the Musician, Leicester
A story by Parker Biro
month another gig. Last time when we caught up with the Dizzys
we were in London where they rocked a fat one at the barfly. This time,
I find them in the intimate surroundings of Leicesters Musician.
I catch up with the Valises drummer, Heetan to see whats been
goin on since then:
Weve been chasing up interest from the last gig ourselves.
Basically, we parted ways with our management due to them not really prioritising
Dizzy. They had other bands who were signed or further down the line to
being signed, so they were the priority. We need to be placed first, and
so we amicably spilt
Naim interjects: To get to the stage where we are at now has been
99 percent of our own back...not to take anything away from the ex-manager,
but it has been down to hard work on our part. Doors have been opened,
and its now our job to run in the rooms and settle down with a vodka
and orange (no ice )
John comes over after setting up Ickes sound and grabs a Silk Cut
and starts telling me about new recordings. After Navigator
we want to get some stuff that truly represents the band live. Im
really proud of the produced sound of our other stuff, but when the songs
are as strong as ours, sometimes you need to get to the point yknow
thats the guitar, theres the drums, theres the
keys and theres a vocal and thats the song...rockin
I ask if the band have a new rock sound and is it a complete
U-turn? Bass-man Dan takes the point Its not a complete U-turn
at all...it just turned out that the band have developed live into quite
a bombastic proposal and the recordings have usually been very
considered and quite different to the live versions. We simply want
to merge the lines between live and recording.
Then off to the stage the band go . They sound-check with a track Ive
not heard which seems to be called friendly bombs. It sounds
simply amazing a bastard child of Clinic and T-Rex. (no really).
They then do a bit of Lets face it, then call it a
The venue fills up to capacity and at 10pm-ish Dizzy Valise take to the
stage. Opening with favourite Dont read this they truly
rock like a demon throughout the song. It kind of sums up the band, light,
shade and well...rock! The set includes strolls through with Navigator,
All these things and Bullets. It dawns on me
that this band in the space of 6 weeks have matured. Theyve come
of age. Gone is the considered approach of old. They dont seem to
ill at ease any more. Here is a band who have found their feet. Here are
the songs and this is how they play em. The set ends with
Lets face it which is stunningly beautiful, and closes with
Fatal Star. This band will get signed. When? Soon.
Hello AnR, where the hell are you?
After the set, the band drink and mince. I catch John at the bar and ask
Whats next? Well weve just recorded new
stuff which rocks (Ive since heard this and they do), and
were starting some new tracks next week, the Friendly Bombs
track we sound-checked with. Then were playing the Waterrats
in London on March the 11th. So, as ever working harder than is
Dan the bass-man then drags me off to a lap dancing club where he slips
a few fivers into an ageing towny birds g-string for some lap pleasure.
Bass-how low can you go?
See ya next month.
Commentary and carnal pleasure; Parker Biro.