Sunburned Hand of the Hand / A Hawk and Hacksaw @ Seymours Family Club - 17th August 2006
Seymours was a brilliant venue, exactly like Kek said - a function room tagged onto a workingman’s club. Glitter, balloons, tea-lit tables, dance floor - more like being at a friend’s wedding than a gig. A great warm glow of a place, dismayed to find out the whole place is scheduled for demolition in the near future (the soul suckers sink further).
Anyways, Matt and Kate from Movietone DJ-ed an agreeably eclectic 78 rpm set as the room filled to the brim with many familiar cube running/going faces…
‘Sunburned Hand’ were in excellent ‘rocked out’ form, pounding drums, tight bass and a hell of a lot of luscious sonic scribbling. Loved the effects driven sax squiggles slipping n' sliding through in gong-esque glory - a true delight for the ears.
The tracks seamlessly followed each other, leaving little space for applause until it was suddenly all over - the whole room screamed for more and the guys obliged …
The encore was pure ‘Circle’, a gigantic monster of a sound that took everything of virtue from rock and spewed it all over us – shit, this left me (and probably everyone in the room) with a grin that felt a mile wide. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this lot – they plough a mythical magic that blows holes in your universe to expand it further than you ever thought possible.
A Hawk and the Hacksaw were a duo of violin, drum and accordion that stoked up a lovely Eastern European atmosphere of mostly instrumental numbers that sometimes whirled around you like music for a sped-up Czech animation or were fringed on the sorrowful.
Both found musical prompts from each other and worked it over like a mad line drawing, jolting jostling. His huge accordion giddily losing its balance round her sliding strings and the addition of the drums giving the sound a massive pulse to cruise along. The whole vibe felt agreeably agitated yet supremely joyous.
All this and finally getting to chat with mighty KEK,
another cracking night...
p.s. I'll be posting a few tunes from both bands in the next few days
so stay tuned.