Archiv für Oktober 2013

review: THE MAYBE MEN/STEPHEN MATHEWSON @ fluc, 17.10.13

STEPHEN MATHEWSON: He plays a certain kind of outsider guitar pop with just Guitar and Big Muff. The live rendition of „Tight Pants rule“ was truly an enjoyable piece. Of course very 90s, yet honestly executed humourous down to earth songwriter music.

THE MAYBE MEN: First off: I am a big fan of their 2012 debut tape ‚The body has no chance‘. Covers all bases of homerecording blues. Live though, they reminded me more of GRINDERMAN. Headed by Gregor Tischberger (of KREISKY), THE MAYBE MEN deliver a diverse, playful array of weirdo-blues garage pop, often interrupted by noisy guitar assaults, just to go back to business and start structure all over again. STEPHEN MATHEWSON joined them halfway through their set on saxophone, which unfortunately did not cut through the mix all too well, most of the time.



This project of dutch experimental luthier Yuri Landman had an approach i would describe as classic no-wave, comparable to DNA or BUSH TETRAS operating in guitar/experimental string instrument orchestra style, think GLENN BRANCA or RHYS CHATHAM. Two drummers kept a steady rhythm, a bass guitar keeping the loose ends in hand, while around 7 guitar/‘home-swinger‘ players roam about with bits and pieces of string skronk, chords and other related noises.

Usually Yuri Landman does workshops to build DIY versions of his ‚Moodswinger‘ he built for LIARS, called the ‚home-swinger‘, a 12 string third bridge zither. After the workshop, there is a performance like this. Since most of the Vienna ensemble are well-known persons in the impro/experimental guitar underground, for example Eric Arn or Wolfgang Möstl, there was good sense of collaboration as Mr.Landman conducted the pieces. Spectacular for both eyes and ears, this performance could have used some extra length.

ICEAGE (DK) @ clubschiff

First: I still consider their LP ‚You‘re Nothing‘ as the best new record of this year. I agree with those who say they are one of the few true ‚hardcore punk‘ and ‚post-punk‘ bands around these days, capturing the vibe of BLACK FLAG and JOY DIVISION while retaining pop qualities and getting a wider reception than just inside DIY punk/noise-related subcultures. In their live set, they seemed to have grown tired of their older debut-album hardcore songs, playing new songs that kind of reminded you of BIRTHDAY PARTY. It suits them well, still eighties, but sludgier and more bluesy.

As much as the HC-lover inside me dearly missed hearing a storm and stress song of theirs like ‚New Brigade‘ live, i‘m looking forward to the music these four guys are still composing and will be making in the future, keeping up their certain ‚darkness‘ in rock.

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So this is my – as usual, highly subjective & unprofessional – series of live reviews, mostly concentrated on the rather experimental & distorted side of WAVES Festival:

For saturday, there will be nothing, though. i‘m busy playing a concert on that day myself in Salzburg, where me and the other members of CAROUSALS have the pleasure to share the bill w/ SEX JAMS.

IT‘S EVERYONE ELSE (SLO) @ clubschiff

This all-electronic duo merged powerviolence & breakcore assaults with dramatic, theatrical pop moments. Their distorted synth leads had a 90s-esque quality to them, while keeping dynamics comparable to ATARI TEENAGE RIOT with screamo vocals or even THE LOCUST. Hard to classify, but still a very interesting band to see live, with lots of energy. You wouldn‘t have expected such a ‚hardcore‘ band to play on this festival, it actually surprised me.

VORTEX REX (AT) @ flex café

This band has been around for some time, with Seayou Records mastermind Ilias Dahimene on guitar and vocals. Fairly solid DIY-rock n roll, highly influenced by all sorts or garage and surf. To me it seems, there’s not much more to say about them.

JAPANTHER (US) @ flex café

The second time seeing them after a experimental performance in the Augarten in 2012 (check the archives). Their regular set, propelled by a tape with all sounds other than bass and drums in playback. Might be one of the best live-bands around, they really live up to their reputation. JAPANTHER are the essence of what all pop-punk should be about: great melodies, passion and pure energy.

Honourable mentions: AMATORSKI, CSS. I stopped following the work of the latter after they‘d release ‚Off The Hook‘. The other were way too COLDPLAY-esque for my taste.