Tuesday, 30 November 2010

We Play Rock and Roll

This blog is basically my way of saying “hey, I’ve done things recently and I think you should read about them”. This blog will cover a review of the latest MCR album, Motorhead @ Southampton Guildhall and “Get Comedy Live – Marcus Brigstocke, Jim Jefferies & Rufus Hound”. It would have contained a review about Volbeat but...the least said about that the better. Moving on...

My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

I never expected to be reviewing this bands music for any reason. I used to maintain that I never liked them and for a while this was true. However it was their latest offering, The Black Parade, which opened me up to the idea that maybe this band is in fact good. I listened back to the earlier albums with a refreshed mindset and discovered that I actually do like MCR. Having seen them live (with a hangover, no less) this view was reinforced as not only do they make good music – they are a damn good live band. During the gig, they played a few songs from their new album which at the time still had not been released. Now that it has, I thought I’d give it a look and see if the material I heard live was as good on the studio album and how the rest of the album holds up.

Look Alive, Sunshine – It’s an intro track. But I guess as intro tracks go it’s alright. It’s better than some random ambient noise you sometimes here (5)
Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) - This song is so damn catchy. Great song (10)
Bulletproof Heart - Pretty catchy again. More of a "black parade" style song than the last one, but that’s no bad thing (8)
SING - This is a pop song. It’s not uncommon for a pop-punk band to have a pop song on their album. Anyway, it’s good. (7)
Planetary (GO!) - This song sounded awesome live, and it’s also awesome in the studio. Very good song – Someone’s gotta remix this into a dance/DnB song! (9)
The Only Hope For Me Is You - Really good song. It could have fit in well on their last album. Nice to see them having songs of the faster pop-punk style and slower pop-punk/emo type (8)
Jet Star & blah – It’s a midway talking track deal. No real need for this to be honest (3)
Party Poison - This is awfully catchy. Very good song (8)
Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back - This is an alright song. Maybe it’s a grower; maybe it’s not. Who knows? (6)
S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W - Dear god that was complicated to type. Actually it wasn't that hard, just an inconvenience. Anyway - this song is alright but it’s also quite boring. Alas (4)
Summertime – We’re back into the “pop song” territory again and this one isn’t as good as the last one. In fact, this one is also a little boring. Although, I would say it’s an easy listening song which adds to its draw. (6)
DESTROYA – This song is good. It isn’t the best on the album, or even in the top 3. But it is a good song. (7)
The Kids From Yesterday – This is alright. All I’ve got on that one really (5)
Goodnite, Dr. Death – ANOTHER talking track? Ok MCR, we get it – you like a gimmick. This one was fine as an intro track, but twice more on the album is a waste. Also, a brass band?! Alright then... (3)
Vampire Money – Ah, a strong finish, excellent. It is very catchy. (8)

Overall thoughts: The album started strong, got a bit blah towards the end and picked up with a good last song. Overall the album is pretty good – not a fan of the radio DJ theme in 3 places on the album but there we are. Also, some more really long and weird song titles. Seriously, what is S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W all about? (I moaned about it earlier and here I am typing it again). Moving on, their first single from the album is also their best song (start with your strongest foot and all) but there are a few more potential singles in there as well which is good. Someone (other than me cause I can’t) remix Planetary (GO!) already, its crying out to be remixed!

Motorhead live at Southampton Guildhall

To read my full review of this gig and also see Martin Hoare’s (@M45T1N on Twitter) photos, please go to http://www.thedirtysouth.org/2010/11/review-motorhead/

It was a late call to go and see Motorhead, but I can honestly say that it was a great one. I’m also quite pleased to have seen two support bands that were actually pretty good this time around. No disrespect meant to Crucified Barbara as I genuinely don’t remember if they were any good when I saw Motorhead in 2006. Clutch, however, were unbelievably dull (strange that I’ve now been to see Clutch at their own gig and they were anything but). Anyway, the opener was a band called Skew Siskin. They were pretty entertaining although truthfully, I found it difficult at times to enjoy due to some sound problems, mainly in the vocals. Only really bad thing I can say about their set was the awkwardness of getting sod all of a response from the crowd when going for crowd participation. However, they are a support band and these people (I’d wager at least 99% of them) were in the room to see Motorhead, not Skew Siskin. During this band, a guy nearby to me got ejected for smoking in the venue. Southampton Guildhall allows people to go outside to smoke and come back in. This might not be overly relevant to the gig but dear god, are all people that dumb? (It was cold granted, but you just spent £26+ on a ticket for a gig and got chucked out during the first band. Well done, stupid). The main support was Michael Munroe’s super-group. They were simply awesome. Tremendous energy and fantastic music. Michael Munroe went for a climb (because why wouldn’t you?) and ended up hanging around 5ft from me, perhaps less. That was unexpected certainly although I’m quite glad he didn’t fall on me! Then it was time for Motorhead – and it started with the iconic declaration from Lemmy – “We are Motorhead, and we play Rock and Roll!” Awesome performance from a band celebrating their 35th year. This show had it all – awesome music, Lemmy telling a bottle thrower he’d knock them the fuck out, a band playing louder than anything else. Oh, did I mention the awesome music? Just in case I didn’t, the setlist was fantastic. There we go

Volbeat @ The Wedgewood Rooms – CANCELLED!

Well, reviewing something that never happened is slightly difficult but fuck it I’ll have a go anyway. I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to seeing this band live. I don’t even remember how/where I first heard of them, but it all started with their cover of a Dusty Springfield classic – I Only Wanna Be With You. I saw they got announced for Download 2009 and remember feeling gutted as they weren’t playing Sonisphere. They didn’t tour the UK at the end of 2009 but I hoped that the time would come sooner rather than later that I would see them live. Then I heard they supported Metallica in Denmark (apparently flights to Denmark are out of my price range at the moment) and the desire to see them live increased. When they were announced for Download 2010 I was again gutted to have chosen Sonisphere over Download. However following Download, they announced a headline tour of the UK. Now, I’d have been more than happy for a jaunt up to London to see Volbeat – but that wasn’t necessary as they announced a date in Portsmouth! I snapped up a ticket ASAP and waited patiently for this date to arrive and sure enough, like all days you wait for, it did arrive. However the day before, the gig was cancelled for medical reasons. I was so bummed out about this happening that I seriously considered/am considering a jaunt to London midweek to go and see them. Watch this space...

I said watch this space - the entire tour got cancelled. BOO!

GET COMEDY LIVE – Marcus Brigstocke, Jim Jefferies & Rufus Hound live at Mayflower

Rufus Hound, serving as the compére for the night, started off. He was very funny talking about male communication and the roles of the different sexes. He did some crowd work which was equally as funny. He had some banter with some people sitting in front of me because they were from Bishops Waltham, and so was someone else. He then introduced us to the first comedian of the night. Awkwardly, I don’t remember his name although that might have something to do with how much I laughed during his set. He wasn’t bad but I didn’t really think the premise of his joke was that funny. His main idea was that there are too many people and we should start killing people, although concerned because that idea had already been done. Marcus Brigstocke came out (after another little set by Rufus) and was genius. The guys who were bantering with Rufus in the first part of the show did not get his style of comedy at all which was slightly annoying as they were talking all the way through the set but oh well. Marcus Brigstockes’ set focused around regional pride (fuck off and grow up), religion, his children and Jeremy Clarkson. I don’t remember if there was anything else because I’m suffering from a brain fart as I write this but he was great. Following a break and a short set from Rufus again (this time focused on women and how they should just suck a cock) was Jim Jefferies. He might, following his time on stage, be my new favourite comedian. His style of comedy is so ‘fuck you in the face with a helpful addition of cunt’ (I’m not sure if that’s a genre – it is now!) He covered his porn star ex (Sadie West FYI), American holidays, children and many other things. He also told a story which needs to be heard to be believed about a disabled mans quest to get laid. I enjoyed his set so much that I picked up his latest DVD (albeit not on the night because I had to shoot off quickly). It’s called Alcoholocaust – seriously, buy this!

Wow that was some reviewing. I have no other gigs to talk about until mid December now but I should be back with some form of thought sometime soon. Peace!

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