Bristol band gig review thing. Local review for local people

September 15, 2008 at 10:06 pm (Reviews) (, , , )

And, now that im thinking about it, there were only about 10 people there, so this really is a minority group review.  Think yourself lucky you lot, most reviews are done for hundreds, if not thousands of people.  The combined number of people that saw the gig and read this review is, probably, under 20.  Hmmmmm.

Anyway, enough of this, I want to review, like Ive never reviewed before (well, meaningfully?…er, no).  It was a dark and stormy thursday night, Bristol was, maybe unsurprisingly, under a torrent of rain.  All that we had to protect us was the surprisingly cheap (at on only £2) gig on at Mr Wolfs, central bristol.  Put on, i believe, by ingue records ( ) what option did one have?
First up were line, local post rockers, who have a natty range of brass instruments in their ranks, along side three, thats right, THREE guitarist.  They work very nicely, producing slighlty understated, slighty finger pickeringy ambience, and while the brass could have maybe done with being slightly better mixed in, overall a good job done.  Could the following two bands follow such a good opening set?

Wasp display, unfortunately, couldnt.  Trying to offer some kind of doom, metal rock meted out by Shellac or surgery or the bomb (hi guys!) It didnt pick up or excite at all.

Finally Hreda came on,  apparently a band from Oxford, but im from there, and ive never heard of them, so maybe their lying.  They certainly couldnt have formed in the last two and a half years, they were far to fucking good for that…… he, thats right, Hreda came on, took Line’s gauntlet and said, lets rip this place up, big style.  The three piece band played some pretty sweet post/maths rock rythms that we all loved (all 20 of us).  And interestingly their ep (check out the myspace) is more sweeping than their pretty don caballero esque live set (though,oh ,Look!  they are supporting don cab in oxford.  hopefully they will blow them away, now that don cab arent that good any more.  oh come on, who listens to world class listening problem over any other one of their albums??????  no one.  thats who).

So, cheers ingue records, looking forwards to the next gig.


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even more breakier news

September 10, 2008 at 12:42 am (Uncategorized)

Elbow win the Mercury prize, a much overrated, uncared for award that M-people won back in the day, and often regarded as a good way to kill a career, which would be rubbish, because elbow are very good.  tho i dont own their album wot won in

(ps im just putting this kind of stuff in to get more traffic coming through my site.  sorry if you got lured in, but feel free to peruse the rest of the toss that ive written.  wow, that will draw you in wont it!!!)

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September 9, 2008 at 4:29 pm (Uncategorized)

now, im not one for publishing “news stories” on this blog, because im about as cutting edge as a sheathed butter knife.  However, when one of my favourite bands do some interesting, i feel like replicating verbatim the press replace from Matador records, the new home of alt supergods, Sonic Youth.  No more are they on Universal subsiduary Geffen (worse than starbucks?) but now a more indiefied land. 


From Matador Records:

“After rampant speculation, Matador Records can confirm the label will be releasing a new studio album from Sonic Youth sometime in 2009. Having fulfilled their contractual obligations to the Universal Music Group, Sonic Youth recently reached an agreement with Matador to release the band’s 16th album of new material in all worldwide territories, save for Japan.

While Sonic Youth’s status as one of the more innovative and influential bands of the past 30 years needs little explanation, the group’s most recent recordings for Geffen — 2006’s ‘Rather Ripped’ being their final for the label — rank amongst the current decade’s best. For Matador, the opportunity to work in partnership with a group who’ve made such an profound impact on our roster/hometown/collective consciousness was one to jump at. Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley will commence recording the new Sonic Youth LP/CD this autumn and we look forward to sharing further details in the very near future.”

Most recent in 2006? pah.  well yes, for Geffen.  But SY are a bit more productive than that.  maybe ill have a round up some day…

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Mogwai vs Blink 182

September 9, 2008 at 12:13 pm (Reviews) ()

So, Mogwai, scottish post rockers extrodinair, have their new single batcat out this week (now available in all good shops on cd & 12 inch).   Its pretty good, more post rock esque than much of their last album, Mr Beast, which was as close to rock as you can get without just being, er, rock.  B-sides are OK, though im not sure about the third track, which has some one who sounds not unlike michael stipe warbling over the top of it.  normally mogwai vocals are fairly under undermixed on tracks, and its rather startling to hear this voice.  Hopefully as a B-side its not too indicative of their new sound.

However, Stupid Prick Gets Chased By The Police And Loses His Slut Girlfriend, the second track, is what we ALL want to talk about really.  Chris claims that it is more a track name that you would associate with Blink 182….dick lips?  waggy? degenerate?  whats my name again?  Their school boy humour seems unable to shine through into original and witty song titles.  for shame.  and mogwai mange to do it ironically, or in a way that insults a large number people, either way is a much more interesting and engaging concept.

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