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In the Roundhouse over the Sea: Neutral Milk Hotel, 21/05/14

22 May


Warning: this is pretty long. And while it’s technically sort of about the Neutral Milk Hotel concert at the Roundhouse last night, it’s also sort of not really about that and about the band as a whole. So if you’re looking for a proper gig review, that’s probably not what this is.

Now you know, let’s continue.

Last night, I went to see Neutral Milk Hotel at the Roundhouse and let me tell you, it was an experience. So much so, that it’s difficult to find the words to describe it. I know, I know – that’s one of the worst things that a journalist can say, particularly as, you know, it’s our entire job to find words to describe things. So with that in mind, I’m going to do the best I can. But if not… I’m sure you’ve all had concerts like this before. You’ll know what I mean.

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LIVE REVIEW: Muse (27.10.2012)

31 Oct

There’s the perpetual question of whether an elaborate stageshow is something that enhances a band’s performance, or whether it’s just a crutch. When it comes to Muse, there’s no question, however – it works. They own the stage, and the lasers, LED screens and weird-pyramid-thing somehow manage to never detract from the trio onstage.

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LIVE REVIEW: Of Monsters and Men (12.07.12)

13 Jul

Crouching on the benches at the back of the Scala and twisting into an awkward position in order to balance isn’t necessarily the best way to see Of Monsters and Men, but the venue is so packed that people resort to anything they can to catch a glimpse of the Icelandic band. 

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SINGLE REVIEW: 1986 (Turnpike Glow)

23 Feb

The theme of 1986 is that of, apparently, ‘a relationship coming to its end amongst the heaviest snow fall in Rome since 1986’ (see where the song gets its name from?). Two out of five members of Turnpike Glow are actually from Rome, so it doesn’t seem as out of place as it perhaps could, although there’s no danger of accusations of subtlety here – mentions of snow are frequent, and ‘the heavy snow / to fall in Rome / since 1986’ is repeated throughout the chorus.

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