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Gonzo 5th Birthday Tour / Bloc Party / Cribs / We Are Scientists + More

 
By on Wednesday, 12th September 2007 at 2:41 pm
 

Bloc PartyBelieve it or not, Gonzo on MTV2 is 5 years old this year. To celebrate, they’re doing a tour of Barfly venues around the UK, with some of the best bands of the moment. Catch Bloc Party, We Are Scientists (who are doing yet another UK show) and The Cribs amongst other bands at each of the dates.

The ever present Operator Please are openers for each date.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on

Friday 12th October – Birmingham BarflyFuneral For a Friend with The Dykeenies
Saturday 13th October – Cardiff BarflyThe Rumble Strips with Blood Red Shoes
Sunday 14th October – Camden BarflyBloc Party with Does it Offend You, Yeah?
Friday 19th October – Liverpool BarflyThe Cribs with Lightspeed Champion
Saturday 20th October – York FibbersJack Penate with Dan le Sac Vs Scoobius Pip
Sunday 21st October – Glasgow BarflyWe Are Scientists with Foals

Photo is taken from Shane Bee’s flickr stream under the creative commons license

 

We Are Scientists / Winter UK University Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 29th August 2007 at 11:54 am
 

We Are ScientistsQuite possibly one of the hardest working bands in the music biz at the moment, We Are Scientists have announced a new tour of smaller universities around the country in November and December to fit in with their dates with the Kasier Chiefs. So hot is this tour announcement that its not even been mentioned on their myspace or official site – only an advert in this weeks NME has tipped me off about the dates.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Thursday 30th August) at 10am reportedly.

Monday 5th November – Preston 53 Degrees
Tuesday 6th November – Whitehaven Civic
Wednesday 7th November – Edinburgh University
Thursday 8th November – Leeds Met. University
Saturday 10th November – Surrey University
Sunday 11th November – Leicester University
Monday 12th November – Keele University
Tuesday 13th November – Norwich University
Thursday 15th November – Peterborough University
Friday 16th November – Derby University
Saturday 17th November – Plymouth University
Sunday 18th November – Southampton University
Tuesday 20th November – Swansea University
Sunday 25th November – Oxford Brooks University
Thursday 29th November – Bangor University
Saturday 1st December – Skegness The Big Reunion
Sunday 2nd December – Warwick University
Friday 7th December – Dundee Fat Sams Live
Sunday 9th December – Inverness Ironworks
Thursday 13th December – Northampton Roadmender

 

Live: We Are Scientists with The Scare Pull Tiger Tail and Switches at London’s Astoria

 
By on Wednesday, 28th February 2007 at 3:46 pm
 

Normally support bands get better as the evening progresses. However, at last night’s NME awards show with We Are Scientists at London’s Astoria, this was not the case. Opener Switches started playing to a quarter full auditorium, and by the end of their set they’d converted virtually all those present.

The Southend-on-sea four piece led by the charismatic Matt Bishop took us on a romp through their brief back catalogue, with both energy and excitement. Sounding like they’d be right at home in the background of an episode of Skins on E4, they’re the anthem to a night out, and their set was all too brief. Highlights ‘Drama Queen’ and ‘Lay down the Law’ got the crowd going, and were everything the best support bands should do.

The stage was quickly turned around and soon the audience’s favourites Pull Tiger Tail came out complete with day-glo tubes and tiger masks (which they only remembered to put on halfway through). Sounding like a mix between the Killers, Panic! At the Disco and Klaxons, the London three-piece were loved by the girls on the front, whilst some of the older audience members looked on in bemusement. Their energy was briefly halted when Davo their bassist / keyboardist knocked his synths and keys off their stands, causing much amusement.

Going on the last two bands, I was hopeful that Australians “The Scare” would be amazingly good. How wrong I was. Coming on looking like the typical stereotype of the hard living rock stars, Russell Brand look-alike Kiss Reid gave it his all, telling us that we were “boring… come on, give it some”, before spending much of the last two songs in the crowd. At the end of the last song he was joined by his two guitarists, who seemed to think that we loved them more than we did. Their music was overshadowed by their dramatics, with their generic brand of rock proving as unique as everyone else.

Finally, We Are Scientists graced the stage, coming on, looking genuinely surprised to the audience’s reaction. Starting off with a new slow song ‘Spoken For’, WAS were on top form, ploughing through most of their debut album whilst also throwing in a few extra new songs. WAS’ new stuff was good, though nothing they played stood up to their debut album: hopefully they’ll have some better songs hidden up their sleeves. Their inter-song banter between Keith and Chris was amusing, though a little short compared to other times. Pretty soon they launched into ‘Nobody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt’, when the place erupted into a sweaty mess that The Scare would have loved to have been a part of. Closing off the evening was the obligatory “Great Escape”, sending the crowd off into a frenzy once again, and bringing a brilliant evening of great (and not so great in the case of The Scare) music to a close.

 
 
 

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