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Review: Chimes & Bells + Here We Go Magic at the ICA

Chimes & Bells are a band you have to check out. I caught them on Saturday, and it was with pleasure that I watched them play again on Monday. The Bella Union band are no less than brilliant.

Their songs are epic, an instrumental delight. Thumping kick drum and layered vocals, there’s a real atmospheric quality to their sound. Singer Caecilie Trier has a powerful, low drawl, which reminded me of Mariam/Wildbirds & Peacedrums. It was almost as if she might bust out into Places at any moment.

Here We Go Magic were next, I was pretty excited to see them after they accidentally missed their show on the Bella Union stage on Saturday. I really love their band name too, bonus points right there. After drummer Peter (Pee-ter) returned from going to pee the band launched into their set. They were very good indeed, but mostly I just loved Fangela. It’s a brilliant song and you should seek it out. Go go go! After HWGM I made a dash, I’ve seen both My Latest Novel and Sleeping States before. I’m sure it would have been fun, but I needed to get back early. Nonetheless, another fantastic night courtesy of the lovely Bella Union. What a brilliant record label.

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Photos: Here We Go Magic at the ICA

Here We Go Magic. I love that band name. Here we go photos:

They were fun. FANGELA! I love that song.

Chimes & Bells really owned my heart though, I will review later.


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Review: 02 Wireless Festival Day Two

With so many things running it was inevitable atleast one thing would go wrong. The first hitch was that Here We Go Magic didn’t turn up for their set. Oops. Oops indeed. Nobody knew where they were, but eventually we discovered that they had a mix up and thought they were on in the evening. It was a shame as I was pretty excited to see them.

The Low Anthem were next, after driving for hours to get to the festival. Technical issues (the generator stopped working in the middle of their set) meant they only did two and a bit songs. Booo. But, what they did do was fantastic. Ben has a phenomenal voice and they really rocked.

My Latest Novel were pleasant. We went to get some food in the catering area. I had a curry. The lady put a whole bunch of food on my plate and asked ‘what else do you want?’ to which I replied ‘I’m allowed MORE!?’. Wowee. Free food. We returned in time for Peter Broderick, who I’ve seen before. I love him, he’s a fantastic performer with some real instrumental skills. He can compose such rich songs by himself and it’s a joy to see and hear. He’s great live, at one point catapulting himself off the stage onto the grass and manically playing violin. The crowd were bemused, to say the least. He was playing Below It when the generator cut out again and he had to end his set early, which was a bit disappointing because I love that song and was thoroughly enjoying his show. Later in the day we were chatting to Peter and I told him how much I love his musical saw and he said he had it with him but didn’t think it would suit this outdoor setting. I think the wonders of the musical saw (my favourite instrument to see/hear live) would have been lost on most people there anyway. I hope to catch him again at End of the Road, check him out. Here is his Myspace.

So, time came for St. Vincent. Imagine an excitable child before Christmas. That was me. She played and it was marvelous. I reviewed it here. Completely charming and talented, I only have good things to write about St. Vincent. Go see her play.

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