About the gig
We kicked off proceedings with the hotly tipped Televised Crimewave. Rising from the ashes of Leeds Art Punk band, Black Wire, lead singer Daniel had a fearsome reputation for riot inducing on-stage performances. To the extent, that the Kaiser Chief's omnipotent hit 'I predict a riot' was penned directly after them seeing a live Black Wire performance, back in their home town of Leeds.
So, were we scared? Yep, we were a bit. But as engaging and energetic as the live performance was - it (thankfully) didn't create a riot. Daniel got in amongst the crowd, had a bit of a mosh but no drum kits or guitars got smashed. There is a lot to like about this band, with shades of the Pixies, The Clash and a plethora of other lo-fi style, garage punk influences. Arguably still a work in progress until they really define their own unique sound, but definitely a band to watch out for in 2009.
Televised Crimewave are Daniel Wilson (formerly of BLACK WIRE), Rob Bootle, Tom Greatorex and Bat Neck, describing themselves thus: "Televised Crimewave play ouija board garage rock spinning a web of abstraction and truths through the trees."
Sounding like a gothic reworking of The Clash (check out the Kazbah-esque track "Kids"), unsigned four piece, Televised Crimewave are being tipped to break onto the scene next year, following a successful festival appearance at this year's Offset Festival, column inches in NME, and support slots with The Cribs.
It's dark just-how-you-like-it with shades of everything from Electric Prunes and the Shadows of Knight to Birthday Party and Gun Club. And tunes? Dan's vocal carries the moody rockers to match The Horrors pound-for-pound.