The message, the mentality AND the sound of the truly independent music scene.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Soledad Brothers, The Sugars, The Horrors @ the Spitz 01/03/2006

The Horrors will have to excuse me for my honesty and straight-forwardness but they were the most pretentious and uninspiring band I’ve seen live since the dreadful Division Of Laura Lee in Barcelona a few year back. When your looks and poses primarily drive your music, you end up with a horror circus like this one.

The Sugars, who followed, at least matched their name’s concept music-wise. 50s looking, female dominated power-trio playing stripped-down, basic, mellow and safe rock n roll. Nothing exceptional but a band worthy checking out live if you have the chance.

With a name taken from the Black Panthers and a logo nicked from the legendary MC5, Soledad Brothers hail from Detroit and blend the most authentic of past sounds to produce the most passionate and arresting rockin tunes of today.

They have been enjoying a lot of publicity lately and unlike many of their famed contemporaries, they are worth it.

Their fascinating cultural identity encapsulates everything from the primitive blues of John Lee Hooker to the intensity of garage punk, the rough edge of the Rolling Stones and the writings of the black-rights activist, George Jackson.

“Rhythm is the purest way to make someone feel better, physically or headwise,” says lead singer and guitarist Johnny Walker and the ones who were at the Spitz this Wednesday know what he is talking about.

Along with The Dirtbombs, the best bands from Detroit I guess.

Some photos again for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to reproduce. I would appreciate it if you mentioned the source.


Useful links
Soledad Brothers
the Spitz
George Jackson
Black Panthers

Thursday, March 02, 2006

This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, King Blues , Black Tax @ Macbeth
London, 16/02/2006

There are some small pubs in London that host punk rock shows without bouncers to "protect" you, overpriced tickets to rip you off and over-hyped rock stars to waste your precious time with their corporate version of musical “revolution”.

One of them is Macbeth near Old Street where this Thursday, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, King Blues and Black Tax played live. A diverse mix of bands indeed with sounds ranging from in your face full speed ahead 625 influenced hardcore (Black Tax) to smooth and melodic acoustic ska (King Blues) and fast guitar driven Floridian folk punk (This Bike is a Pipe Bomb) that managed to generate an exceptionally friendly and warm party atmosphere.

From explosive blast beats to no beats at all and from insane shouting to a capella singing, the night was brimming over with fun.

King Blues were my band of the night. Absolutely arresting and catchy acoustic punk, smooth and sweet while at the same time politically aware and well performed. Their first release will be out soon on HouseholdName Records. Be sure to check it out.

This Bike is a Pipe Bomb come all the way from the US. One of the best bands on Plan It X Records, they seemed to have the time of their life here and I’m sure we did also entertained by their country-punk as well as by their sense of humour.

Support independent shows and share the honest intentions and excitement that’s inherent in them. There is nothing compared to that.

Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to reproduce as always without permission. I would appreciate it if you mentioned the source.


Useful links
Black Tax
King Blues
This Bike is a Pipe Bomb