Creeping Bent Records showcase, Cafe Royal, September 29th
Showcase, eh? That word might set alarm bells ringing but
in the case of Creeping Bent Records - perhaps uniquely, a label
without a bad act on it - that a treat may be in store. Indeed
the evening is more of an event with a selection of reggae thudding
out over the PA before Scientific Support Department take the
stage and continue the vibe, with their (surely) unique mix of
electronics and dub. Bassist Docherty drives proceedings, albeit
from the back of the stage as the bands understated performance
gets things off to a mellow start.
Eclectic? There's another word to strike fear into the hearts of many a music fan. But as a description of Creeping Bent's variety of acts, it's got to be accurate.
|TransElement, despite their recent name change, are as contrary as ever - although their SourBlaster album is a skewed mix of bedroom electronica, live they're something else - two guitars and drums, with a sampler being the only concession to technology. A searing sonic assault of visceral intensity is how the mainstream press should be describing them. Unfortunately whether the press will 'get' TransElement is another matter as complicated rhythms played by pop brains could be seen by some as 'weird'. A Bent audience however is another matter and the band are pleasantly surprised to get an encore which is, as ever, sees 2 guitars clash in a apocalyptic mini-operetta. Which is what we were hoping for.|
|A few years back, the Nectarine No. 9 were -
well, kind of - in the same boat as TransElement - knowing their
way round a pop tune for sure, but with a penchant for weirdness
too, as buyers of their albums will know. POP though, is what
Davy Henderson knows best and the new single "Constellations
of a Vanity " proves this.
Not that they stoop to such commercially though - being a hometown gig for the band this is perhaps a party to them, and they start with a version of "3 is the Magic Number" which they appear to enjoy as much as the sizable crowd. Jock Scott is in evidence too, ,dancing' and compering, and "Going Off Someone" and "Walter Tevis" have a new feel, being played by 5 (count 'em!) guitarists. Eventually after a lengthy set the management inform us that they have time for one more song, so they opt for a lengthy "Port of Mars". But, proving that old punks never die, they launch into another cover, of Vic Godard's "Johnny Thunders" and are joined onstage by DJ and erstwhile Edinburgh new waver Paul Reekie, only stopping when the plugs are pulled and making a racket without electricity proves beyond even the Nectarine No.9.
You'll need two words to describe the Nectarine No. 9 and indeed Creeping Bent. Punk Rock.
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