On Saturday went to Club The Mammoth at The Forum and caught four bands:
Hookworms - seen these guys lots of times and they always deliver. That said, can’t help but think that after two albums they are probably going to need to shake their sound up a bit. My god though - they were LOUD. Noticeably more so than any other act (unless I was merely partially deafened after their set).
Girl Band - was probably most excited about seeing these guys and ended up a little disappointed. They were decent enough, but particularly after Hookworms, I felt that they lacked a little bit of attack about their own brand of noise, especially compared to the album. Nice guitar tone though.
Future Of The Left - have always missed these guys previously somehow. Enjoyed them very much - Falco is a very entertaining frontman and they are tight as fuck. Does anyone know if Julia Ruzicka is pregnant? Whatever, she rocks pretty hard.
The Fall - they are what they are obviously. I see that they appear to have lost Elena from the line-up which is a bit disappointing. Mark E Smith appears to be nominally covering her on keyboards, ie occasionally striking the keys with his microphone. The band are really slick these days, in direct contrast to Smith’s delivery. They came on stage at 10:55pm so we only watched about 30 mins of them tbh tbf before heading home.
Then on Sunday, Black Sabbath at The 02. Had been pretty excited about this for ages and been revisiting their Ozzy back catalogue which is always worth doing anyway. Slightly aggrieved that there was no word on stage times beforehand and they then came on stage at 8:15pm meaning that we missed the entirety of set opener Black Sabbath That aside, the set were what they had been playing for all of the recent shows, culled entirely from the first four albums aside from the inexplaianble inclusion of Dirty Women from Technical Ecstasy (give it up already Tony Iommi - no one even believes anymore that even you like that album). Aside from that and a ridiculous drum solo for Rat Salad, during which I managed to go for a piss and get to the bar and back, the song selection was spot on. Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler still smash out the old track to perfection, and Ozzy’s voice was in surprisingly good nick, plus he still retains his charisma as a front man and also seemed to be genuinely enjoying himself. A great way to bow out assuming that these really are their last show.