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it’s been some time since i did one of these things

Posted: October 30th, 2002, by Simon Minter

You’ll have to excuse me if blogging etiquette has changed over the past couple of months and i’m inadvertently upsetting or abusing some of you. ANYWAY i did something that i’d like to share, i went to see some bands last night and they were all great. it was a vacuous pop-sponsored gig at the zodiac in oxford. first up were GIDDY MOTORS who for some reason i expected to be some kind of quirky, shaky indie band, but who turned out to be fiercely full-on intensity in a very complicated, very proficient, very out-there, very NOW kinda way. plus, the lead singer looked like Alex of A Clockwork Orange crossed with Leatherface of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. hurray! and just as they were becoming ever so slightly samely, AlexFace began stomping around the empty space in the front of the stage, banging a maraca against a tambourine like a deranged fundamentalist christian. double hurray! NOXAGT, next, were very polite (“hello ladies and gentlemen, we’re noxagt from norway”) to make up for, i presume, the absolutely mind-crushing heaviness of their music which was, to put it in the worst, unoriginally journalistic style possible, ‘like shellac falling down a flight of knives into a death metal band’. absolutely bleedin’ GREAT, too. the audience was left reeling after their performance, only to be further bludgeoned into submission by NOUGHT – they played at that AUDIOSCOPE festival, you know – who continued the theme of complicated jazz-style structures as performed by noisy motherfuckers, throwing a power drill and guitar-abuse-with-screwdriver-and-drumstick into the mix. exceptional, and exceptionally original. as were all three of the bands, constantly making me wonder where they get their musical cues from, and constantly amazing me with the sheer precision with which they made their seemingly random and chaotic sounds. you gotta see all these bands!!

Simon Minter

Simon joined diskant after falling on his head from a great height. A diskant legend in his own lifetime Simon has risen up the ranks through a mixture of foolhardiness and wit. When not breaking musical barriers with top pop combo Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element or releasing records in preposterously exciting packaging he relaxes by looking like Steve Albini.


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