IN THE CITY 2005 - MONDAY - VARIOUS VENUES
As the ringing in my ears still continues on a full 12 hours after
the Art Brut & 65DAYSOFSTATIC shindig, the loggin, typing
and bloggin are rapidly drawing to an end and I can put away the
pink neck tie for another year.
Canadian showcase (Late Room) opens with Priya Thomas showcasing
her CD "You and Me Against The World Baby" A promising
opening number that resemble the disturbingly pleasing bashing
of Poly Styrene with some frenetic raucous guitars before an am
blows and momentum is lost.
Consensus of opinion (5 of us anyway) views that "Whelk
Experience" (Teasers) have a great band name, but what
is their music like? Well, it's an experience that is rare nowadays.
I don't think I've ever seen a sound man so scared that he has
to get the bouncers to get the band off stage. The 4 member appear
to have a combined age of 15, but they put together a 20 minute
experience that is more akin to a Fall type aural assault combined
with the stage presence of an Iggy Pop type figure. There are
no "stops" or starts or "intros" but they
are not needed, and they leave the detritus of discarded mic stands
and abandoned guitars to applause before going out for a lie down
in the night air.
beginning in the manner of a modern day Johnny Cash, Luke Douchet,
kind of, like, well, drifts into err. Anyway Cities in the
Dust (Late Room) blast their way trough a lively set that
involves a fair degree of audience participation
Bride (Walkabout) manage to mix tales of domestic violence
(Lucille) with a brutal sound track that manages to dislodge glasses
that have been secretly overhead stashed by pissed up punters.
Literally a smashing performance
The Hot Puppies (N&D) must be revelling in the fact that
they are on the under card for Art Brut, who have packed out/sold
out the venue. Their bouncy pop keeps the crowd amused, although
their promise of "telling you everything you need to know
about love" in a 3 minute ditty, is perhaps going to upset
a few musicians who have spent a lifetime tying to do that.
away in the vault of Dry Bar are 65DAYSOFSTATIC, but the
stage `aint big enough to hold all their equipment, so one guitarist
is standing in the crowd. Mind you, the venue is not big enough
to hold their sonic assault either. Free thought has to be abandoned,
just let yourself be taken on a helter skelter ride on white knuckle
intensity. It is an intense experience, not for the faint hearted
as the ears and body are pounded. Even the bar maid is stood on
the bar to get a glimpse of this post apocalyptic pleasure
Brut (N&D) must have had one of the easiest tasks over
the weekend - that of playing to a crowd who already believe they've
seen a great concert before it's started. In fairness though,
they are well entertained by a band that feeds on the positive
good will. For the crowd, they have the knowledge that it will
be the last time they are able to witness this band in such n
intimate venue. With their poppy tunes, and an audience that singing
back the choruses, Art Brut will shortly be splashed all over
& Pictures: Ged Camera
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