Tuesday Ten: 022: Overplayed Dancefloor Tracks

This week is a companion piece to last week's, really: looking at overplayed dancefloor tracks in goth/industrial clubs. Being a DJ myself, of course, I well appreciate that it isn't always the DJ's fault, and it is endless requests for particular tracks that cause it. Still, some of these tracks I have heard everywhere I go for a few years now, so it's time to name and shame them. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 022: Overplayed Dancefloor Tracks”

Tuesday Ten: 021: Overplayed Videos

Like many others, I while away the odd evening watching some of the music channels on cable. And sometimes, there is even something good on. And a look at the playlist pages may make you weep if you are looking for something different. Kerrang TV‘s playlist has vanished (leaving a blank page – perhaps they were embarrassed to mention that their playlist has remained effectively static for aeons), while Scuzz’s playlist has some stuff that really is rather tired. At least MTV2 make an effort to play something different every now and again – for the other channels each top 50 is a rehash of the last. Perhaps I’m just watching at the wrong times of the day. But when the likes of Headbangers Ball is at 0100 on a weeknight, what chance do I have? Read more “Tuesday Ten: 021: Overplayed Videos”

Pitchshifter – Live at Rock City Nottingham – 13-October 2007

So, Pitchshifter. To say I’m familiar with the band’s output and their live performances would be understating it a little: I’ve been following them since first discovering Triad years ago on a John Peel show (probably sometime around ’94/’95), and then saw them live 13 times between ’96 and ’02 (I never saw the “last” tour, or the return shows since). So it was with some trepidation, in some respects, that I went along to this gig. Read more “Pitchshifter – Live at Rock City Nottingham – 13-October 2007”

Pitchshifter – Live at Rock City. Nottingham – 13-October 2007

So, Pitchshifter. To say I’m familiar with the band’s output and their live performances would be understating it a little: I’ve been following them since first discovering Triad years ago on a John Peel show (probably sometime around ’94/’95), and then saw them live 13 times between ’96 and ’02 (I never saw the “last” tour, or the return shows since). So it was with some trepidation, in some respects, that I went along to this gig.

Pitchshifter
Brigade
Live @ Rock City, Nottingham
13 October 2007

Rock City was rammed – not only was this gig on, but legendary hardcore band Gorilla Biscuits were playing downstairs following their recent reformation also – making it something of a night of nostalgia for all.

There wasn’t anything to worry about, of course, with Pitchshifter. On the dot of 2100 JS Clayden and the band appeared, to big cheers and a big hometown crowd, and ripped straight into old favourite Microwaved, quickly followed by Subject To Status. A nice start – two of the most popular songs from their best album!

Pitchshifter setlist:
Microwaved
Subject To Status
Scene This
Eight Days
[a This Is Menace track]
We Know
Virus
Hidden Agenda
Down
My Kind
What’s In It For Me?
Messiah
Please Sir
W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G.
Shutdown
Genius

For the first time in aeons, I even was down in “the pit” for this gig – and it was notable that for once the etiquette of the pit was actually followed. Simple stuff really: if someone falls, you clear space and help them up, keep a sense of humour, don’t be a twat. Amazing that most of this kind of thing is completely ignored nowadays. In addition, it was nice to see anumber of familiar faces down the front, including a few friends from Huddersfield that I haven’t seen in some time!

A slight downer was the lack of properly “old” stuff played, but then with JS Clayden’s comments previously that he doesn’t like their older stuff anymore, it was hardly surprising. So the only representative from the first three albums was a stomping Virus, with even Triad missing from the set. Of newer things, brand new track Messiah (given away on a CD to all attendees) was aired, and it’s…ok. More of note was the punk-infused This Is Menace track, which was really rather great (can anyone tell me which one it was?). And seeing as they gave away a copy of the first This Is Menace album to all attendees too afterwards, it was a nice reminder to finally pay attention to that band.

The end was pretty much as expected, concentrating on the remainder of their biggest tracks. So, a race through Please Sir and W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G. (after all these years, still their best song), slowing down the pace a little for Shutdown, before Genius closed the night in some style (played heavier, faster and better than before). And for the first time in some time, we were treated to some proper rock star behaviour as Mark Clayden well and truly trashed his bass guitar on stage.

Is that the end, then? It’s difficult to tell. JS was saying at the end of the gig cryptic comments about this “being their last Rock City gig”, but then it is now on record that there will be an album in 2009 to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The thing is, they aren’t as good as the band they used to be on record, but live they are still untouchable. So let’s put it this way: I’d be happy to have them back live again next year, or any year…

As for the only support act of the three that we saw – Brigade – looking like McFly’s younger siblings, and providing a derivative take on alternative-rock does not keep my interest for long, if at all. Even odder: reading up later, the lead singer is actually Charlie from Fightstar/Busted’s younger brother. Right idea, wrong band…

Tuesday Ten: 020: Bands I’ve Not Seen Live

This week, it’s time to revisit something I have mentioned in passing elsewhere. In fact, last week I put up a poll about gigs/bands you’d go back in time to see, and the results were fascinating. So to expand it a little, it’s time to look at bands I never did/never have seen live. I may yet have the chance to see some of them in the future, others I most certainly won’t. Or at least, in the form that I might have wanted to see them in the first place… Read more “Tuesday Ten: 020: Bands I’ve Not Seen Live”