• The Twilight Sad - The Haymakers, Cambridge

    23 Feb 2011, 12:20

    Wed 16 Feb – The Twilight Sad
    Having only really listened to I Became a Prostitute prior to this gig, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. As an opening it was a slight anti-climax due to some poor choices on the part of the sound technician...the first song was a wall of vocal-less noise. Things thankfully did improve after this, and once the band hit their stride it was a thoroughly enjoyable affair. The tracks sound very, very different live to how they are recorded, but not worse - just different. It was actually a pleasant surprise to discover this.

    As stage shows go it wasn't the most spectacular for a band this full of energy, but it was only a small venue (the front of which was populated by a mosh pit of one...thank you, that guy, for providing endless entertainment) and the stage is pretty cramped as a result. Still, announcing to the audience that you might have just soiled yourself (thank you again, nameless mosh person) is always going to garner plenty of puerile laughs and added some levity to a good performance.
  • Quotes of the moment

    9 Feb 2011, 18:12

    yellowcarpet said:
    lawynd said:
    If Wikipedia told you to put your head in an oven, would you do it?

    Depending on the quality of the provided source.

    Selfsurprise said:
    I'd rather own a Dick van Dyke than a PC.

    Susan Burns said:
    He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting and it's very homosexual.
  • Allo Darlin' - The Haymakers, Cambridge

    2 Feb 2011, 0:23

    Tue 1 Feb – Allo Darlin', The Pony Collaboration
    What a fun gig! A friend recommended Allo Darlin' only a few days prior and, intrigued, I had a listen to a couple of tracks...the selection on frankly does not do the band justice. The Pony Collaboration were a very good warmup act and deserve some credit. AD do all of the simple things well - some catchy riffs, percussion arrangements that have you tapping your feet or nodding along unconsciously, and some fairly sumptuous vocals. Not the longest set I've ever witnessed but I think that worked in their favour, as people like me who are new to the band wouldn't have been able to get bored. I shall definitely be purchasing their self titled album on the back of this.