Posts Tagged ‘Gallows’

GET DIRTY: IN THE CROWD

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Get Dirty London has drawn to a close, and if you haven’t checked out the live tracks, photos and reviews of all the nights then they’re available HERE. Once you’ve seen all that there’s still one more important perspective we’d like to represent, the crowd. The whole crowd at each of the shows were given a Get Dirty Disposable Camera, none of that digital business we’re talking old school film here so the shots have that rich, saturated look everyone tries to recreate on their phones. We’ve collected some of the best shots here from all three nights in a gallery for your viewing pleasure.

We also gave cameras out to some of the websites, magazines and blogs that came down. Hip hop mainstays Potholes In My Blog came down to the MF Doom night, click the link below for an in depth review and some of their disposable camera handy-work:

Francesca from andsoshethinks came down to The Cribs night, her review and pictures can be found at the link below:

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GET DIRTY: GALLOWS, CARNIVAL KIDS, HOAX REVIEW

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013


Right from the start it was clear the final night of Get Dirty London would be taking no prisoners. Hoax are about as fresh as you can get having only existed for less than a year, but their performance was up there with bands with a lot more years on the clock. Their latest single, ‘Bitter Angry Fake’ packed an almighty punch and set the stage perfectly for the rest of the night.

Addressing the now heaving mass of sweaty revellers, Carnival Kids knew they had to give it everything they had. The Anglo-Norwegian four-piece are also new to the scene but you wouldn’t know it. Their debut single ‘Fear Of Nothing’ sounded exactly like you might expect a track with that name to sound, a concise three minutes of high intensity guitars and raw punk energy. With the band already drawing comparisons to At The Drive In and Biffy Clyro, 2013 could well be their year.


Get Dirty was always going to be a special night for Gallows, it’s been a while since they played the UK and this was their first show without recently departed guitarist Steph Carter. Their packed international schedule has also kept them from intimate spaces like The 100 Club for some time. Add these things together with a baying pack of rowdy fans and you’ve got the formula for something truly explosive. And explode they did, the whole club erupted as soon as they hit the stage and the next 45 minutes were a textbook lesson in how a punk rock show should look, sound and feel. Flying arms, legs, guitars and who knows what else collided in a cloud of sweat and madness. Without neglecting the classics, they veered musically towards newer material with ‘Cross Of Lorraine’ marking a particularly intense moment.

That concludes Get Dirty, London thanks to the packed-out crowds and all the bands for making it an amazing, intense celebration of the best music from three very different worlds.

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GET DIRTY: GHOSTFACE KILLAH, DOOM, BISHOP NEHRU REVIEW

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Hip hop royalty descended on the 100 Club on Thursday night with a history lesson served up by two of the godfathers of the underground scene plus a new talent playing his debut show outside NYC.

That newcomer was 16-year-old Bishop Nehru, one of the brightest new stars in a burgeoning new school of East Coast MCs. He had a lot of work to do warming the stage up for such hallowed company, but proved himself more than up to the task. His DJ dropped a succession of solid gold instrumentals including subtle nods to Wu Tang and Doom and he dropped all the highlights from his ‘Nehruvia’ mixtape, which is a good place to start if you want to hear more.


An ever-elusive character, Doom was eagerly anticipated by the crowd and he didn’t disappoint. Taking to the stage with a rendition of ‘Rhymin Slang’ from last year’s JJ Doom collaboration LP the man in the mask was in full effect. Taking the somewhat unusual approach of DJing and rapping at the same time using a laptop he teased the crowd through punchy renditions of everything from obscure classics like ‘People, Places and Things’ through to more recent cuts like ‘Gazzillion Ear’ and ‘Ballskin’.

Energy levels were already high when Ghostface Killah bounced on to the stage but him and surprise partner Sheek Louche from legendary crew The LOX ramped things up to fever pitch. Ghostface classics like ‘The Champ’ rode alongside classic Wu Tang material like ‘Protect Ya Neck’ and ODB’s ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’. He even invited an eager member of the audience on stage to drop the ODB verses making one lucky fan very happy indeed.

With the old and new schools of the East Coast thoroughly represented the second night of Get Dirty, London was a hip hop lovers dream, onwards to Gallows and heavier musical territory.

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GET DIRTY: THE CRIBS, DRENGE, CHINA RATS REVIEW

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Night one of Get Dirty, London set the bar high with three bands from Yorkshire covering three very different styles. A broad slice of the best rock and roll the UK is producing was served up across three action packed hours. Kicking things off were Leeds four piece China Rats who channeled vintage riffs and vocal harmonies on raucous crowd pleasers like last year’s ‘Be Like I’. Recently back from SXSW the boys have a packed schedule for the rest of the summer and it’s easy to see why.

Drenge are an all-together different proposition, these two brothers strip things down to just guitar and drums in the style of classic double acts like the White Stripes or newcomers like Deap Valley, who Drenge have supported. A short, sharp shock of dirty and driving riffs followed that sounded at once classic and brand new. It doesn’t veer too much in to psychic territory to feel like these brothers have an intimate stage connection; the drums, guitar and vocals bob and weave together in perfect imperfection. Seek them out, you won’t be disappointed.

Almost ten years has passed since The Cribs last played The 100 Club, something they fondly remembered on stage, before announcing, “Welcome to adulthood” with something of a wry smile. If this is adulthood then it’s the kind anyone can get behind, an exuberant mix of youthful energy and razor sharp lyrics. The set was a treat for old and new fans, with classics like ‘Men’s Needs’ jutting up against recent release ‘Leather Jacket Love Song’. They even opened things up to the crowd at one point, resulting in 2007’s ‘Girls Like Mystery’. They closed with fan favourite ‘City Of Bugs’, sung more by the crowd than the band, and everyone was still singing it as they spilt out in to the warm spring air on Oxford St. Two more nights to come…

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GET DIRTY: HOAX INTERVIEW

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Who or what are your biggest influences?

We listen to absolutely everything. Everything from death metal to bluegrass, country, funk,hip-hop, grime, hardcore, downtempo, sometimes folk..sometimes. Our sound is always developing but we try and tick all our musical influences when writing. Keeps our options open and our creativity buzzing at all times!

Which country or city in the world is your favourite to play in, and why?

We love playing the places we don’t usually get the chance to play but London takes some beating. Its where we are all based, all our friends and family come down, great hangs and parties after the show.

Would you say live music is more vibrant than ever? Or is there a ‘golden era’ in the past you wish you could have been involved in?

I think more bands are realising live performances are increasingly important now due to lack of record sales, which is great to see as your guaranteed a great night. But the early 60s with the rise of funk soul R&B movement would have been magical!

Who’s the hardest working artist/band in the business?

I’d have to say Cancer Bats or While She Sleeps, those dudes tour all year round, and work it hard! So nice to see the old school attitude of just jumping in a van and playing wherever, whenever, however many show they possibly can! Love it.

How important is the visual element of a show, lighting, projections etc? Or should the focus just be the artists on stage?

I think it’s got to be a bit of both. There’s something magical about both sides, just getting up plugging in and going for it creates such a raw vibe but having full production can visually blow your mind as well.

If you could support any band past or present, who would it be…?

James Brown

…and what would you talk about backstage?

I’d just sit quietly and watch. All the time.

Hoax play The 100 Club, London on April 19th with Carnival Kids and Gallows. For full information and updates head to facebook.com/converse

GET DIRTY: BISHOP NEHRU INTERVIEW

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Who or what are your biggest influences?

Nas, MF DOOM, Wu Tang, Black Moon, Eminem, Pharrell. Everyday life also influences me and my music.

Would you say live music is more vibrant than ever? Or is there a ‘golden era’ in the past you wish you could have been involved in?

I definitely wish I could have be involved in the hip-hop golden era and I’m going to try to do everything I can to make the golden era come back at least for a little while.

Who’s the hardest working artist/band in the business?

Me and My team.

How important is the visual element of a show, lighting, projections etc? Or should the focus just be the artists on stage?

Yeah, I don’t think lighting or any of that matters you know, I think the main focus should be on the artist and the music he’s putting out.

If you could support any band past or present, who would it be…?

AZ, he needed a lot of support he didn’t get. The dude’s SO underrated.

…and what would you talk about backstage?

I don’t know but backstage at this show i’ll probably be trying to find DOOM and Ghostface so they can sign some vinyls and take a selfie with me.

Bishop Nehru plays Converse Get Dirty at The 100 Club, London. April 18th. Stay tuned to facebook.com/converse for updates.

GET DIRTY: DRENGE INTERVIEW

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Who or what are your biggest influences?

Tough one. I’ve never modeled myself on any particular musician and we haven’t done that as a band either, we tend to just listen to a load of stuff, which bears no relation to what we play, and it’s hard to figure out how much of a stake it has in the outcome. Covers are the best thing when you’re learning how to play because it gives you a direction and teaches you how songs are put together, and we probably wouldn’t be anywhere now if it wasn’t for Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’.

But when you start getting caught up learning other peoples’ solos and recreating set ups then you start to lose your own identity. I try not to think too much about what’s already been done, even if it is as tremendous as Keane’s songs are. Our music is by no means especially cutting edge, it’s something we just find ourselves doing.

Tell us about the hardest tour you’ve done, any good stories?

I went on a school trip to Denmark when I was 16 playing drums with my school’s jazz and brass bands, and a few of us got drunk one night at a Michael Jackson tribute concert (who wouldn’t?!) Our punishment was losing the chance for all the Year 11s to go out for a kebab with the teachers on the last night. We got a lot of kebab hungry cold shoulders the next few days.

Which country or city in the world is your favourite to play in, and why?

We played a few shows in Dingle in Ireland at the end of last year and I haven’t found anywhere that tops it yet. If there’s anywhere with a nearby dolphin and high concentration of brightly coloured pubs, let me know.

Who’s the hardest working artist/band in the business?

R Stevie Moore has probably put out more music this year than we’ve ever written. He has a huge discography.

If you could support any band past or present, who would it be…?

They’re not a band, if we could support any one, it would be Sheffield FC. They’re the oldest club in the world. Maybe we could play a half time show, whilst they’re handing out the oranges, but I’d be more content in the stands supporting.

…and what would you talk about backstage?

The early 1-2-7 formation. How can you justify having 7 attackers and 1 defender?! Madness. I’d need that explaining. They’ve had a bus named after them too! I wonder if they get free fares.

Drenge play The 100 Club, London on April 17th with The Cribs & China Rats. For full information and tickets go HERE.

GET DIRTY: GHOSTFACE KILLAH INTERVIEW

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Ghostface Killah has been doing the rap thing since way back in the early 90s, blasting to prominence in 1993 as part of the now legendary Wu Tang Clan alongside RZA, GZA, ODB, Method Man and more. All of the Wu Tang went on to become successful colo artists and Ghostface is no exception, ploughing his own unique furrow with highly praised storytelling abilities and that inimitable quick-fire, gravelly flow. Over ten solo LPs, countless mixtapes and collaborations he has cemented his reputation as one of the finest to ever jump on the mic, his work with Doom, as Doomstarks has been amongst his most hotly anticipated and the chance to see the two share a stage is a rare treat for real hip hop fans. Here’s a few words from the man himself:

Who or what are your biggest influences?

I’m influenced by God.

Tell us about the hardest tour you’ve done, any good stories?

The longest tour was Projekt Revolution with Linkin park. At the tour’s end they flew in tattoo artists from the shops they own in Arizona and hooked up the whole tour crew with tattoos.

Which country or city in the world is your favourite to play in, and why?

I love every city I play.

Do you write when you’re on the road, what inspires you?

Writing, going to the gym and praying.

Would you say live music is more vibrant than ever? Or is there a ‘golden era’ in the past you wish you could have been involved in?

I would have liked to be in the 70s era.

Who’s the hardest working artist/band in the business?

I feel like that’s what I do. I keep recording, keep touring and constantly on my grind.

How important is the visual element of a show, lighting, projections etc?

I think the combo of both is important. I have not really done the lights and production I have in my mind. Soon though.

If you could support any band past or present, who would it be…?

I’d like to go out with Linkin Park again. But if we goin back it would have to be with a fly 70s group…

…and what would you talk about backstage?

Gentleman don’t tell tales about what goes down backstage.

Ghostface Killah plays The 100 Club, London on April 17th with Doom. For full information and tickets go HERE.

GET DIRTY: CHINA RATS INTERVIEW

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013






China Rats have come a long way in just two years, from picking up early fans in the form of the BBC’s Huw Stephens and Tom Robinson through to a recent invasion of SXSW. Like headliners of their Get Dirty night, The Cribs they come from Yorkshire, in their case Leeds. They plough a different musical furrow though, channeling classic 50s and 60s guitar-pop sensibilities in a resolutely new way forging irresistible hooks from everyday events. The band has given us an exclusive first look at their new video, above, and below we talk to them about influences, touring and why the golden era for music is right now.

Who or what are your biggest influences?

We take influence from a lot of places but at the moment our music probably reflects influences from the likes of The Ramones, The Stones and The Sonics.

Tell us about the hardest tour you’ve done, any good stories?

Our first tour of the UK was pretty tough. We’re still working so we had to nip back and forth to play shows and then be in work the next morning. We had a show in Glasgow and there was terrible flooding so we couldn’t make it back to Leeds for work in the morning. We had a massive night on the bevs in Glasgow instead and ended up getting back to Leeds a couple of days later, Luke nearly got the sack.

Which country or city in the world is your favourite to play in, and why?

Leeds, because it’s were we formed and where we feel most at home.





Do you write when you’re on the road, what inspires you?

We write as much as we can so often we’re laying down some ideas on the road. Inspiration comes from many places but I guess sometimes someone just comes up with a riff and we all jam along, the words normally comes later!

How do you spend your downtime during a tour?

Drinking as much beer and seeing as many sites as possible. It’s so good to be on the road and see all the cities you’d never get the chance to if you we’re working a normal 9 to 5. Getting on the ale enables you to mingle in the unfamiliar environments and make new friends along the way.

Would you say live music is more vibrant than ever? Or is there a ‘golden era’ in the past you wish you could have been involved in?

I’d say live music is buzzing right now with all this shit regarding illegal downloads there’s no money in records anymore its all about the live show. You can’t really get away with being shit live anymore so I guess we’re in our own golden era. Obviously there are scenes in all the decades that everyone wishes they were involved in, rock and roll in the 60′s was untouchable man.

Who’s the hardest working artist/band in the business?

The Cribs. They’re always touring and they’re shit hot live, their album quality and output is potent, man.

How important is the visual element of a show, lighting, projections?

To a certain extent I guess it can be quite important for artists to set the mood and feel for the crowd. With rock’n'roll it’s all about the energy bouncing off everyone we dont need fancy lights when we’re tearing the roof down.

If you could support any band past or present, who would it be…?

The Rolling Stones

…and what would you talk about backstage?

How do you do it Keith? Teach me!


China Rats play The 100 Club, London on April 17th with The Cribs & Drenge. For full information and tickets go HERE.

GET DIRTY: GALLOWS INTERVIEW

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013






Gallows haven’t let up since storming in to popular consciousness with 2005’s ‘Orchestra Of Wolves’. The title and biting social commentary of the follow up, ‘Grey Britain’ resonated with the mood of the nation in 2009 and cemented the reputation they still hold as one of the dominant forces in hardcore music.

A line up change in 2011 where Alexisonfire’s Wade MacNeil replaced singer Frank Carter heralded the start of their current era, most recently documented on last year’s ‘Gallows’ LP. The critically acclaimed album was released on their own Venn Records, giving the band complete creative control. Expect madness and mayhem to ensue when they hit The 100 Club on April 19th. In advance of that date we talked to Lags from the band:

Who or what are your biggest influences?

We’re hugely influenced by the occult, sex and self-destruction. Anything that combines all three is even better. You can kinda tell that by our artwork and lyrics. The world is a dark, dark place and Gallows is a musical representation of how f**ked everything is. Basically anything that challenges the mainstream is a huge influence on myself and the band as a whole

Tell us about the hardest tour you’ve done, any good stories?

Tours aren’t really hard. It’s how you behave on the tour that makes it a struggle. We tend to make the most of being on the road as no one wants to be in a new country and locked up in a hotel room so they can ‘rest’ before a show. The last European tour we did we decided to not even book hotels and tour the way we used to. In a van, sleeping on floors, if crazy shit goes down on then go with it. We’re a band that doesn’t understand the term no and situations get out of hand very quickly. A few hangovers later and we’re still here throwing down hard on stage. It’s hard but it’s an adventure. We might not be here tomorrow so live for today.

How do you spend your downtime during a tour?

My downtime is based around music. If I’m not on tour with Gallows I’m playing metal with Krokadil, experimental indie pop with Moones or DJing/remixing with Rough Diamonds. On top of that myself, Stu and Wade run a record label called Venn Records. We released the latest Gallows album through this new venture and Venn HQ just so happens to be my house. Music is my life on and off the road. It keeps me busy, happy and most importantly sane.

If you could support any band past or present, who would it be…?

Not sure Gallows would be suited to the bill but if I had the chance to play with Pink Floyd that would be a great experience. They’re my go to band when stuck for something to listen to on the road.

…and what would you talk about backstage?

Talk??? I’d be to scared to ask them anything.

Gallows play The 100 Club, London on April 19th with Carnival Kids and Hoax. For full information and tickets go HERE.