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Posted: April 6th, 2004, by Dave Stockwell

Ooh, I’ve got a new column up on the main page. Aside from apologising about the couple of spelling mistakes in it, I thought it might be worth mentioning a couple of asides:

Firstly, I saw Growing at ATP last week, and they were excellent. Everybody else I spoke to who caught some of them said they were insufferably dull, but I really enjoyed that fact that just a bassist and a guitarist (not sure what happened to the third guy) built up a wall of sound based around precisely one note for twenty minutes, before exploring its textural possibilities for a further fifteen. They even added some proper melodies and everything towards the end, and it was quite entrancing. They were the first band I saw that weekend (after walking out halfway through a song by the pathetic Converge), and a warm introduction to the weekend it was. I also saw their guitarist wandering around as part of a bizarre musical troupe after Shellac had finished on Sunday night, armed with a guitar, candles and tambourines. Welcomely odd.

Secondly, the reference I made to Oneida live dates is sadly now long out of date. Suffice to say, they were great, they did play a couple of long songs, and managed not to be blown off the stage by the mighty Wolves!(OfGreece).

Enough. I’m off to the continent for a week. Enjoy the forthcoming content on diskant.

Dave Stockwell

David can always be relied on to end his e-mails with one of those 'np: blah blah' things in order to remind us of how much more music he listens to every day than anybody else. His interests include rockin ' out in a major style as guitarist in Souvaris, throwing frisbees from tall buildings "just to see what happens" and simply kickin' back with his bitches in a gold-plated jacuzzi.


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