"Earth’s distant orb appeared the smallest light that twinkles in the heaven; whilst round the chariot’s way innumerable systems rolled and countless spheres diffused an ever-varying glory. It was a sight of wonder: some were hornèd like the crescent moon; some shed a mild and silver beam like Hesperus o'er the western sea; some dashed athwart with trains of flame, like worlds to death and ruin driven; some shone like suns, and as the chariot passed, eclipsed all other light." From "Queen Mab" by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1813)
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Last Night I Thought I Saw A Shooting Star
I like to think that The Ouija Birds are destined for great things. They’ve got it all, they’re young and look great on stage; they sound great live and on disc; the songs are well crafted with depth and charm; they already have a very loyal fan base; and they have more and better hair than any other band I can think of and don’t kid yourself that hair isn’t important in music; Right Said Fred = bald; Take That = hair like your dad; Jimi Hendrix = a kick arse afro. I rest my case. There’s no afros in this band but they do have great hair in a Mighty Boosh kind of way. Hang on, I’ve got caught up talking about their hair. The Ouija Birds have a lot of really compelling songs and like The Transpersonals have an instant classic in “Warships”. I’ve not heard a Oujia Bird song I didn’t like but “Warships”, like the band that brought the song to life, is really something very special. It can only be a matter of time before this band are on the cover of the NME.
So another excellent night of top quality underground, psyched out, life enhancing music at The Louisiana.
One final thought only tenuously connected to this gig. A recent full page article in Venue Magazine talked about how local radio still had something decent and different to offer the listener compared to the failings of national radio. Once again Bristol Introducing was highlighted as an example of good radio, just as Bristol Uncovered had been commended in the past when the failings of Star FM were being written about. Consistently praised and overlooked at the same time. Well done to my friend Richard and his colleagues Sam & Toby for continuing to fly the flag of good radio and good music for little or no reward while their day time counterparts fill the airwaves with pointless, tired speech and music that frankly was already old twenty five years ago. So well done Richard, keep up the good work.