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Live Review: The Temper Trap with Delphic and the Hundred in the Hands at the Trocadero, Philadelphia – 26th September 2010

 
By on Tuesday, 28th September 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

It is indeed something truly special when the stars align and allow the beleaguered blogger to see not just one band, not two, but three that she adores. I got that chance Sunday night at the Trocadero, a historic former burlesque theatre in Philadelphia, with The Temper Trap as the headliner and Delphic and The Hundred in the Hands providing support. Punters that had assembled for the long queue outside the venue before doors knew next to nothing about the opening bands and maybe knew the Temper Trap well or somewhat vaguely. Not a great start. But once inside, I managed a second row vista, perfect with the Trocadero’s far too high stage for such a smallish club. I met some very devoted Temper Trap fans who needed some background on the other two bands, which I was happy to provide.

Regular readers of TGTF already know I think the Hundred in the Hands’ debut album released last week is fantastic. Live, I was pleased with their performance and how they sounded. For most of their set, lead singer / synth player Eleanore Everdell sang into a pod-shaped microphone and was ‘buckled down’ to where her synth was. I reckon she’s got so much rhythm within her, she’d make an amazing dancer onstage (think Friendly Fires). Jason Friedman’s guitar riffs added punch to ‘Last City’, which is rapidly racing up my list of current favourite tracks. I was hopeful that ‘Pigeons’ would get people dancing. Well, there were some people dancing – myself and my new friends in second row. The people in front of us looked bored for pretty much the entire night, exanimate. Kind of frustrating I suppose given that the Hundred in the Hands aren’t exactly mainstream in America yet.

Same goes for Delphic, who in my opinion fared far better in the opening band popularity contest (despite drummer Dan Hadley nearly deafening the early assembled crowd testing his drum kit on ‘Doubt’). A bloke next to me who’d shown up specifically for them showed me a clipping from NME where the band was lying on the floor, looking uncomfortable in leather (you know the one I’m talking about, I bet). Besides myself and him, I think we were the only ones who’d ever knowingly heard a Delphic song before.

I was hoping they’d play ‘Submission’ for personal reasons but when you’re an opener, you have to pick and choose the best from what you’ve got to play, and I think they chose all the right ones to pick up the energy in the crowd. ‘Red Lights’ concluded with an extended synth-laden outro that got the crowd cheering. The sheer magnificence of ‘Counterpoint’, with a steady build-up from the resigned lyrics to the incredible swell of sound at the end, finally got everyone in the club into the music. I remember when I heard ‘Counterpoint’ as a single last year. I knew it was dramatic, but I hadn’t realised just how dramatic until I saw Delphic live this summer at Roskilde, and this was demonstrated even further in Philadelphic. Also, not sure how long he’s been giving it his 110%, but Rick Boardman is really going for those high backing vocal notes with passion. I’m looking forward to their new material and where they go from here.

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Competition: See Faces at The O2 in London next Wednesday

 
By on Wednesday, 4th August 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

There are some bands that are just timeless, and Faces I think we can all agree are one of those bands that most people would jump at the chance to see them. American Express are offering one of you lucky lucky people a pair of tickets to see the legends at London’s British Music Experience in The O2 in London next Wednesday, 11th August.

Faces will be featuring original members Ronnie Wood on guitar, Kenney Jones on drums and Ian McLagan on keyboards, with the addition of Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols) on bass, with vocals from Mick Hucknall (Simply Red).

This gig forms part of American Express’ Preferred Seating Programme, which provides Cardmembers with exclusive access to a host of music and cultural events throughout the year. From priority tickets, best seats in the house to meet and greet opportunities, Cardmembers benefit from a premium service that gets you closer to the to the bands, stars and events you love and helps you create some truly memorable moments.

To find out more and find out how to enter, read on…

 

Live Review: We Are Scientists at Oxford O2 Academy – Friday 25th June 2010

 
By on Sunday, 27th June 2010 at 7:43 pm
 

Sometimes with a band as quirky and fun as We Are Scientists they run out of energy after their first album. However, like a fine wine, our favourite Scientists seem to have gotten only better with age.

Playing to a sold out sweltering O2 Academy in Oxford they were the perfect end to a rather strange week for me and were on absolute top form. Opening up was The Whigs, who seemed to have Animal from The Muppets as their drummer, and certainly warmed up the roasting crowd with their garage rock.

Chew Lips seemed on paper to be a rather bizarre choice of opener – electro dance pop vs WAS’ rock, but they went down a treat, lead singer Tigs clearly having a ball. Keith made a quick cameo to throw ice cubes during “Solo”, and certainly affirmed the Friday night party feeling.

Surprisingly quickly 9:20 rolled around and on jogged Keith Murray and Chris Cain, the duo we know better as We Are Scientists. Their new stuff from “Barbara” mixed perfectly with their older classics and by the end of the set the whole crowd

The between song banter was as hilarious as ever – what should have been a 70 minute set turned into a 100 minute epic thanks to discussions about the Styrofoam head that was thrown on stage in the first song (sans ears and nose rather bizarrely), the request to have a hot chocolate mid set (“’cos we like to break the rules and be pioneers…”), and pawning babies for The Whigs’ CD. Yes, it really was that surreal.

Older anthems such as “The Great Escape” and “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt” got the best reception (as you’d expect), but the newer stuff got some pretty impressive sing-alongs going too. The majority of the material came from latest effort “Barbara” and breakthrough “With Love and Squalor”, less from “Brain Thrust Mastery”.

The one slow(ish) moment of the set, new one “Pittsburgh” with roars of “All we want is to be together / all we want is to sleep together” echoing around the sweaty Academy – possibly one of the strongest songs on the new album that won’t be a single.

We collectively managed to confuse the Scientists with a chant of “118” (regarding their drummer who looked suspiciously like the adverts’ moustachioed stars), but like professional comedians they dealt with the chanting with typical aplomb, joking that we were “talking in code”.

Can’t Win closed the main set, culminating with Chris being dragged off by his feet by Keith, before they did the obligatory encore. Commenting that Oxford’s Zodiac was the scene of their first ever UK show (supporting Editors, in what is now the O2 Academy 2), they seemed kind of amazed at the support the sold out Academy gave them.

Closing off the encore with “After Hours” and joined by The Whigs and Chew Lips, it was clear that they’d had a massive ball on this tour – what a modern day rock tour should be – great tunes, dancing, amazing sing-alongs and all-round comedy. Brilliant.

 

Live Review: Keane at Westonbirt Arboretum – Friday 18th June 2010

 
By on Sunday, 20th June 2010 at 7:15 pm
 

Whilst much of England was in the pub on Friday night, I decided to do something a bit different and made the trek to the stunning Westonbirt Arboretum to see Keane play to a sell out crowd. It was my fifth time seeing them, having caught them at Tsunami Relief, Live8, in Toronto on the Hopes and Fears Tour and then last February on the Perfect Symmetry Tour. Each time they’ve been better, more confident and played bigger venues.

The heavens opened as soon as we got to the main arena, set in a clearing of the stunning arboretum, and settled in to catch Everything Everything. Having already caught them on the NME Radar tour at Bristol’s Thekla, I must say that I still wasn’t that impressed with them live – though it may just have been due to the rainwater slowly soaking me through.

Next up were Portland, Oregon’s Helio Sequence. With just two in the band, drummer Benjamin Weikel and guitarist Brandon Summers, I must admit I was expecting some simple White Stripes / Ting Tings style stuff. However, they managed to create some pretty impressive indie pop, much the sort of stuff you’d expect to soundtrack (500) days of Summer or other such indie films, and were the perfect compliment to Keane.

Surprisingly quickly 9pm rolled around and Keane sauntered on, launching straight into “Back In Time” from their latest EP, Night Train. Running from side to side of the stage, they ploughed through the hits with so much gusto that you wouldn’t imagine that they’re on their fourth record in six years. “Bend and Break” provided the first big singalong of the night, whilst things were ramped down for the trio to do a stripped down version of “Try Again” and “Hamburg Song”.
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Live Review: Band of Horses at Oxford O2 Academy

 
By on Tuesday, 15th June 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

One of the first wave of Blog-Buzz bands to go supersonic (along with The Shins and The National), Band of Horses took their third offering, Infinate Arms, to Oxford’s O2 Academy on Friday night. I wasn’t in the best frame of mind, coming down with quite a severe migraine afterwards (not due to Band of Horses I hasten to add), thus the slower time it’s taken for this review to appear.

From their opening “Ode to LRC”, frontman Ben Bridwell made it clear that they were there for a good time, promising to “mix it up a bit for those of you who saw us down the road…” (meaning their sold out show at the Roundhouse two days previously). Loud, and in a jubilant mood they were in high spirits and a lot more talkative than the NME review of their London show had had me believe. Mixing up songs from all three albums, they seemed to get stronger as the set progressed, building on the anthemic “Is there a Ghost” early on, which had everyone singing along beautifully.

Their backdrop for the evening was a range of photos from the bands’ travels mixed in with a few stunning animations and wildlife snaps which complemented the music perfectly.

Band of Horses are playing the Reading and Leeds festivals in August, and if you’re down that way you should definitely catch them.
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Bear In Heaven / April 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 12th March 2010 at 3:00 pm
 

Touring in support of their new album ‘Beast Rest Forth Mouth,’ Brooklyn band Bear In Heaven will hit SXSW before spending a week playing for audiences across the UK.

Tuesday 20th April 2010 – London, The Lexington
Wednesday 21st April 2010 – Brighton, Freebutt
Thursday 22nd April 2010 – Manchester, The Deaf Institute
Friday 23rd April 2010 – Glasgow, Captain’s Rest
Saturday 24th April 2010 – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
Sunday 25th April 2010 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Monday 26th April 2010 – London, Windmill Brixton

Tickets are available now through Seetickets.

And while you’re at it, check out their video for ‘Fraternal Noon’:

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/1619014[/vimeo]

 
 
 

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