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The Lowly Knights formed early in 2006 as a one-gig venture; however the whole thing was simply too much fun to end there and so what was once a side-project collective continued and developed as a band in its own right. In their early days the Knights’ shuffling line-up saw folks from several Belfast-based bands take to the stage, but now an established mainstay of members (occasionally garnished by the talents of others) work hard to hone their distinctive sound. With a dozen members and a taste for spontaneity, the band put on a sparkling show whether on stage or busking in the sun.
Understandably, the Knights are often compared to bands with many members, Broken Social Scene, The Arcade Fire, Polyphonic Spree, however their sound has a vibrancy of its own: it’s folk and it’s rock and it is very catchy, and, armed with hooks-a-plenty, a night with the Knights is a truly memorable affair.
The Delawares have risked it all. Six disparate souls united by a common cause: to create music in a colourful tapestry of light and shade. They are inspired by the great renaissance artists of their generation - The Beach Boys, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Neil Young, Don McLean and all those other beautiful raconteurs who have painted so much pain and joy into our lives. The result is a harmony driven, earthy sound that commands attention. Raucous live shows have become the band's hallmark. Packing out venues in their native Belfast, they have played all over Ireland including an audience of several thousand people at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast last Halloween.
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Yup i am very sad to say it will be our last gig... BUT we are really happy to be playing with our friends the knights so make sure you get down to give them loads of support for this long awaited and well deserved first headline slot!
The Lowly Knights don't do much for me, but I'm a long-time Delawares fan, particularly the Psychedelic Americana thread. My favourite tunes are [i:5fe4072e20]Silver Sun[/i:5fe4072e20] & [i:5fe4072e20]Lonesome Superhero[/i:5fe4072e20]. They'd better play them.
Really enjoyed both bands and was happy to see such a big crowd there to send off the Delawares.
Lowly knights were great. Refreshing. 11(?) people on stage all loving what they were doing. Certainly one of the most captivating local performances I've seen in a while. I especially loved the nod to Nirvana:D
The only criticism i would have - a really minor one - is that the 'look' is a bit arcade fire. I only say this cos I heard a group of people beside me dismiss them by saying 'they look like a poor man's Arcade Fire' only one song in and heading into the back bar.
I would hate to see people dismissing LK this way as they are defo not an AF tribute act.
The place was packed solid!
I enjoyed the Knights more than I expected, and the tune off Nevermind was unexpected variation. (I don't think they should change their 'look' one bit. If people can't tell the difference between their eyes and their ears, that's their own problem.)
But an exceptionally good Delawares set. (They did play both of my requests. :D ) End of one era, but I'm sure there will be more to come.
The only criticism i would have - a really minor one - is that the 'look' is a bit arcade fire. I only say this cos I heard a group of people beside me dismiss them by saying 'they look like a poor man's Arcade Fire' only one song in and heading into the back bar. [/quote:d88f9b2309]
Fuck 'em. The Lowly Knights were great last night and if a couple of punters are going to see bands for how they look they should be staying at home rubbing themselves over Gok Wan, not wasting their time crowding up Belfast's venues with small-mindedness and an apparent jettison of the point of music, i.e. MUSIC.
I have to say that the Knights' energy, joy and tunemanship is suberb and their one of the few bands in Belfast that I can get right behind 100%.
Delawares really pulled out all the stops last night too. Was a great gig. Same about the shitty venue.
I know. The venting of steam wasn't aimed at you. Just outwards at the dismissal of bands [b:ced60850c3]purely[/b:ced60850c3] on the basis of how they look. Sure appearances can have an influence, but the human ear is powerful enough to function without succumbing entirely to the force of visual information. And sure, when you look at a band, some of the time it tells you a bit about their ethos or aesthetic, but never consistently enough to take one look and then dismiss them out of hand and turn off to pay small fortunes for average beer. That was all I needed to say.
What was your band? I've a sizeable soft spot for the old twee. Also, if you're still into "charming tales of shy girls dabbling in photography and bookish boys dabbling in shy girls", One! Two! Christmas Twee! is coming up in December. It's a festive version of One! Two! Twee! which was in Auntie Annies the times before and is a twee-ly fun night for a cup of tea, a bun, and a bit of 1ndie two-stepping. I'm not sure that venue and day are confirmed for the next one yet, but info will surface as soon as.
I've uploaded a very short (2 min) video segment at [url]http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=r3oaaUkB12E[/url]. (Just the video capture on my digital camera.)
I have a few photos too: [url]http://www.annaghvarn.plus.com/GigPix/Dela-Farewell/[/url]
[quote:60fdd6ab40="InjuryPackage"]I know. The venting of steam wasn't aimed at you. Just outwards at the dismissal of bands [b:60fdd6ab40]purely[/b:60fdd6ab40] on the basis of how they look. Sure appearances can have an influence, but the human ear is powerful enough to function without succumbing entirely to the force of visual information.[/quote:60fdd6ab40]
So you don't see it as being a problem at all that the Lowly knights
1. Have quite a big band....kind of like the Arcade Fire.
2. Have a big sound...not unlike the Arcade Fire.
3. All dress the same, with waistcoats and ties, etc....just like the Arcade Fire used to.
Fair enough for Belfast, we don't have anything else like that at the moment. But if they were to take themselves anywhere else at all, they will instantly write them off as a Northern irish Arcade Fire, regardless of whether that is seen to be a good thing or a bad thing.
Personally, I'm still undecided on the band. They've got some good songs, and some bad ones. I don't think it's the finished article yet.
I do see what you're saying SD, but I would probably draw more similarities between them and [b:c46d046bf8]The Polyphonic Spree[/b:c46d046bf8] and [b:c46d046bf8]The Decemberists[/b:c46d046bf8] than [b:c46d046bf8]Arcade Fire[/b:c46d046bf8].
They have influences like any other band, but to say that there are merely copyists probably does a disservice to the well written, and heartfelt songs that they have played in Belfast and beyond over the last year.
There are few people I know, whose hearts have not been melted into loving this band.
If for one hope they continue to grow (not literally of course - there’s enough of them), and take their wonderful melodies to bigger stages.
That being said I do agree with you about the Nirvana cover.. :wink:
The Arcade Fire thing is undeniable to anyone with eyes and ears. Neither TLK or AF are my thing (it kinda washes over me) but what is also undeniable is that for an unsigned act that was a [i:0a35adc0f8]huge[/i:0a35adc0f8] crowd.
They're clearly on a roll.
I had to jump up and down to confirm wee be-seated Tom Hughes was actually on the stage. :P
The Delawares they have been up there with my favourite NI bands since the first time I saw them. It was an awesome performance by and a real sense of sadness through the venue Sorry to see you guys go; I look forward to what comes next.
It's fair to say that the venue mixed with the circumstances of the evening (Delawares last gig, who are/were a fantastic, popular act in their own right) played their part in the crowd size too, no disrespect to LK and their popularity 'cause they are good like.
[i:1f9620c3ef]Share[/i:1f9620c3ef] the love people; Christmas is close.
1) In response to a previous comment, yes the Lowly Knights are quite like Arcade Fire, but, I like Arcade Fire so that's good news for Lowly Knights night club, and also, there's not a band in Belfast that I know of who don't sound like another band, which is not a bad thing, it just is. (Self-recursive awareness check - this statement is going to come back and bite me. God bless fastfude!).
2) A good crowd for any local band gig is good news. Let's be a wee bit more open and encouraging (I know it's not believable but I genuinely do say this for myself as well - I'm gonna make a better effort from now on).
"Let's be a wee bit more open and encouraging"
I don't think any of my comments which started this were anything but open and encouraging. Constructive criticism and honest encouragement (and I've reiterated 3 times how much I like and am excited by the LK) is the only way to progress our bands. God knows i'm always open to hearing any honest critique I can get.
I love AF and LK. I don't find them *that* alike except in how they look and that will haunt them imo. Its a good look certainly but it will result in every review they get having the words 'Arcade' and 'Fire' in it which I fear will detract from the great songs they are writing.
3. All dress the same, with waistcoats and ties, etc....just like the Arcade Fire used to.
Hey all. Kellie from the LKs here. loving the debate! On this particular topic I'd just like to mention that I was rocking my favourite Little Black Dress on Friday night...so we weren't all in waistcoats and ties!!
Maybe I can share my take on 'the look'. There's obviously no intention to look like any other band...no band worth their salt would consciously do that. To me the look is about the fact that we're no spring chickens in the LKs. I've reached the ripe old age of 28 which in this business is about time to either retire or enter rehab long term. We were never going to be able to jump up on stage and bounce around in skinny jeans and asymetric haircuts as if we were 19. It'd be like skater dads who take their kids to school in their converse trainers and hoodies blissfully unaware that they are way too old to carry it off. So I suppose we're just humbly trying to act our age.
I hope you keep enjoying the music and thanks so much to everyone who came out on Friday. We were delighted to play for you all and absolutely gutted to be witnessing the last ever Delawares show as we really love them.
There's obviously no intention to look like any other band...no band worth their salt would consciously do that. To me the look is about the fact that we're no spring chickens in the LKs. [/quote:f61db06c68]
I just wanna clear this up, so bear with me...!
I agree with you, and I think that it looks quite cool, actually.
But the point I'm raising is that from an audience perspective, and from a press perspective, people are gonna see this:
And think this:
And ultimately, that could hurt the band.
I totally understand what you're saying, and it would look ridiculous to see y'all in skinny jeans and hoodies. Plus, the look suits the song, and it's great to see a band that all look good together on stage.
But I'm just concerned that it would kinda be like me growing my hair into dreadlocks, buying a velvet jacket and playing the piano, and being shocked when the first person mentions Duke Special.