Whales in Cubicles – Brighton Gig Review

Green Door Store, Brighton 18/2/12

When I found out that Whales in Cubicles were going to play at the Green Door Store, I simply had to be there. Since I have heard their amazing track We Never Win, I have fallen for their sound and meaningful lyrics.

Luckily I have managed to book the night off so I was really exited to go and see them play live. Unfortunately my friend who was supposed to come with me got sick so I had to make a decision, if to go alone or just stay at home and sulk. The weather was kind of crap as well but I just said to myself: ‘What the hell, let’s just go, have a good time and support the guys.’ It was their first time playing in Brighton and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity as I am a big fan!

After getting to Brighton by bus as I live outside the city, I made my way to Green Door Store. I got there around half past seven and there was nobody in except the bar people and the bands that were sound checking in the back room. I got myself a drink and sat down at a table. Soon I spotted the WIC guys and got really exited!

As the first band came on, I went to check them out with the rest of the people.

The Witches – a band from Brighton, that I will definitely write more about in the future, totally delivered. What an entrance, I thought. I loved every minute of it and I will surely go and see them play again. This is why I love going to small gigs because you always get to discover great new bands like this. And if the band is good live like  The Witches were, then it’s a win.

Here is one of their tracks!

During the first break I saw the WIC guys Leo (drums) and Alex (guitar) standing at the bar so I came to them and introduced myself. They were really nice, friendly and appreciative of me making the effort to come and see them play. Any time guys! 😉

Then Stef (vocals, giutar) came along and I was really happy to meet him as I am a big fan of his lyric writing. He was very kind and gave me some stickers and a little badge that says ‘We Never Win’ which I adore!

You don’t always get a chance to chat to the band members at gigs so I was happy I did get to meet WIC. I have mentioned to them that I am going to make a review on my blog.  Not that I wanted to put them under any kind of pressure! 😀

I spoke to Stef about music and one thing I really wanted to know was who his musical influences are.  I was pleasantly surprised when he said that he’s a big fan of Jeff Buckley, my all time favourite artist. WIC’s music inspires me in a similar way because of the honesty and realness of the songs. 

Stef writes lyrics to all their songs and they are one of the reasons I fell in love with their music. His words make you think and realize what really matters in life, what’s todays generation of young people like, politics, love, life and death…

Even the Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe praised their single We Never Win in Timeout, saying how great this band is and how right their lyrics are. It’s good that he gets the message these guys are trying to send and tries to spread the word.

‘We never win because we’re fine with it… We never do the things we should have done… We never learn, we never change, we just repeat the same mistakes again, which we’ve never done finished paying for…

Here is a nice acoustic version of the song.

I surely wasn’t regretting coming to see these guys play live because they delivered 100 percent. They’ve played few songs including my favorites Across America, We Never Win and Nowhere Flag. Stef sang amazing live, Leo played the drums to death and Alex and Jamie rocked the guitars. The connection between them was great and they absolutely smashed it on stage. It was such a cool experience to see them play from such a close distance and get the real feel of it. Pure rock’n’roll!

They wanted to play one more song at the end but they got cut off as the main band was running late so they didn’t let them. Jeez, it was just one more song people! Would love to hear it!

As they were taking their stuff off the stage, I was waiting to say goodbye as I had to head back home. I had a nice last little chat with Stef and soon the lovely Leo brought a couple of their We Never Win vinyls I wanted to get for me and one of my friends.

They kindly signed them both, then I got to take a photo with them all and at last I gave them well deserved hug for being so great. I’m so glad I got to meet this amazing bunch of guys and got to enjoy their amazing music. I hope to see them rocking the stage again soon! 🙂

Here are some photos I took:

WIC links: Website, Facebook, Twitter

Unfortunately Stef’s amazing guitar got stolen that night and they are trying to get it back so please if you are from Brighton and you spot this guitar anywhere let them know on their Facebook Page or Twitter! 

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Shout Out To Some New Bands

I’ve been followed by some great bands on Twitter recently and I’d like to share their music with you all!

It’s really worth giving them a listen!

Whales in Cubicles (London) – We Never Win

Facebook, Twitter – I am going to see these guys play in Brighton next Saturday, so I’ll post a review! Should be awesome!

Run Young Lovers (Brighton) – She Said

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The Chase (Portsmouth) – You

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I Divide (Exeter) – The Arrival

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Seismatik (Whittier, CA) – My Radio

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Fossil Collective (Leeds) – On and On

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The Ashtones (Scotland) – My Dancing Queen

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Kid Savant (Brooklyn) – Drop It On The Stereo

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Celebrity Traffic (Victoria) – Serena

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ATLANTIS (Leicester) – Thrones

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Winchester Rebels (Santa Barbara) – Down

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Thousand Autumns (Hertfordshire) – I Chose Not To Remember

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Half Hour Hotel (Brighton) – Medley

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The Mary Onettes – Epic Sound From Sweden

Last year, one of my friends gave me a compilation of songs. Among them was a track from a Swedish band, The Mary Onettes. 

Puzzles. The epic and unforgettable opening sound of this song gives you the chills. Then Philip Ekström starts singing and you get completely lost in something quite extraordinary. Something that I call real music.

Here, I share it with you,  hoping it leaves you touched the way it left me, and you’ll want to hear more of this amazing sound.

And also the style of the video adds a great mysterious effect to the song.

And that is not all my friends. There is much more! The band has released two albums so far which are full of gorgeous music. Music that takes you to a land of beautiful melodies and charismatic voice.

Influenced by The Stone Roses and The Cure, this Swedish quartet has mastered the feel of 80’s sound with a modern pitch and a great guitar.

I cannot get enough of their work. Both of their albums are a pure masterpiece!

Their new EP called Love Forever will be released at the end of this month (28th of February) and the new album will hopefully be released by the end of this year!

Here is one track from the EP named Love’s Taking Strange Ways and it’s the track of the day in Q Magazine!

I cannot wait to hear the whole EP!

You can download the albums The Mary Onettes and Islands by clicking below. I highly recommend! 🙂

 

Plus you can follow them on twitter – @themaryonettes or like them on Facebook – @themaryonettes!

Enjoy! 😉

fiN Single Launch Party Review

Me and my friend made a trip to London to see the amazing fiN at their second single launch party for Everybody Dies Alone and Rapture at the Borderline on Wednesday night, the 1st of February.

It was a very special night for the band as all their close friends, family and fans from different places came to support them on this important occasion.

We got to the venue just before 7pm and tried to get in as it was freezing cold outside, but luckily we did not have to wait too long and soon we were sitting at a table having a shot of Jagermeister just to warm ourselves up 😉

As the venue started to fill up slowly, the guys from fiN were already spread  around greeting and chatting to their friends and families.

For start, there were some great support acts to enjoy. A couple of members from a pop/rock band called Van Susans did an acoustic performance. We were pleasantly surprised by their sound and a beautiful vocal from the lead singer Olly Andrews.  We picked up their CD straight away and it’s fantastic! You can check out their music on their Facebook page!

The other support act was Raba, an indie/rock band from Surrey, that warmed up the crowd even more with a few really good rock songs and yet another impressive vocal from the lead singer Scott. Listen to them on their My Space page! They’re great!

By this point the venue was packed with people who came for the one and only, fiN.

The guys came on stage shortly after 9.30pm and started with The Artisan, a track from their first single. I remember they have opened the show with this gorgeous crafty little piece when I saw them in Brighton last October on the Halloween night. That’s when my love for fiN started. 🙂

They played the cool guitar track Rapture, feel good Changes Everything and powerful Everybody Dies Alone from their new single. Plus a set of awesome other songs that I cannot wait for them to release, especially one they finished with, called Life Is Wasted On The Living – God I just love that title!

And of course they were joined on stage by the lovely and multi talented Emma Stevens, a great friend of theirs that’s been touring and playing with them over the months, and is now working on her own album. She records, produces and writes her own songs! I’m sure we will hear a lot about Emma in the future. She is also very kind and friendly and you should look at her Facebook profile and find out more!

Having a lot of fun on stage; Luke, Jonny, Kerry and Simon were putting all their energy and passion into their performance, which was such a pleasure to watch! Four really nice, happy guys that are grateful to their fans and thankful for opportunities including touring with artists like Feeder, everyone was genuinely happy for them because they truly deserve the recognition and support they are getting.

After the performance, again they met and chatted to their friends and fans and were very kind to take pictures with me and sign our singles. Jonny even remembered my name when I said I did a little post about them the other day called fiN – One to Watch. How nice! 🙂

We were so happy to be part of their special evening and we enjoyed it so much.

Now we look forward to seeing fiN again one day! Totally worth it. Meanwhile I’ll just keep listening to their singles!

Once again here is the link to their Facebook Page! What’s not to like? 😉

Here, have a listen to the great track Rapture…

Top 3 January Album Releases

1. Tribes – Baby

Tribes totally top the albums released in January with their Baby.  They have been nominated at the NME Awards in the Best New Band category. You can vote HERE. The band is also about to announce  their ‘Baby’ headline tour for April some time this week! Watch out! 🙂

Favourite tracks: We Were Children, Corner of an English Field, Nightdriving, When My Day Comes

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2. The Maccabees – Given To The Wild

The London indie/rock band has released their third album Given To the Wild that has a beautiful, softer and deeper sound.  Filled with emotions, a nice chilled guitar and piano sounds accompanied  by a stunning vocal, the album leaves you with a great relaxed feeling. Pure quality of songs. Worth the buy!

Favourite tracks: Feel to Follow, Ayla, Heave, Pelican, Went Away 

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3. Lana Del Rey- Born To Die

A long awaited album from Lana has arrived and it shows what this girl can do. Stunning voice and a great personality, she brings us a fresh, honest and relatable girl power. Also nominated for the NME Awards and topping the album charts right now, Lana has surely impressed a big audience. Go girl! 😉

Favourite tracks: Born to Die, Blue Jeans, Video Games, Dark Paradise, Summertime Sadness

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