Montage Populaire

25 05 2010
I went to see Chapel Club at the Joiners last night, who were very Joy division-esque.  Very talented, but also absolutely wasted.  Their set was about 25 minutes long, which is about half of what I wanted.
 
Easily the best band of the night were Montage Populaire, a Southampton 5 piece (according to Myspace).  Now the first bands on don’t normally get much of a mention from me, but these were outstandingly good, and I hope that they will be headlining their own shows soon.  I would definitely go to see them again.  They were everything that I like in a band, quirky, catchy, energetic and they have trumpets.   The only thing that I didn’t like was the guitartists trousers, but then again I think that Rolled up skinnyfit jeans should be banned.
 
I have googeled them so that I can put a link on here, and found some brilliant reviews, especially this one from Artrocker, who also placed them at number 67 of the top 100 records of the year for 2009.  Not bad for an unsigned Demo. 
Check out Montage Populaire, but don’t dismiss Chapel Club.
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Best Coast

4 05 2010

Last night I went with H to see the second of the Joiners Escape gigs. After Friday nights Little Comets gig my expectations were high, as all 4 bands had been good, I thought this one would be too.

First up was Yaaard. Yaard was one guy and a laptop, and so far I haven’t worked out if he was absolute genius or utter rubbish. The more that I think of it I believe he is a genius. His singing of the lyrics is awful though. But if you put a tiny Japanese woman singing them, he would be the toast of ATP. Possibly not with his cover of Chaka Demus and Pliers hit Tease Me. If you have a listen on his myspace site, let me know what you think.

Secondly was Elders, who weren’t very good and I can’t be bothered to find a link for you. They were distinctly middle of the road and can stay there.

Finally we had Best Coast. I hadn’t really heard anything of them to start off with, but I am very glad that I have now. I liked them a lot. This fuzz pop (I read it on pitchfork, so it must be a genre) 3 piece are led by frontwoman Bethany Consentino, who has a great voice and excellent tunes. I would tip them for great things, but what the hell do I know. I will say that they will continue to make great music, and I will probably buy it. I am a convert.

Here is a video for When I’m With You.

Interesting factoid here, I said to H that the Bobb (who was drunk) the guitarist looked like he should be at an ATP festival, and it turns out that he has been, he is also in The For Carnation.





Little Comets

1 05 2010

Southampton Joiners is a great little venue, and now, they have joined forces with Brighton’s Great Escape festival, to bring a series of gigs under the banner of the Joiners Escape festival.  Last night was the first of the shows, which once I had found someone (Andy) to go with I was really looking forward to. 

Little Comets were the headline act and I had heard some good reviews of their sets and what I had heard of their music I really liked (think of a Geordie Vampire Weekend, fronted by a chap that looks an awful lot like Jonny Borrell from Razorlight).  Anyway, I digress.

First up were a band called Drawings who were a good start to the night, secondly were the brilliantly named Mammoth! Mammoth! (not to be confused with the Aussie Rockers MAMMOTHMAMMOTH) and equally good sounding.  These had a harder edge that I prefered.

The third band on were the stupidly good and also 12 year old Blonde Louis, they have a very polished sound considering they have a collective age of under 50 (possibly).  I recommend giving them a listen.

Little Comets came on and were excellent.  I am having writing issues today so I will leave you with the video for the brilliant One Night in October.