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Brighton Hydrant – 26.02.2012

My new band went on a little weekend jaunt last week with our pals in Matadors.  It was good fun taking in four gigs in 48 hours heading to Boston, Brixton, Dorking and Brighton before dashing back up the motorway for bed-time in Leeds and work on Monday morning.  Great times were had all round (but I won’t bore you with the in-jokes of a poorly written tour diary).

In Brighton I decided to try out the video camera on my new phone and it turns out that it’s pretty shit hot (all I need now is a decent Digital Voice Recorder and the blog can return to it’s full glory!).  So here’s some videos from that gig which the rather marvelous Dan Bowden put on for us on a gloriously hot February Sunday.

Emergency Bitter opened the gig and these soft skinheads from Fulham have really upped their game.  They remind me of Cock Sparrer if Ian Dury was fronting them (they were crying out to do a cover of “Working” – make it happen lads!).  So here’s a video of their unofficial anthem ‘Sold My Soul’.  You can find out more about them here and pick up their great EP.

Caution Horses from Brighton/London were up next.  These lot have been around for about six years now and never fail to dissapoint.  Veering somewhere between Mclusky, The Pixies and Shellac, they describe themselves as “To clever for the punks and too loud for the indie kids” and I’d say that was a fair assessment!  Also check out bassist Doog’s bandcamp page where you can listen to and download album’s by his other bands which are definately worth a punt.  They’re off on a tour round the former USSR so throw them some money!

Then before the headliners The Social Club (who I was too busy dancing to to get any videos) Leed’s finest exponents of angular rock and roll Matadors were up.  I’ve raved about them before but just check out these two videos to make up your own mind.  If you’re into bands like Murder City Devils, the Hot Snakes, Sultans et al then damn well give these a listen.  You can stream/download their album here so make sure you do.

Protectors/Digger Barnes/Achtung Everybody!/Jimmy Islip/Get Human @ The Fox & Newt

Yeah yeah I know, I said no more gigs but when Bombed Out Records come calling, who knows what happens when you say no?  This little shin-dig is a warm up for the main event the following day at The Well but should provide some pretty awesome entertainment for the good people of Leeds on a cold Friday night!

The gig takes place at The Fox & Newt (just a minute away from The Well) in their suprisingly well kitted out gig room (and check out the amazingly cheap and tasty food before the gig!), performing for you on the night we have…

Protectors – Wakefield’s finest!  Gradually becoming Legends in the locality of Yorkshire (and hopefully soon and beyond).  Having plied their trade in such previous greats as Nathanial Green, Dugong, Chopper and Pylon these lads know how to rock out a tune or two.  Evoking Supergrass and Guided By Voices their indie ditties are well worth checking out.

Digger Barnes – all the way from Hamburg, this travelling troubedour was last seen over these shores with Austin Lucas and left quite a mark.  If you’re into Richmond Fontaine and the like then be sure to get down!

Achtung Everybody! Fast, tight and sexy.  And that’s just frontman Benny’s legs when he’s on his bike.  AE! don’t play enough gigs due to several complicated reasons (disorganisation apparently one of the more prevelant ones), so make sure you get to see them here.  Technical yet catchy punk rock not a million miles from Strike Anywhere and all that.

Jimmy Islip.  Yes he of That Fucking Tank, The Magnificent, Kill Yourself and Milloy but on his tod!  Singing bittersweet acoustic anthems.  Check out his split with Helen Chambers, Sam Russo and Chuck Ragan.  Good times.

Get Human.  Er it’s me new band innit!  Don’t let that put you off.  I’d like to think we sound like Snuff, J-Church or Sicko but I’d also like a lot of things so don’t put too much weight on that.

£4 in, bands from 7.30

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Seawolves & Spines in Wakefield 24.09.11

On Sat 24th September, the fine folk at Keep The Beat put on a great line up at The Hop in Wakefield with Southport, Caves, Crocodile God, Helen Chambers, Spines, Seawolves, The Magnificent and even my new lot Get Human.  All the bands were ace and it was great to catch up with a load of people I hadn’t seen for a while.  It was also great to see people who might be considered an age I am fast approaching still putting on and playing gigs in a DIY fashion and generally being top folk.

I didn’t get much recorded but here’s a song from the rather fantastic Seawolves who feature a couple of familiar faces from Chopper and Torinho 74.   They remind me a bit of Hooton 3 Car or Mega City 4 but with more of an 80’s indie feel so if you’re into that sort of thing, keep an eye out.

I also recorded two songs from Spines, and yes the first one is the same song as the one I uploaded from Out of Spite, but hey, I may be called many things, but professional has never been one of them!

The Deadbeat – Demo II

The Deadbeat are not only great mates of mine but they’re also one of my favourite bands of the last few years.  Rising from the remenants of Bastion and The Small Mercies they’ve carved a great path of their own with the great post rock’n roll sound reminding me of Hot Snakes, New Bomb Turks or The Bronx.  They’ve very kindly let me upload their new demo for free download before their upcoming final tour (hopefully they’ll get back together once Tony comes back from travelling but just in case I’d suggest getting to one of their last gigs).

So download their new demo from here and then head to one of their last gigs

I’d reccomend their LEEDS GIG (and not just as I’m putting it on..!)

SPINES & Helen Chambers – OOSXI

SPINES & Helen Chambers – OOSXI

I went to Out of Spite 11 this weekend just gone – it was my first experience of this legendary Leeds festival and it met all expectations; I got to see the Car Bar (and evern Car Pub!), met up with a load of friends I haven’t seen for ages, meet some great new folk and see some incredible bands.  There were some cracking bands that I hadn’t seen before (JR and Coal Train especially) but I can honestly say I didn’t see a shit band all weekend, it was great to see the new Southport line up and Bangers, The Arteries and Protectors all played the best and most appreciated sets I’ve seen of them yet.  Pylon blew me away beyond all expectation and I’m just gutted I wasn’t able to record more of the weekend (damn you Duracell!).

I did get a video of Spines, which is Lloyd (Blocko/Southport/Ruin You!), Lee (Dauntless Elite/Joe 90/Homebrew) and Rob (sWord/Joe 90)’s new band, so take a look and see what you think.  Then below that is Helen Chambers playing ‘Sofa’ on the acoustic stage, finally starting to get the recognition that she deserves.  Enjoy!

Blacklisters/The Dead Beat/Matadors/Two Trick Horse

Having been asked by my good buddies in The Dead Beat for a gig up in Leeds I thought I’d put together a nice post rock affair and here’s what we have for you…

Friday July 29th @ Santiagos (Upstairs), Grand Arcade Leeds

Blacklisters
http://blacklisters.co.uk/
Leed’s finest exponents of Jesus Lizard via Converge-esque noise rock return to the teeny Upstairs room at Santiagos to melt faces

The Dead Beat
http://thedeadbeat.blogspot.com/
Brighton/London post rock ‘n rollers make their first visit to Leeds, expect big riffs, tattoos and a sound somewhere between The New Bomb Turks, The Bronx and Hot Snakes
Matadors
http://matadors-uk.blogspot.com/
They took 5 years off to let other bands have a chance but now they’re back and plying their own rockin’ Yorkshire take on Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes.

Two Trick Horse
http://twotrickhorse.bandcamp.com/
Two piece Leeds power-house of post rock noise ala Big B

Doors 7.30, bands from 8pm, £4 in, done by 11.15

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World Vison Japan Benefit – Leeds

 

I’m helping Lloyd (Southport, Blocko, Ruin You!  Spines) raise some much needed cash for those in need over in Japan as a result of the recent earthquake.  All money raised from this event will be going over to Kazu from Boss Tuneage Records in Japan to distribute locally.

So put it in your diary!  Friday April 8th at Santiagos (Grand Arcade) Leeds, poster coming very soon!

Providing music on the night will be…

Penny & The Sausages
http://ja-jp.facebook.com/pennyandthesausages
Leeds’ premier 80’s cover band – the ultimate party/wedding band!

The Dauntless Elite
http://www.thedauntlesselite.co.uk/
Leed’s (and the World’s!) finest melodic punk band

The Magnificent
http://www.themagnificentcentral.com/
If Green Day or Rancid were from Yorkshire they might be as good as this

The Dead Reckoning
http://www.myspace.com/thedeadreckoning
Leeds’ answer to Rocket from The Crypt, horn fueled rock n’ roll

Plus…Chris Dolan’s Wakey raffle! Amazing prizes from Boss Tuneage, Bombed Out Records and more so buy a ticket on the night!

PLUS THE RARE VINYL AUCTION!
If you are at the gig you will have the best chance, but to open it up to all (in order that everyone who would be interested gets a chance and so we raise as much as we can for the organisation working with children in the stricken areas we will take email bids pre auction via Lloyd on bass_loser@yahoo.com.

So if you’d pay 20 quid for one you let me know and if there is a higher email bid (or the same value which I receive first) you are out – if not I will keep your bid in until you are outbid on the night in person.

So, what test pressings do we have promised to date…?

BLOCKO – LP
SOUTHPORT – LP
LEIF ERICSSON – LP
ABOVE THEM – LP
CHOPPER – Porcelain 7″
HOOTON 3 CAR – LP(s) tbc
TILTWHEEL – UK tour (which never happened) 7″
YOUNG LEAVES – LP
TIM BARRY – LP
SSSSNAKES – one each of the Specialist Subject and Paper & Plastick LPs

GET BIDDING!

Band order to be decided on the night so be there for the first band at 7.30pm!

The gig is downstairs at Santiagos and please be as generous as you can with donations on the door and throughout the evening as we go around collecting.  Tell all your friends and invite them via facebook here