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City And Colour + Attack In Black @ The Glee Club, Birmingham – 8th April 2008

Tonight’s Glee Club gig is a long way from the shows Dallas Green is used to with Alexisonfire. Instead of a packed venue with limbs flying and sweat dripping, he finds himself playing to an over 18’s only crowd, seated and civilised, this distinction reflecting the very different style of his solo project, City And […]

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Aiden + Kill Hannah + Brigade + Serpico @ Birmingham Academy – 7th April 2008

With four bands on the bill, the first support hit the stage just fifteen minutes after the doors open, yet with the majority of the crowd being made up of enthusiastic teenagers, the room is already about as full as it is going to get by the time their set starts. Edinburgh boys Serpico get […]

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Holy Fuck + Free Blood @ Birmingham Barfly – 3rd April 2008

On the night of the Holy Fuck gig I was surprised to find out that the support was coming from Free Blood, Brooklyn based duo John Pugh and Madeline Davy, John being a former band member of !!! (or if trying to say it, chk chk chk!) a band admired by myself for a good […]

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Reuben + Ghost Of A Thousand + Baddies @ Birmingham Academy 2 – 1st April 2008

It seems like a lifetime since I went to a gig at Academy 2 and I was surprised to find the floor wasn’t somehow sticky. I walked in part way through Baddies set with the room reasonably full. They sound like a slightly louder and less friendly version of The Young Knives and, with their […]

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Look See Proof + Gravity Crisis @ Bar Academy – 31st March

Reigning from a cluster of the UK in which glitz and glamour is the norm, Hertfordshire born band Look See Proof are set to leave a lasting impression on all who they come into contact with. I first saw the lads at a Christmas gig The Twang put on back in December. The whole night […]

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Nightwish + Pain @ The Academy – 29th March

The Academy is already reasonably full before Swedish band Pain open the show with their mix of industrial metal and techno, a sound that is clearly appreciated by the crowd. Their set comes across as professional and well rehearsed, possibly because the band has only one permanent member, Peter Tagtgren, the rest being made up […]

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Blood Red Shoes + Johnny Foreigner @ Birmingham Barfly – 27th March 2008

When I was told to go and review a gig at the Barfly, I didn’t expect to feel like I was in the Arctic. Anyone who was at the gig will agree with me that it was bloody cold. Gigs are supposed to be sweat pits, not freezers. When the first act walked out onto […]

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Be Your Own Pet @ Birmingham Academy 2 – March 26th 2008

I can honestly say I haven’t been to a gig like Be Your Own Pet in what feels like forever. After sticking to the floor for half an hour and having no impression whatsoever made on me by the support band I trotted on over to the merch stand where I was greeted by singer […]

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Dodgy @ Academy 2, Birmingham – 25th March 2008

Academy 2 is one of my favourite venues in brum. There are always a few things I can guarantee will happen. One, that there will be a good sound, two, a good crowd. Tonight was no exception to the rule. As soon as I arrived, promptly at 7.30, very early for me to arrive at […]

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Red Route + Matt Geary + Grand Union Revival + The Dead Fish @ The Barfly – 22nd March 2008

Ever been to a school reunion? Well, that’s kind of what I’d walked into tonight at the Barfly, with all the bands, bar one, being previous occupants of a local school. First up are The Dead Fish, unfortunately for them there wasn’t much of a crowd, at which the lead singer joked, “People at the […]

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Pixies and The Big Moon, o2 Academy 16 September 2019

When Black Francis was Frank Black during the 1990’s he played small venues.  They were always packed, but they were […]

Pixies new album ‘Beneath The Eyrie’

It’s funny that after a band splits up and potentially will not make any more music, they are made into […]

The S.L.P @ o2 Institute, 7th September 2019

With five number one albums and a Glastonbury headline appearance under his belt, it’s been some time since Kasabian man […]

Is Bliss @ The Sunflower Lounge, 4th September 2019

After a summer sitting in fields, drinking warm beer and sleeping in tents, it was time to return to the […]

Album Review – New Model Army “From Here”

For a band approaching 39 years, New Model Army continue to be prolific, not only live but by their studio […]

Album Review – Babybird “Photosynthesis”

It is strange when you read articles about Stephen Jones, in which he is made notable for having built up […]