Monday, 19 May 2008

Nasty Fest IX

So this weekend was spent in Leeds with a fellow contributor Jamila and friends, a few bands, a venue, and talking to characters like an alcoholic who'd been ripped off by a prostitute and a former heroine addict whilst waiting for the first train home.

It was Nastyfest IX at the Faversham, hosted by the great people of Bad Sneakers and what a weekend it was. In a night where the lesser known bands seriously outshone the more hyped ones, here are some of our highlights...

First up are Bradford piece(?!) Spodní Prádlo, definitely not your usual sixth-form band. With nods to influences that stretch from Beirut and Os Mutantes to as far as Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, it's astounding to find a band as talented as this - who are all (as far I'm aware) still at school.

Spodní Prádlo - Fuck This, Let's Buy A Barge
Spodní Prádlo Myspace

hey! Panda are four teenagers from Halifax who specialise in rapid-fire, balls out dance-punk and have a mantra of "We want to fuck shit up." Whilst there is still much room for improvement, I couldn't help but feel my feet starting to move to their sharp guitar work, thumping drums and "don't give a shit" attitude. Ones to watch.

Hey Panda - Square (Live)
Hey Panda Myspace

Well... the demos on his page just do not prepare you for the live performance of Matt Bigland & co. aka Dinosaur Pile-Up. Full of passion and energy, and songs that sound absolutely huge. Even this early on in the night, it was a packed room and you got the sense that a lot of people had been looking forward to this performance, they didn't go away disappointed.

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Love Is A Boat And We're Sinking
Dinosaur Pile-Up Myspace

And the final highlight were the penultimate band of the night, LA based The Mae-Shi. While I hadn't had the chance to listen to much of their stuff beforehand, I was impressed within seconds of them taking to the stage - albeit from their pre-gig gymnastics - this is a band who are as much about making the event an experience as playing their instruments.

Having been blown all previous bands out of the water, their set involved a voluntary stage invasion, a huge white tarp being draped over the audience whilst various band members play in the crowd, a mass sit down during 7 X X 7, and Slow Club's cover of Run To Your Grave.

DIY Footage (Not Mine) Of The Mae-Shi Stage Invasion

Srsly, get their album or even better; go and see them at one of the Dot to Dot festivals in Nottingham or Bristol.

The Mae-Shi Myspace


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