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Jug-gling priorities

Posted in Music by Russ L on 5 February, 2006

I travelled off down to the heathen lands of Moseley, South Birmingham on Wednesday the 1st of February. I met up with my old homemicrowaves Matt Pratt and Dan in the Wetherspoons, and from there we moved on to The Jug Of Ale.

The Black Flash opened. Most of their set was your customary (these days) indie-rock with garage-blues-ish riffs, although the first song they played was a stab at a more baggy/dancey sort of affair (and didn’t really suit them). The main vocalist really didn’t sing very well, but fortunately not badly enough to ruin things. They were perfectly reasonable to watch and listen to but nothing too special – the unanimous consensus amongst our little party was ‘not bad but I wouldn’t go out of my way for them.’ They did make use of cowbell, though.

I’d heard many a good thing about The Big Bang before this, and it was really evident that they were the band most people had come to see. They sounded like a more riff-lead version of The 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster, with the odd more glammy/stompy BRMC-esque moment here and there. Bags of natural stage presence was in evidence, and some of their songs sounded thoroughly ace on the first listen. Band of the night by a long chalk, and I’ll be sure to be seeing them again as soon as posible.

The headlining act were touring North-Easterners The Motorettes. I’d got the idea before the gig (and I’ve no idea where from) that they were an all-female band, but that turned out to be most definitely not the case. Power-poppy stuff, anyway, with some new wave-y parts sprinkled on at times. The singer had a very strange voice indeed, seemingly twisting his accent in ways it didn’t want to go. Much like the first band, anyway, we were left thinking that they were decent enough to watch but not mindblowing.

One great band and two decent ‘uns isn’t too bad for £1.50, though.

~ Russ L


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  1. Pete Ashton said, on 5 February, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    Russ, these gig reviews are great but could you stick some links in for the bands?

  2. Russ L said, on 5 February, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    I’m tempted to say ‘no’ to punish you for non-convincing flattery, but alas: your November-doings cemented your position as doyen of all those that write about gigs in blogs, and I feel I can refuse you nothing.

    I will edit this to add links. And correct spelling mistakes. Of which there were many.

    ~ Russ L


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