Insane live show with oppressive fury, terrifying electro-NOIZE and intense white light.
On an otherwise dull and depressing Tuesday 8th February, a joyful thing happened. I awoke to read the news that one of my all time favourite bands, Death From Above 1979 had reformed and were set to play a handful of now SOLD OUT shows. I bloody love this band. I’ve seen them three times and each time I left completely broken and ecstatic at the aural onslaught I had just witnessed. If I am being honest, I was properly upset when they split in 2006, citing irreconcilable differences and some gubbins about going gold in Canada.
We started as a punk band with pop aspirations and we met every goal we set for ourselves. A few weeks ago, the album finally went gold in Canada and that was the final mark I really wanted to reach.
So you can image my sheer joy and excitement at reading this little doozey on their official site:
Jesse and I have decided that what we can do together should not be denied.
Together again, as was always the intention, as a collaboration.
The collision of two different worlds.
As this all takes shape, we will reveal it to you.
All of it happening, as it always has, in our own way.
Thank you all for sharing in our excitement!
YES. One thousand times YES! Tickets reportedly sold out in minutes for the one off London gig at the HMV Forum on May 5th and in the paraphrased words of Paul Bremer: Ladies and gentlemen, I got some!
So let’s get this Friday started son, put this in your
pipe generic MP3 player and smoke play it!
Today’s post is a positive one. You may have thought that I was some sort of bitter curmudgeon from reading my previous ones, so thought I’d mix things up a little. I stumbled upon this chap, JK Keller at some point last year when I saw the above video. Stuff like this genuinely amazes me. The sheer dedication to the concept and the execution is incredible. Apart from it being a fantastic piece of stand-alone art, it also serves as a great reminder that humans will do anything to amuse themselves if bored…
CROWBARRED IN SELF LOVING STORY: It reminds me of a little time last year during snow-11 when I, or should I say my once alter-ego “Greenman”, became a brief local and national celebrity by making the front cover of The Metro.
This strange turn of events started years beforehand with one of my all time favourite shows, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. I was introduced to this slice of pure televisual gold, by my friend Ian whilst we were living and drinking (lots) together in Manchester. He would always argue that I resembled the illiterate drunken janitor, Charlie Kelly in every perceivable way. Charlie’s drunken alter-ego was a character he created to be a fan mascot for the Philadelphia Eagles, called, yep you’ve guessed it, Greenman bitches! We obviously became obsessed with this character and constantly shouting Greenman bitches! at everyone and everything. That Christmas I received a mysterious package from a Mister Rhydian John Megick Williams, my very own Greenman Morphsuit!
He quickly became a favourite visitor at house parties, festivals and in jumping out at house mates and shitting them up. This brings us back to the day of Snow-11 as it is not known, Tuesday 5th January 2010 as it is. My then house mate and still paparazzo extraordinaire, Pat had been snowed in in our house in Chorlton but was being pressured by his editor to get some photos of the snow. Now photos of snow are not that exciting are they? Just lots of white, surrounded by more white. So what could liven that scene up I hear you ask? GREENMAN BITCHES!
So down we went to Chorlton Water Park, Pat with camera in hand and me with my secret friend on under my clothes like some green sex offender. Needless to say the photo above was the eventual product of our insanely cold photo shoot. Pat never thought that the photo would be used and only sent it as a joke, little did we know that it would create a mild furore. The next day we were headline news on The Metro in Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle and Sheffield! We also became embroiled in a rather strange month long battle, based around pitting my photo against other weird things and getting the on-line public to vote on their favourite.
I lost eventually to that tall twit, booo. However the competition did generate one of my favourite, badly written quotes:
Britons – clearly tired of struggling through the snowy weather – have clearly rallied to the cause of a man prepared to fight back against the wintery conditions. Albeit in a vague and somewhat gimpy way.
So, what have we learnt today then children? Nothing useful as always, but we do know that people can do incredible or mildly amusing things when given the right mixture of artistic integrity, boredom and green Lycra suits. Great times.
Free music is amazing. This is the fifth mixtape by rather marvellous funsters, The Hood Internet. Download or stream, either way, ENJOY x
I am a slender chap and I find it really difficult to find anything that fits me and isn’t disgustingly dull. Why do women have all the best clothes?! I am mainly annoyed because earlier today I was about to buy a lovely Ted Baker shirt and the button on it broke moments before the purchase. This obviously threw me in to a mighty sulk that could only be calmed with coffee. That is all.