:: Saturday, February 01, 2003
so.. went to the BIG DAY OUT rock festival today..
and, back home.. it's 1:49AM, and I feel fucken deeeeestroyed..
anywaze.. despite my obvious inebriation, or perhaps because of it.. here's my quick blow by blow review..
CIRCLE CLAN - 11:00AM - 11:45AM
crankin' set.. with all the band members sportin' seriously goofy hair.. multicolours, highlights.. you name it,
except PAGEY the guitarist, no matter where they are.. or wot they're doing.. that dude is constant like a rock, he stands rooted to the spot.. and just cranks out doom riffage.. class act. All-round a funkin' set.. although, the lead singer PAUL BELIAL looked a LOT more nervous than usual.. usually the loon's jumping around from place to place.. hanging from speaker stacks like a deranged baboon.. this time, with the pressure of an unusually huge early morning BDO audience.. it took a while for the dude to fuel up the crazy.. but yeah, overall.. this gets my thumbs up.. :-)
YOUR MOTIVE FOR - 12:15PM - 1PM
no matter where these play.. it's the same vibe.. the same full throttle rock out performance.. so mad props for the dudes, for keepin' it real.. no matter WOT the deal.. (and despite all my deranged heckling from the front ;) ). Nothing new, nothing different.. just a class act.. so, allround.. thumbs up.. :-)
TESTEAGLES - 12:45PM - 1:30PM
these dudes are fucken legends, hardcore.. but kickass.. it's been probably 3 years since I heard the band play live.. but, the dude's delivered.. they blew the fucken roof down.. a funny cover of "SNAP - I'VE GOT THE POWER" kicked off our arrival to their performance.. but, still.. well funked out.. everything else.. a fullblown trip of deep dark throttling doom rocktronica.. welcome back Testeagles.. good to see ya home! thumbs up :-)
THE MUSIC - 2:00PM - 2:45PM
only caught a brief moment of these dudes, but.. still reasonably impressed by the lead singers skinny long haired freak lanky-boy dance.. the dude's knew how to perform.. not the biggest fans of their stuff.. but, from wot I saw.. they gained my respect.. nice one dudes..
PACIFIER - 1:50PM - 2:40PM
only half focused on, half heard, and barely seen in the distance on the main stage.. had a better experience of these guys.. when I wuz hanging front row over the fence in front of the stage, at the ADELAIDE UNI BAR gig they did a few months ago. So, nothing special here.. but, still.. worthwhile background wallpaper.. to wot'ever random beer drinkin', eatin' or waiting for people to get their shit together at that time of day..
DEFTONES - 3:30PM - 4:20PM
after fluffing around for about an hour or so on the sidelines, with rumours coming back - "CHICKS ON SPEED are shit.. don't see 'em.." and countless beer runs.. we came to see DEFTONES on one of the main stages.. Also somewhat blurry off to the distance.. I heard rumours from some people, that these peeps had become serious fat bastards.. and, since I wuz wearing my new pair of sunglasses (cheapo.. with crap glare reduction) I could hardly see the dudes in the "dark".. still they rocked out.. I wuzn't as into it.. as I shouldve'.. but they delivered the goods.. so, tentative thumbs up :-)
THE VINES - 4:30PM - 5:15PM
to dispell any rumours.. YES these dudes CAN play ACTUAL rock music.. and YES they are good.. is Chris Nicholls an idiot? a trashed out loon? you BETCHA... but, at least it made it compelling viewing.. waiting for the lead singer to seriously lose his shit midway thru a song..they played the hits.. they funked it out.. lead singer managed to howl like a loon from time to time.. just wot I expected, yet pleasantly suprised that they didn't suck... so thumbs up dudes :-)
BEXTA - 4:30PM - 5:30PM
eh.. I turned up, I saw.. I heard, and.. despite it funkin' very deeply.. it seemed to bore me.. the computer displays and the chick dancers out front were quite hypnotic tho'.. so I enjoyed that.. sorta built up this "cute chick hammering out the hard techno" vibe.. girly, yet hammering.. so, despite my boredom.. still rates a thumbs up.. if I wuz a drug casualty at that point.. I would've gone CRAZY for it..
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - 6:15PM - 7:15PM
after another aimless break, waiting for beers, recharging energy, losing people, attempting to find people.. etc, we finally got the mainstage again.. to catch these guys. Funny bit of trivia.. everytime these guys play here.. and ONLY when they play in Adelaide in Australia.. the bass player... NUDES IT UP.. yup, for the entire set.. there he wuz.. absolutely starkers.. except for his bass guitar.. DAMN IS THAT SOOOO ROCK! doing my best not to be distracted by the sight gag of "ooooh look! naked bassplayer" tuned into the music, and the dudes fucken ROCKED..at wuz at this point I wuz feeling particularly dehydrated, and wuz losing my voice.. yet still.. the dudes' funked out with their stoner brand rock.. in grand style.. YOU GUYS ROCK.. I give you.. thumbs up :-)
(note: a theory is going round. that the reason the bass player nudes it up.. ONLY in Adelaide, is coz of our peculiar regional laws.. concerning public nudity.. and legality of it.. if it's used in a legitimate creative endeavor.. weeeiiiird maaaan..)
PJ HARVEY - 7:15PM - 8:15PM
only half caught and half heard a set from her.. whilst I wuz doing my primal best to devour 3 tandori chicken wings, and 2 spring rolls.. with my bare hands.. still, I found wot I heard.. to be a deeply pulsatin' erogenous clitoral female expressive moment.. yes she's minimal folky rock, yes she's doing lots of nutty songs with fake orgasms.. but, in a VERY SUBTLE ART WAY ;) she's a true artist of her own expression.. of her own agenda.. her mind flowing pure to her voice, and her music.. so, no compromise.. she's the real deal.. I didn't give your set due respect.. but, I do now.. thumbs up to you :-)
MURDER DOLLS - 7:15PM - 8PM
stupid, hard-rockin'.. yet highly addictive.. their highlight.. the last song, simple titled the "FUCK" song.. where, predictably enough.. the lead singer yells "FUCK" over and over like a chant. They look like Marilyn Manson clones.. but, unlike them.. never let the theatrics get int the way of a good crankin' rock set.. they were glam goth'd up.. but, where the music counted.. they did the shit ;)
JANES ADDICTION - 8:15PM - 9:15PM
spent most the set from these dudes, initially trying to get inside the D-barrier mosh pit for the "Foo Fighters" stage, and then.. standing around while we got progressively more crammed in.. listenin' to them blasted from main speakers.. RIGHT into my left ear. Didn't see 'em.. heard all their set tho'.. and nice stuff guys.. perhaps I lost a lot of their impact from not actually seein' 'em.. but, to all those who doubt the reunion of "JANES ADDICTION".. be warned, THEY ROCK! thumbs up :-)
FOO FIGHTERS - 9:15PM - 10:15PM
one of the highlights of the BIG DAY OUT, having waited in front of the stage, since JANES ADDICTION. We were packt like sardines.. and initially when they fired up, there were fears of a crowd crush.. (with Dave Grohl showing suitable concern..) but, once the most mellowed out to a more spacous cruisy vibe.. the set wuz fucken mental.. a fullon jump'around set of all the classics.. It'd been a while since a decent Mosh Pit experience.. and this brought back good memories, whilst also making new ones.. Dave Grohl, as ever.. forever the rock legend.. and the rest of the dudes.. united.. a killer experience, the only real downside.. wuz me losing my hearing in my left ear, halfway thru the set (nutty sinus issues), but.. managed to laugh that off (it later dissapated..) yup, it wuz the real highlight of the night.. THREE THUMBS UP DUDES! :-)))
KRAFTWERK - 10PM - 11:30PM
an experience visited twice.. initially when we turned up at 10:30PM or so.. we were somewhat clueless.. nothing wuz really resonating, the instrumentalism of it, too abstract.. and as a result.. the main group I wuz, left.. to go home and pass out. Me thinking I wanted to make the most of it.. returned, just when it seemed they finished.. rushing into the BOILER ROOM.. whilst everyone else were seemingly leaving.. I walk into a dark and dead space.. position myself in the middle.. wonder "wuzzup?" and at that moment.. the curtains opened on stage.. and their encore hit.. HOLY CRAP IT ROCKED!! the first song, some of THE BEST minimal acid twinged electro funk I ever heard.. I wuz BUZZIN' maaan.. and the 2nd (and final song) a real trip to itself.. The band were funny to behold.. 4 people, all seemingly in their 50's.. in a line at the very front of the stage.. dressed uniformly.. in grey shirt / trousers.. all standing stone-still.. stands in front of 'em.. supporting an identical laptop each. from this unmoving base of operations.. they unleashed their transmission. The ending wuz also suitably cool.. all 4 playing a continuouse funkin' improv looped sequence.. as, one by one.. each member.. in turn.. would up and just leave.. till.. the last person walked off.. music still triggering in a loop.. only to fade slowly as the curtains closed. Robotically chanted from the video screen - "Music Dont Stop".. over and over.. it seriously tripped me out, but.. glad I went back.. paying due respect to the godfather's of techno.. who, showed me the way it's done.. dudes, THUMBS UP :-)
so, there we have it.. the blow by blow account.. not mentioning any of the side-circus antics.. (the story of Sean's nuded up karaoke.. we leave for a different time..)
but.. once again, as always a memoral event.. KICK ASS DUUUDES :-)
and, now.. upon completing this review.. I find me a soft spot.. and drop into a coma..
:: Spoz 2:33 AM |