The Bad Books – MPT Live Band of the Year
It’s been another great year for live shows. So doing it differently from last year, here’s the top 10 performances (rather than shows) I’ve witnessed in chronological order:
25/2/12 Human Don’t Be Angry, The Arches, Glasgow (review)
15/5/12 The Big Sleep, Nice’n’Sleazy’s, Glasgow (review)
1/6/12 Bob Mould, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (review)
7/6/12 Lee Ranaldo, Brudenell Social, Leeds (review)
15/6/12 Marin John Henry, Electric Circus, Edinburgh (review)
25/8/12 Kid Canaveral, Electric Circus, Edinburgh (review)
25/8/12 The Bad Books, Electric Circus, Edinburgh (review)
23/11/12 Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat, Twa Tams, Perth (review)
30/11/12 Cancel The Astronauts, Electric Circus, Edinburgh (review)
22/12/12 FOUND, The Caves, Edinburgh (review)
It’s strictly one performance per act otherwise this would be dominated by my live band of the year the Bad Books. Yep, there’s a good reason I’ve been stalking these guys over the last 12 months or so and I would thoroughly recommend that you catch them live as soon as you can in 2013.
It has to be said though that Cancel The Astronauts ran them very close indeed. They seem to be taken for granted a little, perhaps because they’ve been around for quite a while, but they’re also ferociously good.
The surprising thing about that list is that, whilst the Electric Circus in Edinburgh isn’t my favourite venue by a long way, 4 of my top 10 performances in 2012 were witnessed there.
During the year I went to fewer gigs (38) than in 2011 (41) but saw more acts – 118 acts compared to 106. (and neither figure takes account of the SAY Award ceremony).
In 2012 I saw 18 acts perform more than once (2011 – 13, 2010 – 9). The 18 acts were as follows:
The Bad Books, Cancel The Astronauts (7); Martin John Henry (6), Hookers for Jesus (5), Kid Canaveral, Vladimir (4); Human Don’t Be Angry, Meursault, Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat (3); Randolph’s Leap, FOUND, RM Hubbert, Behold The Old Bear, TV21, Sam Barber & The Outcasts, Playground Tactics, Edinburgh School for the Deaf, Withered Hand (2).
I saw 7 acts more than once in both years:
Kid Canaveral , Cancel The Astronauts, Edinburgh School for the Deaf, Martin John Henry, FOUND TV21 and Hookers for Jesus.
Geographically I went to shows in Edinburgh (16), Dundee (9), Glasgow (5), Cupar, London, Leeds, Perth, Glenrothes, Newport-on-Tay, St Andrews, Dunfermline (1).
The shows were spread over 29 different venues, 14 of which I visited for the first time.
Best new venue – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.
Worst new venue – The Flying Duck, Glasgow.
The most visited venue was once again in Dundee but this time Beat Generator Live (5) rather than Dexter’s.
The biggest gap between shows was a massive 58 days (compared to 24 last year) between the last show of 2011 (Vladimir on the 29th of December) and the first of 2012 (HDBA in Glasgow on 25th February.)