God, I'm getting really slack with this aren't I? But, hey, hey, nobody's forcing you to read it, and if all you've got to complain about is the fact that I'm not posting twice a day, then you've really got too much time on yr hands (much like myself.) Besides, I do have other things going on y'know. For instance...
Last week (and a bit) we did a couple of Undereducated shows. These were the first we've done at The Fishmarket so it was kind of an experiment, especially considering the amount of building work going on at the moment. I've got nothing but praise for everyone at The Fishmarket, and over the next few months we'll all be able to see how the whole project will start to pan out. It's all pretty exciting.
Ill Ease came to play on a thursday. As with both nights, it was incredibly cold, but we we're all wearing coats and gloves so what's all the whining about? Also complaining about the cold was National Parks (who is Luke, and my good friends at Kooky are apparently releasing his first EP soon) and Thee Moths (and it will always remain a mystery to me why Alex is not considered in much higher regard, the man is ridiculously prolific and ridiculously imaginative, I pretty much hate him.) Ill Ease (Liz Sharp from Brooklyn, NY) is a wonderful musician, and armed with sample pedals and live loops she really putting on a mesmerising show, jumping between guitar, bass and drums and creating some dark party jams through the chilly evening air. There weren't many people in attendance but who cares? I'm pretty sure everyone went away having learned something.
Grabba Grabba Tape came to play on a saturday. GG Tape (as they shall now be known) were having a terrible time, their keyboards had been misplaced somewhere in midday during their flight from madrid courtesy of the ever inefficient Ryanair (later we also discovered they had misplaced a couple of drum stands also) leaving me to beg and borrow some alternative gear. Help arrived in the form of Thrulk (who were opening and did so in spectacularly obtuse fashion), who came through the doors armed with more keyboards than any one band could possibly need. The lovely girls of Hip Hip Handmade, after taking charge of a whole day of craft market-ing, had arranged some craft activities for the evening. With the help of many hands I made a robot head. If you've not seen Grabba Grabba Tape before then you really need to make a bit more effort. Dressing like neon pink and marshmallow white yetis and pounding away at drums and synth and yelping through vocoder and smile-worthy Rage Against The Machine and Minor Threat covers equals a wicked good time.
In other news, The Fishmarket is having a launch for their new exhibition of work James Jessop and Harry Pye. I think it's gonna be rad, but that's just my opinion. It's this saturday from 6pm, if yr around you should come along, it'll be good. There's a sweet band playing too.