Thursday, December 27, 2007

Xmas sunset

Maresme sunset

Last Tuesday I was riding my Yamaha RD 350 on the fantastic curvy roads of Arenys de Munt-Llavaneres on the way to Barcelona when I suddenly saw this sunset. I couldn't avoid to pull over have a spliff and enjoy the view.
I took this set of photos.

Friday, December 14, 2007

click on the photo to see it on a larger size

The photo above got me thinking today. Dont know why but as soon as I saw it simultaneously Pink Floyd 'Time' lyrics came to my mind

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but its sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in the relative way, but youre older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the english way
The time is gone, the song is over, thought Id something more to say

Home, home again
I like to be here when I can
And when I come home cold and tired
Its good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells.

How small we are. It really makes you think. You know the english saying 'Give a monkey a brain....'.
Make the most of it, like my friend Kwasi says: "Live life like its ya last minute , make it good!! ".
At this very moment.I think its time to enjoy some creamy pints of Guinness in my local Iris

Floyds cover 'Time' by Easy All Stars [Feat. Corey Harris&Ranking Joe]

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thats the manga version of a pretty well known American family.
Do you know who are they?

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Vallentuna Sweden

I got send this nice photos the other day. They are from Vallentuna, a beautiful village in the south of Sweden.
Vallentuna is a small town which is located about 20 minutes drive from Stockholm.
My friend Susann lives there and I asked her to take some photos while she was jogging around the village.
They 've got snow from October to April-May and in winter it gets dark pretty early in the afternoon.

Susann's House

The photo above was taken in my friends home one morning. I wonder how they go to work with so much snow!
If we get this weather here in the Spanish cities just for a couple of days the whole country would be collapsed!
Vallentuna countryside

Iced lakes. Sweden is got loads. If this the sort of weather they get in the south of Sweden, where is supposed to be warmer, I can't imagine how it would be like to live 1000 km. up north! Maybe thats why we get Swedish visitor here in Spain in winter wearing sandals and shorts?

This is in Spring....obviously

I find the style and construction of the houses in Vallentuna pretty funny, compared with the ones we have here in Spain. They are very different.

Stockholm city center

There is always a reason to complain about the weather, we all do. Its something I found funny wherever I traveled to. In the Caribbean people says its too humid, Central America too hot, in the north of England and Scotland is always raining so they don't get much sun, Madrid weather is too dry, and the north of Spain too cold [Tell a Swede about!], etc etc ..but I guess at the end we have to get used to it, whatever the conditions are.
Or maybe not...?

But Sweden, under the perspective of a Mediterranean person like me sounds like an interesting and beautiful [but hard at the same time] place to be, although the idea to to be surrounded with loads of blonde haired Swedish chicks everywhere makes the place even more attractive!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

What kind of times are these
No one hears, no one sees

I got a lie
A fat fuckin' lie
About a law
Idiots obey
They made it easy
Now cheaters have their way
You hi-di-ho's
You're living on your knees

Now there's a time...
But i say non like now
There's a time
Where idiots are bound
If there's a pole
Planted in your back
Then you're a fixture
Not a man

You know that man
You hate?
You look more like him
Every day everyday
2 good shoes
Won't save your soul
Tides are turning
Idiots Rule-JA

This is a snakeskin jacket! And for me it's a symbol of my individuality, and my belief... in personal freedom!-Wild At Heart
You're a bum
You're a punk
You're an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy christmas your arse
I pray God its our last

I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Cant make it all alone
I've built my dreams around you

Fairytale in New York-Kristy Mccoy&The Pogues

Can anyone explain?
The rules are insane
I try to refrain
Confusing myself again

This is our home but what can we do
Millions of vehicles still burning their fuel
My conscience is going and hope yours is too
Will we ever learn too… Promises bound
White papers not enough
Heads to the ground
There’s beauty but not enough

Poisoning glow
Seasons unchanged so
I’ve got to get to know, that
Something’s we just won’t know

This is our home but what can we do
Millions of vehicles still burning their fuel
My conscience is going and hope yours is too

Will we ever learn too… Promises bound
White papers not enough
Heads to the ground
There’s beauty but not enough

Sky is red
Still we learn, wild
Skies out there

Pond Life-The Reegs

So we laid back and we watched space revolve
With bodies of astronauts long cold
Blinking like lonely satellites
Where we left vapour trails
Through cotton skies
Come on let's scratch the heavens one last time
Cause we're all sinking in the sunshine
And though you'd love to stay
Well you said you must be on your way
To where the rainbows and ufos
Fall ten at a time
In a shower of glitter and gold


Everything will be OK in the end. If its not OK, its not the end.

But there is always the hills...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Editors + The Boxer Rebellion@Joy Eslava, Madrid 17th. Nov 07

Nathan Nicholson-The Boxer Rebellion

Last Saturday The Boxer Rebellion played in Madrid supporting Editors for the Wintercase 07.

The Boxer Rebellion is a band I wanted to see live since I heard them mentioned for the first time when my friend Sean from Barnsley told me a while ago. ‘Code Red’ was the 1st song I ever heard and I instantly realized they had something special in their sound.

I always liked to see live bands, I have seen hundreds on last decade, but this days I am not that bothered anymore, more particularly to most of the new music [Must be an age thing ;-) or call it to be selective]. So there are only a few of the current bands I can dedicate my time to.

And The Boxer Rebellion is one of them.

‘Joy Eslava’ was the chosen venue, it is a sort of old theater located right in city center, apparently it was very popular on the 80’s and many bands have played there since, and despite now has become a bit posh I was a bit curious to see finally the mighty place.

Joy Eslava

I was unsure to go at first because normally supporter acts never get much time on stage and with 3 bands on the bill I knew they would only be allowed to play 4 or 5 songs as much.

But what the heck, I had a couple of things to do in Madrid city center so around lunch time I walked to the box office to get my ticket. But soon I realized it was not going to be that easy.

The girl on the desk gave me the bad news. Show is sold out!

I should know that before hand because Editors were touring last summer in major festivals here in Spain and I guess they have become pretty popular already. They also got this ‘sounds like Joy Division’ label [They might do a little bit to be honest] and they have released a couple of successful albums too.

So, what else left to do? Maybe I could go around the venue and have a look if someone had a spare ticket [there is always the last chance], which I did, but when I finally got to ‘Joy Eslava’ I found out it was still too early, about 14 pm to be more precise, therefore there was no one to be seen on the area.

Venue Backstreet

I stayed behind the club about 10 minutes, had a couple of cans of beer and feeling I wasn’t on the mood to wait there until people turned up later that evening, I thought it was better to go home.

I could always see The Boxer Rebellion again when they come back and hopefully headlining!

Therefore I left the place heading home through the narrow streets of city center when suddenly few yards away guess what happened? On the other side of the street there were the lads, the whole band together!

I saw some of their photos before on the internet so I was absolutely sure it was them. I stopped then a bit undecided of what to do, then is when I quickly thought ‘Now or never! I crossed the street and introduced myself to the guys. After a nice and brief chat they asked me if I was going to see the show but told them it was sold out and I didn’t have the chance to buy a ticket. They told me they were going to make sure I was on the guest list.

Nice one!

Adam [Bass player] asked me if I knew were the Royal Palace was because they had their loaded van on the car park and they didn’t know how to get there, so I offered myself to go and give them some directions.

There I was 15 minutes later walking through Madrid city center and chatting with the band members. How things have changed in 5 minutes!

Piers [drums] told me they were playing all around Europe and they traveled about 7.000 km so far visiting France, Poland, Luxembourg, Holland, Denmark, Italy, etc. Although it was a long tour they were very happy to play along ‘Editors’ because that would give them more exposure to new fans. Also told Todd Howe [Lead guitars] how in some songs his delay and echoey guitar sound reminded me Dave & Reg of The Chameleons, which he replied he had heard about before.

As a guitarist I would take that as a compliment.

About an hour later we drove back to the venue and the band proceeds to unload all the gear.

Stagehand unloading equipment

They had sound check and I didn’t have a pass so having my show access guaranteed, I went to get a few ‘warm up’ beers until the gates were open.


About 7 pm people started to gather on the general entrance, there was a long queue already and I could hear how some people were offering 100 € for a ticket.

I waited on the Guest door with few other people and about 7:30 pm told bouncers my name and went in!

Show kicked off about 8 pm. First band were some guys from Nashville named ‘How I became a bomb’ [strange name if you ask me]. The singer looked and performed as a mixture of Jarvis from Pulp and Benny Hill. They all were a bit weird dressed.

How I became a bomb

At some point in between songs I shouted to the singer ‘Wrong tie mate!’. I chatted briefly with them after show and told him so again. He replied laughing ‘Ah, it was you then!'.. he he ….

However, about 45 minutes later it was time for The Boxer Rebellion to came on stage.

Adam bass sound check

Todd and Nathan soundcheck

As I previously thought they only played few songs, new track ‘Soviets’, ‘Watermelon’ and ‘We have this place surrounded’ the ones I remember. Last one a bit of a downer if you ask me. Don’t get me wrong, its one of my favorite tracks ever [Very Chameleonesque guitars indeed] but when you have only such a short time to play you should choose the ‘energy’ songs, if you know what I mean [And they do have plenty]… at least that was the feedback I gathered from some blokes on the crowd.

Adam Harrison

Nathan Nicholson-The Boxer Rebellion

I guess is hard to please everyone, sometimes bands hardly play all the songs you like!

What’s wrong with Code Red anyway? I wonder why it is not on the set list anymore…

Overall the show was great although sound wasn’t at its best; something Nathan [Vox +rhythm guitar] confirmed me after the show.

Despite they weren’t advertised anywhere nor on the leaflets [I only saw the other supporting act mentioned], I think they leaved a pretty good impression as some people around was asking me interested ‘Who were they?’

The club was packed

Then Editors came on stage. I have to say I am not a big fan of this band although they have a couple [or three] of catchy tunes. But it was a great show with top lights too.

Tom Smith-Editors

The singer was highly active and very participative, so was the crowd [The place was packed] singing along some of the tracks.

I think they played near an hour, and this was the set list [Or almost all of it].

Their sound has this undeniably 80’s essence, or that’s what it seems to me maybe because the high presence of the bass driven sound on their music, something I am pretty glad about if you ask me.

After a couple of encores around midnight the show was finished, and there wasn’t much backstage time either as ‘Joy Eslava’ opens after midnight as a dance club [So was told the band before the show].

Top lights

Then after the classical photo& autographs fans session [I had a poster to get it signed, but during the show someone nicked it from me], like I said when Club was shut down we agreed, along with another good Spanish fan [Pirruko] and some of his friends to go for a drink and get food somewhere.
Todd Howe [Lead guitars] loading the van

The place we went to was a bar called ‘The Dungeon’ near the ‘Plaza Mayor’.

Plaza Mayor

So there we were at 2 am in the morning with the guys from the band eating Spanish ‘tapas’ and drinking Sangria!

At this stage there is not much I remember to be honest, what I recall is that I got home about 5 Am and that I had a pretty good hang over Sunday morning.

But it was well worth!

They were going to Valencia and playing in Barcelona on Tuesday and then back to other European dates.

It was a fantastic night and also ace to meet personally the lads. I can say they are down to earth people, far from any arrogant Rock n Roll star attitude.

I really wish them all the best in the future and also a great success with the next album release. I also hope they sign to a proper label soon.

I believe The Boxer Rebellion should make it through and go to bigger things, as my other friends Exit Calm too. Both have a special ‘thing’ to make it, so far they are on the right lane….and I am rarely wrong with these unsigned acts.

Time will say.

See you next one lads but next time Headlining!

The Boxer Rebellion Myspace

Editors Myspace

Todd Howe Myspace

Nathan Myspace

Adam Myspace

Piers Myspace