GIGS 2010

ZOO POP - GWDIHW, CARDIFF- w/STOKES WILLIAM and VIOLAS - 25/11/2010

Nice gig at a bustling Gwdihw. Struggled to get attention despite standing on a chair and screaming.

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ICELAND AIRWAVES - FAKTORY, REYKJAVIK - 15/10/2010

First time I've done two shows in one day since my second and third gigs ever back in 2001. This was just great. The official Brainlove showcase with Bastardgeist, We Aeronauts and Aela all totally killing it. I played pretty good too, even if I do say so myself. First time anyone's done the Rasputin dance during my set anyway.

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ICELAND AIRWAVES OFF VENUE - EYMUNDSON BOOKSTORE - 15/10/2010

A guitar only off venue show before our official show that evening. Did some brand new songs. Interested crowd gathered as it went on. Hope I didn't disturb anyone's reeading.

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ICELAND AIRWAVES OFF VENUE - REYKJAVIK DOWNTOWN HOSTEL - 14/10/2010

Afternoon show, so a little more subdued than the day before. Still got a great response. Used an eBow during 'Aeroplane' which is the first time I've used on onstage.

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ICELAND AIRWAVES OFF VENUE - REYKJAVIK BACKPACKERS - 13/10/2010

Great start to the festival at this little hostel on Laugavegur. Seats looked like they'd been ripped out of buses. Was able to wander into the street and sing through the window.

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BRAINLOVE TOUR - BRISTOL, THE ATTIC - 09/10/2010

Last gig of the full four act tour. Small but very enthusiastic crowd who appreciated me sticking a bit of the Room in at the end of the set. Got told I have 'the sickest beats ever', which is probably good. Stairs to Korea particularly drunk and disorderly, even for him....

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BRAINLOVE TOUR - SALFORD, KINGS ARMS - 08/10/2010

Another good gig for the European Monsoon band. Good crowd. Crazy retro visuals. Pull Yourself Together rapdily becoming my official favourite promoters.

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BRAINLOVE TOUR - DUBLIN, THE TWISTED PEPPER - 02/10/2010

Another quiet show, but good fun and a great venue.

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BRAINLOVE TOUR - LEICESTER, FIREBUG BAR - 01/10/2010

Another nice but quiet Leicester show in the re-done firebug. Great sound and a positive crowd.

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BRAINLOVE TOUR - LEEDS, THE WELL - 30/09/10

Let's face it, this one was fucking grim.

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BRAINLOVE TOUR - NORIWCH, KNOWHERE BAR - 29/09/10

Odd 'just wandered in' style crowd who found Mat Riviere's angsty drum bashing terribly amusing, before going on to Bogle the night away.

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BRAINLOVE TOUR - LONDON, CAMP - 28/09/10

Really fucking loud venue. Dying slightly of a cold. Apparently there was a class of music students there. Wonder if we influenced a wholew new generation of musicians?

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BRAINLOVE TOUR - CARDIFF, TEN FEET TALL - 27/09/10

First date of the 2010 tour I was joined by my band for our third gig. Definitely the best so far and a great start to the tour.

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'THE ANGEL' LAUNCH PARTY - CATCH, DALSTON, LONDON - w/ANNA MADELEINE, TUNNELS and SOMETHING BEGINNING WITH L - 21/09/10

Launch party for my friend Anna's new EP. Good fun with a friendly, banterful crowd. Was heckled positively about my vocabulary - a first.

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LOOSE PRESENTS... - BUFFALO BAR, CARDIFF - w/THE FELT TIPS - 21/07/10

Second gig of the European Monsoon band. Much improved from the first, tighter more relaxed, more fun. Slightly odd response from one guy in the crowd who apparently took my 'You're not allowed to speak onstage' comment to Buzz to be utterly straight faced and proceeded to commiserate with band members after the show saying 'I can't believe you let him (me) treat you like that'. Very odd man, but then he also smashed a pint of beer on the floor which went all over Mrs Lu and he didn't apologise until his girlfriend pretty much forced him to about ten minutes later. So yeah... wanker.

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RECORDS MAKE GREAT PETS - BETSEY TROTWOOD, LONDON - w/LET'S WHISPER, and MOUSTACHE OF INSANITY - 16/07/2010

Great gig in the tiny, rumbly basement of the Betsey.

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HEADWAY FUNDRAISER - CLWB IFOR BACH, CARDIFF - w/THE SCHOOL (Ramones covers set), GINDRINKER, KUTOSIS, JOHN MOUSE, LUCKY DELUCCI and IVAN MOULT - 11/07/2010

Great fun gig, songs of valleys incest from JT Mouse, Ramones covers from the School, cosmic pop from Lucky Delucci, noise from Kutosis, downbeat melancholia from Ivan. There you go, that's a review right there... Also my set clashed precisely with the start of the world cup final. Ace.

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BRAINLOVE RELEASE PARTY - OLD BLUE LAST, LONDON - w/STAIRS TO KOREA and A SCHOLAR AND A PHYSICIAN - 16/06/10

Full playthrough of 'European Monsoon' and debut by the new band. A bit rough around the edges after only seven practices but good fun. Marred by one of my pedals having a broken connection and being buzzy and quiet.

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CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE, CARDIFF - w/PAPER AEROPLANES and BAREFOOT DANCE OF THE SEA - 11/06/10

Nice attentive crowd and good sound at Chapter. Some very sweet kids getting very excited by all the bands too. Gigs with young children allowed are definitely a good idea.

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THE BEARD COLLECTOR @ ST MARY'S CHURCH, MOLD - w/THE MICE ON THE MOUSE ORGAN - 21/05/10

Nice gig in a former church. Only the second time I've been to North Wales. Good crowd of people and nice Hood-style electro from The Mice...

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LOOSE PRESENTS... @ 10 FEET TALL, CARDIFF - w/PARENTHETICAL GIRLS, FORMER GHOSTS, and KITA AKITA - 18/05/10

Great gig. Parenthetical Girls were good despite having loads of technical problems.

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BETHAN ELFYN PRESENTS... BRAINLOVE VS CARDIFF @ BUFFALO BAR - w/STAIRS TO KOREA, MAT RIVIERE and A SCHOLAR & A PHYSICIAN - 29/04/10

Awesome Brainlove showcase. Finally got to watch a full Mat Riviere set, everything I could have hoped for.

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CHELMSFORD, THE BASSMENT - w/THE SCHOOL and ALLO' DARILN' - 31/03/10

Last date of the School tour. Sad but great fun. Had a go at doing 'Girl Named...' without the monome (which broke somewhere between birmingham and london). Also joined the School at the end of their set to do some bvox on Let It Slip.

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BRIGHTON PRINCE ALBERT - w/THE SCHOOL and FOXES! - 28/03/10

Another great date on the school tour.

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LONDON BUSH HALL - w/THE SCHOOL and ALLO' DARLIN' - 27/03/10

School album launch gig in massive ballroom style venue. Turned up to discover that my monome had died. Gutted.

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BIRMINGHAM VICTORIA - w/THE SCHOOL and FALLING & LAUGHING - 20/03/10

Second time in Birmingham, this was great. Really good crowd and sound.

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TWESTA PRESENTS... - FIREBUG, LEICESTER - w/THE SCHOOL and POPPY & FRIENDS - 16/03/10

Third time in Leicester. Furthest point in the world from the sea.

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GOD IS IN THE TV PRESENTS... - BUFFALO, CARDIFF - w/ERIC CHENAUX, DRAW ME STORIES, DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA - 10/03/10

Dead Rat Orchetra have a song where one of them plays the guitar and the other one rubs a book on his face.

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MOTHER'S RUIN, BRISTOL - w/CHRIS T-T and OXYGEN THIEF - 09/03/10

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THE SCHOOL ALBUM LAUNCH - CLWB IFOR BACH, CARDIFF - w/THE SCHOOL and ALLO DARLIN' - 06/03/10

First gig of my tour with The School. First with new kickass backing track mixes care of Oli Dreamtrak. Sounded great. Good fun.

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SHUNT VAULTS LONDON REOPENING w/STAIRS TO KOREA - 06/02/10

First gig of 2010 at the very unusual venue. Playing in the middle of the room amongst drunken artistic types dancing enthusiastically.

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