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Switches

 
By on Sunday, 22nd April 2007 at 10:08 pm
 

Switches album coverWhilst most Sunday papers today have nominated Arctic Monkey’s return album as their “album of the week”, this week my band of the week is Switches, who release their debut album, “Heart Turned To Dead” tomorrow. This Essex four piece offer something that we all love – memorable, catchy guitar pop, with no strings attached. No fancy gimmick, no extensive backstory. Just Switches: Good music.

As they say themselves on their myspace, they are “music to fall in love to, dance to, shake your head to, shake your feet to, make some toast to, count to two hundred and twenty two to, clap your hands to, snap your cards to, drink a drink to, pull a sickie to, get dressed to, get undressed to, snd a txt msg 2, make a friend to, travel to texas and drink beer to” – in other words, like Oasis before them, a working class, peoples band. Throwbacks to the 60s, updated and made a bit better, Switches are instantly memorable, with tunes like “Lay Down The Law” and “Drama Queen” being perfect summer festival songs – keep an eye out for them when your at Glastonbury or your local major festival.

I saw them support We Are Scientists back in february at the NME awards show at the Astoria. Though they had to come on at 7pm, they still managed to electrify the audience more than the other two supports, one of the few bands that have managed this at all the gigs I’ve been to.

Whilst they may not be the most innovative band, they make great songs for getting ready to go out, then going out on a saturday night. If you get a chance, stop by a show or get their new album from your local record store from tomorrow.

(please note: I wrote this of my own accord… I’ve just realise I glow a bit too much about them!!)

 

The week ahead: Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd April 2007

 
By on Sunday, 15th April 2007 at 5:26 pm
 

This week it seems lots of bands are on tour, but not many BIG bands, which gives you lots of choice. If I’ve missed anything out, or anyone has any spare tickets for anything in London on Tuesday night let me know and we can sort something out!

First up, Bloc Party continue their week long tour of the UK that they began last night in Cambridge, moving on to play Wolverhampton tonight, Plymouth Pavillions on Monday, Blackpool Empress Ballroom on Wednesday, and finally London’s Brixton Academy on Thursday and Friday. Tickets available from See Tickets for some dates, as well as some of the venue box offices.

On some dates Bloc Party will be supported by Biffy Clyro, who also play a date at Stoke Sugarmill on Tuesday as a warm up for their Bloc Party warm up dates and their May tour. Tickets on sale here.

The 2007 Camden Crawl takes place on Thursday and Friday in London, including all the best up and coming talent from accross London at some of the best Camden venues.

Zane Lowe favourites Cold War Kids embark on the start of their tour on Wednesday in Bristol, before moving on to Nottingham and Manchester. They then tour the rest of the country in the following two weeks. Tickets available from See Tickets again.

Teenage girl favourites Hanson embark on a short UK tour covering Newcastle, Birmingham and Manchester this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday respectively. They also play Koko in London on Sunday. Tickets from here and venue box offices.

Jamie T embarks on a full UK tour in Southampton next Saturday, before Norwich on Sunday and the rest of the UK in the coming two weeks. Tickets from here.

Kings of Leon embark on a full UK tour tonight in Plymouth, covering just about everywhere. Tickets from here.

Lostprophets UK Arena tour kicks off this week, covering Manchester, Birmingham and London’s Wembley Arena this week. Tickets from here.

Crazily moustached Luke Toms embarks on his own tour on Wednesday in Liverpool. He’s been the support band of choice for a fair few bands in recent months: Keane, Thirteen Senses and The Feeling. Tickets here.

Paulo Nutini starts his UK tour of larger theatres on Tuesday, playing just about everywhere, including a four night home town stand in early May. Tickets here.

Other Zane Lowe favourites The Enemy continue their UK tour on Monday night, taking in most mid-sized venues in the UK. Tickets here.

I was hoping to be able to see Switches at London’s 100 Club on Tuesday, however tickets have now sold out, so I won’t be. Tickets for their UK tour here.

Dundee favourites The View play a variety of venues out and about this week, mostly sold out, however there are still a few tickets for the Forum date in London next Saturday. Tickets here.

Last but not least, girl band The Pipettes play their largest tour to date, all over the UK playing mid-size venues. Tickets here.

 

Live: We Are Scientists with The Scare Pull Tiger Tail and Switches at London’s Astoria

 
By on Wednesday, 28th February 2007 at 3:46 pm
 

Normally support bands get better as the evening progresses. However, at last night’s NME awards show with We Are Scientists at London’s Astoria, this was not the case. Opener Switches started playing to a quarter full auditorium, and by the end of their set they’d converted virtually all those present.

The Southend-on-sea four piece led by the charismatic Matt Bishop took us on a romp through their brief back catalogue, with both energy and excitement. Sounding like they’d be right at home in the background of an episode of Skins on E4, they’re the anthem to a night out, and their set was all too brief. Highlights ‘Drama Queen’ and ‘Lay down the Law’ got the crowd going, and were everything the best support bands should do.

The stage was quickly turned around and soon the audience’s favourites Pull Tiger Tail came out complete with day-glo tubes and tiger masks (which they only remembered to put on halfway through). Sounding like a mix between the Killers, Panic! At the Disco and Klaxons, the London three-piece were loved by the girls on the front, whilst some of the older audience members looked on in bemusement. Their energy was briefly halted when Davo their bassist / keyboardist knocked his synths and keys off their stands, causing much amusement.

Going on the last two bands, I was hopeful that Australians “The Scare” would be amazingly good. How wrong I was. Coming on looking like the typical stereotype of the hard living rock stars, Russell Brand look-alike Kiss Reid gave it his all, telling us that we were “boring… come on, give it some”, before spending much of the last two songs in the crowd. At the end of the last song he was joined by his two guitarists, who seemed to think that we loved them more than we did. Their music was overshadowed by their dramatics, with their generic brand of rock proving as unique as everyone else.

Finally, We Are Scientists graced the stage, coming on, looking genuinely surprised to the audience’s reaction. Starting off with a new slow song ‘Spoken For’, WAS were on top form, ploughing through most of their debut album whilst also throwing in a few extra new songs. WAS’ new stuff was good, though nothing they played stood up to their debut album: hopefully they’ll have some better songs hidden up their sleeves. Their inter-song banter between Keith and Chris was amusing, though a little short compared to other times. Pretty soon they launched into ‘Nobody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt’, when the place erupted into a sweaty mess that The Scare would have loved to have been a part of. Closing off the evening was the obligatory “Great Escape”, sending the crowd off into a frenzy once again, and bringing a brilliant evening of great (and not so great in the case of The Scare) music to a close.

 
 
 

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