Bolton Live Music Venue.
22 Manor Street, Bolton, BL1 1TU.
01204 388596.

Friday, 20 April 2012

DOGSTOCK 2012: The Lineup


Saturday June 2nd     

Our Fold.................................................2230 - 2300
Arse Full Of Chips...................................2140 - 2210
Neuron No!............................................2050 - 2120
Chris Evans Collective.............................2000 - 2030
Second Hand Wings................................1910 - 1940
Injun Joe..................................................1820 - 1850
Pauline Blackburn.....................................1730 - 1800
Limbs.......................................................1640 - 1710
The Managers..........................................1500 - 1600
                                   
Sunday June 3rd        

To The Bones............................................2230 - 2300
Billyclub.....................................................2140 - 2210
Total Victory.............................................2050 - 2120
Louise Distras............................................2000 - 2030
Amongst the Stars......................................1910 - 1940
The Doublecross........................................1820 - 1850
Hero Syndrome.........................................1730 - 1800
The Kiss Off..............................................1640 - 1710
Duckworth.................................................1550 - 1620
The Mochackers........................................1500 - 1530
                                   
Monday June 4th       

The Broken Door........................................2230 - 2300
Jeramiah Ferrari..........................................2140 - 2210
Black Dynamite...........................................2050 - 2120
The Lottery Winners....................................2000 - 2030
The Minions................................................1910 - 1940
Our Helical Mind........................................1820 - 1850
Northern Souls............................................1730 -1800
Wrinkly Kids...............................................1640 - 1710
Roscoe........................................................1550 - 1620
Bonaventure Bone........................................1500 – 1530

TICKETS – Weekend tickets (£10) available from behind the bar at the Dog. Single day admission (£6) is pay on the door on the day only.

See you there.

Monday, 9 April 2012

INTERVIEW: Tim G - Black Dynamite

1. Black Dynamite eh? Named after the film or something else?

Err... Dunno really ! We spent aaaaaggges trying to think of a name.
I've not actually seen the film yet but our drummer Mackle has, and I think it's quite possible that some of it's spirit is what inspired him to make the suggestion. Prior to this our best name ideas were 'The Darling Buds of Brian May' and 'Sinnead O'Conners Bald Head', so when Mackle eventually bellowed 'BLACK DYNAMITE!!!' from the corner of the room, we decided to go with it.

2. As a band you’ve not been around for long but I guess you’d have all known each other from the Harijan/Shadowcops days right?

Yeah we've known each other quite some time. Nick is the only new comer to the crowd, brought to us from a solitary post on the Wildhearts message board!
Know the guys well from recording most of the Shadowcops stuff 'back in the day'. The band actually came about when the band split up just before recording an EP with me. Mike and Mackle felt bad about leaving me in the lurch money-wise and decided to demo a few of the songs with me. The riffs I was hearing compelled me to pick up a guitar and start fret wangling on them... the rest is history !

3. It’s a beautiful noise Tim. I hear a plethora of wonderful bands in your stuff - Wildhearts, Terrorvision, Honeycrack, The Almighty – any of these close to the truth?

They certainly are! I guess a big part of the band is a nostaligic exercise for us. We have all come from 'punkier' band backgrounds, and discovered we had a mutual desire to have a go at playing more melodious stuff. Kicking out some tunes that remind us a bit of the 90s makes us all smile. We all like our 'punk' but having had our heads and ears largely immersed in that scene for a long time, it feels refreshing to be jamming some vocal harmonies, cheeky riffs and big solos. Although we are total punks and We don't give a fuck about anything obviously. Just make sure you get those m&m's arranged in the correct manner for our Dog gig please Matt. Cheers (Please make sure you buy our T-Shirts too. Thanks)

4. You’re at the Dog April 14th, should be decent…..

Very much looking forward to it! The 2 gigs we've done at the dog have been our favourite gigs as a band! Lovely lovely people. Got a couple of new songs in the set now, and there will be a CD/single available. Will be a few quid or summert! 


5. Some would know you from your Manchester studio Big Tone. Does having your own gaff help or hinder the recording processes of your own band?

Hmmm.. Well obviously it's handy. It does help as we have a permanent practice space in one of the live rooms and everything is there for when we want to record. I think the only hinderance is my own brain. I'm never happy with a mix and find it really hard mixing my own band because it never seems quite as big as I want it to be!! Although according to others the tracks sound pretty decent like....

6. Choose us a song:

The new single "Times that you're feeling Alright (Beat the times that you're feeling so low)"


 

7. Overall, what do you do best?

Ooer. Hmmm... well. We're pretty good at eating pizza, drinking lager (although sometimes I prefer an ale) and Mike has been able to successfully fool the facebook world into thinking he's Ant from Ant and Dec...
Music-wise I guess we (hopefully) do a good job of playing some catchy, badass rockin music with smooth harmonies and a sense of fun whilst being thoroughly alternative.

8. When shall we expect a Black Dynamite album? We’re all getting a little impatient.

Argh! Don't ask! Because I really don't know! We have a load of stuff recorded but I am the problem person in this equation as I really can't help picking and picking at them mix-wise. As well as this we're constantly writing and ever-so-very-slightly tweaking our musical identity. Probably won't get an album together until that process reaches a certain level of gravitas. Plus we need a string orchestra on one of the tracks.
We'll proabably release some more 'demo' type things soonish.

9. Have you ever seen 80s comedy legends Cannon and Ball’s 1982 film ‘The Boys In Blue’?

I actually don't think I have I'm afraid. Worth a watch?


10. I’d better get us a drink, what do you fancy?

Pint of bitter please my mate.

Friday, 6 April 2012

DOGSTOCK 2012 – Band announcements #3

Not long now til we can put all these announcements together to make a full line up. Lets be honest, even with 10 bands unveiled, it’s already better than Reading/Leeds.

Here we go.

WRINKLY KIDS – Ex Mannikin John/Islands Lost At Sea bloke Dan Lever makes his debut with his new band. Might be one of the big talking points of the fest. In a good way of course.

THEBROKENDOOR – We’ve asked TBD to try and better last years closing set. A tough ask but if anyone can rise to the challenge it’s this band. Brutal, bouncy, sample fuelled improve d and b. Prepare to be blown away all over again.


 THE LOTTERY WINNERS – Absolutely dominating the NW unsigned scene, winners (natch) of many a competition, headliners of large Manchester venues and all round good eggs. It won’t be long til they’re playing Leeds/Reading or god forbid V fest. Monday, Monday, Monday.


TOTAL VICTORY – On the cusp of their second album release, Total Victory tread the Dogstock boards for the very first time. 2011 was a great year for TV and 2012 appears to be going the same way. See em late Saturday night.


PAULINE BLACKBURN -  Lovely songwriter and singer of beautiful songs. Last seen at the Dog supporting Merry Hell.


Oh and tickets should be on sale from, and only, from the Dog the back end of next week.

Excited.


Sunday, 1 April 2012

INTERVIEW: Dan Brookes - Total Victory

1. Hello Dan, are you well?

It's a beautiful morning with the test match on television after a good weekend where an old friend got married. No complaints.

2. Total Victory are on the verge of releasing their second album in two years. There’s rapidity to your releases. Any particular reason for this?

I think there are many reasons. Here are five. i. We don't have to go through the whole label approval procedure. ii. We record ourselves when it suits us. iii. Our records are fairly short. iv. We don't over-rehearse. v. YOU CAN'T STOP THE ROCK. Or something.

3. Ahhhh, the life of a rock a roll band. Tell us about a memorable gig at which you have performed.

We played a basement in Victoria Park, Manchester, that was where the whole TV thing really coalesced for the first time in my mind. Nothing out of the ordinary occurred, but it was a great meeting of inspired performance & uninhibited audience.

4. Total Victory’s album and singles come adorned with very striking covers. Interesting art or integral to the music?

I'm developing the opinion (and we need to establish now that I rarely speak for the band and only ever for myself) that often you're buying the artist as much as the art. We're also very lucky to come from a community of artists (this isn't as lentils and hessian trousers as it sounds) that can contribute to the general TV concept. Darren Riley has done the covers for the first album and our last single and will be doing the next record. They stand alone as photographs though, so to answer your question: both.

5. What’s your favourite thing about men?

On the whole men are the worst thing that happened to the planet. Secondly, I don't really believe in 'male', as such, as there's more to what a person is than a description of their genitals. But my favourite thing about 'men' or 'maleness' is that as the section of society that tends to hog the money, the territory, the art, etc, is that there's a lot of political capital in the concept of 'men' that can be used against 'men' for the gain of 'the other'. Man's inflexibility as his own evolutionary ruin, so to speak.

Also: team sports.

6. April 6th sees your first performance at the Dog this year. You’re playing with label mates Codex Leicester and Death Masks. Will you be raising the roof in a new way?

I have arranged a structural engineer to go in to the place on the 5th to ensure that the roof is fit for purpose, I don't want these three bands to be accused of blowing the roof off some shoddy workmanship.

7. Have you ever felt a ghostly or supernatural presence in a room behind you and whirled around to face it but found there was nothing there?

Not exactly this. One time I woke up and there was something else in the bed with me. My waking startled it and it ran away laughing toward the door. I could only see the silhouette but it appeared to be a bearded man whose head only came up to the door handle, similar to a garden gnome but real. It was either a ghost, a very vivid dream, or I was subject to a night-time pervert.

8. Do you think about the future?

Well, firstly, I'm deeply suspicious of people who live in the now and of people who have no regrets. But that aside, I think apprehension of the future is a primary motivating factor to get things done. I read an article recently about the regrets of people on their death bed and they're all things like 'I wish I hadn't closed off from my friends' and 'I wish I had worked less'. Calculating a way to die without regrets is how I spend a good 30% of my day.

This question also works on the assumption that time is linear. Which it is. You are to be commended.

 9. Away from music, how do you like to relax?

I'm a runner. Half-marathons tends to be my distance these days. No music. NEVER with music. I'm actually a bad relaxer these days and would fairly describe myself as 'a bit uptight'. A young Richard Briers, if you will.

10. It’s my round, what are you drinking?

Gin for me. Pint of fizzy lager for ML (bass). Real ale for Martin (guitar), Matt (guitar), and James (drums). We'll be drinking those outside whatever the weather.

Total Victory - 'What the body wants, the body gets' promo