Good but Not That Good.

30 12 2009

So, I should have written this last week, but I have been really busy, and to be honest I didn’t really know what I was going to say.  We toddled off to minehead for ATP meeting up with Jackie, Neil and KP, getting into the chalet really early.  Which was nice, but we had a few drinks and had to wait for Dave and his mates to turn up to get Jackies wristband.

Unfortunately they were a few drinks too long and by the time we left the chalet, we had missed Alexander Tucker and hit Bardo Pond.  To say that they weren’t really our thing was an understatement.  Neil called them Boardo Pond.  We then saw Om, which I really liked before moving to another stage for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.  They were really good.  Things started to go a little fuzzy for me then and I had to go and have a lie down, missing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Luckily I did, because apparantly it was terible and Neil had to get dragged out of the front of the Mosh pit.  I managed to regroup and then went to see Múm (pronounced Moom), who were really good, but tiredness got the better of me and at the end of them we headed back to the chalet.

Waking up the next day Neil, H and myself headed to the swimming pool for a few goes on the slides and then went into town for a bite to eat.

Saturday evening came and we had seen Shellac, Melvins, Porn…before Modest Mouse came on.  I was so excited about this, they are one of my favourite bands, and having seen them before, I was looking forward to a great show…

What I got was the start of a great show, with dody sound quality and a lead singer whose voice was nearly gone.  Musically they were awesome, but when the lead singer is swigging from a bottle of vinegar and cayenne pepper you know that you are going to be in trouble.

When a couple of them had a chat on stage, you knew there was going to be an early finish to the gig, but any normal person would have done some of the big singles.  A Modest Mouse set without float on is just dissappointing, and that sense of dissappointment followed me through the whole evening.

We went and had a few drinks in the Crazy horse before heading to see Beak>.  We didn’t last very long as none of us were really in the mood for bleepy electronica.

Sunday Started with a swim and a game of 10 pin Bowling before going to watch Shellac, The Magic Band (they may be old and not played live for 3 years but god were they good) and then to one of the highlights of the festival for me, Deerhoof, before the grunge of Mudhoney and a bit of Sun O))).  The Last band on the main stage was The Mars Volta, and they were spectacularly good.  We then saw Tall Firs and Sleepy Sun, before calling it a festival.

The next day we took a walk on the beach and had a cooked breakfast in the cafe recommended by Shellac before the drive home.

Although the Sunday was good, I couldnt shake the dissapointment of the saturday night.

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ATP 3

10 12 2009

10 Years of ATP festival starts tomorrow, I will be there, its going to be legen…wait for it…dary! 

It really is, apart from the fact that I havn’t seen a band in a while, a lot of people that I know are going, so it should be excellent.

Plus the line up is good too, and apart from the fact that Breeders and Modest Mouse Clash (MM for me), I should get to see everyone that I want to.

So tomorrow, the first band on is Alexander Tucker and the Decomposed Orchestra, and we will be there as always.

I am quite excited.





Songs That Changed My Life

21 08 2008

You may or may not know that on Jo Whileys Radio 1 show they have a section called changing tracks, that listeners write in and tell about the one song that has changed their life.  The stories that go with it are normally quite good and have a happy ending, and the song has some personal message to the listener.

Anyway…  I thought that I would write about mine, its somthing that I have been meaning to do for a while (there are lots of things that I have meant to do, like write blogs about the Pompey summer signings, my new job etc, etc.  but I have just been lazy.

Float On by Modest Mouse.

When this came out  I was working for homebase, and living in Winchester with my girlfriend, I can’t say that I was overly happy with my life, because I wasn’t, I was bored and couldn’t see where things were going.  This song helped me to change direction in my life, I think that it was listening to this that made me quit my job and start taking a few risks in life, hence buying a campervan and travelling around europe with the girlfriend at the time. 

This song still makes me feel good and happy whenever I listen to it, and always gives a sense that whatever crap happens to you its going to turn out alright.  This is why seeing Modest Mouse live is one of the highlights of my gig going career.

Alone, Jealous and Stoned by The Secret Machines

Ill set the scene…Its a cold January, and I have a chest infection.  I have been back from travelling Europe since November, it has been a hard time, myself and the girlfriend of the time had  broken up 2 days after we had got back after too many arguements.  I didnt have a job and no recruitment consultants could find me work either.  Late one night I decided that I would go to Asda and buy an album to cheer myself up by spending money that I didnt have.  I came back with 10 Silver Drops by a band that I had never heard of called The Secret Machines.  Track one, Alone, Jealous and Stoned blew me away, the lyrics hit the right spot, the psychadelic guitar solo took me to a much better place, and for the first time in a while I was enjoying myself even though I was sat in a freezing wet car on a wet January evening in Asda’s carpark.  I sat there for the near seven minutes of the song and loved every second of it. 

This song reminds me of how close I could get to being rock bottom in my life and still manage to get out of it.  Shortly after this I got my first temping job so that I could afford to start going out again, I began to start seeing my friends and shortly afterwards I started getting interviews.  Life got good for a while….

The Magicians Assistant by Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

About January time my job changed and it went rapidly downhill.  By May I hated it every time I had to go into the office, I was getting more and more fed up, I was tired as I had barely slept in a month.  I had also made myself ill.  I was angry with myself, my family, my colleagues and friends.  I was more arguementative than I should have ever been, and I apologise now if anyone is reading this.

For my birthday I got this album, but didnt get a chance to listen to it for a few days.  On the morning that I eventually did, I was driving into the office thinking how easy it would be to just drift into the barriers in the middle of the road, just to get a few days off work.  The Magicians Assistant came on the CD player with its anti-suicide message and it just snapped me out of it.  The week after I decided that I would quit my job, and things have looked better since then.

Its strange the way that songs affect people, not just me but the hundreds of people that listen to Jo Whiley, my friends, the general public.  Its just that moment in time that gets you where you need it.