The Strypes @ The Birdcage (Bristol)


First things first, The Birdcage in Bristol is one venue that all of the British vintage connoisseurs should check out. Mod outfits, vintages clothes, named-drinks (my cider, for instance, was Frank the Fisherman): as my boyfriend called it: “sounds like a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party”. To give justice to such a place, what would be better than some 50s rock and roll, delivered straight from Ireland?

The Strypes

I talked about The Strypes before, and I really liked the vibe and the explosive punch of You can’t Judge a Book by the Cover. The idea of seeing them live for free seemed quite a good one, especially for a Saturday evening (after a mental week at work, hence my weird-update schedule, apologies). Joking about the mixed age of the crowd, my friend pointed at some really young fellas dressed in tuxedos, just to suggest that you could really find everything at the Birdcage. Guess our astonishment when these four really young fellas jumped on stage. To be honest, we were not the only ones rather skeptical and surprised, despite them being labeled NME’s “No.1 Band To Watch In 2013”.

Lead singer Ross Farrelly (re-named “young Miles Kane”) has a mature voice for his age, without sounding excessively fake, lead guitar and backing vocalist Josh McClorey (“young Pete Doherty”) was the chatty one. Bass guitarist Pete O’Hanlon has a real touch with harmonica despite his young age, whilst Evan Walsh kept bashing the drums in pure rockabilly style. The lyrics draw from the typical themes of the time (Route 66, wild and passionate love etc.), in a cheeky attitude which reflects perfectly the core of the spicy Mississippi blues (I Got Love if You Want it). From the Doobie Brothers to the second-Dylan era, passing through Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Elvis, The Strypes jump from the harmonica Delta blues-y ballads to dance-floor boogie riffs.

Clapping hands and shaking your hips in rhythm is inevitable. It may be the age, it may be the music (blues and rock & roll are powerful stuff, need to handle them with care), but The Strypes prove that age really doesn’t matter anymore. The revenge of the young fellas: Jake Bugg, you have been warned.

The First Album I ever Bought

Miles Kane – ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’, Oasis.

Freddie Cowan (The Vaccines) -‘Surfer Rosa’, The Pixies.

Chino Moreno (Deftones) – ‘Songs From The Big Chair’, Tears For Fears.

Jenny Lee Lindberg (Warpaint) -‘Disintegration’, The Cure.

John Lydon – Ken Dodd And The Diddymen.

Joe Mount (Metronomy) – ‘The California Raisins Sing The Hit Songs’, The California Raisins.

Jonathan Higgs (Everything Everything) – ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, The Beatles.

The Greatest Festival Performances

Some of the one, just a few among hundreds, but that’s another matter, isn’t it?

Nirvana, Reading, 1992

Blur, Glastonbury, 2002

The Prodigy, V Festival, 1997

Iggy Pop & the Stooges, Glastonbury, 2007

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Monterey Pop Festival, 1967

Queens Of The Stone Age, Glastonbury, 2002

Queen, Live Aid 1985

50 Best Summer Songs Ever

Among NME‘s 50 Best Summer Songs Ever I got my personal choice – at least the ones I agree with.

Janis Joplin, ‘Summertime’

The Drums, ‘Lets Go Surfing’

The Kinks, ‘Sunny Afternoon’

Arctic Monkeys, ‘The Hellcat Spangled Sha La La’

Sly And The Family Stone, ‘Hot Fun In The Summertime’

The Beach Boys, ‘Surfing USA’

QOTSA, ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer’

MGMT, ‘Time To Pretend’

The Beatles, ‘Here Comes The Sun’

Vampire Weekend – ‘A-Punk’

Phoenix, ‘Lisztomania’

The Dandy Warhols – ‘Bohemian Like You’

Bryan Adams, ‘ Summer Of ’69’

50 Best Albums so Far

Among the 50 Best  Albums I choose the ones which for me suited more to that title ( ratings, not mine).

Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi – ‘Rome’ 8/10.

The Kills – ‘Blood Pressures’ 7/10

Cat’s Eyes – ‘Cat’s Eyes’ 8/10

The Strokes – ‘Angles’ 7/10

Metronomy – ‘The English Riviera’ 9/10

Yuck, ‘Yuck’ 8/10

Beady Eye, ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ 7/10

Elbow, ‘Build A Rocket Boys’ 8/10

Iron & Wine, ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’ 9/10

The Joy Formidable, ‘The Big Roar’ 8/10

PJ Harvey, ‘Let England Shake’ 10/10

Most Controversial Moments in Music

To know more about them, please check on books, magazine, and why not, our beloved

Thanks to, again *oh yeah*

Elvis’ pelvic thrusts banned. When: 1957

Jerry Lee Lewis marries his child brideWhen: 1957

Elvis joins the army. When: 1958

Rolling Stones’ Altamont tragedy. When: 1969

‘Paul is Dead’. When: 1969 (nothing more to say, I guess…)

Charles Manson writes a song for The Beach Boys (Never Learn Not the Love). When: 1969

Jim Morrison ‘exposes’ himself at gig (Miami).When: 1969

Sex Pistols’ Bill Grundy appearance.When: 1976 – with the famous swearing through the way in the interview, with which they got The Daily Mirror‘s frontpage headline: ‘The filth and the fury’’.

Sid Vicious finds Nancy Spungen dead.When: 1978

Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat.When: 1982

Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’ video. When: 1989 (YouTube)

Judas Priest blamed for suicide. When: 1990

The Prodigy’s ‘Smack My Bitch Up’.When: 1997 – The BBC banned the single, refusing to say the title of the song.

Woodstock 99 riots. When: 1999


Worst Album Covers

Just a couple of the worst album cover proposed by a couple of weeks ago. Some of them are just amusing.

Artict Monkeys – Suck and See (not out yet)

Anthrax – Fistful of Metal

Butthole Surfers – Electriclarryland

Nelson – Because They Can

Jim O Rouke – Eureka

A-Tom-Ic Jones

Cocorosie – Grey Oceans

Crosby, Stills and Nash – Live it Up

NOFX – Heavy Petting Zoo