THE WEEKEND THAT NEVER ENDED
..or at least it sure felt like that.. a Saturday night on constant repeat rinsing out the liver at the end of it and going another round.. beer rising off the walls like steam.. the howling of baboons.. potted plants.. cracked pavers.. smashed pint glasses.. corrugated riffs.. a mess of cables.. a creeping dancefloor fog of 80's reheated cheese bubbling with irony.. mob rule getting crushed in the stampede.. little wooden soccer players on metal poles.. crisp beer and muddy eardrums.. one wonders how the hell I survived another one of these.. not just one night.. but four.. in rapid succession.. groundhog day with a sledgehammer.. yup.. surely I must be dedicated to the live music scene of Adelaide.. either that or I'm completely insane.. you be the judge.. (on second thoughts.. don't answer that)
so without much further ado.. here's a selection of shiny photo's to show to all your illiterate knuckle dragging friends.. (coming soon out've me arse - spoz blog weekender report for the blind.. listen to the sounds of me DESCRIBING the photo's.. yeeeeaaaas!) - note: photo's may contain traces of nuts (but no Dave Grohl)..
once again.. coz I know you're standing there with your 20 questions all typed out conveniently on ya little cue cards parked outside me window like a demented stalker at 2AM with the burning torch and the rest of the Frankenstein movie reject angry villagers looking to badger me (and possibly seeking urine samples for verification).. here, then.. is the details you seek..THURSDAY NIGHT
played a solo 2 laptop mashup electronica set downstairs in Enigma Bar (see my rambling "Comedy of Errors" post below).. went down real well to the um.. 3 or 4 people who were there (cheers guys.. much appreciated :) but hey it can only get better from here (it's a nifty excuse to rehearse ya shit in public anywaze).. also featuring on the night, NATE HATE cooking up some kickarse ambient textures of drum n bass, breakbeat, trip-hop stoner ecclectism all mixed live from a tiny Korg Electribe.. yup, if yer an audio geek.. you'd be impressed.. overall the night wuz a good lo-fi stoner vibe.. cool sounds, cool flows.. all good..FRIDAY NIGHT
floated into the EXETER beer gardens to witness some howling baboon rock, churned out by Adelaide's premiere rock riffin' lunatics bouncing off the walls in a hammering shredding dirge of unrelenting fury.. can't remember the name of the first band (they were a last minute replacement for RUSSIAN TEAMMATE.. who are apparently calling it quits).. I just remember this lunatic brickshithouse built statue of a dude on lead vocals.. pretty good tho'.. think they had some dodgy arse name like L H S.. or somethin'.. (seriously, wot's up with that name??).. second band, the real highlight - SWEEPER.. and no, it wuzn't some kinda fucked up conceptional live theatre band with brooms (although, if they had those big green slug looking hoover machines like you see in the mall wired up to PA's.. maaaan that'd fucken rock..) think minimal insane assylum garage rock thrashing mince meat psycho instrument of sonic ultraviolence.. the sorta rock carnage that makes you drink beer like a fish.. and you'd get the picture.. don't remember much of it.. but, I did enjoy the beer more.. (no really you guys rock.. big up's y'self!) the night ended in some blurry stupidity at SHOTS.. dancing like a retarded loon to music I thankfully have no recollection of..SATURDAY NIGHT
staggered out to Hindley St to catch KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.. and yeah.. I thought going in.. "hey, it's a Ridley Scott film.. how could I go wrong?"... and um.. yeah.. suffice to say, it's no GLADIATOR.. so if yer expecting that you're gonna be disappointed.. but it isn't quite nearly as CGI crap as the movie TROY.. maybe a few shades better than the dumb thuggery of KING ARTHUR.. yeah it wuz an OK film.. a good enough waste of 2 hours and 20 minutes with some kickarse action sequences, some nice blood n violence, nifty shit with swords, crossbows, burning oil and seige towers.. and hey that chick in it wuz kinda hot.. and hey look, it's Edward Norton and he's a leper.. YAY! - but the main problem I saw with this film wuz just how damn politically correct and morally grey and ambiguous it all is.. lacking in REAL conflict.. no sides to pick.. no obvious villians and victims.. everyone is the freaking same.. it's like trying to vote in a democratic (ha!) election.. only to realise both of the major parties are almost identical.. they're the same safe / rightwing / conservative blah blah shite.. not wanting to pick a side.. not wanting to offend anyone (especially with such a loaded topic like the crusades.. muslims vs christians.. either way, yer screwed..) if only RIDLEY SCOTT did like wot he did in GLADIATOR.. made a clear cut division.. HERO vs the REST OF THE WORLD.. sure it's simplistic.. but it makes for a good dramatic basis for a movie.. this is not journalism.. this is epic story telling.. eh.. wot can ya do? make a better film meself? hahahahaha.. yeaaaah riiiight.. :)SUNDAY NIGHT
on paper.. it looked like the gig of the century.. at least if yer a fan of blood on the walls / balls out / exploding tinitis / beer chugging bong rock.. which hey, conveniently enough, I happen to be a fan of (so, yay me!) - yup.. if you missed this gig you'd be beating y'self over the head with a frozen chicken right about now.. 'twas a night of beer fueled stupidity, the craziest antics that Sunday night has seen in a long time (aaah doncha just love long weekends?).. JIVE packed to the ceiling with a hoard of hooting rock pigs there to witness YOUR MOVIE FOR (Adelaide's most infrequent live rock super group), BOOSTER (drummer as the lead singer in some nutty bongrock psychedelic funkjam..) and HIGH STAKES (full throttle rock to kill y'self happy to..) yup.. a gig that couldn't be beat.. I almost died in that moshpit thrown around in a washing machine full of people during HIGH STAKES.. lost a few games of Foozball.. drank me weight in beer.. people freaking everywhere.. aaah yes.. wot fun it was.. if rock music is the devil's music.. then call me a certified satanist.. yeeeeeHAAARR!
phew.. dunno how I survived it.. :)
and next weekend.. it all starts again..
Previously on Spoz's Rant: Nights Of The Living Dead