sexta-feira, 22 de maio de 2009

Mods Mayday 2009 , a review

Mods Mayday realizou-se no inicio do mês de Maio , o maior evento relacionado com o Mod revival nos últimos anos , passados 30 anos do primeiro Mods Mayday em 1979.

Grandes bandas do Mod revival componham o cartaz do Mods Mayday , foram as seguintes bandas a pisar o palco , Squire , Small World , Sta-Prest , Teenbeats , The Risk , Long Tall Shorty , RT3 ....

Fica a review escrita por Darren Hawthorn , um grande apreciador e entendido da música mod , um exclusivo do Blog , agradeço ao Darren o texto que escreveu :

Darren and Gary Sparks from RT3 , Purple Hearts

"2009 saw the 30th anniversary of the mod revival of 1979 and many with an interest in the music of the revival period felt that it was an occasion that couldn’t be let pass without an event to mark it. Thankfully a committee comprised of forum members from the mod revival and mods reunited websites got together to mark the occasion. The mayday weekend, being the 30th anniversary of the recording of the mods mayday ’79 live L.P was the obvious choice as the date of the event.
I followed the ever evolving line up in the months preceding the event and was impressed by both the amount of bands that would be squeezed into the weekend and also by their diversity, spanning the period from 1979 right up to the present day

So, on Friday May 1st after the short journey from Dublin, I found myself in the Sound Bar in Birmingham city for the kick off of the weekend events. As is not unusual at these events the first night was a much quieter affair than the following two days would prove to be. But for those of us that did attend we were treated to two excellent bands and a great mix of sounds from the DJs. First band on the bill were a band called Nite Politics. Certainly the youngest band of the weekend, I’m sure they are all probably still in school, but their probable inexperience and slight nerves were more than compensated by their ability, playing a mixture of powerpop/punk tinged originals and covers.

The Itch

Next up were one of bands I was looking forward to seeing, The Ace. I think this was their first gig with a new line up and they really put on an excellent show, it’s a shame more people weren’t there to experience it. I was so impressed that I even bought a CD, which has been in constant play in my car since I got home.
The remainder of the night for me was spent drinking pints of ale and chatting to people while the DJs earned their keep. I left for my hotel at about 2.30am with the party still going on but Saturday was going to be a long day and I needed my rest!

After waking remarkably unhungover on Saturday morning and getting a breakfast and doing a little shopping in the city centre it was soon time to head back to the Sound Bar.
I arrived to the welcome signs of “Sold Out – Tickets Only” plastered outside the venue, it was going to be a squeeze in there today.

The Upper Fifth

The party kicked off in the early afternoon with The Upper Fifth and they proved to be one of the highlights of the weekend for me. I have heard some of their recordings and honestly haven’t been too excited by them but live they are a different beast. Mark McGouden, former front man with 80s modsters Makin’ Time has lost none of his stage presence and the heavy Hammond beat, interspersed with banter with the audience went down well with everyone.

Next up were the 9 piece DC Fontana, I’m not sure how they all managed to fit on such a small stage but they did and their brass infused soul pop was infectious. This band is constantly gigging and that showed in how tight they were on stage.

Even with Rinaldi Sings and Mike Walker (The Circles) pulling out of the event, time was still tight with bands and sets were necessarily short, so we weren’t long in waiting for Yeh Yeh to come on next. This was reportedly going to be their last gig, so I was disappointed that they didn’t play their 80s mod classic “You Will Pay”, particularly as this is the song most people are familiar with. That aside, they played an appreciated set of mostly original tunes with a couple of covers thrown in the mix.

Due to the necessity of taking a couple of hours break from ale drinking and getting some much needed soakage, I went back to my hotel for a change of clothes and some food. By the time I got back to the Sound Bar I had missed the set by Shaugnessy and most of the set by The Visitors (which featured event organiser John Lister). However the big guns were still to come.
By the time The Teenbeats hit the stage the venue was jammed and getting a pint at the bar was proving a monumental task (never the easiest job with English bar staff at the best of times).


While I like both Teenbeats 7”s, I was unsure of what the band would be like live, I need not have worried. Huggy proved to be a natural showman and backed by a tight band, they really had the crowd hopping. The glaring omission from the set was “Strength of the Nation”; apparently they won’t play this now due to the songs lyrics – which seems odd considering the name of the band! Once again, the band finished much too soon.

I had heard mixed reviews about a Long Tall Shorty gig at a scooter rally in Ireland a few weeks prior to the mods mayday event. It seems they had played a lot of cover versions but that is likely because they were playing to a scooterist crowd who are generally known for their love of cover bands! They were also without guitar supremo Gary Woods at that event. At mods mayday they played a blinder, all the LTS classics were played to an ecstatic crowd but again the whole set seemed to flash by.

The Squire

Headliners of the night were Squire; I had seen these only once previously and was really looking forward to a second helping. It was announced prior to the event that Squire would be playing their set list, in the same order from the Mods Mayday ’79 event. I’m not sure if that came to pass (the beer must’ve been taking effect at this stage) but I do remember signing along to “My Mind Goes Round in Circles” and the smiles on everyones faces. A great end to a great day of live music.

Several more pints followed while the DJs took over for the night (as they had been doing between bands throughout the day) and I chatted to people outside the venue. I have only the vaguest recollection of going back to the hotel but I do remember another of the Irish lads waiting in reception for a fast food delivery and asking the guy at reception if the bar was open (it wasn’t).

Sunday morning quickly appeared and after breakfast a couple of pints ensured that any hangover would have to wait to make an appearance.
It was then straight down to the Sound Bar where I found that I’d missed the first band of the day The Coopers.


Modus were the first band I got to see on Sunday, they’re a band that have been getting a good deal of press coverage in the UK and seem to be making waves. The coverage though may have as much to do with the singer as with the music though! Music wise, they have a very strong Hammond beat sound and an excellent array of original songs. I think it was a pity that they played so early but they have driven down from Scotland especially for the gig and had the same long drive home, so the early slot was a necessity. Through catching up with friends and chatting to people outside, I pretty much missed the sets of the following two bands The Laynes (also from Scotland) and The Q. The few songs I did hear from The Q had an authentic ’79 sound. I’d also recommend their recent 10” release on Time For Action records.

The Petty Hoodlums were up next and certainly win the award for best dressed band of the weekend. As a rule I have very little time for cover bands but along with The Madd from Holland, I’d make an exception for these guys. The songs covered are the more obscure beat, psych and garage numbers and the guys play them so well I wasn’t surprised that many people seeing them didn’t realise that they were covers. Thankfully these certainly aren’t your common or garden “mod” cover bands playing My Generation and Going Underground!

There was no break between bands on Sunday, so if you wanted to eat and change you had to choose which band you were going to miss. I’d seen members of Sta-Prest and their entourage (wearing sleeveless t-shirts announcing that they love Big Dick etc) around during the day and they honestly looked like they needed a good wash, so it was a safe bet that they were the band I would miss. As it turned out, when I returned to the Sound Bar after my feed, I heard that they had been really good – live and learn!

I was also disappointed to have missed The Bresslaws, bedecked in 1960s Star Trek uniforms, as per The Prisoners footage on The Tube tv show in the 80s.
The first band of the evening for me was Fay Hallam and Trinity. These were one the bands I was most looking forward to see of the weekend. I had seen them once previously at a mod weekender in Berlin – but too much German beer ensured that I have practically no memory of it! A set of Trinity originals and a Makin’ Time song or two really went down well with the audience, which was down slightly in numbers from the previous night. Fay Hallams vocals and organ playing are as strong as ever and a very tight rhythm section (who also back Secret Affair) along with a second keyboardist in her son, give them a unique live sound.

The first disaster of the weekend occurred on my next trip to the bar, whereupon I was informed that they’d run out of ale on draught, cans of ale were offered and purchased but I was not a happy camper.

I was pretty certain that I wasn’t going to like Connett who were up next. I was right. The sound is somewhere between solo Weller and very ordinary Brit pop – and it does nothing for me. However, there were many people at the gig who disagreed with me and Connett got an excellent reception from the audience. I was outside drinking beer. Perhaps that was because I knew that I wasn’t going to waste a second waiting at the bar while the next band was on.

Small World have always been one of my favourite bands but I have never had the chance to see them live and had pretty much given up hope. I have attended events where they were due to play but pulled out or have planned to attend events with them on the bill which simply failed to happen.

They had even been dropped from the bill at this event as the organisers couldn’t get in touch with them. Thankfully that was sorted and I’d finally get to see them live. They did not disappoint. In a short set they managed to squeeze in their singles and all the highlights of the Slight Detour double album. The sound was perfect and the performance impeccable. If I had hated every other band on the bill over the weekend it would still have been worthwhile going for Small World.

The Risk

I wouldn’t envy any band having to follow Small World but that task fell to The Risk, again a band who I’ve been listening to for a long time but had never seen live. Playing with a two piece brass section really added to the sound and songs such as my favourite of the set “Jobs for the Boys” really got the crowd going.

RT3 featuring Brian Kotz

The final band of the weekend were up next, RT3 featuring Gary Sparks and Simon Stebbing from The Purple Hearts. As The Purple Hearts have recently reformed and rumours of special guests were doing the rounds, the crowd hoped that the other members would turn up for a few songs, alas that was not to be. RT3 however pulled out all the stops to give the weekend a real party ending. Special guests were pulled from the crowd in the guise of Brian Kotz from Back to Zero who played their classic “Your Side of Heaven” and Mark Le Gallez from The Risk also went back on stage to perform a couple of covers. RT3 themselves performed all the Purple Hearts classics along with RT3 original tunes to a grateful audience.

The second disaster of the weekend occurred at the bar after the bands had finished when I was informed that they had run out of cans of ale, so reluctantly I went onto rum (I say reluctantly as English spirit measures are very miserly). The DJs took over for the remainder of the night and the crowd dwindled over time. When the bar ran out of rum I knew it was time to go to bed.

The weekend was an overwhelming success, grateful thanks has to go to the organising committee, all the bands and all the DJs. The atmosphere in the Sound Bar on each of the three nights was fantastic.
A ridiculous amount of work must’ve been put into this event and it should also be noted that all the proceeds went to charity. It has certainly been the highlight of 2009 thus far for me and any future events this year will have a tough job replacing it.

texto e fotos são da autoria de Darren Hawthorn

quarta-feira, 20 de maio de 2009

Dicas úteis : Jornal Público oferta Cd Punk New wAve

Com a edição de hoje 5 feira dia 21 de Maio do jornal "Público" vem um CD "Sound of 70" , tal como o título indica , o cd é composto por registos da década de 70 , cd preenchido por bandas punk new wave , alinhamento do cd : Blondie , Buzzcocks , Wire , Stranglers , Motors , Tom Robison band , Generation X , Skids , Flying Lizards , XTC , num total de 10 músicas , 10 grupos. O cd custa 1.95 euros , um preço mais que razoável para uma colectânea.

Outra dica útil , o novo DVD dos Sex Pistols " There'll Always Be An England" de 2008 , realizado por Julien Temple , encontra-se a venda por um preço justo de 4.99 euros , na loja da Valentim Carvalho do centro comercial Saldanha Residence (isto sim é que eram "preços de amigo" se há uns bons anos atrás tivessem sido praticados , quem se lembra dos autocolantes da VC do preço de amigo (que de amigo tinha pouco) nos Cds , hoje em dia são preços baixos , porque estamos em fim de festa , já restam poucas lojas da Valentim Carvalho) , é de aproveitar , o dvd custa nas lojas cerca de 16 euros.

sexta-feira, 15 de maio de 2009

Vespa Gang , 3º Aniversário , Sábado 16 de Maio

A festa começa ás 23h e vai até ás 6 da matina, a entrada 3 euros com oferta do pin aniversário. O local escolhido: Hula Hula Beach Club na Praia do Rei - Costa da Caparica.

segunda-feira, 11 de maio de 2009

Discoberta : Hollywood Killers

Hollywood Killers , formaram-se no ano de 1976 , comandados por Jim Penfold , coadjuvado por 3 amigos do Liceu. Editam logo o single de estreia "Hot Hazy Days" , nesse mesmo ano , Duncan Reid sai da banda para se juntar aos The Boys.

1978 foi um ano que correu de feição para os Hollywood Killers , com um concerto com os The Pirates , o lançamento do segundo single "Goodbye Suicide" (um dos grandes clássicos perdidos do powerpop).

Tendo gerado algum interesse por parte dos médias musicais , só em 1982 é que se volta ouvir falar dos Hollywood Killers , com a edição do terceiro single , "Butterfly". Single esse que não atingiu os objectivos da editora , Creole , provocando a cessar do contracto que ligava os HK à editora.

O single chegou a ser publicado em Portugal , com uma pequena tiragem por parte da editora independente portuguesa , Promusix , que editou no mesmo ano o LP e o single da banda powerpop inglesa , Pinkees.

Os Hollywood Killers continua a tocar e gravar nos dias de hoje , não desiludido , a conferir no myspace da banda , as músicas mais recentes , "Bad Water" , "Hanaker Row" do cd "TimeBomb" de 2006.

The Sadists + Clockwork Boys , 4ª Feira , Music-Box , Lisboa

Esta 4ª feira dia 13 Maio , promete , vão estar em palco os The Sadists , Clockwork Boys e os Sullens. Em principio será a ultima actuação dos Clockwork Boys e dos Sadists , mais um motivo para não faltar a convocação para este concerto de punk rock'n roll. Será a segunda vez que os Clockwork Boys actuaram na Capital.
É de esperar da parte dos Clockwork Boys o desfilar dos já clássicos "Hooligans na Noite" , "Casino" , "A minha Lili-Marlene" , tudo material já incluído no CD editado este ano e no EP editado o ano passado.
Da parte dos Sadists espera-se outros clássicos , como a "Ira da Corrente" , "Martirizador" ....
Concerto na sala Music-Box , no Cais Sódre , o local não podia ser mais apropriado , para que o jogo da sabujice possa ser em pleno .

sexta-feira, 8 de maio de 2009

Brigada do Reumático - "Bebedeira Colossal" , 1982

Nada se sabe sobre esta banda , curioso é o facto de ter 3 guitarristas . Single editado em 1982 pela Promusix . No lado B do single está a música "Pai da Aviação". Download

quarta-feira, 6 de maio de 2009

domingo, 3 de maio de 2009

Semáforo - Hoje há Rock no Liceu , 7" 1982

Sinal verde para o rock powerpop , com o single "Hoje há Rock no Liceu". Editado em 1982 , pela Materfonis , editora ligada a Discosette , o single foi produzido pelo Júlio Isidro e pela Helena Cardinali.
Os Semáforo foram uma das muitas bandas ligadas ao boom do rock português , eram da cidade de Amadora , formados em 1979 , começaram-se por se chamar FM alterando o nome para Semáforo por altura da participação no programa “Febre de sábado de manhã” , participam em alguns concursos de musica.

Falando do single , é um rockzinho com leve travo de powerpop , com uns sintetizadores fora de uso (parecendo um aspirador) , um disco que emana o verdadeiro espírito do rock , é no liceu que tudo começa (ou quase tudo).

Semáforo : "Hoje há Rock no Liceu" / "Quotidiano" , 1982