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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:48 pm 
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23/6/16, Brighton Concorde 2 with Little Barrie

I prepared for rain today. There wasn't any, but it was one of those really grey days when you can't tell where the sea ends and the sky begins. I almost gave up trying to get the train here, but I got to the venue a few minutes earlier (Little Barrie were just starting their last song) and, miraculously, found a spot at the front, by Ricky. Still didn't get any decent photos so gave up early on and just watched and listened.

And it was another excellent show. Even the usual suspects I always overlook (Servo, That Girl Suicide etc) sounded great.

Again, it was a little under 2 hours but if they play that well, I don't mind.

High point:
I was thinking Vad Hande Med Dem?, Leave It Alone or maybe Pish, but it really is difficult to say anything other than Yeah-Yeah. So, Yeah-Yeah!

Low point:
I guess I was hoping they might switch up the setlist from yesterday, given it was a short set both nights (by BJM standards). The order changed, but not the song choices.

Oddest point:
Before one song, Anton shhhed the audience so he could tell Rob someone called him offering him an Ultrasonic for £1,800. Not sure why that conversation had to happen mid-set. Still if anyone wants an Ultrasonic, there's apparently one on the market.

Setlist:

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

1hr 55m

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:29 pm 
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From Brighton last night. You can see I was struggling...

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:54 pm 
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25/6/16, Lille L'Aeronef

My last show on this tour. Another one billed as a three hour set, but this one didn't make it. The set ended bang on 11pm, so maybe it was a curfew. On the other hand, someone threw a plastic beaker on stage, landing right by Anton during the penultimate song. He kept going, but after the song he said some words about it.

Though the lighting was great (the band's repeated pleas for lighting to be toned down or switched off, or for red lights only, seemed to have only a temporary effect), and I had a tremendous spot (right in front of Anton), I have no photos, because they don't let you take cameras in without accreditation. I managed to sneak mine in but, because I was in full view of security, couldn't risk using it. I was lucky. The lady in front of me in the line had to deposit her camera with security.

The show itself was wonderful. They played really well. But L'Aeronef is a giant hangar type of venue, particularly compared with Limelight 2 in Belfast or Concorde 2 in Brighton. Ceiling so high I feared for Joel's tambourine throwing during Days and Yeah-Yeah (needlessly, because he wasn't as ambitious as he could have been) and the sound at the front didn't seem quite right (though it might have been fine through the PA, further back). Because of the 6 or 7 foot gap between the stage and the audience, it felt a bit flat to me. I felt like there was a 4th wall - I could have been watching a video because there just wasn't the atmosphere of Belfast or Brighton or much engagement with the audience. I really missed Frankie at this one, as his energy might have overcome that.

It was the most sedate BJM front row I've ever been in (and yes, I am counting that Innsbruck show in 2006 when there was only about 30 people there). On the plus side, the crowd seemed completely quiet for "Down".

Pleased to see small changes here and there though. Ryan played the verses of Nevertheless more like Frankie did (sharper upstrokes hitting the higher strings harder) and Collin sang the "aaaa-aaaa-aaaah!" in Sailor into the mike with the delay effect on it.

Anton leapt into the air during Sailor and twice at the end of What You Isn't, so I think we can safely say his mood was good.

High point:
Here Comes Waiting for the Sun - pleased to hear it again after it went MIA in Brighton.

Low point:
Yeah-Yeah, but only because I knew it would be the last song I'd see on this tour.

Never Ever
Vad Hände Med Dem?
Geezers
Who?
That Girl Suicide
Nevertheless
Government Beard
Here Comes Waiting for the Sun
Groove is in the Heart
Whatever Hippie *****
Leave It Alone
Anemone

Down
When Jokers Attack
Sailor
Days, Weeks & Moths
The Devil May Care
What You Isn't
Open Heart Surgery
Servo
Pish
Yeah-Yeah

2hr 25m

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:50 pm 
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Great reviews as always Gia. Thanks so much for posting the details and setlists. Heard elsewhere that A's mutton chops are now gone! (update: false report).

and here's a new rarity I found just the other day. Damn, I thought I had them all. Cheers all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scfARIX ... qQ&index=2

Congrats to the band for wrapping up a kickass 2016 tour! (for awhile anyway). Sure wish I was in Amsterdam tonight.


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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:07 am 
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Gonna see them on August 30th in Vienna again. Cant´t wait.

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:32 pm 
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Some official looking film from Rock en Seine earlier today (after the ads are done):

http://m.culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/festival-rock-en-seine/brian-jonestown-massacre-au-festival-rock-en-seine-2016-244893

No, I wasn't there. But normal service will resume shortly...


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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 11:53 pm 
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Nox Orae, La Tour-de-Peilz, 27 August 2016

This was beautiful hot day and a beautiful setting right by Lake Geneva. The BJM looked a bit redder and sweatier than usual, or maybe they were just better illuminated.

This is a nice small festival - 4 bands per day. I've been in 3 back gardens bigger than the site (though those were massive gardens - one belonged to a QC and the other two to partners in law firms). I missed Disco Doom (from Switzerland) but the other two bands (Kokagaku Moyo from Tokyo and Föllakzoid from Chile) were interesting and went ok with the BJM without being matchy-matchy.

From where I was (at the front, Anton-side), the sound was very muddled, there didn't seem to be enough reverb on Anton's vocals and I couldn't hear Ryan sing at all. So any songs with lots of layers didn't really take flight. Pish was one case in point (though I saw Anton fiddling with Ryan's amp midway through the song). Leave It Alone was another. The songs that sounded best were the ones with less subtlety going on, like Vad Hände Med Dem?, Here Comes Waiting for the Sun, Open Heart Surgery and Groove is in the Heart (though the bass was super loud for that last one).

Anton seemed in a good mood and chatty between songs. At one point he mentioned his birthday is in a few days, said he didn't mind getting older and started a list if things he didn't need, like... "I don't need hookers", "I don't need strippers", "I don't need internet porno Snapchat" through to "I don't need the World Cup. I need what I need" and bam! the next song started. I've never been that taken with "Government Beard" and like it more with those remarks leading up to it.

Then, after "Here Comes Waiting for the Sun" he said "Don't do drugs. Otherwise you'll make music like that, regardless of whether you're on drugs or not. And very few people will understand why. When I go across a border and people ask what kind of music I make and I say "Uh, country?... Christian, like Christian country?""

There was an issue with Jokers - during the first Anton took the mike and moved over to Ryan and was trying to tell him something about the way he was playing the riff before he played it again. Only, there's not much opportunity to speak during the verses of Jokers... the discussion started up again at the end of Sailor but didn't derail the set, thankfully.

Joel made his tambourine catches, including a fancy one where he drops to the floor.

And then, right as the set finished, there were drops of rain that turned into a thunderstorm that lasted until Föllakzoid went on.

So, not the best BJM show - some fluffs, muddled sound. Aside from Dan, it seemed a little low energy, though that might have been me rather than them. Either way, it's lovely to have them back and there's still some way to go on this tour.

High point:
One of the songs where the shortcomings in the sound didn't have much effect but not "Here Comes" because the transitions were a bit untidy. "Groove is in the Heart" seemed to make more sense tonight, but you know, I think I'll go for "Vad Hände Med Dem?" because it was the most energetic.

Low point:
Probably Pish. Because that song can really fly, it always feels disappointing if it doesn't.
Actually, I might have hit a low point after 16 songs, when I finally the guy who'd kept shouting "Suicide Girls!" that he'd got the title wrong.

Never, Ever
Vad Hände Med Dem?
Geezers
Whatever Hippie *****
Who?
Pish
Leave It Alone
Prozac v Heroin
Anemone
Government Beard
Here Comes Waiting for the Sun
Days, Weeks and Moths
When Jokers Attack
Sailor
Nevertheless
Groove is in the Heart
Servo
Open Heart Surgery
The Devil May Care (with Christof)
Yeah-Yeah

1h 55m

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:57 pm 
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Thanks as ever, Gia!!

I bet the extra redness on the band was a result of them swimming in a lake in the blazing sun! Great pics of that on Antons twitter.

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
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With the smoke effects on the stage, it almost looked like they were playing in a sauna!

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:11 pm 
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28/8/2016, TOday's Festival, Spazio 211, Turin

For some daft reason, I'd assumed this event would be inside tiny Spazio 211. I went to a memorable BJM show there 10 years ago (3 November 2006, no opening act so it was a long set, Anton was wearing his deerstalker. Frankie got sick during and Rob had to pick up his guitar and play his parts). Anyway, it turns out it was in the park at the back, slightly smaller than Nox Orae, with 5 bands, blazing sunshine and bars sponsored by Bulleit bourbon.

The BJM went on at 7:15 pm, and the crowd seemed very laid back. Anton started the set by saying "My guitars are happy. They're Italian guitars", which got a big cheer.

They played better than last night and the sound was much better balanced. Anton played extremely well and Pish was back to its usual intricate-sounding self. The one complaint I have is... their set was too short. Remember they played for 1 hr 15 m at Field Day and I didn't feel shortchanged? As Masonic Boom would say, it was an elegant sufficiency. But this time the set was a shade under one hour. They didn't linger between songs, so I'm not sure where the time went. I could have done with two more songs - I was surprised when they started Yeah-Yeah because they still had 12 minutes left at that point (at a guess).

High point: Anemone (it coincided with the sunset) and Groove is in the Heart (for Anton's guitar break)

Low point: The start of Yeah-Yeah, because it meant the set was coming to an end too soon.

Geezers
Vad Hände Med Dem?
Who?
Nevertheless
Groove is in the Heart
Anemone
Days, Weeks & Moths
Servo
Pish
Government Beard
Yeah-Yeah

58m

Got some nice pictures with my camera so I'll post some when I get to a computer (though trying to get a picture of the whole band without mike stands, photographers or band members in the way of each other felt like being in a Zen garden and trying to find the one spot from where you can see all the rocks at once).

In the meantime, here's two from my phone...

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
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Anton at Nox Orae

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Everybody at TOday's (more on Flickr as usual)

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
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3/8/16, Bologna, Zona Roveri

This was an odd one. I didn't think much of the sound - it came and went from where I was standing, and for the first few songs it felt a bit like business as usual. But it got more engaging as the set went on. It was one of those nights where there wasn't a spectacular moment, but they played lots of the songs really well, and it was a very enjoyable show.

This is the first full length set I've seen on this part of the tour. and it felt like some old friends had come back.

Joel's first tambourine catch in Days, Weeks & Moths almost went wrong. On the way up, it hit the lighting rig and ricocheted downwards at a much faster speed. Joel did catch it by dropping onto the floor but stayed down rolling around for a bit too. I also saw Joel swiping a cigarette from Ryan's mouth during Jokers. It must be an advantage having a free hand.

High point: An argument could be made for any one of dozen songs. For example - Anton sang Whatever Hippie ***** really well, then played amazingly on Leave It Alone and Anemone was great. I could easily name another five or six songs here. But I think I'll choose What You Isn't. It's been said before on this thread that that song is overlooked and can surprise you (not by me). I think it did today.

Low point: That Girl Suicide was slightly too slow, so it felt a bit ponderous this time.


Never, Ever
Vad Hände Med Dem?
Geezers
Whatever Hippie *****
Who?
Leave It Alone
That Girl Suicide
Government Beard
Anemone
Here Comes Waiting for the Sun
Groove is in the Heart
When Jokers Attack
Sailor
Telegram
Days, Weeks & Moths
Nevertheless
Lantern
The Devil May Care
Wisdom
Servo
What You Isn't
Goodbye Butterfly
Yeah-Yeah
Pish

2h 35m

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
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gia wrote:
Anton at Nox Orae

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Everybody at TOday's (more on Flickr as usual)

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Awesome pics!!


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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
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9/9/16, Reverence Valada

Another festival! Though this one was small, well-organised, and the lineup looked great. There's 2 stages run with one band playing on one stage while the other is being set up for the next one. There's no clashes and always someone to watch (which is good for me, being on my own).

It is a faff to get to and from after public transport hours so, while I would like to go again another year, I would camp or rent a car next time. I guess most people camp so the shuttle buses finished before the BJM even went on - I had wondered whether I'd have to miss them! (Thank you Mr. C. for helping me out). It was easy to find the shuttle bus at the railway station though - there was a small gathering of lone blokes with beards.

I only had one day off work for this so I got there at 7:30pm on the Friday. I'd missed a lot (including Flavor Crystals the day before). Caught, or at least clearly heard, Silver Apples, Yawning Man, Dead Meadow and the Raveonettes before the BJM went on.

The BJM had a 90 minute set this time, which was an elegant sufficiency. Long enough for a decent number of songs but short enough that there isn't much dawdling between songs. I have reached that point in the tour where I don't have a lot to say as they are playing consistently with no real ups, downs or surprises. Anton started the set in a short, white, almost Sgt. Pepper type jacket. His voice sounded a little fragile on one or two songs but strong on others.

The mellotron was very high in the mix, and Ryan and Dan quite low, so some songs took on a different sheen. Not unpleasant, but definitely different. Sailor in particular, which was dominated by the mellotron instead of guitars.

I realised I had my eyes closed for most of Pish. Although it did sound different, and I have heard them play it better, I was happy to hear those waves of guitar and just stood there letting it all wash over me.

The stage was arch shaped, which gave Joel a lot of height for his tambourine throws. He probably got over-ambitious towards the end. He made them all, but did have to run into Ryan to get one, and knocked Anton's mike stand over catching the last one.

High point: Anemone (always fun to be in a big crowd singing along to that)
Pish (see above)

Low point: Seems churlish to pick one. Either When Jokers Attack for being very slightly slow (might be due to Ryan's guitar being low in the mix). Or trying to get back to Santarém after the show.

Never, Ever
Vad Hände Med Dem?
Geezers
Whatever Hippie *****
Who?
Leave It Alone
Anemone
Government Beard
When Jokers Attack
Sailor
Nevertheless
Groove is in the Heart
Servo
Pish
Days, Weeks & Moths
Yeah-Yeah

1h 30m

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 Post subject: Re: BJM 2016 tour reports
PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:23 pm 
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Fair play Gia, its some trek to Valada to spend one night...hardcore indeed.


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