Take It Back


Well it feels like this blog has been a bit neglected in the last few days, so let’s try and put that right for the next week shall we?

Tonight the wife and I are off to the Academy 2 in Manchester to see a sold out show by London based blues rockers The Temperance Movement. Tonight will be our third time seeing the band on stage, and the first time since they played locally in 2013.  Saskatoon band The Sheepdogs are supporting and they’ll be a new one for me, I’ve never heard them until 8pm or so tonight.

Within three years of forming the band managed to snag a support slot opening up for the Rolling Stones for a few shows in Europe in 2014. Their second album, White Bear, was released a few weeks ago and it’s a great listen. It seems a bit surreal seeing the Earache Records logo on their releases when you remember that they are on the same label that has released music by the likes of Morbid Angel, Deicide, Napalm Death and Carcass. In more recent years though the label has diversified a bit by working with bands the like The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and Rival Sons, but still having their hand in with the extreme side of the music business.

We both got into the band seemingly at the same time, mainly through constant plays of their track Only Friend on a rock radio station.  My wife said she quite liked them – which surprised me! I had a look online and they were playing The Ruby Lounge, again in Manchester, a few weeks later and tickets were booked immediately.

I can’t really recall a great deal about the show as we’d had a pretty eventful and forgettable trip to Crewe train station prior to the show. The Stoke show was a sweaty affair as the venue had us all packed into the place like sardines.  Hopefully tonight will be more comfortable and trouble free affair.



Live Arena 2016.3

So last week was a bit of a wash out, only ended up at one of the four shows I intended to go to. Still laid low with the flu from last weekend. In the diary this week…

Wednesday 20th – Stoke, Sugarmill. 

Toronto hardcore punks roll into Stoke again for their third visit. Always guaranteed a crazy night. 


Thursday 21st – Ashton-under-Lyne, Witchwood. 

It’s been almost 20 years since I last saw the Voodoo Glow Skulls – Valentine’s Day 1996 to be exact. Such a fun evening of Californian ska punk is what is needed if this cold weather lingers into next week. 


Sunday 24th – Manchester Academy 2. 

Rounding the week off with some of Britain’s finest blues rock in the shape of The Temperance Movement – and treating the wife to a night out! Each time we’ve seen them so far the venues have increased in size, they’re going to be huge one day. 

Live Arena 9

Well this weekends superb Nightwish extravaganza brought 2015’s gig diary to a close and now I’m looking forward to 2016.

So far plenty of bands to look forward to seeing over the forthcoming twelve months including a trip to Canada in April and a few continental European visits potentially. But first Christmas and New Year shenanigans to endure!

A few of next years shows I’ll be catching.