Having returned from our breif Easter Sojurn, it soon became clear that JPC had gone so far beyond the deep end
he was in a completely different pool, five miles down the road! Continue Reading
Unfortunately, The Dark Legend production has encountered a problem in the form of SkyNet which has unfortunately wiped out the recordings. However, we do have a backup so we aren’t worried on that front ;p (Dark Legend 1-0 SkyNet) Continue Reading
Yesterday was the big day, the day I’ve waiting for near on a month or so. Thats right it was Hit The Deck day, my musical highlight of the year so far as you may have guessed from the constant mentions during the show. I decided I’d do a little review for each of the bigger acts that I went to see. As this was a one day festival it was the best way to find some new music and acts I didn’t necessarily know about or have any experience of, hence why these are good reviews and I didn’t bother with the bad ones.
Firstly, we should get one thing straight – it was brief, and blurry.
I’ll start at the beginning. We headed to the HMV Institute, which I can honestly say is one of the best small venues I’ve visited in the country. It’s almost like a smaller version of the Apollo in Manchester, but with a wrap-around balcony and ornate stylings that just exude class and heritage. Class is probably a good place to start with this band; it’s something that is getting them a fair bit of stick.
The first time I heard their debut tracks, I loved them. I was excited. I didn’t bloody shut up about them. I played them back to back on the radio. At this point I didn’t care at all about who they were, where they were from, or what their background was. However, a dear friend had told me to disregard them; ‘posh little rich kids’ apparently. Needless to say I ignored him, and eventually he too began to enjoy the light-hearted, guitar driven, future classics (Hmm.. ) Despite only releasing one song, they were on the cover of NME as “The return of the Great British Guitar Band”; Zane Lowe declared them “a band that will kickstart a new era”. I convinced myself that they were the future, and that indie rock and roll was saved. Excited didn’t cut it.
So, upon seeing a member of the band outside the venue in the bar next door’s smoking area, I jumped at my chance. It was nice to see that most people walked past not noticing who he was – I wouldn’t have noticed myself if it wasn’t for a keen eyed Vaccines fan pointing him out. We had a brief chat and all was pleasant and lovely, handshakes and the like. What struck me though was how this experience contrasted so hugely from my other experiences of bands, namely The View. My highlight of that experience had to be Kieran (bass player) hammering the quiz machine in the Horse and Jockey prior to the gig, and afterwards kicking pint glasses across the street. So, feeling slightly non-plussed, we headed on into the Institute.
Expectations were definitely high, but would The Vaccines live up to them?
In short, No.
But they did everything right. The songs were great – musically tight, and they carried across all the energy from the album. The crowd interaction was good, more than you’d expect from a band in its infancy. In fact I’m quite sure they probably said more than Peter Doherty did both times I saw BabyShambles put together. They were only on stage for 45 minutes, but given the album is only around 35 minutes long they did well to drag it out. From what I could see, the crowd enjoyed it, mostly.
But to me it felt a bit like watching a covers or tribute band. I’ve been a huge fan of The Vaccines since hearing the initial demo of ‘If You Wanna’, which I still think is a fantastic track – especially the album version with the tommy-gun style intro drums (see The Clash – Tommy Gun), and the heavy retro bass riff (see Joy Division – Transmission) and the superb flowing chorus (see The Beach Boys – well, most of their songs). Wreckin’ Bar and Norgaard lift the 3-chord progression that was pioneered by the early punk rock bands, with Ramones springing to mine.
All in all, a solid 5/10. Definitely enjoyable, and definitely good fun, and worth the tenner paid for the ticket. But everything they’ve been made out to be? Based upon this performance it seems we’re being sold one thing, when in reality it is something quite different.
As for me, The Tom Davies Show won’t be back until the 7th May due to the Easter break, which means there are only a few shows left on Storm FM for me until September. I’ll do my best to make sure they’re damn good though! The summer break won’t stop me either; I’m delighted to confirm that I’ll be presenting for Calon FM, which can be found on 105FM in the Wrexham area.
I’ll leave you with some new music that I think has to be checked out;
- The Pigeon Detectives – Up Guards and At ‘Em! We haven’t heard from the Pigeon Detectives since 2008 when their infectious brand of Indie Rock was hugely popular and led to some big festival slots. They were a must-see band back then and I can imagine they will be now too, but make what you will of this new album. After a few listens I’m really enjoying it, but my initial thoughts were that they’d lost some of the gusto that they used to have. Definitely a grower. http://www.thepigeondetectives.com/
- Glasvegas – Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\ Bizarre album title aside, this album is magnificent. The addition of a dedicated drummer has allowed their sound to reach new heights, and James Allan has proved he has what it takes to mix it with the best. Every note on this album feels earned, from the throbbing drums in ‘The World Is Yours’ to the uplifting and anthemic ‘Euphoria, Take My Hand’. These songs can stand side by side with the classics from the self titled debut album and match them punch for punch all the way. www.glasvegas.net/
- The View – Bread and Circuses. Another Scottish band, and another bizarre album title. The boys from Dundee have done it again. The first album was good, and the second album better (despite sounding a bit like it’d been snorted through a fiver), and the third is possibly the album they’ll be remembered for. Not a bad track on it, opening brilliantly with ‘Grace’ and heading down paths that we haven’t seen really seen from these lads before, particularly on ‘Life’. Other highlights include ‘Blondie’ and ‘Best Lasts Forever’, and I suppose that time will tell. www.theviewareonfire.com/
- Jon Fratelli – The Magic Hour. Even more Scots! Not exactly new, but this EP is available to download for free from Jon’s website. It gives us all of what we loved about The Fratelli’s and more, and if his solo career can sustain this level of quality we’ll be hearing a lot more from this man. ‘Part Man Part Myth Part Time’ is my favourite from this, and can only make me wonder what could have been from his previous band. All you need to do is sign up to his mailing list and the tracks are you. http://www.jonfratelli.co.uk/
Until next time;
To those of you who have been following JPC on twitter recently you’ll have probably noticed him going on about something called ‘Project Sacrilige.’ This morning we found out what that was.
Turns out he is trying to write a live action Fireman Sam movie. (Many of you of a certain generation will now be screaming in hatred at your computer screens, considering this to be sacrilige of a childhood favourites.) Though we didn’t get many details on air, we can confirm that the plot ‘goes back to basics, revolving around the story of a man who fights fires.’
The main writing criteria is that it doesn’t end up as ‘Fireman Sam VS Pyro from X Men.’ This was the reason for the main topic of the morning: Kids Cartoons vs Comic Book Characters.
Such suggestions included:
- Postman Pat VS Catwoman
- Charlie Chalk VS The Joker from Batman
- Wolverine VS The Poddington Peas
Further suggestions since we went off air have included:
- Thomas the Tank Engine VS Magneto
- Thomas the Tank Engine VS The Juggernaut
- Pingu VS The Incredible Hulk
To coincincide with the launch of the New Series of Dr Who, we also had a run down of our best dr who stories from each doctor.
- The Dalek Invasion of Earth
- Tomb of the Cybermen (Second Place: The Mind Robber )
- Genesis of the Daleks (Second Place: City of Death, Special Mentions: The Talons of Weng Chiang, Brain of Morbius, Stones of Blood (because it mentions Bangor University Archaeology Department)) Androids of Tara, Horror of Fang Rock)
- Mawdryn Undead- (Special Mentions: The Visitation and The Awakening)
- Trial of a Timelord (Segment 2: Mindwarp AKA: Brian Blessed doing what Brian Blessed does best for 90 Minutes!): Dishonourable Mention- Colin Baker’s Costume!)
- JPC’s Favourite, The Curse of Fenric- (Special Mentions: Survival, The Greatest show in the Galaxy, Remembrance of the Daleks)
- Only one to Choose from here- The Movie!- (Dishonourable Mention: ‘I’m half human On my mother’s side (I mean, WTF?))
- The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances-
- The Waters of Mars-(Special Mention: Tennants Performance)
- The Eleventh Hour- (Special Mention: Everything So Far!)
The next Series (Starting 23rd April) looks to be fantastic and we reckon it might just knock Fenric off it’s pedastal as JPC’s all time favourite.
Only Time will tell. (Ha Ha, Get it?)
See you after easter guys- The Thursday Team.
So tonight Biscuit decided that the past few shows had been lacking in the amount of Dance and Drum and Bass that they had been playing and so declared tonight as a sort of Easter warm up party, playing out more DnB, Dance and Dubstep than usual.
Biscuit also covered his movie plans for easter such as trying to view all of the following films in the three weeks he will be home: Source Code, Sucker Punch, Limitless, Just Go With It, Tommorow: When the ware began, Unknown, Fast5 and Pirate of the Caribbean 4, Your Highness, The Green Lantern and Thor. Some challenge for both time and money inside of 3 weeks, will he manage it?
Find out when we return Wednesday 4th May!
See Below For Tonight’s Track Listing: Continue Reading
Firstly we have good news and bad news.
The Bad news first- Unfortunately creating this has been a tougher challenge than we thought. Because of this, we have had to cut the planned three episodes down to one due to time constraints and our remaining budget.
However, the good news is that the majority of recording on the remaining episode has been completed (which includes sfx) and what we have so far is already in the editing suite and being prepared for our premier in may. Even writer and director JPC has stepped in to lend his vocal talents, just so we can get this all done and dusted on time.
Already the music has been preliminary selected, both incidental and Ad breaks and includes some brilliant stuff from Muse, The Jam, Simple Plan, Slade, Gustav Holst as well as something in there for the real jazz nerds to pick up on as well! All is coming together nicely to create what will surely be an astonishing audio experience like nothing you’ve heard on Storm FM Before!
And just to tantalize some more, here are some photos from our production recordings so far.
Here are the election results to determine the 2011/12 Storm FM executive committee! All elections were conducted using the alternative transferable vote system (ATV), bar the election for Programme Controller. Due to three people standing for two positions, this count needed to to be run through the single transferable vote system (STV). STV takes the total number of valid votes and divides by the number of available places plus one and then adding one vote.
So yeah, currently can’t get enough of this band. Pete’s not so keen, but I can predict big things on the horizon for these guys. I played one of their older tracks ‘Take Another Ride’ on air during Off the Cuff on Sunday and it received generally good reception from listeners. I’m not quite sure how to describe them in a genre, but they definitely have a deep-south [USA] twang to their sound (despite them hailing from Glasgow!). As for drawing comparisons, the only band I can think of who resemble this sound would be the good old Crash Test Dummies. NME drew this same comparison, but as you can imagine with them being NME, drew said comparisons for all the wrong reasons. You can check out their pitiful excuse for a review HERE. Be sure to read the comments section for further amusement :-P … I urge you to heed my word (and plenty of other reviewers for that matter) over NME’s. Not that I can claim to have written a review here, but please do check them out on YouTube. A video of their latest single ‘I Don’t Know’ I’ve posted up top and for those of you who like to try before you buy, their début album ‘Hope St.’ is currently available to stream for free on Spotify as well as a paid version downloadable via iTunes… Safe to say, they’re quite possibly my Band of the Month (BOTM) – perhaps that should become a feature? :D
Storm AGM tomorrow and I’ve got the rest of my speech to finalise. I learnt some interesting information today surrounding the elections and safe to say me nor Pete are as confident in our standing as we’d like to be. Nevertheless, we plan to become ever more involved with Storm FM next year, so don’t expect to be hearing the same voices on all of the outside broadcasts! ;) Much to look forward to!
Until the next time,
We were aiming to discuss 101 topics on the Friday Night Bit this evening! Did we do it??? No.
1. The smell in Bangor?? Any comments? Ideas? – FISH
2. Houses that look like things? – Hitler House in news+ house covered in Ivy, peeping out of covers on my way to school.
3. April Fools!! Did you get fooled? Jess in Upper Bangor suggests (Sun headline)
4. The big weekend! – Rachel why couldn’t we have this year!?
5. Library new opening times in main arts, half 8 – middnight… Thoughts? (Tom D)
6. Singing in the shower? Do you do it?
7. Over reactions?
8. What about tidying bedrooms? is it worth it?
9. 5 a day, does it have to be different fruit?
10. Are you constantly breaking coat hangers and having to buy new ones?
11. Soup? Best type? Rachel says mulligatawny soup!! :)
12. Auto-completers? What are they?
13. Is this doable now?
14. Is doable a word?
15. Summer ball – who will play it? (Roo)
16. What will be the first night in the union bar ‘About Time” in september. (Roo)
17. Mothers Day… Secretly created by mothers? Asks Roo
18. What is directly to your left? (A marker pen for JPC)
19. Cats or Dogs?
20. Is the Hokey Kokey really what it’s all about? (JPC)
21. Why is abreviated such a long word? Any suggestions for a replacement? (JPC)
22. Shouldn’t they sell mouse flavoured Cat Food? (JPC)
23. Accordian the most comical instrument?
24. What’s the highest you’ve been today?
25. Where is JO JO now?
26. cricket world cup final!! Wooop wooop! Who will win? India or Sri Lanka? Suggested by Vaibhav
27. silent discos? Have you ever been? Are they really silent? – Lindsey
28. What do you have piles of? Janet wants to know!
29. Is there anything worse than a redundant drawing pins?
30. What is the Speed of Darkness?
31. Whatever happened to the Heroes?
32. Who let the Dogs Out?
33. Should i stay or should i go?
34. Is there anything more fun than popping bubble wrap?
35. Tea or Coffee?
36. Is Friday actually Rebecca Black’s favourite day of the week or is she a closet Tuesday lover?
37. Is there such a thing as a Red Panda? (Dan says no)
38. What is immediately to your right?
39. Best TV theme ever?
40. Best Detective show on TV? Diagnosis murder!!!
41. Have you ever bought just one thing from a pair? E.G one trainer?
42. If a world of every fictional creation existed, What happens to fictional characters that are forgotten about?
43. What colour is your sofa?
44. Do you have a sofa?
45. Is your sofa a shared communal sofa?
46. Do you own coasters?
47. Was this ever a good idea? (JPC)
48. There are loads of westerns, why not more pirate films? (Jess in UB)
49. Is 24 hour party people a good film? (JPC)
50. Should I watch it? (JPC)
51. Why is the word for a phobia of long words so long? hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia?
We failed to get to 101 topics :( 50 shy of the target.
Here’s the house discussed in topic number 2.
Thanks for listening and getting involved!!