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Review: Wales Uber Alles at The Lexington

A mini festival of Welsh bands. Sounded good to me. I got to the pub and they were late letting people upstairs, so this girl picked up a guitar and started playing. I will make a separate post on that because it was awesome. 

Silver Gospel Runners: A fun twee band with a trumpet and some triangle. They were fun and quite enjoyable, listen on Myspace.

Frederick Stanley Star: This band were BRILLIANT. We knew they would be good when we saw they were setting up with a double bass and a banjo. And one of the band members had bowling shoes on, a mustache, and a squeeky voice. He was the best. They played crazy, uptempo folk with group vocals and a heap of added fun. At the end of the set the singer donned a bike helmet and the drummer proceeded to drum on her head. They reminded me a bit of Port O’Brien. They were probably my favourite band of the night, listen to them on Myspace and definately catch them live if you can.

The next band were an epic fail and tried to kill me with their generic, straight ahead, guitar + bass + drums – creativity formula. Oh, that is quite possibly the meanest thing I have written in my blog, I feel a bit bad. I feel mean now, so I will just say that they were clearly not for me, but some people in the audience seemed to be loving them and they themselves seemed to be having fun. The next band weren’t for me either. They all looked bored and I got bored too.

The Joy Formidable: They were brilliant again. Ritzy flails about the stage and sings with so much gusto, it’s very enjoyable to watch and hear. They seemingly didn’t play for very long, but I don’t have a watch so I have no idea how long they actually played. I think it’s a sign of a good band when their set goes by so fast and you never look at the clock. Listen on Myspace and go see them live.

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Photos: Wales Uber Alles @ The Lexington

Just a few photos, the rest are on Flickr.

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Hooray for Wales

There is a celebration of Welsh bands at the Lexington this Saturday from 6pm. I will go because: (a) The Joy Formidable are playing (b) It’s £7 (c) the light is good, and (d) it’s in walking distance. This is a recipe for win. I know some venues think because it’s a Saturday it’s OK for them to be really tardy with stage times and doors, I hope this isn’t the case at the Lexington. I bought my ticket already, get them from WeGotTickets. Only 18 are remaining.

This is the line up: The Silver Gospel Runners (sound good), Fredrick Stanley Star (these folkies sound awesome!), Spencer McGarry Season (unimpressed), Cate Le Bon (Member of Neon Neon, sounds pretty good), The Joy Formidable (brilliant), and Threatmantics (unimpressed). Might head back after The Joy Formidable for a semi-early night.

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Review: The Joy Formidable @ Pure Groove

Half the reason why I review stuff so quickly after it happens is because the words come to me so easily. When I leave it a day I have to overlook  the day that has just passed and  think back, which for my clearly incapable mind is too much effort. But I will try! 

After being out all day I made a dash from Shepherd’s Bush across London to Pure Groove. I entered the shop and it was busy, and there was a completely different atmosphere to usual. There was a buzz. It was exciting. There were balloons (the band were there to promote their new record A Balloon Called Moaning) and a see saw. It was a completely different Pure Groove. At first I was cynical about whether converting to a coffee shop would work- there’s about 639378920 other coffee shops in Farringdon, but now that I’ve seen the busy shop full of punters holding drinks, it seems like a very good move. Bravo, Pure Groove. The Joy Formidable are a band from Wales. They reminded me a bit of Sky Larkin. I really enjoyed them, punchy pop music at it’s finest. They clearly were having a great time performing for us. The first few songs were acoustic and very lovely, then they switched it up and played an electric set. At one point singer Ritzy Bryan was standing rigid and playing her guitar and it reminded me of Emily Haines. If something reminds me of Emily Haines then that’s clearly a good sign. All in all it was a very strong performance and I would definately recommend seeing them live.

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Photos: The Joy Formidable @ Pure Groove

Pure Groove, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: Firstly, you painted the walls red! Thank you kindly, this is much nicer photo-wise than white/grey. Secondly, you hosted this brilliant band. Thirdly, you had balloons and a see saw. Brilliant.

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