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SOUNDS OF CALIGULA SHOWCASE
The Gaff, London 20 January 2010
evening for the Sounds Of Caligula label featuring three bands of
different styles, brought me to this North London venue on a cold
Wednesday winters evening. When i was a young boy i only watched
the visuals of the film Caligula with the sound turned down in the
living room (Whilst my mother was asleep upstairs.) for reasons that I
won't go into now, but tonight I'm here to enjoy the Sounds Of Caligula.
were billed as the headliners , but for a couple of reasons the band
decided to go on first. With Arsenal football team destroying Bolton
Wanderers down the road at the Emirates Stadium, you had more luck in
finding a palm tree than you would in finding a parking space in the
mean streets of Holloway. Which meant that both Kingskin and the
Sons Of Merrick did a scenic tour before deciding on doing a Himalayan
walk to the venue with their bags of equipment.
Not that it
bothered the boys in Pig Iron too much ,as tonight the band decided to
do a set consisting almost entirely of new material for which the band
were going to record in the next few days at Toe Rag studios for their
forthcoming CD 'Blues+Power=Destiny' , which should see the light of day
in April followed by a UK tour.
This was a
good way for Pig Iron to feel the groove of the new numbers in front of
a live audience and I must say I was very impressed in what i was
hearing, even a couple of days later, I could still remember the riffs.
guitarist Ben Ash has brought more of a metal vibe to the band with some
catchy hooks to songs like 'Golden' and 'Hitch'. Hugh Gilmour was
laying down some heavy bass lines on his Rickenbacker that would have
made Lemmy proud.
'Our Lady Of
Blessed Acceleration' was another number that showed promise was also a
bit funky in places. There was another song ,with no working title as
yet,that had a great intro similar to Metallica's 'Wherever I May Roam'
that stood out and i can't wait to hear the finished product.
following Pig Iron's career since their first gig supporting Budgie
almost a decade ago and now they could be on the verge of moving up to a
are newest signings to the label and recently released 'Slug'. An album
produced by Steve Albini, who has previously worked on albums by Nirvana
and Bush and that is excactly where the sound of Kingskin lies in the
middle of. You may be thinking that it's a bit late to be sounding
grungy, but when you come from Dover you can be forgiven for being a few
years behind and not want to sing about partying. Hailing from
Kent myself I know that Dover is a nice place to come from, but not a
nice place to go to..
have a youthful energy and would've have been too young to witness the
grunge explosion first time round. With a little funky elements in
their sound, I feel that Kingskin have some longevity in them. For
those of you that hark back to the sounds of those early nineties
check out Kingskin, where their new release will sit nicely next to
those Blind Melon and Stone Temple Pilots CDs ... skin up.
Merrick are gradually making a name for themselves.
Unfortunately time was running short and we were only treated to a few
songs. This was the first time that I managed to see them
remind a bit of Kyuss with a touch of early Soundgarden in the riff
department, before launching into some manic Sabbath Paranoid
plays some cool licks and singer Nick Berkshire couldn't decide if he
wanted to be on the stage or in the pit. 'Striding The Valleys Of
Skullumus' is a great number, try shouting out for that one after a few
bevvies. I would like to see this lot again.
entertaining evening where some new talent was witnessed up close.
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