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Live Gig Video: Hey Sholay organise a collection of 2012 photos, soundtracked by ‘Go Easy Tiger’

 
By on Friday, 4th January 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Hey Sholay have done something interesting with a collection of photos taken of themselves in 2012; one of their mates put these all together in a moving picture-kind of way and set the whole thing to the band’s song ‘Go Easy Tiger’. It’s very cool-looking, and don’t forget the song either! Watch it all below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbXb7fviU9U[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Johnny Foreigner with Screaming Maldini and Stagecoach at London Garage – 21st November 2011

 
By on Monday, 5th December 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

With the launch of ‘Johnny Foreigner Vs Everything’ (review here), Johnny Foreigner decided to put on two parties. Billed as VsLondon and VsBirmingham, their label Alcopop! put together a showcase like no other with a billing which could make most other indie labels a little jealous. For one night only, VsLondon comes to the upstairs venue of The Garage in London and it promises to be a good one.

Arriving just in time to catch Screaming Maldini, I’m promised that Pandas and People and My First Tooth were lovely (and I’m certain that they’re right). Screaming Maldini really start to get warmed up but as venues will be venues, their set is cut short to make sure tonight stays on schedule. Doors close at 10 pm so starting at 5 does its best to keep everything going. Their shortened set proves to remove any filler the group may have and keeps their set short and sweet.  They’re definitely a band to keep a watch on for the next year or so as their music just keeps getting stronger.

Next up and the main support for the evening are live favourites Stagecoach. Having supported Johnny Foreigner in their winter tour last year, the groups are sound friends and their fantastic summer of festivals has if anything made them an even stronger live band. Tonight’s crowd are familiar with them and from start to finish, it’s manic. Playing from each of their EPs and singles, ‘Map to the Freezer’ and ‘Hieroglyphics’ are highlights of a fantastic set.

Everything’s been leading up to tonight’s headliners though. ‘Johnny Foreigner Vs Everything’ has created huge debate on NME.com and has received a generally warm reception most other places. Of course, with a reputation as a strong live band, the Birmingham trio tonight are leaving it down to the music, even if the crowd are chanting “Who the fuck is Ricky Martin?”

Beginning with new album opener ‘If I’m The Most Famous Boy…’  before rifling through a selection of their back catalogue, through both EPs and albums to date. In parts, crowd and band appear to be one, as the enthusiastic audience sing along to every word with pure dedication. This comes to a peak in the ever popular ‘Salt, Peppa and Spinderella’, both a JoFo staple and possibly the track they’re best known for as The Garage turns into pure chants all the way through to the climax of “turn on the real drums” to which the room becomes pandemonium.

Choosing to limit the work from their second record ‘Grace and the Bigger Picture’ to just ‘Every Cloakroom’ ever, it almost doesn’t feel right to not get ‘Feels like Summer’ or ‘Criminals’ instead focusing on more recent EP work, but no-one seems to mind. They close their main set with new single ‘You Vs Everything’ (Video of the Moment, using footage from the show), which proves that as one of the standout tracks on the record, it does itself justice live.

An encore of debut album ‘Waited up Til It Was Light’ closing tracks ‘Yr All Just Jealous’ and ‘Absolute Balance’ might close the band’s set in style, but the crowd continue singing a drunken medley of tracks not heard tonight until being steadily ushered out for doors. It’s been a big night for Johnny Foreigner and Alcopop!, one that will probably live in the memory for a long time. To those present, this band and everything it brings means a lot, and there’s a real camaraderie that comes with it. There was even cake!

 

Live Photos: Arctic Monkeys at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – 5th November 2011

 
By on Tuesday, 8th November 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

The Arctic Monkeys played a sell-out crowd Saturday night at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne. The biggest sartorial surprise of the evening was frontman Alex Turner’s transformation from laddish mod to 1950s rocker. Gone is the pudding-bowl haircut and granddad shirt, in comes a full greased quiff and leather biker jacket. Quite a shock initially, it turns out the look suits him, and indeed suits the harder edge to their latest music. Guitarist Jamie Cook tones down the look with just a hint of quiff. Bassist Nick O’Malley chooses the ’80s to be his decade of influence, with a T-shirt in tribute to the late, great Patrick Swayze in so-bad-it’s-good vigilante movie Road House. And P. Diddy’s best mate drummer Matt Helders keeps things loyal with a simple black Arctics T-shirt.

 

Live Review: Lovebox 2009 – Saturday 18th July

 
By on Sunday, 19th July 2009 at 2:41 am
 

Dan Black (side live)Now in its 7th year, Lovebox has firmly established itself as a key fixture of the London summer festivals. I was fortunate enough to be invited along to check out the first day of this year’s two day event, catching the likes of Dan Black, Frankmusik, Florence and the Machine and Friendly Fires.

After a hideously long journey, I only just made it in time to pick up my tickets, which meant that I’d missed such great bands as The Temper Trap, VV Brown, Rumble Strips and tommy Reilly, all of which I was quite keen to catch. Diving straight in with a trip to the Gaymers stage (or the “other” stage to you and I), I caught Dan Black.

I’ve been raving about Dan for a while now, really loving his unique, accessible electro-pop, so I was keen to finally catch him in the flesh. Ploughing through a tonne of material from his new album, ((un)), both him and the crowd really enjoyed his set, with most people knowing the words to the bigger tunes. After “Symphonies”, Dan joked “right, I’ve done something intellectual – now time for something for your inner thug!” before launching into “I Love Life”. Playfully batting a giant inflatable apple around the crowd, Dan finished his set with “Alone”, commenting that “normally people can’t clap in time to that – I guess you’ve all done music GCSE!”. Well received,

Next I took a trek over to the main stage to catch Florence and her Machine. In fine form, she was doing her usual trick of keeping the security on their toes, running down front of the crowd, and giving it her all. When the heavens opened, she was anything but dampened, if anything it just gave her more energy as the umbrellas came out.

Flitting back to the Gaymers stage, I caught Frankmusik who I last saw supporting Keane at the O2 in London back in February. He’s moved on a fair bit, more comfortable with his songs, more banter – even offering to re-create the video to “In Step” if anyone had a hula hoop he could borrow. Short and sweet, his tunes are perfect pop bliss – danceable yet still fairly intelligent, just how I like my music.

Gang of Four were up next, and frankly I wish I hadn’t stayed for them. A bunch of past-it oldies who think they are still cool led to 50 minutes of shambolic dad-rock. Definately the odd ones out of the festival.

Finally, Friendly Fires headlined the Gaymers stage. My plan was to catch Friendly Fires and then wander over to check out Duran Duran for their last hour. However, yet again Friendly Fires blew me away, with an amazing light show to boot. The crowd was much nicer than the Roundhouse one of a few days ago, lots of dancing and no moshing, which was appreciated by this ageing 21 year old! “Kiss of Life” sounds bigger each time I hear it live, however the highlights are undoubtably Paris and Jump in the Pool, and I think they will be for some time to come.

After closing with Ex-Lover, I dashed over to see Duran Duran. After a so-so rendition of “Ordinary World” that seemed to appeal to the fans of reminiscing, and a front-man that tries a bit too hard to be cool in the shape of Simon Le Bon, I called it a night and headed back to the tube.

After the jump: some setlists, some photos.

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More Delays news

 
By on Thursday, 25th October 2007 at 2:00 am
 

Delays - Video shootAs Delays get closer and closer to the release of their new EP, Love Made Visible (out November 12th), more and more news leaks out about them…

Sunday saw them play a quick acoustic set at Southampton’s Joiners’ Oxjam festival (click for photos and review), which sounds like it was amazing (as could be expected). See videos of three new songs here, here, and here.

 

More Delays news: single download, video photos

 
By on Thursday, 4th October 2007 at 4:08 am
 

Delays - Video shootI’ve mentioned it time and time again, but Delays are one of my favourite bands these days, and as news slowly leaks about their forthcoming EP and Album, I get more and more excited about it.

Today’s new announcement (well, find by a forum member) sees shots of their new video being posted on flickr – it looks like it was a messy affair!

This is in addition to the first play of “Love Made Visible: The Torchteam remix” on XFM the other week.

In case you haven’t the time to listen, the track is AMAZING. It’s like the first play of Valentine – simply amazing!

More video screenshots after the jump.

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