Posts Tagged 'The Magnificent'

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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Boozy Du Fest @ Santiagos, Leeds 06/11/10

Boozy Du Fest @ Santiagos, Leeds 06/11/10

What began as Craig sticking on the mighty Tiltwheel in Leeds turned into a beast of an alldayer, so when Tiltwheel had to pull out of their UK tour the show had to go on and turned out to be a sold out, packed out, drunken monster of a day and night.  I didn’t see a bad band all day, despite not being a massive fan of the stamina test that is the all dayer (this one was from 2pm to 1am!) and as well as seeing some familiar faces blow the cobwebs off of Santiagos (hello Above Them, Bangers and Vanilla Pod) I also saw some great bands that were new to me as well.  So without any more rambling here’s some recordings and bumf on some of the bands that I caught on tape…

 

I’d heard a lot about PUDGE as Craig had recently stuck out their album and everyone I met in the North seemed to have a tale about them.  Expecting a sloppy mess of fun from a bunch of boozed up South Yorkshire men and Woman I was pleasantly surprised to see that their reputation as a band full of humour and banter was bolstered by a tight as shit performance along the lines of 90’s pop-punk bands that Fearless or Sub City would have put out (you know before they went shite).  So check ’em out, buy their album then listen whilst eating your chips and peas.

Set List:

Quit While You’re Behind

ABCD

Strongbow

Fucking Yes Mate

Here Comes The Science Bit

Clean Living

Chippy Tea

Download Pudge’s set by right clicking and saving as HERE

 

I can’t believe it, but this was the first time I’d ever seen CROCODILE GOD. Legends in the UK punk scene, and having had their discography put out all that not long ago by Crackle Records I really have no excuse.  Anyway they certainly lived up to all their acclaim.  If you like the Pudge set you’ll fucking love this one, fast no nonsense pop punk (but you know not that modern shit pop punk but fast, hard punk with catchy bits) this lot set the standard for UK punk in the ’90s alongside Leatherface, Grampus 8, Skimmer and the like and rumour is they’ll be recording a new album soon so keep ’em peeled.

We’ve not got a set list for this one at the moment but you can certainly download the set by clicking HERE (or right clicking and saving as to keep for later)

TEENAGE REBEL DOPEFIENDS were a new band for most people here, though despite the relative newness there were some expectations since TRD were all members of Grimsby’s finest exponents of thrash Fastpoint (in fact all members of Fastpoint bar their singer are in TRD).  So the expectations were (a) Northern, (b) thrashier than a thrashy thing and (c) fucking good.  Two out of three ain’t bad. There was no thrash but instead some incredible punk fuelled rock sitting somewhere between La Grecia, None More Black, 7 Seconds and Creedence Clearwater.  Makes sense right?  Well check out their set and keep your eye out for their upcoming releases on Not Shy of The DIY.

Set List:

Whipping Boy
Dopefiend Shuffle
Marina
Mr Official
Problems
I Failed the Law
Rebel’s Remedy
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THE MAGNIFICENT are well known to readers of this here blog and they didn’t disappoint at all tonight.  Having just come back from a U.S tour and recording session in Chicago there was that joy of watching a band fresh off of tour with that confidence and tightness that comes with that.  A load of new songs were played which I hear will be on the new album next year.  Not straying too far from their Tone/Clash/Green Day anthems but with a few more anthemic choruses, it should be a fine old album when it arrives.  In the meantime check out the set.
Set List:
1981
Buy More Crap
Longshot
Doctor & The Freeze Up
Don’t Send Me Flowers
Song For Lauren
Search Party
BBQ & Grasshoppers
Citizen X
Hold Your Drink Up High
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Last up this evening for me were THE DAUNTLESS ELITE. Mates of mine but also without a doubt one of my favourite UK bands, the finest people and purveyors of punk rock.  I can’t be the only one finding it hard to wait for their follow up to ‘Graft’ (which I hear will be recorded early 2011 – come on!) so in the meantime check out a few new songs in their set here.  The crowd were in the perfect mix of boozed up and ready for some punk and some terrible singing from the boozy fans can be heard in the set here (I like to think it adds a certain charm…) also a few squeals from the mics can be heard thanks to the ever so slightly inebriated sound engineering of Beefy and Ben from Achtung Everybody – good work lads.  Here’s a video of The Dauntless Elite playing ‘What’s Eating Winston Smith’ to give you a visual taste of the well-behaved crowd and band…
There’s no set list at the moment but download the whole set from right over…                     HERE

 

Ten Songs Podcast

Ten Songs Podcast is Phil Chokeword (Facial Disobedience Zine, Last Hours Zine, Pilger, Gordon Gano’s Army) internet baby, a lovingly created monthly podcast featuring Phil’s favourite ten songs from the month.  Usually punk and hardcore related there’s also the odd folk or garage anthem on there too and recently Phil has had some band’s record sets for the show and has also had some guest presenter’s in.  I feel privileged to have been invited by Phil to contribute to this latest podcast (which also turns out to be one of the last for a while as Phil heads off to Australia – bit of a world away from Southampton!).  It was hard choosing which songs from the blog to put on the podcast but a mixture of sound quality and awesomeness helped.  So here’s the track listing for podcast number 20.  Download it, enjoy, then work your way through the other equally fantastic episodes.

1. Thee Oh Sees – Castiatic Tackle (From the Warm Slime CD on In The Red Records)
2. Crimpshrine –Summertime (From the Duct Tape Soup CD on Lookout Records)
3. Nightbirds – Prognosis: Negative (From the S/T 7 inch on Grave Mistake Records and Dirtnap Records)
4. Automatic – Crossing Kill Creek (From the Crossing Kill Creek CD on Indecision Records)
5. Discount – Clap and Cough (From the Half Fiction CD on Kat Records)
6. Exploding Hearts – Rumours In Town (From the Guitar Romantic CD on Dirtnap Records)
7. Chillerton – True Dudes (From the Hollow Lane 7inch on Kiss of Death Records)
8. Bastad! Rats! – All We Need (From the Rough Nuts & Soft Nuts CD, downloaded from the Kill Your Own website)
9. The Shaking Hands – You Should Really Get That Looked At (From the S/T CD on ADD Records and Kiss of Death Records)

Guest set – Toby from A Load Of Stuff That Happened blog
10. Never Again – Same Old Story (live at the Albert Brighton)
11. The Magnificent – Six Beers (live at the Windmill Brixton)
12. Apologies I Have None – Sat in Vicky Park (live at the Cowley Club Brighton)
13. Caves – Torn it Down (live at the Hope Brighton)

14. Monikers – Too Much (From the split 7 inch with The Delay on Kiss of Death Records)

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The Magnificent @ The Windmill Brixton 11.04.10

The Magnificent @ The Windmill Brixton 11.04.10

I’m so glad to finally have a Mag’s set up here.  The members of The Magnificent have done/do time in That Fucking Tank, Buzzkill, and 86 so you know you’re dealing with Leeds punk’s finest here.  Regardless of their past and other bands The Mag’s are a band to be taken on their own.  If you’re missing The Tone (and who isn’t?!) then this is the direction you should be going, mixing up street punk (of Ringers, Offshore Radio and Rancid variety) with a strong power-pop edge ala The Replacements or Bruce Springsteen.  Not afraid to speak their mind, put in some graft and shock horror have some fun with it; The Mags’ are a gang first and a band second and I for one can bop to that.  This heckle filled set is also unique in that the band explain the meaning (some true, some well…) behind their songs and I’m glad to have captured them in fine fettle.

Enjoy then pop over to their website and purchase their wonderful album ‘Pay The Crimes’ which is out via the awesome awesome label that is Boss Tunage.

Here’s the set as mastered by the Mag’s own Jimmy, cheers dude, I reckon the other sets should sound better thanks to his tutition!

Set List:

WALK A MILE IN MY JEANS

DOCTOR AND THE FREEZE-UP

SIX BEERS

WORKING MEN’S CLUB (PART III)

BBQS AND GRASSHOPPERS

IT’S NOT ENOUGH

BUY MORE CRAP

CITIZEN X

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