Friday, May 25

Opening Wembley Stadium. It just aint fair.

I know this isn't in any way related to new bands coming outta Liverpool, but it's still my blog and I just really need to vent my views about this.

George Michael. Wembley Stadium. First show. Are you f**king kidding me?!

There's not many things on this planet that have the ability to p*ss me off but boy oh boy, George Michael does. And the fact that he is opening what will hopefully be an amazing stadium with so much history is an absolute disgrace!

We all know that Muse were originally set to open the stadium in June, and that was the case for months. I mean imagine that, loud loud loud Matt Bellamy guitars screaming throughout North London weaving in and around huge rocking anthems like 'Time Is Running Out', 'Starlight', 'Plug In Baby', and my personal Muse fav 'Muscle Museum'. This was going to the perfect way to kick off this 90k seater stadium. Wow!

But no. Out of nowhere in early March, Wembley announced that the complete and utter joke that is George Michael, you know the former Wham guy from the 80s who loves his booze, loves his drugs and loves his getting into trouble, would instead do the job. What a disgrace! I get that Wembley wanted to open the new stadium with maybe a more 'accesible' or less credible band/artist than Muse, but George Michael! He's hardly a national treasure, it's ridiculous!

Why not Rolling Stones? Sure they're annoying to anybody under the age of 30, but at least we respect the fact they're complete and utter legends. Wembley should've paid whatever millions they demanded.
Why not part-Beatles? Sure Paul McCartney has too gotten to the point of annoying, but at least we respect the fact he was in the band that if it wasn't for I wouldn't be writing this blog right now!
Why not anybody but a drug-loving, alcoholic jail-loving loony?!

That man is not by any means someone for my or younger generations to look up to!

Wembley man Alex Horne said at the time "This is a fitting first gig in the new stadium. We are looking forward to putting the stadium back on the world map as a major music destination."

It aint a fitting gig for the whole of this country, other than still Wham obsessives or people who actually thought 'Outside' was comedic satire gold.

This is a massive low for humanity, and I'm guessing his people may have had 'something' to do with why he's playing the first show, in cleaning up the absolute joke of a reputation he has.

It just aint fair.

Thursday, May 24

The Reveries

Hmm. Just where will this post-Libertines revival pop up from next?

What with Wakefield and Dundee in our wake, next thing we know three Liverpool-based lads from Greater London will emerge to form their own slightly altered version of post-punk resumption. Wait a minute…

Sporting T Bird-type leather in a stance very much reminiscent to that of the Jarman bros’ only without the blood, their set at Barfly a while back was mostly filled with a race of distorted guitars freshly squeezing out the sweetest of melodies, all sat beneath front man Philip Rodger’s garbled words.

In a Barfly semi-packed with family and friends, last song ‘Don’t Take Those Eyes From Me’ would have been Pete, Carl and Co’s fourth album’s second single had it not all gone tits up.

Pretty good nonetheless.

Hmm. Just where will this post-Libertines revival pop up from next? What with…

They're on Myspace obviously.

Thursday, May 17

News: The Little Flames Split!

The same day I write up my own personal and unflattering thoughts of The Little Flames (look below) turns out to be the same day they split up!

Ironic or what?!

The Little Flames

This band are best mates with Arctic Monkeys. How’s that for an intro?

Well, after the unfortunate experience that was last month's one night stint at Barfly - pretty much filled to the brim with notin' but mundanely Mersey strings and hippy harmonies - it might be the only way people will take note at this lot.

Band leader lady Eva Paterson's hair was bushed up all like 80s Blondie, and twirled through 'Goodbye Little Rose' with the assist of her band like an accidentaly out of tune Cribs. Not nice.

Plus whilst latest single 'Isobella' drove itself into speedy Monkey-like guitars, the pretty packed room couldn't even muster up enough energy to head-nod their way through.

It really was just constant dull riff under dreary voice over and over again, just waiting to leap forward with gusto.

This blog is here for strong, talented and innovative stuff, but this bunch just simply got in the way.

Wednesday, May 16

FYI: Maps

This week Maps' debut album 'We Can Create' came out through Mute Records.

I know it's not Scouse-related but he's one of my favourite artists around right now and I can't emphasise enough how much you need this record in your life.

I interviewed him a couple months back of which you can read here.

Here's his Myspace too.

Monday, May 7

Thomas Western

If you've had your eyes and ears glued to the right channels, sites, stations and literature in the last few months then you'll be fully aware of the complete and utter revolution we've experienced of proper decent Indie Folk, or even just actually good singer songwriters.

Few months back at 3345 Parr St I witnessed quite the shindig. The lights were low, the candles were scented and the audience was very much in awe. Not a bad atmosphere for Thomas Western's fourth ever solo gig!

Whether or not it was the intention, the Derby-born one man and his guitar show sensationally wowed the entire room with some very pretty strings and one engaging voice.

The stop-start melody of ‘The Perils of Conformity’ dips into Bright Eyes territory, concluding with the inspiring words, ‘Don’t let them take your freedom away, you know they’ll find some other slave.’

Then there’s ‘Apples In Summer’, a sweet folksy number packed with a grand ending of pure harmony that even Jeff Buckley would’ve been proud of.

That night the hippest of Scouse venues was totally convinced. He’ll have the nation won over in no time...

Go see him at Magnet on May 16 and check out his Myspace here

Tuesday, May 1

April - Album of Last Month

Kings of Leon - Because of the Times - RCA

Caleb and co came back this year with one mightEE hot record for us all to share, or buy our own copies anyway.

‘Because of the Times’ is not as good as ‘Aha Shake...’ in my opinion, but that’s cause ‘Aha Shake...’ is one of the best albums of my generation.

‘On Call’ was the ideal comeback single, it was dark, catchy and had that whole Pixies soft/loud thang going on too.

But absolute classic anthems ‘Knocked Up’, ‘McFearless’ and ‘Fans’ make this record on one of this year’s sweetest records.

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