This will be The Fallen Leaves 8th headline show at The Westgarth Club that I have promoted (plus 2 support shows, one at The Westgarth, one at The Georgian. Also a headline show in Newcastle to boot as well ) .
Why so many shows?
Well quite simply they are one of the best live acts around who simply excel especially at what has now become the band’s second home.
The band believe in keeping things simple both live and in the studio. They have released 4 albums plus a compilation album of selected tracks from the recorded output. They have also just released a live album recorded at the legendary Hope & Anchor in London entitled Maximum Minimum and (if there’s any left) it will be available to but at he show on Saturday.
You should know the manifesto by now but just in case:
“Simple Songs For Complex People. Punk Rock For Gentlemen. No Jeans. No t-shirts. No Cover-Versions. The Fallen Leaves believe in the DIY Punk ethos. Song, Sound and Performance are all. Recordings are live, minimal overdubs. As the self proclaimed champions of the glorious underachievers The Fallen Leaves ask you to remember … Simple and easy are not the same thing. “
What do they sound like?
A cross between The Who and The Ramones might just cover it.
Tickets are £7 in advance plus any booking fees or it’s £9 on the door,
Tickets are available from the Westgarth Club itself (check for opening hours. Online from SEE Tickets. In person from Sound It Out Records in Stockton.In person from the box office of Middlesbrough Town Hall and on line via their web site here
Original support act The Moron-O-Phonics have had to withdraw as their guitarist is stranded in America. King Mojo were added to the bill but had to pull out for “personal reasons”.
Thee Strawberry Mynde have stepped up and will be the main support. At the time of writing it’s not been possible to find a second suitable band to open up. We’re still trying but it’s likely now at this late date it will just be the one support act.
Latest confirmed show features Allan Crockford’s other band The Galileo 7. Allan is of course a current member of Graham Day & The Forefathers and has previously been in a who’s who of the so called Medway scene having been in The Prisoners, The Prime Movers, The Solarflares and played along side James Taylor and Billy Childish. Quite some pedigree.
This show is a joint promotion with Good Hip who regularly feature up and coming young bands at their excellent “Get Hip” nights at the Music Lounge in Stockton. Well worth checking out.
Tickets are on sale now for the show which takes place at The Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough on Saturday 8th April with support from Thee Strawberry Mynde.
Theatre of Hate have now been confirmed and announced for a show at The Cluny in Newcastle on Wednesday 2nd November. The band will be touring to promote the first new album in over 30 years entitled “Kinshi”
Sound Reaction will be opening the show and possibly a third act to be added to the line up.
Support on the Pete Wylie show are a band from Scotland called The Filthy Tongues. Been trying to arrange a show for them since January. Took some getting sorted but they’re going to be here as support to Pete instead of the planned head line show but that one will happen next year now.
Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson and Derek Kelly were the core-members of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie, a stunning live band with Metcalfe resembling the MC of a debauched, vaguely gothic cabaret, which effortlessly churned out pop classics, sinister dark Blues and full-blown stadium-fitting anthems.
The core trio, along with the Mackenzies’ keyboardist and backing singer, Shirley Manson, evolved into Angelfish, ably aided and abetted by Talking Heads and Blondie manager Gary Kurfirst, and quickly established a hardcore following as the band appeared in both the UK national and US College charts. They recorded a well-received album in Connecticut with Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth from the Talking Heads, and the video for the single Suffocate Me caught the attention of producer and musician, Steve Marker, who was actively sourcing possible lead singers for a new project he was working on with fellow musician/producers Butch Vig and Duke Erikson. The project was Garbage. Manson was lured from Angelfish to front the nascent Garbage and the rest, as they say, is history.
2016 and The Filthy Tongues are once more back to the original, ever-dependable trio, but working a revolving-door policy featuring various musical and literate contributors and collaborators. The new eight-track album finds The Filthy Tongues in familiar territory – highly literary musings on their hometown of Edinburgh, but also evocative of such celebrated US Deep South scribblers as William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor, possibly why Nick Cave and The Bad Seed’s classic Delta-Blues First Born is Dead album comes to mind. But it’s definitely an ‘Edinburgh’ album, a journey through the dark, damp closes and stairwells of the Old Town and all that goes with it. It’s claustrophobic, and menacing with nary a glisten of sunlight, but it’s all the more compelling and captivating for that.
Martin offers this ‘The LP is pleasingly grotty and more than a bit gothic. All based around a dark neo-feudal Edinburgh’.
I was gutted (in more ways than one!) when we had to reschedule the show that was due to take place in Newcastle last year. Now though delighted that we’ve managed to find a suitable date and can announce The Dustaphonics are playing at The Westgarth Club in Middlesbrough on Saturday November 26th.
The Dustaphonics are quite simply one of the finest live acts you’ll ever see!