Harry Howard and the NDE are a pro pop band and a class act, opening the show tonight. The Go Devils bring their brand of garage rock to solidify tonight's line up and The Panther Burns do their best and hit their stride on the very last song. How I love Tav Falco.
|Tav Falco [centre]|
50. Texture Like Sun, Bettye Lavette, Corner Hotel, 4/4/2013
To be fair I only caught 1 part of a song by Texture Like Sun. They sounded kinda like Coldplay. Before we saw Bettye Lavette, we heard her voice. Backed by what seemed to be an American pro band of session musicians, Betty was as previously described: "tough". Everything she sang or spoke and every body movement was with complete conviction. She's an interesting character, because she herself says she never really made it, that was until her latter career. But all that failure has made her into the performer she is today. Her act was down, and my word: what a voice. I found it hard to connect with this performance but I really liked her trip down memory lane, how she wanted so badly to be on bandstand but her first single "My Man - He's a loving man" stopped this from happening. She sang it so well. But the song I really loved was her last song I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" sung acapella. The guy next to me says "that song had me by the balls!" Yes indeed, Betty Lavette has got a magnetic and honest talent that nobody can deny.
51. Mere Women, The Stevens, Harmony, The Curtin, 5/4/2013
Mere Women are a three piece from Newcastle. They have unusual timings, a cool guitar sound, keys with knobs that make them sound spacey, and a female singer with an angelic voice and perfect pitch. They also had a male singer, but he could not be heard by these ears. It palatable boundary pushing. In fact, I'd say it was good. The Stevens are one of my faves, and in April 2013 they have a new rhythm section. I liked the old one but the new one works too and these boys really know how to write a good song, with lots of sad sounding moments courtesy of minor chords. Again I couldn't hear the lyrics but I assume that's the way it's meant to be in a live setting?? I've caught Harmony when they're good, and when they're not that great. But tonight they were on fire. They played with intensity, the singers did everything right, and it was fierce. There were moments when the hairs on the back of my neck were standing. On paper, Harmony- the band are a bold proposition: an indie band, with a very tight rhythm section, a screaming lead singer with some fancy moves on the guitar and three backing singers, singing harmonies over the top of a very loud band. But they really nailed it tonight delivering a heavy and highly engaging set and this was the best I've seen them.
52. Spitehouse, Ratsak, Terrible Truths, Deep Heat, The Old Bar, 6/4/2013
53. Wet Lips, Grand Prismatic, Autoportraits & Pretty City, Grace Darling 13/4/2013
54. Andy Burnout, Chimper Kimblay, The Pink Tiles, The Public Bar 16/4/2013
55. Them Nights, Sooki La La, Meth Leopard, The Public Bar, 20/4/2013
Them Nights play their fourth gig ever and it's an honour to see this 4 piece punk band with unusual beats.
|Sooki La La|
56. Peter Case Band, The Moodists, Straight Arrows, The Stems, Salmon and Cowie, Buzzcocks, Flamin' Groovies, Blue Oyster Cult, The Crusaders, Peter Case [solo], Dig It Up, The Palace 25/4/2013.
I'm told there's two acts to catch here today: The Peter Case band and The Flamin' Groovies. Peter Case, known as the best songwriter in The Nerves, and from The Plimsouls is a musician of great range I later discover. He fronts a power pop act, showcasing his songs, all pleasant with the sweetest guitar solos.
|Peter Case band|
It seems that Straight Arrows have changed bass players since last I saw them but this time, was their best performance I've witnessed. Loud, distorted vocals, well matched voices, with good harmonies, over garage, punk pop.
|Cowie on drums, Salmon with mic in mouth after he knocked over the stand with frenetic guitar playing|
|Buzzcocks have moves|
|Buzzcocks with Spazzy's [who were doing bv's on Ever Fallen in Love?|
|Wigtastic Flamin' Groovies|
|The best picture I could get of The Crusaders|
The Crusaders were dudes in their 40's? in an off the wall garage band. Actually the band featured brats [or Larrikans] on mics, a teardrop or an Ibanez guitar, Rickenbacker Bass, a drummer from Off The Hip and uniforms. Sound wise, it was what you'd expect from a garage band that appreciates garage rock from the 60's and it was fun. And towards the end of the performance, the bassist accidentally unplugged his lead, and instead of plugging it back in his bandmate chucked the lead into the audience. Funny stuff. But it all sounded good and that even seemed to surprise The Crusaders.
Blue Oyster Cult had three guitars, one that looked like Swiss Cheese without a headstock and a whole lot of other guys on stage. I would have paid more attention by left in the middle of song two as their 70's prog FM sound and guitar posturing did not appeal to me at all. I had to escape, so I figured I'd rather wait in silence that listen to the Blue Oyster Cult any longer.
57. Harry Howard and Edwinda Preston, The Gem 26/4/2013
58.Even, Flamin Groovies, Caravan Music Club 27/4/2013
Even put in a great performance playing your favourite Even Songs. The Flamin' Groovies were great and this was one of my favourite gigs this year! Songs so good, hooks so strong. They made a few fumbles but it made me only love them more!
59. King Tuff, The Tote 28/4/2013
King Tuff played poppy garage songs to an appreciative crowd.