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Live Review: Ash with Avery at Rips Bar, Phoenix, AZ – 24th September 2016

 
By on Tuesday, 27th September 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

Veteran Northern Irish rock band Ash are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album ‘1977’ with a live tour, on which they’re playing the album in its entirety, along with a few more recent favourites. On the North American leg of the tour, they’re visiting a mix of small and mid-sized venues, but surely one of the smallest on the list was Rips Bar in Phoenix. Rips is a stand-alone club tucked into a residential area just northwest of downtown Phoenix, away from the hustle and bustle of other Phoenix venues and with an extremely relaxed vibe that seemed to suit Ash perfectly.

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Ash’s three band members went largely unnoticed by the bar patrons as they set up on the indoor stage at Rips. Meanwhile, the small crowd in the venue were treated to the opening act on the outdoor patio. Local folk-rock band Avery were just getting started when I found my way outside, and they came as a pleasant surprise ahead of Ash’s unabashed punk rock stylings. Avery’s lineup features singer/songwriter Mariah DeRaet on lead vocals, her smoky timbre uniquely accompanied by cellist Allison Galbreath at the front of the tiny stage on this night. The cello adds a deep sense of yearning to Avery’s lovelorn lyrics, as you can hear in their single ‘Hospital Call’ just below.

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Back inside the bar, Ash were nearly ready get back to ‘1977’. Or, more precisely, back to 1996, when the album was actually released. I was buried in my own classical music studies at university in 1996, and thus I missed out on the album the first time around. But anyone with even a passing interest in UK or Northern Irish bands will have heard of Ash, and editor Mary assured me that they were not to be missed live, so naturally my interest was piqued. Unfamiliar with the songs on ‘1977’, I had assumed that the title referred to songwriter Tim Wheeler’s birth year (also, coincidentally, my own). But in the course of doing some pre-gig homework, I discovered that it also paid homage to the release date of the movie ‘Star Wars’. which is referenced in the album’s opening and closing tracks, while other bits of 1970s pop culture are mixed into the middle.

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The audience, though still small, had grown a bit while I was outside listening to Avery. I hadn’t expected to see many longtime fans of the Northern Irish indie rockers at this gig, but there were, in fact, a handful of dedicated Ash fans milling about wearing the band’s t-shirts. There was no need to crowd the stage in a venue as small as this one, but we did all creep a bit closer as frontman Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray tore into ‘1977’ opening track ‘Lose Control’. They hit their stride early on, even with the more pensive tones of ‘Goldfinger’ and moreso in the higher energy of ‘Girl from Mars’, and it must be said here that McMurray certainly got his workout in during this set, pounding relentless rhythms throughout.

The sound quality inside Rips was surprisingly good, given the small size of the venue, and mid-album tracks ‘Kung Fu’ and ‘Oh Yeah’, were especially energetic. Despite the almost complete absence of between-songs chat, or perhaps because of it, the band’s momentum from those tracks carried through to the end of the ‘1977’ set, which Wheeler announced as the final album track ‘Darkside Lightside’.

A true encore might have been overkill in this tiny venue, but luckily Ash had more to offer. Following the ‘1977’ sequence, Wheeler paused again to introduce the band’s debut single ‘Jack Names the Planets’ before the band added a few newer songs to round off the set. One enthusiastic punter squealed out for a song called ‘Default’, and Wheeler seemed puzzled for a moment, until he realised that she meant ‘Dispatch’, from Ash’s most recent album ‘Kablammo!’, which came out last summer. This would have been a more familiar song for me as well, but alas, the band weren’t prepared to play it, opting instead for another new track, ‘Let’s Ride’ before closing with ‘Burn Baby Burn’ from 2001 album ‘Free All Angels’.

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They may not have had a large number of fans in attendance in Phoenix last weekend, but Ash most certainly won a new fan in me with their combination of punk energy, deft melodicism, and engaging stage presence. If you’re like me and ‘Kablammo!’ was your first real exposure to Ash, I strongly recommend browsing through their back catalogue for the gems you might have missed.

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Ash will continue the North American leg of their ‘1977 – 20th Anniversary Tour’ with larger shows in cities including Chicago, Washington, DC and New York through the start of October. They will bring the tour to the UK in November and December; those live dates are listed just below. A full listing of Ash’s worldwide tour dates can be found on their official Web site. TGTF’s previous coverage of Ash is right back here.

Thursday 10th November 2016 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Friday 11th November 2016 – Belfast Mandela Hall
Thursday 1st December 2016 – Gloucester Guildhall
Saturday 10th December 2016 – London Roundhouse
Sunday 11th December 2016 – Manchester Ritz
Monday 12th December 2016 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 14th December 2016 – Aberdeen Garage
Thursday 15th December 2016 – Glasgow Garage

 

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls / November and December 2016 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Thursday, 8th September 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Fresh from their opening slot on the main stage at Reading and Leeds 2016, indefatigable folk-punk troubadour Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls have announced a massive list of tour dates for the UK and Ireland at the end of this year. Dubbed the ‘Get Better Tour 2016’, the new slate of live dates begins in Dublin on the 16th of November and wraps up in Portsmouth on the 14th of December.

As usual, Turner himself has chosen the support acts for the ‘Get Better’ tour, Esmé Patterson and Felix Hagan and the Family. Tickets for the following lengthy list of shows are available now.  TGTF’s full archive of previous coverage on Frank Turner is back this way.

Wednesday 16th November 2016 – Dublin Olympia
Friday 18th November 2016 – Salisbury City Hall
Monday 21st November 2016 – Liverpool Academy
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 – Carlisle Sands Center
Wednesday 23rd November 2016 – Doncaster Dome
Friday 25th November 2016 – Coventry Empire
Saturday 26th November 2016 – Cardiff Great Hall
Sunday 27th November 2016 – Oxford New Theatre
Monday 28th November 2016 – Exeter Great Hall
Wednesday 30th November 2016 – Reading Hexagon
Thursday 1st December 2016 – Leeds University Refectory
Friday 2nd December 2016 – Aberdeen Garage
Saturday 3rd December 2016 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Monday 5th December 2016 – Scunthorpe Baths Hall
Tuesday 6th December 2016 – Warrington Parr Hall
Wednesday 7th December 2016 – Newcastle Northumbria University
Friday 9th December 2016 – Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 10th December 2016 – Bexhill De La Warr Pavillion
Sunday 11th December 2016 – Norwich UEA
Monday 12th December 2016 – Guildford G Live
Wednesday 14th December 2016 – Portsmouth Guildhall

 

 

Biffy Clyro / November and December 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 30th August 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Hard-rocking yet pop-leaning Scottish band Biffy Clyro have announced their plans to embark on an arena tour of the UK this winter. They’ll be popping by most major cities in Britain from the end of November into the middle of December 2016. Tickets go on sale this Friday, the 2nd of September, at 9 AM. Back in July, the band released their seventh album ‘Ellipsis’, which shot straight to #1 on the UK albums chart, as well as those in Germany, Switzerland and Ireland. To read Steven’s thoughts on the experimental record, go here. It’s available now from 14th Floor Records. To read more of TGTF’s coverage of Biffy Clyro (because after what happened to me in their mosh pit at Roskilde, I won’t!), come right this way.

Tuesday 29th November 2016 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Wednesday 30th November 2016 – Aberdeen GE Oil & Gas Arena
Friday 2nd December 2016 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Saturday 3rd December 2016 – Manchester Arena
Sunday 4th December 2016 – Leeds First Direct Arena
Tuesday 6th December 2016 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Wednesday 7th December 2016 – Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Thursday 8th December 2016 – London O2

 

Blossoms / November and December 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 18th August 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Never ones to rest on their laurels, Stockport psych pop quintet Blossoms have announced a second set of UK tour dates in support of their recently released, self-titled debut LP ‘Blossoms’. This new list of live dates follows Blossoms’ already announced autumn dates, which are scheduled for late September and early October. Our own editor Mary recently reviewed the chart-topping album right back here.

The new tour dates will include back-to-back nights at Manchester’s Albert Hall on the 2nd and 3rd of December. Tickets for the following shows are available now. TGTF’s full coverage of Blossoms can be found through here.

Wednesday 30th November 2016 – Leicester Academy
Thursday 1st December 2016 – Hull University Union
Friday 2nd December 2016 – Manchester Albert Hall
Saturday 3rd December 2016 – Manchester Albert Hall
Monday 5th December 2016 – Edinburgh Potterow
Tuesday 6th December 2016 – Aberdeen Garage
Wednesday 7th December 2016 – Middlesbrough Empire
Sunday 11th December 2016 – Oxford Academy
Tuesday 13th December 2016 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wednesday 14th December 2016 – Bournemouth Old Fire Station

 

Walking on Cars / November and December 2016 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 26th July 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Irish pop group Walking on Cars have recently announced a massive list of tour dates in the UK and Ireland for later this year, and we at TGTF are taking the opportunity to catch up on the band’s latest news. Since we last saw Walking on Cars, way back at SXSW 2015, they have undertaken a seemingly endless run of live shows supporting the release of their debut LP. ‘Everything This Way’ came out on Virgin EMI in back in January, and the band will round out the album’s first year with the headline dates listed below. You can watch the video for album single ‘Speeding Cars’ at the bottom of the page.

Tickets for the following shows are available now, but please be aware of an apparent conflict of dates for Glasgow and Manchester on the 14th of November.  Information on those shows was not readily available at press time, and both gigs are still listed on the band’s official Web site. TGTF’s full previous coverage of Walking on Cars can be found back here.

Thursday 10th November 2016 – Belfast Limelight
Saturday 12th November 2016 – Dublin 3Arena
Monday 14th November 2016 – Glasgow Queen Margaret Union *
Monday 14th November 2016 – Manchester Queen of Hearts *
Tuesday 15th November 2016 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Wednesday 16th November 2016 – Aberdeen Garage
Friday 18th November 2016 – Newcastle University
Saturday 19th November 2016 – Sheffield Leadmill
Sunday 20th November 2016 – Birmingham Institute
Monday 21st November 2016 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 23rd November 2016 – Leeds Stylus
Thursday 24th November 2016 – Manchester Ritz
Friday 25th November 2016 – Liverpool Academy
Sunday 27th November 2016 – Oxford Academy
Monday 28th November 2016 – Cardiff University
Tuesday 29th November 2016 – Norwich UEA
Wednesday 30th November 2016 – Portsmouth Pyramids Centre
Tuesday 13th December 2016 – London Roundhouse

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We Are Scientists / October and November 2016 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 22nd July 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Perennial American jokesters – and awesome music duo to boot – We Are Scientists have announced details of a massive UK and Irish tour for this autumn. They’ll be touring in support of their sixth album ‘Helter Seltzer’, which was released back in the spring. You can read Steven’s review of the long player through this link. You can also have a read of bassist Chris Cain’s chat with him this month here, ahead of their appearances this weekend at Kendal Calling 2016 and next weekend’s Leefest Presents: The Neverland 2016.

Tickets to this autumn’s tour are on sale now. To watch their latest video for ‘In My Head’, featured on ‘Helter Skelter’, check it out below the long tour date list. We love those guys, so to read any or all of our extensive back catalogue of articles on We Are Scientists, head this way.

Friday 7th October 2016 – Bognor Regis Butlins (Rockaway Beach)
Saturday 8th October 2016 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Sunday 9th October 2016 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Monday 10th October 2016 – Oxford Academy 2
Tuesday 11th October 2016 – Gloucester Guildhall
Thursday 13th October 2016 – Falmouth Pavillion
Friday 14th October 2016 – Plymouth Hub
Saturday 15th October 2016 – London Oval Space (Hackney Wonderland)
Sunday 16th October 2016 – Guildford Boileroom
Tuesday 18th October 2016 – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Wednesday 19th October 2016 – Liverpool Arts Club
Thursday 20th October 2016 – Dublin Opium
Friday 21st October 2016 – Galway Roisin Dubh
Sunday 23rd October 2016 – Belfast Limelight
Monday 24th October 2016 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Tuesday 25th October 2016 – Aberdeen Garage
Wednesday 26th October 2016 – Dundee Buskers
Thursday 27th October 2016 – York Fibbers
Saturday 29th October 2016 – Holmfirth Picturedrome
Monday 31st October 2016 – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 1st November 2016 – Cambridge Junction
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 – Southend Chinnerys
Thursday 3rd November 2016 – Bedford Esquires
Friday 4th November 2016 – Barrow In Furness Barrow Library (Get Loud in Libraries)

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