- Wow, what a few days! I decided to go to both the Brighton and London
gigs I mean, how often do you get the chance to see the Boredoms
Brighton was pretty relaxed. The venue was right on the sea front,
along a deserted stretch of beach by a closed-down funfair. I went
after work and arrived as the sun was dipping behind the city. Their
were kite fliers, lovely surf and sea gulls and best of all, the
fire doors were open and the band were sound checking, so I sat on
the beach and chilled out in the sunshine while I waited for the
There were two other bands on first, so Vooredoms didn't take to the
stage until past 10.30pm. This meant I was definitely going to miss
the last train back to London, so I ditched the support acts and
tried to find a hotel room.
I hadn't seen the band live before so I couldn't compare it with any
previous performances, but I really enjoyed the set. As it was new
material, it took a while to connect with. Also, the moment was
overpowering as in fully comprehending that the Boredoms were
really live and playing there in front of me! In retrospect, Eye was
pretty quiet in Brighton. Having seen his shamanic antics on
Saturday, I can now tell what was missing before. He tried to climb
on his amp at one point but his wires wouldn't reach so he gave up
(with a smile to his roadie). Also, the stage was small, so he
couldn't run around that much. What is to the band's credit is the
fact that they are able to sustain interest for an hour plus with
only drums and electronics. Whilst I missed seeing Yamamoto and so
on, there was a full and lush soundscape at all times with so many
textures and rhythms flying to all parts of the third Eye that at
times the sound was overwhelming (in a damned good way of course).
One part was akin to lying under a jumbo jet during take off. The
three drummers were so beautifully in sync it was like witnessing a
beautiful coloured beast rise up and walk (well, that was on
Saturday, after, um, enhancement!)
When I got back to the hotel, I found out it was the same one as the
band. I awoke at about 1am to see the band outside my window piling
up their cases, and in the morning realised Eye was in the room next
door to me! Didn't hear any snoring or chainsaws or anything
Comparing the two gigs, I reckon London was far better. I felt it was
more organic, more charged, trippier and that Eye was more on form.
They visited Paris between the two gigs, so maybe the rest inspired
them to new heights. I don't think they did a gig there though?? It
sure was great to see Eye dancing around possessed, really
electrifying in fact. I can still feel the rhythms now.
You might also be interested to know that there is an interview with
Eye in last week's NME (still on sale). Obviously a horrific
periodical, but it's a pretty good little article, with Eye talking
about his experience in India during the solar eclipse in 1996 that
caused the change in his life and music (thank you solar eclipse!!).
Sorry for the long post, but there weren't many posts about these
gigs and maybe people wanted to know! Now when can I see them
again!?! How often do they play in Japan? New Year's Eve maybe?
- it was a funny gig - most of the crowd had obviously
come to see the boredoms but there were also a
smattering of people there to see John Cale
(headlining) - the audience dropped by about a third
during Cale's set which was godawful + pretentious as
hell (i can see why they chucked him out the Velvets).
- Eye sat in front of me + left after about two songs
looking a bit bemused - basically the boredoms should
The boredoms set was around 75 minutes long - the
three drummers - (yoshimi especially) responding to a
single note pitch shifted by Eye.(bit like the fourth
track on rebore vol 0)At first i was a bit
disappointed cos' it sounded a bit proggy but the
sheer rhythmic propulsion of the group was so
infectious you couldn't help being drawn in - there
was a brief hiatus towards the end of the set during
which eye appeared to shout 'shut up' a lot (don't ask
me why) while yoshimi sang out angelically - this
eventually became this huge stomping krautrock anthem
thing which ended the set -- respect to the guys who
got up and danced.
--- Arthur Gadney <a_gadney@...> wrote:
> >great show at RFH, respect to the guy in the_________________________________________________________________
> butthole surfers tshirt
> >boogying down, u know who u are...
> What!? The first time Boredoms play in Europe in 7
> years and that's all you
> have to say?!? ;-)
> Maybe some of the others who went, could flesh out a
> few more details for us
> simple mortals who missed it?
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