February 8th, 2013

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GIG076: Shake! / Mano Toi - The Dandy Lion 18/02/91

GIG076: Shake! / Mano Toi - The Dandy Lion 18/02/91

These two bands played the local Monday night student indie night at one of the local pubs in Barnet. I believe this was the third week the pub was running the club night and it had already become a good way to kick off the week (or extend the weekend) with a lot of the regulars from The Moon Under Water and Green Man in Barnet (the two alternative/metal/student pubs in Barnet at the time) descending for a good nights entertainment.

I know Alex and Justin were there (because they are in my diary ;p) along with another friend called Emily who I sadly have lost contact with over the years. The two bands on this occasion were pretty mediocre (Shake!) to dire (Mano Toi). I can't remember anything about either, but I know I never saw or heard of either again.


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910211 Laughterland
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GIG077: Sunshot / Mojo Ride - The Dome 05/03/91

GIG077: Sunshot / Mojo Ride - The Dome 05/03/91

Sunshot were a great London based band that I ended up seeing quite a few times. The three piece comprised of Maria Brannigan, Toby Bricheno (younger brother of Tim who was in All About Eve and The Sisters of Mercy) and Finnish bassist Taru Tuomisaari-Phillips.

They played a kind of blend of so called 'shoegaze' with alternative rock/indie and attracted a smallish goth following due to the clubs they often hung around in (they also ended up supporting The Sisters of Mercy on one occasion too). I was pretty hooked straight away from the combination of music, energy and the bands charisma.
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910305 Sunshot
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GIG078: The Rose of Avalanche / Mass / Destroy the Boy - The Powerhaus 06/03/91

GIG078: The Rose of Avalanche / Mass / Destroy the Boy - The Powerhaus 06/03/91

Rose of Avalanche were one of the first goth bands I ever saw live (supporting Ghost Dance back in 1988 - GIG005) and I tried to see them as often as I could as they were brilliant live and were one of the more under-rated bands around the scene at the time.

By this time I'd picked up a few of their albums and EPs (which I really need to burn from vinyl to MP3 as I only have one CD of their's that I picked up in the last couple of years) so knew a lot of the tracks. They played a good set which was good because the two support bands - Mass in particular were dire - weren't fantastic.
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910306 Rose of Avalanche