Ever had that blissful relief when a band takes to the stage, and not just a few but every single person yakking clams up, gaping and grinning in undisguised (and silent) joy instead? Well that’s what Haunt The Woods brought to the intimate tables of Plymouth’s ‘B-Bar’ on 16th March. A four piece hailing from […]Read more "Haunt The Woods – B-Bar, Plymouth, 16/03/16"
It’s not often that a band takes the stage for a crowd with not only no expectations, but no idea who they are, and leaves to said crowd singing their songs back to them and crying for an encore. It doesn’t happen often, but happen it did with whooping gusto on the 8th March […]Read more "HAUS – Live at The Underground, Plymouth, 08/03/16"
I feel like I know a fairly decent amount about cults. Blindly following one leader, a shared ideology, matching outfits, general wailing and synchronised gyration and whatnot. Based on all this then, I think I can safely say that last night, I took part in a cult meeting. While Hot Fuzz might have convinced people that […]Read more "Alt-J – Westpoint Arena, Exeter, 02/12/15"
The opening minutes of The Cribs’ Bristol O2 Academy show didn’t exactly seem to bode well. ‘I know it’s Sunday but that’s no fucking excuse, we’re in Bristol man!’; as the first thing said by co-frontman Ryan Jarman after the crowd-confusing choice of ‘Ancient History’ as opener, it’s not exactly a statement which screams confidence. […]Read more "The Cribs – Live at O2 Academy Bristol, 25/10/2015"
Torbay, like so many other small-town areas at the moment is a place full of bands with nowhere to go. Enter then the Apple and Parrot on Sunday 9th August, a pretty traditional sticky pub with a real life (and presumably tinnitus ridden) parrot lurking in the corner. Since 2010 they’ve been looking to increase […]Read more "Parrotfest: Microcosm of a Nervous Music Industry"
Now there’s a reason that Glastonbury is the greatest and most prestigious music festival in the world today. Through the vision and outright stubbornness of the Eavis’ and against all the odds (and more particularly the petitions), Glastonbury festival remains boundary smashing and inventive, a place of parties, art, discovery and obviously, great music. So […]Read more "My favourite finds from this year’s Glastonbury (even though I wasn’t there)"
The opening moments of Thurston Moore’s set at the Exeter Phoenix – the eighth date of his current UK tour – seemed shaky to say the least as the 56 year old Sonic Youth co-founder, having forgotten his music, meandered on stage only to amble straight back off again leaving a confused audience nervously twittering […]Read more "LIVE – Thurston Moore at the Exeter Phoenix, 18/05/2015"