Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Hold everything, Placebo are plotting a tour for April:

Blackpool Empress Ballroom (April 5)
Glasgow Academy (6)
Newcastle Academy (8)
Birmingham Academy (9)
London Alexandra Palace (11)

This is all in aid of the new album, Meds (already available for preorder), of course.


Amazon are already inviting people to put in their pre-release orders for Meds, although it'll be a month or so before you get it.


Spotted on Aversion.com:

During the recording process, the act made a conscious effort to move away from studio tricks and using dynamics as a crutch to focus on solid songwriting.

“We allowed space for the songwriting to shine through rather than show up how clever we were and how good we’ve gotten at using the studio,” said front man Brian Molko in a statement. “We were going for simplicity rather than elaboration.”

[More on the Aversion site]

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Of course, you have to be in London to take part, but Placebo are recording the video for disappointing single Because I Want You tonight at the Koko, and they want you - yes, you to be there:

Not only will you be spending the evening with Brian Molko, Steve Hewitt and Stefan Olsdal from the band, you'll actually be in their new video! Placebo are looking for enthusiastic fans over 16 years (ID may be required to enter the venue) to take part in the shooting!

If you fancy it, this is what to do:

Turn up at KOKO (1a Camden Road, London NW1 OJH) on Tuesday 24th January at 6.30pm PROMPT. Doors will close at 7.30pm!

Please note the following important points:

* By turning up at the venue (inside or outside) you are consenting to be filmed and agreeing to the use of your image in the video.

* There are limited numbers so turning up does not guarantee entry (if we are over-subscribed). Admittance will be on a first come first served basis. (PLEASE TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT IF TRAVELLING FROM AFAR)

* We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone.

* No video cameras, cameras etc.

* Please be prompt! Doors will close at 7.30pm. Filming will continue until approximately 10pm.

* You never know, Placebo may perform a couple of extra tracks for you…

No video cameras? Boy, that's going to piss the crew off. And what, exactly, do they mean by "etc" - presumably they don't expect people to leave their phones at home, do they? Or will sketchbooks be taken off people as they turn up?

Thursday, January 12, 2006


I don't actually dislike the new Placebo single - available for ear-listening at TORR.org - but it does disappoint slightly.

You want to be grabbed by a Placebo track, possibly by one of the more sensitive body parts; swung about and then dumped, panting and a little moist, three minutes later on the floor. This is more a fumbled kiss.

Placebo should ram your face into their crotches, and fill your senses with salty, sexy air. This is more like they've drawn a cartoon cock on your maths textbook.