Gig Reviews

The Brave Old Oak – Towcester

Just a couple of pictures here – if I could find the setlist, then I’d post up the songs we played.  But I can’t.  Because I never use them – I just rely on the others to tell me what song we’re doing next, and if they don’t, then I start playing the song I want to play next, and tell them that they did the setlist wrong.

The flyer for the gig
The flyer for the gig

From memory though, we did:

  • Muse Killer
  • Plugging Away
  • DayDream
  • Kebab Van
  • Corbijn
  • Murphys
  • New Song in the set
  • Sack Me
  • Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
The Box Ticked at the Brave Old Oak
The Box Ticked at the Brave Old Oak

If either of the others disagree, then I’ll make them prove it.  And they can’t!  They can’t I tell you!!!!

Anyway, we had a great night, and got to meet Stevie the promoter from Wildfire Sessions.  We’ve arranged a couple of gigs over the coming months with them, and I’ll post up some info soon.  As soon as I can find the details anyway.

Keep on boxing!

Mick Box.


Gig Reviews

It’s in the Square – Wolverton 7th July 2012

The Box Ticked on stage at It's In the Square 2012
Head of Security ‘Big’ Ralph looks on as The Box Ticked wow the massed throng

Well it looked as if the glorious British weather would put paid to the gig, as the heavens opened for hours in the run up to this one, but as the three Boxers left Steve Box’s house for the short walk to the Square, the rain slowed, and very shortly stopped altogether.

It was a sign I tell thee!

Any of the local festivals can be slightly difficult gigs to play, because by definition they’re always going to be attended by people who won’t know our stuff, and who would, if truth be told, rather be listening to a covers band.  Having said that, there are always a few reasons why playing “It’s In The Square” is always such good fun:

  1. The sound guys really, really know their stuff, and manage to make us sound pretty great
  2. The guys with the cameras near the front of the stage always get some great photos and videos that we can link to later on
  3. Due to the wonderfully varied acts on the setlist, we get to hype ourselves up pre-gig by saying things like “let’s go and blow those belly dancers off of the stage”

We went on after the Radcliffe Rollers steel band but sadly, the belly dancers weren’t there, so a large part of the hilarious stage-banter that we’d rehearsed (anyone who knows us will know this isn’t true of course – we never actually rehearse) never got to see the light of day.

Anyway, the set we played went as follows, although possibly not entirely in this order:

  • Waves of Temptation (Soundcheck)
  • Muse Killer
  • Kebab Van
  • Daydream
  • Plugging Away
  • Bad Dates
  • Sack
  • Dear Colleague
  • Swords of a Thousand Men
It’s always difficult to gauge how you went down in this sort of gig, but from the number of people who were:
  1. Paying some sort of attention
  2. Nodding their heads
  3. Shuffling their feet (if standing)
  4. Swaying gently in the breeze (if sitting)
  5. Clapping with something other than general politeness at the end
  6. Smiling in appreciation at the sheer majesty of the lyrics
  7. Swooning at the delicious harmonies on offer
I’d suggest that we did ok.
Pictures and videos to follow.
Mick Box.