Sunday, 23 May 2010

490 EMETREX, London Camden "Barfly at the Monarch", Thursday 1 March 2001

Afternoon off! Hooray! Had stuff to do first but Rachel and I left at 4.30 and parked up in Camden High Street at 6.30. Did some record shopping before getting to the venue early. Emetrex walked in just as Rach and I were playing table football, so a "Transatlantic Challenge" was set up, with big Dave McGlynn proving as adept on the bars as he is on bass, pretty much single-handedly squashing our pitiful challenge!

Heard about the tour hi-jinks and poor weather before decamping upstairs for tonight's early set. Emetrex were on at 8.30 and immediately on the case. Guitarist Michael had indicated that they had a weird vibe about this show, as they anticipated playing to a less enthusiastic crowd than out of London, nevertheless they were tight and together, showing an intuitive feel for their music. Opener "Left 63", a slow, drawn out affair, flowed into "So Bright" then the effortlessly melodic "Birds Your Brothers" before "Staring At The Stone" really kicked the set off with its' startling power and dynamism. Emetrex then took the sound down with care and precision, and some delicious pedal steel adding to the haunting and occasionally eerie melody, before a swaggering "King Of Animals". The real highlight for me, however, was set closer "Saturn With The Rings", a slow burner which just builds and builds before soaring breathtakingly away, similar to Wheat's "Death Car" or "Raised Ranch Revolution".

Rach hit the tiredness button shortly afterwards, as we're setting a cracking gig pace at the moment, so we bade our farewells and hit the road at 9.45, getting home at midnight. No worries, there's more Emetrex on the way!

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