Sunday, December 28, 2014

WALLACE VANBORN - "Noonstone Gift" - Pukkelpop Festival - Kiewit, Hasselt (B) - 14-08-14 + BONUS



WALLACE VANBORN  
Pukkelpop Festival - Kiewit - Hasselt (B) - 14-08-14
1 - Revealers
2 - Atom Juggler
3 - Cougars
4 - Genius Inside the Bear
5 - We Are What We Hide
6 - Welcome To The Wastelands
7 - Found in L.A.
8 - Supply And The Damned
9 - Cowboy Panda's Revenge
De Kreun - Kortrijk (B) - 20-03-13
10 - Marching Sideways
11 - Cowboy Panda's Revenge
12 - I Wanna Be Your Dog (Iggy & The Stooges cover)
with Blood Red Shoes - 29-11-12
13 - Colours Fade (with Blood Red Shoes)
Villa_Vanthilt - Ypres (B) - 23-08-12
14 - We Are What We Hide
15 - Lion's Manual
L'Alhambra - Paris - 11-04-2012
16 - White River
Le Trabendo - Paris - 07-12-10
17 - Rite Hands

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot & Audience shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 87 mns
Size : 4,01 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included


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Just before coming to "Je me perds", their last song of their Pukkelpop 2012 set, Laura-Mary from Blood Red Shoes is letting out a rousing and loud "This is for Wallace Vanborn, the best band, in Belgium" (you can hear it here on the video extract of the show at the BRS section). The two bands obviously hit it off during their common tour. That's obvious in this dvd when Ian Clement is invited to play a noisy "Colours Fade" with the band, starting with a funny "take over" joke from Steven.
Anyway, I don't know if Wallace Vanborn is the best band in Belgium but what I'm pretty sure about is the highly talented rock scene of the country : Arno, Deus, Triggerfinger, Wallace Vanborn, K’s Choice, Millionaire, Soulwax, 2 Many DJs, Goose, Drive Like Maria, The Black Box Revelation, Psycho 44, The Van Jets, BRNS, Puggy, The Experimental Tropic Blues Band, Vive La Fête, Steak n°8, Creature With The Atom Brain, ... The list seems endless and you are hardly disappointed pricking up your ears at them. So many interesting bands in so different styles.
This is precisely while scouring the intense and lively summer festival scene of the country I first met Wallace Vanborn. It was back in 2012, Pukkelpop again, at the famous "Wablief ?!" tent, where you can enjoy the gifted local bands. 2 years later, they opened the festival, hitting the main stage, which is truly deserved. As often experienced, and even if an early rising always means a deep self-sacrifice in festivals (!), bands scheduled first in the day are often not to be missed. This is once more the case here. The audience is predictably scarce at noon (see before !) but it grew all along the set and the threesome delivered a powerful stoner performance. On a side note, they opened the show with a new song (see the video below) that was to feature on their forthcoming new album, "The Orb We Absorb",  due in October, and which was recorded right in the middle of the stoner nebula : at the infamous "Rancho De La Luna" (Queens Of The Stone Age, Eagles Of Death Metal, Foo Fighters, PJ Harvey ..) under the lead of a no less notorious producer  : Chris Goss (Masters Of Reality).
As often, I've added a few extras from other shows, including the Blood Red Shoes piece and the inescapable cover of Iggy's "I Wanna Be Your Dog".
I couldn't get my hands on a decent live version of "Rover" from the first album, but if you still don't know this great number, you can have a quick first listen to it in the menus ! Don't miss the band when they come to town !

Enjoy !

Cheers !

Chac




Friday, December 26, 2014

LE BUTCHERETTES - "Fang" - Live - Various venues - 2009-2014



LE BUTCHERETTES
Fiesta de la Música - Guadalajara (MX) - 28-03-09
1 - Honey Honey + I'm Getting Sick Of You (cut in)
2 - ?
3 - ? + Dress Off (end)
4 - I'm Queen (+ after show autograph session)
Indie-O Music Awards with Juan - Mexico - 23-06-09
5 - I'm Queen (extended version - crazy ending)
6 - ?
Sonar Festival - Barcelona (ES) - 17-06-10
7 - Bang !
8 - Drip Drip + Dress Off
9 - Mr Tolstoï
Bar Pink - San Diego (USA) - 04-09-11
10 - The Devil Lived
11 - New York
12 - Bang !
13 - Six More
The Echo - Los Angeles  (USA) - 03-11-11
14 - The Devil Lived
15 - New York
SesioneS con Alejandro Franco - Mexico - 2012 (?)
16 - Henry Don't Got Love
17 - Bang !
18 - The Actress That Ate Rousseau
MTV Iggy - Dominion - New-York - 2013 (?)
19 - I'm Getting Sick Of You
20 - All You See In Me Is Death
21 - Henry Don't Got Love
Rifflandia Festival - RAP Mainstage Victoria BC (CA) - 13-09-14
22 - Boulders Love Over Layers Of Rock
23 - Your Weakness Gives Me Life
Last Call with Carson Daly - New-York - 06-11-14
24 - The Leibniz Language
25 - Demon Stuck In Your Eye

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot & Audience shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 82 mns
Size : 3,80 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included


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Blood always tells.
When you open for such tutelary figures as Queens Of The Stone Age, Jello Biafra, The Melvins, Iggy Pop, The Flaming Lips, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dead Weather, ... ;
When you have Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill) as a personal hero and are first spotted by Omar Rodriguez Lopez (At The Drive In / Mars Volta) during a dark power-cut set in Guadalajara ;
When you team up with this same Omar Rodriguez Lopez to play in a band called Bosnian Rainbows and got into another side-project with John Frusciante (RHCP) called Kimono Kult ... ;
When you have Henry Rollins and Shirley Manson featuring on your last album ...;
let be honest, you just can't be on the wrong track ! 
Teri Gender Bender is not and her band, "Le Butcherette" is no exception to the rule either. First formed at an early age in Guadalajara, the band has constantly been fuelled by Teri's rage, especially against women discrimination and male chauvinism in Mexico. At that time, back in 2009, her performances often included pig's head, broom, bloody butcher's apron (still today's outfit) to denounce "the piece of meat" image women were often associated to and she had been confronted to too often in her country. Without being exclusive, her feminist cause first rallied her friend and gorgeous drummer Auryn Jolene for crazy and high-energy sets, where they were often just considered as"clowns" and received petty coins, thrown at them by the male audience. To find decent footage from this era is quite hard and the material is usually shaky and rough. Though, I decided to keep a couple of them here just to feel the wild energy spurting out their shows. Teri was just over 20 in those days !  
The band has gone through many line-ups since, especially when Teri decided to migrate to LA to give the band the opportunity to be appreciated for what it's worth. Omar Rodrigez Lopez helped a lot, becoming their producer and bass player. Teri is now joined on stage by Lia Braswell on drums and Chris Common on bass. The lunatic intensity is still raging but more, Teri's voice has grown bigger in her variety and mastery. You can't miss it out on her last release, "Cry Is For The Flies", one of the greatest albums of 2014, no doubt !!
True, one can't help thinking of a new PJ Harvey, but while Polly has this rage boiling underneath, Teri just lets it go all the way, making her shows looking more like an unleashed set of Iggy Pop, who himself is a fan !
I've tried to find watchable live bits, for lack of a complete show (if anyone has one, let me know ...), mostly pro or semi-pro shot but as I've already said, I've sometimes kept some rougher material just to live the electrifying atmosphere as one can experience, in the moshpit, at Teri's feet ...

Enjoy,

Cheers !

Chac   



Thursday, October 23, 2014

TY SEGALL BAND - "Underwear 14" - Villette Sonique Festival - Paris - 06-06-14 + Extras : La Sirène - La Rochelle (F) - 19-10-14



TY SEGALL BAND
Villette Sonique Festival - Paris - 06-06-14 
1 - Wave Goodbye
2 - You're The Doctor
3 - I Bought My Eyes
4 - Slaughterhouse
5 - Thank God for Sinners
6 - Oh Mary
7 - Imaginary Person
8 - Tall Man, Skinny Lady
9 - The Faker
10 - Feel
11 - The Crawler
12 - Finger
13 - The Hill
14 - Skin
15 - Caesar
16 - Tell Me What's Inside Your Heart
17 - Encore : You Gonna Get It (Coachwhips cover)
18 - Motorhead (Motorhead cover)
19 - Girlfriend
BONUS : La Sirène - La Rochelle (F) - 19-10-14
20 - Tall Man, Skinny Lady
21 - Feel 
22 - The Faker
23 - The Clock
24 - The Singer
25 - Slaughterhouse
26 - I Bought My Eyes  

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot & Audience shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 82 mns
Size : 3,82 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included

http://textsnip.com/0pioew




New links available above (part 16 was presumably down - thanx squarelf for letting me know !)

October was the month of my first Ty Segall gig. A long awaited date and a red-letter night no doubt. More, buy one, get two : the young Californian gifted man was sharing the stage with the thunderous Triggerfinger ! That was quite a thrilling deal !! You can't get enough of the Belgian power trio and even it was my third encounter with the shooters within 3 months, they still ranked first that night on my wishing list. I felt a bit muzzy and hazy about Ty Segall, being lost in his prolific album & EP releases and his fecund multifaceted incarnations. Even if I kept up with the man, I didn't really know where to start from and I had eventually turned lazy on his production. I was wrong ! What we attended that night was a real electric blitzkrieg pouring down hard on us !! In the middle of this fuzz-glam-garage-punk storm, the great synthesizer wizzard, Ty Segall in his dungaree, shouting, wriggling and trying to tame his wild uncontrollable guitar. Really impressive !! Definitely one of the most electric blast with such a variety I've seen this year.
I've included some parts of that gig as extras on the dvd below but the big chunk is made of the special psyche-garage night that was held at "La Villette Sonique Festival" in the early days of june in Paris. That night, Ty Segall Band were  playing along with The Coachwhips and Man Or Astro-Man. With such a line-up and as it is clear and obvious all the way on this dvd : the music is loud, the atmosphere is sweaty and the shoes of the man standing next to you are flying high in the moshpit !

Enjoy !

Cheers !

Chac



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BRODY DALLE - THE DISTILLERS - SPINNERETTE - "Drain The Years / Ouroboros" - Live 2002-2014



THE DISTILLERS
The Blackcat - Washington (USA) - 05-02-02 
1 - City Of Angels
2 - I Am A Revenant
Later With Jools Holland - London (UK) - 14-11-0
3 - Drain The Blood
4 - Die On A Rope
Reading Festival (UK) - 27-08-04
5 - Not Love Lost (Joy Division cover)
6 - Interview & The Hunger
7 - Beat Your Heart Out
8 - Drain The Blood

SPINNERETTE
Le Nouveau Casino - Paris (F) - 25-08-09
9 - Geeking (cut)
10 - Ghetto Love
Capital Hill Block Party - Seattle (USA) - 24-07-09
11 - A Spectral Suspension
Lowlands Festival - Acoustic Session - Biddinghuizen (NL) - 21-08-09
12 - Bury My Heart
13 - Valium Knights
14 - Driving Song

BRODY DALLE
Heitere Festival (CH) - 09-08-14
15 - Underworld
The Edge - Toronto (CAN) - 06-05-14
16 - Meet The Foetus / Oh The Joy
17 - Rat Race
Rock En Seine Festival - Paris (F) - 24-08-14
18 - Don’t Mess With Me
19 - Parties For Prostitutes
20 - Underworld

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot & Audience shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 79 mns
Size : 3,67 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included

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I've never been a great fan of the The Distillers' early hardcore punk. I guess I must be more somewhere between their subsequent high-energy spits and the dark legions of Spinnerette that followed next. But I must admit it felt good to see Brody back to business last summer. From the recent interviews given after the release of her last lp, she seems to have at last found a kind of inner peace, away from the torments of The Distillers' break-up and the hollow years of Spinnerette. Oddly enough, even if this era gave her hard times, Spinnerette's only album still keeps me under its spell today. By the way, if anyone has a decent pro-shot of the band at that time, please feel free to share it ! I've only been able to find the short Lowlands acoustic session.
Anyway, it's nice to hear again Brody's vicious voice, still loud, clear and croaky, shouting out on different stages in the world. All this led me to pay a humble tribute to the lady here. Some parts have already been issued here and there, others haven't, like personal footage of her recent show in Paris, during the "Rock En Seine" festival. Hope you'll enjoy ...

Cheers !

Chac

 

Friday, September 12, 2014

TRIGGERFINGER - "By Presence Of The Glove" - Rock Werchter (B) - 05-07-14 + Bonus :"Au Pont Du Rock" Festival (F) - 25-07-14 & "Cosmopolite" Festival (F) - 16-08-14



TRIGGERFINGER - Rock Werchter -05-07-14
1 - Game
2 - By Absence of the Sun
3 - On My Knees
4 - Perfect Match
5 - My Baby's Got a Gun
6 - Camaro
7 - Let It Ride
8 - All This Dancin' Around (+ Mario's drum solo)
9 - Cherry
"Au Pont Du Rock" Festival - Malestroit (F) - 25-07-14
10 - On My Knees
11 - Is It
"Cosmopolite" Festival - Truyes (F) - 16-08-14
12 - Camaro
13 - Big Hole
14 - Splendor In The Grass
15 - Cherry

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot & Audience shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 88 mns
Size : 4,08 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included









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Among all the Triggerfinger's shows waiting on the shelves at home, this one is certainly not the best in picture quality but has something special in the conditions it was held. On this clear day of early july, the national Belgian football team was meeting Argentina for their quarter final of the world cup. Of course, Triggerfinger was due to play right at the time of the match ! Being afraid to perform in front of a not so big audience (and maybe also to miss the match !) the band  asked the festival management team to put off their show later in the day. Their offer was eventually put down and they hit the stage to see that their Belgian fellows had finally made the right choice ! And they were damn right ! The band is in good mood and in great shape here. The set is definitely high-energy, particularly thanks to the awesome solo on "My Baby's Got A Gun", "Camaro" and "All This Dancin' Around" !
However, the bunch wasn't totally cut off from the match ! At some points of the show, two lovely babes nicely popped up on stage, waving and holding high a placard mentioning the score of the match. Unfortunately for Belgium this time, their team lost but Triggerfinger certainly eased the pain !
Another reason why this dvd is a bit off the beaten track is that for the first time, I've added some personal footage of some shows I attended this summer. Indeed, I was lucky enough to see our shooters twice within 3 weeks in quite "intimate" festivals, especially the Cosmopolite one at which they played a not so common "Splendor In The Grass" from the last album, after a show at Lowlands the day before and another one in ... Budapest, at Sziget, the day after !! Good God, who's their booker ?!
Their Cosmopolite show was also somehow sprinkled with mishaps (see their Facebook for details, particularly the one about Mario's trousers ! :-)). That's why, I've also included a funny version of "Cherry" whose opening taking-off part was obviously giving hard time to Ruben, which really made his two friends laugh (see below for a glimpse) !
This is precisely what I love in this band. Above their unquestionable talent, skills and style as musicians, they have managed to keep this pleasure and fun to play together as well as their capacity to wonder ! This is what makes their concerts so enjoyable and different every time.
Of course, here, in this "Bonus" part, the framing is less "pro" and not free from shouts, jiggles, comments and cheers (including mine ...) but the image quality is clear and hd. 
Anyway, these two shows in 3 weeks showed again the band is worth the drive to go and see them and I have already filled the tank up for their next extensive-intensive tour in October-December, 50 shows in 14 different countries ! Don't miss them ! 

Enjoy !

Cheers !

Chac


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

UME - "Sweet Thunder" - The Mohawk & SXSW Showcase - Austin - 2009-2011-2014 / L'Espace B - Paris - 2012 / Hyde Park - London - 2014



UME - The Mohawk - Austin - 05-01-09
1 - Manic
2 - East Of Hercules
3 - Hurricane
4 - ?
5 - Sunshower
The Mohawk - Austin - 22-07-11
6 - The Means
7 - Burst
8 - Black Stone (1st version)
Antiquiet Session #13 - SXSW Showcase - Austin - 13-03-14
9 - Too Big  World
10 - Embrace
11 - Oh Fate
12 - Until The End
13 - Chase It Down
14 - Baby Xie Xie 
L’Espace B - Paris - 31-08-12
15 - The Conductor
16 - Captive
17 - Hurricane
18 - Dancing Blind
19 - Bass Face (pre "Too Big World")
20 - Slow Pog (pre "Oh Fate")

British Summer Time Festival - Barclaycard Theatre - Hyde Park - London - 04-07-14
21 - The Conductor
22 - Too Big World
23 - Embrace (part)
24 - Black Stone (Baby Xie Xie / final incl.)
 
Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot & Audience shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 87 mns
Size : 4,08 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included








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I can't remember exactly how and when I first fell in love with UME. Some time back in early 2012 I guess. At the time I was lucky enough to see them live a while after in Paris for their first European tour. I've tried to keep up with them since, even if they don't come over here that often. I sadly missed their show at the intimate Espace B, on august 31st, 2012, just after their performance at Rock En Seine but fortunately, Rod and Indiegilles have made up for it sharing online what they could see that night (thanks guys !). So, here are parts of this show with a rough start for the band on the electric " Conductor" which soon turned into an unwanted "unplugged" version ! ;-) Here too, under the name of "Bass Face" and "Slow Pog" (?), what sounds like the in-progress draft of the coming "Too Big World" and "Oh Fate" which would later appear on "Monument" album.
Anyway, this is a brimful UME dvd, spanning over the last five years and showing very well how good  they've grown and how big they would truly deserve to be. I sometimes chose to trim some shows to vary the songs (sadly no "Run Wild" or "Pendulum" live ! - out of luck ?  stage technical reasons ?) or to keep different versions (see "Black Stone" 2011 / 2014).
When I heard they were going to play at the British Summer Festival this summer, my last hum and haw uncertainties were definitely swept away ! I packed up and hit the road. I've added a few personal footage of this gig at the end of the dvd (couldn't put more due to lack of space). Sorry for the shaky framing sometimes, it was hard to hold it back !! :-)   
So, can't wait to see them live round again ! I still have my ticket for the teamed French tour with Girls Vs Boys and Double Nelson back in may 2013, which eventually had to be cancelled for the recording of "Monument". But it's been worth the wait ! Give a listen to it, a true masterpiece !!
In the meantime, hope you'll enjoy this one ... !!

Cheers !

Chac


Friday, June 13, 2014

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE w/ DAVE GROHL - "Growl" DVD - Spring-Summer Tour - 2002



QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE w/ D. GROHL
Troubabour - Los Angeles
07-03-02 
(1st show with Dave Grohl) 
1 - Monsters In The Parasol
2 - No One Knows
3 - Hanging Tree (with Mark Lanegan)
4 - Tension Head
5 - The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret

Fuji Rock Festival
Niigata - Japan
28-07-02 
(last show with Dave Grohl)
6 - Feel Good Hit Of The Summer
7 - Quick And To The Pointless
8 - Walking On The Sidewalks
(with Mark Lanegan)
9 - Interview / Dave Grohl (last concert) 

Rock Werchter Festival
Belgium
29-06-02
10. Interview
11- A Song for the Dead
12 - Interview
13 - Quick and to the Pointless (Werchter 2001) + Interview
14 - Gonna Leave You (Spanish version)
15 - Interview
16 - No One Knows + Interview
17 - The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
18 - BONUS : My God Is The Sun - The Grammy Awards - Los Angeles - 26-01-14
(with Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham & Trent Reznor) 


Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576
- 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz

Running Time : 68 mns
Size : 3,20 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included

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NEW LINKS !!  All the dead links have now been restored ! Enjoy !
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Ok ... first of all, thank you so much Finatic and Jacob for sharing your masters of the Fuji Rock and Werchter shows ! Your generosity led straight to this dvd which I guess, must have been made by someone before but I've got it hanging on my mind for quite a while now. The Glastonbury set has already been issued here on this blog and from the feedback I got from a tracker, I guess I wasn't the only one who dreamt of it. So here they are, the best available highlights of the QOTSA-Dave Grohl era, including the first and the last 2002 shows of rock'n'grohl Dave in the band of his buddy Josh Homme.
As often, the Troubadour set is filmed in a dim light atmosphere and I haven't managed to find a better quality footage of the show (if someone has a master,  please share it, I'm ready to start it all over !!) but, it is definitely a heavy high energy one with a Dave Grohl bouncing on his drums from the first beats of "Monsters In The Parasol".
The two other highlights are a treat for the eyes since the band is playing in a much clearer atmosphere, right in the daylight of a summer afternoon. The Fuji Rock gig is indeed particular as it is D. Grohl last performance with the band, as he nicely mentioned it in the interview at the end of the video, but also because the band is in a really good shape, with the wild meteorite "Quick And To The Pointless" and the long jam (well over 8 mns !) on "Walking On The Sidewalks", sung by Mark Lanegan !
The Rock Werchter excerpt is great fun too. The interview breaks give an interesting insight of how the band was getting along at the time and it also includes a not so common Spanish version of "Gonna Leave You", sung by Nick.  
As a bonus, I've added a best-of-both-worlds footage of the last Grammy Awards ceremony, where Dave joined back the newest line-up of the band to play the first single of the last album, "My God Is The Sun".
Anyway, it's been quite a long process. Hope it's worth it.

Enjoy !

Cheers !

Chac  


   


    

Sunday, March 2, 2014

BLOOD RED SHOES - "High Kheeled" - The Great Escape Festival - Brighton (UK) - 13-05-10 & Melt Festival - Ferropolis - Gräfenhainichen (D) - 18-07-08



BLOOD RED SHOES - The Great Escape Festival - Brighton - 13-05-10 
1 - It's Getting Boring By The Sea
2 - It Is Happening
3 - Light It Up
4 - I Wish I Was Someone Better
5 - Don't Ask
6 - Say Something, Say Anything
7 - Keeping It Close
8 - This Is Not For You
9 - Heartsink
10 - Colours Fade

Melt! Festival - Ferropolis - Gräfenhainichen - 18-07-08
11 - It's Getting Boring By The Sea
12 -You Bring Me Down
13 -How To Pass The Time
14 - Try Harder
15 - Say Something, Say Anything
16 - Doesn't Matter Much
17 - This Is Not For You
18 - I Wish I Was Someone Better
Bonus
19 - A.D.H.D. - Paradiso - Amsterdam - 03-11-07 

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576
- 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz

Running Time : 82 mns
Size : 3,82 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included


************ Video / audio out-of-sync glitch has been fixed ***************
                          Should be working now - New link below !!

 

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Blood Red Shoes' new lp is out tomorrow. You can pre-listen to it here. Definitely cut out for live, which I hope, I'll be able to check this year. On a personal note, I first met the high power duo in 2009 in a nearby long regretted festival. I've seen them four or five times since and it was just like good old friends you don't see much but can always rely on to share great moments. As a man, you can't fail falling in love with the band for obvious reasons (!) but above all, they can still be enjoyable today for their loud and snappy immediacy, always ready to amp up the fans on their relentless tours. Always appreciated this "give all you got" side. So, to celebrate this full devotion and the release of the new album, here are 2 shows that go back over their first two efforts. The first one may have been dear to them since they played back in their hometown, Brighton, for "The Great Escape" festival. Quite a close-range show for not being held on stage but right in the middle of the audience in a dark-blue intimate atmosphere, with many close-up shots. "Who wants a beer ...?"  Have also a look at 4:23 below. Not easy to stage-dive when there's no stage ! :-)
 For the second part, I wanted to dig up deep in the early period with a daylight open air show.  Unfortunately, I couldn't get my hands on any real hd stream of the time. But yet, this 2008 Melt! gig is still watchable. Kind of funny to see that the voices seem to sound maybe a bit more diffident or milder in tone but they do already know how to hold their ground on stage. Headlong first ! Steven was corn-coloured as ever at that time and Laura-Mary had a straight fringed auburn hairstyle which ... well, any cut suits her, honestly ! To go quite a way back in time, I've also added a footage from their 2007 energetic Paradiso's show with their closing song, ADHD. Nice finale with a stage invasion and a nice crowd-surfing from Steven.  Anyway, can't wait to see them back on the  road. As said before, the new songs are just rough enough to be played loud right in your ears.

Enjoy !

Cheers !

Chac