Archive for November, 2009

Fuck Buttons - Heaven, 27 October, 2009

November 29th, 2009

Fuck Buttons

It is now 2 days after this gig, and my ears are still ringing. To say that it was loud with be a gross understatement. Superfluous descriptions just dont do it justice… To the untrained ear (heck, to most trained ears), this is was the sort of noise you’d frantically try to turn off if you heard it coming down your headphones.

Regardless, the Fuck Buttons domain is noise. the kind you don’t want to hear. Grating square waves, saw waves, distortion, screaming - its all there. So about now your wondering why anyone would bother, and theres a few very good reasons. They have found something. somewhere inbetween their noise there is a peacefulness and calm you just don’t expect. Its like an hard electronic version of Sigur Ros, perhaps mixed with God is an Astronaut. They have reached cult status in the experimental scene, and their most recent album, Tarot Sport is a testament to this, with a cohesiveness end to end, that you seldom see in albums these days.

If you like abit of hardcore post modern stuff, and you can get your head around the headache inducing aspects of it, there is alot to learn and enjoy from their music. check out the sample below, and go see em live, if you dare.

Fuck_Buttons_-_Encore.mp3

Mumford and Sons, Mr Hudson, Paloma Faith - HMV Forum, 24 October, 2009

November 29th, 2009

Mumford and Sons

Those strangely beautiful lads of Mumford and Sons opened the night with a scorching set, filled with their quirky mix of blue grass, folk, country and rock. Its a testament to their music that they’ve reached cult status with the under 21’s - a somewhat unexpected feat for a bluegrass/folk band. While it wasn’t long before they had a pleasant mosh pit happening, that it was just as quickly cut short by their short slot. Naturally the crowd was much aggrieved by this, with boo’s echoing out after shouts of ‘more’ fell on deaf ears. (I have to agree - Q Awards - the format was an epic fail… Next time only do 2 bands and give them decent set lengths!!) Mr Hudson came out and did well to turn a hostile crowd into an appreciative one, but that glamor pixie Paloma Faith came out and proved why we will likely be hearing alot more from her in the coming year, with her Amy-Winehose-without-the-fail, sexy style.

Any fans of Mumford or Paloma would do well to catch them live - check out some samples:

Mumford_and_Sons_-_Little_Lion_Man.mp3

Paloma_Faith_-_New_York.mp3

Max Richter - Union Chapel, 23 October, 2009

November 1st, 2009

Max Richter

Much like the beautiful gamalan band Sekar Enggal that opened, you could just close your eyes and float away to the serene music. Max Richter was supported by a string quintet - 2 violins, a voila and 2 cellos - and ensemble and sound put Clint Mansells night at the Union Chapel to shame. Which is ironic, I suppose, considering he got a standing ovation, while this night the Chapel was (pleasantly) not even sold out.

The very first piece, from Memory House, encapsulated the whole night for me - layers upon layers of sublime melody, starting in the cello’s, the in each violin, and before you notice it, you hear the subtle viola singing out in reply. The last track before interval began quietly, but built up until a gutteral bassline thundered under the music, like an organ playing the low pipes with all the stops pulled out. It was startling, and quite effective, making me want to hear Max in a Church with an organ that could do him justice on that piece. The crescendo in the finale, too, was also executed with such empathy and finesse that it made the hairs on the back of you neck stand up. It was not suprising after a night of silent reverence from the audience that he received a standing ovation. I suspect this show will end up in my Top 5 shows attended in London… only time will tell!

The night was part of the Marginalised series, supporting the Margins Project for homeless people… its a good cause, so go check it out if your so inclined.

heres the first track sample:

Max_Richter_-_On_the_Nature_of_Daylight.mp3