Month of Music

This month seems to be all about the gigging.

On Friday I nipped through to Glasgow to watch Yo La Tengo at the ABC. I own about half a dozen YLT albums but I’ve never managed to get into them all that much. It’s great background music but if you asked me to him a tune I wouldn’t be able to. I’m still not sure I could do that, but after seeing them live I have a much better appreciation for what they’re about.

Beautifully crisp, clear bass riffs came booming out of the stage and were the backbone of some stunning guitar wailing. Really epic music that leapt between styles all night. We got some feedback heavy rock ‘n’ roll, doo-wop, straight up jazz, slowcore and some amazing crescendos.

I bumped into Calum of Meursault (and ex-HMV pal) at that gig and found out that they were having a single launch party at the Bowery on Saturday night. I haven’t seen the guys play in about a year and they sound very different. Much, much tighter with some astonishing drumming from Fraser. They were supported by Neil’s other band, Withered Hand, who were incredible. Given the folk-punk kick I’m on at the moment they really did it for me. Must pick up the album. The third band on the line-up was Jesus H Lizard whom I’d never heard of before but, again, a really great sound came from the front. I couldn’ t see anything so just closed my eyes and marvelled at the harmonies.

Sunday was always going to be special. Sunday was JoCo day number one! I laughed so hard, I arrred! like a pirate and I mumbled my zombie chorus. Brilliant! And I’m off to see him again tomorrow. Huge success!

Comments (2)

BroonerNovember 11th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Made up for missing Dana the other weekend then! October/November always seems to be busy for gigs.

Are you sure it wasn’t Jesus H Foxx supporting Meursault t’other day? They’re a wonderful band, grab their EP if you can find it. Saw Meursault myself for the first time last week, was slightly disappointed tho, short set and too much solo stuff from Neil given he had a band with him. I do really love Pissing on Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues though.

rossNovember 11th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

You’re right about the bandname. I really should double check before I post.