20 June 2003: Robin Black and the Intergalactic Rock Stars – Junction 7, Nottingham, England, UK

If you like Glam RIf you like Glam Rock, and these guys are really GLAMMMM!!!!, then you’ll love Robin Black and the Intergalactic Rock Stars.

The band hails from Vancouver, Canada and I first heard them when they recently supported Pretty Boy Floyd at Rock City earlier this year. On that occasion they put on a great show and I was determined to catch them on a headlining tour. When I found out they had signed to a new label, TV records based in Nottingham, I felt sure that this meant they would be appearing somewhere in the city, and fortunately I did not have to wait very long.

There were three bands on the bill, and all for £5 (Bradford Rios take note). The first of these was Dip. You could hear the AC/DC influence in their music, and whilst they were all very competent musicians they lacked a little something, maybe a few more hours in the garage might help.

Next up were the New Generation Superstars, and these guy’s were pretty darn good, certainly ones to watch out for over the next few years if you’re into the alternative rock scene.

The lads from Canada (they are boys trust me!) came on about 11:00 and treated us to almost the complete album “Planet Fame”. The set list is a bit of a blur, too many Newcastle Browns don’t aid total recall, but the tracks that stood out were “TV Trash”, “Suburban Sci-Fi”, “Some of you boys”, “Candy Flip”, well to be honest I think all the tracks stood out.

The crowd in Junction 7 really took the band to their hearts and as a consequence the place was really jumping with a great atmosphere. After the show the band came down into the crowd and hung around the merchandise stand signing CD’s and having a chat and a beer with the fans. I do really enjoy these small venue gigs when you can get up close and personal. Its much more satisfying than peering at something on a stage miles away in a great cavernous arena.

So all in all another great night of Rock ‘N’ Roll in the country’s Rock ‘N’ Roll capital.

Cheers

Simon

07 June 2003: Rachel Stamp – Rios, Bradford, England, UK

I’ve been following the fortunes of Rachel Stamp for the past few years now and have always enjoyed their shows, but with the recent departure of long time drummer Robin Guy, I was curious to see how they would shape up with a new member.

Bradford Rios is one of those venues that you see on quite a few tours, but this was the first time I’d been, generally preferring either Rock City, The Charlotte in Leicester or JB’s in Dudley.

We found the place alright thanks to the very detailed directions on the website, possibly a little too early, as when we arrived we had no idea that there was no support and the place was empty! Oh well the bar was open at least.

Eventually some of the locals started to arrive and we felt a little less conspicuous, but by the time the band arrived on stage the crowd was still a little disappointing, I know Rachel Stamp don’t have the biggest following in the country, but they always pull a decent crowd at Rock City, so it was quite a surprise to see the venue almost empty when the band came on.

The Stamp did not let this deter them though from giving the usual quality performance that I have come to expect from them. The set was mostly the new stuff from the new album “Oceans of Venus” with a few of the earlier classics thrown in for good measure. Overall a great performance from the band, the stand in drummer did a superb job, it was only the small discussions before each song that gave the game away that she was not a permanent member, although at £8 for one hour I did think it was a bit on the pricey side.

Cheers

Simon