Lost in Venice, Who Saw the Light, Tuskar – Noise Theory – ACM – Star Inn Guildford, January 16th 2017

Tuskar – first on.  Got there too late, sorry Tuskar, missed you.  Are you this Tuskar?  http://picbear.com/tuskar.band  If so you might be pretty good, or even better?  Tuskar reminds me of Tosca, which reminds me of Fosca which is the name of a band I know nothing about who rose from the ashes of the incredible, mid-90s, Tim Chipping-fronted Orlando.

Lost in Venice – on last, pretty good in places.  Noisy.  Overall not my thing.  They describe themselves thus –

“FOR STONER ROCK, LOST IN VENICE ARE THE SCORCHING HEAT OF THE SUN AS IT BEATS DOWN ON THE DESERT. DESTROYING VENUES WITH THEIR SANDSTORM OF FUZZ AND FILTHY RIFFS THAT PUNCH YOU STRAIGHT IN THE GUTS.”

Not sure about that.  Maybe.  They did a Reuben cover. 

Who Saw the Light

Wowsers.  They describe themselves thus –

“three piece – heavy experimental band , music consist of a mixture of spacerock and psychedelic vibes with heavy distorted riffs. The name of the band comes from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave . In short words, the music is supposed to get people out of their comfort zone and make them question their strongest beliefs regarding contemporary music and everything it stands for.”

And –

“Progressive / Mathcore / Stoner / Psychedelic / Post-Metal”

Not sure about the first one.  Maybe.  I re-paste and put in bold what I saw to be true when I saw them –

three piece – heavy experimental band , music consist of a mixture of spacerock and psychedelic vibes with heavy distorted riffs. The name of the band comes from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave . In short words, the music is supposed to get people out of their comfort zone and make them question their strongest beliefs regarding contemporary music and everything it stands for.

I am going to try to list the genres present in their set.  And by that I mean actually played briefly, as opposed to simply influences.  Alphabetical order –

Ambient, Doom, Funk-Metal, Grunge (early 90s definition), Indie, Math, Metal, party-band (not really a genre, but I swear there was a point they were basically a party-band), Prog, Rap, Shoegaze (maybe, certainly an experimental noise element), Thrash.

I’m actually surprised I can’t remember more.

Most young bands seem to take one, maybe two genres and try to perfect one or make something a little new out of two new-ish ideas.  “Who Saw the Light ” (shit name, could work) just chuck everything in the mix.  They give the distinct impression they could be a decent metal band, or damn fine doom band.  They do grunge really well.  Yet it’s all backed up by a progressive, mathy vibe and definitely a “we REAALLLY don’t give a fuck” attitude.

The ambient bit at the start of one song was a bit boring.  You can do mellow better than that, boys.  The indie bit was pointless and pretty crap.  But the rest was pretty fucking good.  I seriously worried when it went all rap, but they somehow pulled it off and I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat at their sheer audacity.

They are not the finished article.  They need a lot more focus.  But their basic principal, weird mathy metal with all sorts chucked in, really works.  They rock.  They get funky.  If you can’t see beyond doom they’ll give you a song or two.  They sound nothing like this band, but they do remind me of them, massively.  Butthole Surfers.  I mentioned them briefly on this blog a month or two back, and then I see Who Saw the Light and see a Butthole Surfers don’t-give-a-fuck attitude in a big way. Not at all serious, whilst mixing things up in a way that you just don’t do unless your serious.

Best ACM band I have seen since Following Foxes (who were not my thing on any level, but absolutely killed what they were doing.  Gideon I think was the singer song-writer.  You have something, but so did the rest of Following Foxes.  I hope you’re all moving on to bigger and better things.)

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