Guillemots LIVE at Carling Academy Oxford review + tour dates

Guillemots played downstairs at the Carling Academy Oxford on Monday, March 10th. I've seen them play quite a few times, and the set that they played Monday night was possibly one of their best.

Fyfe Dangerfield's voice was on form, sailing through the high notes - and with Fyfe the notes do tend to get pretty high. Aristazabal Hawkes (Arista) sounded great on bass, MC Magrao, the coolest cat in town on guitar, and of course Greig Stewart, one of my favorite drummers, worked his magic on the skins.

I should have taken more care to write down their set list, but they played songs from 'Through the Window Pane' and their new album, 'Red'. There is a contrast between the two albums, and for me that's a good thing. They've definitely not stuck to the same format for the sophomore release, and I'll be waiting in anticipation for the third.

Songs played from 'Red' included new single, "Get Over It", "Kriss Kross", their 'Justin Timberlake-esque' "Big Dog", slow number "Words" and "Standing On The Last Star". The more familiar selections from 'Through the Window Pane' included "Made-Up Lovesong", "Trains To Brazil", "Through The Windowpane", "Annie, Let's Not Wait" and the stand out song of the night, "Sao Paulo".

Support acts included our very own Tommo (from Band Weblogs Podcast Show amongst numerous other things!) and a solo Norwegian singer/guitarist Ida Maria, without her full band due to the UK storms and plane delays.

It was great catching up with the Guillemots after the show. They were taking it easy, with one more show left of their three night mini-tour, which ended last night at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London.

For those who weren't able to make it to one of the March shows, don't fret - there are more to come in May/June 2008.

Guillemots May/June 2008 UK tour dates:

Dates could change! Go to Guillemots Official Website for the latest tour dates and information.

May 2008

18th Norwich, UEA £14
19th Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall £14
20th Lincoin, Engine Shed £13.50
22nd Liverpool, Liverpool Academy £13.50
23rd Glasgow, Barrowlands £13.50
24th Dundee, Fat Sams £13.50
26th Leeds, Metropolitan University £13.50
27th Newcastle, Newcastle Univeristy £13.50
29th Bristol, Bristol Academy £14
30th Southampton, Guildhall £13.50
31st Brighton, Dome £14

June 2008

2nd Coventry, Kasbah £14
3rd Nottingham, Rock City £13.50
4th London, Forum £16.50

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About Jenny May

Jenny May is the founder of Band Weblogs. Based in Oxford, England (originally from New England), Band Weblogs was created in 2005. With a passion for music, Jenny May has performed with bands in the US and the UK, her music has appeared in films, she was a vocal coach for the Yamaha Rock School and has worked on music projects with musicians such as Jon Fishman (Phish), Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots) and Cisco Adler (Shwayze). Jenny is currently writing music commentary and reviews for Band Weblogs and writing, recording and performing music with songwriter and musician Dave Tommo.
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