30 days, 30 bands – #16 Bromheads

Tramlines 2009. The first one. The one where the local music bug bit me. Probably because I stepped on it with all my splendorous overweightness (!). I’d just seen La Folie at the Frog & Parrot and dragged myself uphill, back to Endcliffe Village. Statistics about fungus and micas had to be done. I was still thinking about the previous night, when I managed to squeeze into DQ and … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #16 Bromheads

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30 days, 30 bands – #15 The Unfortunate Incident

“The Unfortunate Incident!” “Who?” “The Proclaimers with Zac Effron.” “Sorry, I’m lost. Would you happen to have a pouty band instead?” “Who?” indeed. I mean this in a nice way. They had praise from Steve Lamacq. They had a great show at the O2 Academy. They gorged on Krispy Kreme donuts at DQ during Oxjam 2009. They always played their hearts out. They endured a … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #15 The Unfortunate Incident

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30 Days, 30 Bands – #14 Hey Sholay

“And I know it sounds strange // But I don’t know how to change the clocks The clocks // Oh love, I can change…but I don’t know how to change the clocks”- Hey Sholay Between history and the myth, choose the myth. Always. So said Tony Wilson (allegedly) in the lifechanging 24 Hour Party People. This myth goes back to 2009. I had a guest ticket to see Skint & Demoralised at Sheffield … Continue reading 30 Days, 30 Bands – #14 Hey Sholay

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30 days, 30 bands – #13 The Monicans

It’s a cold day in November. One of the side rooms of The Grapes, back when it still had gigs, but not for long. I think it was a week or so before I got on stage with Repo Men. The bitter cold rages outside while I talk to The Monicans. Heather, Paul and Lee were the longest serving incarnation of The Monicans, at least during those weird and wonderful Sheffield … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #13 The Monicans

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30 days, 30 bands – #12 Renegade Brass Band

12 days in and I think I’ve mentioned this fantastic bunch of ne’er-do-wells at least twice. My usual quip is that they ruined my knees in at least two (2) occasions, but, truth be told, I’d be amazed if they didn’t mess up with anybody else’s knees. You just can’t keep still once they take the stage, with the warm sound of a brass section, … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #12 Renegade Brass Band

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30 Days, 30 Bands – #11 Screaming Maldini

“I’m bored / And I’m not alone“ Attend the tale of those who lived their lives in glorious stereo Dancing like kookaburras, singing in harmony Their skins, pink and white for a while, the fashionably morose For they wailed, ululated and wowed until the bitter end This is what Screaming Maldini were singing and dancing about. A long distance after The Situationists left the mortal coil Emerged a Gestalt of … Continue reading 30 Days, 30 Bands – #11 Screaming Maldini

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30 days, 30 bands – #10 Captives on the Carousel

What is it with Folk being intrinsic to the British evergreens, moors, and peaks? Is it the water quality? Is it the splendour of nature? Or is it the mysticism it emanates from the humid moss, the fungi eating away the rocks or the overcast skies? Bad folk can drive you insane. Bland folk is a litmus test of terrible coffee shops. Good folk, though, … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #10 Captives on the Carousel

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30 days, 30 bands – #9 The Hope Explosion

Imagine this: it’s Saint Patrick’s day, 2010. The drizzle over Sheffield goes back and forth between a refreshing mist and a full blown rain. Guinness has a white tent by Sheffield City Hall and several bands are playing. Now imagine you’re fed up with environmental research work and you fancy some new music. Do you go home and get blasted with cider while listening to Jeff … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #9 The Hope Explosion

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30 days, 30 bands – #8 RepoMen

  “The life of a Repo Man is always intense.” It was “candy night, y’all” at The Grapes. Well, it wasn’t that name. It was a gig night that the people of Pisco Sour Hour had curated. They always put a good gig in that joint and there was always some kind of decoration theme going for the night. Sugar Rush! I think that was the name. That … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #8 RepoMen

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30 days, 30 bands – #7 Oxo Foxo

  “When you have to choose between the truth and the legend, choose the legend.” –Tony Wilson 2008. September: “Last of the Summer?” “Yes, that’s the name. Anything wrong?” “Just wondering if it had anything to do with Last of the Summer wine?” “You know that show?”  “Hey, I’m from Mexico, not the moon…’sides, I told you I know of TISWAS!” I had the ticket. … Continue reading 30 days, 30 bands – #7 Oxo Foxo

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