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Live Review: The Temper Trap with Delphic and the Hundred in the Hands at the House of Blues, Boston – 29th September 2010

 
By on Monday, 4th October 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

You’re probably wondering why I’d bother writing a gig review for the second night on a month-long tour featuring the Temper Trap with Delphic and the Hundred in the Hands as support when I’ve already written up the first night, as the experience at each American venue on this tour is pretty much the same, right? Wrong. I was once asked by a London friend if there was really a difference in accents and personalities in people from Boston compared to those from New York or those from Washington. Without a doubt.

Similarly, you’re going to get a different gig experience depending where you see a band. And venues themselves are different by nature of different clientele, different layouts, different lighting and even different beverage options (though I do not detail the last item on that list in this review, because I was too busy covering the show to drink).

So in this review, I’m going to compare and contrast Sunday’s show in physical and gig attributes at Philadelphia Trocadero with the Wednesday night one in at Boston’s House of Blues.

Physical attributes
1. Size – Trocadero: 1200. House of Blues: 2400. Winner: Trocadero. Definitely the more intimate experience. Would have been better if the stage wasn’t that high though.

2. Layout – Trocadero: floor plus one shallow balcony, bar is upstairs way in the back. House of Blues: floor plus 2 expansive balconies, bars on both sides of the floor. Winner: House of Blues. I don’t want to have to leave my good spot at the front to go on a completely different floor to get my alcohol and stay there, because who knows if I’ll ever be able to get back to my spot. However, if it were my favourite band, I’d just forgo alcohol to stake my spot in the front.

3. History – Trocadero: historic building, used to be a famous burlesque theatre. House of Blues: was built on the smoldering razed remains of two smaller clubs. Winner: Trocadero. Because people’s favourite small venues weren’t destroyed to build it.

4. Sound – Trocadero: muddled in places, which caused problems for the Hundred in the Hands and Delphic, not as noticeable with the Temper Trap. House of Blues: bigger speakers, so overall sound was louder and booming. Winner: House of Blues. You can’t compare a world-class venue with a tiny theatre, except for intimacy.

5. Beauty / ambience – Trocadero: pretty bare bones with some nice old-fashioned moulding. Hot as hell. House of Blues: neon lights and well-lit bars. Nicely air-conditioned. Winner: House of Blues. I could breathe and enjoy a beautiful venue.

Gig attributes
6. Audience – Trocadero: front row standing was stock still for the entire show, disappointing. Second row and beyond behind them, absolutely amazing energy, even for the two opening acts they’d never heard of. House of Blues: a little stiff until close to the end with the Temper Trap. Maybe they were just being respectful and acting like normal Bostonians at a HOB show? Dunno. I heard the previous night with Jason Derulo was mental though. Winner: Trocadero. Mostly for the people who really gave the Hundred in the Hands and Delphic a chance and found out they were great!

7. Sets – Trocadero: a little birdy told me the opening acts did not soundcheck here, so with that information, the Temper Trap deserve a handicap. House of Blues: sets were identical except that Delphic added my favourite song, ‘Submission’, to the mix. Chalk up rustiness from not playing it since Bestival a couple weeks prior but the vocal key for the song seemed off and overall it seemed a wee tentative. But all three bands were definitely more confident in Boston compared to Philadelphia. Winner: House of Blues, by a hair. Because I think the bands had more energy here.

Overall band winner
I have to give it up to the Temper Trap. They look the part and sound great. I talked to guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto after the show and told him I thought they really should be playing arenas with their amazing show and he said that the trick was for them to write and record their second album and use that to tour the arenas. All I can say is, we will be waiting. Impatiently!

Set lists and additional photos are under the cut.

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Live Review: The Temper Trap with Delphic and the Hundred in the Hands at the Trocadero, Philadelphia – 26th September 2010

 
By on Tuesday, 28th September 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

It is indeed something truly special when the stars align and allow the beleaguered blogger to see not just one band, not two, but three that she adores. I got that chance Sunday night at the Trocadero, a historic former burlesque theatre in Philadelphia, with The Temper Trap as the headliner and Delphic and The Hundred in the Hands providing support. Punters that had assembled for the long queue outside the venue before doors knew next to nothing about the opening bands and maybe knew the Temper Trap well or somewhat vaguely. Not a great start. But once inside, I managed a second row vista, perfect with the Trocadero’s far too high stage for such a smallish club. I met some very devoted Temper Trap fans who needed some background on the other two bands, which I was happy to provide.

Regular readers of TGTF already know I think the Hundred in the Hands’ debut album released last week is fantastic. Live, I was pleased with their performance and how they sounded. For most of their set, lead singer / synth player Eleanore Everdell sang into a pod-shaped microphone and was ‘buckled down’ to where her synth was. I reckon she’s got so much rhythm within her, she’d make an amazing dancer onstage (think Friendly Fires). Jason Friedman’s guitar riffs added punch to ‘Last City’, which is rapidly racing up my list of current favourite tracks. I was hopeful that ‘Pigeons’ would get people dancing. Well, there were some people dancing – myself and my new friends in second row. The people in front of us looked bored for pretty much the entire night, exanimate. Kind of frustrating I suppose given that the Hundred in the Hands aren’t exactly mainstream in America yet.

Same goes for Delphic, who in my opinion fared far better in the opening band popularity contest (despite drummer Dan Hadley nearly deafening the early assembled crowd testing his drum kit on ‘Doubt’). A bloke next to me who’d shown up specifically for them showed me a clipping from NME where the band was lying on the floor, looking uncomfortable in leather (you know the one I’m talking about, I bet). Besides myself and him, I think we were the only ones who’d ever knowingly heard a Delphic song before.

I was hoping they’d play ‘Submission’ for personal reasons but when you’re an opener, you have to pick and choose the best from what you’ve got to play, and I think they chose all the right ones to pick up the energy in the crowd. ‘Red Lights’ concluded with an extended synth-laden outro that got the crowd cheering. The sheer magnificence of ‘Counterpoint’, with a steady build-up from the resigned lyrics to the incredible swell of sound at the end, finally got everyone in the club into the music. I remember when I heard ‘Counterpoint’ as a single last year. I knew it was dramatic, but I hadn’t realised just how dramatic until I saw Delphic live this summer at Roskilde, and this was demonstrated even further in Philadelphic. Also, not sure how long he’s been giving it his 110%, but Rick Boardman is really going for those high backing vocal notes with passion. I’m looking forward to their new material and where they go from here.

Continue reading Live Review: The Temper Trap with Delphic and the Hundred in the Hands at the Trocadero, Philadelphia – 26th September 2010

 

Pete Lawrie / September and October 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 20th September 2010 at 3:00 pm
 

We introduced you to singer-songwriter Pete Lawrie back in March, and now he’s hitting the road for a series of gigs in the UK this September and October. Check out the dates and see if he’s playing near you!

Thursday 23rd September 2010 — London Blag Club
Monday 27th September 2010 — London 93 Feet East
Friday 1st October 2010 — Birmingham Glee Club
Saturday 2nd October 2010 — Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Monday 4th October 2010 — Bristol Cooler
Tuesday 5th October 2010 — Cambridge The Haymakers
Wednesday 6th October 2010 — London The 100 Club (Supporting Tiffany Page)
Thursday 7th October 2010 — Leeds Cockpit
Friday 8th October 2010 — London Queen of Hoxton (with Cocknbull Kid)
Sunday 10th October 2010 — Manchester Deaf Institute
Friday 22nd October 2010 — Cardiff Dempseys (Swn Festival)

 

Live Review: Biffy Clyro with the Static Jacks and O’Brother at DC9, Washington, DC – Wednesday 15th September 2010

 
By on Friday, 17th September 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

I’m not a Biffy Clyro aficionado. I could never claim to be, I only know the singles from ‘Only Revolutions’ that were on heavy rotation on 6music. But even I was convinced enough to attend their Wednesday night gig because of the gravity of the situation: it was the first-ever headlining gig the Scottish trio had ever on American soil. Fans from all over had travelled to our little town to see them play in the 200-capacity club where I’d seen the xx and VV Brown make their local debuts. After getting stuck in a massive traffic jam on the Beltway, the main motorway surrounding the city, I then got lost trying to make my way to the club. An hour and 45 minutes later at 8 PM I finally made it to 9th Street, relieved. Then we all waited another hour and a half before we were let up to the main stage area (a full hour later than the originally posted time).

The Static Jacks from New Jersey were the first opening act. I’d seen them before, with a splendid opening set for the Futureheads in June. Just a lot of energy from four really young guys who are friends plus a new bass player, so new that he just learned his bass lines last week. Not kidding. One of their songs, ‘Who Are the Replacements?’, appeared on an episode of MTV’s teenage seaside drama ‘Jersey Shore’ (below, you can have a listen to the song). If this is what the kids of America are listening to on occasion, then we as a nation aren’t doing too bad. Lead singer Ian Devaney is a powerhouse both physically (jumping around on stage and dangerously whipping his mike stand around) and vocally, and with backing vocals provided by guitarist Henry Kaye, it’s not punk rock with no direction. This is a band I strongly believe is going somewhere. I just want to know, why aren’t these guys signed yet?

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O’Brother from Atlanta was next. I’ve been to some loud gigs but this for sure was one of the loudest sets I’ve ever heard. When you see three blokes with guitars in front of you, not counting the bass player, you know it’s going to be loud. The best way I can describe them is proggy hard rock – a kind of Led Zeppelin meets the Mars Volta meets Mogwai. I do like hard rock but I need hard rock with a melody, and this seemed like hard rock for the sake of being hard rock, with excessively long squeals of guitar, a cacophonous maelstrom of sound and long hair flying. However, the Biffy-loving crowd loved them, so that’s all that was important. In these years after Metallica lost their lustre in fighting illegal file sharers, I suppose a band that is steadfast in their commitment to make the music they want and not give a monkey’s is pretty admirable.

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Mona / September and October 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 14th September 2010 at 4:05 pm
 

Nashville-based Mona have announced a trio of London gigs (two free!) in 2 weeks.

Wednesday 29th September 2010 – London Kentish Town Flowerpot (free)
Thursday 30th September 2010 – London Rough Trade East (instore)
Friday 1st October 2010 – London Koko (Club NME)

 

Live Review: The Drums and Surfer Blood with the Young Friends at 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – Sunday 12th September 2010

 
By on Tuesday, 14th September 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Most bands who go on tour together start out as acquaintances and then become good friends over the course of a tour. The Drums and Surfer Blood don’t have to worry about that; members of Surfer Blood have played with the Drums’s Jacob Graham, so everyone pretty much knows everybody else, which I think can only be a good thing. With autumn on DC’s doorstep, the two surf poppish bands stopped by as co-headliners to the 9:30 Club for a fun night of good tunes Sunday night.

The Young Friends from Phoenix were the opening act. I’m usually pretty sceptical about rock bands that have one guitarist (not two) plus a bassist, yet these guys made a good job of it. They have a very similar rock/pop sound to the Drums and Surfer Blood, so all things considered, they were a really good fit for support. The band itself is Andrew McKee (lead vocals / bass) and Brant Stuns (guitar) and a touring drummer. Now that I play bass, I can appreciate just how hard it is to play a rhythm instrument and sing at the same time. Songs like ‘I Won’t Break Your Heart’ indicate that even though these are a pair of ‘Young Friends’, they know what they’re doing when it comes to writing songs. Stuns in particular was hilarious to watch onstage because he reminded me of Peter Crouch, only shorter and trying to imitate Chuck Berry’s duckwalk.

The Drums were on next. I’d seen singer Jonathan Pierce’s red satin jacket in Phil’s coverage of their MTV’s 10 for 2010 show at Camden’s Dingwalls with Death Metal Disco Scene and Delphic and was quite pleased to see it would be making an appearance on their North American tour. When I had been waiting outside with a friend before the doors opened, we could hear the strains of ‘Best Friend’ during their soundcheck, and this was the bounciest of all songs they started their set with, drummer Connor Hanwick leading the way with his beats as club goers moved and grooved to the Drums’ brand of pop.

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