• 10 Albums that changed my life....

    15 oct. 2009, 14h33m

    So we all have the albums that are essentially defining moments or turning points in our musical journey. As I have no job and am currently reinstalling all of my music onto my computer I decided to take a break and write this. For me these are 10 of the albums which have either influenced my taste in music from that point onwards or have just affected me in a way that no other album has. So in no particular order:

    10: Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
    9: The Height Of Callousness - Spineshank
    8: Skull & Bones - Cypress Hill
    7: Jane Doe - Converge
    6: thefakesoundofprogress - lostprophets
    5: One With The Underdogs - Terror
    4. Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence - Glassjaw
    3: Up The Bracket - The Libertines
    2: Defiantly Maybe - Oasis
    1: The Rescue - Explosions In The Sky
  • Reading Review

    26 août 2008, 20h06m

    Fri 22 Aug – Reading Festival

    So arriving on Thursday at Reading finally, after a mamouth week or road trippage already found Indigo set up camp and proceeded to celebrate my 21st birthday in the only possible way getting fucked up!

    Roll on Friday and the musical mayhem begins. Due to the previous nights indulgences I missed Hexes and Blackhole, which is a mild shame but not one that wil haunt me. So the first act of the day was a trip to the Dizzie Rascal experience. He seemed to deal very well with his rise to the Main Stage and got alot of the crowd, which was remarkably big, going and with the sunshine breaking through the clouds provided a solid start to proceedings, Sirens and Come Dance Wiv Me going down a storm [7/10] .
    Next up came Serji Tankian , after having only heard one solitary song from his solo album I was intriuged to see what the former System Of A Down frontman had to offer away from the band which made him a leading figure in the world of alternative music. The performance was pretty average, opening with what is his most famous song away from SOAD was a strange choice along with it being marred by poor sound (have a feeling the ridiculous bass from the 'Rascal had something to do with it!) left me unimpressed 3/10 .
    Biffy Clyro , all that can be said is MON THE BIFF! Everytime I have had the pleasure of experiencing this band in a live arena they have blown me away. The performance was tight and song choice outstanding, finishing with the glorious 57 they reinforced their claim to the crown of best British band. [8/10]
    Thankfully I have a passionate dislike of the Enemy and their music which thus enabled me to bump into a friend who convinced me to pop over to the now very busy Lock Up Stage. Catching the end of Tiger Army I was a bit disappointed I didnt get more time to see their entire set as I did very much like what I heard. [7/10] to see Goldfinger who were one of the best bands all weekend, admittedly I have a limited knowledge of their songs but no other band all weekend interacted with its audience on the same level, with bouncing and po-going from one side of the tent to the other songs like Superman and Spokesman raised the roof. 8/10
    Then after a few refreshing brewskies it was time to head down the front in time for Queens Of The Stone Age . Having seen them at the festival in 2005 and being majorly disappointed I was hoping for much more this time round and they did not fail to deliver. A very varied set but the rock n roll kept flowing, Homme is almost the personification of his a giant Ginger Elvis. Playing songs from every album was also a very important factor as many bands tend to focus on their most recent material it gave a perspective of the development of the Queens sound. Missing a few of the more well known songs many have let some in the crowd down but was a refreshing change [7.5/10] .
    Then it was the first half of the main reason I parted with my hard earned money for a ticket, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE . This was my, along with many others, first live encounter with the riot inciting power of this band. Coming out dressed as detainees from Guantanamo Bay showed the band has not lost any of its strong politcial convictions, proceeding to play the entire of Bombtrack in the outfits. Every song was delivered with the passion and force that made this band one of the most exciting and influential bands to have ever developed out of the alternative scene. An outstanding rendition of Ashes In The Fall and Bullet In The Head showed that these songs have still not lost any of the feracity from when they first emerged. Although this was an outstanding perfromance there were a couple of points which I feel the need to draw attention to, 1. Sticking to songs from the self titled album and Battle Of Los Angeles, although more appealing to the casual punter could be criticised as they have such a wealth of other material just as deserving to grace a Reading stage, 2. Any band who has reformed for what one can assume to be a large bundle of dollar bills and perform at festivals and concerts sponsered by major corporations funded by goverment money should not really emerge on stage and begin to incite the trial of Bush and Blair and the failings of the administration of the two said leaders as they are all part of the cog in the machine.Slightly Hypocritical No? I may be wrong but that is how I feel at this moment in time. Rant over. 9/10

    So Saturday...saturday....saturday.....I was a little let down by the strength of the line up on nearly every stage to be honest. I awoke early and headed down to the Main Stage to catch a blistering set from The Blackout! . Much like Biffy every time I encounter the Merthyr boys they get better and better, every song is delivered with a passion and energy many bands wish they could display, you can really see what it means to these valley boys what it means to be opening the Main Stage at Reading, regardless of it being the indie day, Sean Smith the volcalist from the band repeatedly apologise in jest for his band not being 'British Indie' enough. He need not apologise as they simply blow all the other bollocks soul less music from the stage. [9/10]
    Following stupidly missing/forgetting about Kids In Glass Houses being next on the NME/Radio 1 stage I headed back to the tent for some beers before returning to the Lock Up Stage for one of the bands I had been eagerly anticipating Cancer Bats . Their mix of hardcore and metal is not of the same ilk as many of their peers but sets them aside and if not above the rest of the pack. The crushing riffs of Hail Destroyer and Luicefer's Rocking Chair are proof of this, along with a menacing stage presence they pull of a quality performance. Even winning over many sceptical on lookers. [8.5]/10]
    This again was followed by a trip to the bar for some more TUBORG! and the wait until I finally got to watch Thrice for the first time. I was not let down and they pulled out a great set. Focusing more on The Alchemy Index albums they crafted a beautiful set which in parts touches on Radiohead at their most eerie and beautiful and others the heavy counterpart which the band become known for. [9/10]
    After the end of the set their was just enough time to get over to the NME/Radio 1 stage and hustle my way into the middle of the tent for Bullet For My Valentine. Being one of the only 'metal' bands of the day may have made the impact more than it should but I still felt they were a bit off, poor vocals and often seeming a little bored with proceedings. [6/10]
    Following this I decided a walk around too see what was on offer at the other tents was in order catching some of the Skeletons on the new BBC Introducing Stage, who were fun and exciting. Playing a kinda of rock n roll which took the indie attitude and added a funk soul to it, with an outrageously watchable frontman aswell. [7/10] , I then took the short walk over to the other new stage, the Festival Republic Stage and caught the end of All Time Low .....and just urgh!...utter utter shite, go back to whatever state your from and winge about girls in your horrible nasle voice there. Its been done before and about 10 million times better. [2/10]
    Angry and hurts by the utter shite I let myself watch I headed back for a ngiht of beverages and banter.

    And finally the day arrives! the day of METAL!....So awaking early I made sure I headed down to the arena in time to see Alexisonfire opening the Main Stage mayhem for the day...only to arrive to read banners saying that Avenged Sevenfold had cancelled due to vocal chord strains....Gutted. Now the day looked somewhat bleak, No Slipknot, No A7X and to bring it all down I ventured in to see what/who would be replacing either band to find the main stage being befouled by Bring Me The Horizon . Now any one who takes a look at my most played tracks will see RE:They Have No Reflections as one of my most listened tracks. I will not deny that I do rate that song but only on cd. After hearing them live I wanted to rip off my ears and cry till I died of dehydration! Every song sounded exactly the same and reveal the band as the bunch of poser wankers they are. [0/10]
    After an hours wait the stage finally was reclaimed by the better bands, namely Alexisonfire . Having been subject to split rumours recently it was great to see George, Dallas, Wade n Co. back in the Uk. Playing a typically lively and boysterious set they were the perfect tonic to the turgid crap that was Bring Me The Horizon. [8/10]
    With the line up in disarray I deiced it was time to watch Pendulum, a perfect way to build up the intensity for Metallica. After fighting a reasonable way into the the NME/Radio 1 tent I have to say I wasnt blown away. They were tight and efficient but something just didnt translate to me the same way it seemed to do to the people around who were inciting mosh pits left right and centre. So after a while attempting to get more into the set and a mini rave I decided to go and find a good spot for Tenacious D. All in all they were alright but nothing groundbreaking [6/10]
    And So the GRANDE FINALE:
    Tenacious D provided everything they needed too to win the crowd, not that they needed too. A hilarious stage show and well performed songs left the crowd begging for more from the D. [9/10]
    Alas it was time for METALLICA to close proceedings. And boy did they! Great pyrotechincs, lights and camera work made for a spectacular show but it was not only that the band look as tight as ever and each song is still as relevant as it was 20 years ago. Master Of Puppets, No Remorse, Seek And Destroy, Sad But True and ...And Justice For All incite mayhem but it is the introduction to One which really got the goosebumps going, fire, explosions and fireworks to the soundtrack of war lead into that hauting gutiar. Although age is noticably restricting the pace of Lars' footwork now it is still a masterpiece. The 2 new songs debuted fit well into the set and bode well for the new album due in September. A return to the Metallica of old perhaps? I think so! Awesome [10/10]

  • 30 questions on Top 30

    25 jui. 2008, 23h44m

    . How did you get into 29? (Eight Legs)
    Seeing them at battle of the bands etc around Stratford and knowing the guys

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? (A Day To Remember)
    The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle

    3. What’s your favorite song by 14? (Kids In Glass Houses)
    Me Me Me

    4. What is your favorite album by 16? (Thrice)
    The Artist In The Ambulance

    5. How many albums by 12 do you own? (Killswitch Enagage & Poison the Well)
    KsE - 4
    PTW - 5

    6. What is your favorite song by 18? (Alexisonfire)
    Get Fighted!

    7. Is there a song by 7 that makes you sad? (The Blackout)
    Yeah, Its High Tide Baby

    8. What is your favorite album by 15? (Atreyu)
    Suicide Notes And Butterfly Kisses

    9. What is your favorite song by 5? (Deftones)
    7 Words

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy? (City & Colour)
    The Girl

    11. What is your favorite album by 19? (Thursday)
    War All The Time

    12. What is your favorite song by 10? (65daysofstatic)
    Retreat! Retreat! or This Cat Is A Landmine

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 20? (Glassjaw)
    The day I discoverd them!

    14. What is your favorite song by 8? (Finch)
    A Man Alone

    15. Is there a song by 16 that makes you happy? (Muse)
    Most Muse makes me happy!

    16. How many times have you seen 25 live? (Senses Fail)

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23? (Avenged Sevenfold)
    Chapter Four

    18. What is your favorite album by 11? (36 Crazyfists)
    Bitterness The Star"

    19. Who is a favorite member of 1? (Funeral For A Friend)
    Gareth, cause I spilt beer on his shoes in Bristol and he didnt mind

    20. Have you ever seen 24 live? (From Autumn To Ashes)
    Yarp once, at Reading a couple of years ago

    21. What is a good memory involving 27? (Still Remains)
    Dont have one really

    22. What is your favorite song by 28? (Gallows)
    Orchestra Of Wolves

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 9? (Linkin Park)

    24. What is your favorite album by 18? (Alexisonfire)
    Watch Out!

    25. What is your favorite song by 21? (The Libertines)
    Dont Look Back Into The Sun

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 26? (Converge)
    Concubine - best 1:19 of music I ever heard....totally blew me away

    27. What is your favorite album by 3? (Rise Against)
    Siren Song Of Counter Culture

    28. What is you favorite song by 4? (Fightstar)

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 2? (Lostprophets)
    Shinobivsdragoninja (orignal version from 1999)

    30. What is you favorite song by 30? (Oasis)
    Let The Be Love
    Lets All Make Believe
    and Champagne Supernova are joint faves!