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06
Sep
10

THE RECOMMENDER – GRANDFATHER BIRDS

GRANDFATHER BIRDS

This five piece from Newcastle are carving out something fresh and enjoyable on the northern circuits, getting described by some as progressive indie.  Any genre with the words ‘progressive’, or ‘prog’, attached to it usually makes us wince at the potential self-indulgence, but this band create music that has plenty of breathing space and never stares at its own shoes for too long.  They generate stacks of melody, as each tune arrives in waves of charm and sophistication.  This is music that gets the girl simply by winning over the parents first.  On the track, The Waves Roll Back And Forth, they stay in first gear, creating more of an atmosphere than a song, with a Brian Eno-styled ambience, but don’t be fooled into thinking that there’s no meat on the bones of this band.  On their stand out track, The Woods, it begins with a gentle refrain of fear, that kicks into a full paranoid march after a minute and a half, as the pace strikes up.  The dissident lyrics “don’t want to go to work anymore” share a complaint that most of us have felt at some point in our lives, especially on a Monday morning.  It’s a fantastic piece of well-rounded work, self-released by them earlier this year.  The song Grandfather’s Bones once again starts by creeping up slowly like an incoming tide, before finding its full flow and climaxing in a smash of cymbals.  This is a band that makes full use of its numbers, regularly making their songs very much feel like there’s five people contributing.  The stand out instrument though is the lead guitar, which tinkers up front like a star striker, often starting and closing each tune.  We are pretty sure it’s unintentional, but their tune, Higher Bridges, has the timeless riff from Tears For Fears‘ tune, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, wound throughout it.  This is no bad thing and is the kind of delightful element that will continue to gain them attention – something that’s already had Tom Robinson give them some 6 Music airplay and a listing as a ‘featured artist’ on NME.com’s Breakthrough section.  The North East continues to produce some the UK’s most interesting music, (did it ever stop?), with bands well equipped to make the rest of us sit up and take note.  On the current evidence, Grandfather Birds are set to be near the front of the charge as one of the most mature and interesting of the lot.    (MB)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        GRANDFATHER BIRDS  – THE WOODS

Hear them here:        GRANDFATHER BIRDS – HIGHER BRIDGES (NYMARKS BIRDHOUSE REMIX)

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29
Nov
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 17

   

I’ve had a couple of tantalising gigs waft past my ears recently, so time to share in a generous-kind-of-Xmassy-sort-of-way. Tis the season to be jolly and all. Get involved and you won’t be disappointed. Do I ever let you down? OK, forget that shite performance by…um…no, thinking about it, I never let you down…

 

NME TOUR 2009

A new year begins and so another NME Tour rolls into town for it’s annual jaunt around the UK. This time hitting the Dome theatre with a larger capacity. Cue hordes of Brighton’s trendy teens en masse. They’re sticking to their trusted formula of four bands as the showcase. First on the bill will be the UK’s gorgeous answer to Ida Maria, Florence And The Machine with her troop of eclectic catchy Indie pop tuneage. Next up you should catch a band just about getting their fingertips over the edges of Radio One airplay, White Lies. With their New Romantic Rock, they’re placed too close on the shelf to The Bravery for me, but there you go . Third on the bill are the highlight of the night, Friendly Fires. Their self-titled album, released back in September, was a true highlight of 2008. When they hit their peaks they’re unreachable and live they give it an additional notch all together, especially watching both of the Ed’s (the frontman and the lead guitarist) hit it out. Lastly that night, a band that are NME darlings, (but then so was Pete Doherty and he’s a lost twat), the Scottish 4-piece Glasvegas. They ain’t bad and to be fair I’ve never seen them live, but for some reason their wave just didn’t wash upon my shore. The best thing to do in these circumstances is at the very least give them go. When have you ever taken my word as bible eh?

ACTS:                    FLORENCE & THE MACHINE, WHITE LIES, FRIENDLY FIRES, GLASVEGAS
VENUE:                  BRIGHTON DOME, Brighton
COST:                    £ 16.00
DATE:                    Monday 16th February 2009 
WEBSITES:            NME.com

 

WILD BEASTS

Just as you thought you were over the painful fact that Christmas and New Year had buggered up your wallets and you were climbing slowly closer to you bank account resembling something of normality – think again. Money will surely be flying back out of your account once more because February holds as much good live talent on our South shores as any previous year. Of the wide selection of acts performing for our pleasure this month I emplore you to check out this excellent group. I first fell in love with them after hearing one of my favourite songs of the year, Devils Crayon. Two singers, Tom and Hayden, the former providing the Edwyn Collins styled vocals and the latter giving us the tender Falsetto, almost reminiscent of Alison Moyet in part! The 4-piece’s sound is a guitar-based clambering brilliant piece of pop, that nestles somewhere inbetween nobody else. You won’t quite be able to shelve them and that’s definitely part of their charm. Set up in the tiny venue, Audio, this will be a truly up close and personal encounter not to be missed.

ACT:                      WILD BEASTS
VENUE:                  AUDIO, Brighton
COST:                    £ 8.00
DATE:                    Friday 20th February 2009
WEBSITES:            Myspace    Last.fm

 

So that’s yet another reliably fantastic recommendation for a couple of nights out in the new year. Get over Xmas save up your pennies as best you can once more and get busy foot tapping…
Mike




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