Friday, January 07, 2011
This happened before everything that has just been posted, on the 11th of December at Paul and Aaron's apartment. As an event, it's not got a name yet, but it was a gig in a house. I played first, with some help from Anne Marie and Aaron, then Paul. Others took many photos of the gig itself, and Paul recorded it. Basically this turned into a portrait of a house party.
Emily's done practically everything. Musician, writer, artist, performer, aerialist (!), actress, model... I met her through her Cixous Ghost incarnation on Myspace a while back. I got in touch when I saw that she was releasing a cassette of recordings - Pestersome Nichts - made with a previous band named Holy Ghost Toast, a cassette that, along with a Rural Savage CD-R from the first Bethlemayhem, soundtracked many a happy breakfast-time while I was studying in Dublin. Geek Love is my favourite track from that tape; it's a floating wonderworld of a song, the non-percussion bit towards the end is just gorgeous. Thus began my down-the-rabbit-hole discovery of Emily's long list of creations and guises. A few weeks back she wanted a break from work in the large smoke so came down to visit for the weekend, which we filled with a little bit of wandering, raspberry sushi, photographs, face-smushing scanning, Father Ted and facepaint, barefoot snow frolics and chats and chats.
I supported Somadrone (with Patrick Kelleher) on the 20th December - I picked up a cassette copy of his album and it's bloody lovely; lush, warm and bassy but the live performance is definitely the best way to listen to it. I'm all for the ramshackle equipment/performance from bands and that but it's nice to see, in a relatively intimate setting, a band using amazing-sounding equipment and using it really really well. As usual I didn't feel hugely inclined to take photos but I managed a few. I was supposed to take some photos with Ian-from-Somadrone's camera but it died and I didn't know how to revive it so switched to my own camera. Turns out it was a fairly obvious fix...