Not bad for starters eh? Sad thing is that it’s over three venues, two of which are my least favourite in bristol. The “fucking shithole” that is the O2 & the “no fucking stage diving or you get thrown out hellhole” that is the Thekla. Both are on my “venues to boycott list but guess I’ll pass that by for a lineup like this!
Just gotten in from this. Great night, natch, BWP get better every time I see them & Terror stay just the same which is fucking ace.
Weirdly though at one point Scott Vogel shouted out “who’s seeing Terror for the first time tonight?” & 99% of the people there must’ve shouted out. Weird because Terror were last here just over a year ago. July 4th to be exact. So how come people who were up tonight weren’t there in 2011 & more to the point what the fuck’s happened to all the people who were there in 2011?
I know (but totally don’t understand) that for most hc fans liking the scene is a transitory, rite of passage thing, but never realised it’s so transitory, so short lived, as to be less than a fucking year. Jeez.
I’m also wondering if I’d asked everyone who were there tonight if they thought they’d still like hc in a years time 99% would say “fuck yeah, #punx4lyf me” or whatever, whereas on tonights evidence the majority in reality wouldn’t be.
People are fucking weirdo’s eh?
On the plus side the audience was much bigger & much more active tonight than last year (rad atmosphere) so that’s great eh?
Mother’s Talons is one of two digital b-sides available with the “Black Milk 2012” vinyl postcard release by Pariso. The postcard has a re-recording of Black Milk and comes with download codes for Black Milk, Mother’s Talons and another new track - Cold Venom. Available from the band at shows and directly from Tangled Talk.
“They” wont let us embed this one so you gotta wander free of Tumblr if you wanna watch it. I suggest you steals yersleves & go for it because it’s right gradely it is.
And don’t forget they (Pariso) play la Croft Tuesday, nor forget it clashes with Venetian Snares. I fucking love Venetian Snares. I fucking love Pariso too. I fucking, therefore, have a quandary on my hands. \
I’ve just had to come back and edit this coz after all that I forgot the link. Must be time for bed.
Bo fucking Ningen are coming back to the Fleece. They played here earlier in the year during Simple Things which I wrote about here look. At ‘here look’ I also wrote about Spectres who are supporting them. Plus they’re also being supported by Big Naturals & ANTA, both of whom I’ve written about loads of times on both here & on Louder Than War. (eg here, here & here). I’m anticipating a stonking good evening when all’s said n done. A stonking good evening. Don’t fucking fuck up by not coming down. Especially looking forward to seeing Big Naturals take over the Fleece’s floor.
Aaanyway, getting back to Bo Ningen, they’e a Japan born but London based trio of noisy fucking pschedelic guitararists who believe in riffin’ trippin’ good times & they’ve got an album due for release (their second) right about now. Hence the tour. And hence the track I’ve embedded on here which is from the album.
Come down gig, will be fun. Buy album too, will be fun too.
Ran this on Louder Than War last week as well with some “get well soon” & “hope this cheers you up” type guff. It was a good night. Missed the first support band & the second weren’t great so this one’s all about the headliners, babies.
Obviously we wish the band, crew members & bus driver a speedy recovery & a return to what they do so well: playing live, humping equipment & driving buses.
And now on with the review…..
First a bit of context in the form of a confession; I’ve never really been into metal. At all. Hadn’t even listened to anything by Baroness before the day of this show when I streamed my way through Yellow and Green a couple of times. So don’t expect me to list the songs in order & tell you what albums they were from. Similarly I’m not going to give my opinion on where I stand on the “Yellow & Green” issue (said issue being whether or not the change in direction on their most recent release -in a more softly softly commercially (?) driven direction- marks them down as sell outs or as a band who’re happy enough in their skins that they can organically meld their sound into a different direction without changing their merit or worth). What you can expect though is a truthful account of a band at the top of their game, a band who seriously gave the people of Bristol something to talk about for a while to come.
Before the real music began the band limbered up with some gentle noodling of guitars & ‘tishing’ of cymbals. The audience listened quietly & immediately you could sense this was gonna be something special, I dunno what it was but it was just obvious from this noodling that we were in safe & experienced hands, experienced hands who were about to treat us to a good, possibly amazing show. The tension was rising by the second as they kept stringing us along with this gentle play & the sense of excitement in the air was tending towards the tangible. And then they were off. And it was off. And we were off …..
Despite their latest album being more gentle than previous releases there was nothing gentle about tonight. Ok, maybe there were a couple of less powerful songs & most of the songs started quite gently but the thing that I’ll mainly take away from this night was the huge riffs and the heavy emotion. I’ll also remember the omnipresent smile on Baizley’s face. Well, omnipresent except for when he was singing of course (& what singing - such a huge voice!) Dude was obviously having the time of his life & was totally high on the adulation of an adoring, sell out audience. Everyone was going utterly ape throughout their set. (Except, weirdly, almost without any moshing - do metal fans not mosh?). The whooping that greeted the end of every song just went on & on. Towards the end of the set Baizley confessed that the reason they were all looking so happy was because they thought no one would turn up! Ha!
Baroness are one committed band. Their whole heart was in every song they played tonight, plus a good measure of emotion. The songs all seemed to soar up & down, great rolling passionate numbers. I also like how they tagged every song with an introductory ‘distinguishing noodle’ so each song was immediately identified by the bulk of the audience & greeted with a huge roar. This was a masterful, extremely competant performance, the very manifestation of how a hard rock band should play live.
It’s funny, since seeing them I’ve listened to Yellow & Green a few times & I dont recognise much of what I’m hearing there with what I saw at The Fleece. I’ve done a bit of research since writing this & read other reviews from their tour & it sounds like they jettisoned a lot of their new stuff in exchange for the old rifftastic, harder numbers - so it’ll be interesting to see what direction they move in with future album’s & gigs. Whatever, they gave the crowd what they wanted & I think I can confidently say that there will not’ve been one person who left the venue tonight disapponted.
They played for over an hour in the end including a two song encore. This should’ve just been another leg on the band’s post Yellow & Green victory lap, an album virtually every critic (if not fan) has heralded as one of the best albums of the year. That it’s turned out to be the final gig on the tour is desperately sad for the band & fans alike & I can only reiterate what everyone’s been saying & hope the band are back on their feet & on the road again as soon as possible. Big ups guys, and ta for one of the best show’s of the year.
Weird night. Had me wondering “What the fuck am I doing here” even before the end of the first song from the first band “Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons”. Fuck me I struggle writing about bands I don’t like. It’s the classic John Peel “It’s not a problem with the music it’s a problem with me not being able to get into the music”. And when you don’t understand what’s good about a band how can you write about it without just ripping into it?
Their website has in big letters “Put out a saucer of milk & some moonshine coz Pussycat & the Dirt Johnsons are coming to play…” I think it’s the “…” that perturbs me most in that sentence. I dunno, here’s a video, see what you think:
The Peacocks were pretty dire. Soft Swiss rockabilly so help me Gawd. Again, my fault I’m sure, NOT MY THING. They’ve been around for ages & no one’s told em they’re shit yet. And the singer smoked a roll up on the stage. There’s six albums already by these guys, 6 albums to avoid. It’s such a shame, they seemed such nice guys.
The Creepshow were cool anyway. Punkabilly. I quiet enjoyed myself while they were playing to be honest. New singer’s lovely, huge personality, crowd in the palm of her hand kind of stuff. I even joined in with some “woah, woah, woaaaaah. woah’s” at one point though steadfastly refused point blank to clap AT ALL. Gotta be honest it felt like I was kinda slumming it a bit enjoying them so much but fuck feelings, it was fun.
Did I ever tell you about the time I went to see Ceremony at The Fleece & just before they took to the stage some pissed wigged out American came up to me & the people I was with & started conversing with us about where the Doom Bar was?
Dude could not get his head round the fact that ‘Doom Bar’ is the name of a kind of beer & not a place. In the end I put on my best English accent & said “Doom Bar is a kind of ale, sir, a kind of English ale. Beer if you prefer”. He lollopped off straight after that.
10 minutes later Ceremony took to the stage & we realised said american was Ross Farar, lead singer of the band.
Was a great show once we’d put aside our embarrassment.
(Full disclosure, I didn’t say “Sir” in actual fact, that’ll be poetic license that will).
Anyway, getting to the point, Ceremony have just appeared on this video doing a cover of The Violent Femmes “Kiss Off”. Not so sure it’s the best cover version I’ve ever seen but my saying that doesn’t matter coz Ceremony’ll never know as they shun tumblr, Facebook, twitter et al.
Ha ha, I was at this gig at The Fleece last week & it was nothing like this review. It’s totally like I was at a different gig. 10/10 my arse! The crowd going crazy my other arse! It was a pretty good night (esp if you’re into pppppppppower pppppppoppppppp pppppppunk) which was pretty much what the evening was about up to a certain extent. (Less of a certain extent than I was expecting tbh).
I’d been rinsing the Pariso album all day so was expecting it to seem much tamer than it turned out.
Make Do And Mend were def the highlight. Really looking forward to their new album next month (Everything You Ever Loved). Kinda melodic but less so live than recorded.
Set Your Goals played a pretty good set, mainly old stuff - they said their last album got panned in the US (understandable, it was way mersh) and although they claimed to be stoked we in the uk were well into it (really? Oooooooohkayyyyyyy, if you say so…) they mainly played their old material.
They finished with Gaia Bleeds (Make Way For Men) which went down a bit of a storm but to say that the whole room was going crazy & hanging off the ceiling is ludicrous - the circle pits were a classic case of two people running around a bit, & the two of em kept on being egged on to circle pit time & time again by the bands. Obvsly had a sense of humour I reckon.
So, better than I was expecting but nowhere near a gig of the year. Want to see MDAM again.
Oh, Spycatcher were ok too, bit run of the mill an all but ok.
(There’s a free download link at foot of t’page, go check it out then come back & read the below).
There’s a reason Helmet gigs are legendary. Tonight I found out why. So much fucking power. And stamina. They came on, played 4 tracks, then played the whole of their “Meantime” album, (it’s Meantime’s 20th anniversary this year) starting with the last track on side 2 and working backwards to track 1, side 1. The drummer cocked up though, missed one track. So they played us a bonus track. Then they went off, we all chanted “HELMET, HELMET” a bit & they came back for another 4 / 5 songs (I lost count). An hour & a half of pure unadulterated eyeball frying, tearing, crashing mayhem. Good band for my bucks I reckoned.
There was some huge guy stood near the front, a genuine (and possibly the original) immovable mass. I sheltered behind him from most of the moshpit in the most prime position imaginable. It worked really well. Meant I could do my nut dancing, bouncing & shit without worrying about anyone knocking my supporating arm. (Seriously think I’m gonna have to see a doc about my elbow. It’s beginning to look well icky - lemme know if you wanna see a pic). I thanked immovable mass man afterwards. Shook his sweaty hand with my sweaty hand & we neither of us went “eugh” coz, i’m guessing, we woz brought up well.
A few people looked very sniffily at my T-shirt, it being blindingly white with fluorescent pink writing on it spelling the word “BITCHES”. I should’ve been wearing a black T-shirt I think judging by everyone else. #OOS.
First gig I’ve been to where people in the audience have done the devil horn thing with their fingers. Weird. They were probably thinking it was still 1992. Tried to counteract them with some gun fingers like as though i was at a rave at Motion but whenever I do that it looks more like I doing the “bowling a googly” fingers. (Coz I’m british, yo, & cricket’s in my blood, yo).
Cycling home some pissed dude decided to walk out in front of me. Usually when that happens I call out “watch out, cock” but I forgot the “watch out” bit & just shouted out “cock” really loudly. I hope he wasn’t offended or thought I was propositioning him.
I used to have a landlord in Manchester ended every sentence with the word “cock”. It kind of stuck & now I do it too. But only to strangers. If I’ve met you & never down it to you it’s coz you’re not strange. Or I’m lying about doing it.
Same landlord also called a helicopter “a helicuh - a helicuh - a helicuhchop - a helicuhchop - a helicuhchopter” & looked really pleased when he got the final “helicuhchopter” out. Would’ve felt cruel pointing out to him it was actually called a “helicopter”. Fortunately we didn’t embark on many conversations about helicuhchopter’s.
Fighting With Wire were kind of good but a bit like Helmet with 1000 times less intensity.
Page Hamiton’s fucking incredible. I hope I’ve got his fucking drive when I’m over 50. Although something pretty radical will have to happen for that to be the case coz I’ve never had close to that much drive at any time in my life. Mebe I need to learn how to play guitar. And kick shit out of distortion pedals.
Finally the free download. I have a friend on twitter has shed loads of old John Peel recordings. When i mentioned I was going to Helmet he dug out this amazing Peel session they did in 1991, a year before Meantime was released. Download & listen at full volume. Scare the fucking neighbours, someone’s got too right? It also has little bits of Peel talking, introducing the tracks. Never fails to make me well up hearing Peel’s voice. But then I’m pathetic & emotional, you’ll probs be ok. *smiley face emoticon*.
Ok, so I lied about no more references to the Ceremony gig. This band was the top support. I’ve been hearing murmurings about them for a while now, all to the effect that they make good noise. I first read about in Loud & Quiet who have a reputation as far as I’m concerned for getting on board with new hc / punk bands before the rest of the music press catch up (e.g., they were onto Cerebral Ballzy way before any of the rest of the music press got on message about them). So it’d be nice to think that it could take off for these guys soon too.
Sauna Youth are another of those bands that fit into the ‘tricksy hardcore’ bracket, something that made them an excellent support for Ceremony. Last.fm tags em ‘garage rock’. Not so sure I 100% agree with that although they do cite The Ramones as an influence & their earlier stuff does come over more garagy than the music they were playing on Weds. They’re an old sk00l diy punk band; they have no manager to book gigs, they design their own art work, they shoot their own vids & of make their own noisy. Hardcore noisy.
The drummer’s also the lead singer (shouter). Quite an achievement considering all their songs are 200bpm or faster. I like that they put a couple of spoken word stories on their first release & have played more live gigs than they’ve had practice sessions (or had when the L&Q piece was written).
If you like what you see in the video then go visit their website where you can listen to more music & maybs download some if you fancy. I did & I’m dead poor so there’s no reason for you not to do so too. Unless of course you’re even poorer than me. Or don’t like their sound.
OK, last post / reblog about Ceremony. They were fucking rad on Weds but I couldn’t get over how poorly Bristol represented. There couldn’t’ve been more than 100 people there, making the 800 cap Fleece feel pretty empty. Thought maybe it was coz they’ve alienated the old ‘balls to the floor’ hardcore fans with their new sound but not yet won over new ‘tricky thoughtful’ hardcore fans with their new sound yet. But then a youtube video of their xoyo gig over in london from the day before appears on Youtube & l00k, the venues PACKED to the shitting gunnels & it’s like “Bristol, why are you such shiiiiiit music fans?”
The thing is, even if Bristol’s hardcore fans are just being fickle fuckers (ooh, ‘fickle fuckers’, gonna use THAT expression again) & didn’t represent coz they don’t like the cleverer sound, live Ceremony are still as intense, full on & hard assed as they ever used to be. If you stayed away from this show coz you think they’ve gone all namby pamby then YOU LOST. Big time.
Another thing, you’ll see it in the video above but here’s a screengrab of Anthony’s leather cut with a massive great fuckoff Prince symbol on the back. If it weren’t for the fact that it’s leather I’d be jealous. Dude’s also been known to come on stage dressed completely in pink. Here’s a quote from him about his appearance:
That was never really my thing, to look like I was a part of a group. It’s not like a conscious effort. That’s just how I feel comfortable on stage.
Big up dude, but what was that I was saying about alienating their core demographic?
PS. In the defence of Bristol’s music fans I found out that Los Campesino’s were also in town the same night & sold out The Thekla. In hindsight happen it would’ve been a shrewd move to switch venues but that kind of thing only happens in the land of hypothecation I guess.
Saw these guys tonight in Bristol, UK. Their recorded sound may have mellowed over the years but fuck me they still kick major ass live. Bummer about the lack of a decent audience but those of us who were there had a ball.
Bit sad there’s no gig on tonight as it’s been my birthday (& as I’m getting desperate for live music as I’ve been stuck in North Wales for two weeks), but tomorrow marks the start of the best gig week so far this year. Expecting at least one of the below to be a gig of the year.
So here goes:
Tomorrow, 19th March White Hills. Here’s how their Tumblr (pretty accurately) describes them:
WHITE HILLS is an ever changing entity always striving to push the envelope. Their music weaves in and out of anthemic chants, deep space bleeps and other worldly madness for a mix that proves to be intoxicating.
Wednesday 21st March’s Ceremony night. After a couple of sniffy reviews when Zoo first came out people have been getting increasingly more and more excited about the album. Gotta be honest, I’ve always been a bit of a knucklehead when it comes to hardcore, faster & harder the better. Always been pissed Husker Du’s Zen Arcade has knocked Huskers first two albums out of the spotlight. Or any light at all. Land Speed Record & Everything Falls Apart are two of the fastest, most furious hardcore / punk albums from the 80’s & they stand up against any other similar release from ever.
Back to Ceremony. They still more often than not get tagged #hardcore & #punk despite the fact that their sound is getting less #hardcore & #punk with every release. Despite all the above I still like Zoo & reckon this is still gonna be one hell of a night. Check out the four YouTube video’s bunged up the other night after their Le Poisson Rouge / New York City gig if you need convincing. Here’s one of them:
Thursday 22nd, Teeth Of The Sea. Wigged out psychedelic noise rock ahoy. Check out the tour video below. Then come down the Croft & see em in action. Gonna be a great:
Friday night. 23rd March. Another Tokyo Dub Motion Club takeover headed up by The Bug this time. I know, The motherfucking Bug. Motion nights are always a massive blast but this one promises to be a megablast. Reggae, dub, dancehall with a bit of dubstep for good measure. Check out the full lineup & this video from The Bug.
Pretty sure finding more contrasting gigs to my last two would be difficult. Following the battering at the hands of last Saturdays Fastcore fest at the Gryphon tonight was pretty much both ‘AntiFast’ & ‘AntiCore’.
Bristol indie kids are a weird bunch. For a start they’re not kids. indie “middle aged & older“‘s more like. And they stand very, very still & very very quiet while bands play. ok, once Allo Darlin got into their stride their was a bit of gentle swaying going on (during some of the faster numbers) but that was about it.
I arrived a couple of songs into Our Arthur’s set & had to wonder if anyone had been clapping any of their first songs. Certainly it seemed to be me who was leading any end of song cheers once i had arrived & I’m hardly quick draw mcgraw when it comes to these things. Anyway, my “feigned enthusiasm” whups soon devolved into “slightly sarcastic” whups I’m afraid. Striving for an explanation as to why no one else was excitedly responding to their set I eventually alighted on the possibility that as most of the audience were pressed to the back of the room it’s feasible they were too far away to tell when the songs ended.
Our Arthur were ok anyway. (Yeah, I know, having said all that. But I don’t really feel justified in slagging off music I don’t really ‘get’) (And they were ok, in a slightly bland, ‘worst kind of indie’ way). And that despite the fact that they made me snigger inappropriately. Having finished a gentle number about a school chum who’d killed himself one of the band said ‘thanks for being quiet during that’. The thought “but i thought we were being quiet during ALL the songs” entered my head & I sniggered a tiny bit too loud.
Allo Darlin were good. People actually shuffled to within a metre of the stage & someone else took over the ‘leading the response to the songs’ duties. They played a nice mixed set, mainly off of 2010’s eponymous album, plus a Go-Betweens cover (announcing ‘this is a Go-Betweens cover’ probably got the biggest response of the evening) & essentially it was all quite jolly. (Ugh, ‘jolly’. Ugh).
Oh, and I can definitely confirm they remind me as much of 10,000 Maniacs live as they do recorded, which I grant is weird considering Allo Darlin sing in an Australian accent & 10,000 Maniacs do in a US accent.
Allo Darlin are working on a new album. Last week they released this video which I guess we can assume will be an example of what that album will sound like: