First gig of 2020. And I forgot to write a review. That sounds lazy doesn’t it. I write the reviews just for this site, for me – and for you if you’re reading them. And school holidays proved quite tricky to be timely with content. It’s been hard enough getting back into writing album reviews this year – and I listen to albums all the time. But I did want to mention that Yawning Man is a kick-ass band and this was a super kick-ass gig. I’m going to go ahead and call it a triple bill.
Local openers, Opium Eater and Into Orbit were both super impressive. Opium Eater basically made a medley of metal – from hard rockin’ anthemic chorus through death and grindcore styles to even hint as some vestiges of grunge. It was like a rolling giant single song. Brutal and often quite beautiful.
Into Orbit did their ambient-metal thing; a post-rock soundtrack to the best sci-film/nature-doco/horror-film you’ve never seen because it hasn’t actually been made. The dialogue here is always great – drums and guitar, no vocals and such a team effort; real synergies.
And then Yawning Man – the band’s been around since the mid 80s and releasing records for at least 15 years now. I haven’t heard everything they’ve done but everything they’d done that I have heard I really love. Stoner-rock meets post-rock and psych – there were glorious evocations of 60s bands in there. And they could sit on a one-chord vamp for four or five minutes – nothing but mood, groove and atmosphere.
So I probably should have written a review – but it’s too late now – so this marks the occasion. And it’s not even really a ticket stub; just a wrist-band. Generic. But I know that it is from this gig. And what a great start to 2020’s gig-going.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.
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