Thursday, May 31, 2007

NME Tour at Brighton Concorde

Blood Red Shoes - Brighton Concorde2

Right, it's nearly June, the festival is done for another year... time to return to normal life. And what better way to get back to proper gigging than with the latest NME Tour which rolled up at the Concorde last night. But wait! First up was a quick jaunt to Resident to catch one of the four bands - The Little Ones - play a short instore set and sign lots of vinyl and CDs. And what a nice chirpy bunch of chaps they were too! Ok, that done Thurein and I legged it down to the venue in time to get a decent vantage point for local duo Blood Red Shoes who I last saw supporting Metric last Autumn. What more can I say other than I've never heard two people make such a lot of beautiful noise together! New single It's Getting Boring By The Sea (are they talking about Brighton do you think?) got an airing but the stand out track for me was one of their B sides, the title of which escapes me...

Pull Tiger Tail - Brighton Concorde2

Next up was Pull Tiger Tail who seemed to get the best reaction of all (well, from where we were stood) mixing Razorlight vocals with some synth stylings... nothing special in my book, but they seemed a likeable bunch of lads and were entertaining to watch. Plus they showered with crowd with 3-D tiger masks which is never a bad thing.

The Little Ones - Brighton Concorde2

Second performance of the evening for us from The Little Ones, this time alive and amplified. A bit of a contrast from the previous bands' heavier sounds but their summery tunes and affable charm appeared to win over the crowd as it should - their mini-album Sing Song is chock full of hummable delights. Oh MJ! was probably the pick of the bunch and I also recorded current single Lovers Who Uncover on my camera which you can now watch on YouTube if you so desire. Closing the show were The Rumble Strips with their ska influenced Dexys / Ordinary Boys songs... by which time we were back at the bar. The weakest of the four bands in my opinion, but nevertheless a top night of gigging action!

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