Wednesday 7th May 2014 – American Hi-Fi w / The Hype Theory and Sykes at The 100 Club, London

American Hi-Fi were one of my personal favourite bands in the early 2000's (and beyond). Despite a couple of reasonable sized hits in the US and some key appearances on soundtracks of films that were cult classics on either side of the Atlantic, the band didn't have the same recognition that some of their peers … Continue reading Wednesday 7th May 2014 – American Hi-Fi w / The Hype Theory and Sykes at The 100 Club, London

Tuesday 15th May 2012 – Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly w/ at The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

I've seen Sam Duckworth live a number of times over the years, I really should compile a complete list. Many of those shows have stood apart from the early Get Cape set up of Sam, Mikey (cornet) and Andy (drums). Other than playing solo acoustic, or with the laptop, this tour and album campaign was … Continue reading Tuesday 15th May 2012 – Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly w/ at The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

Tuesday 31st May 2011 – Slam Dunk By The Sea (Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, Anti-Flag, Set Your Goals) at Southampton Guildhall

As the Slam Dunk brand continued to grow from the late 2000's to the early 2010's, the organisers behind the festival trialed having regional fringe shows around the weekend of the main event. In 2011, one of these dates took place in Southampton. Meanwhile, Stateside, my friend (and the drummer of our former band) George, … Continue reading Tuesday 31st May 2011 – Slam Dunk By The Sea (Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, Anti-Flag, Set Your Goals) at Southampton Guildhall

Thursday 13th May 2010 – Third Eye Blind w/ The Upwelling at O2 Empire, Shepherd’s Bush

Third Eye Blind are another for the category of bands I'd long given up hope of ever getting to see live by the late 2000's. My introduction to them, as I expect is true for many on this side of the Atlantic, was the American Pie soundtrack. I'm not ashamed to say that for a … Continue reading Thursday 13th May 2010 – Third Eye Blind w/ The Upwelling at O2 Empire, Shepherd’s Bush

Wednesday 12th May 2010 – Kids In Glass Houses w/ General Fiasco at The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

It's crazy to me that within two years of this show I would be working with Kids In Glass Houses on bringing their debut album Smart Casual to vinyl via Saint November Records. As life rolls on and two years passes in the blink of an eye, the time period between those two events definitely … Continue reading Wednesday 12th May 2010 – Kids In Glass Houses w/ General Fiasco at The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

Wednesday 23rd May 2007 – Head Automatica at University of Southampton Student Union

Head Automatica are one of a handful of bands that went on to become personal favourites of mine after first hearing them on a mixtape swap with my friend Vicky in 2005 (other notable names from this CD included Motion City Soundtrack and Death Cab For Cutie). I liked the song she included, Beating Heart … Continue reading Wednesday 23rd May 2007 – Head Automatica at University of Southampton Student Union

Saturday 6th May 2006 – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes w/ Capdown and The Sainte Catherines at The Astoria, London

Back in the early days of accessing music via the internet, various punk rock cover versions of classic songs would surface on Napster, AudioGalaxy, etc.. listed as being by reputable names from the punk rock genre. I think 4 out of 5 were incorrectly credited. The vast majority were actually by a punk rock supergroup … Continue reading Saturday 6th May 2006 – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes w/ Capdown and The Sainte Catherines at The Astoria, London

Friday 5th May 2006 – Goldfinger w/ Beat Union and Not Advised at Portsmouth Pyramids Centre

After the divisive gig that began this week in 2006, this was something of a palate cleanser. Like The Ataris, Goldfinger had played Give It A Name at Earls Court the weekend before. A few of my friends went the day they played. When frontman John Feldman did his occasional party trick of trashing a … Continue reading Friday 5th May 2006 – Goldfinger w/ Beat Union and Not Advised at Portsmouth Pyramids Centre

Monday 1st May 2006 – The Ataris w/ Keith at Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

I'll be honest. There's some of these gigs I'm writing about that I can remember next to nothing of. Others I'll still remember clear as day another twenty years from now. This is one of those. There are a multitude of reasons that certain shows stand out more than others. It could be because of … Continue reading Monday 1st May 2006 – The Ataris w/ Keith at Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Saturday 22nd May 2004 – Less Than Jake w/ Capdown and The A.K.A’s at Plymouth Pavilions

Almost a year to the day of our first Less Than Jake show, my friends and I were travelling away from home to see the band again. For this year's trip Phil's Mum, Juanita and her partner kindly drove Jim, Phil and I to Plymouth. Ed, Greg and I believe Richard Wells (more on him … Continue reading Saturday 22nd May 2004 – Less Than Jake w/ Capdown and The A.K.A’s at Plymouth Pavilions

Sunday 18th May 2003 – Less Than Jake w/ The Pietasters, Teen Idols and Allister at The Great Hall, Cardiff

Not only was this my first Less Than Jake show, it was pretty much first ever gig (if you don't count the live stage at a local skate fest the year before and a 'concert' which, coincidentally was also in Cardiff). And what a line up to kick things off! Ed had downloaded a handful … Continue reading Sunday 18th May 2003 – Less Than Jake w/ The Pietasters, Teen Idols and Allister at The Great Hall, Cardiff