Thursday, 26 November 2015

GET HYPED! - Civil War

What's this? Nerdpit writing a post that's not a week late?! Say it aint so!

That's what Captain America does to you, folks. A movie I've been waiting on for 2 years, trying to grab hold of every crumb and morsel of information coming from it (Sorry about the food metaphors, it's 12:45 and I've still not ate yet) and had braced myself to waiting another month as the rumours were it was going to debut with the Star Wars movie - UNTIL! Jimmy Kimmel that beautiful Yank bastard debuts it in the midnight hours of Wednesday morning. I'll cut the bullshit now, here are the best bits to GET HYPED! 

The trailer opens where Ant Man's post-credit scene ended - with Steve and Sam (Falcon) investigating a trapped Winter Soldier, Bucky. As a complete virgin comic nerd I love this scene because all three men in it have been Captain America at some point (Woops, spoilers!)

Showing he has his memory back by recalling Steve's Mum and a mild foot fetish, Cap realises this isn't the Hydra psychopath from The Winter Soldier, but there's no time to gush, because an old villain from the last movie is coming for him, and he's probably a bit pissed off, since the last time he dealt with Captain America he had a building dropped on him....

Brock Rumlow, now in a suit calling himself Crossbones in the centre of the picture...
The main reason for the Superhero Civil War will be the Sokovia Accords - framework to register and re-locate superheroes to where the Government sees fit or where they're needed most. So kinda like keeping Cap in Washington because they need the symbol of liberty and freedom (Fuck yeah 'Merica) or sending Iron Man to Louisiana because they need intelligence, suits, and quite frankly, electricity.

"You rang?"
We're treat to a few badass shots of Falcon using his new suit, because if you remember back a few years Bucky literally ripped the wings off his old one. Brainwashed psychopaths these days have no respect for personal property....

If ever "Flight of the Valkyries" was appropriate to play....
 We get to see the sides that are chosen in the fight, with Buck, Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye taking Caps side in the fight. Hawkeye with that "I'm the only human here, I'm gonna get my ass handed to me" look....

And Motherfucking Black Panther. Just look at this awesome bastard, he's getting an origin movie in 2018 so there's still quite a while to wait for him just yet! 

Going to another shot, probably linked to the trailers opening shot as Steve's wearing the same t shirt, but why am I noticing a detail like that when he's HOLDING A GODDAMN HELICOPTER!?

The Winter Soldier/Bucky seems to be the catalyst for the registration act, due to what he got up to while he was brainwashed. Black Panther chases him down a highway so I'm assuming he's not just wanting to have a nice cuppa, but rather ask him "Erm, so you did a fair few fucked up things back then Buck......wanna explain it?" As does Tony Stark, who is the pro-registration posterboy so naturally he wants to bring Bucky in.....Bucky has other ideas though....

And Cap does too, culminating in the heartbreaking exchange between them
"I'm sorry Tony, you know I wouldn't do this if I had any other choice. But he's my friend"
"So was I."

Source - a much better written article than this one
It's out May the 6th, and this is only the first trailer - there's a lot more to come over the next few months because believe it or not, the main villain in this movie hasn't even been shown with this...
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Gig Review! - Evil Scarecrow

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Embrace the weirdness, you'll be better for it...

I absolutely love Evil Scarecrow - for anyone not knowing what they sound like - imagine a Heavy Metal version of The Mighty Boosh - the backing music seeming massively out of place for the ridiculous content of their songs; tonight containing a robotic gladiator, hiding a murder in space by throwing the victim down an inspection hatch, and of course - a crab/computer hardrive - but we'll get to that.

The night started off like every other night when you're broke as fuck but wanting a drink - Spoons. Heading to the bar I got to chatting to a few fellow metalheads, the conversation went as follows:

"You off to the Think Tank tonight?"
"Yeah, are you?"
"Yeah mate *Shows tickets* - I saw them at Download and absolutely loved them so needed to see them when up here"
"Ahh, d'you want them signed?"
"Yeah, we're Evil Scarecrow."

So aye, I met the band in Spoons, minus stage make-up, and didn't recognise them! Naturally I got my tickets signed and apologised for having a mini fan-boy moment to them before heading back to my table. The night was off to a good start!

We arrived a bit late, missing the first band, but were treat to a great new band we hadn't heard before - Guilt City - mixing influences of Five Finger Death Punch, Judas Priest, and an up-tempo Heavens Basement, they were an awesome surprise to discover, getting the audience drunk with extra cans of beer and promoting a shit load of interaction by bribery and sympathy (Giving away their new EP and asking the crowd for a circle pit during their last song) definitely worth seeing, and we're going to be seeing them again!

Onto Evil Scarecrow! opening with Rise and Frakingsteins Mirror before being cut off by malfunctioning keyboards the mood brought onto stage was as much about pleasing themselves as it was the crowd and it showed, every band member had a smile on their face as they played - and even when the keyboards cut out they kept the mood light - Brother Dmitri Pain telling jokes on stage as Doctor Hell (Yes that's their stage names, what of it) showed his technical knowledge by turning it off then on again, and turning the air blue with curses when that didn't work.

High fives all round once it started working again!
After finally getting sorted it was time for the night to begin - and what better way to do it than ballroom dancing........while covering your partner's eyes. Dance of the Cyclops turned the room full of metalheads into Shittily Come Dancing for 4 minutes out of the night and it was amazing.

Following the audience dancing we had Robotron, which as you can see below has its own unique dance - if you fancy doing it start counting 1. 2. 3. 4 in your head while drawing a square with both your arms outstretched like so....

Action shot, Kraven Mordeth's majestic hair flowing in the breeze

Afterwards I can't remember what they played, maybe I came on with a bout of Space Dementia (see what I did there) which involved zero gravity mosh pits, following with setting off party poppers once we heard the words "Kill Everyone" with War and Seek resulting in a club-wide marching line that definitely didn't just turn into a metalhead conga (Sorry guys, I call it how I see it).

Giving us a cheeky wink as they finished their set and walked off, they definitely gave no hints that they were coming back on stage to play their biggest song, which I shit you not, is an ode to a robotic crab; Crabulon.

There is no true way to describe what that song means so I'll leave this video for you to enjoy. It's absolutely amazing and if you can imagine an entire room doing scuttling left and right to the song you can gather an idea of how fun it was. I'd explain what a Crabulon is, and how it came to be - but the process is far too complex for the Human mind.

Evil Scarecrow were amazing, it's very rare that a band show their actual personalities on stage, every song had its own unique trait to make it memorable, combine it with a genre of music that we both love and it's bound to be a winning combination for anyone who values joy in their lives.

Heavy Metal guys, Heavy Metal....

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Friday, 13 November 2015

North East Blogger Awards - Best Music Blog 2015

When we went along to the North East Blogger Awards we really didn't expect to walk away as the 2015 best music blog, which is probably what made the whole thing even more amazing and surreal. We had a great night at the awards, there was lots going on and you could tell the organisers had put loads of effort into the night. We were treated to finger food, cupcakes and there was even beauty treatments in the adjoining bar. We also had a lot of fun taking photos in the photo booth both before and after we won, lots of cheesy smiles going on.

One of us (*cough* Craig) had a few drinks as a coping mechanism while we were watching through the other categories; our's was second last! No idea if he was nervous to win or to not win...

It's amazing to have won and be recognised for the time we put into Nerdpit, so expect even bigger and better things to come!

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