Band reunions have to follow certain rules if they’re going to be big news. First they need to wait for the optimum time, which judging by recent successful comebacks from the likes of Pavement and the Pixies is at least 10 years. Second, there has to be some catchy story to go with it, [...]
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“The second best thing about this keyboard” Gruff Rhys tells us, after proudly showing us a red light running across the keys, “is that it has a beat which sounds like Gangster’s Paradise by Coolio.” He plays it. “Now I’m going to speed it up”. [...]
“Maybe Meursault have gone rock” joked my friend as we stood waiting at the Luminaire, noting all the electric guitars on stage. But three songs into their headline set, the jest proved prophetic when Neil Pennycook said “this is our new direction” before launching into the full-on guitar onslaught of ‘Flittin’. This is definitely a [...]
Caitlin Rose is on a roll, and clearly enjoying herself. She’s in the middle of a UK tour which has already seen her playing venues that are way too small to meet demand following a slew of excellent reviews for her debut full-length Own Side Now. Tonight in the lovely venue under the Slaughtered Lamb [...]
Dressing and undressing. Playing with mics. Robotic dancing. Alarms going off. Rock Star poses. Reading flyers. Fuzzed up guitar solos, legs astride. Confronting the crowd. Crawling under the stage. Moments of extreme beauty, giving way to arrhythmic cacophony. Exhilarating, confusing, spine-tingling, irritating. Amazing.
He’s going away for a while. This was a farewell gig of sorts [...]
This is another horrendously late live review, but please bear with me. It’s been hanging around in my drafts for weeks now and I don’t want to delete it. Plus, I saw some good stuff the other weekend in Brighton and I’d like to share it with you.
Our day at The Great Escape started mid-afternoon [...]
It was appropriate that Pavement’s first UK date on their reunion tour was in Glasgow, still the only non-festival gig in this country outsite London. Back in mid-90’s Glasgow it seemed like every other band in the city was trying to be Pavement, but despite being there in the midst of it all, I never [...]
My four-month gig drought was finally broken on Saturday night at the Slaughtered Lamb. I’ve been itching for a while now, but in a way, it had to be Meursault. Not only because I think they’re one of the best bands in the country right now, but also because despite them playing a handful of [...]
It’s a Friday night in Kings Cross. Downstairs, weekend revellers are getting busy to some quality dance beats, but we’re upstairs in the appropriately named ‘Snug’, complete with Christmas tree, having a singalong. “Jesus, won’t you come my way” sings the bearded guy on stage, and the small, select audience joins in at his invitation. [...]
The Slaughtered Lamb is one of the nicest little gig venues in London. A quick glance at the picture above might have you thinking that’s it’s some fearsome rock dive, but no. It’s more like watching a gig in a big living room - a particularly awesome kind of living room with a bar, lots [...]