Blues music, Brother and Bones, Crystal Seagulls, Food, gigs, Gorilla venue, Jameson, Manchster, Rival Sons, Rock music, Rolling Stones, Steak and Chips, Temperence Movement, The Grill on New York Street
First off, apologies for the amount of time between posts. Life has been really hectic of late and to top it off my baking class finished a week early which meant I had to complete my baking portfolio and revise for four written tests. So sadly it was my blog which took the hit. However, I have lots of posts planned; it’s just a case of finding the time to write them all up!
As well as attending a works leaving party for three people last Wednesday I was also looking forward to taking last Thursday afternoon off to go see a band in Manchester. Now I’m not really much of a gig person, but my husband has cottoned on to the fact that if he takes me to a nice restaurant and lets me visit Space NK and Selfridges then I will pretty much agree to anything and he’s been making the most of it.
Back in April we went to see a rock band called Temperance Movement and they were supported by a band called Brother and Bones and I have to admit that I had a really great time. I love dance music so it takes a lot for me to appreciate any other style, but the lead vocalist had such an amazing voice that I was instantly converted and I loved pretty much all of their songs. They’re currently opening the show for the Rolling Stones so I think they’re going to get pretty big in the near future!
This time we were going to see a band called Rival Sons, another rock band who are from California. And the carrot this time was the chance to visit a new place called The Grill on New York Street , which I was secretly very excited about. The restaurant was very funky (IMO) and having decided what I was going to eat well before we arrived, it wasn’t too stressful or annoying for the husband as I normally take forever to decide what I’m going to eat.
As last Thursday was so sunny I couldn’t resist ordering a refreshing watermelon and guava juice and this was accompanied by potted smoked trout with pickled cucumber, and flatbread. And as it was a grill bar it was only right that I ordered a steak. I was really impressed with both the food and the service and I have to say that the steak was definitely up there in my top two, although I don’t think anything will ever beat the steak I had at the Mount Nelson hotel in Cape Town back in 2010. Ahh, memories…
I was further excited by the news that we would be getting a 25% discount as my husband had signed up for a member’s card and as you know I love getting a discount! That said I would totally pay full price for the food here as it was really tasty and very reasonably priced. For once in my life I even managed to resist ordering dessert and to be honest I’m still sad about it as I love cherries and I definitely love chocolate.
After eating we made our way over to the Gorilla in Manchester which is a really cool, but intimate venue and we were treated to some great warm up music. First off an American lad called Jameson took to the stage and I have to say he was really awesome. I would describe his music as more blues than rock and I would definitely go see him again as he was great. Up second was a young rock band from London called Crystal Seagulls. They were very confident on stage, had great energy and sung some really fab songs, which I enjoyed.
Rival Sons took to the stage around 9.30 and I have to admit by this point I was really shattered and feeling more than a little grumpy, sorry husband. I had been up since 5am and I needed to be up for work again at 6am and I knew we wouldn’t be home until after well after midnight so it was a really long day.
I really wanted to love this band as I’d enjoyed everything else, but sadly the music was just a little too heavy rock for me. One song I do love though is called Wild Animal, but they didn’t play it that night. But I can’t knock the lead vocalist JayBuchanan. He has an absolutely tremendous voice. My husband loves this band so I’m sure we’ll be seeing them again and next time I will be sure to get more sleep beforehand! It will also give me chance to check out the stunning buildings in Manchester.
I think the husband has a few more bands lined up his sleeve and I’ve already hinted that I’d like to go see Temperance Movement again so I’m looking forward to seeing what restaurants he takes me to next.Suz x