Archive for the 'Crewe Live' Category

11
Feb
11

It’s the weekend – what bands are live in Crewe?

An embarrassment of riches this weekend, which includes The Badgers, an Elvis tribute; Whiskyhead, Sham69, Conky, Casino & Big Blue House.

Check-out http://crewegigs.blogspot.com/ for full details who’s on where & when.

22
Nov
10

Are you free on Saturday?

Covers band FOULPLAY have unveiled their new drummer, Andy Bibby.  I hear that Andy has an impressive musical CV, having played all over the country with Oblivion for 14 years, as well as with many other bands and musicians. He now works as a session drummer and drum teacher as well as playing with The Brunswick’s resident Booze Band.

Andy makes his debut with Foulplay at The Express, Mill Street, Crewe on Saturday 27th November, followed by The Crown, Earle Street, Crewe on Saturday 4th December.  Both shows start at 9pm and are free admission.

Tour Manager Mat Hall said, “Although we were gutted to see Shoey leave the band, we are all delighted to welcome Andy to the team.  He’s an excellent musician and rehearsals have gone extremely well.  We can’t wait for the first shows!”

For more details about this good-time band, see  www.foulplay.info

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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25
May
09

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words…

…so here’s a 400,000-word epic about the past few days. Back tomorrow with more news on what’s up over the next few weeks, but for now I’m going to crawl into bed and attempt to recover from the weekend.

Random pictures

(Click for full size.)

25
May
09

Mini Review: Monochrome (Bar 22, 25-May-2009)

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Channeling the likes of Gary Numan and Depeche Mode via a filter of Juno Reactor and Hallucinogen, Monochrome’s hi-tech twist on retro electronica produced a spirited performance from the confines of Bar 22’s miniature stage in the dying hours of the festival. The Crewe three-piece supplemented their original material with a couple of covers, and the small but enthusiastic crowd were unwilling to let them go without a couple of encores. Monochrome, along with industrial/electro acts Novus:UK and Blind Before Dawn, are playing The Limelight on June 14th.

25
May
09

Crewe Live: Now That the Party’s (Almost) Over…

As events wind down and everyone either heads to the wrap party or home to recover, I’d like to extend a big thanks to all those involved — the bands, the organisers, the behind-the-scenes folk, the venues, the sponsors, and perhaps most importantly all the people that turned up to show support — who all pulled together to ensure this year’s festival was a resounding success.

Roll on next year!

25
May
09

Review: Ipso Facto (The Box, 23-May-2009)

Ipso FactoOk, I’ll get it out of the way right from the off. They are a band. The members are all female. But, Mr Smarmy-Pants NME, this does not make them a “girl group”. When your illustrious predecessors described Joy Division did they refer to them as a “boy group”? No. Sure, the fact that they’re female in a traditionally male-dominated genre does give their music a different sensibility, but it is not their sine qua non.

Now that’s out of my system I’ll begin…

Ipso FactoPlaying to a packed and already-sweaty crowd at The Box, Ipso Facto once again showed that looks can be deceiving; under the Mary Quant meets Wednesday Adams stylings lies a raw garage-cum-goth sound tinged with a hint of psychedelia, perhaps an inheritance from bass player Samantha’s father, the Animals’ legendary guitarist Hilton Valentine.

The bombastic drums of Victoria Smith provided a relentless backdrop for the organ-pummeling bass, both then kept in check and prevented from running riot by the swooping vocals of Rosalie Cunningham. At times upbeat, at others just plain old down n’ dirty, but never conventional, they provided a set that put a fantastic end to what had already been a day to remember.

All in all, despite the loss of keyboard player Cherish Kaya earlier this year, Ipso Facto have, ipso facto, lost little of their magic, and prove that you don’t have to be a man to have balls.