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Live Review: The Gorillaz at London’s Roundhouse – Thursday 29th April 2010

 
By on Friday, 30th April 2010 at 2:44 am
 

Just got in from a rather sensational Gorillaz gig at the Roundhouse in London’s Camden tonight. I’ve always been a fan of their singles, but not so much their album tracks so it was with some trepidation that I trekked from Bristol after work to make it in time to see Damon Albarn’s creations.

It’s been five years since the bands last UK performances, and whilst Albarn has been very busy (what with reuniting his old brit-pop chums Blur), his alter-egos have been resting until earlier this year they released second album, Plastic Beach. Originally the “first animated band”, 2-D, Noodle, Murdoc and Russel are now relegated to just being (rather amazing) projections behind the live band.

All dressed in sailors outfits, the band (including The Clash’ Mick Jones and Paul Simonon) were joined by a raft of legendary stars (Mos Def, Bobby Womack, Gruff Rhys, Bashy, Kano, De La Soul, Roses Gabor and Shaun Ryder) from Plastic Beach. Snoop Dogg joined in a video that had him dressed to the nines as a Naval Admiral, due to his ongoing UK visa issues.

Frankly, there were so many highlights it’s hard to pick one out – so much of the music is stuff I’d never normally go and see, but yet somehow it works to see The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music mixed with Kano and Bashy on the same track before having Shaun Ryder being his usual slightly unhinged self.

Each track had its own animations, from lush, 3D animations for “Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach” to old school war footage via animations and videos of beer going down the drain). I can’t help but feel that the whole production was better with a bigger focus on the music rather than the animations / 3D extravaganza that previously used to be the focus of a Gorillaz live show.

The band will be playing again on Friday night, and the gig will be streamed on MTV. Read the Guardian’s review here and NME’s review here.

After the jump: photos and full setlist.
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Live Review: Blog Off!? with Starlings, Jazica and Victoria and Jacob at London’s Roundhouse Studios – Saturday 20th March 2010

 
By on Monday, 22nd March 2010 at 8:55 pm
 

Saturday night saw the first ever TGTF gig night take place at an absolutely rammed London’s Roundhouse Studios. So many of you braved the rain and all round miserable conditions to dance your socks off in the hot hot underground vaults, and for that we want to say a massive “thank you”. If you were there, you already know what happened. If you weren’t there… well, here’s what you missed:

First up were Victoria and Jacob, who were the perfect openers – quiet, chilled out and slightly eerie in the underground vaults of the Roundhouse, the two of them created some lovely tunes full of dreamy swirls and ghostly bips and bleeps. Halfway through their 25 minute set we were treated to a fantastic cover of The Church’s “Under the Milky Way” (not sure you’ve heard it? No, neither was I – but take a listen to the Donnie Darko soundtrack and you’ll catch it playing on the car radio just before the first encounter with “Grandma Death”). Forthcoming single “With No Certainty” sounds amazing live, the vulnerability and innocence of Victoria’s voice mixed with the sounds created by Jacob’s synths and samples making them a band to watch at the moment.

After a short break, the hyperactive Jazica bundled onto the stage, fronted by the ball of energy that’s Frankie. They were pretty amazing last October supporting Delphic, but on Saturday night they had enough enthusiasm to bring the house down. Songs like opener “Arp Attack” and “Illusions” start to sound like fully fledged pop anthems that the likes of Klaxons could only dream about for their second album. Chris Smallwood, their crazy-haired guitar, synth and electro beats maestro kept things going along nicely, clearly enjoying himself and looking every part the rockstar with shapes being pulled like no tomorrow whilst Kev on drums and Nick on bass kept everything together.

Finally, just after 10pm Starlings (pictured right) started off their set. Fresh from the news that they’ll be heading to the studio next week with Richard Norris (from 90’s legends The Grid), they were on top form bringing the temperature up quite significantly, bouncing away. Plenty of fists in the air moments that show how the band should be massive at this summer’s festivals if they play their cards right. They’ve got the sound that will appeal to fans of more laddish indie rock (The Automatic, Hard Fi etc) as well as those conneseurs of electro dance like Delphic thanks to the abundance of synthy goodness that has been growing in popularity of late. Their set passed by in a blur of sweat, anthems and jokey banter between songs from the guys.

Massive thanks should also go to Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and Miss Happ for DJing between sets, and keeping the tunes on rolling throughout the night.

The whole gig was filmed, and hopefully we’ll have some videos and glorious pictures to share with you shortly.

Live photos from Alison Monk
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Blog Off!?: Final Countdown and guest DJs announced

 
By on Thursday, 18th March 2010 at 8:21 pm
 

Yes, you’re probably fed up of going on and on about Blog Off!? This Saturday night – Theregoesthefear’s first gig night at London’s Roundhouse with Victoria & Jacob, Jazica and Starlings all playing.

We were all geared up for Saturday night. Then a friend mentioned about the lack of between set entertainment, so rather than the classic “pop the ipod on shuffle” trick, we asked a few friends, dug around, called in a few favours and managed to blag the rather fantabulous Ou Est Le Swimming Pool to DJ between sets. Yes, that’s right, the same Ou Est Le Swimming Pool that finished in our top “10 for 2010” poll last year. The same Ou Est Le Swimming Pool that are supporting La Roux in a few months. Oh yes.

So, if you’re at a loss as to what to do on Saturday night, why not pop down to Camden’s Roundhouse studios to catch some ace live music? doors are at 7:30pm on 20th March 2010 and tickets are on sale now for those of you that like a discount and planning ahead – they’re just £5 now and will be £6 on the door. Or, if you don’t fancy paying, you can win one of two pairs of tickets to the event here.

You can order your tickets now on the Roundhouse’s website, or join the Facebook event.

 

Bands to Watch #166: Victoria and Jacob

 
By on Tuesday, 16th March 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

There Goes The Fear are so super duper excited to be hosting their first official gig this coming Saturday (March 20th), we could actually, explode… Blog Off! will be taking place at the Roundhouse studios in Camden Town, London. You can grab all the details, such as ticket prices and starting times here.

Among the act’s playing on the night include indie synth superstars, Starlings (who we first introduced earlier in the year), as well as infectious electro pioneers Jazica.

We’re are also proud to be featuring upcoming duo Victoria & Jacob, on the bill.

Hailing from London, Victoria & Jacob are a robotic pair, making glacier electro with an ice creamy edge. The slow paces of the tin-foil synths have an edge of drowsy melancholy to them. The fairytail, bouncy vocals meanwhile (which NME quite correctly compared to a drunken Joanna Newsom!) allow for a silky contrast, resulting in an atmospheric morse-code mass of sound which is both ambient as well as eclectic (listen out for the temper-fuelled screams of Megadeath, if you don’t believe the latter choice of word!).

And remember to check out Victoria & Jacob, as well as Jazica and Starlings, live at Blog Off! this coming Saturday at the Roundhouse Studios, London. It’ll be ace.

 

Blog off – Jazica and Starlings to play first TGTF gig night

 
By on Sunday, 7th March 2010 at 8:00 pm
 

So, over the past few years There Goes The Fear has slowly grown and grown from nothing into a sprawling monster of music news and reviews. Seems there’s now over 15,000 of you that read us every month, so we thought “hmmm, why not meet some of you?!”. So with this in mind, we’re bringing three amazing new bands together for one night only so you can catch them in the flesh shortly before they have a stratospheric rise to fame and fortune.

It all takes place at London’s Roundhouse Studios in Camden on Saturday 20th March 2010.

First up will be the rather fantastic Victoria & Jacob who only came to our attention earlier this week. Needless to say we got right on the phone and booked them up to open the night up. Lo-fi electro pop duo Victoria & Jacob hail from London Town and make sweet sweet noise via the power of voice manipulation & synthetic sounds. Having already established themselves with BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, debut single “With No Certainty” is due for release on 5th April on Voga Parochia.

Following on their coat tails will be Southerners Jazica, who we caught supporting Delphic and Two Door Cinema Club last October. They’ve been championed by BBC Radio 2’s Steve Lamacq and BBC6 Music’s Tom Robinson, and quite honestly I can’t get enough of their music at the moment.

Closing things off will be one of Sheffield’s finest rising stars, Starlings (pictured left), who Jess introduced at the start of the year. Mixing beats, synths and strings to come up with electric gold floor fillers, Oxjam and BBC Radio Sheffield love them & you will see why.

So, what else do you need to know? Doors are at 7:30pm on 20th March 2010 and tickets are on sale now for those of you that like a discount and planning ahead – they’re just £5 now and will be £6 on the door.

You can order your tickets now on the Roundhouse’s website, or join the Facebook event.

As I’m sure you can work out, this is a massive undertaking, and all the complicated logistics are being sorted out by the (rather lovely) people at CIFD. They are the new generation of creative event & broadcast producers based at London City University and the iconic Camden Roundhouse. They’ve been given the opportunity to stage their own events in the Studio Theatre of the Roundhouse and in May will be taking it one step further by putting on a major live music event in the Main Space of the Roundhouse.

So, what are you waiting for? Go book your tickets, catch three ace bands and we’ll dance around or just jiggle bits. Yes.

 

Live Review: Friendly Fires at London’s Roundhouse – 15th July 2009

 
By on Thursday, 16th July 2009 at 2:15 am
 

Friendly Fires side live iTunesApple’s iTunes festival is now in its third year, each outing seeing it attracting bigger names at better venues. This year, they’ve filled 31 nights at the Roundhouse, and I caught the fifteenth night, with Friendly Fires and Magistrates. The best bit about the gigs? All the tickets are given away to competition winners, which makes everyone even more up for it than normal.

Magistrates, fresh from playing the NME Radar tour in May, opened things up, playing a captivating set that had everyone dancing and the first crowd surfers of the evening going over. After a short break, Friendly Fires came to a smoke filled set, blasting through their entire debut album and new single “Kiss of Life”.

Lead singer Ed Macfarlane was dripping in sweat from the first song, as he gave his best dad-dancing to the packed Roundhouse. However, they were clearly aware of the carnage in the pit, asking everyone to “just dance, none of this moshing” that had seen 20 crowd surfers flung over. Sounding as fresh as they did when I first saw them last August, it’s surprising considering just how hard they’ve been touring of late (and partying, if you believe The Sun).

Closing out with the customary extended version of “Ex-Lover”, all too soon they were done, and it was time to go, watching some very drunk Camden-ites air-drumming the finale.

After the jump: setlist and photos.
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