2011 in review: Compilations

I’m starting this year’s musical roundup a little differently to normal. During 2011, there has been a glut of compilations in the “Industrial” sphere. Some of them have been great, some of them…haven’t. So let’s have a brief look at each of them, and it might give a few pointers to where trends were heading in “teh sc33n” in 2011. Read more “2011 in review: Compilations”

Aesthetic Perfection – Electrowerkz – 26-November 2011

I’m all for an interesting multi-band line-up when it comes to going to a gig. I love discovering a new band in a support slot, and then going and tracking down their recorded material. It is, after all, what support slots are there for – to give newer, or up-and-coming bands, a push. But when a band are put on a bill and really don’t fit, it is difficult to tell what good it is going to do them. Read more “Aesthetic Perfection – Electrowerkz – 26-November 2011”

The Twilight Sad – Live at the Borderline – 21-November 2011

I got into The Twilight Sad thanks to a chance link from my girlfriend, who having read about them suggested they might be “up my street”. She wasn’t wrong, either, and a couple of years later, I finally got my chance on Monday night to see whether they lived up to their live reputation, and also did their dense-but-delicate songs justice onstage. Read more “The Twilight Sad – Live at the Borderline – 21-November 2011”

Pop Will Eat Itself – Live in Islington – 22-October 2011

2011 will go down as the year of nostalgia more than any other, I suspect. I’ve lost count of how many returning bands, re-issues, retrospectives and the like that I’ve seen…and while it probably isn’t doing a great deal for the future of the music industry, going on the numbers it must be helping the bottom line somewhere. And while I feel slightly uneasy about the whole issue of revisiting the past, I’ll admit that I have got sucked in to it on a number of levels. But when it is some of your favourite bands that are doing it, it is hard to avoid. Read more “Pop Will Eat Itself – Live in Islington – 22-October 2011”

Senser – Live at Purple Turtle – 16-November 2011

Another week, another gig. I’m currently in the middle of a long run of shows to attend, that lasts until somewhere in mid-December. Indeed this year (2011) I’ve seen more bands in one year than I have in a long time. I’ve seen some poor shows, some OK shows, and some very good ones – and happily this night was another to add to the “very good” pile. Read more “Senser – Live at Purple Turtle – 16-November 2011”

Will Haven – Live at Islington – 11-November 2011

So, the looking backward in 2011 continues. I’ve said enough about that already, right? Let us talk about the headline band instead then, eh? Well, I also have to confess that I totally missed support band RSJ – but then, apparently they’ve been around for a while, and I’ve never come across them before. Maybe next time. Read more “Will Haven – Live at Islington – 11-November 2011”

W.A.S.T.E. – Liquor, Drugs and Hate

After their first two albums and an EP, and seeing a live show that was so loud and intense that it felt like the back wall was going to be blown at points, W.A.S.T.E. are back to sear your eardrums once again. And you have to wonder exactly what they can do next: almost like Swans a few decades back, it is beginning to appear that as they get more and more extreme, there must be a point where they can’t take it any further – unless of course, Shane Englefield chooses to release an album of pure, loud static. Well, that is probably more likely than W.A.S.T.E. going mellow and acoustic, I guess. Read more “W.A.S.T.E. – Liquor, Drugs and Hate”

Tuesday Ten: 145: Tracks of the Month (October 2011)

Another month already – and time for my usual monthly rundown of the best tracks of the month. As is usual, this will be the last monthly rundown of the year – December will see my end of year roundups. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 145: Tracks of the Month (October 2011)”