It’s Friday night… time to chase the light and what better soundtrack for light-chasing than The Necks. This band is like no other… the silences they create, equally important as the sound; their improvised minimalism ebbing and flowing with the power of an ocean. I experienced their sonic majesty on March 29 this year and am happy to say they are back again for their annual run on February 7, 2013. Here is a complete live set from the band… all 45mins of it, so be prepared to fully immerse yourself, to let the music find its pulse inside you.
This morning let’s step back in time back to February 23… that night I experienced the hypnotic guitar landscapes of Mark McGuire and the joyously shambolic jams of Brisbane’s Blank Realm. And for one wigged-out moment, they joined forces and raised the roof of The Judith Wright Centre. Here’s what I mean…
McGuire then enchanted with an hour long set of his own; noodling, riffing, squalling and generally getting lost in sweet layers of sound. I walked out beaming, with the rest of the sold out audience. Here’s a clip from Mark McGuire’s latest album, Get Lost to send you swirling into your Sunday.
As the year rushes to its close, I plan to take a trip back through my 2012 concert calendar; to share with you the sounds that have flooded from the stages of countless venues. First up, let’s step back to Monday January 23, when American alt-folk singer, A.A. Bondy toured Australia for the first time on the strength of his third album, Believers. The Brisbane leg of the tour rolled in to The Powerhouse and Bondy’s intimate, reverb-caressed sounds got the music year off to a delightfully languorous beginning… Here’s A.A. playing Surfer King from 2011’s Believers live in the ABC Studio:
And with Springsteen touring in 2013 (and yes, I have tickets!), I couldn’t resist posting A.A. covering I’m On Fire.