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Live Gig Video: Cloud Nothings perform ‘Cut You’ at Pitchfork Music Festival 2012

 
By on Wednesday, 25th July 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Cloud Nothings appeared at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival this past weekend, and here’s a really great video of the band performing track ‘Cut You’ filmed there. Watch it below.

Last month we alerted you to a future Cloud Nothings release, a limited edition 12″ vinyl available now (or whenever the 1,000 copies are gone).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pFal9h2n30[/youtube]

 

Live Review: The Gaslight Anthem with Dave Hause at U Street Music Hall, Washington DC – 20th July 2012

 
By on Wednesday, 25th July 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

The Gaslight Anthem is notorious for their energetic, all-out live performances and they didn’t disappoint us in the least Friday night. I made my way to the U Street Music Hall, a new-to-me venue in Washington, DC, to see them play. It was an absurdly early show for a Friday night, but the fact that the stage was in the basement managed to conceal all evidence of daylight. So as soon as everyone was packed in, the early hour was evidenced only by the notion that people were a tad behind in their drinking.

Philadelphia native and good friend to the band Dave Hause started the night with a solo performance. With songs from both his solo release ‘Resolutions’ as well as tunes from his band the Loved Ones, Hause electrified the mass of punters eager to hear some good old punk rock that night. Hause is quite familiar with the DC music scene, name-checking not only two of our popular clubs within his songs, but also referencing the iconic DC security guy that stood at the front of the stage waiting to pluck crowd surfers from the masses. [You can find this security guard on Facebook as ‘That Guy at the 9:30 Club’. Seriously. – Ed.]

After a lightning quick changeover, the Gaslight Anthem had the crowd surging from the very first notes. Lodged at my carefully chosen spot at the barrier to the right, I was able to withstand the press and keep my place. This venue was absolutely perfect for this kind of show. The small, squat stage concentrated the five players and the low ceiling gave it that ‘underground gig’ feel. Lead singer Brian Fallon even jumped up to thwack at the exposed piping above head a couple of times. The thrusting arms and pressing bodies made it all seem that much more urgent. Despite the fact that their new album wasn’t being releasing until the following week, the capacity crowd had clearly been waiting for something from the band for a while. They knew the new songs as well as any of the old ones. Fallon and company attacked the stage with an energy that was fed back to them in spades. They barely took a breath for the first five songs, ripping through old and new straight away. Fallon warned us that they weren’t going to be leaving the stage for an encore, “Do people still like that?” He reasoned that some do and some don’t, but he thought it was stupid. So no break for us tonight; this I am in favor of – just let me know up front.

There was an intensity from all, even when it got toned down a bit. ‘Here’s Looking at You Kid’ and ‘Blue Jeans and White T-Shirts’ had all the urgency and intent of the others, despite the slower pace. It doesn’t hurt, too, that the faithful could shout out every last word as well. Their breakthrough album, 2009’s ‘The ’59 Sound’, took up the lion’s share of the set and kept everyone hopping and singing for the entire night.

At only 500 person capacity, this night sold out within minutes months ago. The band has such an expansive sound, just waiting to be set loose on an arena. I am sure if they get their way, they will be filling them soon, both sonically and via ticket sales. Before leaving the stage, Fallon promised to return to DC later in the year. This announcement was greeted with one final sweaty mash to the front as everyone there exulted in yet another opportunity to see the greatness of the Gaslight Anthem one more time this year.

 

Live Gig Video: Deer Tick cover Harvey Danger’s ‘Flagpole Sitta’ for AV Club

 
By on Tuesday, 24th July 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

I think this is mainly for the ‘older’ readers who remember Harvey Danger, and anyone who’s a fan of Deer Tick now. The band from Rhode Island recently covered ’90s band Harvey Danger’s hit ‘Flagpole Sitta’ for the AV Club‘s Undercover 2012 series. (Last year we posted this video of Little Red covering Neil Grey.) Should I be embarrassed that I still remember all the words? Watch the performance below.

 

2000 Trees Festival 2012 Roundup: Day 1

 
By on Tuesday, 24th July 2012 at 2:04 pm
 

How fitting it is for a music festival that prides itself on promoting the best of British, for it to rain. And not just the odd light shower, tropical monsoons that haven’t been seen since Noah swept across Cheltenham, turning a once grassy field into six inches of sludge. But that doesn’t matter because we’re British and we soldier on regardless. But it is handy there’s a tent stage to hide in…

Opening the biggest tent at 2000 Trees, dubbed The Cave, are the hardcore hooligans Crooks. Kickstarting a midday mud mosh to a half-full crowd of dazed onlookers, still zonked after the night before, their energetic and raucous half hour is a glorious display of Polar.-esque hardcore with the odd Rinoa post-metal rhythm. As local lads to the festival, they appear genuinely humbled to receive such support at this time of day, but things are just getting started.

It’s an atmosphere of anticipation and sadness before run, WALK! take to the stage. For the past few years they’ve been steadily carving a name for themselves on the UK circuit and achieved cult status amongst the general gig-going public. But now, on the cusp of releasing their long-awaited debut album ‘Health’, the dynamic duo are calling it a day. The Cave is still filling as the noisy two-piece start blasting out their brash, anarchic indie-metal (if there is such a thing), with little time for crowd interaction. Matt Copley’s vocals are secondary to the rhythm section that rages on forcefully, engulfing everyone like an amorphous blob of sound. Elements of Lightning Bolt and Fuck Buttons are thrashed out chaotically, igniting the first circle pit of the day, as run, WALK! finish seemingly as soon as they’d begun. A quick hug between the two signal the end. A sad situation.

Thankfully the sun has finally started shining to try and lift the mood. The Main Stage area is a waterlogged patch of overgrown grass, steadily being trampled by thousands of pairs of wellies. Leicester instrumental outfit Maybeshewill are no strangers to 2000 Trees, and their fans are falling in line to watch the five-piece (complete with two extra members on strings) deliver a satisfying helping of post-rock with a side order of power. Alternating between the grandiose and the frantic, Maybeshewill’s rolling waves of sound wash over the captivated audience who are gradually becoming stuck in the mud. ‘Not for Want of Trying’ is the crowning moment of the performance as 2000 Trees erupts in a state of rage, screaming the words to the infamous “mad as hell” speech in ‘Network’.

Turning this madness into radness are the Mancunian skankers Sonic Boom Six. With the magnetic Laila K peering out into the ever-growing sea of punks and partiers, SB6 are the ultimate festival band – nothing but bangers and mash-ups. Dropping the likes of ‘For the Kids of the Multiculture’ and ‘Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang!’, it’s the mini-covers that excite Cheltenham the most. Throwing in samples of Lily Allen and Jessie J add to the poptastic, school disco vibe but flowing into ‘Poison’ by the Prodigy during ‘Virus’ receives a monumental response from ravers young and old. Although it’s the well-placed rendition of Wyclef Jean featuring The Rock’s ‘It Doesn’t Matter’ that puts huge smiles on the faces of everyone within a certain age bracket.

Slowing things down later in the afternoon are TGTF favourites Dry The River. Since finding fame earlier this year with debut album ‘Shallow Bed’, the folky fivesome live up to the hype. Opening on ‘No Rest’, the bodies amassing at the Main Stage are pouring their hearts into the passionate choral lines while Peter Liddle and Matt Taylor’s beautiful dual falsetto soars majestically into the surrounding fields. Forcing as many tracks into their set as possible, including ‘Bible Belt’ and ‘History Book’, the sun-drenched revellers soak up the emotive, acoustic melodies that Britain does so well.

Back in The Cave, the only American at a British music festival is doing his best to destroy the tent from the inside. Former Alexisonfire vocalist Wade MacNeil joined Gallows last year after Frank Carter’s departure, to a mixed reaction. But the previous worries can be set aside after tonight’s visceral attack of hardcore horror. After opening on ‘Misery’, Wade launches himself into a huge puddle of mud, covering himself from head to toe – spreading it all over the stage and front row. Steph Carter plays a much more integral part of the vocals nowdays, commanding the more ‘Londony’ sections that Wade simply couldn’t pull off convincingly. Gallows, though, are still Gallows. Inked up punks who love nothing more than to scream and smash their way through every gig until every bead of sweat has hit the floor. Spitting and snarling through ‘True Colours’, ‘Death Voices’ and ‘Abandon Ship’ amongst other favourites, even a cover of Minor Threat‘s ‘Seeing Red’, new track ‘Last June’ opens the floor to a veritable rat’s nest of turmoil. Welcome to the family, Wade.

Gallows’ punishing display has cracked the clouds wide open and the rain is tumbling down ferociously. But in the comfort of The Cave, Pulled Apart By Horses (pictured at top) are headlining to a capacity crowd. The Leeds-based maulers have become a mainstream success since their last appearance at 2000 Trees, drawing over a thousand people into the intimate sweatbox. Lashing their way through ‘The Crapsons’, ‘V.E.N.O.M.’ and new release ‘Bromance Ain’t Dead’. The constant crowd surges toward the front crush the die-hard fans at the front who show no signs of stopping stripping their throats raw. ‘I Punched A Lion In The Throat’ energises the pit to maddening levels and ‘High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive’ lifts the volume to deafening levels inside the big blue home of metal. PABH are noticeably grateful for the reception they receive tonight, especially as festival mainstays 65daysofstatic are currently demolishing the Main Stage. They’ve come a long way from clubs in Leeds to headlining a tent at Britain’s foremost new music festival – a testament to their longevity at the front of the new breed of rock ‘n roll.

 

Luke’s Alphabet Tour: M – The Milk at the Social – 3rd July 2012

 
By on Monday, 23rd July 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Midweek gigs generally receive a different reaction to the weekend party fests. They’re a subdued affair with attendees trying not to drink too much, with one eye on the clock and keeping the big dance moves to a minimum. To combat this Tuesday night dreariness, The Milk are adamant to recreate the jubilant atmosphere of a Friday night by playing for 45 minutes without a single moment of silence. No easy task, but one they can deliver.

This Essex rock and soul four-piece have been on a steady climb to fame over the past few years, receiving attention from Channel 4 and DIY amongst others. Tonight they’ve sold out one of London’s trendier intimate venues to a throng of fans who not only see the band as one for the future, but as heroes for the day.

The Milk’s blend of rock ‘n’ roll, soul and funk is the perfect antidote to the Tuesday night blues. The chronic bounce-along beats keep the crowd bopping along, vibrating the floor underneath their dancing feet. The crowd are almost falling onto the low stage with front man Rick Nunn peering out over his followers who lap up every drop of the Milk.

The poptastic ‘Everyday is a Reminder’ stretches the singing strings in the throats of those down front, while ‘Mr. Motivator’ (the band’s favourite song to play on tour) kick-starts the moves – although it’s the impromptu rendition of Chase and Status‘ ‘Eastern Jam’ that momentarily lights up London. There’s nothing like a dubstep wobble being imitated on guitar to excite an indie audience.

The uplifting rock stylings of ‘Kimmi Kimmi’ and brilliant harmonies of ‘Every Time We Fight’ explore the varied palette of their in-house fans. However, it’s the interesting choice of reggae cover ‘Johnny Too Bad’ that the band usually use to sound-check – it’s a testament as to how well the Essex lads think the show is going if they start jamming out oft-unplayed reggae vibes.

Closing the night with a communal sit down before rocketing back into the air at the behest of Nunn, the party has well and truly invaded the Social tonight. It might be a grey, drizzly mess outside but down the stairs behind closed doors, the Milk have wiped all memories of the midweek rat race away with their fantastic catchy rock tunes and determination to have the night of their lives.

 

Live Gig Video: Robert Smith plays rare acoustic set while the Cure’s equipment fails at Bilbao BBK Live in Spain

 
By on Monday, 16th July 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

You know that worn phrase, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”? Last week Robert Smith treated the Cure‘s fans to some acoustic numbers – specifically, ‘Three Imaginary Boys’, ‘Fire in Cairo’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ – while the band’s equipment was playing up at a festival appearance at Bilbao BBK Live in Bilbao, Spain. The ‘lemonade’ provided was a rare performance by the goth band’s frontman that is not likely to be repeated anytime soon. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTrYct84Y70[/youtube]

 
 
 

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