Trying to stay a bit productive in lockdown central….

Like most of us, it’s not easy being stuck in this Lockdown, especially when there’s a very active young child bouncing around the walls of the house, so the new set of Jabra Elite 65T wireless earbuds was a really good investment to try and keep things a little more quiet when trying to work from home. Honestly I picked them up for my daily walks as sometimes you can catch your hands in the cables of standard headphones and that was an annoyance that wasn’t needed, I saw them on offer and decided it made sense, and yep, they have been great for walking outdoors and also being around the house.

 

One positive of being stuck around the house is that it would appear I have finally been able to get back to doing some review writing again, So go check out the latest couple of reviews over on my Reviews – Albums/Gigs 2020 and seeing as there aren’t going to be any gig reviews for some time it’s great to be back in the saddle so to speak on the Album Review front.  Latest additions are the brilliant new Dynasty album and yet another excellent release from Newman, both for my good friends over at RockposerDotCom.  Links to both reviews are on the page below, hope you like them, there will, touch wood, be many more to follow.  Also, without new gigs, will be looking back at some from last year and will add them to the page as well.

Reviews – Albums/Gigs 2020

 

Hope everyone is keeping busy, healthy and sane throughout this crisis, it is of course more difficult depending on your situation, I have to be extra careful since the heart attack, and still need to get out and exercise. Sadly even if I didn’t can’t visit my sick mother, so that’s an extra strain, but I know she is being well looked after by a caring group of staff where she is, so that is a comfort. Right time to get out and have that walk, stick a new album on the headphones and see where the walk today leads, it’s really important to get fresh air for mental health, four walls no matter what sort of accommodation you live in can close in around you after a period of time, add to that being stuck in it’s much more difficult to eat healthy foods, get a little down and it’s much easier to reach for chocolate rather than fruit, but I will hopefully get there. As more and more gigs and Festivals are either cancelled or postponed until next year it’s looking like a very quiet Summer ahead. But 2021 is going to be crazy busy for gigs, so bring it on, will definitely be trying to get to some different places next year, if Germany doesn’t happen this year then next year will try and bring the camera along.

 

The little man is being a brat today, but he’s going to have good days and bad too, gotta try and keep patient with everyone and everything, new music is out there, lots to listen to, new albums to buy and keep helping out your favourite acts if of course you can in difficult financial times, and hopefully we’ll all be out at a gig on the other side of this thing.

#stayhome #staysafe

New Model Army – Button Factory, Dublin – 07-12-2018

The bizarre weather continues on a Friday evening in Dublin having been a tropical 14ºC the previous day we were not down 6ºC with strong winds on the way and a definite chill in the air. But that’s pretty irrelevant as to what’s going to happen inside the venue tonight, we are here to catch a band that I’ve been a big fan of for more than 30 years, bloody hell that sounds crazy, but at the same time brings that warm glow of anticipation as you wait to hopefully hear some of your favourite songs during the set.

The show is opened by a 3 piece punk/rock band from Dublin, and they put in a really enjoyable set, with two lead vocalists it certainly lended a different vibe to the sound, and as it worked really well it also seemed to go down well with the assembled crowd, although at this stage the crowd wasn’t large. These guys just powered through their set, hardly any talking, and it meant I didn’t even catch their names, but they wanted to get through their songs, and that was a nice work ethic, hopefully will catch them again soon and put the name thing to writes, good start to the night.

After a fairly quick stage setup change it is time for the main act of the evening, having not played Dublin for 5 years it’s great to see the guys back, and it’s no surprise to hear so many difference accents in the crowd. The couple on one side were over from Sweden for the weekend, on the other German fans and a fair smattering of accents from across England as you would expect, one thing is for sure NMA fans remain as fervently passionate about the band and the music today as they have always been.

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Justin Sullivan – New Model Army – Button Factory, Dublin – 07-12-2018

“The Family” is still strong, as you look back from the stage there are still fans standing high in the air on top of each others shoulders, the moshpit is still active, perhaps not as much so as 20 years ago, but still plenty of movement, and it’s really the singing that hits you mostly, some of the songs tonight are, as ever, being absolutely belted out, word for word, great timing and as a band you must love hearing this. Thankfully the venue has filled up quite rapidly as the time approached for NMA to hit the stage and the venue looks almost full as I take a glance around the room. The set tonight is really well balanced, not just covering the bands career but also blending really well together one song rolling into the next, and the tracks from 2016’s Winter album fit beautifully in the list, especially the wonderful title track. A smashing version of “White Coats” running headlong into the brilliance of “Better Than Them” would have been just about enough for me this evening to make it a night to remember, but add in a full on brilliant version of “Green And Gray” which as Justin mentions is very poignant at the moment capped it all off, just before running into a cracking encore including one of my personal favourites “Stupid Questions”. The band would need to be playing 4hr sets in order to satisfy everyone’s favourite songs in a set these days, and sure I’d have loved to hear “Poison Street” or “Smalltown England” but maybe next time, the guys do vary their sets more than enough.

 

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Ceri Monger – New Model Army – Button Factory, Dublin – 07-12-2018

 

Telling us that they will be back in another 5 years raised a few chuckles and plenty of “you’ll be back quicker than that” responses from the crows the band close the show with a pumping powerful rendition of “Get Me Out”. With the bands 40th Anniversary rapidly approaching lets hope that the guys manage to include an Irish date or two in the coming Tours, a full house, an enthusiastic crowd and a band still on the top of their game is always something to look forward seeing again and Dublin definitely has a love for NMA, long may it continue.

 

Have thrown in a couple of low quality phone pics and wished I’d brought along a decent camera on the night, all words by me, Stephen Brophy.

 

Setlist – 

Whirlwind

Burn The Castle

Drag It Down

Devil

States Radio

A Liberal Education

Brother

Winter

White Coats

Better Than  Them

Too Close To The Sun

Guessing

Today Is A Good Day

Autumn

Fate

Green And Grey

 

Encore – 

DrummyB

Stupid Questions

Get Me Out