Last weekend was of course Infest. You've seen the photos, possibly bought the t-shirt and, if you're vin_petrol bemoaned the lack of corsetted lovelies in modern EBM. I had, as I've hinted in various places, a wonderful time. I took nearly 2000 photos, I danced a bit, I ate junk food, I got hyper on cheap chocolate and I wondered why people don't make sense of noize. I made a point of seeing every band, which rather bemused many some other people there, and meant I wasn't as sociable as I could have been so I clearly need to go back to working on the compromise of social crutch vs real interaction in the future. In general I enjoyed the noize more than the electro this year, which was a change as if I'd been forced to make a choice before the event it would have been the other way around.
Nice to see everyone I saw, but special mentions to quondam, kantti and ant_girl (for Ian McEwan).
In order of appearance - my thoughts on the bands:
- Univaque - I'll damn them by saying they were ok. Nothing at all special about them.
- Pow[d]erpussy - Not bad. I didn't especially get on with Ah Cama-Sotz last year, but he worked better with a friend.
- Fixmer/McCarthy - Good, old fashioned industrial sounds. Could have done without the "dancer" (who was probably a walking advert for the "just say no!" campaign) but was good to have Nitzer Ebb back (in effect).
- Tin Omen - Woo! Local boys made good. I'd heard a small number of MP3s and thought it was a good, if retro sound. I enjoyed them, but I don't think they're modern enough to go anywhere.
- The Azoic - Seemed like lovely people with good crowd technique but, like Univaque, just didn't set me on fire muscially.
- HIV+ - The Infest programme, as quondam was a work of genius, and completely befuddled me with respect to HIV+. I didn't know what to expect, but once I'd turned off the brain, and started to feel the sounds I enjoyed it.
- Decoded Feedback - Enjoyed them. They seem nicely positioned between Industrial and EBM, and I shall look out for more.
- Punch Inc - Ok but were one of the weaker "man-behind-box" acts for me.
- Covenant - They're like Manuskript but EBM right? Yeah - they've got some crowd pleasing tunes, but are more fluff than substance live.
- Deviant UK - Very! Shouty! For! Sunday! Afternoon! Enjoyable, but won't got anywhere. See Tin Omen above.
- Final Selection - Noooooo! I thought they were really, really dull. A suit does not make a man.
- Iris - Had been massively trailled to me by various people, but in the end they get a "competent but not my thing" award. And people keep telling me the lead singer is cute but clearly not my type.
- KiEw - Very enjoyable. Quite rough, but engaging, amusing, and downright scary.
- Blutengel - Look! We can play the same song 15 times and no-one will notice as long as the soft-core vampire pr0n keeps going on. Amusing to watch - for a bit - then got dull.
In other news (I'll save more rants for later) I almost collided with a van on Friday. This was entirely due to the driver being a complete cock. Imagine the situation - you're driving along a road, there's a cyclist in front of you. You need to turn left. Do you:
- Slow down, let the cyclist pass the turning, costing you a good 10 seconds of delay.
- Accelerate past the cyclist, brake suddenly and turn across his path forcing him to brake suddenly and risk losing control on a main road.
Oh, and now I know why there is a groove in the saddle on my bike.