My Gig Awards 2006!
Yes I am a geek, I've kept a list of all the bands I've seen this year ( I'm not the only one to do this am I?). Seeing as everyone else is doing one I thought I'd put together some pointless awards thing and here it is. Feel free to leave some comments after, call me a nerd - whatever.
Runner Up – Joy Eslava, Madrid
Winner – The Polish Club, Bristol.
Primarily for the reason that it plays home to a large picture of the Polish 1974 World Cup team above the bar, amongst other ageing Polish, eh, stuff on the walls. The Polish Club also sells my beer of choice, Budvar, in proper bottles and for a reasonable prize. The first and only time I went there this year being for the British Sea Power gig and it’s an easy place to miss amongst the student flats of Clifton. More gigs there please promoters of Bristol.
Winner: Bristol Academy 2.
Not so much of a gig venue, more of a heavily branded corridor. A tiny venue, with beer at £3.30 for a pint of god awful Carling and poor views from anywhere apart from on the stage with the band. More often than not gigs here end early, by 9:30, so hordes of underage emo-kids can flood the corridor. Let the emo’s in, board up the doors and never stage a gig there again.
Runners Up: Kubichek! at the Academy 2, Bristol/ Metric and Blood Red Shoes at the Fleece, Bristol
Winner: The National – Koko.
“The English are waiting and I don’t know what to do” sings The National’s Matt Berringer, well that’s a lie. Throughout this gig, their only headline one in the UK of 2006, the band proved they knew exactly how to please the English crowd by passionately playing most of Alligator and other favourites such as Available and About Today. The encore was delayed before Berringer took the stage with a bottle of champagne to toast the bands biggest headline gig to date and it was a real pleasure to be amongst that crowd who were as in love with the band as I became in 2006.
Runners Up: Boy Kill Boy - Louisiana, Bristol. It was free and to charge for this dross would have been robbery.
Winner : The Aliens – Thekla, Bristol.
Dear The Aliens,
I saw you twice this year. The first time was your 2nd gig in England as part of The Venn Festival and that was pretty shambolic but I was willing to overlook that. The 2nd time was even worse than that, you looked disinterested, the crowd were disinterested, the instruments were out of tune, you looked like you hated each other. I have very rarely wanted to leave a gig early, but you almost made me do it. Please, for the sake of the memory of The Beta Band give it up.
Yours Sincerely, Kenny.
Runners Up: The Strokes at Colston Hall. £25 for seats a mile from the stage for a band that had just released a stinker of an album.
Winners: The Walkmen, The Point in Cardiff.
I made the effort to travel and stop over in Cardiff; just a pity the band didn’t put as much effort into it. I’ve loved “Bows and Arrows” and also really liked “Louisiana”, but I think that the millstone of the amazing “The Rat” is too much for The Walkmen. It was all the majority of the crowd wanted to hear, which led to a sense that most would have left after the song was dispensed with early on which created a really flat atmosphere from there in.
•Comedy Act of the Year:
Runner Up: The Young Knives – Some good inter band banter between Henry and the House of Lords (aka Fat Timmy Mallet)
Winner: Yes Boss!
Easily, no contest this one. 2 lads (Noah and Gavron), 1 laptop and a load of piss funny lyrics. So funny infact that it caused never before seen outpourings of laughter from Crump, its not often you see a man in tweed with a pipe doubled up in laughter and with a tear in his eye.
“In order to win it, I’ve got to be in it, innit”
“I’m hungry like tramps,
Ideas burn hot like lamps”
“I’m sick of all the jabbering,
I’m going to go and give a cab a ring,
I don't care if you're rich or poor,
You're gonna get wet like the kitchen floor”
“Give ‘em an inch i'll take a mile,
Keep ‘em sweet like tate & lyle”
“Cheer up don't get depressed son
‘Cos you look like Simon Weston”
“Your just a little prick like a thistle,
Kissed your grandma under the mistletoe”
•The it does look good for your career, but your really really shit award:
Winner: The Twang
They supported Jamie T at the Louisiana. They proceeded to play some sub Mondays/Roses shite and had two lead singers both of which seem like the sort of twunts you get in indie clubs who go nuts for Kasabian and that type of bilge. Lead "singer" one kicked a drink over the guitarists pedals and they then left the stage, thankfully. Sadly though they seem to be getting a fair bit of press and even have some sort of record deal. 2007 is going to be a dark year if these schmos make it anywhere near big, I’ve warned you.
•The it doesn’t look good for your career award:
Winner: Radio 4.
Playing to less than 50 people in a corridor in Bristol shouldn’t really be happening to these guys. Still, all credit to them they managed to put on a good performance and dedicate a song to “the single Mum’s of America”.
•Worst band name award
Sponsored by Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo:
Winner: Karma Mechanics.
Seriously, it’s not funny. Change it. Actually, just give up, you were shit.
•Worst timed trip to the Bar:
Winner: Pete Aighton at The Strokes – Colston Hall.
After sitting through the early part of the set, which included pap from the latest album Pete decided to go to the bar just as a series of songs from the first album were rattled off. For the purpose of the story they played “ Last Nite, Hard to Explain, New York City Cops and The Modern Age” all in a row, Pete came back asked “Did I miss much?” and then spilt the beers.*
* I may have over-emphasised some of this to hide the irony of me calling someone for going to the toilet.
•Worst Facial Hair**:
Runner Up: My Nemesis. He only didn’t win as I don’t want to give him the honour of this prestigious title.
Winner: The l(e)ad singer from The Spinto Band.
OK, I know he’s only about 14 years old but there’s no excuse for bumfluff. Not really a moustache, more of a cappuccino stain. I learnt the hard way, I shaved off half of my top lip trying to rid myself of bumfluff, it’s time you did the same. Pah, kids eh.
** Again, I am fully aware of the irony of this award given my inability to grow anything more than some patchy “stubble”.
•Bands I’m looking forward to seeing next year.
•Interpol – of course, new album due out middle of next year.
•The National – as above.
•I was a cub scout – Really love the Pink Squares single and should be good live.
•Tokyo Police Club – I predict these will make it pretty big next year if the “A Lesson in Crime” EP is anything to go on.
•Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – I missed this gig at the Cube earlier in the year and hope he comes round again.
My gig list in full, yes this is geeky.
The Spinto BandLouisiana19/01/2006
The RakesAnson Rooms24/01/2006
Shout out LoudsColston Hall25/01/2006
The StrokesColston Hall25/01/2006
White Rose MovementAnson Rooms31/01/2006
The Sunshine UndergroundLouisiana03/02/2006
Arctic MonkeysBristol Academy13/02/2006
Maximo ParkBristol Academy13/02/2006
The Mystery JetsBristol Academy13/02/2006
We are scientistsBristol Academy13/02/2006
Jubb and The Dirty SleevesBristol Academy21/02/2006
The ViewBristol Academy21/02/2006
Boy Kill BoyLouisiana04/03/2006
Mike BennettBristol Academy20/03/2006
The FallBristol Academy20/03/2006
Bloody TouristsThe Croft, Bristol22/03/2006
Shit DiscoThe Croft, Bristol22/03/2006
The Advocate GeneralsThe Croft, Bristol22/03/2006
The Sunshine UndergroundaR224/04/2006
GrovesnorFleece and Firkin16/05/2006
Hot ChipFleece and Firkin16/05/2006
The DevastationsKoko, Camden31/05/2006
The NationalKoko, Camden31/05/2006
65 Days of StaticMalcolm X Centre, Bristol02/06/2006
The AliensMalcolm X Centre, Bristol02/06/2006
Field MusicBristol Academy07/06/2006
The FutureheadsBristol Academy07/06/2006
HumanziFleece and Firkin08/06/2006
White Rose MovementFleece and Firkin08/06/2006
KubichekBristol Academy 207/07/2006
The MotorettesBristol Academy 207/07/2006
The CrimeaBristol Academy 202/08/2006
The Young KnivesBristol Academy 202/08/2006
Joan as PolicewomanFopp10/08/2006
The Spinto BandAR220/08/2006
British Sea PowerPolish Club, Bristol14/09/2006
Morton ValencePolish Club, Bristol14/09/2006
Josh PykeThe Point, Cardiff25/09/2006
Sound TeamThe Point, Cardiff25/09/2006
The WalkmenThe Point, Cardiff26/09/2006
Peter Bjorn and JohnLouisiana27/09/2006
The DelaysColston Hall28/09/2006
Blood MeridianAnson Rooms01/10/2006
The Black KeysAnson Rooms01/10/2006
Indigo MossFleece and Firkin11/10/2006
The Howling BellsFleece and Firkin11/10/2006
The Young KnivesThekla Social13/10/2006
The 1990's Thekla Social23/10/2006
The Long BlondesThekla Social23/10/2006
The WhipManhattan Bar, Bristol27/10/2006
Bare KnucklesManhattan Bar, Bristol27/10/2006
The Sunshine UndergroundManhattan Bar, Bristol27/10/2006
Third PartThekla Social04/11/2006
The AliensThekla Social04/11/2006
Blood Red ShoesFleece and Firkin09/11/2006
MetricFleece and Firkin09/11/2006
My LuminariesBristol Academy 210/11/2006
Radio 4Bristol Academy 210/11/2006
Peter Bjorn and JohnJoy Eslava, Madrid22/11/2006
Good Books Joy Eslava, Madrid22/11/2006
The Magic NumbersJoy Eslava, Madrid22/11/2006
The English PricesThekla Social26/11/2006
The HeightsThekla Social26/11/2006
The MulesBristol Academy 230/11/2006
Xerox TeensBristol Academy 230/11/2006
Good ShoesBristol Academy 230/11/2006
Rat Att AggMoles, Bath15/12/2006
KlaxonsMoles, Bath15/12/2006KubichekKubichek!InterpolThe NationalMetricBlood Red ShoesThe WalkmenYes Boss!The Young KnivesTokyo Police ClubI Was a Cub ScoutThe Sunshine Underground