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Gabby Young & Other Animals – Bloomsbury Ballroom (Thurs 4th March)

Last October Gabby Young and her band the Other Animals played a fantastically received album launch gig at Bush Hall, surrounding the sold out crowd with an array of art, craft & fashion stalls, as well as treating them to a full performance of the album. Most people who were there (myself included) will have wondered how they could possibily top it. To launch their new single ‘Ones That Got Away’ last night, the band managed to pull it off. An even bigger and more ambitious show, with more of the unique touches that made the last one so special.

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Jan/Feb Gig Round-Up – Part 1

I have a bit of catching up to do, so thought I’d wrap up a bunch of gigs from this year so far.

Fyfe Dangerfield – Downstairs At The King’s Head (15th January)

I was unable to make Fyfe’s Scala gig due to work commitments, so was pleased to discover this low-key warm up gig. The Guillemots frontman was performing tracks from his new solo album ‘Fly Yellow Moon’, and the entire gig was a very stripped down affair, with a lot being played on acoustic guitar or piano only, although he occasionally ventured into loop pedal teritory, but only to provide a basic background beat.

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Hidden Door Festival / Sick Kids Sunday – Edinburgh (30th/31st Jan)

I spent last weekend in Edinburgh, experiencing the city and attending some fantastic gigs. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to go for ages, as I’d only previously paid a fleeting visit on the way home from T In The Park about 6 years ago. After seeing the amazing line-up for the Sick Kids Sunday gig and having a quick look at how easy it would be to get there, I quickly found myself booking trains and a hotel to make the trip!

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Midlake – Tabernacle (Thurs 28th Jan) / Rough Trade East (Mon 1st Feb)

I feel privileged that over the past 3 years living in London I have managed to see most of the bands I have wanted to live. Midlake were one who managed to elude me for several years – I discovered them at what must have been the end of their touring for previous album ‘The Trials Of Van Occupanther’, and have since looked forward to the opportunity to see them live. I recently found myself with several opportunities to see them in a fairly short time.

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Gabby Young & Other Animals – The Borderline (Wed 16th Dec)

Rounding off a successful 2009, Gabby Young & Other Animals took to the stage one last time at London’s Borderline. After building a great live reputation throughout the year, things really seem to have accelerated for Gabby during the last few months. The band’s debut album ‘We’re All In This Together’ was officially released last month (and launched with a triumphant sold out show at Bush Hall), but before that fans were given the opportunity to sign up to ‘become an animal‘, selecting from 3 different packages with different benefits (free gigs, merchandise, signed items, and even the chance to get involved in songwriting and band rehearsals), and receiving the finished album a month early. This innovative scheme has resulted in a lot of positive press (including a feature on Sky News), with stories focussing on emerging bands using new ways to generate interest and income outside of typical record deals.

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I Am Kloot (Solo) – Putney Halfmoon (Tues 15th Dec)

I Am Kloot are a band I never seem to tire of seeing live. Thankfully, regardless of whether they have a new album to promote or not, they seem to manage several live outings each year (both as a band, and John Bramwell solo gigs), especially for those of us living in London or Manchester. The original reason for this short solo tour was to promote a re-release of John’s solo mini-album ‘You, Me And The Alarm Clock’, originally released nearly 20 years ago under the name ‘Johnny Dangerously’. Sadly a problem with the pressing meant it didn’t happen in time for the tour.

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Modest Mouse – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Mon Dec 14th)

So, how did the start of my busy gig week go? Very good. In fact, superb at times, just not consistently.

As a live band Modest Mouse do a fantastic job of recreating their busy & layered recordings. The six members indulged in a lot of instrument swapping to recreate to rich sounds of their records, including at various points of the gig trumpet, double bass, and violin. Oh, and two drummers, which worked to great effect on some of the louder tracks like ‘Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes’, which itself was a gig highlight with an all out assault of heavy bassline, screaming guitars, and double drumming.

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