Catching up with the press:
NME Glastonbury Review:
Franz strumming in a car park, The Others invading a London Underground tube, Pete Doherty turning up unannounced at your nan’s flat hoping to sell wonky versions of “What A Waster” for crack rocks – 2004 has been the year of the guerrilla gig. And Glasto is not immune.
Fresh from their storming set in the New Band Tent (during which singer Dominic Masters vommed up an entire English breakfast), NME is colluding with The Others for them to play a secret midnight show at the Vice tent. Amps, guitars and a tiny drumkit are smuggled in. A series of text messages summons the band’s fanbase. And before we know it things explode in a blur of a rickety, tinny, speed-crazed glory and it’s fucking amazing. Ok, so musically the likes of “This Is For The Poor” sound like some dozy ‘70s punk band fronted by Damon Albarn. But it’s something about the way they play, pogo-ing along as part of the crowd which transforms The Others from an awful band to an incredible prospect.
“If anyone’s got any stimulants, can you please donate them to the lead singer,” drawls Dominic while the crowd cave in on their space. you can’t quite call this gig revolutionary but it is more exciting, more pumped with adrenaline and more unpredictable than any other gig we’ve seen this festival.
by Tim Jonze
The Others Storm The Beeb:
The Others took their unique brand of guerrilla gigging to new levels of audacity last week (June 30th) when they played two impromptu shows in just three hours.
Over the past few weeks the band have treated fans to secret gigs in bizarre locations including tube trains, busses and a midnight session in the Vice tent at this year’s Glastonbury festival. However, last Wednesday (June 30th) saw the band raise the bar again.
First, the four-piece launched into an impromptu performance in the lobby of BBC Radio 1, where they quickly set up their equipment and tore through a riotous rendition of their recent single “This Is For The Poor” followed by “William”, “Almanac” and “Lackey”. Fans filled the reception as bemused staff looked on in shock until security guards broke through the crowd and stopped the show. Following the eviction from the building, singer Dominic Masters told NME “I’m pleased we got through four songs. We gave hints on our website that we were going to have a secret gig but with the BBC being the BBC we couldn’t announce that it was going to be there. We knew we weren’t going to get any security clearance and it looked form day one that someone was going to get into trouble about it.”
He added “Radio 1 wanted to do an interview with me about guerrilla gigging which I found slightly ironic so we thought we’d turn the tables on them and do a guerrilla gig at the BBC.”
The band then led the group of fans into nearby Regents Park where they a second set. Using battery powered amplifiers, a child’s drumkit and a megaphone, the performance saw members of the band climb a tree to play.
Although Masters could not divulge the location of the band’s next guerrilla gig due to security concerns, he said they plan to continue doing them throughout the summer.”
by Marc Hayward
Tin Pan Alley Live Review (from Playlouder.com):
Cheeky monkeys The Others made two old punkers and a dozen security dorks wet their trousers at their Sunday stagediving free-for-all, PlayLouder is hysterically happy to report.
"Floppy Dom", "Baldie", "Robert Smith" and the one they call "The Drummer" were watched by both Steve Diggle out of The Buzzcocks (hiding onstage behind a guitar amp) and Mick Jones out of The Clash at the first ever Tin Pan Alley Festival in London's Denmark Street.
True to form, the lively stage-diving antics of The Others' ardent followers, The 853, had everyone in stitches - particularly when the laughably inept and unnecessarily bolshy security geezers hopped onstage to flex their muscles, pretend to chew gum and manhandle women. Twats.
Dom raised the bar a bit when he challenged: "Heroic stagediving... only three security to beat!" before playing the Number 42 hit "For The Poor". It had to be cut short when the chief security idiot stood on stage and made that cutting-throat gesture that means kill the PA or something.
by Andy Barding
And our NME photo-shoot yesterday at Buckingham Palace as reported on Teletext:
“Police were called to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday after Pete Doherty, The Others and Selfish Cunt wrestled in horse manure outside the palace gates.
The trouble started when Selfish Cunt began throwing horse manure at Doherty. The ex-Libertine wrestled Cunt to the ground while The Others’ singer Dominic Masters emptied a bottle of beer over Cunts’ head.
As startled tourists watched the fight, police were called to end the scuffle.
A new bands photoshoot at Buckingham Palace ended in chaos as Pete Doherty and Selfish Cunt fought at the gates.
The shoot was of Libertines-influenced bands. It involved Neils Children, The Rakes, The Paddingtons, The Unstrung, Art Brut, The Others and Wolfman.
Johnny Others told PS: “How desperate for publicity is Cunt that he picks up horse manure with his bare hands, throws it at someone and ends up rolling around in it? Pete wrestled him to the ground and beat him no problem.”