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Well? Anything to report?
First time I'd seen 'em live. Goes without saying that it was cracking. One of the better gigs I've been to in recent times.
There was obviously some banter: Robbie Savage got a mention. As did Billy Corgan, Andrew Weatherall, Michael Jackson and Muse.
They said that they were gonna be judging the Glasgow crowd directly against the Manchester crowd.
On a similar note, there was some joking about 'legendary Glasgow crowds' when there seemed to be some really enthusiastic applause/appreciation that seemed to die down really quickly. I'm thinking this might have been in anticipation of any forthcoming banter.
There was some fiddling about taking apart guitars before they started, but that didn't seem to put 'em off.
The finale was brilliant/hilarious *SPOILER ALERT*** (taking the drumkit apart). So any shouts for an encore were obviously met with chuckles from 'em. So I shouted out for an acoustic set.
I got the red T-shirt to add to my ever expanding collection of red T-shirts.
Think that'll be their last tour on these shores for a while now. They're unsigned as of last month (I believe?) and so will be hunting down a new label I guess or else starting to work on new material (I hope?).
I'd like to see them somewhere other than London. The crowds are always a bit 'static' in London. Except at that one in the Hall towards the end of last year, that was 'proper bo'.
i dont just think it will be their last tour for a while after some of the stuff i heard at the manchester show.
I have been fearing hearing this I have to say. A lot of Falco's interviews in recent months have sounded a bit despondent with the whole game.
I sincerely hope that's not the case...
on the passed 2 or 3 tours, nothing new, but still awesome fun :)
I can't believe it's taken me this long to see 'em.
and sorry for my pedantism, but they've been doing that since mclusky
Don't know much about the support artists (I got excited when Kong were mentioned then I realised it's the wrong Kong).
What's this t-shirt like? I might get one. FOTL will join the very exclusive club of bands I have t-shirts of, 65dos being the only other one.
Pretty frikkin' good, huh?
£10, which was ok. I thought £10 for their first CD was a bit steep, but I got it anyways.
The first support, Ming Ming & The Ching Chings, were good so I goty their single for a quid.
The other support, This Familiar Smile, we're decent. Not totally my thing, but good at what they did. Got guilt tripped into buying their CD, too cos their frontman was serving me at the merch desk when I was buying the Fol & MM&TCC stuff. :-)
They were pretty ace, enjoyed them a lot!
PLEASE make sure you see Kong. They're really, really good live. Even if you don't like their stuff on record, they're so tight, awesomely skilled and watchable that I guarantee you'd be pissed in the future if you discovered what you'd missed out on.
I was just disappointed that it wasn't the Dutch Kong because those guys rock.
I'm not one of these twats who only turns up for the headliners.
With my obvious bias towards FOTL (I would happily bum them all, lucky pierre or not), even if you hate their tunes it was worth going. Was probably about 40% stand-up banter about rape, jacko, and dismembering some poor twat at the front who came at Falco with a 'yo mama' joke. Frankie Boyle would have praised em.
Kelson was very pissed and kept playing in the wrong key "I see that the left side of the show is treating this gig as a de la soul concert. I smoke those bitches like pieces of salmon". Very messy finale with audience ppl shouting into mics, hitting drums etc. I took GF who likes coldplay; she is now a solid fan.
One to take your mum to.
Falco as hunky pin-up-in-waiting?
was great. Honestly, I hadn't heard much FotL before the gig, but had an absolute ball. Some kid from Middlesborough got ripped to shreds, for being from middlesborough primarily then having the audacity to request 'Lightsaber Cocksucking Blues'. Cue 15mins of some of the best stage-to-audience fury I've ever seen.
You can only come out looking a twat really, you don't have a mic, no one came to hear you being hilarious and as for asking for a McLusky song...
Cardiff date a week today! yeah!
If they say anything to me I'll probably either...
a) respond with something really painfully unfunny/stupid due to the pressure I'll feel to join in
b) say I'm just "here for the music" or generally appear not at all bothered.
Depends how drunk I am.
I'm also thinking that the crowd may be populated by a rather large proportion of dick heads.
if you don't feel the need to shout something or make a scene you will be fine.
and clap/cheer at the end of songs I'll be fine? Phew.
been to quite a few shows and wouldnt say ive noticed a large proportion of dickheads.
more girls now then they used to get at their shows and a pretty good atmosphere all round...
Most of the crowd are dandy, decent, and clued up. Apparently the security guy was chuckling at the moshing going on in Glasgow apparently.
Any banter is usually tongue in cheek stuff, it's just the odd twerp that rightly gets a grilling.
tomorrow. yes. im* gona kick the living fuck out of falco if he even looks at me.
* - i cudnt fight a lego paper shredder
I will attempt not to get thrown out this time, like I did last time at the Cockpit. Tut, I was only pretending to walk drunk, unfortunately I was also quite drunk, so my explaining didnt really work.
Pretty sure (I have shite vision) Jack had a PABH shirt on at the Newcastle gig
Tonight! Yeowwwwwwwwww :D
Do you know stage times or anything? I'm playing football 6-7, then have to cycle home and shower and get back into town... eep
gonna assume 1st band on at 7.30ish, second, 8.15ish fotl, 9ish? probably a bit later than that.
im well excited!!
I'll be fine but my mate finishes work at 7 at needs to get back into town, he's not a fan or anything, I just don't want to be lonely :(
I esimate he'll be around by 7:50 ish.
the doors at the social at 7 cos there's a club night afterwards that starts at 10, annoyingly.
King Tut's was 8.30-23.45
tons of energy.
Cracking support band Right Hand Left Hand, very impressive stuff. One drummer, one guitarist and lots of pedal magic.
Future of the Left were ace, hecklers dealt with. One pissed up tit booted in the arse by Kelson and ejected (later seen kicking the waiting room door in at Central Station, I assume hes still there)
"Hurry up you cock"
KM "Who put Falcos mother on the guest list"
"Hurry up you cock"
AF "You must work in Greggs, in which case Cheese Savoury Baton Bitch!"
For anyone who missed last nights gig they are playing downstairs in Clwb tonight £6 on the door. Apparently its the last time we will hear from them in a while, whilst they write new material.
I think I'm definitely going to see them again tonight.
so good, will definately look out for them in future, have they released anything? Would love to go again but I am off to Rodney Parade to watch the Dragons.
they're pretty much my favourite 'local' band though, they get better every time I see them.
excellent that way they put it together, I suppose it would be easy to get another member or two in but that would really take away from the live show.
and was good to have our boys kong and chickenhawk supporting.
the band have a new record due out on the 22nd June?!?!?!
They're being stupid aren't they? That's when the last one came out I guess...
An eagle-eyed member of their (slightly less functional than DiS) website noticed this:
A tour date for a gig in Southend - my old home town! - on 23rd April. Know a few of you are Essex girls and boys so thought it'd be of interest to you.
Maybe the new record is part-way finished? Or maybe it's just a favour for a mate...
I'm ridiculously excited. Fashoda are one of my favourite bands, was really impressed by Caution Horses the one time I saw them, and with FotL this is pretty much the perfect line-up.
I just hope loads of people turn up so it'll happen again!
anyone know if these gigs are actually happening, especially the london one?
So no reason to think this one won't either I guess?
No new tracks according to a member of Fashoda who posted on their myspace page, but he heard some working demos of the new record and said it was really quite awesome already.
And all three members were present, so that's good after that rumour doing the rounds about new recruits.
pretty sure that that show may of been the last as that line up. i hope not...
but yesterday they were announced for 2000 Trees in July, so presumably they've got something up their sleeve
on their myspaz today
NOT. FUCKING. HAPPY.
I hope they soldier on and dont call it a day.
it would be gutting if just 1 day later that joy is taken away from me.
A quick look at the FOTL messageboard indicates that Kelson's departure may have been on the cards for a while (i wouldn't know about that sort of thing), so I would like to think that gig commitments wouldn't be made if they didn't have a replacement in mind
I suspect it's nothing more sinister than that whole dilemma many talented musicians have when they realise they have a family and future to think about and the band just isn't paying hard cash? But only they know that for sure. Falco's update here:
"Right. Events. Evidence. History. Facts. Happenings. Good, bad and inbetween. Firstly, Kelson has left the band - his statement, if that doesn't sound too formal, precedes this blog entry. How do we(*1) feel about it, as a band? Well, sad, happy, annoyed and relieved at the same time. Like human beings, all told. Future of the left is still a band, a thing, the centre of our unremarkable lives and continues, if anything, with more effort and furious pride than ever before. We wish Kelson good luck and hope that he flourishes in whatever he ends up doing, unless it's monster truck racing(*2).
So, to the future, that gassy mess - In the short term, we're playing the following shows. Steven, of Oceansize and Kong should-be fame will be filling in, although the word 'filling' doesn't really do the role justice.
3-Jun-10 uk birmingham rainbow
4-Jun-10 uk london the lexington, Club COG and White Light presents
5-Jun-10 uk nottingham 580's
9-Jun-10 France Tours Aucard de Tours festival, main stage
8-Jul-10 croatia Pula Marelica club, Art & Music festival
16-Jul-10 uk cheltenham 2000trees festival
17-Jul-10 uk wrexham central station
18-Jul-10 uk manchester moho live, aftershow club
25-Jul-10 uk oxford truck fest, barn stage
- a full list of shows is to follow. I'm excited. It's like I'm wearing new jeans and my balls have been optimised for rock musicing. It's like a fresh start in a new town with a sexy ghost robot.
Writing for the new record has begun and we're already many songs down the road, written and demo'd - titles include 'assisted suicide blues', 'home taping is killing susan', 'the goose that roared', 'forest is sorry' and 'destroywhitchurch.com'. They sound really fucking nice and, in time, you'll get to hear them through the usual channels (who am I kidding - you'll get to hear them through bittorrent).
These songs, such as they are, were recorded with our soon-to-revealed fourth member, whose main role(s) in the band are to play guitar and act like a fucking maniac. We began writing songs for what we thought would be another band (I hate the term 'project', because I enjoy hating thoroughly harmless terms(*3)) but it all ended up sounding so perfectly like where Future of the Left should have been going that it seemed ridiculous to not combine the two.
Yes. Trust. Reward. Satisfaction. Excitement. I guarantee it. The four-piece version of the band will be out and about sometime later this year. It's going to be fun. If you don't like it - see you around.
ps. This blog entry will be updated as more shows are confirmed ...
(*1) Jack and I.
(*2) admittedly, it's unlikely to be monster truck racing.
(*3) and Tories."
shame about Kelson though
I look forward to my Falco-guaranteed excitement!
Gutted about Kelson leaving though, his banter with the crowd and Falco on the live album is brilliant.
but at least the plans are in place to carry on, with a new 4th member, and the the tour 'filler in' is a good one. Looking forward to Birmingham
Cant wait to see this new evolved fotl line up!! The new song titles sound bloody good "the goose that roared" aweseome!
to what comes of this.
If I approved of such things...
If I wasn't going up to Newcastle for the weekend, I'd be there.