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Good Luck @ The Hope Brighton 24.07.10

Good Luck @ The Hope Brighton 24.07.10

Good Luck are a pretty special band, I listened to their album Into Lake Griffy throughout my honeymoon as we travelled across Canada and America and it really is a great ‘concept’ album (in the loosest sense) to capture life, releationships and travelling – good times.  The band (featuring members past and present of some incredible bands such as One Reason, Darkness on The Edge of Town and Mr. Twee Talent Awesomeness himself – Matty Pop Chart).  Whilst there’s undeniably a whole lot of twee and pop to this band (ala Kimya Dawson perhaps?) there’s also a whole load of depth, talent and impressive lyrical depth; they manage to be a ‘musician’s band’ in that they are technically adapt but not noodling for the sake of it, they’re all about the songs and as their cover of Prince’s ‘When You Were Mine’ show they can throw in some humour as well.  They’re on tour around the UK now so do not miss them.  You can buy their album on CD directly from them or the vinyl from No Idea Records.  The band also have a new EP out which you can get from them at gigs or via a pay what you like download at their bandcamp page.  This set was from the second date of their UK tour and was at The Hope in Brighton.  The Hope is a pretty cool venue but I’ve always had problems dealing with them as a promoter as their sound limiter can be a real pisser as can really interrupt sets when bands are being told to turn down.  It wasn’t too big of an issue at this gig though and Jay put on a really great gig and everyone seemed to be really into all of it.  The other bands (Sauna Youth, Break The Habit and Caves) were all great too.  Well enough from me, enjoy the set!  Oh also my batteries (well my recorder’s batteries, I’m not a robot…or am I?!) ran out mid set so there is a song missing as I was trying to find spares, see if you can spot the seamless (!) editing.

Set List:

Come Home


Novel Figure

Stars Were Exploding

How To Live Here

Sleep With No Bad Dreams

When You Were Mine (Prince cover)

Public Radio

Man on Fire

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Serf Combat + Jeff Pezzatti = AWESOME

OK so the blog has now reached it’s peak of self indulgence but please indulge me if you will (check out the ignoring of my English A-Level skills of repeating the word indulgence – just did it again). But last saturday night something truly awesome happened. My band Serf Combat were opening for Chicago’s finest The Bomb.  Now The Bomb are an incredible band; mixing up that classic Chicago punk rock sound with influences ranging from Husker Du, The Buzzocks and despite my irrational disdain for 80’s indie even bands like The Smiths, Gang of Four and Wire.  They really will blow you away both on record and live, the fact that they contain members of Naked Raygun, Big Black, The Methadones, Textbook and Noise By Numbers doesn’t help at all.  Ah yes, Naked Raygun the band whom without who Serf Combat would have neither a name nor sound, we do owe rather a lot to them.  So when Jeff Pezzatti of The Bomb/Naked Raygun asked if we wanted to perform our cover version of Naked Raygun’s Vanilla Blue with him singing we jumped (albeit very very nervously) at the chance.  So here in all my smug glory is Serf Combat covering the classic anthem Vanilla Blue at the Fighting Cocks in Kingston with Mr. Pezzatti on vocals.

Here’s the audio version (recorded a bit better) if you are as nerdy as me – you can have it to keep by right clicking and saving as.

If you really need to compare, here’s the original from 1987

Click the picture below to see a slideshow of pictures from the evening (well of The Bomb, Sauna Youth & Above Them)

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