Archive for May, 2009

31
May
09

Review: Cat FM (JatG, Firejar, Chloë; M Club 30-05-2009)

Cat FM are taking a break from broadcasting, but to celebrate their successful run and to raise funds to keep going they invited some local acts to put on a show; there were a couple of last minute line-up changes, but it still turned out to be a great night.

First up were James and the Giant, or rather Dayve Dean and the No-One Else — the rest of the band couldn’t make it so he performed an acoustic version of their usual set list.  While it didn’t have the punch of the full lineup the songs still sounded great — a testament to their ear for a tune — and Dayve acquitted himself admirably despite looking a little lost on the M Club’s large stage.  (Given that the first time I saw them they were sans drummer I’m curious how many other lineup variations will surface; I’ll do my best to collect the set.)

After a short interval the stage was taken by Firejar, something of a surprise as I was expecting Friend Called Fred.  Still, I missed the acoustic duo during the festival, so I was glad to get a chance to catch them tonight; they combined ringing guitar and vocals that range from powerful to plaintive to produce a larger-than-life sound that filled the stage, and I was particularly taken by the cover of Weezer’s Say It Ain’t So — they gave it a blues/folk spin which turned it into quite a different song.

Last up on stage was Chloë who brought the house down with a storming performance of pop-tinged rock; her voice is incredible, with a range, power, and passion that soared above the driving rythm of her backing band, and she left no-one in doubt that she’s doing what she was born to do — rock!  Belting out a string of original tracks, all of which could become instant classics, the four-piece band put on one hell of a show and by all rights should be taking the world by storm right now.

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30
May
09

Cat FM/Imp reminders

Don’t forget to come show the fine folks from Cat FM some love tonight at the M Club and help them raise the £100,000 they need to get a full-time radio license. Chloe, Friend Called Fred and James and the Giant will be supplying live music, the station’s DJs will be there spinning some tunes, and it should be a giggle. If that’s not your bag, there’s also Letz Zeppelin at The Imp rocking it up in an old school style; I’ll be poking my head in there on my way to the M, so hope to see you at one or the other!

28
May
09

Competition Time!

Due to some bad planning on my part, before I started this blog I’d already made some commitments and I’ve been unable to reschedule so I’ve decided to turn my idiocy into your good fortune.  Submit a review of Thursday 28th or Friday 29th’s gigs at The Box or The Limelight, and two lucky winners will receive a “fabulous” prize; not only will your review be posted here in all its glory, I’ll also provide admission to any Friday gig of your choice at The Box during June.

Just email your reviews to the address on the contact page with the subject “Box Competition” to reach my inbox by midday on Monday 1st June, and I’ll post the winning entries on Tuesday; how long you make it is up to you, and if you have photos to include please resize them to something manageable before emailing them.  Bribes won’t improve your chances, but you’re welcome to try anyway…

Usual generic competition rules apply: the judge’s decision (i.e. mine) is final, no correspondence will be entered into, I accept no responsibility for delayed or undelivered emails, entry to The Box is subject to availability and the prizewinner must be old enough to be allowed in in the first place, no cash alternative is available; to cut a long story short, if I like your review I’ll meet you outside The Box on the Friday of your choice during June and pay for you to get in, and that’s all there is to it.

(Update: Clarified post to make it clear I meant this Thursday or Friday!)

27
May
09

Review: 4Sticks (The Box, 25-May-2009)

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On the final day of Crewe Live, Welsh rockers 4Sticks gave the stragglers at The Box a performance that could have convinced the unwary into believing they’d been transported to LA some time in the late 60s or early 70s; kicking out original material interspersed with covers of some rock classics, these guys had the sound, the look, and the presence of a band who know exactly what they’re doing, and songs like “Alabama Highchair” wouldn’t sound out of place if someone snuck it into the soundtrack of Easy Rider. It’s no surprise that they’ve earned themselves a regular slot at The Dudley in Rhyl, and if balls-out blues rock is your thing it may be worth making the trip out there — you won’t be disappointed!

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27
May
09

Welcome!

If you’re new here, please excuse the dust while things get into full swing; this started out as a simple idea which has gathered momentum quicker than I expected so I’m scrambling a bit to catch up. (And hello visitors from Crewe Blog — thanks Jules!)

If you’re a Crewe venue or a band that’ll be playing in town soon and you don’t see yourself mentioned anywhere let me know and I’ll get the details up as soon as possible.

26
May
09

In the Pipeline and Cat FM Bash (Updated)

It’s still early days here at CM, but plans for world domination continue apace: over the next couple of weeks I’ll be talking to some of the bands who performed at Crewe Live, reporting from a selection of upcoming gigs, and offering some prizes to a few lucky readers, so stay tuned.

It also slipped my mind (I blame the beer) that the Cat FM Party is at the M Club this Saturday night; the station’s DJs will be spinning a few tunes and there’ll be live music from Chloe and Friend Called Fred. Minimum donation is £2, but I’m sure they’d appreciate more if you can spare it.

Update: For those of a more classic bent, you may prefer to go and see Letz Zeppelin are at The Imp — a great tribute to one of the biggest bands to ever walk the earth, and as the much-rumoured reunion tour isn’t going to happen this may be the closest thing many of us will get. Altogether now: “Been a long time since I rock and rolled!”

26
May
09

Coming Attractions: June 4th-7th 2009 (Updated)

Things here at CM Towers are now almost back to normal after the eventful weekend, so it’s time to cast a beady eye over what’s on the horizon.

June 4th sees Scottish indie pop/rockers The Xcerts bring their polished act to The Box, with support from local punk four-piece Fake Heroes; the planned Alcatrazz gig at The Limelight has been cancelled, and so far no word on whether a replacement has been booked.

On June 5th U2 fans should hit The Limelight for tribute band Achtung Baby, Middlewich punkers Meadow View take on The Box, and veteran bluesmen The Groundhogs and old-school hard rock legends Stray are at the M-Club.

My favourite act from Crewe Live, Katatoy, will be at The Box on the 6th along with Future of the Left, Helsinki Seven and Lost Response for what promises to be an excellent night of eclectic rock sounds. Miss it at your peril!

The Limelight also has a double header on the 6th, featuring Oasish and the Stereotonics — no prizes for guessing what they do, and if you like the real deal then this is the next best thing.

If that wasn’t enough, on Sunday 7th the Limelight offers the indie stylings of the 2008 Kerrang Unsigned Band award winners The Sibling Rivalry with a batch of new material.

Whichever way your tastes lie there’s bound to be something to catch your attention, so you’ve got no excuse for sitting around at home. Get out there!