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The Enemy have been a formidable force in the UK music scene for almost two years now, and have embarked on a rather large UK tour to gear up for their new album, Music for The People.
Kid British opened up, sounding like a weak combination of a tonne of really good bands. Perfectly competent, they threw in a few surprises (a cover of Madness’ “Our House”? Did not see that one coming!), and belted through a set that got a lot of the kids ready and raring to go.
After a short interlude, Twisted Wheel ambled onto stage, singer Jonny taking a leaf out of Oasis’ book by wearing a raincoat on stage. A mini version of the Enemy, they led the way through a rapid 20 minute set that was belting from the opening “She’s a Weapon” to the end. Cramming in the obvious tracks (Lucy the Castle getting a roar of approval) and a few welcome album tracks, banter was kept to a minimum as the tracks did the talking. Sounding like an (even angrier) version of the Enemy two years ago, the future’s looking bright for these youngsters.
We’ve written a tonne about this Manchester three piece here at TGTF, so if you want an introduction just read through some of our older posts.
Finally it was time for the headliners, The Enemy, the ones most people had come to see. We’d seen the two articulated lorries out the front of the venue and was slightly intrigued about the amount of stuff three lads from Coventry would actually need. However, it turns out it was justified, with a huge video-style screen that complemented their relatively simple set-up.
Relatively little stuff from their new album was played, with the obvious hits from their début album gaining the biggest responses. “Away From Here” saw Tom Clarke play to his front man strengths, conducting a chaotic chorus, whilst the double header of “We’ll Live and Die In these Towns” and “This Song” was nothing short of euphoric – we’d honestly forgotten just how good their anthems were, with everyone yelling back the words like their lives depended on it. For their new single “No Time for Tears” they were joined by Emma (didn’t catch her surname) to do backing vocals with a voice that’s pretty amazing.
Coming back for an encore of “Happy Birthday Jane” and “Not Alone”, we left slightly sticky and sweaty but all the better for a night of great music where The Enemy cemented their place, and Twisted Wheel showed that they’re the next to take their crown.
The Enemy’s new album, Music for the People, is out on 27th April. Twisted Wheel’s self titled debut comes out on Monday (13th April).
After the jump: some pretty awful pictures of the gig
Continue reading Live Review: The Enemy / Twisted Wheel / Kid British – Southampton Guildhall 9th April 2009
Hailing from Portland, Oregon – Black Mercies are a new romantic/new wave four-piece who are set for their first ever tour of the UK. With a possible tour diary in the works we at TGTF are looking forward to see the impact this indie outfit make when they hit the UK later this month..
Thursday 16th April 2009 – Oxford – Jericho Tavern
Friday 17th April 2009 – Harlow – Club Quattroz
Saturday 18th April 2009 – Norwich – The Queen Charlotte
Sunday 20th April 2009 – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
Monday 21st April 2009 – Doncaster – The Leopard
Wednesday 23rd April 2009 – Hertford – The Marquee Club
Thursday 24th April 2009 – London – Hope and Anchor
This review originally appeared on Londonist
Sometimes it’s good to catch a band with next to no prior knowledge or expectations. You can be blown away by their amazingness, or just enjoy them with no prior hype. That’s just what we did last night when we caught London’s Official Secrets Act at the rather great Borderline. We knew of one song, so we popped down to check them and some other great bands out.
Opening was Devon’s Paper Heroes who have shot to fame since their song “Jenny Jones” was featured on the latest series of teen drama Skins. Delivering a welcome hit of indie pop, they are certainly more than competent, blasting through their short set with doses of banter (“come on… Come closer, we won’t bite… We’re from Devon after all!”) and some great pop. The downside? Its all about as memorable as a Kooks b-side, and the stuff that is great is a walking talking cliché… “1,2, I love you, 3,4…”, “Up, Down, All around”. Really?
Next up was Will and the People, whose new single “Knocking” has been getting the Radio 1 daytime fans a bit hot under the collar. Catchy as anything Scouting for Girls have put out, the songs are both funky and memorable. You can’t feel that Will is stuck in the 90s though, calling his guitar the guitizzle and myspace myspizzle… Still, that shouldn’t distract from a band who look set to be 2009’s Hoosiers… catchy songs, snappy melodies and that marmite factor that divides opinions strongly.
Don’t forget that Will and the People recorded a special version of Knocking. Check it out here.
The headliners, Official Secrets Act sound like they’d be the perfect band to headline the cavernous Borderline with their dark brooding name. Their lyrics may be dark but their music is anything but. Fast, frantic and a lot of fun, they blasted through their 40 minute set with bounds of energy and a sense of self-assuredness. The people next to us may not have been too keen on their “cocksure-ness”, however we loved it, thinking they already have the air of an Academy headlining band. The decision to put their biggest single to date, “So Tomorrow” in three songs into their set was a brave one which could have easily backfired, however we quickly realised that this is in fact a perfectly average song when compared to their others. As the temperature climbed, so did the excitement of the front of the crowd, clearly feeding off of the energy from the stage.
It seems that, like so many indie pop bands of the moment Official Secrets Act have a lot going for them, and are definately one of the better ones to watch out for at the festivals this summer. Their debut album, Understanding Electricity is out now.
By Phil Singer
on Wednesday, 8th April 2009 at 11:25 am
One of 2009’s hottest starts, The Joy Formidable, have announced a string of dates for the end of May and early June around the UK before embarking on a huge festival offensive this summer.
We first featured the band as one of our MP3s of the Day series, and have had Austere on repeat for much of the month.
Tickets are on sale now, priced between £6 and £7 each.
Sunday 31st May 2009 – Liverpool Barfly (TicketWeb)
Monday 1st June 2009 – Newcastle Academy 2 (TicketWeb)
Tuesday 2nd June 2009 – York Fibbers (TicketWeb)
Wednesday 3rd June 2009 – The Royal Derby (Gigantic)
Friday 5th June 2009 – Manchester Ruby Lounge (Ticketline)
Sunday 7th June 2009 – Birmingham Bar Academy (TicketWeb)
Monday 8th June 2009 – London Borderline (TicketWeb)
Tuesday 9th June 2009 – Cambridge Portland (WeGotTickets)
Wednesday 10th June 2009 – Southampton Joiners Arms (See Tickets)
Thursday 11th June 2009 – Brighton Audio (WeGotTickets, TicketWeb)
Graham Coxon has announced a string of tour dates throughout May.
The former Blur guitarist will play the dates in support of his forthcoming album, ‘The Spinning Top‘ and before he embarks on Blur’s new dates.
Tickets are on sale now, priced between £12.50 and £14 each.
Sunday 3rd May 2009 – Norwich Arts Centre (WeGotTickets, See Tickets)
Monday 4th May 2009 – Brighton Digital (See Tickets)
Wednesday 6th May 2009 – Tunbridge Wells Forum (WeGotTickets, See Tickets)
Thursday 7th May 2009 – Hertford Marquee (WeGotTickets, See Tickets)
Friday 8th May 2009 – York Fibbers (TicketWeb)
Saturday 9th May 2009 – Glasgow King Tuts (Ticketmaster)
Tuesday 12th May 2009 – Cambridge Soul Tree (WeGotTickets, See Tickets)
Wednesday 13th May 2009 – London Lexington (WeGotTickets)
Thursday 14th May 2009 – Bristol Thekla (See Tickets)
Friday 15th May 2009 – Wolverhampton Civic (See Tickets)
Sunday 17th May 2009 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms (See Tickets)
Monday 18th May 2009 – Newcastle Cluny (TicketWeb)
Placebo were the first band that I was crazy fan-boy over (a role that has now been replaced by Delays and Bloc Party), and whilst their last album (Meds) was rather lack lustre, I’m holding out a lot of hope for their new album, Battle for the Sun. To celebrate the new album they’ve announced a trio of shows for early May around the UK.
Tickets go on pre-sale tomorrow (Monday 6th April) at 9am from here and from 9am Wednesday (8th April) for normal people.
Saturday 9th May 2009 – Sheffield O2 Academy
Sunday 10th May 2009 – Bournemouth Opera House
Tuesday 12th May 2009 – London Shepherds Bush Empire