Dog on the Dole
Excess and heartlessness

A blur of limbs and laughter

We should know better at our age.

Enjoy excess and heartlessness

And in the moment I forget who you are

A moment of pleasure

A moment of terror

Was it worth it anyway?

Tonight, let’s do all the things we can’t

And we’ll never speak of this again

Tonight, I’ve confirmed my space in hell

But the worst thing is I don’t even care.

It’s so wrong, that’s why I can’t help myself

And why I don’t help myself

So quick out of hand.

Stifled giggles, walking down corridors

Too late to turn back now, your hand in my hand.

I don’t even care

Don’t care about you.

R.V.A

I felt your fear in the place where things go to die
We let this drag on until we’re bruised on our insides
Leave your heart here.
(R.V.A)

I felt your fear in the place where things go to die

We let this drag on until we’re bruised on our insides

Leave your heart here.

(R.V.A)

Goodbye Chanel

Goodbye Chanel is the project of a friend of mine, who I know through being involved in the Leeds music scene. They are playing at the Head of Steam later this year (20th April) and I shall be on backing vocal/keys duty. Headliner to be confirmed but also playing are the brilliant We The Dead from Manchester who I very much enjoyed on my door duty so it should be a great gig.

http://goodbyechanel.bandcamp.com/

http://www.facebook.com/wethedead

Hide and seek in blossom..

Hide and seek in blossom..

Blossom

In tiny shoes
She totters ‘round
Off of the back wall and into the spotlight
The glint of her sparkling attire

Forever young
That’s what we dream
All out of impulse and so full of insight
Oh how we wish the years away

We say that life’s too short
Yet it’s too long
The days of feigned glamour all but gone
I’d like to think she’s dancing in her head


In tiny shoes
They scuttle ‘round
A sense something’s wrong that they can’t comprehend yet
Why are all smiles insincere?

We tiptoe ‘round
Withhold the truth
'Cos what good would that do?
Repeating the heartbreak
Over and over again?

I’m playing hide and seek in blossom. 

Absolute favourite from this great blog!

Absolute favourite from this great blog!

Watchers, We the Dead and Bison Hunting @ The Head of Steam 27/07/12

I forgot to bring a pen and paper to this gig so decided to make notes on my phone. This almost backfired fairly dramatically when my phone took a beer bath. A night drying off and the old Sony Ericsson made a miraculous recovery, much to my relief (I am resisting the urge to get a smart phone).

    Bison Hunting are first to take the stage. This is the kind of music that is to be heard live, quite frankly their recordings do not do them justice at all. Put it this way, off the back of their recordings I probably wouldn’t have come down early enough to see them. That would have been a BIG mistake.  Heavier than my usual listening material, Bison Hunting are a band suited to the Head of Steam in that you don’t feel like the fact you can’t really hear the vocals is detracting that much from the overall performance. They negotiate tempo changes effortlessly and efficiently while pulling in a huge and enthusiastic crowd. Memorable riffs and an incredibly tight performance cemented their place in my list of bands to see again. They support the awesome Blacklisters at the Cluny  2 in October, a gig I will certainly be attending!

   Next up are Manchester band We The Dead, who are decidedly un-Manchester in their sound (thank god). This band are more ‘my kind of thing’ and not at all the kind of band their name suggests (my Father had incorrectly assumed they’d be heavy). They attempted to engage the now-dwindling crowd with their between-song-banter and catchy songs that certainly had a poppy edge but The Head of Steam had emptied out after Bison Hunting. I thought this a shame as We The Dead were the highlight of the night for me, big catchy chorus’ and great use of dynamics and texture. I did wonder what the point of the ukulele was as it was somewhat lost in the mix. It would have been nice if the crowds of Newcastle could have welcomed We The Dead with slightly more open arms, but those who stayed to listen to them couldn’t help but listen intently.

   It was at this point that my phone took the aforementioned beer bath which is probably a good thing as I recall having some very strong feelings towards Watchers. My predominant impression was that it was far too loud, maybe I’m getting old. I don’t have a problem with loud music when it is of the genre that needs to be loud but this simply isn’t the case with Watchers. It is all very much one level with little light and shade dynamically. I’d heard such great things about them prior to the gig but I’m afraid the appeal was somewhat lost on me.

http://www.bisonhunting.co.uk/

http://www.wethedead.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Watchers/132474093436270

Beacons festival!

Beacons is this weekend, we (then Blood Oranges) were supposed to play last year, I bought a tent. It rained too much and it was cancelled. This year the forecast isn’t too great but the festival is on a new site that will hopefully cope with the rain. Line up is pretty good but alas I’m not on it and can’t afford a ticket. Gaaah. Maybe I’ll put a tent up anyway.

I went to see the final Futuresound competition gig at the Cockpit in Leeds last Thursday, Post War Glamour Girls killed it and won meaning they get to play on the NME stage at Reading and Leeds this year. The brilliant Backyards and Bearfoot Beware also got through to play the festival. Leeds music is AWESOME.

I went to see the final Futuresound competition gig at the Cockpit in Leeds last Thursday, Post War Glamour Girls killed it and won meaning they get to play on the NME stage at Reading and Leeds this year. The brilliant Backyards and Bearfoot Beware also got through to play the festival. Leeds music is AWESOME.

I could rant forever about bands that have ceased to impress me so far in Newcastle BUT

The past two Newcastle gigs I’ve attended have either involved too much beer or distractions so as a consequence I haven’t really got a lot to say about the bands I’ve seen.

So I decided instead of talking about uninspiring music that I’d give a mention to a band that gave me some hope..

They’re called Blank Maps and the vocal melodies kind of remind me of Grammatics which is always a good thing!

It turns out that they’re releasing an EP next month. 

Here is one of the tracks off said ep. I like it.

http://soundcloud.com/tiny-lights/blank-maps-just-call-public