Showing posts with label Glasgow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Glasgow. Show all posts

Thursday, 27 October 2016

The Great Western Road

You get fuck all when you search "Great Western Road  Bands" on google, but I will tell you a thing that Mr Michael Briggs brought to my attention, "the further along the Great Western Road the more angular" theorum.

I find myself not disagreeing

Friday, 23 May 2014

Melt-Banana - Mono - Glasgow - 22nd May 2014


Well, I am not going to say that I can now die happy that I have seen Melt-Banana [I will still die a miserable tosser] but I am relieves to have been able to see them. Melt-Banana, are not that kind of band, to quite understate the FACT, Melt-Banana are not everyone's cup of tea.


pic stolen from Michael Briggs' instagram [I like this pic]

I do not really know how to describe the band except in occasional adjectives: noisy; alternative; reclusive; talented; Japanese. That sort of sums them up. And if you do not get an idea of them from that, then you probably listen to very different music than I [which seems to be a lot of people].

I first came across the band trying to find Machinguru [but that is for a whole different Japanese movie conversation] on the web, and somebody had made a Melt-Banana v Machinguru mash-up for youtube, I was smited! This band will never be huge, unless you take their massive US following into account, but you get the feeling that if they wanted to be huge they might be doing something else. For a start their website might have moved from the Japanese version of geocities [which amazingly is still going].

Mono is a great venue for bands with no pretensions to mega-stardom, intimate, and suited Melt-Banana just fine. The band themselves were very good, musically very tight [god knows how they do it with the stoppy, starty, change of pace nature of their music? practice I suppose] they stuck to their 2-3 minute songs for the most part, so you get plenty of songs for the hour long set, and played all of their "hits" [ahem!], apart, sadly, from RRaGG [which is my own favourite], but you can't have everything. Most of the set was built around the best tunes on Bambi's Dilemma [but it is a masterpiece after all].

All in all, if it were not for weedgie stagediver [do you know which Century this is you wanker?] fucking up their amps for about five minutes it would have been flawless [in a Melt-Banana sense of course], everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and this is the main thing. Just one piece of advice to the Glasgow commoner [and that is a lot of Glasgow!], there is no need for you to bring all your worldly belongings to an intimate gig in a wee venue, then put it in a rucksack, then wear said rucksack throughout the set! Now I know I am well behind the latest Weedgie trends, but please kill this one dead!