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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