Archive for October, 2011


William Bennett and Cut Hands

I had a little bit of a late start for Sunday’s Supersonic. I went to the Q and A session with William Bennett talking about Cut Hands and his contribution to Vice Magazine’s Guide to Liberia. I admire William Bennett for his singular vision and the fact that he does not try and mollify his critic’s unease at most of Whitehouse’s content. William was charming, erudite and intelligent and his talk served as a tasty appetizer for his set. He invited questions from the audience. One chap asked a question along the lines of “Up until the last few years you have been persona non grata among the music press, why do you think they are now coming around to your work?”- WB – “Because.” You don’t get more succinct than that I guess. The Cut Hands music melded well with the documentary subject matter, there is a palpable sense of powerful horror suffusing the music, I find it unsettling but energising at the same time.
Later on Senor Bennett played a short set in the Old Library venue. It was a laptop performance, although DJ Bennett threw in some nifty twirls and finger dancing. He played a few tracks from the Cut Hands lp plus some (very good) new material. The furious percussion and shredding noise delivered a powerful gut punch and the accompanying visuals of spectacularly foam flecked deleriants induced a hypnotic head space. Highly recommended if you get a chance to see this live.

Klaus Kinski

Oh my giddy aunt. Klaus Kinski were insane. A band seemingly composed of gurning mentalists, they knocked out crude, pounding anarchy. My mate was knocked flying by a guitarist leaping into the crowd. The lead singer jogged around in a distressing tight and frayed pair of shorts. At one point he clambered up the lighting rig and looked as though he was going to drop down on us. Sheer brilliance but an unplanned mosh basically depleted my energy cells and I crawled into a taxi and headed for the duvet.

Seeing Lucky Dragons was one of my highlights of the day. Rather than playing the stage, they set up in the middle of the audience. We were encouraged to join in by shifting patterned sheets with lines on. The resulting patterns appeared to affect the tone and sequence of the music. There was a nice vibe to strangers getting together and becoming a part of the music.

Antilles

Antilles were the two guys from Berg Sans Nipple, plus one other. Whereas Berg Sans Nipple were loose and mellow, Antilles had harder, more primal rhythms and there were some harsher, noisier elements. Very good.

Bardo played the Space 2 venue. The footage is very grainy as the venue was absolutely rammed. I’d never heard Bardo Pond before and they reminded me of a grittier Mazzy Star.

Teeth of the Sea put on a great performance. I suppose they were like a hybrid of Hawkwind, Neu and Godspeed You Black Emperor, but more driving and discarding the slow build ups. Their music meshed very well with the trippy back projections 🙂

Nathan Bell was a one man band playing a beautifully mournful banjo and harmonica.

Berg Sans Nipple came on first at Boxxed. Nice loping rhythms with dubby squiggles.

It’s Sunday morning and I’m recovering from last nights Supersonic. I skipped Friday night this year as I needed an ovaltine and slippers night. This year the central courtyard had it’s pool filled so wasn’t used as an outdoor venue. This year saw the use of the Boxxed venue, a small clubspace on Gibb Street.
The weather was much better this year so it was less of an endurance test than last year. The line up on Saturday was very good, perhaps the best I can remember. There was a very varied mix and I managed to see a constant stream of bands without having to endure oppressive doom metal (not my favourite genre, unfortunately).
This year instead of relying on the crappy iPhone camera I took a Sony Bloggie camera. It’s a small camera, about the size of a cigarette packet, and I was quite impressed with the picture quality and it’s microphone. I’m going to post some viddies up so you can judge for yourself

Ophiuchi

Supersonic 2011 starts on Friday – woohoo!
I was a little disgruntled that zu93 pulled out because of illness but I am REALLY looking forward to seeing the CutHands set. The album is one on my favourites this year, pounding tribal drums, shredding high frequencies and a nice sense of unease and dread. It’s great if you’re a fan of Whitehouse (some of the tracks are from Racket, Birdseed and Astheticists) and it’s great if you’re not. I’m intrigued to see how it works live, hopefully it’ll be more than William Bennett standing behind a Macbook.
Anyhoo, I’ll shall post up piccies, reviews and viddies after the event. In the meantime I shall leave you with another piece of electronic noodlery. Enjoy (or not, I won’t take it personally 🙂 )

Ophiuchi