Monday, July 28, 2008
...Recovering from the instore gig and the first couple of days in Newtown I assimilated. I like to visit a place not as a tourist but as a latent local. Newtown charmed me with it's easy going nature - easy going with an edge, of course - eateries and affordable veges/fruit everywhere,,i must admit it..Wellington is the food capital of New Zealand.
The big gig was friday night at Happy. And what a gig it was...a high spirited & enthusiastic crowd, most of them dancing,,my god..actual dancing..a thing seemingly exclusive to wellington...dancing...to music..
the big upset was of course Panda Battle Battle Panda's absence : Lucy had to receive emergency treatment for a freak head injury earlier in the day,,it was too late notice to whip up another act. That was a real dissapointment for both the audience and Beth who had been looking forward to the gig with relish for some time. Rock and/or Roll moves in mysterious ways. I'm a big fan of the Duckling Monster and an integral element was missing from the night : shes the coolest singer in town. Yeah I said it.
Newtown played first - a duo act with a onstage demeanour so relaxed and insouciant our collective ego-masks were immolated (oh dear - more references to 'ego' and 'masks'). There's was the interactivity of a vital,anarchic,witty and very-much-in-love couple,,through their act we were invited to their flat/life/stage, the music an expression of the Wellington everyday, a flurry of riotous sloganeering, cats meows, punk-as-gossip, mohawk's and a cup of tea..the riot grrrl movement very much alive and well in the capital..
The Stumps played 2nd,,,initially it was to be us (The Aesthetics) but Grace won the day and we were relegated to the prime spot..Either way,,,the Stumps performance was ideal for the headline act, and even more so - they were mind-blowing...a whirlwind. Loosely their sound is Heavy psyche - with that crazed amphetaminized guitar sheen,,with that unpredictable improv shock, like Eye they were vortex music but with a chunky post-rock approach. 'Twas evokation music. 'Don't mess with shit you don't understand man..' ..Visuals played a very strong part : behind them was the film 'God Damn Religion' by Sun City Girls' Sir Richard Bishop : a flick-thru/slide-gallery/fast-paced compendium of static full colour images gleaned from the dusty annals of ancient religion, both east and west - hells, devils, demons, hindu hells, tibetan hells, torment, christ's torment: a real bias t'wards the dark side methinks. All up a mad soiree.. I am now a Stumps fan.
------------------'twas so,,encouraging to have an audience swell before us that night,,,chants of 'bogan' and howls and yips in the mist...we did what we could and hells-teeth it was good. The gig was filmed by ex Christchurch lone-eccentric swordsman Lynton Denovan(CM Ensemble, Tony Valens & The Incisions, Righteous Sinner Singers, Sirlordme).
That was our new bassist Alex McKinnons last gig with us...so the band now goes on to record the album 'ugly ambition' without him and in live situations will more than likely remain a trio.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The Crude industries event last evening was a fairly claustrophobic affair, well, for me it was, but art prevailed! Sax chortled and wailed, amps coughed and spluttered, half knowing half smiles were exchanged, merchandise was displayed and discussed, units were pushed.
Don't let Spacething's size fool you - for at it's core is a big heart and a chamber of beautiful D.I.Y artefacts. Performance at Spacething necessitates a casting-off of the artists ego: her boundaries - the audience is integrated into the performance. It is a direct and brutal interchange : a removal of the mask : a challenge - with a great reward. I feel an odd sense of gained merit today.
Tomorrow is the big game::::A bunch of bands playin' Happy, Wellington's Tonic. Or Cakeshop. Probably more Cakeshop. There's Newtown, a very angry band indeed. Theres the Stumps, an all-star out-fit featuring the talents of Antony Milton (Black Boned Angel, A.M etc), Stephen Clover (Seht) and James Kirk (formerly Sandoz lab technicians) . Panda Battle Battle Panda also perform. And I expect they are a ball.
And of c ourse, The Aesthetics. Much anticipated, everything riding on this one gig, they better-be-good-or-i'm-taking-my-shares-outta-pfizer type thing or some shit.
So cock-a-doodle doo lets drink ourselves to death and track down John Key@!!!!!!!
MORE TO COME!!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
this next link contains all the info you could ever want plus a hyperlinked discography (which is pretty extensive too) http://www.softabuse.com/artists/futurians.html
The Futurians are a band that have soul. Their music, a pulsating, minimalist, primitivist, machinistic monster of a thing is at once fiction and fanstasy, at once politics and hyper-reality. Go to a Futurians performance and you will know what i mean - this is the now and this is the future. I mean, just take a look at their influences: (from myspace) : music robots, pkd, murdering monsters, star trek, the fall, blakes 7, billy idol, dr who, battletruck, bauhaus, judge dread, cortina, futurama, guitar wolf, wictyst, cock esp, hodogs, catpower, f leger, yoko ono & john lennon, thee strap ons, isaac asiminov, pere ubu, the aesthetics, sigue sigue sputnik, talking heads, public image ltd, survivor, wssoes, otto dix, duicide, halo jones, international telepaths, frederick pohl, joy division/new order, pink & green & blue, suicide, star wars, dr strange love, 2000ad!, blondie, 6 feet under, bratmobile, royal trux, 3d movies, krazy kat, teenage panzercorps, the face, metal mickey, iron maiden, the gordons, willie dixon, margeret atwood, death, tivol, gfrenzy, pablo picasso, acdc, the simpsons, 6 finger satelite, john waters, dungeon, scrooge mcduck, kurt vonnegut, teenage panzercorps, glittering lights, monster dogs, ringo.
The Futurians wouldn't be the Futurians without Beth Dawson a.k.a duckling monster.
Beth is a one-woman army..a vocalist with no comparison, a peerless cultural engineer who has re-invigorated the wellington underground through her many bands and her spacething enterprise. The welly old-guard shudder and moan about it all, the zinesters and scenesters support it all.
Neither would they be the same without their mad Korg comptroller ISO12. Or without the dirge guitar of Clayton Noone - and the nasty minimalism of Sean Norling. crikey - i have basically said the Futurians wouldn't be The Futurians if they didn't have band members. How convoluted. my apologies.
last night The Futurians played a set at the masonic lodge in Port Chalmers, unfortunately the last show to be put on there (council issues and residential complaints rendering the culture of the lil' port void until 'Chicks' re-emerges as an art-hub). what a show to go out on. I played around 9pm, successfully implementing a more sober approach to my performance, my sax stabs'n'jabs all in-sync and tight, ad-lib sections carefully determined before-hand...attitude all vicious and ironic...stoned-dude groany'n'deep vibrato lay upon th' country'n'western suicide-a-billy twang-ology vocal gymnastick. pats-on-the-back and warm reception.
Next was Onanon, (a reference to onanism?) a band i hadn't truely taken much notice of until last night, their new material mature and slick and evoking the melodious gaiety of The Clean, the schizoid cleverness of The Pixies, the smart-bomb punk architecture of The Swell maps, all the while retaining a sonic signature all their own. More Dunedin than Dunedin, they'd do real well in Australia and The USA. Kinda like Panel of Judges , from melbourne, they were more dunedin than dunedin too. But hey, it's a classic sound - a neat lil' approach to post-punk-dom and it's 21st century protagonists do not indulge in 'replication';they are innocently chanelling that original spirit.
Last on was The Futurians. And they conquered. many danced, many lived to tell the tale. There's was an approach synthesizing elements of no-wave, new-wave, synth-rock, drone rock, doom rock, kraut-rock, pt chalmers dirge, robot rock, riot grrllism, and calculator punk. if it's labels you wanted. all i say is; support them. If ye be in wellington, go check out anything Beth Dawson is inmvolved with. If Dunedin - check out wolfskull, iso 12, psychic sidekick...there a dozens of related acts all pious in their own rights. Go check out the soft abuse link above and buy an album. great use of comic book-mechanoid linguisitic in their titles.
Oh yeah go buy a Crude Cd too.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
But first 'twill be The Futurians gig in Port Chalmers! yeehaawww!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
CRUDE - wellington july 23 at SPACETHING
Current mood: gallant
Category: Fashion, Style, Shopping
YEP - WELLINGTONIANS! Come to the coolest spot in welly wednesday the 23rd (time to be confirmed) to C CRUDE do an INSTORE PERFORMANCE ! Not only that, Crude will be armed wit an arsenal of recent recordings.............
Crude - Wretched 5 data cd (5 albums)
Crude - The Gel
Crude - The Mine
Crude Complete !! DVD
Crude - La Chaleur Basse De Fidelte Vols 1 and 2
Crude - Slurries Vol 1
Crude - Slurries Vol 2
Crude - fumes
from the Artless Intent Line :::
5454 - Travelogue
Rory Storm - ATTACILS
Palace - De Novo
CPU Group - eagles in echo
Kenji Siratori & Crude - Alien extermination (a CLASSIC)
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008
With all this in the ugly kiwi air.....still! her mirror reflects. The medium may be the word, the line, the sound - the mirror still reflects. And soon, ye who do not yet 'sell', who do not yet 'earn' : soon : the market liberals take power. And STILL : your mirror will reflect. As it does and always will. And you will be marginalized further. And further. And your out-put will darken, madden. It will become louder.
To the New Zealand creative: if national wins the 2008 election - don't stop. Just get louder. Harder. Sicker. Uglier. Smellier. BE the poverty. Show the upper-classes what it does to your mental health - BE the disease. Get right in their whimpering,spastic, painted on faces. Throw their shit back at them. Use what is available. The internet. The pen. The brush. The amplifier. The microphone. The vibrator. The toe-clipper. If you're too weak - withdraw, hibernate, plan, plot, store, percolate. Scratch it out on private scrolls.
Well, i thats probably what i'll do.
Ok , bye.