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The Maccabees return with October Tour

21 Sep

When procuring gig tickets today..

Do you hate paying insulting “admin fees”? Yeah me too.

Don’t you just hate paying £4.85 for the postie to drop through your door two tickets, combined weight 0.08g? So do I.

How much of your life will you never get back while you have either:

a) waited in for above mentioned postman to arrive, so you can provide your autograph in exchange for the tickets or;

b) had to physically go yourself to the local sorting office to retrieve the tickets you’ve shelled out to be delivered to you in the comfort of your own home.

If, like me, this kind of thing really grinds your gears, then you will be simply thrilled to hear that Brighton’s finest, The Maccabees, have made a tour announcement that takes us back to a more innocent time, a simpler time, a time before the internet.

Tickets for the below shows will go onsale through a variety of local indie record stores. They are taking the process back to its most basic form:

1. Want a ticket.

2. Go to shop.

3. Exchange payment.

4. Walk out with ticket.

Its so simple, why hasn’t anyone thought of it before?

These much anticipated shows are onsale from this Saturday, and provide fans with an early opportunity to hear material from the band’s forthcoming, as yet untitled third album.

Fri 21 Oct Gloucester Guildhall (14+)

Sun 23 Oct Coventry Kasbah (14+)

Mon 24 Oct Oxford Town Hall (14+)

Tues 25 Oct Liverpool Masque (14+)

Weds 26 Oct Glasgow Arches (14+/Under 16’s accompanied by an adult.)

Thurs 27 Oct Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (14+)

Sat 29 Oct Nottingham Rescue Rooms 14+)

Sun 30 Oct Leeds Cockpit (14+)

Mon 31 Oct Manchester Sound Control (14+/Under 16’s accompanied by an adult.)

Tues 01 Nov London Village Underground (16+)

Weds 02 Nov Bristol Trinity (14+)

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LIVE BLOG – NME Shockwaves Tour

10 Feb

So, here we are, the Live Blog experiment. Hopefully this goes well and doesn’t just turn into a bunch of incoherent drunken rambling. Also, lets pretend that all spelling and gramatical errors are intentional 🙂

Just like last year the snow is falling and my cab is late, hopefully I won’t miss as much of The Drums as I did of Florence 12 months ago. Damn you snow!

Anyway, on to the show…

So, I didn’t miss as much, I missed more. I missed the whole fucking set! They must’ve started almost as soon as the doors opened. Grrrr.

The Big Pink now, coming out to cyrpess hill. Sweet.
Actually, that’s the high point so far. They’re quite dreary really, like Glasvegas with a DJ. C’mon guys, get the crowd going a bit.

Right, 4 songs in and they’ve just asked the crowd if we’re still here. Dude, doesn’t that tell you something? Grow a fucking personality, and what’s with all this tuneless noise. It’s not a song, it’s not big and it’s not clever.
Ok, so as expected they finished with Big Single(tm) Dominoes, which is so out of keeping with the rest of their stuff. Hey ho, they’re good at what they do, it’s just that what they do isn’t very good. We like their big pink amp though. Sorry.

Bombay Bicycle Club next, to the mosh pit! Do they still call it a mosh pit?

Right, so lesson learnt. Blogging from the mosh pit is not possible.
That was great, Bombay Bicycle Club know how to play live. I now want to buy the album, that’s what it should be about. They hadn’t even started an actual song and they had shat on The Big Pink from a great height. Energetic in performance and songs that was lots of fun. Even the gaggle of 14 year old Danny Dyer and Noel Gallagher wannabees determined to start a fight in the middle (seriously, who throws a shoe?) couldn’t take away from how good that was. From the moment they started Dust on the Ground the crowd was up for it. A surprisingly powerful voice from such a slight singer everything about that set was great. Incidently, the reason the crowd is full of 14 year olds is so Bombay Bicycle Club can get their bassist into the gig. God to see Lil Chris still in work after his solo career tanked.

Forgot to mention, fat kid crowd surfing = v funny.
Maccabees now.

So far so much fun. There’s no denying that these guys are good but, to me, it just all sounds the same. Problem with having such a distinctive voice I guess. Rover and his wife fucking love them though so that’s something I guess 🙂
Seriously though, I do like The Maccabees, lots of energy, lots of fun, good crowd interaction and, according to Rover’s wife, Orlando is actually quite attractive. She has a thing for skinny indie kids. Tells you all you need to know about Rover.
Btw, one of The Maccabees is left handed and wearing a Danger Mouse T-Shirt, how much more indie can you get?
Right, play Latchmere you bastards.

Still no Latchmere but lots, lots of fun. X-ray a highlight so far.

Btw, minor football related digression, Chelsea lost! Oh, and more importantly, re: yesterday – WEM-BER-LEY!

Back to it, so I couldn’t tell you when one song stops and another starts, this is still good. You can see why The Maccabees are indie darlings. This is all good, crowd pleasing stuff; I have both albums but I haven’t enjoyed them as much as this live perfomance.

Into the encore now and still no Latchmere, c’mon guys, don’t disappoint. Yes, Love you better is a good track but I want a song about a wave machine!

Damnit, no Latchmere. Still, lots of fun and I picked up the Bombay Bicycle Club cd cheap from the merch stand and got it signed by the Ginger one, what’s not to love? Anyway, that’s all from me. Sober thoughts tomorrow.
Night all, thanks for being a part of this.

Right, home now. I know I said I’d signed off but whatever. Another enjoyable evening but I’m gutted I missed The Drums as they were the band I was most looking forward to. Still, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Maccabees were both excellent so that more than made up for it and hey, who doesn’t want to own a cd signed by a Ginger? Night all.