McBusted! Oh my goodness! 6/5/14

My name is Lizzie and I am a Busted fan.

Not just a fan, I’m a fan fan. Like other similarly inflicted late teens, I have all their albums (and by that I mean all two and the live CD and DVD). I know all the words…and the harmonies…and use different voices for Matt, Charlie and James. The James singing voice is BRILLIANT, isn’t it!

I saw them live in 2004 and I cried when they broke up in 2005…

Don’t lie, you cried when they broke up too, didn’t you?

I have met very few people in my nearly 20 years on this Earth who didn’t like Busted. They were the spark that started my, and probably many other teens’ love for music in later life and I am not ashamed to admit that. When they broke up, I had to latch on to something else and McFly were there in all their bad haired, bright t-shirted glory. I love them rather a lot too.

So understandably when the news of McBusted came out in 2013 I immediately shelled out some of my student loan on a precious ticket…I didn’t eat that week but I don’t mind because this Tuesday just gone (6th May), I went to Cardiff and experienced something indescribable.

It would always be a tough task for any support act at such an event, but the few bands supporting McBusted did surprisingly well with a restless audience who cared about nothing but the headline act. I have no idea who the first band we saw were – the frontman hadn’t quite grown into his role yet and perhaps wasn’t used to addressing such a large crowd, but as a result nobody caught the name…if anyone can work out what he was saying, let me know! But they were good, catchy, energetic and a good warm-up for the brilliance to follow.

The next support though…I tell you what, everyone go and look up EofE. Right now. They took to the stage with a blistering mash-up of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ which doesn’t sound like it should work but it did! Utterly brilliant, a slap in the face, as a collective, our ears pricked up. We gave them our attention and although they never topped that opening song, the rest of their short set was on par with that incredible opener. They were sharp musically, energetic and had some pretty smooth moves, including an Avenged Sevenfold style Synyster Gates/Zacky Vengeance side by side by side rock out. It should also be noted that this singer had a phenomenal voice; clear, sharp, and my god what a range! If these guys don’t make it I’ll be very surprised – watch out for them.

The next band however…meh. I wasn’t feeling too hopeful when I saw the name on their drum kit – 3 Dudes. Right. And they lived up to my expectations completely. To give them their dues, they were good musically for their age (which I’m estimating is about 12) and were bursting with confidence that would make Jared Leto proud…but they’re those kids. If they were in your class at school, they would be the kid that you’d want to hit in the face every day. If you worked in an office with them, they’d be the guy that comes in on a skateboard and doesn’t do any work because he’s chatting up all the girls  while wearing chinos. They weren’t my cup of tea. Moving on!

The main event kept us waiting until 9pm but I don’t even care because what happened was truly incredible.

When the lights went out for the final time, the room was buzzing with excitement. Everybody was aware of the fact that we were about to witness something very special indeed. When the curtain dropped, the elaborate stage set up was revealed and we were shown a short Back To The Future style film which ended with an actual time machine/car being added to the stage! Such fun!

How familiar you are with the opening of ‘Air Hostess’? Do you always sing along with the ‘Let’s go! Yeaaaaaaahhh! Alrightttttt!’? Well the whole of the Motorpoint Arena did when the band exploded onto the stage. The place was jumping, and looking in front of me, I couldn’t see a single person standing still. It was such a magical moment; I never thought this would happen and I found it surprisingly emotional…I hope that wasn’t just me. I was such a great moment that I don’t even care that they’ve stolen the famous Don Broco ‘walk’.

For me, the evening was made up of 3 components: brilliant songs (some of the classics as well as one or two surprises), brilliant on stage banter and brilliant audience interaction (which included impromptu renditions of both ‘Barbie Girl’ and ‘My Heart Will Go On’…I’m not even joking).

One of the musical highlights was Busted’s ‘Sleeping With The Light On’, which really emphasised the benefits of having so many talented musicians on the stage which was perhaps one of my initial concerns for the super group. The harmonies produced during this song, and certainly in the whole show, were dazzling. The song started with James Bourne in a single spotlight and an acoustic guitar which then lead into a group performance. Together they rendered the song more powerful than it could ever have been on the album through the soaring harmonies and audience reaction – it seems as though this is a bit of a fan favourite…though really, every song played was a fan favourite as everything was both well performed and elevated to new heights and as a result, incredibly well received by us. I was unsure how they’d construct the set list given the amount of songs to consider and the fact that most people were drawn there by Busted. However they came up with a set that could please the both the Busted and McFly fans. Songs like ‘Star Girl’ and ‘Crashed The Wedding’ seem to have been made to have been performed together.

To be honest, the whole evening was built on the positive reaction from the crowd during the songs and it was easy to tell that the band were feeding off this energy too: the more excitable we became, the more the joking and banter continued and the more they appeared to enjoy it too.  So many penis jokes!

But it did genuinely seem as though this was something special: I was looking at Matt during one of the many sing alongs and he looked utterly bewildered and elated at the same time – like us, I don’t he ever thought this could happen. It was utterly brilliant to see these long-forgotten Busted classics given a new life in such a fantastic celebration with so many fans around to see it. They even played ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ for crying out loud! And they had a t-shirt gun!

Theatrical and brilliant, a night full of memories and not to be missed. If you were ever a Busted fan, you’d be stupid to miss this, even if you’re too cool to like McFly.

McBusted

Now playing: Busted – You Said No

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The what-I-call Music News (volume 1)

Golly, what a busy couple of weeks!

It was what-I-call rather hectic! Cheeky Miranda reference there. Honestly, the amount of times I’ve been told how like Miranda Hart I am is quite worrying – should I consider that a complement or not? I’m unsure.

But now the essays are done and the presentations presented I can get down to the business I wanted to cover the other week…

THE MUSICAL NEWS!

Some pretty big things have happened lately and you may or not be aware of them. Allow me to enlighten you.

First matter of business, your Honour:

The split of Kids In Glass Houses <sobs uncontrollably in the corner>

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It’s always a really sad day when a band you have a massive amount of respect for decide to move on. When I initially saw this on the Kerrang! website it genuinely made me sad and totally killed my morning. Say what you want about KIGH, but they’ve been a massive influence on their genre and have helped to pave the way for other emerging bands now – Mallory Knox, for example.

From what I can gather, it’s purely come down to not being able to make ends meet. The latest album ‘Peace’ had some hype around it and a bit of radio play…and then they disappeared again. I read an interview with Aled Phillips, the vocalist, here and he echoed these sentiments. He also mentions about the third album ‘In Gold Blood’ and how, perhaps it wasn’t a clever business move for them.

I’d like to put it out there, however, that I loved this album.

I liked that it was different from ‘Smart Casual’ and ‘Dirt’ (the band’s first two albums). I liked that it had a certain maturity about it; it was darker and heavier, but still with their trademark vocal hooks and melodies. It was a braver move and I, along with the reviewers, seemed to think it was a step in the right direction. But I don’t think it went down as well with many other fans and the band found themselves trying to recover fans from it and recruit new ones.

I saw them live supporting You Me At Six in Yeovil in 2012 and my god, THE ENERGY! They were phenomenal, far too good to be a supporting act. Phillips mentions how he hopes they “are remembered as a live band more than anything” and for me certainly, they will be.

I urge EVERYONE, to go and support them on their farewell tour in October this year and help share the KIGH love for the final time. Dates and venues are at the link above and on their facebook page…DO IT.

Ok, next on the agenda, New Found Glory.

This morning the reason why New Found Glory decided to part ways with Steve Klein back in December last year due to ‘personal differences’ was revealed……turns out that sex offences which could amount to 27 years in prison comes under that category. :(

I’m not going to go off on a spiel and compare him to Ian Watkins because that would not be fair  Klein as he has yet to be convicted and Watkins was clearly guilty and off his face on meth the entire time.

The whole story has kicked off a bit since this morning (13th March) as New Found Glory released a statement on their Facebook page here, and Klein’s lawyer has released a statement to Alt Press in which she states how she believes he is innocent of any blame. Read up on these things before you go making big statements about him and comparing him to Watkins…please, on behalf of all people who laugh at those who try and bullshit about something they know nothing about!

I don’t know much about law and don’t want to go and say anything as to whether or not he’s guilty until something clearer emerges, but rest assured, when I know, you’ll know too!

Let’s move on to something nicer now!

There’s been some cracking festival announcements in the last couple of weeks haven’t there! Slam Dunk being the one which springs immediately to mind.

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How good is that!! And there’s still more to be announced!

At the start of the month, We Are The In Crowd, Less Than Jake, Motion City Soundtrack, Hit The Lights, State Champs, A Loss For Words, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Marmozets and Blitz Kids were added to the already cracking line up to make it a proper mix of genres – the pop punk of We Are The In Crowd (who, by the way are VERY good live), to a band like Bury Tomorrow, who certainly can NOT be considered pop punk!

It runs on the Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday of May (the 24th, 25th and 26th) in Leeds, Hertfordshire and Wolverhampton respectively. Get to it, look at that line-up! You’d be mad not to!

Another exciting festival/tour announcement is that of the Carnivores Tour.

If you haven’t heard about this, it’s 30 Seconds to Mars…and Linkin Park…and AFI! WHUUUUUUUTT!

I’m not going to deny the fact that I got super duper excited about this…and then my heart broke when I realised that it was only a US tour. I nearly died of disappointment.

It really gets to me when a band decides to promote an amazing tour then you start to get really excited…..buuuuuut, it’s only in North America! The Spring Fever Tour in spring 2013 with All Time Low, Pierce The Veil, You Me At Six and Mayday Parade and the House Party Tour (A Day To Remember, All Time Low and Pierce The Veil) would be other good examples of this. Imagine seeing that!

Never mind though.

If you fancy going to America for a bit, y’know, see the sights, go to the Carnivores Tour (and hey, you may as well catch a couple of dates of Warped Tour before it starts while you’re at it) then it runs from the start of August through to September.

And finally, some fun news!

Taylor Hawkins, who you should know from Foo Fighters – if you don’t know who the Foo Fighters are…just get out now, I’m very disappointed in you, you don’t even know who the Foo Fighters are and you’re reading a music blog…my god! – has started a new side project called the Birds of Satan. Bit of an odd name, I know, but I can forgive him!

They’ve released a song too called ‘Thanks for The Line’ which can be found here, along with more info about them.

Those of us who are familiar with Hawkins and Foo Fighters know that he lends his vocals on the song ‘Cold Day In The Sun’ and that he has got actually a really lovely voice, which tends to be uncommon for drummers.

The song sounds very promising, with a good mix of Hawkins’ strong drums and gravelly vocals and then the small piano bridge, followed rapidly by a blistering guitar solo. You’re never left wondering what the song is called either as it is repeated lots and lots and lots of times which I always like! It wouldn’t be out of place on a Foo Fighters album but it’s exciting and catchy and I personally can’t wait for them to release another song.

And the fact that Hawkins has said that this new side-project will not interfere with the Foos new material makes it all the more attractive!

And so concludes the music news – just a few things that I reckon you need to know and now you do! You’re in the loop, you’re not the kid who doesn’t know what’s going on! Hurrah!

Until we meet again friends :D

Now playing: Nine Inch Nails – Copy Of A