TWO VERY SPECIAL SHOWS…

So….we’ve been busy beavering away in the background…and we’re finally surfacing for air…

We promised an announcement, and happily, like the proverbial bus, we have two pieces of good news for you (unless you don’t like us then it’s two pieces of bad news…)

ANNOUNCEMENT #1 – We will be playing an acoustic set at Pie & Vinyl on Sat 30th November. It’s an honour to play at our HQ/home/mothership again as it’s the official launch of their new, improved (and much bigger) premises. If you’ve not been in there yet then put this date in your diary as it will be splendid. I recommend the Matador pie. Tasty. It’s also the day after Black Friday which means lots of limited edition record releases etc…may still be there for your perusal.

You can read all about it here:

http://www.pieandvinyl.co.uk/events/pievinyl-launch-party-next-saturday-come-and-see-the-your-new-pie-and-record-store/

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ANNOUNCEMENT #2 – We will be hosting our annual Christmas Party at The Wedgewood Rooms on Wed 18th December with an absolutely stellar line up….this year we are ridiculously proud to present to you….

TBOTB XMAS POSTER EDIT Final

A CREEPY CHRISTMAS starring…

RALFE BAND

If anyone caught their P&V instore earlier this year you know what a treat you’re in for. Having just toured with The Young Knives and performed at a host of festivals (I caught their set at End of the Road and it was something to marvel at…) – the  band have released four mighty fine albums of vivid, English madness. When not busy crafting folk-pop nuggets, front man Oli has soundtracked the Mighty Boosh affiliated film (the series in which he has also starred) ‘Bunny and the Bull’ as well as winning awards for his film-making.

MARY EPWORTH

We can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to have Mary come and play. Her debut album ‘Dream Life’ on the ace Hand of Glory label was a highlight of last year containing the 6Music-conquering single ‘Black Doe’ (an absolute stone cold classic in my eyes…). Blending dark-pysch-pop with bewitching fuzz-folk, her presence on the main stages of festivals like Hop Farm, Standon Calling and Bestival show she is a live force not to be missed.

JOE BLACK

This man should need no introduction. A legend of cabaret-noir, his songs of black humour and spine-tingling brilliance will have you begging for more. You’ll either be in hysterics or concerned for your safety but you certainly won’t forget it. Performing at such disparate events as the Kerrang Awards, the Torture Garden Nighclub and playing alongside Duke Special and…er…Toyah Wilcox(!), Joe’s chameleon-esque charm means that your xmas will be slightly more indecent this year. And that’s always a good thing right?

…and of course ourselves THE B OF THE BANG….we’ll be debuting lots of new material earmarked for album three and attempting to remember how many people we have in the band…

There will also be xmas ‘cheer’ (for ‘cheer’ read: ‘cantankerousness’..) a’plenty with mince pies, films, music, stalls and much more. We’re feeling the creepy, Victorian Xmas vibe in the air this year so dressing up is heartily encouraged…who knows, it might even win you a special prize or two…

All the details are here – http://www.facebook.com/events/479932588788715/

And as a cheeky, wee bonus (as you’ve been so good this year…) here’s a free download of that merriest of xmas tunes for you all:

We really hope to see you at this one…it’s going to be a special evening…merry what-have-you!!

TBOTB

xxxxxx

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Gigs of the Year 2012 (and a new song for y’all…)

Another list coming at’cha…..drum roll please…….

 

1) Wild Beasts – ATP Camber Sands

 

An incredible performance. The album ‘Smother’ in full, plus a few other choice cuts. I was on my stag do. Very tipsy. Questionably dressed. Best man/TBOTB geetarist David claimed it was ‘the best gig he’d ever seen’. I’m tempted to agree.

 

2) Eric Pulido & Friends – The Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell

 

A secret gig in a tiny London pub that featured Jason Lytle of Grandaddy (covering Neil Young, no less…), John Grant, half of Midlake and Ed Harcourt. Probably only about 50 people there and felt like watching some mates play in a living room. Some mates though…

 

3) Olafur Arnalds/Nils Frahm/Winged Victory For The Sullen – Hackney Empire

 

A beautiful evening in a beautiful venue. WVFTS were incredible. I’ve seen Olafur a few times now and he’s always an utter joy to watch and Nils (down to 9 working fingers…) had the entire place spellbound. Also they were all very amusing between songs. Which was nice.

 

4) Sigur Ros – Laugardalshöll Arena, Iceland Airwaves

 

Every show at Airwaves this year could probably go on the list but this really was special. An absolutely amazing performance with visuals to match. Even after the hour-long drone that preceded them which seemed to annoy a few peeps (I quite enjoyed it….)

 

5) Asgeir Trausti – KEX Hostel, Iceland Airwaves

 

I knew nothing about this lad before we went to see him so he’s discovery of the year for me. The excellent taste of my ladyfriend guided us his way as he’d been called the ‘Icelandic Bon Iver’. There were certainly similarities but also touches of Jeff Buckley and some lovely instrumentation. I predict big things for this lad and he’s only 20. Bastard.

 

6) The National – ATP Camber Sands

 

At the very end of an emotionally draining stag that probably should have seen me hospitalised at the very least….one of my favourite ever bands playing everything you’d ever want to hear them do for 2 hours. Including an unplugged ‘…Crybaby Geeks’ which by that point I actually was…

 

7) Bon Iver – Latitude Festival

 

The last time I saw Mr Vernon at Glasto he just had a coupla folks backing him and an acoustic guitar. This time he had a ten piece band, an expansive stage set-up and a sawnky, fancy light show. Both times he was no less than brilliant. The man certainly has skills.

 

8) Efterklang/John Grant – Brighton Dome

 

Efterklang playing this years ace ‘Piramida’ album in full with an orchestra. Peter Broderick played with them. They were supported by one of my favourite ever artists who debuted some fantastic new songs. In one of my favourite ever venues. What’s not to like?

 

9) Dirty Projectors – Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland Airwaves

 

Bjork was wandering around whilst these were playing (we’d seen her watching Purity Ring earlier on. Wearing a puffa jacket and a veil. As you do…) and she has splendid taste. Very very very good indeed….even if aforementioned TBOTB six-stringer Dave missed it due to too much vodka consumed from a mouthwash bottle….

 

10) Field Music – Electric Ballroom

 

Infuriatingly talented, those Brewis brothers. They played for nigh on 2 hours, swapping instruments, changing song structures and even threw in a few Week That Was numbers too which sounded fantastiche. Hadn’t been to the venue before either and rather liked it n’all….

 

11) Josh T Pearson – Latitude

 

Magnificent beard. Magnificent hat. Magnificent guitarist. Magnificent man. Had the audience in the palm of his hand. Also had a mean line in blue jokes. Brilliant.

 

12) Lianne La Havas – Great Escape

 

Quite a surprise for me to be honest. I’d heard a couple of her songs and they sort of passed me by a little as standard pop stuff. What a fool I am. She was incredible….especially when performing solo. Definitely want this album as soon as poss. She seemed genuinely happy to be there as well which is a welcome change from some of the usual dour indie nonsense I generally see. Like when we play.

 

13) Kerbdog – The Garage, London

Hundred Reasons/Hell is for Heroes/Cable – Kentish Town Forum, London

Therapy? – The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

 

I’m not generally one who likes to wallow around in nostalgia…it’s pretty rare I listen to stuff from my teens really (except Idlewild obviously….that borders on dangerous obsession) but these 3 gigs were all absolutely amazing. I can definitely see why some people’s music tastes get stuck around 16 years of age as these gigs evoked some lovely memories that I’d almost forgotten. I was accompanied at all these gigs by good friends too and everyone was there to have a right old time. That first little hi-hat count of ‘I’ll Find You’ by HR just does something to me….

 

14) Sharon Van Etten – Latitude Festival

 

I missed her at ATP due to playing the drinking game ‘Leanmaster’ but it was OK as her performance earlier in the year was enough to keep me going for some time it was so good. She really is something else this lass.

 

15) Clock Opera – The Registry, Portsmouth

 

I’ve seen Guy and co a few times now and they’re always entertaining. This gig was late, there were technical problems and the sound wasn’t as clear as some of the times i’d seen them before but it was my favourite performance of theirs. Possibly as I think it was the last night of their tour and they seemed really up for it. Top stuff.

 

 

Honourable mentions also go to Richard Hawley & Lisa Hannigan at The Pyramids, Southsea. A freshly reformed 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster at Concorde 2, Brighton and Elbow creating some of the biggest sing-a-longs going at Latitude….

 

So….what are your gigs of the year? Maybe the one this coming Saturday?

 

http://www.pieandvinyl.co.uk/events/pievinyl-presents-the-official-christmas-party-2012/

 

To get you in the mood here’s a brand new song of ours.

 

https://soundcloud.com/thebofthebang/the-b-of-the-bang-chemikals

 

Merry Xmas everyone!

 

xxx