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Monthly Archives: February 2010

So, 2010 has started off pretty well. So far, I’ve only been to see two bands, Torch Le Monde, who were previously mentioned here, and Them Crooked Vultures.

I’ll mention the TLM gig first, because it was a little bizarre. I’d wanted to see the band again since I saw them supporting Kissteria in August, but every other time they were playing I happened to be in Canberra. I saw they were doing a gig in Sydney when I wasn’t going to be away so figured I’d go. Only thing was, they were playing as part of a thing called Blood, Rock and Wrestling. I was a little dubious, but figured since it was at a pub not far from my place, I’d give it a go. The band were really good and did a mix of their original stuff and a few covers (Rebel Yell and Go – which was awesome). The wrestling, not so much. There were 3 matches, the first was a tag team one with four guys who talked a lot of trash, but weren’t very good. When you can see that the punch doesn’t connect, it kind of ruins the illusion. The second was cosplay wrestling, with a chick dressed as Lara Croft and one as some chick from Street Fighter 2. At least they looked like they were inflicting some pain on each other. The heckling from the crowd was pretty poor. “Someone’s on the rag” was about the standard, I’m afraid. The third match was fucked up. This is where the “blood” part of blood, rock and wrestling came in. Two guys wrestled, but also used things like barbed wire, thumb tacks, mouse traps and glass rods. And it really did look like they were bleeding after going through some of those rods. Ewww. At least the band was on again after that, and they rocked. I recommend seeing them when they tour in March (no idea on dates, just going on their twitter posts).

The second concert was Them Crooked Vultures, which I had been looking forward to ever since they announced the tour. Hell, I bought tickets before I’d even heard any of their songs. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with a band featuring Josh Homme and Dave Grohl, given my taste in music. I was right. They were brilliant. They played everything from their album. Some songs came across even better live than on the album. And best of all, the bit in Reptiles that I love didn’t get fucked up live. There’s nothing worse than having a bit of a song which gives you shivers on a CD being half-hearted when sung live. Maroon 5’s Harder to Breathe comes to mind as an example of that (yeah, I saw Maroon 5 when they toured Songs about Jane, what of it?). Here’s the setlist. If you ever get the chance to see them live, I seriously recommend it. They’re playing the Download Festival this year. Wish I could go. It was awesome last year. Oh well.

Anyway, now I’m just counting down the days until Faith No More week which starts on the 21st February. I’m seeing them 4 times in a week. You can never have too much Faith No More.

And now, I leave you with a clip of Them Crooked Vultures performing Reptiles at the Hordern.