Switzerland, Bronze Medals, Tiger Tiger Panther Fox!, Call Me Ishmael @ Big Blue, Derby 27/3/10

On Saturday, I went to see Switzerland’s last gig, upstairs at Big Blue Cafe in Derby. It was fucking rammed and you practically had to have sex with people just to get in and out of the room.

Call Me Ishmael

I got there just in time for the last few songs of Call Me Ishmael‘s set and I was impressed with what I heard. Passionate, melodic and very twiddly, it’s the first time I’ve seen them but definitely not the last. Ones to watch in every way.

Tiger, Tiger, Panther, Fox!

Next on were Tiger Tiger Panther Fox! who I already love from seeing them at The Royal recently. If anything, they played even better. Front bloke Stuart has such intensity, such ferocity. He’s more punk than most punk or hardcore singers I’ve seen in that he actually feels it, he’s not just putting an act on. Add to that that the rest of the band have absolutely zero slack, are punching the audience in the face with riffs and you have the reason why I was grinning through the whole gig.

Bronze Medals

Bronze Medals are another band I’ve not seen before and I was also blown away by them. It’s the classic thing of a three-piece who sound like a four-piece in that lead singer/twiddly guitar guy is astonishingly, effortlessly good. And I love the fact that when his crazy hand is racing up and down the guitar, he’s having fun. It’s not a chore or wankery for the sake of it, he’s in the song. Plus, he’s got a great singing voice, the little bleeder! Love ’em.


Last on, of course, were Switzerland who were beset by not-minor tech hitches at the start of the set. Like some bugger pulling out the plug for the PA! Argh! But once the vocals were up, they got the now life-threateningly-full room rocking. It’s a shame it was their last gig as, looking round, I could see genuine love on the faces of the kids there to watch their swan song. I’m also gutted I couldn’t stay for the whole gig due to other weird shit going down – I won’t get to see them again! But who knows, I doubt people this talented will just chuck music for ever, eh? Soo, RIP Switzerland but let’s see what’s next.

What a fun night! Three quid for four magnificent bands. I love Derby! 🙂

Bzangy Groink Playlist 24/3/10

Another busy Bzangy and hence loads more requests. This time for Tarkan, Saves The Day (yaaay!), Cap’n Jazz and Andrew Gold (double yaay!). Now, that’s what I call discerning music taste!


The best new tune tonight is one that I’ve had in the car on repeat for the last couple of weeks. In ‘Drugstore Diet’, Anarbor have given me my poppunk anthem for this summer. It ticks all the boxes for me: it’s hugely catchy and singalong, the lyrics are lovely and thoughtful and it makes me want to dance. God, if this came on when I was out, I think I’d go mental! Their debut album is released on the 20th April and I reckon if you’ve ever sung along to any Fallout Boy, CIWWAF, Saves The Day, Promise Ring or TBS, you’ll most probably sing along to this album too. POP!

Trembling Blue Stars

Tonight’s best old track was a different TBS; Trembling Blue Stars‘ ‘Abba On The Jukebox.’ I was lucky enough to meet some Bobby and Beth TBS recently at London Popfest and wanted to hug them both for hours. Fortunately for them, I resisted. The mood I felt in at the end of Bzangy was hopeful yet melancholic, nostalgic without being maudlin. This song fits that mood perfectly. Can I suggest that you make a little room in your life for TBS’ wonder?

This is what youse guys hoird:

An Horse – Camp Out
Basta Feat Yoosa & Juicy P – Gangsta
Simon & Garfunkel – Richard Cory
HASYMO – Rescue (Aoki Takamasa Remix)
Red Sparowes – A Hail Of Bombs
Tarkan – Kiss Kiss
And So I Watch You From Afar – S Is For Salamander
Ben & Lex – Soundboy Step-Up
Broken Bells – The Ghost Inside
Then Falls Caesar – Man On the Moon
Styles P And DJ Green Lantern – Time Will Tell Ft. Raekwon
Holy Roman Empire – Action Figures
Emalkay – Battle Suit
Kidz In The Hall – Jukebox
From First to Last – Chyeaa
Los Campesinos! – Straight In At 101
Dropped Beats – Keep Away
Pelican – Ephemeral
Planet Asia & Goldchain Military – At The End Of The Day
The Candle Thieves – We’re All Gonna Die (Have Fun)
Fang Island – Daisy
Eight Legs – Best of Me
Jaga Jazzist – One-Armed Bandit
DOOM – Gazzillion Ear
Architects – Early Grave
Warrior One – King Riddim feat. Lady Chann
Frightened Rabbit – Nothing Like You
Zardonic – Inherit
Diversion Tactics – Return Of The Ladies Man
Japandroids – Wet Hair
DEFRAG – the stones
Anarbor – Drugstore Diet
Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy
Akira Kiteshi – Boom N Pow
last dinosaurs – Honolulu
K’naan – T.I.A.
His Statue Falls – Sooner If You Let Me
Young Vicious – this is how we grind
Errors – Beards
Saves the Day – Certain Tragedy
Swanton Bombs – Who’s Asking?
Memphis Bleek – is that your chick?
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Good Neighbor
Soul Intent – For The Headz
So So Modern – The Worst Is Yet To Come
The Young Punx – Ready for the Fight
Of Mice & Men – Second & Sebring
Chris T-T – Stop Listening
k-os – I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman
Promise Ring – Jersey Shore
Riddle of Steel – Baby Bird
Goldheart Assembly – Hope Hung High
KOAN Sound – Garden Of Buddha
Duke – Take Advice ft.Ceekay, Shaymin
The Vasco Era – For No One
Cap’n Jazz – Yes, I’m Talking to You
O.M.D. – Messages
Tunng – Hustle (Radio Edit)
Calling All Cars – Animal
The Forms – Red Gun
Wilco – Wilco (The Song)
Trembling Blue Stars – ABBA on the jukebox