INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW - DAY 3 (THURSDAY)

GIG: International Pop Overthrow
DATE: Thursday 14th May 2015
VENUE: The Cavern Pub and Club
COST: £4 after 8pm in the Club
OUR VERDICT: A bit of Wylde Mod and Ska

This blog is intended to be a way for us to capture our personal memories from all the gigs we go to see. The International Pop Overthrow in Liverpool hosts around 140 artists, across 3 stages, ranging from solo acts with an acoustic guitar to full on rock bands covering different music styles from folk, pop, rock and everything in between!!!! Some we like, some we love, some are pure nuggets and some are just not our cup of tea. This is just our personal opinion of the acts we see through the IPO festival, highlights and lowlights included. If there’s a band we are not fond of, do still check them out as tastes differ and you could have a different opinion from us.


Bands seen today = 9
The Remington, Betamotion, The Herron Brothers, Thee Wylde Fuzz Show (twice), The Reflections, Watchtower (twice), Donkey Hot Pink, The Backlash, RAF

Number of bands seen in the IPO so far = 27

CDs: 
Thee Wylde Fuzz Show Single, Betamotion.



The Remington ( in The Club)
Day number 3……kicked off for us with the second act on the bill, from Italy The Remington. The programme says this band is a quintet, but today we got a trio. Their songs were very good, and the lead singer sounded a bit like John Hiatt at times, and was also a great guitar player. The drumming was colourful, with the drummer giving it some serious welly behind the kit and every song sounding different. As a trio they were great, and we wonder what the five piece would sound like. 

After completing their playlist, they still had some spare time so we got an impromptu Woody Guthrie cover. We had considered getting their CD, but at £10 felt it a bit overpriced. We did also catch the tail end of their next slot over in the Cavern Club.


Betamotion
Betamotion are a trio and this was a “filler” for us. We were actually pleasantly surprised with them. Their set started with some pre-recorded voice-overs at the start of the first few songs which we initially thought “oh oh” but each song had a great beat to it and each took twists and turns  and sometimes was mashed with bits of well-known hits, such as Bowie’s “All The Young Dudes”, The Doors “Light My Fire” and “Eleanor Rigby”. The guy on lead vocal was extremely  strong with a terrific range and they did sound great.


The Herron Brothers
Derby boys, The Herron Brothers were up next. This duo sound very like Crowded House, with two vocals blended together over two acoustic guitars. It was nice to see Fun of The Pier singing along too. Their set appeared to be fairly spontaneous, and they were up against a rather noisy pub crowd this evening. Hats off to their unique re-marketing idea for their album (recorded 4 years ago) – Marmite Jars containing a USB stick with the album on it.

Thee Wylde Fuzz Show features Jonny who has appeared at previous IPO’s with his old band The Ace. This new band is a mix of psychedelic, mod and garage. We saw both of their sets today, each was different apart from the two common songs that make up their CD single and was a mix of original material and a few covers, but these were mostly obscure and they fit in with the band’s sound seamlessly. 
Thee Wylde Fuzz in The Cavern Pub

Thee Wylde Fuzz Show rock the Cavern
With two Rickenbackers in the line-up, you know you are going to get a jingle and a loud set. Their first set kicked off with a cover of “Shakin’ All Over” and continued at a frenetic pace. The drummer was very good, providing a great rolling beat. 

There must have been some consumption of energy drinks between the end of their first show and the start of the second because the second one started where the last one left off……high octane, high energy which really put the W into Wylde. The band powered through the second set, and Jonny literally threw himself around the Cavern Stage. A great debut for this band at the IPO, who incidentally have the youngest Bass player in the festival at the tender age of just 13!.
Our friend Kerri, her Thee Wylde Fuzz CD and the Band after the show

The Reflections
The Reflections, a band who have appeared at many IPOs have developed over the last couple of years and are more psychedelic and rockier now than in the past. The lead singer is more animated, and the keyboard adds to that 60’s psychedelic sound.

A stand out song tonight for us was “Girl I Used To Know” which had a strong vocal and a neat little lead guitar solo. A new song was included tonight, “New Shoes” which had a bit of a “Pipeline” guitar and drum feel to it and it sounded just fine. Unfortunately the back stage seemed to be running a bit late so their set was cut a little short, ending on the title track of their EP “Haunted House”, which finished with an eerie “whhoooo” in true ghost style from the lead guitarist.

Another filler for us was local Liverpudlian band Watchtower and boy are we glad we saw them, so much so, that we also saw their last ever gig across the road in the Pub later on. 

Watchtower
A quartet of young local lads, this was their last night together as a band so it was quite poignant (and emotional) for them to be playing the Cavern stage. This band is a bunch of real characters, and Jackson the lead guitarist really stood out as a fun, mad, (in the nicest sense) kind of guy. He was as flexible as a pipe cleaner, bending this way and that, pogoing around the stage and had the most amazing facial expressions. A mixture of Slade's Dave Hill, and Wilko Johnson. He was also a rather good air drummer too! 

We really enjoyed the Bass player’s song about having a job you hate – it had a great ska melody with a bit of “whoo hoo, ha ha ha” as the chorus. He was also a very good bass player and jumped, danced and moved around the stage just like the two guitarists. 

For both performances they had a great crowd in, which left little room to move, and we have to say their ska influenced rhythm and general overall synergy and stage presence was a winner for us. This is the first band of this year’s IPO that have had an encore, and they did a sensational version of Led Zep’s “Whole Lotta Love” which was very true to the record and sounded pure brilliant. Their pub set was pretty much the same (without the Led Zep song) and their final song was a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B Goode” which had the whole pub jumping and  thumping. What a way to end.

Donkey Hot Pink, from Spain had command of the Back Stage and we were not overly impressed with this band from Southern Spain. They just didn’t do it for us. To each their own though.

We caught part of the set from Italian band The Backlash and gave up after two songs as what we got was an Oasis tribute act. They did provide two of the funniest moments mind you. The band started playing, and we thought someone had taken a wrong turn and had wandered on-stage by mistake. It was in fact the singer, who we reckon was waiting for the big audience cheer that didn't happen. Then we witnessed a first at the IPO. They finished the first song to a deafening silence.

RAF
Our final band for the night was all the way from Portland, Oregon, a MOD outfit called RAF. All suited and booted, this band was a cross between The Who and The Ramones, and gave us 30 minutes of high powered, brilliant Mod Punk Rock. 

They played original material which actually, would not be out of place on a compilation of 60’s Mod, and did only one cover, their final song, The Kinks’ “David Watts”. 

This is another group whose professionalism shines through, playing a tight set. We did enjoy seeing this band but it is unfortunate that the lead singer looked a bit like Nigel Farage!!!
RAF




Until tomorrow guys and gals ……..

INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW - DAY 2 (WEDNESDAY)

GIG: International Pop Overthrow
DATE: Wednesday 13th May 2015
VENUE: The Cavern Pub and Club
COST: It’s still 100% free today!!!
OUR VERDICT: It’s Getting Better All The Time

This blog is intended to be a way for us to capture our personal memories from all the gigs we go to see. The International Pop Overthrow in Liverpool hosts around 140 artists, across 3 stages, ranging from solo acts with an acoustic guitar to full on rock bands covering different music styles from folk, pop, rock and everything in between!!!! Some we like, some we love, some are pure nuggets and some are just not our cup of tea. This is just our personal opinion of the acts we see through the IPO festival, highlights and lowlights included. If there’s a band we are not fond of, do still check them out as tastes differ and you could have a different opinion from us.


Bands seen today = 12
Housekeeping Society, Harvest Moon (twice), Gentlemen Rogues, David Lloyd, Thomas McConnell, The Ragamuffins, Mikah Gilbert, The Parkas, Onions, The Janne Borgh Identity, Orwell, Esa Linna and The Dawnbreakers.

Number of bands seen in the IPO so far = 18

CDs: 
Harvest Moon EP – In Tow, Ragamuffins EP – Get Cynical, Ragamuffins EP – The Benefits of a Downhill Paper Round.


The Housekeeping Society
Day number 2 started in the Cavern Pub, and Ric Neale’s The Housekeeping Society easing us in with some gentle tunes, and harmony from the band. This band had practised, and played a tight set, moving between songs effortlessly. 


Ric was gracious with the audience, thanking them for coming onto the pub despite the glorious sun-shiney day outside. He also has a great, strong voice which shone out against the backdrop of the guitar, bass and acoustic drum box, and the added backing vocals. 

It’s a shame that the group of people at the back of the pub (friends of Ric we found out after) had a bad case of verbal diarrhoea and constantly chatted (very loudly) above all of the songs. It was totally disrespectful, even more so that they knew Ric!

Next up, a band from the south of Holland, Harvest Moon. The band’s name is of course a nod to Neil Young, and this was reflected in the mixture of acoustic and rock they played. From the first note, we knew this band were going to be good and we sat up and took notice. What really added to their sound was a vintage Hammond organ that was left of the stage (it was just too big to fit on the stage!) and with the two guitars and acoustic 12 string and a little harmonica thrown in every now and then, and they made a really great power pop sound too.
Harvest Moon in The Cavern Pub
As their set progressed, the applause and cheers from the audience got louder and louder, and the reaction to their third song “Wanna See You Dancing” (where the WAGs got up and danced) was phenomenal. We think that is the song of the IPO so far. They moved from real power pop tunes to tender ballads and even did a surf inspired instrumental and the audience lapped it all up. This was a definite highlight so early in the day’s schedule and the rest of the bands would be hard pressed to match them. 
Harvest Moon on the Back Stage

They were given an extra slot in the schedule later on in the Cavern Club, Live Lounge (Back Stage) due to a no show, and this was a repeat of the performance in the pub. Again the audience loved their sound and the applause and cheers were thunderous. One of the IPO's new nuggets.


Gentlemen Rogues
Over in the Cavern Club, we caught the whole set from Gentlemen Rogues on the Front Stage as they filled in for a no show. They were loud and very guitar heavy and not really to the taste of the early evening more ‘mature’ crowd that were in the club at the time. This band from Austin, Texas know their stuff and went straight into each number, hardly pausing for breath. We felt some backing vocals would have counterbalanced the guitar fuzz, and then realised that the other guitarist was actually singing his heart out at times. but was completely drowned out by the guitars. Maybe a bit too heavy for us in the early evening.

David Lloyd
Staying at the Front Stage, local singer/songwriter David Lloyd did his usual good set of songs. This year he had a second acoustic guitar player with him which added to the sound immensely. David has as strong vocal which resonates during the rockier numbers and softens for the more gentle songs when needed. He included a Bossa Nova number this year, which sounded great with a bit of ‘ba ba ba ba’s’ included. For the last few songs, Lauren Daly joined them on stage. There was a good crowd of support which filled the first half of the club too, which added to the atmosphere and his set went down very well.

Thomas McConnell
Wearing a dotty tie and with his trademark tousled hair, Thomas McConnell was seated at a keyboard and was backed this year by a full band, We got the pleasure of an upbeat set, with only a short interlude for a slow, tender number mid-way through.

One particular stand out song was “Please Don’t Slow Me Down” which has a bit of a doowop rhythm going on and his vocals were just brilliant on this. 

You can hear shades of McCartney influence in Thomas’ music but still know it is all original material.  Thoroughly enjoyed this performance from a local Liverpool lad who should be going places.
Thomas McConnell

The Ragamuffins
Next up, The Ragamuffins. Complete with a bit of a brass section (2 trumpets), this Liverpool band are brilliant and really infectious. They have mastered the double hand clap melody and are great performers with catchy tunes, that have great titles!. Loved their set.

Back to the Cavern Club, and a chance to see the second show from Micah Gilbert, on the Front Stage. The US bands really do nail power pop. Great catchy, punchy songs, a fantastic drum beat and the right balance of guitars to vocal. What more could we ask for? Again this set sounded great and was much appreciated by the audience and Micha seems to have a large Japanese following!
Micah Gilbert

The Parkas were on stage in the Pub for their second appearance. There is not much we can say that wasn’t said in yesterday’s blog. This young, vibrant, energetic band are not like any other MOD band, where you only get Paul Weller and The Who wannabe's who are more like a tribute band. These guys have their own style and sound which sets them above everyone else, but when they do a cover of MOD classics such as they did tonight with “A Town Called Malice”, they really do it justice. Another cover done tonight was "She Bangs the Drum" which fitted well alongside their original material. They seemed delighted to have a few extra minutes at the end of their set, and did a spontaneous cover of The Who’s “My Generation”. …. nice one guys.
The Parkas rock The Cavern Pub

The Onions
The Onions were a bit of an unknown for us. Research ahead of the IPO had piqued our interest and we are glad we saw them because we loved their set. 

The three piece harmony was to die for, the falsetto was lovely and the occasional Moog/Synth pieces really stood out. Hats off to the Bass guitarist/Moog player – he had a great big bandage on one finger which must have made it difficult to play!


Next up, from Stockholm, The Janne Borgh Identity. We had seen this three piece perform last year and thought they played a solid set, with great hooks and vocals. Tonight was no exception. Scandinavian Pop/Rock hits the spot again. A stand out song tonight was (we think called) “There Goes My Baby”, which had terrific backing vocals. We look forward to seeing it all again tomorrow.
The Janne Borgh Identity

Orwell
The final act on the Live Lounge (Back Stage) was Orwell, from the Netherlands. Members of this band have been at the IPO before, under the guise of The Montanas, The Spontanas (and more?) and Orwell are a Prog Rock ‘Work In Progress’ band. The Prog Rock label probably explains the 3 guitars in the band! Maybe not really our niche taste.

At this point we divided and conquered, The Beeb staying to watch Orwell and Minty headed off to catch Esa Linna and the Dawnbreakers for the second time. 

Esa Linna & The Dawnbreakers
The Finnish band did the same set as last night, and sounded great on the Front Stage, strong vocals and some catchy foot tapping music. 

Unfortunately the audience had thinned by this time so the humour in the introductions to the songs was lost a little. Still, they did sound good.



So, weary we left The Cavern. Until tomorrow……..

INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW - DAY 1 (TUESDAY)

GIG: International Pop Overthrow
DATE: Tuesday 12th May 2015
VENUE: The Cavern Pub and Club
COST: today it is all free
OUR VERDICT: a kicking good start

This blog is intended to be a way for us to capture our personal memories from all the gigs we go to see. The International Pop Overthrow in Liverpool hosts around 140 artists, across 3 stages, ranging from solo acts with an acoustic guitar to full on rock bands covering different music styles from folk, pop, rock and everything in between!!!! Some we like, some we love, some are pure nuggets and some are just not our cup of tea. This is just our personal opinion of the acts we see through the IPO festival, highlights and lowlights included. If there’s a band we are not fond of, do still check them out as tastes differ and you could have a different opinion from us.

Bands seen today = 10
La Classe, Pacific Soul Ltd (twice), 4 Brothers, Tom Jarvis, Micah Gilbert, Jose Estragos, The Parkas, Esa Linna and the Dawnbreakers, Midland Railway, Gentlemen Rogues (part)

CDs:
IPO Vol 17, The Parkas – Stereocolour, Adam Marsland’s Chaos Band – You May Never Hear Surf Music Again Vol1and2, Adam Marsland’s Chaos Band – Super Hits of the 70’s Vol1and2.


La Classe
IPO started with act no. 2 for us this year and as we entered the Cavern Pub, La Classe from Paris were just setting up. This five piece used three keyboards and threw in a tiny bit of trumpet to boot. Whilst their songs weren’t bad, they were toe tappers, and the lead singer had a good voice, they threw in too many false endings – almost every song had that dramatic “pause”. They had a few supporters with them, one a bit too enthusiastic who clapped really loudly along to the songs!


Next up was Pacific Soul Ltd. Having travelled all the way from Los Angeles, members of this recently formed band were known to us through their other musical achievements. Norman Kelsey, on keyboards has appeared at quite a few IPOs, with his soulful, almost Prince-esque vocals. Adam Marsland, on guitar, had entertained us a couple of years ago in Liverpool and we also saw him play with his Chaos Band in LA in 2011. Teresa Cowles on bass, a member of the Chaos Band, is also just about to make her debut Big Screen appearance, playing Carole Kaye in the biopic of Brian Wilson “Love & Mercy” due out next month. The fourth member, we didn’t already know, Jon on drums.  Immediately, we knew how professional these musicians were, going straight into their signature song “Pacific Soul Time” which got the audience interested. This was West Coast Pop meets Soul and really worked.
 
Pacific Soul Ltd

Their set included a great version of Norman’s “Majestic Rejection” which is a soulful ballad, reminiscent in part, of the old 50’s doowop harmony groups that he has included in his solo appearances in the past. This song sounds great when it’s just Norman, but with the backing of the band, it sounded even better. Adam took the reins on “When I Get To Portland”, and had a bit of a Boz Scaggs thing going on. The harmony added by Teresa and Norman just made us melt and the crashing of the cymbal at the end stirred thoughts of waves crashing on the shore.

All too soon, they reached their last song, which is also their current single, “Blue Summertime” and Adam and Norman switched instruments and Teresa took command with the lead vocal. This is a song that brings a hot summer night to life. Although the pub was not full, there was a decent sized crowd and they were loud with their appreciation. What made this band stand out from others is their professionalism. There are no awkward seconds of looking around the other band members uncertain of what’s next, who starts the song etc as they went through their set seamlessly.

Check out their website and the youtube video of their single:




Across the street to the Cavern Club, we had a lull in our planned schedule and had the choice of Rikki Jordan or Tom Jarvis to pass the time. Popping our heads into the Live Lounge (Back Stage), we saw Rikki Jordan part way through his set, playing to backing tracks, something we are not fans of at the IPO, we opted for Tom Jarvis instead, on the Front Stage. From Chester, it was Tom and his acoustic guitar. This was a typical singer/songwriter set and we caught only a couple of songs before heading back into the live Lounge to see the next band on our list.

4 Brothers
4  Brothers were actually only 2! Accompanied with just an acoustic guitar we got half an hour of harmony vocals – these were South Wales answer to The Everly Brothers. They did a good performance but the crowd were tough today. We wonder what the four brothers would have sounded like!


Next up, also on the Back Stage, Micha Gilbert. This band had caught our eye as being from Scotland via Athens, Georgia. Micha is the lead singer, with an enthusiastic bass player, lead guitarist and drummer making up the band. This is a typical powerpop band, with 3 or 4 minute punchy, toe tapping, head nodding numbers, with a good lead vocal and strong backing vocals (from drummer and lead guitarist). 
Micah Gilbert

This band went down very well, as the Live Lounge had filled up again and the applause was loud. This was a solid, great performance, and you could tell they enjoyed it, and the audience did too. Speaking with the band after, The Beeb learned the drummer works in his old hometown of Coatbridge. We will most likely catch their second slot tomorrow.


Back across the street, and in the Cavern Pub, once again filling some time, we caught the second half of the set from Tom Jarvis, so put this together with the first part we had seen earlier on, we had a complete set! The songs we saw performed this time included 2 covers. We feel you can usually get away with doing one cover in a half hour set not two, but when we see a singer/ songwriter perform we do prefer they do their own material……. but that’s just us being fickle?. The two covers he did (Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean” and Katy Perry’s “Roar”) seemed to go down well with the audience though and the applause and cheers were loud.

Jose Estragos
From Spain, Jose Estragos was up next. A three piece form Madrid, we are sure they played last year under a different name. This band is not unlike ‘Me First And The Gimme Gimmes’ who take well known songs and speed them up and do the complete song in less than 2 minutes! They kicked off their set with a rousing “When The Saints Go Marching In” and the party started!. 

At one point the band were in the audience and climbing on bar stools to play (they must have seen Jeremy perform at one point!) which added to the overall fun-ness of this band. They did a great version of “Release me”, compete with a great key change (although they introduced it as a Tom Jones’ song!) and towards the end of the set, did a Spanish song to the tune of “Dear Prudence”, a bit of a Surf music inspired instrumental, where the girls in the audience did a bit of formation dancing and a double speed “From Me To You”. Despite there being a high number of covers in the set, this was a fun band and good to watch live.

David Bash introduces Pacific Soul Ltd

We spent the rest of the evening back in the Cavern Club…… the second appearance of Pacific Soul Ltd was just as good as the first, if not better (the sound on the Front Stage is miles better) and the audience was a lot bigger. A change to the set was the introduction of a song Adam Marsland had written for the The Standells. They finished up with their single again, “Blue Summertime” and easily get our vote for the best band of Day 1!

Pacific Soul Ltd delight the front stage audience

The Parkas
In the live Lounge, London band, The Parkas had not long started their set, and we joined them part way through “Substitute” a cover of The Who’s classic song. This is another band we have seen play at the IPO before (and also at the London event) and who have a gregarious lead singer who is a great front-man, and older brother of the lead guitarist who writes all of the their material (at the tender age of just 17). 

These guys are young, fresh, vibrant, energetic and have a really great, polished sound. The vocals are strong, the music obviously Mod influenced but not a direct steal from the established Mod Bands, they played well together and entertained the crowd immensely. If the 17 year old guitarist is writing this kind of stuff now, think what he is going to achieve over the next few years!
It's a bit odd to see siblings in a band and not at each others throat for a change. No Oasis or Kinks in-fighting here.
They did do a second cover, which ended their set -  the Stone Roses “I Am The Resurrection” but it sounded brilliant in their style.

The Parkas


Esa Linna and the Dawnbreakers
We stayed where we were and saw Esa Linna and the Dawnbreakers, all the way from Finland. This was Scandinavian rock and it sounded good. The girl who played keyboards (though with just one hand) also had a good voice and took command of the lead vocal on a couple of songs as well as providing excellent backing vocals on the rest. The lead singer, Esa Linna himself, has a pedigree of being in punkpop/powerpop and rock bands and he looks every part the rock guitarist (though he pays bass). He also has a sense of humour, livening things up with a power song called “She’s Not Human” which he said had been written about his wife (we think ex-wife!). All in all, a good solid powerpop set.

The Boa
Midland Railway
Next up, Midland Railway, described in the programme as “quirky and enigmatic”. With feather boas adorning the microphone stands, they were quirky indeed. 



Is the lead singer the best vocalist we’ve heard? No, but he delivers a set of well written songs, including the line “I wasn’t into punk in the 70’s possible because I hadn't been born”!!! and a brilliant song about Pokeman in the 80’s. They also have the most flamboyant drummer of the IPO. If you want a fun, challenging, intellectual band, then this is for you.

Midland Railway's drummer, David Novan

On our way out, we stopped to hear the final 3 songs from a band form Austin Texas, Gentlemen Rogues. We are planning to see this band tomorrow but stayed for a taster. They played some good pop rock with fuzzy guitar. More tomorrow no doubt.
Gentleman Rogues






JIMMY WEBB - Catch Up Review

GIG: Jimmy Webb
DATE: Saturday 11th April  2015
VENUE: The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
COST: £22.50
OUR VERDICT: Perfect Entertainment


Seated at a grand piano, this evening was like having an intimate chat with Jimmy Webb rather than being at a gig!. Another one of life's raconteur's, we were treated to story after story from his song writing career. All told with wit, honesty and at times, poignancy.

"Highwayman," "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress," and "Up, Up And Away"  were all given an airing. As was his classic "McArthur's Park," including bawdy tales of Jimmy and Richard Harris being drinking buddies!

Although there was maybe a lack of songs played, this was more than made up for with the tales Jimmy had to tell.



Robert Plant was at the gig and was generous with his time
After the gig, Jimmy came into the foyer and spent ages meeting his fans, chatting, signing memorablia and CDs. He was so generous with his time, despite it being very late and there being a really, really long queue. 


Jimmy spent ages after the gig, meeting all of the audience
His wife, Laura was a darling. She was a great saleswoman too, flogging loads of Jimmy's latest CD but took the time to chat to everyone as well. Both of them were quite taken by The Beeb's T-shirt too.


The Beeb meets Laura Webb

THE STRANGLERS - Catch Up review

GIG: The Stranglers
DATE: Saturday 28th March 2015
VENUE: 02 Academy, 121 Eglinton Street, Glasgow
COST: £23.50
OUR VERDICT: Middle Aged Punk lives


The venue was filled with bald middle aged men, sporting faded tatoos and drinking beer from plastic cups! You knew that back in the day they had mohicans!

The party got underway just as we got through the door, 80's band The Rezillos were thundering through their energetic fast paced, pop punk set. They were a great support for The Stranglers, getting the audience in the mood. For their last song, four men in drag came on to dance in the background - The Stranglers having a bit of fun!


The Rezillos 

When The Stranglers took to the stage, there was a tremendous cheer. We got a full set of back catalogue whcih was tremendous. It was sad to see that Jet Black had not been able to make the gig due to his on-going health issues.





PAUL WELLER - Catch Up Review

GIG: Paul Weller
DATE: Monday 9th March 2015
VENUE: The Colosseum, Watford
COST: £38.00
OUR VERDICT: Mod Father for sure


Getting seats for this gig was a god-send - we had a really great view of the stage and didn't have to battle with the packed arena floor. The Colosseum was bulging at the sides - a total selll out as Paul Weller tours the UK, playing at venues and in towns he would not usually play!

His set was mainly his own solo material, with a few new songs thrown in to whet our appetite for his new album out soon!


The sound was very good, picking up every instrument, every note and every vocal.

Opening up with "Uh Huh, Oh Yeah" and "Into Tomorrow," is was a guitar fest from Paul and Steve. He played a few hits, "Wake Up The Nation," "Peacock Suit," and "You Do something For Me." The new songs sound great too. Really making the new album a must have.

After a couple of encores, most people thought "The Changingman" was the last number. But surprisingly, as everyone was heading out the doors, he came back on and played The Jam classic, "Town Called Malice." "Seeing as we've never played in Watford before," was his reason.





THE FAST CAMELS - Catch Up review

GIG: The Fast Camels
DATE: Friday 27th February 2015
VENUE: The Griffin, 266 Bath Street, Glasgow
COST: £5 in advance
OUR VERDICT: Cobblers!


Always worth the trip across the border, we are never disappointed when we see The Fast Camels. This dynamic, energetic, psychedelic band are just brilliant.

Tonight, it was the launch party for their new EP - "Cobbler Clarence" and was a sell out. There are no surprises with The Fast Camels. They are tight, know their music and play it with a great passion. The audience lap it up, they love this band. We love this band. There was an added thumbs up tonight - it was the drummer's first gig since recovering from a spine injury last year and it was great to see him behind the drumkit again.

Playing the songs from the EP, we were taken on a musical journey, a change of pace and tempo mid way before rousing us from the safe place we'd gone to and getting us back on the rollercoaster for that final thrill. Add to that some treats from their back catalogue and you have a brilliant gig. It is testament to the song writing partnerships in the band that what you hear on record is what you hear at a live show. There is nothing false about their music. It is live, it is GOOD!

Check them out