The Listening Booth – The Wildhearts, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Amon Amarth

Hello friends, welcome to The Listening Booth where I ramble incoherently about what I’ve been putting into my ears. It has a been week of heavy hitters as we have the return of The Wildhearts, Frank Carter continuing his journey with The Rattlesnakes and some Vikings. You probably won’t discover something new, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun all the same.

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Download So Far

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The Download line-up is shaping up and, as usual, it is setting itself up to be one hell of a weekend. While the headliners all felt a bit same old, same old the real joy is usually to be found on the lower stages, where you can see the bands that will hopefully be headlining in 10 years ripping it up in front of a handful of fans.

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Welcome to the PHUQing future

There’s a certain frustration to watching The Wildhearts.  Not because of the band themselves, but because of what should have been.  That blend of Metallica‘s riffs and Cheap Trick‘s hooks could have been the biggest thing to come out of the UK in the 90’s.  Christ, I’ve lost count of the number of bands that have borrowed/stolen from them.  And yet, record company uselessness and personal implosions meant that the best alternative rock band we have, never quite reached their potential.

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Top 5 Gigs of the Year

Live music is one of life’s greatest pleasures.  Little is more exciting than seeing a band on fire, doing their thing in front of a baying crowd.  Therefore, it has to be said that ranking gigs is always kind of difficult, different bands go for different atmospheres.  However, I am still going to give it a damn good try.

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Ginger Wildheart and G.A.S.S.

Ginger Wildheart has become a bit of a master when it comes to crowdfunding in the last few years.  Releasing a whole host of fantastic albums via Pledge Music and firmly establishing himself as one of the best songwriters in the world at this moment in time.  Earlier this year he took that one step further with the launch of G.A.S.S., the Ginger Associated Secret Society.  This site essentially took the crowdfunding model to the next level and melded with the old fashioned idea of a fan club.  Fans were able to choose one of three tiers of membership that gives them access to a collection of music, diary entries and all sorts of things to keep even the most die hard fan happy.  If you hadn’t guessed, I quickly signed up to said site but decided to hang off on writing about it until a few months down the line, in order to give an honest opinion of it.

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