By Plus One Magazine, 03-Dec-2013 20:25:00
For the many Bodega-goers and Son of Dave enthusiasts, last Friday evening in Nottingham brought an exciting, body-groovin’, hip-shakin’ time. Artists Dr X and British-born Johnny Slim kicked off the night with their bluesy rock and roll numbers; the crowd was stirred, however our real appetite was only for the King of modern blues himself, Son of Dave.
An inconspicuous figure slips out from the side door and scuttles up the steps to the stage. Without a word, and dressed in what can only be described as extravagant pyjamas, the Canadian bluesman Benjamin Darvill sets down his suitcase of tricks. After a few grumbles into the mic by way of introduction, the foot-tapping rhythm of old favourite ‘Leave Without Runnin’’ broke the low hum of excitement cast over the crowd.
By Plus One Magazine, 20-Nov-2013 16:43:00
2… The number of reasons for this first of the month venture into the fair city of Leeds.
Firstly to catch up with a band we’ve seen more times than i can possibly recall in the last seven years or so, give or take. A rejuvenated Future Of The Left are using Leeds as a Friday night springboard to open up their latest tour. Secondly, the venue for tonight’s gig gives us a chance (finally) to take in what the newly opened Belgrave Music Hall has to offer. We sadly missed the grand opening razzmatazz, but, better late to the party than not at all and very much looking forward to the encounter within its walls tonight.
By Plus One Magazine, 20-Nov-2013 16:41:00
Suited and booted in his trademark monochrome suit, topped with that black fedora hat, the eclectic Franz Nicolay decorated our Nottingham Stages at the Chameleon Arts Club on Sunday November 17th. The ‘multi-instrumentalist’ from New York performed an array of songs from his latest album ‘Do The Struggle’, with the expert backing of Exeter band The Cut Ups. His ‘Bearing Torches’ tour alongside the band screams his usual punk-folk-rock style, and sees the musician handle a variety of instruments including the keyboard, guitar, and of course, that accordion so characteristic of Nicolay.
By Plus One Magazine, 17-Nov-2013 16:21:00
Canadian rockers Sights & Sounds have recently been keeping themselves busy on tour with Bring Me The Horizon, which seems a bit bizarre really; their uplifting alt-rock sound is several furlongs away from the heavy-as-lead stylings of Oli Sykes’ Sheffield metallers. Throwing cited influences as disparate as the Foo Fighters and Sigur Ross together in a vast melting pot, the group, conjure up an immense and creative alt-rock sound, quite a feat for what started as a side-project for members of Comeback Kid, Sick City, The Getaway and Figure Four. Returning with their first release since 2009’s ‘Monolith’, the boys are looking to knock us dead with ‘Silver Door’, and damn, didn’t they almost manage it. Almost.
By Plus One Magazine, 12-Nov-2013 17:23:00
It’s hard to review a gig on its own merits when you can’t shake the feeling of how utterly demoralising and soul crushing it must be to play to a paltry 23 people, but I’ll do my best. Yes, you read that right - 23 people to see a band with a rich 15-year history and five full-length albums behind them. It brought back memories of that fateful night in The Well watching 90s punks Ink & Dagger alongside no more than 15 other hardy souls. Granted, it was on Bonfire Night and at the new hipster hangout, Belgrave Music Hall, which might well not have its full marketing machine cranked into fifth gear, but it’s still a bizarrely poor turnout for a band celebrating one of the most critically acclaimed albums of its career, Slave Vows.
By Plus One Magazine, 07-Nov-2013 21:26:00
Taking the music to one side for a second, he’s a man of very few words is Mark Lanegan. Interviews are scarce or at best short and deliberately to the point. But when it comes to making music, the man is far from bereft of ideas and in fact barely pauses for breath when it comes to musical creativity. Just check his back catalogue post iconic grunge era heavyweights Screaming Trees. Seven studio albums (with numerous name checks in the mix, too many to mention)…. notorious collaborations with Queens Of The Stone Age, The Gutter Twins, Isobel Campbell and Soulsavers, and that’s just the beginning. His latest offering on record however comes in the form of an entire album devoted to covers. In ‘Imitations’, Lanegan fondly recalls and reworks tracks he listened to growing up from his parents record collection.
Tonight is the first chance we get to see these classics rerecorded into, well, classics once again.
By Plus One Magazine, 04-Nov-2013 19:51:00
‘Well Well Well, look who’s back’: Canadian bluesman Son of Dave, aka Benjamin Darvill of the folk rock band Crash Test Dummies, has released another diamond LP. And how better to say it than with the quirky lyrics of his first new track ‘Well, Well, Well’? Perhaps defined by its pinnacle record ‘We Goin Out’, ‘Blues At The Grand’ is most certainly an album to get you on your feet. Strewn with a mighty mix of vocals, drums, bass, guitar, percussion, beatbox and of course Son of Dave’s signature harmonica, the record is a truly well-crafted masterpiece.
By Plus One Magazine, 29-Oct-2013 17:04:00
First off this is not an album review. Let’s get that straight. You might think that to be a little pretentious but there is a pretext to my perceived pretence. Despite my occasional amateur flirtations with music journalism (which are more than often late like this one), I do not really see much point in reviewing and critiquing the musical merits of an album. That should not be for me to say, I am not a school teacher nor am I an examiner. I certainly have not ascertained, let alone acquired the skills necessary to be considered worthy of such a lofty prestige. I am merely a music lover. I am in love with the creation of art, I am not concerned with objectifying it. Listening to music is a subjective experience so think of this not as a review but as a description of the experience itself. Kind of like me telling you about my holiday. I’m not going online to rate the hotel, I’m just going to show you snaps of me getting fucked at the bar.
By Plus One Magazine, 27-Oct-2013 15:27:00
Let’s get something absolutely crystal. This is not throwback music, and nobody is pretending that this is Led Zeppelin reincarnate; it is the ethos that remains, and it is driving this contemporary rock (that’s a horrible label, but it will have to do for now) sound forward like a juggernaut. Deaf Havana are right there on the frontline, and, with bands like Lower Than Atlantis making tidal waves with similar sounds, in 40 years from now it could be these bands reforming with beer bellies and arthritis to headline festivals – get to see them now so you can tell your kids you saw them the first time around. One thing is for sure, though – you won’t be forgetting Deaf Havana’s performance at Rock City in a hurry.
By Plus One Magazine, 21-Oct-2013 19:55:00
We’ve all been here right.... we’ve reached that moment, the band are in full swing, they should be your only focus point, yet the loudmouths who refuse to shut the fuck up next to you are destroying that moment. You’re finding yourself manoeuvring awkwardly to avoid having to look through that ridiculous over-sized foot-long phone held aloft in front of your gaze (again)... You feel blessed and honoured to attend a truly captivating night of music, presented by the artists you’ve heard so much of, yet their skills seem to be falling on deaf ears all around you... Yep, i’m having one of those nights tonight at the Brudenell in Leeds with dan le sac & Scroobius Pip. I mean, why even bother entering the premises if you’re just going to text what an amazing time you’re having throughout, though paying not the slightest bit of attention... ‘well, i like Stunner but that’s about it really..” KILL ME indeed!
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