Hi there - this is my first post as a brand new member here. I'm a relatively new convert to HB's music but I thought you might appreciate these www.flickr.com/photos/64969737@N00/sets/72157626522242701/ few photos I took at Southampton Joiners on Tuesday, so I joined this site to bring them to your attention!
My HB 'history' is short so far - I bought the 2 x cd version of Radio Wars maybe a year or so ago, but the lack of any sign of activity by the band since that time (including the absence of a dedicated website and only occasional MySpace updates) meant I went a bit 'cool' on them until I happened to check them out just after they'd started the Pledge project. I have now become a new 'fan', have gone back and downloaded their older stuff (legally!) and have even been buying Waikiki stuff (the album plus the 'Presents' EP so far!) thanks to this site 'educating' me - so thank you!
I didn't get the set list but three people in the audience did pick the hand written sheets off the stage at the end plus one guy photographed one at the start so surely one of them is a member on here and could update you on what they played.
All I can say is they were absolutely excellent (I've seen over 700 bands in my time and this gig two days after seeing the superb Anna Calvi, made this week one of the best I've had in a long while gig-wise!) I can't give you an accurate heads-up as I'm still getting to know their material but alongside a number of new songs (they started with 'Invisible' and I know they played 'Sioux' later in the set but don't know the other titles, sorry!), I can at least confirm they played 'Setting Sun', 'Cities Burning Down', 'Broken Bones' and 'Low Happening' (the final encore) along with one or two other songs that I knew. Sorry I can't complete the details for you.
They played for about 70 minutes altogether and although there were a couple of false starts (they were admittedly a bit 'rusty' after being away from the stage for a year or more) they are patently far too good to still be playing such grotty dives at this stage of their career. I did get a name-check by Juanita at the gig simply because I prompted her to tell the audience about the Pledge project. If they want to get better known they really will have to work a bit harder at the 'self-promotion' bit (e.g. I've followed Juliana Hatfield on Pledge over the last month and she hit over 100% within two days and has contiinued to over 350% now due to her almost daily updates keeping the fans interested!) HB took weeks to make it to 100% simply because they haven't offered that much as an 'incentive'.
I cannot make the Scala gig (tempting though the 'VIP' offer is!) but I shall be watching their tour dates with closer interest from now on (probably keep track through this site in reality!) and will definitely be on the lookout to see them live again.
Well done for keeping this site going even during the 'lean' times - true devotion that at least J and J's father obviously appreciates!
Welcome aboard John, and thanks for the photos and compliments about the messageboard, which should all go to Lee!
You're right about the 'self promotion' thing, but perhaps they're not comfortable doing all the "Look at us, aren't we great" stuff.
Bella Union and Independiente must have some great databases of HB fans (I still get emails from Bella Union more than five years later) but I guess they're not available to the band now they've left those labels.
Facebook, Myspace and Twitter (and this site) only reach a relatively small number of people, which is a pity.
P.S. I've added a link to your pics on the Gig History.
I am too! Round the corner from work so no excuse - i'm going as a VIP too! Can't wait! any other VIPs here?
Hi,i hope everyone enjoyed the show as much as my freind and i did.I would happily pledge again to meet them again as they were warm and freindly and very humble.The new material i thought was good,on first hearing it is hard to judge sometimes but i feel theyve done a good job once again.Now i cant wait to see them again.