26 maj 2011, 10:24
21 sep 2010, 16:10So I've finally got around to writing a recap of Mando's performance at Germany's Southside Festival with turned out to be an enjoyable performance with an amazing crowd. Even though I didn't attend myself, the online stream showed what was an electrifying moment in music history. Coming on stage with The Quarry, the Swedish quintet played through a setlist including recent chart smash, Dance With Somebody as well as old crowd pleasers like The Band and Long Before Rock 'n' Roll. Southside 2010 was one of the first to kick off this year's festival season and to employ Mando Diao as a headline act was a great way to get things started. For a band that has received acclaim in both Sweden and Germany, they can look forward to success in the UK and maybe after that, who knows?! The hour or so spent on stage included a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's Bleecker Street as part of an acoustic encore featuring Gustaf and Björn. They proved just how beautifully their songs can be put across which is hard to describe just how amazing they sounded. It just felt so much how I was a part of an amazing evening even though in reality I was sat in front of my computer screen with my headphones in laughing at people commenting calling Billy Talent 'kindermusik'. I wish I could have been there to experience it in real. This one moment has stuck in my head since June and will be there for months to come. Listening back proves just how amazing and talented Mando Diao are musically. (And they are very nice to look at too!). In all, it was an amazingly brilliant night.
[event=]Southside festival 2010[/event]
29 apr 2010, 19:03On our way to the Academy we encountered a load of people dressed like lifeguards with CARNAGE t-shirts on. Wherever they were off to, there certainly wasn't going to be any carnage as Ash were in town and now of them were there. Tonight's show saw them joined by Bloc Party's Russell Lissack who is the band's honourary fourth member for their second A-Z Tour - to commemorate their 26 singles in a year which is now up to N.
Considering Ash's fanbase as being quite large and dedicated - as well as diverse - the show was surprisingly not sold out, maybe everyone had dressed up like lifeguards instead. Daftys.
It's been nearly 20 years since Ash have formed so this show, as usual, had to show the best of each 'era'. Playing new tracks from their A-Z series, they also revisited 1977, did some Kung Fu and played an epic encore featuring Twilight of the Innocents. It has to be said though that for much of the new tracks, the majority of the crowd rarely moved. Could this be that the new stuff isn't faring as well?
The A-Z preview track Return of White Rabbit showed a possible dancier side to Ash which was expected to follow. Single A, True Love 1980, sounded like a space arcade and completely erased expectation. B, Joy Kicks Darkness, was again different and the series began to track back to Ash's love of space. It's always a nice thing to see a band prove they're not just one song - bands that are know who they are, I'm watching you - but sometimes it doesn't work. Having said that, the newer tracks did sound better live and the crowd did seem to be enjoying it. Which is all a band wants.
Ash going back and playing songs like, or basically just forgot that and make it just this one in particular. Meltdown live now seems to be turning into one of those rare treats, a track that gets its time until it's thrown to the bottom of the pile and forgotten about which is a shame because this was one of the tracks that defined who Ash were, showed what they could do, and more importantly came along on an album that also produced Orpheus.
So let's look back on Ash's last 20 years (or if you want to be specific - 18 years) and let them take centre stage, they are still certainly a band worth seeing and is probably one of the most epic performance makers of the year so far.
Sun 25 Apr – Ash - A-Z Tour 2010
14 apr 2010, 18:26As it is apparent from looking at my Last.fm profile, Mando Diao have taken up a lot of my recent time and have given me belief in myself to be President of the Newcastle Unit of their Street Team, which has units covering the entire world to be true. Their songs are fantastic and they certainly deserve the awards, fans etc that they get. The one thing, and that's my job to do, as part of the street team, is to basically propel Mando Diao into worldwide stardom which they will love and deserve. So this is my invitation for you to join the street team at www.mando-diao.com and serving the band with little missions, the smallest of things, to help. Please give me, and the others, a hand. Join the crew, have some fun and enjoy the music.
19 jul 2009, 19:51Sat 18 Jul – Narcfest
There were five bands playing the Prancey Dog stage so we were headed there. Soundcheck was still on so we decided on our hunt for We Are The Physics and failed so went for a coffee at Great Coffee on the Quayside instead. Well, I had a strawberry milkshake. After that we decided to return to the venue where first band The Cornshed Sisters had just finished, said hi to Ross from The Futureheads and sat down on the plush tiered seats up the far wall. Not long after we struck gold, leaving the room only to bump into 3 Michael's and a Chris ('Eeeee, you've had your hair cut!') We had a nice chat with them before they disappeared backstage. I think we went back outside for a walk next, looking for the steps to The Cumberland Arms coming back to catch the end of Chippewa Falls who sounded amazing, their music reminding me of waterfalls and forests and stuff. I just seemed to melt away. It was the next interlude and I must have bumped into Michael M (literally) twice. Much fun. Next up was Lianne Hall with a guitar, a repeat pedal and a keyboard and using them all to great effect. We watched Les Cox (Sportif) from the balcony. I had already heard about them so what I was expecting was different to what we got. They were quite fast paced and dancey which is what I usually look for in a band. Managed to get a nice chat with the drummer afterwards, congratulating him on the set. Anddd... finally.... We Are the Physics!!! I. Was. Completely. Blown. Away. Last time they played in Newcastle one person turned up but they've collected together a few fans since then. For one song, Michael M wanted us to completely destroy the place including us jumping off balconies and breaking each others arms, a very violent mosh pit. For some reason the crowd had become a bit smaller after Les Cox (Sportif) but I'm pretty sure if everyone had stayed they would have been willing to participate in the request. As promised the set included a world wide premiere of new song Dildonics. It started a bit slow but turned out as a tune of the cathy variety, it's going to be a hit. Also played was the 'English National Anthem', the Eastenders theme tune. To close up for the night was a rendition of Less Than Three (featuring yours faithfully). Oh yes, I played Michael M's bass. Usually he gives the bass to a random crowd member and jumps around the crowd. Originally it was given to a lad at the other side who ended up stading it up in front of him because he didn't have a clue so I ended up with it, I very much confused Michael as he was looking for it to get it back! Overall it was the best I've ever seen them and I'm looking forward to them playing here again.
Post-show hugs and a chat with Michael Guitar followed, before we had to run to catch the last bus. We would have stayed if we could but next time they are here we will make it up for running off.
16 feb 2009, 11:50Without looking at the questions below, list your top 10 favorite artists according to Last.fm
1 The Hives
2 The Futureheads
3 Sugarplum Fairy
4 The Cribs
5 Mando Diao
6 We Are Scientists
8 We Are the Physics
9 The Cooper Temple Clause
10 Kaiser Chiefs
Answer the following questions.
Q: What was the first song you ever heard by #2?
A: Hounds Of Love. It was VH2's anthem of the year back in the beginning of 2005.
Q: What is your favorite album of #6?
A: With Love And Squalor. The new one is good but not as good.
Q: What is your favorite Lyric of #8?
A: "You can do athletics, you can do athletics, you can do it..."
Q: What is your favorite song by #9?
A: Hmmm, probably Panzer Attack
Q: Is there a song of #1 that makes you sad?
A: I don't think so.
Q: What is your favorite song by #7?
A: Hahaha, I love a lot of their stuff! But at the moment it's probably Lies
Q: What is your favorite song by #10?
A: Jaysus... I Predict a Riot
Q: What is your favorite album by #8?
A: They only have one!! We Are the Physics Are OK At Music
Q: How did you get into #5?
A: One of the singers is the brother of the two front men in Sugarplum Fairy. When I listened to them I thought they were canny good.
Q: What is your favorite song by #4?
A: "The meek you should rejoice, now you've found your voice. If you can't beat them don't join them just post rumours on forums." I'm Alright Me
Q: Who is your favorite band member of #3?
Q: What is a good memory concerning #4?
A: I met Ryan Jarman and he put me on the guestlist. Wrote my name on his hand and everything. Then I was on their DVD. And I'm also in the Bovine video.
Q: Is there a song by #3 that makes you sad?
A: Not really. Coming Home and Love Bird are really beautiful though.
Q: What is your favorite song of #1?
A: Hate To Say I Told You So
Q: How did you become a fan of #7?
A: I saw them when they did their first TV appearance back in 2003.
Q: What do you like to do while listening to #6?
A: Do stupid stuff.
Q: Which of the 10 has influenced you the most?
A: Well, McFly got me into guitar music and The Cribs have shaped me the way I am. I don't think one band in particular has influenced me the most.
Q: Which artist makes you the most happy?
A: Again, a difficult choice. They all do for various reasons.
Q: Which artist makes you the most sad?
A: They are all happy bands! I don't get sad listening to a band, unless I'm forced to listen to My Chemical Romance or something.
Q: Which artist makes the best dance music?
A: The Cooper Temple Clause or We Are The Physics.
Q: Which artist have you liked the longest?
Q: Which artist have you liked the shortest?
A: Probably We Are The Physics.
Q: Are there any artists you will still be listening to in 20 years?
A: Probably all of them.
10 dec 2008, 21:45UK (31): The Futureheads, The Cribs, McFly, The Cooper Temple Clause, The Jam, Kaiser Chiefs, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Maxïmo Park, Dirty Pretty Things, Franz Ferdinand, Keane, We Are The Physics, Razorlight, Joy Division, The Kinks, Supergrass, The Departure, The Small Faces, The Who, Madness, The Horrors, The Fratellis, Dustin’s Bar Mitzvah, Blur, Pulp, The Clash, The Beatles, The Zutons, Bolt Action Five, The Long Blondes, The Automatic
Sweden (9): The Hives, Sugarplum Fairy, Mando Diao, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Refused, ABBA, Randy, The Lost Patrol Band, Melody Club
USA (9): We Are Scientists, The Strokes, The Killers, The Monkees, Blink-182, Scars On Broadway, The Spinto Band, Serj Tankian, Foxboro Hot Tubs
Ireland (1): Ash
13 nov 2008, 12:05And about time as well, as I have been invited along to go and see one of the best bands this country has given us in years.
I first got into these guys after hearing their cover of Hounds Of Love on VH2's Track Of The Year thing back in the beginning of 2005. Well, they kept the position until Coldplay came along with Speed of Sound from their acclaimed X & Y album.
Still waiting for the final announcements for the support band(s) so I can listen to them before the gig, I know it will be a night to remember. Their last Christmas Special, at Newcastle Carling Academy last year, played host to Field Music and This Aint Vegas amongst other bands in the locality.
Yes, I do feel slighty more excited than I have ever done in my life but to be told I am getting to go and see The Futureheads, excitement is a bit of an understatement.
5 jun 2008, 08:30Tue 15 Apr – The Hives
Just got round to reviewing this, I've been completely speechless over the whole 'I just saw them live' thing.
I arrived extremely early on the hopes of meeting the guys before the show, and I did! I did but I don't believe it, although I have photos as evidence.
I thought they were all really nice and Matt was just adorable, we talked bass playing 'Oh, by the way, I play bass too!'
I sent my photos to The Hives for inclusion on their website so you can see me with Matt and Pelle over on there.
Finally, it came to showtime and by this point I was overly excited, I had been waiting months for this moment. I met up with my friends Hannah and Sam and we waited through the support band Henry Fiat's Open Sore who we will remember for his open crotch.
Everything went black, A Stroll Through Hive Manor Corridors started playing. The Hives sign lit up and we all blew up, quite literally, it was amazing.
From Hey Little World to Return The Favour they played through all their 'hits' without the inclusion of B Is For Brutus and a.k.a. I-D-I-O-T unfortunately. However, despite this, I don't think I have ever screamed so much in my entire life. I had an amazing time so thanks Hives :)
3 jun 2008, 19:46Sun 1 Jun – Middlesbrough Music Live
It rained. However, this didn't stop it being a good day overall.
As soon as the gates opened I made my way to the burger vans. After making my choice of food (chips and a cheese savoury fishcake), I made my way to the main stage for the first band, eating as I waited for them to come and perform. First up was The Anomalies, an indie/hip hop band. The songs weren't that great but they made up for it with their performance. The freestyling part of the set involved 3 subjects, given to the band by the audience: Beach, Superheroes and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. This part of the set was complete hilarity and I laughed lots. After this, the rain started to get heavy so I decided to venture to the Town Hall stage where I'd be warm and dry. I caught the end of Kinevil, shame I hadn't seen their full set as they were crazily amazing, electro, electro, I think I love it!! I'd been looking forward to the next band as I had read what I wanted to read about a band. Parka was that band, and I danced so much. The songs were really fast and they even brough a saxophone!! Top band. The Joy Formidable weren't all that good. I think you should be able to learn to play guitar and sing at the same time if that's what you are gonna do in your band. The Hosts were better but they reminded me of a not very good Mando Diao covers band or something. The last band I watched inside was Ipso Facto, a kind of girl version of The Horrors, even hailing from Southend-On-Sea themselves! They had little to say lyrics-wise but the tunes were there.
Time to return to the main stage (and outside, NO RAIN!) where Wildcats Of Kilkenny were just finishing off their set of cover versions of excellent family sing-along songs, using a violin and a double-bass. I took the oppurtunity to push my way to the front of the crowd when two NEDs decided to be very clever and do what NEDs do best: start a fight. Newcomer Jack McManus made his debut on the main stage next, the crowd kept shouting for 'Bang On The Piano' which he closed with. Not too shabby at all! Delayed due to being stuck in Dublin becuase of a late flight, Infadels' set was unfortunately cut short but not without incident as the keyboardist, along the lines of Alex Pennie, ex-Automatic keyboardist, decided to jump off the stage and stand on the barrier, he pulled away, started walking further along by the stage and tripped up, staining his white jeans in the mud. haha. Musically, they were great.
What a mickey take but the next band's name was Delays. And they were probably in my top 3 bands of the day. Their music just made me want to jump up and down like and idiot, I had an amazing time watching Delays.
One Night Only, a band that apparently 'stole the show' on the Ten Feet Tall Stage last year. Erm, no. I didn't think they were anything special then and didn't think them coming back this year with a top ten album made them any better. I found them to be a load of over rated hype and I know bands 10 times better that aren't getting half the recognition that these are and who deserve this sort of recognition a lot more.
Finally, the final band, the one I'd been waiting for all day, well, actually, I'd been waiting since the line-up got announced to see these guys. Ash have played alongside the likes of The Hives and will be opening for The Cribs who are headlining the second day of this years Zoo Thousand festival. The choice of songs at MML was excellent but I was a bit disappointed that Starcrossed hadn't been included in the set list as it is one of my favourites of theirs. However, the inclusion of You Can't Have It All and closer Polaris made up for it. Ok, I was very squashed down the front and I hardly had a voice afterwards from screaming and not drinking (I had last drank liquids while in Newcastle the day before), but it was well worth it. Ash were amazing, so good I got to the point where I was comparing them to The Hives, they weren't as good as The Hives I figured but still almost there.
Final words. Middlesbrough Music Live 2008 is over and I am looking forward to next years festival.
Best Band - Ash
Worst Band - One Night Only (over rated hype)