Artist: High Safari
Who/home: an international collective (with members from France, Ireland, Sweden and Sri Lanka) based in London…
Track: ‘Find Your Way Back’ – their debut single !
Score: a spirited pop vibe with sunny harmonies and some Beirut echoes – prepare yourself an ice-cold G & T and relax…
30 June, 2015…
Artist: Baby In Vain
Who: Lola Hammerich, Benedicte Pierleoni and Andrea Thuesen – gigantic cool female trio out of Copenhagen, Denmark formed in 2010 – they have amassed acclaim across the globe, although they haven’t released an album yet, and shared stages with the likes of Ty Segall and The Kills…
Sounds like: stoner punk rock – fat, derailed riffs in slow motion seasoned sharply with irresistible dual screams – a nasty slouchy drone – titanic stuff !
Pink Floyd addicts…
Who/home: noisy London trio – Henrico Cordoza (drums), Robert Capricorn Karter (guitar & vocals) and Bert Burchell ( bass & lead vocals)
Track: ‘Coca White Sun’
In their own words: desert/fuzz/bat rock
In my words: stoner rock exorcism conducted with explosions !…
29 June, 2015…
Oasis appeared for the first ever time on BBC’s Top Of The Pops on June 29, 1994,
21 years ago today, with second single ‘Shakermaker’ (peaking at #11 on UK chart) – talking about history… the legendary band as well as the legendary TV show are no more – that TV performance was trademark Oasis before we all were aware of what that really meant: not moving, just being cool, looking cool and playing some mighty cool rock and roll with some of the coolest swagger and coolest attitude ever !
‘Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Oasis on Top Of The Pops’…
Artist: Amber Leaves
Who/home: five-piece from London – Chesney Jefferson (vocals, guitar, keys), Sebastian Drayton (drums), Jay Morrod (bass), Jake Miliburn (guitar), Josh Pontin (guitar/keys)
Score: highly effervescent slice of funky guitar pop – it will definitely light up your summer – dance to the beat ! …
Monday – 29 June, 2015…
Artist: Slaves – hammering garage rock duo from Kent, UK…
Track: ‘The Hunter’ from their brand new, smashing debut album ‘Are You Satisfied?’ – ‘Slaves’ are just born to play festivals – dynamite stuff – play it loud !…
KASABIAN – Tivoli Venue, Utrecht, The Netherlands – 27 June, 2015
Kasabian played two small venues in The Netherlands as a warm up to their headlining performance today (28 June) at Rock Werchter in Belgium, my country. I’m not into festivals anymore, far too crowded and scandalously expensive. I’d rather have a 2 hour drive to Utrecht (mid-sized town in The Netherlands) and seeing one of my favorite live bands from the first row in a 2000-capacity venue ! I already saw the Leicester gang performing eight times but I can’t get enough. Nor do the British Army of fans that follow their band everywhere in Europe. We all had a blast… again.
Kasabian is a natural-born live band and after five albums they make us all go bonkers with a ‘greatest hits’ set. A mix of highly adrenalized rock anthems (‘Shoot The Runner’, ‘Days Are Forgotten’, ‘Fire’,’L.S.F’) and electro dance influenced crackers (‘Bumblebeee’, ‘Club Foot’, ‘Eez-Eh). A whirlwind of terrace-chant style songs. A hurricane of killer drones with Tom Meighan and Sergio Pizzorno leading the troops as usual. Fireworks that make a thousand people going up and down from the very first minute. Oh yeah, I was there too in the front. After taking pictures I joined the jumping herd. I’m not that young anymore but ‘Kasabian Live‘ is an irresistible party. You only need to endure the flying beer and help someone up to his feet from time to time.
I’m in there, somewhere in the front…
Tom Meighan loves his job madly. He’s the perfect rock & roll band frontman. He knows all the tricks in the book. He sets the whole place on fire with his nervous moves – left to right, forward and backward – and his wild, encouraging cheers. A charming madman next to his musical chief in charge, Sergio Pizzorno. The maestro looked even thinner than the previous time.
Tonight’s cover was ‘People Are Strange‘. A classic The Doors song. Quite strange that almost everybody knew the words. An eclectic crowd, from teenagers to their parents, from young to old. That’s what awesome live bands do, they appeal to many rock generations. Hail Hail Kasabian !
(All pics: JL)
27/28 June, 2015…
2/ ‘Trying To Believe’ by THE FOREST RANGERS feat. ALISON MOSSHART
House band of TV series ‘Sons of Anarchy’ teams up with AM for groovy rocker…
7/ ‘The Queen Of The Swans’ by MERCURY REV
Back after 8 years – a beauty of a song…
Mid-’90s grunge-pop rockers – 2 girls / 2 boys – Veruca Salt are back and will release Ghost Notes, their first album in 17 years on July 10 – here’s splendid new track Empty Bottle – the song starts as a vulnerable ballad moving slowly to a blasting chorus – from a whisper to a scream – magnificent score !
Band: Red Francis (Chicago)
Track: ‘Media Freezing Frenzy’ – from their self-titled debut album – out July 24th…
In their own words: “a rich array of psychedelic soul and folk rock into a consistent vibe with ever-changing moods…”
In my words: trust me, you may believe their words – they produce an enchanting rich sound, spiced with intense vocals and the best trumpet exuberance I heard in years !