CDs were a great idea. The ATP organisers acknowledge that you can't
possibly see every band, some bands were only playing one weekend
and anyway, most people spent the time too lashed to remember anything.
So here's a three-CD reminder of every single band to help inform
your inevitable 'ooh, they were good at ATP' post-ATP record purchases.
The only criticism - the CDs all come in paper wallets without the
tracklisting written on them, so you put the CD in the player and
immediately can't tell which track is who. Come on, kids, a sleeve's
not too much to ask, is it?
Here we have some diskant-related rock legends reviewing a CD each
for your reading pleasure. CD 1 is reviewed by Ady Foley,
CD 2 is reviewed by Jason Graham
and CD 3 is reviewed by Rob Strong.
CD 3 is also reviewed by Stuart Fowkes. Just because.
Hey, this is clever, theyve done these cds with the
bands in an alphabetical order, theres a lot to get through
Starting out with the funny guy who introduced the bands this little
skit sees Fred taking on a Joey Deacon style retarded persona in
a short interview with Steve Albini.
Arcwelder Never The Same
I like this, it starts out with some pulsating rhythmic guitar and
vocals reminiscent of the husky drawl of Screaming Trees Mark
Lanegan before it gathers pace and the guitars crash in full on
stylee. Id like to have seen these.
Blonde Redhead Bipolar
Blonde Redhead are great, but you probably already know that. High
pitched shrieking Japanese girly vocals alternating with the contrasting
intonations of Italian Amadeo Pace all set to a driving almost haunting
backdrop complete with some lovely sounding dirty bass. I like Blonde
Bonnie Prince Billy Minor Place
A gentle strumming folk/country hybrid, very Celtic sounding. This
isnt Will Oldham singing though surely apparently its
Place Called Space doing this . Definitely no minor threat, but
a pleasant enough little number.
The Breeders Little Fury
This is a track from the long anticipated new Breeders album, Title
TK. Opening with a great lone drumbeat before the distinctive hangdog
vocals of Kim Deal come in, recalling the likes of Throwing Muses
(or early Breeders) from all those years ago, it mutates into an
almost bluesy swamp rock stomp. Nice.
Brick Layer Cake Stars
So this is Todd Trainers side project. Coming on like a strange
Royal Trux/JSBX/Zappa hybrid, the slow drawl spoken word delivery
could even be Iggy on a bad day. Theres some nice guitar noise
in the background, but it probably outstays its welcome at
almost 7 minutes long. He mentions fluffers though, so bonus points
are awarded for the amusement factor.
Cheap Trick Anytime
I vaguely remember this lot, or at least the name anyway and lo
and behold I even recognise the tune as it builds into what you
think could actually be a parody of a band in time gone by, evoking
images of spandex clad loons with bubble perms, but its actually
quite a recent tune. Straddling the borders of Rock and Metal, with
a distinctive vocal delivery its like classic FM rock that
Smashy and Nicey would be proud of. Not arf mate.
Consonant Buckets of Flowers
Fast paced, with a very American sound whatever that is
hardly surprising as they are American), this one wastes no time
in getting right in your face with its instant vocal delivery
this is evidently a tale about buckets of flowers, porno mags and
canaries. Its one of the guys from Mission of Burma and a
bunch of well-travelled cohorts, including folks from The New Year
and Come. The sound is early 90s US alternative guitar, but
thats not a bad thing, it was a great time for music.
Danielson Famile Good News for the Pus Pickers
This ones a bit mad and very hard to pin down as its
basically all over the shop. Screeching vocals open this fantastically
titled track, with a grinding synth organ sound underpinning the
whole thing. The chorus is catchy in one of those quirky sort of
poppy (annoying?) ways and brings to mind bits of REM and They Might
Be Giants but adds some light relief from the mixture of punk gospel
country rock that makes up the rest of the song . These sound interesting
and Id like to have seen them.
Dead Moon Sabotage
These sound like a bunch of old rockers, in fact they are. Good
and dirty rock and roll by old people. Alternate old man/old lady
vocals with driving guitars. Its all about Dead Moon according
to Steve Albini
This time an amusing little bit from a live show with Fred taking
on the guise of a priest, a stand up comedic priest no less, ruminating
on urinating, drugs and counselling couples amongst other things.
Hes a funny guy is Fred.
Dianogah Wrapping the Lamb, Sir
From the outset this is unmistakably Dianogah, with that recognisable
dual bass thing going on, but with the added texture of some dreamy
keyboards that bring to mind the likes of Tristeza. In fact as the
song goes on, slowly meandering its way to the end it sounds
more and more like Tristeza. Not everyones bag, but I like
The Ex Orchestra - Uitgeest
Weird shit from arty Dutch rock collective, The Ex going all orchestral
on us. Its got lots of brass and probably woodwind coming
across like the soundtrack to some sort of sixties black and white
horror film going all spaghetti western towards the end. The Good,
The Bad and The Ugly meets Psycho or something
The Fall Way Round
The Fall go electronic. Starting out with a psyched out fucked up
intro akin to the Dr Who theme tune, this builds and builds. Mark
E. Smith, ever the eternal miserabilst rants on about the fact he
cant find his way round. Nice bass too. Yep, totally wired
this one, The Fall are ace. Shame I missed em.
At first this sounds a bit like The Fall too or maybe even New Order
or Joy Division, until the vocals come in that is and reality hits
home that its actually that bloke downstairs who wasnt
very good no, not David Lovering but the behatted
Flour. Its OK, but thats about it.
Robbie Fulks Anything For Love
Slowing things down a tad comes Robbie Fulks and its
a pleasant enough ramble through alt-country territory. Starting
off gently, but building itself into something quite big with a
rousing vocal in the chorus before mellowing back down again. Matthew
Sweet is the closest comparison I can make as this does almost rock
out. Surprisingly hes not massive because I gather this sort
of thing should be really popular on Suburbia FM .
Godspeed You Black Emperor! Storm
So we come to the end and weve only reached G. You should
already know what this one sounds like, taken from the album Lift
Your Skinny Fists
this is the segment that sounds like Amazing
Grace. Sweeping! Epic! Emotive! Crashing! Orchestral! Fuck, you
know what Godspeed sound like by now so I neednt go on
All in all its a pretty neat little package, the only problem
being that its in a blank sleeve making it bloody difficult
to know what youre listening to. But hey, I got around that
by photocopying the CD now is that pirating I wonder
article by Ady Foley
ATP CD 2 by Jason Graham
ATP CD 3 by Rob Strong (and Stuart Fowkes)