Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

A feature I did on Your New Antique for Counterfeit Magazine

My interview with This Many Boyfriends for Counterfeit Magazine

An article expressing my love for this album for Call Upon The Author.

The Crookes ‘Hold Fast’ Review

Posted: June 21, 2012 in Music

My review of The Crookes ‘Hold Fast’ for Counterfeit Magazine

My review of Blood Red Shoes at The Cockpit Leeds for Counterfeit Magazine

My interview with The Cast Of Cheers for Call Upon The Author

Preview: Shepley Spring Festival

Posted: May 13, 2012 in Music

My article for Call Upon The Author previewing Shepley Spring Festival

Here is my review of Sheffield band The Letters Unknown Failures for Counterfeit Magazine

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Manchester’s Academy 2 is a pretty basic venue which reminded me of a school sports hall, especially when I saw the average age of the people attending. But last night it staged more of a mini festival than a gig courtesy of Little Comets and their two quality support acts.

The first was Bwani Junction, a very young band but with an accomplished sound. Their original songs were upbeat and musically clever; their cover of ‘Dirty Old Town’ showed a wide range and depth of musical knowledge and influences. I was particularly impressed with the skill and athleticism of their drummer.

The second support was The 1975. I really enjoyed their set and was very impressed. Each song was well written, structured and performed. The front man’s cocky on-stage persona was endearing rather than annoying. His vocal style had a rawness to it which works well and it’s always good to see a band performing with smiles on their faces.

Finally came Little Comets. This was a fantastic performance, really tight and joyous. Their unique brand of calypso-indie had the crowd jumping around progressively more and more over the course of the night.

‘Isles’, ‘Dancing Song’ and ‘Joanna’ were the crowd pleasers played from their last album but they also performed some new material. At times slower, always clever and melodic, the new material was instantly accessible to the fans and got a great reception.

Their live performance was thoroughly enjoyable. As a band they were incredibly tight, even when they free-styled with the random percussion instruments they had dangling over their heads (well…if you can call a saucepan an instrument).

Lead singer Robert Coles has a very distinct vocal delivery and was on top form last night despite clearly suffering from a cold. As impressive as his voice were the perfect vocal harmonies between him and bass player Matt Hall.

They played the whole set in one go as the band said ‘writing an encore into a set list feels too presumptuous.’ This shows just how down to earth they are and even though the crowd clearly wanted an encore they stuck to their word. As Walt Disney said: ‘Always leave them wanting more.’ Although obviously I don’t agree with his disgusting views on race and the civil rights movement, I do agree with this one quote.

Through their excellent choice of support acts and the quality and energy of their performance Little Comets put on a great show for their devoted followers.

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