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Robocop 4 - Fuck Off Robocop :'D
Didn't realise the London show was sold out. Shit. The EP is a good sign, and the fact that I am the least of your problems is on the album brings a big, shit-eating grin to my mug.
But was very close to being so
Sh' be good.
The EP is hopefully a sign of things to come. I'll buy it when I seem them in Cardiff on Sunday.
Good length album too, and still the best song titles around.
just listening to this for the first time.
can't imagine hearing a better line than ~ i've got a hole for sebastian coe / saddam hussein don't need it no more ~ this year
Slightly weird (but very good) podcast + awesome rejected song:
can't remember what any of the songs are called, but there are some that i like and some that i like a lot and none that i don't like.
bit confused why there isn't more chatter about it on here
One listen in so far. Very good on first proper listen as I suspected it may be. No idea it's better or worse than the last two records yet but it doesn't really matter does it as long as I like it?
The only thing bugging me so far is the bassline to one of the early tracks reminding me too much of another FOTL (FTCAlliance?). But in the grand scheme of life it's hardly a pressing issue.
Gig on Thursday. Excited...
Sounds more like The Fibre Provider to me.....(have I out fanboyed you here?)
And 'Fuck the countryside alliance'. It is similar for about a whole 5 bars so... yeah, not really that big a deal:
I bought it last Thursday at the gig in Cheltenham as they had a box full there. Overall it's very good but too long. I would probably chop 3 tracks and make it a stonking 12 song album.
It easily has some of their best material on it. some of the tracks I didn't like as much earlier on have grown on me. A few haven't.
For me it's a solid 8. If it were 12 tracks, I'd say 9. Is that a weird thing to say though? I mean, the 15 track version would have the same tracks that the 12 track version did so logically it has to be at least as good. Well, my mind doesn't work that way...
They're usually very good at keeping it short, not sure what happened this time.
Growing on me a lot with further listens.
plus, i bought this on itunes and got the 3 songs from 'Magnetic West' too. 18 songs for the price of 15!
an album is meant to be listened to as a whole and judged as such. at least part of what made Travels with Myself... so good was its brevity.
and can people stop saying McClusky were better now?
I even thought about it for a longish period of time and then googled it, which on the first search result page brought up a youtube vid of Alan is a Cowboy Killer, with the band incorrectly as McClusky, which I just went with. ffs
have blasted my eyebrows off.
And the support act Fever Fever are pretty damn good, too.
A stonking show.
First time I'd seen them and thought it was great. I also really liked Fever Fever.
Love it though, last track Notes On Achieving Orbit is my favourite so far.
Really enjoyed it. Agree, Notes on acheiving Orbit stands out so far. I really like Goals in slow motion too, sounds like nothing they've done before
WHERE WERE YOU WHEN PELE CURED CANCER?
and I'm really enjoying it so far, it could well be their best album yet. For me it is a bit of a mixed bag though as there's a couple of tracks I really don't like which I would have dropped (or swapped for Home Taping is killing Susan etc) but I suspect they might grow on me in time.
after 4 gigs and hearing most of their (and mclusky) material. i'm very very happy it happened.
Loving the new stuff, but need to get on physical format and play LOUD.
I've also done a poster and screenprint for the Brighton show so if there's any left after the show I'll put a few online for sale after the show. Bazinga-JAG
But it's quite good and I see they're playing a couple of festivals I'm going to this summer. Nice.
one of the finest British records of the last ten years
one of the finest records of the last ten years
It's pretty awesome...
Lots of the reviews keep mentioning how long it is. It's the same length as Curses, isn't it?
I TRUSTED YOU
don't worry, i got the reference !
Worth sharing, though.
going to give it more time, never write falco off.
It's growing on me already from shuffling it among their other stuff on my mp3 player. Letting the kids play together.
after a while it becomes a lot more hit than miss, though I'd say still a bit miss. At the moment...
Another disadvantage to the length is that I can't get through the whole album in one cycle commuting day. I get home just after Notes on Achieving Orbit starts. I might have to start doing detours.
decided it's actually very good with 'Anchor' being the only song I'd cut, it sort of feels like it goes nowhere and just breaks the flow a bit.
And this is an album that I really like.
gig anymore tomorrow night anymore and I have two tickets if anyone wants them? £10 each - physical tickets so would need to collect somewhere in central-ish London.
still available - send me a private message anyone who is interested. Seems a shame for them to go to waste.
what a great show
Fever Fever are also very good and look forward to hearing an album form them
just how much like a two-bit Ting Tings they were. Disappointed they were proper tour-mates and not just local opener filler.
My mission for the 2nd half of 2012 is to not like shit bands just because they've got a couple of lookers at the front. This starts with Fever Fever.
Aside from the fact that one of them made me thing of meowington...
The guitars sounded fucking brilliant (at Tut's, anyway). They rocked like a bastard. Coming up the stairs into the venue at the start, it sounded like DFA1979 (later on - not so much). Maybe a couple of the early tracks weren't super strong on the songwriting front (for which they they were nonetheless still tight), but complaining about the 'my teeth and my bones' song is surely more to do with your preference for vocal delivery than the quality of the track, which, admittedly at the start made me think 'oh aye...', but properly grew into an undeniably strong track. Definitely no more guffy than FotL's rendition of 'I Trusted You' or the growled/no lyrics sections of Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues - which were both ace also.
If you saw something in Fever Fever then fair enough but for me the songs were basic and incredibly dull and that My Bones Song even when it starts kicking off was incredibly grating and I was enthusiastic for it to stop. Can only give you my honest reaction blud and that was that they were pretty weak.
some interesting guitar sounds thrown into the mix, probably just not your thing but I saw a lot of potential there
loving Anchor now.
I fucking LOVE 'Robocop...' *that* Reviewer was a numpty of the highest order if he thinks that's a bad song. Batshitmental maybe, but it's one of the best songs off the new album for sure.
It really works as a 4-piece, Jimmy is as entertaining on stage as Kelson was, and new basslines/sound is bloody awesome. I loved Kelson, but frankly - I don't think they've lost much, and they've gained a lot.
Oh and FoTL were very nice and chatty, and said nice things about the poster I'd done too - which for a proper FoTL & mclusky fanboy/stalker - this made me a bit happy.
Fever Fever....er...erm....No, thanks....Well, there were a couple of songs I thought sounded pretty good, but they're definitely still finding their sound - and one of them sounded a bit rap/nu-metal and was dodgy as fuck. Oh, and the banter, the terrible terrible banter about seagulls and chavs/scallies - that was uncomfortable. Not shit, but not my cup of tea.
the fever fever banter detached me from the band something rotten, I mean the other lady seemed really pleasant and funny but the lead was just making me cringe and feel really uncomfortable & she was trying too hard to sound hmmmm hard & rock and it wasn't at all natural.
Julia's a great bassist but Kelson's probably one of my favourite bassists ever. Always loved his backing vocals too.
and if she lived in Brighton she'd probably bloody hate seagulls too.
(Not that I condone the use of catapults....but I have definitely considered similar measures when I've been kept awake by seagulls fucking outside my bedroom window - the noise, THE HORROR)
future of the left ?@shit_rock
Against some Internet rumour there are still a few tickets left tonight for XOYO.
Go to stargreen website, seems to be selling tickets.
sold out on XOYO page yesterday. Certainly not my intention to mislead.
Like I just said they are selling tickets for FOTL on the stargreen website. Not a ruomour, its true.
trying to apologise for my error, Falco.
amazing last night at XOYO. So fricking good
Sounded great as a 4 piece too.
I've chucked on the remaining FoTL screenprints for the Brighton show I've done on here for sale, in case of you FoTL-liking folks need some art for your walls.
after quite a few plays I'm still struggling for the first time with a McLusky or FOTL album.
There's 5 or 6 I like, but a lot that I don't. Sheena, City of Exploded Children, Polymers, Robocop 4, I am the least of your problems, Rubber animals and Notes of Achieving Orbit are all sounding good. Actually, that's 7 - which on a 10 track album would normally be pretty good - I guess I just get distracted by the other bits which I find a bit grating on the ear. All sounds great live though, of course.
Which isn't that a bad song, it just sounds like someone else could have written it bar FOTL, if you catch my drift?
The album doesn't have the stylistic extremes of 'Travels...' possibly but I really do like it.
The only song I actively dislike is Camp Cappucino. How that got on the record ahead of, say, destroywhitchurch.com or Home Taping Is Killing Susan is astonishing to me. Other than that, I'd rate it more highly than Curses but less than Travels (if pushed to do so). I really like the variety of it, in the same sense that I love The Only Difference...
That's what I've always liked about FOTL's output, it tries to move forward and do new things. I never overly loved Land of my formers or Fuck the countryside alliance, whereas I know lots of people don't dig I am civil service or The contrarian.
Not sure where I'd rate this one yet. I love those last two songs you've mentioned but maybe they just don't work on this record so well and fit in? After all, they had bonafide classic 'Cloak the dagger' in the bag and never released that properly either as it just didn't translate in the scheme of an LP (I think I read?).
I think (after only a month admittedly) that it's a better wholistic record than 'Curses'. I feel that 'Travels...' will always be a bit special though to me both in terms of where I was at in life (eg. more youthful), the pleasure of those live shows where the record was actually forming in front of my eyes and the end results' sheer unexpected level of fun. Not much between the two for me though, meaning it's comfortably up there with the year's best.
Are their favourite band.* and demand this on every time we get in the car. Kind of killed it for me, especially as I have to shout/sing over the rude words. ("paid for our equipment with her MITS")
*it's either them or one direction according to the oldest.
She still loves them (she's 15). She said the other day "i can't understand why everyone doesn't love FOTL". The boy (13) digs em too. He got on board with Travels.
They met the drummer at Truck a couple of years back, and then got to see them. Lucky since their gigs pretty much also have age restrictions.
What kind of modern parent are you? Let them hear the swearing and explain the concept of artistic context. And let them have a beer first.
best opening line since Gareth Brown Says.
Can't remember him saying half of that at the time.
Largely as they didn't really fit with the rest of the piece.
However I do have his views on Jack's merchandising customer service abilities, the surprisingly amazing Newcastle midfield and Jimmy's sporting abilities (he can still run 100 metre sub-11 seconds!) recorded at home for future generations.
that is all
Think its one of my favourite albums of the year- and i'd never heard any of their other albums/mclusky before this album!
It's really good. And fuck me, Notes on Acheiving Orbit is amazing.
(The science part)
Awesome song, but - controversy warning - I think there might be too many sha-la-la-las at the end, it lessen the impact for me. Still great though, and lyrically one of the best on the record.
(And Douglas Hurd)
for Failed Olympic bid
think the sequencing is pretty bad, and it could lose a few tracks. Failed Olympic Bid is my least favourite thing on there. Love the 'hidden' track though.
It could do with losing a couple but its more than solid enough imo
Just needed to leave it alone for a couple of months. Can't wait for Tuesday.