Wednesday, February 4


Welcome to 2009, Lesson No.1 style. Okay, so we're a month late here, but everybody needs a Christmas break, right? Get back ON IT with this imminent little beauty on Monday 16 February...

Oxford Collapse come from Brooklyn and are signed to Sub Pop and basically play indie rock. Don’t make that face – if the wind changes, y’know. Oxford Collapse stay a country mile away from ‘generic and sappy’ and park their bus in ‘kicking and vital’ by virtue of sticking some frickin’ PUNK ROCK in there. Oddball punk rock like Meat Puppets and Husker Du and the Wipers. Mix that with the melody x noise = LOVE equation that serves/served The Thermals, Yo La Tengo and Superchunk very well and you have a dope band in our opinion. They were great at Le Pub last year. More people better come see them this time though. Get listening.

Exit International are one of two bands on the bill with the ‘people from a bunch of bands just starting out in another one check it out’ thing going on, featuring members of Midasuno, Space In The 50s, The Martini Henry Rifles and Stray Borders. This is one of their very first gigs – the first was in late November – and it will showcase their two-bass no-guitar rock tackle. We do believe they’ve been listening to some Girls Against Boys records, as a sensible boy or girl oughta. Check for yourself.

Markers are the other band on the bill with the ‘people from a bunch of bands just starting out in another one check it out’ thing going on. Some might describe them as Cardiff punk royalty, ex-Douglas (Doug to you oldies) and The Take no less, with Boom In The Diamond Industry (who weren’t from Cardiff) personnel also herein, offering up tunes for days. Six minutes’ worth on their MySpace page, anyhow. You can refresh the page when they finish. Catch 'em while they’re young! Listen before you go deaf!

The only way you can grab all this for the sweet price of £5 is head on down to Buffalo, Windsor Place, Cardiff from 8pm. We're going to try and run this a little late too for all those hopeless romantics who want to watch Cardiff City's FA Cup replay with Arsenal.

Also, it should be mentioned, you can now find Lesson No.1 on Facebook, so come stave off the inevitable loneliness of your own life by being our friend, yeah? For shame...


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