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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Run for Cover

This time next week I'll be in Malta. I'm looking forward to listening to lots of live music and meeting old friends. In light of this, I've produced a podcast highlighting bands who are gigging these days and which I'd gladly see live during my visit. Sadly I will not be able to see every act I'd like to see, but I'm sure I'll catch enough to get a sense of the current scene.

The Monitors are a new band that sounds like a great live band. They just launched their MySpace page and I don't know much about them except that the singer is none other than Ozzylino, who has already been featured on a previous edition of Mużika Mod Ieħor. Their debut release on MySpace is called Fade Away and I pray that this is the last thing they do any time soon. Perhaps I'll manage to catch them at Fat Harry's, which seems to be a place they've already appeared live.

Another new band I planning to see is called Drive. They will be appearing at the KSU Students' Festival on Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April. In Your Eyes is the title of their debut song on MySpace. Two new bands in a row is very encouraging for my upcoming visit and I have a feeling that there are other goodies in store at the KSU Students' Festival. I hope to be there next weekend.

Stoned Joker are also a relatively new band. They formed out of the ashes of Sourmash last summer and they too are currently gigging around Malta. They're playing at Big Mama's in St. Paul's Bay tomorrow, and since their next gig is not scheduled until the last few days of April I shall not be able to see them live. You can hear their song Alone, which has similarly just been released through the MySpace page they established last month.

One other band I was quite keen to see live is by no means a new band. In fact they're possibly the oldest band that's still around from the late 1970s scene that gave rise to the now legendary Tigne years. Abstrass, led as ever by Erich il-Punk, has been around since about 1979. In recent years the band has been kept alive with the help of Ray il-Baħri and Ray il-Ħamiemu, who are also the guitarist and drummer of other bands like Subculture and X-Vandals. All three bands are appearing in an extraordinary gig at Naasha's in San Gwann tonight. This is one event I truly wish I could attend...if only they were doing it next weekend. Ah well, we'll have to make do with listening to Under Pressure, a track from Abstrass' 2005 album Hard To Understand.

As soon as I finished recording this week's podcast I realized that it's an excellent way to warm up for the upcoming visit. I'm hoping to have time to blog during my stay in Malta but I've prepared a special Easter podcast too, since I'll probably have a one-week break from the podcast after next week, just to gather enough material to continue the series once I return to Scarborough.

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also add the latest episodes to your My Yahoo! page.

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