Vanity Project

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Black Sabbath

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“Big Ozzy chases Little Ozzy”
Black Sabbath
British Summer Time @ Hyde Park. 04 July 14.

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The Cravats

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The Cravats
Highbury Buffalo Bar. 12 April 14.

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Pond

POND

Pond
Field Day @ Victoria Park. 08 June 14.

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Gallon Drunk

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Gallon Drunk
Islington Lexington. 21 April 2014.

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The Fall

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The Fall
Chelsea Under The Bridge. 11 June 2014.

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Neneh Cherry & Rocketnumbernine

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Neneh Cherry & Rocketnumbernine
Field Day @ Victoria Park. 07 June 14.

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Melt-Banana

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Melt-Banana, Fingermen.
Southampton Joiners. 01 June 2014.

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June 5, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, GAPS, Myyths
Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. 27 May 2014.

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Changes to site

Sadly, as my time does not allow me to sit down and compose reviews in the way I would like, this site will now mainly feature photographs taken at gigs, both as they happen and from my archive.

I want to keep this site going as an archive of things written in the era of the Vanity Project paper fanzine and all the live reviews written subsequently. I may dip my toes in every now and then, but generally this will now be a photo blog.

Thanks for reading.

May 29, 2014 Posted by | site admin | Leave a comment

The Hidden Cameras @ Bush Hall

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Bush Hall, Shepherd’s Bush. 29jan14.

When the Hidden Cameras first came over to these shores, they would often bring a number of party tricks with them; toy percussion instruments to hand out to the crowd and dancers in balaclavas while angry racoons would be set loose on the dance floor. Well, that last one isn’t true, but you could believe it of them, as there was nothing if not a wild abandon about those shows.

However a decade down the line, Joel Gibb (for he is to the Hidden Cameras as sugar is to candy floss) appears more worldly and, err…, ‘tucked in’. The sound on brand new record Age and its 2009 predecessor Origin: Orphan has seen a significant increase in the maturity of the songwriting, and generally has a greater ‘heft’ to it. Not in a ‘middle aged spread’ sense, more that as the hair lightens, the perspective becomes a little wiser as well as the orchestration getting a little denser.

Famously, and this was as much of a journalistic hook as the vaudevillian aspect of the shows when they first appeared, early songs dealt with golden showers, anonymous encounters in toilets and such like. Newer songs are still heavily influenced by the more promiscuous end of homosexual lifestyle, but come at it with an increasing sense of ennui and, some, regret.

Now, this is not to say that a 2014 Hidden Cameras show is all ashen frowns and Amish sartorial strictness, far from it. The current European franchise of Gibb’s backing band (pictured), including Jordan Hunt (of The Irrepressibles) and Verity Susman (once of Electrelane), are quite happy to bounce around for Underage and sling on the blindfolds for Smells Like Happiness, while two beetroot-faced members of the crowd are dragged from the front to lead the rest of us in the hear/speak/see-no-evil hand movements for Breathe On It.

Gibb, meanwhile, is captivating in his own right. There are plenty of vowel sounds within his tunes, a plethora of ooohs, ahhs and ayys, and he sells each one like a man that has just discovered that he is on fire; the ‘o’ of his mouth contorting, stretching and contracting in such a way as to suggest an invisible dentist has taken the opportunity to do a scale and polish.

There appears to be plenty of confidence in the new material, the show opening with the same three tunes as Age, and rightly so. For all that the sound and tone is shaded around the edges these days, Gibb’s ability to write enrapturing pop songs remains undiminished as he continues to add an admirable breadth to his canon

February 1, 2014 Posted by | new reviews | | Leave a comment

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