Not only was last night (14th August) a celebratory night out for A level students who had received their results, it was also the night the Tubelord/Blakfish tour hit Southampton! Tubelord were fresh/tired from the Tubelord/Tellison tour promoting the split single containing both bands, a tour which sadly didn’t come close enough to me. Blakfish were touring because they recently released their mini-album/EP See You In Another City on Big Scary Monsters Recording Company. Secondsmile were also featured on the line-up, promoting their newly released second album Years, which is also released on BSM. The two smaller bands opening the gig were Southamptoners Lucida Bright and the local favourites who are tipped for big things, Venice Ahoy. Tickets were only £5 too, which was an amazing price for the 5 bands on offer.
We arrived in Southampton at about 6 o’clock so killed some time in the recently done-up HMV, it’s got Macs in it! Not very good Macs though, you could only go on a few websites and couldn’t scroll down. We then headed to the venue at the end of the high street, expecting a 15 minute wait for doors to open. The gig started about and hour and a 15 minutes late, which meant we were outside for about an hour and a half and the rest of the show was a bit of a rush. But kind of made it all more fun! The first band on were Lucida Bright, who were suprisingly good considering their singer is in Egypt. You can download their Demo EP from their Myspace or you can get an MP3 at the bottom. They seem to sound better live though. If you were to Google them, you would learn that their name is taken from a font! A lot of the crowd seemed to know the band. About 5 seconds after LB finished, Venice Ahoy leapt out of the seats against the wall into the band area and started to get ready. It was another energetic and exciting set from the VA, who sold the last 4 copies of their First EP just before I was going to get mine, sadface. They were also selling shirts for £5, I wish I had bought one now. The guitarist and bassist seem to jump into each-other a lot, I thought they were gonna fall over more than once. Venice Ahoy are highly recommended, add them on Myspace! We used the time before Secondsmile took to the stage to phone our lift home and say the gig is gonna end late. The crowd was slowly getting bigger. I don't understand why people do that, only show up for the final band/s.
So anyway, Secondsmile, the first of the bigger bands took to the stage, and they really were bigger, they had to move the stage outwards a bit. It wasnt exactly hard though, it was hardly a stage, they just moved a few amps on the floor forward. They had a few good songs, but not many people seemed to know them. Still, check out the complimentary Myspace link! I think everyone just wanted to see Tubelord, an opinion that Blakfish shared, and were not afraid to tell everyone about, so they "played their fast songs as quickly as possible" as they put it. The guitarist was a bit nuts, he jumped into the crowd and swung around with his guitar and at the end of the set, gave his guitar to Joe Tubelord while he went off through the crowd starting a 5 second mosh pit and standing on a table shouting stuff. The only way to improve their set have been if they had played Jeremy Kyle Is A Marked Man, or maybe a bit of nudity, which is what i!AMYOU specialise in! Click on it, you know you want to. If you're lucky, you can still see some i!COCK on Youtube, and catch them at London Barfly on Sunday night (17th August!).
Finally, it's Tubelord time! Everyone's legs were probably aching apart from everyone sitting on the lovely leather seats that we all craved. They were better than last time, I think because more people knew them and had come to see them, not Johnny Foreigner (the headliners last time I saw Tubelord). They played a variety of tracks including 2 or 3 new ones, tracks from their EP including apparent fan favourite Propeller and engaged in hugs with crowd members between songs. They ended their energetic-as-ever set with their single Feed Me A Box Of Words. No blow-keyboards this time but the glockenspiel lives on.
All in all, an enjoyable few hours of music, thanks to Meat Pie Promotions for putting the gig on! Despite not getting a Venice Ahoy EP, I did still manage to get a copy of Blakfish's new EP, Tubelord's split single with Tellison and a Secondsmile/Meet Me In St. Louis split single. Tasty stuff.
MP3: Lucida Bright - Chunky
MP3: Venice Ahoy - Maps
MP3: Secondsmile - Years [Buy album]
MP3: Blakfish - Jeremy Kyle Is A Marked Man [Buy EP]
MP3: Tubelord - Propeller [Buy split single]
MP3: i!AMYOU - AQA