Gulagging

Nov. 12th, 2008 04:33 pm
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Oi! Come to Gulag this Friday night!

Great Britain Hotel, 447 Church Street, Richmond. 11pm to 3am, or somesuch. Free entry,

We'll be going, after attending D and B's anniversary drinks.

"We" being myself, andricongirl, and my formidible Movember moustache.

(I'm not joking about the "formidible" part - I keep getting wide-eyed looks of barely-contained terror from strangers.)
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My partner and I flew up to Sydney over the weekend for the Under A Blue Moon goth festival.

There was a goth fashion show, a goth market day, lectures in the local funeral parlour, and the festival wrapped up with Electric Moon, a goth/industrial concert at the Gaelic Club. Headliners were Destroid, Diary of Dreams and Swedish industrial-synthpop heroes Covenant.

We missed the first few bands because 4:30 is a strange time for a gig to start, and we were on holiday, dammit. These are the band we caught:

Ikon
A Melbourne band, veterans of the scene, they sound like a gothed-up version of Joy Division or New Order. Their playing was tight, the bass was driving. But the band could have shown a bit more movement on stage.

Voices of Masada
From the UK. They were very by-the-numbers goth rock, down to the long black hair, the bass/guitar/singer/drum-machine line up, and the skin-tight purple trousers. But at least they had some life up on stage. And the teenage fangirls down the front loved it. They kept diving in to take close-up photos of the purple trousers.

Destroid
Yet another side-project from German electro-industrial legend Daniel Myers (Haujobb, Cleaner, Architect, etc., etc.). Destroid played an aggressive but highly danceable style of industrial music. Myers has a great stage presence. He's been making this sort of music for 15 years or more, and he looks like your dad would, if he got infected with nanobots and turned all cyberpunk and Matrix-y. Boosting the Destroid stage show were the pair of floor toms that Myers pounded away on.

Diary of Dreams
These guys were both 1.) a German goth band, 2.) and a lesson to Voices of Masada in how to do it properly. They came on stage dressed up like a Teutonic remake of Mad Max. They were sharp and bombastic and rocking, the live drummer really fleshing out their sound. There were mohawks. There were guitar riffs. There were lyrics growled in German. I'm not a huge fan of such melodramatic goth rock, but Diary of Dreams won me over.

Covenant
Let's be honest here: the sound for Covenant was appalling.

Sure, this band may mix suave Swedish synthpop with industrial noise. But it should be the instruments that add the distortion, not the sound system. I was down the front and everything had a layer of hiss and crackle over it. Back near the middle of the venue, the whole mid spectrum dropped out so people couldn't hear the riffs.

That's just appalling.

And the stage setup was terrible. It looked like someone had hung a white bedsheet over the back of the stage. It looked cheap and it looked amateur. Especially when the Gaelic has black curtains that could have been drawn closed to add a touch of class.

Despite all of this, Covenant were magnificent.

The band came on dressed in their signature suits and ties. Singer Eskil Simonsson looks like the debonair older brother of Spike from Buffy. He was clearly delighted to be back in Australia, grinning widely, thanking the crowd, flinging his elegant, gigantic hands up to punctuate every chorus.

He was also clearly delighted that Daniel Myers (of Destroid, Haujobb, etc., etc.) was now a member of Covenant. "We used to open for Haujobb," he said. "And now Daniel is one of us!"

Musically, Covenant fought through the terrible sound system to deliver a mix of their older industrial songs, and their newer, smoother dance numbers. Myers stamped his mark all over their sound, adding weird electronic noise, ear-piercing screeches and pounding away on his toms. Highlights of the night were the ferocious "Stalker" and the epic "Call The Ships To Port".

We came all the way to Sydney to see this band. Despite the terrible sound system and the cheap stage dressing, they were worth it.


The Electric Moon festival line-up is playing in Melbourne at the Roxanne Parlour on Friday the 10th of October.
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FRIDAY:
SLR at Ilk Bar. They started off loud. The owner told them to turn it down. That seemed to throw the band for a bit, but they perked up towards the end. First time I've heard them. Reminded me a bit of early NIN (although I'm sure they'd claim much cooler bands as influences).

Then Cabaret Nocture at La Di Da. There was open doorway between the goth section and the "mainstream" bar. It kind of felt like a Tim Burton film - normal town on one side of the wall, monster town on the other. Only instead of a waif-like Winona Ryder crossing over, we had drunk guys leering at the goth chicks.

Not awesome.

On the plus side, my new tie was a hit. Who doesn't love a cephalopod with gigantic brains?


SATURDAY
Up at 8:30 for two hours of karate. New belt means new syllabus, which means feeling confused all over again. But that's good. That's exciting. It means I'm learning things.

Lunch. Guitar. A quick grandpa nap.

Then we went to Ben McKenzie's Science Week show, "A Brief History of a Brief History of Time". Basically, it was a comedy talk about the Stephen Hawking book. Lots of fun. My review is here.


SUNDAY
Shopping in town. Played with phones at the new Telstra superstore. Bought a rashie shirt so that I don't get hideously sunburnt on our trip to Heron Island. As I came out of the change room, the attendant asked how well it fitted.

"Good," I said. "Although now I know how a penis feels when the condom rolls on."

I don't think he appreciated my joke.

Yummy Japanese dinner at Ito. Then Josh Earl's musical librarian stand-up comedy at the Writers Festival club.

Home now, watching the Communist Party Propoganda Olympics Closing Ceremony on TV.


How was your weekend?

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Aug. 22nd, 2008 10:21 am
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Dinner last night with the elegant Mr. [profile] spark_au  and the ferociously charming Ms.[profile] scoia .

scoia had bravely taken up the challenge of cooking for A's and my weird dietary eccentricities. And she knocked it out of the park. *golf clap*

Thanks, my dears. It was wonderful.

Tonight:

SLR at Ilk Bar, then on to Cab Noc.

I'm coming down with a cold. But like I'm going to let a mere rhinovirus get in the way of me showing off my new tie.
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We're going to swing by Cabaret Nocturne tomorrow night, purely because I want to show off one of my new ties.

Anyone else coming?

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