Here's a quick report on our two February shows:
IVW: Gunther Prague, Courtesy Group, Fun Sponge
This was our second year promoting Independent Venue Week at The Tin, and again we were really pleased by the number of people that took the trouble to turn out and support a venue which survives as a charity, and hear new music which isn't always that immediate or accessible. We've had The Courtesy Group on our list for a trip over to Coventry for a couple of years, and we were not disappointed. "In the Rock, on the rock" was particularly powerful, and we are very much hoping that it is on their forthcoming album. We will be having TCG back when the album is released over the summer.
We're not going to waste any more time writing about Gunther Prague here - if you're reading this you will have long made up your mind about them. Similarly you all know already how highly we rate Fun Sponge. We particularly enjoyed TCG's description of them as "like a deranged Buddy Holly".
Piano Wire, Tenebrous Liar, Horseflies
Last March. the Creature Lab gang went to watch this same bill as punters on their night off, and it was pretty much our favourite show of the year. Since then we've worked with Tenebrous Liar on a few things including a very special show at the CET building last year. When we found out that the three bands were playing some gig together again, we offered to host the show this time around.
This was just as much fun second time round - particularly Piano Wire's new new three-piece lineup and set of grinding "Jesus Lizard meets Shellac meets Birthday Party" songs.