Gigs 2006

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Saturday 16th December: 2006 Set List:
The Furious Sleep + Rob Jackson + The Furious Sleep (stripped down) @ The Haymakers, Chesterton, Cambridge, Free entry

Another of our nights at the hay. This time things proved to be rather a hassle to organise. For some reason every band we asked to play couldn't and loads of the potential audience were away. Which didn't bode well. Rob Jackson very kindly stepped up to do a set, which gave us the idea to support ourselves! We decided to bookend his set with two TFS outings. The first being a stripped down affair and the last being the full band rock out. It was an audacious idea and it just about came off. If there had been more of the band contingent and less of the unimpressed locals, our opening low key salvos and Rob's atmospherics would have made for a great warm up. On a saturday night most wanted to hear rock covers, not intricacies. Rob always has a good line in chat. So regardless of their views on his music people warmed to his banter. By the time our crowning headline slot came round things weren't exactly jumping. The lack of tribute acts had made some people search for their hit elsewhere. Saying that we put balls to the walls and pumped out 4 full band beasts. It was great to play Quilty again after such a gap and Tofu had the bar staff jumping about and we partied on into the small hours. Playing pool and singing Smiths songs in equal measure. Fun wise we managed to succeed but it wasn't wholly satisfying night in musical terms. The Portland would have housed such an affair much better.
Stripped Down Set:
Headaches For Heartache
The Mallard
Of Kith and Kin
The Room
Full Band Set:
Quilty
Structure
Death's Head March
Tofu Escape Clause
Saturday 18th November: 2006 Set List:
Left Side Brain + The Tupelov Ghost + Emma Frost + The Furious Sleep (Dave and Jake only) @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge, Queen Blag & General Lee Presents.

A last minute call for bands on a local message board and too much thumb twiddling at our end made Dave and I decide to play an even more stripped down set, with just the 2 of us. A quick run through in his kitchen an both Dave and I were confident we could do a good job. Shame nerves and too much beer made it rather impossible for us to reproduce this feeling come stage time. The room was too bare and we felt too naked, just guitar and voice. Kith was a mess, but by Deaths Head and The Room we at least held it together. All in all it was a passable job, but we were hanging on by some thin threads at times. Dave even spoke to the audience between songs, so you can imagine how pissed he must have been. Probably better I can't remember any more about it all.
Of Kith and Kin
Death's Head March
The Room
Thursday 9th November: 2006 Set List:
The Furious Sleep (stripped down) + Leon Smith + James Severy + more @ The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, One Man And A Guitar Promotions.

Kith and Kin made it back again. It's a great song to play with just the 3 of us. The song dynamic is much easier to express without drums. Deaths Head is our dependable number, in either rock of stripped form. We know it's twist and turns so well now. Things really took off with the new song thrill of Structure. The stripped down of this song is really coming into it's own. Better than the full band version at the moment. That's due to one major factor, a word called 'practice'. So with just a rousing Room and a stash of Funeral Marches cds to hand out we were done. Probably the best stripped down gig we've done. Lots of confidence and enjoyment on our part. Thanks so much to Marc for putting us on and for drawing such an attentive crowd. You should check out Leon Smith. He had a great set of pipes on him. On a side note we got paid quite well for this gig, but managed to spend it all in the Hay when we got back. Booo.
Death's Head March
Of Kith and Kin
Structure
The Room
Wednesday 4th October: 2006 Set List:
The Furious Sleep + tbc @ The Kambar, Cambridge, Tents Presents, Free Entry.

After what seems like a life time, but was only actually about a month. We played our first full on rock set again! Yay. It's good to rock. Plus this was the first time we'd played at our 'second home', the K bar. So it was doubly exciting. Things were running a bit late for the sound checks, so we just set up and went for it. Boy did we go for it! Death's head was so loud that the diners in the next door Chinese Restaurant complained and we were politely asked to turn down. That's what happens when you're living with the pent up rock. Things soon settled down. For ages we'd been wanting to play Structure in it's loud incarnation, but time constraints and lack of rehearsals had made it a scary proposition until now. New song nerves got the better of our first intro attempt, but we breathed deep and started things a second time. This time pushing all nerves to the back of our minds. The result was what we were looking for. Another resounding yay. It's good to know that this song works well in both it's acoustic and electric forms. I look forward to playing this one some more. Thanks to Simon C for putting us on and for producing such a cool poster (will try and scan it soon). Must have taken him hours to draw it all. Until next time, adios.
Death's Head March
Harmonics
Structure
Tofu Escape Clause


Thursday 14th September: 2006 Set List:
The Furious Sleep (stripped down) + Warmed Up Cold + The Mudshark Interview + The Benjamin Theory @ The Portland Arms.

Another month, another last minute stripped down set! Actually we're getting used to this way of playing now. So it wasn't too much of a stress getting ready for this one. Just a quick run through before the sound check and then we were ready to rock (even if it was in a slightly more quiet way). Another success story too. We choice a slightly different set this time, with Of Kith and Kin making a long over due come back. Since we're playing a more acoustic set, we though it was a good opportunity to play some of our more acoustic songs. They get over looked normally with our normal mission to rock as hard as possible. Still Death's Head and (the getting slightly less new) Structure kept the flag flying for our more noisy elements. I'm really enjoying playing Structure at the moment. It's come into it's own. We're finding more dynamics and can now play it without having to concentrating on the changes. Again to finish we decided on The Room. It somehow has an end of set feel to it! Not sure why, but it works. So why mess with it. Thanks Steve for putting on a great night. In the end, we might have been more out of place doing our full band set. The stripped down thing worked well with the rest of the evenings entertainment. More of these to come.
Death's Head March
Structure
Of Kith and Kin
The Room
Saturday 26th August: 2006 Set List:
The Furious Sleep + Bomb Factory + Acoustic act @ The Haymakers, Chesterton, Free entry.

Nights at the Haymakers are always fun. So add a full on Bomb Factory set and some French accented blues into the mix and this was never going to be an exception. Not even a faulty noise limiter could dampen the fun. Some how it heightened it! Well until we worked out how to by pass the bloody thing (sorry Tim). It was all good fun anyway. I think we might have managed a rehearsal before as well, which is a rare one these days. So we were feeling confident with the songs. Also the intake of a few Haymaker pizza's provided some extra fuel. Damn they know how to make some tasty pizza's there. Anyway it was another great night and much fun was had by all.
Tofu Escape Clause
Harmonics
The Mallard
Death's Head March
Friday 11th August: 2006 Set List:
The Furious Sleep (stripped down) + Lo Ego + Sub + The So Called @ The Loft, £4.

We were a bit worried about this one. On the day, Matt couldn't make it. So instead of blowing the whole gig out, we decided the best thing to do would be to turn up and do something. Rather than nothing. What that 'something' would be was a bit more tricky. With an hour to go before our sound check, Tom, Dave and I sat in my front room and played any of the our songs that we thought might work without a drummer. As luck would have it at least 4 of them turned out to sound cool this way. How this would now fit in with the rest of the night was also unknown, somewhere in the middle of 4 rock bands belting out their wears we played our songs and really enjoyed it. New song Structure got a confident second outing and by the time we were winding up a rousting version of The Room, the whole experience felt very natural. So thanks to those who came and saw us do something a bit different. We'll do it again some time.
Death's Head March
The Mallard
Structure
The Room
Friday 14th July: 2006 Set List:
Eske + Furious Sleep + General Lee @ The Portland Arms, Grabsplatter's Birthday, £5.

With a noisier than usual set (Dave and Tom were in noisecore mode), we celebrated Andy's Birthday in loud, sloppy and smile inducing fun style. There was much improvisation, that sometimes worked spot on and at other times teetered on the edge of falling apart, only to be saved in the nick of time by a spot of cohesion. Our sets seem to be withering in song numbers, but growing in length! We only played four songs, but at around 8 mins each, it was never going to be short and sharp. With time running out, we ended on the relatively concise Wolves. All ending in more of the aforementioned noisecore, complete with some tuneless bass playing/bashing from me (well the others weren't playing any kind of tune either).

General Lee brought a smile to our face's, as they bashed their way through one rock anthem after another. All culminating in the ceremonial abuse of their mascot (Clive!). Who got knocked to the floor and kicked about for good measure. Much to the pleasure and goading of Matt and Myself. I didn't see hardly any of Eske, due to post gig chat and the flow of the drinkies, but from the sounds of it, they went down well. It was definitely a night of fun, and even though Andy was doing sound on his Birthday, he looked like he enjoyed himself. So you can't say fairer than that. Thanks for coming down and joining in.
Tofu Escape Clause
Harmonics
Death's Head March
Among The Wolves
Saturday 17th June: 2006 Cancelled Set List:
The Furious Sleep + End It On This + Mispelt + Dirtymac @ The Loft, £4.   
Thursday 25th May: 2006 Set List:
i! PiNATA! + The Furious Sleep + There Was an Accident Here @ Man on the Moon, Norfolk Street, Cambridge, £4, part of The Big Gig For Amnesty Music Festival. 

Not even the fact that we lost money on the night, or that Steve no longer works at the Moon or that the punter numbers were disappointingly low, could detract from this being an amazingly fun night. We'd set this night up after playing with There Was An Accident Here and !i Pinata! in Ipswich at the start of the year. These were a couple of bands who Cambridge needed to hear. Shame not many of this cities fare citizens actually did hear them, as they both put on sterling shows. TWAAH (as they are affectionately known) really got things going with 20 minutes shamble shenanigans spliced with bursts of extremely tight crazed out bursts. Coming on like younger petulant brothers of the Wolves! (of Greece). You need to see it to believe it. !i Pinata! on the other hand are a more controlled proposition. Still with moments of madness and much energy. With these guys it's all about the big dirty doom riff's, double bass peddle acrobatics and death style growling vocals. All executed with precision and passion. You really should check both these bands out.

Apart from the other bands, our night had been occupied with organisational hassles, stress and nerves. Not the best of ways to spend an evening, but in this case it provided the perfect tinder box spark to what was to be an explosive TFS set. Things literally kicked off with Death's Head March and didn't look back. Although we only actually played 4 songs, they were songs perfect for the occasion. Two tightly structured straight jackets bulging at the seams and two open ended spur of the moment wild beasts. A rip roaring run away train Harmonics being one of the later. This one really came into it's own. The mass of evolving moods, built up and down until the precise finalise. Quilty snapped things back into glorious order and delivered us mercilessly to our swan song. Which tonight had to be Wolves. The familiarity of this four legged, nocturnal one aloud for much stretching and playful hammering. Culminating in enthusiastic chaos as many extra voices shouted along with 'The Kill' and stage invading led to me being held above TWAAS guitarist's head like a shining trophy. No end was in sight just yet though. Dave wasn't ready to finish, and the noise just grew. He was off in the moment and we followed his hind legs to the uncertain horizon. Tom's bass was torn from his shoulders, cymbals scattered like a tree felling exercise and before the imminent implosion was complete, we each tortured a few last screams from mercy begging instruments. When there was nothing left in our hands to strike the music was over.

So a huge thank you to those of you who came along and played. Despite the low turn out, and even to spite the low turn out, both bands and audience gave it their all and had the time of their lives. To those who weren't there, boy did you miss out. I can certainly say things lived up to the 'night of mayhem' moniker.
Death's Head March (youtube)
Harmonics (youtube)
Quilty (youtube)
Among The Wolves


Tuesday 25th April: 2006 Set List:
Waylaid + Loop + The Furious Sleep (stripped down) @ The Loft, £3.

Wow, this turned out to be very enjoyable. It was all a bit last minute, but we managed to choose 4 interesting songs to play and actually rehearse a bit. Although we had no Matt, this wasn't an acoustic gig. Tom and Dave played their electric instruments through the normal amps, but it was certainly rather more about the tunes than our normal hell for leather approach. We took the opportunity to play seated too. We looked very lounge style bar band, especially with Tom sat behind his keyboard. It was a no pressure night. We were first on, no one had specifically come to see us and we were all totally sober! Well there's a first for everything. Couple this with a very complimentary sound courtesy of Jo Loft and things went off without a hitch. Structure and The Room in particular seemed to come together just right and made me want to play them again soon. Structure is a brand new song that we'd been demoing recently and it really worked well live. Next step is to get Matt involved and watch it really take off . Retinaburn didn't quite hold it's own, but I think a few more run through's and we'll have that one cracked. There's some really interesting sections to that song. Very tuneful too. It just needs more conviction in places. After the two unfamiliar tunes we finished up with the satisfyingly 3 piece friendly The Room. The quieter you start this one the more dynamics you can bring to the song and the louder you can build to by the end. By the time we were hammering home the final verse march, we'd reached the desired song and set peak. It was time to say good night. We'll certainly be doing a few more of those gigs again. Loads of fun.
Headaches for Heartache
Structure (youtube)
Song For Retinaburn
The Room (youtube)
Wednesday 19th April: 2006 Set List:
Charlottefield + The Unit Ama + The Furious Sleep @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge, A Crushing Death Night, £5.

From a punters point of view seeing The Unit Ama and Charlottefield meant this could only be a great night. As far as playing was concerned though, we were more unsure. Our gig at the Loft being the last time all four of us had played together. Still we needn't have worried all the songs came flooding back and despite still feeling the effects of this years umpteenth cold, I really enjoyed bashing them out. It wasn't our most explosive set, but it was very accurate and suited the mood of the night just fine. We were the warm up band, and we did just that. Matt looked pleased as punch to be sat behind the very smart looking yellow/wood drum kit. It certainly gave him a big sound. Mind you the rest of us were nice and loud too. Personally its hard to know what we sound like, but it was another night of amusing comparisons. One guy thought he could hear a cross between The Paperchase and Maximo Park. While Steven Ama said he meant no offence by saying it was like all the best bits of early Genesis. None taken and another bunch of names to add to our ever growing list. Taking of things Ama. These guys were up next and really shone through for me. Difficult to describe without using the words intense, bludgeoning and jazz, which doesn't do them justice. They were so much more than that. Hard to do them justice in words, so I'll just recommend you go see them live instead. Look out for the strange bass whacking freak-outs too. Charlottefield didn't quite hold up in comparison, but they had a great drummer and the guitar interplay shone through the stern grinding enough times to keep me interested and nodding along. Would like to see them again to make up my mind. So another great Crushing Death night and another notch on our bed post. Thanks for coming down, especially the growing number of regular faces. We really appreciate it.
Harmonics
Quilty
Death's Head March
Tofu Escape Clause


Friday 24th March: 2006 Set List:
The Furious Sleep + Page 44 + End It On This @ the Loft, Chesterton Road, Cambridge, £4.

So our first gig back in Cambridge for a while and our first gig at The Loft venue. After Tuesday's gig and a song writing rehearsal the night before, the rock blood was coursing through our veins freely. Late night debates had seen Tofu and Wolves ejected from the set for the first time this year. So a fulsome Harmonics opened the dense group of songs, with much fire and brimstone. Lights Out and Quilty teased the concentrations levels higher. Keeping band and audience on it's collective toes. This was nearly 20 mins of intense music. Something had to give. It did in the shape of an explosive Deaths Head. Providing a switch from cerebral thought to all out animal instinct. It's 7 minute existence was dominated by air born guitar slashing, mashed drums, voice cracking shouts and a feedback drenched comedown. Only a change of pace could follow. The Mallard seems to have taken on a 'reserved for Cambridge' role. Tonight it balanced the jerkiness of the previous songs just right. The sight of Tom high diving from the bass drum, with out falling on his arse was a joyous moment to behold. Recent rehearsal room antics had produced some very freeform extensions to the songs end. This reared it's head tonight, and flooded the stage with improvisation. Until things were brought slap back down to earth for a final blast of song structure. One final nail in the already tight coffin lid. Good night.

They give out ear plugs at The Loft and playing there I can see why. Boy was it loud! Nice and loud I hasten to add. My ears went into shut down after our 5 songs. Maybe time to give them a rest? No, actually time to hit the kambar and the sambookas. Ear rest would nave to wait until the next day. Anyone who hasn't been to The Loft yet, I highly recommend you do. It's a great set up there and is run by some very enthusiastic, friendly people, with their heads screwed on. This place deserves to be a success.
Harmonics
Lights Out
Quilty
Death's Head March
The Mallard

Tuesday 21st March: 2006 Set List:
Ann Arbor + The Furious Sleep + CRS* @ The Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, London, A Badge of Friendship night, Free.

the joyous double headed musical tombola
the last thing that happens is a very soused french man embracing us in his huge arms for minutes at a time, whispering thank yous and insisting we joined him to down whisky at the bar. the girl serving drinks has just revealed the size of our bar tab to a surprised jake. 10 minutes earlier a guy turns to us and says 'for men wearing dresses, you've got balls.' we enthuse about the vibe bar, all candles, fairy lights, throne like chairs and gaudy wall art. free entry so anyone can cock an ear if they're passing through.

earlier, the last song we play is wolves. we jam in the massive weight that's supposed to stop matt's drums sliding across the stage but doesn't and start the song ..about halfway something happens and we lose the script altogether and end up playing a freeform set of different ideas which eventually peters out, sounding like young starlings begging their mother to feed them. teetering on the edge of the cliff, something descends on us and we manage to jog back to the mainland.

a violent version of tofu starts the set, skating around on spilt beer and trying to coax a biblical rage from our strings. a few songs in, jake, matronly resplendent, is hurling a pair of trainers around the stage and i look up to find one stuck on the end of my bass. guitars begins spindly but becomes a riotous russian aunt, noise like stepping on a cat's tail. twenty minutes earlier the room is ringing to the oxes and mars volta and matt is showing me his hands blistered from the crs gig, talking about shopping for dresses with his mum earlier in the day. apparently she warmed to it after a while.
Tofu Escape Clause
Death's Head March
Quilty
Lights Out
Among The Wolves

Saturday 11th March: 2006 Set List:
Blankit + Point Seven Pistol + The Furious Sleep @ Seven Wives, St Ives, Free.

Time to get back on the horse. Ahhh it feels nice and comfortable, not annoying and scary like last time. Good well that's settled, things are officially fun again. So the next job was getting to St Ives and finding the venue. This also turned out to be easy. Two cars and some good directions and we were there without any problems. Everything seemed pretty relaxed. Only 2 bands playing, so no rush for sound checks etc. So there was plenty of time to settled down in the party atmosphere and wait to play.

Tofu got things off to a pounding start. Somehow it seemed very easy to be rocking hard in what seemed like a rather light sitting room! Maybe the disappointment of the soul tree was pushing us harder? Now the birthday guests present in the Seven Wives function room might have been enthusiastic for some aggressive punk prog styling, but the owners and regular patrons weren't so enamoured by what was leaking through to their area of the pub. So with a suggestion to 'turn' and 'tone' things down a bit Quilty started up with a tad less vigour. Though all it took was an impressive shout "one, two, three, four" from Matt and things soon erupted again. You can't keep the beast tamed for too long! After another request from the the management to turn down a little and being the well brought up young men we are, their requests were not dismissed out of hand. We gave them a slightly restrained Deaths Head and a soothing run through of The Mallard. Who say's we're awkward bastards? Still after our attempt at appeasing it was time to finish things of in our more usual vein. Wolves was dispatched with some pent up aggression and things were all done and dusted. There was no public lynching from the locals and lots of pleasant chatting with the birthday guests. So all in all a strange but enjoyable set and night. Thanks to Lee, Commissioner Cod and Happy Birthday to Huggy.
Tofu Escape Clause (youtube)
Quilty
Death's Head March
The Mallard
Among The Wolves

Wednesday 22nd February: 2006 Set List:
Dive Dive + The Resistance + The Furious Sleep + Um @ the Soul Tree, Cambridge, Club Goo, Green Mind Presents 5th Birthday Bash, £5.

Oh boy, what a bad gig. After the high of Shoreditch there was basically a long way to fall. Tofu and Lights Out (video clips to the right) weren't too bad but the rest of the set was pretty shit. Our usual connection wasn't there at all. So many mistakes it was soul destroying. Still we looked sexy as fuck in our dresses. So it wasn't all bad. One to put down to experience. Um was great as ever but unfortunately I didn't get to see The Resistance again. I was in bad gig mode and had to scuttle off home to bed. I hope they gave Green Mind the Birthday send off it deserves.

Interestingly our set and the general nature of TFS, seems to have stirred up a lot of chat on the WAN Message Board. Wow, we didn't realise you cared so much. Special thanks must go to Matt Abysmal for such his articulate post. Read the extracts here.
Tofu Escape Clause
Lights Out
Harmonics
Death's Head March
Among The Wolves


Saturday 18th February: 2006 Set List:
One Unique Signal + The Fades + The Furious Sleep @ Spread Eagle, 1-3 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, £4.

What a night. Things couldn't have turned out better, if we'd been getting blow jobs at 30 min intervals. The venue was just perfect. One of those great cosy dives, with loads of atmosphere. The sound guy was so friendly and helpful, you just wanted to take him to every gig. Plus we were playing with OUS who we always get on great with. The Fades were no exception either. Nice down to earth guys with no egos to contend with. If that wasn't enough, things were taken to another level of enjoyment when the place filled to the brim with punters. Enthusiastic punters at that. We were first on, but there was none of the normal 'it's just an opening act' apathy. People pushed forward and all eyes were attentive. For the next 35 minutes I don't really remember how well we played. We were having way too much fun to be thinking about such trivialities. Everything clicked into place. We played our hearts out to an audience who really appreciated what they we watching and listening to. For that we thank you. After, as we stood in the coldness of the store room catching our breath, the steam was visually rising from our bodies. We were done on both sides, no need to turn us over. I have to say I didn't catch much of The Fades set, as the next half hour seemed to consist of much chatting to enthusiastic new faces. I do remember they had a chorus with a really interesting vocal melody. I think they played it in the sound check too. As for OUS, the addition of a new guitarist seems to have brought on a whole new lease of life. This was the best I'd seen them. Confident and innovative. Their headline slot should be summed up by the phrase 'balls out'. I look forward to the next time we play together. For the TFS camp it was then off to party the night away in Hackney. Lots of fun and very little sleep.
Tofu Escape Clause
Lights Out
Harmonics
Death's Head March
Among The Wolves


Friday 3rd February: 2006 Set List:
The Furious Sleep + i! PiNATA! + The Confidentials + There Was an Accident Here @ the Premier Pool Club, Ipswich.

Big thanks to i! Pinata! for putting on such a great night. Here is our review in photos:
On the way there. Mostly traffic jams and some dissection of final Million Dead album
Traffic evidence. Note this was when we were moving.
After some comedy bad directions from google maps, we final got to the Pool Club
There Was an Accident Here got things off to an explosive start
Much jumping around from There Was an Accident Here
The Confidentials played their last gig with their current line up
This is the man The Confidentials are loosing
Our hosts for the evening i! PiNATA!
i! PiNATA!  in action
Tom nestles amongst the large amount of equipment, while we sing along to The Smiths
Hurrah for the Milton 24 hour Tesco. We stocked up on bubbly
A post gig sing song
Tofu Escape Clause
Harmonics
Death's Head March
Lights Out
Among The Wolves

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