(Glas)Vegas Baby!

20 02 2009

So the end of my self christened Mini-Spexfest where I have seen 9 bands in 4 days.  Last night was the NME awards tour, with Florence and the Machine, White Lies, Friendly fires and the mighty mighty Glasvegas (do you get the idea that I like this band, their album was probably my 2nd favourite of the year after Vampire Weekend, but that is a different story).

After me and the housemate turned up late, we caught the last 3 songs of Florence and the Machine, who picked up the Critics choice NME award.  Now, this is obviously a very talented band, with an attractive lead singer in Florence, but I just can’t get into them.  The harpist was good though.

Much more up my street were White Lies, with Death being my White Liesfavourite single of the year so far.  This is a confident band, with some great songs, and wether you like them or not, they will be huge.  This is probably the stadium rock band of the future.  As with all NME shows they rattled of the big 5 tunes from the album, and all were great.

The surprise of the night came from Friendly Fires.  I liked Jump in the Friendly Firespool as a song, but wasn’t really a big  fan of anything else that I had heard of theirs.  But, live they make so much more sense to me.  They have energy and tunes that make people want to dance around like goons in the hot and sweaty atmosphere of the Pyramids (one more reason why I don’t like this venue, its always so hot because of heating the pool). 

I’m not one to normally listen to what the NME say,m but when they said that Friendly Fires are one of the best live bands about at the moment I have to believe them, after last night, I really have to and I would like to go and see them again to play a whole set rather than the 35 odd minutes that they are allowed on the bill tonight.

GlasvegasAfter this came the opening strains of Geraldine, my favourite track off of Glasvegas, a song that gives me goosebumps the first time he sings “My name is Geraldine and I’m your Sociaaaaal Woorkeerrr”.  It did the same thing last night, but something was wrong with this performance for me, the setting was wrong, the Pyramids had ruined it with the crappy acoustics, and there was way too much feedback.  Now don’t get me wrong this was still a classy band playing a classy set and the crowd singalong to Daddys Gone was probably the best moment of the night, but I just didn’t enjoy this as much as I wanted to.

For those of you who want a slightly better review, see the NME.


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21 02 2009
beeskiffle

So, last night I got kissed by the girl, May. We took a thirty mile diversion to get there though, which was rubbish. Have you been to the Louisiana, it’s so cool? It’s tiny, only fits about 100 in and there is no stage door, the bands have to come and go through the crowd, so it’s really personal. Can’t recommend it highly enough. Missed the two support bands though, we were so bloody late. Stupid diversions and people crashing their cars.

22 02 2009
andyspex

Never been there, but sounds a lot like the Joiners.

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