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Airdrie Go-Team, Sunday Psalm.

27 Apr

I’m sure one of the two Another King writers who were officially on the Airdrie Go-Team will post a full report  in the rear future. In the meantime and to whet your appetite, here is a recording of Psalm 98B from morning worship of the Go-Team Sunday.

The singing on Sunday was fantastic, due in no small part to a what was probably the largest attendance at a regular worship service in Airdrie for 50 years.

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Goodbye Pluto EP Launch Gig

12 Mar

Thursday 11th March 2010, Ballymena Academy.

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First support act of the night was pretty good. Check out his MySpace.

The Good Fight

Stran boys The Good Fight followed and lived up to Andy’s high praise despite the absence of their drummer

A resemblance to Connor Quigley?

Goodbye Pluto

The main act arrive

From the left: Peter Burton- Guitars/Vocals, Sara Crockett- Lead Vocals, Danny Ross- Drums, Clark Thompson-Bass/Vocals

After witnessing an excellent performance we all agreed that we’d go see them again. Check them out for yourselves on Facebook or MySpace.

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Credit for the great photos must go to Alistair Rolleston.

Heart Made of Glass

Here’s a short clip of Goodbye Pluto performing one of the songs from their new EP.

Goodbye Pluto Review

19 Feb

Guest Post from Alistair Rolleston reviewing local band Goodbye Pluto’s self-titled debut EP.

Writing a review on local talent can be difficult at times. Feeling you owe them a good review because they’re ‘Born of our Land’ while not actually liking their music is a danger. Doubly so when it’s a new, young band as you really don’t want to throw them into the dirt before they’ve even found their feet.

Thankfully, Ballymena based Goodbye Pluto made my life a lot easier with the release of their self-titled EP, because it’s rather fantastic. Sara Crockett, Peter Burton, Clark Thompson and Daniel Ross have started to make their own little mark on the local music scene, and it’s a little mark which could very quickly turn into something much, much bigger. Listening through the EP I had to keep reminding myself that several of the band members are still at school, with a sound and presence years ahead of themselves. Comparisons to Paramore are inevitable, even if they were only a rock band with a female vocalist, but the style of the music is very close as well, and Crockett’s powerhouse vocals will be drawing many a Williams’ comparison. Seriously, girl can sing.

The EP opens with the distorted sounds of “Distance”, which is an interesting and curious opener, showcasing mainly Peter’s skills on the guitar and actually reminds me for some reason of the Foo Fighters.  The second track was my first ever experience of Goodbye Pluto, and to date, “Fall from Grace” remains one of my favourites, with fantastic vocals and lyrics throughout. It’s been produced differently from the version I had earlier heard, so I now have two quite different incarnations of the song.

“Heart made of Glass” is the real stand out track on the EP, lyrically and musically. Parts of the song leave the vocals very exposed and it’s paid off well, showing that Crockett doesn’t need the other instruments to make her sound good. Again Peter shows himself to be a stand-out guitarist, while Clark and Daniel provide a fantastic foundation for the band to stand on. “These Four Walls” again showcase the talent of the whole band, fantastically driven in parts.

Next big thing? Goodbye Pluto are certainly going places, count on that. If they keep producing music like this, it’s not going to be long before they make it big.

EPs cost £5 and are available from the band themselves and at their shows, or talk to Hannah Drennan or Abi Nelson who may be able to sort you out with one.

You can listen to some of the tracks on their Myspace site.

Ward Park II

8 Dec

It was announced last night that Snow Patrol are to return to Ward Park next summer for another mini-festival. It will take place on Saturday 5th June 2010, starting at 4pm. Those of us who were there last time all thoroughly enjoyed it, and although it is expensive, it’s worth it. Tickets cost £44 + ticketmaster charges, which will bring the price up to probably around £48. Another King will likely have some representation at the event, see you there!

Hard to believe we’ve been blogging since the last time, in September 2007. Read the report here (the photos don’t work any more)

Tickets go on general sale on Friday at 9am, but if you have a membership on snowpatrol.com, you can access them via mySP from 9am on Thursday. Further details here

Some photos from the day…memories are coming flooding back!

And on 5th June this year, you’ll never guess where we were?

Yes, Bangor!

The Resistance Review

26 Sep
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Guest writer Alistair Rolleston returns with another great album review. This time it is Muse’s latest offering under the spotlight.

I struggle to find a word to sum up the music that is unique to Muse. Their 50% classical, 50% rock, 50% brit pop style gives them a sound that is 150% pure Awesome. “Origin of Symmetry”, Muse’s second album, considered their defining work to date and one of my personal favourite albums, combined heavy, uniquely bass-driven tracks overlaid with stellar guitar solos, stratospheric vocals, and Rachmaninov-inspired piano motifs. Building upon this was their 2003 album “Absolution”, which upped the ante with heavy, guitar-lead passages which many have tried to replicate but none have been able to copy. With “Black Holes and Revelations” in 2006, Muse cemented themselves as one of the all-time great British bands and one of the best live acts in the world, with hits such as “Supermassive Black Hole” and the Epic “Knights of Cydonia”.

And so, with a sad song here and a sad song there, we arrive at Muse’s fifth studio album, “The Resistance”. Needless to say, it’s a rather drab affair.

No, drab’s not the word I’m looking for, it’s… utterly breathtaking.

The album is such a mix of old and new, of traditional and modern, of classical and rock, that’s it’s hard to believe it all would work. Yet somehow, amazingly, it does. The songs are constantly changing pace and tone inside of themselves, and holding them all together is no mean feat.

The album starts straight in with the lead single, “Uprising”, the video of which seems to imply that the world has been taken over by giant teddy bears… but anyway. Bass driven, anyone who finds the likes of Supermassive Black Hole entertaining should get a kick out of it. Following this, we’re out of the first uprising and into the “Resistance” itself, and then onwards into “Undisclosed desires”. It is here that the more classical elements of the album become apparent, with the string section being used heavily throughout the song in various electronic disguises. These classical elements are further alluded to in “United States of Eurasia” and its piano outro, “Collateral Damage”. Eurasia begins as a soft piano led melody, before morphing into something completely unique, mixing elements of Japanese music style with more traditional sounds, which have a distinct feel of Queen about them. Collateral Damage is a romantic styled piano piece, which flows effortlessly into the next song, “Guiding Light”. Thumping on the drums before moving again into the strings and the guitar, the tune has a definite feel of victory about it, and again the guitar solo in the middle of the tune sounds like something right out of the pages of Brian May’s notebook.

“Unnatural Selection” starts off on the Organ, but it’s intro is deceptive. It quickly builds into something not unlike Newborn, before pulling right back, halving the tempo, and moving into a slow groove, with a jazzy guitar solo before moving off again into “MK Ultra”, quite possibly my favourite song on the album. A Plug in baby-esque intro and riff serve to power the song along at a great pace and chromatic vocals give the song depth and mystery. Next comes “My Heart Belongs to you”, and the song’s French sound and lyrics give rise to it’s other title, “Mon Cœur S’ouvre À Ta Voix”. The song’s ending is particularly impressive and endearing, with a vaudivillian clarinet outro, and the lyrics work beautifully throughout. Again, pace and momentum change halfway through the song with the language, giving greater feel to the music.

So, after 8 songs of rock, what way to end? Muse show that they are not ones to conform to the sterotypes, and thus begins something rather unique. As we reach the climax of the album, we enter a three part classical symphony: The Exogenesis.  Describing it would take a review in itself, suffice to say, it’s a fantastic, fantastic way to end this album, something so completely different it fits perfectly.  The piano in the third movement requires special mention. Utterly fantastic.

And so the album draws to a close, delivering all I’d expected it to and then some. Maybe not as defining as Origin of Symmetry, but none the less shows that Muse still have a lot of song left in them.

The Resistance is here.

Guest writer: Alistair Rolleston

U2 – 360 Tour in Dublin

27 Jul

So, last Wednesday, having got some very last minute tickets to U2, James and I started to get extremely excited, but really, nothing could have prepared us..

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It wasn’t cheap, unlike the tickets..

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The set is magnificent

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As is Croke Park

The first support act was a gent named Damien Dempsey. He didn’t get off to a great start, not even getting his first line out before his guitar strap came off. Must have been fairly embarrassing for him. After that things got better, and  he was entertaining enough. I still think he looks like a barber though.

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John Sheahan, of The Dubliners, joined him on stage for one song

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After a beach ball interlude, Glasvegas came on.

For a band who have been nominated for 3 live music awards and who prompted NME to call their debut “the album of the year, an awesome record of breathtaking depth and beauty” you would think they would be good. But you would be wrong; they were a disaster. Having since listened to a few of their other live performances of late, I’ve decided that they must have been having a particularly bad day, as they don’t sound all that bad in general. But to give such a terrible performance when supporting U2 on the opening night of their Dublin shows is just incredible. The lead singer was once voted Player of the Season in the Scottish 3rd Division. On the evidence of Friday, he shouldn’t have given the football up.

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Excuse my ignorance, but what’s this about?

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Numpty
Scottish usage:
a) Someone who (sometimes unwittingly) by speech or action demonstrates a lack of knowledge or misconception of a particular subject or situation to the amusement of others.

Anyway, enough about them. For the next 45 minutes, people were climbing all over the claw getting things ready and so on.

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You would get a pretty good view from up here!

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Much has been made of the fact that there were people from all over the world there

Then, at 8.55pm as the sun was setting,  U2 came on stage.

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:)

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Bono trading glasses with someone in the audience

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Wow.

There are some fantastic videos on YouTube, here’s a couple of my favourites.

And if you use Spotify, click here to get the setlist as a playlist.

Magnificent, you might say..



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Scottish usage:
a) Someone who (sometimes unwittingly) by speech or action demonstrates a lack of knowledge or misconception of a particular subject or situation to the amusement of others.

Free Live Coldplay Album

15 May

Coldplay are giving away their new live album “Left Right Left Right Left” to download for FREE from their website.

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Left Right Left Right Left

1. Glass of Water

2. 42

3. Clocks

4. Strawberry Swing

5. Hardest Part/ Postcards from far Away

6. Viva la Vida

7. Death Will Never Conquer

8. Fix You

9. Death and All His Friends

Enjoy.

Related posts: Viva la Vida Review, Coldplay- The Puppet Masters

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