Emmy the Great
Not bad. Slightly underwhelmed and the sudden demise of the set was a let-down.
Something very special. The beautifully orchestrated first set complete play-through of the new album, The Hazards of Love, then a second set of eclectic favourites from the past played by the massively multi-talented group was a sensation.
The Decemberists at The Coronet, 19th November 2009
Cate Le Bon
Pretty cute set. Twangy plucked acoustic guitar and simple lyrics.
Deritive dullness. Felt like I should have been watching them reherse in their parents’ garage. If they lost a superfluous guitarist and that too-cool-for-school vocalist/keyboardist* (*if you can call someone who pushes half a dozen keys in a set one) they might be able to sort themselves out a bit.
See previous gushing posts. I’m totally starting to get into the obligatory sing-a-long. Last mention though before this blog becomes about them exclusively.
Slow Club at Scala, 24th September 2009
Unfortunately, we mostly missed Pete, but we caught his last track – seemed nice enough.
Weirdly animated and slightly theatrical. Really liked his Bluesy tones and sometimes childish sense of humour in the lyrics. A real character.
They never disappoint. Starting off by springing up suddenly in the middle of the audience with an acoustic Wild Blue Milk, and then on to mostly double-speed favourites, they were fun and charming all the way. If you haven’t seen them yet – do.
Slow Club at The ICA, 22nd June 2009
Energetic but still soulful. Happy discovery. Listening to the Into The Dark EP on repeat as I write this.
The Pictish Trail
Backed up by KC on the accordian, Pictish Trail was a treat. Soft acoustic ballads mixed up with electronica keyboard samples.
Good mix of old and new bits, bringing in the previous acts to make up a full support band. Completely enjoyable, with only the (partly unplanned) set ending being it’s downer.
King Creosote at The 100 Club, 1st June 2009
Pretty dull on the whole. Kept expecting them to really get going, but it just never happened. Best we could say about the lead singer was “sounds like a chipmunk” and they murdered a Teenagers cover. Oops.
Certainly can see the much more rocky direction they’re beginning to take, and essentially it was a decent show. Disappointed that two albums were more or less entirely overlooked (I may occasionally want the moon on a stick, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to show a bit of love to your early fans by playing more than Dead Disco.)
Metric at The Electric Ballroom, 19th May 2009
Jay Jay Pistolet
An unassuming man in a jumper far too warm for the tiny venue and hot lights, but a mesmerising acoustic set with 50s tones and twee lyrics.
Energetic, heart-felt and as good-humoured as ever. I genuinely can’t watch them for long enough. Chair percusion and the occasional screw-ups add to their charm.
Slow Club at The Enterprise, 20th April 2009
Second time I’ve seen them, and just as much fun. Running around in the audience, screaming vocals, tons of energy and drumming to die for.
The Mae Shi
Hugely entertaining and very crowd-pleasing. Slight hints of math rock with 8-bit backdrops.
Bonus entertainment points for Calum Gunn’s comedy raffle at the end.
The Mae Shi at The Old Blue Last, 4th August 2008
Indie-electronica with a dash of 80s synth. Pretty upbeat and good fun and reminiscent of Postal Service, making them an obvious support act. I also dig that they’re Belgian.
Death Cab for Cutie
Difficult to be objective about a band you’re sentimentally attached to, but they were a good show. To play to the big crowd, they stuck to the favourites and played them as-is from the recordings. I prefer live shows to give something a little unique and varied from their releases, but it’s a minor complaint. I just won’t need to see them in the flesh again.
Death Cab for Cutie at Brixton Academy, 17th July 2008
Post-rock by numbers. Accomplished, but boring
Beautiful voice and keys. Shame about the bassist and his attention seeking ways. A good find, regardless.
Keeping it old skool with plenty of non photo-blue vibes. Pity 95% of the audience had never heard it and it’s chums though.
Pinback at Scala, 15th July 2008