So I went to the Saddest Landscape/End Of A Year combined tour last night. Here's some quick thoughts;
Old Kerry McGee was cool. An acoustic guitar player/singer from Gothenburg, it was a good opening act. Like his voice a lot, plus he had a record player set up and played Johnny Cash vinyl while tuning. That was cool.
Aficionado were next. Really cool band, their s/t LP is great. Catchy sing-a-long indie-punk songs. I think a lot of people could be into them, male and female vocals with flutes in there, they're good. Lyrically a brilliant band too.
We Were Skeletons were great. Really good screamo three piece, sounded amazing live, their LP is well worth checking out if you're into that genre, too. On a different night they would have been the best band playing, no doubt. Unfortunately for them...
... End Of A Year/Self Defence Music may be the best band around right now. I could rave about them forever, and I'm almost tempted to. Their 'You Are Beneath Me' album is amazing, and they've followed it up with a new single in I'm Going Through Some Shit, maybe the best song they've ever done. If you're not listening to this band you're missing something special. They're comparable to Revolution Summer-era bands but have completely evolved recently and are just incredible.
The Saddest Landscape were amazing, too, but nothing really could have followed the previous set. They played songs off a variety of records (with my current personal favourite, The Sound Of The Spectacle being well represented, along with You Will Not Survive). Just so good live, as you'd expect now. Turn out for them was poor but it was late and public transport here sucks, which was a shame.
Got a copy of TSL's new album After The Lights which they had pressed especially for the European tour, 150 copies or. It sold so well on the mainland leg that they had to limit it to 5 sold per show which sucked, but at least I managed to get one of them. Beautiful looking vinyl, and a great record on first listen. It's out officially in a month, I'd recommend picking it up.
The Saddest Landscape - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94EBkbt48Uc
End Of A Year/Self Defence Family - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_0ln5xTRIs
We Were Skeletons - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu1maLV9aJk
Aficionado - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jWaCA6qdeo
I know there's a lot of people into more interesting indie stuff, evidenced by the Jezabels love. This is definitely worth you trying out.