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Plus Y NIWL
8pm , Friday 18th February @ The Kazimier
Then on general sale from Probe Records, ticketline & seetickets.
This is a mixed seating/standing show and tickets are limited.
4 December 2010
Its not easy to take yourself out on a cold,icy,snowy,windy and bitter Friday night but, like many of the people who turned up for the Jim Noir gig last night at the static gallery, I'm very glad i did. Harvest Suns promotions has laid on a number of gigs this year and this was definitely one of the most outstanding ones. I didn't expect much of a turn out, but was pleasantly surprised by the support for the gig and for Jim Himself. By the way if you are familiar with the name, its a homage to Vic Reeves whose real name is Jim Noir (just a factoid).
Jim's music is often described as psychedelic pop electronica and likened to the Beach Boys, The Beta Band and even Badly drawn boy but apart from the melodic, simple lyrics this is far as the connection went for me as the Static Gallery played host to one of the most enigmatic of musicians around. His enthusiasm seemed to physically pour out of him from the stage onto the crowd in front and with Jim and his band, playing at top neck speed and with such energy that it could have powered a city, it was easy to see why the crowd were infected by this and began to dance around like the possessed. And with the likes of "Eanie Meany" and tracks from his new LP Zooper Dooper on the play list it was easy to get caught up in the madness.
Ending on "My Patch" this saw Jim summon up friends from the crowd to accompany him on stage with harmonica and vocals and the whole event turned into one giant house party with Jim the host and all of us as the most welcome of guests. This was a gig full of energy,commitment and vibrance and this along with a feeling of fulfilment was taken with us as we braved the cold winter night air once more.
26 November 2010
them I was expecting a female group. Thankfully I had the sense to look them up first!! I had a slight recognition of one song, “Iris”, which so happens to be the longest running number 1 in history on the billboard hot 100 airplay.
This being their first time back to Liverpool for 4 years, the gig itself was a laid back alternative rock affair with many of the favourites being played including “Slide” and Big Machine”. They also played some new tracks from latest album “Something For The Rest Of Us”. One track in particular, “Home” an extremely catchy rock number, was my favourite over the entire night. When I say “laid back” I should have omitted the inclusion of bassist Robby Takac who was like a man possessed. Jumping round the stage and contorting his face at the crowd whilst furiously playing his bass guitar.
John’s interaction with the crowd was relaxed and he seemed to be enjoying the rapport with the
over enthusiastic fans. And with the chords of The Goo Goo Dolls biggest hit “Iris” first hitting the air they became even more frantic as they sang along and waved their arms in the air. The only thing missing were glowing flames held aloft and swaying to and fro to from numerous lighters. Much like many a clichéd video from the eighties.
For me though, the biggest surprise of the night was how good the new material sounds. It certainly is far superior to a lot of their old tracks and breathes a fresh breath of well needed oxygen into a band that deserves far more recognition than they are given. Hopefully they will be doing the rounds of the UK festivals next year to allow this material to be aired to the masses.
A thoroughly enjoyable night and lets hope they don’t leave it another 4 years to play Liverpool.
25 November 2010
Ringo Deathstarr. Sound like something out of Star Wars? Well nothing could be further. Hailing from Austin, Texas the trio consisting of singer and guitarist Elliott Frazier , Bassist Alex Gehring and Drummer Daniel Coborn have gone through numerous line up changes to end up at the O2 Academy supporting The Wedding Present.
Their sound is an amalgamation of Grunge, My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain but with more of the intensity that Nirvana brought to the world.
The first thing you notice about the band is the contrasting figures within the band. Elliot with his intense, downtrodden and focused image along side Alex’s rock chick look and with Daniel on drums counter-acting the both of them with his almost bright and cheeky look the trio work because of the variation. As does the contrasting vocals from Elliot and Alex. His deep, disturbed sound as opposed to Alex’s high pitched approach which puts you a little off guard at times.
The music itself is full on. Elliot’s guitar thrashing and wailing reminiscent of Mr Cobain himself. Throwing himself into the guitar solos with total abandonment helped along by Alex’s more down beat bass playing.
Unfortunately it seemed the soundman at the 02 had not done his job as the bands vocals were barely audible and the music drowning out the lyrics of which I would have liked to hear and with not much consideration for the band itself in the form of still showing the upcoming events on screens either side of the stage did not help the band showcase themselves properly, which I felt was a shame as they seem to have a lot of potential and would likely attract a good audience of young and old due to their new yet old sound.
'Joyeux Noel Party'
THE TEA STREET BAND
RUN TOTO RUN
DJ'S BERNIE CONNOR AND STE BRENNAN
'A FESTIVE FUELLED DISCO FOR PARTY PEOPLE'
8.30 'til LATE Saturday 11 December @ The Masque, Liverpool
The Tea Street Band
From the ashes of The Maybes to the flames of the burning sun. The Tea Street Band blend europhia with energetic dance to bring you a positivity not seen this side of the Mersey since the berth of Dance culture. Having already played Creamfields and The Mathew St Festival this year, The Tea Street Band are ready to drop the bomb in peoples minds and hearts.
Run Toto Run
Run toto Run are a Manchester Electro three-piece who since day one have caused a fuss in local and national press. They have played everyone's favourite festival three times and have supported the likes of Everything Everything, Neon Indian & James Yuill. These are our Christmas pudding and we're going to feast on it!
The story of Picture Book and Seymour Stein is now legendary. When you hear Picture Book you can see clearly why the Music mogul took an instant liking to the band. Picture Book deliver and weave a high energy, tribal electronic dance beat that brings you a natural high rarely seen nowadays. Picture Book are riding on a crest of a wave at the moment. Let them lift your spirit!
Have a nice day,
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24 November 2010
Fans of the IT Crowd, Dark Places and of the man himself gathered in the Masque Theatre to witness a one off unique event. Matt Berry had come to woo them with his silky vocal talents and his unique brand of musical entertainment, and he didn’t disappoint. Entering on stage like Elvis Presley after a 3 minute build u, holding onto a Jack Daniels bottle which was almost as big as him, Matt went straight into the first number. That all too familiar voice bellowing out over the musicians.
With such classics as snuff box and Witchcraft the crowd lapped up both the humorous lyrics and Matt’s laid back attitude. In between songs the banter between him and the crowd was almost as if it was scripted and as soon as “One Track Lover” was played the obvious Garth Merenghi fans applauded and sang along.
The musicians themselves were faultless. The guitar player in particular was something to behold. Looking like Rodney Trotter with a curly wig on, he played like a man possessed by the ghost of Jimi Hendrix. The music itself varied from “reggae” to out and out funk-a-delic that would make George Clinton and Prince happy men. The Musicians were tight and played to Matt’s outlandish behaviour.
The encore itself was truly a masterpiece of invention. Singing “Jesus Christ Superstar” Matt left no doubt to his pre-conceived notions of himself and to be honest they were well deserved.
My only complaint to the whole night was the lack lustre crowd that had turned up to see Matt Berry. I think even at times during the end Matt seemed to be getting tired of trying to get some sort of interaction with the majority of the crowd and quite rightly so. But apart from that, this was a tremendous gig. Full of enthusiasm, humour and barrel loads of laughs. This has to be seen to be believed and as Matt Berry himself says...”Liverpool...you’re clever.....I LIKE THAT”
16 November 2010
As part of Liverpool Music week, The Liars are one of the highlights. The American group have been known for the dramatic styles in music and the potential for doing things off the cuff when playing live means that the anticipation for them has been high and with them running late on the night this only added to it.
When the group eventually emerge there is no messing about. Straight into the first track and suddenly you realise what they mean by dramatic styles. It almost sounds like the musicians are playing their own songs individual to each other but yet combining that to create one linear tune. Lead singer Angus Andrew’s vocals are spine tingling with screams that are primal and come from deep within. With drums beating loud and fast and a bass line to match, it sounds like a free for all. Each member of the band doing their own thing.
Although the crowd that had come to see the liars enjoyed it, I have to admit it wasn’t my kind of thing. Maybe it’s my age but I like my music constructed and concise. I like to be able to understand the vocals and at times it did seem the band were just creating a noise and the overwhelming sound of the 2 drum beats seemed to drown out the rest of the band. I admire them for doing their own thing but, for me the only thing I left with was ear ache.
14 November 2010
tribute band to The Doors paid a visit. As they took to the stage they had the look down to a tee,
especially “Jim” who was clad in leather pants, white shirt and love beads. The only thing that wasmissing was the obligatory bottle of Jack Daniels, instead they opted for Red Stripe as their on stage tipple.
With lead singer Willie aka Jim channelling Morrison to near perfection from the vocals to on stage presence, even staring off intensely into the crowd in between songs, Jim Morrison would be proud to know his legacy lives on in such a talented performer and allows the fans who never got to witness the actual Doors get a glimpse into what it may have been like.
With firm favourites like, Alabama Song (Whisky Bar), Light My Fire and Unknown Soldier recreated for you live, you can see why this tribute band has sold out gigs and back to back concerts at venues all over the UK.
Only let down for me and yes it’s a very minor one, was Roadhouse Blues. This is only because I love the live version by The Doors so much, mainly for Morrison’s live poetic on the spot lyrics and would personally have loved to have seen this recreated by The Doors Alive. Apart from that I can say with all honesty that this performance was faultless and would definitely go to see these guys again. They are back in Liverpool in January 2011 just in case you fancy a trip back in time.
Review by Alison Goggin
4 November 2010
Sat 13th November
** NOTE: COPPER FACE JACKS IS UNDER THE PALACE HOTEL ON OXFORD ROAD - THE ENTRANCE IS ON THE CORNER OPPOSITE THE PALACE THEATRE AND CORNERHOUSE **
Carpe Diem (meaning 'Seize The Day' in Latin) are a four piece, unsigned rock band formed in February 2009 by Tom Eccles (20) and Jonny Smale (20), who met in school at age 13 and became a close knit songwriting partnership. They have progressed and gone on to write countless songs together and saw early success writing songs such as 'Summer Blues' and 'Growing Up' when they were just 16. These songs and two others can be found in the music section, above. Matthew Bradburn (20) who was a friend of Tom and Jonny, joined the band as bassist and immediately clicked with the vibe. Simon Wolstencroft, former drummer of 'The Fall' 1986 - 1997 who also played and co-wrote with Ian Brown, joined the band after hearing a demo sent to him. Instinctively merging the seed of rock n roll with superbly catchy pop melodies and a focus on making you dance, Carpe Diem have the makings of a band with the power to cause a storm in this industry.
Read more: http://www.myspace.com/carpediemmanchester
The Austins are a rock and roll band formed in South Manchester in the summer of 2009. United by their love of good music, the four members of the outfit combine inspiration with raw energy to create a unique sound. With a respect for all that has come before, The Austins offer a modern take on the classic guitar/bass/drums sound, with nods to guitar pop, blues rock, and post-punk within their music.
The Logicals formed at the start of 2005 and quickly developed into one of Manchester most respected yet unsigned bands. Frequently headlining the central Manchester venues such as MOHO, Night & Day and Academy 3. In 2007 and 2008 the momentum built up for The Logicals logistical steam train with tour support slots with Alabama 3, Dodgy, Four Day Hombre, Jersey Budd and The Rifles. They are schedule to play with The Blockhead and OCS in December 2009 and January 2010 respectfully.
Previous collaborators with The Logicals include Aziz Ibrahim (Stone Roses / Ian Brown) and Denise Johnson (Primal Scream)
Read more: http://www.myspace.com/thelogicals
An alternative rock band from the suburb of flixton , Manchester. Formed by four mates Keiren Gallacher (Drums), Christian Ashworth (Guitar/Vocals), Dave Taylor (Bass) and D-low (Guitar) in a shabby over rated shed in Northenden
Read more: http://www.myspace.com/lightdamagemanchester
This music comes from the blues and punk; from the soul. It's from the same place that artists like The Gun Club, Pixies, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The White Stripes, and Tom Waits find their muse.
Sheer expression is the drive behind the material, wrestling emotion from as few notes as possible and paying no heed to virtuosity and technique.
An energy is created between the music and words that releases a fragile scream and a brutal whisper at all that's good and bad in the world, exploding and disintegrating between reflectiveness and vitriol.
3 November 2010