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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

 

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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Live Gig Video: Stornoway perform acoustic version of ‘Lost Youth’ on Lindisfarne

 
By on Wednesday, 16th September 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

To continue the Stornoway theme of today following on from my review of their new stripped back EP ‘Unplucked’ that posted at the noon hour, the indie folk pop band who formed in Oxford have a live video treat for us this week too! Taking to the shores of Lindisfarne, off the coast of North East England near Northumberland, here’s an acoustic performance of ‘Lost Youth’, keeping in line with the recorded stripped back version that appears on the new EP.

The ‘Unplucked’ EP from Stornoway will be released this Friday (the 18th of September) on Cooking Vinyl. The band will be playing four acoustic-styled shows at the end of November in the South of England, including two homecoming shows in Oxford; all these dates below are on sale now. Catch up on all of our archive on the band through this link.

Wednesday 25th November 2015 – Oxford St. John the Evangelist Church
Thursday 26th November 2015 – Oxford St. John the Evangelist Church
Friday 27th November 2015 – Gloucester Guildhall
Saturday 28th November 2015 – Brighton St. George’s Church
Sunday 29th November 2015 – London Tooting Tram and Social (added 16/10/2015)

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Dry the River / February and March 2015 English Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 27th January 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Dry the River have announced a run of English tour dates leading into the release of their new single ‘Rollerskate’, which is due out on the 9th of March via Transgressive. The single comes from their recent second album ‘Alarms In The Heart’, and the new live dates follow successful runs in both the UK and North America last autumn. Tickets for the following newly announced shows are available now.

Stay tuned for more TGTF coverage of Dry the River as part of the scheduled lineup for SXSW 2015.

Thursday 19th February 2015 – Wakefield Unity Works
Friday 20th February 2015 – Warwick University
Saturday 21st February 2015 – Birmingham Rainbow
Sunday 22nd February 2015 – Nottingham Bodega
Monday 23rd February 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Wednesday 25th February 2015 – Reading Bowery District
Thursday 26th February 2015 – Bristol Marble Factory
Friday 27th February 2015 – Swansea Sin City
Saturday 28th February 2015 – Perranporth Watering Hole
Monday 2nd March 2015 – Gloucester Guildhall
Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 4th March 2015 – Norwich Arts Centre

 

Young Fathers / March, May and June 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 22nd December 2014 at 8:00 am
 

Edinburgh electro trio and 2014 Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers have announced an extensive list of tour dates for next spring. Tickets for these live dates are available now.

You can listen to Young Fathers‘ new single ‘Soon Come Soon’ below the tour date listing.

Friday 13th March 2015 – Skelmersdale Library
Saturday 14th March 2015 – Rochdale Library
Wednesday 20th May 2015 – Glasgow Art School
Thursday 21st May 2015 – Newcastle Riverside
Friday 22nd May 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Monday 25th May 2015 – Manchester Gorilla
Tuesday 26th May 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Wednesday 27th May 2015 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 28th May 2015 – London Koko
Friday 29th May 2015 – Brighton Haunt
Sunday 31st May 2015 – Southampton Engine Rooms
Monday 1st June 2015 – Gloucester Guildhall
Tuesday 2nd June 2015 – Oxford Academy
Wednesday 3rd June 2015 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Thursday 4th June 2015 – Stoke Sugarmill
Friday 5th June 2015 – Norwich Arts Centre
Saturday 6th June 2015 – Sheffield Academy
Sunday 7th June 2015 – Liverpool Kazimier

 

Duke Special / March, April and May 2015 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 19th December 2014 at 8:30 am
 

Northern Irish singer/songwriter Duke Special has just unveiled a lengthy list of UK and Irish tour dates for next spring in anticipation of his upcoming album ‘Look Out Machines’. The album is due for release in 2015 via Duke Special’s current PledgeMusic campaign, but he’s already released a video for its first single ‘Elephant Graveyard’, which you can view below the tour date listing.

Prior to his spring live dates, Duke Special will take on an extensive tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland starting in January; all of those dates are listed on his official Web site. Previous TGTF coverage of Duke Special can be found here.

Support for Duke Special’s March UK tour dates will be provided by London singer/songwriter Paul Cook and The Chronicles. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Wednesday 11th March 2015 – Shrewsbury Henry Tudor House
Thursday 12th March 2015 – Nottingham Glee Club
Friday 13th March 2015 – Liverpool East Village Arts Club
Saturday 14th March 2015 – Wrexham Glyndwr University
Sunday 15th March 2015 – Birmingham Glee Club
Tuesday 17th March 2015 – Oxford Academy
Wednesday 18th March 2015 – Exeter Phoenix
Thursday 19th March 2015 – Bristol St George’s and the Folk House
Friday 20th March 2015 – Milton Keynes Stables
Saturday 21st March 2015 – Cambridge Junction 2
Wednesday 15th April 2015 – Gloucester Guildhall
Thursday 16th April 2015 – Bury Met
Friday 17th April 2015 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Saturday 18th April 2015 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Sunday 19th April 2015 – Gateshead Sage
Tuesday 21st April 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Norwich Waterfront
Thursday 23rd April 2015 – Brighton Komedia
Friday 24th April 2015 – Southampton Talking Heads
Saturday 25th April 2015 – Reading Bowery District
Sunday 26th April 2015 – Cardiff Globe
Wednesday 13th May 2015 – London Islington Assembly Hall
Friday 15th May 2015 – Belfast Mandela Hall
Saturday 16th May 2015 – Dublin Vicar Street

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