Gene Loves Jezebel Live!!

Venue:- The Black Heart, Camden Town, London.

Date:- 26th June 2017

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”The first time i saw Gene Loves Jezebel  was in 1988 at the Bristol Bierkeller  and then i see them twice in a month this year. Once at Wave Gotik Treffen where they played a blinding set in front of around 400/500 people and then the other night to around 80 people at The Black Heart in Camden. First onstage at just  after 7:45pm was Evi Vine. To be honest i don’t know much about Evi’s solo output so this set was a first for me. The music was very pensive and dreamy, i felt like  i was crawling through a shallow pool surrounded by trees and mist trying not to succumb to a hypnotic soporific. This is the sort of music i want to listen to whilst ensconced in a comfy chair…… And it sounds like a sparser All About Eve and like the band Darkher or come to think of it, Jarboe who i saw at WGT too. Like Jarboe there was no talking between songs which i prefer. Evi did say at one point that she does not talk between tracks as it throws her off her performance, i mean, you don’t need to talk, don’t force banter if it does not feel right, just play. I did overhear one audience member say ”I can’t wait for GLJ to come on cos this lot are putting me to sleep” Hmmm, not to everyone’s taste then??”

”Gene Loves Jezebel came on at 9pm and played until  around 10:30. There was only one difference to when i saw them in the 80’s, i’ll leave that up to you to guess what!! The band were well received when they came on and started off with ”Upstairs” from the album ”Promise” followed by a mix of other known tunes and new tracks  from new album ”Dance Underwater” which is released on the 30th June. This will be the first album released by the band in around 20 years with Pete Walsh back on producing duties! He produced the album ”The House Of Dolls 29 years ago which was a great album and he was the only person wanted to work on this new offering! Since it’s release i have a had a listen and it is a very  poppy album, the first  track ”Charmed Life” has an auto tune feel on the vocal a la Cher and the single ”Summertime” is a very breezy and fizzy track and had me tapping the side of the stage when i heard it live . This is the best work in ages the band say and from what i have heard i tend to agree with them!!  Jay was very chatty between songs, flirty with the audience and keeping them onside throughout the set, totally different feel to the support. His voice was stronger than from what i remember from 1988 gig, a point not lost on me when i saw the band in Leipzig and it was filled with liberal smatterings of ”huh huhs” and chirps. This was a rare London show and the Black Heart Camden was good place to have it.The venue has a good sound, is intimate, has good ale and is near to the tube!! All in all this was a good night of music thoroughly enjoyed by all, the encore was a version of ”Desire” and then they were gone!! I bought a t shirt and then so was i!!!”

 

 

 

Links:-

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGeneLovesJezebel

http://www.genelovesjezebel.co.uk/

http://www.peterwalsh.de/

https://www.facebook.com/evi.vine

http://www.evivine.com/

 

 

 

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JOHN 5 LIVE!!!

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Venue:- The Garage, Highbury Corner, London.

 

”Mesmerising guitar riffery a la Satriani/Malmsteen/Vai/Friedman, a zombie not restricted by one particular genre or style! A journey through the streets of blues, jazz funk, metal, country/hill billy!! The finger speed was sublime and you know what? No vocals were needed for this at all, it would have ruined the vibe!! John 5 is a guitarist not a vocalist so why water down what you are good at??? Usually photographers get 3 songs with no flash, we were allowed flash and for the whole set! If I had known that i’d have taken my flash!! At times I forgot why I was there, to take photos of course, I just stared at the fingers, see those fingers go……….. Anyway I shook myself out of my trance and got on with my job! This was a show enjoyed by band and fans alike, John threw plectrums into the crowd and offered his telecaster to the crowd a few times, they gratefully touched the sacred object which sent invigorated spasms down their collective spines!! I read somewhere that the axes on show tonight were of a limited selection, the rest being in Berlin with Rob Zombie awaiting attentions for his tour, what would we have been party to if this collection had been brought here?? Who knows, next time eh?? The man himself finishes the show with a medley of riffs from well known tunes before departing the stage to gracious applause!!! A good night had by all methinks!!”

 

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LINKS:-

JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES music videos

 

CAULDRONATED LIVE!!!

With Schadegeddon, Lady Janes Revenge and Salt

Venue:- The Urban Bar, Whitechapel, London.

Date:- April 2nd 2016

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”The last time i saw Cauldronated they were bedding in a new bass play, a chap by the name of Andy Duke. The bass added to the sound but at that stage he felt like a session musician brought in to round out the sound, someone on the periphery! Tonight though Andy had melded into the duo, he had been ”Cauldronated” The alchemy had been completed, the sound was full, rounded and tight and everyone performed their task like the components in a well oiled machine! All the tracks sounded fresh to my mind, they were given fresh impetus, I was reminded of a Roman Legion, drilled and drilled and drilled until everyone is on message! All working together to push forward incrementally! Small but determined steps turning into giant leaps!! Blinkered determination, the world will be conquered, resistance is futile, you will submit!! The venue was empty, the venue filled and then emptied again! The magic was cast, the ritual was fulfilled, nothing else was wanted or needed, time to go….

 

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Cauldronated

 

……The warm up acts did  their work though! Schadegeddon with their punky folk cabaret played mostly to a small crowd who enjoyed the set, there was no cock on show tonight though, the sex ferret was covered up for some reason, maybe the band have modified their show to not cause offence and to attract a bigger audience or maybe bacchanalian show cockery is now old hat, who knows! Lady Jane’s Revenge are from Cornwall and they sound like Faith No More and i have not heard of them before! I was reminded of Nirvana, Mudhoney, the guitarist looking Cobain/Gilmouresque and the singer doing an impression of an Imam on speed!! Not really my cup of tea but i found the band enteraining!! I did not see Salt, i was satiated!! I’ll check them out another time.

 

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LINKS:-

 

Cauldronated

 

 

https://www.cauldronated.net

 

Schadegeddon

 

http://www.facebook.com/schadegeddon/info

 

http://www.soundcloud.com/schadegeddon

 

 

Lady Jane’s Revenge

 

https://soundcloud.com/ladyjanesrevengemusic(SoundCloud)

 

https://twitter.com/ljrevenge(Twitter)

 

ladyjanesrevengemusic(Instagram)

 

http://www.youtube.com/ljrmusic(YouTube)

 

http://www.ladyjanesrevenge.com/

 

Grace Solero And Vambo Live at The Black Heart, Camden, 10/7/2015

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”Friday night i was really tired and did not want to go out but i found some coffee from  somewhere, made a strong cuppa and made my way to The Black Heart in Camden to see Grace Solero and Vambo. The Black Heart is in Greenland Place which is a short walk away from Camden tube. and The Underworld. The Black Heart is another venue i like which is just the right size for an intimated gig and to keep it close to the audience. After buying a pint of Camden Ink Stout, which is very nice thank you very much, i went upstairs to the venue, paid my £7 to get in and walked to the front of the stage where i was greeted by the hard rock warblings of Vambo. never heard of them before so as you’d expect i have not much to say about them apart from the fact that they sound a lot like Warrant and Free in my opinion with a Led Zep vibe going on and remind me of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s in California, all sun tans, sex and girls and booze and drugs and bare chested seafront struttin. A great voice and equally as great guitar playing, note to self ”Must hear more!! By the way, what is the inspiration behind the name?? Vampires and Rambo? Or was it Alex Harvey??

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Grace Solero

What can i say about Grace Solero that i have not said in other reviews?? Grace and her band are a hard working band that are always out there on the road gigging! They enjoy what they do and they do what they do well. The bass playing is sublime in my opinion, really melodic and groovy. Bjorn Zetterlund has a habit of pulling his head back when playing certain phrases like he’s in the throws of a massive orgasm. I mean if i was playing bass like he plays i’d be creaming my knickers at every gig!!! If i can remember, the tracks played were:-

”Riptide”

”Electro”

”St Ives”

”Once Again”, Orgasmic Bass!!

”Yard Of Blonde Girls”

”Eternal Love. Smoky” Vocals with a hint of exotic pathos!

One thing of note, there is a new drummer albeit temporary at the moment. Personally i think i he should be  permanent on first impressions but hey!! What do i know!?

4/5

LINKS;-

https://www.facebook.com/GraceSolero?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/vamboofficial?fref=ts

Dolls Live At The Lexington, Islington, London, 11/7/15

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”Saturday night i decided to take up a friends offer of a ticket to go and see Dolls at The Lexington. I like the venue, its the right size for an intimate gig where you can see the stage with squinting from the bar and the venue is conveniently located on Pentonville Road just a short walk/bus ride from Kings X and Angel Stations.”

”I’ve seen Dolls before at  The Old Queens Head not far away, they are a duo consisting of Jade on Vocals/guitar and Bel on drums. Think White Stripes/K T Tunstall meets PJ Harvey and you get an idea of what their sound is like. A very good sound, very energetic and raunchy, the bass parts being filled in by the drums and the guitar.Dolls would conjure up the ideal sound track to movies in a similar vain to Natural Born Killers or From Dusk Til Dawn or even Kalifornia, texture wise think of unsanded wood and the cold touch of a freshly washed wine glass when you drag your fingers across the surface followed by a clear ”piiiing” when you flick the rim with a finger.” You see, i entered the Lexington’s downstairs bar bought an ale which was nice, made my way upstairs to the  venue area, watched Dolls who were on for about 30 minutes thereabouts and then descended the stairs for more ale, and stout. Sometimes you go out for a meal and you know instinctively that one course is enough!! That course hits the spot and anything else would lead to bloating. Dolls and ale, perfect!!!

You can check out their track ”Killing Time” here:-

 

And more info on the duo here:-

 

https://www.facebook.com/thisisDolls?fref=ts

 

4/5

The Purple Turtle Camden Penultimate Night, 26th June 2015

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”For those of you who don’t know, The Purple Turtle in Crowndale Road Camden is closing down!!! Well, it is unless something is done to keep it open. The lease has expired and Camden Council refuse to renew it!! The reason is not clear but one that sticks out is that they want to sell the building to faceless developers who will then knock down the block and replace it with another soulless, characterless glass tower that caters to the dead in the head people who’s only motivation in life is the satiation of their ego and the pathological hording of money!! We the alternative denizens of Camden who add the spice to an otherwise bland and tasteless existence came out enforce to support this venue, it’s staff, the bands who have made this place their home for,over 20 years and of course Mick Wood, the hard working and dedicate promoter of all thing METAL!!! and ALTERNATIVE!!!. There was a good turnout this evening, the venue was heaving by 10oclock and many recognizable faces showed up to support the night. DJ’s Jo The Waiter aka Calum Gray and Vade Retro Reptile were there to supply the tunes after the bands had finished along with Arcadia Noir from Reptile. RIP Sanity were there, a guy who used to run Storm Studios was there, i forget his name and many others. Speaking of the bands, there were eight on the bill, mostly metal orientated but with a smattering of punk! First on were The Day Of Locusts which i missed followed Empire Warning who i also missed! Third on were The Healthy Junkies who i didn’t miss. I’ve seen these guys a few time s before around Camden and they performed a good set of their dirty glam punk n roll, they were followed by The Die Kur, a band i used to play bass in until i decided they were not for me. Things have moved on since i played with them eight years ago thereabouts, tonight’s set was less industrial and more of an oily visceral metal, i’ll have to update myself of their sound as i’ve not been keeping tabs recently but their most recent album is out now and is called ”Manifesto”. Next on were Mercy House! A band i have not seen or heard of before so again i’ll have to do some research on them before giving a more rounded view, but they did sound very Cult Like and the set was full on , when i say full on, the bassist had bloody fingers from playing hard, i had a brief chat with him after about that and he said he tends to go over board when playing sometimes!! Dedication to the art or masochism?? Following Mercy House came Sumer, another band i’ve not seen before but i’ve had people singing their praises quite often. Again, i’m not in a position to give a full appraisal but they were really really good. Whatever other people class them as is their business but i’d class them as atmospheric prog silver metal!! Worth checking out if you have not already done so methinks! The last band on were call Leevil! You can check out Leevil’s output on Soundcloud where you can also read this description:- ”The sound of a bloke going mental in a toilet for 14 years”I did not see them because i went outside to get some air! The thing about the Purple Turtle is that the air conditioning is/was always dire especially so when the building is packed. I wondered why i bother showering before i came out because i was soaked through, if i could have removed my skin i’d still have been hot!! It was at this point that fatigue set in and i left for home. The concentration levels had blunted and a chat about physics just about finished me off!

All in all a bloody good night!! Lets hope that over the next few day there is some good news saying that the venue will be staying open, we live in hope!!

 

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Arcadia Kaan

 

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Here are some links to the bands who played this fine evening:-

https://www.facebook.com/events/1636221186589443/

https://sumer.bandcamp.com/music

https://thedayoflocusts.bandcamp.com/

https://diekur.bandcamp.com/

https://mordecairock.bandcamp.com/track/turning-tricks

https://themercyhouse.bandcamp.com/

https://healthyjunkies1.bandcamp.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice’s Wicked Tea Party, Cross Keys Inn, Wimborne, Dorset, 29/30th May 2015

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”It takes a lot of work to put on a music festival!! To state the obvious you have to find the a suitable venue, source performers, hire equipment, apply for the appropriate licenses etc etc And then you have to drum up support, enthusiasm and the like through advertising and sell enough tickets to to make it worth while! There will be problems along the way, some of which would have been mitigated against and others unexpected!! But you soldier on with the mission and hope it is a success. In the process you will learn many things about the process and about yourself. You’ll ask yourself questions such as:- ” Was that worth the effort, did i put on the right mix of acts, was it financially worth it” etc etc. But after all is said and done you have gone on a journey and been places that others have never been. At the end of the day your reward will be a sense of achievement and the knowledge that you made alot of peoples weekend!!!”

”I went to a small festival on the 29th May. Alice’s Wicked Tea Party it was called. It was a small affair at Holt Heath in Dorset. I got a coach from Victoria to Ringwood and then took a local bus to 3 Legged Cross where i alighted and walked 2 miles or so to the site.Part of my walk took me over Holt Heath in the sunshine accompanied by the smell of wet grass, horse shit, heather and gorse! I had had only 2 hours sleep the night before so one was flagging in the energy department. i soldiered on though and arrived around noon at The Cross Keys Pub. I needed coffee but the pub was not serving until 4pm so i thought i’d go and have a look around the festival site. This consisted of a field for camping, which was inhabited by a few camper vans and tents, and a large field set aside for the stage area. This was accessed by a footbridge under a sign stating ”The Rabbit Hole” Two stages were set up side by side, a chill out tent was erected in front of the second stage and two stalls were set up beyond that, one selling clothes and the other was a tarot reading stall i think. Not many people around at this stage so i took the opportunity to eat something and have 40 winks covered in scarves. With no success in that area i pretty much gave up on sleep!! For the rest of the day i stayed awake purely by will power and adrenalin!!”

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Flesh Eating Foundation.

”I got to see three bands before i had to pop off to arrange transport back to the Bus Station later that night so i missed Sanguine, although i heard them from the pub,The Skrealings, The Department and Dog House. I did get to see a paired down Flesh Eating Foundation who created noise by manipulating sound with knobs and sliders. Personally i thought they could have gone on later when it got darker to create atmospheres as the sun descended behind the trees,it would have had more of an impact with me personally. Second on were A Noise. I have never heard of them before and i don’t know what to make of them to be honest! I suppose the best way to describe them is Cross Dressing Acid Trip Kabuki!! I’ll leave it at that!! I can’t find anything of them online apart from a facebook page with no links to music or website but there are a few videos to grab your attention, or not!”

A Noise featuring Nigel from Tunnelmental Experimental Assembly.

A Noise featuring Nigel from Tunnelmental Experimental Assembly.

Third on were  Uncle Pablo’s Magic Potion  a good solid Psychedelic/progressive rock band fronted by a vocalist with a very visual Gothic, Mad Max space warrior image.Not heard them before but something worth exploring later. The guitarist reminded me of Ross Noble for some reason!! Ahh i know what it was, liquid farts!!!

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”Next on were Riot In Paradise, a band i have seen before, fronted by Michi Sinn once of The Junior Manson Slaggs and with Terry Macleay once of sex Gang Children on Guitar. At this point i counted the people in the crowd and it had increased from around 27 up to a healthy 68 +. Their set was a good solid affair that got many a foot tapping and a hip gyrating especially to the single ”Relentless” The band picked up a few more fans i’m sure, i know Michi acquired a few admirers…..”

Riot In Paradise.

Riot In Paradise.

”After Riot In Paradise came Sanguine, The Skrealings, The Department and Dog House as i said before. I did not see them because i had to get to the pub and charge my phone and call a cab firm to book my passage back to Ringwood bus station. And then i got absorbed in chat with Riot in Paradise and very well imbibed with ale. 1;30am and my taxi took me back to Ringwood where i waited until 3:24am for the coach back to London. Rum, Cucumber and White Chocolate cookies kept me company until the coach arrived, sleep eluded me again and i arrive at Victoria at 5:50am feeling like death!!”

”I am told Saturday was a good day too, shame i could not stay longer, Roll on next year!!”

https://www.facebook.com/flesheatingfoundation

https://www.facebook.com/ANOISEworldwide?

https://www.facebook.com/unclepablosmagicpotion/info

https://www.facebook.com/RIPCamden