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REVIEW: My Bloody Valentine @ Electric Brixton (27/01/13)

By Gerald Lynch on January 28th, 2013

It’s been five years since I last saw My Bloody Valentine live, and I’ve only just managed to recover the last fragments of earplug mined from my brain after surviving their sonic assault at Camden’s Roundhouse back in 2008.

Their 2013 return to the UK sees volume levels remain the same (watching MBV is like picking a fight with a 747 in a wind tunnel and losing, as I tweeted last night), but the setlist is a little different; there’s a new album on the way, more than 21 years since the launch of their seminal Loveless record. And tonight’s gig marks the debut of a few cuts from it.

Kevin Shields and co kick off with new number ‘Rough Song’, and for a band whose signature live attack is dished out with serrated guitars, the presence of a keyboard is a little unnerving. It’s a poppy number that recalls ‘When You Sleep’, suggesting the new album may have a fair whack of tunes as well as ethereal dreamscapes. It brings with it a tease from the usually-silent Shields, mumbling to a persistent heckler that the new album’s release could be as close as “two or three days”. What with Shields’ trademark tardy perfectionism, we wouldn’t start holding our breath just yet, but considering the album was apparently mastered back in December anything is possible.

Anything, that is, than being able to decipher a tune tonight. Even by MBV’s aggressive standards, something’s a bit off. The PA at Electric Brixton is overwhelmed by the band, with vocals (traditionally low in the mix for MBV by default) lost in the squall. You don’t expect subtlety from Shields’ screeching riffs and Debbie Googe’s bass pummelling, but even Shields finds it necessary to cut off ‘To Here Knows When’ halfway through.

At their most aurally-unapologetic however with ‘Feed Me With You Kiss’ and the closing 10 minute white noise endurance test of ‘You Made Me Realise’, the night hits a sadomasochistic state of nirvana, a blissful sonic-sucker punch to see the punters off into the night with a smile on their faces and bloody tissues in their ears.

Here’s a selection of choice Twitter commentary on the gig from last night:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Heroes and Celebrities, Trends

Love the Look: Bill Hailey and his Comets

By admin on December 3rd, 2008

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I’m a little in awe of this picture of Bill Hailey and his Comets from 1957, the energy and movement make it such a great shot.
I love the tartan jackets, they feel a little bit christmassy and the check is a good quality print. To get a ’50s influenced look with tartan wear a traditional check scarf with a pair of simple, neat black jeans and t-shirt with a zip-up jacket. Greased hair and brothel creepers are compulsory.

[Image: GEORGE KONIG/Rex Features]



Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

Noah and the Whale play the Roundhouse in suits

By admin on August 12th, 2008

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When young twee band Noah and the Whale played at the Camden Roundhouse they looked resplendent. Singer Charlie sported a magnificent curly quiff and an impeccably fitted grey slim jacket with a white shirt. Tom who plays fiddle in the band wore cobalt jeans and a lemon yellow much like the outfit the band donned on the video for their summer single ’5 Years’ Time’ which featured Laura Marling. See the video after jump.

John Rahim/Rex Features

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Gallery, Heroes and Celebrities, Polls

Gallery: Coldplay’s military look, yay or nay?

By admin on August 1st, 2008

Coldplay’s latest album was released without too much fanfare confirming their status as indie stadium monoliths. They recently played the Air Canada Centre in Toronto where they sported their new military look. It’s a kind of shabby military look apparently inspired by French painter Eugène Delacroix which the band have taken to wearing as their tour uniform.

What do you think of their new look? Take our poll after the jump!

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[Image: Canadian Press/Rex Features]

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