There have been gigs and other shenanigans this week, but firstly I have my most exciting piece of news this year.

Death From Above 1979 have reformed, are playing a gig at the HMV Forum, and I have a ticket.

Because I am incredibly slow I only actually got into DFA1979 last year. After hearing a few tracks I went straight out and bought their album and the remixes disk, downloaded the EPs, and then proceeded to listen to them non-stop for two months. It was like someone had plugged into my brain and got exactly the kind of music I would make if I were actually musically inclined. I resigned myself to the fact I would never see them live as when they split it wasn’t very amicable, and their side projects were doing quite well. Now that has all changed! Hurrah!

On Sunday I went to Colchester Uni with some friends to watch the Superbowl. Note to self: Never watch the Superbowl again. I had figured a night of drinking with a large crowd would be fun, but it really wasn’t. The football was boring, the half time show was awful and I lost my Canon S90. I don’t think I can afford a new one at the moment (the S95 is £300) so I’ll have to stick with my Lomo Fisheye for a while.

I started watching Glee on Tuesday because I was terribly bored, and because I have a recent obsession with Jonathan Groff. I didn’t want to watch his episodes out of context so I decided to watch the whole thing, and I find myself now having watched the entire first season plus everything of the second season that has aired. It’s pretty addictive, I can tell you that. I could do without all the crap cover songs but the rest of it is pretty interesting and funny. Although let us not speak of the awful Heads Will Roll mashup. No-one touches my precious Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Last night I went to see White Lies at the Shepherds Bush Empire with my mum and stepdad. How cool, I know, but it means I get some free drinks along the way. As is typical with the more trendy indie bands, the crowd didn’t really start to fill out until the band were basically on stage, so we bagged ourselves some awesome spots right at the front. I quite enjoyed the first support act, First Child (avant-garde chillwave) whereas my mum preferred the second, Crocodiles (lo-fi newave). White Lies were pretty good. They’ve always performed well whenever I’ve seen them, but it wasn’t anything to get excited about. I haven’t listened much to their new album yet but it seems in the same vein as before, although slightly more 80s tinged. The crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves at any rate, as they were singing along to everything despite the album having only been out for a few weeks.

More gigs this week! December has been a pretty busy month for me.

Tuesday was Tim Minchin at the O2 Arena. Having seen him on his last tour a stupid number of times, I had gotten a bit weary of seeing the same show over and over, so this was a welcome change. It was mostly new material, beefed out with a 40 piece orchestra and theatrics that can only come with touring arena-sized venues. Tim seemed to make it work, although I do miss the days when I used to see him in tiny 200 capacity rooms. The new stuff was very funny, and I especially enjoyed his religion-based rants and songs about taking things out of context. No doubt some of the dates on the tour have been filmed for a new DVD, so everyone will be able to enjoy it.

On Wednesday I went to Brixton Academy with my mum for the XFM Winter Wonderland. Due to tube fuckups we arrived late and missed all of Mona (not a great loss) and all but one song by The Drums. We slotted into our favourite position (front right, just by the middle barriers) in time to see Two Door Cinema Club. I hadn’t realised before just how many singles they had released, so it came as a surprise to me when all but one of their 6 song setlist was a single. The crowd seemed to enjoy it though and bounced around gleefully. The music may not be a work of genius, but it is very catchy and fun.

Next up was White Lies, who surprised everyone else by not playing many singles at all. It was mostly tracks from their new album, which as it is released in January they are obviously very keen to promote. I’m not sure how well it went down with the XFM crowd though, as the audience seemed to thin out towards the end as people headed for the bar. I liked it and I’m definitely going to be getting a copy of their new album.

The penultimate act was Suede, who unfortunately had to do a quick acoustic set as their drummer was off sick. It was a bit of a disappointment for me as I had been looking forward to seeing them, but it was still pretty good. They played ‘Trash’, ‘Animal Nitrate’ and ‘Beautiful Ones’.

Lastly it was time for the Manic Street Preachers who chose the right route and played a set consisting of their greatest hits, rather than tracks from their new album. There were clearly a lot of die-hard Manics fans in the audience and everyone had a great time. It really got me excited for their rescheduled Brixton gigs next month.

Two Door Cinema Club


Manic Street Preachers