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Lightspeed Champion @ Birmingham Academy 2 – 1st May 2008

The first band onstage tonight were Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man. The band at first looked rather unsteady, vocalist, Frederick tapping his microphone like a curious uninitiated performer. After the first song however, the band soon warmed up. Frederick has a voice which is rather loud and very deep, (if you imagine the deep tone and bass pitch of […]

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Ill Nino @ Birmingham Academy 2 – 29th April 2008

When I arrived at the Academy 2 tonight first band of the night Civillian!! had already taken to the stage. With their rather melodic vocals yet heavy metal guitars, at first glance, seemed an unlikely choice to open the show. They only looked young, but what they lacked in age they made up for in […]

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Envy & Other Sins @ Birmingham Barfly – 29th April 2008

With their tour coming to an end, it was bound to be a good night at the Barfly. Envy and Other Sins returned to their hometown of Birmingham to play at the relatively small venue, and it was a brilliant night! Doors opened at around 7pm, but we were let in slightly earlier because of […]

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The Kooks @ Birmingham Academy – 27th April 2008

It was a packed (and I mean PACKED) and excitable Birmingham Academy that greeted The Kooks on Sunday evening for a gig that has been sold out for what seemed like an eternity. Before the boys hit the stage, it became apparent that the Kooks, in their short time in the musical spotlight, have acquired […]

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Soulwax @ The Custard Factory Warehouse, Birmingham – 26th April 2008

The scene was set.  Eager party goers shuffled around as the Custard Factory opened its arms to the mammoth touring machine that is the Soulwax ‘Part of the Weekend Never Dies’ Tour.  Over the last six years I have followed Soulwax from their initial gigs as 2Many Dj’s, then as they evolved, the Nite Versions Tour.  They have progressed from […]

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Mindless Self Indulgence + Templeton Pek @ Birmingham Academy – 25th April 2008

Less than a year ago, New York’s Mindless Self Indulgence were playing a far from sold out Wolverhampton Wulfrun, yet on this tour their sudden rise to fame sees them in front of a crowd of well over 2000. Their fans seem to be getting younger, probably due to their appearances in Kerrang and bassist, […]

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Björk @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 25th April 2008

From the light of the bar I pushed through the crowd in the darkened venue, trying to avoid standing on too many toes while my eyes adjusted. Leila was on stage rolling out punishing, glitchy, industrial rhythms; electronic swathes draped over breakbeats, punctured by the occasional snatch of recorded speech. It was an awesome way […]

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Opeth + Arch Enemy + Devildriver + 3 Inches Of Blood @ Birmingham Academy – 23rd April 2008

With tonight’s ‘Defenders of the Faith’ show boasting four great metal bands on the bill, the timing is tight, meaning 3 Inches of Blood are hitting the stage as the doors open. As the crowd run in, the band’s cries of ‘Get your asses in here’ are quickly obeyed as the room rapidly fills with […]

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Gogol Bordello @ Birmingham Academy – 22/04/08

I’ll admit it – I’m somewhat in love with Eugene, or at least what he represents. It’s my ulterior motive for going to a Bordello gig. The opportunity to see him prance about, unhinged and untamed. I find myself naively fantasising about the romance of a gypsy lifestyle, of having adventures in far eastern lands, […]

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We Are Scientists @ Birmingham Academy – 18th April 2008

For many bands, decent banter between songs at their gigs is a bonus and certainly not to be expected – it’s one thing to sit and craft a clever lyric, but a witty, off-the-cuff comment is a much trickier proposition. Not for We Are Scientists though, you get the impression that the banter is their […]

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Editors + Whispering Sons @ Arena Birmingham 27th February 2020

It made a nice change to go to a gig and not get battered about on the way there by […]

The Boys Are Back @ Symphony Hall, 25 February 2020

If you’ve come to this review expecting to see something about Thin Lizzy, you’re in the wrong place. No, this […]

The 1975 @ Arena Birmingham, 25th February 2020.

There’s often a conversation about where the future female headliners are or even female acts on festival line-ups. Well a […]

The Murder Capital + Egyptian Blue + Unorthodox Coolock @ O2 Institute 24th Feb 2020

It’s easy to get carried away in the here and now, especially with music.  Sometimes you have the feeling that […]

Palaye Royale @ KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 23rd February 2020

What a week it has been for Palaye Royale , the first show of the uk tour in Glasgow was […]

Album Review Humanist – Humanist

Rob Marshall, one time sonic backbone of the stupendous Exit Calm, has surfaced under the pseudonym Humanist. I could cut […]