Okay, so gig-wise, January was a bit of a slow burner, but now things are beginning to pick up again as our beloved rock stars get over their New Years hangovers and pick up their guitars once more. 2002 was a good'un for us here at DiS (our overview) - and indeed for music in general, but we get the feeling it's not gonna be a patch on the year ahead. Don't say we didn't warn you!
And so, for the first time this year, DiS hand-picks the créme de la créme of live music in your area! This months edition includes Bury St Edmunds & Newmarket, Cambridge, Cardiff, Essex & Suffolk, Liverpool, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield & Derby, Southampton and Wolverhampton.
BURY ST EDMUNDS/NEWMARKET
Gig of The Month: THE EXILES + LIBRIUM (Newmarket Palomino - 26th)
Slick, besuited knife-edge rock with an unbelievably cool stage-presence. Ably supported by Libriums' edgy glamish rock.
Also Recommended #1: Chris TT (Bury St Eds Priors Inn - 20th)
Humourous-with-edges Bragg-esque political pop.
Also Recommended #2: Donderevo (Bury St Eds Priors Inn - 6th)
Keyboardy effects-full pop.
Other Gigs: Percythrower - Newmarket Palomino (12th), Volunteers - Priors Inn (13th), Impact - Priors Inn (27th).
Gig of The Month: THE JUNCTION FIVER with CRS* + FELLTHRU + others (Junction - 27th)
Cambridge post-rock heroes CRS* manage to get themselves to The Junction to take their place in a celebration of local bands. Think Godspeed, think staggering about, think dramatic soundscapes. Whoop! Also featuring Eviscarate, Humanity and Asylum.
Also Recommended #1: Lemon Jelly (Junction - 24th)
'Bagpuss with breaks', I really like Bagpuss. Chilled, twisted dance grooves
Also Recommended #2: Kinesis + Reuben + Miss Black America (The Boat Race - 21st)
Three of the toppest upcoming bands of boyshapes
Other Gigs:My Morning Jacket - The Boat Race (6th), The Sights - The Boat Race (15th), The Ex-Models - Boat Race (22nd)
Gig of The Month: AMEN (Newport TJ's - 9th)
Casey and his band of outlaws return to vent their spleens and wreak more havoc with their incendiary, gut-busting live shows.
Also Recommended #1: Idlewild (Cardiff Uni - 7th)
From boisterous young rock pups to sensitive Scots poets. Expect lots of wooly jumpers and battered penguin classics.
Also Recommended #2: Medium 21 (Cardiff Barfly - 21st)
American tinged rock-pop from the barren desert plains of.. er.. Northampton. Excellent.
Other Gigs: Sum 41 - Cardiff CIA (6th), Midasuno - Clwb Ifor Bach (6th), Small Victories - Cardiff Barfly (14th), Funeral For A Friend - Clwb Ifor Bach (15th), Kinesis - Cardiff Barfly (16th), Jarcrew - Cardiff Barfly (26th).
ESSEX & SUFFOLK
Gig of The Month: FEEDER + SERAFIN (IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE - 15th)
Oh hell yes! It seems that constant chart crashers Feeder are coming back to form and they are bringing the superb Serafin in to back them up. I will be there, how about you?
Also Recommended #1: Bad Manners (Colchester Soundhouse - TBC)
The first gig at the venue formerly known as the Twist. More news on this as we get it!
Other Gigs: Martin Grech - Colchester Arts Centre (6th), Def Leppard - Ipswich Regent Theatre (26th)
Gig of The Month: KINESIS + REUBEN + MISS BLACK AMERICA (Barfly - 9th)
Ah, yum. Three of DiS's favourite bands hit the road together for what promises to be one of the best package tours of the year. There's another big tour on at the moment isn't there.........?
Also Recommended #1: Beth Gibbons (Academy - 25th)
The Portishead lass tours her incredibly well recieved album with Rustin Man
Also Recommended #2: The Libertines (Academy - 25th)
Fresh from the Top 20 success of 'Time For Heroes', The Libs (As their close friends call them) play the Academy
Other Gigs: Ed Harcourt - Academy (11th), Eland Oye - Barfly (17th).
Gig of The Month: THE RAVEONETTES + NYLON PYLON (Rock City - 13th)
The Scandinavian electric White Stripes, over here to promote their 'Whip It On' mini album, bring their Mary Chain infested brand of sleaze rock to the city of rock. Unmissable.
Also Recommended #1: Seachange + Saint Joan (Junktion 7 - 1st)
Two of Nottingham's finest go head to head at the "7".
Also Recommended #2: Tuuli (The Mill, Mansfield - 28th)
After years of Bryan Adams and Queen tribute acts, what will the UK's favourite resting home for ex-miners make of Canada's most ethereal Ramones-a-likes?
Other Gigs: Atombombpocketknife - Junktion 7 (2nd), The Casanovas - The Social (3rd), The Mountain Goats - The Social (4th), Mr Airplane Man - The Social (5th ), Sole - The Social (10th), The Sights - The Social (11th), Cave In - Rock City (15th), Burning Brides - Rock City (18th), Feeder - Rock City (19th), Echoboy - The Rescue Rooms (22nd), Longwave - The Rescue Rooms (23rd), Immortal Lee County Killers - The Rescue Rooms (24th), The Libertines - The Rescue Rooms (25th), The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Rock City (27th).
Gig of The Month: AMEN (Wedgewood Rooms - 11th)
Casey Chaos & chums finally make it to Portsmouth for a night of metal with punk attitude. Expect complete mayhem - high speakers, low ceiling… What are the chances of an injury?!
Also Recommended #1: Moonrider + Seatman Separator + Loki + DJ Simon Harris (Wedgewood Rooms - 8th)
Binary Nation 6-Live electronic music.
Also Recommended #2: The Datsuns + The Polyphonic Spree + Interpol + The Thrills (Pyramids - 7th)
NME faves all under one pointy roof (but dont let that put you off!)
Other Gigs: Martin Grech - Wedgewood Rooms (2nd), Teenage Fanclub - Wedgewood Rooms (16th), Raging Speedhorn - Wedgewood Rooms (9th), Mudvayne - Wedgewood Rooms (17th), Hell Is For Heroes - Wedgewood Rooms(20th), Athlete - Wedgewood Rooms (27th).
Gig of The Month: JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET + KALDERA (The Fez - 6th)
OK, so this one isn't usual DiS style but James Taylor Quartet are purveyors of the finest Hammond laden funk to dance to. Not only this, they are also renowned as an amazing live act. With support from local muddy funksters Kaldera it'll be a change from the norm but in a good way! An interview with James Taylor will be on DiS before the gig.
Also Recommended #1: Ellahi Groove + Stupid (Bar Oz - 2nd)
Stupid always put on a good show and I've heard good things about Ellahi Groove.
Also Recommended #2: The Foamers + The Filaments + Lower Case j + CBL (Newbury The Catholic Club - 7th)
Crazy punk action headed up by The Foamers
Other Gigs: Kennedy Soundtrack - Newbury Corn Exchange (1st), The Warlocks - The Fez (5th), The Naked Apes - Bar Oz (9th), The New Rhodes - The Fez (12th.
Gig of The Month: HOME TOWN HOE DOWN (Derby Vic Inn - 8th and 9th)
The first Vic Inn full weekender of the year see's almost every band worth mentioning from Derby and the surronding areas playing on after the other. Definitely worth checking out whether you know much about the local scene or not. Line-up includes DiS's new "babies", Plans and Apologies as well as Cortosis, Staple, The Osterman Weekend, The Embryonic Adults, The Removals and metallers Dead By Dawn.
Also Recommended #1: Amen (Sheffield Leadmill - 7th)
If their performance at Leeds was anything to go by, this is gonna be absolutely blistering... literally!
Also Recommended #2: Kinesis + Reuben + Miss Black America (Derby Vic Inn - 26th)
Quite simply the line-up dreams are made of!
Other Gigs: The Copperpot Journals - Derby Vic Inn (25th), Teenage Fanclub - Sheffield Leadmill (8th), Hell Is For Heroes (Sheffield Leadmill - 14th), The Libertines - Sheffield Leadmill (22nd), Yeah Yeah Yeahs (25th).
Gig of The Month: Kinesis + Reuben + Miss Black America (Joiners Arms - 25th)
Drowned In Sound backed rock going ons with up & coming Kinesis, stars in the making Reuben & the recently split up & reformed MBA. Expect much guitar action & lots of sweat!
Also recommended #1: Echoboy + Appliance (Joiners Arms -19th)
Electronics courtesy of the Mute label.
Also recommended #2: InMe + Biffy Clyro + Serafin (Southampton Uni - 1st)
Worth getting there early for the superb Serafin
Other gigs: Tuuli - Joiners Arms (24th), Dustbyte - Joiners Arms (11th), Feeder - Guildhall(12th), Bowling For Soup - Guildhall (22nd).
Gig of The Month: KINESIS + REUBEN + MISS BLACK AMERICA (Little Civic - 18th)
*Gasp* DiS writer in recommending DiS gig shocker! Whatever next? Well kids, if you don't go to this gig, you'll be kicking yourselves for missing three of the best bands of 2003. And if you're not kicking yourselves, I'll come and do the kicking for you, OK? Go to experience the energetic thrills of Kinesis. Go to sing along to the adreniline- filled melodies of Miss Black America. Go to witness the grungey euphonious songs of Reuben. Or just go so you can tell me how wrong I am.
Also Recommended #1: Sabotage Left (Little Civic - 5th)
Melodic, Queens-of-The-Stone-Age-a-like band - such a shame they are playing with Violent Delight
Also Recommended #2: Unsung Heroes (Little Civic - 19th)
Lostprophets-y type rawk with a lot more feeling and a ton of energy.
Other Gigs: Mohair - Little Civic (28th), The Darkness - Civic Hall (19th).