Archive for October, 2009

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Oct
09

Review: The Telegraphs + Support (The Box, 25 Sep 09)

(Due to some gentle prodding I’ll post the words now and update with pictures later.)

Prog rock — you either love it or hate it (me, I can’t get enough!), but whichever side of the fence you’re on you should give Motion Theory a whirl; sounding a little like 100 Reasons might have done had they listened to more King Crimson in their formative years they may be the saviour of a dying art. Unlike some of the more "difficult" prog their catchy and accessible melodic rock wasn’t overwhelmed by gratuitously bizarre time signatures or weird chord progressions — it had just enough surprises to keep it interesting, but stayed sane enough that you can dance to it. Sadly most people will dismiss them purely on the basis of their chosen genre, but I give them a big thumbs up. (I’ve got a signed CD to give away, details to follow.)

The Sumo Kings have been covered at great length here before, and were the same as ever so I won’t go in to details again; they’re a bit too close to a prototypical indie band for my taste, but they’re good at what they do and have acquired a well-deserved dedicated local following.

Third off the blocks were Troops of Mafeking, another band who are no strangers to the Crewe scene; a more rock-driven sound than I recall from the last time I saw them, and with some well-written songs and a stalwart performance they were a pleasant surprise.

Finally headliners The Telegraphs hit the stage, but failed to live up to expectations — generic indie/rock stylings, and nothing that caught my ear particularly. Admittedly there had been a few delays in the show and they were on later than scheduled so they may just have had an off night, but they left me unimpressed.

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01
Oct
09

Review: Doll and the Kicks + Support (The Box, 24 Sep 09)

(Due to some gentle prodding I’ll post the words now and update with pictures later.)

Another James and the Giant gig, another variation on the lineup — only a couple more and I’ll have collected the set! Despite a few moments where it was obvious they hadn’t quite worked out what to do to compensate for the loss of Steve on guitar it was another solid performance, the weak points being well covered by the well-crafted tunes — "Ordinary" still stands out to me as a great example of a disturbingly catchy number.

Following them were Hi Alert! with a slice of decent heavy blues-tinged rock delivered with exuberance; think Kings of Leon (back when they were good) or Paw and you’ll get a pretty good picture of their sound. (Can you get a picture of sound? Pedantic ed.) The final support act, The Academics, gave a solid performance and sounded a little like The Kooks, but on the whole they were another entry in a long line of almost indistinguishable indie kids.

With three good support acts to compete with, Doll and the Kicks still managed to steal the sow; lead singer Doll has been compared with Kate Bush and Gwen Stefani, and with good reason — her vocals have the mild eccentricity of the former combined with the power of the latter and the whole thing was held together by some irresistible indie pop tunes; they’re not perhaps destined for greatness, but they certainly deserve wide exposure. (I’ve got a signed CD to give away, details to follow.)

01
Oct
09

Far and Away

I’ve been in the sticks for a few days and connectivity here is nugatory at best; stuff from last week has been written up but I’m waiting until I get back to civilisation before making any attempt to post it — cjeck back later today or early tomorrow…