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London Astoria: The Last Goodbye show will feature The Automatic and My Vitriol

January 9th, 2009

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Legendary venue, the London Astoria is facing its final night on 14 January 2009 before closing to make way for some shops and stuff while they build the Crossrail thing underneath it.

Headlining the night will be The Automatic with a host of other bands including My Vitriol, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, The King Blues, VV Brown and Frank Turner with loads more yet to confirm.

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Video: Panic At The Disco fans @ London Astoria – 8 July 2008

July 10th, 2008

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Thrash Hits .com was hanging outside the London Astoria on 8 July 2008 before going in to see Panic At The Disco perform a festival warmup show. We took some photos of all the most dedicated fans – the one who had queued up for up to 28 hours to get as close to their favourite band as possible.

We have put all of those photos into this great Thrash Hits montage clip. We hope you enjoy it. Are you in it?

Watch ‘Panic At The Disco fans @ London Astoria’

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Future Hits 004: You Me At Six

July 9th, 2008

Everyone with their ears to the ground seems to be talking about You Me At Six at the moment. Salvadore Fernandez goes to the source and has a chat to 17-year-old singer Josh Franceshi about why.

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Sometimes the facts speak for themselves. You Me At Six have sold every ticket (over 9000) for their 21-date June/July headline tour. They haven’t released their debut album yet. They only just signed a record deal with the up-and-coming Leeds-based Slam Dunk Records. They’re hot property.

They have supported big hitters such as New Found Glory, The Audition and Angels & Airwaves in 2008 as well as repeatedly touring the UK and, clearly, their hard work is paying dividends but they’re still keen to develop their careers.

“There have been a few shows that sold out so fast,” Josh says. “But we wanted to keep these shows intimate and chilled instead of upgrading them.”

This tour in particular has had the objective of promoting their latest single, ‘Gossip’. The video to which has apparently gained some unwanted criticism from fans for being a slightly lower budget production than what they’re used to.

Watch the video to ‘Gossip’ by You Me At Six

“The song’s about a house party and about provocative people,” explains Josh. “We just wanted as many of our friends to have a party and film it with a handheld camera. It’s not about it looking really good; it’s about our friends filming us as we play.”

Having shared a stage with bands that easily fit into the pop-punk or emo pigeonhole, it’s not a surprise that YM@6 – completed by bassist Matt (19), guitarists Max and Chris (both 18) and drummer Dan (19) – are rightly drawing comparisons with the likes of Fall Out Boy and early Panic At The Disco.

The as-yet-untitled album will be released in October in the fashionable and highly practical DIY manner that bands such as Enter Shikari and now Funeral For A Friend have gone down. “It’s just cool to know that all the people that are working with us are as excited about it as we are,” says Josh.

You Me At Six head out on tour in October including a London headline show at The Astoria. We should have a sweepstake on which date the album will be released. 20th? 27th? 13th? Hmmm.

October
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Middlesbrough Empire
16 Norwich Waterfront
17 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
18 Wolverhampton Wulfrun
19 Northampton Roadmender
21 Leeds Met University
22 Glasgow ABC 1
23 Manchester Academy 2
24 Liverpool Academy 1
25 Southampton University
26 Oxford Academy
27 London Astoria
28 Cardiff Solus
29 Brighton Komedia
30 Exeter Phoenix

You Me At Six will perform on the Festival Republic Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival 2008 and ‘Gossip’ is released on Slam Dunk Records on 28 July 2008

Live: Panic At The Disco @ London Astoria – 8 July 2008

July 9th, 2008

The kings of emo, Panic At The Disco played a tiny, jam-packed, 2000-capacity festival warm-up show at London’s historic Astoria venue. Emma Edmondson was there. This is what she’s got to say about it.

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Have Panic At The Disco turned into a budget Beatles? Possibly. As all the signs are there tonight. From Brendon’s ’60s-era head ‘n’ hair rattles when finishing lines of lyrics to the band’s cowboy-esque George Harrison style shirts through to their PG-rated inter-song banter – each and every costumed change only adds to the riddle.

They’re polite. They’re charming (well, apart from Brendon’s intermittent onstage spittle gobbing), oh, and there’s those eardrum splintering screams that ricochet throughout the venue like a hormonal ping pong ball whenever one of the group even dares breathe…

But hey kids, calm down and (please) don’t spit in our faces – remember this isn’t the first time the question has raised its turdy tortoise head.

Ever since the release of their Crosby, Stills et cetera cum Travelling Willburys humping second album Pretty. Odd. it’s become clear the globe’s prettiest pop rockers have ditched their emo teeny-bopper tag and replaced it with wanting to be known for making serious music maaan.

And, apart from the continuous girl shrieks, it seems the quartet have sort of succeeded. Playing tunes from the new album, as well as stripped down versions from their debut (which lack that pogoing chutzpah when performed without the dance beat backing track and stage theatricals), the fivesome trundle through a set of Tom Petty-fied rock-pop mewings to a fanfare of fainters and crowd surfers.

From the piano-infused, magnificent pop-beast of ‘Nine In The Afternoon’, to the splattering of experimental future folkers, this is a band who have medified their emoitis with a big old dose of grown up.

But the one thing Panic can’t seem to shake is that Beatles-esque mania which has surrounded them from day one. As although they’ve begun to sprout adult fluff on their previously hairless boy chests there are no bearded muso geeks nodding at their genius in the crowd tonight. Just girls desperate to get the knickers off for a piece of proverbial Panic pie.

So perhaps Ryan’s question half way through to the gathered girlies, and boys, of, “What are you screaming about?” rings truer than he realises.

As they’re probably not screaming about the legend of your music lads, as you’d like them to, but about the pretty brain cells it came from. And, much like the Beatles, that’s a battle they fought until they got wrinkly, grey or married.

Panic At The Disco @ London Astoria setlist
‘We’re So Starving’
‘Nine In The Afternoon’
‘But It’s Better If You Do’
‘Camisado’
‘She’s A Handsome Woman’
‘The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage’
‘Behind The Sea’
‘Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off’
‘I Constantly Thank God For Esteban’
‘That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)’
‘There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought of It Yet’
‘Folkin’ Around’
‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’
‘Northern Downpour’
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‘Time To Dance’
‘Pas De Cheval’
‘Mad As Rabbits’

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In Photos: Lostprophets @ London Astoria – 11 June 2008

July 8th, 2008

Four nights before they were due to close Download Festival 2008, Lostprophets thought they would play to a few less than 60,000 people.

Sandra Sorensen was down at London’s historic Astoria to take some shots of our favourite Welsh rockers.

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