The Rocks love their influences even if no one else knows who they actually sound like.

So while I was in London I did a lot. So much that it would bore residents to tears so I?ll stick with music related events I attended during my stay.

The first was at Luminaire last Friday to see The Rocks. Luminaire is a great little spot with a terrific vibe — with incredibly friendly and helpful bartenders — and the club was hosting the Art Brut Battle of the Franchises Vol. I. I?m going to guess that every other band on the bill besides The Rocks were either musical jokes or combos that have only been around an incredibly short time with nary a moment to actually practice. I?m not saying it wasn?t great fun to watch the train-wreck after train-wreck occurring on stage because it was. I just want to make sure you have a grasp on the level of talent on display.

However I was there to see The Rocks. I had never heard of the band before and was going on Time Out?s description of the group being similar to The Pixies mixed with Blondie.

The people at Time Out really have no grasp of how to execute a half-way informed piece rock crit lit, do they? The Rocks sound absolutely nothing like either of those two bands.

However The Rocks dosound almost exactly like The Strokes who sound and awful lot like Television who were spawned by The Heartbreakers, which is doubly funny since the guitarist for The Rocks was wearing a Heartbreakers T-shirt.

I think my head just exploded.

So that was last Friday. Tomorrow I?ll fill you in on last week?s Saturday night dance fest!

8 Comments so far

  1. Pommy Jeff (unregistered) on September 26th, 2005 @ 5:43 pm

    I thought that all the bands were alright. In fact Bidgie Reef were awesome (not a franchise band) and Space Peacocks set really brought the house down (in a good way).

    Then again I am biased… I put it on.

  2. tankboy (unregistered) on September 26th, 2005 @ 6:10 pm

    Again, we had a blast at the event in general but I maintain the openig bands could use a little more practice.

    To be honest, I wish we had more events like that in the States since most American rockers seem incapable of allowing themselves to get downright sloppy and fun. Most of the time.

  3. Fuzzy (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 8:17 pm

    I can see why that gig would appear a bit off to an outsider. But we loved it so ner ner ne ner ner.

    And The Sam Assortment didn’t practice at all. They were surprisingly good considering.

  4. Patchfatty (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 5:44 pm

    I thought the bands were all brilliant. Some people just don’t understand good music…..

  5. tankboy (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 7:43 pm

    I understand the concept of having fun at a gig, but just because you’re having a blast doesn’t make you a proficient musician. Come to think of it I’ll take compelling over proficient any day…but there was nothing compelling about this show.

    Fun? Yes. An artistic stretch? Not so much.

  6. Chinese Blue (unregistered) on October 14th, 2005 @ 8:32 pm

    It’s a pity this was your first gig in London. Had you come across this franchise event a week or so into your stay, after going to a few more normal pub-level events, then you’d have realised the bonhomie of the franchise gig wasn’t like any other.

    And the Space Peacocks were a proper band, great songs and more like Blondie than the Rocks. The collective singalong of Modern Art Makes Me Want To Form A Band was something rare and beautiful in the London gig scene.

    I’m in the franchise band AB73, we didn’t play because we aren’t competent enough. Maybe you’d like to come to one of our gigs where you’d see all of the the insults that you lay on the good bands who played that night.

  7. Beats Mcghee (unregistered) on October 18th, 2005 @ 12:20 am

    At the end of the day, what do people go to gigs for? – To have a good time, and thats exactly what happened. You can’t flaw the bands for effort and its not like any of them got paid for it either. What you did get was originality, as rugged as it may be, its got more potential than most other wurbly local crap, drumming out the same tunes in different keys. The atmosphere was better than many gigs I’ve been to, and at the end of the day its all a matter of opinion. So to criticise the bands in that way is unjustified, because you are greatly, greatly outnumbered.

  8. Bill Nevins (unregistered) on October 26th, 2005 @ 10:53 am

    See, Tankboy? Your opinions count for NOTHING because you’re outnumbered. How stupid do you feel now?

    By the way, I thought LeboviciAB84 were brill.

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