Posted by: outroversion | May 6, 2009

Joy Formidable/Dartz!/Calories @ The Jericho (3/5/09)

Travel: The soundtrack to the first part of the journey was Nick cave and the bad seeds’ Dig lazarus dig and then Courteeners’ St. Jude for the conclusion. Fairly straight forward, just to oxford and the venue’s just off woodstock road.

Parking: Parking is fine once you know where to look and on sunday’s and evenings is free so great times.

The venue (The Jericho Tavern): Downstairs is just like a regular oxford pub, they’re all very similar, wooden floors, needlessly spacey, random drinks on tap. They serve food which is a bit pricey £7 upwards but have a bbq outside during the summer.

Inside the venue it’s got the feel of a very small time place, hand stamps, furniture moved to the sides of the room and actual decoration.

The stage, is literally the size of a bathroom. Not a public bathroom but YOUR bathroom, the one in your house! You’re sooo close to the bands, at one point the drummer of calories sneezed and was forced to excuse himself.

Crowd: Seemed to be largely Oxford based which of course is great times, leads to a friendly atmosphere and everyones up for good times.

Bar Tariff/What/How much I drank: Cheaper than usual gigs, pretty much the sort of £3/3.30 you’d expect to pay for a pint at a regular pub. I was driving so couldn’t drink…


Calories began an evening in a math rock style that was to be continued by dartz. They were enjoyable but weren’t super engaging, talking amongst themselves a bit and i think pointing out they won’t have to pay to get into truck wasn’t the wisest move lol

This won’t be the last time I mention minus the bear in this blog but man are these guys similar to them.

I failed a bit with the opening act and will start taking a pad along to review these gigs cause it’s way too easy to forget the opening act and I kinda apologise for that here.


The lead singer apparently had lost his voice a bit when, at last night’s gig in sheffield he’d gotten drunk and seen a poster with matt horne on advertising him DJing the student union with the tag- “THIS IS HUGE!” and disagreeing saying “no, this isn’t huge, it’s fucking pointless” and went on to violently attack it before setting it on fire :) He still sounded good though, reminded me of if graham coxon fronted a math-rock inspired blur.

Interesting thing about Dartz is, the drummer is the voice of the band, or at least was here, maybe it was because of the lead’s lack of voice but quite charismatic and sang vocals on a few of the tracks. His drumming patterns would take a mathematical genius to work out, it was brilliant to watch as well as adding loads to the sound scape vocally.

One thing that definately surprised me about Dartz was how good their lyrics were, on cd they sounded a lot like minus the bear which they surely were influenced by. But that brings me to my next point-

There was a moment in this set which you get maybe once every 100 gigs you go to, I can imagine it when MGMT played electric feel, Arctic monkey’s first playing “I bet you look good on the dance floor” there was a genuine moment when the band looked at each other, the drummer played in and the whole place was glued, this track had clearly been practiced to such an extent as to ensure without fail that it reached it’s potential live and for the next few minutes the whole place was going wild and became one, everyone connected in the moment and realisation that they’d seen something special.

The thing about the recording which is a bit backwards is it actually sound tighter live.

So yeah, dartz, some great times, cool bunch of guys, their live shows = a great time whether you know their tracks or not. I’ll definately be checking them out again (and indeed am at truck!)

Joy Formidable

I’d seen these live before but had other things on my mind and a lot of empty glasses distracting me from the show.

They played their whole set right, and it was great times. Sure the crowd wanted more but as I was aware, they’d played everything i’d ever heard from them. She comes back out fired up and starts swearing “fuck me you guys. we’re going to play another song you fuckers. get the fuck up here. fucking come on.” I like that kinda enthusiasm.. Overall I’ve enjoyed JF every time i’ve seen them and reccomend them to all.

Mistakes I made: Carrying £150 cash in my pocket as well as camera ipod and phone, coulda gone dreadfully wrong! Didn’t but just usually I take the minimum of what I need in so I don’t have to worry about getting raped AND pillaged!

Let me know what you’re liking, post a comment or whatevs and if there’s anything I should try and include in future reviews :)

Calories- A bear a bison
Dartz- St. Petersburg
Dartz- Once twice again
Joy Formidable- Austere
Joy Formidable- Cradle


  1. noicenoice

  2. i loikes

  3. Great Band, Great Gig, Great Atmosphere, wank review ….get a life

  4. I saw Bat For Lashes a couple of times last week or the week before. I’m off to see Metric on Monday.

  5. like tB+Q shopping I reckon I remember the pistols playing they were a band

  6. I agree with the reviewer

  7. Austere played twice is a bonus. The Joy Formidable are a great band & finished on a high.

  8. pic-

  9. standing nearer the back with my mates and the gig rocked. It looked to me like they have a great following

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