Guess who’s playing?
Thursday 8th Kiel-Schaubude
Friday 9th Potsdam-Black Fleg
Saturday 10th Berlin-About Blank
Sunday 11th Nünchritz-Kombi
Monday 12th Leipzig-Zoro
Tuesday 13th Erfurt-Engelsburg
Wednesday 14th Giessen-Ak 44
Thursday 15th Stuttgart-Zwölfzehn
Friday 16th Mannheim-Juz
Saturday 17th Bremen-Lila Eule
Viva La Arthouse is Leatherface’s second release on their own label and is a celebration of their 2010 Stormy Petrel World Tour that took in Europe, Canada, America, Japan and Australia. This double live album was recorded and mixed at Melbourne’s famous music venue The Arthouse by Poison City Record’s Matt Bodiam. The recording was made in arrangement with bassist Greame Philliskirk on the spare of the moment with the other three members of the band unaware the gig was being recorded for posterity.
Sadly The Arthouse, which has hosted punk and indie shows in North Melbourne for the past 19 years, closed its doors in May 2011 after its long-time licensee Maree Kelly decided not to renew its lease. An unsympathetic landlord and a change in the liqour licensing regulations are the two major factors in the Kelly family’s decision not to renew the lease. Leatherface’s Frankie Stubbs has a long-standing relationship with The Arthouse, in October 2005 A Death In the family flew Frankie over from the U.K to produce their debut album in the newly equipped Arthouse Studio.
Leatherface live shows have become the stuff of legend, if you’ve ever been lucky enough to catch them live you’ll have witnessed the pre-gig excitement, the trepidation of the emotional possibilities, the rollercoaster ride of each song and the overall full on powerhouse brutality of melodic punk rock which is down to Dickie Hammond’s unique guitar playing and Frankie Stubbs counterpointing riffs, the bombast of the rhythm section that comprises of Stephen ‘Skruff’ Owen on drums and Greame Philliskirk on bass. On top of this mighty backdrop is Frankie Stubbs lyrics, with his incredibly raspy voice and passionate delivery, exudes an aura that demands and gets respect. He wins admiration, in part, for his distinct lack of trying to be something he’s not. He is utterly devoid of pretense and flash.
Tracklist:1. Not a Day Goes By (Stubbs). 2. God is Dead (Stubbs, Hammond). 3. Watching You Sleep (Stubbs, Evans). 4. Never Say Goodbye (Stubbs, Hammond). 5. Diego Garcia (Stubbs, Hammond). 6. Little White God (Stubbs, Hammond). 7. Peasant in Paradise (Stubbs). 8. Hoodlum (Stubbs). 9. Sour Grapes (Stubbs). 10. Nutcase (Stubbs, Hammond). 11. My Worlds End (Stubbs, Hammond). 12. I Want the Moon (Hammond, Stubbs). 13. Broken (Stubbs). 14. Not Superstitious (Stubbs). 15. Pale Moonlight (Stubbs). 16. Dead Industrial Atmosphere (Stubbs). 17. Springtime (Hammond, Stubbs). 18. Hops & Barley (Tucker). 19. Hurt (Reznor).
Viva La Arthouse is Leatherface’s second release on their own label and is a celebration of their 2010 Stormy Petrel World Tour that took in Europe, Canada, America, Japan and Australia. This double live album was recorded at Melbourne’s famous music venue The Arthouse.
Punk Rockers, The Sainte Catherines is released LP ‘Fire Works’ the Sunderland label, Big Ugly Fish Recordings. This review may seem a little unusual considering their only relation to the North East is the label, I decided to do a little research into the Montreal based band and from what I have heard this release has assumed a slower sound and energy than their previous 3 releases. You get a sense of the bands growth into old age punk with this release, not that that’s a bad thing, we all have to roll with the clock and The Sainte Catherines appear to have adapted their style with ease, retaining their blaring guitars whilst a more reflective approach has broadened their sound and with it their appeal. There is a range of influences evident in the LP with the likes of Kiss and even a little New York Dolls all jumping out, however the sound is firmly their own and one that makes me happy to call this lot adopted mackems.Source:
Friday 3rd – Bremen – Schlachthof
Saturday 4th – Düsseldorf – Ratinger Hof/Stone
Sunday 5th – Trier – Exhaus
Monday 6th – Berlin – Wild at Heart
Tuesday 7th – Regensburg – Alte Mälzerei
Wednesday 8th – München – Feierwerk
Thursday 9th – Karlsruhe – Alte Hackerei
Friday 10th – Bielefeld – Ajz
Saturday 11th – Hünxe – Flugplatz Schwarze Heide (Ruhrpott Rodeo)
Have you ever travelled to Montreal? Actually half of Canada? Me too, but I know a man that did, and even does. Moreover he has long made me aware of The Sainte Catherines; to be honest it was just a name of one of twenty competent Punk bands that a couple of TSC tracks made the odd CD compilation we swapped between mates. So imagine the surprise to be presented with ‘Fire Works’ the new album, face to face with a host of a diverse array of tracks, even more so, compared to the odd track I’d previously strayed upon. Though formed in 1999 this is my first major taste of Sainte Catherines, best to go into some kind of detail.
The band seems to draw on a wide range of influences from 1970’s rock and punk to eighties post punk hardcore. So there are influences that range from Alice Cooper, Kiss, New York Dolls, Ramones. I can also hear traces of bands like Pennywise, Offspring and NOFX and the vocals; remind me of The Styrenes. ‘Fireworks’ contains expansive music ingredients, all are from the various stages of rock and punk make no mistake, there is no one holding their finger in their ear or anything as dumb as that. The Sainte Catherines are far more immediate, engaging and delivered with attitude, you can go from the melodic and 4/4 tempo opening of ‘We Used to Be In Love’ to the full tilt of ‘The Great Somewhere Else’ two very different songs, one large umbrella.
‘BLR Vs Cancer’, also stands out, the song comes across all Styrenes’ (minus the piano) meets the Rocky Horror Show. While the track that could go down as the best soundtrack to that Chicago High School End Of Year Prom; still mired suitably twisted memories, long compressed questions still remain; then as the light finally begins to shine, we go straight into the rock tinged occasionally harmonica driven, ‘Back To The Basement That I Love’. Next up, ‘Maggie And Dave’ has a great classic feel and a king sized hook, then it’s ‘No Friends’, just give this song an extra verse and it’s my choice for a single. The three guitar ‘frontline’ of TSC really help fill out the sound, after ten plus years the 5-piece appear to be breaking loose a little, bringing in a handful of unexpected instruments and with more complex song structures, there is some hard work behind the scenes of ‘Fire Works’.
The Sainte Catherines have released a not totally unexpected, but a surprise of an album, it’s not anarcho or hardcore; ‘Fire Works’ has too many influences. Overall this is punk albeit influenced by 1970’s rock and 1990’s Orange county punk. Good to hear a band in such great form.