måndag 29 juli 2013



Getting disappointed, mostly from too high anticipations, by the first act; Irelands RATS BLOOD. Mid tempo d-beat with a fair dose of breakdowns. Static, or very disciplined, drummer. I usually like short, to the point gigs - which this certainly was at something like 10-15 minutes - but it didn't really leave me wanting for more. I just wished I had got my camera up earlier to actually get to film something. But I did like them. Really, I did. (Don't miss them at Fibbers on Tuesday, supporting INTEGRITY.)

LOOSE NUT; their last show - my first time seeing them. Something I always like in punk bands, which has become more and more frequent the last 10 years I guess, is punks not looking like "punks". Something this band had going on with all it's members differing from the other. Music-wise they reminded me of D.R.I. and the kind of-experimental bits of BLACK FLAG. For the most part, excellent. But the far too frequent macho hardcore breakdowns were putting holes in this, sadly, already abandoned ship.


The headliners, who were doing their first Ireland gig ever, Detroit's hardcore legends NEGATIVE APPROACH had a long takeoff, but when they had built up some steam they were sure rolling down that hill, blindly, in furious tempo and fervor. This is where I believe DROPDEAD are from. The guitar player, taking the bands name in a very literal manner, standing with his back to the audience throughout the whole gig, but at the end turning ‘round, showing his, otherwise bald head, big mustache and going round to high five and shake hands with the front rowers. Apart from the slow start, the only negative thing I can say about their part of the night is their really lousy cover of the DEAD BOYS classic 'All This and More'. Apparently they also did a SHAM 69-cover, but that went totally past me, never seeing any reason to listen to "Oi" or whatever you want to call it. The name of that song was however 'Borstal Breakout', for the curious.



måndag 22 juli 2013


The Button Factory - Fresh venue for me. It was alright, but a bit too big to get that intimate feeling, but without setting foot in O2 yet, I bet I would prefer this for the gigs that draws slightly bigger crowds. Also, I guess I would've been standing closer if I really cared...
After a brief introduction by a, for me unknown, Spanish singer-songwriter, DEVENDRA BANHART entered the stage and went through a couple of songs by himself. This was probably the best part since I always prefer these kind of gigs without a backing band, even though I can't say they didn't do a good job. Not having heard records past Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon there were a few songs for me. But there was a good mix between new and old. However, I'm not that big fan of DEVENDRA BANHART and I guess you could say he served his purpose, if you can say there ever was one. But I'm betting all the hipster girls loved it.

(Due to the move from Sweden to Ireland, I guess I'll be writing in English for a period.)

torsdag 18 juli 2013

Rätt sjukt sammanträffande med den här spelningen. Det första jag skrev ut på jobbet, för att ha några slags prydnader på väggarna, var just gamla flyers med SONIC YOUTH och MINUTEMEN och även lite klassisk Raymond Pettibon-konst. Så dyker CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING, IL SOGNA DEL MARINAIO upp och spelar i Dublin...på RAYMOND PETTIBONS födelsedag.




Som ett loungeband som rökt på, blivit uttråkade av segheten och bestämt sig för att tjack är mer deras drog och sedan tagit jazz-requests från en full publik. Det jag minns av sången var något mumlat och påhittat som förde tankarna till MAGMA utan egentligen vara särskilt likt. MAGMA som barn...eller mongo. I slutet, av deras del av kvällen, när en sträng gick för gitarristen så började MIKE WATT och trummisen köra en fruktansvärt bra tolkning av FUN HOUSE av THE STOOGES. Given höjdpunkt för kvällen. Inte det bästa jag hört, men jag tröttnade aldrig heller. Kommande akt fick mig att ge ifrån mig en och annan gäsp, men nu när jag ser det i efterhand måste det varit andra omständigheter än deras framträdande.

CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING imponerade mer när jag såg dom förra året i Göteborg: THURSTON MOORE & FRIENDS
Det var bra, men jag ser alla gånger hellre SONIC YOUTH en dålig dag. Var dessutom tvungen att gå från spelningen innan den var slut, och fruktar att jag eventuellt missat ett gästspel av Mike Watt, som helt klart var stjärnan denna afton. Utfyllnadstext: Hade velat ha mer öl i mig. Spelstället var litet och skönt. Vill dit på fler spelningar.






måndag 15 juli 2013

BÄST SÄMST
Line-up på år och dagar Väder
Blanda i Frangelico i thé Att bli sjuk
Hot Snakes, Thee Oh Sees & Death Grips Att åka från festivalen direkt till ett nytt jobb
Paprika-pastan som visade sig vara habanero Att inte få ackreditering
(och därför inte orka ta några djävla anteckningar)