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Could this be the worst gig ever?
and defend this...hang on, I am.
The current tour, and the current round of acoustic gigs, are utterly fucking mindblowingly brilliant. The new album is essentially pure folk, and includes two or three entirely a cappella songs, and it's amazing.
Chumbawamba now are completely different to the band they were. Just the five of them, with an accordian, acoustic guitar and the voices, and it's amazing. Truly stunning. Gone are the shouty bits that you may remember, replaced with acoustic versions of many other earlier songs and brand new folk revolving around Lou and Boff's voices rather than Danbert and Alice. The guest vocals from The Oyster Band on the new album are stunning. Truly.
I will be at this gig. And, if you forget about what has been and appreciate what they do now, so should everyone else.
Last time I saw them, in March of this year, it was one of the best times I've seen them, of the very many. I hope this is even half as good. www.drownedinsound.com/content/view/706716
Tv Smith is playing. He used to be in The Adverts.
Now he does solo stuff that is good.
Sorry. This thread has made me irate.
except that one song.
they had one song that was poor and got major mainstream recognition, so i dunno why people are instantly put off. didnt/doesnt happen with Bjork
But I spend so much of my time having to defend them so I tend to automatically lapse into 'Forget that one song' mode.
They're my favourite band of all time, truly truly special. They get a lot of shite, and quite unfairly from a lot of people.
as well, just different.
... just after Richey Edwards had disappeared, and they made some joke about finding him lying in a ditch somewhere.
I know they didn't like him, but that wasn't funny.
I'm having a hard time deciding which incarnation of the band sounds worse. Accordian? Acoustic guitar? Acapella songs? The next logical step is a bullet in the head... which come to think might be pretty good performed with an accordian and some middle aged crusty doing the vocals...
Silver Mt Zion seem to do pretty well from doing it though
I would be tempted to come with bamos to this, purely because of his relentless and impassioned defense of this band. :)
And because I love bamos.
People should come with me. I'm tempted to buy ten tickets and take ten of you to see this.
But then I'd be really gutted if people didn't like it. Not that they wouldn't, of course...
actually, just to experience the grandeur/laugh in your face, i might talk to my "contacts" about popping along.
if it wasn't ridiculously priced
although mostly for the BLUEBERRY CIDER