Three weeks or so have flown by, and I haven't taken in much live music. I recall a Lesson #1 night with Meltmen, Grabba Grabb Tape and Spider Kitten all in various shapes of good form. I don't think I'd go and see any of them again though - once was enough. On the same night I went to see Heck. It was, I think, their fourth ever show, playing to a sold out Point in support of The Fall.. so pretty nervy then. I was a big fan of Jemma's previous band, SammoHung, so much so that their album was the first record I ever put out. And they were also one of my first foray's into management too. It lasted about a couple of months - in the middle of organising a UK tour and a new single the band split up, though NME still ran the single review a month later because we forgot to tell anyone the bad news. I was quite gutted about that - the band had been demo-ing some new songs which were awesome... a waste.
The most fun show of recent weeks was Culture Vulture's launch at Bar Europa. Silence By The Sea and Cate Le Bon both played fully acoustic sets (that is, there wasn't even a PA), to a packed cafe. Silence By The Sea are a joyful band whose demos thus far have all been wonderful. Cate Le Bon is always fantastic - I'm itching to hear her debut album. For her last song, a cover of Kevin Ayers, she was joined by former Gorky's Zygotic Mynci members Richard James and Euros Childs who were out celebrating Richard's birthday (Richard plays on Cate's album, Cate tours with Richard, everyone's friends in Wales see).. a real treat.
Last Thursday I went to see the first show from She's Got Spies - a new project from Matt from The Keys and his friend Laura. The band is named after Laura's fanatical love of Super Furry Animals - she was/is running a fansite for the band with the same name. For a debut, it was pretty sweet. Mr Huw followed - the solo project of (ex?) Kentucky AFC member Huw. One man and a drum machine. Rather sweet too. Then Threatmantics, who I've blogged about before. Tonight, as headliners, they got to play a longer set than I've ever seen them do, and they really held their own. So many songs are already familiar - now all it needs is someone to do them justice in the recording.