Saturday, 23 May 2015

RX Bandits & Circa Survive @ Rock City Basement, Nottingham, 22nd May 2015

From Indian Lakes

First on the stage were support act From Indian Lakes, who share California as their home US state with RX Bandits. Dreamy intimate post-rock with emotionally shrouded vocals, they sounded best when fully committing themselves as a band altogether in their efforts.

RX Bandits

It is a travesty that such fabulously talented musicians such as RX Bandits are performing in such a small venue, but alas the world is how it is. At least some grace I can take from that fact was that I had the best spot for the show right at the front and in the middle for this excellent set which mixed new tracks from last years amazing Gemini, Her Majesty with older classics. From the amazing instrumental beginnings of Ruby Cumulous to the extended superlong version of Only For the Night from 2005s ...And The Battle Begun album, I really enjoyed it all and felt honoured to finally get a chance to see them in the flesh. My only downpoint was only half of the full RX lineup were in attendance with C-Gak (drums) and Joe Troy (bass) unavailable for this short tour but the 2 touring band members who were standing in put in a good performance in their stead, especially the guy on drums. 

  1. Ruby Cumulous
  2. To Our Unborn Daughters
  3. Decrescendo
  4. G2G
  5. In Her Drawer
  6. Will You Be Tomorrow
  7. ...And The Battle Begun
  8. Wide Open
  9. Stargazer
  10. Only For the Night 

Circa Survive

RXB & Circa have been co-headlining this tour and it was Green & Co's opportunity to close with this barnstorming set which went down really well with the sweaty crowd behind me. My personal highlights were Schema and The Difference Between, with their new Descensus tracks slotting well alongside older material. The heaviest performance of the evening, and all the better for it.

  1. Child of the Desert
  2. Schema
  3. Holding Someone's Hair Back
  4. In the Morning and Amazing...
  5. Strange Terrain
  6. The Great Golden Baby
  7. Sharp Practice
  8. Only the Sun
  9. In Fear and Faith
  10. The Difference Between Medicine and Poison Is in the Dose
  11. Get Out

Monday, 27 May 2013

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Songs of Solstice - January (+ Nov/Dec)

  1. Joan of Arc - Various releases (they have such a broad set of material and I haven't had time to listen to all of it yet; singer Tim Kinsella has also done some decent solo work for further listening)
  2. Biffy Clyro - Opposites LP (I bought this first thing Monday morning, another great album? from a great band; interview)
  3. Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky LP
  4. Paper Route - The Peace of Wild Things LP (moody & atmospheric)
  5. Deftones - Koi No Yakan LP
  6. Local Natives - Hummingbird LP (first impressions are good after loving their debut; interesting art too!)
  7. Bullet for My Valentine - Riot Single
  8. Atoms for Peace - Live stuff (studio album in the works too!)
  9. Nirvana - In Utero LP (hmmm... I may prefer this to Nevermind, both classics though!)
  10. Green Day - ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! Trilogy (I don't think this type of release suited the band's style/sound (instances of filler/treading water) but there are some great tracks spread across the 3 albums)
Smell ya later!

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Fallacy of Hate

Unemployed single mother on benefits who spends £2,000 on Christmas with 20 presents for each of her children

I dread to think how many people read this shit. No wonder there is so much hate going round. I can tell you 100% this is false and fucking propaganda, but the problem is people will believe what they read. It makes me so fucking angry, I woke up this morning and read this; just makes me want to go back bed. GRRRR!!!

The sums do NOT add up, it's undeniably provocative and obviously there to generate division and disgust towards anybody who has fallen on hard times. Contributing to the fallacy that it is entirely the poors fault for being poor or not being able to find a job.

Oh and don't worry, I think she is a fucking idiot too... firstly for her attitude; (which is kinda obvious) let's face it, it's so outlandish it could well be cooked up but secondly for being such a fool as being used for relentless outpouring by those who want this kind of hate to spew forth for their own ideological means. She is just a pawn in their hate game.

We saw this sort of thing last week too, with the "Autumn Statement". Since when did spreading fear, contempt and hate among neighbours qualify as a good thing to do. I usually don't let this sort of thing get to me but this just made me see red!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Rocktober - October

  1. Billy Talent - All Albums (Can't seem to shake them off my ears recently)
  2. Wolfmother - Wolfmother LP (I haven't listened to these for quite a while, but it's still a great debut)
  3. My Bloody Valentine - All Albums (I never listened to these before; good stuff!)
  4. The Guardian - Football Weekly Podcast (Essential, every week!)
  5. My Chemical Romance - Conventional Weapons - No1 (yet another staggered retrospective release of an album, so just two songs at the moment!)
Smell ya later!

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Flyleaf - New Horizons?

I have been a fan of Texan Christian rock band Flyleaf for a few years ago, and what with the sudden news that singer Lacey Sturm has suddenly quit the band and the fact that their new album 'New Horizons' is out today I have "dugout" a review I wrote for the 2009 sophomore and thus previous album 'Memento Mori' for something which never saw the light of day a while back...

I would also recommend trying to get the re-release of the Memento Mori which includes a heartfelt cover version of U2 underheralded 'Stay (Faraway, So Close!)' and other bonus tracks from around the time of the recording of the album.

There are few shades of grey in Flyleaf’s world, as Memento Mori confronts sin and redemption in the starkest, bleakest and apocalyptic terms to the nth degree. Memento Mori’s sound is pungent, incisive, and often bleak. Of course that is nothing new to fans of the already accomplished self-titled debut but this second album clinches its hold on Gothic-tinged nü-metal which encompassed the first while deepening its lyric and deep narrative thrust. Although compared to the debut singer Lacey Mosley plays down her penchant for screaming, her intensity remains undiminished, as the band’s fervent faith is caught in bold colours, whether offering paeans to God ('Beautiful Bride') or expressing an aching need for salvation ('Again,' 'In the Dark'). The echo of desperation embodied in Mosley’s voice is Flyleaf’s most distinctive feature - very much so when railing against evil and corruption, as in the scathing 'Swept Away' and 'The Kind.' I found the album diverse from it's sonic base without losing the original sound which what makes what I think Flyleaf a bit different to their contemporaries. Definitely one of my favourite bands at the minute, must recommend as even if this isn't the type of music you listen to usually you can probably take something from it.   February 2012
Memento Mori

Monday, 8 October 2012

Resonance of Fall - September

Every month I am posting just some of what I have been listening to over the previous month; taking inspiration from the Radiohead Dead Air Space chart. Here is the fine month of September...
  1. The Vaccines - Come of Age LP (more mature follow-up, they sound even more like a British Strokes, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing)
  2. Billy Talent - Dead Silence LP (another solid album)
  3. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life LP (hardcore punk rock opera set in 70's & 80's England, what else is there not to like!)
  4. Green Day - On the Radio (classic Green Day, before they got big they were a member of the Berkeley California Punk scene, recorded live in 1992 @ WFMU radio station. I liked ¡Uno! as well I must add, looking forward to the next two!
  5. The Vaccines - Please, Please Don't Disturb EP; free release by band (a perfect accompany to the Come of Age album, 4 stripped back covers recorded by the band in various hotel rooms while on tour throughout Eastern Europe.)
  6. Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You Sessions (I can't believe I missed these; unreleased songs from last years album; and planned to be released in 9 groups of two, similar to how Radiohead did the TKOL RMX series.)
  7. Three Days Grace - Transmit of Venus LP (more straight up Rock/Metal than first 2 albums)
  8. Grizzly Bear - Shields LP (just a great band)
  9. Muse - The 2nd Law LP (overall I do like it, even it's not their best work; it is still undenyably Muse. good interview in the Guardian as well)
  10. Placebo - Placebo LP (16 years on and it's still a very accomplished debut; but this is just plain stupid)
Smell ya later!

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Monday, 1 October 2012

Eric Hobsbawm - RIP

Eric Hobsbawm, one of the leading historians of the 20th century, has died,

A lifelong Marxist whose work influenced a great many political figures and fellow historians. He was a giant in his field; his "Age of" four-volume history of the 19th and 20th centuries are exemplary. For anyone who has an interest in modern history, then his four volumed "Age of" works are a must-read! Covering many eras of the modern world; from Revolution, to Empire, to Capitalism and to War, they are widely viewed as a very well informed & detailed schism of the everchanging world we live in.

He may have gathered criticism at times for his continuing membership of the British Communist Party, but he was well respected across the political spectrum. He didn't just limit himself to one specific viewpoint (historical Marxism) and was even greatly involved in the invention of "New Labour" in the late 80's/90's. One of the 20th century literary greats. RIP.