Sorry, couldn’t resist it. WEIGH! NO WEIGH! Er, yes, Music in the City 2013.The whole of bleedin’ Southampton, whose venues city-wide plug in and switch on to the torrent of live talent bubbling under and ready to rock your plimsouls, and other stuff. Looky here for a map! The Venerable Accy Stanleys appearing at the WEIGH HOUSE on French Street at 1pm, hot on the heels of the previous night’s tomfoolery at the Bitterne Park Hotel…
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, The legendary Straining-at-the-Postcode Tour 2013 continues its gruelling path to road-frazzled rock nirvana. For, on Friday 4th October, we adjourn to Midanbury Lane, within a giant gorilla’s swipe of the Bitterne Park Triangle, to A Proper Pub with Proper Beer. And some Proper Music promises to rattle down the lugholes of any free entrants, sounding eerily like NEKO ROSHI and, if you’re particularly blessed, some members of venerable indie legends ACCRINGTON STANLEY let off the leash for a night of jangling absurdity. Join us. It’ll be Proper Proper, like.
“They won the heart of John Peel and have stayed there”. Like it. Newly energised like over-eager puppies at this effusive outpouring of praise, those parenthetically over-endowed yet perennially unsinkable “eccentric, witty, indie-rockers” ACCRINGTON STANLEY continue “steaming on since the 80s” and by happy happenstance happen upon fair Southampton dock, chugging up to Guildhall Square for a free festival on the 21st of September. So? Fest. SO:FEST! Geddit? yes we do. And so will you! What on earth is stopping you? Nowt, that’s what. (Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/408060065970605/)
Let’s celebrate the survivors! Two of Southampton’s longest-running and, dare we say it?, most respected bands play a one-off show together. Fresh from Sofa City, Accrington Stanley and The Flying Alexanders play a special ‘end the summer hols with a bang’ gig at The Bent Brief on 30th August. Should be an absolute blast. Free entry.
Still dining out on the marvellous moment when they found themselves representing 1/50 of John Peel’s published record collection (2 lps in the first 100 published), the Stanleys have been enjoying a tidy renaissance, picking up great reviews for their last album ‘Exactly’ and releasing increasing amounts of their bulging back-catalogue on line. Quirky, characterful indie-pop at its finest…
The Flying Alexanders
Utterly bomb-proof, the Alexanders have a heart rooted in punk and lyrics rooted in 21st century living. Sitting on top of one of the tightest and meanest rhythm-sections around, marvel at Perry Flatt‘s ever evolving masterclass in economic, brutal guitar playing and get swept along by Jon Sansom‘s ebullience and energy as front-man/singer and lyricist par excellance. Recommended!
A shout from Stanley Towers to all who put in their time and effort to make the Amy Winehouse Foundation All-Dayer the blast that it was. Special mention to Marco, the Talking Heads, and the tireless bods from the AW foundation Mystery Machine.
While the boys repair their buzzing amps and test their leads for the next show, enjoy this picture (from the Daily Echo) of Amy on the drums, still able to keep the Stanleys in time despite her one significant well-documented obstacle. (Baz not pictured for contractual reasons)
Children of the Digital Dawn, arise from your think pods and scrape the hot pixels from your frazzled eyebones, for there follows a history lesson. Way back at the end of the Twentieth Century, a rather unsuccessful rock band sighed at its lot, nursed its wounds and pondered a future without amps and songs and guitars. Where the unit-shifting sound of the landfill ruled but humanity sat unmoved. The consensus was that such a future sucked. So they pooled together their remaining pennies to preserve the sound of their ailing combo for eternity.
Having missed the opportunity to send it into space aboard the Voyager probe – by some years – ACCRINGTON STANLEY neverless persevered, flipping the pointy bird at both common sense and the forces of oblivion, and brought forth into being the marvellous, mechanical, mouse-roaring cathedral of sound that was HALF LIFE. Songs about goldfish. Songs about Quiche. Songs considered topical for their day, about how there are a few rich people who live off the misfortune of the rest of us. Songs about jacking in your hopes and dreams, putting on a suit and choosing the daily commute. Songs about the practical limitations of being cool. And songs about you – about how your feet of clay are an illusion made of waves and string, and how everything becomes possible, both in this universe and the one next door.
The World said “meh” and, in a listless fug, rolled over on its side for the remote, where the two towers of Britpop and The Spice Girls reigned in abnormal union over a poorer, feebler civilisation.
But No More! For the Album that refused to stay in its coop has tunnelled under the chicken wire and is once again pecking at your ankles, saying “Download me, you deaf pillocks”.
Available for download from 26th July 2013, HALF LIFE by ACCRINGTON STANLEY constitutes the missing piece of the puzzle that is UK Rock, recorded before the mainstream swallowed the independent music makers and bought off the dreamers of dreams. Experience HALF LIFE today and change your life.
HALF LIFE. By Accrington Stanley. Because the future most definitely does not suck.
Available [iTunes, Spotify, Amazon] 26th July 2013
Dear Everyone in the entire universe, just would you adam & eve it, celebrating 25 glorious years since the groundbreaking, gamechanging and dare they say it seminal sonic statement “Live at Mikanoffs” (ask your dad), the one and only ACCRINGTON STANLEY have the barecheeked nerve to cram their creaky frames into a cosy Southampton cafe-cum-cultural space THE ART HOUSE to cast their jangling indievibes in the direction of YOU the hallowed listener. It’s on SATURDAY 29th JUNE and you would be misguided in the extreme to even think of missing it.
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(The Cellar, Southampton | 78 WEST MARLANDS ROAD, SO14 7FW Southampton)
SATURDAY 16th February 2013. FREE ENTRY. Doors 8:00. Following the sadly thwarted BPH 2013 opener, come along and see the mighty Stanleys team up with some thrilling Lo-Fi madness!
Two Sofa-City Bands play at the lovely Bent Brief, with some heavy dub sounds from DJ Morgs in the gaps.
Accrington Stanley are promoting their new album ‘Exactly’ and aiming to make 2013 as good as 2012, when they appeared on the John Peel record shelf, the telly, with Dodgy at the Brook and in some lovely reviews.
Lo-Fo Poet are the most down-and-dirty, sleazily poetic and hypnotic band in the South, combining the effortless grooves of the Happy Mondays with the political bile of The Clash or the Redskins
Free Entry – fill yer boots!
(The Bent Brief 17-19 Lodge Road, SO14 6RP Southampton). (Facebook Page)