Review: Alternative Night (Limelight, 14-Jun-2009)

No posts for a week, now two in one day; better extraordinarily late than extraordinarily never!

Back again to the Limey for Alternative Night; there was a slightly better turnout than Thursday, but it was still saldy under-attended — I can’t stress this enough, people, but if nobody goes to these things people will stop bothering taking the effort to organise them, so get off your asses! It offers a mix of DJ-provided tunes and live acts, mostly in the industrial/electronica/goth vein, and given the number of likely looking attendees that can be spotted hanging around the monument of an afternoon it should be filled to capacity, especially considering it’s free and the beer is cheap.

Due to some logistical problems it all kicked off a lot later than planned, but first up were Monochrome.  I caught them on the world’s smallest stage during Crewe Live, and with a little more space and a better sound system they seemed far more comfortable; playing a selection of original material that hovers on the line between the big fat squelches of the 90s and the dark-edged sounds of 80s greats like Gary Numan and Depeche Mode (unsurprising given their double identity as DM tribute band Black Celebration), they transported me back to the days when I could be found sporting a curious asymmetrical haircut and wishing I was Judd Nelson, while still bringing something new to the plate.

Next up was hard-touring never-rehearsing Novus:UK — the three members live too far apart to make regular practice doable, but their heavy touring schedule seems to have stood them in good stead. Making a marked change from most bands who just have the stage lights on some sort of random cycle, they’ve even found the time to arrange a simple but effective light show along with some small yet still heart-attack inducing pyrotechnics and an entertaining appearance of on-stage angle-grinding.  (Health and Safety officials should probably not attend.)

Last but by no-means least were Blind Before Dawn; I’m not really sure how best to describe them — glam meets electro meets pirate? — but wherever they lie on the spectrum they do it with aplomb.  Unfortunately the late start meant that they didn’t get going much before midnight, and with it being a Sunday people had started filtering out thinning the already sparse crowd.  Given a better turnout they would have made a great closing act, but as it was their talents were a little wasted on an empty auditorium.


8 Responses to “Review: Alternative Night (Limelight, 14-Jun-2009)”

    • 2 Mat
      June 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm

      No problem. Perhaps a week or so before the next one it may be worth doing a flyer drop around town, the college, etc? It’s the sort of thing that should be full, but the type of audience it should attract would perhaps be unlikely to think that the Limey would have anything to offer them…

  1. June 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Believe it or not we do have someone at the uni who flyers for us, SCC may be a waste of time because of the Limeys strict 18+ rules. The ridiculous rumours about the Limey do it no favours either. A big club like that and £1.99 a pint it should be heaving.
    We did advertise in the chron and The Daily Mirrors gig list on Friday.

    Ah well. I’ll be letting you know as soon as we arrange another gig (soonish)

  2. June 19, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    i take your point about keeping venues busy, but feel i must point out – it’s rarely down to laziness or the pull of “britain’s got talent” (i don’t have a tv) when i don’t make it to a gig….

    …it’s due to a ridiculous lack of spending money caused by working for a charity. next time, i’m coming back as a merchant banker.

  3. July 12, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Be wary fella…i think we know what merchant banker is rhyming slang for…

  4. 7 savemoneyandsavetheworld
    July 13, 2009 at 8:19 am

    i’m not a fella. yes, shock-horror, women like music and use the internet too!

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