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Hard to Bear? Just a bit…

I thought that, for this month, i would try to end it with how i started…with The Futureheads!

So, there i was, sat watching the Futureheads performing at Glastonbury (thanks to the red button…), and was shocked to see that they were actually playing ‘Hard to Bear’ live! Now, if you’ve read the review of the album below, then you will have discovered that i labelled this song as the weakest on the album – but i began to wonder if, perhaps it would be much better live…

…unfortunately, it wasn’t, at least it my opinion anyway! Considering how strong the rest of the album is, it puzzled me that the band would choose to play this song live – it just isn’t strong enough. Sure, the chorus is quite catchy, but the music sounds a bit…lacklustre, and i can imagine that, if i was watching the band live, that i might get a bit bored by it!

Of course, i might be completely wrong, and my opinion could be totally changed if i did see the song live…but i’ve not…

…the rest of the set sounded great though, and The Futureheads seemed on top form, which is always good to see!!!

By the way, i did try to find some live footage of the song on Youtube, but unfortunately, none was available, so buy the album and make your minds up for yourselves.



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The Autumns Live in the UK


Videos of performance: Here 

So, i finally saw the Autumns live…and they were very good…very, very good!!! As i mentioned in a previous post, i wasn’t sure if any band could beat Iron Maiden and take the top slot of my all-time favourite gigs…and i’m still not sure!!!

I mean, don’t get me wrong, it was amazing seeing the band live, but i was a little disappointed with the length of the sets (i saw them twice, you see!!), as the first time they only played around half-an-hour, and the second time was probably about 40/45 mins – even if they had played 10mins longer, i would have felt happier, as they have so many great songs that i want to hear live!! Alas, that is not likely, and i have to be content with what i get, and what i did get was two memorable performances!!! The length of the set could really be my only criticism, but i think that they may just have done enough to beat Iron Maiden – but it is marginal…

Anyway, back to the performance, the setlist for the first show was as follows:

‘Turning Strangers Into Friends…’, ‘Boys’, ‘Clem’, ‘The Midnight Knock’, ‘Killer In Drag’, ‘The End’, ‘Deathly Little Dreams’ and ‘Oh My Heart’ … and if you’re looking at that set-list thinking, “these song titles mean nothing to me”, then you need to go and buy some Autumns’ albums now…right now!!!

As soon as the band hit the first notes, i could tell that it was going to be good – the sound thundered around the room as the band opened with the opening tracks of the new album – a very immediate and unrelenting wave of music that barely gives you a chance to catch your breath. It seemed to take some of the crowd by surprise, especially considering that they had just been listening to the acoustic ballads of first support act Jacob Golden –  a musician who is easy on the ears, with some good songs, but perhaps a bit too much like too many singer-songwriters out there – it is my belief that, if you’re going to be one man and a guitar on stage, you need to do something different, and he just didn’t do enough to prove that to me! A shame, as he does seem to have quite a bit of potential…

Back to The Autumns, and the energetic start was retained throughout the first three tracks, as the band played the songs tightly and impressively – Matthew Kelly (lead singer and guitar), even broke out into his dance moves from the ‘Boys’ video!!!

Throughout the whole performance, i found it difficult to find fault in any of the songs – maybe just the odd missed note here and there – but it was the sound of a band on top form, as they wooed the crowd, impressing them with tracks from the new album, along with two tracks from their 3rd full length, the self-titled record, showing the band’s more epic and melodic sound.

By the end of the last song, the anthemic ‘Oh My Heart’, i found myself wishing the band to play longer, but it wasn’t to be, as they were only second support to The Kissaway Trail (who sounded like they played well enough, but i didn’t actually watch the performance!!) – i’m just hoping that Bella Union decides to do some actual work in promoting the album and new single (‘Killer In Drag’ is supposed to be out early next year), as the amount of coverage and support The Autumns have received from their record label is pretty awful – the band deserve so much better, as the new album has had barely any press!!! If i was in The Autumns, i would be knocking on Simon Raymonde’s door demanding an explanation, but i’m not, so that won’t be happening!!!

Anywho, in summary, The Autumns are an amazing live band, and i was blown away by both performances that i saw – if you get a chance to see The Autumns live, then take it straight away. Hopefully, the band will be back next Year (February potentially!!!), and i can’t wait…i’m gonna start counting down the days!!!


Photos from the Autumns performance at Manchester Roadhouse(15/11/2007): Here

Videos from above performance: Here

The Autumns Official Website

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All quiet on the Western Front…

Hmm…time has flown by since i last posted on here – although it only feels like yesterday…i’m beginning to think that i’ve lost all sense of time!!!

Anywho, i am presently quite busy, or at least would be, if i actually got around to doing some work!!! I’m halfway through an review of The Cribs’ latest album (which will first be posted on, and am planning on reviewing The Twilight Sad!

I also have random University work to do – not that you actually care!!!

Music has also been coming more to the fore-front, as my various musical ideas are beginning to form…in my head at least…hmmm…we shall see…

I saw Andrew Bird play Manchester last Thursday, and it was the most amazing performance – perhaps not my top live show, as Iron Maiden are refusing to let go of that crown – but it was certainly a great night! Playing most of his recent ‘Armchair Aprocrypha’ album, Andrew Bird and his band have formed into the complete live act…they have this seemingly telepathic link that lets each one know what the other is going to do next!!! It’s impressive to watch…although i was disappointed that they didn’t play ‘Fake Palindromes’ or ‘Tables and Chairs’…hopefully next time…but ‘Dr Stringz’ did raise a smile! Anyway, a performance that i won’t soon be forgetting…and the support act Loney, Dear were also very good…i’m gonna have to purchase some of their albums methinks!

The Autumns on Thursday – a comprehensive review will be produced – i can’t wait for it…maybe Iron Maiden could be knocked off the top…we shall see!

Anyway, this was just a short update to tide you over…i’ll try not to take so long next time…


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Okay, so, i wanted to post something today, as i’m gonna be pretty busy over the next few days – i’m moving back to Uni and i’ve got a lot of things on…so i thought i should put a random post up to keep my blog active…i was gonna do an album review, but i don’t really have the time to sit here and write up loads, so instead i’m gonna do an update of random news…in a slot i’m calling…‘The Random News Post That Interests Me, But Probably Won’t Interest Many Other People’...or..maybe not!!!

andrewbird1.jpgAndrew Bird is touring the U.K again…so any British readers check him out… he is also playing across Europe and America…CHECK HIM OUT(!)…


Official Website for a full list of dates…Andrew Bird


radiohead_3_show.jpgRadiohead‘s new album is rumoured to be out in March 2008…and i can’t wait…i’ve been going on a complete Radiohead binge recently, so the thought of a new album excites me greatly!!!


sbit_homepage_zap.jpgIron Maiden have announced tour dates in Australia…and supposedly tickets are flying…Europe will hopefully be announced soon…so, keep checking the website for details…official web


Touring Bands who i recommend you check out or go and see…


The Twilight Sad – have recieved great praise from journos everywhere and are one of the best new bands around…i will do my own review of their album soon, but it is so damn good that it will be one of my albums of the year…anywho, they’re touring with Idlewild soon… Twilight Sad Myspace


Broken Family Band – another great new British band who need to get more recognition – they’re touring Britain in October, but you need to buy their new album wherever you are…and check out their new video on youtube (it’s called ‘Leaps’)… Myspace


Bad news…The Sex Pistols have announced some new dates – now don’t get me wrong…Never Mind The B******S is a good album…but they’re charging nearly £40 for tickets…and the whole thing just stinks of ‘cash-in’ – and using the 30th anniversary as a reason to line their pockets some more…i’m just really disappointed – doesn’t really reflect a very ‘punk’ attitude does it…hmmm…


autumns.jpgFinally, just a quick reminder that The Autumns‘ new album is out, not next week, but the week after (October 8th to be precise)….and again, i can’t wait…it is going to be so good – i’m hoping i’m gonna be able to sneak a promo copy from somewhere so a review may be able to be read next week…if not, then you’re going to have to wait patiently for the week starting Oct 8th!!! Also, they’re touring with the Kissaway Trail in November…so go watch them live aswell…dates on their myspace…Autumns’ Myspace


I’m hoping to do an article on their record label…Bella Union…at some point…when i’m less busy…and i will do an actual album review soon…can’t wait can ya?!?!?


speak soon…peace…a.b


btw…i can’t believe i’ve rambled on so much!!!



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Andrew Bird hits Europe…


So…i got an e-mail on Monday saying Andrew Bird is re-visiting Europe again in November…same month that the Autumns arrive aswell…and i gotta say…i can’t wait!! Tour dates will be released this Monday…updates probably on his myspace page (see below)!

I only just missed out on seeing him last time he came to England, so this time (as long as he actually plays in England!!!), i’m definitely going to see him…i’ve heard some live recordings and he sound immense…

…so my recommendation to whoever reads this is to check out Andrew Bird (i will review a few of his albums in the next coupla weeks)…and go see him live…long live the Bird


Andrew Bird: official website

: myspace

p.s…check out his video for ‘Imitosis’…tres excellent…

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