Q: What do Minor Victories, Syntax and the Bloom Twins have in common?
A: I didn’t go to see them in concert, but I came away glad that I had.
Supporting Placebo at Nottingham Motorpoint Arena recently (see Return of the Black Pencil Liner part 2) were Minor Victories, a band that Wikipedia calls ‘a British alternative rock supergroup’, which I guess they are in the sense that they’re made up of parts of other bands. Consisting of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Editors’ Justin Lockey, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite plus James Lockey of Hand Held Cine Club providing visuals (more here).
I’d never heard of them before the Placebo gig, which is one thing that they have in common with Syntax and The Bloom Twins; the other is that when I left the gig, I immediately went out out to find more about them. I don’t like to miss support bands, generally. Yes, regular readers will point out that I wilfully skipped The Cure’s support recently, but I did at least check them out on YouTube first (to see whether I would like them (I didn’t)) and instead I spent the time most profitably (eating).
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It goes like this.
June 6th, 1996. Two talented but directionless musical chancers from Manchester form a band. They call themselves ‘Baby Bloke’ and although they never play live, they produce the underground masterpiece “You’re Gormless”. The pressures of possible stardom and the glare of the media spotlight (possibly the headlights from the 192 bus) cause the band to implode. One member decides to quit to pursue a solo career, the other due to the band’s lack of musical direction. Baby Bloke call it a day on June 7th, 1996.
Having sampled the life of an international rock star, the former members of Baby Bloke discovered they couldn’t adjust to everyday life and formed a new band. ‘Gazebo’ blended the best parts of David Bowie and the Kippax Street Stand and in their brief time in the spotlight (June 8th-June 9th 1996) they produced the underground masterpiece “Lardy Boy”. The pressures of possible worldwide touring and the health strains incurred by the rock and roll lifestyle (possibly a badly adjusted keyboard rest) caused the band to implode. One member was sacked for poor timekeeping (by himself) and the other left due to a lack of sense of direction. And with that, Gazebo were no more.
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