friday.

Excellent support from Plank, who really seem to have found a new level, they were astonishing at times,blending so many styles into their standard instrumental set, I was found struggling to put a finger on who if anyone they reminded me of.
Carlton Melton smashed it of the park as always, set largely drawn from the new album book ended by Smoke Drip and When You're In. Crowd a bit lower than the promoter had hoped, maybe a shade under 80 or 90 in total

Then we had them come to our lovely intimate venue The Salty Dog in Northwich, they had played Brighton (For Adam, whom was uber ill after too much partying with them) at the Drone Rock show and then Salisbury on the way up back to leafy Cheshire. Andy Duvall was so so ill I was thinking he would not manage playing. Rest of the band were of the "hey man he's a pro" attitude but I was worried. He had a 2 hour siesta in my bed after I had filled them with some damn fine pore gig food and we were back to see Sonic Trip project set up and ready themselves for action, then our very own James T plugs in and we have a dj (Suicide launched 2nd into his set with typical panache !)
Sonic Trip Project are very very Hawkwind, but that was no bad thing to my ears, some members of Vert X in their ranks plus Nik turners touring band so decent pedigree.
Onto Stupid Cosmonaut who added a really dark guitar led set into a furious closing song, all the set apparently new and sounded less electronic than recent stuff. They continue to evolve and I like them for that, never standing still in one sound as it were.
Then amazingly Andy is up with the rest of the band and we have a headliner. Now I have seen these guys 8 times and this was easily the least furious show they have produced but that was purely down to Andy's illness, he simply held it all together, lesser men would have bailed out I'm sure. The locals loved it, the venue loved it, the band enjoyed themselves too. Mugstars drummer in the hugely encouraging Monday night crowd and is up for playing for me soon, so watch this space. There is spliced youtube version of the show including all 3 bands, well worth a look.
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Post by davedecay » Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:21 pm

Thanks for the great Carlton Melton reviews. Europe gets them, but not the East coast of the USA. :roll:

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Post by runcible » Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:34 pm

davedecay wrote:Thanks for the great Carlton Melton reviews. Europe gets them, but not the East coast of the USA. :roll:
Or me, because of the damn snow!

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Post by olan » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:08 pm

runcible wrote:
davedecay wrote:Thanks for the great Carlton Melton reviews. Europe gets them, but not the East coast of the USA. :roll:
Or me, because of the damn snow!
I missed them on Monday night too having also had to miss the Brighton show. :cry: :cry:

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Post by davedecay » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:28 pm

I feel bad for you guys!

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Post by angelsighs » Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:17 pm

just to throw my hat in the ring re: Carlton Melton. they were excellent as always at the Drone Rock Records showcase in Brighton.
all the bands were good really, obviously all on the dronier/spacier end of the spectrum but with some variation- I am partial to the one man and his laptop/delay pedal setup and Stereocilia managed to build up a great wash of sound. Gnob and Melt Dunes were more psych-rock with some tasty riffs.

but Carlton Melton really showed why they are kings amongst psych bands. just the sounds that they get- so many great textures on the guitars and keyboards, it always sound big but thick and warm. and they like to keep it loose and organic. as people have said above, the set alternated between the more droney keyboard based numbers and the rockier ones when Andy climbs behind the kit. however unlike the past they mix it up throughout rather than having a set of two halves.
an epic When You're In was the set ender, so glad to get that (I don't think they play it every time).

all in all a great night. big thanks to Shines and Mrs Shines for letting me crash too (and also Mrs Shines for coordinating the journey back to home base, as Adam was in rather a drunken state by that stage!)

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Post by Laz69 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:22 pm

angelsighs wrote:an epic When You're In was the set ender, so glad to get that (I don't think they play it every time).
I'd love to see that played live... you lucky bugger!

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Post by angelsighs » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:38 pm

Laz69 wrote:
angelsighs wrote:an epic When You're In was the set ender, so glad to get that (I don't think they play it every time).
I'd love to see that played live... you lucky bugger!
it's astonishing live. it was that song that really blew my head off when I first saw them at Supersonic festival (2012 I think?) and cemented it as one of the best gigs I've seen. it often climaxes with the guitar player jumping into the crowd or even handing the guitar to an audience member

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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by Aquarian-Time » Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:58 pm

I posted the set for the Salty Dog on www.setlist.fm, identical for Friday and Monday (they think anyway, I couldn't hear any differences) Finished both nights with When You're In, they normally play it when I see them, but I am normally pissed at this point and shouting loudly for it ! Really nice guys though and a pleasure to have stop over, they were so appreciative of the hospitality of my good wife and myself also the venue whom supplied them with free Salty Dog t shirts and beers a plenty. Just a top night really. Sound in there is really good as well...I'm selling this place too much, I will shut up know !

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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by niamhm » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:31 pm

Thee Hypnotics - King Tuts, Glasgow.

Had been approaching this gig with a bit of trepidation to be honest, now I really liked Thee Hypnotics back in the day but by no stretch were they a big band even in `indie` circles, so while I was pleased to get another chance to see them I wondered how much interest there would actually be in them,pleasingly good turn out on the night as it happened, maybe not sold out but not far away.

Was watching Ray Hansen tune up and he looked twitchy an nervous, maybe not a surprise as it`s only the 4th gig in 20 yr but when they kicked off into a super Soul Trader it was like a switch had been flicked, total ball of energy for a man so slight of frame, channeling Hendrix/Richards and Williamson, him and Jim Jones make quite the spectacle, a retro spectacle perhaps but they were just so good at it, in a mostly older crowd some folk were seriously losing their shit, by the time they finished with Justice In Freedom it was a pretty celebratory atmosphere. Band played for 75 mins and other highlights for me were Come Down Heavy, All Night Long, Shakedown, Burned By The Flames and Revolution Stone. Must mention the rhythm section, they were the so solid foundation that allowed the front two to go nuts, Phil Staines I believe on drums was just incredible, looked like Bill Baileys dad in a crumpled three piece suit but boy could he play. So if you`re feeling down, maybe a bit shitty, you could do a lot worse than catch Thee Hypnotics and this high energy rock n roll show just now, who knows how long it`ll last.

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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by BROKENHEART » Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:29 pm

niamhm wrote:Thee Hypnotics - King Tuts, Glasgow.

Had been approaching this gig with a bit of trepidation to be honest, now I really liked Thee Hypnotics back in the day but by no stretch were they a big band even in `indie` circles, so while I was pleased to get another chance to see them I wondered how much interest there would actually be in them,pleasingly good turn out on the night as it happened, maybe not sold out but not far away.

Was watching Ray Hansen tune up and he looked twitchy an nervous, maybe not a surprise as it`s only the 4th gig in 20 yr but when they kicked off into a super Soul Trader it was like a switch had been flicked, total ball of energy for a man so slight of frame, channeling Hendrix/Richards and Williamson, him and Jim Jones make quite the spectacle, a retro spectacle perhaps but they were just so good at it, in a mostly older crowd some folk were seriously losing their shit, by the time they finished with Justice In Freedom it was a pretty celebratory atmosphere. Band played for 75 mins and other highlights for me were Come Down Heavy, All Night Long, Shakedown, Burned By The Flames and Revolution Stone. Must mention the rhythm section, they were the so solid foundation that allowed the front two to go nuts, Phil Staines I believe on drums was just incredible, looked like Bill Baileys dad in a crumpled three piece suit but boy could he play. So if you`re feeling down, maybe a bit shitty, you could do a lot worse than catch Thee Hypnotics and this high energy rock n roll show just now, who knows how long it`ll last.
Sounds great , looking forward to seeing them in just over a week at Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms. Thanks for the review Niamh .

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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by runcible » Tue May 01, 2018 5:19 pm

I saw Thee Hypnotics in Leeds a couple of weeks ago..

I must be honest & say I wasn't convinced. I loved them almost 30 years ago but... despite them looking even scuzzier than they did back then - which actually helps with a band like that - I found they didn't quite gel. Playing Soul Trader as an opener was risky as that's their greatest moment for me, but even that didn't really do it. I'll also say I thought the material where Jim Jones didn't sing was more enjoyable as his vocals weren't good. One thing that did strike me was how much of an influence they were on The Black Crowes which I thought was pretty cool.

It was worth going but we didn't stay for the full show. I'd catch them as a support again but not as a headline act...

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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by sunray » Wed May 02, 2018 10:07 am

runcible wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 5:19 pm
I saw Thee Hypnotics in Leeds a couple of weeks ago..
One thing that did strike me was how much of an influence they were on The Black Crowes which I thought was pretty cool.
Interesting. During the 90s I was always of the opinion that Thee Hypnotics were the band The Black Crowes wished they could be, probably unfair as I never ventured into The Black Crowes world. I did see them at Glastonbury ('95 I think) and some of their stuff reminded me of the Grateful Dead that day.

Never seen Thee Hypnotics though :(
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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by TheWarmth » Fri May 04, 2018 2:04 pm

I saw Lumerians and Follakzoid last night. I'd seen Lumerians once before, so I knew the deal, but they were great: hypnotic, driving psych rock with awesome vintage synth tones. I have to admit that their robe/mask aesthetic appeals to me. I don't know if they have a new record coming soon or not. Hope so. This band is underrated.

Follakzoid were ... not good. Never before have a seen a frontman do less. He spent most of the time gyrating, stopping every once in awhile to play a single, thoughtless note on his guitar and then fiddle with pedals. This went on and on and on. A limp dirge. The lineup is a DJ, a drummer and the "guitarist". Completely and utterly underwhelming. This sentiment was shared the two friends that went along with me.

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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by Laz69 » Fri May 04, 2018 2:19 pm

I know a few people that have said that, initially, it was cool, but they are still playing thge same shit show as they were initially, and people are now VERY BORED of it all. As much as i have enjoyed some of their releases, i can only imagine how dull they are live.

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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by angelsighs » Fri May 04, 2018 2:30 pm

it's a strange thing with Follakzoid. the first time I saw them (ATP) I was really impressed (as I think were fellow forumites in attendance), blown away actually.

seen them twice since then and it's been diminishing returns each time, with the most recent being very boring. I'm not sure whether it's just that because it's the same old schtick each time and if anyone else saw them for the first time, it would be just as effective..

or whether it's other external factors like the sound needs to be really good etc (at ATP the sound was excellent, all the feedback and distortion was sounding just right)

they had a DJ instead of a bass player??

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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by TheWarmth » Fri May 04, 2018 2:47 pm

Yeah, there was no bassist. The guitarist, DJ and drummer. I seriously couldn't figure out what was going on with the guitarist and eventually decided that he doesn't actually know how to play.

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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by Aquarian-Time » Mon May 07, 2018 8:47 am

Yeah Follakzoid lost a heap of fans last time I saw them. Coments I heard were,”they could do with learning another song”
The guitarist (if thats what you call him) tried to make the whole thing about him, bizzare dancing, not actually playing much and twiddling with his guitar pedals, bass player looked bored, so much so he has left ones assumes. Wont be bothering with this lot

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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by angelsighs » Tue May 08, 2018 2:40 pm

went to see Yo La Tengo last week at Birmingham Town Hall. they had changed to seating as I don't think that many tickets were sold- probably about 1/2 full.

I have to say I still have reservations about this band's live prowess, there were still moments where it was great but on the whole it left me unsatisfied. particularly the first half of the set which was super quiet and minimal (mainly drawn from the new album) unfortunately bordering on a snorefest.

the second half was cranked up a bit but still only really got going for me near the end where a run of great setlist choices meant they build up a nice head of steam (top off my head, including From a Motel 6, Beanbag Chair, Tom Courtney..). the main set ended with a version of Little Honda including a very Spiritualized-esque noise breakdown in the middle.

I think part of the problem is only having the three of them to fill out the sound. they do what they can (looping stuff, moving between instruments etc) but they never really sound big enough for me, even on the rockier songs.

it's a shame because they are a great band on record but don't think I'll catch them live again unless it's at a festival or something.

then I also had a ticket for Hibushibure later in the week but after a truly knackering time at work decided to stay in instead.. I'm getting old!!

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Re: What gigs have you just been to?

Post by sunray » Sat May 19, 2018 5:33 pm

The above post sums up perfectly my feelings towards Yo La Tengo, I opted out of their last few tours and I really don't see myself returning to the fold unless they drop their ticket prices by a good chunk.

Anyways, on a completely different tip, this week I had a double helping of heaviness when I caught Conan and Monolord.
Both acts played an hour set with Monolord on first. Plenty of low end Doom but without the shite vocals and incorporating a 70s vibe with a smidgeon of psych too. A lot heavier than their albums would suggest and a band I would definitely go see again.
Conan were kinda the opposite as they weren't as heavy as I expected. Still heavy mind you but without the low end bass rumble I was anticipating. A bit more of a punk edge at times in that their sound wasn't as thick as Monolord's. They played one song that I can best desribe as an instrumental Doom version of Stereolab's 'Heavy Denim'!
A decent gig and nice to hear some truly heavy music without falling into 100% metal.
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