Monday, 30 September 2013

After Party

OK so the first gig went well. I judge this on how happy the bride and groom Paul and Becky were and that alone. They seemed pretty pleased, so there it is.

Learnt a few things preparing for this. First; I've realised that its far more nerve-racking to play to one person you know well, than a room of folks you don't. Second; practice will carry you through when you mess up. Third; don't assume anyone has told the DJ what is going on. Didn't get to play all the songs we had because he got confused. But still enjoyed it and most importantly the happy couple were happy. Did slip Lionel Richie in at the end though.  And here's the other song that didn't make it because I had had too many drinks by then to be able to play it. Thanks and respect to Tom and Jody who also played and were indeed awesome they did a brilliant cover of tainted love.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Staying On A Mechanical Bull

Been waiting for this, the new Kings of Leon album. Mechanical Bull. Was it worth it?

It's a different sound to before but it's still unmistakeably Kings. Personally I think it sounds very well produced, hard in places, sunny in places, a little bit country, a lot rock, was that an eighties riff, maybe. As an album its clean and sharp and smooth at the same time.

I think the songs are catchy and I think people will say its too mainstream because of this. Like they did before. But catchy doesn't equate to mainstream (with all its manufactured pop connotations). What "catchy" really means is that it's a good song. Mainstream is all about clichés. Caleb Followill doesn't shy away from clichés, he takes them, breaks them, plays with them, and teaches you a lesson for thinking you heard one.

If you doubt the Followills integrity go see them live. If you think they put sales before turning a crowd on, go see them live. It's worth it. Because they entertain. They want to entertain. And when I saw them at Birmingham NEC some dude got naked during the last song... er... if you like that sort of thing... ahem.

I like this album a lot. I've not been thrown yet.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

2 Days to very 1st Live Gig. A bit nervous. Practising like mad.

Reminder - Mumford and Sons
Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
While The Light - Nick Akester
Pyro - Kings Of Leon
Stuck On You - Lionel Richie
Every Night So Far - Nick Akester
(Snooker Loopy Vignette)
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

A song about all the best nights you ever had and the ones yet to happen with Friends or Lovers, Sister or Brothers