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Concert Tag + Music Monday: Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt (We Are Scientists)

A double whammy for today

Let’s start with my Music Monday, created by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek.

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Since I am also doing The Concert Tag today, I felt I should do a song  by one the bands I have seen the most live. I thought about what my favourite live song was, which is not quite the same as my favourite song. Some songs just WORK live.

I chose Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt by We Are Scientists, as it is one of those songs that I like well enough on record, but live it just has so much energy. And energy is what I look for in a live performance. Energy that feeds into the crowd and back into the band. That is when you know you are seeing a good gig. It is hard to get across on camera, but when you’re in the crowd, you feel it. Some bands have it and some don’t. The ones that do are the ones I tend to go and see again (and again).  If they don’t, I would still happily buy their albums if they sound good, but I may not bother to see them live again.

We Are Scientists are one of the best live bands I have seen. In their 40s these days, these guys just know how to interact with their audience and always get a great response.

I hope it shows in this video.

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THE CONCERT TAG

1. What was the first concert you attended?

I think it may well have been New Kids on the Block (remember that boyband?) in the early 90s. 1992 maybe? I was 12 or 13 I think.

2. What was your most recent concert?

Last gig was Ash in December 2018.

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3. How many concerts have you been to? Name a few.

Lots! Too many to count. Let’s see if I remember some.

Alaskalaska, Alvvays (2x), Arcade Fire, Ash (many), Bis (4x),Blur (2x), Cast (2x), The Charlatans, Emmy The Great, Goldfrapp, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Hidden Charms, Indian Queens, The Hives, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion,  Jose Gonzalez,Kasabian, Kula Shaker,  Kylie Minogue (strangely enough – favour for a friend, but it was fun!), Mogwai, Noel Gallagher’s High Highflying Birds,  Paul Weller, The Pecadiloes, Primal Scream, Pulp, Razorlight, Sigur Ros (2x), Silver Sun, Symposium, The Vines, We Are Scientists (many), YAK and many more that my brain is throwing a blank at! 

4. Which artist have you seen the most live?

Ash and We Are Scientists, because they are both awesome live bands!

5. What’s the furthest you’ve ever travelled for a concert?

I saw We Are Scientists in Portsmouth in England, but we were on holiday nearby at the time, so not sure whether it counts. Excuse the dodgy photo, but it was a fun show 🙂

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6. Best opening act you’ve seen?

Cast opened for Pulp around 1996 and blew Pulp out of the water for me. Kasabian as support for Oasis at Wembley in 2008 surprised me in a good way too. I thought I did not like them…. I stood corrected.

7. Have you met any bands/artists at concerts?

Yep, I met the guys from Ash and We Are Scientists and a couple of other bands, but usually it’s because they sell their own merch, so if you want to buy a Tshirt or an album it’s hard to avoid them!  I do love being able to tell them they were awesome though and I do like a band that is not afraid of their audience.

8.  Have you ever caught a guitar pick/drumstick or setlist?

I got We Are Scientists’ set list at the last gig, which they kindly signed for me and Tim Wheeler from Ash gave me his guitar pick after one of the gigs, which I was thrilled about as he is my favourite guitarist by a country mile.

9. Best concert you’ve been to and why?

Not sure about best concert, but the most memorable concert was what supposed to be the Ash/We Are Scientists double bill in November 2015, three days after the Bataclan attacks. We Are Scientists did not end up playing as their lead singer had been at the Bataclan with his wife and was taking her home, but the other guys joined Ash for the encore. It was such a special atmosphere and I will never forget it.

10. What is your favourite venue?

I really liked the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth. In Holland I am a huge fan of EKKO, which is a venue in Utrecht, and the V11, which is on a boat in Rotterdam. Both are small venues. I am not a big fan of big concerts.

11. Any concerts coming up?

Yes, but only a couple.  I have got tickets to see Vampire Weekend in November (though in a venue I do not like) and I am seeing a new band called Cassia in a small local venue in September.

12. Are there any bands or artists you would still like to see that you haven’t yet?

A few. I haven’t seen Arctic Monkeys yet for some reason. I am rectifying not having seen Vampire Weekend in November. Apart from those I can’t think of any ‘big’ bands I am desperate to see. Otherwise, The Big Moon are high up on my list, as are Asylums and Circa Waves. I am sure I will think of more once I have posted this!

FEEL FREE TO DO THIS TAG IF YOU LIKE AND POP THE LINK TO YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS!

 

 

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Music: Some exciting albums coming out in 2018!

I realised the other day that a few of my favourite bands are releasing new albums in 2018, so I felt it was worth dedicating a post to my excitement, even if nobody else cares! 😉

Anyway, these more than awesome bands are releasing albums in 2018 that I will definitely be buying!

Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys’ last album AM is one of my favourite albums from the last few years, so when I heard that the guys were working on a new album I was pretty excited. I still remember them as fresh(ish) faced youngsters belting out ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor’. I loved that song! Alex Turner has since turned into a bit of a… well… oddity, but I do love his voice and he knows how to write a song. I hope it is going to be amazing!

Ash
1710 AshAsh is a Northern Irish band, whose debut album 1977 is synonymous with my late teens. However, it has actually been their past few (less commercial) efforts, such as Twilight of the Innocents, the A-Z series and Kablammo!, that cemented them as my current-day favourites. They are one of those bands that tend to get overlooked, but their songs just do something to me. They have announced that they have two albums pretty much finished, one their good old brand of rocky punky goodness, and a pop album, with the rock album supposed to be released first. I am excited to hear both, but I have to say I am especially stoked about the pop album. One thing these guys know how to do is make catchy tunes. Tim Wheeler’s songwriting is stellar and vastly underappreciated in my opinion.

Vampire Weekend
When Vampire Weekend first drifted into my consciousness with their debut album, I liked the songs individually, but the album as a whole was not for me. However, their last album Modern Vampires of the City I absolutely loved. The songs are less manic and the album just seemed to flow a lot better. I cannot wait to hear the new album.

We Are Scientists
1710 WASI was way late to the We Are Scientists party, as their debut album sort of passed me by. I had heard some of their songs on the radio and liked them, but had never made the effort to check out their albums. I only pricked my ears in their direction when Ash announced a co-headline tour with them a few years ago and man, I had been missing out! Turned out these guys have been churning out fun albums with wonderfully catchy indie pop songs. I came to love them a lot. And the guys are funny as hell, which always helps. I cannot wait to hear their latest offering – it’s bound to be superb!

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There are several new bands that I am waiting on debut albums for, but none of have been announced yet.

So many good bands, new and old, are flying under the radar simply because they are not deemed commercial. All I can say is that it suits me, as it means I can go and see bands in small venues and enjoy them close up and personal, just the way I like it.

Upcoming Gigs

I have three gigs lined up for 2018 and a couple more I am considering.

So far, I am seeing Alvvays, We Are Scientists and Arcade Fire. I have never seen Arcade Fire before, so I am pretty excited about that, even though it is a big venue, which I am not a fan of.

I am pretty sure Ash will be touring, which I am excited about as they are such a good live band. I am hoping Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend will as well, neither of which I have seen live before. However, both of those will probably play venues far too big for my liking, especially Arctic Monkeys.

There are also some new bands I would love to see in 2018, such as The Vryll Society, The Big Moon and The Modern Strangers.

Here’s hoping 2018 will be an awesome music year for me!

Are there any albums/gigs you’re looking forward to for 2018?