Woohoo! Last night, I went to Creative Blocks at Big Blue and had an ace time. Loads of lovely people, great music plus decaff! Mmm…
First on was Leni Ward. Coupling quite dour electro backing with a beautiful voice, parts of her set reminded me of Laurie Anderson (though I’m guessing Imogen Heap is who she’s usually compared to). Very intense, often quite bleak. In a good way!
Then, upstairs for Origamibiro and The Joy Of Box. OB were doing the music, TJOB was providing the visuals. Sorry the pics are so grainy but, as there was a projector, the room was basically dark.
Origamibiro make their music by sampling the scrunching and tearing of bits of paper and then looping those samples. Then they add to this with banjos, guitars, matchboxes whatever. The sound is electronic in a warm, organic and quite claustrophobic way. I loved their set but had to leave early cos I was knackered and I’ve got root canal work at the dentists’ today. This sadly meant I missed Nova Robotics, who were due to play quite late.
A big thanks to Creative Blocks for putting on yet another fabulous night! It was wonderful to go out on a Friday in Derby and see some different live music. This city can get a bit guitar-centric so seeing live electronic music is always good! 🙂
The best new track on Wednesday was by Factor. ‘Pray’ is just an awesome hip hop pop song, catchy, beaty, meaty fun. I reckon if you love stuff like Why?, you’ll probably love all of Factor’s stuff too.
The best old song was ‘Straight Outta Compton’ by N.W.A. Damn – is the album really twenty-one years old this year? Still sounds killer, still true.
I’m quite fascinated by how my hands have changed as I’ve aged. Above is a shot of my left hand from a couple of days ago. It’s not notmally that veiny, I’d just been doing weight training. But even taking away the exercise-inspired bulginess, it looks weird to me.
They used to be small and pudgy, now they’re getting more wizened and veiny.
Woooo! I had a great time last night seeing three fabulous bands at The Royal in Derby. And the management there were kind enough to get me in the swanky photographer bit at the front so I could get plenty of pics too. Mmmm… Click any of the pics below to see galleries of each band.
First on was Connan Mockasin. Hopefully, you already know his / their stuff, if not, you should at least check out the dreamy, off-kilter ‘Sneaky, Sneaky Dog Friend.’ They played a too-short set but even so, it was wonderful to hear such weird pop at such a big gig.
Next were Micachu (and The Shapes) who I saw before when they supported The Presets. And they were even better this time! So many artists try to make non-simple pop and end up making dreary prog or math rock. Micachu sidesteps that neatly, remaining very catchy but always a bit unpredictable. In that way (and no other!), they remind me of XTC. Check ’em out!
And then… LATE OF THE PIER! Wow, what a great gig! They put on a fiery, stomping show and got the whole crowd rocking, so much so that the floor was literally moving up and down. It was a little bit scary, to be honest, but there are worse ways to die than at a collapsing electrorock gig, innit? The highlights of the gig were, inevitably, ‘Focker’ and ‘Heartbeat’ but LOTP put so much energy into their set that I don’t think anyone can have left unconverted. Often mis-labelled as ironically ’80s, there wasn’t an atom of irony or sarcasm in their performance last night, they were totally passionate, totally evangelical.
Catch them soon, won’t be long before they’re at the top of the charts! 😀