You know how sometimes past you is particularly free, so ends up booking a lot of things for "later", but to them "later" is just a vague concept which doesn't need to be thought about for a few months? I did that. This week was my "later" booking week. Somehow I managed to end up with 5 gigs and a voice exam on top of my regular schedule, all while trying to complete my miniature thesis and meta analysis. To say this week has been a roller coaster of ups and downs is a massive understatement. Thankfully I'm starting to come out of the opposite end of the craziness. I've played 4/5 gigs, I'm currently typing this on the train to my voice exam, one essay is 80% complete, and the other is in a detailed draft stage which will only take me a few hours to properly type up.
This is what I wore to the gig I had with Vanishing Shapes last night. We played at a venue called the Red Rattler for a thing called DEJA. It was a really really cool gig. there were 5 other bands that played, plus two installations and a limited run Zine called "Take it as you will" (unfortunately there are no contact/author details on the Zine, but should I find an internet place you can procure one I shall definitely link it)
I'm going to go ahead and do the link to music thing for all the bands we played with last night. They were all super good to listen to and watch :D
Zeitgeber: This duet consists of clarinet and a percussionist who plays one million things at once including but not limited to; a steel drum, finger piano thingy, didgeridoo, djembe, the tin can and several different maracary/shakery things. Their music is complicated in all the best ways, mixed with a certain ambiance that can only be achieved through ostinato development. Unfortunately they don't seem to have any formal recordings yet, but they are definitely a group to see live/keep watching.
Love No Scenery: This duet is so new that they don't yet have social media set up, but are another group to look out for. They two have a very riff based ambient sound, but sit towards the electronic side of music. The vocal delays mixed with a loop pedal created stunning harmonies mixed with steady, yet developing guitar ostinato made for a really unique atmosphere.
Hashshashin: These guys are a middle eastern inspired prog trio, and boy do they do it well! There sound is very lush, and has an unusual flair due to the places they draw their instrumentation and because the parts that would traditionally be played on guitar are not played on guitar (they're played on a tear drop shaped mandolin type instrument, which I can't remember the name of). They have a demo up on their Soundcloud, but it doesn't do them justice.
Andy Golledge Band: These guys are kind of folk, kind of country, and kind of fantastic. I loved their songwriting, I loved their energy and I loved the fact they (technically) had 5 guitars on stage. (they had one of those funky sit down slidey guitars, 3 acoustic and a bass guitar). Again, I couldn't find any recordings, but according to his website an EP has been started.
Deepsea Lights: I talked about these guys in my favourites post the other day. They are even better live than recorded (and they're pretty darn good recorded.) They're so chill, with all the best parts of experimental music. Everything was so thoughtfully put together, and despite the small technical difficulties they had in the beginning, their performance was flawless. Unfortunately I didn't get to see the end of their performance, but I'll definitely try to make it out/play some gigs with them in the future.
It's weird. The calmest I've felt this week was traveling to and from my gigs. Maybe it's the solitary aspect of that type of long travel, or maybe it's the music which I have on my ipod, (or maybe it's the anticipation I have about playing great music and a great venue with great people) Anyway, I'm going to cram my general knowledge for my voice exam so that I don't feel like a dunce.