My review of quite possibly my favourite ever band up on withguitars accompanied by the ace photography of the awesome Phil Hutchinson
This will be up on withguitars later, with photography by Phill Hutchinson
Throwing Muses Holmfirth Picture Dome November 4th 2011
Descending into deepest, darkest Yorkshire on a Friday night is not many peoples idea of a good evening, but Throwing Muses have drawn a very respectable sized crowd for tonights gig.
On tour to promote the release of their ‘Anthology’ cd, this three piece Muses incantation have been playing gigs for almost 20 years and it shows in their professionalism. Rarely do you get a rhythm section as tight as David Narcizo and Bernard Georges.
Propelled by Kristin’s frenetic guitar, Bernie pummels his bass - to quote the Anthology sleeve note essay, he plays bass like a mother fucker - whilst Dave beats the shit out of his drum kit.
Songs are spat out rapid as machine gun fire, every track cranked up a notch. With a career encompassing setlist, the single releases ‘Bright Yellow Gun’ and ‘Shark’ fizzle with energy, resonating with an appreciative audience.
Half way through the gig something seems to ignite the band ‘Hate My Way’ from their eponymous 1986 debut explodes as Kristin Hersh begins to expel the songs like she is exorcising demons, her face contorts, neck veins throbbing as lyrics are torn out of her mouth. A scintillating, set closing sucker punch of ‘Vickys Box’ and ‘Bea’ leaves me reeling and the band return for two encores before we have chance to recover. A truly outstanding concert, catch them if you can.
Finally saw Lars Von Triers ‘Melancholia’ today, thought it was excellent.
Very typical of a lvt film it is a very slow build up to a powerful ending. The cinematography is amazing, it looks like a Magritte painting and every performance is fantastic.
The Guardian asked for contributions to a feature on the Smiths, basically 150 words on your favourite album. Could only be one of their 4 studio albums. My effort wasn’t the winning entry so I shall post it here. I’m not surprised I didn’t win, and when you read it neither will you!
Asking a devotee of The Smiths to choose their favourite album, is comparable to handing parents of twins a revolver and making them slay their least favourite child. Ok that is a (slight) exaggeration but The Smiths fan base reserve that level of passion for these recordings.
If I had to pick one (and I do for this article) it would be their final studio album ‘Strangeways Here We Come’. Out of all the bands releases, it has always been Strangeways that I am repeatedly drawn to time after time. For me it is the pinnacle of The Smiths career, the album where as a band they reached a creative peak musically and lyrically. Few songs in their back catalogue sound as achingly beautiful as ‘Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’. Rarely has Morrissey better displayed his ironic, abrasive wit than on ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’ or ‘Unhappy Birthday’