Wednesday, December 27, 2017


The festival season is in full swing. And once again, shows are keeping me away from editing. This is a fair mission. Among all the festivals I've been yearning to attend over the years, the indie "This Is Not A Love Song" tops the list no doubt. Work and distance (a seven-and-a-half trip by train !) have always grounded me home. This year, they held the event a bit later. I stepped into the breach !
Bathed in a scorching sun, the site is sweetly cuddled up to the classy Paloma concert venue. Volunteers and people are just lovely ones. No hipsters there but just music lovers who come to enjoy a different alternative kind of passion. To mention all the bands from the bill worth seeing this year is by no means possible. But one of the most high-energy dust-flying set was certainly the one played by Frank Carter and his Rattlesnakes. Having a glance at the picture above (Wooow  !! Who took this to pay tribute ?) just gives a good idea of what the show of the former lead-singer of Gallows was like ! No rest for the wicked !!
Frank Carter and his fellows didn't grant us the slightest breather, delivering the tightest gig ever, full of this close-to-the-body interaction with the audience he has the knack of. The sweltering heat got no hold on the dandy-dressed gentleman, which was even more remarkable ! Probably one of the best concerts of this 3-day event (along with Slaves' set !) and this, despite a fierce competition ! Just have a look at the video above to catch the beast !
Enjoy !

I've been a bit slow on editing these days. Not because I don't have any dirty projects in the back of my mind but simply due to the growing time spent on the road and at venues for shows. For that kind of blog, that sounds fair after all. The timing is right. The French rock scene seems to have never been so loudly interesting. Over the years, I got the feeling it has turned into something as protean and extrovert as its Belgian counterparts, particularly in the garage rock sphere. Bands like Johnny Mafia, Qúetzal Snåkes, Kaviar Special, Weird Omen, JC Satan, Jessica 93, Stupeflip, Stuck In The Sound, Toybloïd, Decibelles, Last Train, Lysistrata, The Inspector Cluzo, Klink Clock, Avion, The Psychotic Monks, Rendez-Vous, Faire, The Villejuif Underground, Carpenter Brut, Grand Blanc, Venin Carmin, Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel, Dätcha Mandala and many others, each in their own realm, have contributed to a diverse lively patchwork of splintered sounds. The one above is a good example of this budding uninhibited scene that has swallowed a musical culture that past generations used to gulp in decades. Here, the Geiger counter is clearly set buzzing on '77. What else could you expect from the name ? Pogo Car Crash Control is punk. Pogo Car Crash Control is garage. Pogo Car Crash Control is young ... and even younger (how old can Lola, their bass player, be ??!!). Pogo Car Crash Control don't think business or it's in the terms of a 2.0 career plan I haven't grasped yet ! The sound is like sandpaper on glass, this is rough, this is screechy. So are the shared leading vocals, which sometimes shrill-drip over the edge on the right and growl-drop loud on the left. With only one EP in hands, Pogo Car Crash Control have already gained some kind of buzz and recognition from the shrewd noise circles here. Hope it will last long, as long as the  "ouch" of a good kick in the balls.

Monday, January 2, 2017

THE THERMALS - "Power Lies" - The Launch Pad - Austin (USA) - 16-03-13 / I.Boat - Bordeaux (F) -16-07-13 + Extras

The Thermals - The Launch Pad - Austin (USA) - 16-03-13 
1 - It's Trivia
2 - Retuning To The Fold
3 - Born To Kill
4 - Born Dead
5 - A Pillar Of Salt
6 - No Culture Icons
7 - Here's Your Future
I.Boat- Bordeaux (F) - 16-07-13
8 - Where I Stand
9 - It's Trivia (cut in)
10 - I Might Need You To Kill (cut in)
11 - An Ear For Baby
12 - Faces Stay With Me
13 - The Howl Of The Winds
14 - The Sunset
15 - My Little Machine
16 - Back To Gray
17 - I Go Alone
18 - Pillar Of Salt
19 - Here's Your Future
20 - Born Dead (cut in)
21 - Overgrown Overblown
22 - The Sword By My Side
23 - No Culture Icons
"Last Call With Carson Daly" - Terragram Ballroom - Los Angeles - 25-05-16 
24 - Thinking Of You
25 - The Sunset
26 - Born To Kill
27 - Hey You !
28 - Full Of It - Pickathon Festival - Happy Valley (OR) - 02-08-15
29 - Go Home - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland - 10-10-15

Technical info  :
DVD Full Pro-shot + Audience shot
Video : Mpeg - 720 X 576 - 25 FPS - 16:9
Audio : Mpeg - 48000 Hz
Running Time : 72 mns
Size : 3,38 Go
Menu & Chapters - Artwork included

When I started this blog quite a while ago, I kept saying The Thermals' show at Haldern Pop Festival 2009 was one of my all time favourites. After some years attending concerts and watching live footage I still mean it today. The band has issued two albums since and Kathy's bass is still round as ever, Hutch's voice keeps sounding sharp and Westin still has itchy hands and feet to pound his drumkit. They have stuck to their low-fi-indie-punk guns and they've even been recently joined on a common tour by Jessica Boudreaux from Summer Cannibals on second lead guitar to amplify the noise. This is this 2016 line up we have here with the four songs from the "Last Call with Carson Daly" show.
 As for the Launch Pad set in Austin, it is just "full of it". Short but fiery and intense, still in this Ramones-like chain of songs (seven in seventeen minutes !). Adding a couple of stage divings from Hutch and Westin and a guy from the audience taking it over at the mic to sing along the closing chorus of "Here's Your Future", you end up soaked in sweat just watching it !
 The Bordeaux show may be less rowdy (Are The Thermals less popular in France ...?) but is clearly dear to me as it was my second meeting with the band. This time I drove down two hundred and fifty kilometres to see them in an unusual venue for a gig, the hold of a boat tailored as a small concert hall. The show was stiff and straight, just as Thermals' sound always is. It was also a good opportunity to meet again my good bootlegger friend Laurent who doesn't miss many concerts in the area ! I shot a few videos of the show to keep a souvenir of the night (the band doesn't unfortunately come over that often !) but also fully enjoy the show stomping, twisting and dancing (you can hear me screaming "Back To Gray" before they start playing ... "Back To Gray". I'd revised my setlist ! ;-)). I also noticed a guy I didn't know in the audience, much closer to the stage than I was, who was using a much better camera than mine (hi, & thanks, Pascal !). At the end of the gig I ventured myself to come up to him. We quickly agreed on the fact we'd both enjoyed the show and he kindly accepted to send me what he had shot from the set. So, after years gathering dust on shelves, here is the final editing of what we both have. I've mixed the two sources, mine and his but didn't go for hassling multicam stuff this time (as I did for the IAMX dvd in Paris) since we were both standing in the same area of the venue.
  I've also decided to top all this with two great songs from Summer Cannibals' last album, particularly "Full Of It", shot at Pinkathon (What a great setting this festival has !! Wish I could go one day !!). The two bands have got closer to each other lately and Hutch is even producing their new album now. I unfortunately missed Summer Cannibals  in october for their first European tour. I initially decided to take on a long drive again to see another Portand band but they eventually had to pull out of their remaining dates for family purposes.
 So, 2017, a Thermals year ? An extensive European tour along with Summer Cannibals ? I definitely look forward to it ! Sometimes you may feel at home abroad feeling as an outsider with some recent events from your own country ! Crossed fingers ! 
 On a technical side, again this one required its amount of "pigheaded" stubbornness. The soft kept crashing for 3 days in a row ! After countless of working around tricks and several reinstallations, I finally had to cut down the number of chapters more drastically to keep away from an umpteenth crash message. Anyway, it's now yours. Hope you'll enjoy !

            Cheers !