Sunday, September 19, 2010

Vena Cava and Radiant Sounds of Dust

The Louisiana, Bristol - Thursday 16th Sept





Vena Cava were great... incredibly drum centric... guitar conversations growing in mass... chords slowly easing you closer, with repetitive reframes full of fiery colours. Sizzling in a broth of chemical reactions... Bambi's fingers spidered the frets in regal tints, joy shaped tangles and the occasional haunted chant...Mardt's bass, reflecting the drums... throwing out dark tangents from beneath each slam...... there was a something familiar about the drums.. yet unique... heavy but not soporific... an aspartic skip pummelled in gigantic arcs... verging on metal but without any crippling cliché... the glish of cymbal, like the clash of medieval weaponry... both guitars stoking the dramatic atmospheres... really glad I finally got to see them.







'Radiant Sounds of Dust' on the other hand, were a mess of angles, gloriously out of sync, a certain early Velvet Underground rawness about them... Think they were all a bit tour wasted...... the flooded amps reducing the singers vocals into screechy screams ... a frazzled psych-o-delic soup that could of easily crumbled away into fractals of white noise... unusual flavours that rubbed in wrong ways... hints of accidental genius drifting off into 60's rock blurs and tambourine glints.





3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wasn't at this gig but I saw Radiant Sounds of Dust before at the Grapes in Clifton and although there were some great parts (especially first slowish number), it was too often a mess of 2 guitarists out-doing eachother with too much feedback melding into an indistinguished mess. The drums seemed lost at times too. The vocals were off-putting to say the least, sounded like they were buried in a submarine and would have been better staying there. However, it was entertaining to watch and I hope to catch them again (but with a new singer and slightly less mess).

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why people give the Radiant Sounds the time of day. They are bloody awful with one of the most annoying singers I've ever heard. Christ, I wish someone would blacklist those losers.

Cloudboy said...

... my first RSD experience it was... made me think outa focus, a triptychical of betweens...