Play Patterns Mini Festival (The Well): This was a small festival of local bands headlined by That Fucking Tank. The standard was generally decent to medium-good, but nothing was particularly impactful (‘Gallops’ were pretty fine though) apart from That Fucking Tank, who played up close on the floor. They were tight, loud, sweaty, and very good. Also got a vinyl album from them for 3 quid because it had a slight tear. Bargain.
British Sea Power (Hebden Bridge Trades Club):
Firstly, apologies to Ellie for going to 2 BSP shows while she went to none… I am sorry! But it should be made up for in the new year, so hopefully I can talk about them… This show was in the great little Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge, so I hopped over on the train. The show was very good (stage about a foot of the ground), but the main goodness of the night were meeting members of the Sea Power hardcore contingent for the first time. A very friendly lot indeed. I even had a few pints bought for me: bonus! Will be seeing more of them… for example two nights later:
British Sea Power (Brudenell):
This gig was brilliant (sorry again Ellie!) I almost didn’t get in; it was all sold out, and i only got a ticket about 4 hours beforehand (partly thanks to the aforementioned kindly BSP forum folk). It was a very energetic crowd (and band) down the front, with proper bouncing around and everything, and a great atmosphere as a result. Great setlist, and as always at the Brudenell, great venue. And (this can only apply to BSP shows) great foliage! On good form that night, certainly.
Anais Mitchell (Nation):
Free gig on a Sunday night, and well worth it! Went along not knowing anyone playing, came away impressed. Anais played folk/country music from her acclaimed concept album ‘Hadestown’, with just her and another bloke on 2 acoustic guitars, to an appreciative and busy Nation of Shopkeepers. Perfect for a Sunday night, and intend to get Hadestown as soon as it gets back in the union music library!
Brainwash Festival: Shining + HEALTH (Brudenell):
Another festival, this one at the Brudenell. First we saw Glissando, who made interesting and atmospheric post-rock whilst everyone sat on the floor. Then Shining, a band from Norway who could be said to play a crazy mix of metal and jazz, and yet aren’t shit but great! Amazing! (They’ve also supported a-ha, believe it or not). Next was a bloke called Rival Consoles, who energetically generated some groovesome electroish music, but sadly didn’t get the response he deserved from the crowd. HEALTH did though, performing as suprise guests; they were loud and noisy (of course!), and leapt around the stage frantically with little room for pause at any point. Particularly notable were the extremely good drummer and the long haired guy at the front, who danced about tapping pedals looking ‘like a demon’ (according to me on LSR a while ago). Good show!
Brainwash Festival: Tweak Bird + Melt Banana (Brudenell): Only caught a bit of the next night of the festival, which basically just made it a Melt Banana gig with support; not really a problem! Tweak Bird were really good actually, two brothers on guitar and drums playing really fun hard rock music together (with a saxophone friend joining in sometimes, including at the very noisy climax). A very pleasant surprise. Then Melt Banana, the Japanese noise rock band that Rob particularly loves, headlined. They started out with about 15 minutes of some pretty bizarre electronic-noise-dance, waving their head-torches around, before the rest of the band came on. Then they played lots of their blisteringly fast noisy songs, sounding like some sort of hyper-punk at points. And halfway through their set, they did their 7 of their ‘short’ songs back to back; these songs are all about 10 seconds long, so they definitely qualify as short. Many were basically just a weird guitar noise from the surgically-masked and very impressive guitarist. The show was enjoyed a good deal, though I wonder if I should have joined the wildness down the front for some of it. Ah well.