Irish Heroes FONTAINES D.C. In Antwerp, Belgium – An Up/Down Rollercoaster

On stage

11 April 2022

Who: Fast rising Irish post-punk-rock collective
Where: Trix venue in Antwerp, Belgium
When: 8 April 2022

Ten days ago London‘s ruthless upstarts SHAME played a hot/lukewarm/hot
show in this very same venue where Irish heroes FONTAINES D.C. attracted
1100 fans, enough for a sell-out gig, last Thursday.

After about 20 minutes the high and lows of Shame‘s performance popped up
in my mind. Very familiar with the ups and downs of the Dublin bohemians.


– They played 8 of their thunderous jackhammers (including Chequeless Restless,
Hurricane Laughter
(brilliant), Too Real and Boys In The Better Land.)

– Probably because of performing for larger crowds frontman/songwriter Grian Chatten communicates much more than before with the audience, not that this is so important, but the enthusiastic way he did it worked infectiously.

– Yes they’re Irish but they’re part of the British post-punk rebirth along with young mavericks like Shame, Idles, Black Midi, Black Country New Road, Crows and Squid.


– As I said they made the venue explode with 8 thunderous jackhammers,
but the 9 slow to mid-tempo songs (great on record) took out the heat of
the moment too often.

– I saw Fontaines going berserk three times over the past 4 years in small clubs
(max 200 cap.), 40-minute gigs (10 instead of 17 songs), buzzing every single second.
The more famous a band gets the longer their shows get. Mostly, not a good thing.

The singles from their upcoming third LP Skinty Fia (out 22 April)…

FONTAINES D.C.: Instagram – Facebook

(photos by Turn Up The Volume)

The Wonderfully Glowing JOHNNY MARR Took Us All Out Last Night In Antwerp…

Johnny Marr – Trix Club, Antwerp, Belgium – 7 December 2018

The 10 Highs of the night…

1. Johnny Marr is a natural rock star, not a fabricated one, unlike many.
2. His way of communicating with the crowd through electricity is unique.
3. His glowing vox touches me more than that Smiths guy’s voice ever did.
4. He played 9 out of the 12 ‘Call The Comet‘ tracks. His best non-Smiths LP.
5. Easy Money is unquestionably THE catchiest cracker he ever wrote. Top!
6.Hi Hello‘ has that heartwarming Smithsesque swagger. Magical touch.
7. 15 seconds of ‘Fly Like An Eagle‘ and 5 secs of ‘This Charming Man’. LOL.
8. Turning ‘Getting Away With It‘ into a psychedelic disco stomper was ace.
9. Dedicating ‘Bug‘ to Trump was spot on. ‘Population is sick and shaking’.
10. The place went ballistic when that moment he took us all out kicked in.

Before you would ask, no, there were no lows. Along with The Flaming Lips
and Idles one of the 3 top gigs of Turn Up The Volume‘s busy concert year.

Some snapshots

Glowing starr

“You just keep me hangin’ on”

Mister Marr took us all out tonight

The Tracers
Bigmouth Strikes Again
Day In Day Out
New Dominions
Hi Hello
The Headmaster Ritual
Walk Into the Sea
Getting Away With It
Hey Angel
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Spiral Cities
Get the Message
Easy Money
Boys Get Straight
How Soon Is Now?
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby

Set the boy free

JOHNNY MARR: Call The Comet – Facebook – Website

(all concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)