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    Post  Not Jeff on Tue May 26, 2009 4:51 pm

    Just thought I'd start a thread where people can talk about gigs they went to/are planning on going to just in case someone else is interested.

    Anyhoo...

    Went to a gig on sunday night in Edinburgh, at a place called the bowery. Weird sort of converted church venue with a bar, didn't actully have a stage exactly, just a sort of divided bit. Brilliant atmosphere went right to the front and just sat down, untillater in the gig when more people turned up so to make more room we had to stand which meant I was standing pretty much right in front of the bands which waskinda weird.

    The bands that played were two local ones withered handand Billy liar. ALso two American bands Madeline and the bad I went to the gig to see, Defiance,Ohio.Withered hand are pretty good, there last song wasprobably my favourite and that was a cover but I did like there own ones. The lead singer had a bit of whiney quality type thingie like ANdrew Jackson Jihad, which I like so yay.
    Can't say I love Billy liar personally, just a solo guy with an acoustic guitar not something I hate normally, love Paul Barribeau for example. Anyway, Madeline was that sort of "solo" female artist with an acoustic but mostly has a band supporting her just her last song was totally solo, but she was really good, reminded me of Laura Stevenson one ofmyfavourite artists, hmmm, everyone reminds me of someone. The last band Defiance,Ohio. Well theywere fantastic, they played louder and harder than anyone else, which took a song or two to get used to considering I was right in front of them. But yeah like I say, fantastic, knowing all the songs and being able to scream along to them was pretty damn fun ofcourse
    Very Happy .

    So I'd say it was a proper 9/10 gig only losing a point 'cause I couldn't get that into BillyLiar though.

    Oh! At the end we got handed the Anarchist newspaper as well which was pleasant cheers .
    Just that sort of crowd that like DefianceOhio I guess o.0.
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    Post  mcmicken on Wed May 27, 2009 9:30 am

    Cool idea for a thread. I love going out and watching live music but not many of my mates will come with me which sucks ass.

    A band I usually go out and see (mainly because I know the guys) is a band called Kudos. They're a 5 piece pop-rock outfit from Edinburgh who are just starting to get noticed by the music industry. They're in negotiations with an indie record label which is awesome for them. They put on a good live show and are pretty charismatic.

    As for bigger bands I went to Download Festival last year which was pretty epic, saw some cool bands which I'll talk about later.

    Bands I've seen live are Lostprophets (meh), Wishbone Ash (yey!), Alter Bridge (FUCKING HELL YEAH!), Newton Faulkner (pretty cool) and Biffy Clyro (pretty damn cool). Also seen a fair few tribute acts including a couple of Pink Floyd ones.

    Need to get out and see some more though. What's your favourite places to go watch bands then? Ever been to Bannermans?
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    Post  Dio on Wed May 27, 2009 9:38 am

    mcmicken wrote:Cool idea for a thread. I love going out and watching live music but not many of my mates will come with me which sucks ass.

    Bitches don't remember to invite the Dio.
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    Post  mcmicken on Wed May 27, 2009 9:44 am

    Well you were in Kirkcaldy mostly. And it never really seemed like your scene to be honest.
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    Post  Dio on Wed May 27, 2009 9:52 am

    Yeah it's probably not to be honest,
    it's just this world lacks things like jazz parlours these days.
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    Post  mcmicken on Wed May 27, 2009 10:05 am

    I wouldn't go see a jazz band live. If I'm out seeing bands I like to see a band putting on a show, not just standing and playing. I can do that at home thanks to youtube et all.

    I love the feeling of sub-bass in your gut, that's why I love music played live. I get a rush from it that nothing on CD could ever touch.
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    Post  Dio on Wed May 27, 2009 10:06 am

    Hrm, I suppose it might be fun on occasion.
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    Post  mcmicken on Wed May 27, 2009 10:13 am

    If I find a band I think you might like I'll bring you along. Or I'll end up going into a random venue and seeing if there's anyone good on. That's what usually happens.
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    Post  Not Jeff on Wed May 27, 2009 3:03 pm

    Can't say I know many deifferent venues, in Edinburgh I've only ever been to the bowery, which like I said I enjoyed alot. Also the grv, went to see bomb the music industry there, well it was just the lead singer and his ipod but twas the great fun, the venue was alright, no way it could hold much beyond 30 I'd guess.

    Apart from that I've only been to the Secc in Glasogow, seen The offspring(years ago, first gig, was alright) and System of a down(Was pretty damn good). Been to Carling academy, there I've seen Tool(Pretty good but there assholes, no supporting band, 1-2hours after doors opening before they turned up, weren't allowed to take photos etc) and Megadeth(ROCK).

    Went to the garage to see The gaslight anthem(Feckin' brilliant) and some place, another converted church oddly enough, called the oran mor or something, to see Of montreal(Loved them live, they do weird shit liek have guys in suits w/tiger masks quoting shakespeare, silent little weird play things in the backfround while the band plays, ummm at different stages the l;ead sing had a big fur coat on that expelled smoke =/ and was covered completely in foam, looked like he was naked but he had small shorts on.)

    So yeah, favourite places so far would be The garage, the bowery and the oran mor.
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    Post  mcmicken on Thu May 28, 2009 7:48 am

    I was pleasantly surprised by the Carling Academy. I like how it's on a few levels so you can sit back and enjoy the band and still see them if you aint in the mood to get in the crowd.
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    Post  Dio on Thu May 28, 2009 1:21 pm

    mcmicken wrote:I was pleasantly surprised by the Carling Academy. I like how it's on a few levels so you can sit back and enjoy the band and still see them if you aint in the mood to get in the crowd.

    That sounds pretty damn cool.
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    Post  mcmicken on Thu May 28, 2009 1:49 pm

    Also helps that there's a bar up top and down the bottom so you don't have to wait ages. And the levels are only separated by a few steps. Wouldn't mind going back if there's a decent band on soon.

    Oh, and a place I've heard about I've wanted to check out for a while now. It's a place called Sandy Bell's. It's basically a normal pub but in the evenings folk musicians gather and play together. Sounds like the kind of place I'd like to hang out at.
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    Post  mcmicken on Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:41 pm

    For my 1,000th post it brings me great pleasure to say that me and my mum have just bought tickets to see Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen with The heart-stopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking, earth-shaking, booty-quaking, Viagra-taking, love-making, Legendary E Street Band! Very Happy

    I'm well excited. July's gonna kick ass! Cat Empire on the 10th avec Dio then Springsteen! Huzzah!
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    Post  mcmicken on Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:35 pm

    Less than 24 hours until The Cat Empire rock the O2 Academy (formerly the Caring Academy)! Gonna be pretty motherlovin' rockin'. Then Springsteen on Tuesday. Jizzfest.
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    Post  mcmicken on Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:01 am

    The Cat Empire gig was insanely good. Most fun I've had at a gig as a spectator. The support band were pretty meh on record but live they really came alive. Watching Scotland have a dance-pit to Balkan Folk music was really cool. I was tired after that, but I didn't know shit until the main event.

    They started with one my favourite Empire songs, Fishies which was awesome and the set just was brilliant. Never danced as much in my life. We met a few folk and danced with them until we joined a conga line and got near the front for the last couple of songs. We then shouted at the stage and they came out for a nice encore including another of my favourites, "Rhyme and Reason" and "The Chariot" with a little Billie Jean moment in there as tribute to the late, great MJ.

    Overall, awesome gig. I would love to see them again, especially in their native Australia at an outdoor festival. That would be crazily good.

    Happy Scott :)
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    Cat Empire (10/10)

    Post  Dio on Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:30 am



    Magnificent.
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    Post  mcmicken on Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:23 am

    Well that's my summer effectively over...was at Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band last night. Oh my f'ing God. They were absolutely amazing, I wish I'd been in the crowd for them instead of up in the stands with mum. I guess I got to see the show as well as hear it which is still cool.

    But yeah, nothing to look forward to now :/
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    Post  mcmicken on Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:19 am

    After looking around for gigs to go to I discovered a fair few that peaked my interest.

    Taste of Chaos in Glasgow, November 27th - Headlined by Killswitch Engage and In Flames. Like both bands so may consider it.

    Shinedown at the Glasgow Garage, 7th November - been digging these guys for the past few months. Definite consideration.

    Frank Turner at the Cab Vol, Edinburgh on 28th August - folk guy I really like at the moment. Serious consideration because it's in Edinburgh so easier to get to and from the place.

    Bowling for Soup at the O2 Academy, 17th October - good fun band to go see live I reckon :)

    Rise Against, 17th November in Barrowlands, Glasgow - love this lot so will probably get myself along.

    The Specials Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 12th November - legends. Really enjoyed watching their festival footage this summer.

    There are a few others about that I might consider but these are my main picks from Scotland this year.
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    Post  mcmicken on Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:12 pm

    Bought tickets to go see Five Finger Death Punch in Glasgow with a mate. Should be pretty rocking. Listened to some of their new tunes and liked them so I downloaded the 1st album and have been digging it therefore it's gig time in November Very Happy
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    Post  Not Jeff on Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:37 pm

    Well, I've been to a gig since the last time I've posted about them, way back on the 10th =/.

    So I'll say what I can remeber of it, sadly I can't remember any of the supporting bands, but I'm gonna look to see if I can find them at some point as 2 of them were very good, the first of the the 3 supporting bands was poor though. The guy had named it after himself, which was fair enough to an extent since he wrote the music and lyrics, unfortunately both seemed pretty boring and average to me, the whole, this is my band ego-trip and the average as hell lyrics just made it seem like the guy wanted to be famous, dissapointing.

    The second band were alot of fun, reminded me a bit of The Cat Empire, or at least what i heard of the band, my mates sadly wanted to go get something from the hotel while they were on and I hate standing at gigs by myself so I only caught the last couple of their songs.

    The last supporting band were good, nice and heavy, with the lead singer down in with the crowd, shirt off and screaming. Their genre would probably be hardcore, or post-hardcore or whatever, I can never keep up with genres.

    Finally, the band I went to see in the first place, The World/Inferno Friendship society, well, fucken' blew me away. I had really high expectations for them and they were fully realized. I dunno what genre they fall under either, but they are one of those bands that "defy labels". My favourite attempt at pigeon-holing them is the genre cabaret-punk. They are a punk band, with political beliefs and all, they also mix in an orchestra feel, a very exciting orchestra that wants to set fire to the place once they're done playing. Apparently the only time they'd come to Scotland before, about 8years ago or something, nobody knew who they were, so the played just a few songs and ended up getting into a fight, smashing tables and what-not. Laso got a rare 12" at the end so that made me extra happy Very Happy .

    So, overallly, ignoring the first band, 5*, 10 out of 10, whatever mark, I'm giving them all away.
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    Post  mcmicken on Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:33 am

    Gave The World/Inferno Friendship Society a wee listen just last night. Have to say I like what I hear. Any songs you'd recommend I check out as what you'd call their best?
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    Post  Not Jeff on Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:33 am

    Awsome ^_^.

    You have to listen to Only Anarchists Are Pretty and Ich Errinere Mich an Weimar, also Zen and The Art of Breaking Everything In This Room, I hadn't actually heard that one prior to the gig but it's great. There probably the 3 main core songs people know, personal favourites of mine include Me vs. Angry mob, our candidate, Heart Attack '64, The Velocity of Love(First track of theres I heard). It's actually hard not to keep typing there songs but I'll probably end up writing out their whole back catalouge =P.

    For albums I'd say make sure you listen to at least "Red-Eyed soul" and "Addicted to Bad Ideas", those are actually their two newest albums but they tend to remaster old songs so they have a lot of older tracks on them. Addicted to bad ideas is actually about Peter Lorre, an actore who basically played "The bad foreign guy" in films, he worked with Hitchcock alot but they fell out after Lorres' poor performance on Dial M for Murder, due to his morphine adddiction, hence you get the song M is For Morphine =).
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    Post  Dio on Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:37 am

    "Zen and The Art of Breaking Everything In This Room"... I really like that name.
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    Post  mcmicken on Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:57 pm

    It's also a damn good song.

    Really getting into these guys, cheers for turning me onto them Not Jeff Very Happy
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    Post  Not Jeff on Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:07 pm

    No problem =D, pleased to have someone else to come along to their next gig =P

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