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Old 06-17-2014, 08:04 PM   #101 (permalink)
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I recently was very lucky enough to see two great bands in one evening. It wasn't initially supposed to be that way, it was just the case that I agreed to go and see Swans and then later found out Melt-Banana were also booked to play another venue nearby the same night.

Thankfully the venues were very cool, and very sensible, and talked to one another to come to an agreement, and time their sets so that people could go to both.

PS the photographs I used are not mine, but rather belong to a very talented local photographer. You can find the full sets here and here.


Swans



Hoults Yard is among the more unique of venues I've been to. It is quite literally a warehouse in the middle of an industrial estate, in the middle of nowhere. The 'box office' is a portable cabin, the toilets are outside, but inside is a rather large gig space and bar. It's intimate, but it isn't a tiny venue, hence how it was able to house Swans, rather than a local band or two. With only the beams overhead, no obstructions between the stage and the back wall, and no residential surrounding area, there is an unfiltered, harsh projection of sound that makes it no surprise there are complimentary earplugs available behind the bar.

Swans were nothing but professional. Both hypnotic in their slower, newer material and brutal in their louder moments. They played for just shy of two hours and I could have easily stayed and watched another two hours.

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Frankie M
A Little God In My Hands
Oxygen
Don't Go
Just a Little Boy
The Apostate
Bring the Sun / Black Hole Man



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We had about twenty minutes to dash on to the next venue, where Melt-Banana's set had been pushed back especially to accomodate those going to Swans. It was worth the double bill. Whereas Swans almost put me to sleep, in a repetitive, meditative sense, Melt-Banana woke me up - and kept me awake most of the night.

There was no delicately crafted masterpieces, but rather sudden, short, brutal bursts of noise/grind that allowed them to rattle through 20+ tracks in under an hour, including two encores.

Very energetic, positive, fun music from a duo who genuinely just look happy to to be touring and playing it. A great way to end a night.
Mentioned it before but u lucky bugger! I so want to see both of these bands and to see them on the same night too. Bastard!

I went to see Anathema on their short acoustic tour in Gloucester cathedral on Sunday and what an amazing experience it was. The acoustics were (obviously) incredible, the crowd eclectic and the whole ambience was literally hair raising. The band could easily resort to writing crowd pleasing Coldplay esque tunes and really be popular but they prefer to make their music internal emotion instead of external which just blew me away and every person there was blown away by the stripped down raw emotive power of the band.

Amazing gig, just wished they would have recorded it on film. Dropping a Portishead tune is no bad thing either!
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:16 PM   #102 (permalink)
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that looks amazing man
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:01 AM   #103 (permalink)
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I remember you mentioning you were going to see Anathema a while back, and a week or two ago I noticed they were playing Gloucester Cathedral and put two and two together.

I would be there in a heartbeat. Gloucester Cathedral is a stunning place and so to put a band like Anathema on in there is an incredible idea. I'm very, very jealous if you can't tell.

I was in Gloucester for a week last year and I'm there again in August with family. I loved the cathedral, and there's a bar called Cafe Rene that I was absolutely in love with too.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:01 AM   #104 (permalink)
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****in Trouble tomorrow night in Hamtown!!!! Sooo pumped. Never been to the venue but apparently it was voted the best sound system in the metro Detroit area and all good reviews on the general atmosphere of the place.

Pumped as ****. Eric Wagner might be gone but this show is still gonna be mega tits.
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Old 06-23-2014, 05:12 PM   #105 (permalink)
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I remember you mentioning you were going to see Anathema a while back, and a week or two ago I noticed they were playing Gloucester Cathedral and put two and two together.

I would be there in a heartbeat. Gloucester Cathedral is a stunning place and so to put a band like Anathema on in there is an incredible idea. I'm very, very jealous if you can't tell.

I was in Gloucester for a week last year and I'm there again in August with family. I loved the cathedral, and there's a bar called Cafe Rene that I was absolutely in love with too.
It was a great gig. Cafe Rene was closed as it was late on the Sunday evening and we wanted to check that out. Got an awesome t shirt though. Limited to just that show. Catching snippets of chat after the gig and people from Scotland and London came down to the show it was that much of a one off.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:27 PM   #106 (permalink)
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Well... this is kinda crappy quality, visually and audibly. Friend's cell phone, mine was unfortunately dead. But even with this crap quality you can hear how excellent she sounds live.

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Saw some local bands tonight. Most of the bands weren't that great except for two of them. There was a punky sludge band called TooMuchBeer and a shoegaze band that my friend was in called Harbor who both did good jobs. One of my friends also played in his group Seedheads but they were nothing special, just your standard reggae band. I don't remember the other bands' name, but they were nothing to write home about.

Still a fun night and I snagged some drumsticks off the floor from the TooMuchBeer set.
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Bf plays shows just about every weekend, so went to that... really proud to see them doing more originals lately. I know covers pay, and their Purple Haze and At the End of My Daze are ****in awesome, but its totally depressing not to be playing your own ****.

Also one of the old guard Detroit bands Raw Image played, their vocalist has like five projects but I gotta say I think that one's my favorite now. Drummer is ****in nuuuts, skill wise and how crazy he is both on and off stage.
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:27 PM   #109 (permalink)
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I saw fallout boy and paramore on the monumentour not too long ago they were very good live although there were so many effects during FOB's performance i couldnt get any pictures
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I finally got around to organizing some of the photos I've taken at some of the various shows I've seen over the past 18 months or so. Thought I'd post some in this thread. Starting off with a few from a show by Billy Joe Shaver, from December of 2012...









One of my favorite country music singer/songwriters and no stranger to the tales of tragedy and misfortune he often sings about. I'd put him second only to Johnny Cash in my top 10 list of all-time country music greats.
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