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16
May
09

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 27

THE GREAT ESCAPE – REVIEW – DAY TWO

It’s just impossible to catch each and every band that’s on the lengthy schedule. Sadly, there are plenty of great acts that have times that clash and even working out the logistics of getting between all the venues is a task in itself. Still, yet another mind-numbingly exciting day was had by us all for day two…

1.) WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS

IMG_2536.jpg We Were Promised Jetpacks picture by odelaybradford

Experience– And so we begin again at The Honey Club for today and immediately the phrase “start as you mean to go on” comes to mind, but frankly it would be nigh on impossible for us to maintain the standards we witnessed with this band’s performance! This Scottish 4-piece blew away any cobwebs gathered by the previous nights partying. My expectations were high having heard the handful of tracks available from them, but they surpassed them with ease. The raw energy that chimes out from their outstanding power-Indie is exceptional. Particularly impressive was the voice of frontman, Adam Thompson , especially on Ships With Holes Will Sink. Stunning.

BEST TRACKSHIPS WITH HOLES WILL SINK (ysi)

2.) TEMPER TRAP

IMG_2599.jpg Temper Trap picture by odelaybradford

Experience– Possibly having travelled the farthest of all the acts on show this weekend, the Melbourne 4-piece were deserving of our attention. Playing straight after the energetic We Were Promised Jetpacks at the same venue, they had a task on their hands, but they burst straight into it. Playing live they had a thunderous beat and a louder sound than expected, particularly from what we’ve previously heard on their Myspace. The trademark sailing, whirlwind of echoing guitars soared high and the confident vocals from frontman Dougy tied up an entertaining set. The clear highlight was their best track to date, Sweet Disposition, as it’s U2-like riffs had us all hypnotized.

BEST TRACKSWEET DISPOSITION (ysi)


3.) CHEW LIPS

IMG_2655-1.jpg Chew Lips picture by odelaybradford


Experience
– Having missed them at The Hope the previous evening our appetite for this Camden 3-piece was even greater. We braved the pouring rain and driving coastal winds to race over to the Audio venue to catch them. We were to witness two examples of true star quality in the bands tonight and frontwoman, Tiggs, was the first of these. Climbing the amps, posing for the cameras and bouncing around the stage, in way not seen since Lovefoxxx, she stole the show. Closing on the excellent tune, Solo, this was a performance that left everyone in the venue with a positive, broad smile on their faces. Contagiously brilliant.

BEST TRACKSOLO (ysi)

4.) MASTER SHORTIE

IMG_2750.jpg Master Shortie picture by odelaybradford

Experience– Lesson number two in star quality was immediately upon us around the corner as this South London MC launched himself onstage. What a talent this fella proved to be. He’s got the image, the energy, bags of confidence and perhaps most importantly true crossover appeal. Indie kids will love the guitars and hooks and singalong chorus’ and fans of Hip Hop will enjoy the rapid-fire lyrical assault that he spits out so well. His energy and enthusiasm was infectious. There was plenty of engaging the audience between songs, showing us a young man truly at ease on stage. He even got warm up act, RIZ MC, back on stage to improvise some lyrics, providing us with a genuinely special touch. Electric.

BEST TRACKDEAD END (ysi)

5.) METRONOMY

IMG_2850.jpg Metronomy picture by odelaybradford

Experience– We’ve never caught the Brighton adoptees live before. There’s always been something that’s got in the way, so it was with relief and marked delight that we finally had a chance to see their famous show tonight. In the weekend’s biggest venue so far, at the Corn Exchange, we witnessed them blast out their inventive pop to a packed house. Following the recent departure of bassist Gabriel Stebbing to the band Your Twenties, we met with with the new bassist and female drummer. The dance moves they’re famous for were absent, so perhaps they need to rehearse some more before they work new ones out. Otherwise, the songs still stood tall and the crowd’s love affair was still very much in evidence.

BEST TRACKA THING FOR ME (ysi)

We watched the second half of Metronomy, alongside Neil from the band Club Smith, who explained how he once supported them way back when they were brand new. It brought into perspective how bands can grow from the tiny beginnings we are witnessing all over town this weekend to the heavy hitters that we saw in Metronomy tonight. On our way home we bumped into Tim, lead singer for the Brighton band Maths Class, who informed us that they’re playing a secret gig at The Hope pub at 1pm Saturday and so we depart from tonight in the knowledge that the next day already guarantees more exciting entertainment.
Mike

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08
May
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 26

We are acting like small children pumped up with blue smarties here at The Recommender. Brighton’s equivelant to the SXSW festival, The Great Escape,  is around the corner and we have our ‘Delegate tickets’ booked up. This allows unprecedented access to all gigs, the artists village and the chance to interview and gossip with the worlds newest bands. We will of course bring you all the subsequent treats accordingly. If you’re from further afield or cannot make it then perhaps our Tweeted updates will suffice? Find the Twitter account here.

YUKSEK
You would think that having 300 of the world’s coolest bands and DJ’s hit our town in May for The Great Escape festival would cause a totally empty calendar in June, but alas we see the world-class French dance master coming over the horizon. Following visits across Europe and Japan he jets back to our shores to provide us with his full collection of lyric-heavy, pounding Electro beats, before dancing off on his summer schedule. Having released the excellent, highly acclaimed album, ‘Away From The Sea‘ back in February, it should be a packed out explosion as good as any club floor filling experience. 2009 is likely to be his year, as not only is his powerful album proving a success, but his remixes, including hot property in the shape of Tommy Sparks and White Lies, have proved to be a master stroke. Prepare to catch a DJ enjoying a deserved rise in the competitive ranks.

ACT:                    YUKSEK
VENUE:               DIGITAL, (Blah Blah Blah Events), Kings Road Arches, Brighton
COST:                 £ 10.00
DATE:                 Saturday 23rd May 2009
WEBSITE:          Myspace
TRACK:               SO FAR AWAY FROM THE SEA (ysi)

METRONOMY
Always fearless and inventive, Metronomy bring us their colourful live set in their adopted home of Brighton. Their shows have grown in reputation as it’s often a platform they use to be creative and ultimately do what they do best; entertain.  Famous for wearing round lights stuck to their chests that flash on in time with the music serves to add to their natural connection on stage. Their vibrant, jerky Pop music is brilliantly playful and totally endearing. It is not known whether bassist, Gabriel Stebbing, who recently left to concentrate on his own band, Your Twenties, (more about them on this blog in the near future), is going to continue to appear live with Metronomy, but they have assured us their sets still pack the same entertaining punch. Gabriel or no Gabriel, the dance routines and contagiously enjoyable show will still be there.

ACT:                      METRONOMY
VENUE:                 CONCORDE 2, Marine Parade, Brighton
COST:                   £ 10.00
DATE:                   Wednesday 27th May 2009
WEBSITE:            Myspace
TRACK:                 HEARTBREAKER (Kris Menace Remix)       (ysi)

One last thing regarding The Great Escape festival – For those who are struggling to pick out which highlights you want to see from the 300 bands on show, or aren’t sure about what order to see them in etc, then perhaps our spreadsheet will help? We’ve put together an excel table for each of the days listing the bands we want to see or are interviewing and we don’t mind emailing it over to you if you think it would help. Send us an email titled ‘TGE SCHEDULE‘ to: therecommenderblog@gmail.com.
Mike

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08
Mar
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 23

We love our home city of Brighton, really we do. Here on The Recommender, we mostly cover music from any of the global scene’s around, but on occasion we have the chance to look no further than our pebble-covered shoreline to locate the buzz of exciting new music. And so it’s with a slightly different edition of The Gig List today that we proudly bring you…

THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL

That buzz is currently at ear-splitting levels with the recent announcement of the line ups and dates of our annual new music festival. Rightly touted as the UK’s version of the famous American SXSWFestival, with over 300 (mainly) new bands and acts. It runs over 3 days and at 34 venues across Brighton.  

We’ve perused the lengthy listings and taken it upon ourselves to point out what we think are the worthwhile highlights and we’ve been kind enough to include a little mp3 so you can hear them for yourselves. Aren’t we the helpful ones…

 

  
  
Kasabian.jpg kasabian picture by Mark18_2008   
  
  

An Experiment On A Bird In An Air Pump – Lights Out        (ysi)

The Big Pink – Too Young To Love       (ysi)

Fan Death – Veronica’s Veil       (ysi)

Casiokids – Fot I Hose       (ysi)

Dan Black – HYPNTZ       (ysi)

The Joy FormidableWhirring       (ysi)

KasabianClub Foot       (ysi)

Kissy Sell OutNightswimming(Kissy Remix)       (ysi)

Little BootsStuck On Repeat       (ysi)

MetronomyHeartbreaker (Kris Menace Remix)       (ysi)

Micachu & The ShapesThe Golden Phone        (ysi)

The MaccabeesNo Kind Words        (ysi)

Passion PitSleepyhead       (ysi)

The Temper TrapSweet Disposition       (ysi)

V V BrownCrying Blood       (ysi)

We Were Promised JetpacksShips With Holes Will Sink       (ysi)


COST
:                  £ 39.50  (allows access to all venues, subject to capacity)
DATES:                 14th, 15th and 16th May 2009
WEBSITE:             http://www.escapegreat.com

This annual city-wide party is just what the doctor ordered after a long winter. A festival that is growing in stature year on year, it is now rightly claimed as Europe’s leading festival for new music. Could it be any better for a Brighton-based new music blog like ours. We love our city of Brighton, really we do…

Mike

23
Dec
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 17

Welcome back people. Another simple post for you here all about the mystery and brilliance that is METRONOMY

We love them very muchly here at The Recommender. With their jerky, wonky, pop that layers up and up into a mash of synths and bounce.

 It’s all a little bit geek-heavy, like Hot Chip, a little bit Casio-heavy, like Mendetz, and a little bit art-heavy, like Klaxons.

It’s with their live performances and fantastic music videos that they really come to life though. You will see them trying just about anything, as long as it involves weird lighting, or outstandingly loud colours. 

They stake their themes all about love and good times and clearly don’t take themselves too seriously. It’s refreshingly bright and hopeful. That’s what shines through in their video’s particularly.

Find their excellent video for ‘A Thing For Me here…

Here’s their video for ‘Radio Ladio’

Well worth their own posting we think. Hope you enjoyed this meandering foray into Metronomy. See you again soon…
Mike




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