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While Our Blood’s Still Young…..

After spending months looking forward to it…..the date finally arrived last night. The Temper Trap live in King Tuts.

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The gig itself was amazing, all that was to be expected and more, it was drenched in melodies and catchy choruses. The band have toured the UK extensively since early spring and with the release of their debut album they boast an impressive array of songs which translate absolutely brilliant live. They threw themselves into the gig last night as if it was there last, they hit every note and beat with everything they had and made sure they kept the crowd involved but thats not all the Temper Trap are about. They bring people together in a way that only certain bands can. With their lyrics. From the first chord of the night until the last drumbeat fell everybody in the packed King Tuts sang along to every word of every song. I woke this morning to find that i’ve practically lost my voice from singing all throughout last night. Looking around the venue there were guys with arms over each others shoulders, couples with arms around each others waists, drunk people randomly hugging other drunk people and singing along even though they might not know the words. The Temper Trap are very much a band for friends. They inspire the “I love you, man” feeling inside most people. In short they make everybody feel good. And its all with the power of words and the delivery of the vocals. Temper Trap frontman Dougy has a very powerful, touching, unique voice and i have actually known it to reduce people to tears….ahem, Lisa……

MP3s
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The Temper Trap – Love Lost

The Temper Trap – Science Of Fear

The Temper Trap – Down River

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As always, feel free to download the songs but please support the Temper Trap by buying the album, merch and going to the gigs etc

The band shot a new video for “Sweet Disposition” when they released it as a single in the UK recently but this is the original video from October 2008.  It’s still my favourite song of theirs because it encompasses so many emotions and atmospherics into one song.

Personally, i think the song and lyrics are about living for the moment but also about being able to share that moment with someone else. Hence the reason i think the song brings people together. If that makes sense? Or am i just rambling?

Anyway…

sweet disposition
never too soon
oh reckless abandon
like no one’s
watching you

a moment, a love
a dream aloud
a kiss, a cry
our rights, our wrongs
a moment, a love
a dream aloud
a moment, a love
a dream aloud

so stay there
cause i’ll be comin over
and while our bloods still young
it’s so young
it runs
and we won’t stop til it’s over
won’t stop to surrender

songs of desperation
i played them for you
a moment, a love
a dream aloud
a kiss, a cry
our rights, our wrongs
a moment, a love
a dream, aloud
a moment, a love
a dream aloud

so stay there
cause i’ll be comin over
and while our bloods still young
it’s so young
it runs
and we won’t stop til it’s over
won’t stop to surrender

S.I.T Wolf X

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….And Now For The Rest Of This Weekends Results: Moderat 1 – Tattoo 0

I had planned to go get a new tattoo this morning, thanks to a huge hangover i’m not, it’ll have to wait till next week now.

In the fallout of the Bloody Beetroots gig a fortnight ago and with my ears still ringing from that night, i wandered into the ABC at 9pm last night…….what was i thinking? Could Moderat match the Bloody Beetroots?

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Well, in a word, yes, they matched them, Moderat were brilliant and were every bit as loud and as enthralling but still…… nothing can beat jumping around to Warp while to masked men scream at you. Remember, it’s two different types of music we’re talking about here but on a scale of 1 to 10 Moderat was a 9.8 out of 10 and The Bloody Beetroots were a 9.9 (for Warp and FFA1985 alone).

Enough comparing though. On to last night. Moderat literally had the crowd in their hands BEFORE they were anywhere near the stage. The finely selected playlist they had on as a warm up (there was no support DJ/band you see, at least i don’t think so anyway :S) was just making everyone in the club more and more eager to finally catch a glimpse of the 3 main eventers behind Moderat. You see Moderat are a like a Supergroup in a way, they’re not just some random DJs who happen to use the moniker Moderat….no, this is the coming together of Modeselektor, Apparat and the visual expert Pfadfinderei. When they finally did appear on stage they opened with the first track from their album, the unbelievable dreamscapes of “A New Error” and before you know it they’re showering us with “Rusty Nails”, “Porc 1 and 2″ and”Seamonkey” amongst many others. Combine the tracks with the amazing visuals on the screen behind the trio and the audience was not only in Moderats hands but pretty much in their face, people were pushing closer and closer to them by the second. They brought events to a close by playing “BeatsWaySick” followed by a few more numbers which had the crowd chanting (as usual) “one more tune!”. Unfortunately they didn’t play us one more tune BUT they did go onto the after party at the sweatbox that is known as the Sub Club and i’m assuming they played a few more tracks in there before heading off into the night. The ticket stub from the Moderat gig allowed all gig goers free entry into that afterparty/aftermath but me and Gustav decided to give it a swerve. Afterall, the gig was packed and as soon as Moderat announced the Sub Club appearance everybody shot out the ABC like cannonballs, shot out into taxis and straight to the Subby. So we staggered out into the streets of Glasgow, found our few drinking companions who were also out in Glasgow and headed to another club, the CG which ironically is bang on next door to the Sub Club. We could have entered the Sub Club at anytime we wanted last night but we stuck with the CG and dancing to Tool, Deftones and Jimmy Eat World which was, in a guilty pleasure kinda way, fucking amazing. All in all, it was another brilliant night. We seen/heard Moderat play an eclectic, fantastic (fantasteclectic anyone?) and pretty much epic set then had a good night in the club afterwards. The Moderat guys have said they won’t be touring and making music again anytime soon, all 3 are heading back to work on their respective projects, so that makes last night all the more special. The tattoo can always wait………

Moderat live @ the ABC, Glasgow. Friday 4th September 2009

Moderat live @ the ABC, Glasgow. Friday 4th September 2009

MP3: Moderat – Les Grandes Marches

MP3: Moderat – Rusty Nails

MP3: Moderat – BeatsWaySick

Bonus tracks:

MP3: Modeselektor – Sucker Pin

MP3: Apparat – Fractales Pt 1

GIG RATING: Moderat 9.8 out of 10

S.I.T Wolf  X

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Fucked From Above Since 1985

Bloody Beetroots
Inside a warm, dark club, lit only by the random bursts of neon lights/flames that shoot across the roof, lurks shiny turntables and some huge fucking speakers. Behind those turntables lurk two men dressed in Venom masks poised and ready to go…….. Welcome to The Bloody Beetroots @ Death Disco…..

 Bob Rifo and Tommy Tea (aka The Bloody Beetroots) are two men with a purpose, they’re intent on making our ears bleed, intent on making The Arches shake to the core,  intent on making everyone who has squeezed into the club jump and bounce all night. They carried out their intentions and more. By 3am everyone was drenched in sweat, i mean everyone, even the bar staff couldn’t help moving to the wonky techno and disorientating beats that were furiously leaping from the sound system all night. Even the weather couldn’t ruin the night. It was pissing down outside but nobody cared, there was no way our tshirts could get any wetter (is wetter a word? dunno) than they already were with sweat. Everyone who was there left with a smile on their face and wandered off into the rainy Glasgow morning drunkenly mumbling to each other about how good a night they had. I got home sometime between the hours of 5:30am and 6am , i can’t remember exactly when  but i know i stayed up discussing the night with my mate Gustav till 7am, then the dawn broke and i went to bed. When i woke up in the morning i had all the signs of a cold coming on (is it any wonder after wandering around Glasgow in a sweaty tshirt while the rain lashes down) but who cares? Not me, not after a night like The Bloody Beetroots. It was well worth it.

MP3: Bloody Beetroots – Warp 1.9 feat. Steve Aoki

MP3: Bloody Beetroots – Anacletus

Bloody Beetroots Live
BONUS VIDEO

I found this on YouTube yesterday, its a clip from Saturday night aptly described as “Bloody Beetroots fucking up Death Disco”. Couldn’t agree more. Have a listen. You’ll wish you were there.

GIG RATING: Bloody Beetroots 9.9 out of 10

S.I.T Wolf  X

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T In The Park Review (Part 2) – The NEW(ish) Aural Delights

Ok after much delay (been busy at work recently) i’ve finally gotten round to my feelings on the 5 best new-ish artist/bands at T in the Park 2009.

1. THE TEMPER TRAP
First band up are the Temper Trap, i first heard them back in December 2008 and have been going on about them ever since (i mentioned them in my Tips for 2009 blog back in February too).  Sweet Disposition was the song that caught my attention originally and then i looked up a few other tracks. Namely Peter Parker and Science of Fear. But it wasn’t until i managed to get a hold of the album that i could really appreciate them….. or so i thought. The experience of seeing them live was easily one of the highlights of this years festival. And the song “Fader” easily wins title of Feel Good Hit of The Summer.

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MP3: The Temper Trap – Fader

2. THE BIG PINK
Next up is The Big Pink, a noisy duo who have been compared sound wise to  The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and countless other “shoegaze” bands. And although the walls of noise they create are a fair comparison, the Big Pink still manage to create a different structure by using beats that will remind the listener more of an industrial sound rather than dreamy noise pop. This may have something to do with the fact that Robin Furze was a founder member of noise merchants Panic DHH and also done time as a guitarist with punk-electronic legend Alec Empire. Meanwhile the other member of Big Pink, Milo Cordell, just happens to be the son of a 60’s pop producer. Milo also runs the Merok record label which has released a load of  material from disco-punk orientated bands including  the Klaxons. Mix these two guys together and you get the ethereal sounds of The Big Pink. Loud and straight to the point but strangely quiet and distant at the same time.

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MP3: The Big Pink – Velvet

3. UNICORN KID
Olly Sabin, otherwise known as Unicorn Kid made his first appearnce at T in the Park this year. Hiding behind his trademark Lion Hat (they’ll be the next big fasion accessory soon, even i have one!) he manages to somehow throw out bleeps and blips through his speakers and meld them into the catchiest melodies of the year so far. He has rode a wave of publicity this summer following numerous appearances on Radio 1 and Xfm and also his own headling tour which culminated at Balado. The demand for this 17 year old from Edinburgh is huge at the moment. What started out as hype has evolved into absolutely massive stadium sized songs. Unicorn Kid is definitely one for the future. Listen and justify the hype for yourself.

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MP3: Unicorn Kid – Lion Hat

4. DANANANANAKROYD
Possibly the weirdest name, no wait, DEFINITELY the weirdest name to appear on this blog (so far) is Dananananakroyd. Trying saying that whilst under the influence. They are a six piece (formerly 9 piece!) from Glasgow. Their music is just as strange as their name. Due to the nature of the screamed vocals they have often been put in the “Post Hardcore” genre. I hate labelling bands into genres. To me Dananananakroyd are more pop music but just in an unconventional sense. There are a more few songs on their debut album “Hey Everyone!” that could be deemed “radio friendly” though. But not in the sense of being radio friendly like “Nickel-fucking shite-back”.  The band have gained notoriety and a cult following through touring constantly and they were certainly a sight to see and hear at T in the Park. Random Fact: Ex-drummer Laura is married to Futureheads frontman Barry Hyde!

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MP3: Dananananakroyd – Pink Sabbath

5. WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS
Lastly we come to a band who are tipped for big things in the very near future. We Were Promised Jetpacks are 4 Edinburgh school friends who formed a few years after the turn of the milennium in 2003. They sing songs of lost love and despair in their own accents. Remind you of anybody? Glasvegas maybe? Well, this 4 piece sound nothing like Glasvegas, there’s no ungodly distortion, no smokey stages, no sunglasses indoors. Just raw emotion and menacingly plucked guitars. Everybody wants a piece of this band at the moment. And this has been solidified by the fact that the boys will be spending the rest of their summer and most of September playing Germany followed by a massive US tour with fellow Scottish bands Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad.

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MP3: We Were Promised Jetpacks – Moving Clocks Run Slow

Honourable mentions for new bands that i heard at T in the Park also go to Broken Records, The Phantom Band, Delphic, Pulled Apart By Horses and finally a band who more than match Dananananakroyd on the name front….The Seal Cub Clubbing Club.

Top 10 Performances of the Weekend
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1. The Temper Trap @ the T Break Stage on the Friday
2. Mogwai @ King Tuts Wah Wah Tent on the Sunday
3. The Big Pink @ the T Break Stage on the Sunday
4. M83 @ King Tuts Wah Wah Tent on the Saturday
5. Nine Inch Nails @ the Radio 1/NME stage on the Saturday
6. TV On The Radio @ King Tuts Wah Wah Tent on the Sunday
7. Unicorn Kid @ The BBC Introducing Stage on the Saturday
8. Foals @ King Tuts Wah Wah Tent on the Saturday
9. We Were Promised Jetpacks @ the T Break Stage on the Sunday
10. Dananananakroyd @ The BBC Introducing Stage on the Sunday

And that was T in the Park 2009

S.I.T Wolf x

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T in the Park Review (Part 1) – The Happenings…….

T IN THE PARK: A WEEKEND THROUGH BROKEN SUNGLASSES

T in the Park, T in the P, Pee in the Dark, Sea in the Shark, Me in the Ark, i could go on………

Part 1 of the TitP review is pretty much going to be a list of things that made my weekend. There’s no point in me writing paragraphs of how each day went, which bands i seen etc. I’ll save the musical review of TitP for Parts 2 and 3 of the review.

so without further ado and in no specific order, here is my weekend in a nutshell…

warm cans of Tennents.
cold hot dogs.
flaming gallah!
innuendo jokes about loving The Big Pink (more on them later).
Vicki tearing her ligaments, sad times.
Aiobfans pyjama party in the Purple campsite.
amazing 4am banter.
asking directions in French (excusez-moi monsieur aimable, d’où soyez les toilettes propres ?).
leaky tents.
cosy sleeping bags.
broken sunglasses.
facepaints.
peeing in the dark.
fending off midgies (giant fucking midgies!).
strip poker.
bumpy bus rides.
water gun fights at 3am.
the strangest alcohol cocktails known to man.
playing East 17 on the Ipod docks.
friendly Geordies.
nine inch nipples (don’t ask!).
trying to get drunk on mouthwash.
gimp masks (sounds so wrong, i know)
using the disabled toilets (they were spotless!).
lion hats.
laughing at the clearly furious neds who found out The Game had cancelled his appearance.
helping random inverness girls to spew properly.
putting Aiobfan AND Morgan on my shoulders (yes, one on each!) during “Sit Down” by James, fucking agony and how fucking ironic a song!
drink driving on the Dodgems.
winning 20p on the horses.
getting soaked with what was hopefully beer during Crystal Castles.
the most random campsite playlists you could imagine (straight from S club 7 to Sepultura).
broken chairs.
Andy running into fences….. the fence won by the way.
shaking Seasick Steve’s hand and having him compliment my broken sunglasses.
t-shirt tans (everybody had one on the Sunday!).
poncho’s that are clearly NOT waterproof (they provoked memories of Radiohead at Glasgow Green last summer).
actually taking my tent home this time.
squashing EVERYONE into the car on the way home, i’m still grieving over that cars suspension.

here’s some pictures of the weekend, some are mine and some i’ve stole from friends…..

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S.I.T Wolf x

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