GIG REVIEW – Membranes, Brix Smith, Evil Blizzard, Nightingales @ The Ritz, Manchester

By |April 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Membranes Ritz
It was a bold, yet confident move to put your band on at a place the size of The Ritz and it paid off, such is the draw of this line-up.
Today was more of an event than a gig, particularly The Membranes set, which we’ll come to later.

Gallon Drunk, The Nightingales, The Courtesy Group, The Curate’s Egg @ The Hare and Hounds Birmingham

By |November 8th, 2007|0 Comments


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Now it wasn’t the drink but it has been on many an occasion. Maybe that is unrelated to the strange situation I found myself in where I couldn’t remember if I’d seen this band before or not. Certainly I’d meant to, having been well into their early 90’s output, especially the excellent “in the long still night album”, and have seen main man James Johnston for sure as he is a member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds (James’s brother Ian also having written an excellent biography of the Australian legend). But these days memories, dreams and imaginings blend seamlessly, not preserved in alcohol at all. Anyway, there’s one way to make it definite and go this time.