Less Than Jake at 30 – Honourable Mention: The Bruce Lee Band

I’m including this album in my revisit of the Less Than Jake catalogue because three members of the band played on this record. The Bruce Lee Band (sometimes stylised as The B. Lee Band for obvious copyright reasons) is one of Asian Man Records' founder Mike Park's many projects. The band is still active today, albeit with a … Continue reading Less Than Jake at 30 – Honourable Mention: The Bruce Lee Band

Tuesday 28th March 2017 – Feeder w/ Moses at O2 Guildhall, Southampton

Taking place just under six months since the last time I saw Feeder, this show at the Guildhall was part of the second leg of a UK tour in support of the band's ninth studio album All Bright Electric. That they could play a fair sized venue such as this AND Portsmouth Pyramids, which is … Continue reading Tuesday 28th March 2017 – Feeder w/ Moses at O2 Guildhall, Southampton

Monday 6th March 2017 – Sum 41 w/ Hollerado, O2 Guildhall, Southampton

This was my second time to date seeing Sum 41, the first was a decade earlier in 2007, that itself being a long while after they entered the UK charts at number 8 with their single Fat Lip in October 2001. In the ten years that had passed since the show in 2007, the band … Continue reading Monday 6th March 2017 – Sum 41 w/ Hollerado, O2 Guildhall, Southampton

Saturday 5th March 2011 – Reel Big Fish w/ The Skints at University of Southampton, Student Union

My memories of this gig are as much about the day as the show itself. Ed and I had long lost touch with our friend from school Darren, known to most as Smiler. We’d seen him a year earlier when we played with Canada Water in Cardiff, where Darren was at University and I guess … Continue reading Saturday 5th March 2011 – Reel Big Fish w/ The Skints at University of Southampton, Student Union

Sunday 6th February 2011 – The Kerrang! Relentless Tour (Good Charlotte, Four Year Strong, Framing Hanley, The Wonder Years)

In 20 years I’ve seen plenty of corporate sponsors come and go. Around the turn of the last decade energy drinks had cosied up to live music. At Poole Percussion where our band practiced there was a fridge full of Rockstar. I tried one once and had a horrific comedown (I don’t drink tea or … Continue reading Sunday 6th February 2011 – The Kerrang! Relentless Tour (Good Charlotte, Four Year Strong, Framing Hanley, The Wonder Years)

Friday 4th February 2011 – The Hold Steady w / Wintersleep at University of Southampton Student Union

In mid 2010 I developed some health issues, possibly stress induced. This, in turn, caused me to suffer from anxiety and depression that lasted throughout the rest of the year. As anyone who has been through anything like this will know, it’s a vicious cycle. I include this here for context because I think this … Continue reading Friday 4th February 2011 – The Hold Steady w / Wintersleep at University of Southampton Student Union

Monday 9th March 2009 – Polar Bear Club at The Joiners, Southampton

The other morning I woke up with an idea for a podcast. The title would be ‘I’ve Never Seen..’ or something along those lines. For each episode someone would talk about a major pop culture property that they’ve just totally managed to skip. My list is endless, Game Of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad.. you name … Continue reading Monday 9th March 2009 – Polar Bear Club at The Joiners, Southampton

Wednesday 7th February 2007 – Bowling For Soup w/ Son of Dork, Wheatus and Army of Freshmen at Southampton Guildhall

This tour was the first under Bowling For Soup’s ‘Get Happy Tour’ banner, named after a song from their best album A Hangover You Don’t Deserve. Usually I would attempt to be respectful to others and say “my personal favourite”, but this is a hill I’m willing to die on and I say it in … Continue reading Wednesday 7th February 2007 – Bowling For Soup w/ Son of Dork, Wheatus and Army of Freshmen at Southampton Guildhall

Thursday 18th January 2007 – Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly w/ Walter Schreifels at University of Southampton Student Union

This show was my second time seeing Get Cape. I’d been introduced to his music about three months earlier when we bought last minute tickets outside the venue for his show at Bridport Arts Centre (why we were in Bridport on a chilly October night is probably a story for another time). I wasn’t really … Continue reading Thursday 18th January 2007 – Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly w/ Walter Schreifels at University of Southampton Student Union

Wednesday 26th January 2005 – New Found Glory w/ Fastlane and The Fight at Southampton Guildhall

New Found Glory are another band I’ve seen countless times over the years. Most recently I saw them without even realising it as I bought some Churros at Slam Dunk Festival, before figuring out it was NFG on the stage behind me playing a cover of The Power Of Love (Huey, not Frankie). But this … Continue reading Wednesday 26th January 2005 – New Found Glory w/ Fastlane and The Fight at Southampton Guildhall