April 6th, 2005


Einsturzende Neubauten, Part the first

Wow! Wow! and Wow! again.

At one point in the second set I was trying to work out why I like them and couldn't really work out why, except for some half-formed thoughts about promoting musical ignorance or pretentious/unpretentious tensions.

Whatever the reason, they are an incredibly interesting band - they make noise like no other, and yet project artistic integrity even when some of the instruments is an angle-grinder on a shopping trolley; what looked like a giant slinky spring; and a bass played with a vibrator.

Anyhow, I got there, I got in, I got ejected, I got in, I left of my own accord. They didn't bother setting up a photo-pit so it was a great scrum with normal punters and leaves me 145 shots taken from the same position. Security then had the novel idea of wading into the crowd when they spotted anyone with a photo-pass or big camera and ejecting them through the back door; so then it was around the front and back in with my ticket. Actually I said "I have a ticket" (which I did) but at no point did anyone ask to see it...

Gig minuses were the couple who were making out right in front of me ("Get a room!"), all the people with crappy digicams who were flashing all the time ("Don't waste your time!") and the people who chatted all the way through 2x1 hour sets ("Get a life and save your money, better still - give it to me and talk outside").

Gig plusseds were Yu-Gung, ZNS and Ende Neu. Rockin'

On the train now - eta bed about 2:45 - Bah!

Einsturzende Neubauten, Part the second

Back at home, having endured a train journey that left Euston at 11:40 and arrived at 02:10. I'm sure at times it felt like I could walk faster...

Anyway, I slept most of the way fortunately, but spent a little time cutting photos, and because I'm so keen and bouncy here are three. Not necessarily the best three, but a fair three...

All taken with Sigma 24-70mm or Sigma 20mm. I had the sense to put the 20mm in the pocket of my combats before the crowd got too busy and managed to change back and forth on the fly with only minimum bother - much to my surprise.

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Einsturzende Neubauten, Part the third

Prompted by my tirade against the camera phone, behind the cut are four images I took with my phone yesterday. I'm quite pleased - though I did wait (for the better two) for the lights to come right up. Unfortunately I didn't have camera-two with me, so no further comparisons.Collapse )