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The Warlocks and The Stevenson Ranch Davidians @ Yes (Pink Room), Manchester

Bit of alst minute call to go to this as after a few Bobby H's tantrums over the years, I have had diminishing returns on their shows
No need to worry though, this was superb. Best I have seen them, good mix of stuff covering all albums, sound was excellent and the band all seemed in good spirits, lots of highlights but Come Save Us, Isolation and We Need Starpower were intense.
Support band were the Stevenson Ranch Davidians, reminded me a bit of the much loved (by me) Asteroid#4, psych, folk, alt rock country vibe, very melodic and a shout out to the bass player who was absolutely stunning to my eyes.

No merch hardly, all been sold at previous gigs

Decent night out, venue 1/2 full, maybe 100 in

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Electric Moon, at Bochum Planetarium.

That's the psychedelic space-rock cosmic fuzz trio Electric Moon. In a planetarium.
Two x 90 minute sets in the comfort of a reclining seat while being totally immersed in galactic, oceanic, and hallucinogenic graphics.
Basically like sitting in a moving fractal, soundtracked by a trippy wall of noise put through all the FX pedals.
Far. Out. :shock:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B3y8SX7jnJB

Meant to go last year, but failed to get it together. Saw them at The Lexington, in Islington, in July and that made up my mind that I had to get there this year.

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Starfish wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:50 am
Electric Moon, at Bochum Planetarium.

That's the psychedelic space-rock cosmic fuzz trio Electric Moon. In a planetarium.
Two x 90 minute sets in the comfort of a reclining seat while being totally immersed in galactic, oceanic, and hallucinogenic graphics.
Basically like sitting in a moving fractal, soundtracked by a trippy wall of noise put through all the FX pedals.
Far. Out. :shock:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B3y8SX7jnJB

Meant to go last year, but failed to get it together. Saw them at The Lexington, in Islington, in July and that made up my mind that I had to get there this year.
That sounds fucking incredible. I'm well jealous. I saw Electric Moon a few years back in London and couldn't go this time around. Wonderful band and people.
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Full proshot Electric Moon Live set here

https://youtu.be/g_t45PuK_tw

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Thoroughly enjoyable gig on Friday night. Gig only let down due to the number of UTTER CUNTS that spent the entire evening chattering at the bar at the back. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE AT GIGS???

Glasgow's Tomorrow Syndicate brought their tasty electro-psych-krautrock to Mono for a rare show. First time i've seen them play live and they were great. Their ability to get their groove on while keeping their motorik, pulsing rhythms is excellent. Hopefully their grace us with the presence a little more frequently. They are on the superb Polytechnic Youth label that is renowned for some really great music. Well worth looking into if you're not already familiar.

Support was great too. Poachers, featuring TS and Helicon's drummer, Seb, on guitar alongside Neil Donaldson on guitar and vocals. Had a few supporting musicians too which helped fill their songs out a bit. Kinda country/folk vibe about them, but singer Neil can fair sing a tune. Harmonies were fabulous too. Reminded me a little of Asteroid No.4's more country vibes.

Second support was a young band called Yolo Manolo. These kids have a really good sound. Can hear a few influences in there (Mogwai, Dino Jr, Urusei Yatsura, elements of shoegaze, etc). Unfortunately, their relatively quiet set was almost drowned out by the pricks in the audience. Worth investigating further though.

next up... 10,000 Russos... THAT is gonna be something special! 8)

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Not a review of a gig as such. I went to watch The Cult doing their Sonic Temple 30 gig at Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday night. They were great - Billy Duffy was on fire - the songs are made for playing live. But my only grip is that there were far too many people crammed in - it was like sardines, really uncomfortable. Looking on the web it says the venue can hold 5+k and Ian Astbury said it was sold out with 5.5k people. I don't know how the venues calculate how many people should fit in, but it would have been just right with about 1k less in. Obviously that would mean less money for the venue. Have the venues increaed their max capacity over the years - would the same gig in the 80s only have allowed - for example - 4k people in? Or is it just that I'm turning in an old grump git?

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quick review of Future Days festival couple of weeks back- a great experience, shows that if promoters put the effort in they can get people through the doors in Birmingham. the venue was great (nice wide room and high stage, great sound). the lineup was almost a mini psych fest and apparently they managed to shift about 70% of the tickets in a fairly sizeable room.

first up Flamingods, from my pre fest research they were the band I was most looking forward to and they didn't disappoint. a proper psych melting pot including lashings of world music and barely a moment to get bored, it never gets gimmicky either. definitely investigating these further.

next up Jane Weaver, a very stripped down set from her, no drummer, just her and another guy on synths, and a guy playing quite minimalist guitar (sometimes just chugging krautrock chords). it was good as a change of pace and hypnotic in its own way, but perhaps a bit too sleepy and stripped down.

Bo Ningen were the opposite- they did their full on heavy psych rock thing, proper balls to the wall, lots of gurning and rock poses. there is a risk that they could get corny but I think there is an element of tongue in cheek, plus you can't fault the musicianship, they were proper tight, great set.

finally The Comet Is Coming. I wondered why they were the headliner, however I could see it was probably for musical reasons, their high energy style is more suited to cap off the night. they've been called psych jazz but for me there actually seemed to be large overtones of electronic dance music- at times it got a bit acid house! they are great musicians but for me they also reinforced the feeling that "less is more" sometimes. an hour of them would have been fine, after nearly 90mins I'd definitely had enough.

hope they do this again next year with a similarly interesting lineup.

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angelsighs wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:00 am
First up Flamingods, from my pre fest research they were the band I was most looking forward to and they didn't disappoint. a proper psych melting pot including lashings of world music and barely a moment to get bored, it never gets gimmicky either. definitely investigating these further.
Didn't think they'd be your cup of tea at all 'Sighs! Would agree with the above though as I caught them when they made their debut Irish appearance last weekend.
Didn't get off to a good start as the onstage power blew within the opening minute! It didn't faze them though and power was soon restored leading to a hugely enjoyable gig playing most of the recent 'Levitation' lp. Oddly enough they reminded me of The Aliens (albeit with a Middle Eastern/Indian bent) in that they could take myriad twists and turns in any song without it ever been wanky and the focus always remaining on FUN :D

They'd be perfect festival fare as they're the kind of band that could raise flagging energy levels, or if you were already in the zone they would compliment the mood perfectly. Recommended.
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Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:50 pm

Didn't think they'd be your cup of tea at all 'Sighs! Would agree with the above though as I caught them when they made their debut Irish appearance last weekend.
I know what you mean, sometimes my tastes can surprise me. They had technical issues here too, a very long soundcheck then they had to cut their set short unfortunately. However this had an effect of 'leave Them wanting more', something The Comet Is Coming could learn from!
I agree, definitely a fun uplifting band and no time to get bored with all the twists and turns in their songs

Unfortunately when I went to buy something from the merch desk they'd already packed up and gone. I have investigated further though, I must admit Levitation isn't doing as much for me as the other stuff (even though it's presumably what made up most of the set) , it's a bit more conventially rock.

Also-I remember you recommending The Claque to me, unfortunately I didn't get there in time to see them but they seemed to get good reports from friends.

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Moon Duo’s glorious show at the Brudenell on Saturday.

So consistently reliable these guys, and Saturday’s show was probably the best I’ve seen them. What a set. An infectious & enveloping series of driving rhythms made by Ripley’s wonderful guitar peels and Sanae’s synth and keyboard sounds, all powered on by drummer John. It was irresistible and I found myself wondering how anyone could not have enjoyed it. You just got lost in what was going on from the moment they started. The incredible light show – so simple in structure yet so effective – added a considerable layer of enjoyment too. A semi-transparent screen at the front and side with mind-blowing light sequences projected onto them from the rear of the stage. As on previous tours every song had its own set of patterns, and every one was amazing. You wondered what was coming next and I saw quite a few jaws drop at various points, my own included, at just how psychedelic the whole experience was.

It’s worth saying that the sound in the Community Room at the Brudenell is as good if not better than any venue I’ve been to and for Moon Duo it was absolutely perfect. You could hear every note Ripley played, every squeal and squelch from the keys, and every drum beat in crystal clarity. What a treat it is to hear sound as good as that. The whole set was wonderful, everyone around me bopping about, just a really special feeling all round. And, as ever, a pleasure to spend the evening with Mr. & Mrs. BVCP206...

Steve Mason next Friday at the same place with a similar attendee line up…

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Ditto on the above post . Moon Duo at St Bartholomew's church in Brighton. The wandering repetitive rhythms just hook you along . Their light show has, over the years ,got to another level . Just Brilliant.
Nice early night too !

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I can only echo Runcible & Brokenhearts comments a truly wonderful experience. I urge anybody that has the opportunity to go see them to buy the tickets now :D
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Moon Duo - Glasgow , BAaD.
I can only agree with the above positives, ultra fantastic light show even by their own standards added to the usual hypnotic reveree they always provide, might be the best set I`ve seen by them yet but then I always come away from one of their gigs with that feeling I think. Heard some mild criticism of the new material, bit light, bit lacking in bite, but in the live environment it all has added muscle and heft, props to the drummer John Hammond, that guy is a machine. First time in this venue, BAaD, quality venue not sure if there`s an gentrification happening in the East End but it had a hands off, rustic vibe, laid back and very relaxed which all added to a great night,

Vampire Weekend - Edinburgh Usher Hall
Bands been on my wish list to see for a long time, mate managed to get me a pair of tickets so went along with my daughter, slightly unusual territory for me if I`m honest but liked all their albums since Contra back in 2010 so grabbed the chance to go,
Usher Hall was sold out well in advance, so pretty packed with a mixed but youngish crowd - at 53 yr old most people are youngish to me now :lol: - that totally lapped it up, a real hodge podge of styles, punk, afro, Japanese style pop, flamenco and even some heavy jamming that I never saw coming never feels forced or bolted on. Mostly playing from the Father Of The Bride and Modern Vampires Of The City albums the 7 piece band, including dual drummers, played for 2 hrs, had two or three of the numbers rattling round my head for days now, really glad wee went.

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Steve Mason- Leeds Brudenell Nov.8
It's always a crap shoot when you buy a ticket to a gig overseas and then plan your trip around said gig.
Again I did this with a sold out Steve Mason gig at Leeds Brudenell.
Five of us showed up at this awesome venue. We walked in and walked right up to the stage. I set my beer on the stage during the show we were THAT close.
Steve Mason is one of those artists I get so much pleasure from and he delivered an amazing career spanning set with songs from all his records and some Beta Band songs. The shocker was I Walk The Earth by King Biscuit Time which was just amazing.
The encore of Dry The Rain was absolutely incredible with what seemed like the entire venue singing along at the top of their lungs.
Another amazing night at the Brudenell.
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As I was one of the 5 mentioned in spzretent's post I can echo all of the above...

Cracking atmosphere in the place with the dickheads who ruined the previous Belgrave Steve Mason show completely absent thank goodness. Curiously the normally reliable Brudenell sound was a mess for opener Inner Meet Me, but by the 2nd tune the mixing desk had sorted the issues out.

It was an excellent set with nuggets chosen mainly from the last 2 albums, but everything was great. The highlight of the main set was Hardly Go Through, which had 2 immense climaxes of shimmering noise which made me feel almost unsteady on my feet. I Walk The Earth as an encore had the whole place bopping - how could you not? - and when he went into Dry The Rain the place erupted. I looked round and everyone was singing along in the chorus, me included. A triumph.

The enjoyment of the evening appeared to obliterate the monstrous cold I've been suffering from, but howling along at the end brought it all back next morning as my voice had largely gone and I've been croaky ever since. Feels kind of worth it though. A terrific evening all round and lots of fun with Mr. & Mrs. BVCP206 and spzretent - but that's generally always the case with these people...

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Now on to Liverpool with Olan Wednesday.
Cant wait.
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spzretent wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:07 am
Now on to Liverpool with Olan Wednesday.
Cant wait.
Ha ha ha. I was just about to post the same thing. I'm really looking forward to this.

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Drone Rock at The Hope and Ruin Brighton.
A wonderful evening of sounds from 5 bands
Stereocilia, Gnob, Yetti, Psychic Lemon and 10,000 Russos.
Every band on top of their game, climaxing with a 10,000 Russos set of seemingly endless rhythms and drones verging on a sort of techno beat. Thankyou Shines for one of the highlights of the year for me on Saturday night. Big applause for all involved. Good crowd and great visuals from Innerstrings throughout. Drone on.

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BROKENHEART wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:43 pm
Drone Rock at The Hope and Ruin Brighton.
A wonderful evening of sounds from 5 bands
Stereocilia, Gnob, Yetti, Psychic Lemon and 10,000 Russos.
Every band on top of their game, climaxing with a 10,000 Russos set of seemingly endless rhythms and drones verging on a sort of techno beat. Thankyou Shines for one of the highlights of the year for me on Saturday night. Big applause for all involved. Good crowd and great visuals from Innerstrings throughout. Drone on.
Hey thanks BrokenHeart, glad you enjoyed it. You should have come and said hello, I was sober for the whole night this year :wink: I couldn't be happier on how it all went. The lights, the sound, the bands, the crowd....all awesome. Hopefully do it all again sometime next year. Been watching a few vids of the various sets on social media and the combination of lightshow and music is incredible 8)
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I must try and make one of those Drone Rock shows Adam. It sounds like a belting evening.

I've just got in from an excellent Steve Mason gig with Spzretent at the Invisible Wind Factory in Liverpool. Really superb put-a-big-smile-on-your-face show at a decent venue that I've not been to before.

Next up is Mick Head at the same venue on November 30th.

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olan wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:19 pm
I've just got in from an excellent Steve Mason gig with Spzretent at the Invisible Wind Factory in Liverpool. Really superb put-a-big-smile-on-your-face show at a decent venue that I've not been to before.
How long was the set Olan? Due to a change in work schedules i can now squeeze in the Dublin gig, just wondering if i'll have to leave early or get to catch the whole thing. Cheers.
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I'm glad the Drone Rock show went swimmingly Shines, great stuff.

I noticed that the Psychic Lemon album got a great write up in the latest Quietus 'psych' column

https://thequietus.com/articles/27418-r ... ies-review


I didn't go to the Moon Duo gig around these parts (more of a casual fan of them really) but the pics and vids from friends who went made it look superb- that light show is pretty special.

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sunray wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:59 pm
olan wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:19 pm
I've just got in from an excellent Steve Mason gig with Spzretent at the Invisible Wind Factory in Liverpool. Really superb put-a-big-smile-on-your-face show at a decent venue that I've not been to before.
How long was the set Olan? Due to a change in work schedules i can now squeeze in the Dublin gig, just wondering if i'll have to leave early or get to catch the whole thing. Cheers.
My memory, which is not to be trusted, was that they came on at 9:00 and the whole thing was done and dusted by 10:45. You NEED to stay for the encore though. It is a thing of beauty (and no further spoilers). I was saying to Alan today that there is no way you could have walked out of that Steve Mason gig without a big smile on your face, no matter how grumpy you were on the way in.

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Thanks Olan. That set duration would definitely require me to leave early. Hmmm....
angelsighs wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:52 pm
I'm glad the Drone Rock show went swimmingly Shines, great stuff.

I noticed that the Psychic Lemon album got a great write up in the latest Quietus 'psych' column
Forget about the Quietus, i marked the Psychic Lemon lp as an 'Album of the Year' contender a couple of weeks ago. That's all the recommendation you need 'Sighs :lol:
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sunray wrote:
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:47 pm

Forget about the Quietus, i marked the Psychic Lemon lp as an 'Album of the Year' contender a couple of weeks ago. That's all the recommendation you need 'Sighs :lol:
well of course, that goes without saying that you are tastemaker of sorts!! :D

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Just saw Tool in Atlantic City.
They produce such an enormous sound that goes right through you.
Would recommend.

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An addendum to the Steve Mason show I saw with Olan in Liverpool.
We were there for the opener Pictish Trail who were really, really good. Hilarious stage banter and very sweet and endearing songs.
The other day I was listening to one of their records on youtube before purchasing and it doesn't come close to capturing the live set. Kind of a shame.
I will revisit and see if my illness is messing up the enjoyment or not.
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spzretent wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:41 am
An addendum to the Steve Mason show I saw with Olan in Liverpool.
We were there for the opener Pictish Trail who were really, really good. Hilarious stage banter and very sweet and endearing songs.
Should've been at this tonight in Dublin but i am absolutely shattered and couldn't face a drive to and from gig then straight into work. Bah! (Not my most rivetting post it has to be said).
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Went to see Ride with my boy, Dylan, last night. He's been a big fan for years but this was his first chance to see them.

Can't say i've gave the new stuff much attention other than the lead tracks that have been promoted but they played a really solid set. Started with a couple of newer tracks before playing Leave Them All Behind, which almost lifted the roof off, before settling in to a run of 6/7 tracks that were all from the newer albums. They finished their set with a selection from Nowhere (including a fucking outstanding version of Drive Blind complete with strobe whiteout and Seagull) and Going Blank Again (OX4 was just beautiful). Stand out new tracks for me were Killswitch, Repetition and Future love, all of which showed that they still "had it", as Andy joked!

Thoroughly enjoyable night out with my boy. Little disappointed that nothing from Carnival of Light or Tarantula has made it into the set list (Fuck the haters! I actually quite like those albums...) but great to see them again. They were my very first gig way back in the early 90s... 26 years ago... fuck! :shock:

Tonight, The Telescopes are coming to destroy minds and eardrums!!!! :twisted: 8) :D

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Well, they may have been label buddies, but The Telescopes were as far from Ride music-wise as they possibly could be last night. Starting with a long drawn out drone which slowly build - Myrrors style - into a swirling, heady screech of feedback and noise, accompanied by some of the most tribal drumming i've heard in a long time - so much so, my drink was slowly vibrating across the table beside me! :lol:

We were soon in classic Telescopes territory. Stephen Lawrie swapping between screaming and singing in a long drawn out drawl that , although audible, was lost in the maelstrom of noise that surrounded him. The band, his usual backing band, were unforgiving. John Lynch on drums is a big powerful man with no real need or desire to be delicate, smashing his way through the set with his signature gaffa-taped drumsticks. Stephen Lawrie abused his guitar with a variety of items and spent a lot of the show pressed against his Vox amp creating as much chaos as possible. The bass player (Dave i think his name was - lovely fella!) seemed to be the only one who was keeping it together as he just kept that low end dirty and steady throughout. The two other guitarists had all the freedom in the world to just tear the place apart, one of them barely standing for the entire show as he pressed his guitar up against his amp whilst playing with his pedals. We got long, drawn and drawled out versions of Perfect Needle, Oil Seed Rape and Violence which just made my night.
After what seemed like no time at all (an almost 90min set), the sound man started flashing the stage lights to indicate their set time was over, yet the band kept the carnage going. The sound man then appeared to start hassling Stephen about them having to finish but Stephen was totally submerged in the cacophony of noise and ignored him. The house lights were put on, but the band kept going. A guitar was handed out to the audience to play while pedals were kicked and knobs were turned. By the time Stephen had left the stage almost 10mins later, the band had dismantled part of the drum kit so they could play in amongst the audience while the John continued to try and kill the remaining parts of the kit and one of the guitarists started lifting the stage monitors to try and create more and more feedback. By this point the sound man has simply given up. The lunatics were running the asylum. Finally, everyone started to leave the stage leaving nothing more than sweat, spilled beers and a loop of feedback and a trail of destruction.

FUCKING AWESOME GIG!!!! Ears are totally fucked today, but man, that's the kinda shows i live for! 8) :twisted: :D

Special mention to Glasgow's very own St. Deluxe. Although they are usually Stephen Lawrie's backing band up this neck of the woods, they were a very able and noisy support band tonight. Seems like forever since they ventured out live but they were brilliant too. I half expected EVERYONE to end up on stage by the end, but some level of decorum was retained in the end. And probably best too :lol: :lol: :lol:

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I also saw Ride the other night (Birmingham Institute) and Telescopes is my next one, so snap! Blimey, that sounds like a hell of a gig, I am curious what happens on Sunday now! I've seen them a couple of times before and found them faintly disappointing to be honest- the first show was a total freeform noisefest that just didn't go anywhere, the other one was a bit better. if they are playing Taste tunes then that really bodes well. I seem to prefer them when the noise is bolted on to proper songs.

The Ride show was great, the set is largely based on new material now and fair play to them (can't trade on nostalgia forever). a couple of naff tracks were played that I am not really keen on, but the set as a whole came across really well. The new material came across well live, sounding much beefier and more powerful (especially Future Love- damn that sounded good!).
In This Room (my fave of the new album) was a highlight too, I like Andy's guitar work on it and how they walk back on stage when that keyboard line is playing. They even gave the keyboard player a shout out (apparently hiding behind the amps on Steve's side of the stage).
The old classics have something extra though- Taste is always a totally joyous song for me, and when Seagull builds up that head of steam at the end.. christ! The new stuff, though often great can just be a bit like standard indie pop at times.

Ride seem to get a great audience reaction most times I see them, it rarely seems to fully sell out round here but the fans who are there, are loving it.

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I seem to prefer them when the noise is bolted on to proper songs.
Assuming you'll hear the songs as they were originally is probably not the best idea. Perfect Needle was probably the only one that was close to how it originally sounded, with the others being "in there, somewhere" :lol: :lol:
I would definitely approach it from a more free-form perspective. Even then though, the fuckin noise they make is just incredible; i could listen to that all day long. Bass and drums are punishingly heavy, but keep the whole thing grounded. Guitarists just create as much noise as possible.

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Ah okay thanks I will adjust my expectations accordingly :)
It's not like I'm averse to a bit of noise

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angelsighs wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:17 am
The Ride show was great. The new material came across well live, sounding much beefier and more powerful.

The old classics have something extra though- Taste is always a totally joyous song for me, and when Seagull builds up that head of steam at the end.. christ! The new stuff, though often great can just be a bit like standard indie pop at times.
^^^This. Whilst the new material does sound a lot better live i don't think any of it equals the earlier songs.
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^^^This. Whilst the new material does sound a lot better live i don't think any of it equals the earlier songs.
Can't really deny that, although it could have been WAY worse, and there's some great stuff in there. The reunion has been great overall I reckon.
I do like the fact they haven't tried to do a retread of the old stuff, but kinda wish they would step on the distortion and let Loz go wild on the drums sometimes.

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so.. I didn't go the The Telescopes in the end. Sunday night gigs when it gets dark about 4 o clock are just not ideal... I feel bad but I think it's an age thing!! 😕
I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this on the board.. go to so many gigs that some just have to fall by the wayside when lacking the energy

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so.. I didn't go the The Telescopes in the end. Sunday night gigs when it gets dark about 4 o clock are just not ideal... I feel bad but I think it's an age thing!! 😕
I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this on the board.. go to so many gigs that some just have to fall by the wayside when lacking the energy
Ha! Last night i passed up on Hot Snakes. A cold, wet miserable Sunday night for a band that i may or may not enjoy quickly lost its appeal. Snooker seemed far more enticing instead :lol:
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sunray wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:42 pm

Ha! Last night i passed up on Hot Snakes. A cold, wet miserable Sunday night for a band that i may or may not enjoy quickly lost its appeal. Snooker seemed far more enticing instead :lol:
Glad it's not just me that does this then :)
I am usually pretty good at going to a gig which may be a gamble, but some still have to fall at the wayside...

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The Telescopes at The Shacklewell Arms London. Previous reviews have summed up the night. Lots of noise and drones, just a wonderful sound in a small and intimate venue. Just what the doctor ordered !

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The Claque, Soundhouse, Dublin closed 2019 for me last night. Nice to see them in a small room, up close and personal. At least one new song, possibly two, and they sounded very good indeed. Clinically controlled noise, female vocals and some catchy and not-so-catchy tunes. Another Irish guitar act worth looking out for.

A look back over my ticket-stubs/notes informs me that in 2019 i attended 48 gigs (starting in January with Black Midi) and 3 festivals. Very happy with that lot I must say.
Plenty of solid, enjoyable shows but can't think of a single mindblowing experience at all. If i had to pick one performance out of the whole year, it would probably be Parquet Courts at Electric Picnic. They were bang on form :D
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Only 23 gigs for me, about half my normal tally (although played 19 gigs myself so that explains the decline in numbers)
Finished the year off with a fine Steve Mason show at the Pink Room, Yes, Manchester,. Just Steve, a backing singer and a guy on keys and percussion. Wonderful show, one of those Micheal Head type gigs where the whole room is on board, lots of witty banter and nice mix of songs from his career. Needless to say Dry The Rain took the roof off. A great way to end a very fruitful and fulfilling Musical year personally

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Sat on a train with Mrs Runcible on our way back from Edinburgh having seen 2 shows in a week from the ever wonderful Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band... Leeds Brudenell last Friday, Edinburgh Summerhall last night.

Both were inevitably superb. He's got a solid line up in the band now, a 5 piece with occasional 6th member on trumpet. A few new songs, loads of Shack nuggets, but no Strands for whatever reason. Same set both nights. The atmosphere at both was fantastic as everyone howled along to their favourites. I'd never heard him play Hey Mama from Waterpistol before, and that was the highlight of both sets. It was glorious. The band were pretty blown away by the reception at both venues, confirmed when we chatted to trumpet man Martin after. Caught up with a couple of the band in the bar in Edinburgh, what a friendly bunch they are.

Great to see Mick at the Brudenell finally, & terrific, if a tad messy, fun in Edinburgh with our own Bza in tow, so the 3 of us had a great afternoon & evening as we rolled around the city. Great to catch up Barry! Next stop is Mick at Hebden Bridge Trades Club in April....

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Was at the Mick Head show in Edinburgh as well, and concur with Runcible above, terrific set, Hazey, Hey Mama and Natalie`s Party stand out for me, as for the band, they were great with some really wonderful harmonies sung right across the set, the young guitarist particularly impressed. An unfortunate set of circumstances meant I had a spare ticket which enabled my 16 yr old son to come along with me and a few mates which was pretty cool, he gave it a resounding thumbs up also, all though he complained he couldn`t understand what Mick was saying during songs as his accent was too strong, lol.

Spoke to a bloke from Liverpool who assured me we were lucky to be seeing Mick in a venue so small, I just consider myself lucky to be seeing him in any venue at all, think I`ll be having a Mick Head weekend

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Daddy Long Legs, Broadcast, Glasgow

Hi-octane, infectious bluesy rock'n'roll returned to Glasgow as the three NYC boys came rolling through town.

Broadcast was mobbed. Busiest i've ever seen it. Saw these guys play a bigger venue last time and it was really busy that night so was a bit surprised when they announced the show, however, these guys never fail to entertain or get the hips swaying and toes tappin'. Good ol' fashioned rock'n'roll still holds up, especially when its as good as this.

Guitarist, Murat, is a phenomenal player, especially slide guitar. Drummer Josh almost has an air of voodoo about him with his primal shaker beats, but front man Brian can play the mouthie like no other! Just incredible to hear him blow that harp!

Not touring a new album as such, so their greatest hits set went down a storm. Highlights for me was their classics Motorcycle Madness and Death Train Blues which are just guaranteed to get the place jumping. New York City was a killer too, but they have so many great songs.

They are on a UK and Irish tour for the whole of February i think. If they are passing through your town, i highly recommend catching them.

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A couple recently

Magic Shoppe with support from Kundolini Genie at Peer Hat Manchester

Leanne always puts on decent nights and always well attended not far off a full house here. Kundolini Genie are great and worth the admission fee just for the banter between songs, massively derivative but its fell good Pysch with all the jingles and jangles in the right places. Bits of BJM in their, maybe a bit more reverb drenced guitar than Anton's mob, but it ticks all my boxes. For the record they were a little shambolic and lots went wrong but it still felt enjoyable if that makes sense
Magic Shoppe were ok, just a bit boring after a while it was just load reverb drenched guitars times 3, minimal choruses and song structures, just plug in and play relentless for 45 mins. Was alright, wouldn't watch them again unless maybe supporting a band i had paid to see

Thumper @ Night people Manchester

These were great, both EP's were plundered plus a few more, oh and a Natasha Beddingfield cover (it really worked as well) Think parquet Courts crossed with the Oh sees and you still wouldnt be close to what these sound like but its a start. 2 drummers 3 guitars and 1 bass, all 4 axeman singing backing vox, great angry harmonies with a great psych/post punk guitar sound, played at breakneck speed. Great fun
They are deducted points though for some of the off stage gimmicks as the set wore on, got a bit tiresome and the final song where front man makes everyone crouch down as they play quiet and make everyone spring up when it kicked off was one cliche too many (mainly because there were only 30 odd people there and you kind of had to participate, I'm too cool for that shit) Worth checking these guys out, could well be quite a thing this year

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Wow Dave, i wasn't expecting you to like Thumper that much! Glad you did though. :D
Yeah, i neglected to mention the cheesier aspects of their performance when i recommended them as i didn't want to put anyone off checking them out. Hopefully your review will be enough to entice other folks into taking a punt on them.
Last time i saw the band they covered the Beastie Boys 'Sabotage' 8)

Hit the nail on the head with Magic Shoppe. I saw them a year or two ago and felt exactly the same. They were a bit lightweight also for my tastes.
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Saw The Murder Capital @ Queen Margret Union

The stormy weather almost put paid to this one, was told at the station that all trains were off just after purchasing my ticket, as we debated our next move they had a change of heart and they were back on!
Had heard good things about The Murder Capital live and they didn`t disappoint, great atmosphere, Saturday night, sold out show and a band on the way up, a relatively brief 9 song set showcaseing the album from late last yr, tight post-punk, loud then quiet, very quiet, lots of energy on stage, strutting up an down. Got to say I loved it, looking forward to seeing them at the next opportunity.

They also did that thing of getting the audience to to squat down, wait for the break and spring up wtf is that? Is this an Irish underground music thing? Very strange
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niamhm wrote:
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They also did that thing of getting the audience to to squat down, wait for the break and spring up wtf is that? Is this an Irish underground music thing? Very strange
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: No, no, no. Not at all a 'Thing' over here. I suspect it's to do with having fuck all material so trying to pad it out a bit. Plus, give the kids something to remember :roll:

I hate audience participation but plenty of folks seem to go for that kind of thing :?
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sunray wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:15 pm
niamhm wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:49 pm
They also did that thing of getting the audience to to squat down, wait for the break and spring up wtf is that? Is this an Irish underground music thing? Very strange
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: No, no, no. Not at all a 'Thing' over here. I suspect it's to do with having fuck all material so trying to pad it out a bit. Plus, give the kids something to remember :roll:

I hate audience participation but plenty of folks seem to go for that kind of thing :?
Hmm... two Irish rock bands touring over here, pulling the same schtick within days of each other?? I don`t know, seems like it might be a `thing, I`m keeping an eye out for it :lol:

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DIIV at Chalk Brighton.
Love this band. There's lots of stuff going on with their songs, from psychedelic, feedback, shoegaze, dream pop and lots more.
Great vocals with harmonies at times sounding The Birds ish .
Guitars sounding of Dinosaur Jr and MBV ,
A well receiving crowd , sold out , wonderful evening. Check out their latest album "Deceiver" it's a beauty.

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A Winged Victory For The Sullen at St George's Church Brighton.
Really great evening of Ambient drone, with moody lighting in a really beautiful venue. Couldn't imagine AWVFTS playing anywhere else but a church for that extra atmosphere. I think about 8 musicians on stage from guitar , keyboards, strings and brass alongside the main duo composers.

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BROKENHEART wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:00 pm
A Winged Victory For The Sullen at St George's Church Brighton.
Really great evening of Ambient drone, with moody lighting in a really beautiful venue. Couldn't imagine AWVFTS playing anywhere else but a church for that extra atmosphere. I think about 8 musicians on stage from guitar , keyboards, strings and brass alongside the main duo composers.
Caught them in the National Concert Hall, Dublin last week.
Thought they were ok but ultimately frustrating. Anytime they got a drone developing they swiftly cut it off to focus on the strings and piano. I thought a lot of it sounded like one of those overly ambitious/majestic post rock acts (are there any other kind?) but without the drums and guitar crescendos.
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