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Issue Two | Summer | Free

“Just because it`s in print doesn`t mean it`s the gospel.” Michael Jackson, R.I.P 1958-2009.

65daysofstatic..................................................................................................................................................4 pulled apart by horses..........................................................................................................................................6 M83....................................................................................................................................................................8 istartedthefire....................................................................................................................................................10 ATP curated by the breeders...............................................................................................................................12 The Great Escape..........................................................................................................................................................16 metric................................................................................................................................................................22 grizzly bear..............................................................................................................................................................24 rumble strips.........................................................................................................................................................24/5 eugene mcguinness.............................................................................................................................................26 peter doherty..........................................................................................................................................................28 amy ellis............................................................................................................................................................30

Hello all, and welcome to issue two of Risk & Consequence. We hope you enjoyed the first issue, and are pleased that you’ve come back for more.

The bad news is that we haven’t recruited any new writers in two issues. Please please please get in touch - we want to read your words/view your photos/ appreciate your art.

The good news is that we made it. We’ve Aside from that, we’ll keep plodding produced our second issue! It’s been onwards; appreciating music and the brilliant fun yet again, with great offers art of performance. of contribution from the same writers of the first issue, and I’ve even managed Kaylea & Cain x to wangle myself some guestlist passes this time, hurrah! I’m getting there! .

65daysofstatic live

at Gloucester Guildhall, 17/05/09

I have yet to come across an instrumental band quite as impressive as 65daysofstatic. The Sheffield-based four-piece have taken the post-rock scene by storm, with their relentless touring schedule earning them a significant fan-base across the UK and Europe.

65daysofstatic brought fellow post-rockers Three Trapped Tigers along with them on tour, and the three-piece ploughed through their set of intelligently crafted electro-fuelled experimental rock. Intricate guitar melodies and an incredible effort from their tireless drummer kept the songs interesting throughout and they even chucked in a mid-set vocal harmony for good measure – despite recognising that “this will not go down well in the post-rock scene”. Kicking off their set with the exhilarating ‘Drove Through Ghosts To Get Here’ they have the large crowd at a standstill, delicate keys and sweeping guitars lay the platform for an intense 4 minutes of meticulous mayhem. It’s hard to remember

the last time I saw a crowd so mesmerized by the music that they were literally stood still, not moving an inch except to sway to the occasional guitar melody or stamp their feet to a thundering bass drum. 65daysofstatic, an already established live act, kept up their reputation with an astonishing performance that had you feeling euphoric one minute and reflective the next. Demonstrating their ever developing sound, they showcased a couple of new songs that will appear on their next full-length towards the end of 2009. The songs carry a familiar 65dos feel but also take the band in a completely new direction, an intriguing one that may show us that we have yet to see the best of 65dos.


Fans were treated to favourites such as ‘Retreat! Retreat!’ and the epic yet delicate ‘Radio Protector’ which began with uplifting keys and offbeat guitars before building into a powerful chorus, only to drop, and then erupt once more. 65dos will embark upon another UK and European tour in the summer before hitting the studio to record their next album. They will be stopping off to play at Bristol’s Thekla on July 4th as well as putting in an appearance at Supersonic Festival in Birmingham on July 26th.

lloyd fincham

pulled apart by horses interview

Following their gig on 26th April at The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham, Sam White managed to catch up with James from Pulled Apart By Horses for a quick-fire Q&A, before being dragged away and having to finish it through the medium of email... SW - How did you guys start the band? PABH - We all played in bands in Leeds, which eventually came to an end. I was

looking to start something new, had some ideas, so booked some time in a weird warehouse-type room, where Lee, Rob and I met. After writing two songs Tom jumped on board - and that was it! SW - So what’s the story behind the name - I’m hoping it wasn’t a childhood nightmare, or God forbid a real-life experience.... PABH - It’s from a local boozer called The Packhorse. I used to drink in there everyday, it made sense to us as we practice and write our songs there. SW - I read somewhere that James climbed onto a table and almost broke a Macbook by standing on it - I assume you’ve had crazier gigs since then?

PABH - (Laughs) I remember that well! It was our tour manager’s Macbook as well! I’ve been hospitalised twice now.. the worst gig injury was an infected leg. I was on a drip for five days after a guitar lead went into my knee...


SW - Who would you say were the best band that you’ve supported or who have supported you? PABH - We just finished the Future of the Left tour and it was fucking amazing. They were such a great bunch of guys and we’re all massive fans, was a complete pleasure. Blood Red Shoes, Grammatics and Rolo Tomassi were equally as awesome. We Versus The Shark supported us in March. They kick the shit good and proper. Touring rules. SW - I’ve asked about your craziest gig - but have you had an embarrassing gig? PABH - Erm.. I stripped down to my pants in Sheffield at a Drowned In Sound show. They took heaps of photos and I look totally naked in all of them. All over

Facebook the next day, Jesus... SW - What’s your favourite past time? PABH - Drinking, video games, Japanese animation, listening to mucic very loudly on my iPod and being in a van all the time. SW - What bands, groups or artists do you like at the moment? PABH - Future of the Left, Blood Red Shoes, Grammatics, Rolo Tomassi, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Japanese Voyeurs, Wintermute, That Fucking Tank, Baddies... I could go on all day. SW - What do you think the future has in store for you? PABH - We’ve been booked for some of

the major UK festivals, after that we’ll record the album, do a bit of touring, and then release the finished product near the end of 2009. SW - Is there a question you’ve always wanted someone to ask but has never cropped up....? PABH - Yes - the question is ‘Is there a question you’ve always wanted someone to ask but has never cropped up....?’ Ha, ha. Got ya! sam white


M83 live

at Bristol Fleece 06/06/09

Finding out that one of the bands on my ‘To See Before I Die’ list is playing in a reasonably small venue 30 minutes south of Cheltenham is possibly one of the most euphoric moments I will ever experience. Until, at least, Death From Above 1979 decide to reform and book a date at the Thekla... Support came in the form of local Bristolian multi-instrumentalist Guy Bartell, also known as ‘Bronnt Industries

Kapital’. Hailing a strangely familiar sounding moniker, he entertained the audience with a complex mix of multiple ideas and sounds. Preceding the genius of Anthony Gonzales was never going to be an easy job, but Bronnt shyly won over the audience’s admiration, somehow blending delicate ambience into brutally executed synth-riffs (See track: Knights of Vipco). Shortly after, Anthony Gonzales took his place onstage, and shared vocal and keyboard duties with The Romanovs’ Morgan Kibby. Naturally, they played a host of hits from their latest album, ‘Saturdays = Youth’, opening with a live remixed version of ‘Graveyard Girl’, as well as ‘Kim and Jessie’ and ‘Couleurs’.

Not wanting to disappoint his long-term fans, he played a spectrum of songs from across the board, ‘Sitting’, ‘Slowly’, ‘Teen Angst’, and ‘Don’t Save Us...’ - even putting in ‘A Guitar and a Heart’ much to the delight of the die-hard M83 fans. Even with their drummer hidden away behind a perspex wall to resist drowning out the keyboards and vocals, their music translated fantastically to a live setting. The ‘dancier’ songs sounded a hell of a lot more ‘dancy’, the ‘rockier’ songs definitively ‘rockier’, and the more ambient were complimented perfectly by Gonzales’ whispered French accent. There was a real feeling of mutual love between the audience and the band, with Gonzales taking the time to thank the audience during his set, he looked truly modest to have every

audience member hanging onto his every word. The only disappointment of the night was the lack of an encore, despite desperate attempts from various audience members (ahem) to try and continue the noise for a further 20 minutes, i mean, the French did invent the word! And for anyone that is by any chance wondering, Bristol Jeff was indeed present and correct, bopping away at the front like his life depended on it...

Kaylea Mitchem

istartedthefirerecords label

istartedthefire records is a Cheltenhambased record label, set up by two enthusiastic musicians, Rob Kimber and Jim Lockey. I caught up with Rob to chat about plans for the label and the launch party on the 12th July at The Frog and Fiddle (entry is £2 - BBQ and a showcase of ISTF bands).

Lea: Who runs the label? Rob: Jim Lockey & myself (Rob Kimber) are the two main characters, but there are a whole bunch of people involved! Lea: So it’s run by people who have contributed a lot to the Gloucestershire music scene - did you both aspire to run/ have your own label or was it natural progression? Rob: I think all musicians want to run a label - I know that I have for sometime, but with Jim I guess it came more naturally as he initially started it up to release his first album. Lea: Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun right? Is that the first release? What else can we expect to hear?

Rob: Well, the label was initially started to release Jim’s first record, which was his solo stuff. Now that he’s got The Solemn Sun behind him, it’s got a much bigger sound - their new record “Atlases” will be our first ‘pro’ release. Lea: Any other releases on the horizon? Will istartedthefire have a certain ‘sound’? Rob: So far we’ve got five acts whose records we want to put out, we’re currently working pretty heavily with Aspen Sails on a 7” and full length record for autumn. I guess we’re a folk label, working with singer-songwriters - but once ISTF is off the ground we plan to start working with other genres.

Lea: Are you planning to sign purely local artists or are you looking further afield? Rob: If we like a band enough we’ll put a record out! It doesnt really matter where they’re from - we’ve just been lucky enough to know a bunch of amazing local acts! Lea: What sort of releases should we expect? 7’’? Cds? Digital? Rob: With the record industry developing the way that it is at the moment, i think it’s important that we’re pretty flexible with our formats - we’re planning to do them all - haha! It’s literally going to be a matter of resisting putting everything on vinyl...

Lea: So the big date is 12th July! Before you go, tell us what’s so special about that date... Rob: The 12th is a chance for us to show off our entire roster - for all of the bands and people involved to meet up and have a bit of fun! The night will play host to the Cheltenham Music Network Development team as part of the Gloucestershire Music Forum. Local members of the council, including Paul McKee, will be attending for the first time to hear about what’s going on in the local music scene and to talk about the council’s position to supporting local music, events and promoters - it’s set to be a really fun night! All proceeds from the door go towards national press campaigns for future releases. kaylea mitchem

istartedthefire records Launch Party The Frog and Fiddle 12th July 2009 Entry £2 1900 - Late 18+ Featuring: A BBQ. Yes. A BBQ. Vegetarian options available! Also.... istartedthefire music showcase: ASPEN SAILS THE MIDNIGHT MILE RUTH BEWSEY JOE SUMMERS JIM LOCKEY & THE SOLEMN SUN

curated by the breeders

Having been relayed the legendary mythology of ATP over the years, by the cool older siblings of my housemates and the entire population of Drowned in Sound, it was with a sense of great excitement that I finally bounded off to Minehead Butlins for my very first experience of All Tomorrow’s Parties. Wide eyed, yet trying to convince those around me that I was a seasoned ATP pro, I stumbled first upon the rowdy hardcore

of The Bronx, whose effortlessly frantic stage presence started proceedings off in a suitably raucous manner. Then, whilst the majority flocked to the Pavilion stage to be wowed by the delicate hits of Bon Iver, the thinking man’s show was stolen by the classically inflected rock of soundtrack composer Yann Tiersen, who lunged frequently between the ethereally fragile and the devastatingly monstrous. Brighton two-piece Blood Red Shoes commenced Saturday’s action by winning over the Pavilion stage on their ATP debut, with a combination of old favourites, excitedly premiered material and nervously cute banter. Wire showed off the wealth of onstage expertise that they’ve picked up during their 30 year history (as

well as Dad dancing, and scarily penetrating snare drum), and Teenage Fanclub warmed the hearts of many with their summery, 90s jangle-pop. Now came the time for The Breeders to prove their worthiness as curators (aside from the coherent and all together ace festival line-up that they’d managed to put together), and that they did as the Deal sister’s delightfully ramshackle set, augmented by extra guitarists and violinists, made everybody party like it was 1993. Following this, hugely enjoyable sets were played by Tricky and The Bronx’s Mexican alter-ego Mareachi El Bronx (complete with suitable attire, guitarrón and trumpet), however Saturday night belonged

entirely to Holy Fuck. The foursome were a maelstrom of noise, spontaneously reassembled vintage synths and euphoric dance floor fillers, all punctuated by the rapturous Lovely Allen. Luckily for the rest of the line-up, nobody had to try and follow as they were the final act of the night. The only major disappointment of the weekend was in the form of The Soft Pack, whose complete lack of stage presence suggested that the indie-poppers are perhaps better on record than in the flesh. The tone of the weekend was returned upwards by Tokyo noise-rockers Melt Banana who won the coveted (and imaginary) ‘Best ‘Mosh Pit’ Of The Weekend’ award, primarily due to their incredible live show (incorporating frantic movement, pitch

darkness and head torches) but no doubt partially due to their blistering cover of Toots and the Maytal’s Monkey Man. In massive contrast, they were followed up by anti-folk legend Kimya Dawson, whose commandeering of audience members to perform backing vocals onstage, and inducement of a mass hug-off, gave the sense that Kimya’s solo set was the most intimate of the weekend despite the vast hordes which had flocked to see her. Next up were Foals who seemed to have come entirely of age as consummate festival headliners, with crowd surfing by Yannis and co, onstage cameos from roadies and members of Blood Red Shoes alike, and the obligatory festival balloon being


bounced around the ecstatic audience. The band look truly pleased to be playing to this audience, and the feeling was certainly mutual. Closing out the weekend came its biggest surprise, in the form of a festival-stealing set from lo-fi experimental folkstress tUnE-yArDs (pictured). Her distinct, yet diverse voice, complemented perfectly by the thin timbre of her ukulele and her innovative use of loop pedals and percussion allowed her to be a quite brilliant conclusion to a quite brilliant weekend. So, who wants to come with me next year?

gareth harper

The Great Escape Thankfully those in charge of stage times paid close attention this year as I found myself only umm-ing and ahh-ing over a maximum of three clashes all weekend! Despite ridiculous-mph winds making me look and feel as though I was walking on an invisible treadmill, the weekends weather was bearable - at least there wasn’t any mud! Thursday

apples - Revenge - Hereford-based five

piece apples played a fantastic opener to the weekend. Formerly Brandon Steep, it seems that changing name, image and mu-

sical direction has gained them a legion of new fans. They played fantastically written pop-tunes to one of the most enthusiastic crowds of the entire weekend, at least of what I saw anyway.

pulled apart by horses - Pavillion Theatre - Surprisingly only played to a halffilled room, the band were on top form but there was no in-crowd enthusiasm, massive shame.

lost valentinos - Pavillion Theatre - Aus-

tralian indie/dance - not half bad. Was on my own for this one so had to resist a bit of a jig, would definitely travel to see them again when they next tour in England.

soap&skin - Unitarian Church - Mature

before her years, Soap&Skin is an 18 year old girl from Austria. Hauntingly beautiful compositions performed with a laptop and a piano set in the beautiful backdrop of the Unitarian Church. Her debut album, ‘Lovetune for Vacuum’ is one of my records of the year. Her sound is practically the theoretical melancholy love child of Regina Spektor and Bjork.

mirrors - Pavillion Theatre - Mirrors

set was absolutely fantastic - the stage was lined with a backdrop of televisions displaying background noise, almost in homage to UNKLE. Surprisingly born from the ashes of Mumm-ra, they could almost be mistaken for White Lies’ distant, less exaggerative cousin - muddled with distinct hints of Joy Division.


django django - Above Audio - Felt a bit

uncomfortable at this gig - they are such a good band both live and on record but would translate better in a setting where they were headlining the show rather than opening! Definitely one that I wanted to dance my socks off to but couldn’t because, well, nobody else was.

casiokids - Ponana - FAIL. Tried to queue to see these but there was already a massive queue forming for The Mae Shi so gave up after 20 minutes.

the XX - Revenge - I fought a dying battle against the wind along the seafront to get to this one - but it was one of my personal

highlights of the weekend (the gig, not the wind). Stripped-bare guitars played against 80s drum beats, moody and meaningful music - the four piece seemed like a genuinely modest band as well. Highly recommended! Album, ‘XX’, out on August 17th.

metronomy - The Corn Exchange - I left

at 23:00 thinking i’d left early enough to get to The Corn Exchange to avoid a long queue -how wrong I was! Finally made it inside after having to painfully listen to the start of the set through the side doors. Had drafted in Gbenga Adelekan on bass, and Anna Prior officially replaced the drum machine. Mount had rid his band of trademark lights and ingenious choreography, perhaps in respect to recently

departed Gabriel Stepping (Your Twenties), however they were still a pleasure to watch. In fact it has been the only Metronomy gig that I’ve been to where the audience actually bothered to dance - hurrah! Saturday Saturday afternoon brought a matinee show under the title of ‘M for Montreal’ in an underground club named ARC, which took us about three attempts to find along the seafront. Managed to catch the end of energetic two-some we are wolves despite having to crowd in such a tiny space. Went and sat outside for thirty minutes for a drink on the beach in the sun, returning to see beast, who I had


been hyping to my pal as a ‘must see’ all weekend.

beast - Arc - Self-defined as ‘Trip-Rock’,

Beast sound distinctively influenced by 90s legends rage against the machine except with a balls-y female singer named Betty Bonifassi. The insane drumming layered against heavy guitar riffs and Bonafassi’s strong, punchy voice impressed the audience no end. Yet another one of my Highly Recommended Band’s of the weekend. Managed to catch five minutes of three trapped tigers at Pavillion Theatre but left early to see mega-hyped Australians the temper trap at Komedia. However I got there and met a massive queue

of people who told me that they were preempting the obvious future demand for little boots. Disappointed and dying for a wee, I reluctantly left the front of the static queue to return to see school of seven bells at Pavillion Theatre - only to be greeted by the back end of an even longer queue! Feeling utterly deflated, having missed two bands that i’d cemented onto my ‘must see’ list, i muddled off to The Water Margin to catch your twenties.

your twenties - The Water Margin - Felt

like I was waiting around for a fair while for this one, as I did get there 40 minutes early. Decided to move to the front as the venue started to fill up, but had my drink confiscated from me because, well, it WAS smuggled in - felt like a naughty

child! It seemed as though my night was getting progressively worse by each gig! After what seemed like a lengthy (drinkless) wait, Gabriel Stepping (Metronomy)’s new venture your twenties eventually took to the stage, playing a host of pure pop tunes including their latest single, ‘Billionaire’, as well as fan-favourites ‘Annie’ and ‘Caught Wheel’.

yes giantess - Ocean Rooms - Neon

Gold Showcase - There’s something I can’t quite pinpoint about yes giantess that first put me off on record, however i decided to wander over to Ocean Rooms early to catch them as a conclusion to my Great Escape weekend. Essentially, I would describe their songs as ‘Epic Cheese Anthems’ - full of casio-wedged

chords and massive pop riffs - on paper you can understand my hesitance. However it seems to work in a live setting, with the crowd truly getting into the bands performance by singing back every single word (‘Never got a chance to follow that dream/ Slipped thru’ my hands like soft ice cream’) to their first single ‘Tuff ‘n’ Stuff’. I left, not completely convinced, but happy enough to crank out ‘Tuff n Stuff’ on a regular basis.

wolf gang - Ocean Rooms - Neon Gold

Showcase - Was looking forward to this all weekend. wolf gang is a brilliant band from London who will, mark my words, be HUGE. Not a lot I can say about the background of these apart from that their

debut single, ‘Pieces of You’ (featuring Jazz flute!) is out on Neon Gold records on July 13th. Playing a small, careful selection of songs including ‘Pieces of You’, and ‘Lions in Cages’, even managing an encore, wolf gang were, again, up there in my favourites of the weekend. If i was you i’d try and catch them live (when they -ever- decide to play dates) before they get massive! Bands you should check out that I couldn’t manage to see due to damn clashes: Bang Bang Eche, Bonne Aparte & Koko Von Napoo, Oh and The Temper Trap - but that was because I didn’t get there early enough! kaylea mitchem

metric live

at Manchester Academy 3, 12/05/09

It was nearly four years to the day I last saw Metric perform live, supporting Death From Above 1979 on their UK tour. I would have envisaged Metric four years on to be playing bigger venues than Academy 3 - having put two albums out since, it was going to be interesting to see how they translated live in an intimate setting.

Placing tracks ‘Help I’m Alive’ and ‘Satellite Minds’ at the beginning set the stage for a highly energetic gig. As ‘Satellite Mind’ began, Haines pogo-ed and fleeted round the stage like a whirlwind, jumping around with an infectious manner. James Shaw intertwined riffs and jabs of guitar against Josh Winstead’s and drummer Joules Scott-Keys’ slick backdrop of rhythm, compelling the audience to move. Throughout the set the interaction between Metric and their fans was high with Emily and James reaching out to their

fans to break down the barriers in the form of high fives and hand shakes. Although most of the set consisted of tracks from their newly released ‘Fantasies’, they featured ‘Dead Disco’ from ‘Old World Underground’ which was greeted by cheers and screams from the audience. Haines appeared to be sparkling as much as the glitter on her dress. Providing a slick vocal, as well as humorous banter between herself and the crowd, it all made for a gripping performance. The thrashing solid beat provided by drummer Joules Scott-Key indicated the beginning of ‘Stadium Love’, generating singalongs from the crowd as the token riff of the chorus filled the room. It proved to be a powerful end to the

set, and left the audience wanting more. Metric granted the audiences wish by returning to the stage, with fan-favourite ‘Monster Hospital’ being the encore song of choice. Shaw, Haines and Winstead teetered on the edge of the stage to get in with the crowd, again dispersing the barriers between band and audience, each member providing frenzied convulsing dance movements whilst performing. After the explosion of ‘Monster Hospital’ the pace was slowed down with ‘Live It Out’, Haines claiming that it was a “lullaby” to the audience. Emily’s hauntingly beautiful vocal echoed round the room as the audience , enchanted, sang every word right back. rebecca redfern

grizzly bear album


Love it or hate it, albums leaking online way before their release is common place. It can however work in a bands favour, building unprecedented hype across music blogs and magazines alike. This is true of Grizzly Bear’s tongue twister of a second album ‘Veckatimest’, which, also partly thanks to record label promoters earning their keep, has been tipped as a contender for the Music Magazine Favourite Feature Article ‘Album Of The Year’. The chap from Fleet Foxes went as far as to call it ‘the best album of the Noughties’, as though he is passing the trophy on from his own band’s success last year.

In ‘Veckatimest’, Grizzly Bear have created a beautiful record. It’s full of dreamy folkpop tracks that draw similarities to Fleet Foxes and Bon Ivor’s albums, which proved popular last year. More upbeat and accessible then the bands previous effort ‘Yellow House’, songs like album opener ‘Southern Point’ and ‘Two Weeks’ highlight the bands gift for writing textured and melodic tunes with the odd vocal harmony or two. ‘While You Wait for the Others’ strikes me as another potential single - an atmospheric track that indicates the bands experimentation with sound and recording spaces, again with that all-important hook. ‘Veckatimest’ is an album full of individual highlights which work perfectly together, to produce a glistening, harmonious folk-pop record that promises as much for future releases as music blogs did for this.

rumble strips live

mixed reviews, this evening’s gig, and promised new material, was an exciting prospect.

When Devonshire five-piece The Rumble Strips first grabbed the attention of music lovers a couple of years back they seemed destined for success. With an album of fanciful ditties about alarm clocks, clouds and bicycles they fitted perfectly with many a teenager’s dreamy outlook on life. What’s more, they were an unpretentious, cheery alternative to an ever growing army of posey, image conscious bands who continue to flirt with the mainstream today. However the ‘tough second album’ cliché can cloud even the most hyped band’s sophomore ambitions and with their first album gaining

Local band Mr Cleary got proceedings underway and did a good job welcoming the arriving crowd to the smaller then usual Guildhall (curtains had been put in use to give a more intimate setting) with their own brand of sing-along, anthemic indie rock. Eugene McGuinness soon followed, and in the Liverpool based singer-songwriter The Rumble Strips have found the perfect touring partner. Playing without his band, perhaps for fear of upstaging the headliners, McGuiness delivered a flawless performance of his critically acclaimed debut album, confirming his worth as one of the most exciting up and coming artists in Britain today.

at Gloucester Guildhall, 05/04/09

The Rumble Strips have been holding their cards close to their chest with regards to the new Mark Ronson produced album. With only the upbeat ‘London’ as a free download this tour seems like a testing of the water for the band. But it only takes a couple of songs before the Gloucester crowd is in full swing. Old singles ‘Motorcycle’ and ‘Girls And Boys In Love’ coupled with energetic new tracks threaten to turn the Guildhall into a 1940s jive club. But just before the prospect of doing ‘the twist’ with your friends becomes a reality, Charlie Waller and co. turn all dark and sinister with new track ‘Daniel’. Gone are the heavy brass sounds, with this song revealing another side to the band, proving to be yet another catchy, if eerie, tune that will stick in your head for hours.

25 The new tracks indicate that the band seem ready to dispel any nonsense of difficult second albums. With Mark Ronson in their corner, armed with a more full, diverse sound, their album looks set to soundtrack summers across the U.K. If tonight’s gig is anything to go by it won’t be long before The Rumble Strips themselves are flirting with chart success. both pieces written by

christian allen

eugene mcguinness interview

The Early Learnings of a Massive Fan of Eugene McGuinness....

ND - You’re currently touring with The Rumble Strips, how is that going? EM - It’s going really well, they are really nice guys to support. ND - What is your favourite song to perform live? EM - I obviously enjoy playing my newest songs the most, honestly I love playing

them all, but if I had to pick one it would be Moscow State Circus. ND - My personal favourite is “A Girl Who My Eyes Shine For...” may I be a bit cheeky and ask you to play it tonight? EM - That’s funny actually, somebody asked me to play that at last night’s show, I must be on to a winner with that one! ND - Your brother is in Swanton Bombs, who are starting to make a bit of a name for themselves. Do you help out with them at all? EM - He recorded with us on my album, and we play together when we can find the time, it’s a lot of fun. It’s mainly down to if we are both free, but we try and fit in the time because we enjoy helping each

other out. ND - You originate from Liverpool but I read somewhere along the line that you moved to London? EM - I was a University student in Liverpool and then moved to London for a year. I had a really great time there and am hopefully moving back to London after the summer (I own a flat in Liverpool at the moment) as I miss it too much! ND - What’s so bad about Liverpool? EM - No - nothing! It’s a great city to live in but London has so much more to it. Most visitors will go to touristy areas and Shoreditch/Soho/Camden, the ‘hip’ places, but there’s so much more to it than that.

ND - How were you signed to Domino Records? EM - I was on the dole at the time, they messaged me through Myspace, I jumped at the chance!

ND - Did you have any labels chasing to get your signature? EM - I wish! It wasn’t like that at all, it was quite obvious that nobody wanted me, haha! ND - Who would you cite as your main influences? EM -The Beatles, Nick Cave, and David Bowie - that man is a genius. I’m sure he’s a Martian. ND - Who are your favourite bands at the moment? EM - I love Grinderman, the new Horrors stuff is amazing as well, they have completely changed from the last time I heard them.

ND - With White Lies gaining massive success in the charts do you feel this puts too much pressure on bands like this when they are to return with a second album? EM - It all depends. If they have the right people around them in the industry and their heads screwed on then they will have no problem producing something just as great as the first. As long as they are still enjoying themselves, writing the music, then that’s all that matters. nathan david


peter doherty

until they’re gracing the national music press, blogosphere and MP3 players of the UK.


at Gloucester Guildhall, 10.06.09

The night commenced with Herefordbased Rupert and the Robbers, who set the standard ridiculously high for the rest of the gig. It’s a shame that the crowd was so small for these boys, as their well-crafted pop tunes could certainly launch them far, having had Steve Lemacq champion them as ‘Unsigned Band of the Week’ - I can honestly say I don’t think it’ll be long

The second band on the line up was Gloucester indie two-piece/part-time R&C writers Candidates. My immediate thought was, ‘have Gareth’s lungs got bigger?!’ Their set seemed 100% tighter than I’ve previously seen - with energetic riffs and hand claps aplenty, Gaz even showed his darker side by what looked like at the time, strumming the guitar with his teeth - but i later found out that he’d been shouting into it - ah! They engaged with the audience with amusing onstage banter, finishing with the old, “We have been Candidates, you have been lovely, thank you!” Bless!

Next up was Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun - surprisingly this was the first time that I had seen Jim Lockey et al perform, despite the fact that they seem to support every other local gig. Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun have a large local following; with their music nodding metaphoricallyinfluenced heads to bands such as Mae and Bright Eyes, it’s no surprise they’re booked up to the eyeballs this summer. The boys have a wonderful on-stage presence, and played a handful of songs from their new album named Atlases which is out July on istartedthefire records. As the night went on, the crowd braced themselves for disappointment, as by 22:00 the infamous headliner was nowhere to be seen. Fortunately, and greeted

by an eruption of cheers no less, Pete waltzed onstage at 22:20 exclaiming that he “almost didn’t make it at all”. Declaring that he’d lost his way in Stroud and had to stop and ask for directions - he reminisced amusedly, having overheard a lady say “There’s Pete Doherty - let’s spit on him!” during his brief passing through Stroud. His onstage ‘space’ was lined with a bottle of Morgan’s Spiced Rum, Cobra Beer, cigarettes and Gaz Candidates’ amp (so i was excitedly told). He played a set of acoustic Libertines and Babyshambles favourites, relishing in the enthusiastic cries of the crowd. You could without a doubt tell how at ease Pete was with performing onstage, taking the time between songs to talk to the crowd, sing happy birthday to a

lucky lady and sign autographs. Playing a host of hits, ‘What Katie Did’, ‘Killamangiro’, ‘Fuck Forever’, and Libertines classics ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ and ‘Time For Heroes’, Pete truly captured the hearts of the audience with his cheeky grin and easy-going stage manner. He finished the set with a much requested encore of ‘Delivery’ and ‘Up The Bracket’. Despite playing until the early hours of the morning, Pete by no means outstayed his welcome and left the crowd safe in the knowledge that the old, lovable Pete still least until the following day when the news of his alleged arrest was all over the local and national press..! kaylea mitchem

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