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Y Viva Espana!

I held off blogging for a week in the hope that one of the many many other employees of the Wichita Corporation might want to jump in and write about their prison experiences or scout badges or something but that hasn’t happened so here we go again.

First up an honourable mention to the marvelous Broken Social Scene show of just over a week ago.
Feeling a little more experimental than busual the Shepherd’s Bush gig was a reminder again that the small town that is Social Scene provides a unique and powerful experience that’s probably the most exhilarating show on earth. With Amy Milan providng the female parts the set wound its way to a typically amazing climax.They were last seen headimg for Moscow and I’m sure some of them are still there……

Then in the week the beautiful DODOS arroved for their first European trip.
There will be many many reports of the progress of Meric, Logan and Joe this year but it all began in most civilised fashion with a verital world food tour and good timed with three of the nicest men in rock. It’s 1am as I write this and already the excitement for their first London show tomorrow is making it impossible to sleep.

After seeing in the beginning of the 5th decade of the legendary David Laure’s life (happy birthday D shine on you crazy diamond…..) In the company of a smattering of early 90’s indie luminaries it was off to Barcelona for Primavera Sound 08 and a festival bill that probably won’t be topped anywhere in the world this year.
I have never arrived at a festival on the final day before and it was quite a shock to see the state of the weary walking wounded when I arrived.

Delicious tapas with TIMFROMLESSAVYFAV was followed by a mad dash to catch the first band of the day Times New Viking. Yes,Them again. you didn’t think there could be a blog without them did you?? Discovering that their van had been broken into AGAIN and that missing passports meant an extended Spanish stay for some the omens really weren’t good when Jarod broke a string early on…..As ever though the songs triumphed and by the end we were screaming along in the light drizzle and already wondering if the show could be tooped.

Next up was Port O’Brien and they whetted appetities for their London shows ths week with a typically brilliant show welding Neil Young to the Violent Femmes and The Go Betweens in a way that took us back to those first Bright Eyes shows.

Then indoors to the Auditori to cath the legendary Mary Weiss of the Shangri Las. I LOVE the Shangri Las and it was a genuine thrll to hear that voice belting out “”Remember…..” and all the rest. Had to marvel at what it must have been like to see the group in their heyday as she still has pipes to break your heart today.
At this point thing start to get a little bit hazy. For some reason the cheapest thing on the drinks menu were Jager shots which probably went a long way to explaining the 1000 yard stares I’d seen earlier. Of course it was TNV who led us down that slippery slope.

Ran into some of the Lambchop boys who were playing in Silver Jews earlier so dashed over to catch Berman live for the first time for me. The words were tumbling and hilarious but I was distracted by running into Gary and Ross Crib who apparently had had a belter the night before plus Malkmus and Janet Weiss and Laurence from Domino and most excitingly my Welsh bra Nick Evans who ran the legendary Elemental label (and brought RFTC to the Ulk) but now lives in Barca teacing yoga and getting up at 3am every day.
Looking sickeningly happy and healthy he made me wonder if there was something to all that “getting in touch with your inner idiot” as he put it after all.

After this things get a litte hazy. Buffalo Tom played for what seemed like hours though its always good to hear Taillights Fade and good intentions were waylaid by the free booze at the expense of Malkmus and Menomena…….

News had come through of SIMIAN MOBILE disco having an accident en route to Spain and although thankfully no one was hurt the equipment was and what was meant to be a triumphant festival closing live set was now going to he a hastily assembled dj show IF James and Jas could get there in time.
The next couple of hours is a bit of a TNV inspired blur.

I watched the Dino reunion thing again and loved it as much as I had last year.If you’d have told a 15 year old me I’d be watching a note perfect Repulsion and Forget The Swan with a crowd of thousands 23 years later I’d have said you were crazy but there I was transported back to Liverpool and Martin Carr’s flat like it was yesterday.

Sadly missed Shellac who seemed to have blown minds but found myself side stage for an awesome LES SAVY FAV show.

In front of what seemed to be the biggest crowd of any stage all weekend LSF rocked the party as only they know how……

Now being Spain at 2am things are starting to get really moving as the going gets weird and the weird turn pro. SMD have arrived and dj at 3.30 to huge crowd down in the ampotheatre mixing up Inner City with pounding techno and culminating in an extraordinary moment at 5am when they dropped some terrifying Black Sabbath and the heavens opened and it seemed like there was nowhere left for anyone to go…..
Well for us it was back to TNV’s hotel room and having missed the already legenday balcony party the night before I was happy to literally spend the bands last night in Europe sleeping with them. This is a love which goes all the way………

Now to sleep to prepare for the busiest week of the shows of the year.onwards and upwards!

Blog 2.0

“Its pop music for people who don’t like pop music”

Thus quoth a very wise man last night (well,a drummer) in the aftermath of our last Times New Viking show for the foreseeable future last night.
The football season had of course finished on saturday so I was free to go the splendid line up that Plan B put on at Corsica Studios.Funny old venue in a funny old part of the world.

Going South Of The River is always odd but Elephant + Castle really is like nothing else on earth…….

Huw Stephens was out to support local Cardiff boys Gindrinker up first.I get a real nostalgia kick out of their shows as the remind me of evey band I saw in wales from 84-86.Peel would have adored them probably sums it up but the two men and a drum machine are like se unholy alliance between Datblygu and Big Black.

Sadly they didn’t play my favourite the one about Bullseye which has a chanted chorus of “Hail Bowen!!!”.A classic.

Next up were Lovvvvvers.For the first time in a long run of shows not the usual life changung experience but due to sound issues not lack of effort on their part with Shaun spending most of the gig in the crowd.

Must admit I did slip out with guitarist Henry at that point to watch the penalty shoot out in some bizarre Portuguese wine bar but only got pleasure when pens were missed.

Anyway.dashed back in for the main event,the last London show of this first uk trip for Times New Viking.

Probably for the best or this wold just be a TNV fan woirship blag.Got their impressions of Cardiff and learnt of their traditional Welsh gifts from SFA (umm cheese) and the show itself was triumphant.Unusually clean sounding for a Matt Horseshit mix those Ohio Pop Songs sounded like the anthems they are.

Genuinely choked to see the back of them,the campaign for a swift return starts here.

“I don’t want to die/In the city alone”

Come back soon kids.

Life is a Rollercoaster

There. Bet you didn’t imagine the Wichita blog would launch with a Ronan Keating quote did you?? My most hated song of all times actually. But i digress (digression will be a theme of this thing i can tell…..). Never let it be said that we’re ahead of the curve so just as you all get into CB radio cos you’re so cutting edge we’ve decided to enter the blogoworld or whatever it is.

Honestly this is going to be fun for all of the family.

Anyway. I’m doing the first one cos I’ve had a momentous week. The highs, the lows, the other bits.

All began at ATP vs Pitrchfork last week. Most of the best bands on the planet right now assembled in one handy “Indie Boot Camp “ (B Wileman). We offered up what many seemed to feel were the two highlights of the weekend in Los Campesinos! (fulfilling all their dreams and playing the show of their lives) and Les Savy Fav (straight from the airport after their visa issues and last seen leading 2000 kids down the stairs of Pontins to see Black Lips….). Tell us if there are too many brackets in this won’t you.

So yeah from a “work perspective” all went swimmingly. Which was another highlight having swim/beard off in the sea with the mighty Tim Harrington. Not something you do everyday.

Anyway. The real highlight for the entire Wichita office was the first chance to see our favourite band TIMES NEW VIKING play in the UK. They made us scream and jump around like idiots as usual and we got to spend a little quality time with them too which was lovely. Other highlights were finally seeing Meat Puppets, catching Jens Lekman again and seeing Sebadoh do a couple of the hits.

Back in London saw Man Man Tues and enjoyed em a lot more than at ATP before seeing what will be a legendary line up of Lovvers/TNV/Jay Reatard at the Old Blue Last on Thursday. Blissfully ignorant that some fuckwit had broken into Times New Viking’s van we pogoed and screamed and mixed our shorts and generally had a right old East End knees up. Is there a better live band than Lovvers in the Uk right now ?? No.There’s not.

So all this musical preamble had been fun but was only there to keep me from going over the edge in anticipation of the FA CUP FINAL. It’s been and gone now so maybe i did imagine it after all but my beloved Bluebirds actually made it to Wembley. We may have lost but it truly was that “great day out” that people talk about and I’ll never forget it as long as I live. Highlights were catching up with the Super Furries and sharing something with my dad that only one generation of City fans had been able to do and that was more than 80 years ago.

So yeah an extradordinary week full of ups and downs but momentous enough to move me to write my first blog piece.Will try not to make itmas long before the next one.

The Bronx are back in the UK!

The Bronx are in the UK for the Kerrang! tour with Biffy Clyro this month. Not to be missed! Dates as follows:

JANUARY
THURS 11     Belfast Mandela Hall
FRI 12         Ireland Dublin Ambassador
SUN 14       Cardiff University
MON 15       Bristol Academy
TUES 16     Nottingham Rock City
THURS 18     Southampton Guildhall
FRI 19         Norwich UEA
SAT 20       Manchester Academy
MON 22       Newcastle Academy
TUES 23     Glasgow Academy
WED 24       Liverpool Academy
FRI 26         Birmingham Academy
SAT 27       London Astoria / Frog Club

The Bronx release their 3rd single ‘Shitty Future’ from the self-titled 2nd album on 5th February.

Watch the video for History’s Stranglers here:

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