Buffalo Club join forces with Trial n Error – end result veers more into experimental / noise territory than a typical Buffalo Club night which is perhaps more riffs and noise. Whatever follows bear in mind that I’m fucking happy to walk into a venue and hear noisey music that’s not straight-down-the-line metal; isn’t some generic punky-emo-y nonsense.
Unman kick things off. Guitar, bass, drums, sax. Noise, noise, drums, some sax and more noise. I was told its all improvisation. Very believable.
It was all about jazz drumming, the odd sax burst, and lots of texture. I enjoyed it a lot, lost myself in it… but I have to say that I prefer music to be more song- or riff-based. I like rhythm. I like sound. But most of all I like raw, dirty rock n roll, and that ain’t Unman. Then again, it’s pointless to consider Unman on those terms.
Great thinking music. I felt like I do when I look at modern art… an afternoon in a gallery looking at modern art is something I really enjoy… but I often find that relatively little of what I see I really like as a piece of art – what I get from is more that it invariably gets me thinking about art and making art. And actually, thinking about it now, I prefer good music to good visual art, and I prefer thinking about music to thinking about visual art, so at the very least Unman are better than a visit to a gallery. But that’s harsh, I enjoyed it, its just not massively my kinda music.
Typical Hunks did their thing. The drum machine is 80s. The sound it makes is 80s. It’s a fucking good job most bands don’t use 80s drum machines, but there’s nothing wrong with the fact that some bands do. It suits the music which is some sort of post-punk, scratchy, US-noise influenced shit. I’m not criticising the vox or bass, both of which play their part, but for me it’s all about the guitar. I love it, and a bit of a droney vibe going on behind the main riffs which I didn’t really notice first time I saw them.
Next on was The Sleepwalker whose very brief laptop set was really an introduction to Gift of Blindness. I cannot stress enough how much I am open to electronics replacing live instruments in live sets, and the drummer’s the obvious first one to ditch. But my take is that if you’re not going to have a live drummer then you have the ability to do things that a real drummer can’t, whereas with Gift of Blindness it seemed more like programmed drums were there filling a gap until a real drummer turns up. Technical issues and the lack of the bass player who couldn’t make it and it all felt a bit half-cooked… but Gift of Blindness’s Umair Chaudhry knows that. Was it the second track that kicked in with a really nice guitar sound and riff? Think so. The potential’s there. £10 says Gift of Blindness’ next gig will be a load better. The last one probably was too.
Headliners – Lost You To The Cities – don’t seem to have been around too long. The night’s kinda gone full circle, and we’re back to abstract music that’s more about texture than anything else. Instrumental post-rock though, not jazz-noise. Again I enjoyed it. Again I’m just happy to be able to see live music that isn’t just some straight-ahead metal or pointless indie drivel, but again its not massively my thing and I really can’t say much other that I suspect it sounds a bit like Sonic Youth, Mogwai, Radiohead, Slint, Fireside, … And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Can, Balmorhea, Ennio Morricone, Dirty Three, GYBE, A Silver Mount Zion, Joy Division, Velvet Underground [you have just read a list of their influences C and P’d from their Facebook page. My knowledge of post-rock is limited].