025 – Sacre Noir Winter Tour Dates 2011

Posted: December 18, 2011 in Berlin music, Electronic Music, London music, Unsigned Music Tour
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It’s been a busy old time in the Sacre Noir camp lately…

Saturday 29th October 2011 – Henry’s Cellar Bar (Edinburgh).
We kicked off the winter with a pre-tour show, it was a great night of live music featuring Shameless, Collar Up & headliners Defcon One. Promoted by the lovely folks @ Bainbridge Music, it was a real mixed bunch of bands & there was something for everyone. It was the first time I’d seen any of the other bands and they were all great. Shameless were a 3-piece on the night (missing one), and packed a punch as the opening act for the night. Blues based rock & roll of the finest order was on the menu & everyone seemed to be loving it! A mix of original material, covers old & new and banter the like I’ve not seen in ages – all in all I was really very impressed! Also their drummer is the fab photographer (and our friend) Marc Marnie, so was good to catch up with him & see his band playing at last.
Next up we take to the stage and blaze through a 30 minute set of pretty much all new material. Trying out new tunes before taking them on the road is always a good idea, and thankfully the crowd were suitably impressed with the set. We played a new cover (‘Time’ by Chase & Status) and tracks which are destined to be on the next album and despite a few hiccups, everything went well.
Next was the turn of Collar Up – a piano / guitar / drums trio based in Edinburgh. It’s always good to hear something a bit different and the piano definitely delivers that for this band. Providing both bass and some melodic structure, the piano was well-balanced with the vocal style and guitar counter-melodies. Collar Up have some really good songs and they certainly know how to deliver them live too.
The headliners take to the stage just before half past nine, complete with fancy dress outfits (it is just before Halloween) and pints in hand. Defcon One have been riding a high wave recently and the buzz around them is intriguing to say the least. They recently supported one of my favourite indie bands, Sound Of Guns, and the reviews were great, so I’ve been really looking forward to seeing them live. They did not disappoint! A mix of catchy melodies and honest lyrics make them very radio friendly, and the clever little guitar licks should keep the musos happy. They do write very good songs (check out their ‘Life on TV’ EP), but the highlight of their set on the night was a cover of The Bloodhound Gang’s ‘Bad Touch’. Very clever choice – well executed = Loved It!

Saturday 12th November 2011 – The Cruz Bar, Leith (Edinburgh)
The first proper show of the tour…

The Cruz Bar Poster 12/11/11

Poster - Gig @ The Cruz Bar 12/11/11

On the bar that looks like a boat in darkest Leith, Meltedbeetle are launching a new night @ The Cruz Bar called The Happening with a full on night of live music and DJs. It’s also the album launch for ‘oscillator’ by Edinburgh based psychedelic rock quartet Frantic Chant. DJ Giro was on hand to provide late night floor filling tunes, the PR staff were full of cheer (as were the growing crowd) and a film crew was setting up…this was looking like a great start to the winter.
As it’s only us & Frantic Chant that are playing tonight we take to the stage for a leisurely hour-long set. Phil is with us tonight so the sound is full and rockin’. The audience was great – really attentive and loved the covers (Running Up That Hill & Time) so we give it everything and finish on a high.
The Frantic Chant set was epic! Full on swagger in good old Madchester stylee, complete with extended instrumental sections, wailing guitar solos, pounding bass and driving beats, this was a set not to be missed. Everyone was very merry and in party mode by the end of their set and it was time to party into the wee hours.
Enter DJ Giro, a class act indeed. Techno at it’s very finest for the next 2 hrs was just what the doctor ordered, and the West Coast DJ seemed only to happy to oblige. It was a strange mix of musical acts but certainly seemed to work and was, just as the poster promised ‘Happening’.

Monday 28th November 2011 – The Vibe Bar, Brick Lane (London)
Back in August we embarked on our first gigs outside Scotland, and The Vibe Bar in London was one of the many highlights. So when booking dates for the winter tour we contacted Iain @ Plugged In Switched On to see if he’d have us back. Every Monday he runs an Open Mic style night to showcase some of the best up & coming acts and each night is packed with a variety of different acts. A few weeks ago the amazing talent that is Emeli Sande stopped by and performed a version of her hit single ‘Heaven’ which is more than a little bit cool! So we were really excited to be going back & weren’t disappointed. The line up was varied and highlights for me included; Tom Figgins, Adam Tunji & Morning Lane. The crowd was great and seemed to really enjoy the new tunes we played (Ou Est L’arrett Pour Moi & Fifth Element), as always the Londoners were pretty chatty and the feedback was all positive. We were staying with family friend Joe again but barely had time to say “hi” & “bye” as it was such a flying visit… a great excuse to come back again soon.

Graffiti in London - 28/11/12

Graffiti in London - 28/11/12

Tuesday 29th November 2011 – Belushi’s Club (Paris)
Fresh from the morning Eurostar, we arrived in Paris and the sun was shining. I’d arranged to play downstairs in the club @ Belushi’s having played in the bar upstairs during our summer dates. The club was very quiet (a mixture of the hidden location and the Karaoke upstairs) but those that were there had a good night and were also treated to a DJ set from moi too finish off the night. I really have grown to love the idea of playing the DJ role at gigs, and even got a wee Numark controller to play with too. It’s mainly a great excuse to go searching for new tracks & remixes to play, highlights from this tour include; Club Clique for the Bad Girls remix of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’ & the Youth Kills remix of Ayah Marr’s ‘Follow You’.
Paris was looking lovely in the crisp winter light and the was certainly much more warm than the UK. There was a Christmas Market along the Champs Elysses and the street decorations were very classy & understated (what else would you expect in such a stylish place?).

Breakfast by the canal @ Belushi's, Paris 30/12/11

Breakfast by the canal @ Belushi's, Paris 30/12/11

Thursday 1st December 2011 – Goldman’s Bar (Berlin)
I can’t begin to tell you how excited we were to be playing our first gig in Germany. We visited Berlin during the summer of 2010 & loved the creative vibe of the city.
We arrived before 9am @ Spandau Station and instantly felt the temperature drop. However on every corner there was a Winter Wonderland / Christmas Market and everything looked like a scene from a Christmas card, so our hearts were instantly warmed. The gig was at Goldman’s, the basement bar @ The Circus Hostel and in true German style had FREE beer at the start of each night & a strange fascination with “The Hoff”. It’s probably one of the nicest Hostels I’ve ever seen and all the staff were really cool. Andrew (the promoter) met us in the morning, so we could drop off our gear and fill us in on the details for the night. We were playing two 40 minute sets and starting at 10pm. Sound check @ 7pm with engineer Flo went very well and the bar was pretty much full as soon as the doors opened. It was a mixed crowd in terms of nationality (as you’d expect at a hostel) and we met some really great folk. Big mention to our new Mexican friends Carlos & David (hope you’re enjoying the tunes), the ladies from London and the Irish lads (hope you made it home ok).
Berlin highlights out with the gig & Goldman’s included; coffee at Impala or Gorki’s, food at Fam. Dang (Vietnamese) and shopping on Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße. We really did have a great time and can’t wait to return in the new year for more gigs and further adventures.

Alexis @ Gorki's, Berlin - 1/12/11

Alexis @ Gorki's, Berlin - 1/12/11

On returning to the UK I had two gigs with the Savage Sound System @ Henry’s Cellar Bar (Edinburgh). First was Thursday 8th December with Conscious Route. Both Werd & Riddlah were in the sSs line up alongside Phil on guitar & newbie Ewan on bass. It was quite a quiet night but all the acts were great and there was a really nice vibe to the whole night.
The second was Saturday 10th December as part of an Edinburgh Undersound event. Also on the bill that night was Nasty P, U-Turn, Jordan & Deeko as well as a solo set from Mr Conscious Route. The Savage Sound System line up was the same minus Werd (well he did one song) and the gig went really well. It was a really good night and the Hip-Hop crowd seemed to love Phil and his guitar and the cover of ‘Time’ went really well. It’s a classic sounding track with great twists and turns, banging beats, driving guitar and a great melody line – what’s not to like?

And that concludes the winter action from Sacre Noir.
A massive thank-you to everyone who has helped and supported us during this stint of live dates and all those through-out the year. All the friends and family that have put us up, picked us up, fed & cleaned us, all the promoters and venue staff that have hosted gigs, all the people who bought the CD, signed up to the mailing list, hit ‘like’ on Facebook and listened on Spotify, and finally to everyone who saw the gigs and had nice things to say… it really does make it all worth while.
Thank-you all


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