MUSIC IN MANCHESTER
(Manchester Bands Section)
SUBCULTURE FANZINE LAUNCH
NIGHT & DAY 27/7/01
Kicking off proceedings are AUSTIN, with an infectious guitar jauntiness that's ideal for shaking those wet Sunday blues from your feet. Five piece SUMMIT pick up the baton with their harder, faster, darker musing. Mixing keyboards with guitar, there is an almost nagging feeling that you've heard that chord, but can't place it, that riff that seems to resemble something you've heard before.
The third song almost seems a combination of the Pistols and the Jam, but it still sounds good to me. "River Jumping" is their track on the CD, but seems a lot more relaxed than some of the fare on display here
A change of style and pace as TACO produce a mix of synths/keyboard overlaid by the floating vocals of the female lead
Three piece TRANSELEMENTAL from Nelson are a bemusing sight. Both guitarists front the stage, only sat down sat that there can also have access to the keyboards etc. It lulls you into a false sense of security, and doesn't prepare you for the latent intensity of electronica that explode after one minute into each song. Think of a version of Tsuji Giri sat down
The raw uncompromising brutality of GABRIELLE'S WISH strip down any notions that a jangly indie fest may be on the point of breaking out. Like Holt's bitter, they are an acquired taste, but after 4 pints you've acquired that taste, You want more, you don't quite know why, but it's strangely addictive
Whoever was going to follow that would always have problems, and the unenviable task fell to MONKEY SHINE.
Sonic noisesmiths TSUJI GIRI take their place, after having played a "warm up" gig only a matter of hours earlier in Rochdale. Fingers thus loosened, a frenetic session of incendiary chord blasts, fret burns & raw energy is delivered, counter balanced by a polite, almost apologetic, between song banter .
Re-formed bands tend to do it for the money, music taking a secondary role. Not DUB SEX. Seldom has there been so much of a buzz of eager anticipation around the possibility of witnessing tracks such as "Flowers" or "Tripwire" being delivered and sounding just as fresh 10 years after their conception. A 20 minutes energy rush, channelled through front man Mark Hoyle requires you to make sure everything is securely fixed down . Microphone stands are discarded, speakers twisted to breaking point on their brackets. Mark is the conduit for the intensity generated by the bass, drums & guitar behind him, blistering the walls of a by now sweaty, clammy sauna called the Night & Day. With punters wanting more, DUB SEX know its time to go, exit stage left
To those I've missed, sorry but it was a long day
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