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Anyone else going? Or did you all go to the AC gig instead?
and going tonight.
Because we're THAT cool.
Who could possibly be THAT cool, though?
...and then i'm going to type post that's relevant.
sort of boredoms mixed with slayer mixed with van halen with a hippie/valley girl on vocals.
go for it.
from the name I imagined it would be a boring singer songwriter, and have basically ignored every mention of them. I am foolish.
with the drummer from hella and a guitarist from mars volta. pretty awesome and v. loud last night. she's just about the most hippieish twee person ever, but she plays guitar like a nutter
after a whole album, but live it was really fun.
1) Matt i-deserve was talking about her, so she couldn't have been just another singer-songwriter
2) My mate with similar taste told me about her. :D
THIS IS MY CONDITION
HANDS ON HEADS
Thursday 12 July
Barden's Boudoir, 38 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XJ
8pm | £6 | www.wegottickets.com
Ok, let's get this out of the way. Marnie Stern can shred. She's a better guitar player than you, or me, or probably 99% of the people who have ever looked at a guitar. There. That's done. Marnie came out of nowhere, or the Upper East Side of Manhattan to be exact. She didn't listen to "good" music (her words) until she was 23. The first thing she heard that made her head spin was Sleater-Kinney, followed a few years later by Hella, Boredoms, Melt Banana and Deerhoof. A Don Caballero video introduced her to the finger-tapping technique she now uses expertly, having played guitar for "at least" three hours a day ever since, because she feels guilty when she doesn't. Marnie is one of the rare artists who was signed to Kill Rock Stars after sending in a demo tape, recording her debut album "In Advance of the Broken Arm" with production and drum work by Hella's Zach Hill, who is now a permanent feature of her live band, along with Robby Moncrieff of the Advantage on second guitar. Her songs are of the earth, birthed in an organic process and with a staggering number of layers of guitar, drums, synth and echoing vocal. Following a West Coast tour with BARR earlier in the year, Marnie now hits the UK for the first time, supporting Animal Collective and playing a handful of headline shows.
THIS IS MY CONDITION
This Is My Condition is a one man band in which Kansas native Craig Comstock plays guitar, drums and sings all at the same time. In the tradition of noise rock, this music is heavy, tough and intense, while at other times very free and unstructured. This Is My Condition deals in power, spontaneity and passionate lyrics. Coming from a background of experimentation, repetition and angst in bands such as Many Series and Black Calvin, Craig takes things in a new direction by going solo and performing on-the-spot improvisations of the same ilk.
Formed in early 2007, Chops are a trio from Leeds, who are also responsible for running the awesome Chinchilla Collective. Describing themselves as a "Spaced-Out-Groove-Ship", they mix freewheeling drums, cosmic keys, sax and effected vocals into a euphoric knees-up that's previously shared stages with Death Sentence: Panda!, Random Number, OvO and Indian Jewelry.
HANDS ON HEADS
A dysfunctional pop group from London, Hands On Heads write abrupt, to the point, non-repetitive songs about unrequited friendship, romantic potential, the supernatural everyday, righteous joy and expectation. Their songs rarely scale the dizzying heights of the two minute mark, relying on shock and awe songwriting tactics to get their message across. Their debut release proper was a split 10" with their friends The Sticks, release through UTR in May. It's a meeting of messed up minds that documents a shared surpise at the expressive freedom pop music can yield, when it's adventurous and playful, and creating it's own thinking party sound.
if she asks for her vocals to go up in the mix, say NO!
i am literally coming
and how many pairs of pants am i likely to soil?
Her album is still my favourite of the year so far, AS I WILL KEEP SAYING TIL YOU ALL BELIEVE ME!
but its the way she incorporates it into the music. indeed thank god she's not just wanking for effect like vai or malmsteen...
she hit a shitload of duff notes at AC which sounded pretty terrible. She was definitely outshined by Zach Hill.
It also got pretty tedious pretty fast on some songs. I liked the cheesier van haleny bits which seemed to disappear in a sea of boring not particularly impressive stuff. The last song about the diamond sea or something though? That ruled.
the album, tis good
a) she's not, and it's setting her up for a backlash as a result
b) what's great about the album is not so much the level of her technical skills as the fact that the skills she does have (which are still better than your average guitarist) are being put to use within recognisable if offbeat pop songs.
they just seemed like great, unsual-sounding songs.
As all my friends have emigrated. I'll be the one looking as useless as a paedo in a nursing home.
Seriously though, I'm the one that looks more emo than everyone else.
alcxxk is taller than you would expect.
Theo is a 15 stone West Indian spin bowler with wheels instead of feet.
Before i die.
from Warren street please!!!
i have to leave at 7:15pm earliest
then get Silverlink to Dalston
Easy. I do it every day to get to work!
bloke with the guitar and drum..brilliant....
couldn't see a fuckign thing most of the time..
and it looked like most people were there for Zack Hill..like "yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeahh..wooooo whoooooo.....Zack" he's lovely lovely chap though.
1st band were shit..missed second due to the smoking place rationing thing..
smoking ban is a menace indeed
to smoke outside, I think (I don't smoke, but the promoters and security were arguing about it when I turned up). Basically I don't think they've thought through the way that "no re-admission" and "smoking ban" affect each other.
Skill 7 Stamina 12
(possibly something before that involving maya ex-polly shang, apparently)
at the Greenhouse Effect, 5 quid
but also shockingly hot. It was so hot that Stealthy took his hat off. Yes. THAT hot.
I had to leave.
that drumming. shitting haystacks, best drummer nay musician i've ever seen. it was blistering. Zach completely took over the show but in a totally humble way and is the nicest man ever to talk to
Though I wish I'd been in a better position for Marnie herself. Can I call her Marnie? I just did.
1. Shit yes it was hot
2. She has the voice of Betty Rubble
3. I didn't see anyone that looked enough like you to say hello, tedmaul - sorry!
I think I had the best position. I could see Marnie herself from behind a PA speaker. And y'know, her voice is hot, so I was able to stick a hand down my pants without any awkward social bullshit messing it up.
All in all, a good night.
you dirty perv
that was excellent! would have been good with or without zach and robbie, but two awesome musicians instead of an iPod was the icing on the cake.
had been wondering how Bardens was going to deal with the smoking ban. Looks like it could be messy. I think the security don't want people leaving because they thing that they'll smuggle drinks in or, just hang out outside drinking cans until the music starts. The ten people outside at a time rule seems difficult to uphold.
There's surely a long flat roof up there...
you know - where you're not allowed to have a gathering of people outside blocking the pavement or whatever. Some licensing authorities can be very strict about that sort of thing. That would explain the arbitrary "10 people" bit.