British Sea Power @ Wedgewood Rooms

1 03 2011

Right, I know its been a long time again, but never mind.  Last Friday I went to see British Sea Power at the Wedgewood Rooms.  The tickets were a Christmas present from my sister so it was good to finally get the use out of them. 

I have liked the band since their 2002 album The Decline of British Sea Power, when they really sounded like David Bowie.  Now their sound has matured alot and they have turned into a really excellent live band.  I saw them a couple of years ago at The End of The Road festival in Dorset and have wanted to see them again for a while.  They played brilliantly for nearly 2 hours, and didn’t disappoint.

Sorry its a bit quick, but better this than nothing.


The Lovely Beth Orton @Wedgewood Rooms

13 12 2010

I was meaning to write this last week, but due to being ill and then becoming addicted to Pokemon Diamond on the DS, but that is a different matter.

I have liked The Lovely Beth Orton since first hearing her guest vocals on the Chemical Brothers Exit Planet Dust album, through her proper debut album Trailer park, and everything up until Comfort in Strangers, so basically 15 years of great music.  I had wanted to see her live for years and finally I got the chance to do so at this intimate seated gig.

In my opinion there aren’t may voices better than hers and with 2 Mercury Music award nominations, her songwriting isn’t bad either.  Listening to her playing through the back catalogue was an absolute delight, She Cries Your Name opening the set was great and it got better from there.  I really cannot wait for the new album to come out.

One thing I will say is that she is taller than I thought.

Laura Marling

23 11 2010
It was nice to see Laura Marling at the Wedgewood rooms last night.  I have never been a big fan, but she converted me last night. 
She has an amazing, mature  and powerful voice that draws you in to her lyrical world of romance and lost loves.  Not bad for someone that can only be about 20.
One of the things that Portsmouth does well is appreciative audiences, and this one was particularly good.  I have never heard it so quiet in the Wedgewood Rooms (except for the really annoying couple stood behind us until we moved), and each song was greeted with a round of applause, and each comment between each song was greeted with the appropriate response of laughter.   
Before I probably wouldn’t have gone out of my way to see Laura Marling at a festival, but I probably would now.
The support band wasn’t too bad either, they are called the Pins.

Local Natives @ Wedgewood Rooms

18 11 2010

Sorry, I couldn’t be bothered to make up a witty title, but I am suffering a cold at the moment and I have a lot fo work on and blah, blah, blah.

Anyway I went to see Local Natives at the Wedgewood Rooms last night, having only decided to go on the day and not hearing very much of their music.  Now, I have been to enough gigs in my time to know a good band when I see one, and Local Natives were a very good band, they were obviously talented and played well, but the music left me a bit, well, meh!

I can’t really say what I felt about it, because at the end of the day I didn’t really feel anything at all.  They do have some excellent moustaches though.

On the other hand, the first support band  Cloud Control, were really worth going to see, I liked their music and picked up lots of influences on them Vampire Weekend being one of them.  Sadly they are only playing 2 more support dates in the UK before they head back to their native Australia.

Looke them up on their official site or myspace.


1 07 2010

Midlake are a strange band to try and sum up.  I like The Trials of Van Occupanther album, but I can’t think why.  Its not like I can actually remember any of the songs, which is why I had a hard time at the Wedgewood Rooms when I went to see them last night.

They have recently been voted the best live act at the Mojo awards, beating Kasabian, Rufus Wainwright, the Arctic Monkeys and Florence and the Machine to the title, and they really were excellent, I can’t think of any other bands that would have a flute duet in one of their songs.  What makes this award even better is that its voted for by the public, and unlike the NME, Mojo actually knows what it is talking about, being a proper music magazine.  Anyway, I digress.

Excellent live they certainly are, and they seem to like Portsmouth, reeling off stories about the last time they were down this way, visiting the Submarine Museum.  They also thought that their set was better than the one that they played at Glastonbury last week, which is nice.  I will have to get their new album, as what they played last night was quite spectacular.

On a side note, the audience last night was really weird, there were a lot of SAGA age fans in the crowd (at least a third of them) but it made for a nice atmosphere and there was plenty of space and no moshing.  Early in the evening The Jolly Green Dave Ware, told me that there was a woman that looked like ET to our left.  Later she came up to me and asked if he was single because he was staring at her.  I didn’t tell her it was because he thought she was an alien…

Sound of Rum

29 03 2010

On the last blog that I wrote, I had been to see Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip.  I had been impressed by Sound of Rum who were supporting.  Today I came across this really good interview in the Independent, with Kate Tempest, the lead singer and Spoken word Poet. 

I just thought that I would share that with you.

Dan is Not a Jukebox

26 03 2010

So I went to see Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip for the fifth time last night.  Nothing wrong with that, they are great live and I like their music, which is a great start.  The support was from Sound of Rum, who were female rapper Kate Tempest and a couple of guys playing drums and Guitar.  I liked them a lot, although I couldn’t get over the fact that she sounded like Zack De La Rocha from Rage Against the Machine.  Next up was B. Dolan (no wonder he calls himself B.  Who has heard of a rapper called Bernard?), who is fairly intense, but incredible.  I always like a bit of hip-hop and this was some good stuff.  If my shoulder didn’t hurt from cricket, it would have hurt from Hip-Hop shoulder.

Finally on came Dan and Pip, who started with The Beat that my Heart Skipped, followed up by Sick tonight off their new album.  The new tracks held up well and people were dancing like crazy in the middle.  Dan with his sore throat couldn’t sing properly, but that was ok, as the crowd filled in for him.  Through the 75 minutes, the duo ploughed through most of their two albums.  There were a couple of tracks that I would have liked them to play, but the set was great and finished with Thou Shalt always Kill, Great Britain and Letter from God to Man.

It was a great night, which H and I enjoyed a lot.

Review of 2009

4 01 2010
I have been neglecting this blog for a while and concentrating on my photo blog, which I really enjoy doing.
So to kick off this year, I thought that I would do a kind of review of the year for 2009.  I don’t think I am doing a Spex awar this year, mainly because I can’t be bothered.  I am getting Lazy I think.
January started off with New Year in the most random pub in the world and a trip to a brewery for May-Z’s birthday, and then not a great deal happened, until February when I started going to Gigs again, Iglu and Hartley was the first of the year.
In March, not a lot happened again, but I saw a couple more bands.  April was great though, I met the wonderful H and we had a lot of fun.  I also formed the Victorian Gentlemans Amaretto Drinking Club (Fingers Up) in a pub in Worcester and went to Thorpe Park for the first time that year.
May was pretty good, my birthday was superb, we had a lot of fun, and then I went on Safari, this took me until mid June and was one of the most amazing things that I have ever done.  June came and went with more gigs and a trip to the Isle of Wight.  July flew past with Mark Cavendish winning 6 stages of the Tour De France and the Ashes starting.
August saw the completion of the Ashes, with England victorious, me failing to walk the Southdowns Way because of injury.  September included Bestival, which was superb, (Elbow were sublime) and Love Albert Road Day which was good too.
October was my month of blogging and to be honest it is some of the worst things ever written, I did start taking a lot of photos though.  In November I saw the Flaming Lips, which was about the only thing I did that month.
December flew past, with ATP and christmas, and I cooked for H on New Years Eve.
All in all, not a bad year.

I See Shapes

16 10 2009

I love Idlewild, which is good, because thats who I went to see last night.  I have liked them since their first album, Hope is Important, which came out in 1998.  In theory I have been waiting for 11 years to see them, and as it turns out they are one of H’s favourite bands too (double bonus there).  What I liked was that they played most of their back catalogue including I’m A Message and When I Argue I see Shapes, as well as lots of their new stuff and bits inbetween.  I would write more, but I am tired and full of cold…still.

The Sweaty Best

7 10 2009

Day 7 of the month of blogs, and I have something decent to talk about, because last night I went to see Funeral For A Friend (the band, not the sad event) at the Wedgewood Rooms.  I can’t believe that this had to be downsized from the Pyramids, because they are a cracking band and I thought they had a big following.  Anyway, last night the Wedge was at its sweaty best, with the crowd really being up for it.  The first support was a good young band called Lost on Landing, who had really taken the Sound of South Wales and made it their own.  Spy Catcher were next and their harder riffage was a great addition to the night.

FFAF came on at 9.45 to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You” and went straight into a couple of classics.  They had done a survey of what the people buying the tickets wanted them to play on their tour, and it turns out these people pick a great set list.  17 tracks and 75 minutes later the encore finished and everyone went home sweaty and happy.  Highlights were many, but my favourite were Jeanau and Into Oblivion, but then again they were the last time I saw them.

All in all good times.  My ears are still ringing.