Saturday, 23 February 2019

The Clause - Jimmy's Manchester 2019

It's been a while since I wrote about a gig, been too busy at gigs, making music & on the socials.
Anyway it was about time we gave this place a little more attention.

Thankfully building and sharing music on Social Media is what lead to this next band we went to see - The Clause.

4 piece from Birmingham, I'm gonna copy in their bio. When you read it, you think WTF is going on - how does that even work?
The Clause, are a 4 piece alternative indie band from Birmingham formed in 2016. They describe themselves as having a ‘60’s swagger, an 80’s groove and a 90’s attack with the odd techno influence in the live shows’.

I hadn't read that bio until today, and after the gig last night I was sat thinking how do I even explain this band. Their music spans so much from 70s through to 2000s with swing and swagger of Elvis. Each of their tracks had a different style and certainly can't be criticised of being too samey.

I really worried about what I would even say to explain them, I think, at times the closest comparison was these guys are 2019's Alternative answer to The Hives - tho that does a injustice because these guys are miles better and the Hives!
But I think their bio sums them up perfectly.

These guys played a raft of their released songs including Sixteen, Tokyo & their latest slower track Where Are You Now, they dropped a few covers such as Indeeps Last Night a DJ Saved my life. The lads also played as some new tracks which were even better than their current songs and showing a growth in their own (very mixed) sound. I loved it!

My only criticism was Viva La RevoluciĆ³n, the band did something I really love, and that was drop snippets of great speeches into the middle of songs, I think it's underdone. I just really wish it wasn't Charlie Chaplin's Final Speech, which is amazing, but I think it's too soon after Paolo Nutini used it.

One thing I did notice is these guys certainly have a lot of backing and I'm expecting them to make it big time.

So yea check them out over at all the social places, here's a few links save you some time:
Spotify: The Clause
Facebook: TheClauseBrum
Instagram: TheClause_Birmingham

Band members and setup.
Pearce McMenamin (vocals & guitar) - playing a BoyBlue Rickenbacker (I think it was a 330/12 tho don't quote me on that, 2 single coil pickups, beautiful).
Niall Fennell (Mapex Drums & Synth).
Liam Deakin (Guitar) - Liam started with a sweet Cherry Red dual-coil Gretsch (not a clue which model!) tho with a few strap nut issues this was swiftly swapped out for a sunburned Fender Telecaster!
Jonny Fyffe (bass guitar & backing vocals) - keeping the theme with a Fender Jazz.

Also an orange amp head just to round off that retro image.

Anyways that's all for now. Check out a few pics below, There's more on our socials too. I got a few videos but the quality was crackling, so I implore you check them out and listen on your streaming service etc you know the drill


Monday, 28 January 2019

2019, What's going on!

What's going on in so far? A few amazing gigs for you...

Bloc Party have announced 2019 tour playing Silent Alarm album in full!! How Fucking amazing! Unfortunately this mofo is saving for a trip to Canada (yes that's exciting in itself, but missing out on a lot of gigs these next few months :( ) Want to see these them? Check out tour deets here

Catfish and the Bottlemen announce 3rd album details and tour! Jesus I'm like on withdrawals, another amazing gig I'm probably going to have to turn down. Though having not seen these guys live yet I'm thinking I may have to stretch my budget and get there some how!

Ryan Adams announced 3 albums this, he just seems to be knocking them out left right and centre. Well he's touring this year! And he is certainly worth the dinero to see, amazing talent!

All for now, playing catch up this year so I'll be drip feeding you all news.


Friday, 28 December 2018

Bands to watch out for in 2019

Following on from last years post, here are the Bands/Artist in my sight for a great 2019. Some of these bands are already doing well and i'm expecting to see some massive things come this way - there's a playlist at the bottom so feel free to check them out without going looking.

The Reytons
A band I've mentioned a few times. This Doncaster based Indie Quartet really have that Yorkshire indie sound. This years EP 'Alcopops & Charity Shops' really got me, particular Harrison Lessor! Became my slightly overplay track earlier this year - and deservedly so. We're getting out to see these lads and Feb and I cannot wait! Want to watch them? Tickets here

We've shared a few bits about Antero's throughout the year, I believe they're destined from even more in 2019. This London Indie Pop band has a mix of influence from the likes of The Cure, Blondie, No Doubt - and it really shows in  their music. 

No Hot Ashes 
Quartet from Stockport, branded as post-pop-discofunk.
Their Debut EP "Skint Kids Disco EP" was released March 2018. The band is receiving pretty good success so far, listing on some major festivals and embarking on tours. The speed of their uprising is only going to grow over the coming years.
Fancy watching them? check out Neighbourhood Weekender which is listing these guys amongst many upcoming and already established bands

5 Piece band from Chelsford, their first EP was released in 2015 and has clocked over 1m plays on spotify. Since then the band has released a few more EP's with a strong reception but not reaching that high number, yet. I'm confident of their 2019 progress!

Manchester Indie-Pop quartet has had a good few years, hitting some pretty major festivals and even featured on a few major Introducing playlists.

Alice Merton 
German Canadion British songwriter who's doing very well in France. She has several singles and an EP out. Alice also featured on Tom Odell's Jubilee road.
If you're interested Alice Merton is  touring the UK in marchTickets here

Lady Bird
3 piece punk band from Kent, a kind of mix between Blur & The Streets meet Rage against the Machine. Touring in March too

OK this one’s a little stretchy as the guys are already doing well in the US and also breaking the UK. Brought onto my radar a while back now as Joey is the son of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.
If you're interested the band are touring the UK in march - Tickets here

Lets not forget the artists picked out last year who've been having a really good year, and I can only expect more in 2019. I’ve added some of their latest stuff to the end of this year’s playlist too.

Le Boom
False Heads
Sam Fender
Sea Girls
Weekend Debt


Saturday, 15 December 2018

2018 it's almost over

As I lay reminiscent of the last 12months I realise the grip music has on my life is ever stronger. I've broken my personal record of gigs having seen over 50 bands this yest (excluding the other bands I also saw at festivals).
The last few months saw the likes of Blossoms, Ben Howard, Interpol, Anti-flag, Poets of the fall and so much more I haven't written up here either for one reason and another.

As well as some great gigs earlier in the year: False Heads, Sea Girls, Weekend Debt, Meat, The Cure, Pale Waves, PYRO, Able's Army and so many more!

I picked my old Epiphone SG more this year and even moved across to Bass which has been eating my time for the past month - as plan my next ventures for 2019.

So who really made 2018 so great?
Well how about this list of amazing EPs/albums released in 2018

Ben Howard - Noonday dream
Blossoms - Cool Like You
Prodigy - No Tourists
Andrew WK -  You’re Not Alone
False Heads - Less Is Better
Sisteray - Sisteray Said
Interpol - Marauder
Lily Allens  No Shame
MXPX - Mxpx
Pale Waves - My Mind Makes Noises
Poets of the Fall - Ultraviolet
Robyn - Honey
Sam Fender - Dead boys
Sea Girls - Heavenly War / Adored
Shame - Songs of Praise
Tom Grennan - Lighting Matches
Tom Odel - Jubilee road
Years & Years - Salo Panto
YONAKA - Teach Me to Fight / Creature / FWTB 

There really are loads more spanning all genres, this is the list that I played a fair bit this year

And some not so great, but equally worth noting:
Florence and the Machine - High as Hope
Artic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Looking back to last year's who I think will make it big this year:

Sea Girls
Weekend Debt
Sam Fender
Le Boom
False Heads

How did I fair? I think some are really making it big and some are still working it, but I have faith.

Catch my post in 2 weeks where I map out 2019, who I think is going to be big and upcoming albums.