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James Warner Prophecies album launch

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

I’ve just returned from the James Warner Prophecies‘ album launch. Those of you who couldn’t make it/didn’t know/didn’t care, you have no idea what you missed.

JWP have been around for a while now – I first saw them at the legendary Vic back in 2004 or so; I guess this completes the circle. Despite only knowing two of their oldest songs, the atmosphere was electric to the point where the deliberate self-control required to prevent throwing oneself around the crowd like some drunken prick was almost consuming. This is how music should be.

Their genre is the intellegent lovechild of I suppose hard rock and folk and is surely universally irresistable. The audience ranged from kids of perhaps 13, to teenagers, to twenty-somethings, to my English tutor, to the perhaps 60-year-old father of the vocalist. He wasn’t bad in the pit either; he was marginally more energetic than us sprightly students. It was nice to be able to make out individual notes, too; those of you who stopped gigging at the Vic because of the frankly painful cheap and aging PA will be glad to know that the new Mackie system is holding out.

Admittedly, I was at the Vic by chance, on a whim, on the off-chance hope of meeting up with a friend who happens to be JWP’s photographer. Aside from being a good friend who I haven’t seen for far too long, attractive, and someone to geek about cameras with, I’m in the process of buying an unwanted contract mobile off her dad and wanted to find out what was going on. Despite her absence (she missed an hourly bus by five minutes) the Vic was packed out, aided I suppose by publicity from playing a set at Derby’s popular Markeaton Park Fireworks display last week.

Joe can certainly get the crowd going, too: I haven’t bounced and jigged so much since Fintroll at Bloodstock. Their crowds rival those of Zenith. If you haven’t experienced them yet, I advise you to listen to a couple of tracks off their MySpace and catch them at the Christmas Lights event in Derby City Centre on the 18th. If you miss that, definately go see their Christmas gig on the 19th and perhaps I’ll catch you at the all-day event at the Vic on Dec 1 with Zenith and others.

More gigs like this, please.

The Mighty DiDA

Friday, December 1st, 2006

In the DiDA, the mighty DiDA,
Bazza moans tonight!
Oh in the DiDA, the mighty DiDA,
Bazza moans toniiight!

Aieeeeee… Aieee-e-portfolio…
Aieeeeee… Aieee-e-portfolio…

Do your planning, do lots of planning,
Or you’ll get zero marks!
Oh do your planning, do lots of planning,
Or you’ll get zero marks.

Aieeeeee… Aieee-e-portfolio…
Aieeeeee… Aieee-e-portfolio..

Get some feedback, some decent feedback,
Don’t type it out yourself!
Get some feedback, some decent feedback,
Don’t type it out yourself!

Aieeeeee… Aieee-e-portfolio…
Aieeeeee… Aieee-e-portfolio..

Flaming banners, no flaming banners,
Or Viderman will have spaz!
Flaming banners, no flaming banners,
You’ll get murked by Baaaaazzzzz…

Sitting in on Static Vendetta

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Last night I sat in on a pre-gig rehersal for a friend’s band, Static Vendetta. Considering that my own band isn’t exactly in the best shape it’s ever been in, watching Static Vendetta practice is elightening.

Static Vendetta Band Practice:  JohnTo start with, they play as a definate unit. The band is led by the drums, which are imaginative, varied, powerful, and – critically – consistant. The band takes their timing from the drums – this is the way that it should be. In The Lowlifes, songs have a tendency to rely on either me or Elliot for timings as we use an electric kit (it’s all we can fit in the attic), and they’re quiet.

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