I LOVE YOU "THE CHROMATICS"

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Also it felt less like a club and more like a converted multi-storey car park.

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:25 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah i was there, i dont know that i thought they were boring but i defintely thought her voice sounded pretty bad.

and i was too tired + old to see ame! this makes me sad. mike simonetti was cool tho

t_g, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:27 (thirteen years ago) link

I saw Simonetti play at Did We Tell You About Our Disco last year and he was good--played Doobie Bros and stuff. And The Lex blanked me there!

Might go tomorrow. I saw Joakim instead on Saturday which was v boring.

Raw Patrick, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Haha having seen the state the Lex was in before that Our Disco (ie he had to be carried out of the pub pretty much) I doubt he even knew who you were.

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:41 (thirteen years ago) link

He was barely standing but then he unFacebook friended me the following week so who knows.

Raw Patrick, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:44 (thirteen years ago) link

I definitely wasn't bored by them at all (I guess I don't really see how they could have been boring if you've heard them before - I don't mean this sarcastically at all, but what did you expect?). I was pretty captivated.

I saw a different guy on the decks after Chromatics, but maybe Simonetti was just taking a break for a sec after putting that Marley tune on. My favorite thing (of the songs I knew) that he played was "Hollywood Seven" by Alides Hidding, which the band were all singing along to when they were setting up.

I was hoping they would be selling those new Italians 12"s, but they said they were almost all sold out of all of them already, and they only have copies of them in the label store. I really want to hear that Tiedye/Metallica cover thing, and the Invisible Conga People stuff.

I'm tempted to try to see them again tomorrow, even though I'm sure it'd be the same show.

Savannah Smiles, Monday, 21 April 2008 13:29 (thirteen years ago) link

They were all very warm for working this icy aesthetic.

That was a slight problem for me, actually. A bit of a disconnect between material and delivery, especially at the end, on In the City and Running Up That Hill, where they were really getting into it. Pls be more haughty and emotionally withdrawn, thx.

I'm an idiot, though. I just looked at the running order in the main room and thought Studio must have cancelled. It never occurred to me that they were in the bar.

Other highlights: Johnny Jewel (I presume) from Chromatics leaping around like a lunatic in DJ booth. Mike Simonetti playing the Doors TWICE (Peace Frog and them doing Gloria live, which I'd never heard before and was fantastic) and looping a bit of Beautiful Life for seemingly ever. Ame sounded great as well, although much darker and trackier than I'd expected.

Downsides: people not dancing at all until Chromatics came on. I hate it when at a club, just because there's a band on, people stand around waiting for them to play instead of dancing as they would if there weren't a band next. It was nearly 1am and everyone was stood around talking. Two and a half-hour journey to get there owing to rail replacement bus service after seeing Saints slump 1-0 and now staring relegation in the face, followed by an hour of queing to get in, get wrist band and get coat compulsarily checked - not great mood enhancers.

Did anyone stay to the bitter end? I'm too old for that, although Horse Meat Disco would have been cool. Should have gone to bed and come back around 10.30!

Jamie T Smith, Monday, 21 April 2008 15:55 (thirteen years ago) link

That's queueing and compulsorily.

Jamie T Smith, Monday, 21 April 2008 16:02 (thirteen years ago) link

I think I left about 8am? It's all a bit of a blur after about 2ish though - I was already pretty drunk when the Chromatics were on and I'd forgotten about both Gloria and Beautiful Life.

There was hardly any dancing before the Chromatics and the place seemed to empty out a lot after that, almost like a load of people had turned up just for the gig.

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 16:03 (thirteen years ago) link

The thing that weirded me out the most was the bouncer leaping up the side of the toilet cubicles and looking over to check people weren't taking drugs in there.

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 16:04 (thirteen years ago) link

I just picked up the Tiedye remix of Rubies "I Feel Electric" today, and it is one of the most gorgeous, blissed, envelopingly beautiful things I've heard in a looooong time. There's a stream here: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/download/49949-rubies-ft-feist-i-feel-electric-tiedye-remix-stream... This label is one of the most exciting discoveries for me in ages, and I can't wait to start taking some of it in in a live setting.

Clarke, Monday, 28 April 2008 04:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Phonica or some site was streaming the Tiedye cover of the Metal1ica song ("Nothing Else Matters" done ultra-balearic with live instruments)... awesome.

Savannah Smiles, Monday, 28 April 2008 06:22 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/309450-01.htm

caek, Monday, 28 April 2008 14:33 (thirteen years ago) link

I know it kinda kills the whole vibe of the label, but I wish I could get good quality MP3s of these new tunes.

Savannah Smiles, Monday, 28 April 2008 15:10 (thirteen years ago) link

cos of this thread today i have picked up the 2 cds that are available.
not decided as to whether i have done the right thing ..

mark e, Monday, 28 April 2008 15:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Night Drive and After Dark are DRM-free on the iTunes store. No surprise the Tiedye Metallica cover isn't.

caek, Monday, 28 April 2008 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link

All of Juno's stock of ICP's 12" are unplayably warped. Seriously, I love the music, but after three run-ins with the label, every one problematic, they don't strike me as the most competent outfit in the world.

caek, Friday, 2 May 2008 23:51 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I'm listening to a cover of "Pornography" they've done for some Cure tribute cd and it's purdy nice.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 May 2008 08:13 (thirteen years ago) link

?!!!!!!??????

baaderonixx, Monday, 26 May 2008 09:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Ah this is the "old" Chromatics then

baaderonixx, Monday, 26 May 2008 10:20 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

http://acuterecords.com/blog/imgs/JUNE21st.jpg

dan selzer, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 13:01 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

So am I the only one who thinks Plaster Hounds is a swell record? As in Swell Maps. Hadn't spun it since the IDB reincarnation. But it's really good wasteland rock.

bendy, Thursday, 19 November 2009 17:38 (eleven years ago) link

i just bought the Dark Days "Hands In The Dark" 7" (the song they covered)

jaxon, Thursday, 19 November 2009 20:21 (eleven years ago) link

seven years pass...

dang, shadow is so good

nxd, Thursday, 1 June 2017 10:24 (four years ago) link

it really is. hit my right in the heart at the end of twin peaks.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 1 June 2017 10:46 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

https://www.spin.com/2017/05/chromatics-dear-tommy-delayed/

Seems like Johnny is mixed on this record and is endlessly tweaking/revising the record. Or he thinks it's crap. The songs released from this are good ("Shadow" and "I can Never Be Myself When You're Around") to mediocre, but the delay seems related to artistic exhaustion/perfection

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 29 September 2017 04:26 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

PSYCHED

I know the synths get all the attention but that guitar sound does it for me every time

umsworth (emsworth), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 23:42 (three years ago) link

Fucking A!

Been spinning their eps

They’re probably better than the lps

Depressed and impressed (Ross), Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:09 (three years ago) link


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