Sunday, April 22, 2012
Dum Dum Girls - Islington Academy 11.4.12
With their show at ULU last year clashing with another gig I was pleased when this was announced. Their current album Only in Dreams had been a fixture in my CD player and is a great mix of sixties pop done inan all girl Iggy style. Bedroom Eyes was played too early in my opinion though their set was well balanced with Coming Down at the end going down a storm. Loved the outfits the girls were wearing too, though I don't normally like 'image projection'. Shouldn't really need this when you have a voice like DeeDee's Top gig and top american band.
All Right Now - Half Moon Putney 8.4.12
This was initially advertised as a Four Bills & A Ben show when we booked but that changed into Johnny Warmans Free and Bad Company tribute band. A fairly sparse crowd for an Easter Sunday were treated to two forty five minute sets comprising of classics such as My Borther Jake, Wishing Well and Feel Like Making Love. Noticeably there was only one microphone for this! Jeff Rich (ex Status Quo) was on drums and is probably would hold that postion for a best short musician band. The guitarist was also good especially on show ender The Hunter. A good evening.
Cat Scratch Fever - White Lion Streatham 31.3.12
After watching the second half of Blackpool Southampton in a pub where it was £5 a pint of Moretti, and with the Saints heading towards their heaviest defat of the season some cheering up was necessary. So we headed to the White Lion via a couple of other hostelries. This was a charity giog for a cat charity, ticket price of a fiver with cans of cat food also compulsory when going in. First up was Brijette West who I did not know much about. However, her thirty minute acoustic set was so good, I had to get both her CDs, one with her band NY Loose and one under her own name with the Desparate Hopefuls. Songs that made the instant impression were Pretty Suicide and Hey Papito. She ended her set with a cover of Beth originally by Kiss. The Peckham Cowboys were next who were the main reason for going. Guy Bailey a founder of the Quireboys is the guitarist and their south London blues based rock went down a treat though lasted just short of half an hour, just when you thought it was getting going. A shame but impressive enough to keep an eye for some more shows. There then was an auction where I think someone got a bargain for £20, a signed copy of the late Ronnie James Dio's last album. Tyla J Pallas was the headiner who played a great acoustic set for just under an hour and a half. Drinking wine and guiness between songs, it was rather like an irish poet school. Did not know any of the set as he omitted the Dogs D'Amour big hit of Satellite Kid, though when you have 18 solo albums and a batch with your band, it must be difficult to choose what you are going to play. A definite improvement on the football and managed to get a train back to Sutton gone midnight.
Twang - Islington Academy 30.3.12
A packed house for this one, with memebers of the band (including the singer) drinking in the Nags Head on Upper Street before the gig and asking my friend where the venue was. He directed them 100 yards up the street when in fact it was more like ten! A set which included some new songs though not powerful enough on first listen to persuade me to get either of the two new eps they had on sale. Classics from their first two albums was why I came, and they did not dissapoint with Either Way and Barney Rubble being the highlights alongside Ice Cream Sundae. A ten o'clock curfew meant we were able to get top Cheam and a a few more pints in the Railway in Cheam with plenty of time to spare! (An added bonus was Lily was back from college being Easter and was serving!)
Roger Daltrey & Others, Royal Albert Hall 28.3.12
A regular visit to the Albert Hall for the opening Teenage Cancer Trust Show. Daltrey opened proceedings with a couple of acoustic country songs. His replacement guitraist (as Simon Townshend could not make it) then did a solo song, before Kelly Jones of Stereophonics fame came on. He did Maybe Tomorrow and Dakota before Ron Wood and Paul Weller jopined him for the Faces Ooh La La. Paul Weller was next with an acoustic set which thankfully was not all new material. Out Of The Sinking and You Do Something To Me were the highlights. After a break, Roger Daltrey and band came on with Who Are You, Kids Are Alright and Behind Blue Eyes, before he introduced Amy MacDonald. She did two songs from her first album, Mr Rocknroll and This Is The Life before covering Springsteens Born To Run. Steve Winwood was then dragged out for a fine audience pleasing Higher Love and Gimme Some Loving. Daltrey returned for sosme more Who songs, including Baba O'Reilly upon which Ron Wood and Kelly Jones returned although you would not notice if their guitars were plugged in or not. Blue Red & Grey which Daltrey played solo on ukelele and Without Your Love ended a great night.
Rebekah Delgado - Lexington 23/3/12
After seeing her as support a couple of weeks earlier I checked out Rebekah Delgados headline show launching her Ep showcasing the supurb Sing You Through The Storm. A similar set to last time, though may have had one or two extra songs, one of which had to be restarted half way through. The sound was perfect and made the CD version of the EP an essential purchase on the way out. Definately one to look out for.
The Answer / The Union - Electric Ballroom 15/3/12
Two of my favourite current classic rock bands. The Union were awesome with a set of just over an hour. Pete Shoulder's singing was fantastic. The Answer were not quite in the same league but still entertaining with zeppelinesque rock. Their best songs however remain on their debut album with Under The Sky as the highlight. Their third and current album is good but probably need a slight change in style to progress to larger venues, without a tasty support act in tow.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Alice Gold & Rebekah Delgado, Borderline 10th March
First heard Alic Gold when she covered Wonderous Place by Billy Fury for a Carling advert. She didn't play that but her set consisted of her great debut album Seven Rainbows and a few new songs. ending with Runaway Love it was a good set and I'll definately return to her gigs again. Rebekah Delgado was support and I was immediately drawn to her unique sound, no doubt contributed by her saw player. She had three backing singers dressed as Opera people and a few good sing along songs. I would check her again as she advertised her EP launch gig prior to her last song. A great evening out.
Maccabees Brighton Dome 9th March
Missed the first couple of songs for this due to a failed chatup of a nice girl in the Sussex pub. The Maccabees are highly rated, now on their third album and due to play Alexandra Palace later in the year. My onlu previous experiance of them was in a tent on Clapham Common a few years back and I was impressed then, and impressed here too. Precious Time was my personal highlight was sandwiched in the three song encore. An hour and a half set allowed time for a quick beer in the Basketmakers Arms prior to the last train home which was a bonus.
Simon Townshend, Cabbage Patch 7 March
An offical launch of Simon Townshends new album held at the Eel Pie Club which is a room above the Cabbage Patch pub in Twickenham. Now a full time member of the Who and Roger Daltreys solo band, he didn't dwell too much on this, though early on he did a 'fun' version of the High Numbers I'm The Face. He also did Goin Mobile which he had been doing with Roger Daltrey 'every night' and The Dirty Jobs in the encore. His best own song The Way It Is was done acoustically and was perfectally observed by the attention held crowd which did include a couple of fine females!
The Drums & Specter Roundhouse 27.2.12
An NME award show with two bands I had limited knowledge of. In fact I turned down the Drums for a fiver a couple of years ago when I passed the forum and touts were trying to get rid of their last tickets.
Specter were enjoyable, though I'm not sure about bands wearing suits. The singer wants to be an american Jarvis, but they are backed up with good tunes such as Never Fade Away.
The Drums on the other hand were a bit too shoeglaze for my liking with the singer dancing flambouyantly to each song. Just when you thought it could not get any camper, on comes Boy George to do backing vocals on one of their songs before storming into Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? The highlight of their set.