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Gig Review: The Penelopes, Norwich UEA 11/12/12

12 Dec

The Penelopes Live

They say you should never meet your heroes but that’s something The Penelopes clearly don’t subscribe to as they have spent the last three weeks in close proximity to theirs. The Human League’s UK tour is coming to an end this evening and for the two kids who grew up outside Paris listening to Phil, Susan and Joanne, supporting them has represented a dream come true. Not that it has left them in anyway overawed.

From the off it is clear that confidence is not an issue for the band, or singer Axel in particular. It is quite possible that Almost Famous has been on repeat on the tour bus as he kneels to the side of stage, directly engaging those at the front while he sings. “I look for the guy who isn’t getting off, and I make him get off” indeed. Looking eminently stylish in his suit jacket over a basketball vest combo topped off with aviators and a giant hair band, he sweeps across the stage like it is his own, air kicking at will and flexing the mic stand above his head.

The tracks are incessantly energetic; bounding along with the kind of dexterity that, alas, the majority of this Norwich crowd has long since forgotten was possible. Laura’s assertion that “The Sweet Song” will make them want to jump up and dance falls on deaf ears and replaced hips, despite it sounding massive.

The show is coming to an end and so is the tour. Thank you’s are said and the finale of “Now Now Now” begins. To the side of the stage Axel is crouched down where he started, engaging the crowd in his own indomitable and entertaining, Cantona-esque even, fashion.

It is a headline worthy performance from The Penelopes and one that is surely destined to be oft repeated at the top of their own bill in the near future.

In Session… She Makes War – “Exit Strategy”

31 May

Last week we posted the first part of our beautiful session with She Makes War, recorded when she was in town for a show. Now we are pleased to share part two with you which not only features another fabulous acoustic rendition of a track from her latest album, Little Battles but a lesson for us here at Alphabet Bands. That being, if someone walks in halfway through a session, don’t just check for road noise after his arrival, check to see if he makes a noise himself and if he actually enters the blummin shot! We like to think it adds to the charm of the session.

Ahem.

This is She Makes War performing the excellent “Exit Strategy” and featuring a special guest appearance from some dude’s arm. Enjoy.

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In Session… She Makes War – “Minefields”
Album Review: She Makes War – Little Battles
Watch: She Makes War – “Exit Strategy”
She Makes War Website

In Session… She Makes War – “Minefields”

24 May

The really rather lovely and extremely talented She Makes War was in town recently for a show and we were lucky enough to catch up with her for an exclusive acoustic session and interview in the afternoon (which you’ll be able to read soon).

We’ve been planning on filming sessions for a while now but wanted to make sure the first one was something a bit special. We think you’ll agree that this stripped back version of her next single, “Minefields” is exactly that. The album version, on Little Battles was pretty darn good but this is just gorgeous and we have fallen more than a little bit in love with it. We hope you do too.

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Album Review: She Makes War – Little Battles
Watch: She Makes War – “Exit Strategy”
She Makes War Website

Watch: She Makes War – “Exit Strategy”

2 Apr

If we are being honest, ‘Gloom Pop’ is not a genre we are overly familiar with. If it all sounds like “Exit Strategy” from London’s very own She Makes War though, we will certainly be making an effort to rectify that unfamiliarity.

The track, taken from She Makes War’s second album Little Battles (which is out next week), really gets under your skin. Echoes of early nineties, pre-britpop guitar bands (we’re thinking Breeders and the like) escape the gloom and draw you back in. It’s been on repeat for a little while now and we love it.

The accompanying video, which you can see below, is rather captivating as well. Directed by She Makes War herself, aka Laura Kidd, it draws on Ms Pac-Man and Groundhog Day for inspiration (because we all know that thinking of one automatically leads you to think of the other) and features the fabulously named character ‘malevolent girl’.

She Makes War’s second album, Little Battles is out next week (9 April) on My Big Sister Recordings and can be pre-ordered here.