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Well...I'm in working updating the new releases for next week and getting the website and mailshots ready to go as it's a short week due to the festivities at the end of the week.

I really don't fancy being here atm though. I have a self-inflicted headache from last night and can think of nothing nicer than still being curled up in bed sleeping right now... actually, no, sitting in a (silent) jacuzzi and relaxing might be nicer. It'd have to be fairly silent though not to disturb my poor brain too much...

Last night saw me at Slimelight for the Star Industry/Voices of Masada gig. It was nice catching up with people - especially Rob and Sasha whom I've not seen in bloody ages. The bands were ok but I think I'm getting very critical about music these days - I'm certainly looking at it in a completely different light and from a different perspective. From the musical aspect as well as from the promotion, target audience and achieving potential.

Voices of Masada are a good traditional goth band but they need to get an anthem in their repertoire which will attract more people to the band and also get them more play out in clubland.

Star Industry were also good, very much a Sisters-esque clone, and certainly got the crowd going. I'm not entriely sure why but I was just a little underwhelmed by the evening as a whole. I think it's because I've not been to a 'Trad Goth' gig in ages and forgot how small, and old, the scene is these days. There's no new blood and it feels like people are just retreading the same old floorboards looking for something that they feel is missing which they had in their youth. I think there were maybe 80 people at the show. This compares to a sellout of over 200 people (and people being turned away from the door) at the gig I went to earlier this week (from a band less than a year old) and Sasha was talking about an acoustic ska-gig he went to on Friday night by a new band of teenagers that had also sold out and was packed.

The TradGoth audience just isn't all that interested in going to live music outside the 'big name' bands. This is partially because most of the audience is alot older now (which is something that the 'Trad Goth' scene has not managed to address in the face of other forms of music which have taken away the once usual suspects for new blood - it's just not evolved and, indeed, has largely stagnated and gone backwards in many areas). Nor aretherereally outlets for people to discover new TradGoth bands. Now admittedly many of the bands around at present are not really all that good (which is probably a large factor in the whole shrinking and aging scene problem).

Anyway, as Star Industry's were wrapping up Rob, Sasha, Natasha and myself left and heading over to The Big Red on Holloway Road. I do really love that pub - I think it's probably become my favourite watering hole in London at present. It's got a fantastic alternative crowd, community and atmosphere. Becky joined us about 20 minutes after we arrived and everyone drank and chatted and, in short, I had a very enjoyable evening.

Unfortunately I am paying for it today though.

But such is life. You have to pay something back for having a good night out I guess :p

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aster13
Dec. 21st, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
I would have been interested to come to the gig, but i was out on shift unfortunately.

However - drinks, between xmas and ny?

When, where?
angusabranson
Dec. 21st, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
Never, ever ask someone feeling ill and hungover about going for a drink... that's the last thing I want to think about right now :p

(But yes - have to arrange something)
aster13
Dec. 21st, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Haha!

How about a drink of...fruit juice? coffee? tea? Klatchian coffee? Don't drink too much and get knurd though. :P
angusabranson
Dec. 21st, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Heas starting to feel better now - I can even mention drinks without an internal groan ;p
nemesis_to_go
Dec. 21st, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about going to the Star Industry gig...but in the end I decided against it, because I guessed it would be exactly the kind of underwhelming experience you've described.

Instead, I went in search of PUNK ROCK - and I found it somewhere in south London (I've posted a kind of almost-review in my own LJ).

Quite a good gig, but it took three night buses to get home. Catford looks lovely by moonlight!
angusabranson
Dec. 21st, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
I think it would be really good if the two of us could meet up for a drink at somepoint in the near(ish) future.
Been bouncing a number of ideas off Natasha and round my own skull and def think it'd be good to meet up and have a chat.
nemesis_to_go
Dec. 21st, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Good idea! As I'm about to lose my job (fortunately with a relatively decent pay-off) I'll be a bit more free for social occasions in the near future, especially in the week. I'm determined to enjoy this while it lasts.

Having said that, there seems to be quite a few interesting gigs coming up in the early part of 2009. One of those might provide an opportunity....
angusabranson
Dec. 21st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Let me know which gigs you're hitting as it's more than probable I'll be up for atleast some of them! :p
pond823
Dec. 21st, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Was really good to see you and catch up a bit. We're off to another gig tonight, The Cherry Poppin' Daddies who are Swing band with attitude and not a hint of Vera Lynn. Worth googling just for the octopus on their website :)
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