Man Of Moon – Sala La Nau, Barcelona – 31 Oct 2019

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The idea of combining a trip to Europe to see Man Of Moon on tour with a few days in the amazing city of Barcelona was too good to resist!  Not long into their European Tour supporting Twilight Sad,  the guys are on top form with a 40 minute set concentrating their best songs. Though the venue was sparsely populated to begin with, it soon filled up and by the end they had earned a lot of new fans! Bravo Señors!

Attended by George, Karen & Mhairi

 

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Holiday in Barcelona – Oct/Nov 2019

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A 4 day trip to Barcelona was in order to co-incide with a visit to see Michael play with Man of Moon on their European Tour. What an amazing city. We loved it!

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Big Big Train – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh – 26 Oct 2019

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I found out about Big Big Train from twigging that guitar hero Dave Gregory (ex of XTC) was playing with them. Couldn’t miss a chance to see the great man for the first time since 1981 ! I quite liked a few live videos I had seen but listening to some BBT albums I was less impressed. That impression was backed up by this performance. Long ‘pieces’ rather than songs that have typical prog rock sections with impressive dynamics and playing, but short on tunes for me and with lyrics that think they are clever but to me are really just annoying! Dave’s guitar bits were of course my favourite, but additional touches really, that couldn’t transform what I thought were tedious numbers. This is BBTs first ever tour so their loyal fans went wild for it and I was happy for them!

Attended by George

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black midi – Fabric, London – 23 Oct 2019

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Attended by George

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/black-midi/2019/fabric-london-england-6b9dceea.html

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The Trama Dolls – Brig Below, Edinburgh – 19 Oct 2019

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A fabulous evening with The Trama Dolls (and The Twistettes) at the Brig. A real celebration atmosphere and such a lot of fun. The Trama Dolls sound great, not just with their style (which could be compared to Stooges, Cramps etc. etc.) but really clever and catchy songs. Sadie is of course the ‘Queen of Fucking Everything’ with all the passion and the moves, but the musicians create all the dramatic backdrop needed. Bravo!

Attended by George, Karen & Jan

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The Murder Capital – Mash House, Edinburgh – 15 Oct 2019

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The Murder Capital from Dublin are an arty, post-punk band in a similar vein to others I’ve seen recently like Idles and Shame, etc. etc. Not a bad collection to stand comparison with and they have a different kind of power combined with an emotional seriousness of their own.  Inventive and melodic musicianship too supporting the earnest intensity of singer James McGovern.

They also know how to build up a show dramatically. Instead of starting with the usual belter, they start with a mellow song, then the melancholy ‘Twisted Ground’, then another before ‘Green & Blue’ starts to ramp up the intensity towards a  ferocious ending with the crowd going beserk! All bar the drummer end up in the crowd (is that schtick getting a bit tiresome?) but fun to see McGovern climb up to the ceiling to hang there like spiderman, and adoring fans trying to join him up there!

Attended by George

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Pom Poko – Mash House, Edinburgh – 13 Oct 2019

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Wow! I thought Pom Poko from Norway could be good, but I was blown away like the rest of a packed Sunday night Mash House crowd.  We all got the same blast from their spectacular music and infectious energy and enthusiasm, well I bopped around like loon anyway! Quite a unique sound I think with math rock, modern pop, jazz and world music flavours with odd rhythms, times and melodies. Right up my street!

Attended by George

 

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