Subject Green On Red Live At Koko 18.7.06.
Originally Posted 7/23/2006
Green On Red Live At Koko, Camden 18.7.06.
This was the opening night of this years Don’t
Look Back concert series that gets bands to play
one classic album in its entirety and first up
were Green on Red performing Gas Food Lodging.
But first I got there earlyish to catch
Gravenhurst who played to a practically empty
venue as no one wanted to be in a hot sweaty
club on the hottest July day since records began
I couldn’t decide if I liked Gravenhurst or not,
they are quite a dark sounding band in love with
the quiet bits followed by very loud bits style
of music and did a lot of shoegazing while
sounding like a cross between magazine and Joy
Division with a dollop of Sonic Youth for good
measure, they make mostly instrumental
soundscapes that they didn’t seem to know how to
end, the best part of their set was the drummers
hyper kinetic over the top style, he was like a
whirlwind whilst the other two just stood gazing
at their shoes.
Then with the place almost two thirds full on
came Green On Red for what was the 5th show of
there ever hectic re-union tour, not bad 5 shows
in 15 months!!
They agreed to do this show after being offered
serious money, apparently 3 times as much as
another show at the Astoria would have paid
Well we got what we expected the whole of Gas
Food Lodging from the opening of That’s What
Dreams were made for we knew it would be another
improbably good show from them, all animosity
set aside and off we went down that Black River
in need of the Hair of the dog, by which time
the band were settling in and looking and
sounding almost tight. Easy Way out sounded way
cool and then it was time for a monumental take
on Sixteen Ways after which Dan told us all to
turn our Lp’s over and prepare for side two.
Yes batten down the hatches they were about to
play The Drifter and blow us all apart so they
could melt our brains in the Sea of Cortez that
was the psychedelic trip it has to be, with an
incredible solo from Chuck Prophet and mad
keyboards from Chris Cacavas which eventually
came shuddering to a close so that they could
close the album with We Shall Overcome that Dan
apologised for in advance telling us how he
found the lyrics and stole them without
realising what classic Hymn it was!! They
coupled it with a slide projection of photos
from the Iraq War which was as poignant as it
They left to thunderous applause and eventually
came back for a well-deserved encore that
included a killer version of Jimmy Boy a
thunderous version of Time Ain’t Nothin and
finished with Abigails Ghost.
All in all a kicking gig and nice to see them
back again so soon. The only song that was
noticably absent was of course Gas Food Lodging
itself, but then it never made it onto the album
that it’s the title track for, so why would they
This review was originally posted in the Unofficial Soup Kitchen and Myspace.