Saturday, 12 December 2015

Mono at the Corner Hotel

Mono.

Great performance by the Japanese instrumental post-rock band last week. The combination of Hideki Suematsu and Takaakira Goto on the guitars, with a huge pedal board on their feet with at least four different types of reverb-delays, resulted in a solid block of sound that occasionally broke apart creating a strong melodramatic effect. This intensity was enhanced by the constrained body language of the band, somehow static on the narrow stage, but occasionally violently revolving around their own seats.

Amazing show. If you missed it, please listen to the latest albums. It is really worth it.


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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Earthless

When I arrived to the Corner Hotel last Friday night I already knew it was going to be packed, since my ‘special and secret parking spot’ had so many cars that I had to go around the block and spend 10 minutes trying to fit my tiny car into an even tinier space.

It was worth it though.

I was not too familiar with Elder -who were seconds in the line-up- but the band from Boston delivered an outstanding performance: intense noise, dense chords. Overall, a winner.

Earthless came to stage around 11.30. and I was wondering during the break whether Elder had already set the bar a little bit too high for Isaiah and friends.

The answer came straight away: the concert started slow. 5 minutes in and Isaiah was already playing pretty serious lick. A couple of songs after and Mario was leading the band a hundred miles per hour with a really solid powerful drum beat.

The show ended with a cover of Foxey Lady by Jimmy Hendrix. Too funny, too good!

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

A Place to Bury Strangers @ the Corner Hotel

The fact that the band from New York City arrived to Australia after an U.S. tour sharing the stage with iconic noise-pop band ‘The Jesus and Mary Chain’ -whose album Psychocandy became a reference point for many later ‘shoegaze’ bands- explains a lot of what we saw at the Corner last Friday night.

A loud distorted sound-wave was pushed from the stage -at times juts drone, other times melodic and sweet-  to hit the audience to the point of numbing their senses, presumably so they could forget about the notes –and themselves- to remain focus on the raw musical experience.  

To see A Place to Bury Strangers live was simply breathtaking: by the end of the show the noise and the lights became overwhelming, slightly painful. The trio then stepped off the stage, walked towards the mixing table and -surrounded by a curious audience-, transferred the residual noise from the last few chords still buzzing on the stage to a psychedelic trance-like beat that went on for at least ten minutes.

When the beat stopped, a feeling of emptiness was left in the room, like something exploded and could never be put back together again.

I left the Corner with a smile, and the feeling that I witnessed something extraordinary for the last 90 minutes.


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Monday, 3 August 2015

A summary...

Some of the best shows we have covered over the last year or so. And many more to come in the near future!


Violent Femmes

The Violent Femmes (Milwaukee, USA)

Johnny Marr (the Smiths)

Johnny Marr, The Smiths (Manchester, UK)

Frikstailers

Frikstailers (Mexico DF | Cordoba Argentina)

Architecture in Helsinki

Architecture in Helsinki (Melbourne, Australia)

The Beautiful Girls

The Beautiful Girls (Sydney, Australia)

Diego El Cigala

Diego el Cigala (Madrid, Spain)

Earth

Earth (Washington, UK)

Band of Skulls

Band of Skulls (Southamptom, UK)

Chris Turner

Chris Turner, ERIMAJ (New York City, USA)

Oehlers  Harland  Rogers  & Grabowsky

Oehlers,  Harland,  Rogers  & Grabowsky (Australia)

Gareth Liddiard

Gareth Liddiard, The Drones (Melbourne, Australia)

The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Crystal Fighters

Crystal Fighters (London, UK)

Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro

Mount Moka Kilimanjaro (Saitama, Japan)

Deap Vally

Deap Vally (Los Angeles, USA)

TOKiMONSTA

TOKiMONSTA (Los Angeles, USA)

Richard Hawley

Richard Hawley (Sheffield, UK)

The Living End

The Living End (Melbourne, Australia)