Yet another gig review

Despite getting in early in the morning so I could leave at 5 and get home with plenty of time to chill and get ready to go out to the gig, I managed to stay late and gave work an extra 40 minutes of my time. Thanks go to Vile who PMed me to say “What are you still doing at work? Go home!” and made me realise with a sudden lurch that I had been reading the time on my computer and during the day it must have chugged as it was about an hour out. AGH!

Raced home, freshened up, tarted up.

Felt like a change and on a whim pulled out my old pair of stiletto Dredd boots from underneath their layer of dust. (The ones Nick also borrowed one time, heh) Decided that the tongue and the top buckles were a bit too much and reminded me of gothdom so discarded them and folded the tongue down into the boot and made a much cuter pair of spiky boots. I haven’t worn them in ages and I had forgotten how much fun they are, and how empowering a stiletto can be. Weird how I felt taller in those than I do when wearing my platform trainers. Slapped on some makeup and tottered off in the direction of the bus stop.

Radio One Sound Advice Showcase @ Life Cafe, MCR

Not having been there before I spotted the Life Cafe by the number of bouncers on the door. They were trying to ensure that all entrants to the bar were on the guestlist but as the list didn’t seem to be in any particular order they were having a spot of bother.
I spotted my name on one of the many bits of paper just as Rachel appeared at the door to ensure I wasn’t having any hassle getting in. Thanks girl!

Milled about and chatted for a while, got briefly introduced to Bynatone and received a The Obsession pin badge to wear with pride. Went up to get a drink and got confused by the poncy bar staff who seemed to think that they were in Cocktail and insisted on throwing glasses around regardless as to whether you were having a Sex on the Beach or a beer. They also had a habit of serving two people at once, which was just odd because at first I thought, oh, he can’t be bothered with my order and has gone to serve someone else instead, grrr! Though, later in the evening when I went to get a drink the guy who served me to give me more change back than I should have had, he winked and grinned at me as he handed me the coins. Weird.

Falkland Hill Yaks
started the evening off and for most of their set I stayed seated and watched their little heads bobbing up and down frantically on the wall of monitors above the bar. (Which showed the live recording of the gig, except for one, which bizarrely appeared to be the Fashion Channel). Decided to wander over to see the band, got to one side of the room and spotted everyone else over the other side. As I was too polite (and a touch embarrassed) to walk beneath the tv camera filming the event I went back around the bar and walked around to the other side. Got there just as the band finished and left the stage. doh!

At which point the DJ followed the set by playing “Jolene” – class!

Bynatone
are an Electroclash duo who play searing computer music. They were quite blinding, very much like Add (N) to X, but were in the wrong context really. Nick tried to round up the troops to stand on the dance floor to support them but only partially succeeded.

The Obsession
Technical problems occurred when the guys couldn’t hear anything through the monitors and Paddy, usually the nice quiet one of the four, got so wound up he thrashed through the last track standing on the drum kit, towering over Rob, and ended by throwing his bass to the floor in frustration.
Was very strange watching them play with the guys duplicated on a huge video screen above the stage.
Tried my best to get some decent photos but I think I failed.
Rob played the set from behind a large pair of sunglasses, apparently wanting to be invisible, when the set was over, I blinked and he was gone.

MOCO
were described by Nick as “like us, but better” I thought they had the same dirty 70s NY punk wall of noise emphasis, and a similar energetic frontman, but the songs The Obsession write are just more interesting. They were very hairy, and I’m referring here to both their music and physiognomy. One notable descriptive comment in respect to the mutton-chopped singer was “he’s a comedy farmer who’s been drinking his own sheep dip”
I guess that:
if (The Obsession == “The Ramones”){
Moco = “The Stooges”);
}

Halfway through the set I wandered over to drunkenly say hi to Rob who was sat all on his ownsome, and watch the rest of the gig via the video walls. A couple of guys approached and told me that they loved me. I was later informed that I had “pulled” the two of drug dealers! eeps!

By this time it was gone midnight and I had to hastily depart, grab a taxi and make my way homeward.

Had a really good night.

2 Responses to Yet another gig review

  1. missbumpkin October 25, 2002 at 11:43 am #

    K is a minx in high heels

    Sounds like you had a good night! You man-magnet you! Please can I come up sometime and go out for a night like that with you?

    Stilettos still rock, totally, it has to be said. I was eying up some delicious Faith boots yesterday in Debenhams and think that I may have to indulge in something pointy in all the right places in the near future. Don’t think I’m “brave” enough to dig out my silver/black boots though.

    I’m off on my hols on Sunday so I’ll wish you good luck and a fab time in Atlanta now, just in case I don’t make it to the poooter again before we go. I think tomorrow is going to be hectic and v stressful as any Sprout outing tends to be. Anyway, have a fantastic time in the US, go forget about work et al and party your pants off.

    Big hugs
    xxx

  2. missbumpkin October 25, 2002 at 11:43 am #

    K is a minx in high heels

    Sounds like you had a good night! You man-magnet you! Please can I come up sometime and go out for a night like that with you?

    Stilettos still rock, totally, it has to be said. I was eying up some delicious Faith boots yesterday in Debenhams and think that I may have to indulge in something pointy in all the right places in the near future. Don’t think I’m “brave” enough to dig out my silver/black boots though.

    I’m off on my hols on Sunday so I’ll wish you good luck and a fab time in Atlanta now, just in case I don’t make it to the poooter again before we go. I think tomorrow is going to be hectic and v stressful as any Sprout outing tends to be. Anyway, have a fantastic time in the US, go forget about work et al and party your pants off.

    Big hugs
    xxx

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