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September 24th, 2007: Grey Daturas / Placenta Popeye

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Back to my usual haunt, for the first time in months. I’m also back on the gig trail after a longish hiatus — one week is a long time for me. A loud gig to cleanse my ears. A welcome change of pace from the more subdued fare of this extended summer.

The opening band was Placenta Popeye. A guitar/bass combo that played very loud, starting with a pure maelstrom of noisy fury before calming down a tad. Not much, but the second song feature a pounding bass instead of a barrage of distorted sound. The guitar never went for such niceties, though. I was not in the mood for nice anyway, so I welcomed the assault. Nothing exceptional, but a cathartic moment, I won’t play picky.

Grey Daturas were something else. Though they’re supposed to be a trio, there were only two of them tonight. Wow. The sound was loud and somewhat abrasive too, but I felt it was completely mastered. Three long parts, the first one was the one I liked the most. A steady dronish line that got me thinking of Earth with a feedback-heavy experimental guitar was fooling around — and I mean that in the best possible sense. Almost freeish at times. The second part saw drums come in play, without much relenting in the physical experience of that richest sound. Really impressive. No, really, they made a lot of noise but always seemed to be completely in control of their sound, kind of sculpting the air. They said they would be back next year, I definitely will go with the usual disclaimers — I would have to know about it and be available.

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