Wanna go and hear it for yourself …
To steal a line from the last time I saw Moon Duo Friday night was ‘a perfect way to pass through the Vale of Tears that is employment, to break on through to the other side’. A Rubbish, disappointing day at work was all balanced out by a very good gig.
I don’t really do live reviews any more because I started to find it distracted me from head banging, dancing, singing along, pogoing and/or enjoying myself hugely, which is the whole point of gigging; or living, when it comes to it. So this is only a mini one.
In essence I had a great time, getting my retinas fused to the back of my skull by Ripley Johnson’s gliding, sliding, speeding guitar, Sanae Yamada’s driving keys and the fabulous light show, blasted right at eye height. I was right at the front and the stage only came up to my thigh height and so I could see just how much Ripley used all his pedals, gizmos and whatnots*, it was really instructive.
I had a fine, fine time Moon Duo played most of both volumes of 2017’s Occult Architecture LPs, plus a few other faves, a great spooked cover of Alan Vega’s ‘Jukebox Babe’ and they finished with the Stooges ‘No Fun’**, which is interesting as I think, keys driven as they are, the Stooges are actually the nearest touchstone for their rhythmic sound.
Vale of Tears = transcended, thank you Moon Duo.
829 Down (still).
PS: I loved District as a venue too, cool little place in an old industrial unit.
*some guitar freako-s were leaning over and taking photos of it, which seems an odd do to me. Is it important that he uses a 1986 Destruct-o-Warpatronic 47 Devastator flange pedal? not to me it ain’t.
**both of which covers are on their new tour only 12″, which I totally failed to buy. Although I find their take on ‘No Fun’ far too mannered.