Maybe the dilapidated garages and all-ages clubs of the East Coast post-hardcore scene of the late 80s is a fitting place to begin our story.That's where the chronicle of our era's ever-humble valedictorian, Ted Leo, really gets interesting, anyway. It was here in bands Citizen's Arrest and Animal Crackers (and later as the main song writer in Chisel) that Ted developed a sharpened political prowess, an assiduous commitment to his Gibson ES-335, an ear for melody, and charisma contagious enough to be considered chemical weaponry. A mod-punk savant in an age where punk (like practically everything intangible we've ever expressed interest in)has been replaced by product. With his latest, Living with the Living, Ted Leo delivers that existentialist ethos to a new crop of rude boys.
For their fifth full-length release (and first with Touch and Go Records),Ted Leo and the Pharmacists met up with Brendan Canty (Fugazi) at Long View Farms to iron out a new set of anthems that arrive with a confident and outspoken immediacy. With Living with the Living, Ted & Co.wipe clean the slate that once held names like Weller, Strummer and Bragg and indulge some of their farthest-reaching musical ambitions
Crayonsmith is the indie/alternative music of Ciaran Smith from Dublin. On his fifth birthday, he was given a plastic snare drum which he added to his makeshift drumkit of pots and plastic paint pots set up in the family shed. Then, when he was eight years old, he robbed his sister's Bontempi keyboard, and, together with a pre-historic tape recorder and a cassette of The Beach Boys' "Summer Dreams", began learning to play his favourite songs on keyboard and, later, guitar. Having played in various musical projects and bands from the age of twelve, in early 2004, Ciaran began playing his own songs live with the help of two friends under the name Crayonsmith.In December 2004, Crayonsmith released a split Christmas single with Windings (Outonalimbrecords) which was very well received.Ciaran spent 2005/6 recording his debut album in his bedroom and Slow Loris Studios and then took these recordings to Steve Fanagan (North Station) for touch up mixing and production. Released to great reviews in May 2006, "Stay Loose" is available nationwide on Musical Voodoo Records and worldwide from his Myspace page. "Stay Loose" was written with the help of some friends and whatever instruments he had close to hand(drum-machine, guitar, keyboards, bass, glockenspiel, tooth-brush etc.) It combines melody, beats, rhythms, harmonies, dueling vocals and foundsound/studio experimentation to produce an eclectic yet ultimatelycohesive album. Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) heard the music and then asked Crayonsmith to open for Sparklehorse on their UK and Irish tour in October 2006. It has also seen the band tour with Juana Molina, Peter Bjorn and John and Viva Voce, and play with The Decemberists, Quasi, Islands, Robin Guthrie, Electric Six, Joy Zipper and Jim Noir as well as Irish bands The Coldspoon Conspiracy, Hooray For Humans, giveamanakick,Windings, Ten Past Seven, Waiting Room, The Chalets, Jape, Goodtime John and The Dudley Corporation. It has also been confirmed that the excellent Irish label,Out On A Limb Records, will be putting out the next Crayonsmith album in February 2008 for which work is well under way.
After the dissolution of the enormously popular Torgas Valley Reds, Barry Peak began playing solo shows, opening up at punk rock shows with a solo acoustic set which added a new, melancholic dimension to his sound. Joined frequently by Niall Harden on banjo, guitar and drums, the two played for around a year as a duo, with friends like Tanya Mellotte of Skibunny (formerly Barry's bandmate in Go Commando) helping out when they could. In 2007, while recording their album, the two were joined by some friends from Tracer AMC, and became Julip.
fantastico! Ted Leo is great, I've heard good things about Crayonsmith, and I am [i:e373b993a0]heavily[/i:e373b993a0] looking forward to seeing Julip again, who didn't so much impress me on Saturday there as blow me out of the water with a 15inch deck cannon.
ted leo has the rare ability to transmit his passion and belief into an audience and make them feel that anything's possible, until the music stops and for at least half an hour afterwards. great band, great performer, lovely chap.
aye, last year at SXSW, every day I'd ask Rod "So, what bands we going to see today then?" and every day was the same answer "Ted Leo! Ted Leo!". I was all like "Jeez rod! change the record!"
[quote:a886f7f311="Tanya Skibunny"]aye, last year at SXSW, every day I'd ask Rod "So, what bands we going to see today then?" and every day was the same answer "Ted Leo! Ted Leo!". I was all like "Jeez rod! change the record!"
Pretty sure that's how it went...[/quote:a886f7f311]
Ha Ha Tanya, jus seeing this now, you know exactly how the story goes, When he plays Bunker and spots you he will stop playin and turn to band mates ' theres thon crazy scottish bird who stalked us in Texas '
[quote:4274b842d4="eucrid eucrow"]Only caught the last song at Primavera but they looked like they were rockin' the <img src='http://www.fastfude.org/forums/images/smiles/019.gif' /> out of the place, shoulda been on later though. I'll be there to catch the full whack.[/quote:4274b842d4]
heard great reports of Ted Leo from people who saw him in Spain. will post up the rough setlist for the tour if i can.
[quote:a042cc8be9="Ted Leo"]Three times I've been back in my wandering ways
Last time it was July during Marching Days
When someone said to run from that bitter parade
But I knew what you would do and I decided to stay
And I knew no one ever got the better of me and you
and a bottle of buckie
Me and you and a bottle of Buckie[/quote:a042cc8be9]
Ted Leo loves it.
-Monade, I saw them support Slint in London a few years ago. Sound was great - songs were pish. I left thinking I'd seen a really awful band. Haven't heard the new record though.
-Niall, I don't think everything is crap! Lee Hazlewood ;-)
if you have any doubts as to whether or not to go to this, just go.
last night ted leo was simply stunning.
good mix from the last 4 albums and the chumbawamba cover.
the band, as a 4-piece was great. ted and james canty go for it with more fervour than men in their mid-thirties really should.
amazing, amazing, amazing!
please come early for julip!
Saturday GTM. the pool tide shall turn. doors are at seven yeah, Ted Leo will be on around 9.50. Just got a wee txt from the man himself, Im such a sad fanboy but this really will be amazing. what Chumba song Barry?
glad you liked him Ian, I should make you a tape or something. I am so glad Ted turned out to be every bit as nice as I had hoped. Sitting having breakfast with him and the rest of the band is something I'll remember for a long time.
This was my first time seeing Julip and I thought they were great.