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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
It's Thursday, so it's time for me to commit to memory what happened last weekend before I forget - or at least am imprisoned for possessing a collection of violent pr0n.

Last weekend was of course Infest 2006. This is certainly the highlight of my non-skiing year as it's a chance to hear some good tunes; meet some nice people and try my best to forget I'm in Bradford. Some of those who were there will have seen my taster pics on infest_uk, but I'll paste them beneath the cut. To start with nearly_everyone was present - and own personal definition of that now includes asw909 and crm who seem to be lovely people.

On Thursday I decided to subject my ears to a rather terrible mainstream noise with a visit to the Barfly to see Bedouin Soundclash, Beat Union and ZOX. It was a bit unimpressive to be honest, but got me out of the house and the car survived a visit to Digbeth without getting trashed. Anyway, thoughts and pictures are on the BBC site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/content/articles/2006/08/25/bedouin_soundclash_feature.shtml.

Friday was panic packing, cooking for five and then utter amasement that we all got into mr_cook's car for the ride up to Bradford. Amusement followed at the "Bradford Tourist Attractions" sign, but soon enough we were in the welcoming bosom of the Hilton; then out again in search of douf-douf-douf. Friday was Schmoof (amusing enough, pretty enough but not especially engaging); Destroid (better, more interesting but still not groundshaking) and Lab 4 (held my attention a bit but I'd never claim they were my thing). Saturday seemed incredibly long, partly due to a lack of sleep on Friday night and after a slow wake experience I dropped my contribution to the Dark Arts stall at the venue; then had lunch; then a quick change - and some more bands: O.V.N.I. (bored me mostly); S.K.E.T. (really worked for me despite being dreadful to photograph); Reaper (almost total lack of stage presence but I liked the music); unter null (good but I preferred them recorded); Architect (didn't grab me but I'd be interested in hearing more) and Rotersand (slick, professional and enjoyable). Sunday was much better on the getting up and out front, but this actually meant lunch took longer rather than being more efficient in getting to the venue. Bands were Autoclav1.1 (who I liked, despite not expecting to); Frozen Plasma (too soft, too poppy, too dull); Stromkern (ohmygodtheyweregreat), Wai Pi Wai (impressive) and Front Line Assembly (good, but not great).

There was of course further entertainment in the form of lovely company and conversation; and I even sold some prints - £60 of the £280 Dark Arts total was mine which pleased me - even if I did ended up spending all of it on a couple of drinks, petrol, lunch on the M1 coming home and the charity tin. Oh well - easy come, easy go.

So, roll on next year - even if the lighting is normally a bit crap and I once again failed to take many people shots. I only hope the company will be as good next time. Next festival will be Whitby in October, but plans are already starting for WGT next year.

One of each of the bands...

Autoclav1.1 Architect Destroid Front Line Assembly

Frozen Plasma O.V.N.I. Reaper Rotersand

Schmoof S.K.E.T. Stromkern unter null

Lab 4 Wai Pi Wai

Some of the people...
Marco & Erica Coreline Fitz

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11 lies or Lie to me
agentinfinity From: agentinfinity Date: August 31st, 2006 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
It's bad enough that you're a goth, but then you insult my hometown *shakes head*
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: August 31st, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually don't dislike the place too much - but there are definite unfriendly elements. When the women you are walking home with get lunged at and verbally abused regularly it puts one in a certain frame of mind.
karohemd From: karohemd Date: August 31st, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)


Super shots as ususal. The Wai Pi Wai one might actually be my favourite, it's the perspective and the look of concentration on his face.

Hm, do you have one of Rotersand that shows more of me than just my arm? ;o)

If not, I'd still love a 12x8 print of the Rotersand pic, it would be a good memory. I'll mail you at your disturbing address.

Oh, I hope you don't mind I've stolen it for an icon, credit is on the pic page.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: August 31st, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ace!

I'll have a look for other pics and sort out prints when I get some time - probably next week now.
karohemd From: karohemd Date: August 31st, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ace!

Thanks and there's no hurry. Take your time.
ayrton_nix From: ayrton_nix Date: August 31st, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love the piccie of crm and I can vouch for him being a top fella.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: August 31st, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've plenty more of him looking like a loon :-)
ayrton_nix From: ayrton_nix Date: August 31st, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh please show more :-)
crm From: crm Date: August 31st, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
gods, i look truley rediculous!
*shows to all his friends*
githnaur From: githnaur Date: August 31st, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gr8 to see ya there bud =)

Miffed we didn't get a chance to catch up and generally drink @ each other.

Next time ;-)
davefish From: davefish Date: August 31st, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
plans are already starting for WGT next year.

I guess I ought to start dancing the arranging things dance.
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