FREENOIEWS ..electric rag. June 07
The Sheffield Flood (mk2) was in my cellar last week when my guitar
pedals drowned, anyway that's another story...
Yep tomorrow was the longest day (or was that yesterday?) and didn't
it seem like it with all this rain...? I blame the government, yet
many new faces turned out for our first gig and a big thanks for that,
you (we) were rewarded by a great night, it's a 2 way thang y'know...
This morning the local free 'oft full of crap Ye Gazettee' paper pops
through me door and lo and behold the 'headlines' are devoted to a
visit to the old Abbeydale Cinema (which houses our new commons at
thee Bar Abbey) by the right honourable Mr.Caborn MP where he gave a
municipal thumbs-up for an 8million squid building campaign headed by
the gracious and charitable owners...So dig deep and keep coming to
the gigs, please. This could be your moment blah blah...but seriously
Sheffield doesn't have an arts centre does it...!! ..and isn't S7 the
most culturally interesting area..?! The smells of curry mixed with
ganja...veg restaurants, wholefood shops, cafes, small galleries and
the beautiful Brincliffe woods..the Merlin theatre..the spawning
ground of most of the great Sheffield acts of the past... ? Ah...makes
me want to go for a walk round now!
Well.. moving on...shit loads of pilgrims headed again down to Pilton
Farm to see Shirley Bassey, Chas n Dave...Tony Benn (?!)...another boy
band beginning with K.. and oh no the Wurzels have pulled out in a
dramatic twist as they weren't given the main stage (which I'll have
you know IS 30 yards South of the actual intersection of the Michael
and the Gt. Oswald ley lines..which IS why there's so much mean
fiddling going on down on the farm...per chance, I jest..). Did you
see the recent BBC adverts for the festival coverage of the blonde
German bloke rattling on about Glastonbury town as a living breathing
entity while a sign is displayed below saying 'Here We Go Again'...?
Well that's my old boss and that's just what it's like there; he owns
the three main crystal / healing shops in town and with this approach
completely rips off tourists (espec. Americans) with a mark up
(especially for tourist season) of thousands of percent. Eavis...?
Charity? - bollocks! Nothing wrong with an oppulent life style though
is there..but get the facts right first. OK OK...rant over...I s'pose
Iggy and the Stooges are being covered on TV tonight and they warmed
up on Wogan, er I mean Woss last night with Ig running across the room
(sending TV crew flying) to lear straight into faces of young women in
the studio audience with the old fave ' I wanna be a dog' wagging his
rude 60 yr old ass....Primal hard rock meets free jazz meets
A flood of packages hit the PO Box last week - Thanks to everyone who
has sent in their music for review - the standard is increasing! Had a
listen to a couple of them yesterday and was astounded for one by the
Chicago Underground Trio and the George Steeltoe Ensemble (on NY's
cool Heat Retention) 12" looks equally intriguing... hope to get round
to some more listening and writing soon enough.
Solstice Sound Ritual - Freenoise Opener at Bar Abbey 21.6.07. Review
Kicking off in style with a great set from Bathysphere the new free
percussion duo of Drury & Collins with a (pun intended) floating
member for this launch in the shape of no other than Mick Beck, the
tower of free jazz and improv on tenor sax and basoon. Sparks
literally flew as Drury hit out at a metal ammo trunk with two big
sticks of flint while Collins played all things great and small from
kalimba to a mighty 40" Paiste gong festooned with an iron chain.
Living up to their name, water was at one point poured onto the kit
with an old garden watering can then played into a crescendo of noise
from the two drumsets and Beck's screaming, psychedelic tenor ending
with Drury stamping in a puddle (presumably taking care with the
microphone used for his sticky tape section...). The range of
restraint and minimal experimentation through to the all out free jazz
peak showed a serious commitment and a lively, promising alchemy for
An interlude came in the shape of a premiere for the duo of Jez
Riley-French and Martin Archer taking to the altar with laptop
instruments, zithers and Archer's ecstatic sopranino. A highly
meditative set had the audience concentration gradually rising to an
almost palpable transcendency as layers of washes, drones, grain and
disembodied voice samples built. The unity created between performers
and audience was almost temple-like and wonderful to behold,
particularly with the lovely touches (courtesy of Bar Abbey staff) of
candles, incense and fairy lights.
Finally Tatsuya Nakatani and Neil Davidson took to the floor (in
addition to Bathysphere preferring the floor for acoustics as well as
intimacy). Tats (to his friends) began pouring with sweat almost
immediately due to a powerful concentration while teasing out a
barrage of estranged and mysterious howls and squeals by scraping
various sized cymbals and pieces of cymbals across a large floor tom.
Neil, at 30 a relative youngster in the current zeitgeist, meanwhile
sat with beautiful sunburst semi acoustic on lap stroking downward a
wooden rod which sat on end on the pick-ups or played with light
pattering runs and smudges. The two had just played nearly a fortnight
continuously around the UK and a strong working bond was evident not
just from closed eyes concentration but the powerful new sonic
flavours and undertones materialising from this brew. Though utilising
the traditional combination of drums (plus bowls and large bowed wind
gong) and guitar a very refreshing and unique show resulted. Tats also
impressed with his masterful punctuation using small sticks in an
frightening, almost martial style.
Review by DiV, thanks.
and there's new pictures here.
Much kudos to the mighty Notes and Sounds for the ongoing support
including directing Tats and Neil and others to us.
Freenoise is only a name, as yet. The door money goes to the musicians
except if there's any available some for expenses (posters etc.) If
the musicians ask for a fee a shortfall comes out of the organiser's
or his friends' pockets... (a warning!?) Freenoise has only made a
loss in it's two years.. come on, I didn't expect a living out of it!
And musicians generally are highly underpaid too, the fees now being
roughly the same as they were 20 years ago. Think about that...
NEXT GIG: July 19th, Bar Abbey, 8pm.
Black Galaxy (+ Kreepa tbc) feat. Graham Clark (Gong / Jah Wobble)
Graham Clark solo set (HOT jazz violin) "Listen to Clark wind
polyrhythms around the beat with bursts I would describe as Ornetteish
except for the fact that this man can really play violin" - All About
The Tajalli Vortex - 8 piece space-punk improv featuring Martin Archer
& Charlie Collins.
More Power to Music.