Thursday, December 10, 2009

A weekend filed under 'difficult music' - ATP, Minehead, UK

A few close friends of TVR (Mr Jupp aka Belbury Poly/Ghost Box and Mr Stevens aka French Canadian Bean Soup) joined Mr Powell and Mr Mandrake in the town of Minehead for a weekend of alternative music appreciation. Here are some of my personal high points.

Pictured here J Masscis surrounded by his wrecking ball wall of noodlin noise. This shot was taken during his three song sound check. We watched the show from the relative safety of the rear of the auditorium wearing the ear plugs supplied.

Spectrum gradually built a sonic drone assault from the ground up as we all gazed at our shoes. Meanwhile later that evening Mr Stevens and Mr Jupp where told to keep their opinions on how to re-boot a Power Book G4 to themselves. They duly left the auditorium with their pride still intact.

Lee Renaldo lining up here for one of his songs from the Eternal set plus Death Valley 69.

Thurston Moore about to dispatch yet another vintage Fender Jaguar. Sadly no Jaguars where harmed during the show.

Now play nicely together Sonic Youth and please try and use your inside voices. Think of the neighbours.


Anonymous said...

as my close friends know I hate to be pedantic but...

it was actually the Robin Guthrie gig where Jim and I were annoying computer geeks - i doubt very much if anyone would have heard Jim saying CTRL ALT DELETE in the Spectrum gig!
Spectrum started off like someone twiddling with a Bontempi organ whilst someone tested the bottom E string on their guitar repeatedly all in a German cafe bar in c.1973 (all in a good way of course!) by the end of the set the wall of noise had literally blown my mind - a true legal high! Swirling colours of feedback from a casually forgotten guitar leaning on the backline , the bass and guitar still playing the same two notes but LOUDER! the drummer looked like a multiarmed monster from Samurai Jack - at the of the set the band walked off and left him behind - I think he'd scared them. Favourite set of the weekend for me - totally mind blowing.

Twister Valley Records said...

Thank you Jez. I have duly edited my original piece.