Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Helmet

There isn´t much more to say about Page Hamilton´s band Helmet. Since their early days in New York in 1989 they have reached a well-deserved spot in the alternative metal scene. Mainstream bands like Rise Against the Machine, Limp Bizkit, Tool, Marilyn Manson and Deftones have been strongly influenced by their sound and they are a reference for any current band along these lines.

It was interesting seeing them live and I had a good time. On a side note, I though Hamilton´s in-between songs ‘anti’ preaching was a bit unnecessary, but the guy´s getting old so I guess it comes with age.


Thanks for reading.



Milquetoast from Helmet on Myspace.








Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Warped live!

Australian rock and roll band Warped  called it quits in 2004 after 13 years of making music. Last week I was lucky enough to see them opening for NY City alternative metal band Helmet at the Hi-Fi. Great discovery!


There is no official band website anymore, but after digging up a tiny bit, I found some music to share. If you like the Hellacopters, rock and roll and glam rock, just click here and enjoy this sound.

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!



Hell Outta Here from Warped on Myspace.



















Sunday, 15 December 2013

C A V E

Back to Boney for the second part of a great night, with another awesome band that may have gone unnoticed for some.

Cave –originally from Chicago, Illinois- just sounds great: instrumental psychodelia and postrock with a very cool relaxed vibe. Even though post rock has the stigma of being long, repetitive and pretentious, I would put it this way: if these guys were pumping up the electric bass and pluging the guitars through some Ampeg cabinets –like Josh Homme did in the 90s- they would be a great stoner rock band. On the other hand, they seem quite comfortable with their clean sound, spiced up with a smidgen of overdrive, and the occasional wah and reverb pedal to complete their sound. Pretty austere for the kind of set ups I usually see on stage these days…

The drummer injects some sort of vudu into the band that propels the energy and creates a mood that just flows into everyone´s head, leaving a silent emptiness behind when the band stops. I cannot remember if the audience was clapping or if they were just taking a break away from the mesmerizing session to pour some beer into their dry mouths but I just remember it was good.

I had a quick chat to them before they jumped onto the stage and I felt their visit was way too rushed: three days for a show at Slanted and Enchanted Festival in Perth, then Sydney and Melbourne and back.


High Five for those of you who made it but for those who missed it –and you guys know who you are-, just keep an eye on some upcoming good tours here

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Friday, 13 December 2013

K E L P E


Kel McKeown (AKA Kelpe) is a magician. He somehow sits in between Justice and Tortoise with a drizzle of Aphex Twin and refreshing bubbly twist of Daft Punk. A very classy and unpretentious artist I must say.

This London based Music and Video Artist delighted us with one of the best electronic performances I have seen in a while. Keeping his performance quite minimal, and with the backup of a projection screen behind the table, he started with thick chunky beats, introduced some acid and industrial sounds to it, felt a bit bare for some brave two or three minutes and smooth it up with the catchy tunes.

The room wasn´t packed but all the ones that were there knew exactly why they were there. A bit unlucky that there a few more gigs on the night around town.

Boney (ex-Pony) on the other hand showed it is a venue that can handle serious acoustics despite the small size. It´s just a good place to hang out away from the masses. DJs Woody McDonald and Dan Dare were opening the night and warming up with a few sets and some sampling for the first hour or so.


Not a bad place to spend a Sunday night. Always remember to rub the ink off your wrist on the way to work on Monday morning.





Kelpe @ Boney


Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney

Kelpe @ Boney