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    Brand New Glasgow setlist – 24/06/09

    Bit of a collaborative effort in compiling Brand New’s Glasgow set list – mainly Ross, using Craig’s list from last night. Laura typed. Louise checked. Jamie had the final say.

    1.The Shower Scene.
    2.The Quiet Things.
    3.The No Seatbelt Song.
    4.Sic Transit Gloria.
    5.Okay I Believe You.
    6.Jaws Theme Swimming.
    7.Play Crack the Sky.
    8.Gasoline.
    9.Sowing Season.
    10.Millstone.
    11.Archers.
    12.Jesus Christ.
    13.Luca.
    14.Bride.
    15.Degausser.
    16.You Won’t Know.
    17.Mixtape
    18.70×7
    19.Welcome to Bangkok.

    *This was originally posted on my old blog BeanHeartBatman*

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    Day two: Brand New roadtrip 2009 – Glasgow

    Manchester is warm and sunny after yesterday’s downpour. We’ve slept, showered and eaten, care of the Sandown Hotel, and after dropping Jen off we’re making our way to Glasgow for show #2. A quick stop at a service station allows Kam and Louise to eat the same meals again and stock up on roadtrip-mandatory Haribo.

    Roughly four hours (and two stops) from Manchester we arrive in the reassuringly identikit Travelodge. Nandos has been spotted and earmarked for dinner, so we’ve four hours to kill. A wander round Glasgow gives us a chance to see some of the beautiful architecture, stop for a drink and try on tiaras in Claire’s, but sadly not much else.

    Moneen manage to be even more enthusiastic than last night – which in itself is bloody impressive. They mix up the set and banter with the audience in a way none of the bands managed yesterday. And they seem to have fans here too.

    Actually everyone seems more keen – all three bands and the fans. It’s a marked improvement on yesterday. And that’s an understatement. Kevin Devine tacks on Ballgame to the end of his set and plays it beautifully. But the biggest shock is the main band themselves. Brand New play Mixtape, which is almost unheard of in the UK, and 70×7, which no one expected on this tour. There’s no other way to describe it other than immense. Even the security people at the front of the stage couldn’t help smiling at the fans reaction to Mixtape – it was infectious.

    Tonight was beyond a doubt the highlight of the two shows so far with old gems making an appearance and lead singer Jesse Lacey actually interacting with the crowd. It seems hard to explain tonight as anything other than immense and awesome.

    Tomorrow sees us back to Manchester for Kevin Devine’s headline show at the Retrobar. It’s unlikely have the intense reaction from the crowd as tonight, but here’s hoping.

    *This was originally posted on my old blog BeanHeartBatman*

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    Brand New Manchester setlist – 23/06/09

    The BNUKST blog has been set up by Jamie, the street team leader, which we’ve all been blogging to. Craig posted the set-list from last night’s gig in Manchester, which is below.

    1.The Shower Scene.
    2.The Quiet Things.
    3.The No Seatbelt Song.
    4.Sic Transit Gloria.
    5.Okay I Believe You.
    6.Jaws Theme Swimming.
    7.Play Crack the Sky.
    8.Gasoline.
    9.Sowing Season.
    10.Archers.
    11.Jesus Christ.
    12.Luca.
    13.Bride.
    14.Degausser.
    15.You Won’t Know.
    16.Welcome to Bangkok.

    *This was originally posted on my old blog BeanHeartBatman*

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    Day one: Brand New roadtrip 2009 – Manchester

    It’s monsoon season in Manchester. Or that’s how it would seem two hours before the gig. But that’s never going to put anyone off – we’re an overly enthusiastic bunch and we’ve travelled for miles to get here. And some us may have had the security of a car.

    Louise, Kam and I pick up Jen and head for the venue, dumping the car in a car park and finding the rest of the crew in The Oxford – over the road from the venue. There’s a veritable medley of people from BNUKST board – from Liverpool, Newcastle, Stoke, Birmingham, Scotland to America and Sweden. It’s a good chance to meet fellow boardies and grab dinner.

    Moneen are on first, surprisingly. They play an incredibly enthusiastic set but it’s easy to see that most of the audience have no idea who they are. Hopefully this will have earned them some new fans – they certainly deserved it from tonight’s performance. A new album is out in September and they showcased a new song ‘believe’, whose upbeat lyrics contained the idea of believing in your own way –
    which seems at odds with Brand New’s dower “die young save yourself”.

    Fan favourite Kevin Devine and his Goddam Band were up next and my did they rock. Opening with the required Cotton Crush, a good range of old and new material was played, including several songs from Brothers Blood – released in the UK on 20th July. Having seen Kevin Devine with and without a backing band, with band the songs definitely had more power behind them. But it’ll be nice to see a more stripped down version either on Thursday at the Retrobar or failing that in July when he supports Manchester Orchestra.

    Brand New take the stage promptly at 9.30 and announce that they intend to play straight through to 11pm, without any nonsense. Which always seems a shame as a good amount of onstage banter can make a gig. But this is Brand New and it’s now almost expected.

    They open with Shower Scene and it’s good to hear they’re playing stuff from Your Favourite Weapon. In fact the show seems portioned off into older stuff like Sic Transit Gloria, Quiet Things, Okay I believe you but my tommy gun don’t, Jaws Theme Swimming and No Seatbelt Song as well as newer stuff from The Devil and God and two newer, as yet unreleased, songs. But a new album it’s on it’s way –
    finally! People seem divided on whether this portioning is a good move; to me it works, but I think they’ve done it well, grouping similar sounding stuff and tempos together.

    It’s been two years since they last toured and everyone seemed glad to see them, hear old favourites and new tracks in anticipation from the new album. It was a good gig but the audience didn’t seem as engrossed as I’d have expected. Hopefully the crowds at the other gigs will be better.

    Post-gig we’re all sweaty and in need of a drink. So off to Mc Donalds and back to the hotel. Where we’re asked if we enjoyed Take That – who were also playing in Manchester tonight. That was quickly put right and up to the rooms. Off to Glasgow tomorrow!

    Quote of the day from Kam about Louise’s sat nav “it’s the kind of noise your toaster would make if it was melting”

    *This was originally posted on my old blog BeanHeartBatman*

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    Birmingham Academy is moving

    Birmingham’s Academy is finally moving. They’ve been threatening this since I started secondary school back in 1996, but it’s finally going off to the old Dome II just off from Smallbrook Queensway to some place apparently called Horse Fair. Editors play the opening night on 10th September.

    This is fantastic news. The current Academy really isn’t fit for purpose. The main room is fairly lacking in atmosphere and the two smaller rooms have incredibly bad views if you’re any further than five people back. Hopefully the new main room will have that same sense of purpose as the Wolverhampton Civic, where the stage is viewable from anywhere within the room and feels like a venue for live music – if a little too mainstream.

    The location isn’t ideal though. Sure, it’s better for students living in Selly Oak (and using the 60’s buses) but worse for the general public as it seems further out from the core city centre and public transport – particularly those coming from out of town needing the train or bus stations. And last time I was around there the pedestrian access seemed lacking, which is concerning given the amount of traffic around that area and the level of drunk people from club nights.

    But I am slightly disappointed that the new academy is essentially replacing like for like and there are no extra venues to match, say, the Manchester Academy.  There is a perception that bands get too big for the B’ham Academy but too small for the NEC/NIA and so go to Wolverhampton. In fact the Civic is the same size as the largest Academy room, the Wulfrun holds 1134 and the Little Civic holds 140. Whereas the Academy 2, old and new, holds 600 (the current one can be reduced to 400) and the Academy 3 currently holds 200 with the newer one holding 250.  So that can’t be the case, but it feels like it.

    The Wolverhampton venues also have the added advantage of being separate venues so three bands can play at once. There rarely seems to be more than one gig hapening at the current academy on an evening and when there is it seems like a real hassle. Something which doesn’t occur in Manchester or Liverpool’s Academys. Hopefully this is something they’ll rectify for the new Academy so more established bands will play in Birmingham instead of Wolves!

    *This was originally posted on my old blog BeanHeartBatman*

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    All Tomorrow’s Parties 2009 – Breeders

    ATP was, as expected, fantastic and I had one up on last years in that I’d actually seen one of the bands and dragged everyone to see the Bronx. They were fantastic and seemed better than when I saw them before.  And their side project Mariachi el Bronx were surprisingly hilarious too – who knew a punk band could play traditional Mexican music?!

    Beccy had seen Whispertown 2000 in America so we had to see them and they were really enjoyable.  A little twee (bluegrass-country stuff) and the lead singer was dangerously close to flashing, but they were fun.  On the last song the drummer (who was playing guitar at the time) and bassist both mimed into missing mics whilst the two other members of the band sung.  Hilarious.  We spotted the drummer and bassist in the crowd for CSS later who seemed to be having an awesome time.

    Kimya Dawson was another highlight. Her children’s songs were hilarious and the songs from Juno were a big hit.  But not nearly as much as her group hug at the end of her set where she had the whole audience hold hands, wind in and hug.  I’m not sure it’s possible to explain how awesome it was to experience, but it was a thing to behold.

    Other bands I remembered seeing…
    •    Teenage Fanclub attracted the older people in the audience and were enjoyed as background to dinner from Burger King.
    •    Melt Banana seemed frenetically fun but not really to everyone’s taste as friends wanted to leave half way though – which was a shame
    •    The Breeders were also good, even if Beccy and I spent most of it playing on the 2p machines at the back.
    •    Bon Iver’s set didn’t feel like anything spectacular but the music was nice, so I enjoyed it sat on the floor at the back.  
    •    Yann Tierson was fun to watch and had a man on stage reading from a book.
    •    Blood Red Shoes seemed like the usual shouty indie.
    •    CSS were incredibly fun and decorated the stage with balloons that looked amazing.
    •    Tricky threw some god-like moves, was impressive and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
    •    Zach Hill’s drummer was clearly accomplished but got a bit dull after a while.
    •    Some other bands who’ve all melted into one – woops

    Other highlights included the aforementioned 2p machines, the psychedelic carpet (again), crazy dancers, watching other people in the rain, converse parties, gnomes tripping on LSD at a funeral, sarcastic signs, dancing security guards singing ‘stop in the name…’ and checked-shirt spotting.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the world’s most polite festival ever and looking forward to going back to next years!

    *This was originally posted on my old blog BeanHeartBatman*