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A pure Indie rock party

LIVE: The Vaccines @ Brighton Dome

WORDS: LISELOTTE VANOPHEM       PHOTO: CCZH PHOTOGRAPHY

Friday evening. Ready to shake off the exhausting week at work and start the weekend. No better way to do that than attending a gig and when it’s a The Vaccines concert, it’s even better. The Brighton Dome was only the second stop during their tour and it became clear from the very beginning that the energy level was still exceptionally high. From both the bands and the audience.

Confidence is key. That’s certainly the wisdom we took away from the performance of the first support act of the evening, Jesse Jo Stark. Dressed in a stylish, silver rock ‘n roll outfit, the singer-songwriter from Los Angeles channeled her inner Nancy Sinatra onto the stage to open the set with a sweet but powerful Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).  It was the combination of slow and emotional songs with rough, tough and rock ones. The highlights of the show were without a doubt Breakfast with Lou, Wish I Was Dead and the immensely energetic Fire of Love. It’s not the first time The Vaccines take Jesse Jo Stark as their support and we hope it won’t be the last time because she was the perfect start of a great evening.

Last May, she was part of the Great Escape festival so for the singer-songwriter Hatchie, the second support act, it was a happy return to Brighton. However, there was one tiny dark cloud that hung above this gig and that was the distortion that overruled the sound once in a while. The feat that this would happen again was present during the entire concert but that doesn’t mean that it was a bad concert at all. On the contrary. While Jesse Jo Stark stood out because of her powerhouse voice, Hatchie ruled with her understated, dreamy and introspective style. Hatchie clearly loved Brighton and that love was mutual, without a doubt. It wouldn’t be a total surprise if Hatchie makes a trip from her home country “Down Under” back to Brighton soon.

 

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Jesse Jo in her tropical paradise ~ tour bus ♠️💭🦓

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After being treated with songs such as QOTSA’s The Way You Used To Do and Gorillaz’s Feel Good Inc, The Vaccines entered the stage, ready to keep the indie party going on all night long. It was love at first sight. For both the band and the audience and so Your Love Is My Favourite Band was the perfectly fitting opener. With Teenage Icon and I Always Knew, not only the tempo increased but also the temperature. We weren’t even three songs in or the first mosh pit was formed and the beer flew everywhere where it wasn’t supposed to. Time to slow it down with Wetsuit, which hasn’t clearly lost any of its charm since its 2011 release. However, no time to rest or grab a new beer afterward. With Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra), Out on the Street, Post Break-Up Sex and Nørgaard, Brighton Dome was set on fire.

While the first part of the set was a The Vaccines jukebox filled with their hits, the second part was a mixture of both well-known, sing-a-long songs and more unknown but still very catchy ones. The pace decreased with songs such as Young American, Take It Easy and Rolling Stones but the heat rose again during All My Friends Are Falling in Love, Handsome and If You Wanna. Their hit I Can’t Quit was the ideal closure. It showed us what we have had the last hour, a pure Indie rock party with the greatest The Vaccines songs and was also a sign of what was more to come. More!

 

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The Vaccines the other night ✨

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“Three more songs. Three more songs”. It was clear that the audience couldn’t quit the gig yet and they weren’t the only ones. With a very big smile on their faces, The Vaccines returned back to stage for one final push. While No Hope felt like a warm-up of the encore, the pumping beats of Nightclub turned the venue into a sweaty, hot and rock ‘n roll disco. All In White might seem like a very unexpected closure but it was the perfect ending of an enjoyable evening!

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LIVE: Miles Kane @ O2 Academy Brixton

WORDS BY LISELOTTE VANOPHEM

In 2007, the music world was introduced to The Rascals, an English Indie rock band from Hoylake, Merseyside. Sadly, two years later the group was no more. However, from something bad always comes something good and in this case, it was lead singer Miles Kane. While working alongside Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, Kane decided to go full force for his own solo career and the rest is history. Two solo albums later, ‘Coup De Grac’” was released earlier this year and would mean the start of a full year of touring. After having try-out gigs in the UK in May and going to Europe in October, Kane returned back to this side of the pond at the end of the November to start his new UK tour in Glasgow. We were with Miles Kane when he played the O2 Academy Brixton in London and we can only say one thing: He certainly knows how to combine retro pop and Indie rock in the best way possible.

Is it the trend these days that there are two support acts or it’s just a coincidence that a lot of bands do that at the same time? Anyway, we get two chances to get warmed-up for Miles Kane. The first one was The Mysterines and their electrifying rock music. There are a lot of upcoming bands who decide to go for a female lead guitarist/singer being backup up by a few males bandmembers. The Mysterines are no different when it comes to that but they are unique in their own way. Because of Lia Metcalfe ’s vocals filled with rawness and rock ‘n roll, the band is often compared with the Patti Smith and The Breeders and it’s a well-deserved comparison. During the entire set, they bring rock and indie music from an incredibly high level. While the O2 Academy Brixton was relatively empty, the audience came closer to see what this great music was all about and when The Mysterines’ debut single ‘Hormone’ was unleashed, the audience really sucked up the rock ‘n roll vibe and was getting ready for a steamy night. The first hands went into the air and the first lyrics were sung alone

Something that would happen more and more during the second act of the night, Cabbage. It became clear from the start that a lot more Cabbage fans turned up than expected. The five-piece band from Mossley in Tameside started off with a bang(er) ‘Uber Capitalist Death Trade’. Full speed rock with a capital R. The high tempo songs will the key throughout the entire set. While lead singer  Lee Broadbent asks to the change the volume of his microphone, the sound was great and so was the evening so far. It became even better when Cabbage closed their set with ‘Necroflat In The Palace’, the most catchy rock song that would stick into your head for the rest of the night.

Then, the O2 Academy Brixton was immensely heated-up for the main act of the evening. Just like during the previous Miles Kane gigs of this year, he chose for a silver background on which “Coup De Grace” was written as well as a disco ball coming down from the ceiling. The ‘90’s vibe was already literally in the air and when Kane entered the stage, it was complete. Dressed in a purple outfit and colourful makeup, we certainly knew that Kane grew a lot throughout his career. Growing and still very experimental. It’s was no surprise that he opened the set with ‘Silverscreen’, as a reference to his stage background. While this was a relatively quiet song to start the evening with, the tempo went through the rough from ‘Inhaler’ to ‘Too Little Too Late’. The first beer flew through the air, something that will keep going during the entire night. The classic rough indie rock songs such as ‘Cry On My Guitar’ and ‘Better Than That’ were combined with more pop-y and slower songs such as ‘Loaded’ and ‘Killing The Joke’. A few elements that were found throughout all the songs were the flair, gracefulness and rock ‘n roll Kane enchanted the audience with. Things went even more experimental and psychedelic when the first notes of ‘LA Five Four (309)’ filled the O2 Academy Brixton.

 

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@mileskane doing his thing in Brixton last night

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We were halfway in the set when Kane and his band decided to decrease the tempo with songs such as ‘Rearrange’, ‘Wrong Side of Life’ and ‘Colour of the Trap’ but was still capable to obtain the high the standard we’re used to seeing and hearing from him. He even showed us his inner Donna Summer with her “Hot Stuff”. The venue already became hot stuff but the temperature raises again immensely during the ‘Coup De Grace’ and ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’, the last two songs of his regular set. ‘Coup De, Coup’ and ‘La la la, la la la la la la. Don’t forget who you are’ was shouted along even long after the band left the stage. Not able to resist the audience, Kane came back smiling from ear to ear for two more songs. While with ‘Shavambacu’, Kane showed again his pop-y and eccentric side, ‘Come Closer’ was the perfect closer of the evening. As fast as a speed train, as catchy as any earworm and backed-up by an audience who clearly wanted to sing along for one more time. They even wanted some more encore numbers but sadly they didn’t come.

However, the audience who were able to buy a ticket for this gig got incredible value for their money.  The two support bands were bands to keep an eye on as they brought rock ‘n roll and indie music just like you would expect and Miles Kane delivered an outstanding set. One in which he combined retro pop and indie rock in the best way possible.

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