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Win Butcher Boy Tickets!

I know how he’s feeling.

Will anyone turn up? Will one of the bands split up the day before the gig? What the hell is a PA anyway?

Anyhow, in 7 days JC will pretty much know the answer to all these questions because one week hence the Vinyl Villain is hosting his first gig.

The show will take place at Langside Halls in Glasgow next Saturday (19th November) and will be headlined by Butcher Boy playing their first hometown gig since the release of their latest LP ‘Helping Hands’. Support comes in the rather fine shape of Mr Adam Stafford (who presumably won’t be splitting up before the show!).

To return a favour from 3 years ago when JC offered up a couple of tickets to my first show (featuring De Rosa), I’m offering a pair of tickets to the Butcher Boy show.

To stand a chance of winning, all you have to do is

a) correctly answer the following question – Where is JC promoting his first ever gig? then …

b) email the answer to mmmm_music8 at (the proper address is on the right) by Tuesday 15th 5pm Fife time.

In the unlikely event of multiple correct answers, the winner will be selected at random from the correct entries.

If you don’t want to risk not winning then you can buy tix here.

Clear? Good. On you go.

A wee word too if you’re into advance planning.

Stu from the Tidal Wave of Indifference will be promoting his second show … in February 2012!

It’s a show packed with manic pop thrills, featuring as it does PAWS, Edinburgh School for the Deaf and Sebastian Dangerfield. The show will take place on 25th February at the Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh. Advance tickets here.

Loud, Loudest, Louder – We Were Promised Jetpacks live

We Were Promised Jetpacks / 3 Blind Wolves / Sebastian Dangerfield – Liquid Room, Edinburgh – 6th October 2011

If ‘In The Pit of the  Stomach’ is Jetpacks cranked up to 11, then the amplification last night at the Liquid Room was closer to 21. This really was the loudest show I’ve been at in ages. And frankly I blame young Palmer, whose contributions throughout the evening elevated the noise from extremely loud to monstrous!

For all the volume though, this was actually a show which sounded terrific. The difference in tone between the 2 guitars was astonishing whilst the ryhthm section are also hugely influential.

It was put to me at the end of the show that WWPJ are now darker and louder ever and that’s a great way of explaining the difference in the way that the earlier material is presented these days. Although disposed of early again, ‘Quiet Little Voices’ is absolutely ferocious and the other songs played from the first LP all receive similar treatment.

ITPOTS is heavy enough on record but live there’s another dimension which is best epitomised by ‘Hard To Remember’  carved as it is from frozen granite.

Bizarrely, despite the all encompassing heaviness, the songs from the new LP have more room to breathe in person simply by virtue of the contrast with the early songs. Nothing really shifts in my opinion of the relative merits of the songs, with ‘Medicine’, ‘Picture of Health’ and the absolutely awesome ‘Pear Tree’ still my favourites and it surely can’t be long before ‘Pear Tree’ is entrenched in its deserved position as set closer.

Song-wise there’s almost nothing to fault in the choice of tunes with the return of ‘Keeping Warm’ (omitted in Dundee) a particular treat for this fan. If there’s a gripe then it’s the omission again of ‘Act On Impulse’, now the only song I’ve not heard live (this year at least – did they play it last year?) from the new LP.

So a fantastic performance. And did I say it was quite loud? Earplugs next time.

Principal support was, as in Dundee, 3 Blind Wolves. As last time I quite enjoyed them but am slightly disappointed that I didn’t really recognise any of the material from last time (other than perhaps ‘Echoes of A Train’). On that evidence I suspect that they’ll not achieve anything more to these ears than decent support.

The evening was opened by Sebastian Dangerfield but difficulties in getting parked meant that I only caught their last couple of tunes. I did however recognise one of these tunes from last time, which is a good sign, so I’ve added their recent EP to my Avalanche shopping list.

WWPJ setlist

1. Circles and Squares  2. Quiet Little Voices  3. Medicine  4. Human Error  5. Roll Up Your Sleeves  6. Sore Thumb  7. Keeping Warm  8. Picture of Health  9. Hard To Remember  10. Pear Tree  11. This Is My House, This Is My Home  12. Ships With Holes Will Sink  13. Boy In The Backseat  14. It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning

If I Was A Writer

We Were Promised Jetpacks / Endor / Sebastian Dangerfield – Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 21st August 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve seen We Were Promised Jetpacks. In fact I hadn’t seen them since the tour just prior to the release of last year’s debut LP.

In that time, they just seem to have gotten bigger – not just in terms of popularity (the Liquid Room is heaving) but also in terms of sound. Whilst 8 of the 12 songs played are from ‘These FourWalls’ they just sound so much more massive than they did 14 months ago.

‘Keep Warm’ is of course a massive highlight but right up there with it were the likes of ‘It’s Thunder …’ and ‘Ships With Holes …’. It struck me during the show that I first heard ‘Moving Clocks ..’ and ‘Ships’ almost 3 years ago in the slightly less rock’n’roll surroundings of the Accies Club in Glasgow. My, how these songs have grown!

Of  course, if you turn your back on this lot for any length of time then the chances are they’ll have some new songs on display. This time, as implied above, there were four – a hugely impressive opening number, a smouldering one four songs in and probably the most varied of all near the end of the set (from which this post’s title is lifted). Yep, I know that’s only three but the third new song they played (7th on the night) was a little predictable to these ears. Which is a first.

Singer Adam was also slightly subdued throughout the set with minimal interaction with  the crowd (other than the ‘That’s shit clapping!’ reproach during the intro to ‘Keep Warm’ – which was fair comment!). But in some regards all that did was focus the set and make it a little more intense.

All in all it was a great set with the only disappointment being the fact that there was no encore. Yet again the young people in the audience took Adam at his word (‘This is definitely the last song’) and, extraordinarily, there was almost no demand for an encore. At all.

One other curious thing about the audience. I did turn up expecting to feel a little like a dad compared to the vast majority of the crowd but in fact there was a surprising number of older faces in the crowd (and not just  those related to the band!). These Jetpacks, it seems, have a wide appeal.

Support came from two not dissimilar bands. I’ve actually seen Endor before – almost four years ago – when, to be honest, I wasn’t terribly impressed. The first couple of punchy numbers though had me hastily revising that opinion but they weren’t able to maintain that momentum mid set although things did pick up again towards the end. I may investigate the LP.

Opening act Sebastian Dangerfield were probably a tad more laidback with the second song 2 sounding very much like a poppy Frightened Rabbit. But they quickly lost the crowd after that with a slower number (and frankly it wasn’t the most polite crowd I’ve ever stood in with a loud volume of talking) and never really won them back.


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