Gigs This Week | 11th – 18th July

A day late this week, sorry but it’s been a bit mentile. Anyway as I’m typing this, the best gig is actually happening! Lots of iTunes gigs and shows at Somerset House, if you’re going, you’re very lucky and I’m very jealous.

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Gigs This Week | 9th – 15th May

Whooops meant to publish this this morning, so I guess unless you are at Friendly Fires, this may be too late. Anyway, there are other gigs this week, some of them are rather good….

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I’ve been pretty uninspired last week or so, found myself in a bit of a funk, just listening to the same record over and over, but I’ve come through it, and fortunately enough, there’s some decent things popped up in the last couple of days.

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Gigs This Week | 4th – 10th April

Here are your gigs this week in London. Not gonna lie to you folks, there is fuck all on this week. Stay in, cook the missus tea.

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Everything Everything – Schoolin’ (Vision Of Trees Remix)

Just wanted to stick this track up quickly, off to see The Maccabees this evening, expect a review tomorrow.

Everything Everything give me the same feelings I had when I listened to Friendly Fires this time last year, and last summer they were one of my bands of the festivals, so by that crazy logic, it’s going to be a great year for Everything2. How splendid for them, I expect to see this review on the cover of their deluxe edition of their album.

Everything Everything – Schoolin’ (Vision Of Trees Remix)

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Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix)

Do I like Two Door Cinema Club? It’s funny, my mate sent them to me ages ago, and I dismissed them out of hand, yet lately I’ve heard their tune on the radio, done a little Shazam magic and then been surprised at the result.

So yeah it would then appear that I do like Two Door Cinema Club. For now anyway. With regards this tune, I haven’t bothered looking for the original, so I’m just basing this whole piece on what is coming out of my speakers at THIS MOMENT.
I can see why they’ve been signed, what with the success Friendly Fires have had in the last year, Friendly Fires who were one of my festival highlights last year, I should point out. Could 2DCC do the same? On the strength of this, and the few other little titbits I’ve heard, I’d say it’s highly likely. Oh and they are from N’orn I’ron, so I already have a bit of an affinity to them.
The lucky bastards.

This track features on the rather splendid Kitsuné Maison 9 – The Petit Bateau edition compilation which features Washed Out (who rock), Hurts (also rock), Monarchy (rock more) and Silver Columns (rock less so). It’s an aural delight.

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix)

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So I went to Benicassim….

“We put this festival on, with a lot of Love!!!” the familiar clarion call that opens every Oasis show rang clearer than ever at FiberFib 2009, Spain’s Premier Music Festival that takes place every year in a small coastal resort of Benicassim, about an hours drive north of Valencia. The reason that particular line from that song rang true is because compared to British festivals, FIB feels like it was put on, not as an opportunity for labels to showcase 1000 bands in a field, and more catering for the needs of the fans. I’d consider myself a veteran of UK festivals, however this was my first venture abroad, and I really couldn’t have picked a better place to start.
From the minute you land, getting to the site is a breeze, getting set up in record time, and then its off to the beach, the beach!!!!! or into the town for a few cerveza’s. Needn’t worry about missing any bands, they don’t start until 7 in the evening. What about food? The food within the arena is better than most restaurant food. What if they only serve shitty expensive beers? It’s sponsored by Heineken FFS, although it is a festival so yeah ’twill be a bit steep. Who am I going to go see, what if there’s a clash? No chance, there’s only about 30 bands on every day, with 1 hour gaps between sets, so over the course of the weekend, there was 1 occurrence where I was having to make a choice.
Oh yeah music, what can I say? Maybe it was the weather, maybe it was the healthy mix of locals and tourists, maybe there’s a chemical factory north of the water supply, but of the 15 bands I saw during the weekend, there wasn’t on shit performance amongst them. On the Thursday, Oasis gave a sterling set, overcoming what’s now becoming a regular sound issue (seriously 3 times I’ve seen them in the last month, each time somethings gone wrong), with Liam impressing even myself with his commitment to the Pretty Green cause wearing his green parka the whole way through the set (by the end it was drenched through). The Britpop Godfathers were then followed by Glasvegas, I know it’s insane, the music keeps going into the night!!. Considering the last time I saw them, I reviewed them here actually, at Glastonbury last year, the improvement has been steady, and they now look likely to become a really great band.
By now I’m sure you will have heard about the Friday. At about 6pm whilst sat in the campsite, an unfamiliar South-Westerly wind blew, and I remember thinking it odd at the time, but nonetheless off we went to watch Paul Weller struggle against the oncoming hurricane, and an adjacent bush fire. We retreated to the sanctuary of the backstage swimming pool (get on that!!) and as we sipped Mojitos, watched as the roof of the main stage slowly disintegrated before our eyes. The 3 blacked-out limos that quickly departed the venue, well that will have been the Followill clan, it seemed like a good idea to head back to the tent with a crate of beers, and batten down the hatches.
The next morning was all a bit New Orleans 2005-y. Tents scattered everywhere, broken gazebos and deflated mattresses littering the paths. But the day was beautiful and stewards assured us that the festival would continue. And thank fuck it did, as I had the pleasure of witnessing some of the best performances I’ve ever seen. Firstly Maximo Park, replacing the ill Lily Allen, having left all their equipment onstage the previous night, filling in admirably. I’ve always had a feeling about Maximo Park being a pretty decent festival band and they didn’t disappoint, churning out a career spanning set of classic hits, as well as debuting material of their new album. And speaking of festival bands, my favourites, Elbow followed them. They’re just amazing really, Guy Garvey is a gent, so polite, even reading out a Spanish letter of thanks to the crowd, and then they’ve now got the tunes to back it up. Starlings sounded as good as ever, Station Approach, a year later, still makes me well-up and A Day Like This really is made for evening like that. Franz Ferdinand followed Elbow and fuck, I think I’ve gone on long enough, but they were better than I could ever have expected, loads of hits, proper showmen. 2ManyDJ’s brought the mainstage to a close at about 3AM, but the party continued, with house DJ Steve Aoki keeping the crowd going until well after sunrise.
The final day saw the ever improving, well in my opinion, White Lies lift everyone out of the post-siesta, post-nightbefore, slumber with a blistering set. Friendly Fires were an absolute joy, sounding more Cococabana Beach than Benicassim, but is that ever a bad thing? My one band clash was the car-crash of Pete Doherty, who by all accounts wasn’t shit, and the Killers, who were brilliant. Bringing an end to the festival, as well as the current leg to their European jaunt, they featured a sizable amount of tracks from their most recent offering Day & Age, aswell as treating the crowd to classics like Mr. Brightside, Bones and When You Were Young. The festival continued into the early morning with live and DJ sets from Laurent Garnier and come 10am, it was a case of either sleep it off in the tent, head to beach, or go to the waterpark.
There you go Mr. Eavis, get yer bald head around that.