giginthepark, Halesworth, Suffolk
Back in the Park again. Another hot sunny afternoon, and I love this event. It rocks! A little shopping in the town yields a pair of gold lamé lined purple velvet knee boots, and meeting the rudest second hand bookshop employee you’ll ever come across. DON’T go in there.
Ahem. Anyway… although I come every year, when I can, this year I came to see this band. Ed Graham back on stage after illness and his departure from Stone Gods is not something to be missed if you can get there. Sadly missed the first ever gig, but very pleased to make this one. MySpace provided plenty of idea of what to expect.
It was, in the way of GITP, a very short set, but there was plenty I liked. This is rather more my bag of stuff than most. Fields of the Nephilim versus The Cramps, a dash or three of humour and a bloody good rocking dark sound. Ben’s voice gives Carl’s a good drubbing. Tbh, this ain’t a band who are going to be seen at their best at 5.45 on a sunny afternoon, in full daylight. They need dark places. And dry ice, though there was a puff of smoke that surprised everyone (FOTN in mind, a bag of flour was also called for, but that’s just my 80’s goff thing and not a dig). They also need a crowd! They’re a getdown/get sweaty and dirty in the pit sort of band, and THAT, I like.
It can’t have been their best gig, and too short. I want to see them again, indoors, in a place where sweat runs down the walls and the crowd are UP. Natural habitat.
Ed fans – He’s looking well and drumming like a good ‘un.