Gigs 2007

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Monday 10th September: 2007 Set List:
Bearsuit + The Furious Sleep + Bomb Factory + The Winter Kings @ The Graduate, Cambridge.

So that was the opening night of the new Cambridge Barfly then! And what a wholly enjoyable night it was too. First off Bomb Factory got everyone into the groove with another frantic set of punk gems. Re-introducing us to a set of reprobate characters. The place was looking rather busy by now. So it wasn't long before the stage area was covered in curtain of dry ice and we were poised on the brink of the 2nd TFS set in 2 days. Sweeten the Deal and Pill rushed passed in a blur of volume and limbs. Hats Off soon turned into the joyful funk/noise out of it's finale and then it was just Structure left. A particularly confident seance and noise out spring to mind. Then it was all over. Great fun, plus we go rid of all our cds to happy punters. Enough said. Bearsuit brought things to a close with some rather bizarre outfits and music. I wasn't won over immediately. The first song sounded like a band being thrown down stairs, instruments still intact, but the quirky songs and stage banter had me smiling come the end. I'll look up their cd soon. Thanks to Simon for putting us on. I think he was understandably a bit nervous about the whole night. So it was good to see him looking relaxed at the end. It's going to be a great venue. Also mucho love to BennyG for filming our set. It's much appreciated. The results of which can be viewed by clicking on the songs titles.

Extra notes: This turned out to be the last TFS show with the freaking talented DC on drums. Boo. Immigration wouldn’t let him back into the country after a trip back to NY. Well you know what they say about burning bright for a short time only. On to the next TFS chapter then. Plus a note to the small minded. Just because you don’t like something, it doesn’t mean you have to be a cheese dick about it. It makes people think you’re an idiot.
Sweeten The Deal (youtube)
Pill (youtube)
Hats off to Yeltsin
Structure


Saturday 8th September: 2007 Set List:
That Fucking Tank + These Monsters + The Furious Sleep + Latahs @ Portland Arms, Cambridge, No Not Conform.

This was probably our favourite gig so far, when on paper it really shouldn’t have be. Things started off badly when I managed to double book myself with the Wedding of Ed ‘Absolute Zeros’ Lake. What are the odds? So I ended up driving to Brighton and back before we’d even played. Luckily there were no hiccups with this adventure and by the time I’d got to the Portland things were running smoothly and there was even time to relax/drink. The once 7 band half day line up was now rather reduced 4 bands, but they sure more than made up for any absences. Latas was all atmospherics, drones and doom, with a long beaked bird mask for good measure. Apparently he had lots of technical difficulties, but the much frustrated shaking of his head only made for a more sinister set. Disembodied noises came forth and the beak moved from side to side ominously. Then it was our turn and to be honest after all the travelling and worry I hadn’t really thought about the playing side of things. Sweeten the Deal punched me awake and things began to take off very quickly. Pill was briskly started to keep the momentum going, but was just as quickly stopped. Tom had turned his 4 string to a 3! With the rest of us fidgeting in anticipation, Tom did a remarkable double time string change. Then we were off again. Pill charged on again as if there had been not gap in proceedings and before we knew it there was just time for one more. The choice was a one hard: do we say fuck the system and play the orgy that is Structure or play the relatively new and exciting, but more conventional Yeltsin! It was a James Parish night and he’d had lots of organisational hassles with this gig, so we were kind. Feeling a little cross with ourselves for taking the ‘nice’ route we gave Yeltsin a the most savage kicking of it’s life. Great fun. Even after such a high there was more fun to come. That Fucking Tank brought things to a very appropriate close. Good times all round. My thanks to James for sticking in there.
Sweeten The Deal
Pill
Hats off to Yeltsin


Friday 17th August: 2007 Set List:
The Furious Sleep + many others @ Cambridge Rock Festival 07, Kings Bush Centre / Kings Bush Farm, Wood Green Animal Shelters, Nr Cambridge, Mulletboy Studios Stage.

Having never played at a beer and rock festival before, let along one that was being held in an animal shelter! We were all mightily intrigued by the prospect of this one. The Mullet Boy rehearsal rooms had asked us to play on their unsigned stage. Which we oh course said yes to. We got 8 free passes to the whole festival and packed our tents ready for a night of rock camping. It has to be said the Mullet Boy set up was perfect. I don’t think we’ve ever played a gig that had such great sound on stage and off it. Plus the aforementioned stage was massive with a very impressive light show. All green, yellow and red. My favourites. Playing wise things couldn’t have gone better. We’ve really come into our own with these songs. So with the band on top form it was a shame that most punters decided to go see the old school rock action on the other stages and not the new school freak out that was happening on stage 3. Thanks to those that did stay and to the bar staff who danced along. There should also be special award to the 5 year old girl who stayed from the whole set, with her fingers in her ears and crying. That’s dedication for you. Post gig, there was plenty more fun to be had. We had gorged ourselves on drinking, eating, hanging out with Trailing Cable, watching random bands and even getting embroiled in a 60’s style love in complete with acoustic guitar and nakedness. You can’t beat it! Rockin Beer Fest all the way.
Pill
Sweeten The Deal
Hats off to Yeltsin
Structure


Thursday 16th August: 2007 Set List:
The Furious Sleep + tbc @ Queen Charlotte, Norwich.

I’m not sure why I can’t remember much about these Queen Charlotte gigs? Something is trying to erase them from my mind. Well here goes anyway. The main band were rather annoying and weren’t half as good as they thought they were, but had an interesting mix of odd looking band members. Plus they made us go on after them, even though everyone was there to see them! Strange chaps. We played really well. All songs were executed with much gusto and precision (for once). I took the chance in Structure’s noise out to take some photos of the others in full freak out mode. Which also saved me standing there looking like a prick. The only other points that spring to mind are, Tom’s bright red cocktail, chatting to some very nice people in the beer garden and we handed out the first copies of our new cd.
Pill
Hats off to Yeltsin
Sweeten The Deal
Structure


Saturday 28th July: 2007 Set List:
Soeza (10-10.45) + Koe (9-9.30) + One Unique Signal (8-8.30) + Restlesslist (7-7.30) + Future Corpses (6-6.30) + Limn (5-5.30) + The Furious Sleep (4-4.30) + Uncle Pedro (3-3.30) + Action (2-2.30) + Burnst (1-1.30) @ Imperial College Union, London, A Badge of Friendship's DIY Summer Festival.

This was one of those occasions where things should have gone perfectly, but some how didn’t! An all day gig in London with those lovely Badge of Friendship guys, with lots of great bands on the line up and none of us even had to stay sober because we caught the train down. Carrying the guitar amp across London was pretty shit, but not as shit as our set. Most people thought it was fine and we even got a great review (see here), but we just weren’t happy with it. Although they weren’t the best versions, I’d say the first 3 songs were pretty good, but lacked that something special. The sound on stage was horrible and it seemed hard for us all to get into the groove at the same time. The worst was yet to come though. We should have just left the stage there and then, but no. Instead we ploughed on with 12 mins of the shittiest Structure ever. God it was embarrassing and hence why no video clip of it here. Something to note for future then. If you’re not feeling the vibes don’t try and play songs that are long and need lots of conviction. The best thing about the day was catching up with Matt, witnessing Geordi Le Force for the first time and hanging out with the OUS boys again. Plus as always Claire and Paul were the perfect hosts. Thanks again for having us.


Hats off to Yeltsin
Sweeten The Deal
Pill (youtube)
Structure
Thursday 19th July: 2007 Set List:
The Furious Sleep + One Unique Signal + Bomb Factory + Ray Brower @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge, £4.

This was another of our TFS presents nights and what a great line up we’d put together. Last time we’d played with Ray Brower I hadn’t been impressed at all. Tonight however they were pushing all the right buttons. Energetic, eclectic and got things off to a perfect start. Bomb Factory are always good value for money and this set was no exception. As the last bit of feedback rang out their ‘God loves us’ kiss off, I was smiling from ear to ear. We’ve played with One Unique Signal a few times now and have been impressed every time. The difference this time was they were now a 5 piece! Turns out adding another guitar to their sound was a great idea. Even more glorious OUS noise for your money. It was a great night for us as well. The four of us finally really clicked and was our best effort so far. Pill was much more confident and Yeltsin is really coming into it’s own. Especially the funk out ending. Loads of fun to play. Of course things came to a close with another epic Structure. The noise out being particularly satisfying, all big riffs and freaking out. So another successful night at the Portland under our belts. 4 top quality bands for £4. What a bargain.


Sweeten The Deal
Hats off to Yeltsin (youtube)
Pill
Structure
Friday 6th July: 2007 Set List:
Ray Brower + The Furious Sleep + more @ Queen Charlotte, Norwich.

This one’s a bit cloudy in the memory. I just remember thinking this wasn’t quite as good as the last time we were in Norwich. Plus we had to listen to someone sound check a delay pedal for an hour and then they didn’t even use it. On the plus side, we got to air our new song Hats off to Yeltsin (DC came up with the title) and people seemed to enjoy us. What more can you ask for? We left before the end of RB’s set. The drive home was calling and to be honest the music wasn’t floating my boat.
Pill
Hats off to Yeltsin
Sweeten The Deal
Structure
Friday 8th June: 2007 Set List:
The Furious Sleep + more @ Arts Centre Bar, Norwich.

What a fun gig. We turned up feeling a bit unsure about what to expect. We were playing in the arts centre bar, not the actually arts centre! Where another gig was taking place. So basically our gig was the entertainment for people not wanting to watch the main gig or queuing for drinks! Rather strange we thought. Plus no one really seemed to know what was going on with sound checks or stage times. On the plus side the room did have a balcony around it, which meant there was plenty of viewing space for anyone that wanted to see the bands. We decided it was best just to wait until we were asked to set up. Which we soon were. So with a quick set up and plug in, we were off. The room and balcony area soon filled with eager faces and more to the point they seemed to be enjoying what we were doing. If Sweeten the Deal and Pill were the starters and main, then Structure was defiantly the dissert. Warmed up and ready to give them a bit of what they wanted, we delivered the full 10 mins plus of prog and noise core. Complete with DC making a wonderful drum stick drop, loosing then under his seat but still managing to regain the beat . As we finally came to a close the room was full of enthusiastic cheers and much bashing of the balcony grills. These punters were nearly as loud as we were! Many thanks for your appreciation. We had a great time.
Sweeten The Deal
Pill
Structure


Tuesday 8th May: 2007 Set List:
The Furious Sleep (with DaveCat on drums) + Dungeons + Rob Jackson + Bomb Factory @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge, £4.

Thank you to everyone who came down to the Portland on Tuesday. After all the effort and worry we put into it, we really appreciate people being there. Even bigger thanks to Rob Jackson and Dungeons for giving up their time and playing such great music. We played a decent first gig. Things weren't as in control as we would have liked, but we brushed that aside and there was plenty of balls to the walls to carry us through. Also, it turns out DC doesn't have to go back to NY just yet, so we're going to get to play many more gigs together. Means we get to hone those new songs and write a some more. So until next time
Pill
Sweeten The Deal
Structure
Big Riff


Wednesday 25th April: 2007 Set List:
The Furious Sleep + Fuzzy Lights + Karmadillo + Rob Jackson @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge, £4.

A big thanks to people for turning up last night and to Fuzzy Lights and Karmadillo for playing such great sets. The strange mix of bands worked well. I was laughing and singing along through the Dillos mood enhancing songs. While the Fuzzy Lights brought a whole different atmosphere to proceedings. One minute sparse clinking and scratching, the next a wall of noise. What were all those noises? Both great. We were totally under rehearsed, but that didn't stop the fun from flowing. A mammoth improvisational Harmonics being my highlight. Thanks also to Jazz for doing the sound and for letting us finish with a 9 min Tofu, even though we'd already run out of time. Special mention must go to the 3 man dance group who bopped away through out. Impressive hair and limb rocking.
Death's Head March (soundcloud)
Harmonics (soundcloud)
Tofu Escape Clause


Wednesday 28th March: 2007 Set List:
Delphi + Actionforce + The Furious Sleep @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge, £5.

Well we finally played our first gig of the year and what a beast it was too. Just three songs in our 30 min set. This left plenty of room for improvising and generally fucking with the program. Dave, Tom and Matt stretched the intro to Harmonics out until breaking point. Building the hypnotic mass of notes and beats to dizzying levels, until finally snapping things back to reality and off we went. It was great to air Structure again. Although it's been kicking about for a while now, we haven't played it loud many times. It's really coming into it's own at the moment. I really enjoyed the freak out in middle. There were some messed up noises being produced. Great fun. So to finish, what more could we provide than a spot of Tofu. It's always a crowd favourite and very much fun to play. This was no exception. An extended intro and end pushed us to the max, but the energy levels kept up long enough for things to climax in a blaze of rawkus stop/start stabs. It was great to be play live again. We really must do it again soon. Thanks so much to Actionforce for organising the night and being such a lovely bunch. They are some tuneful buggers too. You can catch them on tour right now.
Harmonics
Structure
Tofu Escape Clause


Tuesday 13th February: 2007 Cancelled, booooooo Set List:
The Furious Sleep + Riddle of Steel + The Khe Sanh Approach @ The Cellar Bar, Napier Street, Cambridge, A Badge Of Friendship night, £5.

 
 

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