Friday, 30 August 2013

Gladstone Jouer de la Brasserie


    Sorry about the delay in writing this snippet of Gladstone news but this puppy has been busy wearing his paws down on the hard streets of London, being Sherlock's Dog ain't as easy as you may think!! Aannnyyy way back on 14th August the chaps and chapette found themselves heading back to London, in particular to that superb French restaurant Brasserie Toulous Lautrec on Newington Butts, Kennington. We were a little concerned as the music Gladstone play isn't exactly Eidith Piaf!! However, as we entered we were immediately surrounded by friends, some old mates, mostly new and all fantastic. So, to the wonderful piano playing of David we slowly got our stuff in and set up, with a short sound check we were ready to go at around 9.15.
    Unusually our set was to be in two halves, with a room fit to burst we started....Night Creatures soon blew any cobwebs (and Eidith Piaf fans) away, every now and then we play a song that concerns the area we're playing in and this night it was The Madness of Tilly Matthews, the Bedlam hospital he was an inmate of was situated just around the corner, it's now the Imperial War Museum, the perfect place to have a war museum! Moving on we then played Newgate, Dr Dexter's Dream, Purple Reefer and ended this first half with the Sex Pistols God Save the Queen, much bouncing around......
    After a half hour interlude it was time for Spook to get up and do his *ahem* turn, he stood up and did the Victorian rhyme "The Drunkard and the Pig", a temperance rhyme....from him!! This was followed by the amusing song "So Was I" and everyone in the audience joined in with the chorus, which was fantastic, next Spook was joined by Mr Dave Evil for the cautionary tale Jack Hall, then with the addition of Cloud, Joe and Amy we were back to the faster stuff. Twisted Lip followed then Bluey, Ballad of William Winter, TMTWNBBFN's Boilerplate Dan, Hall of the Mountain King, Curse of Tutankhamun and Metallica's For Whom the Bell Tolls, after many shouts for more and the audience in dancing mode we gave them God Save the Queen again before we had to call it a night, what an amazing night it was, we all felt great after and we were sorry to say goodbye to such an crackin' place.
    Many thanks to Pat Griffin for creating this wonderful night and for some of the photos, thanks also to Jules Gosling for the other photos, you guys rock. the Brasserie Toulous Lautrec link is here;

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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Hammer House of Hedonism, Gladstone returns.....

A lively time at the Electrowexz.

Darren Demondaz
Gladstone were very excited to return to play at Electrowexz/Slimelight on 3rd August, the Hammer House of Hedonism event was created by Living on Video and kicked off in grand fashion with a very humorous lecture on Vampires and their shifting sexualities in popular fiction and film by that dastardly dandy Mr Darren Demondaz, a very entertaining and informative talk indeed.
Nigel Osner
    Following Mr Demondaz was the excellent cabaret entertainer Nigel Osner who gave us a showcase from his "Men, Women and Vampires" show, a very talented man and it was great to see him again.
    Close on his heels came the incredible and very theatrical Alter Red with a fantastic set, a totally black clad singer (literally head to toe, see photo!) and automaton dancers gave us a very entertaining gig, we would love to see them again soon, highly recommended.
Alter Red
    Then it was our turn and with Amy's chimes Gladstone entered the stage complete with much corpse paint and masks, Night Creatures thundered out to a very lively audience as did The Madness of Tilly Matthews with Joe thumping out the opening bass line, we had an amazing time, it is always such a pleasure to play the Elecrowerxz. Bluey, William Winter, Twisted Lip, Newgate, Dr Dexter's Dream, Hall of the Mountain King and Curse of Tutankhamun all followed to an enthusiastic reception, we ended the set with the customary God Save the Queen (which had folks bouncing all over the place) and For Whom the Bell Tolls which ended up with a member of the audience joining Cloud on vocals, excellent stuff! All too soon it was over for us and we left the stage to the final act.
Mr McBuggerballs V

Gladstone, Night Creatures...
    The Mysterious Freakshow put on an amazing act, bet, they are a great and lively band and I look forward to meeting them again soon, after the bands it was over to the DJ's Mr Scott Mcmahon and Mr Simon Landmine for the best sounds in Steampunk, post punk and Goth, a fantastic night which for Sherlock's Dog ended at 6.30am, well past this puppy's bed time......until next time gutenacht and stay safe my friends.
The Mysterious Freakshow.
    The photos I've used come from the superb and the very talented, thanks Simon.

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Friday, 2 August 2013

The Automata Wars Book Launch.

The Front Line; The Automata Wars book launch,

at the ORT Cafe, Birmingham

    We kicked off our summer mini tour in grand style on 27th July with the momentous launch of L.M Cooke's The Automata Wars volume 2, the ORT Cafe is an old factory that now houses various art projects, the room the event was being held in was a long hall lined with stalls selling all manor of Steampunk accessories, clothes and of course books from The Last Line. First band on was Crimson Clocks fronted by the multi-talented L.M Cooke, they played an amazing set including a fantastic version of Hawkwind's Masters of the Universe with Ms Cooke sporting a natty robot/borg costume! Next on was Dr Agamemnon When, known usually for his skills as Master of Ceremonies tried his hand at stand up comedy, and a fine job he did too with laughs and groans in equal measure.

    Then it was time for the official launch, reading extracts from the novel were L.M Cooke, Steven C. Davis (DJ with Reading4u) and Dr When, the readings came with echoing gunfire and a haunting accompaniment on violin from Jo of Crimson Clocks.

   Then it was time for more music this time from Birthrite, they gave an inspired performance with Erazamus bouncing all over the place, he even sang whilst lying on the ground!! They gave an excellent show that went down very well.

    Finally it was Gladstone on stage, with Amy's bell signalling the beginning, Spook and Dave Evil appeared both of them masked and lantern in hand.....the performance went very well, with a head banging Cloud giving Spook a well deserved waft of cool air now and again and our stand in bassist Joe "Sticky Fingers" Foley doing a sterling job we rocked into the night ending on a ripping version of Sex Pistols "God Save the Queen".

It was an incredible night and we wish Linzi the greatest success with her new novel, if you haven't read The Automata Wars yet then please do so, it's fantastic!!
Many thanks to Angus Poiselamppe for the photos, our next appearance will be at The Electrowexz at Slimelight, Islington, London, on 3rd August.....see you there.

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