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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:25 pm 
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Hi all. Well I managed to go to all three shows afterall, although I never thought about missing last night's show. Perhaps because last night was the last show, and, certainly, because the A4 played a killer-clean and great set, I voted last night's show the best of all three. Scott has added a keyboard player to fill a void that Ryan's absence may leave if/when he is not present. Last night's show included both the keyboard player and Ryan, so it was filled with great melody. Scott's voice is still wonderful, and they played incredibly well. A perfect mix of oldies and a few new songs really hit-home with the crowd.

Rob and Christof were wondering around in the audience a bit more than the first two shows which I find pleasing. Since Rob was playing with the Mystic Braves, he had little time to hang around and chat with folks.

Anton's voice was strong and clean. Each member seemed refreshed and alert and happy. Anton always announces his usual threat to all the audience members that continue to shout requests...He simply says "we play for 3 hours and don't take requests so F-off". At one point, Anton told Ryan to "sort your **** man". I'm not sure exactly what Ryan was asking, but Anton said something like... You have people on both sides of the stage waiting to do whatever you ask, so just sort your ****.

Anton introduced a girl (I forget her name) that, I believe, was the first one ever to sing Anemone. I think Anton said that he introduced that song, to her, for the first time ever in an apartment in France. He was banging-out the drum-line on a suitcase. Anyway, a great version of the song was played. Despite the girl's voice not being loud enough, at first, it got better about one minute into the song.

I had a great spot center-stage about 15 feet away. I only managed to stay there for the first hour as an urge to take-a-leak took over and I knew I would never be able to navigate back to that spot as it is, immediately, filled-in when vacated.

I believe that all three shows were sold-out and the venue was, indeed, packed inside.

I really feel like I witnessed something great

Gia, enjoy Europe!

(Mara Kegal is the girl's name)

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:46 pm 
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thanks for sharing! sounds like you had 3 amazing nights :)


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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:24 pm 
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So hearing all the fantastic reviews I was genuinely excited to catch a few shows once they hit the UK so we drove up to Newcastle for one of the first nights of the UK legs.

3 hour performance, never great at set lists but along the lines as the US. Ended on a blistering version of yeah yeah but we will get on to that later.

The venue was much smaller than I was expecting and had already been told they were on at 8pm with no support, so went in as the doors opened at 7.30 and bagged a pretty decent spot up front which I have not done since maybe way back in 2006, it was great to see the foot peddles again and I cannot stress how great it is to see them up close, who is playing what, those little glimpses you will miss if you are further back. Ricky playing with just one hand, Rob's sterling performance on Anemone, there is so much going on on stage you just don't now where to look. Ryan has fitted in well and does add a different sound vocally and on guitar of course. Here comes waiting for the sun took me by surprise, it could have just been me but as Anton's vocals echoed around the room and faded out all the gears changed and it hit this tripped out phase, which made me think of super slow motion breaking glass, which then retracted back into itself black-hole style, very odd moment but brilliant .... The base line on groove is in the heart pulsated off the stage in big thick waves, really punchy stuff. The first hour or so the sound was good. The 'D loop' song is I think what Anton called it but I will always know it as the smoke break loop, anyway it was great but the sound changed a bit from here. Sailor was a bit distorted as were the next few tracks, Anton made mention to a knob (presume on his guitar) changing itself ''why can't people make something that actually works'' he said. Around this point I ended up in a scuffle with some people in the crowd but we will move on from this unsavoury incident, the last phase of the gig was not as slick with longer gaps, the sound had corrected itself but a lot of the momentum was lost I felt. Joel left the stage again, drinks were brought on, it was just not quite as slick but it did all gel again on Wisdom, then after much chat about the curfew and what song to play they did a blistering guitar porn version of yeah yeah yeah, Anton's vocals ripped through the song, I've never heard him sound so strong, a very impressive way to end the gig...

All in all a good night which hinted that if it all came together it would be right up there with the very best dates I've seen over the last 13 years. Miss this tour at your peril....

Roll on Leeds.

Adopting gia's highs and lows

High points

Yeah yeah yeah - as good as I've heard it played and Anton vocals.
Here comes waiting for the sun - tripod out sounds even better to me in a live environment.

Low points

Sailor - such a strong song but the excessive distortion sadly detracted.
Some of the Newcastle crowd....


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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:01 pm 
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12/6/16, Field Day Festival, London.

I've been complaining for months about the only BJM London show being at a festival. The list of stage times came out last week and I saw they weren't likely to get more than an hour, and I've been spoilt by all the 3 hour long sets this year. Then I saw the weather forecast yesterday. The BJM would be playing outside and there was, apparently, an 80% chance of thunderstorms during the first half of the set and a 100% chance during the second half. I started to get paranoid that the whole thing might get cancelled and they might play the afterparty instead (which would have been a nightmare, as it had sold out before I could get a ticket). So my expectations were low.

But it turned out to be a really lovely day. Yes, I could have done with less rain and mud, but that's how it goes. I got a spot at the front, the sound was great. I even got some decent photos between the rain showers. It began to rain while the BJM were setting up (but they were playing a Cosmonauts record over the PA so I was still happy). Then it REALLY began to pelt down. But by the end of the first song (Geezers), it quieted down, and the weather flipped between light rain and bright sunshine for the rest of the set.

And they played really well. Anton sang and played as well as I've ever seen him, and I didn't feel short changed by the shorter set.

There were some funny moments. Anton got the crowd to shout "PIGF***KER!!!" on the count of three, and then realized the next song in the set (Days, Weeks...) starts with him counting 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 and he had to tell people not to shout again. Joel seems to have taken to throwing his tambourine high in the air during the drum rolls leading into the guitar solos in Days, Weeks & Moths, but seems to need more practice - the first time, he almost caught it but it bounced off his hand and into Collin. The second time, he let go too late and it went flying over his right shoulder and just missed Anton. He did successfully execute this move during Yeah-Yeah though.

The only shaky moment was one point when someone threw a load of ice cubes towards Joel. Joel was okay about it, just said "You missed me!" into the mic. Anton said something about the crowd being lots of beautiful kittens and one ********. And Rob pointed the guy out - said it was that guy over there in the checkered shirt. (I did think it's a good thing it wasn't APF, because that description wouldn't have narrowed it down). I think some people had a go at the culprit.

Anyway, wet and muddy but awesome.

High point:
Geezers.
Days, Weeks & Moths for the flying tambourines (I realize the next bit is going to look contradictory...).

Low point:
I think one of the guitars was slightly out of tune for Anemone and Days, Weeks & Moths. But only slightly. And there was a delay before Pish to sort out Anton's guitar. That is honestly the worst thing I can find to say about the show - that's how good it was!

Geezers
Vat Hande Met Dem?
Who?
Nevertheless
Groove is in the Heart
Anemone (sung by Anton)
Days, Weeks & Moths
Servo
Pish
The Devil May Care (with Christof on mandolin)
Yeah-Yeah

I didn't look at my watch when they started, because it was raining so hard, but I think they began slightly early? So my guess is 1h 05m

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:17 pm 
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Some pictures from Field Day

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:40 am 
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Leeds, Monday 13th June 2016

Wow!!!!

The band were incredible last night, and there's no way I'll be able to do justice to the whole experience in this review but here goes.

The Stylus, part of the Leeds University Student union holds 1000 for live music events, and looked pretty damned full from where we were stood by the steps on the balcony at the "Ricky Side" of the stage. I thought both crowd and band seemed a little subdued to start with, and I think the whole groove took until the 4th (?) song (Who?) to really kick in, but from then on in it was a magical experience - one of the best of the 14 or 15 shows I've seen over the last ten years.

Anton kicked off the show by thanking everyone for getting into the venue early, as the band now start their sets nice and early and play for three hours - in his words "a good 3 hours, which won't seem like a long time". Once everything fell into place, the band played a really strong, tight set, and seemed completely at ease with the whole vibe, and with each other. There was tons of good natured banter going on, and there was a visible sense of the affection Anton and Joel have for each other. I really wondered what they would be like without Frankie, but I think Ryan fits in perfectly, and I think they play tighter and more solid than ever before, now. Anton's playing was top notch, his solos were spot on, and his vocals have improved beyond belief, in my opinion

At one point Anton complained that there was a strange bass feedback going on on the stage, which he said that the audience wouldn't be able to hear. Between him, Collin and Ryan it was decided that the wedges at stage front needed altering (the kick taking out of them according to Ryan, whatever that means). The gaps between songs weren't over long and Anton's banter and interaction with the crowd were amusing - especially his explanation of what Beard means in Government Beard, though he then conceded that it had nothing to do with the song!

I'm no good at setlists but here goes, from what I can recall.... They started with Never, Ever and ended with a HUGE version of Yeah, Yeah. In between, and in no order at all I remember that they played.....

Who?
What You Isn't (this blew me away!!)
Servo
Sailor (Collin seemed to be killing himself laughing during this, for some reason)
The Devil May Care (my mom and dad don't) with Christof on small guitar thing (I know, I know...)
Anenome
Government Beard
Whatever Hippie *****
That Girl Suicide
When Jokers Attack
Telegram
Jennifer
Open Heart Surgery
Here Comes Waiting For The Sun
Wisdom
Prozac Vs Heroin
Nevertheless

Highlights - What You Isn't (never thought I'd say that!) Really punchy, has already made me revisit this song.

Low Point - Stagediving at a BJM gig? Really? (God I'm getting old - at least he was having fun!)

I know that I have missed songs out, but you get the picture. All in all an exceptionally good gig - can't wait for next time.


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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:01 pm 
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15/6/15 - Limelight 2, Belfast, w/ Documenta

The Limelight has 3 venues and the BJM was playing the medium sized one. The area in front of the stage and on the raised part was about the same size as Bassy Club, with more people in a narrower bar area reaching towards the back of the building. So it was a small venue, which felt even smaller because of the odd layout, with a small stage (there was some debate about whether there was enough room for Collin to get to the mike for Goodbye Butterfly). De La Soul were playing the bigger venue. I don't know whether they would have got more or fewer people in their audience but I guess they would need the bigger stage to move around and point and stuff.

The show was fine and the mood seemed good, but it felt like everyone was a bit tired - in particular, Anemone and Pish felt weirdly laid back and, even though it was a shorter set than most of the shows I've seen this year, it felt much longer. It was also very hot in that venue. I went down to the front for a couple of songs (they'd moved the door time an hour earlier, and I guess word didn't get around so there was some space for the first half of the set). Even though it wasn't at all crowded at that point, it was just too warm, and I went back to a spot on the raised platform. It must have been baking on stage.

I didn't feel that the sound was right either. Couldn't hear Collin's bass well. I could hear everything else but it just didn't seem quite right, like the whole was just the sum of its parts. But I concur with mbbcfc - "What You Isn't" is definitely sounding more punchy these days.

I'd summarise it as fine but nothing like the electrifying show at Field Day. Not that there is anything wrong with a show that is just fine. It could have done with a special guest or a surprise in the setlist to lift it in the second half. I still wish I was going to Dublin though!

High point:
Probably "Leave It Alone", for Anton's guitar breaks. And they are kicking "Yeah-Yeah" out of the park these days.

Low point:
None really. Though I worried a bit when I walked in the venue and saw Rob with a headtorch on and a screwdriver in his hand, standing over a partially dismantled synthesizer.

Actually, the low point for me came while I was standing in line outside. I asked when I might get to hear ShortWave, and was told they played it in San Francisco as a special one-off, because Travis Threlkel played it with them. Damn.

Setlist:

Never, Ever
Vat Hande Met Dem?
Geezers
Who?
That Girl Suicide
Nevertheless
Here Comes Waiting for the Sun
Jennifer
Leave It Alone
Groove is the Heart
Anemone
What You Isn't
Whatever Hippie *****

Down
When Jokers Attack
Sailor
Days, Weeks & Moths
The Devil May Care (with Christof)
Pish
Goodbye Butterfly
Telegram
Prozac v Heroin
Government Beard
Yeah-Yeah

2h 40m

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:15 pm 
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The Limelight was a bit too dark for photos. I did my best. It's like my 2006 blurry photos all over again...

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Liverpool 02 Academy was a real stormer. Before the show Will Sergeant worked the decks ably assisted by Joel. BJM hit the stage around 8.15 after various band members, including Anton, had grabbed some onstage and crowd pictures sorted. With a 2 hour 50 minute set I couldn't possibly remember the setlist in detail but it mirrored others already documented. The band as a whole were on great form, only slightly distracted by a series of broken guitar strings, and seemed to be enjoying themselves. Anton played and sang great and was in great spirits, save only for a rant on one particular heckler who clearly said something that he didn't like. As ever Yeah Yeah was immense, but then again, from my position at the centre of the front rail, it all sounded great - the sound from the backline was tremendous - just wish someone taped it!

I did grab one video which will follow...meanwhile here is a small selection of the pics I took on the night. Definitely a tour not to be missed.

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:56 pm 
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Hey cool vid!! Looks like you had a prime spot ic1960.

Great pics from both you and Gia. I didn't even try to take any - I took one last year of Anton and Tess Parks at Hebden Bridge, and when I showed it at work the general consensus seemed to be... very red!

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Dublin was eventful. On stage at 8.00 and no setlist surprises as far as Im aware, Worryingly Geezers was stopped due to a mistuned guitar i think, but thankfully replayed after Who?.

I took a seat up on the balcony for a change presuming it would be heaving and was glad i did when, about an hour in, some chap started shouting 'You suck' to which Anton lost his reason. 'I'll have you beaten up' Ill have you thrown out, in fact I'll throw you out". He jumped the barrier into the centre of the masses, the crowd sprawled and a melee ensued but he was back onstage within a minute or so, so I guess some security chucked the punter out. Minor reference was made to the incident and then we all moved on :)

Yeah Yeah was fab alright, a great way to bring the curtain down.
Finished up at 10.40.
The entire band turned up in The Garage Bar for Joels DJ set after which was a bit of craic.

Sorry you didnt make it down Gia, i thought I saw you beforehand actually and had to double-take. So you have a doppleganger over here:) I saw them in the Limelight2 six years ago (formally Spring&Airbrake) when they opened with Super-Sonic Its a tight fit alright, a real sweatbox. Quite happy I didnt journey up now. Im tempted by the Reverence festival again though.


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Thanks for sharing car bomb, sad to miss them in Dublin this time around, based in Denmark now.
Hope the heckler didn't ruin what sounds to have been a great night.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:31 am 
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Dublin incident....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dyLkYrdHVA

Sorry - I don't know how to post anything other than a link to the youtube site.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:54 pm 
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22/6/16, Brighton Concorde 2 with Little Barrie

I had a marathon meeting at work, from 8am to 6pm and Thameslink seemed to be going its utmost to stop me getting to Brighton. Then, while I was making the 30 minute walk from the station to the venue, the heavens opened. The rain came bucketing down, like the worst rain at Field Day. I got to the Concorde looking bedraggled, just in time to see the support (Little Barrie) leaving the stage. Made it almost (but not quite) to the front, so I didn't get any decent photos.

I don't have a lot to say about the set - it was an excellent show with no real problems. Joel, Ryan and Ricky seemed to have a private joke going on. Anton took to insulting some audience members. It started with them shouting a request and I thought he overreacted a bit, but then it seems they shouted something sarcastic when Anton was saying he's recorded 45 new songs, then started on "where's Matt Hollywood?" and "you suck!" (like a greatest hits of Anton-baiting on this tour). At least we now know Anton isn't impressed with the new Stone Roses songs, or with a beard and baseball cap as a look.

They had a two hour slot but wound up 15 minutes before they had to. Anton and Ryan were the last people off the stage, singing to each other while Ricky did an elaborate bow. Joel made all his tambourine catches (though Ryan had to move quickly to avoid getting hit).

Then I strolled off back to the station. And halfway there, the heavens opened again but I had to keep going to get the last train. Damn, I should have stayed in LA.

High point:
For me, Geezers, because where I was standing, the floor shook whenever Collin's bass came in.
Pish was great too and Yeah-Yeah is still sounding amazing.

Low point:
Nothing band-related. My joy over Collin's bass on Geezers wore off during Groove is in the Heart (the floor shaking was actually painful). Anemone brought on a moshpit (albeit a relatively sedate one - I hesitate even calling it a moshpit).

Setlist:

Never Ever
Geezers
Vat Hande Met Dem?
Who?
That Girl Suicide
Nevertheless
Government Beard
Groove is in the Heart
Leave It Alone
Whatever Hippie *****
Anemone
When Jokers Attack
Sailor
Days, Weeks & Moths
Pish
Servo
The Devil May Care
Yeah-Yeah

1hr 45m

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