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Trees of Mint

+ Tocqueville + La Calle Mojada

https://www.inkoma.com/k/965

26 febbraio 2009 @ sinister noise, ingr. 5€

 | pall youhideme
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No more than 20/25 people for three amazing underground bands playing live in a small venue: that's what happens in Rome, especially if there are Wire to play a show the same night somewherelse in town, and the promotion is closed to zero. And that's a pity, i'm sorry both for these talented unknowns (can You imagine how hard is to prepare for a show? going on tour, moving the backline, etc?) - either for the snobbish attitude of the so called italian indie audience that wasn't there.. so it turned to be a sort of suicidal gig dedicated to a small crowd of friends, - and that might even be good, - but You know, that's not exactly the point of making live music.
It's Tocqueville to go on stage first, - imagine a band of four, sort of sensitive folk Motorpsycho meeting Tapes'n Tapes, with some of Dinosaur Jr fuzzy corrosive punk rock rush. The first track is a long quiet swell that mounts an extraordinary feeling, - all of us are soon enraptured into the melancolique drepressed sung of Edoardo: go on their myspace, - and listen to Back on Planet Earth, - and tell me if You can say You felt nothing moving in your stomach: it's folk psychedelic Music, - with a tragic sensation of inhibition. - And now tell me You're not sorry for them for the last night. - They kick the ass!!!!!! It's only because there is not a fancy record label pushing their image through the media, - THAT'S WHY we were no more than 20/25 people. THAT SHIT. - I'm sorry dear Tocqueville, - You deserve more credit from this world of indifference. - SO, dear komareaders, go on their MYSPACE PAGE, and post this comment: I AM SO SORRY I WASN'T THERE LAST NIGHT. - Some of us were dancing, and we were happy. - And i am sorry that my digital camera has got that crappy audio device.

Tocqueville set
Tocqueville - click to focus
Tocqueville - click to focus
Tocqueville - click to focus
Tocqueville - click to focus


Then, Trees of Mint. - Aka Francesco Serra, helped by a drummer (i can't say if he was the one of Plasma Expander, - i didn't ask): i can say that notwistanding i did appreciate His debute release on Here I Stay rec last year,  i must say that the release doesn't reflect as it should Serra's amazing fingerpicking style on His fender jaguar, - sincerely talented. - He knows how to use the Boss loop station, and create multilayered soft arpeggio, - several bright lines of poetry, enriched by His warm vocals, - always with eyes closed, - sort of young Robin Proper Sheppard. Excellent on After All (watch my video) and the pop hit for losers Today Polaroid. Yes, Trees of Mint were worthy more than 20/25 persons, too.
ps. sí, Marco Caizzi dei Cat Claws è salito su palco estasiato a suonare le maracas o come si chiamano.

Trees of Mint set
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Trees of Mint - click to focus
Trees of Mint - click to focus
Trees of Mint - click to focus


Three piece band La Calle Mojada found Their place sat between early Slowdive and The Meeting Places. It was around 1 am when They started playing (yes, 1 hour past midnight, - that happens in italy when there are  not more than 20/25 persons and You keep on waiting for more to come). Three new songs, only two from debut EP So Far From Winter to Fall (Raise rec, 'o9) - the self titled track, and the stargazing Secret Bliss. The second new track performed, Thin Place, was exactly the missing song They needed previously to speed up their live set and make people dance a little bit, - and, if fixed some vocal perplexity, They might fall some tears to Robin Guhtrie too. They told me that the above mentioned new track is going to be featured on a forthcoming sampler release by Raise rec within summer. Let's wait and see.
And yes, La Calle Mojada were worthy more than 20 souls, too (those 5 of before went home, - it was nearly 2 am). 

La Calle Mojada set
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La Calle Mojada - click to focus
La Calle Mojada - click to focus
La Calle Mojada - click to focus

TRADUZIONE IN ITALIANO:

Il sinister noise era strapieno, - culo mi ha detto che ho comprato in prevendita il biglietto, perchè c'era una fila pazzesca già di fronte al bombolaroallacrema fuori della venue. Il buttafuori afroamericano exlottatore professionista mi riconosce subito, gli faccio l'occhiolino, lui vede che sono con due bionde alte un metro e 90, alza il cordolo del blocco dell'entrata - selezione alla porta - e ci lascia entrare. Dentro è puro HYPE, - con giovani sorridenti, a bere cocktails sofisticati e limonare come giusto sia che si limoni il giovedí sera. Sono appena le 9 quando arrivo, e faccio in tempo a farmi prepare un ape dal barista che anche lui mi riconosce e mi sorride. Gli chiedo se il mio tavolo vicino al palco è stato prenotato come d'accordi alla mia telefonata all'899-899-899-666 per riservarmi un posto. Scendo al piano di sotto, e il concerto dei Tocqueville è cominciato in STRAorario, con il pubblico folto che li reclama e lancia mutandine di pizzo contro per centrare il manico del firebird del bassista. Attaccano a suonare, noi tutti attacchiamo a ballare, - c'è chi conosce a memoria i testi delle canzoni. Un set fiammeggiante, nessuno di quelli col disco in mano dei Tocqueville rimarrà deluso, Marco Caizzi viene invitato sul palco a suonare il ciufolo, e i fan urlano riconoscendolo. - Ecco il turno di Trees Of Mint. Sin dal primo arpeggio del tipo, tutti i suoi fans gli fanno seguito musicale facendo ritmica con dei pacchetti di tic-tac alla menta. Una ragazza vicino a me si commuove e comincia a piangere. Più tardi la darà al batterista dei Trees of Mint. Il fonico del sinister noise intanto ha fatto un suono tanto perfetto che decide di andarsi a fumare una sigaretta FUORI del locale: non ci sarà più bisogno di lui. - Poi tocca ai La Calle Mojada, che nemmeno sono le 10.30: dal primo accordo siamo tutti d'accordo che Neil Halstead ha fatto una cazzata a sciogliere gli Slowdive, e che i La Calle Mojada spaccano il culo con rarefazioni di poesia e lisergica dreampop. Nemmeno saranno le 23.30, che c'è tempo per socialare ancora un pò, parlare di come la sorella di Berlusconi, Etta, compianga la scomparsa del defunto fratello Silvio, e di come finalmente la CRISI dell'economia mondiale finalmente sia terminata. E di come finalmente nessuno romperà più il cazzo addicendo come scusa che 'è colpa della crisi' se te l ha appena messo nel c
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