December 7, 2007 at 12:47 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, myself, Liam and about 5998 other people are going to Butlins, Minehead today for the Portishead curated All Tomorrows Parties!!! Huzzah. Bands to look out for – Team Brick on before Aphex Twin on the main stage, Thurston Moore performing songs off his new solo album, and of course Portishead, playing new songs from their forthcoming album…

So, a quick review…. Kling Klang started things off for me on a friday afternoon, and started it well. Uh, kind of Krautrocky? But good anyhew, and a hell of a lot better than Sparklehorse. Now, we all like the horse of sparkles round here, but playing “solo” only for the second time (the first being at the cube! go us!) he really didnt hold the crowd or sound at all like fun. Get your band back dude! Glenn Branca then made a racket with 8 guitarists, including Thurston Moore, who then ran (maybe not literally) to the Pavillion Stage to blow us away with material from trees outside the academy. with an accoustic guitar. aha. and a violinist.


(ahem, stock photo anyone?)  Surprisingly sounding unlike sonic youth, i was too far away to touch him. though i might have died if i had. I pity the people that missed him becuase they had to see Portishead on Friday and not Saturday. John Parish, blah, but then Chrome Hoof unexpectedly blew me away, with their silveryness and damo suzuki guest spots.

Saturday arrives, and Oneida start the day well (i know i already used this phrase. bothered) even though the guitarists amp blew during the second song. Liam had strong words to say about their set up… Malcolm Middleton played the same set as when he supported Mogwai at somerset house, and instead i went to see the GZA perform Liquid Swords. Sweet. the opening sample from some martial arts film always sends a shiver up my spine, and the new wu songs he played at the end rocked as well. Glenn Branca played again, this time with a double ended guitar and his wife, and while their song was good, paranoid critical revolution were poor, and food was searched for.


in prepartation for…

Portishead. they didnt dissapoint. while beth wasnt the most chatty of performers, old songs and new were rapturously received, though they didnt play that song off portihead (al the stars? sadface) but what can you do? Watch Om, half of sleep as was, suck until they turned up the volume. But wheres theguitar? And go to bed, after Apex Twin (now with 70% less hair) sucked quite hard. boring boring techo.

Sunday, and we didnt win the pub quizz, though i won some other people some goodies, so i did my good deed for the weekend, and its a relaxed start to the day (after watching Crybaby, Johnny Depps film debut) before Boris, Earth and Sunn O))))…

Boris, or BORIS (depending on how they are feeling) were great, though particular shouts to the guitarist with a double necked guitar, and the drummer who waved a lot and had a giant gong. They were in more of a garage rock mood this time (feel free to contradict me on this point. or indeed at any time) though this was good, as it prepared us for…Earth, playing their american doom rock. its all very different round Scott Carsons way since the days of Earth 2 and that E.P. he did with Kurt Cobain on vocals. Nowadays, intriguingly, their sound (supllied by a full band) sounds like a doooom americana. And the thing is, its more that they play very intricate songs, but slowly rather than just loud droney rock. Wich is what Sunn O))) do, very very well, and indeed LOUDLY. Delayed by a fire alarm going off, i can only feel sorrow for the workers of Butlins, and then laugh in their faces, as they completely fail to comprehend the LOUDNESS of the robe clad guitarists, and the mumblings of a man dressed as a tree (allagedly the singer of Mayhem). I could feel my clothes vibrate and by the end was still slighlt deaf, even though i had been wearing earplugs. And they had a fight at the end, which apparently involved somone punching Stephen O’Malley in the face. What more could you ask for?


Team Brick threw in a virtuoso half hour set in afterwards (shockingly the first time i had seen him play, even though he is forever drinking coffee in the cube. can you please pick up that name that i just dropped), and the Aphex came on again. blah de blah.

P.s. the other great success of the weekend was not eating chips the entire time. And finnegans cheese and onion pasty was small and shit. i might have to go to burger king next time : (




  1. liamkirby said,

    News fresh from ATP: Oneida are the best band in the world right now. I am going to found a sovereign state of Psych-Rock and ‘Sheets of Easter’ will be our national anthem.

  2. liamkirby said,

    Also, Team Brick was fucking immense. Boy’s got talent, as well as a crippling caffeine addiction. Crippled Black Phoenix, however, were seven shades of lame.

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