Tuesday, 11 February 2020

The Parkinsons - Photos from Some Weird Sin at Nambucca London 31/01/2020

The Parkinsons at Nambucca - Photo Retro Man Blog
The Parkinsons treated us to a raucous set of adrenaline-fuelled Portuguese Punk Rock at an excellent Some Weird Sin Club Night at Nambucca. It was the first time I'd seen the band since their Sunday afternoon set at Hipsville back in 2018, which you can read about in the Blog archive here.
I certainly wasn't to be disappointed after such a long wait, especially as since then, I'd grown to fully appreciate just how damn great the latest album "The Shape of Nothing To Come" is. Tonight at Nambucca it's the four piece line-up, missing the keyboard/percussion player, who I thought added a nice original touch when I saw them at Hipsville, so it's as stripped back and raw as it gets. The band struggle a bit with technical problems at first before blasting through an intense set packed full of their catchy and melodic Punk. Afonso spends a lot of the show either down among the audience (I even get a go on the mic for the chorus of "New Wave"), crowd-surfing or being held aloft Iggy style before scaling the precarious speaker stack. He is one of the best frontmen I've seen - a tattooed time-bomb of unpredicability and danger which he somehow manages to balance with an easy charm and self-deprecating sense of humour. I've always thought that Victor Torpedo is one of the most underrated Guitarists around, his unique style encompasses all the best in pure Rock 'n' Roll and I'm sometimes reminded of Mick Jones of The Clash, Gang of Four's sadly missed Andy Gill, East Bay Ray of Dead Kennedys along with an angular Post-Punk spin which really elevates The Parkinsons sound. Live, he's also a great foil to Afonso, leaping around the stage, high kicking and sometimes even getting down among the crowd to play. Supercool bassist Pedro Chau and the powerful drummer Ricardo Brito are a superb rhythm section, kicking up a mighty storm particularly on a crunching verison of "Heavy Metal" and the classic "Running". Here are a few photos from the gig, hopefully they will capture the sheer joy and energy of a Parkinsons show.

The Parkinsons at Nambucca - Photo Retro Man Blog
The Parkinsons at Nambucca - Photo Retro Man Blog
The Parkinsons at Nambucca - Photo Retro Man Blog
The Parkinsons at Nambucca - Photo Retro Man Blog
The Parkinsons at Nambucca - Photo Retro Man Blog


The Parkinsons at Nambucca - Photo Retro Man Blog
The Parkinsons at Nambucca - Photo Retro Man Blohg
The Parkinsons at Nambucca - Photo Retro Man Blog
The Parkinsons at Nambucca - Photo Retro Man Blog
The Parkinsons at Nambucca - Photo Retro Man Blog
For more information on The Parkinsons check out their official Facebook page here. You can order the DVD of their excellent documentary "A Long Way To Nowhere" here. News of upcoming Some Weird Sin club nights and gigs can be found at their site here. Some Weird Sin is run by Mauro from The Speedways and Simon from Desperate Journalist, who I first saw back in 2013 when they were bandmates in Jonny Cola & The A-Grades

Friday, 31 January 2020

Retrosonic Podcast Episode 37: "Songs The Limiñanas Taught Us"

Photo by Alain Bibal
In Episode 37 of Retrosonic Podcast, Steve from Retro Man Blog takes a look at the Blog's "Band(s) of 2019" The Limiñanas and their collaboration with Anton Newcombe and the French actress Emmanuelle Seigner in the project L'Épée. We look at The Limiñanas other collaborations with Étienne Daho, Peter Hook, Bertrand Belin and Pascal Comelade, pick out some great previous and related bands and play some originals of the various cover versions they have recorded over the years. Featuring great songs by The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Gentlemen, Wanda Jackson & The Cramps, The Kinks, Echo & The Bunnymen, Lords of The New Church, Jay Reatard, Michel Polnareff. The Beach Bitches, Les Bellas, Toxic Farmers, The Llamps, Hair & The Iotas & Les Wampas. Here's the track-list, please click on the highlighted links to find out more information on the bands and how to order their records. Enjoy! 

The Limiñanas "Tigre du Bengale"
The Beach Bitches "Paranoid Zombie"
Toxic Farmers "Feel Alright"
Les Bellas "I Love You"
The Gentlemen "It's a Cry'n Shame"
Wanda Jackson & The Cramps "Funnel of Love"
The Limiñanas "I'm Dead"
The Limiñanas "Migas 2000"
Hair & The Iotas "The Highest Grounds"
The Llamps "Mon Tour"
Crank "Hard Way"
Jay Retard "An Ugly Death"
Lords of The New Church "Russian Roulette"
Michel Polnareff "Time Will Tell"
The Limiñanas & Pascal Comelade "One of Us, One of Us, One of Us"
The Brian Jonestown Massacre "Vacuum Boots"
The Kinks "Two Sisters"
Echo & The Bunnymen "Angels & Devils"
The Limiñanas with Peter Hook "Garden of Love"
The Limiñanas with Betrand Belin "Dimanche"
The Limiñanas with Emmanuelle Seigner "Shadow People"
L'Épée - Dreams
The Limiñanas with Etienne Daho "One Blood Circle"
Les Wampas "C'est Politique"
The Limiñanas "Funeral Baby"

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Retrosonic Podcast has a valid PRS licence. Cover photo courtesy of Alain Bibal, you can check out more of Alain's excellent photography here. Please check out The Limiñanas excellent on-line store Migas 2000 at Etsy for lots of Limiñanas and related albums and merchandise.