• Crayon Fields - The Silverlake Lounge, Los Angeles, CA March 15, 2010

    19. Mär. 2010, 19:46

    A personal night to remember.

    When we entered the Silverlake Lounge, the band, being the first of 5 to play that night, were the only ones in there and so I didn't have the courage to walk over to them. Thankfully Scott was there to break the ice (by proclaiming everything the band meant to me, making me more nervous). They were genuinely pleased, and were surprised that we'd made the drive up from San Diego to see them play. They asked how I'd heard of them and I gave credit to Knut of Eardrums for first hearing 'Mirror Ball' on one of his compilations, and to Andy Hazel of Australia (Band: "We know him!") I got my Mirror Ball 7" signed and had a picture taken with them. (Scott: "Happy wife, happy life).

    Later on, I had an even longer chat with Guy Blackman. I suggested a street team and we also discussed guitar playing and the Australian music scene. He was nice enough to give me a Chapter Music CD sampler of current bands he's promoting. Band manager Ben O 'Connor came over and introduced himself when he heard I made the 2-hour trek. There was a small but attentive crowd when they began to play and Geoff dedicated the set to me for driving up for the show!! They also played a NEW song called 'Somewhere Good'. Yes! The sound system was surprisingly good (I've never been there) and the band's vocals were perfect and audible. Although, as the other bands played, the music, though good, only got louder than necessary I think, given a mostly shoegazey and psychedlic sound. The beautiful vocals for 'headliner' Seaspin's singer unfortunately got buried.

    What a night! I wonder (but hope) if I'll ever see this band I love in such a small and intimate bar again. I wish them lots of success at SXSW and beyond.

    They played:
    Somewhere Good
    Voice of Paradise
    Would It Be So Strange
    Lucky Again
    Mirror Ball
    All The Pleasures of The World
  • British Sea Power - The Casbah, San Diego, February 25, 2008

    27. Feb. 2008, 3:47

    Mon 25 Feb – British Sea Power

    Though the venue was small, Martin took time to tape the flags up on the stage.
    It was packedl to capacity by the time they took to the stage at midnight. The crowd recognized a lot of the old songs. There was only a small interaction between the band and crowd and some technical mishaps. but they seemed genuinely happy with performing. They lived up to everything I've read and seen on the internet.

    Phil was very impressive, with the keyboards and trumpet. And he went wild! Abi played keyboards (and I CANNOT remember right now what song it was!) I heard a loop of the church bells from 'Pelican' being played between certain songs throughout the gig. The crowd was wild enough by the end that Martin allowed himself to be carried out by the crowd! Yan and Hamilton were pulling their guitars and mic stands every which way.

    Overall a great show considering it's the first for this North American tour and having just flown in from Europe. The L.A. shows should be great.

    Colourmusic was also fantastic!