London, 11th March 2002
month we caught up with our pet band dizzy valise
in the intimate settings of Leicesters Musician: this month
its off to Kings Cross for another stab at the live roulette
wheel that is London! Again, our very own flasher in a mac,
Mr Parker Biro was there witness;
3 Hours and many one-way systems later, we arrive at the venue (late!).
No time for talking now as the band have to sound-check instantly. The
venue is small but perfectly formed, and dizzys equipment soon fills
he stage, followed by a brief yet big sound-check.
I grab Heetan after the check to see how it sounded.
Shite. John adds Worst sound Ive ever had in my
life. I reassure them hat out front its sounding great.
They have a few hours before show time so we sit and chat: a chance to
find out whats been happening in the last month. Naim pulls up a
seat and fills me in. Its been a tricky month: Weve
been rehearsing as usual for this show...trying out new stuff, as well
as myself teaching the guitar parts to a new guitarist for the next lot
of shows John interjects: Well were trying to get a
bigger sound live, and for Naim to have to play the intricacies of the
recordings as well as sing is difficult. To date hes done a fine
job, but we wanted to try out the possibility of two permanent guitars....size
is important and Naims instrument possibly isnt quite big
Dan adds, Im really excited about the new stuff. Were
playing a new song tonight and its very direct in a quiet/loud kinda
way, but with a bit of electronics for a twist. We start recording next
week: should be a doddle. Ahem.
I notice that compared to other bands, dizzy valise are a very hard
working band. They seem to be consistently recording and gigging. John
explains... The band is the most important thing to us, and working
hard is absolutely vital. A band takes a while to develop both in a live
and studio format, so the more recording and gigging we do the better,
and it really has paid off, the new songs are reflecting this. Heetan
adds, The new one you heard in sound-check, Friendly Bombs
is the sound of us in a room...dead direct and edgy. It has a point and
gets to it!
The first band go on, and coincidentally, its a band from Leicester.
They are IST. And not very good.
Serafin are next and they rocked in a one-trick-pony kind-of-way.
Finally, dizzy valise take the stage and open with 'Its Gone'
a perfect amalgamation of electronics and band. Second up its the
new one, 'Friendly Bombs'. Its a deal-getter of a song...very simple
and very dirty indeed! Through 'Lets Face It'and 'Fatal Star' the
band seem a little too much on autopilot (later I find the sound on stage
was akin to having your head in a blender which may explain the apathy!)
The set ends with a new version of 'All These Things' (phat as
they say) and 'Bullets'.
Again, this band are tight and getting ever louder, and increasingly hard
to ignore. With news that excellent Leicester band Saracuse have
just been signed, lets hope the Leicester scene starts here.
CDs contact the band here
always, Parker Biro.