in the middle of her maelstrom;
It’s a ‘twin hats’ kinda afternoon in which the better angels of my nature are struggling to drown out the demons who’d rather dream up potential lineups than concentrate on the difference between liquidity and leverage ratios. We have a date, and a familiar headliner, for Last Year’s Gig the Fourth (one which won’t be a complete surprise to those of you who are fans on Facebook) – and I’m contemplating supports as much as how to play it differently.
I realise, however, that I have been neglectful in sharing my memories of Last Year’s Gig the Second!
Putting on bands you love is ace. Okay you have to pay them, and feed them, and there is the danger that you might end up smashing the rider (“what, already?” laughed Richy before I informed him that there was literally a bottle of Pinot Grigio all over the floor backstage) but you’re also pretty much guaranteed to hear your favourite songs as well as a few surprises. Massive hugs to Mr Lovers Turn To Monsters for his heartfelt cover of Jesse Malin’s “Brooklyn”, even if my caterwauling from the ticket desk nearly drowned him out at some points.
She Makes War might have been the unknown commodity but she was a bit of a star, as several of you attested. Any time you want to come back to Glasgow Laura, just gi’es a shout. The lady herself recently sent me a video where she covers Madonna’s “Dress You Up” murder ballad style, recorded elsewhere on the tour as part of Yorkshire’s Hope and Social Crypt Covers project – it’s delicious and a little maudlin.
Announcements on the Fourth will follow in due course, but in the meantime there remain a handful of tickets for Last Year’s Gig the Third where Carter USM’s Jim Bob will read from new book Driving Jarvis Ham (out this week, fact fans!) as well as performing a few tracks from the ‘day job’ with support from ballboy’s Gordon McIntyre and the brilliantly mental 8-Bit Ninjas. Those can be purchased via Eventbrite.