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30% I reckon.
So excited though.
...Mark Radcliffe was in an early lineup.
As for Swervedriver tomorrow, my unkempt mop will be keeping the % down somewhere towards the front.
Night Flowers 19:45
The Beloveds 20:30
Good to see Mick Shrimpton from the Supergrooves on bass though.
Got slightly better as it went on, but still somewhat disappointing. So much stuff that they could have played:
come on, man
I said that the gender split was about 90% male...
I'll update the spreadsheet
some dude with massive dreads at the front (Pentago)
a) I was stood about 8 rows back
b) I don't have dreads - my hair looks more like a mop
where 80% of the men are balding, have beards and are either alone or in groups of three or less. Not an issue for me, but some do look very lonely at times.
...had comfortably the highest ratio of chin hair to head hair I've ever seen anywhere.
Groups of three or less is probably optimal for going to gigs.
I agree with three or less, but the average was probably hovering at around 1.1
we're very rarely actually lonely.
I can't seem to get my head around them at all, to me they sound like crappy 90s wannabe US radio alternative rock.
I feel like their connection to Shoegaze is somewhat tenuous, it's pretty much all the same influences, but with different aspects highlighted. otherwise they do have a few pretty obviously Shoegaze tracks:
I'd easily put them ahead of Lush and Chapterhouse.
I'm going to affirm that Swervedriver were no more of a shoegaze outfit than other 'alternative rock' bands of the time (Mega City Four, Catherine Wheel, Midway Still) and therefore the contest for supremacy with Chapterhouse is null and void
they definitely haven't held up very well.
Not familiar with the others mentioned, but Catherine Wheel's Ferment is pretty firmly in the shoegaze category too and one of the best albums from the genre. After that they pretty much went into straightforward alternative though.
In fairness Whirlpool was greeted with indifference when it was released and then they tried to reinvent themselves as slightly dance-y and it didn't quite come off. Still listen to them all the time mind!
A lot of alternative guitar music back then was just really noisy/druggy/hazy anyway and nondescript vocals were usually buried in the mix (Ride, Lush, MBV, Chapterhouse, Boo Radleys all guilty here) and Ferment is definitely an album of its time, but some of the songs were just too focussed to be dismissed as mere shoegazing - 'Black Metallic' is an epic composition and Rob Dickinson could actually sing! They deserved far more success those boys...
...moshpit for Carter USM last year was incredible for fat, bald blokes. Given the amount of crowdsurfing going on, I salute the security on that night.