A couple of weeks ago, I saw A Band Called Malice at the Half Moon in Putney. Returning after a successful appearance in January, the gig had sold out in advance and South London was ready to experience the style, attitude and hits of one of Britain’s most enduring bands once again.
After a few essays and an exam, here’s my first post for a few months! I’ll be posting more regularly over the summer, including the second ‘Albums of the Quarter’ (read the first here) – expect a distinctly European flavour this time with a look at new efforts from The Mads (Italy) and ABAY (Germany) among others – and hopefully a live review of Sazzie’s first UK headline solo show at the Camden Assembly at the end of the month – she’s signed to a new management company, released her first single with Beastie Boy Mix Master Mike, done some US dates and a ton of writing for herself and others since I last wrote about her. Whether we’ll get any Lovestarrs classics on the night remains to be seen…
Peach Club’s new songs mark an interesting diversifying of their offering – but are they a famous band yet?
I’ve been itching to see Peach Club again ever since they headlined Oxjam at The Mash Tun in October. With a new EP out since, I was curious to see what, if any, progression their live set showed. And with the future of the Owl Sanctuary in doubt (again), it seemed timely to pay them another visit.
A Band Called Malice
Norwich Arts Centre
Anyone in any doubt about just how much The Jam mean to people needs only go and see one of their many tribute bands. And on the evidence of last night’s performance, the recently formed, Midlands-based A Band Called Malice are one of the best.
“I hope I see you next year”
I recently travelled out to Germany to see my favourite band around at the moment PICTURES on the last two dates of their winter tour. Starting on Friday 19th January in Munich and continuing on to Nuremberg on Saturday 20th, the boys brought songs from their debut album Promise and a couple of new efforts from their forthcoming LP to Bavaria to close a nine-date tour of Germany which started before Christmas and concluded with five consecutive January dates.
Instead of listing my top however many favourite songs or albums as I’ve done previously, I thought this year I’d write a little about five of my favourite gigs I’ve been to in 2017, some of which I’ve blogged about previously and some of which I haven’t…
31st May 2017, 8:20pm CET: Pictures frontman Maze Exler calmly puts down his guitar, reaches on top of a nearby amp and picks up a cigarette. He lights it but the flame doesn’t last for more than five seconds of his wandering around. He flicks his lighter again and this time the flame takes. He wanders over to the microphone in the centre of the Huxleys Neue Welt stage and slowly begins singing. We already knew from Ole Fries’ guitar intro exactly what it was going to be.
Teenage Fanclub: the 90s indie legends feted by the likes of Oasis and Kurt Cobain have had a pretty good 2016 with a top-10 album Here, superb UK and US tours and even an appearance on the Andrew Marr Show to boot. Norman Blake and co. also like their, er, trajectory for 2017 with a series of shows planned including a huge date at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in February to end a European tour, followed by jaunts to Japan and Australia.