Saturday, May 27, 2006

The End

Yesterday was my last day in further education, though I still have the exams to do and the formal to attend this is pretty much the end.

The last two years at sixth form have possibly been the best two years of my life. It wasn’t always an exciting place but the people I met, the moments we had and the rocking parties made it special. I raise my glass for you. I’ve probably never had such a great group of friends in all my life and possibly never will again and for that sixth form was extremely special and dear to me.

I don’t want to get too stuck down in sentimental ballshit but I felt I should mention how great these last two years have been. Now it’s time to go celebrate!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

the daily intrigue

I’ve not felt well at all and I had almost forgotten that I actually had a blog. I must be honest, I almost gave it up. You see this blog first began as a site for showing off my lyrics and my band plans, the band fell apart but I started writing random music news, reviews, diary-ish pondering into the mix. Suddenly my blog kind of got more popular, popular meaning more then 5 people have actually bothered to come back to see what else I’d posted. But now I’m kind of unsure if this blog will be updated regularly or not or if I should give up on it for a while. So the future is slightly unclear, however I might end up just getting enough time.

Anyway, here is some random news and tributes for you.
Pitchfork has had a listen to Thom Yorke's The Eraser. Yes, that’s right, Thom from Radiohead. It seems extremely promising but then what do you expect from such a genius.

'Regarding The Eraser, Yorke also wrote "inevitably it is more beats & electronics. but its [sic] songs," and that pretty much sums it up. The record is song-oriented to a perhaps surprising degree-- no instrumentals, all tracks pretty much in the four-minute range, mostly standard time signatures-- and emphasizes the trademark textural richness of Radiohead and Godrich.'

The Futureheads sophomore album News & Tributes is available May 29th but you can listen to it over at It’s a good album but I was left disappointed and under whelmed by it. News & Tributes seriously lacks the urgency of their debut which I loved so much. The wonderful harmonies are still here thankfully. I hope that this is a grower, I really do.
Sunday treat: F1- Monte-Carlo. This is my favorite track, it’s a real challenge for the drivers as the track is a deadly one. Also with this track, more then others, a lot of the success is dependent on how well the drivers get on in the qualifying. Fingers crossed for Honda’s Jenson Button this week, or am I the only one?

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Hi Fi

Saw the John Cusack film, High Fidelity last night for the first time. I absolutely love this film! Definitely will be checking out the soundtrack as well because the soundtrack kicked ass.

Highly recommend this film!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

I suppose most will be watching Barcelona Vs Arsenal tonight, I found it quite funny that today when someone asked me (annoying football fanatic) if I was going to watch it and my response was "probably not!", he responded with “You call yourself a man? Most men watch football”. Nice generalisation, mate. Since when is football a man’s game anyway? Give me Rugby or F1 any day.

Also…am I the only one who hasn’t read the Da Vinci Code? It's a question which has been following me everywhere for quite some time now. This film is hyped like no other!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

NME New Music Tour 2006- review

Boy Kill Boy, the Automatic, Forward Russia, the Howling Bells
Live at Bristol Anson Rooms
Sat, May 6th

We got there quite early for the concert because the drive wasn’t too bad. To be honest even though we had been to Bristol and the Anson Rooms before, we were expecting to find ourselves lost and it almost happened when we took a wrong turn. However we corrected ourselves quickly and made it there fine and on time. Also, this time we didn’t need to stalk a rock star to find our way to the concert.

The Howling bells opened the concert up with style and sass. They have some of the most beautiful, seductive soundscapes you are likely to hear this year and they were perfect for starting off the gig for this reason alone. Another reason though, is Howling Bell’s lead singer and guitarist Juanita Stein. She has the most beautiful voice in music right now, and it’s just as seductive and passionate as the music and so accompanies it perfectly.
The highlight had to be Low Happening, their debut single which is by far my favourite of their songs. If you haven’t heard this band yet, be sure to check them out.

The atmosphere in the place was getting more exciting as we all knew we were going to see something special, it was Forward Russia after all and possibly one of the best new bands in Britain. So we decided to get to the front as quickly as possible because it was filling up fast as everyone anticipated their arrival. As was expected they were chaotic, loud and completely different to the Howling Bells in almost every way. From the first few chords the place suddenly becomes a huge ball of excitement and mania as they rip through their funk punk party music. But shit, it doesn’t half make you want to tear the place up.
Tom Woodhead has possibly one of the most spastic, thrilling stage personas I’ve ever seen. He along with Katie and Whiskas yelp, scream and shout through the songs at a relentless pace that almost leaves you dazed. They left me tired but wanting more, and that is never a bad thing.

The Automatic arrived spectacularly, Pennie was going insane with the synth and leaping around the stage and he became the most watched no doubt in the band. Their indie rock, with it’s slice of dancy punk took over me and I found myself in a mosh. Their stomping single Raoul got everyone dancing and jumping, and with their other track Monster they proved to be one of the best new bands, but they just couldn’t match the excitement created by Forward Russia.

Boy Kill Boy have some of the best rock tracks of the year, one’s that will easily get in your head and stay there for days and there’s no doubt that you will be singing “Countdown, countdown, countdown to the dissapointment” at work. Their soaring rock melodies and odd synth coupled with their glorious wit proves that the Arctic Monkeys might not be the only big breakthrough British band this year. I read somewhere, someone claiming Boy Kill Boy was like Editors on speed and they wouldn’t be far off.

Overall, while I liked every band my favorites were definitely Forward Russia but it’s almost impossible to single out these bands. Each had their own identity and atmosphere around them that proved hugely successful on the night. I’d love to see the Howling Bells play again but have a much longer set, the same with Forward Russia. But I wouldn’t bet against either Boy Kill Boy or the Automatic being the biggest and most commercially successful of the bands here.