The Woodentops, the Jazz Butcher Live 12.09.06.
Originally Posted Date 9/18/2006 10:54:00 AM
The Woodentops Live At The Luminaire 12.9.06.
In Kilburn High Road. With The Jazz Butcher and
They Came From the Stars, I Saw them.
Well you could file this one under unlikely
comebacks of 2006, yes the Woodentops are back
back back for one more go.
But first the wonder that is They Came from the
Stars, I Saw them, yes it’s an unwieldy name but
that doesn’t matter when you see a band as
bonkers and brilliant as this one are. They are
the band of Horton from Klub Cosmiche and are mad
mad mad, and amalgam of Sun Ra chants, almost Mani
Neumeier style drumming, rhythms stolen from
Defunkt and Rip rig and Panic and fused together
with keyboards madness on a par with Marty Rev,
only with a lot more gadgets, as well as silly
costumes and toy instruments and of course they
claim to be working on behalf of the Gay Masters,
of course they are. If you want more info on the
Gay Masters or anything else check out the bands
Myspace site. I look forward to seeing them
Next up was the ever great Jazz Butcher this time
as a duo with Northampton’s finest ever bongo
player and Pat’s ever trusty low-fi backing
tracks, this was a completely different set to
the one with Max Eider a couple of months ago.
They started with a couple of tunes that I didn’t
know, through to a great dinosaur song that only
made me think about the Elephant song Pat used to
play at solo gigs many moons ago, now what was
that song called? Still she’s a yo yo as they say
and they did a great tune by Wilson which is
there other band that was dubby and much punkier
than the rest of the set, even if the highlight
was there version of the theme to the Sopranos,
yes that great Alabama Three tune gets the
Butcher treatment, what could be better.
Yes another great set from the Butcher.
then it was time for The Woodentops at the third
show on their reunion tour that is promoting the
numbered limited edition Vinegar cd that is a
best of the Woodentops Bootlegs pretty much only
available at the gigs or from the bands website.
Well they sounded nothing like I remembered them
sounding live! I know I saw them 3 or 4 times, I
seem to think at the old Clarendon Ballroom in a
fog of dry ice with loads of squalling feedback
and angry vocals. What was I thinking of, as they
were far more intricate than that with some
incredible guitar solos and incredible drumming
throughout they whipped up a far funkier storm
that I was expecting, well worth them coming back
if they are going to sound this good. There were
hints at a new album next year and then world
domination, I hope it happens as they brought
much joy to the crowd in the Luminaire and well
worth checking out when that world tour hits your
town sometime in the next couple of years, they
can only get better, you won’t need to Stop this
Car as there was Plenty to Get it on to.
Wow what a cool three band bill.
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