By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 19th July 2012 at 9:30 am
The Crookes have announced a massive tour of the UK for November. Tickets go on sale this Friday (20 July) at 9 AM.
Read Mary’s review of the Sheffield-based band’s second album ‘Hold Fast’ here. (PS: she liked it very much.)
Thursday 1st November 2012 – Southampton Cellar
Friday 2nd November 2012 – Stoke Sugarmill
Saturday 3rd November 2012 – Nottingham Bodega
Sunday 4th November 2012 – Brighton Green Door Store
Monday 5th November 2012 – Cardiff Buffalo
Tuesday 6th November 2012 – Bristol Start the Bus
Wednesday 7th November 2012 – London Lexington
Friday 9th November 2012 – Derby Vic
Saturday 10th November 2012 – Leeds Cockpit
Monday 12th November 2012 – Manchester Sound Control
Tuesday 13th November 2012 – York Fibbers
Wednesday 14th November 2012 – Newcastle Cluny 2
Thursday 15th November 2012 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Friday 16th November 2012 – Leicester Bar Academy
Saturday 17th November 2012 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Sunday 18th November 2012 – Darlington Hub
The Jim Jones Revue have announced a tour of the UK for October. Tickets for these dates go on sale on Wednesday (11 July) at 9 AM.
The band’s third album, ‘The Savage Heart’, will drop on the 15th of October on PIAS/Punk Rock Blues.
Monday 8th October 2012 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Tuesday 9th October 2012 – Leeds Wardrobe
Wednesday 10th October 2012 – Manchester Sound Control
Friday 12th October 2012 – Sheffield Plug
Saturday 13th October 2012 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Monday 15th October 2012 – Edinburgh Caves
Tuesday 16th October 2012 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Wednesday 17th October 2012 – Newcastle Cluny
Thursday 18th October 2012 – Norwich Waterfront
Friday 19th October 2012 – Birmingham Academy 2
Saturday 20th October 2012 – Harlow Square
Sunday 21st October 2012 – Bristol Trinity
Tuesday 23rd October 2012 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 24th October 2012 – Brighton Concorde 2
Thursday 25th October 2012 – London Electric Ballroom
Photos provided by Chris Cornell’s PR company
Chris Cornell‘s voice and lyrics have long been part of the American alternative rock firmament. As lead singer with proggy grunge pioneers Soundgarden, whose zenith, the genre-defining, quintuple-platinum ‘Superunknown’ album yielded a Grammy award-winning single in ‘Black Hole Sun’, Cornell’s dark, powerful vocal was the perfect medium by which to transmit the portentous material with appropriate levels of gothic gravitas.
Soundgarden themselves didn’t make it out of the ’90s (until their reunion was announced in 2010, that is), but Cornell went on to further success with those members of Rage Against the Machine who weren’t Zack de la Rocha; the Audioslave project yielded three critically-acclaimed albums. His only solo album, Euphoria Morning, was released in 1999. In 2011, Cornell embarked on his Songbook tour, a solo acoustic show which lasted the latter half of the year and took in three continents; notably, Europe wasn’t included. 2012 sees him amend that oversight; with the Continental leg still ongoing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne saw the final UK show, Cornell fresh from an acclaimed performance with Soundgarden at Download festival.
The stage setup is as relaxed as Cornell’s persona: with plain backdrop, stool, a few expensive acoustic guitars, a brace of electrics, and intriguingly, a turntable and a red old-school analogue telephone, there’s no doubt that this is to be a stripped-back show. But the instant he kicks into opener ‘Scar on the Sky’, and that enormous voice comes ripping out of the speakers, it’s apparent just how powerful a show this has the potential to be. Cornell’s guitar playing is decent enough, but it pales into insignificance when compared with the virtuosic intensity of the vocal performance. Attempting to describe the intensity of such a sound with mere words is a fruitless task, but here goes… the lower and middle registers emit a thunderous yet pillowy rumble, overlaid with a ripped treble, like a velvet dress being torn to shreds. The higher registers (and they go high – Cornell boasts over five octaves of range) variously display a buzz-saw edge, or a delicate, silken intensity, entirely depending on the emotional demands of the song. It’s not only the range, but also the tonality, that is impressively controlled: on ‘Ground Zero’, Cornell does a fine impression of a long-lost Motown artist, all yearning, soulful vocals. Elsewhere, as on the high notes of ‘As Hope And Promise Fade’, one can’t help but be reminded of Janis Joplin’s most manic moments. There’s no doubting why Cornell has been such a successful rock frontman – it would be a rare instrumentalist indeed who could match the expressiveness and intensity of his voice.
The material is no less impressive. Variously drawn from Soundgarden and Audioslave, with notable contributions from his solo career (‘Can’t Change Me’ benefits from the minimalist presentation); the songwriting is variously touching, complex and impactful. But the most memorable part of the whole performance isn’t necessarily of Cornell’s making; a few songs in, a heckle comes: “Can I play a song with you, Chris?” A bit of respectful banter betwixt performer and audience member, and the episode appears forgotten.
But a few songs later, Cornell bravely invites said heckler up on stage to play a song. The audience holds its breath as the tousle-haired hobbit straps on an acoustic guitar and strums the first few chords… how dreadful will this be? How will Chris cut things short without making the chap feel like a failure? Anyway, a few chords in it’s clear that the young interloper has expertly prepared for his moment in the spotlight – not a finger is put wrong throughout the four minutes of ‘Spoonman’, and the singer, relaxed and shorn of instrumental responsibility, puts in arguably his best performance of the night. The rapturous standing ovation is genuinely well-deserved, and tribute to the old adage: “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” As Cornell himself rightly opines, “He’s going to get laid tonight!”
Any negative points seem churlish in the context of what is a genuinely world-class performance. In common with all solo performances, the emphasis is on the subtleties of the material, and a love for the performer concerned; there are no fripperies to amuse the less dedicated listener, except for a couple of songs which employ vinyl backing tracks. Cornell does have a love for the obvious cover version, with Marley and the Beatles making an appearance, but for the dedicated fan, this is fantastic value; over two hours’ worth of material from an important and talented rock artist. With the legacy of grunge becoming ever more obvious with the benefit of hindsight, this is a rare chance to see a survivor of that era prove why he’s had such a long and successful career. Yet he never did pick up that red telephone… I wonder who he was expecting to call?
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 27th June 2012 at 9:00 am
Twin Atlantic have lined up an October and November UK tour. As you might expect, the tour has a significant Scottish section, with an extra date (Friday 26 October) added at Glasgow Barrowland due to demand. Tickets are on sale now.
Friday 26th October 2012 – Glasgow Barrowland
Saturday 27th October 2012 – Glasgow Barrowland (sold out)
Monday 29th October 2012 – Aberdeen Music Hall
Tuesday 30th October 2012 – Edinburgh HMV Picturehouse
Thursday 1st November 2012 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 2nd November 2012 – Manchester Academy
Saturday 3rd November 2012 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Monday 5th November 2012 – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 6th November 2012 – Bristol Academy
Wednesday 7th November 2012 – Southampton Guildhall
Thursday 8th November 2012 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 21st June 2012 at 9:00 am
Reverend and the Makers will be going on tour in the UK in October. Tickets are on sale now.
Wednesday 10th October 2012 – Stockton-on-Tees Ku Bar
Thursday 11th October 2012 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Friday 12th October 2012 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Saturday 13th October 2012 – Liverpool O2 Academy 2
Sunday 14th October 2012 – Manchester HMV Ritz
Wednesday 17th October 2012 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thursday 18th October 2012 – Leeds University Stylus
Friday 19th October 2012 – Norwich Open
Saturday 20th October 2012 – Sheffield O2 Academy
Sunday 21st October 2012 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Tuesday 23rd October 2012 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 24th October 2012 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 25th October 2012 – Bristol O2 Academy
Friday 26th October 2012 – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 19th June 2012 at 3:00 pm
Before they get to thinking about writing songs for the follow-up to ‘Rise Ye Sunken Ships’, American rockers We Are Augustines plan to return to the UK this autumn for a headline tour. Presale tickets to their London Shepherds Bush Empire show on the 1st of October are on sale now today (Tuesday 19 June), but the general sale for all dates begins on Thursday 21 June at 9 AM.
Sunday 30th September 2012 – Bristol Thekla
Monday 1st October 2012 – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Wednesday 3rd October 2012 – Manchester HMV Ritz
Thursday 4th October 2012 – Leeds Cockpit
Friday5th October 2012 – Newcastle O2 Academy 2
Sunday 7th October 2012 – Glasgow Arches
Monday 8th October 2012 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 9th October 2012 – Birmingham Ballroom