Monthly Archives: March 2005

On Terrorism and Populism

Amid much cheap point-scoring by Labour, Tories and the Liberals, the latest “anti-terrorism” legislation was passed yesterday. The government can now impose “Control Orders” on suspects, limiting their freedoms without actually imprisoning them. The idea is that this would replace the unlawful detention of suspects hitherto carried out by the government. The power remains with the Home Secretary, not the Courts, and breach of a Control Order can lead to imprisonment. As such the Home Secretary retains the power to limit a person’s liberty without a trial or even reasonable suspicion. It is difficult to see how this constitutes a concession to Human Rights. Continue reading

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Demo Review: Go! Team! Go!

Go! Team! Go!’s demo opens with what sounds like a cheap Casio organ playing a slightly discordant lick in the style of a Gothic comic horror, complete with simple drum machine backing, then suddenly bursts out into full electro-hardcore. Despite being on a shiny CD, the sound quality is akin to an old D90 cassette that you’ve had lying around for years, with everything overloading and buzzing. In short, it sounds absolutely fucking fantastic and my only concern would be that seeing them live might sound too clean. Vocals are distorted incomprehensible, barked out repetitious monologues and remind me of the robot vs. who I reviewed recently. Continue reading

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Live: Coachwhips at Plastic People, London (07/03/05)

The last time I was in Plastic People it was on Oxford Street. These days it resides in a corner of Hoxton, every bit as dingy and base-ment like as the old place. It’s packed and steaming hot inside and by luck we manage to get the last three places before have to start counting people out.

First band up at called Poltergroom and they’re the happy fellows who are putting Coachwhips up for this brief stay in England. The stage is the same height as the rest of the place and so we can barely see, apart from snatches of a drummer and two guys stripped to the waist, one wearing a witches hat and the other an executioner’s hood-cum-witches hat. The play very noisy random avant-garde stuff with the added fun of piping calling vocals like flutes: think of the opening whoops of Mclusky’s ‘Without MSG I Am Nothing’ and you’ll get the idea. The group obviously have some ideas but fundamentally it doesn’t grab our attention, though they’re only on for about twenty minutes. Continue reading

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Kaiser Chiefs – Leeds Virgin Megastore – (08/03/05)

Kaiser Chiefs
Virgin Megastore – Leeds
Tuesday 8th March 2005

Oh my God I can’t believe it local boys are back home!

So, half the people here got up at stupid o clock yesterday to buy Employment, the Kaiser Chiefs debut album. I have it on good authority that the first nutter got there at 4am on Monday 7th march. I hope they have a good view at 7pm, the following day when the Kaiser Chiefs take to the stage at their local Virgin Megastore. The album is excellent, has been in my CD player for 36 hours, so it is obviously a full house for Yorkshire’s new Rock Royalty who must be enjoying this as much as getting on CD:UK and praise from Macca at the NME Awards. Continue reading

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Kaiser Chiefs – Leeds Virgin Megastore – (08/03/05)

Kaiser Chiefs
Virgin Megastore – Leeds
Tuesday 8th March 2005

Oh my God I can’t believe it local boys are back home!

So, half the people here got up at stupid o clock yesterday to buy Employment, the Kaiser Chiefs debut album. I have it on good authority that the first nutter got there at 4am on Monday 7th march. I hope they have a good view at 7pm, the following day when the Kaiser Chiefs take to the stage at their local Virgin Megastore. The album is excellent, has been in my CD player for 36 hours, so it is obviously a full house for Yorkshire’s new Rock Royalty who must be enjoying this as much as getting on CD:UK and praise from Macca at the NME Awards. Continue reading

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the faculty play getloaded thurs april 7th with steve lamacq and shaun ryder

http://www.get-loaded.co.uk/eflyer.htm
hi everyone,
i should imagine we will get some sort of guest list so if you want to get on it please mail gleerecords@yahoo.co.uk
be great to see you all there,
nikki. Continue reading

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Live: Black Wire + Flylife at the Cockpit, Leeds (04/03/05)

Support band Flylife entertained half a room but it’s packed when Black Wire takes to the stage dressed in suits, shirts, ties and tight fitting jeans. Here is three good looking; thin guys who have an uber cool styling. Musical comparisons have been made with Joy Division, they are mates with the Libertines and the Kaiser Chiefs whose PIGS club night they met at, but whilst the three of them take their positions lined up at the front of the stage you soon realise that this is about a drum machine and up tempo synthesized beats. Continue reading

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