Last month Sazzie played her first solo UK show at the Camden Assembly. While England’s defeat to Belgium, shown in the downstairs bar, was nonetheless another step towards football coming home, the free show felt like a homecoming of sorts for Sarah McIntosh herself, returning to the UK stage for the first time since her brother Hamish decided to leave the synthpop duo Lovestarrs last year which set Sazzie on a solo course, with a new name and new management. After a break to visit America, and write music for trailers and adverts, Sazzie was back playing to her adoring audience in the city that launched her into the music business as a teenager.
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…
Raphael Callaghan plays the Islington, London: Tuesday 10th April
Tomorrow, Raphael Callaghan heads to London for his first gig there for many years. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re making the trip down to see him or are considering going along…
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.
Spearmint triumphantly bowed out of their latest chapter at London’s Water Rats on Friday. The ‘jukebox’ gig, billed as the band’s last for a couple of years, saw the full span of Spearmint’s career covered in a set chosen by an online fan vote.
Here’s all the information you need to know ahead of Spearmint’s final gig for a couple of years tomorrow at London’s Water Rats venue…