A few recent promo quotes for us (the hellfire club) here:
"They're raw and they're funky." (S Murphy, Irish Star)
"I love this track so much, it's called dead man's funk" - (Colin Murray, Radio 1)
"A highly accomplished treat" (on Desolation Blues - Alternative Ulster)
"On this evidence the Devil really has got the best tunes." (on EP1 - Francis Jones, Culture NI)
"All told ‘Desolation Blues’ is a step up from The Hellfire Club’s assured debut, no mean feat, in fact they have yet to write a song that is anything less than excellent." (on Desolation Blues - Francis Jones, Culture NI)
Both eps for £3 on Thursday.
I was joking about the fluids.
Heard a recent track up on the NING myspace and it was seriously savage, not surprised they're making waves. Haven't seen a gig in over a year tho, hope to make this.
Huge sound on that track, where did yiz do it?
Enjoyed the majority of the music last night and I thought the two new tracks that The Elliotts played were class. Disappointed once again with the turnout, thats the last 3/4 times ive been it has been a poor crowd showing.
Gifted used to attract a really good crowd......whats happened?
Don't want to appear to be moaning about the turnout but the fact is it wasn't a good one. The place wasn't even half full. The only thing I can put this down to is that there are so many different gigs happening now during the week (Knights of Round Table, Radar, Auntie Annies etc)and therefore it will take the bigger local acts such as Oppenheimer, Fighting With Wire/ The Delawares to really pull in the crowds.....
I'm not taking anything away from the performances of the bands because all in all they were top notch. It was the first time I've seen the Black Tokens since they supported Swanee River way back in Auntie Annies a while ago and they sounded excellent. First time seeing Hellfire club and was really impressed as well, different elements of gomez, black keys, john spencers blues explosion all in the mix. The Elliots were on fine form yet again and its good to see them headlining in a short space of time. I saw them when they were first on the bill supporting Ed Zealous and Chadsko and they have impressed me from there on.
[quote:64a7ed9d0e="The Joker"]Don't want to appear to be moaning about the turnout but the fact is it wasn't a good one. The place wasn't even half full.[/quote:64a7ed9d0e]
I always thought there was a heavy onus from the onset on the bands themselves to bring along everybody they've ever met to the Gifted gigs? I remember being told as much when we played there last year.
However the proliferation of gigs running in Belfast is a pretty healthy thing wouldn't you say? Good to see that venues like the Bunker and Pavilion (through Greg) give the venue up to the bands themselves to put on their own gigs, getting everyone they know to come along and making a few bob at the door and a decent nights music.
Tbh bands shouldnt just rely on people they know coming to gigs. Its about motivating joe punter to come to shows that helps you create a fan base. And its infinitely more rewarding when people you don't know dig your music.
If you ask me, you get one or two "mates" gigs. Then you're on your own.
[quote:86cb9841d7="thesacredhearts"]Tbh bands shouldnt just rely on people they know coming to gigs. Its about motivating joe punter to come to shows that helps you create a fan base. And its infinitely more rewarding when people you don't know dig your music.
If you ask me, you get one or two "mates" gigs. Then you're on your own.[/quote:86cb9841d7]
I agree that you can't rely on just 'mates' but if every band on the night brings as many people as possible then there is also a good chance that some people along to see one band in particular become interested in someone else on the bill and so on and so on...hence helping to build a 'fan' base. I try to play with as many different bands and encourage them to bring as many people as possible for three reasons.
1.To hear the bands live and get to know them.
2.To get as many new people as possible to hear us.
3.So everyone can make some money to further their bands/band-funds
[quote:66f96fb655="Beau Sooth"][quote:66f96fb655="The Joker"]Don't want to appear to be moaning about the turnout but the fact is it wasn't a good one. The place wasn't even half full.[/quote:66f96fb655]
However the proliferation of gigs running in Belfast is a pretty healthy thing wouldn't you say? [/quote:66f96fb655]
Without a doubt this is clearly a good thing and I wouldn't dispute this for a second. It would be good though to see The Empire attracting the big crowds for Gifted again as for me this night should be all about showcasing the best of whats on offer in the local music scene.
Maybe every two weeks is too frequent.....? I would prefer if it was every month if it meant a strong lineup was on show every time. In all fairness I feel the bands playing there deserve more recognition and bigger audiences. Surely its not the £4 door charge putting people off!
Then again, Radar (for example) is free and the pints are considerably cheaper. And the crowds are considerably larger.
First of all, I had an absolute blast on Thursday night. Caught the Hellfire club who were on top form as usual and caught The Elliots live for the first time. I was greatly impressed!
The Joker wrote:
[quote:40bf718eda]Then again, Radar (for example) is free and the pints are considerably cheaper. And the crowds are considerably larger.[/quote:40bf718eda]
I'd agree with you there, but I found that most people at radar arent there to listen to the bands, but for the cheap booze. Yeah its nice to play to a packed place, but we (in fact, all of the bands) got a bigger crowd response on thursday night than on any time weve played radar.
How could you not enjoy that music hall stage and the nymph panels and all the gold paint? Its like part of an Oscar Wilde or Jack the Ripper biog which personally I'd have soundtracked with the rock n roll of the black leather clad tokens gang. Headliners played a very good set too.
In a rare hat-trick of positivity I thought the turn out was good too.