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Gigs, dance, art

May 1st, 2008: Magic Markers / Hellvete

@les voutes

Late change of plans here, my original plan was to go for Venetian Snares, but the combination of weird gig hour and a hunch that I should go early as possible to score a ticket for Sasha Waltz — a reschedule due to Boris coming into town — made me opt for the safe early gig. Kinda having second thoughts by now, too late.

The opening set by Hellvete — seem to be a Belgian band despite the pun — was promising enough; no shock there, they’re related to the awesome (k-raa-k)3 label, a label of euro quality these days. It started a bit subdued with guitar + electronic/keyboard — can’t tell without seeing — but as soon as drumming got involved it just took off. Nothing groundbreaking there, but a real buildup to a very well done taking over of available airspace through sound density. In other words, increasingly expanding feedback waves guided by efficient drumming, not devoid of interest on its own but really coming into its own when combined with the guitar and effects.

I’m kinda bitter about Magic Markers‘ performance. Turned out to be exactly what I was afraid it would be. I don’t like their latest release much, so I was expecting to be disappointed compared to my previous — highly rewarding — experience with that band’s gigs. It pretty much unfolded as I feared it would. Something I was expecting was missing. Infuriating because maybe it could have been a great gig but for my expectations that kept getting in the way. They seem to have gotten quieter, their sound less commanding, which may not be a bad thing in and of itself, but I failed to get rid of my memories of earlier gigs and got stranded in fantasyland. Probably a sign that they moved in a direction I don’t like as much as what they were doing before. My loss, but that’s part of the game.

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