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17 Dec 2006, 15:28 by Y2KenConcert Review - Skindred @ The Twist, Colchester
16th December 2006
Acts: Skindred, Kyrb Grinder, Anger Is A Gift, Forever Never
Having defied the suggestion from Skindred lead singer Benji Webbe that “Nobody gets out of dis ya pit alive” and made it home early Sunday morning, I now feel obliged to write about the show that has just made my Christmas that little bit better.
Well, after (far too) much pizza-eating and a longish bus journey down to Colchester, our party of ten walked up to The Twist for an evening of (hopefully) enjoyable music.
We arrived in the entry hall, and after checking we were all 16+, one of the guys at the door suggested we leave as much as possible in the cloakroom provided, due to the potential heat of the event. We wandered through the door at around 8:20-ish and waited for the first band to come on. They arrived about 9:00, but in the meantime I “used the facilities”, and afterwards as we made our way to the front we were handed flyers for “The Bezerker”, interestingly the band Raminder had gone to see on this very day. Soon enough, however, the music did begin.
Act 1 - Kyrb Grinder
Description: Think two black dudes and Jesus.
Surprisingly awesome. We hadn’t really expected much from the support bands, but the openers, Kyrb Grinder, were particularly excellent. The bassist looked slightly out of place to me but could certainly bassify well. “Jesus” gave some amazing guitar solos on his mysterious and slightly unnerving guitar-without-a-head.
But the award for greatest-support-band-frontman of the night had to go to the drummer/vocalist. As well as providing some fantastic vocals and charismatic drumming, he also came up with numerous amusing lines, such as “Get this album for 3 quid… give me 6 quid and I’ll give you two…”, “Ooh look, a black man! In Colchester!”, and “The greatest weapon is… your mum”. Also noted for looking at Harpal briefly in a drummer-to-drummer way, and excellent crowd interaction.
Overall: Fantastic show, great music, 9.
Act 2 - Anger Is A Gift
Description: Think Rage Against The Machine fronted by a farmer.
Not as good as the opening act, slightly more shouty. But they got better as the set went on, even if they did end with a song that went “What does it smell like…” and then the audience had to shout “Chicken!” Odd, but enjoyable. Their bearded, long-haired frontman (possibly another contender for the Jesus-competition) did amuse though, particularly with his “surely-he’s-about-to-fall-over” opening dance, shout of “Do any of you guys like chicken?” and great line (in put-on west country accent) “Come and see me for an album, oi’ve got the beard.” - Overall quite interesting. Also noted for the fact that their number one fan seemed to be in, and he amused himself “respect”-ing the band members and tapping the singer’s knee when he put his foot up on one of the amps.
Overall: Started slowly but improved significantly, 7.
Act 3 - Forever Never
Description: Think Papa Roach’s drummer as a frontman, loudish metal sound.
They were actually pretty good, with excellent pounding drum beats, three decent guitarists and a strong vocalist. scored very highly on crowd participation. Their main contribution however was to excite the crowd for “the mighty Skindred”. But their music was good, and there was definitely more crowd action than before. They still seemed to be saving their energy for the main event though. I saw the frontman afterwards and told him they had a good show, he said cheers.
Overall: Got us pumped up for Skindred, 7.5.
Act 4 - Skindred
Description: The mighty Skindred. What more can I say.
After a longish wait and several chants of “Skin-dred!”, the stage fell into darkness and the Star Wars Imperial March began playing. In possibly the best entry ever, the ‘Dred made their way out onto stage and got into position.
After some flashes of light, they struck up “Bruises” and the show really got underway, the entire crowd in my immediate vicinity just going mental and generally jumping/moshing around. I stepped out of the crowd for a minute to get some shots of Benji (who is actually massive) on my phone before getting into the music.
As if the opening song hadn’t already set the tone for the show, Benji then told the guys at one side not doing much to “put in some effort”. He then told “all you mother****as on this [my] side to spread the bundle across the area, otherwise it’ll look bad on the video.”
I won’t describe the whole show but it was fantastic, with numerous highlights, too many indeed to name them all, but I shall mention a few. There was the bit where Benji said “I like songs that start like this” and played some drums on the synth, then said “I also like songs that start like this” and played the intro fade to “Set It Off”. The crowd went mental and he said “What? What did I do?” before they went into the actual song. There was the brief rendition of “Nobody” that they struck up randomly at one point, causing more aggressive moshing for a brief period.
There was the guy who suddenly flew into me when I wasn’t looking, and I helped him back after exchanging smiles. There was the part where Benji said “Mikey here can kick your ass, doesn’t matter how big you are, he knows Kung Fu, Hoo Doo, Musical F***-up… Show them how you can kick their ass” before he started the “Pressure” riff. There was the point when, partway through “Pressure”, Benji paused to tell us about when he’d first started the band. His neighbour said “turn that music down, I can’t take the pressure” and Benji replied “did you say pressure?” before going into the acoustic version of the song. After a while, he then stopped again and said “My friend said ‘Don’t play it like that, play it like this’…” and they returned to the loud version.
There was the guy who looked a bit like Avid Merrion who asked me to move so he could jump into the mosh at full speed. There was the emotive performance of “The Fear”, and the upbeat, bouncing “Selector”, and an outstanding rendition of “Tears”. And of course there was the final performance of “Nobody” for the finale when I also decided to go full-tilt into the mass of people and bundle around for a bit. They got an amazing cheer at the end, and it was so great to see them put on such a fantastic show.
Overall: Amazing, simply amazing, so energetic and enjoyable, 10.
Following the performance, there was nothing left to do but go home. After I’d bought and drunk two bottles of Ice Valley water to replenish lost fluid from jumping around that is. Thanks to everyone who came, especially Shifto and Harpal for doing the organising, and Shifto’s parents for purchasing the tickets initially.
17 Dec 2006, 12:09 by nickharris451. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Why might you say have I chosen this album as the best album of the year? It may seem an odd choice particularly after listening to the title track, which certainly is a strange opening to the album. However, after you've passed that hurdle, every song on the album is like gold, particularly is this love? and Over and Over Again (lost and found). For some people it may take a while for this album to reach its true potential but in my opinion its musical and lyrical content is stunning. Particularly on The Skin of My Yellow Teeth: "I won't pretend to understand the movement of the wind or the waves out in the ocean or how like the hours I change softly slowly, plainly, blindly," which in my opinion is about self-awareness and how you should take life one step at a time and not over-think or over-analyse the pressures that life puts you under.
Key Tracks: Over And Over Again (Lost And Found), The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth, Is This Love?, Heavy Metal, In This Home On Ice
2. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Chronicles of A Bohemian Teenager
I have chosen this as my second favourite album of 2006. Once again, like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah not the biggest hit album. However, in this album a range of emotions and feelings are examined. This is best illustrated in Call Me Ishmael:
"It's one of those times that I,
Can't seem to find the words or thoughts,
these hazy eyes, the perfect partner to my weary mind,"
Other songs like Whitewash is Brainwash, whilst the song itself can seem tedious if heard too many times has an amazing lyrical content, covering concepts such the idea we are all brainwashed by consumerism and programmes like big brother.
Key Tracks: The Chronicles of A Bohemian Teenager (Part Two.), War Of The Worlds, Whitewash is Brainwash, Call Me Ishmael, The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager (Part One.)
3. Belle and Sebastian- The Life Pursuit
Belle and Sebastian are one of the greatest underrated British acts around. All their songs, whilst sickly sweet cover a lot of aspects of human life and existence. This is illustrated in songs like White Collared Boy, which is about a straight laced guy falling for a wild girl: "she said you aint ugly you can kiss me if you like" is one of the great lyrics. Other songs like To Be Myself Completely is about saying goodbye to a loved one and leaving them.
Key Tracks: Another Sunny Day, The Blues Are Still Blue, Song For Sunshine, Funny Little Frog, To Be Myself Completely
4. The Kooks - Inside In Inside out
This is an amazing catchy feel good album and one of the only true successful British acts this year. Match Box is a great song, as is Naïve. She Moves In Her Own Way is also a great feel-good song and See The World has a strong punk-pop appeal to it. The Kooks have great potential for the future if they can keep up with the standard set by their memorable debut.
See The World, Eddie's Gun, She Moves In Her Own Way, Match Box, Naïve, Jackie Big Tits
5. The Killers - Sam's Town
In all honesty I did not expect to like this album as much as I have. Despite releasing a stellar debut with great songs like Mr Brightside (one of my favourite songs of all time) and All These Things That I've Done I personally came to the conclusion that their second album would be a dud like the Franz Ferdinand, Hot Hot Heat and The Futureheads second albums. I was also pessimistic of the fact that the album was heavily influenced by Bruce Springsteen, which doesn't personally interest me. However, upon listening to the album I was blown away immediately with the opening song Sam's Town. Other songs such as Read My Mind are great and I feel that with this particular band there has been definite evolution from their previous album unlike some of the others mentioned earlier.
Key Tracks: Sam's Town, Bling (Confessions Of A King), Read My Mind, Bones, My List
6. Razorlight - Razorlight
This is another band alongside The Killers that have particularly excelled on the release of their second album. I first listened to this album upon returning from my summer trip to India eagerly anticipating their performance at V Festival one week later. I had already heard the single In The Morning, which I saw as a strong debut single. Upon listening to the album I was immediately blown away by America, although the song has been devilishly overplayed now. I also loved the final track Los Angeles Waltz, which summed up my mindset at the time to a certain extent.
Key Tracks: Hold On, America, Pop Song 2006, Los Angeles Waltz.
7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Show Your Bones
Despite not having a song on the album as good as Maps, this is still an amazing album, which can be left on repeat for hours on end and will still not get boring. Gold Lion is a great song as is Honeybears. However, my personal highlight is Dudley, which has a top-notch melody and lyrics when asking the rhetorical question: "can love really steer us?"
Key Tracks: Gold Lion, Honeybears, Cheated Hearts, Dudley, Turn Into
8.Muse- Black Holes And Revelations
When reviewing this album its hard to talk about it without mentioning Knights of Cydonia, an amazingly powerful song, which has a killer riff that will literally blow you away every time you hear it. Starlight is another exceptional song and was going through my head all through my trip to India this summer. For some reason the lyrics "Our hopes and expectations, black holes and revelations" applied to me as we travelled up into the mountain ranges of the Himalayas even if I was intensely sick at the time. Moving on… Exo-Politics is another one of my personal highlights in the album. The song begins with a likeable guitar riff, before Matt Bellamy enters singing about "Zetas" UFO folklore, classic Bellamy. Next comes the chorus, which is a strong and powerful one: "I'm waiting patiently, and I'll wait for the sign," presumably something to do with UFOs.
Key Tracks: Starlight, Map Of The Problematique, Exo-Politics, Knights of Cydonia
9. Mystery Jets- Making Dens
"You can do anything you like as long as it makes sense." This is the main riff of the first track following the Intro You Can't Fool Me Dennis and Mystery Jets have done exactly that. That track is a great track and the tempo and quality remains with the following tracks Purple Prose, Soluble In Air and The Boy Who Ran Away. Soluble In Air applies a number of metaphors to the feeling of being in love to great effect. Other top songs include the chant zoo time, zoo time, zoo time, zoo time, zoo time, which is
Key Tracks: You Can't Fool Me Dennis, Soluble In Air, Zoo Time, Making Dens
10. Hot Chip- The Warning
In my opinion the biggest electronic act this year, hot chips songs are both catchy and easy to dance to and have also cornered the indie market. Over and Over is a great song about repetition and monotony but the song isn't like that at all but instead one of the biggest songs this year. Other songs like So Glad To See You are calm and relaxing and when you listen to it put you in a mellow and tranquil mood.
Key Tracks: Boy From School, Over And Over, Colours, Look After Me, The Warning, So Glad To See You
11. The Strokes- First Impressions Of Earth
Although not receiving the strongest of reviews this is my favourite Strokes album to date. The opener You Only Live Once is a top quality opening song and the proceeding singles Juicebox and Heart In A Cage are also great hits. The highlight of the album however is Razorblade which is a cool and crazy song.
Key Tracks: You Only Live Once, Razorblade, On The Other Side, Vision Of Division, Ize Of The World
12. Keane- Under The Iron Sea
Certainly better than their debut album and although it hasn't appeared to have mass success in comparison to its contemporaries this year e.g. snow patrol, the killers, the zutons it is an amazing album with a certainly darker mood to the band's previous works. Some of the songs appear intensely deep including A Bad Dream, Nothing In My Way and Atlantic which is about the fear of being alone at old age: "I don't wanna be old and sleep alone an empty house is not a home."
Key Tracks: Atlantic, Nothing In My Way, A Bad Dream, Crystal Ball, Broken Toy
13. Placebo – Meds
This is a great concept album tackling the issue of drugs. I think the video for A Song To Say Goodbye is particularly emotional and is what attracted me to the band in the first place. In the video a man is being looked after by a child and everything is being run for the grown man, even the driving. Other songs on the album like Drag are great and is about trying but failing to keep up with other people around you in regards to achieving your potential in life.
Key Tracks: Meds, Infra Red, Follow The Cops Back Home, Drag, Post Blue A Song To Say Goodbye
14. Mogwai- Mr Beast
A delight to listen to and certainly one of the greatest post rock albums ever to be written if superceded only by Sigur Ros's Takk and ( ). My favourite song on the album is Friend Of The Night, which is an extremely passionate song and I would recommend to anyone who has taken the time out to read this.
Key Tracks: Auto Rock, Glasgow Mega Snake, Friend Of The Night
15. Lupe Fiasco- Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor
The strongest rap album this year, with this album Lupe can be compared to Kanye West in both lyrical content and production. Unlike other rappers, Lupe is not rapping about gun toting etc but instead tackles serious issues such as in American Terrorist. The song begins with the statement: "The ink of a scholar is worth a thousand times more than the blood of a martyr," and the song moves on to criticise American culture and the concepts of consumerism and democracy.
Key Tracks: Kick Push, Sunshine, Hurt Me Soul, American Terrorist, Kick Push II
16. Kasabian- Empire
Kasabian's new album is certainly an improvement on the first one, which after a few listens got boring quickly and was relatively lacklustre. However this album is highly recommended, particularly the debut single Empire, which has an incredibly catchy hook. British legion is also another great song on the album and is different to most of Kasabian's other work.
Key Tracks: Empire, Shoot The Runner, British Legion
17. Gnarls Barkley- St. Elsewhere
This is a great collaboration album between two legends, Cee-Lo Green formally of the Goodie Mob and DJ DangerMouse, renowned for the production of the Gorillaz second album and The Grey Album, a fusion of Jay-Z's Black Album and The Beatles White Album. Many issues on the album are tackled including suicide in Just A Thought. Another obvious highlight is the no.1 single Crazy and recent single Who Cares?
Key Tracks: Crazy, Smiley Faces, Just A Thought, Who Cares?
18. The Raconteurs- Broken Boy Soldiers
Being not the biggest fan of the White Stripes I didn't see much hope in me liking this new supergroup that Jack White had formed. However, this is totally different from the White Stripes. Whether this being a good or a bad thing is your own opinion however Steady As She Goes is a great song as is Call It A Day, which is a quiet and slow but a first-class all round song
Key Tracks: Steady As She Goes, Hands, Broken Boy Soldier, Call It A Day
19. Larrikin Love- The Freedom Spark
Larrikin love is a highly under-rated band like Mystery Jets. Happy as Annie is a super song, with a jerky rhythm on various instruments such as banjos and fiddles. Another great song on the album is On Sussex Downs and although this album has been more of an underground success, Larrikin Love are an exciting new band and I would highly recommend them.
Key Tracks: Happy As Annie, On Sussex Downs, Edwould, Six Queens
20. The Long Blondes- Somebody To Drive Me Home
The Long Blondes have written a series of top songs and their debut is certainly a record they should not be ashamed off. Both giddy stratospheres and separated by motorways are super songs even if you notice that the A14 and the A1 are not actually motorways. Fulwood Babylon the B-side for Weekend Without Makeup although not being on the album itself certainly deserves a mention as I feel it should have made the album. This is illustrated in the lyrics: "don't be a sycophant and don't try to hold my hand if you don't plan on being around five minutes later."
Key Tracks: Separated By Motorways, Once And Never Again, Another Weekend Without Make Up, Giddy Stratospheres, Fulwood Babylon
Albums not reviewed:
Albums I'm Looking Forward To In 2007:
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Good the bad and the queen
13 Nov 2006, 20:45 by Cookman12 Nov – My Chemical Romance, cryforsilence
Ah, I've just been reading last year's review of (unsurprisingly) last year's MCR gig at Brixton, Academy.. Good memories
Good old Brixton, a centre of excellence in an area of extreme horribleness.. a wonderful venue where intellectuals can meet, greet and exchange ideas (it's not called an Academy for nothing)...
Oh, and all the emo scum scum scum too.
Anyways, on with the review..
WARNING: Contains graphic review of melodic metalcore (aka rubbish support band) and projectile vomiting.
We got there (me, Ambe and Carter) at around 6:00 and got a good place near the front of the queue with the "not weird" Josie.
Good times were had, both involving cider and not.
(At the time I didn't want to have any regrets about what I had drunk, but later on it turned out that I regretted not drinking anything.. Read on..)
But there was a problem, Sam was nowhere to be seen. So, after giving him about 30mins waiting time we finally phoned him to learn he was still at home, about to have a shower (this is in Brentwood by the way..)
We were pretty furious, called him a scumbag and went in without him.
In the academy, I followed my time honoured tradition of ordering a Brixton hot dog. It was as horrible as ever, and even when I had swallowed that last bit of horrid sausage, I had not seen the last of it for that evening..
(Oooh forebording, eh? Read on..)
We got a good spot near the front to start off with and quickly acquainted ourselves with the toilet facilitates, a simple act yet one which would pretty much save my life hours later.
(Lengthy descriptions = Suspense! 'Citing, eh?)
Finally, the first band came on: cryforsilence and I did.
Seriously, they were poor. What the support bands lacked in quantity that night, they made up for in awfullness (awfallity?)
One set later, I was thoroughly disgusted and so I stood there with my arms crossed frowning at the stage. Emo kids always find this annoying and call me stuff like "speccy" but a simple ignorance of them is bliss.
Then the trouble started, in between this band and MCR, almost everyone in the crowd seemed to get the idea that the front would be the best place to stand and the resulting crush ended up in a record number of "gemmeouttahere!!"s. Not from me of course, I'm a strong man, you push me, I push back. Grr!
It was at this time that I also realised that I had not had anything to drink except for that Coke for lunch and I immediately felt extremely dehydrated (hence why I regretted not drinking some of that cider.. although in a debate on the matter, some have said that this would have made it worse.) Dehydration could not stop me so I carried on regardless.
Then by some miracle we met up with Sam, called him a scumbag, said we were glad to see him and breathed in stale, sweaty air together.
Then, after what seemed like 3 hours (6pm-9pm), My Chemical Romance finally made the stage. I nearly fainted from the excitement (or possibly from my dehydration, stale air, being crushed or that damn hot dog).
They started with The End leading into Dead! and that was all good.
However, by now I was having blurred vision, spots in my eyes and other phenomena which would make any decent opthamologist wet himself.
A few tunes later I was feeling really sick and could barely breathe. At this moment I made the conscious decision to get out of there and so made my way to the toilets (thank god I knew the way) where I was immediately sick in the nearest sink (wasn't expecting that...) and for the second time that night I saw the cursed hot dog which had cost me a scandalous £2.50 earlier.
The next few minutes passed in a blur and ranged from me drinking my own mass in tap water, being sick some more and getting odd looks from the semi-chavs, trying to look emo.
Eventually, I dragged myself out of the toilet (not in a literal sense, this is brixton I'm talking about, such an act would be foolhardy to say the least..) and realised I had missed my near-fave song Teenagers but never mind..
I caught the last few songs, the encore and was a little disappointed when it was all over (it came too soon..) Overall they had put on a good show, good music and good costumes.
A particular highlight had been right at the start when Sam and I threw a couples of roses we had found at Gerard and were delighted to see him pick up them and hold them (pathetic, I know..)
Anything else? Don't think so.. although I must say I found some of the things Gerard said quite amusing like "Thank you for making us the greatest band on the planet!"
Until my next (probably not so lengthy) review, goodbye!
4 Sep 2006, 20:29 by rsmullarThe 19th of August heralded a milestone in the mire of misery that was my summer holiday, in the sense that to break the cycle of eternal boredom, the greatest of things took place: A gig with 2 of my preferred bands, as well as 2 I was rather keen to hear for the first time- and in what better a manner than live?
The day began with a Mcdonalds in the tottenham court road branch, after some trouble finding the venue, given our method [Me and user:staticXfreek] was to "follow all the freaks and goth kids," and eventually realising how stupid we were, in the sense that the venue was right opposite the tube station where we had emerged. We stood there for a couple of hours, and then were let in after some slavic guard threw my bottle of water out. After a considerable waiting period and a cider, the first act, from Norway- She Said Destroy emerged, after setting up their own gear, and being pretty damn quick about it. So, itemised....
She Said Destroy- These guys were something special. When one expects a band to be brutal, the typical image it conjours up is one of blast-beats through the song, as well as totally chromatic and out of key riffing. Not here. There use of a variety of chords that weren't power chords, as well as the sparing use of blastbeats in order to emphasise passages evoked a feeling of savage beauty that one could only really stand and watch the feat that was taking place. Something which really amazed me however was that I often regard tempo changes in death metal as a distraction from the meaning of a song, which when employed badly can detract from the impact of said song. This clearly was not the case with She Said Destroy, who incorporated them in such a way as to create a progression within their compositions, something rather welcome in a genre which thrives on tempo changing to no real end in some of its more unexperienced bands.
Gorerotted- Death metal often lacks a sense of humor, which is where these guys come in. In all honesty live, they were un utter stream of noise and drum blasts, with vocals so low they were barely distinguishable, however, in this case, merely looking at the vocalist was indicative of their dedication to their craft, as well as his beguiling stage presence, which made clear the band's position on their work, as something to be taken lightly, and not dissected in some baroque ANUS-like stylee. To end this stream of noise, one of the most unconventional ways to leave a stage was employed, this being throwing yourself off the stage, only to walk off on the other side of the barrier, a feat I deemed so adequate for the style of music that I shook his hand, as well as for his excellent sense of humor, demonstrated in such remarks as "this song, for those of you slow of mind is about KILLING SHIT TO BITS!!!!!" As well as performing a polishing motion on the bald bassist's head. Funnily enough, when their set was over, the bassist came and stood next to my good friend hugging a girl he'd managed to blag in a few moments before the doors opened for the public. A true show of a band.
The band I'd come to see were due to play next, with their matching black uniforms, as well as a drummer dressed like some form of wigger or basketball player. The stage was set for some canadian derangement, and a good dose of Lord Worm's totally deranged personality...
Cryptopsy- The band many had come to see, had finally begun to play, with no introduction to their set, they'd plunged into a song that I didn't know, but sounded typical cryptopsy all the same. One thing which I believe makes Cryptopsy so unique is the use of texture shifting, in which they would often use completely unrelated riffs lasting a few seconds and morph them into another riff, but make them seem intertwined, a feat I believe was made manageable by the psychotic drummer Flo Mounier bashing away at speeds of up to 300 bpm. Even live the band were completely spotless, with many of the samples at the beginnings and endings of songs being used and replayed by way of Mounier's sample pad enhancing the authenticity of the live recreations.
Two things which were particularly delightful, were the personality of Lord Worm, as well as the sheer skill of the guitarists, who had rattled off their numbers perfectly, as well as flaunting their skill with palm-mute-tremolo picking at a speed many (including I,) deemed only imaginary, with grace that allowed for the second guitarist Christian Donaldson to make funny faces for the duration of the set for no apparent reason.
One strange thing about Lord Worm is his polite, gentlemanly, yet diabolic nature, encompassed in his intro to "Abigor," in which he merely said "I know there are few of you here, but will all the ladies scream for me?""This one's for you." The lyrics to this song being:
O most luscious cenobite,
you wield your whip
as though it were another appendage;
Favor me with pleasure-pain,
rip me with your claws
Chew me with your saw-toothed cunt
Dead eyes alive with darkness to match their sockets,
they blaze with unmatched cruelty
Leave those long thorns embedded in your scalp,
They look stuck in far enough to hurt
Hell's polyhedron has blessed you
Your peerless beauty drips of sin
In this time of configuration,
blessed order shall prevail
Two sides to the war on flesh
Leviathan, who can't smile, beams
Encased in leather as it is,
I can't drink from your neck
It shall remain its soft, cold, blue-white:
I'll bind your pround breasts with barbed wire
I wish to partake of their nectar... Is it pus?
I might breach your zippers
and open your face
I might gag you with an urchin
I long to hear a quiet sight escape
your lovely lips as I bite your fettered, smooth thighs
Love subverted, lust perverted
Bitch-goddess Abigor's pretty face
can mask her suffering
Make you worship both her and her needles
Subjugate it, perforate it,
flesh reordered is flesh of use
I now rededicate my life
to what Abigor has shown me
As well as his intro to "Defenestration" which was: "Ever seen something so cute you wanna throw it out of a window?" An intro bringing laughter to many. Cue his reknowned stage act- eating worms, mid song. A few songs later, the masters of interesting and intelligent metal retired to the bar amidst rapturous applause. I had the privelege of the guitarist Alex Auburn signing my shirt soon after, while entertaining(or caring for) an extremely drunk blonde, who may have been hauled in by the Gorerotted bassist.
I didn't pay attention to Celtic Frost, who had lost me when they played mesmerized in a grim and sluggish fashion defying the idea of the album, as a jovial work with bleak lyrics. So I drunk more cider. All in all, a fucking great night. I also brought an old Obituary album. Go me.
13 Aug 2006, 12:40 by CookmanThis is my review of the Fort Rox mini-festival held at Newhaven Fort, Sussex on the 12th August 2006.
As far as I know, it's the first review, so I'm also making it the "official review." (until of course an official review is written)
The venue was Newhaven Fort, an actual fort on the southern coast and, despite its small size, seemed to hold a fair number of people. The atmosphere of the crowd was astounding throughout, with fans wearing official merchandise or even going that bit further and dressing up in wartime outfits.
And of course, the fans brought their own foliage (leaves, branches, etc.) which made up for the lack of it elsewhere.
The first band on was the teenage band project thing. It was ok, but failed to be on a par with the style of other bands.
The next band was.. I think.... Jacob's Stories - a band that I found very interesting, being comprised of a man with a piano thingy and a woman on the violin (both of whom would play an important role in BSP's main set later..)
Next band was either Charlottefield or The Research
I absolutely hated Charlottefield (what were BSP thinking?!) and I felt the crowd has a similar reaction as those who had got up to see the band almost immediately sat back down again.
The Research were a very funny, good band. The lead singer person had a good personality and quipped such lines as: "that key change was my mum's idea" and "have you ever seen a military green speaker before?"
The music was good too.
Next band was..... My Latest Novel a band who got through their set steadily, despite a few technical difficulties..
Penultimate band on was The Duke Spirit - a band with a woman lead singer who had a lot of energy. And that's all I can say about them...
Then we had to wait for BSP to come on for a bit. I was pleased to see the green drumkit as it fitted in nicely with the green-theme of the day, but there was no "BSP foliage" to be seen, which I had been eagerly anticipating after having read loads of fan reviews...
Nonetheless, at approximately 5pm exactly, British Sea Power came onto the stage.
And there was much rejoicing...
The Scottish Wildlife Experience
Please Stand Up
Apologies To Insect Life
Spirit Of St Louis
How Will I Ever Find My Way Home
Fear Of Drowning
Rock In A
The lack of Lately was a little disappointing, but with only an hour's worth of set, I realise that Lately would have taken up about 25% of my time with BSP. *sigh*
- Crowd going crazy at most songs
- Crowd going crazy in reply to such lines as "brilliantine mortality" and "oh, fyodor you are the most attractive man.."
(a reference of course, to Fyodor Dostoevsky, russian author of such works as "Crime and Punishment" and "The Brothers Karamazov")
- Noble having guitar problems, so opting for a wrap-around keyboar toy thing instead
- Noble ripping the strings of his guitar and swinging it around by the strings
- The BSP bear, Ursine Ultra, making a guest appearance (in the suit was the guy from Jacob's Stories, I think)
Video linkys here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z0zClYRs0M
- BSP bear getting a bashing from band members and toy keyboard
- Noble completely giving up on his guitar and ripping the neck off, leaving it for the poor techies to salvage afterwards
I even got some cool merchandise out of it - a set of BSP badges to adorn my bag with and a "British Tea Power" mug featuring the amusing slogan "it's tea o'clock"
Even the weather held out fine! Despite warnings from members of various bands that it might get dodgy.
All in all, a great day, a longer BSP set would have made it perfect, but I was very happy with the way it went. I absolutely must now go see them again!
4 Jul 2006, 19:10 by afzilla
28 Jun 2006, 16:30 by afzillaw000000000000000t!
I'll see you there.
Immortal Technique, ya hear.
14 Jun 2006, 17:10 by Y2KenThe Idea:
Name seven bands/artists to play at your dream festival.
- The first act plays 5 songs.
- The second act plays 5 songs.
- The third act plays 7 songs.
- The fourth act plays 7 songs.
- The fifth act plays 10 songs.
- The sixth act plays 10 songs.
- The seventh act plays 14 songs.
- State Of The Union
- Paper Wings
- Rumours Of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
- Swing Life Away
- Give It All
- Bring Me Down
- Gold Digger
- Jesus Walks
- Drive Slow
- Through The Wire
- Hjartaõ Hamast (Bamm Bamm Bamm)
- Viðar vel til loftarasa
- Find The Real
- Open Your Eyes
- In Loving Memory
- Down To My Last
- Broken Wings
- One Day Remains
Red Hot Chili Peppers
- By The Way
- Snow ((Hey Oh))
- Give It Away
- Zephyr Song
- Breaking The Girl
- Tell Me Baby
- Scar Tissue
- Fortune Faded
- Under The Bridge
- Can’t Stop
Belle & Sebastian
- Act Of The Apostle
- Step Into My Office, Baby
- The Blues Are Still Blue
- White Collar Boy
- Dress Up In You
- Funny Little Frog
- We Are The Sleepyheads
- I’m A Cuckoo
- For The Price Of A Cup Of Tea
- Sukie In The Graveyard
Our Lady Peace
- All For You
- Superman’s Dead
- Wipe That Smile Off Your Face
- Potato Girl
- One Man Army
- Is Anybody Home
- Not Enough
- Do You Like It
- Somewhere Out There
Just a brief idea of some of the artists I'd love to see live.
Offer any similar artist suggestions if you like.
29 May 2006, 17:51 by Cookman