Τρίτη, 1 Μαρτίου 2016

"GiG Review" All Them Witches, Asteroid & The Noise Figures @ Gagarin 2015 [27.02.2016]


After so much longing, it is finally Saturday night and I am ready to witness one of the best gigs of the year so far. The Noise Figures, Asteroid and All Them Witches gathered all together to perform for the thirsty Athenian crowd in Gagarin, on 27th February.


Punctual as I expected, The Noise Figures went on stage to deliver some well-polished garage tunes with a hint of darkness, choosing as a starter their song “Shoot the Moon”. Despite being just a duet, these guys had to perform in front of a big, demanding crowd, showing professional skills and dynamics. What caught my ear was the blend of some concise drums, interesting vocals and a wizardy guitar. Having the perfect maturity they played ten songs, among which “Black Caravan”, “Feathers”, “Aphelion” and closed with “Blood” which was the perfect warm-up for the rest of the night.


Coming up next, having the venue already full, Asteroid from Sweden were welcomed by a cheerful crowd which was craving for a musical trip to planet fuzz. Keeping the ideal balance between slow rhythms and fast, dirty ones, it's no wonder why they have chosen “Asteroid” as the name of the band... their tunes hit you out of nowhere burning your soul and leaving behind a mass of groovalistic bass notes, infernous guitar tones and to-the-point drum hits. Both vocalists accompanied the music with deep, abyssal supertones, being warm at every point towards the crowd. While performing, they took a moment to sing with the audience the Happy Birthday song for Elina from Smoke The Fuzz Productions, by inviting her on stage to celebrate her birthday! Some of the songs we heard were “Move the Mountain”, the fresh “ 'till Dawn”, “Lady”, “Silver Leaf” and left the stage after an hour with “Garden” , having us all ready to welcome All Them Witches.


I knew well that the band that followed is one of the dopest, sickest, insanely moving ones as well as one of a kind. But little had I known apparently, as from the very first note that came out from their live performance ,I realized I was about to experience a once-in-a-lifetime thing. These ultimately coordinated, serious musicians who seem to have done their homework on various backgrounds of music, gave birth to a tremendous musical beast which ripped our brains out to the fullest by using phenomenal riffs, powerful drums, keys from another planet and vocals to die for. Having goosebumps is all I remember throughout and blending in with the rest of the “possessed” mates of the crowd that at any point didn't stop worshipping the musical megatones of the band. Lovers of unique instruments could not but pay attention to their gear as well, but most of us, humble appreciators of good music, grew even deeper feelings for All Them Witches and shared outstanding moments of divine rhythm. Shaken off by “Elk. Blood. Heart.”, “When God Comes Back”, “The Death of Coyote Woman”, “Charles William”, some songs of my appetite, I believe overall every single one of their songs that came out the amps that night is an experience of its own. All Them Witches left the stage leaving the audience in a complete inferno but as requested, came back quickly for an encore which also included “Talisman”.


Grateful to have the opportunity to be part of such a show, there is no second thought on why it was Sold Out. All bands stood up to our expectations and made Athens' underground scene feel a little more blessed that night. The ones that didn't manage to come should definitely not miss the chance for any reason to attend similar events in the future, stating here the obvious... we want Asteroid and All Them Witches back soon, and more gigs from our own The Noise Figures!

GiG Review: Elena Koubaraki
Photos: Ioanna Kitrou (More Photos Here)

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