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October 27th, 2008, 3:29 pm #11

Hi Tomiboo

Gatekeeper has the prettiest cover and is the best album yet in my view so do definitely pick that one up at the gig!

Check out the shop for the attractive merchandise too - the mouse mats and bookmarks are very distinctive.

Have a great night and hope you and Swelly manage to hook up!
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October 28th, 2008, 12:24 am #12

Tomiboo:
wrote:Actually, I've never been to that Kerttu restaurant so I don't know what it's like!
Here's a YouTube video from the Kerttu last year. Even though it's not high quality on either video or audio, the song is quite nicely hearable and most of the band members (2007's lineup) are seen from various angles. Much better clip than many of the YouTube live-videos on whole bands (usually bass and drums break the cam recording voice). As I recall, there was at it's worst three of them in row backwards over some 2 meters space.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjzOF4CyLf4

At YouTube you can also find much more Bid related stuff by searching for Scarlet's Well and The Monochrome Set. At Cherry Red label's Cherry Red TV is also a hour long video about Bid remembering his musical history, especially about the TMS times (the 70's-90's), but something about the Scarlet's Well years too.

I got the Gatekeeper album today (plus a nice smelling new mousemat ^_^ ). Although I do not like the coffee brown album covers as much as some others here (maybe they are not as fairytaleish as on a few earlier ones - even though the cover leaflet images ARE) it did sound right away that Bid has again created some very special and catchy songs and melodies.
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October 30th, 2008, 6:22 pm #13

So, who's going tomorrow then? Just me, Swelly, and possibly Mrs. Platypus?

Come on, don't be shy.
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October 30th, 2008, 7:13 pm #14

Tomiboo:
wrote: So, who's going tomorrow then? Just me, Swelly, and possibly Mrs. Platypus?
I did just receive information, that I apparently did announce Mrs. P's attendance on the gig too hastily - sadly she's probably not present tomorrow night. So, it's just you and me of the more regular forumians, I guess. Here's my MySpace, so at least one of us will be able to recognize the other:
What sort of place the Dynamo is otherwise (the photos at the site only show the stage)? Did I get it right that it is two storey club? Is there a bar & tables at the stage floor (do I see the whole band from all over the room)?
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October 30th, 2008, 8:24 pm #15

Heh, don't know if I count as a regular forumian just yet, but fortunately you'll be there to save the day! My MySpace thingy can be found here... most of the photos there are a bit old and weird, but there are two brand new (and blurry) ones that I just took with my webcam. Don't know if you could still recognise me from those photos though! :lol:

It's been a while since my last visit to Dynamo - I remember it as a cheap-looking (and a bit dirty!) nightclub, nothing special, but not a bad place for live music I suppose... It is a "two storey club" indeed and there's a bar at the stage floor (downstairs) too. I can't really remember if you can see the stage from all over the room.

From what I've heard, they've changed the place quite a lot just recently though, so it'll be a little surprise for me too what it looks like now.

However, unless you're into nightclubs, I would suggest going for a drink in one of the nearby bars/pubs before the gig. Where will you be staying in Turku?
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November 1st, 2008, 5:10 pm #16

Alright then,

I did attend the gig last night, and as it was my first SW gig, I must admit that I was positively surprised.

SW were playing at the club Dynamo, and I first went there about an hour before the gig... there was no one else in there! I guess I could have taken anything I wanted from the bar, but as an honest citizen I went to the nearby pub for another drink.

When I returned half an hour later, there were already about five of us. I immediately recognised Swelly when I entered the place, and a moment later Bid came to say hello to us. The only disappointment of the night was that there weren't a lot of people at the gig, although quite a lot of people still came in during the gig, so in the end there were maybe 70 people...

I don't know the names of any of the songs (apart from the very last one) that the band played, but I think most of them were from the new album. Perhaps Swelly can help with the names though. The venue was excellent for a small gig like this, and the sound was very good and clear too (or maybe the band just played so well!). The stage may have been a bit small for all seven of them, in fact I thought that there were only six of them at first, but I didn't even see the drummer until the end of the gig as she was hidden behind Bid and Alice! :lol:

The definite highlight for me was the last song, 'You Can't Get The Staff' - the only song they played that I had heard before, it sounded great live and I loved it. The other songs were good too of course, but it's difficult for me to form an opinion after just one listen. The atmosphere at the gig was good though and the people around me seemed to like it too.

I bought "Gatekeeper" and "Alice in the Underworld" (and a nice SW bookmark) after the gig, I didn't spill my drink all over the "shop" though, so there were no fruit drink related incidents last night to complete the hattrick. There wasn't much traffic in the merchandise shop anyway, I think I was the only one who actually bought their albums! (not sure though)

So, I enjoyed the gig, and it was really nice to meet Swelly and Bid as well. I'm already looking forward for the next SW gig in Finland. ;)
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November 1st, 2008, 8:18 pm #17

The Scarlet's Well is nowadays an excellent live-band. The second gig in Turku was even better than the last year's one - partly because this time the overall volume level did feel a tad lower, so that details of the sound-net were easier to separate from each other. The band was tight. powerful, and sometimes even rocking on the faster songs, like My Little Doll, where Deb's bass lines did come nicely to the front. At times it was again very soft and atmospheric, like on I am a Canvas, where the whole band sort of visibly gathered their whole attention to create an imposing net of sounds to back Alice's warm solo singing. Definitely one of the central pieces of the whole show to me.

In addition to that the band felt suitably "raw", which made it interesting live experience in a good way, differing from the albums, even though this may have been partly due to some monitoring problems - which means the way how the band itself can hear their own joint performance from their monitoring speakers - as Alice did reveal after the gig. But I couldn't notice any too disturbing effects on the overall sound. Especially I did feel Helen's violin riffs here and there on the songs did create surprising and refreshing combinations with Sian's keyboard sounds or Bid's and Peter's guitar lines. Couldn't see a glimpse of Jen but after the show, as on the smallish stage the others were standing in front of her.

As Tomiboo said in his excellent review, there would have been room for some more audience at first, but perhaps the present ones then were all serious fans. As I did come to the club - apparently well after Tomiboo's first check - I also did feel myself like the first one present, save some personnel. I was already leaving the club for some time, when the band came in with the show promoters (thanks again LYS for bringing them to Finland), and I said quick hello to Bid, and soon after met with Tomiboo, while there was still only a handful of people present. It was nice to speak with him about some favorites and other things - and thanks again of the free introduction into The Boo Radleys!

I believe the band played about an hour or so with the encores included. Among the show openers we heard This Is The Story Of My Life, The Dream Spider Of The Laughing Horse, and The Return of The Hesperus. There was still during that phase only a few dozen people standing in front of the smallish stage upholstered in red by it's backround. The venue floor of the two storey club was by it's form like a big letter "L" - as a mirror image - where the stage was built to the shorter arm, and the bar was placed on the angle.

At the middle parts of the set the band played songs from various older albums as well as a good doze of the brand new ones. The second album was represented at least by Luminous Creatures, Clop's Birthday, and Raven's Treasure. Also, we did hear a sweet version of Purple Rushes from the third album, as well as My Tender Years from the Black Tulip Wings. From the new Gatekeeper I was able to recognize at least Golden It Is Beautiful, Piepentube, New Friends, and the wonderful I Am A Canvas.

The main set was ended with a superbly tight version of the country-rocking My Little Doll, after which the band came back to play two and half encores. The half-one was Bid playing alone the first verse of Goodbye Joe, while the others still were getting ready to perform. Also the other encore was an old Monochrome Set song, Jacob's Ladder, after which they played yet You Can't Get The Staff.

Afterwards the whole band was again kindly exchanging opinions and questions & answers with the interested folks in audience, or just saying hello from the base of the last years concert. I can only go along with Tomiboo's wish about more Scarlet's Well gigs to Finland. Even if they are organized at Turku only. I am happily visiting the SW part of the country every now and then for this reason.

(Btw, the good hilarious spirits afterwards were risen to the top, while already traveling homewards the next day, when I saw from the bus window a cloud formation, which did resemble a laughing elephant. :lol: )
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November 2nd, 2008, 12:25 am #18

Swelly wrote: (Btw, the good hilarious spirits afterwards were risen to the top, while already traveling homewards the next day, when I saw from the bus window a cloud formation, which did resemble a laughing elephant. :lol: )
The cloud was definitely a sign!

Thanks to you both for your detailed and atmospheric reviews - I think you had every aspect covered, with the possible exception of band outfits, which is is arguably a girl thing. Sounds like a great night!

Oh, and I would also like to know which design of bookmark Tomiboo went for...
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November 2nd, 2008, 1:03 am #19

M's M wrote:Oh, and I would also like to know which design of bookmark Tomiboo went for...

so what do you think? :P

I think I would have preferred the "Dancer bookmark" design (see the Shop), but they didn't have that one for sale ... it was pretty dark there though so I'm not sure!
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November 2nd, 2008, 1:12 am #20

M's M:
wrote:I think you had every aspect covered, with the possible exception of band outfits, which is is arguably a girl thing.
I can bring on some hazy recollections and lucky guesses also on that side of the party. I think the more visible Alice and Helen did use gray or black skirts, Helen's dress probably having white flower decorations all over it. As I recall it, Bid might have played the red 12-string Baldwin guitar from the Gear-thread all through the show. He had a black, vertically white stripped shirt. In all I suppose the main color with the garments was black or dark gray. Well, Peter might have had a a shirt of a lighter hue on, at least during the afterwards chatting.
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