Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Diamond Skulls launch

Frank UnderworldIn recent weeks, this blog has become something of A Blog About Gallows, but this is purely coincidental, so those of you who don't share my enthusiasm (firstly, why the hell not?!) need not be too concerned. To be honest, with work taking up as much time as it has, it seems the only things we've actually done in recent weeks has been go to a couple of Gallows gigs, though I also got some more work done on my backpiece tattoo.

Monday night, though, with free tickets in hand, we made our way to Camden Town for the punk-rock gig of the year: the launch night of the Diamond Skulls Social Club.

Gallows were the headline act, and the four supports were, in order of appearance: The Dead Formats, Dead Swans, (Toronto's own) Cancer Bats, and The Ghost of a Thousand. The first band had supported Gallows at the Tap 'n' Tin show a couple of weeks prior, but we'd missed them due to arriving late to the venue, so this was a good chance to play catch-up.

To be fair, all of the support bands put on great performances, even if I wouldn't necessarily buy any of their material at this point in time. Cancer Bats were probably the best of the supports, but tGOAT were also very strong on performance.

Gallows came on at about 10:15 to play about 40 minutes or so. They started with "In the Belly of a Shark" and ended with "Orchestra of Wolves" amid a mass stage invasion (see pic below). In between those songs they also played four new songs, including the three played at Chatham, along with "Rolling with the Punches", "Come Friendly Bombs", and "Abandon Ship".

Stage Invasion

Throughout the set, singer Frank (see my pretty awesome pic at top) was throwing T-shirts into the audience, and those purchasing shirts got 33% discounts as well as some freebies thrown in. I got a limited-edition signed print with my purchase.

On our way out, Frank was manning the merch stand, chatting with fans and getting photos taken. Overall it was a top-notch night of entertainment, like a mini hardcore/punk-rock festival. Here's to the next Gallows gig...

In the meantime, tonight the wife and I are off out to see one of her current favourite bands, Maxïmo Park, at the Forum. It's exactly 12 years today since she first set eyes on me at the very same venue while watching Manic Street Preachers. Weird, huh?

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Blogger Red said...

Ah, yes... I remember that night of 12 years ago well. And I bet you would fit into your Molotov Cocktail T-shirt again, hot stuff!

28 May, 2008 13:51  
Blogger furiousBall said...

Manic Street Preachers! Love them, haven't listened to them in forever

28 May, 2008 15:23  
Blogger furiousBall said...

Manic Street Preachers! Love them, haven't listened to them in forever

28 May, 2008 15:23  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

wow! happy anniversary, of sorts :)

28 May, 2008 15:35  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Hope you have a wonderful night with some great memories of when you first wonderful!

Hope the bands are fun

thinking of you and Red..


28 May, 2008 16:24  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

AWWW Sweet guys. Twelve years huh?? LOL.. Jeff and I are celebrating 12 years June 2nd and our 2nd wedding anniversary then too.. Glad to hear you had fun. Tahnks for sharing your fun.

29 May, 2008 17:57  
Blogger Avid Andy said...

that is weird. what is even weirder is that she still married you. i kid...that's cool.

30 May, 2008 05:42  
Blogger The Manic Street Preacher said... there's a band eh? The Manics. Class.

31 May, 2008 16:57  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Just checking in to see if any new posts....

03 June, 2008 18:13  

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