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Dead-Head Gig Hopper

April 25, 2005

Last Tuesday night I decided to do some crazy gig-hopping by going to Help She Can't Swim at 'trocker (Buffalo Bar, Islington) and Battle at Club Fandango (Dublin Castle, Camden). I had intended to write quite a big piece about it for here, and have been trying to write it ever since. I couldn't.
Whether my block had something to do with boozy-brain (mental haziness after drinking), old age (I turned 23 the weekend just past) or just laziness I don't know, but I couldn't do it.

I still haven't been able to write anything down (6 days later!) and I have now officially given up - so I'm going to give you all that I have done:
* Some photos of the two bands.
* A transcription of the notes I had made at the gigs.

I hope you enjoy.

Help She Can't Swim
Artrocker club, Buffalo Bar. Tues 19th April 2005
The girl singer has got some great shorts on - she's such an unlikely front person and seems both uncomfortable and charismatically extroverted at the same time.
'Fermez La Bouche' is by far their best song. Everybody in the crowd is head-nodding but why am I the only one singing along?
'What Would Morrissey Say? is a slowed-down draining behemoth live - on record it skips along jauntily - tonight it seems much more aggressive and threatening, your dancing REALLY does aggravate him.

Battle
Club Fandango, Dublin Castle. Tues 19th April 2005
They love the '80's Battle do. They were originally called 'Killing Moon' after the Echo and the Bunnymen song (presuming they weren't named after the Aeroplane Virus flick) and only changed their name to Battle around the turn of the year. I first became aware of them (as Killing Moon) on the BBC R1 Music Demos Site (and not just because my flatmate runs it) and those original tracks impressed me quite a lot. They've come on in leaps and bounds since then - but haven't 'made it' just yet - they still occupy that "have supported a number of major acts" niche; they're the bridesmaids not the bride, if you like.

 Posted by Chris at April 25, 2005 01:55 PM |  Category: Photos, Reviews

Comments

 FBA says:

Happy Belated Buffday Bootifull,

You're moving back round our way? Is this avec le Chad? Gosh, i'm properly excited and all cheered up, hurrah! Funstuffz.

That's all for now.

I'm gwan email you my address for the CD, and hold you to yer indier-than-thou promisage. (Whether you'll see a lumpily knitted scarf by the end of the year is another matter...)

X

April 25, 2005 05:32 PM
 FBA says:

Happy Belated Buffday Bootifull,

You're moving back round our way? Is this avec le Chad? Gosh, i'm properly excited and all cheered up, hurrah! Funstuffz.

That's all for now.

I'm gwan email you my address for the CD, and hold you to yer indier-than-thou promisage. (Whether you'll see a lumpily knitted scarf by the end of the year is another matter...)

X

April 25, 2005 05:35 PM
 Chris says:

OOh, twice. Thanks Dollface. I hope you're not too shaken up after your encounter with the crack-whore.

I still dunno who i'm gonna be moving with/to - but it's on the cards. Things need to be sorted first.

Email me for CD-goodies.

April 25, 2005 05:43 PM
 20jazzfunkgreats says:

hey, happy birthday too.

Just wanted to say, cos i don't think i have ever how much i really enjoy your blog.

I used to live in london and go see bands and go to Artrocker and everything but i went to brighton to uni and don't get up much any more.

When i read your blog and see whats going on it makes me feel sad and i miss it, but your like my window on the world and sometimes my old friends pop up or get mentioned and i tell em i read about them and stuff, and i don't miss them as much.

Now i'm down here, i will let Leesey know you like her shorts.

Keep up the good work mr.swish.

I should get 20Juanfunkgreats (he is the gadget boy) to get his digi camera out and do some popstarfeet for your friend.

cheers

20jazzfunkstuart

April 26, 2005 04:15 PM
 Chris says:

Thank you so very much - I’ve been reading 20JFG for ages now, but never spoke to any of you guys before - it really means a lot.

I wouldn't worry too much about London - Brighton's got a great scene from what I’ve heard - you're not missing TOO much here.

And as for Popstar Feets, you should defo get Juan to take some shoe photos, Helen seems to have more photos taken by other people than herself at the moment (and it's me that has to update her contributors page), and she's always looking for more contributions.

Keep in touch; it'd be great to hear from you again.

Chris
x

April 27, 2005 09:46 AM
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