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Archive for January, 2009

‘Community project’ – Lucky Dragons at Luminaire, London

Love these guys, but missed this show.  How was it?



‘Raffle’ – T.B.D. & Gyratory System at Catch 22, London


So I don’t get time to go to many random shows these days.  Tonight was a rare occasion.  Sketchily laid plans with an old friend led us to Catch to see a couple of bands late in the evening.  I have to say that I had no idea what to expect & was both impressed and baffled in equal measure.  Tonight it was Meat Raffle taking over the venue.  It was strangely cool that it was like a suburban night club atmosphere.  Both bands (I think there was one before these two, but we missed them unfortunately) had a style that seemed perfectly suited to a Saturday night affair.  The crowd reacted well & a good time was had for sure.  All of Gyratory System knew their way around their instruments – coaxing strange sounds from the heavily effected brass, tighter than tight bassist, and the drummer’s smart use of an SPD-S (?) & the keyboard player/vocalist of T.B.D. juggled synth, fx & mic with finesse.  There were even some catchy, energetic hooks and stuff from both bands.  All in all, really good fun.  Try and catch both those bands if you get a chance. .



‘Flickering embers’ – Arch M at Luminaire, London

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The enigmatic Arch M and his ‘bahama bedroom band’  played a surprisingly sprawling freeform show tonight at London’s Luminaire, inside from the dank January rain outside & under the glimmer of the intimate venue’s mirrorball.  A delicate concoction of percussion, blistering delays, and feedback were put on slow burn from the start, gradually enveloping the room in it’s repetitive & defiantly hedonistic density.  Pulsing toms punctuated by occasional crashes – all subjected to a huge slithery delay – were joined by propulsive  squalls of overdriven feedback and sparse guitar & bass.  

This deceptively simple soup somehow suggested the ghosts of a number of deep avant dance musics from the 1980s through to the mid 90s (think Maximum Joy, Lifetones, Factory’s Hacienda…), and could quite happily have ridden that wave forever.  That’s not what happened though.  After this slow movement onwards continued, the bliss expanded further with layered & delayed guitar until the whole thing popped with some lyrics from Reid uttered repeatedly – shaman-like into one of a number of assembled microphones. From what had up until this point been lush clouds of shifting melodic gestures, simultaneously falling into & out of themselves,  sprung a mutant rendition of Cat Grave – slipping out of the speakers & around the heads of the gathered crowd.  It’s hard to explain what it sounded like, but if you can imagine the version you’ve heard, but rendered longform, trance-inducing and loose, yet somehow opulent and technoid – well, that would be it.

Then, all of a sudden it was over,  and with a simple “Enjoy the music”, the band left the stage, mirror ball still glistening like flickering embers.