I have quite a few gigs to catch up on from the last week or so, so I’m just going to put them all in this blog post along with a bit of a comment and some videos from the gigs where I have them.
Dilly Dally & Weaves @ Hare & Hounds
This was a gig I’d been really looking forward to and it didn’t disappoint. A headline act in Dilly Dally supported by another band good enough to be a headline act in Weaves.
This was the third time I have seen Weaves now and they just keep getting better with their fun, zany alt-rock.
They always put on a great live set and it’s been a pleasure having them over here so much in the UK in the last year or so. Hopefully it’s not too long before they are back again.
You can see Weaves perform Two Oceans below and also see two more videos from their set on my YouTube page.
This was my second time seeing Dilly Dally now after first seeing them in Manchester back in January.
I absolutely love their dirty, grungy sound and the distinctive vocals of Katie Monks. I look forward to seeing how they progress in 2017 now that they have probably finished touring their excellent debut album ‘Sore’.
You can see Dilly Dally perform Snake Head below and also see two other songs from their set here.
Set list –
Get To You
Seafoal @ The Sunflower Lounge
I’m not going to lie and say I’m a big fan of Seafoal but I liked a couple of songs that I had heard and I figured going to a gig was better than spending a boring Tuesday night at home.
The main support was provided by Anavae, and while it’s not really my kind of music I did enjoy their set. They reminded me a bit in sound of Evanescence.
You can see Anavae perform Forever Dancing below and also see one other song from their set on my YouTube page.
I enjoyed Seafoal’s set but what was disappointing for me was the number of people who appeared to go to the gig just to stand there and talk through the performance. There’s nothing worse than trying to hear the music over the chatter of people who could just be standing upstairs in the bar if they wanted to talk and not listen.
I’m glad I’ve seen Seafoal play though and you can see video below of a cover of the 1975’s Somebody Else and also see Chess on my YouTube page.
Set list –
You’ll Be Sorry
GIRLI @ The Bodega
Last Thursday saw a trip over to Nottingham so I could see GIRLI. She was supporting Oscar and being the support act is ideal for me with Nottingham as it means I can see the set and make it back to the train station for the last train home at 9:39pm.
Opening the night were local duo Cherry Hex And The Dream Church.
Their music is probably best described as melancholic dream pop and their cover of Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division fitted in perfectly with their own songs.
I really enjoyed their set and this is a band I definitely want to see again.
You can see Cherry Hex And The Dream Church perform You Always Lost In Truth Or Dare below and one other song from their set here.
GIRLI was great fun. Performing alongside DJ Kitty she put on an attitude laden set that had me wishing I was young again and feeling like I could take on and beat the world.
I’m sure the future is going to be full of great things for GIRLI and I really hope I can catch her again in Birmingham on Saturday, again supporting Oscar, before I go to see Estrons play.
You can see GIRLI performing Fuck Right Back Off To L.A. and also see three more songs from her set on my YouTube page.
Set list –
Girls Get Angry Too
Note To My Sis
Too Much Fun
Find My Friends
Fuck Right Back Off To L.A.
Girl I Met On The Internet
So You Think You Can Fuck With Me Do Ya
Anteros @ The Sunflower Lounge
Friday night saw me back to gigging in Birmingham with a really great set from Anteros.
In all there were five bands on the bill and opening the night were Rinse from Stoke.
I really enjoyed seeing these guys play and think they definitely have a very bright future. A really good band. Check them out.
You can see Rinse perform Not Too Late below.
I’m afraid I have to admit I’ve completely forgotten the name of the next band that played but with all respect to them their music didn’t do anything for me at all. I thought they were quite bland and that’s probably why their name has escaped me so easily.
The following band though I did enjoy, Music Like Lemons.
I think it’s fair to say lyrically these guys aren’t going to win many prizes but at the same time I don’t think they take themselves too seriously, and what they are is a very energetic and fun live band to watch.
Sometimes you see local bands who you hope you never have to see support the main act again but Music Like Lemons are band I’d happily see play on a set again. They really got me in the mood for Anteros.
You Can see Music Like Lemons perform Lemon Tree and Tick Tick Boom below.
Anteros were amazing.
These guys are going to be huge. They have perfect indie pop songs that will very easily cross over in to mainstream and in singer Laura Hayden they have a great frontwoman who reminds me of a 1970’s Debbie Harry.
I also got to chat with Laura at the end of their set and she was absolutely lovely.
Jump on the Anteros bandwagon now because once you do you won’t get off. An absolute pleasure to see them live and I hope to see them many more times from this point on.
You can see Anteros perform Fade To Grey below and also one other song on my YouTube page.
Set list –
Fade To Grey
Natalie McCool @ The Sunflower Lounge
Saturday night saw me straight back at my favourite venue again, this time for Natalie McCool.
Opening the night was local act Bryony Williams who I really like and it’s always a pleasure to see her play. Bryony has a sweet voice and released a really good E.P. in Wanderlust earlier this year that you should check out.
You can see Bryony perform Grindstone below, complete with a couple of fuck ups lol.
Natalie McCool was really good live and put on a very enjoyable set.
This was a case where I left a bigger fan that when I entered.
As with Seafoal, who I mentioned above, I had heard, and liked, some of Natalie’s songs but couldn’t say I was a big fan of hers. I again went as it looked like a gig worth attending and it turned out more than that as I am now definitely a fan. I thought Natalie was great and I’m looking forward to giving her new album a lot of listening.
Natalie was also sweet to talk to after the gig and while she was happy for me to shoot video, which I did, she did ask that it was for personal use only and not uploaded to YouTube which of course I’m happy to honour. So you’re going to have to get off your arse’s and go see her live for yourselves!
Set list –
Dig It Out
Just Let Me Go
You & I
When You Love Somebody