we be naked at the miller
I started the month by playing a few gigs in Ripping Yarns one in London with my friend Bas from Pfaff in his new band we be naked. Who reminded me very much of Bettie Serveert, and that's not cos I'm some sort of, "al dutch are the same" bigot, more because they did operate in a similar area. Four square tunes with a powerful female voice. A couple of years ago Econoline played at the songs from east day in Amsterdam (only it was called that in dutch), we played in Bas' back garden and spent the day trotting round other people's houses, a bike shop, art galleries etc. The singer lady from We Be Naked, did an excellent set in her bedroom, and provided excellent snacks.
Our Cambridge buddies tupolev ghost played too, this was the first time I'd seen their new line up. It seemed a very coherent and rocking set. Probably helped by the fact that I could actually hear them all rather than being obliterated by the volume, James should probably only be allowed a little amp. I can hear alot of the mid- late 90's dischord/ some roster in their sound. The departure of certain canadian bound members seems to have tamed their more experimental tendencies, but perhaps that'll come back with a bit more time for them to play together. London buddies Jack Mountain were on first and were excellent, particularly the interjections on a bugbrand noise making gadget during several tunes. Unfortunately Dan walked off with my copy of battle for the planet of the rockers and I've not gotten a chance to check it out yet.
The next show of the month was a Model Village substitution, drummers eh? You can't trust 'em. Dan and I stepped in the breach and opened for excellent MIddlesborough based wonky noise pop band Das Wanderlust. They had an excellent set up keys/ guitars/ drums/ yelling. A winner. Reminded me of Deerhoof with the fiddly drum bits replaced with handclaps and enthusiasm, I bought two of their 7"s but then left them in the bloody practice room and went to morocco for a week so I've not had a chance to listen to them either! . micropenis Cambridge's answer to Peaches headlined, Russell could use a bigger amp, but other than that it's hard to fault the execution.
After my sojourn in Morocco, where I enjoyed some traditional Gnawa music complete with awesome jumping up in the air and clapping style dancing, I headed back and hit this show
A.R.E Weapons, Ulterior, canaveral at the soul tree
This was somewhat mared by the fact that I fell down the bloody stairs, and hurt my knee something rotten! My additions to theCanaveral set were minimal. Matt abysmal 's helium addled larynx, Pete Latahs drone and most of the fuzzy lights carried the show more than comfortably. The other bands were not my cup of tea, though Ulterior had one excellent synth pop song at the end of their set. Which I think was the one track I'd heard by them online before. The show was pretty quiet and made me feel bad for Tim from "now it's on" who'd also put on the das wanderlust show, a shame for him.
Lords at the portland
Oops that means that I only went to one gig in October that I didn't play at, (V. poor), I have been to more already in November though. It was most excellent to see Lords again, a rare treat now that their drummer lives in a different country. They ripped it up with some choice selections from Everyone Is People and some of their old tunes too. I particularly enjoyed Phil's more confident vocals and stage manner. Probably because he is a proper grown up now and getting married and that. Blaklava filled the room with their doom duo style. I'd been recording with them over the summer, so the live setting was a change of pace, it was nice to only hear the tunes once through. (HA HA). C Joynes opened, shamefully I've managed to miss all of his many sets in cambridge since moving here. So can't compare this rockier version to his normal acoustic sets. It put me in mind of some of chris' lords' Last of the real hardmen loud sets, the addition of simon from Lionshare on various stringed instruments and drones added something, but i found myself more interested in the guitar and would like to hear the acoustic versions of the tunes.
Anyway there you are October, and I probably missed something out, but who knows!