Gigtastic roundup: Our two gigs of the week

As you’ll have gathered from the previous couple of posts, we’ve been very excited about a certain two gigs this week – the Manchester Scenewipe party and the mighty Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six. We were looking forward to these shows like a kid at Christmas. Here’s what we thought.

Manchester Scenewipe 100th Video party – The Deaf Institute – 12th August 2010

The Deaf Institute was comfortably full for this one – a really good crowd and a great mix of people. Warming up the night were Brown Brogues and the intense math-punk-pop outfit and Manchester indie favourites Cats In Paris. Nothing, however, could prepare anyone for what they were to experience next. Now, I’ve seen Denis Jones more than too many times, but tonight was a little bit special. His new direction has been focussing toward experimental electronica for quite a while now, but he really turned it up a notch here. A mountain of feedback, explosive beats, vocal distortion and looping made the floors of the the venue literally vibrate – I was seriously expecting the light fixtures to come crumbing to the ground. Always good to see someone put the sound system to, and beyond, its limits.

Much love goes out to Toby at Scenewipe for handing out the cracking sampler CD as well – here’s a cheeky taster of Cats In Paris:

Photo by Jo Lowes.

Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six – Night & Day – 14th August 2010

Signed to the Withington based co-operative anti-label Debt Records, Louis Barabbas is a character I haven’t witnessed before. With a collection of costume changes, a beautiful and soulful lady on backing vocals and a trombone player who looked set to explode at numerous points in the show, this was definitely a concert that wasn’t ever going to get boring.

Night & Day was transformed into a seedy New Orleans drinking den/cabaret theatre for the evening. With the band running through an inspired set of bluesey jazz influenced songs, performed straight from the darkest corner of the imagination, it won’t be an evening I shall forget in a hurry.

Louis himself is the perfect front for the band – performing part of the show from the audience, launching into possessed tap dance moves and quite frankly acting like a looney, this went perfectly well with music that could quite possibly have been conceived by someone within the confines of a mental asylum. Absolutely brilliant.


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