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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:20 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Nice piece this by Dave Simpson in which he talks about the Brudenell and Nathan from the venue talks about Thee Oh Sees

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2...8/pop-music-mavericks?INTCMP=SRCH
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, blimey, that wasn't half bad for a post bank holiday Tuesday school night. Wasn't half bad for any night, in fact it was it was pretty damm well amazing. I kind of knew what to expect having looked into them since this thread started but live a few feet away they explode into something else.

Met Si in the Sportsman and shortly after we were outside the Brude in the remnants of the Leeds sunshine. Interesting crowd as always. Students, lingering students like those tadpoles that stay tadpoles forever, locals, dudes, skate kids and lots of 30-60 year old blokes who don't care what you call them including a few faces i recognise from the footy.

Phoenix Arizona was the tipple of the night  and because this band warrant full on assault we took our positions stage central, close, very close. The stage was being cleared and prepared as we waited. One of the band was looking every inch a late '60's West Ham Suedehead as he surveyed the scene around and led the preparations checking with the sound man at the rear with nods and guitar scale runs. Meanwhile the rest of the band assembled. The straight fringed, chiselled jawed front man Brian    also exchanging smiles and nods to the sound man as he cranked his guitar. Both guitars hung chest high around the players. Another glance and nod  led the band into what i think is the finest opening to a gig I've seen for a long long time as drums guitars and organ collided with atomic fusion.

It's the suedehead guitarist who must have some kind of octave reducer thingy that gives the unswerving rhythmic backbone of the sound. He and his guitar sound are the aural and visual pillars of this stunning band. Sometimes a bass line, sometimes a melody pick and sometimes chopping chords all emitting an unrelenting ferocity that the drummer provokes further with frenetic thunder.

That leaves Front man Brian   to shout scream and slash his way through with manic on the edge vocals and razor wire guitar that is as deceptively intricate as it is savage. Behind him as Pondy wrote earlier is Brigid, almost motherly, covering and supplementing with supportive vocals and keyboards. She needs to support him as no man can sustain such high energy high intensity vocals forever.

If the whole thing sounds like carnage it isn't. There is a controlled able discipline that holds it all just within the confines of Rock n Roll. Craft and precision are there in spades. Verse and chorus shine and glitter. Hooks and phrases drag you in and the whole gig is a supersonic buzz clearly loved by all creeds of the crowd. Safe kids mosh and bound around in front and to the side of us occasionally crashing into me but it is no threat, just manic youth losing themselves. Older kids like me bob and nod along with the sharp raucous rhythmic energy. A couple of kids crowd surf but it's not really that sort of crowd. It doesn't stop them though, despite crashing to the deck a few times.

There isn't a lot of chat from the band just a few appreciative words about the venue but it's the music that provides the communication and bond. This band clearly love what they are doing and love giving it as much as we love having it, there is no greater generosity and the crowd love it.
One encore of about three/four songs and a quite late finish (for us anyway). Time flew, i can't recall how long but it seemed simultaneously brief and epic. They left to mass adulation. Up there with the top whatever gigs for me of all time. I'm sure to see them again, everybody should.
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for posting that LD. Enjoyed reading it. Pondy and Butts saw them in Dublin the other night and you saw them in Leeds a few nights later. I don't know. Reg, it straddles nations. It really does.
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice write up, thank you.
Marc Riley seems to have taken a liking to this lot also.
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was in Dublin on Sat - PL, Mrs Butts and TG - we bumped into Brian (John) and the bass player Petey just outside, lovely, lovely fellas who totally transform themselves into garage punk animals on stage.

They are great band  - LD has the adjectives I couldn't muster to describe the sheer thrill of it all. Leeds was better than Dublin if only because it was longer and they dropped in two of my faves they didn't play on on Sat. Brian said the Brudenell is his favourite place to play and you can tell, the number of times he thanked the management.

They are a deceptively clever outfit, ferociously drilled yet able to improvise as they wish, Brian is always in the peripheral vision of the drummer and bassist, he calls the shots - his guitar is a thing of wonder, how he generates the wall of sound I have no idea.

Probably the best band on the planet at the moment.

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A star struck PL - the only time all weekend he was stuck for words

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope he struck him back.

Glad they're still doing okay - it'd be fun to have 'em back?!
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're both more than fine, TG has been working closely with Kofi Annan (seriously), it's all quite amazing really.
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Butts wrote:
They're both more than fine, TG has been working closely with Kofi Annan (seriously), it's all quite amazing really.


He's good, but he's no Grunt.  

Ace!

* Is it just me, or does Kofi Annan sound like a drink you might order at your local ethnic eatery after a night on the lash. *

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just been taking in a selection of their songs on Youtube. It'd nice to see a band performing with such genuine energy and enthusiasm, rather sitting on stools and strumming wistfully.

I eagerly await their first visit to the Birdingbury Social Club.
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely they'd never make it past the Neighbourhood Watch?
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